Christmas Angels

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Dear Santa,

We have no money in our family to give each other presents this year but I am not complaining about that at all. We are back home and that is the biggest gift we could have been given. We are giving each child something small for Christmas but it’s not like years past when there were a pile of gifts to buy and arrange on top of a big table. The children are much older but we all LOVE presents. My husband and I are not exchanging presents this year. The whole rebuilding of our house took extra money we had and while we did get a home equity loan, we are trying to pare down any added expenses.

Yesterday afternoon there was a huge box on our substitute kitchen table, four television tables pressed together. I looked at it curiously and assumed it was insurance papers or even worse, tax forms.

I was amazed that my name was on it; I couldn’t imagine what it might be or from whom. I gasped when I looked at the return name and address. It was from a friend who I deemed “my little sis” on Facebook. What was she doing? I knew her own struggles with money and expenses, why would she send ME something? Inside the treasured box were all sorts of lovely things, each bought, you could tell, with love and friendship. Each gift had a special meaning to both of us.

I didn’t even have enough money to do the Santa Swap that our chronic pain group (Graceful Agony) participated in, nor the wherewithal to make something simple for friends; we are still unpacking from the hotel room we had to stay in for three and a half months while our house was being rebuilt. Opening my surprise gift was the high point of my day.

My Facebook friend took the time to go shopping when she was in pain and cared about me enough to send me a package when I know she is hurting both physically and financially as well. She’s more than a friend, she’s my Christmas Angel.

I even had the gift of hearing her voice when I immediately called to say “Thank you.” We struggle alone and together with our chronic pain, having someone who knows how it feels is a blessing in itself. I want my friend to get better, she has more serious problems that I have, her pain is more severe and more consistent.

My Christmas wish is that she finds a wonderful caring surgeon that will help her and fix the mistakes that another doctor in the past, made. Please give her the hope and the chance leading a normal life with less pain. She doesn’t ask for much and she gives so much to others. Santa, I know you have delivered most of your gifts already but please swing by her house or send a messenger anytime in the New Year and let her know she has not been forgotten by you. That, is my Christmas prayer.

DEDICATED TO TAMMY S.

8 thoughts on “Christmas Angels

  1. How very lovely of Tammy.

    To you Tammy! I hope and pray (and I’m not the praying kind) that you will find relief, and someone who knows how to create that relief, with care and compassion. You are a dear sweet person.
    Thank you for being a little Christmas Angel.

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  2. Wishing Christmas angels visit you, Tammy, Mo, and all the other special people I have met through the internet, bringing relief from pain, worry, and stress.
    Christmas Angels can be wonderous things — wishing you all miracles! And, miracles happen when you least expect them, so be on the look out!

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  3. How wonderful! Surprises are so cool, especially when you feel so down. You go Tammy….you made Laurie’s day..so that means you made your day happy too!

    mo

    Hey, I’m Laurie’s twin…so does that make us sisters!

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  4. Aww…thank u Big Sis! I’m glad u got ur gift ok and that u liked it! I wish I could give more, but I’m glad I could give u a little sumthin to show my luv and appreciation 4 ur friendship! I also hope I get Santas extra atttention after the holidays to help me with my health problems…its a tuff call…I know there r others worse off than me…but I pray for all of us. I hope you and ur family r all gettin settled in now…I loved our phone converstation! It was a huge gift to me! Just to hear ur voice wass aweome! Luv ya Big Sis! xoxox
    T

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