Christmas Is Ruined!

EVERYTHING IS RUINED!

I had so many big plans for Christmas this month, and now everything is absolutely ruined. I’m so upset, I can’t even begin to put into words how crazy mad I am. All of our presents have literally been stolen off of our doorstep just like 2013. Nothing has been going right this month – NOTHING – and this whole stolen presents thing just tops it all off, and NOT in a good way. I am so infuriated right now. Christmas is in less than a week, and it is already absolutely ruined.

I AM SO MAD!!!

Nobody else in the world knows how I feel right now. Like, you can’t even believe everything I’ve been through this month to make Christmas special for my family and friends. Not only have I spent a lot of time and money on presents, everyone else has had their presents that they ordered stolen, too. Literally – every present ordered is gone. What kind of backwards crook would do something so absolutely mean? I mean, it’s Christmas. How can you even think of stealing presents that don’t belong to you? Around CHRISTMASTIME?! Now everything is totally ruined – everything I’ve worked for and have tried to make special this year is RUINED.

ABSOLUTELY RUINED.

R-U-I-N-E-D, RUINED.

I don’t know if you know how it feels to have everything you’ve worked so hard on to be destroyed like this, but if you have, this is about a hundred million times worse. Christmas is a special time – the presents, the cocoa, the Christmas spirit… it only happens once a year, and I want to make it as special as I can for my family and friends. All month I’ve been working harder than ever on presents and decorations and activities… Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and now, all because of this whole stolen present shebang, IT’S RUINED!!!

Oh, and I forgot to mention…

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… It’s Molly here.

If you can’t tell, I am MAD. The presents are literally missing, and try as I might to make this holiday season special for everyone – my friends and family means so much – all of my efforts have been in vain!

*takes a deep breath* Whew. Now that I’ve got my anger out, I feel… sad. I tried so hard to make Christmas special for everyone, but it was for naught. Can you even comprehend how absolutely demoralized I feel right now?

It’s times like these I wish I could cry, but if I did that, I’m sure my sisters or friends would get annoyed at me for being immature about no presents.

But they just don’t understand!

*chokes back sob*

No one does!

I hear someone climb up onto the porch railing beside me, and I whirl around to see who it is after swiping my eyes. Sniffling, I ask, “What do you want, Jasmine? Can’t you see I wanted to get away from the craziness inside?”

“I noticed you stormed off all upset,” Jasmine tells me softly. “I wanted to see what was wrong.”

My eyebrows raise. This is the sweetest, most genuine thing Jasmine has ever said to me in my entire life. We usually always butt heads or argue. This is a side I’ve never seen in her.

I swallow the lump in my throat before telling her, “I’m just upset about our presents being stolen again. It’s not fair. I’ve been working hard all month to make Christmas special, and right when the present packages are delivered, they’re stolen.”

“I’m disappointed about the presents, too,” Jasmine tells me honestly. Her eyes seem so transparent and caring; I’ve never seen her like this… ever. “But I’m not too heartbroken. It’s not the end of the world.”

“What would you know about not being too heartbroken about the stolen presents? I figured you’d be one of the most upset of all! No offense, but…” I hesitate, unsure of what to say without causing an argument. “You’re just the teensiest bit snobby.”

To my surprise, Jasmine giggles. “The teensiest bit? I’m sure I’ve been way more snobby than that!”

I can’t help but giggle with her. “Honestly,” I share, feeling more open and close to her than ever before. “Sometime it seems like all you care about in this whole word is yourself.” The moment I say it, I know I have gone too far. Jasmine just nods sadly.

“I know,” she mutters quietly in shame, looking down at her feet. “I’m really sorry for how I can be sometimes.”

“I’m sorry, too,” I blurt out quickly, and Jasmine looks up with a hopeful smile. “It doesn’t really seem like that. I just figured that you’d have a dramatic fit over the stolen presents.”

At this, we both burst out laughing. “In the past, I would have,” she gasps for air after our guffawing session. “But that all changed in 2013.”

“What happened in 2013?” I ask curiously.

Jasmine’s face lights up in a smile. “Something way more important than what I unwrapped on Christmas day.

“You hear this one a lot,” Jazzy continues. “‘Christmas isn’t about getting gifts.’ But I disagree.”

