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A Christmas Gift Like No Other

On Christmas Eve our daughter Paulina and her boyfriend Taylor were in town to exchange gifts and spend some time with her family. That alone was cause for my husband and me to be happy. What happened that evening brought even more joy to our holidays.

After eating a quick lunch at our local McDonald's and shopping for snackie items for our later Christmas Eve feast, we took two vehicles down to the Bentleyville Tour of Lights display. It had been at least three years since my husband and I visited that event.

Very little had changed. Many of the lighted figures and displays depict landmarks or familiar sights around the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Walking through tunnels constructed of colored lights, our family made our way to the Cookie Shack where we got free hot cocoa and cookies, then to the Popcorn Hut for a small bag of popcorn. One of the last places we visited was the Marshmallow Hut near the Bayfront Park stage. There we got marshmallows to toast over the small wood fires kept blazing for visitors to get warm. Temperatures were in the lower 30s.

While I was warming my hands, Taylor warned me to keep my cell phone camera ready. I was pretty sure I know what was going to happen and moments later, it did.

Kneeling on the cold ground on one knee, Taylor looked up into Paulina's eyes and opened a small box retrieved from one of his jacket pockets. With my husband, our oldest and youngest daughters, me and other visitors to the lighting display as his witnesses, he asked for Paulina to marry him and sealed it with a ring.

How's that for a Christmas Eve gift?

Yesterday when my husband returned to work after his Christmas break, he overheard a couple of his coworkers talking about the mystery couple who chose Bentleyville as the site to get engaged. All he could do was smile and let them know who the proud father of the future bride was.

Image Credit » Sandra L. Petersen

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Deepizzaguy wrote on December 28, 2015, 6:47 PM

Thank you for sharing this wonderful Christmas story. Nice to see a heart warming story for a change.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 28, 2015, 9:51 PM

Wow, what a wonderful story. I am sure it will be told over and over around the Christmas tree by your family for years and years to come.

allen0187 wrote on December 28, 2015, 10:39 PM

Wow! That is indeed a very wondeful Christmas gift! Your family has now gained a son.