Thursday, November 28, 2013


CHRISTMAST FROM HEAVEN as read by Tom Brokaw. This fantastic story is so moving. There are still really good people out there. I loved all the pictures, and it came with a DVD of when Tom Brokaw told the story of the Candy Bomber during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional last year. My son watched it and now refers to the "Candy Man" show and book. I would highly recommend this book for any and everyone who loves a good, inspirational, true story.

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Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.
As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.
Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.
Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes.
Click here to see a video of Tom Brokaw's reading.

The Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set was beautiful. I thought of many different ways of using it, i.e. putting one star on a gift for someone, putting them in a wreath, using them on a Christmas tree. In the end, my son helped me string the stars on a ribbon and they are strung across the wall where we can see them everyday, kind of like a garland. These ornaments would make a great gift and/or addition to any family tradition. Take a look here.

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