Christmas…One Simple Wish

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Christmas, I still wonder what makes it so magical…


Perhaps because of Santa Claus, how we grew up and believed about him.


Maybe because of the cold wind and snow flakes.


Could be because of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, the jingle bells or jingle bell rock, or maybe because of Frosty the snowman.


Perhaps it’s about the special and yummy food in every table on Christmas Eve.


Maybe because of the Christmas tree or the mistletoe…


It could be about the gift giving…how we remember the special people in our lives. How we remember the baby in the manger…


Perhaps it’s about the starry night…the wishes…the smiles…


Christmas, is indeed one of the joyous times in a year.


But for Mario, it’s the loneliest.


I’ve met him in the city. He sells sampaguita garlands outside the cathedral. He looks about 8, dark skinned, big eyes, messy hair…to be specific, he wears that street children’s look. Yet there was something bout him that twisted my heart.


“Flowers for you, pretty lady...another more for Mama Mary.” He offered as he reached me.

“Been inside already.” Told him.

“I’ll give you these for only 10, half the real price.” He begged.


Looking at his brown eyes, I saw sadness and misfortune. Seeing his little greasy hands, I swallowed hard and felt compassion beats again in my heart.


“Look, I don’t want these. I want all of these.” I told him while holding the other flowers.

He smiled and looked around him, almost couldn’t believe.

“But I’ll take them only if you take this half to Mama Mary after you pray.” I suggested.

“OK, thank you Miss!” He exclaimed smiling.


I watched him prayed there…he glanced at me twice. He even prayed to every saint he saw. He was smiling at me while approaching. I saw some wary eyes looking at us. The little boy lead me through the gate.


“What’s your name kiddo?”

“Mario, Miss.”

“Listen Mario, I’m starving and I have no smaller bills. What can you say if I’ll just pay you after we eat?”

“That’s really too much kindness, Miss.”

“It’s nothing. So come on!” I told him sounding excited.


Brought him to the nearest fast food chain. He was so ashamed to enter but I smiled and he followed me through. He sat in front of me, still having that uncomfortable look. I saw some unfriendly gazes again. I don’t care about such attitude and judgment. But I was worried bout what that little boy might feel.


“Hey, every kid in Mc Donald's deserves a smile.” I cheerfully said.


There was no shame in his eyes then. His face was shining like those other kids having happy meals.


“What are you doing for Christmas?” I asked

“There is no Christmas for me. I mean, a real Christmas…Christmas has always been the saddest…I could see some kids anywhere around, with new toys, new clothes, new shoes, all fancy things…and they’re with their complete family. They all look so happy. They go wherever they want, buy whatever, and eat every food they like. I always see such moments every Christmas, and such moments never happened to me.” He replied.

“What do you wish for Christmas?”

“Wish that my mom would stop crying…that my dad would remember us. I wish my brothers and sisters, my mom, and I will share a delicious meal this Christmas. And that I could have lots of money to buy everything.” He said almost teary eyed.

“Money can’t buy everything, kiddo.”

“Can you name some money can’t buy?” He asked.

“Uhmm, the air we breathe, the sun, the moon, the stars…love…and lots more. If money can buy everything, there wont be people in the church today, kiddo.” I replied


He just smiled at me. Dunno if my response made him happy somehow. I left him there granting one of his wishes…a chance for his family to have a graceful meal this Christmas…



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Few days to go before Christmas



This Christmas...


Instead of thinking what's hot in fashion, why not think about those who badly need clothing...


Instead of deciding what foods to prepare or where restaurant you'll dine, why not think about those who are hungry...


Instead of finding a great place to travel, why not think about those who are lost...


Instead of having a great Christmas party, why not think of throwing one for the poor...


Instead of wishing all to yourself, why not wish for others, too...



Merry Christmas to all!!!

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wolfpack5 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi blaise, very good hub. and lot of food for thought, that would be great if any of that would happen.

Have a great Merry Christmas my good friend :)


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

hello wolf! thank you..I just hope, what I offered would make his family happy this Christmas somehow..

Merry Christmas ;p


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 6 years ago

lovely story and messege, blaise! :) I somehow feel this Christmas many more people are in a place to see and have gratitude for that which money cannot buy... and the love to others..

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year blessing to you! :)


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

it did happen for real..decided to write it to bring a good message to others this Christmas :)inspire 'em, make 'em feel blessed..you have a very nice heart Invictus, I know you're having a real joyous Christmas..

Merry Christmas my friend and a fantastic New Year! :)


Justine76 6 years ago

I saw on the news today, a local food pantry has had a record year for donations. And a local group for charity got over 70 thousand dollars in gifts. They put trees up, in a bunh of stores, with wish tags, and most of them said stuff like..boots, food, jackets. People got all that, and toys. It is so good to know that some people still care. It stinks to know we can only do so little, but every little bit matters. Good for you. Awesome hub.


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keira7 6 years ago

Beautiful hub Blaise. Have a wonderful Christmas my dear friend.:D


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s0126phoenix 6 years ago

wonderful hub. thank you.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

@justine

thank you Justine, good to see you here. I'm not rich or whatever but that's never an excuse to show a little care :)Merry Christmas!

@keira

hello K! thanks. how are you my friend? waiting for your next hub ;p Merry Christmas! :)

@phoenix

thanks. Happy Holidays! :)


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Dark Heart 6 years ago

You are a quality Human Being Blaise.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

wow, that's a great compliment Dark Heart! Thank you :) Merry Christmas my friend :)


TheSablirab 6 years ago

If only more people could be this kind and open minded. Many a people out there who are self-absorbed and don't give a damn. Which is a shame, because everyone wants a helping hand when they are down on their luck. I know I would.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

yeah,it hits me at times when I see someone who badly needs a helping hand..makes me think what if I'm on his place..I still believe there are people who are good at heart, I know you're one of 'em :) thank you!

have a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year :))


TheSablirab 6 years ago

Thank you, I do what I can. I really just want hit some people when they are rude to others.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

haha hope they would wake up if you hit 'em LOL


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Jess Killmenow 6 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Ah, now I'm crying. Good job, Blaise


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

hey Jess! :) hope you had a great Christmas, Happy New Year my friend :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

That was heart-renching and beautiful. So well done.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

thanks a lot, Dim :)nice to see you again


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Blaise- you know you are so beautiful. You must be one of the prettiest flowers in the garden.


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

aww you're so sweet my friend! hmm, what garden would that be, Mik? ;)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I wish my fingers could find the keys appropriate enough. I see you as a flower in the Master's Garden. This beauty I see in this hub that lives in your heart is prettier than any orchid and sweeter than any rose. I'll leave a master rhymer and poet to wish you a better verse than I can contrive. I am very merely a mortal. You got involved and it was so beautiful. You love the moment, the person in that moment. You love love. This is the epitome of love. Thanks!


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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you... Author

Wow, im so speechless now, Mik :) should i frame what you said? LOL Thank you. As in thanks!


Madeline 5 years ago

Cool

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