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Christmas Kindness by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

The ghost of Christmases past haunted our house again in 1993. To say we were poor, would be an untruth, but to say money was tight is an understatement. As in years before, funds seemed to vanish, leaving very little, if anything, for gifts. This year was one of the worst since my husband’s boss decided to go on an extended vacation-Thanksgiving through New Years-without paying his employees.

While chatting with the nurses at work one evening the inevitable question of whether or not we were through shopping came up. I responded that I was waiting on my next check (which we were receiving on Dec. 23rd), to do mine. That brought a firestorm of other questions which I answered by explaining our predicament.

As things were brought out in the open about my husband’s check, or rather, lack of one, I was encouraged to scrounge the barrels of toys that had been collected for needy children who came to the hospital and see if there was anything I could use for mine. Not knowing that this was allowed, I hesitated. After all, we’d been through this before and the kids were old enough to understand our finances. Continued support as well as the knowledge that other hospital employees often did this as Christmas drew closer and the barrels became empty save for the less desirable gifts that children didn’t seem to want anyway, encouraged me to check it out. I found small gift items that could be purchased at any Dollar store, still, it was better than nothing and I was able to pick out a couple of things for each of my children.

But the greatest gift came from an unexpected source.

A couple of hours later, one of my favorite nurses to work with asked me to meet her in the lounge. “When I was newly single I needed tires and a friend gave me the money to get them. He wouldn’t let me pay him back, only asked that I would pay it forward when I could. I hope you’re not insulted, and I’ll ask the same of you,” she said. By the time she placed a check in my hand we were both in tears.

To this day I’m warmed by the memory and you can bet your last dollar I honor her gift by blessing others as often as I can.

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For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?

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About the Author:

Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”  Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!

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18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for hosting me Fay!
    Good luck and God’s blessings

    November 30, 2018
    • You are very welcome, Pamela. Thank you for sharing.

      November 30, 2018
  2. What wonderful holiday reading! Pam, I know you are an excellent writer. Congrats on continuing to write worthy literature.

    November 30, 2018
  3. Loved the vignette about generosity of co-worker who was “paying it forward.” Keri’s Christmas Wish sounds compelling and timely. Have a blessed holiday!

    November 30, 2018
  4. Oh, Pam, what a lovely story! Perfect for Christmas. It brought me to tears. Thanks so much for sharing.

    November 30, 2018
  5. What a beautiful story of generosity! May we all live like that, finding ways to be generous when we can so we can bless others! When we were first married, someone we didn’t know from church gave us a check. Her generosity inspires us now, as we decide how much to give young couples. Perhaps that’s why this story struck such a chord with me. I love stories of God’s provision, and stories of generosity that starts a chain of blessings!

    November 30, 2018
  6. This story sounds so wonderful! A beautiful way to enjoy the season. Thank you for sharing!

    November 30, 2018
  7. Thanks for sharing, but then it is the sharing time of year.

    November 30, 2018
  8. Thanks for sharing. Many years ago, my husband had surgery and couldn’t work. Someone gifted us and I was hesitant to accept. She reminded me that we can’t be givers unless people are willing to be receivers. Both are blessed. I’ve been both, and it sounds like you have to.

    November 30, 2018
  9. Thank you for sharing, Pam. It reminds me of what happened after my husband fell off the roof and crushed both heels. He worked for straight commission and was unable to walk for several months. For some reason, the Lord had him move the TV set, and he found a check he’d never cashed. We had groceries and we had something for the kids for Christmas. God is good all the time.

    November 30, 2018
  10. What a wonderful story! Gave me goosies!

    November 30, 2018
  11. What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing.

    November 30, 2018
  12. Constance Bretes #

    Beautiful story, Pam. Enjoyed reading it.

    December 1, 2018
  13. Sorry I’m late responding – another crazy/busy Medicare AEP day and still babying my arm (per instructions from massage therapist) – I hate taking medicine and I want this pain GONE LOL!

    Thank you ALL so very much for your love and support!

    Good luck and God’s blessings to Each and Every One of YOU!

    December 1, 2018
  14. Hi Pam,

    We never know who God is going to use to bless us. What a heart-tugging story. May we always be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading.
    Merry Christmas!

    December 1, 2018
  15. Pamela, The story of your Christmas past is truly touching. How wonderful the kindness shown to you helped mold you into the dedicated and inspirational person you are today <3
    Keri's Christmas Wish sounds like an amazing tale. May your Christmas be blessed and your New Year be prosperous.
    Fay, as usual, Inner Source is lovely. Merry Christmas to you as well, my friend.

    December 2, 2018
  16. Lovely story, Pam. Best wishes.

    December 3, 2018

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