Short Story. Waiting for the Bus at Christmas Time. A Santa Story to read online.

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The sky was a uniform shade of grey that could only mean that it was going to snow later that afternoon. I had watched the number of people at the bus stop dwindle as their buses arrived and mine did not. At least now I could put the bag with the turkey in it back on the bench seat beside me. I had lifted the bag onto my knee to make room for an elderly lady to sit down but now she had struggled forward through the crowd to get on to her bus home.

Soon, it was just me there and the old boy sitting next to me, both waiting for the village bus, which was not as frequent as the ones to the estates. We sat there both I guess cold and tired and wanting to get home before it snowed.

“You waiting for the number nine?” He had asked me a few seconds ago. I had nodded. It then  seemed bad manners not to speak to him. I looked at the passing shoppers, clutching their over loaded carrier bags, wishing my bus would arrive. I thought about the jewel-colors in the silk scarf that I had seen, in the shop window on the way to the bus,

“ Christmas is not like it use to be is it?” I offered a sentence that could be answered with one word or a nod of the head or more words if that was what he wanted . He looked at me and smiled the cold weather had reddened his face and his cheeks and nose were so red that he looked as if he had been at the sherry bottle. I knew he had n't not whisky either there was no trace of a smell of alcohol about him but he did seem exceedingly jolly for an old boy of his age sitting at a bus stop on Christmas eve with the threat of snow seeming to increase by the moment. Was he not worried about slipping over on the icy pathways? Why was n't he sitting in front of a fire-place with a cup of tea and a mince-pie to eat and grandchildren playing on a fire-side rug at his feet. I looked at him as he started to speak and noticed for the first time that the glasses he wore where of the metal style I always associated with photos of John Lennon. I suppose John Lennon would be an old man by now fate had dealt him a different hand.

“I was Father Christmas up until a few years ago”

at first I thought he had said it as a joke but then he continued

“At Len’s garden centre, then at the new big grotto the one outside town in the new Mall."

He paused and looked at me to check I was listening, the misty weather had fogged his glasses and he took them off to wipe them with a pristine white cotton handkerchief, as he continued talking to me.

" The last couple of years I did n’t really enjoy it. The children were asking for more and more expensive things, computers, mountain bikes. I could tell some of the parents could n’t really afford it. I’d say Santa will try to bring you that but he has lots of children to visit and take presents to."

In the end one of the parents complained and the company reprimanded me said I must not say that again. I left that Christmas Eve knowing I would not be back next year.”

I smiled at him, then as we stared at the High Street traffic which was moving at an extremely slow rate, our bus came into view. We both stepped forward to the bus stop, me not wanting to give the driver an excuse to drive by without picking us up; which has been known to happen in the past.

“Bye, have a nice Christmas.” I said as we boarded the bus me to head for a seat with room for my bags and him to sit down in the first empty seat near the driver, probably worried he would not stop at the right bus-stop for him, I thought. He raised his hand once seated to wave to me and as he smiled at me everyone on the bus seemed to smile back. As he removed his hat he ran his hand through the thatch of white hair that had been hidden beneath his flat cap. a small child dropped its teddy bear at his feet and the old man bent forward to pick it up and hand it back to him.

"Say thank you." said the child's mother.

"Tank you Santa," the child mumbled. Then he started to sing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and a spontaneous chuckle rippled around the bus, except for 'Santa' who had the deepest laugh I have ever heard.

I never thought about the old man at the bus stop or our conversation again, after I had jokingly said to my family on arrival home

“ I was waiting for a bus in the High Street with Father Christmas today”

" Oh yes, and we saw the Christmas Fairy. In the supermarket." responded my mother with a cynical tone in her voice.

I said and though no more about it, Christmas Eve being a busy evening in our house.

You need to know that my family have an odd sense of humour, not exactly practical jokers but they do make the most of a situation that amuses them.

