Christmas has just passed by. We celebrate Christ‘s birth, hoping in a better world. But all the problems are still here with us. Nevertheless, hope must be always with us. After all, Christmas itself represents the renewal of Life and Hope. A Christmas made just by food and gifts is empty because just Love can fill our heart! And, this year, I want to wish you Hope and Faith because they can help us along our difficult, daily path.
A case for Santa Claus
Dylan was tired. It was cold, after all it was the Christmas Eve in Sheffield, in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II. People were busy as they were going for the last shopping. And he was still working. What was his occupation on Christmas Eve? Santa Claus, of course! Even if he was still in the thirties (and single) he was a plausible Santa, maybe also because of his white hair. He gave a quick look to the colored mirror in front of him. Well, he should have done something to change something in his life. In any case, at the colored lights of the “World of Toys”, he looked not so clumsy. While a Christmas song was playing, five children were still waiting for their meeting with Santa, asking for a longed gift. Some flocks of snow where already falling down while the first lampions light was starting spreading their light on the street. Suddenly, a woman shouted from the outside and rushed into the store. Few seconds after, a little figure resembling to a strange boy running appeared behind the glass door. He didn’t stop but went on straight, along the street. “Ahhh! A horrible elf!!”. The aged woman was in a state of evident agitation. A chair and a glass of water were offered to her. Some people gathered on the pavement, just outside the store “You are Santa Claus! The elves work for you!” said a brown haired little boy, indicating the door. Later, he asked to himself many times why he did what he did… Dylan looked at the children, then to the woman and to the people in the street. He run outside the store asking if someone saw “the goblin”. “Over there!!” said a man with a strange nose and a very strange overcoat. Dylan, followed by two children run through the street, carrying away a young woman with blond curl. Suddenly he saw a strange boy running into a dead lane and, then, disappear. He stopped as he couldn’t believe to his eyes. Followed by the children, he approached to the wall, where the suspect goblin disappeared. “Well, it seems this is a job for Santa Claus!” he whispered with his usual irony. While he was approaching to the end of the lane, he noticed something on the wall, a sort of golden thread. He pulled it, taking the thin golden thread out of the wall. It was surprisingly long…Dylan looked at the children at his back, Now he realized their faces had something different. That children weren’t what they merely seemed. Suddenly, a door opened in front of him. “We have to go into” said the girl. Dylan went in and, as in a dream there was a colored dome upon his head in a high room. There was a magic atmosphere in it. Suddenly, a thud. Dylan, realized he was prisoner together with the two children. A red indicator appeared on the wall in front of him. “It seems we have to go that way…”. They advanced into a labyrinth (built in red bricks) following the colored arrows appearing along the corridor. He could hear the sound of steps succeeding quickly when suddenly, the labyrinth ended in a huge empty hall. At the center, a golden ray of light pointed on a lectern where a book was open. As soon as he entered in the room, the room became crowded: there were busy elves and toys everywhere. “Welcome, Santa!”. The man with the strange nose and the strange overcoat was there. One of the children accompanying him took his hand and guided him till the book. On it, there were words written with golden ink.: “Thanks for accepting to replace me this year. After 150 years, I decided to visit the Queen of the snow. The elves will help you in delivering the gifts. Merry Christmas. S.C.”.
Rosa for Migue’s blog (2010).