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A Special Christmas gift from a fellow hubber

Updated on February 20, 2014
Santa and his Elves must be working overtime this year, because there's loads of folks in need of the Christmas spirit of giving
Santa and his Elves must be working overtime this year, because there's loads of folks in need of the Christmas spirit of giving

Feeling special at Christmas

It's so important to be given love, precious gifts from the heart and during the holiday times so many people worldwide indeed share such a joyous moment of cheer with one another. Sometimes something special happens in this world, a very small gesture of kindness may have the potential spark up a momentous emotional feeling. One that does indeed change your perspective and outlook on life as a whole to feel as if you truly have a real purpose in this world.

Well that moment has come, where such a kind and real gesture has occurred here on Hubpages of all places. I would like to share with all of you during this Christmas season a special gift that was given to me by a fellow hubber. First of all I had no clue that this was to ever occur for me, and by that of a fellow writer, before I decided to join this network. I only came here to try and earn a honest income as a writer at first, but quickly I began to discover that hubpages isn't at all just about trying to make a digital revenue stream.

Hubpages has a live and breathing community (Overview article of 1 intense year here on HP) that truly cares for the human element both on and offline. A special dedicated group of individuals who go the extra yard for one another, and for all walks of life today in many digital and on the ground forms of making efforts to share, and to pay it forward.

Thank you Sunnie

Who is my secret Santa

So who is this secret admirer you might ask, oh well the title has given it away for sure. However, the fact that not many people may know of this person, makes it much more of a real shock to anyone who shall indeed come in contact with this very article, and whichever way it gets to them.

Her name is Sunnie Day, and she met me here on hubpages a while back, and I forget how long that we had known each others online profile names. We have yet to become good friends on HP though, but after this I'm sure we're heading that direction for sure.

How did all this happen? well one day after she had read an article of mine, she decided to message me on that hubs comment section with a awesome insightful one at that. She actually liked one of my Youtube videos I had shared on that particular hub, which is definitely what prompted the whole idea of hers in the first place.

I was blown away by her kind offer to actually knit up a cool hat for me (That's what she stated at first, but actually its something entirely different, but shall compliment my stylist old winter hat I had worn in the video), and she had done so in about 2 days flat, and then the very next day she shipped it to me priority mail, from the United States Postal Service. (How thoughtful of her to do such a thing for little ole me)

I need to put it under our tree, oh I'll break it out today for sure


The day the package arrived

My uncle had told me like a few days ago that I had received a package, it must have been this past Tuesday, and I was thinking maybe it was a mistake, because I didn't order anything. Then suddenly I remembered, someone by the name of Sunnie Day, had told me she was going to be knitting up a hat for me, and I thought to myself, this can't be real am I in a dream or something, "Holycrap! she truly meant it." I thought to myself when I actually was holding the package in my hand.

Little did I know in three days I was staring at this cool Christmas wrapped awesome present for me, and it was the very first one I have received this year. Now my wife is going to have to step it up, and try to compete with this one LOL "Thanks Sunnie for motivating her, I will see if she actually can out do your super awesome gift."

Let's hope it snows on Christmas day so we all can have fun outdoors, and make snow angels, oh how I love winter time


Merry Christmas & God Bless

Don't be a Grinch this Christmas, spread the love if you can, & in everyway you can
Don't be a Grinch this Christmas, spread the love if you can, & in everyway you can | Source

Communications online is simply amazing!

Wow! the power of online communications, and the art of being real is no joke. I truly meant every word I stated in my online series, and this cool lady decided to take action, by being so sweet to send me something, and I didn't ask anyone to do a thing for me, I just wanted people to be real with their family, and real to everyone they come in contact with digitally as well as in the real world.

This shows that we all can be real with one another today, I think it definitely takes a certain change of heart though for those folks, who don't really have trust any longer, and who may have given up on humanity for the most part.