So, I suppose it was their idea of a joke that there was an extra present under the tree for me the next day on Christmas morning with no label on and that everyone denied buying for me. The really odd thing is I cannot even remember telling anyone that I wanted this gift, but it went perfectly with the fluffy sweater my sister had got me and the leather gloves that were from my brother and his wife. Maybe I had mentioned it, that I like it and where I had seen it, but the more I thought about it the more I was convinced that I had only saw it when I was out shopping on Christmas Eve, the day that I met 'Santa' at the bus stop.

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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you htodd pleased you enjoyed reading this and thank you for leaving a comment here too.

Thank you aslaught pleased you liked this it is nice to share stories at Christmas time.


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aslaught 4 years ago from Alabama

Good story!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Great story ..Thanks


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cclitgirl 5 years ago from Western NC

I just came across your Hub. I love stories like this! You've inspired me to write "The Legend of the Poinsettia" but with my own twist on it. I will write and finish in the next few days. Thanks!!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thanks sofs pleased you liked this your story was good too.


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sofs 5 years ago

Beautiful story 2uesday, I enjoyed it. Simple and yet making an impact!!


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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

nice story and terrific writing. thank you


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Titan Writer, it is lovely to read a comment like this on a story, especially as I was not expecting any on this. Thanks for talking the time to read this and to leave a comment here.


Titan Writer 5 years ago

Very interesting. I really liked how well you described the characters emotions and thoughts, it really helps the reader relate to the story and feel as if they are immersed in it. Its a very difficult thing to do and you did it flawlessly. Nice work. and the story was very beautiful, too bad I'm about a month late reading it. :D

Voted!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Will for reading and leaving a comment here, it is good to know others who enjoy reading and writing Christmas stories.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent Christmas story! Well done.

I like writing them myself. I try to write a new one each year. I have three Christmas story Hubs.

Voted up and awesome!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you NewHorizons, pleased you liked this. You were not the last one to read it, you were the first one to read it for next year :) Thanks too for leaving a comment here.


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NewHorizons 5 years ago from Gozo, Malta, EU.

Great Story 2uesday. I started reading it out of curiosity and I had to finish it. Quite moving for us Christmas lovers. Wish I had read it at Christmas time proper. Good job.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you thierrykira I am pleased you discovered HubPages and this story, I hope you will enjoy writing here as much as I do.


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thierrykira 5 years ago

I accidentally bump into this site and by fate, I found and read your article. This is very descriptive, simple but simply best! Because of you, I continue exploring this hub...and finally guess what? Yup! I sign up!

Merry Christmas and thanks for the article!


coolAustin5109 5 years ago

that was a really good story. :) :) :) :) :) :3


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pearlmacb 5 years ago from Switzerland

delightful write, all the best,

A warm christmas to you!


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trimar7 5 years ago from New York

Great story - good writing!


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wearing well 5 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

A wonderful Santa story.It's really got me in the spiritual festive mood:)

Thanks 2uesday will share with my children too !


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Ruchira I love he idea of you reading this to your son, I use to love reading stories to my children.Thank you for telling me that in this comment.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Beautiful story and am glad I stumbled on it. Will read it out to my son who is looking fwd to christmas :) would love to read your other hubs...u r a good writer/story teller..cheers to many such good hubs!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

apStumbo I liked the page, thanks for reading this.

Mollydu thank you Happy Christmas.

Hi Vici pleased this short story made you feel Christmassy, thank you.


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vicki simms 5 years ago from northamptonshire

This is such a lovely story, it makes me feel so christmasy. I think deep down we all want to believe santa is real! :) A lovely hub, thank you


Mollydu 5 years ago

It reminds me of a film I'd watched.Moving Story! Thanks!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Molson thank you great news that you liked this.

lifewellspoken thank you and Merry Christmas to you too.

Thank you princess g for visiting and leaving a comment here too.

Thank you ilovestories.

Thank you Trinsick pleased you enjoyed this story.


