Thursday, December 10, 2009

A True Christmas Story!

I have been busy finishing up my decorations, been doing quite a bit of shopping this week and finishing up the last of my orders. My oldest son and I are going shopping again this afternoon and I need to pick up some fabric for my youngest son to make something for his big sister. He loves to sew and does a great job at it.

Anyway, my camera is acting up and I can't get any pictures to show you. The picture above is one I took last Christmas. When I put these candles out each year I'm reminded of the year I bought them. I typed this up the other night to post on here, but that's when my camera stopped working. Anyway, just remembered I had this photo from last year.

The Story of the Christmas Candles

This is a true story that happened in the late nineties while we still lived in Utah. Each year one of our traditions is to pile in the car and drive to look at all the Christmas decorations. I always make sandwiches and pack a "picnic" dinner. We've lived in four different states and have always had a special place where we'd stop to eat. Here in Washington, there's a park along Lake Washington that is decorated with beautiful lights. If we're lucky, we may get a glimps of the Christmas boats. Each night these boats, all decorated in Christmas lights, will travel Lake Union and Lake Washington. There's always a boat filled with Christmas carolers. It's a beautiful sight. Anyway...back to my story...

One year back in Utah, we piled in the car to go look at the decorations. Another of our traditions is to pick a certain item each year to count to see how many we see. One year it was plastic Santas, another year it was those lighted reindeer, another year snowmen, and on and on. We try to pick something different each year, and our wonderful retailers with all their new products, have helped us to choose new things over the years.

This particular year it was those plastic nutcrackers that people would adorn each side of their doors with. As we hunted for these we started seeing the plastic candles on the front porches. My oldest son, Sean, fell in love with these candles and begged me to buy a pair for our front door. While I mostly decorate for my kids, plastic candles on my front porch just didn't go along with my current decor. But that was all he could talk about...those plastic candles.

Now I'm a patsy when it comes to pleasing at Christmastime! So I figured I'd start looking for a pair of these candles. I knew of the perfect place for them INSIDE my home and I knew Sean would be happy with that. I drove down to our local hardware store to buy a pair, but there were none to be found. So I drove to a Home Depot over in the next town...still none. I searched K-Mart, Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer! I couldn't find these tacky little candles anywhere. I knew Sean would be disappointed, as he had now added these candles to his Christmas Wish List! I was disappointed, too! Sean is mildly autistic, and he tends to fixate on subjects or items. And all he could talk about that year were those candles! I was not looking forward to Christmas morning and no candles.

About a week before Christmas I went to turn on all the Christmas lights for the evening. When I turned on the tree lights I noticed a long strand of lights smack dab in the middle of the tree wasn't working! I jiggled and played with each light. I hunted down a pair of those little fuses and changed them out...still didn't work. I couldn't have a tree that was filled with lights top and bottom but dark in the middle. How would I get lights on a fully decorated tree, though? I had to find a way, so I hopped in my car and drove down to that little local hardware store to pick up another strand of lights. Of course, being the week before Christmas the only lights left were either the clear white lights or the solid strands of lights in either red or green. Our tree has always been decorated in the multi-colored wouldn't have it any other way! So I grabbed a box of green lights and a box of red lights and figured I'd have to make do! As I was walking to the checkout I noticed the display of artificial trees at the front of the store. It was a pretty little display they did each year. It also included those pieces of the large yard art with the tinsel and lights, as well as the moving decorations, train sets and other things. I always enjoyed looking at it. And then, it caught my eye. There straddling one of the trees was a pair of the plastic candles! I couldn't believe what I was seeing. They hadn't been there the first time I visited the store! I know...I had looked! I hurried over there faster than a mom looking for a Tickle Me Elmo doll that year they first came out! LOL! I grabbed them up and paid for everything, and as I was driving home I was just so thrilled I'd found them. I decided not to let Sean know I'd found them and not to put them out that year. Instead, on Christmas Eve, after I'd put all their "Santa" out, I plugged in the candles and had them on each side of the tree. On Christmas morning, that was the first thing they saw when they came downstairs. Santa had left him the plastic candles!

And now, those candles have become Justin's favorite Christmas decoration. He's my youngest son and probably doesn't even remember the year Santa left those candles. Of course, he no longer believes in Santa, but he has a sense of how special those candles were!

But that's not the end of the story. For when I came home that night with those lights, still trying to figure out how I was going to get them on the tree, I drove up to see in the front window a tree perfectly lit! The strand was now working! No one knew how or when they'd come back on, but they worked throughout the rest of the holiday!


  1. Oh Annie, what a wonderful story! You know, sometimes angels work in mysterious ways, even playing with the lights it seems:)Thanks for sharing your lovely Christmas story!!!

  2. The angels where helping you out! Just believe and they will guide you in life.

    A wonderful story and thank you for sharing.

  3. what a great was meant to be...can't wait till you get your camera back so we can see the rest of your holiday house.:)

  4. Oh my, that story gave me wonderful that a Christmas miracle happened for your son! Love it Annie...and Merry, Merry Christmas to you also!

  5. Angels lead you to that store!! What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Gosh, what a spine-tingling and sweet story both!!! How incredible that you were able to get those candles for your older son!!!

    I love your idea of the picnic-dinner drive to see the lights.

  7. Annie,
    What a great story! Some things are just meant to be!!

  8. What a WONDEFUL STORY....It gave me goosebumps!!!! Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

    Annie I also wanted to say Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a wonderful compliment. But.......... I am a huge fan of yours. I love your work. .....WOW.....

    I'm not sure if you know this or not but I have learned a lot from you. Your blog was the first blog I had ever been to. So I learned by example from you. I had no idea how to start. I just spent a lot of time looking around and taking

    Anyhow, I had "hearted" you on Etsy as one of my favorite sellers. I was looking at one of your listings one day and saw your "blog" address. The rest is history....You are my HERO....LOL.

    I have been watching your work on Ebay over the last year and loved it. Then, I joined the Primitive Sisters Of The Past group on Ebay. That's where I first got introduced to you personaly. I was so glad you were as nice as you work is.
    Anyway, I have been spending most of my time on Etsy for the last month or so and I am so pleased we both belong to the Old Farmhouse Gathering group. I look foward to getting to know you better.

    Hope to talk to you soon and keep up the BEAUTIFUL work.

    Nikki Harrison~Country Primitives

  9. I just loved your story! I am just
    stopping by to remind you of my give away....Come by to sign up and
    don't forget rule # 3..Good Luck!

    Bear Hugs~Karen

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  11. I just discovered your blog and I loved this story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    Merry Christmas,


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