Natalie’s parents worked away from home and all she wanted was to spend Christmas with them. After making a wish to Santa and with the help of a grocery store cashier, her dream came true.
Julian was brought up in a modest household by parents who both worked as low-ranking civil servants. He aspired to go to college, but his parents could not afford to pay for him.
So he left home and got a job as a grocery store cashier to save what little he could for college. Her parents’ inability to invest in her dreams caused a rift between them.
Julian didn’t understand that they honestly couldn’t afford it and resented them for their lack of confidence in him. He resorted to going out on his own and making his own way.
While he missed his parents, what really broke his heart was not seeing his younger sister, whom he adored dearly. It had been a few years since he had been home, and as Christmas was approaching, she was beginning to miss him.
One day while working, he noticed a young girl, Natalie, struggling with a lot of errands.
Natalie was ten, about the same age as Julian’s sister.
Julian had often seen her shopping alone but had never bothered to ask why such a young girl was always shopping.
As he watched the girl fuss with the grocery bags, something inside him urged him to help her. He felt sorry for her and couldn’t ignore her strong resemblance to his sister. He told his manager he was going to take a break and ran off to help the girl.
” Hey ! You need help ? he shouted as he ran towards Natalie.
“Thank you very much sir!” Natalie said gracefully. Julian grabbed the bags and they headed for his house.
“I often see you coming to the store. What’s your name?” Julian asked.
“I see you too. I’m Natalie,” she said.
“They work on a farm out of town, about 150 miles from here. They don’t have a car, so I’m alone most of the time.”
“Oh, well. Nice to meet you, Natalie. My name is Julian. You know, I have a little sister about your age,” Julian said with a friendly smile.
“Oh, that’s good. Where is she? Maybe we could play together,” Natalie chirped.
“That would be nice. But she’s not here, she’s living at home with my parents,” Julian said before pausing for a long time. Then he finally asked, “Where are your parents, Natalie?” I mean, it’s kind of unusual for a little girl like you to handle all this responsibility on her own.
“They’re not there. But I see them sometimes,” Natalie said as she unlocked the door to her house. When they entered, Julian was shocked that the little girl seemed to be all alone.
“When you say they’re not here… what do you mean? Where are they?” Julian asked, worried as he watched Natalie unpack the groceries. The place looked like a mess. It was clear there was no adult supervision in Natalie’s house, at least not recently.
“Well, yes. I think I’ll be with my family for Christmas. Christmas miracles happen, Julian! I asked Santa to spend Christmas with my parents, so I’m going to cook them a nice Christmas dinner .”
“They work on a farm out of town, about 150 miles from here. They don’t have a car, so I’m alone most of the time,” Natalie said dejectedly.
“Oh,” Julian sighed, feeling sorry for the girl.
“I’m fine. My neighbor often takes care of me. But he won’t be able to come this Christmas because his family is coming. I’ll be all alone,” a dejected Natalie said.
“I’m sorry to hear that,” Julian replied.
“I am not! Do you believe in Christmas miracles? Natalie asked cheerfully, her mood changing abruptly.
“Uh…Honestly, Natalie. I don’t know if that’s the case,” Julian confessed.
“Well, yes. I believe I’ll be with my family for Christmas. Christmas miracles happen, Julian! I asked Santa to spend Christmas with my parents, so I’m going to cook them a lovely Christmas dinner “, said Natalie. in complete confidence.
The little girl’s words touched Julian.
Life had taught him that miracles don’t happen by themselves.
You have to chart your own path. If they had, he would have been in college by now.
Julian left Natalie’s house, and all night he couldn’t get her out of his head. He loved the girl and ardently wanted to help her, but he didn’t know how.
The next day he went to Natalie’s after work to check on her. He inquired about her parents and she told him where they worked. He knew the place. Some of the local suppliers came from the same farm.
He thought he would talk to his manager and try to find a way to communicate with Natalie’s parents. The next day, he asked his manager to borrow his truck so he could speak with Natalie.
Julian managed to convince his manager by promising to return with this week’s supply of vegetables and fruit, thus reducing the company’s costs. His manager agreed and he was on his way to the farm the next day.
After talking to the store supplier and the farm owner, he was able to track down Natalie’s parents. He told them he had transportation to take them home for Christmas.
They explained that even if they wanted to, they couldn’t go. They were still working on Christmas Day and their boss wouldn’t let them go.
At this point, Julian began to lose hope. It was Christmas Eve, and it was his only chance. As he sat in the truck, ready to drive home, he thought of Natalie, then of his sister. Then he realized he was too close to give up now.
If Christmas miracles really existed, now was the time to find out. He called his manager and asked if he could use the truck again in the coming week. His manager told him that his businesses weren’t operational for the holiday season so Julian could use it.
Julian convinced the farm owner to allow Natalie’s parents to leave for Christmas. He struck a deal with him, assuring him that he would make next week’s deliveries for free if Natalie’s parents could get Christmas Day.
Natalie’s parents were delighted to learn that they would all be together for Christmas. They immediately packed their bags, said goodbye and hit the road.
The next day, Natalie woke up to find a Christmas tree with presents. She didn’t understand what was happening and immediately started unwrapping presents. She saw a note that said, “From Mom, Dad and your Secret Santa.”
Suddenly her parents slipped behind the kitchen wall singing Christmas carols. Natalie was delighted to see her parents again.
” You succeeded ! Thank you, Santa Claus! the little girl said in tears as she rushed over to hug them.
“We’ve missed you so much, little girl. Luckily, you have your own personal Santa who made it all possible. And he’ll be joining us for Christmas lunch today,” Natalie’s dad said, gesturing to the door.
“Personal Santa?” Natalie asked, completely confused. Just then, Julian came in dressed in a Santa Claus costume.
“Julian!” Natalie cried as she ran to kiss him.
That day, they all spent Christmas together. The moment was so emotional for Julian that by the end of the night he had contacted his own family and planned to see them in the coming weeks.
What can we learn from this story?
- Miracles happen. Not only Julian managed to perform a miracle for Natalie. But, in a way, Julian helping Natalie miraculously helped him mend his own relationship with his family.
- Never give up. Julian faced a number of obstacles in his attempt to fulfill Natalie’s dream. However, his resilience helped him complete his mission.
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