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molson5070 5 years ago from State College, Pa

this is such an original hub! my favorite in a while. Great job!!


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lifewellspoken 5 years ago from Vancouver BC

That's a nice story, Merry Christmas


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princess g 5 years ago

Merry Christmas:)


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ilovestories 5 years ago

very good story. :))


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Trinsick 5 years ago from Cali

Oh Christmas is the best this helped me get in the spirit


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Hi TurtleDog thank you, great that you liked this Christmas short story and also thanks for the Christmas wishes. Wishing Happy Christmas to you too.


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TurtleDog 5 years ago

Great Little Santa story! Definitely voted UP beautiful. Have a great Christmas!


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Benson Yeung that is a nice comment, when I read responses like these it makes the story writing feel worth while.


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Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

Thanks for the nice and warm feeling your story has brought me.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you whispers of faith for reading and for your nice comment too. I am pleased I wrote a Christmas story as people seem to have enjoyed it and that is a nice.


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whispers of faith 5 years ago

that was an addorable story


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you pennerstories pleased you liked this story.


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pennerstories 5 years ago

Beautiful Story. Nice and warm. Perfect for this time of year.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you and hello boyfromsweden, that's an interesting Hubber name. I am pleased you liked my Christmas story.


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boyfromsweden 5 years ago

beautiful story :) smilin ;)


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

hello Grandma's House I love the profile picture you have,thank you for reading my Christmas story and for leaving a comment here too.


Grandma's House 5 years ago

I really enjoyed this story and have always had a special place in my heart for Santa Claus. Thank you! :)


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you pleased you liked reading this.


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ericfrusy 5 years ago from New York

Your writing is very impressive. Congrats!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you daydreamer for reading and the vote too.


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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Good story, voted up!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thanks Ben pleased you found this Christmas story interesting.


Ben 6 years ago

What a wonderful and lovely text !


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you prasetio I am happy you this story, thank you for reading it. Thanks too for your nice comment.


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Stories Inc., Not sure what to say, I am surprised as I did not realise this story would find such a response as it has, pleased I shared it here now. Thanks for reading,commenting and also following.


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Stories Inc. 6 years ago

That was such a beautiful story. I just clicked the link out of curiosity, but once I started reading, it blew me away. Great job! You've got a brand new follower ;)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I really enjoy your story. Very well written. Christmas time always special. Thanks for share with us. Take care!

Prasetio:)


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

gachapoz thanks for reading and the comment it is great that you liked this Christmas story.

thank you YU_first 1 pleased you enjoyed this and thanks too for the up vote on the story.


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YU_First 1 6 years ago from Uganda

Beautiful!

I enjoyed the story and have voted it up!


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gachapoz 6 years ago

What a lovely story! Bringing up the mood for that time of year~


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you RVigdor for reading this story and leaving a comment here, I am pleased you liked this, thanks.


RVigdor 6 years ago

Your use of imagery is quite powerful.


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you AC Sutcliff for such a nice comment here. I suppose it helps that while I am writing short stories, I almost believe it myself. Which is probably why I never attempt to write anything that frightens me.

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment here too.


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

I've always enjoyed your short stories. This one has a nice, classic story with a somewhat modern feel, great message. That line that starts, "You need to know..." really made me feel like you were telling a true story about yourself. Nice writing, 2uesday.


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Micky, I think in order to enjoy Christmas one has to have kept a little corner of your heart for childlike things. Thanks for the visit and the comment.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Sweeeeet! Thank you 2uesday!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you ghomefitness.


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ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

Great story!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thanks Lilly, the days of 'Is he here yet? being called out every couple of hours may have been exhausting but they add a kind of magic to them that I miss a bit. The magic now is to get the Christmas dinner on the table for everyone, quickly without forgetting to serve one of the items.

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment pleased you enjoyed this.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I really like this Hub. I will always believe in Santa, and holiday magic. Yes, you met Santa at the bus stop , and you've brought us along.


hottie113 6 years ago

wow!

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