#FF — The Christmas Gift

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Six-year-old Princess Mina had little interest in the outside world. Her nose was stuck in books much of the time. Indifferent to pretty dresses and tea parties, Queen Gigi was getting worried.

Christmas Eve’s family gathering reconvened in the drawing room after dinner. Uncle Alfie stood near the fireplace and did his annual recitation. This year it was an anonymous poem from the Troy Sentinel, about a jolly man in red who delivers gifts through the air with a team of reindeer. Little Mina’s eyes lit up. Clapping her hands, she announced, “I want a flying sleigh and reindeer!”

[99 words]

Learn more about the authorship of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” here.

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53 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    awesome story ❤ ❤

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    How sad that Mina is captivated by a fairy tale. I hope she never ascends the throne

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe giving back to the poor is what captivates her? Time will tell. If so, I hope she does!

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  3. Sadje says:

    Aww, sweet story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  4. Dale says:

    That was delightful. I like to think Princess Mina wants the sleigh for good reasons 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks much, Dale.

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  5. That’s good as long as it doesn’t ever turn into a pumpkin at midnight

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  6. athling2001 says:

    Great take on the prompt. I love it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Athling, so glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you.

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  7. A delightful story Lisa, and I’m so pleased I followed the link. Fascinating!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Keith! I always thought it was Clement but when I went searching for the author I came across that article.

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  8. James McEwan says:

    and Princess Mina shall have whatever she wants.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The Royal Family can’t take a chance their daughter will be a bookworm, so yes 🙂

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  9. SelmaMartin says:

    That little princess has her priorities straight.
    And now, thanks to Uncle, we know what she wants.
    Nice story in 99 words. Adorable. Thanks.

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  10. Dear Lisa,

    Princess or no, Mina is only six-years-old. Sweet story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you and glad you liked it 🙂
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  11. Michael says:

    I am sad for Father Christmas, delivering modern electrical Christmas gifts can not be the same as filling stockings with nuts and fruit.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You know, Michael, I do also. At some point Santa will be but an emoji and a memory.

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  12. plaridel says:

    twas a night before christmas for the little princess indeed. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I get a sense you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and your comment, Plaridel.

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  13. draliman says:

    If a sleigh and flying reindeer is what it takes, make it happen!

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  14. Sandra says:

    Nothing wrong in aiming high. Delightful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Sandra, agree 🙂

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  15. Vartika says:

    Sweet story… Lovely..😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Vartika, thank you 🙂

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  16. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Nice story Lisa…I’ll take that also.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max 🙂

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    I like the way you set the scene with Princess Mina drifting around with her nose in a book all the time.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Penny 🙂

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  18. Bear says:

    That was beautiful beyond words beautiful! I’m not particularly fond of the that funny fat man in the red suit, nor the greed that he’s come to represent in modern society.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bear! I understand about the fat white man in the suit that watches you and rewards you if you’re obedient. I like what I think Mina has in mind, which is being a mini Robin Hood 🙂

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      1. Bear says:

        Go to YouTube and search for ‘the smokehole of our teepee” a bit of native funny concerning santa

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Just listened to it. I love it and easy to remember. Guess what I’ll be singing this Christmas.

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          1. Bear says:

            Great! I’ve got another recruit! LOL!

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      2. Bear says:

        Sorry. ” stuck in the smokehole of our teepee”

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  19. GHLearner says:

    What a lovely story, Lisa. And in the end Mama can be happy that Mina is just a normal child. Who wouldn’t want a sleigh with flying reindeers?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I love your take on it, Gah, thank you.

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  20. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    Her heart’s in the right place. I hope her mother sees that.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, I think she does. I’m glad something pulled her out of her books. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  21. Lorraine says:

    Hope she gets her flying reindeer license in time for the next Christmas run. Unless, she wants to help the Great Pumpkin in October?

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  22. One step at a time for Princess Mina, she has stepped into a fairy tale, next step the wider world maybe ?

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  23. Laurie Bell says:

    Ah, she loves a good story. Nothing wrong with that methinks!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed! Thank you for reading and your comment.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Neel 🙂

      Like

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