Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Christmas gratitude, Part II December 24, 2019

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A handmade ornament for sale at Fleur de Lis in Faribault. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.


“YOU GOT A LARGE PACKAGE,” Randy said. “From Amazon.”

“I’m not expecting anything,” I answered from our bed where I was layered in sweats, a tee, flannel shirt, and heavy sweater under a flannel sheet, two blankets, a comforter and a denim/fleece blanket. With a fever, I simply could not get warm.

I awakened this morning to a full-blown case of crud that caused us to cancel a planned trip to Madison, Wisconsin, to celebrate Christmas with our second daughter, her husband and our son. I felt more than a bit down. Then that unexpected package arrived.

Randy wrestled the huge box inside the front door just as I emerged from the bedroom to see what this was all about. He slit the taped box to reveal an Instant Pot, an item included on my wish list in Saturday’s “Dear Santa” post.

I was stunned, overwhelmed by the kindness of the anonymous blog reader who was moved to give me an item on that list. I found a sweet note inside, signed by Your Ms. Santa.

I also received a copy of Amanda in Spain—The Girl in the Painting by Darlene Foster. That arrived in a separate package so I’m uncertain whether the two items are from the same giver.

It matters not. What matters is how grateful I am for these gifts, for the thoughtfulness of Ms. Santa, for experiencing, for the second day in a row, the true spirit of Christmas. Yesterday I received a cash gift from an anonymous individual.

In these days when so much unkindness exists, these individuals exemplify goodness, kindness and the giving spirit of Christmas. I am blessed. Again.


© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


10 Responses to “Christmas gratitude, Part II”

  1. You are loved, Sweet Lady. 🙂 So happy for you. Get well! Feel better soon! ❤

  2. What a wonderful surprise! Merry Christmas and I hope you feel better soon. 🙂 🎄

  3. Such amazing blessings! I’m sorry you are feeling so cruddy, I will pray that you are better SOON! I hope you will be able to celebrate with your kids soon.

  4. Kindness, Gratitude, Blessings 🙂 🙂 🙂 We received a kindness yesterday that will help us finish up our master bedroom/bath remodel. It brings tears of joy to my eyes again sharing this with you. We are truly blessed in many ways! Sorry you are dealing with the crud 😦 Take Care

  5. What a fun surprise! Both of them! I know that you had to be feeling down in the dumps with not feeling well and not being able to enjoy your family time so this was a much needed surprise and gift. Enjoy and I do hope you are feeling much better by now. There is still much good left in the world –we just have to look for it and in this case it came right to your door in the form of an InstaPot!

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