I gape at her in shock. “Let me finish,” she chuckles. “Christmas is about receiving the greatest gift ever – Jesus.”

I look away uncomfortably. “Yeah, yeah, I know the Christmas story. I’ve heard it a billion times,” I tried not to roll my eyes. “Christmas isn’t about earthly presents; I sound pretty selfish right now, I know. It’s about sweet baby Jesus.”

“‘Sweet baby Jesus?'” Jasmine guffaws. “‘Sweet baby Jesus’ nothing! Jesus isn’t a baby lying in a manger anymore.”

“But isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Jesus coming to earth as a baby?” I argue.

“That’s where people get confused,” Jasmine explains patiently. “You can sing ‘Away in a Manger’ all you want, and that might remind people that Jesus came to earth as a baby, but Jesus isn’t a baby anymore. You see, in 2013, I knew the Christmas story already; and indeed, it was just a story to me. But something happened, Molly; I realized how relevant Jesus is to us today.”

I shrugged, not really getting her point.

“The manger was Jesus’ first destination. But He didn’t stay there. He was on a mission, Molls! He had to get to Calvary, the grave, and then finally the Resurrection. Christmas Eve of 2013 was when I realized that we celebrate Christmas in light of the fact that Jesus did come to earth. That’s when I accepted Him into my heart, Molly!” When I turn to look at her, I realize that Jasmine’s eyes are shiny and wet with tears. She clears her throat before continuing, “Now, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us.”

“Interceding?” I ask.

“Praying,” Jazzy defines. “And Molly, when we’ve got Jesus Christ Himself praying for us, that tells me something.”

“What?”

Jasmine smiles at me as she places her hand on my shoulder. “When we’ve got Jesus Christ Himself praying for us, that tells me we’re gonna make it.

“Jesus isn’t oblivious to the fact that you worked hard to be a blessing to your family and friends. We’re blessed to be a blessing, and God wants to make sure you’re able to do just that in the exact way He plans. He isn’t oblivious to the fact that our presents were stolen, Molly. We’re Believers; you know what Believers do?”

“Umm… what?”

“Believers believe,” Jasmine grins. “It’s as simple as that. God has never failed us, not once, Molly. In 2013, our presents were stolen, just like this year – do you remember that?”

“How could I forget?” I chortle. It had been a Christmas miracle (click to see the full-length stopmotion production and true story!).

“Well, remember when you, Josefina, and Cécile prayed and believed and thanked God that He would provide the presents for us?”

I nod, it all coming back to me now. “I do.”

“And He did. God coming through for us all, even when it looked like Christmas was going to be ruined, and the faith you all had to believe God – that changed me, Molly. The entire Delightful World of Dolls family witnessed that miracle in that video. And that’s the Christmas I became a Believer.”

I look away, unable to believe I have forgotten what happened in 2013.

“God never changes, Molly,” Jazzy smiles. “If He came through once, He’ll do it again. We’re Believers, and Believers believe. Because Jesus is the greatest gift of all, and He is what we celebrate this Christmas – not Him being a baby, but that He came, what He did on earth for us, and how relevant He is to our lives today – He made it possible to believe on Him. And He wants us to have an abundant life, overflowing to the fullest!

“What do you say, Molls?” Jaz questions as I look her in the eyes again. “God gave us the most amazing gift ever. And now we get the privilege of believing in the other great things He has for us in this life. What do you say we believe that He’ll come through for us again?”

I nod, slowly at first, and then more vigorously. I wrap my arms around her in a tight hug.

“Thank you, Jasmine,” I thank her sincerely. “Thank you so much.”

“You’re welcome, Molly,” Jaz tells me, squeezing me back. “You’ve encouraged me to believe so many times. I want to do the same for you, too.”

“I’m ready to believe God for anything,” I announce as we pull away from the embrace. “He’s bigger than everything, and He loves blessing me as I bless others.”

“You got it, Molls!” Jasmine laughs. “Christmas isn’t ruined. God will provide. He always does.”

As if on cue, we hear someone come running up to us at rapid speed. “Molly! Jasmine! Help me!” someone screams.

We both spin around, eyes widening and hearts thumping.

