Christmas special: Jingle bells!

Written By

Debolina Coomar

Christmas special: Jingle bells! Loading

Fiona Fernandez was a blessed child.  She had loving parents like Joseph and Erica, a healthy childhood, good values and everything she could want from life. She had a favourite doll Suzie, who she loved very much and carried along wherever she went. Suzie was her best friend in both, happiness and sorrow.

Christmas was always very special for the Fernandez family, especially for Fiona. Apart from getting loads of gifts and delicacies to eat, she loved to see her Dad dress up as Santa, visit a nearby orphanage, distribute gifts, play with the kids, and share cakes and chocolates.

On one particularly chilly night, while everyone was celebrating Christmas in the orphanage, a little boy of Fiona’s age peeped in looking blankly at the festivities. He was shivering in his torn clothes and was staring at all the food kept there. It turned out that he, Rahim, had been smuggled into the city for begging by a gang of men after his parents died and had been hungry for days. Fiona was deeply disturbed by his story. She walked up to Rahim, offered Suzie to him and said: “She will always keep you warm.” The Fernandez family took the responsibility of Rahim’s education and sponsored his stay at the orphanage. Rahim felt they were God sent and messengers of love and was always grateful to them. A sweet friendship started to grow between Fiona and Rahim.

Years passed, seasons changed, and so did the fate of the Fernandez family. They suffered huge losses in their business, and the depression and stress took Joseph’s life. Erica and Fiona were left all alone and in pain; Relatives started to avoid them, friends started to ignore them and every speck of happiness seemed to have faded away from their lives. Inspite of this, they still continued to visit the orphanage every Christmas and contribute whatever they could. It was Joseph’s dream that the orphanage prosper and Erica wanted to fulfil his dream in any way she could.

To help Fiona get over her sorrow, Erica decided to move to a different city without keeping anyone informed. Fiona knew that she would miss everything about their hometown, the orphanage, and Rahim too. There was a deep sense of the pain of separation. But, as the saying goes, time is the best healer.

Soon, Fiona grew up into a beautiful determined young woman. Without Erica’s knowledge, Fiona, along with her academics, used to teach and dress up in costumes for parties to earn money. Her favourite costume character was Santa Claus during Christmas. She used to send this money earned to the orphanage. Often, Fiona thought about Rahim nostalgically and wondered how and where he was.

One a particular Christmas, Fiona did not get her usual assignments to play Santa. On enquiring, she found that they had all hired another person this year. She was hoping to play Santa, at least at the orphanage, just for the sense of satisfaction. She dressed up as Santa, and with the little money she had, bought chocolates for the kids and reached the orphanage. She was however surprised and shocked to see a party underway and a Santa as well!  Disheartened, she was ready to walk away, when someone said, “Ho Ho Ho, my child. Off without taking your gift from Santa?” Upset that the person in front of her was in the shoes that she loved to be in, she retorted rudely that she did not desire anything from him.

Santa, however, thrust a gift in her hand and left hurriedly. Surprised and confused, she opened her gift and found her old doll Suzie smiling back at her! There was also a note stuck to Suzie. ‘Merry Christmas, Fiona. Would you like to be Mrs Claus?” She noticed a small diamond ring on Suzie’s left hand. She lifted her head and saw Santa, with a rose in his hand. She saw the give away mole on Santa’s head that was a characteristic of Rahim’s features. Tears rolled down her was Rahim!

Rahim had made good use of the education sponsored by Fiona’s parents. Later, he pursued studies abroad through a scholarship. He was doing very well for himself. He had been looking for The Fernandez family after returning but was unable to find them. However, he knew how important the orphanage was and that they would be back for Christmas. He was always aware of his earnest love for Fiona right from the time she had selflessly given Suzie to him. So he decided to surprise them by being Santa.

Rahim requested them to pack their things, and move to the city with him. Rahim put his arms around her and hugged her tight, “Suzie did keep me warm, whenever I was sad. Now it’s my turn. Merry Christmas!”

Fiona’s heart melted with those words, and she knew that the warmth would keep them happy, ever after.




As a believer of 'live & let live', Debolina likes to enjoy the little things of life. As a person who enjoys reading, writing and interacting with people, she finds it exciting to write about emotions, experiences, stories, lifestyle, parenting, self-improvement, current affairs and pretty much everything that affects a common man's life. Debolina is an ex-HR and Corp. Comm. professional, wife to a wonderful husband, mother to a lovely daughter; and a freelance content, creative writer, content developer and blogger. She strives to ignite the power of thought with a whole new perspective. Debolina shares her thoughts at:

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