The Legend of the Crooked Candy Cane

Once upon a time in a land relatively close to here, there lived a crooked candy cane.

And this is one of those personification things where inanimate objects can talk. This was a talking crooked candy cane. Scary … but necessary for the legend.

So this candy cane was all bent out of shape. Physically AND attitudinally (yes, that’s a real word).

He wasn’t just bent at the top either like a regular cane. He was crooked, like… all over the freakin place. Top, middle, bottom … just a bunch of crookedness. He even had crooked teeth.

Plus he was an actual crook. He stole other candy canes. Which would amount to candy kidnapping/trafficking of sorts.

It was just a bad situation all the way around, let’s put it that way.

And to make matters worse … he wasn’t even the right colors. He was one of the green ones that nobody likes!

Plus he was small. Plagued with “Little Cane’s” syndrome, he was constantly in candy-therapy which he couldn’t even afford because he sucked at trafficking candy. He couldn’t even get doing wrong right.

In short …

He was an angry, lonely, discolored, little crooked candy cane.

So one day CCC (Crooked Candy Cane) was just stalking around town looking for some regular candy canes to steal, and lo and behold … he saw the biggest, most elegant, perfectly shaped, red/white striped candy cane of the land.

This candy cane was so amazing that CCC just went right up to him and licked him.

Other Amazing Candy Cane: dude wtf, are you serious? Did you just lick me?

CCC: Sorry. You just looked delicious

Other Amazing Candy Cane: That’s gross. I don’t cross breed with greenies. Don’t ever do that again or I’ll put you in a bowl and leave you there till next Christmas and let a relative who I don’t like eat you stale. Weirdo.

So of course Crooked Cane got pissed and pulled out his gat (gun) and kidnapped him just like he did all the other ones.

But something strange happened.

Normally when CCC stole a candy cane, the kidnapped canes would curse at him and be mean and try to escape and all that. It would hurt his feelings, but then he would just think, “this is why I do this. Other candy canes are mean. They deserve it.”

But this time the Other Amazing Candy Cane acted much differently. He went along silently and didn’t curse at him (candy cane curses are the worst btw). He wasn’t mean, and he didn’t try to escape. He just went along for the ride with a smile on his face and struck up a conversation …

OACC: So … you’re a Candy Kidnapper. How’s that working out for you?

CCC: Oh pretty good. I can’t figure out how to sell any of you since we’re in a recession, but it’s pretty cool to have a big room full of you as decorations.

OACC: Interesting. Sorry I snapped at you earlier. I was licked by a stranger as a little cane and it was a knee jerk reaction. It had nothing to do with you. Will you forgive me?

CCC: Why should you care if I forgive you? I’m stealing you. Aren’t you mad?

OACC: No. You’re probably just hurting inside, and God has some grand plan in all this. So I forgive you for stealing me. Actually … I love you. I think you’re a pretty cool candy cane. I wish I had your colors. Red and white isn’t even in my freaking color wheel.

CCC: Are you serious? I’ve always hated my colors. But now you’re making me like myself.

OACC: I wish I had all your bends too. It sucks being perfectly amazingly good looking. People just like me superficially, and lick me all the time. Plus it makes it hard for me to be humble. You should be thankful.

CCC: Marry me.

OACC: I can’t we’re both boys.

CCC: Times are changing.

OACC: Well this cane ain’t changing. You shouldn’t either.

CCC: Ok I won’t. Why is it that you’re so good and everyone else is so evil?

OACC: Because I have Jesus.

CCC: Ok I want Jesus too.

OACC: K. Just say “Jesus, I’m sorry for kidnapping candy canes. Please forgive me. I won’t do it anymore.”

CCC: “Jesus, I’m sorry for kidnapping candy canes. Please forgive me. I won’t do it anymore.”

OACC: Boom. I’ll cya in Candy Heaven.

CCC: Just one more lick.

OACC: No.

CCC: K

Then the crooked candy cane let the other normal candy cane go free.

When he got home, he looked in the mirror. And strangely enough …. he didn’t look quite as bent as he had before.

Moral to the story: Love mean people. God loves you, and you’re an idiot (we all are). The least you can do is return the favor. It will make the mean people less mean.

Who do you hate right now, and what could you do to go out of your way and love them? I kicked my cat the other day so I’m gonna go say I’m sorry later and roll up a catnip joint for him and his homies. You? Post below.

And list all the presents you bought people this Christmas. Whoever bought the most presents wins a free digital home study course of mine.

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  1. jen says:

    Info 4 doc; pls put your contact info on Preston’s facebook.

  2. jes says:

    Dear Preston & Family~~
    A blessed and Happy Holiday to You & All whose lives you touch! Congratulations to Kim and her family for “winning” your contest> They already were winners, too. Feel Your very very Best Soon! jes

    p.s. pls fwd doc’s #s, if you have time: )

  3. Preston says:

    Congrats to Kim S .. you’re the big giver of the year. :-) I’ll email you directly about the free home study course.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  4. Tiffany says:

    Thats a great story. I’m starting to like you even more Preston you have great taste. I didn’t have enough money this Christmas so I made 6 peach cobbler cheesecakes, 2 chocolate bacon cheesecakes, & 3 regular peach cobblers 4 peppermint cheesecakes. To end the season next week Ima do 4 mincemeat pies. These are my gifts for all my friends & family. Tis the season of giving!

  5. MIke says:

    OACC (in his own way) fulfilled the great commision. It all starts with relationships whether there new or old ones and ultimately result in the greatest relationship/gift ever. It all comes down to whether you will accept the “gift”.

    Always remember, your works are the product of your faith, not, faith is the product of your works.

    God’s always made it about your relationship with His Son (Jesus).

    The Bible is a Him book – It’s ALL about Him

    Start reading it this New Year.

  6. Ken says:

    Preston
    We had a Christmas Party (not a holiday party or some BS) and gave all the kids gifts from Santa. He is a friend of a friend so he came down off his pole for the party. We fed and gave gifts to about 100 peeps (my house is big because I am a successful wholesaler). Then we had Christmas in NY for my kids and when we get back to Colorado Santa will have stopped there too. My kids are so spoiled it’s ridiculous. I’m not sure which course I would want if I won because I think I have them all. Maybe I can re-donate to the needy wholesalers.

    Merry Christmas! First Christmas with your wife. That is nice!

    Peas!

  7. john oldham says:

    Thank you that was great and so true

  8. Cynthia says:

    Interesting story. I read one of the comment by posted on here by one of the site visitor. Someone said Christmas sucks.

    The morale of the story Preston posted was basically for us to love one another. Christmas should not be the only time of year when we show brotherly and sisterly love to one another. Also, Christmas is not about gift giving. It is about love.

    Life is about helping each other and making a difference in someone else’s life. If feels good to do something nice for someone else.

  9. Melchor Dano says:

    I wonder marbel,bothered,mystified etc etc I don’tt know how to describe(I’m filipino) why God createad a human being like me,you,us who is so hard headed, so ungrateful v.g.0r example the sun or waterwithout which we would not have plants,trees to grow hince no vegetables,rice wheat fruits,houses or any building for that matter, yet we don’t thank God, we just ignor him in our life, worse of all the air we breath,if we don’t have air in just five or seven menutes we all die, how and why don’t we thank God about it?During the katrina tzunami, the first thing people were cryuing for was water,they praying asking God for water but before katrina they were just wasting water and not thinking about God.yet He trust us,he wants us to be his partner, came to redeem us even die
    for our sins.But what is the point? He gave us only two commands love Gos and love your neigbhor .Do we care about Him?we’re even prohibited to pray or display his image in public. love our neighbor? we don’t even know who’s the person next door, you drive in the neighborhood, driver behind begins honking at you and pass by with finger signs, or you see them murmuring or perhaps cursing. I went the other day.to a christmas eve mass with my daughter, went to fift row and the couple setting their told my daughter, this is for a family how many are you? she said two oh you may set there,this is annoying, if not disgusting. if we christians cannot sacrifice a seat, what’s the point calling ourselves the bearer discipleand minister of christ? so are you not bothered by God creating us?where are we really going?we have so much problem, we have economic problem almost in chaos demonstrations in cities,people taking over the wall street cause people know the rich probably ninety percent of the popupation are stealing their money in connibance with goverment
    so consequently we have the peace problem.God in the beginning,said love God love, and the second love your neibhbor as I love you. we are suppose to take of one another. we are all stewards of God’s riches.But we’re so hardheaded. we want to do our own. we cover ourseves with riches,pursue it asif it is everything in life and no nresponsibility for others, worse thing stealing that riches.. there are hundreds of thousand big houses in California alone with nobody iinside save a care taker,even a poor country like mine same thing, surprisingly in my province of Bohol, in tagbilaran city, our legendary boxing champion Manny pacquiao has a big house like a mansion, who are staying there? just care takers.but around the cities there are so many homeless people and children. It’s sad to see.two or three times I wrote a letter to Manny pacquiao to sponsor my daughter who is a senior figure skater, never got an answer.. I don’t blame him maybe those secretaries just throw to waste baskets letters like that. But my consolation is this God said,”witjhout me, you can do nothing,”so I pass to him everything,after trying the best I could, I just believe Him kind of blindly.I’m learning how to handle stress,except one thing which really so hard for me it’s about women since they are so pretty and getting prettier every time so I kind of thinking so much about them or to put it bluntly undress them before,my eyes.I call my wife pagan no seriouslt just a nakename cause she lways delay us to church on sundays. she dress slowly or late aand sometimes don’t even go, so most often we’re late at church, we even got the name anyway you’re filipino don’t worry if you’re late, I just smile but it hurts.My wife left after a while to herdad.I should been more kind toher paid my dues but I did not,I am croocked cane candy paid heavely,so devastated did not want to workk, got fired from job and as real estate investor made no deals, sold my house and went to the Philippines went drinking till I came to my senses, back to the usa to see my daughter ,she’s always my gold,even if I like women so much I’m still single cause she doen’ want me to have another womant.

  10. Peter Joseph Paul says:

    Preston

    Thanks for the ccc story. I HAD NO MONEY THIS CHRISTMAS SO I GAVE THE ONLY THING
    THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME,MY TALENTS,MY VOICE,MY PERFORMANCE,MY TIME,MY ENERGY,
    MYLOVE,MY CONCERN,MY SKILLS,MY AWARENESS,MY SIGHT,MY VISION,MY PATIENCE,MY
    ENDURANCE,MY EFFORT,MY STRENGTH,MY CARING,MY FORGIVENESS, BECAUSE I WAS ROBBED ON CHRISTMAS DAY WHILE PLAYING IN TIMES SQUARE,MY
    PERSON,MY INDIVIDUALITY,MY MUSIC,MY INTERPRETATION,MY HEALTH AND WELL
    BEING FOR WITHOUT IT,I COULD NOT GIVE THE AFOREMENTIONED,MY RHYTHMS,MY
    STRUMS,MY BEATS,MY PROWESS,MY SONGS,MY UNDERSTANDING AND MOST OF ALL
    MY FAITH IN GOD WHO WHO SENT ME A CHAMPION IN THE FORM OF AN ANGELIC MAN
    WHO CHASED DOWN THE PERPETRATOR AND WHO BROUGHT BACK MY MONEY TO ME.
    WHAT A CHRISTMAS,I HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR,PRESTON.

    PETER JOSEPH PAUL

  11. Madeleine says:

    @ William Nastos, Interestingly, I have been having the same experience of trying to order & repeatedly receiving an ERROR msg in return.
    Preston, thank you for sharing the Candy Cane Story. I hope you & your family had a blessed and joyous Christmas, and that will continue throughout the Holiday Season & New Year. Please note the difficulty that William & I (& possibly others) have had in trying to receive your gift offer.

  12. Judy says:

    Thanks for the reminder that so many times we waste our precious time and energy hating someone when it takes less effort to extend a helping hand and a smile. In the end we also feel better. The Lord blesses me daily and I’m grateful. The best every for 2012!

  13. ilia says:

    well… i was able to buy much of a christmas this year but i think i’ll be printing out this story for a “day after christmas” gift for my younger children who are struggling with inner beauty and outward apperance. this story is perfect in explaining why people are the way they are, why they treat others the way they do and how they’ve forgottin/lost their way from the most important person in a life time. thank you preston. happy holidays and god bless you!

    ~ilia

  14. Kimberly carty says:

    Awesome story, thanks for that. V ery true though. I’ve had a crappy year. On February 19th my home burned down and my 2 dogs died in that fire.enough to rebuild. We had to get an adjuster tohelpus out. Insurance company adjuster said we could repair our home. L It has taken us until about a month ago for the insurance compa ny to give us our due.n. nough They very quickly gave us $86000.00. That’s a lot of money but not enough to rebuild. They said we cld repair home. Lol. I’ll send pics if u want. One room has no roof or rear wall. But I also have been blessed. My mom has apartments, so my husband and I had somewhere to live. Oh. I could go on and on. Many pronunciatin butalso many blessings. I am a retired disabled veteran, so did

  15. Michelle says:

    Christmas SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Shane says:

    Thanks for the thought provoking anecdote here Preston, it really made me think about how I react towards other people.

    I didn’t buy many presents this year, just some roses for my mom (her birthday is on Christmas Day). I wasn’t in a position financially to buy her much else. I also bought my aunt a dozen roses and the floral company actually sent her two dozen roses so it turned out to be a good present for her!

    My focus for 2012 is to examine my thought process and how it can be hindering me from the things which I *SAY* I want because if I really want certain things then why do I not have them? Do I *REALLY* want certain things in life or am I just SAYING that I want them because it sounds good? Wow, just writing that last sentence and reading it was SO revealing for me.

    Anyway thanks again for the moral lesson and all that you do and keep up the good work, which I know you will.

  17. Rotnron says:

    good stuff The big guy in the sky does like use treating each other as we wish to be treated–makes it more better and we find out just how ezy it is to do so–my my–u give me reason to believe–bless your heart–and on the internet even–go figure–goes to show that free will is alive and well–all you gotta do is want to try–and good stuff happens–and i am
    Rotnron

  18. Henry Lake says:

    I want the best that God has to offer……..

  19. Mom bear. says:

    My was beginning was bad. I was molested most of my child his hood. Irt was bad. I had no ime to tell. The incest started when I was very young. It stop, when I had gotten knocked up at 15 yrs. It was hard for me to live around my family. Today it is still hard. I always went to church. To try to get over by doing geo graphic escape. Went to school. I did finshed school, twice.
    My family seems like they dont love me. I wondered about that baby, I was 15 then. My dad said not to look at the baby. I had top give him away. When I met my sons father, he would get drunk. & said bad things in front of my sons. Veteran, w/alcohol, ptsd. So thats when I knew that I had to be a single parent. Had no money, no car, no family, to help me. There dad was a alcoholic. I went to school. First a certificate, & the school became a college. So I went back & received a degree in computers. My truck was broke, I toffee my bicycle to auto zone. Then the city bus, did a hit n run on me. Like that I was a dog. My doctor lied & said that I had all the same pain, prior from a12 1/2 urea early from a whip lash. That was a lie.because all that time I was working. In construction in housing. I couldn’t speak or understand spanish. So thats way I didn’t get a office job.so now am disable from getting hit by the city bus.I didn’t remember how I gotten home. I didn’t go to the hospital. Because of my dions were young. No phone ast the house. No family to scrape me off the sidewalk. My family lives in Wisconsin. I rasied my sons alone. My sister quit talking to me. Because they couldn’t understand chroni pain. Plus they drank alcohol, I couldn’t get along with them, like that. My tribe didn’t give me a job. So I had to move back to Albuquerque. I do go to church.with my sons. I tried suicide, not my intention. I feel bad because my sons also suffered. All the while, in what I was going through. My lawyer didn’t help me, with the city bus. He would tell me that mexicans, blacks,& native never gotten their fare share with city law suits. I gotten $21,000 for the bus hitting me. I had to sell everything. Plus my pretty truck, way less, then what I paided for it. Am still confessed, memory loss, can’t think right. I dont have any man in my life over 10 yrs. No companionship. Just two dogs, & a cat. Then my sons signed up for the war. To give up their lives for this country. But only one went to war. I was never able to ho watch them in football, wrestling, r.o.t.c. I had 3 hernias, but my doctor said it was stree. I lost my hearing. Ptsd, soft tissue damage in my entire body, bad headaches, ringing in my ears. I have been a prisoner in my little apartment, & my body. I have to want for the tribe to help me with a house, in about 5 to 10 yrs. If I have that much timr. I tried to ask my tribe to help me. Butt no one would do nothing for me. I keep praying that msybr some day that god would help me with my life. I love my gifts from god, ast is my sons. I thank them every day. So I need prayers.. Alots. If I had a computer I could learn again, how to use it. I know that I can’t give up. Because, am want grandchildren in my life. Something else to live for. My credit scores r so bad, from all the slum lords. I wished that we had r own house. Mysons needs help also. Right now they can’t afford a new computer for the army. So I wish all three of uys can receive a new computers. SSI uys not much. They can’t find jobs. So that also hurtd me & them. I pray that we could get some real help. I was a strong woman. Butt right now I have been weak. So can you all, can you help us. I dont have anyone to help us, or me. I have been suffering for a long time. Please help us. I tried to bring my sons up in the right way. With gods help. Thats why I have gotten this far in my life. Thank you, for reading my message. May foud bless & be with you all.. Thanks!!!

