Once Upon A Time - A Christmas Story
Her Grandpa's Favorite Girl
Baby was a small girl who lived in a far away land. She was kind of fragile and sometimes sickly. Being the youngest among 3 sisters, she used to be their grandfather’s favorite granddaughter. She remembered the days when, every time her grandfather comes home with a paper bag in his hands, she would grab the bag from her grandfather, knowing that her favorite bread was in the bag. Few pieces of "Pan de Sal" were in the bag. Pan de Sal is a kind of bread usually eaten for breakfast and for snack. Sometimes her grandfather would bring home another kind of bread like "Pan de Coco" or coconut bread. It was a good memory for Baby because she always gets more bread than her sisters.
Three Sisters go to School
It was funny back then. The three sisters go to school everyday. The elder sister seemed to be energetic as well as the second sister. But little Baby! She was so tiny and fragile, walked very slowly to school, as if she was always wearing a pair of heavy shoes. She was always left behind by the two sisters. The eldest one was often mad at small Baby and always yelled at her to walk faster. Baby was not a morning girl and she could barely open her eyes after waking up in the morning. The three sisters walked to school for more than one hour one way. So, in order to arrive at school on time, they would have to leave 1 hour and a half early. For Baby, rainy days were awful days and it was very unpleasant for them to walk to school on a muddy and rainy days.
The Real Christmas Story
Now you're asking me, "what about the Christmas story?" Okay, we are almost there. Do you know that for Baby, the awful rainy days, the unpleasant muddy road, Pan de Sal in a paper bag and sisters who helped her walk faster? Those were real Christmas stories for Baby. Then one day when Baby was 7 years old, a new sister was born. Baby wasn't the youngest anymore. They are now 4 sisters. It was when her small sister was growing up that Baby found a liking in story telling. She caught herself talking and talking, telling a story to a younger sister who was all eyes and ears to Baby's stories. Their mother was and still a singer, a singer by heart. She liked to sing for her family. Baby had a good voice, but she was too shy to sing. She, as well, was a singer by heart. The oldest sister wasn't shy at all that she joined a singing variety show and brings home some gifts from the radio station for Not winning the contest. The winner took the money home and my sister only gets few sponsored products like soda, crackers or biscuits. For Baby, the gifts from the radio station were a big deal and she was so excited about them.
The Christmas Day Caroling
Okay now we are getting closer. Usually children would practice singing songs for Christmas caroling when Christmas time is near. So let's go back in time when Baby was about a little over 3 years old. Although she was at this tender age she vividly remembers this particular Christmas experience. Here we go.. During one sunny Christmas morning of December 25 in the year Forgotten, the 3 sisters (younger sister wasn't born yet) went to church for the Christmas morning Mass and after the Mass they went for a Christmas caroling around the neighborhood and stores area. Children sing "We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas.... and a happy New Year," and they would receive candies and gifts.
Baby's Little Fingers & The Bread on Display
Little Baby can barely walk and just walking behind her 2 sisters who went from store to store singing merry Christmas and asking for candies or Christmas gifts. Sometimes the store will give some bread too, Baby's favorite. The eldest sister was aiming to this bakery to do the caroling, and few feet away from the bakery you could smell the aroma of the freshly baked bread. As soon as the eldest sister gets in the bakery, Baby noticed the bread on display inside the glass cupboard. She run as fast as her little feet could run towards the bread on display thinking of grabbing the nice looking display, and suddenly Bam!! Baby hit her little fingers very hard on the glass! Ouch! And she started crying while some children were singing caroling songs somewhere nearby. Baby in her innocent and tender age of 3 didn't know that in between her hand and her favorite bread was a see-through glass.
And this is a Christmas experience that she will always remember and cherish for the rest of her life. Thank you for reading my short Christmas Story.
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