Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Angel Tree Christmas Story

Every Christmas I share this story and I thought I would post it a little earlier than Christmas day this year. This story actually reminded me of what a good heart my child had when she was going through some difficult times and gave me hope that God would lead her back to her good heart. I am proud to say she made it through her dark years and now is in possession of this giving heart once again. 


When my daughter turned 8 years old she had gotten birthday money from relatives,  probably a total of about $40. We went to Wal-Mart so she could spend her birthday money. I had decided we would go to McDonalds to get a bite to eat first. There was an Angel Tree in front of the McDonalds there in Walmart.

My daughter asked what it was and I explained to her that it was for children whose parents couldn't afford to buy them Christmas gifts. I told her let's go eat and she continued to look at the names on the tree.

She grabbed my hand and said "Mom look, this little girl only wants some clothes and a barbie doll". I think she thought it impossible that a child would want mostly clothes.

I looked and noticed the only toy on there was a Barbie, I think the child's age was about 5.

My daughter looked up at me with pleading eyes and said "Moma would it be okay if I spent my birthday money on this angel?"

I couldn't speak as a piercing warmth shot through my heart. I was fighting tears, as I am now remembering this moment. My daughter looked at me and said "I won't Moma if you are gonna be upset". I told her "hang on a minute" while I continued to fight back the tears and choked to find the words I wanted to say. I knew I would just bust out crying if I said much more. After a few moments and a couple of deep breaths I composed myself I told her "baby if you want to spend your birthday money on this little angel then I will match you dollar for dollar".

We went to eat and my daughter kept looking over the list of items from the angel she had pulled off the tree. After we got done she was so excited to go and buy for this little girl. I did as I promised and  matched dollar for dollar, plus another $20 because daughter thought the little girl needed some things to go with her barbie doll that she picked out for the little girl. My daughter even said "you don't have to buy me anymore gifts Mom, just spend it on her. Santa will bring me stuff anyway".

We got the shopping done and took it to Customer Service where my daughter informed the lady to "make sure it is wrapped pretty". My daughter spent every last dime of her birthday money that day on someone else.

I can honestly say that on that day I had never been more proud of my child and still am to this day for her unselfish act of giving up her birthday money to make sure some little girl got her Christmas wishes.


  1. How wonderful. You know as you are raising children you wonder if you are doing the correct thing. You had validation at early age by your daughter. God bless you and Porsche and Countryman as they start their way to teach their children the same things you taught her.

  2. This is such a beautiful story of such a special giving heart. Each time I read it, it tugs at my heart just as it did when I read it the very first time. Thanx for sharing your treasured memory with us again this year Shirley. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  3. I love this story and read it every year. It reminds me of a time when my son (then about 7) saw on TV that a young boy need surgery and the family didn't have the money for it. My boy had been saving for a new bike so he had a few dollars in the bank. He asked me if he could send his money to that family, that he could use his old bike for a few more years. I said yes and that was that! So proud, just like you.

  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. As I started reading I thought to myself, yes this does sound familiar but so thankful you shared it again. Such a great reminder of the spirit of Christmas, especially through the eyes of a child! Thank you for sharing and wishing you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

  5. I love this story, I read it every year you post it, even though I know the story. And, each year I tear up. It is a beautiful reminder of what is important this time of year and every time of the year. Opening our hearts to the needs of others and showing them God's love. I believe it is Him that puts love in our hearts and He gives us the desire to put others before ourselves. God bless you and your daughter and her new husband this Christmas and always...:)

  6. i think this was my 3rd year of reading your wonderful story, and I still cry....