An Opinionated Woman on Christmas

Another Christmas Flash Fiction from the past, this time only a couple of years. I hope you like it.

 

The tree stood on the front lawn. In every other way, it sparkled in Christmas splendor. But it was outside. Mrs. Frank had views about cutting down trees. A star graced the top, shining and covered in tin foil. Presents hung on every branch to keep them from getting too soggy on the ground. Mrs. Frank had views on messes. Beside the tree was a sign. “Help yourself to one present. Only one. I may not see you being greedy, but the one that was born today will.” Mrs. Frank had views on both charity and greed.

I know that the threat, it is real. Last year, I took two presents. I didn’t think it was a big deal. I was wrong. Later that year, I was sick for a long time. Mrs. Frank may have had nothing to do with it. Jesus might have had nothing to do with it. But this year, I won’t take any chances.

Yes, Mrs. Smith certainly had views on a lot of things. Do not take a life unless it is absolutely unavoidable, such as in the case with flies. Do not do anything without forethought and planning. Charity is best done with a personal touch. Greed corrodes the heart of the taker, but generosity builds one up.

Yes, Mrs. Smith is pretty strange and opinionated. She had a great many views. Our parents say to one another when they think we cannot hear, that she has a good many more than she needed. To many of them, she is too opinionated, too forceful, too concerned with things that don’t matter or shouldn’t to adults needing to make a living.

Yes, Mrs. Smith is pretty strange and pretty opinionated. And we kids loved her

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