Chloe is sprinting toward us, gasping for air. “I’m about to catch the thief,” she pants desperately. “The very one who’s been stealing our presents! I need your help right now!

… in the post, “Christmas Isn’t Ruined.” Check back on December 23rd to see who the thief is and what takes place.

P.S. Jesus didn’t really die for dolls. Guess what happened instead?


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By | 2016-12-19T13:11:13+00:00 December 19th, 2016|All, Christmas, Fun Things My Dolls Do, Holidays, Photostories|54 Comments

54 Comments

  1. Lucky ? December 19, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Omg Madi!
    I can’t believe that, that could’ve happened.
    That someone took your family’s presents!
    I love the way that you turned the story around to show the true meaning of Christmas!
    I can’t wait to see what happens in part two!
    I hope that although this misfortunate event occurred you still find the love and joy of Christmas!
    -Lucky ?

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Lucky! Actually, our presents were indeed stolen in 2013 (but God provided, like always!), although it did not happen this year (this is just a photostory). Thank you so very much for your kind comment! Merry Christmas!

  2. Izzypopcorn December 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    *gasps* This is so dramatic! Were your presents really stolen? I started crying when I saw the title of this post. I hate it when people are unhappy at Christmas-after all, it’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, right? XD I love the inspiring sister/friend moment you gave us there! What a wonderful photostory, with an absolutely heartbreaking title! ❤️️?

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      They absolutely were in 2013 (but God provided, of course!). This year, though, only my dolls presents were stolen (stay tuned for part 2) 😉 . It is indeed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” ? I am so glad you liked it! Sorry for the scare there with the title! Don’t worry, the whole stolen-presents thing this year is just for the photostory! Even though our presents were stolen in 2013, God provided – you can see the full-length true story stopmotion I made of it here. Thank you for your comment! ❤️

  3. Lucky ? December 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I’m happy to see that Jasmine and Molly have come to embrace each other as friends after this unfortunate occasion!
    Hope you manage to celebrate Christmas with a lot of joy
    – Lucky ?

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Me, too! They always used to butt heads and be competitive, but this really brought them closer together! 😀
      Merry Christmas, Lucky!

  4. Lucky ? December 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Okay, no problem!

  5. Light4theLord December 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Madison, YOU SCARED ME! My sister (who followed you) happen to see this before me (how? I dunno. It never happens like that!) and thought it’d be funny to scare me half to death by saying that YOURS got stolen instead of the dolls’… though I’m confused. Did yours (as in the family presents) and your dolls’ presents get stolen in 2013? So… this year they didn’t really get stolen? See, I’m confused. 😀 I need the 23rd to hurry up!
    ~ Light4theLord
    https://dollsnall.blogspot.com

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      So sorry I scared you! In 2013, our presents really did get stolen. The post that I linked to (the full-length stopmotion production) explains the entire story. This year, though, my dolls’ presents only “got stolen” for the photostory, but when reading the first few paragraphs, it sounds like I’m talking and saying my presents got stolen again. 😉 😀

      • Light4theLord December 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

        Huh-uh. I’m sure you’re SO sorry for scaring me (yeah right! I’m sure you enjoyed it, why else would you write it like that?!?!?!?) *frowns and scowls in pretend anger* (< oh wait, I guess it'd be virtual anger. Oh well!) Okay, good! I'll try to look at that post in a little while. It does sound like it's you! See how that works?!?!!??!? 😀
        ~ LIght4theLord
        https://dollsnall.blogspot.com

        • Madison
          Madison December 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

          LOLOLOL!! XD Hehehe!! XD

  6. Gracie December 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    AHHH! I totally didn’t catch that it was Molly speaking in the beginning! IT WAS SO SAD! WAAAHHHHH! I was like, what in the world am I gonna comment that will help you!
    But, PHEW, your Christmas isn’t actually ruined! *collapses in relief* XD
    I’m looking forward to part two! I loved part one, and how you incorporated the meaning of Christmas!
    ~Gracie

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Hehehe! That was the goal! 😉 (Aw, you are so sweet!) Thank you SO much, Gracie! I was really thinking up ideas for how I could make a post about the real reason for the season without “preaching”, so to speak, so I hope this brings a new light to the meaning of Christmas for many people! Thank you again!

