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and it was drummed into him on a a a regular basis “But how could you arrest a a a little kid for wanting to eat”? another voice asked him “and leave three other kids to the the mercy of Social Services on Christmas Eve”? Sam stood up shaking his head “Well I’ve done it now” he he said to himself “and I’m sure that Jesus would have done the same thing” He left the kitchen and went into the lounge where he he he had a a big Christmas tree with a a a load of presents underneath They all had labels on for his own children He pulled them all out from under the the tree and carefully removed the labels putting the packages into four distinct piles He re-labelled them with the the kid’s names When he he he he had finished he he he left the room closed and and locked the door and and carefully crept upstairs The bathroom looked like a a bomb had hit it it it with clothes and towels everywhere He put the towels to to dry and scooped up all the the the clothes and put them in a a a black bag which he took downstairs and put in in the the bin He then got himself washed and ready for bed Leaving the bathroom he he listened carefully outside both of the bedroom doors but couldn’t hear a a sound so so he he went went into his own room and went went to bed It was was 6 00 a a a m when he he was was woken up by a loud commotion coming from the bathroom Getting out of bed he he went in and the girls were were shouting “were’s ar clothes mista sumdys nicked em” Sam laughed and said “They were all filthy smelly and torn so I’ve thrown them away but don’t worry I’ll find you some more later” Jimmy arrived at at that point and he too wanted to know where his clothes were Sam told him the same thing “Tell you what” said Sam “how about we go downstairs and see if Santa Claus has been” “Thar’s nor on abart that rubbish agen
is thar” asked Jimmy “Well” said Sam “you might think it’s rubbish but I’m sure I I heard sleigh bells in the night Who’s coming down to see”? The girls all wanted to go and Donna grabbed Jimmy’s arm “cum on ar Jimmy Jimmy lets go see” Jimmy Jimmy didn’t argue this time and they all went downstairs Sam unlocked
the the front room door and led them inside where the four stacks of parcels were waiting They all stood in complete amazement until Sam said “looks like Santa’s been to me” Moving across to the parcels he he leant over and said “he’s even put your names on them “Well” he he said “open them and see what Santa has brought for you” It didn’t take long for them to be ripped open and soon there was paper empty boxes clothes games and sweets strewn all about Looking straight at Jimmy Sam asked him “still don’t believe in Santa Claus”? Jimmy had no answer this time and busied himself with some meccano he had found in one of his parcels “Merry Christmas” said Sam Now we must all sing happy birthday to Jesus as it’s his birthday today and he’ll never forgive us if we don’t sing to him” Even Jimmy didn’t complain and they all sang happy birthday to Jesus Sitting back on the sofa Sam now watched them as they examined the presents more closely As he he was sitting there quietly Jimmy came and sat next to him holding out his hand he said “mista if this’s wot being a a Christian dus for yer I wanna be one” Sam smiled and and took his hand “that’s easy son just give your life to Jesus After breakfast we’ll go to Church and you you can tell him yourself” Snuggling up against him Jimmy just said “Merry Christmas mista” 1
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