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TITLE: The Worst Christmas
By Connie K Cameron
02/20/12
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A true story.
My son, Joe, told me something so bright and right on that I will never forget it. He said that he used to imagine how a party, or get together was going to be for weeks before the event. He would envision the party in great detail, what would happen and how much fun he would have. Unfortunately his imagination was very good and reality never lived up to what he had conceived, in his head.

He finally learned that if he didnít invent the day in his mind, if he just went with the flow, he would have a great time because he had no expectations.

The worst Christmas that I can remember was the third year that I was married to my husband, Mark. We had a sign business, and we just didnít have any sign work close to Christmas. We were so broke, but thank God, my mom called me to come over and she had a whole box of food that she gave to me, left over from the Christmas eve party that she was getting ready for. She also gave me twenty dollars. I took that money and went to a dollar store and bought four presents for our four kids, and wrapping paper and tape.

On Christmas eve, I placed a small glass Christmas tree in the middle of the living room table and put those four terrible presents beside the tree.

The kids woke up expecting nothing, because Mark and I explained to them the money situation so they were happy to have a present each, until they opened them and five minutes later the presents had turned into junk. The rubber band, balloon cars didnít work, the gun with balls that were supposed to shoot out didnít shoot out, the balls rolled out instead, and I donít even remember what happened with the two girls presents, they were so cheep.

The amazing thing about this is that today I was talking to my daughter, Christina and she told me that those Christmas mornings were her favorite, because we were all together and happy.

What is wonderful is that we really got an opportunity to look into the hearts of our kids. They made me proud then, and they still are making me proud. If you take money out of the Christmas equation, our time together was warm close and happy.

I have learned from Joe, not to have great expectations when the holidays come around. I have learned from my other children to be happy in all circumstances. With our sign business, sometimes we had money for things and sometimes we ate noodles for weeks at a time to get by. Again, this isnít something that came naturally, I have learned with the help of my children and the Holy Spirit, to be happy.

Philippians 4:12, Paul says, ďI know what it is to be in need, and I know what is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every and any situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.Ē
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