  7. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) December 19, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Oh, my goodness! I was so sad for you when I read the beginning, I told my Mom and brother and they were like “Yeah, people stealing packages happens a lot at Christmas.” and I was soooooo sad for you and your family, but then I read the dolls story and I knew that you knew the true meaning of Christmas and that not having gifts wouldn’t be too bad, but then I read the comments!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are really tricked us all!! I can’t believe you!! LOL! I was so relieved when I read the comments and realized that it was the dolls presents that were ‘stolen’!!!

    Whew!! It was a wonderful story though, and I am so glad you’re present’s are safe and sound! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      LOL! Thank you so much, Livy! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much! 😀 😀

  8. Grace (The Girl Upstairs) December 19, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, how awful! I’m SO glad this isn’t the real case, but I’m terribly sorry that it happened at all. (The whole time, I was thinking, “Is this a December Fools’ joke?” XD XD XD )
    But you got right down to the core of what Christmas really means, and what it’s all about. We’re often swept up in the “Buy Buy Buy!” and “Want Want Want!” message of Christmas, but that’s not really what Christmas is about. It’s about Jesus, and celebrating His love and what He did for us. You shared this beautifully, my friend. <3
    ~Grace <3
    P.S. Sorry I've had a little lull in reading your story! I'm going to try to finish Chapter 12 and hopefully get to 13 as well. 🙂 Thanks for letting me read it! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Me too! I am so thankful it didn’t happen this year! (LOLOL! XD)
      Thank you so much, Grace! You are absolutely right. ❤

      P.S. Oh, no problem at all! Actually, you are my fastest beta reader! No one else has gotten past chapter 2 (besides three friends IRL)! Aw, you’re so welcome! Thank YOU again for reading it! ❤ 😀

      • Grace (The Girl Upstairs) December 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome, my friend! Me too! ( XD XD XD )

        P.S. Thank you! That makes me feel better. 😉 This story is amazing, and I’m glad to be back to reading it! 😀

        • Madison
          Madison December 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

          ?
          P.S. You’re welcome! Hehe. 😉 And aw, thank you SO much! 😀 I am super duper glad you like it. 😀

  9. Heather December 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Loved this!! I can’t wait to see the next episode.

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Heather! 😀

  10. Olive December 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    WOW.
    how’ed you get them to balance up there? XD
    Most crazily, ~Olive 😛

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      LOL! I have years of experience with balancing dolls…. all of those stopmotion productions and my dolls playing Dominoes with each other… LOLOL! ?

  11. Kaitlyn December 19, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    You scared me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really thought that it was you speaking!

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Hehehe! That was the idea! 😉

  12. Maddie December 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Oh my, I’m so very sorry to hear what happened in 2013. I’m so happy this was just a photo story, you were worrying me there for a second! XD Anyway, Jasmine looks absolutely STUNNING!!! Her hair is gorgeous! And you really explained the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season 🙂 or “keep Christ in Christmas” ya know…which ever catholic Christmas saying you prefer XD!!!

    Maddie

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO very much, Maddie! 😀 And Jasmine says thanks as well! I LOVE how her hair turned out, too! 😀 Thank you so much! LOL! XD

    • Natalie December 19, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Wait, Maddie, are you Catholic?

      • Maddie December 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        Natalie- Yes, I am!

        • Natalie December 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

          Really? I thought I was the only one!! I go to a lot of Christian Co-ops and I am usually the only catholic there!

  13. Lydia Dyslin December 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Great photostory! It kind of reminds me of an Adventures in Odyssey episode where a family’s presents and food get stolen. It’s kind of sad but very inspirational at the end. 😛 Can’t wait to see what happens next! 🙂

    ~Lydia~ <3

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Lydia! That is so cool! I think I’ve listened to Adventures in Odyssey before. LOL! 😛 Thanks again! 😀

  14. Natalie December 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    OMG MADI! You scared the living daylights out of me with that title! You really are the master of AG suspense. I can’t believe your presents were actually stolen! Lydia AND Madi, I just heard that Adventures In Odyssey today! AMAZING coincidence, huh. I can’t wait to see what happens at the end!

