They say every little thing in this life has a story, a certain tale that wants to be told. But who should do that? Who should tell these stories and furthermore, where do we find them…? I`m going to tell you…The stories are the things themselves.
Christmas is one of them. Christmas is a story within the story. Christmas is Magic, is Harmony. Christmas is a divine re-connection with everything there is. Christmas is Love. How is it possible for this beautiful holiday to bring all these “ingredients” along? What`s the secret? Well, let us discover its story…
Legend has it that a couple of thousands of years ago, back when Jesus Christ lived, a man was living in the town of Nazareth. This man was extremely wealthy. He had everything a man could wish for, and the castle in which he lived, was big and beautiful. He lived here, together with his wife, Mary. They loved each other very much, but unfortunately, they had no children. All those rooms in the castle, empty and cold…were making our man feeling sad. In some of them, he haven`t entered for years. He was very miserable.
Thus, years have passed and soon, Christmas, this was his name, found himself old and very disappointed with his life.
“My God Mary, he said to his wife, we got old and we did not have the chance for someone to call us Mom or Dad. Isn`t it a pity? Such a shame…”
“Oh, my dear husband, said his wife, I beg you, don`t be upset. We do not know God`s wish”, said Mary, taking her husband in her arms. “I do not know why things are happening this way in our lives; but still, I beg you, don`t doubt God, for He knows what He is doing and we as humans, have no right to judge that”, said the woman looking in her husband`s eyes.
“Yes, perhaps you are right. Perhaps indeed it`s God`s wish for us to have no children. You are right. I should obey His will and accept whatever it may be” replied Christmas.
“I think so too, Christmas. Let us embrace everything there is and hope for the best. One can never know when God`s blessings may come over him…”
“Yes, you are right Mary. Thank you, my beloved wife”, said Christmas. “If it is God`s will to have no children, then so be it. At least, I had the joy to live my life next to you. It was a very beautiful one, Mary”, said the man, looking in her eyes.
Tearing, the woman hugged him tenderly.
Some days passed further, and Christmas and his wife were doing their usual work, each of them caught up by their own things.
One morning, while preparing break-fast, Mary heard her husband coming quickly on the stairs, almost running. He rushed at once in the living-room.
“Goodness, Christmas, what is happening?” she asked, intrigued by her husband`s behavior.
“Mary, I…I…I had…” replied Christmas, but hardly catching up his breath.
“You, what? Oh, for heaven`s sake, please calm down and tell me what`s this all about” the woman said as she was confused.
“Mary, you…you don`t understand…” said Christmas taking a seat on the chair. He was still trying to calm his rhythm.
“Well, how could I?” said the woman teasing a bit. “Please, Christmas, have a cup of tea and tell me what`s happening, all right?”
“All right Mary”.
The woman put some tea and afterwards sugar in one cup then handed it to Christmas.
“Here you go”
“Thank you, dear” he said, while sipping from the warm drink.” Mary, I had a dream and I think, God has spoken to me through it” continued Christmas raising his eyes towards his wife.
“Oh, good Lord!” said the woman, covering her mouth with her hand. „Well, what do you mean by that, Christmas? Please, do tell me”.
“Mary, I had this funny dream. In it, God revealed himself to me”.
“Well, what did He say? “asked the woman, eager to find out more.
“At first, it wasn`t very clear but towards the end of the dream, everything became much more understandable for me” said the man, glancing at his wife. “A strong, shining light appeared, it was so powerful that I couldn`t even look at it” continued Christmas, remembering the dream. “I bowed my head, kneeling. Then, I heard a beautiful, serene voice. It was talking to me.
“What did it say?” the woman asked.
“It was God, Mary, and He told me: Christmas, I have a special plan for you. Your purpose on this Earth is not a random one. I want to give you a mission”.
“Good heavens!” said the woman, being really amazed.
“This is what He told me Mary!” said Christmas.
“Tell me more! What followed afterwards?”
“He said: I want you to take your wife and go to the North Pole. There is a special place waiting for you there”.
“Really?” said the woman.
“Yes. And I asked: But Lord, what am I to do there? And He said: Go there. Your biggest joy in life will wait for you. This is what the voice told me, and then it vanished”.
“That is it?”
“All of it, Mary. When I woke up I was so confused. I am still, even as we speak”.
“Oh my dear Christmas, what are we to do? I am scared!” said Mary.
“Fear not my sweet wife” replied Christmas looking at her. “We`ll do what our Lord asked us to” he continued.
In the next day, Christmas made all the plans. He gave his fortune to the poor ones and also his castle. It will soon be transformed in a shelter for the homeless.
Together with his wife, Christmas took their small luggage and left for North Pole. The journey wasn`t easy. They have encountered many obstacles, such as fearful beasts, coldness, lack of shelter, snow. Eventually, they reached the cold, icy place of the North Pole. Snow, some animals and lots of ice, was everything they could put eyes on.
“What shall we do now, Christmas? said Mary. ”I am so cold…”
“Hang in there, my sweet wife. It will be all right, I promise” said Christmas, although he himself was a bit frightened, by this new realm in which he was.
Suddenly, he saw a reindeer coming towards them. The animal came closer and closer, until he reached Christmas and his wife.
“Christmas, what is happening? asked Mary.
“I do not know my dear, I do not know” he said as he looked at at the gracious creature.
The reindeer grabbed Christmas by his sleeve and started pulling.
“What is the matter?” said Christmas.
“It seems he wants us to follow him” said Mary. “Let us do that, Christmas”.
“All right” said he, going after the reindeer.
Soon, they reached into a forest. Animals of all kinds were coming after them, being really curios about these two humans appeared among them. They have never seen something like that before.
“Look Christmas! Oh, they are so adorable…!” said Mary caressing a little squirrel.
