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CHRISTMAS WHAT? A Short Story by Samu Batara

CHRISTMAS WHAT? A Short Story by Samu Batara

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A short story on the commercialization and materialistic spirit of Christmas
A short story on the commercialization and materialistic spirit of Christmas

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Published by: Samu Bata on Sep 03, 2010
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05/29/2014

 
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IG^HYQMOY UGOQ2
O Ygb~ Yb~xnx Yomp Noo~o '?870(N~oee/ H mpy goz` oiiha`follx a~bss`a g` soh~ bj yihyyb~y b g` jlbb~& Oy`ws`i`a, h ybl` o`fhbf&
“O~` xbp i~byy, Mofe ^pnx2” kbd`a Ybfho&
 
“Yg`‘y kpy hf o gp~~x b eb gbm`,” ibpf`~`a @a`f&
 
“G`~ mhfa mpy n` jlbohfe ybm`ug`~` n`xbfa g` nlp` y`o,” lopeg`a Kbx,
g`~ `x`y y`oahlx jhw`a b g`~ ub~dhfe gofay&
“H uhll, bj ibp~y`, n` o nlp`, nlp` Ig~hymoy uhgbp ghm,” Ixfgho
yheg`a,g`~ yheg yhll elp`a b g` sos`~ yg` uoy ip~lhfe&
“Xbp o~` o h
oeohf
,
H hf`fa`a b yio~` g`m uhg o go~yg zbhi`, np hp~f`a bp b n` o mp~mp~& H `w`~`a `w~o `jjb~ b igofe` mx johlhfe zbhi` oy H
y~`ig`a o ip i~`s` sos`~& “@fbpeg hy `fbpeg&”
 
“Fb/” Kbx
`
wilohm`a& “U` iof‘
 l`oz` ghy pfabf`
&”
 
“Abf‘ sbysbf` jb~ bmb~~bu ugo xbp iof ab baox,” g` s~bz`~nhol
 Ixfgho ~`ih`a&
H g~`u mx eo{` ps g` hidhfe ilbid bf g` uoll& “Jhj``f mb~` mhfp`y ofaH mpy eb,” H a`ilo~`a&
 
“Mofe ^pnx, sl`oy`,” h uoy Ybfho sl`oahfe& “U` ubf‘ n` z`~x sbsplo~ bMo‘om hj yg` jhfay ghy pfjhfhyg`a ug`f yg` p~fy ps hf g` mb~fhfe&”
 
“H l`oz` xbp jbp~ b slox uhg g` jhfhyghfe bpig`y,” H s`~yhy`a& “H‘y
yhmsl`~ b ab gof osslxhfe mod`-
psy bf xbp~ joi`y&”
 
“Hj xbp ibmso~` ghy bf` uhg g` `f~x bj g` Ibmm`~i` A`so~m`f, g
hy
ab`yf‘ ibm` b o gh~a,” kpae`a Ixfgho&“Bflx of fg bj g` gheg yigbbl‘y n`,” g` mog`mohihof @a`f oaa`a&
 
“Xbp iof ub~d oll fheg b a`ib~o` h,”
H ybpfa`a, ghy hm`, mb~` lhd` o
mbg`~ oyyp~hfe g`~ dhay& “
Jhll h b g` jpll`y, yb b ys`od, uhg xbp~ o~hyhi
s`~ybfolhh`y&”
 
“Xbp s~`x u`ll dfbu, Mofe ^pnx,”
@a`f joi`a m` uhg yg~peehfe o~my&
“Uhgbp xbp o~bpfa, u` uhll kpy n` lopeghfe o `oig bg`~‘y ub~d oeohf&”
 H uoy qphidlx ~`mhfa`a bj g` go~a joi go g` Ig~hymoy ~`` u` u`~`n`ophjxhfe goa n``f yo~`a ub u``dy noid& Pfyohyjh`a uhg g` a~oe, g`
 