I actually think Sunnie is someone who has always been real in her life with her loved ones, and with even strangers like myself, and I commend her on stepping up to the plate and being the first person to truly do something that stands as a symbol that the world can indeed change for the better. "Sunnie from the bottom of my heart, I truly love what you've done here, you have shown a message to this world that we all can learn from, and that is the true spirit of giving is real, and comes from within"

Merry Christmas to all, this is the real deal, and I am so happy right now thanks to her. "Oh and one more thing, I highly recommend everyone read this super cool hub by Sunnie, titled Wanted: One Elf."

Her awesome hub and below



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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @peachpurple, thank you so much for choosing to read my hub here and for commenting in such a way. I was blown away by Sunnie when she communicated to me about it all, she extended her caring and gentle kndness of gift giving and showing affection by being attracted to one of my videos. She told me that I resembled her son, and it was what stirred up her thought process of deciding to go for it.

      I thnk when us humans allow ourselves to be open and to show who we truly are behind these computer screen, then some sort of miraculous thing begins to occur, and this may be how it all happened.

      My articles I write here could of also been the other aspect that has gotten her to think about it I do believe as well, but I never could imagine for a day for myself to ever be so lucky. On awesome moment to remember indeed!

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      it sure is nice to have a fellow hubber to send a nice knitted hat. Sure is lucky! I wished someone would send me something too. A great way to help you to do better and you have indeed achieve the goal.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Sharyn's Slant, thank you as well for the cool comment and for sharing this Christmas story with us, yup she's super awesome of a person I must agree.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @AudraLeigh, yeah she's to cool for sharing this way and I'm so lucky to have made a new friend once more on Hubpages.

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Aw, Sunnie is such a sweetheart. I am so glad she touched your heart as well Mike. She has a gentle way of doing that . . .

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      5 years ago

      Sunnie sounds like good people! Want to know why? She is friends with you Mike :) Great tribute to her! Love your tree too...gorgeous!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Vellur, thank you for stoppng band for commenting, I am so happy she done such a thing, because it gives me even more hope that humanity as a whole has a chance to heal itself and truly change for the better.

      Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @mary615, Thanks for the comment, I know it stunned me to have been chosen for such a thoughtfully kind gesture by Sunnie, and I gladfully accepted her desire to give so freely from the heart.

      This is the way to do things for others for sure today, and I will surely follow in her digital foot prints she's placed into reality for us all to bear witness of. Paying it forward is alive and so is the true Christmas spirit.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      WOW!! What a gift!What a friend!! Hats off to you both , lovely people . Voted way up in the sky.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      All I can say is: You and Sunnie both are very special people and I'm glad we are friends. I can't send you a present, but I can send you warm wishes and love for a Merry Christmas.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Sunnie Day, may you be blessed as well to have a wonderful, happy joyous and Christmas Holiday with your family as well.

      I'm so glad we met here on Hubpages.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @SkeetyD, thanks for the comment and for sharing, yup its the thought that counts right!

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Suzie HQ, thank you for the kind words you've rendered to me as well, I love the idea she had of being genuine, and by giving from her heart. It truly is the thought that counts, and I been crying a great deal over this move Sunnie has made for me. So yup being blown away wasn't really an option :)

      Merry Christmas to all, and a happy New Year, the true spirit of Christmas is alive oh yes it is, and kicking here on Hubpages & Thanks! to Sunnie.

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      Sunnie Day 

      5 years ago

      Hello Mike and everyone who took the time to read and watch this beautiful thank you video from Mike. Every time I watch the video and read these beautiful thoughts my heart just jumps for joy and a little tear begins to form in my eyes...I just cant help it. It was my pleasure and honor, just to see your smile Mike means the world to me. May God bless each and every one of you this special Christmas season and the whole new year as well. Hug someone near and give them a big squeeze!

      Hugs and lots of love,


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      5 years ago

      Hi Mike!

