TODAY | December 24, 2013
>> eve and you probably have a to do list a mile long but one young boy in mississippi reminds us to slow down and remember what christmas is all about. nbc's kerry sanders with the story.
>> reporter: in the mad dash to christmas people in brandon, mississippi speed down the busy road. but if they slow down, there on the side of the road , a christmas tree decked with ornaments, bows and garland.
>> they drive by to go to school.
>> reporter: like every child they grew up watching a charlie brown christmas .
>> i don't know charlie brown , remember what lucy said, this doesn't fit the modern spirit.
>> reporter: he was riding in the backseat of his family's car when he noticed a bush that looked a lot like the tree from the cartoon.
>> we came up here and saw this dead bush. it looked like an old tree.
>> it came to mind several times maybe i should discard the bush and get rid of it.
>> reporter: the family decided to hang one red ornament on the bush to brighten it up like charlie brown did. the paint on this one worn off.
>> i thought it would be a cute thing that people would see and think of christmas .
>> reporter: one ornament turned to two and two ornaments turned to a tree full of decorations placed there by total strangers.
>> every day we get out and we come by and we see what somebody had brought new.
>> used to be a dead bush that fell off of somebody's truck and now it's a beautiful christmas tree with ornaments on it.
>> now there's a whole pile of gifts, a christmas card and bible wrapped in plastic and open to the story of christmas .
>> everybody has the spirit down inside of them and it takes a small act of kindness to bring it out.
>> we taught people to keep believing and spread the holiday cheer. it's the best christmas i've ever had.
>> merry christmas charlie brown .
>> reporter: merry christmas , brandon, mississippi . for today, kerry sanders , nbc news.
>> nick just had two ladies swooning.
>> we are o.d.ing on cuteness.
>> you're a popular guy up here. well done.
>> that story is amazing.