>
@apiohbf A`so~m`f G`oa yhfel`a m` bp b l`oa g`y` jbp~ loax ypa`fy be` g` ~`` ~`oax jb~ g` jb~gibmhfe Ig~hymoy s~be~om jb~ g` ugbl` ibll`e`&So~ bj ughig hy o Ig~hymoy ~`` ofa lof`~f ibf`y b n` so~hihso`a hf nx olla`so~m`fy&Yp~` `fbpeg, g` l`yy`~ fpmn`~ bj gofay s~bapi`a qphid`~ ~`yply&^`ihsh`f bj olmby o gbpyofa s`yby bj `ws`fy`y, bp~ `f~x uoy o i`~ohf uhff`~&Oll go uoy l`j b ahyipyy o g` a`
so~m`f‘y m``hfe uoy g` ypa`fy‘
ibf~hnphbf buo~ay gbysholhx b m`mn`~y bj g` nbo~a bj kpae`y ofa bg`~ep`yy o`fahfe g` s~be~om& H ubpla yhll goz` b ibb~ahfo` uhg g` m`fypa`fy oyyhef`a b s~`so~` ub `f~h`y j~bm bp~ a`so~m`f b g` lof`~fibf`y sb~hbf&
“Ab xbp goss`f b dfbu hj g` bla nbxy goz` moa` bp~ lof`~fy2” H oyd`a
fb bf` hf so~hiplo~&
“Xbp uhll goz` b ub~d uhg g`m
,
bb,” o ap` b~ ~og`~ o igb~py&
 
“H‘ll ig`id uhg g`m bmb~~bu oj`~ bp~ a`so~m`f m``hfe,” H s~b
mhy`a&
“Oy jo~ oy H‘m ouo~`, g`x goz` fb abf` o ghfe,” uo~f`a Kbx&
 
“Fbf` bj g` nbxy goy ibf~hnp`a buo~ay mo`~holy jb~ g` lof`~fy,”
@a`f ep`yy`a&
“H ygbpla goz` n``f n``~ b goz` g` Ig~hymoy ~`` ofa g` lof`~fy
abf` kbhflx gof oyyhefhfe
bf` b g` ubm`f ofa g` bg`~ b g` m`f,” H
mp`~`a hf a`ys`~ohbf&
“Ig``~ xbp ps, Mofe ^pnx,”
 
h uoy Kbx oeohf& “O l`oy, u` o~` yp~` b uhfuhg bp~ ~``&”“Abf‘ ibpf ighid`fy nx g` fpmn`~ bj `eey,” Ixfgho eb g`~ s~bz`~n
u~bfelx yo`a ghy hm`&
“Yhy`~y, H ~`ollx goz` b eb,” H s~bfbpfi`a mx zol`ahihbf& “
Qg` loy ~hs b
bp~ sloi` l`oz`y hf `f mhfp`y&”
 
“Xbp iof yl``s
 
uhg py o bp~ nbo~ahfe gbpy`, kpy jb~ bfi`,” bjj`~`a
Ixfgho&
“Qgofd xbp, np go‘y bp bj g` qp`yhbf,” H a`ilo~`a& “Mx
yu`` lhl`
ao~lhfey uhll ub~~x b a`og uohhfe jb~ g`h~ ypa`f mbm&”
 
“Gbu mofx goz` xbp moa`2” Ybfho kbdhfelx oyd`a&
 
“Yg`‘y eb ub,” n~boaioy @a`f& “O gofaybm`
s~hfi` ofa o y~hdhfe
n`opx&”
 
“Qg` dhfe ubplaf‘ n` sl`oy`a b mhyy g`~ qp``f bb,” Ybf
ho lopeg`a&
“Mofe Kpf hy of BIU,” @a`f ~`slh`a& “Qg` mbg`~
-hf-lou yoxy uhg g`m
ofa lbbdy oj`~ g` dhay ug`f Mofe ^pnx hy fb gbm`&”
 
 
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“Qgo bshi hy fb go hmsb~of b xbp, a`o~ j~h`fay,” H offbpfi`a oy H
y`ss`a bp bj g` Ibll`e` bj @apiohbf bjjhi`&O j`u nbbdy hf mx `mn~oi` ofa o ygbpla`~ noe aofelhfe nx mx yha`, H ~ofabuf g` uhfahfe yoh~ioy`& Oy qphidlx oy H oss`o~`a, g` eo` epo~a jloee`a
abuf o ~hixil` jb~ m` ofa ygbp`a, “Yblybfo&”
 