  20. Sylvia Marrie says:

    Hello ! Preston , this is sylvia marrie. and I want to ask all of your people that commented on the crooked candy cane , about all of the things they where saying .have any of you looked at the news latly or picked up a news paper and read it or even read any of the news that be on the screen when you are on the computer . this world is nothing about (GOD! ) in it not with all of the stealing and all of the robbing and killing and the worst of all they say we live in a world of plenty and yet we have children some don’t have a home and some don’t even have food t eat on a daily basics but you all can sit in your houses and do all of your big meals and fancy presents to one another .and most of the peple out there are with out . lights to see ,gas to keep warm. or water to drink . when people like you all do all of this big talk it just makes me feel even more worst than I already do.

  21. Eddie G. says:

    I work in the retail business and the shopping frenzy was as always despite the economy. It’s unfortunate though that the emphasis is on “Happy Holidays”, “Holiday” this,”Holiday” that and get this and get that by a commercial media. The nonsense of separation of church and state,mentioned nowhere in the Constitution has got to stop. This is America and an American Christmas greeting to your fellow countryman is “Merry Christmas”. I said it to all my customers as I completed a sale and it seemed as they were relieved to hear it and said Merry Christmas in return. It feels good,it feels right,it creates smiles,and expresses warmth and good will which “Happy Holidays” is a somber reminder of what is so cold and drab of trying to be politically correct. The irresponsibility of our elected in Washington has led to an inflationary surge that has made it difficult for families to make Christmas affordable. As I mentioned earlier,the shopping frenzy was on but the sales in my department leaned towards the best possible buy rather than just whip out the ol’ plastic and charge it willy nilly. It’s still all good because it’s the thought that counts and not whether something came from Macy’s or Walmart. The big disappointment for me is the Christmas entertainment on the boob toob. It was pretty sparse and I’ve always loved the musical concerts,A Christmas Carol (older versions from 1938 and 1983),White Christmas,Henry Winkler’s An American Christmas Carol,and many others that were an annual treat,gone from the airwaves. We need the return of our traditions to make Christmastide distinctly American in culture with beautiful music to inspire the season,Nativity Scenes to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas,media entertainment minus the censorship of the word “Christ” because other cultures and religions exist. Sorry,He walked this planet long ago before we came along and no solitary life has had a greater impact on mankind than He,therefore,it is fitting we should pay homage to His birth. As for ignorant or non believers who have a hard time trying to fathom why somehow something’s missing as they gather before their “Holiday” tree, I give you Season’s Greetings which is always appropriate and I wish you a very Merry Christmas plus a Happy New Year and may you toss out the “Holiday” drivel next year while returning to wish me the same.

  22. Ch'eryl says:

    Preston,

    That was a very nice candy cane story. I never heard it before, I most enjoyed reading posts in response to your request for told Christmas exchanges for a chance to win one of your downloads. I can’t use your program presently but don’t mind expressing myself. My husband and myself are both on ssi. I usually spend everything that is left after we pay household expenses anyway. I bought the required gifts for family exchange of gifts for children under 16 for no more than 5$ each. About all I could afford. God was faithful and Blessed me to contribute and by a token gift for daughter in laws and I was able to do the Angel Tree Secret Santa at our church. Praise God for HSN I was able to buy myself this new laptop on flexpay. Pray I don’t get overdrawn in bank account b4 it’s paid for. My husband bought me a used 1994 F150 truck thaat needs a little work which he can do himself. Now we just have to be able to afford the insurance. lol He also bought me brand new pink pjs, sleeveless for hot flashes lol, soft flece housecoat and rwo pair pink houseshoes. So as far as giving and recieving is concerned I can only say what my mom as always said, “not to bad a shape for the shape I’m in”. Now for my other posts comments. Please put me in contact with the person who wants to give back by providing legal advice/representation. etc. I remember years ago being enrolled in a legal aid service and it came in handy. My legal needs are of a intellectual design/entrepreneuer nature. You see, I am part of a great legacy here in Detroit, MI. Although we are not really at odds with family members at the relm, there are matters that we would rather have separate from the currect administration. (goggle Mother Waddles, my grandmother). I would appreciate it if you could put me in contact with that individual. Second comment is to poster that sounds like they need to be explained why (one) believes in the Bible. The Bible is the main evidence of our relationship with God. The creature of the world. I haven’t had to explain this in a long time. The Bible recounts in short our earthly history. Further biblical education can educate and inform. The Bible deals with Creation, Leneage, Prophecy, Jesus Birth and Teaching, other Teachings and intructions and Finally a dream about the Second coming of Christ and Heavenly Creatures and Beings. Dinasaurs were problably around but had nothing to do with the preceeding. God’s Infinute Wisdom new that He created humans that would find all that stuff that was buried such such skeleton creatures and beings (humans). No need for it to be in The Bible. I for one am glad that I was introduced to Jesus as a child. Especially the way I received it. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR READERS NAME BY NAME, HOME BY HOME AND FAMULY BY FAMILY. IN CLOSING I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH A CREED WRITTEN BY MY LATE GRANDMOTHER TITLED MY MIND. (I read this to an attorney a fw years ago and he asked was this in the Bible?) MY MIND IS GOD’S MIND AND GOD’S MIND IS MY MIND. I WALK WITH LOVE, I TALK WITH LOVE, I THINK WITH LOVE AND I SPEAK WITH LOVE. i GIVE LOVE AND I RECEIVE LOVE AND I AM LOVE! MY WORDS TO LIVE BY!!!!! LOOKING FORWARD

  23. william nastos says:

    PRESTON, MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR !
    IN THE PAST 3 DAYS I HAVE TRIED TO ORDER FOR THE AMAZING $1 USD
    YOUR TOTAL COURSE WITH ALL THE PROVISIONS AND OBLIGATIONS.
    I HAVE SO FAR RECEIVED 3 REJECTION NOTICES AND THE FOLLOWING
    AUTHORIZATION DECLINES: 153842286, 153843618, 1533155273.
    CAN I PLEASE BE CONTACTED AS TO WHAT THE PROBLEM IS, BECAUSE
    IT DEFINITELY IS NOT LACK OF FUNDS.

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP.

  24. sammie says:

    what can i say !!!! the story says it all.
    reread the story and take lessons americans
    I love the story

  25. Theresia says:

    Preston, THANK YOU! Also, thanks to a lot of the readers with commits. Good advice is good for the heart, soul and livelyhood.

  26. olayi says:

    God is love (1JOHN4v8)there/4 HE sent HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON to us (1JOHN4 v9-11)
    HE gives power to make wealth(DEUT8v18) JESUS said HEis the VINE without HIM u are nothing.
    HE humbles you when necessary and gives you bread when in lacks (deut8vs3&9).The best present to give to any person is the JOY of salvation which is the reason for christmas. ALWAYS remember that songs of joy started in the manger by angels proclaming messiahs birth to lowly and poor shepered and ended in the throne of the LAMB OF GOD host of heaven singing HALLELUYAH(rev5v11-14)will you be there? ask yourself

  27. connie says:

    Preston – All is love. Hope we all learn to be generous with our mercy. Passion, passion, passion.

    Take care – C

  28. connie says:

    Preston…all is love.

  29. edward says:

    also I hate anything that isn;t white but that is not right so I’ll go a little out of my way too be a little more nice to the off white

  30. edward says:

    a crook is just a lick or two away from being a good candy cane someday so never treat the bad candy any other than the right way because some day bad candy could pave the way to a good candy day.

    I gave everyone in the family and friends a lottery ticket and a gift some hundred and 150 people people.

  31. tony says:

    Hey Preston. Its Tony. Alot these posts are true about Jesus. I took Jesus as my saviour over 20 years ago. I didn’t give or get alot of presents this year. I got 2 presents to be exact. The greatest present over any present is this. All my jobs I’ve had has usually kept me from home. This year I’m sitting at home enjoying Christmas with my family. I don’t about alot people; but that’s the greatest gift I’ve had in a long time. Its better than any gift you can buy with money.

  32. Sheila Sanders says:

    i hope you had a better Christmas then i did

  33. Sheila Sanders says:

    thanks for the nice email

  34. Joann says:

    Merry Christmas Preston! I just wanted to thank you for your emails and this one in particular! It is so uplifting and a real eye opener. I was sitting here feeling sorry for myself – this first Christmas alone without an income at present. I do have faith that things will be much better shortly. Because unlike some of the others, I have experienced a couple of miracles. I have chronic asthma. I have been hospitalized a couple of times this year and was in a coma for 4 and 6 days. I am mentally strong (I hope) and just a wee bit off physically. I am working on the latter; not much I can do for the other. I plan to invest in your program as soon as I get some income coming in. GOD IS GREAT!! You are making Him proud!

  35. ALOHA,Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year from the beautiful state of HAWAII!
    MAHALO,…(thanks) for all that you are inparted into the lives of many especially us because of your Sharing and Giving Heart.
    In Hawaii we are spiritual belivers recognizing His creations and opportunities plus enjoying it and you are one of them. Well, maybe some of us are. Did you know that Gods funniest creation was people? He had humor when he created us, just look around and you’ll start laughing.Well, untill I looked in the mirror and asked Him; “Where He went wrong with me”? lol! Not so funny… but, hey He created me perfect and different. At least I don’t look like some…anyways!
    About your surgery, God created what’s called “Natural” and “Super” whether we believe or not! Doctors are “Naturals” and His Word is the “Super” when you put them together it becomes “Super Natural”! Do I hear an Amen!! Have Faith not fear! Have fun not frounds! No worry be Happy! I belive He already has your situation in His Hands! You’re Blessed to be a Blessing Ely and Prayers avail much I say!
    Take care and continue having an Exceedingly, Abondantly, Prosperous New Year in 2012! ALOOOOOHA!

  36. Robbin Closs says:

    Hi there Robbin Closs is my name and that was wonderful little story but it is so true,
    I am living truth that God has been in my life,
    Im 51 just got married to Christian woman and what and wonderful and beautiful woman,
    I guess God has been dealing with me all threw my lifeand I have experience 5-6 near deaths and a few miracles in my life
    And now to come across your web site and to be follower of God is just another sign in my life pretty cool how people cross our paths,
    I my self want to be able to travel and work in mission fields some day.
    I know in Canada and Usa and other parts of the world just dont know how well we really have it here and how rich we really are compared to other lands were people cant get a job or any food, Or just farm to eat if hey can.
    Consider your self lucky if their money coming to you and you don’t work.
    You are Blessed and don’t know it.
    But anyways im working and its good job hard work but Im blessed I know and we all just have to believe and to have faith as God is so real
    Anyways dont know if ill ever get your course but I added you to face book
    God Bless and Merry x mass

    Robbin

  37. Michelle says:

    I didnt get much this year…but there’s nothing much that I need, either. I got to give the BEST gift, though! Do you remember what you got for Christmas 17 years ago? Me either. But through Advent Conspiracy and Living Water International, I got to give a water well to a village in Haiti! One of the villages there got a new well 17 years ago, that is still providing clean water even now, 17 years later. Maybe my well will do the same, and save multiple lives through the years ?! Could anyone get a better gift than that? (well, other than Eternal Life, that is..and I have that one too!)

  38. Lucy says:

    That was so cute! It’s true though. God loves us unconditionally and we’re supposed to do the same …Love your enemies no matter what and see what blessings the Lord has for us..
    Lucy

  39. David Frerking says:

    Merry Christmas!!

    Love the story. Think how different the word would
    Be of everyone would receive Gods love.

    David

  40. Joanna says:

    It’s not about the gifts I gave but the gift I received.God’s mercy and grace when I don’t deserve it.He forgave me so I forgive others.Out of work 2 years and broke.People making harsh statements and was ready to give up.Chose to fight to keep my faith,continued supporting the food bank and 25 charities that were in desperate need of help plus giving my tithe to honor God.All of a sudden when I had hit rock bottom and decided I would be better off dead than being a burden to my elderly parents,my faith and perseverance paid off.The job offers started pouring in.I don’t start work until after the holidays but I plan on helping as many people as possible.I am spending Christmas alone with no tree or gifts and caught a bad case of the flu but that will not stop me from being grateful for what I have.I wish everyone peace,happiness,good health and prosperity.: )

  41. Doc Berry says:

    An interesting array of outlooks Preston. Greg’s wife is on target with her observation of most successful millionaires/multi-millionaires. In regard to your post about the giving of gifts Preston, it is, in my opinion, the central principle of the Crhistmas celebration. I served three tours in Viet Nam (’67-’68-’69) as a member of 1st Force Recon Marines. Ithas been said of that war that, “All gave some…some gave all.” Jesus gave all for every member of every nation. Thus, in keeping with that spirit, I will match your offer of giving. I don’t want to ramble on, so let me be as brief as is appropriate for complete understanding of my gift. First, after having read some of the posts, I realized that many people have issues from traumatic to trivial, and most, if not all of those issues, could be satisfactorily resolved with quality legal counsel/representation. I am not an attorney, I am a doctor, but I know very well the value of having an attorney of significance on retainer, so I’ll posit a single question to all who read this post…If attorneys worked for free, how many people would use them? … … a rhetorical question of course, because the answer is obvious. Most people don’t keep an attorney on retainer because it’s just too cost prohibitive. Call any attorney firm you know of and tell them you want to put them on retainer and describe the legal services you want them to provide as follows:
    All Real Estate issues including purchase, refinance, forclosure, landlord/tennant; Consumer Finance issues (collections, warranties, guarantees, rebates, contracts, etc.); Family Law issues (divorce, child custody, child support); Estate Planning (Wills, Living Trusts, Power of Attorney, etc.); Traffic issues (moving violations, accidents, etc); Unlimited Legal advice on any isue; Letters written on your behalf from your attorney, telephone calls made on your behalf by an attorney; Trial defense including Pre-trial and representation at trial; IRS Audit assistance; and other legal matters. Now tell them you want them available at your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At 3:37 in the morning on a Sunday if you have a legal problem, your attorney will be right there to handle it. Now ask them how much they would charge for this type of a legal service package.. … … Well, this is my gift. I will give to everyone of this group of “Friends” who wants it, this exact same legal representation that I have…for free. I will pay for it. Preston they will have to contact you in order to get to me because you have my contact information and they do not. I can’t give it to the entire world, but for those who are lucky enough to be part of this group it is available for the asking, just like God’s grace and salvation…it is available to all who simply ask. I am not, in any way, comparing my gift to His, I am just trying to humbly follow His example. Merry Christmas to all, and have a remarkable 2012.

    Dr. Mark W. Berry

  42. K.C. Mulcare says:

    ‎”For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6, King James Bible – Merry Christmas from K.C. & Athena

  43. CJ says:

    It is just like what book teaches… Counter evil with soft words and love instead of trading evil deeds for evil deeds. Love yourself and neighbors and all will go well in the long run.

