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December 22, 2009

One Meaning Of The Season

One Meaning Of The Season

Huy Nguyen is one of the thousands of Vietnamese “boat people” who came to America in the 1980s. His family is now settled in Florida. Three generations all live near one another. Though no one in the family was raised Christian, the Christmas season has real meaning for them.  When Huy left Vietnam with his mother and sisters, they had to leave their father behind. They took to sea where they survived storms and pirates. Years later, Christmastime in the refugee camp, Huy’s father appeared. Huy joins Dick Gordon to talk about the Nguyens' Christmas miracle.

Tow Truck Santa

Ahna Bishop-Jara wrote to tell us about the time her son Xavier saw Santa Claus. Xavier was 5 years old and driving with his dad Rene when the car broke down. Xavier fell asleep, and when he woke up, he was in a large red tow truck. The driver had a white beard, a red coat, and even a big bag of presents! This year the favorite family story has extra meaning. Xavier's dad Rene died suddenly a couple of years ago, and Ahna and Xavier are thinking about the meaning of memories during the holiday season. This story originally aired on December 15, 2008.

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