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A Christmas Remembered
by Jan Oscar Hansen
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Day before Christmas, it was cold and we walked down
to the harbour to buy a tree and I remember the sea
that slapped against the dock was apple green and foamy.

Mother bought a tree, for next to nothing, since its top
was broken and it looked like a rejected child that waited
for a car to come pick it up and bring it to the orphanage.
By putting the tree on top of the dinner table and a star
and a bit of glitter it looked nice in a child’s eye.
 
Mother was angry we didn’t know why, and went to bed.
We children sat on the floor and ate lukewarm rice pudding
and there was nothing under the tree. Mother got up told
us to dress and we walked to my uncle’s house. At first he
didn’t want to let her in, but when he saw us children he
opened the door. We had plenty to eat although my aunt
had a sour mien. But happy we walked home and thought
we had had a splendid Christmas.
 

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August 31, 2012
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