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      LOLOL! Thank you so much! XD I know, I couldn’t believe it in 2013! But God provided, of course! 😀 And really? LOL! That is so cool! And thanks again! 😀

  15. Sarah | For All Who Wander December 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I saw the title and went “Noooo!” Then I kept reading . . . phew! I really loved this post and the message it delivered. <3

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      😉 Thank you SO very much, Sarah! ❤

  16. Tess December 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Excellent! Good beginning – I want MOAR!

    • Madison
      Madison December 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you so very much! 😀

  17. AGfan December 20, 2016 at 2:24 am - Reply

    I’m So sorry that happened to you!! I’m glad it didn’t happen this year, but you must have been so frustrated when it happened in 2013!!

    • Madison
      Madison December 20, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, AGfan! I sure was, but God provided like always! 😀

      • AGfan December 21, 2016 at 2:07 am - Reply

        Same here !!

  18. samanthadolls December 20, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, I was sobbing too! You are such an awesome blogger Madi, and I kept on thinking, “Oh my goodness Gracious, of all the people in the world Madi doesn’t deserve this!” Good thing it was just a photo story!
    Also, how on earth do you get Jasmine’s hair like that! It’s adorable! I love Molly’s braid too.
    -Sam

    • Madison
      Madison December 20, 2016 at 10:09 am - Reply

      I’m so sorry that scared you! Aw, thank you SO much, Sam! LOL, yeah. 😛 I was actually super frustrated with her hair because I was trying to do something else and it wasn’t working, so I finally just curled it, pinned two sections back, and ta-da! And thank you so much! 😀

  19. Anonymous December 20, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Oh My Goodness! When I saw the title and read the first part, I was heart broken! That’s so terrible! I don’t know why someone would do that! But I’m glad they really didn’t, But still sad that happened to you in 2013 🙁 My Mom and Dad got stolen from Christmas eve night. And it was maybe there 1st or 2nd Christmas. Well I cant wait for the end!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    M&M-

    • Madison
      Madison December 20, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      I know, it was terrible! 🙁 Oh my goodness, that’s awful! 🙁 Thank you so much, M&M! Merry Christmas! 😀 😀

  20. Xyra December 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Hi! We’ve gotten really busy again here and behind on reading blogs as well as everything else. It hasn’t helped that the weather fluctuations are aggravating my allergies and sapping my energy.Anyway, your post title and the teaser paragraph in my inbox made me click “read more” and I was totally going to remind you that Christmas still comes without boxes and packages and tags. Then I kept reading and really enjoyed your post. Very nice way to share your faith. Thank you.

    • Madison
      Madison December 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Haha, I totally understand! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. And I’m so sorry to hear about the weather not making you feel good – I’ll pray for you, if you want! 😀
      Thank you so very much, Xyra! I am so glad you enjoyed the post! Merry Christmas! 😀

  21. Reya December 21, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Ah neat!

  22. Sara December 22, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    When I read the title, I was thinking, “Madi isn’t like this! Why would she title the post, ‘Christmas Is Ruined’, then??”
    I loved how you added the Good News in there – AH-mazing post! 😀 I can’t believe someone had the nerve to steal AG products from you like that in 2013…that was so mean and cruel and heartless, you’re too sweet a blogging friend for something bad like that to happen to YOU of all people. I’m so relived Christmas isn’t actually ruined for you, Madi. <3

    • Madison
      Madison December 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Sara! I know – it was crazy! 🙁 Aw, you are SO sweet, Sara! Thank you so much! Me, too. 😀 <3

  23. ginnie December 22, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I love this post! The message is a great reminder of what Christmas is really supposed to be about. I am so sorry that happened to your family in 2013! We’ve been having many break ins lately here in my town. People getting their Christmas presents stolen from their vehicles and a huge string of 70 break ins at a nearby condo in my neighbourhood. I don’t know why people think that they can just help themselves to other people’s things. Our community is currently banding together to help out a single mother who also had all of her Christmas presents stolen from her vehicle. It’s just sad. I loved your photo story though! Molly and Jazzy look beautiful!

    ginnie / http://www.fakingitmostly.com

    • Madison
      Madison December 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you so very much, Ginnie! 😀 Oh, no! That’s awful! 🙁 I’m so glad to hear that your community is helping out that poor mother, though. Thank you again, Ginnie! They say thanks as well! 😉

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