christmas story

I had something else planned to post today.

And then I read a story that tore at my heart.  The Christmas Story As You Have Never Heard It.

I got Kelly Cone’s permission to post part of this story – and I pray you go to her blog and read the rest of the story.  You will weep.

Kelly and her husband have had two foster boys in their home for the past few weeks.  This is her story:

I can’t guarantee that I won’t cry a few times while writing this. But here it goes.

For the past 10 days, we’ve been opening up one “advent” bag every evening over dinner. Each bag contains four pieces of candy and a piece of paper containing 1-2 verses of the Christmas story told by St. Matthew in his gospel.

The first two days were a little boring for our 4 boys. I mean, Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem? A Roman emperor taxing people? What does this even mean for little kids who’ve never paid for anything?

But then we reached the part of the story where Mary and Joseph were forced to stay in a stable outside, cold and alone. No one had any room for them. They did the best they could, even though it was lower than low.

I looked up at our 10 year old foster boy, and his head was bowed, his face drawn and serious.

Unlike his 5 year old happy go-lucky brother beside him, he remembers. He remembers the cold nights sleeping on the street or in someone’s car because his mother had nowhere safe for him to stay. Instead of protecting him and reaching out for help, she eventually abandoned him at a mobile home park.

My heart caught in my throat. I looked at him.

“How do you think Mary and Joseph felt?” I asked him.

“Sad. Cold.” he responded quietly, looking away. There were tears in his eyes.

I remember what he’s told me about this time last year. He, his mom and his brothers had just been evicted from their apartment. They spent months living on the streets, begging for their mom’s drug money on street corners before DSS finally took them into custody.

Suddenly, Mary and Joseph’s plight hurt my heart in a way it never had before. The Christmas story came alive and stuck with me all through the next day like a bad toothache.

The next night, we read about the Baby Jesus being born.

“Is that the guy we heard about in church on Sunday?” one of them asked.



This post joins the 12 Days of Christmas series.  Read them all here!

  1. The 1st Day of Christmas:  Christmas Card Tips
  2. The 2nd Day of Christmas:  Easy Decorating Tips
  3. The 3rd Day of Christmas:  DIY Favor Bags
  4. The 4th Day of Christmas:  Hot Chocolate on a Stick
  5. The 5th Day of Christmas:  The Christmas Story As You Have Never Heard It
  6. The 6th Day of Christmas: Start an Ornament Tradition
  7. The 7th Day of Christmas:  Easy Christmas Organization
  8. The 8th Day of Christmas:  Last-Minute Gift Tips
  9. The 9th Day of Christmas: Giving Back and Compassion Opportunities
  10. The 10th Day of Christmas: Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
  11. The 11th Day of Christmas: A Few Christmas Favorites
  12. The 12th Day of Christmas: Merry Christmas!


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