The Christmas Tree
Mabeliene and her
mother Teresa were very poor. They lived in an old cottage which
just had a room, bath and a tiny kitchen. Their home 'Rumbling Stones'
was at the edge of the river near the small wood.
father had deserted them when she was just 2 years of age and since
then Teresa had been her mother
as well as her father. Mabel was now 6 years old but could not go
to the village school because of the fees. Her mother had taught
her to read and write. Both mother and daughter used to make soft
toys and sold them at the local bazaar, but hardly made both ends
Every year they had
managed to celebrate Christmas somehow or the other but this year
there was no money to buy even a small
Christmas Tree. This was because
in the month of October Teresa had been taken ill and all the money
saved up for Christmas was spent in buying medicines and some fruits
It was mid December
now and there was hardly enough saving to get them through
the New year. "Mabel dear, we will not be able to get
a Christmas Tree this year. I am so sorry" spoke Teresa
sadly. "I know mom, it doesn't matter. We will pray to
the Lord and he will help us celebrate this festive month
with whatever we have".
arrived and 'Rumbling Stones'
looked gloomy without a tree. Somehow Teresa had got together
the things needed to bake a small Christmas Cake and had made
a dress for her daughter with material a kind lady in the
village had given her because her daughter did not like its
colour. The dress in blue looked nice on Mabel. Teresa has
decided to wear the one good dress she had in green which
she wore every year.
They were sitting
quietly talking of years gone by - "when your dad was here,
we had a fabulous Christmas. I know he will come back to us and
we will see the good old days again". "I have no hope
mom. Dad's been gone for 4 years now." Just then there was
a loud knock on the door and when Mabel opened it, she saw a lovely
Xmas tree outside.
a lovely tree here! Come and See". Teresa came to the door
and was shocked see her husband Fabian standing at one side. "How
are you Terry darling?" he said and came inside. His wife was
struck dumb with happiness. "Oh! Fabian, I missed you so! Why
did you leave us?" "I do not know how to apologize to
you. I just did not want to waste my time doing odd jobs and not
making enough to keep you in a lovely home. I got too fed up with
life one day and left. I had every intention of coming back darling".
Mabel hugged her father
"How do you like your new tree Mabel?" asked her father.
"It is perfect daddy. You know this year we had no money
to buy a Christmas tree of our own" "I can understand
darling but rest assured, you will not lack for anything in your
Fabian sat with his
wife and daughter drinking hot chocolate and telling them about
the 4 years he had spent without them. At first he went to the big
town nearby and did odd jobs. When he had collected enough, he went
overseas and there he found a kindly old man who offered him a job
as a manager of his ranch.
Now the old man had
dies and since he had no family, he had left everything - his mansion,
ranch, farm, stable, jewellery and all this bank balance to Fabian
whom he had loved as his own. "I am going to take you dear
wife to your own big house where you will have people to do your
biddings and sweet Mabel will go to the best school there."
a wonderful time and the Christmas Tree glittered and glimmered
as if telling both Mabel and Teresa that from now on there will
only be brightness and happiness in their lives.
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