The Christmas Eve Baby Miracle!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000


My favorite story of Christmas is all about a little baby named Anna and how The Christmas Eve Baby Miracle! she changed a families Christmas forever. Anna was supposed to be born 3 weeks earlier but she had different plans in mind. You see her Mother's Mother had passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 in October. Naturally Anna's Mom and the entire family was  extremely devastated by her death. So much so that they really didn't want to even do anything for Christmas. But they knew they at least had to do something for the little ones. So they carried on with heavy hearts....


As it turned out there was a terrible snow storm that Christmas Eve. My Mother's sister was at their home along with a few other relatives. About 5:00 pm the furnace went out and the guys headed on down to Anna's fathers hardware story to pick up the parts needed through the storm.  It was while they were gone that Anna decided to make her appearance.  Her Aunt rushed Mom and soon to be baby to the hospital which thankfully was just a few blocks away. Anna popped out quickly upon arrival,  apparently very determined to make it a memorable Christmas for the family!! Meanwhile the guys got back to the house and it was mass pandemonium. Where had Mary and Millie gone in the storm???  The oldest teenager told them the baby was coming and they went to the hospital. Anna's father called the hospital and was told he was the father of a baby girl!  Cheers went out and everyone was smiling once again. 


Mary and Baby Anna came home from the hospital on Christmas day and the entire family was so excited and happy to celebrate Anna's arrival as well as Christmas. For years, in fact almost every year My Mom repeated this story to me and everyone and shared why Christmas took on an entirely different meaning that year! They were once again happy and full of hope.  To this day this story is close to my heart and I always miss my Mom a lot around Christmas. She was so much fun and a very wise woman! We had a very special bond my whole life and I was blessed to call her my Mom. Very blessed! Now you know why I am so darn determined to this day!


The Christmas Eve Baby Miracle!


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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this story, Anna! You were a Christmas blessing to your family and forever took away the painful Christmases to come that your family would have always experienced. I know people who lost family members during the holidays and never ever enjoy them the way they used to. You really were a miracle!

And, still determined - yep, you came out that way and still going strong! ;-) 

Hope you're having a great week!

Dec 04, 2017 08:37 PM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

We all know that you are blessed Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB and so are we just knowing you...

Dec 04, 2017 08:38 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna, I read this story/post and it was bitter sweet,.... on a side note sadly my father passed away about seven years ago today and I miss both my mom and dad, I would have loved to share this story with them...Endre

Dec 04, 2017 11:54 PM #12
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a beautiful story! Anna, the Christmas miracle.

Dec 05, 2017 04:00 AM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Sometimes "strong will" is IN born....!

Dec 05, 2017 04:50 AM #14
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Anna-What a beautiful story and there is no doubt you are special and you continue to bring joy to all those you meet

Dec 05, 2017 04:55 AM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow, what a beautiful story.  I can see why it was repeated every Christmas.  My mother always said, that each baby brings a gift with them, and you certainly did!  A

Dec 05, 2017 08:48 AM #16
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Anna. Wow, what a story. Even in birth you brought happiness. Yeah......

Dec 05, 2017 10:03 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I just love this story - and of course you arrived amid a big storm and turned the somber mood into a Merry Christmas. Anna, you have continued to make people happy ever since. We're all thankful for that little girl who was born, not that long ago. :) 

Dec 05, 2017 11:24 AM #18
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's a heartwarming story and says so much about you and your family.  You were their miracle.

Dec 05, 2017 03:16 PM #19
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

Excuse me, you were three weeks LATE? I think someone miscalculated. :-) Your timing to enter the world was perfect, brought joy to your family and helped your mom recover from the tragic loss of her own mother. Your mom was very wise in sharing that recount of your birth. Happy early birthday.

Dec 06, 2017 06:24 AM #20
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I love how you decided to enter the world on your own terms.  You are truly a special spirit and a miracle.  Love ya Sista.

Dec 06, 2017 07:49 AM #21
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Please continue to share this story every year! Just beautiful, just perfect timing and a delight to read for December's contest.

You are a gift to so many !!!

Dec 06, 2017 10:07 PM #22
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB - I'm glad I came back here to read this one more time. I know for sure I read it previously and was sure I wrote comments too. Surely, I didn't dream it, nor for another post, but for some reason, I'm not seeing my comments, so I'm really not sure if my work is disappearing or I'm being deleted. 

Any how... I love this story. You entered the world all in due time, at a time in history when your mother needed you most. You quite possibly, saved her life, in ways women need to be saved - by some miracle. And you were definitely a miracle. I can understand the close bond the two of you had her entire life. Thank you for bringing this very special Christmas story into focus for all of us to enjoy.

By the way, you weren't just a gift for your mother and father, you ARE a special gift to all of us here on ActiveRain.

Dec 08, 2017 09:28 AM #23
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Anna, a great story and a wonderful present for the family.... a sweet baby!!

Dec 10, 2017 09:01 PM #24
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Beautiful story...Thanks for sharing your special memories! 

Happy Holidays:) 

Dec 18, 2017 11:42 PM #25
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Apparently calculating a baby's due date wasn't an exact science then!  I get it, my daughter came 15 days late in 1980 instead of 1979!  Thank you for sharing your special story.  That must make you feel very special at this time of year.  Fond memories are a  good thing! Merry Christmas to you and Gary!

Dec 20, 2017 09:49 PM #26
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Anna, wow what a beautiful story and thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and Gary

Dec 25, 2017 06:58 PM #27
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What a wonderful story, Anna. A time of joy was made sad by the loss of a loved one only to be turned joyful again by new life. What a very special memory!

Dec 29, 2017 07:42 PM #28
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My Christmas memory, similar, except I was the mom and it was a baby boy born on Christmas eve. The funny thing is that both those babies came so fast! Must be something about Christmas Eve babies!

Jan 05, 2018 12:30 PM #29
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