Snow was falling, and all the world seemed silent. Tonight was Christmas Eve, one of the most anticipated days of the year by all the children around the world, and Longview’s children were not an exception to that rule. Inside kids and parents were both full of excitement and doing their best to prepare for Christmas morning, which was just a few hours away!
“I can’t believe it’s tomorrow!!” Gabbie squealed with excitement. She was helping her mom, Raina, bake fresh cookies for Santa Claus! “Can you get the cookie sheet out for me sweetie?” Raina asked her enthusiastic little girl. While she was glad Gabbie was so excited she was also a little concerned about the present she asked Santa to bring. There was no way she was going to get it, and Raina just hoped that it wouldn’t disappoint her too much.
“Thank you Gabbie for all your help with the cookies, you better get upstairs and get ready for bed though!” Raina said putting the cookies into the oven. “I’m on it!!” Gabbie blurted out and then turned to run upstairs. Not that she wasn’t an obedient child but the closer it got to Christmas the better behaved she had been. Raina had a feeling it was so she would be sure Santa would bring her the one thing she asked for this year.
The cookies were placed next to the hot cocoa, the lights on the tree were on, and everyone was fast asleep. Now it was time for that magical man we all know and love to come and make his appearance and leave presents for all the good little boys and girls. On this Christmas Eve in particular one little girl had her hopes set very high, so high that the fall if Santa didn’t deliver would be a big one. But Santa always got you what you wanted, didn’t he?
While she had trouble falling asleep once she did Gabbie dreamed of the one thing she wanted more than anything in the whole world, her very own horse! She was so sure that Santa had gotten her letter(ok letters!) and was going to bring her one for Christmas. Afterall hadn’t she been helpful and polite as much as one possibly can be?? In her dream her horse was the most beautiful that she had ever seen and when she rode her Gabbie felt unstoppable! Next thing she knew she was waking up Christmas morning!!!
“MOM! DAD! Wake up!! It’s Christmas!!” Gabbie yelled running into her parents room. “But honey it’s still dark outside.” Raina said sleepily, Fin was already getting out of bed, probably because the military had him used to getting up at the crack of dawn anyway. “I know Mom but I just can’t sleep anymore!! And I hate waiting in my room when I know all my presents are downstairs waiting to be opened!!!” Gabbie exclaimed. “Ok, just give me and your Dad a few minutes to get dressed and we will be right down, and Gabbie don’t touch anything until we get there!” Raina told Gabbie as she took off running to the living room.
Finally when everyone had gathered downstairs it was time to open presents! While there were none that looked big enough for a horse Gabbie was still hopeful that Santa had left a note saying her horse was outside or something like that. Afterall he wouldn’t let her down, would he? Nervous, and excited she moved forward to the first box with her name written on it.
Lifting the lid Gabbie held her breath and peeked inside. It wasn’t a note for a horse, it was a doll. Still there was hope, she still had several more presents to open, but one by one as she opened each of them she saw disappointment as she got more and more dolls, and furniture and finally a doll house. She tried not to show that she was upset, but it was a little hard considering she just wanted to go to her room and cry.
She was so sure she would get her horse. Maybe it had been too much to ask for, I mean where would Santa put a horse on his sleigh? Thoughts filled her mind on why she didn’t get what she wanted, trying to make herself feel better, but instead the more she thought about it, the more upset she got!
“What’s wrong Gabbie? Don’t you like your new dollhouse?” Raina asked, knowing what it was that was troubling her daughter. “Well I asked Santa for a horse.. and I didn’t get one. I don’t know why Mom, I was sooo good! Why do you think Santa didn’t get me what I asked for?” Gabbie said, tears forming in her eyes. “Well honey, he didn’t get you a horse because your father and I told him we couldn’t keep one right now.” Raina replied softly “You did nothing wrong..” she continued, trying to reassure her.
“Why Mom!? Please please can we get a horse!! I swear I won’t ask for anything else! You can even give all my toys away to kids who need them! Please?! I promise I will do anything!!!” Gabbie pleaded with Raina but Raina wouldn’t change her mind. She couldn’t change her mind, as much as she wished she could. “Honey your father has something he needs to tell you, maybe then you will understand why you can’t have a horse.” Raina replied motioning to Finley to come talk to Gabbie.
“Gabbie, we weren’t going to tell you this yet, but we are moving away from Longview.” Finley told her. “What?! Where? Why???” Gabbie exclaimed even more hurt than before. “Well we don’t know where exactly yet, but we should find out soon. That’s one of the reasons we hadn’t mentioned it yet, another is because we knew it would upset you to have to leave your friends behind.” Finley answered. Gabbie was simply speechless, this news certainly didn’t help make her feel any better about not getting her horse, but at least it showed her that Santa hadn’t let her down.
So Gabbie decided to set up her dollhouse and try to enjoy the holiday and take her mind off the move, and not getting the one thing she asked for. It helped a little, but no matter how hard she tried she couldn’t push it out of her mind completely.
Just as Gabbie was about to head upstairs to get herself ready for bed when Raina stopped her. “Hey, I found another present for you that didn’t get put out last night.” Raina exclaimed, hoping that this might at least make Gabbie feel a little better about not getting a horse. “What is it??” Gabbie asked, while she knew it wasn’t a horse, she hoped it was something else that might help heal her broken heart.
“It’s a book about riding.” Raina told her handing over the package. “I thought since you couldn’t ride your own horse, you could study how to ride so when that day comes you will be prepared.” Raina continued. “Oh thank you Mom!” Gabbie said giving her mother a hug. “I can’t wait to go upstairs and read it! Thanks again!” Gabbie raced upstairs. While it didn’t fix everything it was nice to be able to read and imagine what it might be like, and for now she always had her dreams. Hopefully one day in the not to distant future she might have that horse she saw in her dream Christmas Eve.
Poll is now closed! Appaloosa Plains is the winning town! I have begun work on moving the Groves, so hopefully I will have another chapter out soon! Thanks to everyone who voted!!