A Christmas Star Pt. 5

by Traci Van Wagoner

Part 5 of 5


Snow piled up on the windowsill, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the glowing star on top of our tree. It had to work. Papa had to see it.


Tick-tock, tick-tock. Almost eleven.


And then, I heard something.


A snort. A whinny.


The creak of wagon wheels and a whistle.


“It’s Papa!”


“I knew he would make it!” Jacob hollered.


We raced outside toward Papa’s bobbing lantern. I elbowed Jacob and grinned, “I knew you missed him.”


“Whoa!” Papa’s voice boomed. The horses stopped in a jangle of harnesses.


I flew into Papa’s arms. “I knew you would make it home.” I placed his little piece of luck into his cold hands. “I kept it with me always so I knew you would come back safe.”


Pa smiled. “I felt your warm thoughts clear on the other side of the mountain. And through the blustering wind at the summit. When I saw the star glowing in the window, I knew which way was home.”


As we walked back to the house, Pa reached into his pockets. “I brought you both something. It isn’t much, but I know you haven’t had one since last Christmas.”


He handed us each an orange as orange as the star shining brightly in our window, the star that guided Papa home.


I flew into Papa’s arms. “I knew you would make it home.”

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Thank you for joining me here. I hope you enjoyed my short story and are enjoying your Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to you all!




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