Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A-Z April Challenge 2015: X for X-MAS FATHER

X for X-mas Father
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Little Jamie was too excited to sleep. His mother had read him the story of Santa Claus at least twelve times that very day. He had helped his father hang three stockings near the fireplace – one for each of his parents and the biggest one for Jamie himself. Now all they had to do was to wait for Xmas Father to appear on his sleigh drawn by nine reindeer. Oh yes, Jamie could count up to twenty. His father had told him that Santa would bring him four gifts this year as Jamie was almost four years old.

His parents had gone to sleep an hour back. They were unaware that their little son was too eager to meet Santa to sleep that night. Jamie pretended to be asleep, his eyes tightly shut. What if Santa didn’t come, thinking he was awake?

At the stroke of midnight, he saw the glow of red light in the living room. Jamie got up with a jerk, his heart pounding in excitement. That surely must be Rudolph. He was the one who had a red nose that shone so brightly. He sat against the bed-head, watching the scene unfold in front of him. He saw the Christmas Father place a small basket in front of the hearth and couldn’t help squealing in delight. Jamie ran out of the bedroom as fast as his little legs could carry him. He rushed to Santa and put his arms around his legs and hugged him tightly. “You came, Santa. Thank you so much for bringing me a kitten,” said Jamie.

He raised his head to look up at the cheery old man with a red face. Santa was exactly how his mother had described him. Santa brushed back the little boy’s curls and smiled at him. “You wanted three more gifts my dear boy. What would they be?” he asked in a booming voice.

Jamie was busy opening the basket to remove the little black and white kitten. He held it close to his heart as he said, “I don’t need anything else, Santa. Can you please give the other three gifts to my friends living on the other side of the railroad track? They need a warm bed to sleep in and some toys to play with too.”

The Xmas Father left Jamie’s home with a brimming heart, aware that he had achieved what he had set out to do – instill the true spirit of Christmas in Little Jamie’s heart.



Check out some of my favourite bloggers who are also participating in A-Z April Challenge 2015

Eloquent Articulation by Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
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23 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful heart warming tale about the true spirit of Christmas. Nice one, Sundari. :)
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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  2. Aw, heart-warming. As I grew up in Germany, I know personally how commercialized Christmas is now...

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    1. Thank you Devika! It's no less in any part of the world - here too :)

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    2. Even our Diwali for that matter ;)

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  3. That's such a heartwarming tale! The true spirit is indeed in sharing and caring!

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  4. Aww, that's such a beautiful, touching story of the true spirit of Christmas :)

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  5. Jamie is an awesome kid. This is the true spirit of Christmas. Nice one

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  6. That's a touching tale. I hope Jamie remains as kind and considerate when he grows up.

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    1. That's a valid point Chicky. I hope so too :) Thank you

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  7. Such a sweet and innocent tale! Makes me nostalgic for Christmas now :) And Jamie is such a sensitive and sensible kid.

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  8. I was wondering what folk tale you would bring up for 'X' ( a challenging alphabet is'nt it)
    It was a nice out of the box thinking to include Santa claus - father X-mas as a folk tale.

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    1. Thank you Jayanthi! I wasn't 100% confident about finding Indian characters for all alphabets. That's why I had announced in the theme reveal that I plan to borrow a few foreign ones. This is one such instance ;)

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  9. Jamie has a beautiful heart! Lovely story!

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  10. My 2yr son can now understand what Santa is and what he gets. He too was too excited to sleep on Christmas eve. Every 2mins he would jump up groggily talking about Hoohooho or the Santa's Gaddi(sleigh) or gifts,....
    Happy Xmas to everyone !

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    1. Hi Nilima, I can just picture Pranav jumping in excitement :D Merry Christmas to you and him and the rest of your family :D

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