Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS...The Angel Tree Story Tradition

I've recently picked up some new readers according to the stats on this thing and those new readers may not know that my Christmas tradition on here is not to write a long drawn out post but instead I share the same post every Christmas. Now my faithful readers know that my daughter and I have had some rough years *okie cringes at some of the memories* and while we will always have our mother daughter relationship we are beginning to transcend into and enjoy the closeness of friendship. Shiane is now 23, living with a roommate, working a great job as a surgery orderly at a hospital and finding out what it is to compromise and hopefully finding her true happiness *okie still thinks it would have been faster if she would have just slapped that happiness right across her daughters face a few times*

This story, my dear readers, is one of a little girl who melted my heart with her compassion and giving to another....


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. I love this story!! I think it would make a good movie as when I read this I picture it in my head. I know you were very proud of your Daughter that day and always will be. Merry Christmas Okie!!!

  2. I love this story too. Yes, I've heard it a time or two before, but that doesn't matter ... it still brings a smile to my face, a tear to my eye, and a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart, each time I read it. Your daughter showed her true colors that day ... just as she continues to do now. Sending special wishes to you Shirley ... may you, and all those you hold dear ... have a wonderful and blessed MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  3. It sure made me cry. Beautiful story. I wish you and your whole family a blessed and merry Christmas.

  4. I never tire of listening to this story Shirley! And I always cry when I read it again. lol This story can be told over and over and over again and it will still effect me the same way it always has. You should be proud of your daughter, she's a good girl! Hugs, Brenda

  5. I immediately knew this story and it still made me cry

    Merry Christmas


  6. Now ya got me cryin', Okie. Wonderful story!

  7. What a beautiful story about a beautiful daughter (inside and out) and a wonderful memory