Stacey's Christmas Tradition

"A Treasured Tradition"

I just wanted to share a wonderful tradition that I started about five years ago and I've enjoyed it so much. I call it my "Christmas Eve walk."

I had been feeling a little depressed this particular Christmas Eve and was trying to come up with something I could do to make myself feel better when an idea came to me. We had been baking Christmas goodies all day, so I got together a plate of cookies, candies and other things, wrapped it all up in plastic wrap, put a bow on it and left the house. What I wanted to do was "feel" out the right place. I just wanted to walk until I came to a place that seemed like it needed some cheer.


After walking for about five minutes, I came around a corner to a group of houses I'd never been to before and stopped. There it was; the house that needed a little Christmas magic. It was Christmas Eve and from inside the house, I could hear a baby crying and the vacuum going.

Smiling, I carefully went up to the porch, set the plate down, rang the doorbell and ran. I stopped just out of sight behind a fence and listened as the vacuum went off and the door opened. A few moments later, I heard them pick up the plate and shut the door. I was grinning from ear to ear all the way home and I sure felt a lot better. Ever since then, I take my Christmas Eve walk and I don't stop until I've reached the "right place." It sure brightens up the holidays and gives me something to look forward to each year! It certainly is a "treasured tradition."

By Stacey from Orem, UT

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December 15, 20050 found this helpful


By Wendee (Guest Post)
December 17, 20050 found this helpful

I ike it too! l'm sure it would make me as happy as the recipient. thanks for the great idea.

By Carol (Guest Post)
December 17, 20050 found this helpful

A wonderful idea. It would cheer anyone up. Thanks for being so thoughtful.

By KLS8800 (Guest Post)
December 17, 20050 found this helpful

Excellent idea. But what about staying next time. You just might make a new friend.

December 18, 20050 found this helpful

What a great idea--nothing like serving someone else to lift your own spirits.

December 18, 20050 found this helpful


That sounds like a really great idea. Seeing how we can't have a Christmas this year maybe that's what I will do.

Peace & Love,



By Mary (Guest Post)
December 18, 20050 found this helpful

That's about the coolest tradition I've heard yet! I'm gonna try it!

By Tedebear (Guest Post)
December 19, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Stacey, This is the most thoughtful case of better to give than to receive. You are a blessing to us all!


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December 19, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you all! Merry Christmas everyone!

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December 20, 20050 found this helpful

Christmas Morning tradition for children:

The parents hide the baby Jesus from the Nativity Scene in their home; the children have to find the baby Jesus and return it to the Nativity; sing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus - this is done before the children open their Christmas gifts. The children should also offer baby Jesus a gift whether it be an offering for Sunday School, obedience to their parents, quote a Bible verse, or to learn a Bible verse daily; pray more or other suggestions from their parents.


This really keeps the reason for the season in focus for children.

By Janet45101 (Guest Post)
December 9, 20060 found this helpful

Your story is absolutely heartwarming! You're a real inspiration!


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December 9, 20060 found this helpful

what a wonderful idea stacey
bless you

December 8, 20110 found this helpful

I hope there was some indication that the people living there observed Christmas. I'd hate to ram Christmas down the throat of some nice Jewish or Muslim family that just needed a break from the constant bombardment from our holiday. (Yes, our holiday is a bombardment whether we admit it or not. Imagine how non-celebrants must feel.)


Otherwise, it is a terrific idea! One of the best treatments for depression is to help someone else.


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