Chapter Twenty-Five: Christmas
It had been a long time since Jim had an old fashioned Christmas like this. He had vague memories of his very early childhood with Sam and his mom. But those had long since faded. They were only brief snapshots in the mind now.
Last Christmas, his mother had already been quite ill and it was hard to be festive and celebrate anything. He’d tried for Lily, but fortunately she had been young enough she cared mostly about the paper than the meager presents he’d given her.
He had vowed then that this Christmas would be different for both of them, but then he’d lost his job, and it had looked bleak again.
If there was such thing as a Christmas miracle, Jim had experienced it.
They all got up early, of course.
Lily could hardly contain herself to wait and really, Jim was like a big kid himself. Only Spock came down much more sedately.
While Lily ran around the house noticing that Santa had eaten her cookies and drank her milk, Jim took the coffee Spock had made him gratefully.
A few years back his mother had given him one of those Christmas sweaters. It had a reindeer on the front that looked more like a moose really, with a string of lights hanging off his antlers. They lit up with some battery hidden in the material. He hadn’t worn it last year because as before it hadn’t been a very festive year last year, but he’d put it on this time, and was delighted by the eyebrow raise it had elicited from Spock.
“Daddy! Daddy! Santa was here!”
Jim grinned. “I know. Let’s go see what you got.”
They ran to the living room, well Lily did, Jim and Spock followed at a far slower pace, and Lily saw the pink and purple bike waiting there. She squealed with delight.
As Jim watched her fuss over the gift, his gaze strayed to his stocking hung by the chimney. Not so much with care as it was quite crooked.
But the thing that Jim noticed was that some sort of paper now stuck out of his stocking. One that had not been there when he and Spock went to bed.
With a frown, Jim went over to his stocking even as Lily started tearing through the wrapping paper of her other presents.
He pulled out the paper, unfolded it, and stared.
It was the deed to the farmhouse and it had been stamped PAID. It was all in his name.
Spock walked over to him. “Is something wrong?”
Jim waved the paper. “Do you know anything about this?”
“What is it?”
“The deed to the house. It says it’s all paid off but…Spock, did you do this?”
Spock shook his head. “I did not.”
“Are you sure? Because it wasn’t there last night and…”
“Jim, I am sure. Vulcans do not lie. I had nothing to do with that paper or paying off your house.”
“Well. What the hell?” Jim glanced at Lily. “Angel, can you come here a second?”
Lily reluctantly left the coloring book she had been leafing through to come to where he and Spock stood by the stockings.
Jim bent down and scooped her up so that she was relatively eye level with the two of them.
“Do you know who put these papers in Daddy’s stocking.”
“Uh. Yeah. Not Santa. Really, who put them there?”
Lily scrunched up her face. “Santa, Daddy.”
Jim shook his head. “Did someone tell you to put them in Daddy’s stocking?”
“Okay.” He exhaled. “Did you see who did then?”
“No, Daddy. But it was Santa.”
“Jim,” Spock said softly. “It seems clear that Lily does not know where they came from either other than Santa Claus. As you know, you put her to bed yourself.”
Spock was right. But still.
There was no Santa. Well, other than Jim himself. So…
“Angel, was this the wish you wanted for Daddy? The one on your list?”
Lily smiled. “No, Daddy.”
“Did Daddy get the present you wanted for him from Santa?” Jim asked then.
Lily pointed to Spock, smiled and nodded.
Jim laughed. “You asked for Spock?”
“I asked Santa for a present to make Daddy happy. And he gave you Spock.”
Jim grinned as he looked toward Spock. “Yeah I guess he did. Santa’s awesome.”
“Okay, sweetie. Spock and I happen to know about a present from Santa that’s going to make you very happy. So why don’t we get it for you?”
Jim put his wiggly excited daughter down, but then turned quickly to Spock. “I meant that, by the way.”
