我的第一個聖誕節

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小時候家裡窮, 我最喜歡的遊戲就是自己一人騎著腳踏車毫無目地的壓馬路. 遇到紅燈, 向右轉, 綠燈就直走. 在1962年12月24日下午, 就這樣我到了林妙禎家. 妙禎邀請我晚上跟她去教堂. 〝今晚我們有個聖誕晚會, 〞她說.

吃完晚飯, 我興沖沖的跟妙禎到了教堂. 那時我才知道妙禎是教會裡青年合唱團的一員, 而旦當晚合唱團要表演幾首聖誕歌. 當我忙著看大家準備上台的時候, 妙禎跑去跟牧師說話. 不久他們來到我面前.

〝你等一下跟他們一起上台唱歌好嗎? 〞牧師問我.

〝可是我不會唱那些歌, 〞我輕輕說, 心裡真希望自已能跟他們一起上台.

〝不會唱沒關係. 跟著唱就行了, 〞牧師笑瞇瞇的說.

十分鐘後我站在台上, 手上的歌詞抖動著, 努力跟著大夥唱歌. 唱最後一條歌時, 妙禎和我另一旁的女孩抓住了我的手, 我覺得自已多麼幸福. 我向來是獨來獨往的, 那一天覺得不孤獨真好.

表演完後大家回到原來的房間, 每個人興奮說笑著, 幾個人仍哼著聖誕歌. 一位太太把準備好的一袋袋的糖果發給每人. 當她來到我面前時, 手上已經沒有糖果了. 〝怎麼少了一袋? 〞她問牧師.

〝我不是團員, 〞我趕緊解釋.

〝沒少. 沒少, 〞牧師說. 他隨手拿起一個空袋子, 走到每個團員前要每個人從自已的袋子裡拿出一些糖果放在新袋裡. 妙禎放了一把, 有個男孩幾乎把他所有的糖都倒出來了.

牧師把那袋糖放在我手裡. 〝聖誕快樂, 〞 他說,

我的心幾乎跳了出來. 除了壓歲錢, 我幾乎沒有收過任何禮物. 我 也從來沒有送禮物給我母親. 謝過他們以後, 我等不及回家, 就告訴妙禎我先走了.

我小心翼翼把那袋糖放進腳踏車籃子裡. 在黑夜中, 我拼命踩著單車, 彷彿聽到母親開心的笑聲.

聖誕快樂!

About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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4 Responses to 我的第一個聖誕節

  1. Amy says:

    Such a heartwarming story, Helen! Beautifully written!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Amy. I read all of your comments on the day you posted them and I was moved. Thank you. To be honest, I am debating if I should keep this one going since not many people read them anyway and the other blog keeps me busy enough. On one hand it makes sense to stop, but on the other hand quitting is not good… still thinking. ;-( Thank you so much, my friend. Helen

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      • Amy says:

        If you continue, this is a wonderful life journey that you could put into a book to share with your family and close friends. It would be a beautiful, precious gift. You are a writer! I love your writing and Susan’s too. 🙂

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      • Helen C says:

        Thanks, Amy. You are right, of course. I did save each piece in my “My Story” folder. 😉 I was hoping to collect some stories eventually.
        Susan is a good writer. I love her sense of humor. Thank you so much for introducing her to me!
        Have a great day! Helen is cheered up… 😉

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