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Topic: Christmas (04/25/05)
TITLE: The Best Christmas Ever
By c clemons
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One particular Christmas stands out from among all of the rest. I was twelve or thirteen years old and my brother Larry was a marine stationed in Vietnam. Larry was the youngest son and my mother's heart. She worried constantly about him. My mother spent many a night on her knees asking God to bring him home safe and sound. One time in the middle of the night she got out of bed and went to open the front door because she thought she heard him calling her.
We all wrote constantly and sent him boxes of home. Finally, that December his tour was over and he was coming home. He said he could not be sure if he would be home for Christmas, but in my heart I knew he would be. A winter storm came and it blanketed the whole east coast but I still believed. It was Christmas Eve night and I sat in a dark room looking out the window for hours. Everyone else was busy with decorating the tree and preparing the food for the next day. The snow was falling softly and along with the twinkling lights in the neighborhood, it was a picture postcard come to life.
I might have dozed, I am not sure but when my eyes focused again I saw a car moving slowing down the road of untouched snow and something in me said, "this is him!" As the car stopped in front of our house I think I stopped breathing for those few seconds. My brother is six feet, five inches tall so there was no mistaking that frame when he got out the car. I ran to get my mother and I cannot ever remember her moving so fast. As she flung open the door, she cried out and said, "Thank you God, this is the only gift I was believing you for!" That was truly my best Christmas ever.
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