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Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)
TITLE: Christmas Gifts from the Past
By Debra Babcock
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Oh, the fond memories I have of Christmas gifts received when I was a child. At age 10, there was a white RCA record player under the tree. In retrospect it looked more like a suitcase. My interest in music seemed to spark my father’s attention toward his daughter. When my new stereo developed mechanical problems, my dad had it repaired, and placed a big red bow on it when he placed it back in my room. This gift set a precedent, from then until I was 18yrs old; I always got albums at Christmas. I was a rascal of a kid and would un-wrap and sneak peeks before the big day. Once, I excitedly opened my gift and exclaimed “Oh, the Beatles’ White Album!” and my mom and my dad looked at me with an accusatory look; because I hadn’t opened that album yet – whoops. Okay, now I’ve aged myself. Oh, if only I could have captured that time and swept it over the landscape of my families future. When I was 13 my mom and dad divorced and he basically had a breakdown. From the ages of 18 until 32 we had no contact. When I accepted the Lord, not knowing where to start, I cried out for guidance. What I heard was call your father. When I called, I heard the love of my father. It was also the first time I’d heard the tangible love of Abba Father. My dad and I only had a few years together; but I treasure the last Christmas gift he gave me even more than the record player. It was a comical Christmas card with a Santa hat wearing dog with a string wrapped around his finger. Sorry I missed so many Christmas pasts, love your dad xoxoxo. I definitely received the best Christmas gift of all; a Father’s love.
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