  44. PE! (“HAVE YOU CONSIDERED MY SERVANT JOB”)?
    YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES! WILL, DESIRE, ENERGY, FAITH!
    IS YOUR FAITH STRONG?
    DO YOU TRULY BELIVE WITH ALL YOU HEART, WITHOUT HAVING SEEN A MIRACLE?
    THREE YEARS AGO MY WIFE AND I CELEBRATED WITH MY COUSINS. HIS WIFE CALLED US TO CELEBRATE WITH THEM POSSIBLY FOR THE LAST TIME, WITH THEM AND HER BROTHER AND HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER.
    YOU SEE MY COUSIN HAD A FEW MEDICAL ISSUES WHICH HAD HIM IN A COMA TWICE ON TWO OCCASSIONS WITH TWO HOSPITAL STAYS IN A TWO MONTH PERIOD. HE WAS BLACKING OUT AND HITTING HIS HEAD AND HAD NO WILL TO LIVE.
    HIS WIFE ASKED HER BROTHER TO COME AND ENCOURAGE HIM. HER BROTHER, A PASTOR,
    AGAINST HIS FAMILY AND DOCTORS ORDERS ARRIVED THAT DAY WITH AN EVEN MORE HEART RENCHING STORY!
    HE WAS HAD SEVERAL HEART ATTACKS AND WAS AWAITING A HEART TRANSPLANT.
    MY WIFE AND I LISTENED AS HE REVEALED HIS STORY!
    SHORTLY AFTER HE DECIDED TO BECOME A MINISTER, AND PASTOR A CHURCH, HE WAS STRUCK WITH HEALTH ISSUES AND HEART ATTACKS.
    IT WAS DETERMINED THAT A TRANSPLANT WAS NECESSARY.
    HE HAD BEEN ON THE LIST A LONG TIME WITHOUT ANY DONORS THAT MATCHED.
    HE RESOLVED IN HIS HEART THAT IF SOMEONE ELSE MUST EXPIRE IN ORDER FOR HIM TO LIVE,
    THEY SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXIST.
    A WEEK PRIOR TO HIS VISIT, HE HAD A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK AND WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. AFTER INTENSE SURGERY HE RECOVERED AND WAS ABLE TO ATTEND THE HOLIDAY GATHERING.
    HE EXPLAINED THAT HE DID NOT AND THEY COULD NOT FIND A DONOR SO THE DOCTORS IN A LIFE SAVING EFFORT INSTALLED A FEW WIRES AND TUBES ATTACHING THEM TO HIS HEART VALVES.
    AFTER WHICH THEY REMOVED HIS HEART!
    AS WE WATCHED IN ASTONISHMENT,
    HE ASKED THAT WE “FEEL HIS PULSE.” HE HAD NO PULSE.
    HE THEN ASKED THAT WE “LISTEN TO HIS HEART BEAT.” HE HAD NO HEART BEAT.
    HE THEN EXPLAINED, THE SURGEONS HAD, “TAKEN OUT HIS FAILED HEART!”
    HE THEN SHOWED US A BAG THAT WAS STRAPED AROUND HIS SHOULDER.
    IT LOOKED LIKE A 1984 PORTABLE BAG CELL PHONE OF OLD, AND EXCLAIMED, “THAT HE WAS BEING KEPT ALIVE BY A PORTABLE MACHINE”, A “MECHANICAL HEART “, IN THE BAG.
    PE!
    WE HAVING SEEN THIS IN PERSON.
    THANK YOU!
    BUT NO THANK YOU!
    I DON’T NEED A PRIZE, OR GIFT, FROM YOU, OR ANY OF MANKIND!
    FOR I, ALONG WITH MY COUSIN AND OUR WIVES RECIEVED THE GREATEST VISUAL PROFF, AND GIFT OF OUR LIFE!
    SIGNS AND WONDERS!
    BE BLESSED, AND HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    P.S.
    ALL OUR PREDICAMENTS AND CONCERNS TOGETHER PALED IN COMPARISON!
    HE DID GET A TRANSPLANT A FEW MONTHS LATER AND IS DOING HIS MINISTRY!
    GOD SPEED YOUR RECOVERY NO MATTER WHICH AVENUE YOU DECIDE ON!

  45. henry fuka says:

    WOW! that is the story of my life before Jesus saved me….for reals.

  46. D says:

    I gave a home cooked meal, 5 hr energy,and 10.00!

  47. M Masadeh says:

    Beleive in God you never fail, he si Great, all what I can say
    Marry Christmas and happy new year, God Bliss you all.

  48. Randy says:

    Shame on you for kicking God’s cat. I house and feed and love a little grey tabby cat called Zack. He’s left handed, can measure time and comes when he is called. He can (and does) nod his head in response to a question. He ‘talks’ up a storm. (scares me sometimes…. I’m getting to understand what he ‘says’ sometimes.

    One can own a dog. One NEVER owns a cat. The cat is very independent, and will stay only where he (she) is wanted and at least liked. If you have never been loved by a cat you don’t know what you are missing.

    Look at where you kicked him (her), and relate it to your own body. We are similar. How would you like to be kicked there by, say, a horse. Relative size is similar, as well.

  49. Nadine says:

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Preston!
    I can not write an epistle on what I bought because five years ago, my husband of 23 years decided that living with a woman in bigamy was better than our marriage, walked out which caused our home to be foreclosed on by Wells Fargo, and now due to all that my credit is in the crapper.
    I work as a Retail reset merchandiser which is extremely hard manual labor, and I will be 60 years old in March. All I want is God to open the door for me to work from home, as in the job I do, I have to travel all the time and now it is getting so expensive to do that, I now am not making enough to cover my bills since I am having to cover my travel expenses.
    I spent every penny I had to try to make Christmas nice for my family, which includes my daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren, my mother, my sister and her husband, my nephew, his wife and their little boy. I doubt if what I bought for all of them exceeded $250.00 total as I had to try to find decent things on very limited cash. I now have an empty bank account and am suppose to to out of town to work this coming Thursday and Friday, but now do not even have enough money to put the gas in my car and pay my car insurance, so I am depending on God to provide what I need to pay my bills so I do not loose my car.
    Well thanks for the story, it does make a lot of sense without the spiked eggnog as I do not drink anything alcoholic. It may sound twisted, but if it reaches those in need of Jesus, it does not matter how twisted it sounds, it is the basis and moral that counts.
    Hope your health problems are healed by Gods healing hand very soon!

  50. D.Dancinglake says:

    Hi Preston. I’d love to list all the gifts that I was able to purchase and gift to others. But the economic times are very difficult for me. One out of 10 people you know has suffered terrible foreclosures and loss of almost all material possessions. I just happen to be on that list.

    Not looking for pity or handouts. I choose to become better instead of bitter.

    So to all, thank God for all your blessings! Be grateful for what you have instead of bitter because of what you do *not* have. Find and keep your gift of gratitude.

    Holiday Blessings!

  51. Sherrie says:

    Hey Preston, my question to you is where is your blind faith? Why did you not choose this angel from Heaven and go see her before letting any doctor cut on you? Blind faith is very powerful. Believe it is, there are healer’s all around the word healing the needs of people even more so now.
    Yes I am alone on this Christmas Day while my family is enjoying their Christmas together. I walk in peace today to spend my Christmas Day with God.

    I will be restored this coming year and I shall show up in my biggest way possible.

    Now for Christmas presents, I have given my time, my heart and my soul to inspire others. I sit and love those through their destructive pathways.

    Example, I have a friend and it seems everything that comes out of her mouth is a lie. She also says a lot of bad things about me. But I still love her and accept her. As I am not affected by her truth. God loves us no matter what and I choose the same pathway.

    I have also been handing out prayers for Heaven on Earth with Manna.

    There is many gifts that I have given.

    Now we celebrate the New Year together.

    Sherrie

  52. Mickie says:

    Preston, you ever feel like heaven and hell are at war over your soul???? Well I do Sept 17, 2011…dog woke me up jumping on my face say the least I was pissed, threw them outside, smelt fire heard sirens saw no smoke. Walked into the kitchen all the breakers popped, oh shit I thought to myself, o turned to wake my boyfriend cause I had no idea what was going on I was still half ass asleep!! Saw someone walking up the steps went opened the door and was hit so hard by flames it knocked the breathe out of me!! As I watched the flames crawl up the ceiling I found myself praying to goď to forgive me for my sins and to save my family. I then yelled at myself bitch get up!!!!!!! I kicked the door, it melted around my feet I shoved it somehow it shut, sucked all the fire out and blew up my daughter wall to her bedroom!! As I’m screaming my boyfriend yells your dreaming Mickie go back to bed. So i run kick the door open and said look!!!!! He jumped up I got Bridget you get Sophie, so ran and grabbed Sophie could not see or breathe, could not find my way, suddenly something was pushing me and pinching me!!! So I moved away from it. I fell out the back door turned it was my dog she was pushing and biting me out the door. Say the least we survived. Burns smoke inhalation ect. Lost everything had changed address on my insurance so nothing was covered. I put on Facebook ” devil knocked on my door I wouldn’t let him in so the fucker burnt down my house!!!! You can have my shit but you can’t have my soul” I then opened my mailbox already recieved the electric bill!! I opened it for the 16 days we lived there the total electric usage was 666!!!!!!!! I threw the bill on the ground took a pic and let it blow away!!! Never paying that bill!!! stool to this day I know it was the devil I saw walking up my stairs!! Read the signs they are all there!!! Look on my Facebook pics Preston you will see this a true story!!! No shit!!!! Let me know what you think of my story it is Xmas day and I’m still homeless. But very blessed. I hope your day is a great one my friend, and god bless!! Tell mom I said hi!!!!

  53. Pete says:

    Preston & Your Organization,

    At a time when everyone is trying to remove “GOD” from this world & everyday life. When it is politically correct not to mention “GOD” in public forum….You stand strong against public appeal, as a beacon of hope & faith. A true warrior for our Lord. As Jesus said “Deny me before the world and I shall deny you before my father.” Continued blessings to you Brother Ely. And party like a rock star.

  54. Preston my dear: One thing I learned from your candy cane story. A lot of people see themselves crooked and ugly…maybe this comes from home. But along comes someone (Jesus) who makes you see yourself the way He(God) made you and your life changes forever. You my love are the voice and love of God speaking to us today. I’ll take it!!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  55. Ronald Madsen says:

    What a truly blessed story! I wish the whole world could read it and learn from it!! Christmas is so special because God sent His Son to save us and I’ve seen a true miracle. My Wife and son-in-law have been fighting for a long time and yesterday they made peace! A Christmas miracle? I thank the Lord we can finally be family again! Thanks for the srory, and God be with you during your surgery. Remember He never gives us more than we can handle.

  56. Remy says:

    You are truly a real guy!! that was awesome!! I am going to tell it as my own at the family dinner!!

  57. Preston Ely,
    MICHAEL here, I have been trying Affiliate Marketing, and I have to say what a mind blowing stressful business, this Planet has! You are all here to learn as much as you can, and most importantly though is “TO BE GOOD”!!! “NEVER” take the “EVIL” Route!!! There is alot of “SCAMS” in this bussiness!!! You need to let the PEOPLE know to “BEWARE”! This is your mission, now! I also would like to wish you beneficial coincidence(Good Luck) on your surgery!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS&A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE PEOPLE (MANKIND) PLANET !! God Bless, MICHAEL P.S. Christmas is about celebrating the “BIRTH OF JESUS” NOT MATERIALISM!!!

  58. Alone- so your story made my Christmas so I say
    If you wanna Press-on with realestatee get on with Pres’ton.
    Get with the Doctor for your surgery, after all God will be handling it leaning on His Sherpherd’s Crook..
    God Bless.

  59. Jason says:

    I knew it, I never did trust those green candy canes, something about them just left a bad taste in my mouth….

  60. paul oliver perryman says:

    DUDE< I don't have the teeth to eat candy canes BUT if I did I would sooooo eat the crooked candy cane . Then it woud motivate me to be a better person JUST LIKE HIM

  61. Shelley P. says:

    I enjoyed the story. If you read it and have your family around you, its a cute story. But if you are all alone it might have a meaning. If you read it with god in your life, you are never alone.even if you have no family.God has smiled at me I have lots of family,and friends around. Some are far and some are near but all are near and dear to me….Merry Christmas&Happy New Year

  62. Donna says:

    Dear Preston, I know you sai d the person who bought the most presents would win your books but this year I was not able to buy any for my three beautiful grand-daughters, and every year it gets harder to do so, I have a job but I drive a school bus which is considered part time as I only put in about 28 hours and week and the pay is just not enough I barely get by after paying rent and paying my bills which I have to juggle so things don’t get shut off. I know GOD is out there and HE has a plan for me I just wish I knew what it was. My grandchildren understand my situation and are just pleased that I am still here to celebrate and be with them I would love to give them what they ask for all year round but simply cannot do that. I am blessed to still be on this earth with them I want to watch them grow and be happy and with GODS blesssing I’lll be here for a long time. God Bless you Preston and HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  63. Linda Swanson says:

    Merry Christmas Preston,
    I love from within my heart – the gold, frankincense and muir, Kings not just travelers brought the gifts, easily traded and highly transportable, small enough to make the trip across the land . This is the gift of love, these 3 kings, wise men, brought a way of life to share and carry on. You are a wise man Preston, giving and sharing, small gifts of love to be wealthy in life. Sharing is caring, knowledge is power, giving ends with satisfied. I believe this is Peace… L

  64. RUSSELL says:

    Preston,
    First I must admit I know little about about how to gp about leaving a post on a blog or computer tech. So I hope this is the correct place to leave my comments in hop of receiving your gift offer. I do not want this to be a pick me because someone feels sorry for me because as bad as my life has turned out I know there are many others with far more prolems then me & I think God everyday for all the good things he has done fore me & the help he has given me to make it each day. I try very hard not to give up each day by turning to him & not only asking for help to deal with with health but also just to give thanks for all he has done. I do not know why I am drawn to your sites & your offers of help with your different classes & I really am not sure why I am asking that you pick me to receive one of your free courses. I wished I was able to do them all but to be honest I will never be able to do so do to the limited funds I have. I have prayed that something would come along that would allow me to improve my finances. And while it would be great to find something that would allow me make large sums of money I would fell blessed just to be able to be in a position where I could earn enough just to take all the worrying & the ability to care for my wife & myself. But the truth is I will never be able to afford one let alone all of them. I went into law enforcement at the age of 17 & thought that’s what I would do the rest of my life and I loved it but things can happen in a matter of a day to lose it all. At 38 I was having alot if acid reflux due to the stress of my work on the drug task force & was on the the most amount of medication to treat it. I was told there was a surgery I could do that would stop it and would no longer need to take anything. So I jumped at it. This was the worst decision I have made. The surgen made many mistakes causing nerve & muscle damage that can not be corrected so when I woke up life as I knew it was gone for ever. I could no longer swollow food & have been living off a feed tube & pump and have been put to sleep 23 time now to try to help with luck so far. Life as I knew it was over. I was not able to work again & ended up on social security. The worst part was that it was counted as a none work related injury& because I was only 38 at the time my social security was only $460 a month.There is a lot more to this but as I started out I do not want this to be a feel sorry fore me request in hope of being picked but just the basic facts as to why I would never be able to have the extra funds to see it any of your programs would work or not. I know there is something out there I just need to find it & I truly belive that Jesus will never give me more then I can take. It’s now been 12 years like this & I keep getting worst but even at times when I feel like giving up I turn to God to help me each day. I am not sure if any of your programs willl work for me or giving my limited funds I fear I may never have a chance to find out. If I am not picked for the free offer I understand & wish whoever wins your offer that they will be blessed by God & all the success they can reach. Thanks & I will continue to follow your postings.

  65. Philip says:

    Back surgery? I’ll pray for you. My wife had three, and the third was the charm! pain free for the first time in years, but I believe in the power of prayer, so try that first and always. As to candy canes, we all need a good lick now and then, and a prayer for forgiveness of our sins, the biggest of which is the sin of omission – the failure to act for the betterment of others when we see them hurting. How many times have we seen someone in need, that we could help, but just walk on by. I’m hurting today because everyone I loved is dead or gone away…so have to get out today and find someone new to love – by helping those who are also hurting. Go spread some of the joy of Jesus today, in celebration of his birthday.

  66. debbie says:

    Wishing abundance, peace, love to all for all days!

  67. JAFD says:

    OH, I AM SORRY. I HADN’T READ YOUR STORY YET.

