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Blogmas Day 13: A Short Christmas Story

December 13, 2017

I've never published my own stories before, especially festive ones so I really hope this isn't dreadful!

The Girl Who Got A Best Friend For Christmas

It was late into the night on Christmas Eve with snow falling silently outside of every window and the sky was dark while the houses were all quiet, well almost all, one little girl sat staring out of her window as if waiting for a surprise. Her name was Lucy and she was seven years old, she was peering out of her window in search for the cheerful old man and his reindeer bringing her gifts in his large Christmas sack.

Her mother had tucked her up into her bed an hour or so before but she just couldn't sleep, "Santa's going to bring me the best gift ever I can feel it!" she said to herself. She'd been talking all day on Christmas Eve about this amazing present she wanted but she never told anyone what it was, her parents just assumed it was a doll or a teddy bear and her friends thought she wanted a new dress or some crayons. However that wasn't Lucy's ideal gift; what Lucy wanted more than anything was a best friend, not in the sense that the other girls at school had friends, she wanted a perfect friend who spent time with her and loved her no matter what. She had friends in her class and girls her age she knew through her family but it wasn't the same as someone she could talk to about anything and everything. She just wanted someone to share her life with as she grew and learned about the world.

The grandfather clock in the hall chimed and told Lucy that it was midnight, and just as she had given up hope of seeing that special bearded man on Christmas Eve she heard a sound. Creeping across her room and gently opening her door she peered out and looked down the hall, the living room light was on and she could hear movement downstairs. "That's weird" she thought, "Mummy and Daddy went to sleep ages ago!". She suddenly got an ounce of courage and tiptoed towards the stairs to take a peek at this strange visitor, as she got to the top of the stairs she heard the jingle of bells and the sound of thick boots on her living room floor, someone was hovering around their Christmas tree!

Lucy was suddenly worried that someone had come to take her presents away and she quickly hopped down a few steps to investigate further, but nothing could have prepared her for the sight she saw in her living room. There standing by the tree putting gifts underneath was Santa Claus himself, he'd even taken a bite out of the cookie she'd left him! "Santa! It's really you!" she almost shouted, startling the poor old man. He turned carefully and was a little surprised to see a child awake and catching him working, he never showed his surprise however, fixing a pleasant smile on his face. "Little Lucy, you're supposed to be sleeping! How can I surprise you now?" He asked with humor in his voice. Lucy tilted her head to the side similar to how a dog might show its confusion, she looked thoughtful about what he'd said but still a little unsure. "But Santa I heard you, what if you had been someone mean who came to take our presents away?" She asked him, explaining why she appeared so suddenly.

Santa nodded as if he hadn't quite thought of that himself. "I suppose you're right, we've all seen that popular Christmas film The Grinch haven't we? You were just making sure, that's what clever girls do" he smiled. His smile was infectious and Lucy found herself grinning too, she couldn't wait to tell her friends she not only saw Santa but she spoke to him! "If I stay down here will you still let me have presents? Although I only really want one thing..." her voice trailed off and a frown replaced her smile. Santa walked over to her and bent down so his face was the same level as hers, he put a hand on her shoulder and sighed "I know what you want my dear, you want a special best friend don't you? Someone to give you all the happiness and fun you could want". As soon as he asked Lucy's eyes went wide and she nodded, Santa stood up tall once again and cleared his throat, "I may or may not have the perfect thing for you Lucy but you must promise me to go back to bed and wait until morning". Lucy looked conflicted because she wanted her best friend but she also wanted to stay with Santa, eventually her curiosity won and she nodded, "Okay I'll go back to bed and be good" she whispered.

"That's the spirit Lucy! You have a good nights sleep and tomorrow your best friend will be waiting for you, I hope you like them!" Santa chuckled guiding little Lucy back up the stairs by her hand, when she got to the top he put his finger to his lips and pointed at her bedroom door. She went inside and closed her door behind her, she eagerly climbed into bed and laid down ready to sleep through the night and meet her new friend. She didn't even realise she'd fallen asleep until her mother came to wake her for Christmas morning, it was light in the sky and there was no trace of anyone outside just yet. "Lucy darling come and see what Santa has left you!" her mother called to her, holding out her hand for Lucy to take and together they climbed down the stairs to greet the sight of the tree.

True to his word Santa had given her a friend, which her father was holding out to her as she descended the steps. "Lucy this is a wonderful gift you got from Santa Claus, did you really wish for something like this??" he asked her as she got closer. Lucy smiled when she saw what he was referring to and instantly put a hand out to introduce herself, for sitting in her fathers arms was a small and fluffy Border Collie puppy with shiny bright brown eyes. "Yes Daddy, I wanted a special friend more than anything and that's what he's given me." She smiled as she spoke never taking her eyes off the puppy, a friendship like this truly was unique and she couldn't be happier. "Whatever shall you call him?" her mother asked as she stroked the puppies head softly, taken in by the adorable new family pet.

Lucy smiled as if remembering a secret joke between her and her midnight guest, "Grinch" she said, "I'm calling him Grinch". Others would laugh when she told them his name but she would always remember that he was the Grinch who stole her heart, not her Christmas.

The End.

Alright guys please leave a comment because I haven't written any kind of story in YEARS and this may not be up to scratch from what I am capable of with practice. If you did enjoy it thought join me again tomorrow for Blogmas Day 14: A tale of how I've never met Santa!

Itsallzara 

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18 comments

  1. This really painted a picture for me and something I’m going to save and read to my 3 year sister as she will love it, it was magical!

    Mermaidmoonchild
    xo

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you liked it! Aw hopefully your sister will enjoy it too xx

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  2. This was so lovely and heartwarming! I had a feeling the gift was going to be a puppy, I could wait to finish it as I was reading! I was getting excited myself aha!
    This was wonderful Zara x

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    1. Haha glad you liked it thank you! xx

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  3. Oh I loved this story Zara, it was so sweet and heartwarming! I was really hoping the gift would be a puppy haha!

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    1. Thank you lovely I'm glad you liked it, haha yes puppies are awesome! xx

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  4. This was really lovely to read, enjoyed it you should definately write more wish I could write like this 💕

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  5. This is such a sweet and well written story Zara! <3 I was eager to find out what Lucy got as her present and loved her choice of name for him too! You are a great story teller, keep writing! xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Aww I'm super glad you liked it thank you very much xx

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  6. This is such a lovely story :) I really enjoyed reading it. Beautifully written.
    Clem x
    http://www.clemloves.co.uk

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  7. Love this - If you don't normally do this then I think this is a sign you should publish your work more often!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

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  8. I absolutely LOVED this story 😃

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