“If you’re my gift from Santa I must have been very very good.” He leaned in and thoroughly kissed Spock. Then he held up the papers again. “I don’t know who’s behind this and maybe the idea someone was in the house without us knowing should freak me out, but…I thought I was going to have to sell this place when we went to San Francisco. And now? Having this place for my daughter someday?”
“Very good news.”
“Yeah. And it sure looks legit.”
“Then it probably is, Jim. Whoever is behind it, wanted it to be in the spirit of Santa, so perhaps, we should just view it that way and be thankful.”
Jim nodded. “You’re right. Let’s get that present.”
He led Lily over to the wrapped cat accessories while Spock went up to Jim’s bedroom to fetch the cat carrier which held the little orange ball of fluff.
Jim sat on the floor next to Lily as she tore open the paper on a litter box and scoop. He withheld a laugh when he could see how confused she was. Then she opened a pet bed. And then finally, a bag of kitten food.
Then Spock arrived and placed the carrier in front of her. He opened the cat carrier and the kitten tumbled out.
Lily clapped with glee. “A kitty!”
Okay, those totally weren’t tears in his eyes, Jim swore.
Spock knelt down next to him and Jim knew that Spock’s dark eyes didn’t look extra moist either. No way.
They shared a look. Of love. Of happiness. Of the future.
And somewhere sleigh bells jingled, but Jim was sure he must have imagined them.
December 25, 2020 at 3:25 am
A Christmas miracle indeed! Perfect and lovely and so much love. Santa IS awesome!
Amazing Christmas story. It’s been the highlight of my month. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. And these three. Awesome!
Merry Christmas my friend!
December 25, 2020 at 10:26 pm
Santa really is awesome
and so ends my Hallmark experiment!
December 25, 2020 at 4:41 am
This story is our Christmas miracle. And you were so right about how we’d enjoy the ending. The farm paid off. By Santa of course. Just adorable.
Thank you so much. I don’t even see how you meter it out to make it work for 25 days exactly. That’s amazing.
Lily pointing to Spock. And just wanting her Daddy to be happy. Looks like everyone got what they wanted for Christmas…and a little (a lot) more. Reminds me of a line from “Fools Rush In”: You’re everything I never knew I always wanted.
Sweet sweet Christmas present to us all.
And Merry Christmas to you also. Have a beautiful and safe day and remainder of this holiday season. No breaking glass and cutting your hand. Or any of that nonsense! 😁
December 25, 2020 at 10:25 pm
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Hope you got to see your family
I am so glad you enjoyed reading this, thank you
December 25, 2020 at 6:34 am
A real Christmas miracle indeed. The farm paid off by Santa, what a perfect ending to an already brilliant story. And what a wonderful wish Lily had for her father – something to make him happy. I don’t think she realizes how perfect that present turned out to be.
What a brilliant, wonderful Christmas story. It has been my highlight this month. Thank you very much for lightening up the days leading up to Christmas. I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful day and rest of this holiday season!
December 25, 2020 at 10:23 pm
thank you so much
December 25, 2020 at 10:38 am
Thank you for this sweet story! Will there be a sequel telling the story of them moving on to Starfleet Academy?
December 25, 2020 at 10:23 pm
Thanks for reading. I have no intentions to write a sequel, thanks for the thought though
December 25, 2020 at 2:57 pm
This was so perfect and lovely!
They all had a wonderful Christmas 🙂
Thank you for sharing!!
December 25, 2020 at 10:22 pm
December 26, 2020 at 11:12 am
I loved this ending! A true Christmas miracle. I’m thinking Santa is Q. 🤷🏻♀️ Sweet little Lily got her Christmas wishes. It’s so sweet that she wished for her Daddy to get a present that would make him happy. 💕 Santa definitely got that right! This story has been so lovely to look forward to each day leading up to Christmas! Thank you for sharing it!
Have a wonderful Holiday season.
December 26, 2020 at 12:06 pm
You are welcome thank you and happy new year