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Once Upon A Time - A Christmas Story

Updated on April 20, 2013

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.

Once Upon a Time - a Christmas Story is a true story based on the author's actual life experience. You may "not" copy the story. You may only "link" to this page if you have to.

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      meow48 6 years ago from usa

      it started out that way and then i could not leave it alone, so ... who knows how it will end.... but thanks for reading it, take care.

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      Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

      Hi meow48 thank you for reading my story. I was reading you Hub Idioms.... first I thought it was about some idiomatic expressions or something, then I realizez it's a story.

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      meow48 6 years ago from usa

      enjoyed your story and thanks for the follow. take care.

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      Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

      when we look back at the past we remember the happy moments whether we are poor or rich. We want to remember the good memories of childhood and the simplicity of life when we are young. I hope people will remain youthful in their heart so that we will achieve World Peace. Let the mind mature, but the heart remains a child. If we have a child-like heart (not childish) then we have an angelic heart, everything will be simple, happy and uncomplicated in our existence. Maybe I'm just too imaginative and idealistic. The harsh reality of life is something very different. It's because we, people are angels no more, Or maybe because we choose not to be. Instead we decide to live in a complicated world and complain Lol

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, what a lovely story! isn't it funny how we remember these things? a small memory can be large for life, is what my mum always said! cheers nell

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      Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

      Hi World- Traveler, I know you are real world traveler and you must have known many similar topic as my short story. If you travel the world and live there for long time you will know many stories. Don't hesitate to tell some stories, and I will be following your story Hub. I love stories, and business too. Thanks for stopping by.

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      World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

      Your story has given me inspiration to write on a similar topic. Thanks, and thank you for writiing.

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      Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals and jill of all trades, I'm glad you like my Christmas short story. As for Rosie, yes we also recieve money from caroling, usually they give few cents each child, sometimes candy. But in the Bakery they used to give Pan de Sal.

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      Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Rosie Thanks for sharing your comment on my short story. Every Christmas season we tend to ponder about the good old sweet days.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing.

      Rated up and beautiful!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very nice Christmas story. It brings back memories of caroling with my church group when I was young. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Ipeony, oh what a lovely Christmas story. It touched my heart as I used to go caroling with my friends too when we were kids, not for bread, for money. We were so happy getting a few pennies, a quarter was a jackpot! Thanks for bringing back sweet memories.

      Have a nice day,