This month, I don't write of traditions or scrumptious holiday goodies for the tummy, but of something more substantial for the soul.
I believe in miracles. One Christmas, when my first child was born a week before the 25th, I longed for a tree and decorations for the house, but hubby had to work and taking care of my son took all my energy. Just two days before Christmas, just as I was putting him down to sleep and Bill was cleaning the dinner dishes, the doorbell rang.
Many people have received holiday miracles:
During World War 2, a mother whose son was MIA and presumed dead received a postcard on Christmas Day from an excited postman. It was from her son, writing that he was in a German prison camp. He was released when the war ended and reunited with his family. (Reader's Digest via Reminisce Magazine, © 2017 Trusted Media Brands, Inc, http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/christmas-miracles-true-stories/)
On Christmas Eve in 2009, a pregnant woman was in labor but before delivering her baby she went into cardiac arrest. Unsuccessful in resuscitating the mother, the doctor performed a Cesarean to try to save the baby. It was a boy, who had a very weak pulse. Suddenly, the clinically-dead woman's heart started beating. Both made a full recovery - another Christmas miracle! (Cracked, “6 True Stories to Make Sane People Believe in Xmas Miracles”, Robin Warder, (http://www.cracked.com/article_21996_6-true-stories-to-make-sane-people-believe-in-xmas-miracles.html)
Here's one more: A five year old understood that times were tough for her family, and her wish for a doll and a pair of shoes would not be fulfilled. So she wrote a letter to Santa, tied it to a helium-filled balloon and sent it toward the North Pole. Well, it drifted, as balloons sometimes (always) do. It popped, fell down and was discovered by a California woman who read the letter.
Using the Internet, she ferreted out the young girl's location, and sent a nice big bundle of Christmas presents for the little girl to open from "Santa". (TopTenz, “Top Ten Amazing Real Life Christmas Miracles”, Morris M., 2013, http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-amazing-real-life-christmas-miracles.php)