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A Short Christmas Story: Magic Bells

Updated on November 2, 2014

Christmas Magic

Clara discovering the magic of Christmas.  David, the author of the short story, is her Daddy.
Clara discovering the magic of Christmas. David, the author of the short story, is her Daddy. | Source

Christmas seems to be a magical time of the year. Short stories of family traditions and holiday fantasy seem to be a favorite topic to read or write about. There are favorite Christmas stories, books which endure from one generation to another because of the way we, as a people, enjoy preserving memories and family traditions. Some of my favorites now are a result of my youth and yet when my children were younger, I wanted to begin new traditions for our family also. Building family traditions is a wonderful keepsake for your children. Ours always revolve around a special book, a make believe story or a movie. For many years, I would include the following short story in our Christmas greeting cards, Magic Bells.

My oldest son, David, was in middle school and he wrote a special short story for an assignment. It was right before the holidays. They were to make up a story about the holiday season. It is a wonderful story about a young boy two days before Christmas. Sit back and enjoy.

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

A Short Story: Magic Bells

It was two days before Christmas and there was a boy lying in his bed staring blankly at the ceiling, not able to sleep. His name was Brian and the anticipation of Christmas kept him up, following the fan blades with his eyes, hoping to fall asleep. His eyes shut and he fell asleep, knowing that the next day was his favorite day of the year, Christmas Eve. It was his favorite day because the next day was Christmas; everyone would be happy, a big dinner with great food and not to forget, the presents.

Christmas Eve day Brian walked up to his mom and asked her to tell him the story of the ‘ Magic Bells’. The mom said, as she sat down, “On Santa's sleigh, there are four hundred silver bells. Each one of those bells serves a purpose. If and only if all four hundred of those bells are on Santa's sleigh will it be able to fly. If just one bell is gone or misplaced then there would be no Christmas…”

“Wow!” said Brian, quite amused with his mothers story. “So there really are magic bells!

Christmas Eve

Magic Bells
Magic Bells | Source

That night after the family was all in bed and sound asleep, Brian looked out his window, still thinking of his mothers story. He laid on his back to stare at the fan blades again when he heard a soft clang on the back patio.

He was very quiet in doing so, or else he would wake his parents. He opened the sliding glass door and stepped outside. He wrapped his arms around himself because it was very cold and he looked around. At first he did not see anything, but then a shiny glimmer caught the corner of his eye. He bent down and pulled a shiny silver bell from the snow. He held it in his hand and looked at it. Strangely, while he was holding the bell, he was warm, he was not cold anymore. He was very happy that he found a silver bell when a thought emerged in his mind.

“Oh no!” Brian said to himself with a worried look in his eyes, “no Christmas…”. Brian decided to ring the bell and see what would happen. After he rang the bell, with some magic sparks, the bell disappeared and Brian was once again cold. He went into the house and went to sleep.

The next morning everyone opened all of their presents and everyone was happy. Brian looked at the tree and spotted one more present with a card attached to it. He opened the present in excitement and read the card. It said:

“I always keep a spare, thanks!”
St. Nick

Brian was very happy. He looked in the box and pulled out a magic bell!

"So there really are magic bells."
"So there really are magic bells."

Celebrate the Magic

I hope you enjoy this holiday season, however you celebrate, with your family, loved ones, alone or with friends. Children have a wondrous imagination and fill us with joy with their dreams and creativity, their yearning to believe in something magical. My son allowed me to share his writings with you and hopes that it will spread happiness to those who read. May your holiday season be filled with love.

This short story may not be reproduced onto another site without permission from the author. Thank you.

pssst... have a beary merry Christmas
pssst... have a beary merry Christmas

ThankYou For Reading And Please Feel Free To Leave A Comment.

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      Holle Abee 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      What a sweet, wonderful story! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks spotlight19, I think so too. Enjoy the beautiful season. Thanks for reading. :)

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Hi Phyllis, Thank you for reading and taking time to leave a comment. It's a special hub of mine and I love when people find it. Surprisingly, it's one of my higher traffic hubs! There's a certain magic in keeping traditions alive and passed on through generations. I'm looking forward to sharing this story with my little Clara, in the top photo. She loves hearing make believe stories and her Daddy wrote this one! Have a beautiful Christmas season.

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      Jennifer Pena 

      5 years ago from California

      Lovely christmas story it does really show the spirit of christmas.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I am so glad you brought this story back out so I could read it., Rebekah. Your son's story is delightful and a reminder to all of us to keep the magic, the joy in Christmas, as a child does. Thank you for this hub.

      A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

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      Debra Cornelius 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Great story!!! Love all the interesting family traditions and tales!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Time Spiral 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Wow. Powerful nostalgia there.

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      9 years ago

      great story.. Merry Christmas!!!!

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thank you seanorjohn and 2uesday for reading and commenting! I'm happy to be able to share it with you. :)

      @Denise, thanks so much for your comments. that's wonderful that your granddaughter also loves to write.

      it's such a rewarding way to express and communicate thoughts and feelings, imagination. Perhaps you have a future author in your family! Enjoy the Christmas season and new year!

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      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      RebekahElle-your son seems to have acquired his writing talent from his mother. Well written and engaging story. My 10 yo granddaughter is also a writer whom I'm very proud of. She received an honorable mention in the 79th annual Writers Digest writing contest for her children't story.

      Scrolling through your work, I'm glad I stopped to read this delightful Christmas hub. Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      Lovely story and nice to read the story about it.

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      9 years ago

      What a delightful story. You must be very proud of your son. Voted up.

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thanks all for the comments. my son would be flattered to hear your compliments. now he is an adult and has written his first novel length manuscript. and it is fantasy!

      A.Villarasa, I agree, yes we are still celebrating Christmas and I wish you and your family a happy, merry Christmas. thanks for coming by and reading!

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 

      9 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello Rebekah:

      Thank God we are still celebrating Christmas... Santa should be so happy that he continues to make his rounds Christmas eve.

      Thanks also for dropping the short note of encouragement re: my writing. I appreciate it very much.

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      9 years ago from australia

      rebekahELLE.Hi. A big Thank you to your Son.

      This is a remarkable and beautiful story.

      He has a wonderful way with words. I am going to read this story to my Granddaughter (7 y.o). she will love it, as I did.

      Thank you again for sharing it with us. Merry Christmas.

      Voted up. :) :)

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      10 years ago

      lovely story, really enjoyed it. Hope you and your family had a great christmas :-)

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      Dao Hoa 

      10 years ago

      It is a great story. Sorry too late for a Merry Christmas! Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Merry christmas Maita, and thank you so much for your endearing comments. we certainly need more people like you in this world. enjoy the holiday season with your family and loved ones~ {hugs}

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      10 years ago from US

      Hi Ms. Rebekkahelle, may yours and your family be filled with love too, children are the essence of LIFE,

      I wish you the things you wish for next year 2010 will be easier to get or achieve,,,,


    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thank you for stopping by and reading UW and shaz~~ I have some of his writings saved in a portfolio, I thought this would be perfect for the season. it is sweet, isn't it? and now he is 28 and still loveS christmas eve!

      you know, it's these kind of hubs sometimes that get the best ads!!! :]

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      10 years ago from Great Britain

      What a clever son you have! Lovely story x

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Awww, what a sweet story :)

    • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Tampa Bay

      thank you and it's my pleasure to share this sweet christmas story. :]

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for posting this lovely story.


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