    I ACCEPT YOUR GRATITUDE. DO NOT WORRY, YOU’LL GET THERE.

    fNORD

  68. Paul says:

    Merry Christmas Preston,

    Your story has the right morals and message but practicing it is very difficult.
    I have been unsuccessfully trying to forgive myself and my ex wife for 3 years now. Those are the two people I hate most in the world. I hate myself for all the actions that lead to the divorce and the ripping apart of my family. I hate my ex wife for her actions since the divorce and i cannot seem to let the anger go. I read my bible attend church but I will not let myself be baptized until I can overcome this issue. I dislike self proclaimed Christians who don’t practice what they preach. There are quite a few people that irritate me but I only hate 2. We didn’t follow our vows to god and each other and we have caused irreversible harm to our children. Somehow I will have to learn to love myself and my ex wife and forgive our actions. Its almost a new year and i still have hope. God bless

  69. JAFD says:

    THIS SEEMS LIKE A REALLY POOR WAY TO CONVINCE SOMEONE THAT SUICIDE IS A CLEVER OPTION.

    AS IN, YOU LOOK LIKE FOOLS, AND THE MORE YOU BELIEVE IN WHAT I AM NOT, THE MORE I BECOME WHAT I TRULY AM.

    YOU THINK YOU’RE TALKING TO THE ACTOR, DON’T YOU. HO HO HO.

    MORONS. THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH.

  70. david says:

    please remove me from all your lists ok????????ok

  71. JAFD says:

    CAN I JUST WALK TO YOUR MOM’S HOUSE? I CAN SEE IT THROUGH THE HAZE.

    IT IS NOT AS THOUGH I AM STUPID. WELCOME TO ASSUMPTIONSVILLE.

    NONE OF YOU HAVE BOTHERED TO TALK TO ME AS ONE WOULD TO A HUMAN BEING.

    I AM A HUMAN BEING. I WAS BORN HERE. THANKS FOR GLASSING MY TOWN.

    ENJOY THE MORN.

  72. Steve says:

    GOD loves everyone just as everyone else in this world should,the hate in this world is choking the life out of it, the presents I gave were. in the millions I have sat here and prayed for everyone in the world to come together in peace and love, instead of fightring each other we should band together as one just as the big man up stairs wants us to and has done GOD BLESS EVERYONE

    great story preston a little f’d up but the moral is right on the money

  73. jeff says:

    as per your request, i will gibe a list of some gifts i bought for this christmas and… what i paid for them

    1. i gave freedom to my wife whom sufferred from my financial trial and paid with my marriage
    2. i gave emotional stability to my children and paid with separation of arguement
    3. i gave independence to my friends and paid with financial subsidy
    4. i gave kindness to those that do not know me and paid with exchange of thought from negative to
    positive
    5. i gave time to those who were in need of help and guidance and paid with the all of the time i had
    to give
    6. i gave myself favor and paid with all the guilt i could spare
    7. i give you unity and i pay for it with separation of my lonliness i and others are/ have been here
    with you 2day
    8. and for my last gift, i give all of you love and i pay for it with my thoughts and energy of wich will i
    will be spending throughout this day

    Happy Holidays to you all

  74. Richard Moses says:

    I hope you are having a good holiday season. I am, although I only send out cards these times.
    I did try to help you out with your idea for collecting for St.Jude; but I don’t think I got anything as a result. Not sure, as I haven’t been by to check.
    On a different note, I just got word that a drilling project on land I own, has been completed. The well will run 25 to 30 barrels a day of crude, which, as the reports show, is very, very, low sulphur crude.
    That makes me very happy.

  75. MICHEAL,GABRIEL, RAPHAEL, URIEL, HUYIEL...LOL! says:

    No candy today lady and gentlemen it is serious time to help Preston ELy for a mjor gathering of prayer for his successful on the back surgery this wednesday!

    WOW 111!
    Coincident or what! It is truly The Sign of GOD!

    Preston Ely, Once again the unity for god is heightening by the gathering of men!
    Holy Holy Holy Oh LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, for here on earth is truly full of your glory!

    Preston, I urge you to postpone your surgery for tomorrow Wednesday immediately. Seek the healing through the hand of GOD.
    What If? What if the healing of god is here on earth do exist. What do you have to loose? Nothing but time my friend!
    Many have received it already and now it is your turn to receive the abundant of god in health. No form of pain in which JESUS CHRIST can not heal. For the pain is the devil work. He wants nothing else for you to have but the treachery of pain. Deep within this pain it causes much agony. There shall be turbulence and dispute among your family and friends. When you are in pain this is what you feel > Anger, Hatred, Miserable, Venganceful, Unhappiness and much more. For the devil’s agenda is truly a deep network among men.
    How do you seek the answer out of this pain? Through the hand of GOD! Through the prayer of many that came before you in the name of GOD. They are servant of GOD. They come in all manner, race, creed and form! GOD bestowed them the power to heal any pain through the god’s divinity. I urge to take this path before you do the surgery.

    MARK 16:17-18 NKJ
    17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
    18 “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
    Preston, did you know that? Did you hear that? Did you feel the essence of JESUS is still here now with us as he was when he walks on earth back in the old day in Jerusalem? Every word wraps and embraces us as it is written for men in latter day to learn the way of JESUS.
    Who are these healers you may ask? Who is the chosen one? How do I know I have the power to heal? Is it you, me or whom? Well my friend, god has reviewed your case. You are chosen to receive such manner of grace from THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Do not feel frustrate and try to understand why? God do thing in myriad ways. Just obey and you shall live a life of abundant in health. In essence all of us can heal ourselves when our faith and believe in god is at its peak. But we are creature of habit and falter much in our daily life so does our fate. To those who believe in the sign of GOD, The sign will follow them through out of time.
    In this particular case I do know one person: She has such gift from the divinity above. She can heal you through the hand of god. You must come seek her out at the address below: She has healed hundred; all walk of life, completely free! One of GOD’s myriad ways is through her. She shall lay her hand on your pain and with the song of angel vibrating the heaven to bless their benevolence toward the victim in pain. Her voice shall cry out to heaven to ask for help. Let this be the last of the everlasting pain you shall receive from the devil. Let her cast that deceiving pain where the devil lies deep to inhibit the rightful Joyce in which god have prepare for you. Let her star and yours vibrate to heaven and have the attitude and gratitude to receive the blessing of THE ONE TRUE GOD AND THERE SHALL BE NO OTHER BUT HIM “THE GLORIFY ALMIGHTY GOD”.
    ADDRESS:
    Ask For: TTT
    6062 Greenbelt Rd. Unit 53, Greenbelt, MD, 20770, USA
    PS.
    If you decide to do the operation, then god speed is with you! Oh LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, I’m Huyiel and many more of Preston’s friends, colleagues, partners …etc! Kneel before the lord to ask god to bless Preston Ely a successful back surgery tomorrow (Wednesday) with no complication. Total triumphs, LORD! May the road rise to meet his feet! Good Lord JESUS CHRIST bless this child Preston Ely a beautiful life in abundant of health. For in your eyes Lord, we are still much of a child. Amen.
    I shall return to enlighten the children of god, my theory on 111, coincident or sign of GOD!
    WHOPPAMALLLOOOHAAA WHOMPBAMBOOM….LOL!

  76. Melchor Dano says:

    I went home to the Philippines for the burial of my elder brother last 12/22/2010.What a christmas! adding insult to injury, my younger sister got a stroke. She can talk now, but can’t walk yet. half body is dead. anyway,I said “we have a sovereign God who control all events in life,let’s celebrate christmas
    as usaual with all kinds of food and drink and exchange of gifts”,We had the best christmas ever.Even
    those seamen from different counties came a bit late some of them but the christmas was beautiful.Thanks for the coming of Jesus!!! Just arrive the other day. Now after reading this blog of this great guy “Preston” whom I can only envy but I praise him ,he’s in my fb page any I would say “one more lick,” cause that would always remind or initiate to crave for another “lick”as my cousin
    said,(just take it normally ok?)after her husband tried licking her all over during love making she
    would remind him to do it heheee, that’s the power of licking.But seriously the best lesson I got from this blog is:I’ll do my best to be Christcentered instead of selfcenterede, then I’ll be alright=my eternity will be secured. thanks, Preston.

    Mel Dano

  77. danna seale says:

    Preston, I loved your story – full of humor, as usual, and magical lessons. From the list above, you touch a lot of hearts.

  78. Peter L. says:

    Well Preston, You and I are both Brothers in Jesus. It doesn’t matter what “Religion” we follow. I could not say anything about some of the other poeple who have posted here but that would not be me. Alice Flanders is an ass with out a clue. T.J. doesn’t have a clue. Greg and Bruono have issues I pray can be resolved. Joanne missed it entirely. Jim Pinto and the “Wooden Bowl” touched me directly as I have a 89 year old mother-inlaw living with me. And by the way, you and Trenda need to hook up as I see some similarities there that would be beneficial to some of the sheep that are lost. I could bend your ear with my own “Whine” story but I won’t. Last year I dumped 30K into education in Real estate, this year I did the same with other programs. I feel that yours is the key I’ve been looking for. As far as gifts, I gave my beautiful wife an iPad. Jesus gave all the other “Gifts” I could possibly hope for. I got into Real Estate in the hopes that it would finally provide the income I have sought to purchase the aviation “Wings” I’ve dreamed of since I was 7 years old. It’s been 49 years since that first dream, I’ve worked like a dog, not cheating anyone, no intent to start now but putting my full faith in the Father, Son, Holy Ghost and FreedomSoft to get the job done before I really Start to fly with the Angel”s.

    Preston and Pete – You guys have done the impossible. Good look ahead, good plan. I know alot of so called Real Estate Guru’s turned to “Education Via the Internet” when the markets went, “South”, I trust that your knowledge of “Doing the deals” will get me to the Freedom you Speak of. I spent 14 years in the Orlando area and came to love the smell of burnt gunpowder in the Morning. What does that have to do with Christmas, Not a darn thing, But with Freedom, Everything. Bro, keep your powder dry!

  79. Ruth Kay says:

    You are the most Handsome, Wise and Godly trainer out there. You have boldly been diligent to search out the stuff ,share it with others and proclaim who you are and who you want to be, providing an example to those who follow you. Thanks! Keep up the good work.

  80. Huyiel Dinh says:

    WOW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BABY JESUS! And may the son of god bless everyones in here a beautiful life with all the heavenly glory of ours ALL MIGHTY GOD. Why? Because he luvs us more then the breath of life as he is doings his tai chi exercise…lol… j/k! I luv these peoples on preston’s site. Everyones show bless and so happy … Bottom lines positives peoples kick arses..lol! Well I didn’t have lot of money to gives anyone anything fancy but I did part something very dear to me on this baby Jesus’s birthday: My good luck ring and I give it to my big sister since she seriously needs luck. Yup, I had my eggnod with sake and read that wonderful story. The only difference is: I picture CCC as some of the most uncomprehensible peoples that are mean to us little peoples here on earth. In end of time come, as hitler, napoleon, etc. will says: I DON’T WANT TO GO TO HELL, OH PLEASE, GOD! PLEASE FORGIVE MY SIN. I will be there too with the saints , angels and Jesus and God to welcome the lost sheeps….lol…Amen!

  81. maria says:

    whatever it is … candy cane and christmas have many beautiful things that affect our lives
    it renew friendships, it gives us strenght, it gives us freedom to do things we should do that one ione will hate us– giving gifts and cards… and most of all .. evryone is entitled to be happy no matter how many influences of commercialism made us buy things just to celebrate ,.. the important thing is that we have the season to love and share goodness to others. and its on this day.. crooked candy cane is one of them ,, symbol of sharing sweetness and childlike happiness no matter what age are we in…Merry christmas..

  82. Our house is crazy. We have five kids, and my father-in-law and handicapped sister-in-law live with us. I don’t know if we gave more gifts than anyone (as if it’s a competition!), but everyone got everything on their list. Everything! It was a great day for all.

    And I did the dishes so my kids could have the day off and my wife could rest. God is good!

  83. John Carlos says:

    Hey R.E., I felt like the OACC the other day, I got licked, any way’s funny stuff as usual, thanks.The lady about the wolves, Listen to Lock up the Wolves by Dio or any of his cd’s(not for wimps scared of the truth that can’t discern). As for presents 1 color TV 1 wii game 1 mini computer 4 sets of lotions an perfumes 2 watches, set of earrings & brotch1 cologne set, 6 sets of fleece blankets 4 pairs of pants 2 shirts 3 movies 2 games for the wii 1 sweater 45 Christmas cards $480 to the church, I know I need to give more. 75 hours of community service, 10 of these presents were for community servers,and we fed them breakfast. The awesome part is I’m unemployed God has truly blessed us. Now I think I need for You Pat & Than to kick the living crap out of me & tell me I need to make $100k in 6 months or else,btw I’m a family member. Thanks for the drugs Preston, Merry Christmas to you & your’s. P.S. the hands don’t have ears.

  84. John says:

    Hey Preston / Pete –
    I promise we will make this one quick.
    A little Coast to Coast update for you…

    Coast2Coast Properties, Phoenix, Arizona, 1st Rehab Deal, BOOM!
    Thank you for your guidance 

    John Sullivan
    Coast2Coast Properties LLC
    877-512-1213
    914-479-8354
    jjs@coast2coastpropertiesllc.com

  85. Bob says:

    I would lick you but that might start a fight… since we are both guys… and I don’t swing that way anyway so don’t tell my girlfriend… I just wanted the free course and I thought if I could write something as weird as you then you might identify with it and pony up… besides we all know you will give it to a female…

    On the other hand… thanks for the redpill and all the other things you have done to help me but mainly the redpill… it feels good to have someone to look up to in all this real estate confusion that knows the real answer… so… Jesus —-> :-)

  86. anitastone says:

    Before Christmas, we set up a box for clothing/purses/shoes for the Battered Women’s Shelter in Fort Worth Texas.
    I spent a half hour going through my closet and pulled out several of my most favorite christmas dresses that I have worn over the years.
    I put them in the box, with anticipation that someone who wanted to wear a pretty dress to church on Christmas would be just the right size to wear them.
    I’m sure I’ll never see those christmas dresses again, but I have faith that God’s hand is taking them to some very special women, and I am praying that they will be blessed.

  87. Robert Tunk says:

    Hey,Eli
    Nice story I do believe it to be true.
    Now I tried j0oining your system last night and I thought it said it was downloaded but I got no confirmation in my e-mail. I’m did it from my new Eco phone and now wonder if I did it right.I won’t be on my lap-top for awhile so if you get this in time let me know. If I didn’t do it right I’ll try again by

  88. anitastone says:

    TO BERNARD,
    I am going to pray that you can make it to San Diego.

  89. anitastone says:

    BOY PRESTON, you sure have a way of making people write looooooooong comments.
    FIRST OF ALL, you should marry Trenda. You two were made for each other.
    SECOND, did you make that up? Did stick boy help you?
    THIRD, Merry CHRISTmas and looking forward to making your acquaintance in January.
    FOURTH, we are looking forward to a better financial future because of you. So we pray that the Lord will bless you with your teaching/coaching and websites.

  90. Nardo E Aguilar G says:

    Thanks very much this field people for..
    at heart speak God because it´s almigthy power and ligth suprem over all exist
    do it by prophecy
    Thanks giving to God every the days
    Thanks Preston Ely God are with you
    Nardo E

  91. Roland says:

    “Just one more lick.”
    Loved it.
    All the best candy canes are a little crooked anyway, right? :)
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

  92. Thomas says:

    Preston this story was hilarious, and thanks for informing your many subscribers of what this season is REALLY about. At the end of the day, you can help many people get rich and financially free but the true gift of what you do is the ministry of telling others about Jesus.

  93. Trenda says:

    We’ve all heard the legend of Little Red Riding Hood but few understand the real meaning behind the story. Did you know that the Big Bad Wolf is actually Riding’s Grandmother’s mortgage company? Wolf didn’t actually eat Riding’s Grandmother, but he did foreclose on her and kick her out of her house. So that faithful day when Riding showed up with her basket of law suits against Wolf for illegal preditory lending, Wolf was going to eat Riding. If it weren’t for a quick text to her FreedomSoft investor friends and some Wolf hunting lawyers, she would have been eaten. The Wolf killers came and saved the day. They returned Granny to her home and everyone, except the Wolf, lived happily ever after. You may say, what the heck does that have to do with religion? Well, this story is actually a parable, not a legend. Granny was running with the wrong crowd: gipsies, tramps and theives aka Wolves. The house represents the House of the Lord. The Wolf was kicking Granny out of her house by tricking her into doing some bad mojo. Do-gooder, Riding, represents friends and family that see that Granny has stepped into a deep pile of Wolf poo. Riding shows up with her basket of goodies (The Word of God) to show Granny that there is salvation in this life and the life to come. Wow, the Wolf was really angry but all the huffing and puffing could not blow down Riding’s courage to love Granny and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When Granny started seeing the light, all the Wolves gathered their forces and tried to kill her through temptation. The FreedomSoft friends, of course, represent those who embrass the Gospel and lives it’s principles every day (not just on Sunday) and they all loved Granny back into the light of the Truth and they all truely lived Happily Ever After.
    Don’t let the inner Wolves lead you astray. Listen to the Light of Christ that is within all of us. That Light of Christ will guide each of us to the Truth we seek and back to Granny’s house.