“I agree with you my dear. They are indeed nature`s wonder” said Christmas enchanted as well by the animals around him.
Shortly after that, they spotted a small house, very cute and cozy; a beautiful wooden cottage.
“Look Mary! A house!” said Christmas.
“Yes, I see it! It is so lovely! replied Mary, being really happy. “Smoke comes out of the chimney too…! It must be warm inside…!”
They have reached the door.
“Shall we go in? “asked Christmas.
“What if somebody is there? It would be rude…”
“But Mary, no one is inside…!”replied Christmas looking through the window.
“Christmas, please stop that. Someone might see you!”
“Who? The animals?” joked Christmas, as he teased.
The reindeer before, came closer to them and with his mouth, he pushed the door, opening it.
“How marvelous! The reindeer opened the door for us!” said Mary, happy.
“I would say he wants us to go in” added Christmas joyfully.
They stepped inside, along with all those animals.
“Oh Christmas! It feels so good in here! It is so warm!” said Mary going toward the fire-place to warm up her hands.
“I agree with you, my dear. It surely is nice” said Christmas going near her.
”Look, there are two cups”, noticed Mary. “I think it is hot chocolate”.
“You must be right” said Christmas, approaching the cups. “You are right Mary. Indeed, it is hot chocolate! Hmm, it smells delicious!”
“But, who did all this, Christmas? Who made the fire, the chocolate…? It would seem that no human being has ever set foot in this cottage”
“We did it” a voice was heard, from the upper floor.
“Who said that?” asked Christmas.
“We” said voice was heard again.
“Who are you? Please show yourself” said Christmas.
From the top of the stairs, a small creature appeared. Christmas and Mary were looking at it in pure amazement.
“What is this, Christmas?”
“I do not know, Mary. It looks like…an elf.
“Indeed I am, sir” replied the creature cheerfully.
“By God, he spoke again!” said Mary smiling.
“Indeed I have, madam” said the elf, coming down the stairs toward them. “Let me introduce myself. My name is Liesl and I am an elf. Always happy to be at your service” he said, taking a bow.
“Oh, he is so adorable!” said Mary. “So cute!”
“Thank you, madam. We all are like this” continued the elf smiling.
“We?” asked Christmas .
“Of course, sir. I and my brothers. They always send me to do the honors. I would say it is because I am the cutest of all” said Liesl, laughing. “Boys, you can come now!” he added, cheerfully.
At first one, then two, three, four, ten, twenty elves appeared behind the furniture, under the table, behind the armchair and the shelf…They all got out, coming around Mary and Christmas.
“Good Lord…I am speechless…” said Mary.
“Me too. I have never seen so many. As a matter a fact, I am astonished to have seen only one and now, twenty?!” added Christmas stunned.
“We are the elves, sir. Santa Claus`s elves”.
“Santa Claus? replied Christmas.
“Oh yes! That would be you. We were waiting for you” said Liesl.
“Me? But…How is this possible?”
“We have been given a mission, Christmas; the mission to help you give presents to every child on this planet for the holy day of the Christmas when our Lord is born. You are Santa Claus and we are your elves. That reindeer who led you here, is Rudolf” said Liesl pointing toward it with his gaze. “This is your mission given to you by….”
“God” completed Christmas.
“My goodness, this is amazing, Christmas. Almost incredible” said Mary, looking at him.
“I know; it really is” he replied, still surprised.
“Christmas, what will you do?” asked Mary.
After pondering a moment, Christmas answered:
“Mary, some time ago I said I will embrace everything God will give me. I promised that; I shall obey God`s wish, regardless of what that may be. This is what I will do now. If this is His desire, I will accept it gladly”.
“Oh, my beloved husband…” added Mary, tearing.
“Santa, we must hurry now” said Liesl. “Christmas is close to come and we have all this work to do…!”
“You are right, Liesl. Let us do that. I am more ready than ever” replied the man.
“Hurray! We will build all these beautiful toys and presents for all the children in the world!” said happily another elf, being really glad.
The rest of them joined him, throwing their hats in the air. The room was full of happiness and cheerfully laughter.
“All right, my dearest elves. Let`s do this. We have a special task to fulfill and we will do this with most love” said Christmas, with a kind voice.
“Yes, we surely will, Santa! The children are waiting for us!” added Liesl, with excitement. “Boys, let us go in the workshop! We have some work to do!” added he smiling.
“Yes! Let`s do that!” said the rest of the elves and headed towards the upper floor, where the workshop was.
“Well, it seems that everything turned out good, isn`t it?” said Mary smiling, coming close to her husband.
“Yes, you are right, my love. Everything indeed turned out well. Oh Mary, I am so excited! I feel as my life got a new meaning than it had till now. I feel alive, I feel pleased, I feel…
“Love, harmony, joy…?” added Mary, kindly.
Christmas looked deep into her eyes.
“You know me well, my sweet wife. Indeed, I feel all these. I know now that that particular dream, wasn`t by any accident. It had a special meaning, and I am happy to see it now. God gave me no children, Mary, but He took care of that too. I can now be around them, giving them presents and seeing their happy faces. This is a miracle, Mary! Oh, thank you Lord! Thank you! May you always be praised!” said Christmas, with tears in his eyes.
Thus, ever since that night up until nowadays, every Christmas Eve, Santa Claus would come with his reindeers and share gifts to the children all over the planet. Every time he does that, his heart sings out of joy and every new Christmas Eve, puts a big smile on his face for he can do again and again that particular thing that simply fills him up with love. And his wife is next to him as well, writing or sewing “Merry Christmas!” on each of those gifts.
Christmas really loves what he does. That is why, this holiday is so special and full of harmony, love and generosity.