Naomi's Quest To Become Published
The best Christmas I can remember is when I was about 7 or 8. Mum and Dad told us kids ( me and my 2 older brothers) that they couldn't afford Christmas that year and after awhile (like three months) we would be allowed to choose one present.
Every television show, every day at school, every person we saw wished us a Merry Christmas. The thought of not getting a present felt strange. We wouldn't be having Christmas. No special food. No racing under the Christmas tree at the crack of dawn. At first, it was a heavy fist inside my stomach. Would Christmas Day dawn to be disappointing? What was there to look forward to?
Refused to be beaten, the Christmas Spirit humming in my veins, I told myself so what if Mum and Dad didn't have any money? Christmas wasn't about money. I hunted through my cupboards for something that I didn't want anymore and could be used as a present. Now, I have all girl things. With two brothers what could I give them?
I don't remember what I gave them now, but I remember Christmas morning clearly. I received an old bottle of aftershave that stunk and an old book. Each present was wrapped in an old bit of paper from our school books.
The best gift was that my BROTHERS aka the boys that bashed me up whenever they could, actually showed me love and for that one moment in time, had thought about me and wanted my happiness.
To us kids, Christmas had to come. We would make it. The love was in the air that day.
Now, my daughter of six, watches the movie, The Grinch. At the end of the film, once the Grinch steals all the presents, he ponders his actions when the Whos keep celebrating Christmas.
"Maybe...Just maybe...Christmas doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe...Just maybe...It is something more."
This realisation is what that day so many years ago was all about. Christmas is SO MUCH more.
I have had Christmases where you couldn't walk into the loungeroom from all the presents, yet that one day when we had nothing and had to look into our hearts and still give is the best.