  94. Trenda says:

    We’ve all heard the legend of Little Red Riding Hood but few understand the real meaning behind the story. Did you know that the Big Bad Wolf is actually Riding’s Grandmother’s mortgage company? Wolf didn’t actually eat Riding’s Grandmother, but he did foreclose on her and kick her out of her house. So that faithful day when Riding showed up with her basket of law suits against Wolf for illegal preditory lending, Wolf was going to eat Riding. If it weren’t for a quick text to her FreedomSoft investor friends and some Wolf hunting lawyers, she would have been eaten. The Wolf killers came and saved the day. They returned Granny to her home and everyone, except the Wolf, lived happily ever after. You may say, what the heck does that have to do with religion? Well, this story is actually a parable, not a legend. Granny was running with the wrong crowd: gipsies, tramps and theives aka Wolves. The house represents the House of the Lord. The Wolf was kicking Granny out of her house by tricking her into doing some bad mojo. Do-gooder, Riding, represents friends and family that see that Granny has stepped in to a deep pile of Wolf poo. Riding shows up with her basket of goodies (The Word of God) to show Granny that there is salvation in this life and the life to come. Wow, the Wolf was really angry but all the huffing and puffing could not blow down Riding’s courage to love Granny and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When Granny started seeing the light, all the Wolves gathered their forces and tried to kill her through temptation. The FreedomSoft friends, of course, represent those who embrass the Gospel and lives it’s principles every day (not just on Sunday) and they all loved Granny back into the light of the Truth and they all truely lived Happily Ever After.
    Don’t let the inner Wolves lead you astray. Listen to the Light of Christ that is within all of us. That Light of Christ will guide each of us to the Truth we seek and back to Granny’s house.

  95. JL Ferren says:

    Yo this was too freaking funny, but had deep points as well. You got issues Preston, but you’re still the man. Anyway, I can’t say I really hate anyone. I do hold some anger towards a certain person and I kind of made up with them the other day because we’re supposed to be really close. I just can’t stand negativity in the atmosphere whatsoever. It’s not that serious! As for buying gifts, yeah I enjoyed getting my kids some gifts this year. My son got 2 lego sets, a knex set, and Lego Batman for xbox 360. My daughter got some baby dolls, a doll house, and a lego set. My other daughter got some baby dolls and some number/abc learning toys.

    I wasn’t trying to go all out since all 3 have birthdays in December. lol Yeah I get hit up in December. So they actually got a lot this month, but it’s not so much the amount of gifts as it is the meaning of the gifts and the thought behind it. They appreciated everything they got and that meant the world to me. I also reminded them of the reason for the season…something they forgot and that to me seemed like a gift as well because without Jesus, you don’t have much at all…in my opinion.

    Anyway, thanks for the laugh Preston. As well as allowing me to us all to reflect on the morals and importance of life.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    -JL Ferren

  96. Annemarie says:

    As a paper carrier, I receive a lot of envelopes with Christmas cards around this time of the year. Each year at least several ones are stolen from people’s doors. Customers ask me if I got the card and I have to regretfully answer: “No, I didn’t.”. I am not angry at the person(s) taking the envelopes, even though that is how I pay for Christmas and New Year. Instead, I feel sorry for them. What comes around, goes around. You shall harvest what you sow. They are sowing theft and betrayal. Imagine getting that back with interest!
    So, let them steal my tips that I worked for all year. The blessings in the cards were written for me, and that is what counts the most.

  97. enrico says:

    what a great GOD. we serve , instead of punishing us for our sins. HE decided to come to this dust bowl and not onley lower himelf to us.But also exstend his .Great love for all people ,and all times celabrate xmas not once a year but throughout this and every day enjoy the GIFT.it cost him everything he had seek him . you will be glad you did .

  98. enrico says:

    what a great GOD .

  99. Jeff says:

    Preston,

    My grown up children had been fighting amongt each other for the past 4 months. There were some that didn’t want to come togehter at Christmas. I used my fatherly influence to bring them together for Christmas, Before our meal I prayed over our food and prayed that they could forgive each other as Jesus had forgiven us. By the end of the day everyone was laughing and getting along with each other, By the end of the day they were hugging each other and saying I Love You!! WHAT A GREAT CHRISTMAS FOR OLE DAD!!!
    As for presents I donated $ 100.00 to each of my 6 kids Roth IRA’s. I bought each kid and there spouse a pair of jeans. For the 11 grandchildren they each got 3 toys, 2 pair of pants and 2 shirts.
    That is the list for the immediate family, not including siblings and in-laws

  100. Mary Joyce G. Torreda says:

    I Forgot to greet you, better late than never, right?

    Wishing the best in Life PRESTON, “A BLESSED CHRISTMAS ” that is, Good Luck… ! May God meet all your needs and You be surrounded with good & faithful friends. Keep up your good works., you have gone so far, at your young age You are tremendously Blessed! Never ever forget to thank God for His immeasurable Blessings to you!. Be happy! Cheers…

    Joyce

  101. Patrick says:

    Well… I can’t say that I hate anyone, But… I CAN say that, I have had my moments (this year) of really disliking a few folks. I mean I have seriously wanted to smack some people!!

    But LOVE is a giving word in nature
    So, I think I will GIVE em a smile :) from now on.

    Gifts List
    Wife – Perfume, and baby boy who’s on the way ( well we gave that gift to eachother lol)
    6ry old- Acoustic guitar, legos set, 2 games,
    3yrold- Remote Controll Hellicopter, GI Joe vehicle and action figure, 2 games

    Most of all I gave of myself, I love them and material things don’t do much after while,
    So I also gave my attention, my time, my energy, my thoughts, my affection, my experience, my wisdom, my heart, my laughter, my joy, my pain, my LOVE!!

    God Bless!

  102. Mary Joyce G. Torreda says:

    Here’s the 2nd part of my message to a special good friend:

  103. Connie B. says:

    What began as a very sad Christmas week with a bad attitude changed into almost a Christmas miracle. My daughter and I are very close even though we live 250 miles apart. Last Friday she graduated from nursing school which she had worked very hard to accomplish. We went to her graduation ceremony but she kept complaining of a severe headache the worst she ever had. After her party she went to bed really early instead of partying, she was in bed at 10:30. At 7AM my son-in-law woke us up to tell us he was taking her to the hospital on the other side of town. She saw an ER doctor (which if I was going to seriously wish bad fortune on it would be him.) He checked her out told it was a migraine because she has a history of them and sent her home with a shot a medicine for her stomach & headache We left and drove home Monday morning (she still had this headache and couldn’t keep any food down.

    Tuesday my son-in-law called and said she was in the hospital (one closer to her home because she was to sick to ride from her house to the other hospital. This time instead of getting an ER doctor with an attitude she got one who was smart enough to take her symptoms seriously. By that time her condition was very serious the doctor did a spinal tap and found that she had meningitis (but it took 48 hrs to determine the type.) The infection control Dr. was very smart and because she was allergic to pencillin searched for another drug. By this time she had a fairly high fever, headache, and could not eat or drink anything. We started a prayer list for her and as an early Christmas present my Mom had given me some blessed candles and we lit them and prayed for her recovery. On Wednesday we drove home and she was to sick to see us. On Thursday morning they found out it was viral meningitis not usually fatal but comes with some nasty side effects. I have always been a believer in prayer, but as I set next to her bed on Thursday I knew that it was going to take a Christmas miracle as she had 5 IV, could not stand light or noise, and was still not able to eat or drink anything. Several of her class mates & teachers joined our prayer group. By 2PM on Thursday she could sit up in bed and had a glass of tea and 3 grapes.
    Around 7PM my son in law said she was able to walk around the hall and ate some yougart & had more tea. Her husband continued to post her condition on Facebook Thursday night and the doctor said if she continued to eat and shower on her own she might come home by Christmas. On Christmas eve day we went to see her and she was looking 25% more improved and by then all of her friends and family were optimistic that she would continue to improve. At 2:30PM Christmas Eve she walked out of the hospital without assistance and our entire family was over joyed that she had pulled through. Only though all the prayers, a couple visits from her priest and a good Doctor and nursing staff was this possible. This is my Christmas story and no gifts could ever mean as much as the gift God and prayer gave us this Christmas. My bad attitude that I had been living with for the past month or so went away like that of the ugly crippled candy cane.

  104. Mr. C says:

    Hi,
    Happy Holidays Everyone!

    The main Gift my wife and I gave,

    Love to each other as always and if that is not the greatest gift I do not know what is!

    Mr. C

  105. Aplerove says:

    Darkened snow melts
    Trickling water freezes
    Icicles molded like swords
    Stand tall warm your heart
    Against the bite of the icy cold
    Reach out to another
    Offer a warm smile
    Melt the hatred
    Witness it flowing away
    Forgive

    My gift was a day to unpack and fold donated clothing and to sort shoes for 900+less fortunate. Each head of household had a choice of two items to take for each member in the household.

    To see their faces light up with smiles and gratitude was their gift to me.

    Be grateful you have choices and for everything you have.

    Peace.

  106. Joseph says:

    About 1940 the FRS replaced the US Treasury, May 20, 2007 the IMF replaced the FRS, SS5 form is now required, the US Treasury is intentionally bankrupt for several decades, there is no US Treasury or FRS. The FRB will be audited & file bankruptcy. The alphabet economy becomes the digital economy, then the Global Bank Corp. prints the new global currency, GO-BANCOR-GO!!! It’s very tough being green, I felt sorry the green ccc. Imagine if you can… Whirled Peas on Earth !! Peace and Happy Holidays.

  107. Daniel Hemenway says:

    Some positive words, for EVERYDAY use. Love, (receive Gods love) then PRAY, BELIEVE, OBEY,RECEIVE, FAITH, HOPE LOVE, NOW AND FOREVERMORE. Nice candy cane story!

  108. Benjamin says:

    Thanks for the Truth, God is Good. We Love you for spreading the Truth.

  109. None Ya says:

    I didn’t give any gifts this year. My mom, sister and I decided we are going to wait to shop until tomorrow so we can get some of the after CHRISTmas sales. Clever idea, eh? :-D
    I have been blessed with a lot this year though – God gave me a second job (I actually like it too), the perseverance to keep on working toward being a successful/profitable real estate investor (that in and of itself is a miracle because the darn mood disorder I’ve been diagnosed with makes staying positive, consistently, just a bit harder that it should be), I’ve gone on a bunch of cool trips this year, I learned quite a bit about myself, I’ve had the chance to do some community service again (which I love), and I won a membership to Freedom$oft Reloaded (and I’m not even mad I didn’t win the Hummer :-D ). So although I didn’t get any gifts, in the traditional sense of the word, I am so happy with all that the present has to offer (get it? – present .Oh, I know… I’m incredibly corny)… I pray that everyone else can say the same soon, if they can’t already. Not that they’re corny, but they’re happy, come on stay with me. LOL
    Keep up the great work and keep the inspiration coming Preston. The post was really, really funny! If only it didn’t remind me of the delusions I have, and the off the wall things I’ve done, when I have been manic in the past. Police officers don’t like it when you lick them either! But I digress… I hope everyone had a wonderful CHRISTmas with their loved ones. And although it’s sooo cliche, please remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!

    P.S. I was kidding about licking the police officer, it was actually a clown… Don’t ask!!! LMBO

  110. Angel says:

    Good read! Excellent moral of the story.

    Merry Christmas everyone! Hope we all remember that the reason for the season is Him!

    Let us not wait for miracles for WE are the miracles. Let us not wait for blessings to come but BE blessings to others.

  111. Mary Joyce G. Torreda says:

    Nice Story.! So timely, and very much significant this Christmas season, where LOVE, AFFECTION and FOGIVENESS is a must to have in the hearts of Everyone. If not, the “Spirit of Christmas” has no good meaning at all. Much is expected this Christmas season, aside from the Nativity of our savior Jesus Christ, His eminent love for us brings a lot of meaning every Christmas.His Great Love for us… to the extent of giving his on life as a ransom for our salvation is a great thing we must uphold deep in our Hearts. That Kind of GOD”s LOVE, the Unconditional Love of God and Our lord Jesus had given us. and that’s is, for this Christmas season for us to ponder. I maybe a hypocrite, If I say Christmas is all happiness. We can’t help under certain circumstance, we are really that happy, Happiness cannot be bought, It is in the making, right? It depends on how things are dealt with. Going back to the story of the Crooked Cane. I can relate to Him. He might be unpleasant to be with, He’s doing evil to many, annoying and unwanted for his bad attitude. Yet, no one knows He’s just like any other guy around us. He just behave differently because that’s how he is being perceived., at by many. His bad attitude mis more of a psychological problem. This crooked cane, just wanted to have attention. deep in His heart, He knows He is no evil at all. The reason why He behaves badly in some cases is that He is desperate to prove His worth. His low self-esteem eats Him up. He hungers for love and attention. not pure Criticism and Humiliation. No one likes in this kind of situation, Right? everybody needs love and appreciation, no ones survives without this. That’s why when the crooked cane meet someone who looks at Him differently. It brings a glow in His heart , a deep realization He is not bad at all, just as what others perceived of him. Deep in himself, there is something good in Him too. Thus, His self-esteem is uplifted that for sure gives a tremendous changes to His life. Knowing About God, His Love to us and the good news makes a bit if not , almost complete for Him ,tryin to be good. The baggage He carries in life becomes lighter. As He feels and experiences How it is to be Loved and cared for. Actually, it’s only Love and acceptance, that is very much needed for one to lift him up for the better. By these alone, a gloomy person would be happy to the utmost. if we can help Him, bring out the best of Him, with God’s love nothing is impossible.

    As to giving presents this Christmas, I focus much on kids. I want them to realize, and to develop the concept of gift giving. and sharing with what you have and what you’ve got (God’s Blessings) to others. For me, The essence of Giving and sharing is important, not much the value or material content of the gift given, but what counts most is the happiness it brings to the receiver.!!!

  112. Pamela says:

    I loved it! Waking the LOVE walk, I don’t hate anyone. Thanks for the wonderful gift of this story, sharing the true meaning of this season!

    Blessings!!

    Pamela

  113. Angel says:

    Good story!

    Merry Christmas Preston and everyone :) May we always remember the reason for the season, Him!

    Let us not wait for miracles, for WE are the miracles. Let us not wait for blessings but BE blessings to others,

  114. Jim Pinto says:

    The Wooden Bowl
    Keep scrolling down for the story and to check out the date this was started at the end!

    The Wooden Bowl
    I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now,
    a year from now.
    A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson.
    The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
    The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and
    failing sight made eating difficult.. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
    When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
    The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
    ‘We must do something about father,’ said the son.
    ‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’
    So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
    There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
    Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.
    When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.
    Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
    The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
    One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
    He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’ Just as sweetly, the boy responded,
    ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. ‘
    The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
    The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
    That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.
    For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason,
    neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
    On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
    I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
    a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
    I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’
    I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
    I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.
    I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.
    But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
    I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
    I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
    I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
    People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
    I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
    I’ve learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about. I just did!

    FRIENDSHIP CANDLE

    NOTICE AT THE END,
    THE DATE THE CANDLE WAS STARTED.

    GONNA GIVE YOU GOOSE BUMPS.

    I am not going to be the one who lets it die. I found it believable —

    angels have walked beside me all my life–and they still do.

    *********************

    This is to all of you who
    mean something to me,

    I pray for your happiness.
    The Candle Of Love, Hope & Friendship

    This candle was lit on the
    15th of September, 1998

    Someone who loves you has helped
    keep it alive by sending it to you.

    Don’t let The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die.

