It was Christmas Eve. We were staying at my Nana’s house in Cardiff. My sister and I were too excited to sleep. There were empty stockings at the end of our beds and presents wrapped in brightly coloured paper under the tree downstairs. Before we went to bed we left two mince pies and a glass of sherry in the porch. We may have left a carrot too.
Like most young children we couldn’t sleep. We were just too excited. We listened out for sleigh bells. We whispered to each other, we fought sleep with all we had.
Later, when the house was still and quiet, and my sister slept in the bed next to my own, I got up. I went to the window. I carefully pulled back the curtains and pressed my face against the cool glass.
And there he was. Father Christmas!
He was climbing across the roof of the house directly opposite my Nana’s. He wore a blue boiler suit, which I immediately realised was his special Welsh suit. He looked younger than I expected, and slimmer. I couldn’t see his sleigh, and there was no sign of reindeer whatsoever. But I knew it was him.
|He looked a little bit like this...|
I watched for a while as he continued to clamber across that roof and then, satisfied that I’d seen him, I went back to bed.
In the morning our stockings were full, we called out ‘He’s been! He’s been!’ and in all the excitement of tearing through paper and feasting on chocolate I forgot that I’d seen him.
When all the presents were open, and we’d eaten the gold coins and Satsumas, I told my family that I’d seen him, I’d seen Father Christmas…
And they laughed, and joked and agreed that Father Christmas would save his special blue suit for Wales.
I knew they didn’t believe me.
I can still picture it so clearly. Beads of condensation gathered on the window as I held my breath. A man in a blue boiler suit wobbled his way across the roof. My cold little toes curled beneath me and my heart raced under my pink flannel nighty.
I wonder who he was…
Did you ever catch a glimpse of Farther Christmas? Was he wearing blue? Do you reckon My Nana's neighbours were being burgled...?