      And well done Sunnie! This a big HubPages Hug from me to you. You are truly one in a million. Spread the love and give a hat today. LOL!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @vocalcoach, LaThing, HoneyBB, Lord De Cross, cclitgirl.

      I am so appreciative of everyone who took the time out of their precious day or evening to give this hub a good read, I would like to thank you all for showing your kind support, leaving me and Sunnie your loving words, and I hope we all can have a wonderful holiday celebration this year.

      I will try my hardest to make it to everyone's hubbing locations if not in December, I will definitely make it there in January to locate any nuggets I can share of yours as well. This is one hub that will go down in history as the most special to me, and I hope others can follow in Sunnie's digital and real life footsteps, because more of this random gift and good will giving from the heart needs to be done worldwide.

      "Sunnie if you made it back here to read this, what you done here on Hubpages and for me is far reaching, and means so much to others as well, judging by this out poring of hublove and all the comments thus far by our fellow hubber. I just hope and pray to God that people can do more of the same, and not only just to type about it all for gaining more views or whatever it is they do daily and nightly on the web as well as off."

      I mean this from the bottom of my heart.

      Thanks again everyone you are all so very kind as well.

      Love your newest friend Mike Pugh aka the Cloud Explorer

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @janshares, lrc7815, carol7777, Faith Reaper, Gypsy Rose Lee.

      Thank you all so very much for deciding to visit this hub of ours, I wrote this one for Sunnie, because I know she's a genuine person who truly cares for the likes of others, and not just because she sent me a gift.

      I can tell by her sincerity being expressed to me, that she isn't looking for anything other then to show that she has a heart, and such a kind gesture is both noble, and trustworthy for sure.

      This is the start of a beautiful new friendship forged here on Hubpages in this awesome community of writers & friends, and its open to the world to see. "Thanks again Sunnie, you are terrific!"

      God bless you all for this holiday season, and may Santa be nice to y'all as well.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mike,

      How fabulous and what a story - I love this! How kind and utterly thoughtful for Sunnie to make this for you. You must have been blown away as I would have been, Christmas spirit is alive and well which is so warming to see and read. Looking forward to a pic of you kitted out after the present opening ceremony!!

      Sunnie, how inspiring and you have taken community spirit to a new level - I applaud you!

      Great article, all votes and shared!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Very cool hub, CE. I love how you're paying it forward with the love. You're rockin' the hub as always! Sunnie Day is so sweeeeet! Love it. :)

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      Joseph De Cross 

      5 years ago from New York

      Mike pal! You beat me on this one! So far I have received a Card from my sister. But, hey! glad you got that wonderful gift with a human touch. This is the time of the year, when we feel that spirit! Thanks to both of you!

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      H Lax 

      5 years ago

      How kind and thoughful of Sunnie Day and what a wonderful tribute you have put together here to show her your appreciation. Her generosity is an example to all of how a kind deed that comes from the heart can change something in someone else for the better...a better outlook on mankind on a more personal level...Voted +++

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      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Sunnie is AWESOME, you are AWESOME!!! This is such a wonderful hub, for this wonderful season! Thanks to you both for such a delightful inspirational read! Voting up and everything .....

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mike, Love this sooooo much. The video had me in tears. Sunnie is such a loving and giving person. Your friendship is truly a beautiful gift in itself. Thanks for sharing this unforgettable hub.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family. Voted up and across and sharing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. You and Sunnie know how to bring in the Christmas spirit and cheer. Sunnie you are one terrific and classy lady and Mike you are one true and terrific friend. Passing this on to my followers. H.O.W. lives!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I have always loved Sunnie!!!! She is the real deal. Her writings always bring me so much joy and delight, as she is an amazing woman after God's own heart. Plus, Sunnie is a gifted writer too.

      Your video is very touching to all who view and read this hub, and one can tell how very touched by Sunnie's gift you are in receiving such a sweet gesture - handmade too!

