Meet Elise Spoor: Today’s ‘Charmed Christmas’ Winner with James Avery Artisan Jewelry and KVKI!
We've been asking you to submit your favorite Christmas memories and heartwarming Christmas stories to spread the warmth and joy of the holidays with a a 'Charmed Christmas' with James Avery Artisan Jewelry and KVKI and you've delivered!
Each weekday through Friday, December 22, 2017, during the 12pm hour with Bristol, we'll read one of your stories and the person who submitted it will receive a $50 gift card to James Avery Artisan Jewelry. At the end of each week, we'll put all five stories to a vote and the winner will receive an additional $250 James Avery Artisan Jewelry gift card!
Today's winner is Elise Spoor. Congrats Elise! We hope you love your new treasured piece of jewelry from James Avery Artisan Jewelry! Here's what Elise had to say:
Perhaps my memory of Christmas past blends a little warmth and yet sadness at the same time. And I guess that's just the way life is - a little of this and a little of that-You see, my dad had been in the hospital for three weeks since the first of December back in '83. It was drawing close to Christmas Day and things weren't looking so good for my dad. I was a daddy's girl and had been taking care of him-shaving him, keeping his hair clean and combed because he had always kept himself up that way before the hospital. But Christmas Eve day came and along with that was the news that he was slipping into a coma and would probably not make it through the next day which was, of course, Christmas. With all the love I had in my young heart for this man I began soaking cotton balls in glycerin to help keep his eyes from drying out since he couldn't close them anymore. I prayed silently with everything I had that God would please just not take him on Christmas Day. I was amazed to see sudden snowflakes gliding from the sky outside the hospital room window as if it was a quick response to my plea. For the first time ever in my young life then and never again since my more mature age now had this ever happened so close to Christmas Day. I realized this snow that I had never seen like this before might even leave behind a white Christmas and something I'd only heard of in a song. I leaned in close and whispered to my dad who lay there as if he was just peacefully sleeping. I described the drifting snowflakes that were falling outside and told him the beauty of it and that it was a miracle. It calmed my soul to see it and to share that moment with him. I knew in my heart that he heard and understood me. God heard me too and graciously gave me the longings of my heart. For, my father, after a strong fight, lived a few days past Christmas Day. We buried him on a cold, cold day December 29th. I truly believe when God takes something away he gives something in return. For only one year later I met the man who is now my husband of 32 years. To me it is no wonder that his birthday is December 29th. Now every Christmas season and as we celebrate my husband's birthday I am taken back to that snowy Christmas Eve scene in my father's ICU hospital room that brought peace and answered prayers in the midst of a difficult time.
Thank you Elise for sharing your memory! If you'd like to share yours or to find out more, click here!
Contest runs from Monday, November 27, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017. Each weekday, one story/submission will receive a $50 gift card every day M-F for 4 weeks. At the end of each week a grand prize will be given away for $250 to the most voted on story out of the (5) winners selected. Overview (4) people win $50 GC's per week, and one will win a daily prize ($50 GC) and the grand prize of $250. Totaling $300 for one lucky listener. Winners will be recognized on air, online and contacted via email. For complete KVKI contest rules, click here. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days and picked up at the KVKI Studios, 6341 Westport Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71129 Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. We do not mail prizes. All decisions are final. KVKI is not responsible for any technical issues that may arise.