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FF – It’s Christmas!

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dale Rogerson.

Copyright Dale Rogerson

It’s Christmas!

Lights, colours, buying gifts.

It’s Christmas!

Boisterous antics, late nights at the pub.

It’s Christmas!

Bringing home the tree, hanging the decorations.

It’s Christmas!

Even Baz had treated himself. An extra couple of newspapers padded his sleeping bag and he’d pulled it below the overpass to keep out of the worst of the snow. He wasn’t supposed to be under here, but he knew he’d be okay for a week, no-one would move him on until January, because…

It’s Christmas.

  1. December 30, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Deck the sleeping bag with piles of paper……..How sad that this is still a reality!

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  2. December 30, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    It’s appalling how many people are homeless in wealthy countries. Instead of billions spent on 8 minutes in space, some of that money should help people on this planet.

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    • December 31, 2021 at 11:16 am

      For sure. I heard on the news this week that some kids are turning up to school tired because their parents can’t afford furniture.

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  3. December 30, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    I like the deliberately hollow jollity to this

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  4. December 31, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Yes. This. The contradiction between what’s happening in the world and the meaning of Christmas becomes sharper every year.

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  5. December 31, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    We each have our own way to celebrate, even those less fortunate than most.

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  6. December 31, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, that carries a punch, Ali. Powerful writing about a real evil in our society.

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    • January 2, 2022 at 7:36 am

      Thanks 🙂 “Evil” is a good word to describe it.

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  7. December 31, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    that’s sad. when i visited norway, the 6th richest country in the world, i was surprised to find homeless people living on the streets. i later learned it was by choice for some of them. the government does provide housing where they could stay.

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    • January 2, 2022 at 7:37 am

      Yes, I’ve known one or two people who were on the streets by choice. Most aren’t though in this country.

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  8. December 31, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    You have portrayed reality all too well, Alistair! I agree with Penny. Very powerful writing.

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    • January 2, 2022 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  9. December 31, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    This could be the alternate ending to A Christmas Carol if Scrooge had only told the Ghost of Christmas Future where he could get off. I hope Baz…. er, Bob gave Tiny Tim one of those extra newspapers…

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    • January 2, 2022 at 7:40 am

      Such a wuss, that Scrooge, blindly going along with those ghosts.

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  10. December 31, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Dear Ali,

    You stepped away from your normal comedy and packed a powerful punch. Thought provoking and well done.

    Shalom and Happy New Year,

    Rochelle

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    • January 2, 2022 at 7:40 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks, and Happy New Year 🙂
      Ali

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  11. January 1, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Oh the cruel irony of the homeless person curled up and shivering “safely” under the underpass only because law enforcement is busy having a grand time celebrating the “holy” holiday and so temporarily can’t get back to the business of night-sticking the vulnerable. I don’t just blame the police, as they are only the direct interface between a government and its governed.

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  12. January 1, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Very poignant.

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  13. January 2, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Nothing is better than a bit of extra padding just because it’s Christmas. Well done. 🙂

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  14. January 2, 2022 at 10:12 am

    What a great lesson in the writing, Draliman. Hope a lot people will notice even when it’s not Christmas🎄Extra Pawkisses🐾😽💞

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  15. January 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Such well-expressed irony. Excellently done.

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  16. January 3, 2022 at 3:53 am

    Only good will to others when it doesn’t count. Sad… and hypocritical of society.

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  17. Michael Humphris
    January 3, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    A sad reminder of the down side to Christmas,

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  18. January 3, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    A sad reality.

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