Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year for a reason. Not only is it a time for families to get together and celebrate the holiday season, but it is also a time when anything can happen. Christmas is a time for generosity and for miracles, a season of magical occurrences and gestures of goodwill.
These Christmas stories prove that this is not only the most wonderful time of the year but also the most magical and inspiring. These uplifting stories of love and miracles during the Christmas season will be sure to get you into the holiday spirit!
A Christmas Truce
This is a pretty well known Christmas miracle but definitely one worth repeating because it is proof that anything can happen at Christmas. In 1914, the world was going through World War I. It was the bloodiest war the world had ever experienced, engaging an unprecedented number of countries. In the midst of all this chaos and destruction, however, came a Christmas miracle.
On Christmas day that year, the soldiers fighting suddenly just stopped. Along the battlefields of France, soldiers put their weapons down. Most of the people fighting were young men who were serving their country but who hated killing others. Keep reading to see what happened next.
Peace on Earth
The British, French, and German troops didn’t just stop fighting; they befriended each other. A soccer match took place between British and German troops. The soldiers exchanged food and cigarettes and marked the holiday by singing Christmas carols. Despite the fact that their countries were at war with each other, these men put the differences of their governments aside and celebrated Christmas.
The truce lasted beyond Christmas. After a holiday of peace and of knowing they would live to see the next day, some troops refused to start fighting again. They lived in peace with the enemy armies well into January. Eventually, the progression of the war forced them to take up arms again, but for a while, the spirit of Christmas lived on.
A Flat Tire
On Christmas Eve back in 1931, a couple named Ed and Julia Stewart were driving home when they got a flat tire. While Ed changed the tire, Julia walked around the Arizona desert when she came across a hatbox with a newborn baby girl inside it.
If the Stewarts had not happened to come by that area when they did, the baby girl probably would have died. The chances of someone discovering the baby in the middle of the desert during the holidays in a remote area are very slim. The flat tire ended up saving the abandoned baby’s life!
Ed and Julia Stewart did not end up keeping the baby, but they did bring her to the authorities who helped her find a good home. The incident attracted a lot of attention, and seventeen couples applied to apply to adopt the abandoned child.
The baby was adopted by the Elliot family who named their Christmas miracle baby Shannon. Shannon went on to receive an excellent education, excelling in the sciences. She grew up with supportive adopted parents and later ended up working in the aerospace industry. She had a great life, all because a couple of a flat tire on Christmas Eve!
Oh, Christmas Tree
The Albert family did not have a Christmas tree in 1958. Their kids, ages 3 and 4, were devastated. They had been looking forward to having a beautiful tree to decorate but their parents were unable to find a vendor who had a tree for sale. It was Christmas Eve, and they were reconciled to the fact that they would have no tree that Christmas.
They were driving home in defeat when a gust of wind blew and they heard something hit the front of their truck. A tree had literally landed right in front of the car. Mr. Albert went to the nearest store and asked how much the tree cost, but no one in the area was selling trees. Just when all hope was lost, the family miraculously found a tree in the middle of the road.
Brought Back to Life
In 2009, a woman named Tracy Hermanstorfer was about to give birth to her first baby in Colorado Springs. She unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest while in labor. Unable to keep pushing, the doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section on the mother. Tracy’s heartbeat stopped, but the baby was delivered.
The baby was handed to his father, but his heartbeat was very weak. The doctors did not expect him to live, but then a miraculous thing happened. As Mr. Hermanstorfer held his baby, his wife’s heart began to beat again and the baby’s pulse stabilized. Both Tracy Hermanstorfer and her baby boy made a full recovery.
A Rough Landing
This story is partially a tragedy but also has a miraculous twist. In 2007, brothers Alcides and Edgar Moreno were washing windows at New York City’s Solow Tower at Christmastime. They were on the 47th floor, when suddenly, tragedy struck. The scaffolding they were standing on collapsed, and the brothers fell 47 floors down.
They landed in an alley. Sadly, Edgar was killed instantly after the fall. But Alcides made it out alive. After falling 47 floors, he was already sitting up when paramedics arrived on the scene. The paramedics rushed Alcides to the hospital, not expecting him to make it
A Full Recovery
No one can survive falling that far with no injuries (except maybe a cat). Alcides slipped into a coma. The doctors spent 18 days performing complex surgeries. The outcome was not predicted to be good. After all, the fall had killed his brother and Alcides was in pretty bad shape.
Despite Alcides substantial injuries, however, the man eventually woke up. The crazy part? Alcides woke up on Christmas Day. His case stumped doctors. No one is sure how he survived the initial fall, let alone the subsequent surgeries and being in a coma. Not only did he survive, but he made a full recovery and regained full use of all his limbs.
It was the week before Christmas when Kim Kerswell accidentally ran into Sherene Borr’s car. Money was tight that year and she was on her way to buy some last minute presents for her kids when the accident happened. Kim was devastated at the thought of her kids having to go without presents, knowing the money would now have to go to repairing Sherene’s car since she was at fault in the accident.