    Pass It On To All Of Your Friends
    and Everyone You Love!

    May God richly bless you!

    I see that you really are a real person my brother in Christ, I look forward to meeting you soon! The reason you are Blessed is, because you are a Blessing to others. I know that you know that already, being a child of God, but even teachers need to hear the message once in a while! :)

    Blessings, Peace and Joy as He is returning soon!

    Jimmy

  115. Pete says:

    For every action, there is a reaction. If you try change the life of someone for the better, you are bettering yourself. Now, for that person that stole my ornametal candy cane from my christmas tree the other day, I will lick you too.

    Merry Xmas, and have a happy, healthy, successful New Year y’all…

  116. DRE SAK says:

    THE TRUTH IS PRESTON, EVERYONE IS GOING TO HURT YOU, YOU JUST NEED TO FIND THE ONES WORTH SUFFERING FOR!, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS!

  117. DRE SAK says:

    THE TRUTH IS PRESTON, EVERYONE IS GOING TO HURT YOU, YOU JUST NEED TO FIND THE ONES SUFFERING FOR!, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS!

  118. Carol Smith says:

    Your candy Cane Story is What God Gave born again believers, Ever Lasting Life to those who believe Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the light.

    Love and Joy is what Jesus wants all of us to have.

    This Year was the First Christmas We did Not buy Gifts for each other, it was a humbling experience. The purpose of the lesson was to take our eyes off of the ritual of Christmas and back on the celebration of Jesus Christ as our Savior. We are Blessed to be delivered from the World customs and recognize our salvation is the true reason to celebrate the birth, resurrection and coming of Jesus Christ.

    What a gift, the gift of deliverance.

    I believe that God Put You here to share this story so we have the opportunity to share the greatest gift of all ~ The choice to ask Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior and forgive us so we can learn to share this gift of salvation with anyone who wants it.

    That is the reason for the season. Choose Jesus, You will not be disappointed. I did.

    God Bless You and Merry Christmas

  119. Carol Smith says:

    Your candy Cane Story is What God Gave born again believers, Ever Lasting Life to those who believe Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the light.

    Love and Joy is what Jesus wants all of us to have.

    This Year was the First Christmas We did Not buy Gifts for each other, it was a humbling experience. The purpose of the lesson was to take our eyes off of the ritual of Christmas and back on the celebration of Jesus Christ as our Savior. We are Blessed to be delivered from the World customs and recognize our salvation is the true reason to celebrate the birth, resurrection and coming of Jesus Christ.

    What a gift, the gift of deliverance.

    I believe that God Put Your here to share this story so we have the opportunity to share the greatest gift of all ~ The choice to ask Jesus Christ to be our savior and forgive us so we can learn to share this gift with anyone who wants it.

    That is the reason for the season. Choose Jesus, You will not be disappointed. I did.

    God Bless You and Merry Christmas

  120. Joseph Massengale says:

    Jesus is the reason for the season. They will know us by our love. Jesus told his disciples in John 13:34 A NEW COMMAND ME I GIVE YOU THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER. We cant talk our way into heaven see James 1:22 DONT BE JUST HEARERS OF THE WORD BUT DOERS. Everyday is Christmas to a follower of Christ

  121. Lois Todd says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone! May we all Focus on our Blessings rather than our difficulties, and Focus on the Good within each other rather than our imperfections. Wishing Peace and Happiness.

  122. I’ve been twisted and lardy and fat my whole life, so forgiving those who tormented me came early.

    Of course, even with Jesus I sometimes have to go back, gaze into the mirror and forgive myself once in a while. It helps!

    Now this Christmas, I’m running videos: The Truth About Drugs for the local schools, Watching those survivors’ stories of making it through and getting back to life after drugs is truly inspiring.

    Then, A Documentary: Dead Wrong! How psychiatric drugs can kill your child for the kindergarten teachers of Oklahoma City.

    And a nice Leatherman pocket knife for my future wife.

    And for myself, a nice little ad campaign to get my business going.

    N Carrots to All!

  123. I AM THE BEST THAT GOD HAS MADE IT IS THE OTHER SIDE I HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT IS LIKE A TWEEN
    BOTHER THAT LOOKS LIKE ME BUT IT IS NOT ME AT ALL IT HATES PEOPLE AND ALL THE OTHER BAD THINGS IT DOES SO WHO IS THIS PERSON IT IS ME AND IT IS NOT ME CONFUSED I WAS UNTIL I LEARNED WHAT IT MEANT TO ME LOOK AT THIS 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

    21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

    So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.

  124. Russell says:

    Thanks for the story.It is food for thought..I could add that there are people out there that are unsung heros and don’t get appreciated for what they do for others.I am one of those herosout there.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!!!!!!!!!

  125. Scott says:

    Good story Preston, I live it every day!
    I can’t be in your contest because I gave out 0 presents. I did not do a single deal this year and I don’t even have a job for income so I could not afford to give gifts….So I gave what I give best, my love and attention to those close to me. I don’t think Christmas is about gifts, it is a time to show love and reflect on what we can do for others.
    Merry Christmas,
    Scott

  126. TERESA BAEZA says:

    *You are helping my Spanglish a lot, I bet my grandchildren will understand me now. My accent is as twisted as CCC, BUT I KNOW THAT WITH YOUR STORIES, I HAVE HOPE.

    *NOTE FROM BOYFRIEND: He says you may be charged with Candynaping by the National Sugar-Cane-Protection Dept. Santa is picking you up.

    A a happy Christmas and a better year 2011.

  127. Tj says:

    Very “candid,” Preston.
    Thank you.
    I spent the day driving around giving people, who were waiting in the very cold for the bus,
    a ride to their destination – who knew when the bus might’ve arrived- holiday bus schedules suck.
    Happy Merry.
    <3
    -Tj

  128. Miguel says:

    Preston- Great Christmas story! I truly admire your aggresive, but subtle and positive attitude towards real estate investing. I am a successful real estate investor myself! Have a happy new year and may peace be with you throughout all seasons of the year!

  129. Roy says:

    No money, I spent the day sending out this ad hopefully I gave the gift of Life.
    No hype the three video’s could change your life or save your life thanks for watching.

    If you have driving teens watch this with them.

    “Food for thought If You Drive this concerns you watch 3 Video’s You could save a love ones life.
    Must See http://bit.ly/dV9MxD Stay Safe!” Merry X-Mas

  130. Donna says:

    Merry Christmas, Preston! Idid buy gifts for friends & family. It has been a tough year for my family! y daughter kept praying for a christmas miracle. Her husband was out of work for over a year and they have been living in different areas of the country in order to make it. Guess what? He got a joband the family is together once agin. They got the. MIRACLE!!! My son and I bought presents to send to them so they would have a wonderful Christmas as they could not be together last year and quess what? The post office lost them or they were stolen. I have been so sad today as they did not get!

  131. Red says:

    Great story, very entertaining and salvationization (new word, yey!)

    I remember when a friend of mine said

    Do you believe in God(jesus)?

    Me: Of course

    FOM: have you seen him? to see is to believe

    Me: have you seen your brain?

    FOM: oh, I need to go..bye

  132. Cindy Brooks says:

    I hate nobody now, not even the legislators and politicians who don’t know how to get America out of its bind right now–even thou they are forever, bringing us into more debt. As I was thinking about it today, I realized that Jesus never borrowed anything except for a tomb he knew he would not have to occupy for long. Neither do I hate the scientists who have not found a cure for Alzheimers’ thereby making Christmas a living nightmare, especially for my mother. Neither do I hate my brother, who has somehow lost his way, not even calling home to hear my father’s voice. I don’t even hate him when I hear my Dad yell out his name in prayer in the wee hours of the morning when he thinks nobody hears except God. You see, Jesus said while on the cross, Father forgive them, they know not what they do. If only we could have a movie of how we are directing our own lives, we would release and know that God has a good plan for each of us, especially the CCCs; especially them–those are the ones he has a special fondness for — because they are the ones who can give him glory. The more crooked they are, the better. And those who have odd colors–he loves them all the more, because he said we are a parculiar people and told us not to conform to this world but to transform by the renewing our our minds.

    At my Mom’s, last year as always I bought plenty of nice gifts. Before I went into the house, I thought to myself–not that many people are going to like what I brought and thought about a game I heard something about, “Dirty Santa” where everybody draws a number and somehow we played that game. The presents were not important. What was important was that we were all laughing and having a good time, which might not have happened had we not played the game. Now, this year we played again (while in the background–my stepfather yells for mama and daddy) for a few moments in time–my mother could forget about what she has to suffer through every day because she wants to do her best and take care of him. So, how many gifts did I give? You tell me. Another thing I have done is ask God to tell me how to share what I have (I always have, but when you have less–you give more). A hamburger meal to an unsuspecting recipient, used clothes to people you know could use them, an extra tv sitting around gathering dust–I’m giving them too. May God receive glory for each action–to God be the Glory.

  133. Karen T says:

    I left out an answer in my post: I don’t think I actually hate anyone (anymore), though sometimes I get pretty disgusted, including about whom I may read in the news. What can I do to love them? I recently read about a hate crime so cruel that tears came to my eyes. I opened my heart and asked for the injured to be emotionally, mentally and physically healed. I then asked that the perpetrators’ minds, hearts and eyes be opened, so that with this new vision, they come to understand and promote in their community the need for kindness to one another. Something like that is what I’d do, again.

  134. Lauence says:

    I did not read any of above, but I would not mind a free copy of your home study course. I will use it and Jesus will ensure you are rewarded beyond what any money can buy.

  135. Ricardo Winston says:

    WOW that was a great story even if I am at work at can’t get loaded on a spiked shot of egg nog!!!! Unique and interesting way to share a story of passing on the gift of salvation. And for any one reading this that doesn’t have Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior just ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins and repent (don’t turn back to sin) of your sins you to can be like the CCC and make it to heaven!!! Romans 10:9 ” He who confesses with their mouth and believe in their heart that God gave his only son Jesus Christ who died on the cross and was raised from the dead, shall have ever lasting life.” God job Preston, keep up the good work!!!!

  136. Gary Wallace says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. Joy & good health to all.
    Today alot of us celebrate the birth, the start of ministry by Jesus to us all. Did you ever hear the saying Freedom is never free…especially when it is bought by the blood of our children, our sons & daughters, our neighbors, our brothers, our friends…an extremely high price to pay but we’re almost always willing to pay it. I wonder what Jesus thought of before He came to earth as one of us, a brand new baby boy, who’s sole purpose in life was to Be Tortured, Be Spat On, Be hung On a Cross and to Die for us and our Salvation. Thank you so much Jesus for being willing to come to us as a frail human & purchase (redeem) us from the pit of hell. Thank you so much for being faithful, even when we’re not, for being merciful when we don’t deserve it and for being a Rock for us to lean on. Thank you for the Gift of Christmas.

  137. Jay von Mohr says:

    Yo P,

    Hope you & your family are havin a great X-mas.

    Loved the story.

    I thought my life was crappy right now, but clearly there
    are people on here with much bigger issues to fix.

    They need your course way more than I do. So I’m
    happy to know one of them will get it.

    Whoever gets it…. DON’T just read it, DO IT!

    Now back to runnin X-mas comps,

    Jay von Mohr
    818-359-1617

    PS) Preston… NEVER kick a cat! They’ll leave a “Mr. Hanky”
    in your mouth while you’re asleep.

  138. Javi says:

    OK let me guess you’re the OACC and stickboy is the CCC. He’s gonna need a good lickin’.

    J/K,
    Merry Christmas.

  139. Joshua Stewart says:

    Wow that is the coolest fairy tale ever. Look out brothers grim! Lol. Seriously though, the message you sent is a needed one. Thank you so much. I mostly just bought some stuff for my son as I am always broke but hey whatever I have all I need. Family is everything. Merry Christmas everyone.

  140. Art Koop says:

    http://www.angelrays.com/fla/legend.html

    Try that website for more about the candy cane history.

    ps I grew up on welfare and now live on the income from realestate.

    Art

  141. Scott Pearrell says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! Preston, thank you for the reminder of the Reason for Christmas. The holiday season started out horrible for my family. My dad became ill Thanksgiving night. He had a blood vessel rupture in his stomach, and lost half of his blood. Two weeks later there was an obstruction in his bladder and he went into complete kidney failure. Thinking he wasn’t going to live to see Christmas, I began to lose faith. We practically lived at the hospital those few weeks, so the last thing on my mind was shopping for my 8 year old daughter. Then one night after I tucked my daughter into bed, I heard her pray for a miracle for her Grandad. It’s strange, but after “overhearing” her prayer, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. The next morning when me and my mom arrived at the hospital, my dad was sitting up in his bed eating breakfast. After weeks of seeing him so weak and frail, after weeks of hearing him mumbling his words, and after weeks of uncertainty, my dad was back the doctors and nurses said they have never seen anyone in the condition he was in make such a complete turnaround practically overnight. Two days later he was discharged, and he is doing better than ever. Hearing my daughter’s prayer helped me to restore my faith, and as a result my dad is still here with us. So for anyone reading this who may be going through struggles with anything, know that God hears you! My family received our Christmas gift with the miraculous recovery of my dad. I was also able to go shopping and provide a wonderful Christmas for my daughter. She wanted and got her Nintendo DS, a new sled, boots, A LOT of clothes, her makeup kit, her white coat, her earrings, her necklace, and so many other things. I was able to get my wife the bracelet and sweaters she wanted. I was able to buy my mom the frying pans (that I broke) that she needed, and was able to get my dad the new Redskins jacket he wanted. I was able to do all these things because of the miracle my 8 year old daughter prayed for. Miracles still happen! Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you all.

  142. Brett says:

    WTF have you been smokin?

    You are one crazy dude Preston.

    Merry Christmas all the same.

    Brett.

  143. Karen T says:

    Preston! ROFL at CCC and OACC, including the precursor email ! My teenager has demanded I print it for her to share.

    We live in a new age and this story is a fabulously refreshing reflection of same, perfectly illustrating the message of the season: love and acceptance of our World Family, no matter our current “appearances.”

    This story not only helps us see that we take ourselves way too seriously, but also shouts, JUST DO IT! And how you do it doesn’t matter anymore — drip with holy reverence, propriety, or just BE REAL — whatever your comfort zone or the circumstance requires. Any form of loving self and others will “…make the mean people less mean,” and globally so; so say scientists today of the fact. How about THAT?!

    Gifts I bought People (pets don’t count, right?):

    20 books; 2 sets Sushi How To DVD/recipe books/implements; 5 additional sushi “gear”; Pajamas; Comforter; 7 chocolate stocking stuffers; 6 jeweled pencils; Mohair hat; Canvas hand-painted hat; Nature-inspired necklace; Witch shoes; Anime Studio software; 2 sets earbuds; Nails kit; pair Moqui Marbles; pair Kansas pop rocks; pair Socks; wristwatch; Writing journal; 6 Mini rootbeer stocking stuffers; 2 boxes strikingly handsome mint chocolate candy canes; Keychain; Japanese tea pot/cup set; Sugar bowl; Video cam; 2 external hard drives; Dinner out Christmas Eve; 12 boxes home-made Christmas cookies; Wooden box spices set

    Requesting for you, Preston, and all whom you touch so wonderfully, the most benevolent outcome of all higher intentions,

    Karen

  144. Don Washburn says:

    Merry Christmas!

    Jesus is the reason for the season. The greatest gift of all is your time. Share it with all ( even the green ones) and especially the little ones.

    God Bless All!