      Mike, both you and Sunnie are the real deal. This is H.O.W. it's done!!!

      Enjoyed this hub very much. God bless you both. Merry Christmas.

      voted up+++ sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Love, love, love this! Love what Sunny Day did for you - for absolutely no reason whatsoever! omg...

      amazing story, Mike..simply amazing...You have most definitely made my Day Sunny-er...

      voting/sharing forward..

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      This is such a lovely gesture..How many people would bother to do such a lovely thing..Definitely now know that santa is a lady. Great tribute as you always do.

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Mike, you have such a big heart and obviously so does Sunnie. I am so happy that you have had this experience. Aren't people in the world wonderful when you are open to receive their love? Congratulations! You deserve this moment of joy and Sunnie - you are awesome too.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      This is so beautiful, so emotionally impacting to see how one person can touch another through pure agape love by giving from the heart. You and Sunnie Day are both blessed for having connected and exchanged on a level at which most strangers don't. The video was heartfelt and awesome (had to go to Youtube at the 1:41 point to see whole thing). You are an amazing person, CloudExplorer. Keep spreading the love. 'Tis the season. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      WOW, this is the true meaning of H.O.W. and its here as proof on the screen that any person can share true love for others, and it can in turn make a world of difference for someone, and no matter what level of kindness it is being shared. This is the art of being real as well.

      I'll let you in on a little secret about me, I always been super sensitive and emotional as a child, and my mom knew of this, so she had to raise me with intensive care, because everything made me cry, but not due to being spoiled.

      I cried whenever I sensed unfairness, whenever I knew something was inherently wrong with someone I knew of, and that is a god given gift for sure.

      You know Empathy is something that's been a heavy load on my heart all of my life, but when someone shows me care and love it does something quite different I think. (I even use to cry with my mom even while watching movies, and listening to music, so you can imagine what happened when I got on my own.)

      You are like an angel to me, because my level of elation shoots through the roof, and I then begin to cry yet another time for feeling so happy. This is what you have done for me Sunnie, this is truly a priceless moment I will never ever forget. I promise!

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      Sunnie Day 

      5 years ago

      Oh Mike...I was so excited to send you this gift and I always believe in following ones heart. God uses so many situations to bless others, giving that gentle urging, not really understanding the whys but just doing it...My blessing was that you were so happy in this smallest of gifts, having a true thankful heart. There is a saying I believe with all my heart, when we are good stewards of small things then we are entrusted with bigger things. I do think that applies to so many areas of our lives. I believe your joy is so genuine and only shows others what a truly thankful spirit is all about. I felt so strongly in doing this and it was the first time that I did not have to start over and over on the project...hahaha..Just know your joy is enough for me and nothing could make me happier..

      God bless,


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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you so much Sunnie, man oh man this is the best gift I could ever receive, because you don't even know me at all, and you went out on a whim which makes it even all the better.

      I have no clue what I have done to deserve such kindness by you, but I have been truly humbled by this kind gesture of yours, and this story shall be told to all of my family members, and if I do indeed have any children as well as the rest of the globe whenever I succeed in life and online for sure God willing.

      Today history has surely been made and its all because of you being so kind to me, and maybe it was my video on that art of being real series I started there on Youtube that got you inspired to share this awesome gift with me. Wow!!!!!!!!

      God has surely blessed you and yours I can feel this deeply, I will take a break now before I make the screen start crying here and all. Yikes.........

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      Sunnie Day 

      5 years ago

      Hi Mike,

      OH MY GOODNESS! I could not help but have this fixed smile on my face as I read and watched your video! It truly touched my heart. I do hope you like your gift but just a little hint!! It is not a hat! hahaha but something to go with your other hat! I feel honored and privileged to have met you on hubs and I know you are going to do great things as your heart is kind and good. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful thank you, it was so sweet and definitely enough to make this Texas Grandma happy.

      God bless you, your lovely wife and wonderful family always,



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