Little Match Girl for ChubbyMonkey!

Author:  Secret Santa [ Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:31 pm ]
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Enjoying Christmas in Innsbruck you go to the evening service in the Hof-Kirche. On the walk home through the streets you catch glimpses of the joyous celebrations taking place in the big houses. You notice that also watching is a poor little girl who looks wistful. Joey dashes forward and presses something into her hand and the girl runs off. Joey explains to you that it reminded her of the little match girl and knowing she is such a great story teller you ask her to retell it for you.

She was just a little girl but she was spending Christmas Eve out on the streets trying to sell matches. All around her people were hurrying and scurrying past. But they had no time for the little match girl; their thoughts were filled with presents and food and the need to hurry home quickly. She caught strains of excited voices speaking of tasty treats awaiting them and contemplating the treasures they would receive. The little match girl knew that all that would await her when she got home would be a beating for she had made no money that day and even worse she had lost the slippers she had been wearing as they were far to big for her and slipped off when she ran out of the way of a passing carriage.

As the day wore on and the shops shut the streets emptied. The little match girl was left alone with the cold and the dark and the slushy snow. She tramped on for a while but with no where to go she slunk down against a wall and listened to the sounds of merriment from the window above.

Afraid to face home and too tired and cold to go on the match girl reached into her bundle and pulled out a match. She struck it against the wall and held it to her hands and face to warm them. The glow of the little match seemed to her like a roaring fire and her heart felt a little glow within it.... but all too soon the match burnt out and she was once more faced with the cold, dark night.

Cautiously she lit another match and saw as though through the wall a beautiful feast laid out in front of her.... she reached forward... and just as she reached for a morsel of meat a gust of wind blew and the vision was extinguished. Although not normally used to a feast her stomach felt hollower than it had ever done before.

Glancing up at the night sky she happened to see a shooting star and her granny's words came back to her. "Someone's dying", she whispered.

Hurridly she lit another match. Then another and another. She lit a whole bundle and held it up to warm her. Looking through the flickering she thought she saw her kind granny smiling out at her. But then that vision too faded away.

Desperate now she struck the last of her matches and this time her granny stepped out of the vision and took her hand. The warmth spread through her as her granny enveloped her beloved granddaughter in her arms and they flew away in splendour and joy to spend Christmas Day and the rest of time with God. No more would she know hunger or cold. She was safe.

The next day the little match girl was found curled up in the snow and ice. All her matches were burnt out. "She only wanted to keep warm" they said but they didn't know the wonderful things she had seen. If they had looked closely they would have noticed the smile frozen on her lips and her hand outreached.

Author:  cestina [ Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:33 pm ]
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Oh this is lovely - and so sad. Or is it?

Author:  Alison H [ Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:05 pm ]
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Made me feel tearful - beautifully written, thank you Santa.

Author:  Abi [ Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:03 pm ]
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I love that story. :)

Author:  ChubbyMonkey [ Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:48 pm ]
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Oh, thankyou Santa. It's wonderful to continue my journey, and I've never known that story. So sad and beautiful and poignant, I did nearly cry. Thankyou.

Author:  Fiona Mc [ Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:05 am ]
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Thank you, that was lovely and sad

Author:  roversgirl [ Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:39 pm ]
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What a lovely, poignant story. Thank you :-)

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