Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and everything was going wrong. There was no heat to warm the small trailer where we lived. That was because the butane tank that held the gas was empty.

Twas the night before Christmas, and everything was going wrong. There was no heat to warm the small trailer where we lived. That was because the butane tank that held the gas was empty. We called the gas company, but they refused to come out on holiday to fill the tank, even though the temperature would only reach 15 degrees....

We called the gas company, but they refused to come out on holiday to fill the tank, even though the temperature would only reach 15 degrees. My husband’s job had brought us to the small Georgia town. He was the new pastor of a small missionary church.

It was so cold in the trailer that the children had to wear their coats and gloves. Their dad was outside under the church trying to wrap the pipes so they wouldn’t freeze, and I was inside trying to keep the children warm and happy. We had to use the electric skillet for cooking, because the stove and water were heated with gas.

I knew it was important for me to keep everyone’s spirits up, but my own were slipping very rapidly. Just about the time I was ready to break down and cry, someone knocked lightly on the door.

Our unexpected guest was one of the young people that attended the church. He had a pretty canister filled with homemade candies in his gloved hands and a Christmas greeting on his lips.

At first, I just wanted to accept the gift and close the door, but instead, I invited him in. He immediately started playing with the kids, and suddenly our house was filled with laughter.

When I told him about the heat, he began helping me put blankets on the windows and then went out to help my husband with the pipes. Later he came back in and sang and played with the children until it was time to go to bed.

The young man’s name was Tony, and he turned our cold, dismal Christmas Eve night into a warm and wonderful time of sharing.

Later we wrapped the children up in our bed and once again read them the Christmas story. We kept the room warm with one electric heater that Tony was able to find for us. We slept on the floor in front of the Christmas tree.

Twas the night before Christmas, and everything was going wrong. There was no heat to warm the small trailer where we lived. That was because the butane tank that held the gas was empty. We called the gas company, but they refused to come out on holiday to fill the tank, even though the temperature would only reach 15 degrees....The next morning it seemed that Santa had his Christmas list mixed up and put the wrong toy in the wrong stocking. Our boys were forgiving and said Santa was probably so cold he couldn’t think.

To make matters worse, the car window had shattered because of the night’s low temperature, and the pipes had indeed burst.

We warmed frozen lasagna for Christmas dinner in the electric skillet. We held tight to each other because we knew that our greatest gift that Christmas was the warmth and love in our hearts and the kindness of a teenage boy.

Since then, we have had many warm, wonderful Christmases. There have been lots of presents and friends to share with our children. But...when you ask either of them what their most memorable Christmas is, they will smile and say, “The year we all had to sleep in the same bed to keep warm.”

This time of the year, I often think about how Mary and Joseph felt sitting in a stable surrounded by animals on a night when she was supposed to give birth to the child who would become the Messiah, the Son of God! (Luke 1:35).

She must have been tired when she lovingly wrapped her baby in a blanket and laid him in a manger, which was a trough where the animals ate.  However, she and Joseph were not discouraged because they knew this was the most important thing they would ever do.

And I believe that God sent an angel to direct the shepherds and a star to lead the wise men to where they were in Bethlehem to remind them of how blessed they were to be used of God in this Christmas miracle.

My Christmas wish to you is that you enjoy every minute of this holiday and remember Christmas’s joy begins in our hearts and grows even sweeter when we share it with others.


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Deana Landers
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Pastor’s Wife , Mom/Nana , Nurse/Health Educator, Writer , Christian Speaker
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing stories, either in my head or in my journal.

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Story Comments

  1. What an amazing and beautiful story. I shared to my Facebook page. Very inspirational

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, so much, Doreen. I'm glad you liked it and thank you for sharing.Happy New Year,Deana

  2. Libbie@alifeunfolding -

    What a heart warming story. Happy Holidays my friend!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Libbie.Happy New Year,Deana

  3. Maria -

    What a sweet story! There are so many people living that way now! It breaks my heart! I have this one man who lives with no heat or toilet in his trailer but he is sweet as pie. I always bring him food and blankets. He seems happy!inspire of his situation.always has a smile.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Maria. You are right and I know this man you share with is so grateful. Happy New Year my friend,Deana

  4. What a special memory, and I can see why they will always remember that one. Christmas is not about gifts but people. Happy new year. Xx

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Anita. I always appreciate your comments.Happy New Year,Deana

  5. What an amazing human being Tony is. He's a great example of what Christmas is all about. Love and caring. I hope you had a wonderfully warm Christmas Deana. Wishing only good memories and happy moments in 2021

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle. Tony is still a good person. Today he is the pastor of his own church. God has blessed him.Happy New Year my friend,Deana

  6. Santa sent you the best gift that Christmas Eve night! Have a happy New Year!

    • Deana Landers -

      Yes, he did, Sara. Thank you so much for your comments.Happy New Year,Deana

  7. Carolyn Dowd -

    Deana, as I started reading your story I got cold just thinking about what this was like but you warmed my heart with this story🥰

    • Deana Landers -

      Ahh, Carolyn, thank you, so much, my friend.Love you,Deana

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