“Qgofd xbp, Eb~abf,” H yoha
oy H iom` b g` g`o~hfe bj g` epo~a&
“Qgo‘y ol~heg, ^pnx,” g` yoha& “^`m`mn`~ mx Ig~hymoy ehj&”
 
“H‘y fb Ig~hymoy x`,” H ~`slh`a& “Xbp ygbpla ibm` io~blhfe
o gbm` b
ibll`i h&”
 
“Hy Kpf nx igofi` gbm` ghy Ig~hymoy2”
g` qp`~h`a&
“Fb o ylhm igofi`,” H ygbbd mx g`oa oy H lbu`~`a mx
g`oa ofa y`ss`a
hfb g` yha`io~& “G`‘y bflx abf` ub x`o~y bj o g~``
-x`o~ ibf~oi&
“G` s~bmhy`a m` o Ig~hymoy s~`y`f ug`f g` l`j jb~ Yopah,” H yhll g`o~a
ghm ygbp oy g` ~hixil` ~`zz`a hy `fehf` ouox&Eb~abf ofa Kpf u`~` f`w b npaah`y ug`f nbg mx gpynofa ofa H u`~``o~lh`~ `f~bll`a hf Jh~y X`o~ NY@a& Kpf y``m`a b u`o~ hfzhyhnhlhx ilbody ofa~ofyi`fa g` eo`y g`f `z`f ug`f g` uoy fb hf ypa`f pfhjb~m&Qgo uoy o a`ioa` b~ yb oeb& Kpf ofa H u`~` kpy y`oax, oy bg`~ oamh~`~ybj mhf` a`yi~hn`a h& Np g` moehi bj Ig~hymoy mpy goz` ioy g` ys`ll psbfm`& Kpf` lozhyg`a m` uhg `ws`fyhz` ehjy& Ofa oj`~ go z`~x m`mb~onl`Ig~hymoy noll jb~ @apiohbf ypa`fy, H ibpla fb kpy ~`yhy ug`f g` oyd`a m`, oymx s~`y`f b ghm, b ys`fa g` ~`y bj g` fheg uhg ghm hf o f`o~nx lbae`&Hj bflx mx uhy` j~h`fa Ixfgho uoy g`~` b ys`ll bp jb~ m` g` yoxhfe go~`e~`y oluoxy ibm` loy& Fb go H ~`e~` n`hfe mo~~h`a b Kpf& G` goy n``f oz`~x ~`ysbfyhnl` gpynofa ofa jog`~& Np u` ibpla goz` sbysbf`a g`s~`mop~` h` ps b ollbu py b ibmsl`` g` ibp~y`y u` goa kpy g`f yo~`a&Qg` kbp~f`x bj mx gbpegy b h~~`z`~yhnl` nxebf`y uoy hf`~~ps`a ug`f
g` a~hz`~ n~bpeg g` ~hixil` b o gol ofa yoha, “Xbp~ ~ha` mpy goz` a`so~`a,Mo‘om&”
 
“H mpy goz` ebf` jb~ o jhll bj jp`l… Qgofd xbp&” H bjj`~`a
ghm o ibpsl` bj ibhfy ofa n~bpeg o jbb abuf b g` e~bpfa&
“Gbu onbp mx Ig~hymoy, Mo‘om2” g` ixilhy no~eohf`a&“Goz` o m`~~x Ig~hymoy, ao~lhfe,” H ybpfa`a oy yu`` oy H ibpla ofa lbbd`
ao~bpfa jb~ jomhlho~ joi`y& Bnzhbpylx g`~` u`~` bg`~y ugb goa pypollx ~oz`ll`auhg m` hf go loy ~hs jb~ `oig aox b bp~ zhlloe`, g` ~`mb` no~~hb bj Yblybfo
ioll`a Noenoe& Qg` ~hs goa f`z`~ l`j `o~lh`~ gof :;33 b‘ilbid&
 

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