The [Hanukkah] Christmas Wish
by Peggy Gerber
Hanukkah had always been Sofia’s favorite holiday, so Rachel became alarmed when her daughter burst into tears while lighting the menorah. Sofia sobbed, “Everyone at school celebrates Christmas, and I feel so left out. I wish, just for once, we could celebrate Christmas too.”
Rachel closed her eyes, momentarily lost in thought. She knew exactly how her daughter felt. She said, “Sofia, just for fun, let’s write a list of all your Christmas wishes.”
Sofia dried her tears and said, “Well, I want to sit on Santa’s lap, buy and decorate a Christmas tree, and sing Christmas carols.”
The next morning, Rachel woke her daughter with a smile and said, “Wish granted.” Sofia sprang out of bed, and soon she and her parents were on their way to the mall. Their first stop was Santa’s workshop, and Sofia’s face glowed as she climbed onto Santa’s lap. Next, it was off to Shop-Mart where Sofia picked out the shiniest ornaments and decorations. Afterwards, they went to the toy department and Rachel told Sofia, “This year, Daddy and I didn’t buy each other Hanukkah presents. We are using that money to buy gifts for kids at the homeless shelter.”
Sofia furrowed her brows and asked, “Is it okay if I use my Hanukkah money from Grandma to buy some presents too?”
Tears came to Rachel’s eyes as she embraced her daughter.
After the mall, they bought a Christmas tree, and delivered it to the homeless shelter. Sofia helped the children decorate the tree, and put the gifts from her family underneath. Once they finished decorating, the kids came together and sang Christmas carols.
When they returned home, Sofia said, “This was the best day ever. Could we do this every year?”
Rachel nodded yes, and they lit the Hanukkah candles.
Peggy Gerber is a poet and short story writer from New Jersey who can’t resist entering Umair’s micro fiction contests. Her stories and poems have appeared in many publications including Potato Soup Journal, Daily Science Fiction, Terror House Magazine, 101words.org, and many others.