Tidings Of Comfort And Joy

22 Dec

39 12 December 22nd 2013

Sunday Photo Fiction: December 22nd 2013

Two little children sit in front of the tree, mesmerized by the reflection of the lights in the golden balls. They are much too young to understand cancer and medical bills, unemployment and poverty. All they know is that tonight is the big night, Santa will somehow find his way in to their tiny appartement and leave gifts under the tree.

Mother shoos them off to bed warning them to keep their eyes tightly shut as she reads them “The Night Before Christmas”. They are fast asleep before she gets to the last page.

Wiping away her silent tears she returns to the living room, bending over she slides two beautifully wrapped gifts from under the sofa. “From Santa” the cards read.

Each box holds a hand-made sweater that has taken her many a late night to knit. The yarn of the softest wool purchased with the sale of her engagement ring.

She places the gifts beneath the tree knowing their father looks down from heaven , pleased with what she has done. “Merry Christmas Paul” she whispers as she turns off the lights.


May the best gift you receive be the joy of family. Merry Christmas to all.


5 Responses to “Tidings Of Comfort And Joy”

  1. Al December 22, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    How beautiful. That brought a tear to my eye. It is, unfortunately, too often the case at the moment though. Thank you

  2. babso2you December 22, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    This brought a tear to my eyes too! Well done! ^..^

  3. Anja December 22, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Wonderful and heartbreaking.

  4. J. Milburn December 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the strength of the mother as she struggles to keep the day special for her little ones. Excellent work!

  5. kerrieanns December 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Such a sad story, but you have to love the mother for being so strong and persevering for her family.

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