But Sherene wasn’t mad that her car had been hit. After all, accidents happen. She didn’t want Kim’s kids to suffer because of a little accident, so she decided to buy them the Christmas gifts herself. Sometimes, all it takes is a small act of kindness to prove that goodwill does exist!
A Meager Christmas
Helen Berence Reyes Cardenas was five years old when her mother told her that she should not expect a lot of Christmas presents that year. Money was tight for the family, and Helen’s mother didn’t want to get her hopes up. Helen, however, kept the faith that at Christmas, miracles can happen.
Despite her mother’s warnings, Helen wrote a letter to Santa asking for a doll and a pair of shoes. She tied the letter to a balloon and addressed it to the North Pole, confident that Santa would receive the letter and give her what she wanted for Christmas.
Santa Comes to Town
Miraculously, someone found Helen’s letter. The balloon did not make it all the way to the North Pole, but it did find its way to a woman named Julie Sanders. Julie was so touched by Helen’s request to Santa Claus that she decided to make all of the little girl’s Christmas dreams come true.
Julie tracked down Helen and found out where she lived. She then gathered the items Helen had asked for and put together a Christmas package that would make any child happy. Instead of the meager Christmas Helen’s mother had anticipated, the little girl instead received a package from Julie Sanders. Dreams do come true!
A Christmas Surprise
Sometimes crazy things can happen. Like the birth of a baby when you did not even know you were pregnant. That’s what happened to Leanne Carter one Christmas Day when she was rushed to the hospital with stomach pains. The 21-year-old didn’t know what was causing the discomfort but was shocked when doctors revealed the source of her pain: she was having a baby.
The baby was born that Christmas to a surprised but happy mother. She had no inkling that she was pregnant and had experienced no symptoms other than the stomach pains. That’s one way of receiving a surprise Christmas present!
Worst Christmas Ever
The internet gets a lot of grief for supposedly keeping people apart. There are those who think that technology is abused and keeps people from communicated with each other the old fashioned away. But the truth is, the internet not only helps us keep in touch with friends and family far away but also introduces us to new people.
In 2008, the Sampson family was facing a lot of problems. The father of the family was sick, the mother was pregnant, both of them had lost their jobs, and their house was being foreclosed. Talk about a string of bad luck!
The Power of Technology
The Sampson kids were all set for the worst Christmas ever, prepared to not have any presents or even a home. The entire family was miserable and worried about where they were going to live after they lost their house. And that’s when something incredible happened.
A family friend posted the story of the Sampson family on her blog. Complete strangers read the story and were touched, asking how they could make donations to the family in need. A PayPal account was launched for the Sampson family. In less than a week, thousands of dollars were saved, and the family was able to keep their home.
The Little Boy Who Could
Marko Dutschak was having a bad year. In 2008, a cyst formed on his back, crushing his spine. His doctors predicted that the rest of the young boy’s life was spent in a wheelchair. His family was devastated at the thought of their child being paralyzed. Yet a week before Christmas, Marko, who had been bedridden, got out of bed and started walking.
Doctors were completely stunned. Specialists who had sworn the boy would never walk again were mystified at how he was suddenly able to move around. The case might still be a medical mystery, but it is definitely a Christmas miracle.
A Terrible Accident
Christmas is a bad time for accidents. With harsh weather conditions and people tired from all the excitement, driving can be trickier than usual. A Christmas Day pileup in Oklahoma City caused by bad driving and freezing rain affected 21 vehicles. All of the cars and trucks were involved in a massive pileup, one that you would think would have a lot of fatalities.
But no one died. In fact, no serious injuries were reported. No one knows how the dozens of people involved in the accident were able to walk away with hardly a scratch. The only way it can be really explained is that it was a Christmas miracle!
Vonda Lundstrom was devastated. The Aurora, Colorado resident had lost her beloved rat terrier in April 2006. She hoped that her dog would turn up, but he didn’t. She searched everywhere for the dog, with no success. She was facing a lonely Christmas without Daisy, having given up hope that the pet would be found.
Yet on Christmas Day, the unexpected happened. Daisy was found! She had been missing for months but was found more than a thousand miles away in Knoxville, Tennessee. The terrier had made it a third of the way across the country with no major injuries. She survived the journey and was returned to her family.
A Baking Trip Gone Wrong
December in Canada tends to be cold. A week before Christmas in 2008, a snowstorm was sweeping through the province of Ontario. This posed a problem to Donna Molnar, who needed to venture out to buy baking supplies to get started on creating delicious treats for the upcoming holiday.
No one heard from her for three days. A search party was organized, but all they found was her abandoned car. People assumed that she had perished in the snowstorm and did not expect to find her body until the piles of snow finally melted. Her family was prepared for a sad Christmas without her.
But three days after Donna had ventured out into the storm, she was found. A dog named Ace sniffed her out, finding the woman buried under three feet of snow. You would expect her to be a frozen corpse by that point, but Donna Molnar was still alive.
Her body temperature had dropped to 86 degrees but she was completely conscious. Donna was rushed to the hospital and treated for hypothermia and frostbite, eventually recovering on Christmas Eve. She later explained that she had collapsed while trying to find someone to help her unbury her car after a snowplow piled it with snow, blocking her in.