"The Christmas Shoes" as written by and Leonard/carswell Ahlstrom....
It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin' to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing 'round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn't believe what I heard him say

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there's not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, "son, there's not enough here"
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I've got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out
And I'll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama's gonna look so great

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there's not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

I knew I'd caught a glimpse of heaven's love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there's not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight

I want 'er to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight


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"The Christmas Shoes" as written by Leonard Ahlstrom Eddie Carswell

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    General CommentHoly !
    ii cant believe no one has comented on this song .
    this is such a good song ,, even actually made me cry
    lol (L)
    PorcelainTramp666on January 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh yea, this is the song!


    It totally made me cry...
    Chokes_on_Tearson January 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI first heard the song in the movie by the same name, and I cried, I mean.. with the movies setting in addition, this song is impossible not to be touched by!
    Melodianon March 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYep. I was just listening to generic Christmas music on Pandora and then this came on and I had to stop studying and listen to it.
    therealdrag0on December 04, 2008   Link
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    My Opinionreally whats up with everybody on here this is like a wonderful song i sing it at church every christmas just for my wonderful mom because if i lose my mom idk what i would do all i want her to knw is that i love her
    cookiemonster101on April 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm incredibly aroused.
    jimmychangaon May 03, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionSome strange reason, I was thinking about this song and then the movie that was made based off of it (tear jerker, especially in some scenes every time I watch it. I recommend to watch it if you haven't since I don't want to spoil it). It's in the middle of June too.

    A lot of people think that since the song's based off of someone's mother being ill that the fact it took for the mother to be ill and dying, to have a son wanting to get a present was what it took for the person to help learn something from it. That could bring truth since technically it did happen, but really I think the message could imply since with all the sadness and things that happen such as this, people sometimes forget that because of them wanting more or tend to themselves for their own wants they don't realize they have things that other people struggle through to survive with and have the misfortune of these events happening to them. "God had sent that little boy to remind me", reminding for what every human being should have and humble themselves when seeing someone going through a crisis that unfortunately does happen either way that we should help whenever there's an opportunity to help lighten the burden on the victim and make it less tough of a place to be while having things happen in our lives. It can happen all year around and not just at Christmas time, and really they say Christmas because of Christian-based belief they have around that time and pretty much do what the person/God they look up to would. The man happened to be there and learned that they should see the light from someone else even if they're not the ones going through such a time and as said it could make the world a less tough of a place with others concern and help even if you don't know them.
    It doesn't have to mean that it's all a Christian thing or that it all has to be from God, some like the person who made this song would think it is and you can be an atheist and just learn this moral too even if nobody else to give that credit to or whatever. But this is my opinion and maybe I am looking too much into it, but that's sort of what I learned after many times of listening to the song. And recommended to watch the movie to maybe see where I can also come from with this. :)
    CNikkion June 18, 2013   Link
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    MemoryThis song is a Christmas favorite , my mom was battling with cancer sorry to say that she no longer with us. around Christmas time when it is on I start to think of her.
    KJ stormson February 02, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI...I think he got scammed.
    BlueImeldaon December 05, 2009   Link

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