A Desert Breeze Publishing FREE READ
Christmas 1938. Jack is on duty and an unhappy Velma is determined not to let her misery throw a shadow on her family's Christmas.
Jack has left Velma a present with strict instructions not to open it until the evening of Christmas Day. Velma is tempted - she reasons Jack will not know if she opens it earlier.
Velma hears her oldest sister throw doubt on Santa's existence and things fall into place for her when she hears her nephew Sam solemnly declare Santa is real and the jolly old man brings the best presents.
Sam's faith helps Velma get through the hours until she can open the present from her beloved Jack.
Voices raised in welcome in the next room signalled the arrival of Florence and family. She hurried to greet her sister, who had married Jack's brother George. If Josie replaced her absent mother as she grew up, then she considered Florence to be the big sister who could always be counted on for advice and hugs. "Aunty Vee, look what I've got. Santa brought it."
Her nephew Sam held up a bright red, tin fire truck.
"You lucky boy, Sam. Do you want to play with it after dinner?"
"It squirts real water," he told her excitedly.
"Not in my house it doesn't," Enid snapped. "Florence, it's time your boy stopped believing in Father Christmas. He's getting far too old for such nonsense."
Sam stood in front of his eldest auntie, his head cocked on one side as he looked at her.
"What do you mean, Auntie Enid? Father Christmas came to our house last night and left me my presents. Didn't he visit you?"
Velma nearly choked with laughter as Enid tried to bluster her way out of this difficult situation. All very well to order his parents to explain about Santa, but a different matter when confronted with a four-year-old with big eyes who waited patiently for a reply.
"Come on, young man." George took his son's hand and led him away. "Let's take the baking into the kitchen so Mum can sit down."
Velma watched Sam turn as he reached the kitchen doorway. The child looked straight at Enid.
"Santa is real you know, Auntie. You should ask him for what you want. Santa brings the best presents."