  145. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Being Real Estate Investor brings us just a piece of Heaven in 2011..Be Blessed and thanks for letting God use you. I am really learning so much in the 3 months that I have bought all of your programs including the incomparable FreedomSoft Reloaded.
    Fefe

  146. Joe says:

    Preston…..yesterday I was invited to help set up chairs and tables for a dinner for homeless people. I had never done anything like that before and since I had nothing else to do(out of work) I thought what the heck. When I got there it was an old run down building with a lot of water dripping from the ceiling . We got things set up for them and as I was leaving, I was thinking to myself I wouldn’t want to eat here. Well the next day ( today ) I decided to go back and see if they needed any help…..What I saw was kind of comical….First you had a lot of homeless people sitting around the tables eating and you had people from well to do organizations and churches all dressed up standing on the outside looking at them. It was if they were at the zoo looking at the animals on display!……I got something to drink and sat down by an older gentleman who was just sitting there listening to the music being played… Him and I struck up a conversation about childhood memories and past Christmas get togethers and crazy things we did as children. As we were talking the people who were well dressed came down the aisles shaking hands and wishing everyone a merry Christmas and then walked on without saying anything else……Hey they even shook my hand thinking I was homeless ( which in a way I guess I am! (-: )……I learned something today….until you sit down and get to know a person as a person…..you really don’t know what Jesus is all about……a handshake just doesn’t do it!… So the moral of the story is…..you got to take the time to sit down with the crooked candy cane before you can stand tall as a candy cane……Merry Christmas, Preston and thanks for the story!…..Joe

  147. Elizabeth says:

    The Christmas gift I gave to my husband and 8 month old son was to really learn to surrender. My will does not work, but my Higher Power’s will does. I am an ACA and have learned to finally surrender. I do not have to be perfect anymore. Thanks for letting me share. Merry Christmas.

  148. Joe says:

    Merry Christmas to all. Check out http://www.needgod.com

    This is what counts the most!!!!

  149. Bernard V. says:

    Good moral to the story, Just goes to prove it’s not the “man” keeping you down, It’s your attitude! …and your “tales” like this one and the one at the end of “Flipping You Way to Financial Freedom” are really entertaining….Like a child’s book for adults that are just old kids inside.

    Well anyway, I got your email and since I am spending Christmas alone….rephrase Christmas with the voice in my head, my dog, myself and God, I wanted to write something down here really quick.

    I want everyone to know that despite how I feel about my day today that I wish each and every person reading this a Very Merry Christmas.

    I have learned a lot from Preston in the short time that I have known him (virtually) and have been doing everything he has said with the one goal of getting the money to go and meet him in San Diego on the 20th, shake his hand and say “Thank You”. Even though I haven’t done a deal yet. All I have to say is “Preston, You HAVE changed me!”

    Well I do not have the means to attend as I stand now, BUT I am going to work my tale off and talk to as many “green, misshaped” candy canes between now and the notification to cancel deadline. I have put the event/party in my calendar and am just treating it like I am going and KNOWING with hard work and persistence, I will be able to get a green candy cane to lick me and stopped being looked at like I AM THE GREEN CANDY CANE! Christmas is about giving, cause Jesus gave his LIFE for us! We celebrate this gift as we celebrate his birthday. We take something so powerful for granted and only think about it when we are in the “season” or in trouble. Think about it for just a second….would you let yourself be nailed to a cross after being tortured and being made to carry your casket to your grave yourself and not fight it for the greater good? Think about how inspiring and how selfless that is and then think about how you honor this with your actions.

    Jesus was the best marketer that ever lived! He offered a solution, he offered value and he followed through on his promises. All of his “business” is built on word of mouth, “The Word Of The Lord.” Most of all his business was built on the foundation of GIVING! He never asked anyone for anything. He gave, and gave and gave of himself and now he is the leader of an empire! He never had business cards or direct mail campaigns and yet The Bible is the most sought after book of all time. He owns real estate that he never had to close on, called Earth. Do you think this is a coincidence?! NO! Its not. ….In the bible it says “Give and ye shall receive.” There is nothing closer to the truth! If you open yourself up to people and give, then you will receive! People are your best friend if you are giving them a present, right? It’s a natural law of attraction. I am going to give as much as I can in every way I can think of everyday this year, and I can GUARANTEE that next year will be the end of my streak of year in and year out of being physically alone on Christmas!!!!!!!

    So starting right here right now, despite my bad past experiences, I am going to be a little different than the red candy cane and I will be inviting everyone to
    LICK ME! ;)

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

    ps, Preston, if you or a VA reads this I am offering my self to you as a “guinea pig” for any rags to riches success stories that you may be trying to build in 2011. I am using nothing but your materials at the moment after buying everything on the market and I truly believe that you are genuine and would be the happiest guy on earth to be your next “Pete” through the grace of god. BTW Merry Christmas!

  150. diane says:

    Merry Christmas Preston, the story was very cute and korney but it was nice to read , first you are a true writer and you really speak the truth . Y our stories really mean something to me .The candy cane story is funny, Christmas to me is giving and mostly not receiving from relatives and friends, but it the thought of giving .Christ Jesus was a giver who died for our sins.If Jesus was not born 2000 years ago there would not be mankind on this beautiful earth.We need to be thankful and we are so much blessed to be here. Thanks again for the short story I truly know what you mean . P.S. I already ordered the 1.00 training materials. Thanks again. Diane

  151. greg says:

    Preston – When you are next in SoCal I would like to buy you lunch. You are very intriguing.

  152. Steve says:

    LOL Love your stories, posted on my facebook…
    After reading this I’ve come to the conclusion you should be in writing children’s books…
    Love the word”attitudinally”…

    As for your cat, I’m willing to bet he’d prefer the gonjah over the catnip…

    Merry Christmas Preston and thanks for the laugh!

  153. greg says:

    Interesting posts. I know of several real estate guys who run out of cash in Q1 – me being one of them. Had several million on paper and now my biggest asset is my tax loss. BK, In foreclosure, expect to be out and paying rent in the real world with the family in Q1. Have enough to move but continuing rent may be an issue. Dad spent 1.5 weeks in IC with a Parkinson’s drug reaction and my mother-in-law was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with breast cancer. However, I just taught a house flipping class and a student said it was life changing. I taught he and a fried of his how to buy at the trustee sales a few years ago and they flipped a few and raised a few million and now want me to consult with them. They may have a $20MM line. Other friends say they are buying 20-30 properteis per month in the Los Angeles trustee sales want me to handle marketing for the wholesale aspect of their business. Other friends have opportunities and we can make some cash her. Problem is getting cash in to cover the rent until the projects hit again. My wife said most millionaires lose it a few times and she is going to stick around for another round or two :) . The kids understand making and losing money and the older one (13) was gloating as she pounded me in Monopoly. They have learned the value of making and saving money and being responsible and honest.

    Moral: Keep working at it as Preston says and do it right. If you fall and you screwed people, they won’t help you get back up. Focus on the family because it is better to have nothing else and keep the family than to have everything and lose the family (ask old divorced guys with money). Best of all, focus on the One who gives you everlasting life. Nothing in this life matters as much as building your relationship with Jesus. He gives you strength and courage. Also, keep in mind that the amount of money you have in the bank is just a scorecard. What you truly believe and act on based on that belief is the true measure of your character and your longevity in the universe.

    Merry Christmas from the OC! Let’s knock it out of the park in 2011!

  154. Susan says:

    Would love to buy the $1 info for Beverly if you let me know how to do this… Merry Christmas!

  155. T.J. says:

    I’m (almost) surprised with the amount of adults that still go along with the bible stories literally. They are simply astrologically based, written down versions, of older cultures’ verbal retelling of their, and older, civilizations astrological events. The characters are, and always have been, ways of remembering the events.

    story: Jesus dies on the cross (the SUN dies on the cross (near the cross constellation)). The SUN is at its lowest point in the sky.. for 3 days… then it rises up again …yes, the sun’s = the son’s resurrection.

    The 3 kings are/were/always have been.. the 3 stars in the belt of Orion,

    So many other facts, since one of the comments mentioned to actually look at facts, are there… so many.

    There is something to believe in, everything came from somewhere, however I don’t believe that we can progress and evolve until we get beyond this mental stumbling block and being so hung up in the literal stories and very faulty facts located in the modern bibles. Dinosaurs did not exist according to the bible…

    We need to get to the truth as a group and be ready to learn what really is out there and where things really came from. The current modern religions were all imposed by force, and the most death we’ve seen for any other thing in history… convert or die… now we are all supposed to be believers. Our ancestors weren’t. They were killed and then it was accepted. We need to overcome it. We need to advance now.. we’ve stagnated too long. We’ll see…

  156. Keith says:

    Sometimes we complain about roses having “thorns” . . . but we should greatly rejoice that “thorns” have roses! I REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOD IS WORKING ON OUR CHARACTER THROUGH THE IRRITATING AND UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATIONS IN LIFE.

    “REMEMBER THAT YOUR REPUTATION IS WHAT YOU APPEAR TO BE IN THE EYES OF PEOPLE . . . BUT YOUR CHARACTER IS WHO ARE”

    Be blessed!

  157. Beth Denton says:

    Well, Preston, I am clearly the winner. You see giving gifts is sometimes viewed as going to the store and buying gifts. If you had $1000 and each gift cost $1 then you could give 1,000 gifts and so forth. The reason that I am the winner is because I have given my whole heart this Christmas. First of all to God and secondly to my family and thirdly to my close friends.
    That quite simply is the most that is possible to give. I give myself with complete honesty, sincerity, and total love. That brings me utmost joy knowing that I have given the most that is possible to give.
    Merry Christmas and may you be blessed in abundance this wonderful season of giving.

  158. John says:

    Hope your day is wonderful Preston for you and your family. So glad that God loves all of us,,(even the unloveable) Isn’t he wonderful?

  159. Angie says:

    Hi to you and Merry Christmas, Good moral to yhe story and I can guess you looked it up but as for loving your enemies ok this one is a good one. I learned about the death of my oldest son through child support papers not too long ago!!!! I am their mother and I love my children more than life it’s self their grandmother took them from me (Ihave three 2 sons and a daughter) but she lied on me and took my kids when they were young had it set up through the courts and everything but how can you love them? I have forgiven them but those were my kids that she took from me just because she didn’t like me at all!!!! but MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR mAY THE YEAR COMING BE BETTER THAN THE YEAR END!!!!

  160. Pete says:

    I need cash buyers as well as credit backing. I intend to focus on Distressed property at present.

    Christ came to earth for two things one is to return the earth to his Fathers Kingdom. Kingdom mentality required. NOT OPTIONAL.

  161. Pete says:

    60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

    60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

    60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

    60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

    60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

    60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.

    60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

    60:8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

    60:9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

    60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

    60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

    60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

    60:13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

    60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

    60:15 Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

    60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

    60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

    60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

    60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

    60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

    60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

    60:22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.
    This is exactly what I am doing RIGHT NOW. Massive wealth transfer. Economic darkness ect.

  162. Jim Myers says:

    Preston -

    You are one strange Dude. Weird story. Very creative.

    Jim

  163. DEAN says:

    Hi Preston,
    Thanks for the story. So much truth for us at Christmas. Many times we think that presents make Christmas. This story gets to the heart of Christmas and Jesus. It is always good to hear from you. I have your book and lessons and look forward to a lot more learning. Merry Christmas.
    Dean

  164. howie says:

    As a nice Jewish boy, I extend a Merry Christmas to all! As a member of the Agape International Spiritual Center where we see ourselves and everyone else as children of God, I can attest to the idea of loving in place of hating and welcoming in place of separating. There are plenty of “Crooked Candy Canes” in the world that need our love, friendship, and spiritual guidance on the fine art of “having fun”! So the next time one of the “CCC’s” come up and “lick you”, meet them with a big smile and open arms and Christmas will live all year long!! Nice story Preston, have a magnificent holiday dude!! Howie

  165. William says:

    Dearest Everyone–

    Sending you: :Light (the opposite of “darkness”) and Love (the opposite of “hate”),,,”

    Sincerely and with all good wishes–

    W i l l i a m…

  166. Sandra says:

    I’m sorry, forgive me, thank you, I love you. The most powerful words we can use.
    Merry Christmas!

  167. Sandra says:

    I’m sorry, forgive me, thank you, I love you. The most powerful words we can use.
    Merry Christmas!

  168. Donna Hennessey says:

    Cancer is the very least I had wanted for my husband this Christmas, but life ( and death) has hit both of us right between the eyes. Be thankful for everything, especially your family. I am thankful for his sucessful surgery and for our medical care. When things are settled down, I am starting on real estate. Great message to love and forgive, Jesus is with us always. Donna

  169. Thomas Koki says:

    I could not accept your $1.00 gift because I did not have it.
    But thank you very much. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
    Tom

  170. Don says:

    Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbg_dhI4XCs You will find description of a miracle .

  171. Beverly says:

    Merry Xmas to all. Don’t have the $1.00 + for the course or $97./mo..broke and broken at Xmas I bought no gifts but asking the angels to bring blessings of health,joy happines ,prosperity and gratitude to those near and afar…Enjoy,love,sing smile, be still..look within..see the light and know…
    I’m dreaming of a green Xmas with hundred dollar bills from head to toe..with some gold coins glistening and my pockets jingling.. filled with money ..Ho HO HO !!!

  172. Bill says:

    too much rum, not enough egg nog & the peas?…. i’d change that recipe if i were you. stir it with a candy cane & Jesus makes even the crooked ways straight … i’m not sure He would do that for gay candy canes tho….
    pass the egg nog

  173. Beverly says:

    Merry Xmas to all. Don’t have the $1.00 + for the course or $97./mo..broke and broken at Xmas I bought no gifts but asking the angels to bring blessings of health,joy happines ,prosperity and gratitude to those near and afar…Enjoy,love,sing smile, be still..look within..see the light and know…
    I’m dreaming of a green Xmas with hundred dollar bills from head to toe..with some gold coins glistening and my pockets jingling filled with money ..Ho HO HO !!!

  174. Hey Preston
    Merry Christmas

    I just want to elaborate on CCC. The moment you ask God to come into your heart to forgive you of all your sins Now it’s time to walk in that same love that God showed us forgiving anyone who has
    messed arnd and caused us anger. In doing so you not only make it right with God but you also recieve peace in your heart ,cause now the bitterness is out and than you can go on making money in Real Estate and enjoy life again .

  175. Elena says:

    Wow! This is a really cool story….Thanks for sharing it with me!

  176. Derrick Voss says:

    God is so Good! God is the answer to all our problems. God came to save the world! God is a free will God and saves us by grace something we do not deserve.
    God Bless you Preston!

  177. Mary Stevens says:

    that was an awesome story! It teaches a good lesson. As far as the presents go I didn’t count the amount I gave each and every person. Anyway Christmas is about giving because God gave His son for us. Any amount of gifts could never measure up to saving a human life. Love is the greatest gift of all. When it comes from the heart that is all that counts. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

  178. Martin says:

    As for this commercial holiday I buy nothing for anyone and for people I hate nobody I even sit with my enemies because they can only kill my body if they so choose, but I not worried of this. As for being grateful I am grateful my Mom is still breathing. She suffered a brain stem bleed on Jan 01st 09 and Doctors said she would not live overnight. She is paraplegic has a trach cannot speak but she is breathing and I care for her 24/7 in my home. To see her take a breath is so great and I cannot be mean to anyone because I see life as so precious even if its just a breath. Also Jesus did nothing for us being born but upon his death which the bible speaks of to celebrate this is the best as I see it. Thanks for reading ,Martin

  179. Amos says:

    Well I have to say this is one of the more messed up stories I have read. Maybe put some music and a video to it.

  180. liza says:

    Hi there, I am a 54 yr old female, sitting at home all alone with my pj’s.
    My mother is dead, my father lives out of the country and is dying.
    My daughter is angry with me because I pawned the jewelery I have had for over 35 yrs, and lost it because I did not pay the monthly fees. This jewelery was given to me by my ex husband, wedding ring, necklace, bracelets, etc. But I had to get money to eat and keep the utilities on.
    This she does not understand. I have no one in the whole world.
    I found your website and I find you to be wonderful, energetic, caring and very intelligent.
    I would like to sign up with your services, and make some money to help others. I don’t just want to make money for myself. It is the dream of helping others that motivates me.
    Did I mention, I’m a real estate agent, who has helped many families get GREAT homes and good deals….I would jump on the train with your guidance and the tools you have to offer.
    Please choose lonely right now me…..Sincerely, Liza D., Riverside, California

  181. Frank says:

    LOL, wow… Candy Canes like people are all different, that’s what makes us so interesting and fun.

    Could you imagine if every candy cane or all of us, the people in this World, looked, acted and did everything exactly the same? That would be very boring and so confusing, you would be able to tell your “Best Friend” from your “Worst Enemy”.

    What makes candy canes and people so interesting is that we are all different. Sure we may have a similar characteristics, some people are white, some brown, some black just like candy canes, some are red and while, some are green and white, some have red, white and blue stripes, but because of our different characteristics we are similar yet unique …

    Our World is so GREAT …

    Why?

