The Little Match-Seller, Christmas Tale

It was the day before Christmas and it was cold, very cold. In the middle of that terrible cold, there was a child who sold matches.

In her home they were very poor, and in that day she had not sold even one match box. So there was no money to bring home. She was very hungry and was very cold. So she sat in a corner, and from there she could see the Christmas lights, and hear other children's laughs while they were decorating the Christmas tree. She could also smell the turkey.

The child was there all alone, and no one cared about her. No one had noticed that there was a poor child dressed with rags, hungry and cold, in the Christmas Eve.

She was so cold that lighted a match to warm herself. But soon it went out, and she lighted another and another. Then, suddenly, her mother, that was in the Heaven for years, appeared wearing a white and beautiful dress.

The child stared her mother with emotion, and with tears in her eyes, said her: "Mom, why don't you take me with you?" And her mother smiled at her, took her and, and together, they went up through a long stairway surrounded by clouds.

The following day, some people saw that child, who sold matches. She seemed to be sleeping. But from that dream she would never wake up. In her face, there was a sweet smile.

With this famous tale by Hans Christian Andersen, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas. And remember that there are many match-sellers like the child of this tale in the world. There are many people that say they hate Christmas, and they say this when they actually don't lack of anything important.

Don't look to another side when you see people that are hungry and cold in the Christmas day. My wish is that we all could be happy and value what we have.

-Emma Alvarez-

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Sam said...

Sad tale that makes you think. Thanks.

Emma Alvarez said...

Sam, sad but true.


Happy Holidays, Emma!

Emma Alvarez said...

Merry Christmas Chessnoid!!!

Greeneyezz said...

A sad but beautiful story.

Thank you for sharing it.

I hope your holidays have been warm and filled with love.


Emma Alvarez said...

Thank you Greeneyezz :)

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