About the Author

Everything Else

My Favorite Christmas Memories!

Some of my fondest memories as a child were from the Christmas season. Christmas morning was full of anticipation, excitement and thrill as we woke up to see what Santa had shoved down the chimney.

We only had one rule: Mom and Dad told us we couldn’t wake up before 7 a.m. That was torture! My sister, brother and I would all get into one bed and anxiously wait until the clock finally hit 7. Then we would sprint down to Mom and Dad’s room, pull them out of bed, and picket to start opening gifts!

One of my favorite memories was from Christmas 2001. Dad kept telling us, “You all are going to love this Christmas!”  That morning, we opened all of our gifts—grateful of course—but they weren’t anything spectacular. We asked why Dad kept mentioning how great this particular Christmas was going to be. Then, he left the room and brought back a medium-sized box.

He put the box down in front of us, and all of a sudden it started moving! Being the brave Ramsey child that I was, I blindly reached into the box and pulled out a puppy! We screamed and yelled, and we truly couldn’t believe our eyes. It was a little pug puppy! We named her Angel because it was a miracle mom and dad let us have a puppy.

Believe it or not, receiving that puppy wasn’t my best Christmas experience. The times that really stand out are the ones where my family focused on helping others have a great Christmas. For example, one year we bought gifts for three kids whose mom was single and couldn’t afford to get them anything. I will never forget going shopping and delivering the gifts to her door. I bought a Barbie that I personally wanted, but Mom walked me through the process of giving. She taught me how important it is to pass blessings on to others when God has blessed you.

We went up to their door about a week before Christmas, and the mom didn’t know what we were doing. When Dad explained that we wanted to bless them that Christmas, she fell to her knees crying. The little kids saw all the gifts, and their mouths dropped to the floor. Dad told them to have a very merry Christmas, and we walked off their front porch and got into the car. 

It was a short encounter, but it’s a memory that will always stay with me. I have been blessed to be a part of many amazing stories like that as a kid.  Understanding the gift of giving as a child has completely shaped the person I am today—all thanks to my parents’ passion for giving.


  • Charles

    Wow I want to make memories like that for my family!!! Matter of fact I will!

  • Kristen Miles

    My husband was out of work this past Christmas. Our family of 7 was the family on the receiving end of someone’s generosity. We are still overwhelmed with the way that people were willing to serve our family. It was incredible being on the receiving end of such pure, unselfish love. It has only strengthened our resolve to be debt- free so that we can be in the position to pay it forward.

  • Kristen Miles

    That happened to us last year. My husband had lost his job and we had 5 little kids, one of them a tiny baby. We were so blessed by people that gave so selflessly. All that I could do was cry. That’s why we are working so hard to get out of debt; so that we can bless others the way we were blessed.

  • Wonderful memories! Thank you so much for sharing them! I hope my husband and I can instill the same love of giving in our children. Right now we have a train display in a window for everyone to look at and enjoy.

  • Allie

    My favorite Christmas memory was always getting to pick out an Angel from the giving tree at church with my mom and then going on a shopping date with her to pick out the gifts for the angel we chose! I remember the first time she let me pick which child we could give to when I was 6 and it was awesome!

  • Barbara Peterson

    The year my husband left us, myself and 4 children, money was very scarce. I was making little over minimum wage, and the children were used to each receiving 7 or 8 gifts each, some small things like socks etc.
    I was really depressed and did not know how I was going to manage. The Lord interceded, and I found the very very best bargains possible. My children came down the stairs Christmas morning and just stared and then sat down and stared some more. It is my favorite Christmas memory.

  • This inspired me to find someone for our family to help, and right away I saw a message from a family that lost their house in a fire. They were looking for some specific Christmas gifts that we just happened to have. When I told my 5 year old that we were going to give these items away, he asked if he could add the money from his giving envelope to our gift to help them get a new house. Thanks for the tools, resources, teaching, and ideas — they’re working! 🙂