    Because like candy canes, we, the people of this World have unique and wonderful similarities and differences that make allow us to live together, harmoniously …

  182. Kenny says:

    I would love to brag and boast about how many presents I purchased but Jesus said don’t let your left hand know what your right hand’s doing. I’ll keep it to myself, Merry Christmas.

  183. Rigger says:

    My Brother,YOU are so very insightful.That was such a beautiful Al Gore Rithym(algorithm).That parable should’ve been in the Book,in almost the same wording.As far as gifts bought for others,well I know I’ll not win any prizes.Only thing changed since last Christmas is the fact this time I had a J.O.B. to get laid off from.But still with no fun’d tickets.Very friend rich,tho.They understand(I hope).

  184. Bill says:

    Preston, you are always a bit off but I truely want to say I get it!!! Lead on O Capitaan

  185. glenn says:

    But then the cooked candy cane saw an “Extense” commercial and miraculously stood up straight, tall and proud!

  186. Claudette says:

    Preston, I liked the candy cane fable, weird as it was. The moral and the message is there and that’s what’s important.

    I didn’t buy the most presents, but maybe I gave the most meaningful. I gave Christmas memories to our daughter and two grown granddaughters. I gave them each a Christmas ornament that was handmade or handed down from others. There were ornaments and mementos from great grandmother’s on both sides, some from me, some from my husband, and even some handmade ornaments my daughter made when she was five or six years old.

    Both granddaughters (23 and 26)are in relationships and this is their first Christmas together. Their first Christmas tree now contains memories of the family as well as their own memories.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the rest of us out there.

  187. Janine says:

    Cute story. The moral is missed by a lot of people that forget to have faith in a “higher power”. thanks for sharing and as far as the gift giving, I only gave 6 gifts (4 gifts for my children, 1 to my parents and 1 to my husband). Merry Christmas Preston.

  188. Part I like best is the part “I can’t, we are both boys”.

  189. trey says:

    This day and every is meant for us to worship and praise our creator. That is what we r made todo. For the bible says that if we don’t call out to glorify him then the rocks will cry out His glory.
    Ask yourself this question. Do you want to be outdone by a rock?
    Trey

  190. Randall says:

    I am posting this blog comment because Mr. Preston issued the following statement in
    his email dated December 25, 2010….. from Preston, “p.s. whoever leaves the best comment on the blog post gets any of my home study courses for free.” So, therefore, this post is written to win a free copy of one of Preston’s home study courses. If you are wondering if what Preston said in his email today titled, “legend of crooked candy cane” is true or not, then please understand that there are mountains of evidence which do support Mr. Preston’s statements about Jesus Christ. Now, having said that, I am the first to realize that many of us are predisposed to an issue like this because from the very first day you were born, you were taught by your mom and dad as to what they felt was the right religion for you to participate in. Some children are taught that God is unnecessary and he does not exist. Some children are taught that the Catholic faith is correct, and attend Mass on a daily basis in their youth. Some Jewish Children are taught about the Torah. Some of the Muslims (not the majority of peaceful kind Muslims, but some Muslims) teach their children that it is okay to kill Christians….. and on and on it goes. Do you see what I am trying to say here? My point is this….. in order for you to find the answers to the problem you have today, you have to set aside the predispositions and beliefs that you were taught as a child, and then step back and take a fresh look at any evidence available to you to determine if your religion is going to help you in the most serious problems you face today. As for me, I was able to review the non-biblical historical accounts concerning Jesus Christ. I was able to review both biblical acconts and
    non-biblical historical accounts of Jesus Christ, and who he said he was. I gave God a chance. I did not allow something that someone told me to become a part of me until I was old enought to review the evidence and make my own decision. Jesus Christ once said this, he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In closing, I need to ask you something. Do you think this statement that Jesus said in the sentence before this one is true or false? But, please, just please do not answer this question until you have carefully reviewed the evidence so that you can make an informed decision. I don’t want answers based on what you were taught as a child. I don’t want answers based on false or misleading principles. I just want you to answer this question for yourself, that’s all. Just answer for yourself, that’s all I am asking. If you want to read further, then the quote from Jesus Christ mentiod above is found in the book of John , in the new testament, in the 14th Chapter, verse 6. Another verse that I would recommend to you is a verse found in the same book, John, Chapter 3, verse 16. Thank you for your time today, and may God bless you. (Mr. Preston, please understand I did not write this emai to win the prize you mentioned, but at the same time, it probably is the best comment on this subject on the blog today, and I would be forever grateful if you were to award a free copy of one
    of your home study courses to me. Thank you and have a good Christmas. )

  191. Peter Coe says:

    Merry Christmas Preston!
    The gift I am giving to my family and to the world is an invitation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
    Come all ye faithful.

  192. Jessie King says:

    I love the moral of the story. You must be able to forgive people for things that they have done against you if you want God to forgive you for the things that you have done. Take Care and Merry Christmas. Keep spreading the good word. Happy Birthday Jesus!

  193. How’s that working out for you? Do I hear echoes of Sarah Palin here?

  194. pete says:

    Thanks Preston.
    Did you know the white of the candy cane is the purity of Jesus. The color red symbals the blood he shed, and the shape is actually the letter “J” his intial and if you turn it upside down it is in the shape of the staff the shepards used.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas
    Pete

  195. Alejandrina says:

    Awesome story. Forgive and forget. Have A Prosperous New Year and beyond!

  196. trey says:

    This day and every day is

  197. Our Creator has a “Purposeful Intent” for everyone to fulfill.

    My wife, all six of my kids (includes triplets), and 8 grandchildren all received gift cards to buy what they need or want. The Chinese flight school student I asked over for Christmas dinner had to decline because he was invited by his instructor just after my invitation.

  198. trey says:

    I just wanted to say I enjoy hearing another real estate investor talk about Jesus. Next to property He’s my favorite subject. Usually the ones that do just are liers about relationship with the Lord to get the deal. Its sad that they have to use God as a tactic.
    God bless u and yours this incredible day!
    Trey

  199. Bill says:

    You’re great Preston. Thanks. I’m sitting here studying T & GR, The Science of Getting Rich & even reading some from the Bible when your email popped up.
    Brought a smile, chuckle and created some (more) self examination. Thanks.
    Now where’s the egg nog?

    btw I bought your course a couple days ago & will start it hopefully tomorrow. I may be reaching out for some sweetness – to get this ramped up quickly.
    Thanks in advance.
    Bill

  200. Preston’s blog, the gift that keeps on giving. I’m going out to lick someone right after I finish this post.

  201. Agustin says:

    God bless you dude!

    Keep em coming!

  202. Max says:

    I didn’t give any presents this year, this has been the hardest year of my life, my son was assaulted and nearly killed, still recovering after 6 months. My business, is having the worst year on history, and we had to get food stamps and gov. healthcare to survive. Even, though we have given, many, many, and lots over the years, only one person, came back and helped when, we had no food to eat, and this man was in foreclosure himself, with 3 kids and a wife, yet he helped. The story of the candy cane reminds me of him, he helped us with joy in his heart, as he remembered 6 years ago, when we helped him, with joy in our hearts. And the tons of other people, that are now doing well, remind me of the crooked candy cane, he always gets his.

  203. Love this story, Mom used to tell it to us on Christmas Eve when we were little kids(do you know her??). This year I am babysitting my daughter’s stinky Yorkie so she could fly to Tampa for Christmas, driving him to TX & even letting him ride INSIDE the car. For Christmas, all the kids showed up at our Mom’s house last night(we all live 2-5hrs away) & surprised her, she’s almost 90yrs old. Good seeing everyone. We did bring presents, but the best gift was seeing each other. You shoulda been there, we missed you. MERRY CHRISTMAS PRESTON, TO YOU & ALL YOUR FAMILY!

  204. Kim S says:

    I didn’t buy the most presents, I bought what my sons wanted the most. One son wanted a new pair of glasses. I know not the kind of gift you give a Christmas but for him, that was all he wanted. My other son wanted a new hard drive to back up his computer. He is going to school to learn to fix them and he needed it. Not really what you would call a Christmas type gift but he got what he wanted.
    This year Christmas wasn’t about giving gifts that no one wants or needs, it was about family and the fact we have each other. I know a few people right now who are missing family members and its tough on them. so I give them time, listen and just be there for them. Sometimes the best gift you can give isn’t real, its taking time out of your busy life to there for someone else to just listen, be a friend nothing more.

    Good Luck to whom ever you winner is!

  205. Dru says:

    You have a cat?

  206. Jacob A Kaufman says:

    Preston, This is certainly a new take on the salvation story. The message is there if we have our ears open. Be ye kind to thine enemies it drives them bonkers.

    Gifts? I give gifts all years long to people around me. On Christmas morning we sing in gratitude for the great life we have been given. We live in a perpetual attitude of gratitude, it sure resuces the blood pressure.

    Receiving gifts? Words and deeds carry a valuable message that toys and doodads cannot.

    My wife/girlfriend/heartmate/best friend and I are having a wondrful day relaxing with each other and talking about past Christmas experiences. It gives us great pleasure and hope for the legacy we are building for our childrena nd grandchildren. They are scattered from Armenia to Boulder!

    Have a wonderful blessed Christmas Preston,

    Jacob

  207. Greg says:

    Imagine whirled peas. You can have all my candy canes and turn them into toothpaste!

  208. Ou812 says:

    The shift so many are looking for will come once we see ourselves as whole. Your paradigm that god loves us idiots will have to die. We act from our paradigm. We hate because we believe god judges. We war because we believe god punishes. We feel alone because we believe god is forced to deal with idiots. Have fun with your cat.

  209. Crystal* says:

    Hey Preston: You’re awesome! Thanks…
    Would like to present your product at the Workshop
    “How to Buy a Motel by Doing It”….

    Going to take the day off today though, …. back before Sunday, ok.
    C*

  210. Bruno M says:

    yea great story of morals.
    Life in a straight world when one is all bent is never the same as the rest. we are All unique and special – even if we are forced by circumstance to go through life alone and heartbroken, there is always some kind of reason to it all.

    if only we learned and let go as easily as characters in stories do, now that would be miraculous.

    Make It A Great Day,
    Now is all we ever have

  211. every year my wife and i run around town blessing people. We call it operation blessing! its fun and makes a difference in peoples lives. last night while at the sub shop the phone rang for an order. I walked up to the giuy and said is that take out, he said its delivery. I said I want to pay for it. he said WHAT?! I dont get it, what do you mean> i said chill dude, its christmas time and I want to bless that person who just called in their order. how much is it? he said ten bucks. I said, heres 20, give 10 to the delivery guy. somethin small, but something cool. that person got free dinner that night, and could have had the crappiest day ever and hopefully made them smile. it gets better. thats just the beginning. we moved on to the local dollar store, we saw a woman checking out and walked up and asked her if she would mind if we blessed her and paid for her goods. She said , actually i do mind, no thanks. someone else could use it more than me. I said oooooooohhhh kay, so, after the “well that was awkward” moment passed, we left the dollar store and headed next door to the thrift shop. We decided people are more needy at the thrift store than the dollar store I guess, and we were right. there was a women with her mother in checkout with a full basket, I noticed they were arguing over stuff in the basket and were taking it out and leaving at the register as if they didnt want it. I figured it was over price because they kept looking at the price tags, they were speaking russian or something, so couldn’t understand exactly, but I knew what was up. they only had so much money and had to choose which items to keep and which to put back. So i walked up and said would you mind if we blessed you tonight and paid for your items? bring all that stuff up you just put back, get it all. she was so thrilled and smiled ear to ear! grand total about 27 dollars! thats it. it made their night, as that is probably ALL the money they had and hopefully they were able to use the money for something else or other gifts. my wife was at the other cashier doing the same thing and got a similar response. the lady said HUH? what?! are you serious? Why? i dont understand? thats where I step in, I say look, its christmas time, we like to go out and bless people, there is no rhyme or reason, but when God says do something and he moves your heart to act, we act! so please, accept the blessing and just be sure to pay it forward somehow to someone else. She said “well im going to church, thats what IM gonna do!”. she was so thrilled and was telling the other workers there. she must go there often because they all knew her by name. so now it was time to move on to the next stop, but it was getting late, so we called it a night and will resume tomorrow. which was today. First stop was the local hispanic grocery store, as soon as we walked in we saw a family of 4, mom dad and 2 kids at checkout with a full basket of goods. they had bread,milk, eggs, fruits, meat, etc. they were doing their full grocery shopping obviously I walked over to the cashier and told her we want to pay for this familys items. they don’t speak english so the cashier translated for me to them. once they understood they were so happy and lit up ear to ear. The total was 80 bucks. but I know thats alot for these families and they can better use that money now to go buy presents for their 2 kids. they were about 6 and 4 or so. the cashier asked if we were with a church, I said no, we GO to church though, but this is our own money and we just like doing this each year. she asked what church we go to and that she was looking for a new church to attend, I told her where we went and who knows, maybe she will show up. pretty cool. after that we walked out and a guy was selling flowers, 1 for 5 2 for 10. some deal huh? I said how about I give you 20 and you keep the flowers? he said thats a deal man, thank you very much! I walked past the salvation army bell ringer and dropped some cash into the bucket. (my wife and I each get 250 bucks to give away however we want by the way, thats how we do it, hopefully some day instead of 500 bucks, it will be 5,000 and then 50,000 and then 500,000, and 5 million, etc, thats the plan if this real estate stuff continues to work out for us) so we left and went to the salvation army store a few miles away. we walked in and there was a mother and her daughter shopping for clothes. mostly baby clothes in the basket. her daughter had a baby too, she was about a year old. we said they are perfect. they walked to the register and we told the cashier our plan, she said cool! I told the mother what we wanted to do, but she didn’t understand me, but her daughter did and told her. we were paying for her goods. The weird thing was that a giant full basket of baby clothes as just 11 dollars? I thought maybe 30 bucks or so for alllllllllllll those clothes. but it was 11 bucks. geez. we have all this cash to give away and cant even do it. so we paid for their clothes and they hugged us and thanked us so much. then a woman came up next with some bras in her hand, yes bras. she was older and was digging through her pockets scaping up change and dollars. she also had some candle holder thing too. maybe it was a gift for someone? my wife walked up and asked if she could buy her stuff for her and she was sooooooo happy and hugged her and then hugged me smiling ear to ear. something so small, was so big. the total was just 8 freaking dollars, thats it 8 bucks! we spend that on a single latte….EVERY DAY!!! puts things in perspective. so after that we started talking to the cashier, kelly. she was maybe 21 oe 22. she told us about her 2 year old son and how its difficult working the hours all the time she does and the pay she gets. she was very nice and she was moved by our giving and kindness. so we chatted for a bit, and we left, but we had a plan. we went to target and got a 50 dollar gift card and went back and my wife gave it to her. she was thrilled and hugged my wife. now she can go buy some REAL presents for her son from target instead of salvation army beat up old toys. it was a real blessing to do for people. there was a guy who saw us paying for people and asked if i would buy a mini drum set that was sitting on display. it was marked 50 bucks. I said man if you really want that set of course my pleasure. Im a drummer myself. he noticed the kick pedal was missing and wasn’t sure if he wanted it or not. he didnt speak good english. he said he had to go ask his brother if he wanted it or something, but he never came back. oh well, we tried. we also do things like pulling into a random gas station and paying for peoples gas, or paying for the food behind us at the drive through or at the tolls. We still have about 150 left between us or so. we will give that away too sometime soon and somehow. we paid for a few other peoples items at the dollar store as well, her name was angelica, she was buyinig cleaning supplies, dishes and bowls, and some random stuff. She said sure, that would be great, God bless you , I said oh he does, that’s why we do this and just pass it on to someone else. Its alot of fun and hopefully we can grow operation blessing on 12/22 each year to more and more people who perform random acts of kindness to strangers. its amazing to see their eyes light up and also the bewilderment that someone would just out of the blue want to pay for their items? good stuff. I tell you good stuff. By the way, this is the second time I wrote all this, the first time I hit backspace on my keyboard and it deleted it all, that sucked!!! okay, peace out. pay it forward. holla.

  212. anon dude cause god doesn't like braggarts says:

    check check one 2 one 2

  213. Lear says:

    I follow you on twitter and I’m the first to respond to this because I care, take action, want the best for people even though I believe they most live in the Matrix, TAKE ACTION, love life and want the most God as to offer, and TAKE ACTION!

    later

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