For Ann - Happy Christmas
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#1: For Ann - Happy Christmas Author: CBB Secret Santa PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:11 am

She sat there by the window waiting. Elsewhere in the flat her mother was making up the guest beds with crisp white sheets and warm plumeaux for today her friends were arriving. It would be their first Christmas in Austria and everything was to be wonderful. She was so excited she couldn’t concentrate on anything and every time she finished a task she returned to the window even though she knew they wouldn’t be arriving yet. A call came from next door and with a sigh she rose to do her mother’s bidding but then as she remembered her guests she couldn’t resist dancing down the corridor. ‘Yes Mamma?’ she answered as she entered the Salon. ‘Could you go and check there are clean towels in all the bedrooms and make sure the hall is tidy? Then you’d better get into your coat and scarf ready to go to the station.’ She left the room flushed with excitement and quickly finished her chores before struggling into her outdoor clothes. Once they were all ready they left the flat and clattered down the stairs to the waiting Droschke, which whirled them through a city bright with lights and decorated ready for the Christ child’s birthday. The air was crisp and cold and everywhere were jolly faced shoppers rushing to complete their preparations. Soon they were at the station and as they arrived on the platform the train pulled in and there they were. ‘Oh Joey,’ she cried ‘how good it is to see you!’


She stood there by the window watching. Through the glass she could see the wonderful tree, the candles, the bright faces, plies of presents and wonderful food. She was cold and hungry, here fingers were turning blue and she could hardly feel her toes anymore. At home here brothers and sisters would cry because they were so empty and they never had Christmas presents, there just wasn’t enough money. The shops would be closing soon and then she would have to forage and beg for whatever they were throwing away. For the moment they were full of laughing, smiling people rushing to buy the last minute necessities for their celebration of the Christ child’s birth. She couldn’t help but feel jealous of them all and her eyes filled with tears. Suddenly she felt small hands grasping hers and pressing into them some coins, more money than she’d ever seen, and a voice was saying something in an unintelligible tongue – but the tone and actions were clear and she caught the hands that had given so generously and covered them in kisses before turning and running to the nearest shop thinking only of the surprise there would be at home.


#2:  Author: AnnLocation: Newcastle upon Tyne, England PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 6:19 pm

Oh wonderful! It's lovely to see the first Christmas in Austria from different perspectives and it's good to see just how much of a difference Joey's gesture made.

*all warm, fuzzy and festive Santa *

Thank you Santa!


#3:  Author: patmacLocation: Yorkshire England PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 6:25 pm

That's the first time this year I've felt Christmassy. That's true Christmas and so good to see it from the other side. Thank you Santa.


#4:  Author: LauraLocation: London (ish) PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 7:17 pm

That's so nice! Thanks Santa Very Happy


#5:  Author: Carolyn PLocation: Lancaster, England PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:37 pm

That was so sweet, and so christmassy.


#6:  Author: JustJenLocation: waiting for a bus PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 2:41 am

A nice warm fuzzy fic


#7:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:46 am

That was lovely.



#8:  Author: AllyLocation: Jack Maynard's Dressing Room!! PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 9:49 am

That was lovely and Christmassy, thank you Santa


#9:  Author: KBLocation: Melbourne, Australia PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 4:05 am

What a wonderful idea! That comparison was very touching and makes Joey's actions even more heart-warming!


#10:  Author: SusanLocation: Carlisle PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:16 am

Have only just read this Santa and it is a wonderful story. I love the comparison and to see Jo's action from the poor child's perspective is great.


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