A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember

A Story by Jay Ligda

This is a cute little short story that I thought of on Christmas morning, 2011.


William was a little nervous about Christmas this year.  He did not have enough money to spend on gifts so he did what he thought was best.  Books, after all are something people usually only read once, then they just sit in the shelf.  Two weeks is about all the life span of a book!  So, while this seemed like a good idea at the time, now that it was Christmas morning he was not so sure.

He was very happy with the selection of books he had to choose from.  He thought carefully what everyone in his family would like and hand picked a book from the enormous selection that was available … so many to choose from.  While he researched each one with care well in advance, he waited until Christmas Eve day to pick them up to make the best use of the time.

The gifts were all passed out with everyone sitting in a circle around the living room with their pile of gifts.  The usual tradition of everyone in the family taking turns opening gifts in a clockwise direction was underway.  Two whole rounds passed before anyone picked up one of his gifts to open.  His father was the first.

His heart started pounding as adrenaline began to course through his body.  He started to doubt it was a good idea at all and kind of wished he stayed home or went caroling at the hospital instead.  Why did it have to be his father to open the first one … the man whose approval meant the most to him!

As an avid golfer his father loved the history book of golf in the USA.  His smile was big as he flipped through the pages.  Obviously it was a used book, but that did not matter too much to him.  He knew his son had been struggling financially in the latest economic down turn.  But then he noticed the number on the binding and then the bar code.  His smile quickly turned to a concerned frown as he opened the front cover, “Property of the South City Public Library.”

“What?” his father questioned, “what is this?” he turned to William.  “It’s a book from the library,” William replied as his voice started to quiver.  “I didn’t have enough money for gifts so …,” He stopped explaining when his sister was the first to chuckle.  Everyone dug through their pile of gifts, breaking the sequence of turn taking and opened theirs immediately.  Every single one while carefully thought out for each recipient was a library book.  The laughter filled the room, Cousin Billy was laughing so hard he was on the floor holding his belly.

William was thoroughly embarrassed, but also felt a little joy knowing he brought this laughter to the family for Christmas.  This will be one to remember.  As the laughter died down to a point his voice could be heard, albeit with a yell, he shouted, “There is a due date in the back, please make sure you read it and return it by then.”

Then he began to wonder if they would return them so he wouldn’t get stuck with a lofty fine.  Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all.  Except Cousin Elise … he knew he could count on her.  She usually returns everyone’s gifts.

© 2011 Jay Ligda

Author's Note

Jay Ligda
Two things: 1) I don't know if I could have a catchier title than "A Christmas to Remember." 2) I hint a couple of times what the Christmas gift is in the beginning, but don't know if I give it away. It should be that when they read the two hints they think it strange and then when they find out what the gifts are they remember the hints as everything snaps into place.

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Added on December 27, 2011
Last Updated on December 27, 2011


Jay Ligda
Jay Ligda

San Francisco, CA

I mainly write as a way to clear my mind of unwanted thoughts. Most of it is too personal or rough to publish here, but here is some that I polished up to share. more..