‘Twas the Night Before: Chapter 21: Santa Plays Favorites (That One Kid)
Noella calls Tom to tell him all about The Miracle of the Resealed Letter. This being 1998, she gets his answering machine. She then calls her own machine, and gets a message from Fat Ugly Rufus about the family she interviewed. Remember, with the little girl who still believed?
The dad wants to have A Talk with Noella.
But before that reveal, Tom and Noella meet up and share their Christmas morning miracles. I just can’t help but feel that Tom got the better end of the deal:
Tom: Honey, guess what??? Santa came to my apartment and left me a personalized letter and decorated my empty Christmas tree and got me to look for my very own special Forever and A Tree necklace!!!
Noella: Babe, that’s great! Santa visited me, too! He…resealed a letter.
They head off to Betsy’s house together and it starts to snow. Tom is delighted by this Christmassy event, so I guess he’s no longer worried about the plight of silly non-Santa believers like LaShawna Jackson and her four kids.
Turns out little Betsy got HER VERY OWN Forever and A Tree necklace from Santa, and the dad thinks Noella gave it to her, and that it’s inappropriate and too expensive.
(Despite being the only believer in her family, Betsy got the necklace for the same reason Noella got hers: the making of a selfless Christmas wish. Noella wished for a nice Christmas for her cousin; Betsy wished for a restful Christmas for her father.)
This throws into relief the true idiocy of Santa’s Forever and A Tree necklaces. Noella was lucky: she was given her necklace during a family gathering when possibilies for the potential gifter were up for grabs. But little Betsy only has her father, and he knows he didn’t give it to her. That leaves only Noella, who has a necklace just like it.
The other piece of this is that Noella came from an upper-middle-class family where expensive gifts were not unusual. How does Santa know that poor families won’t take PLATINUM NECKLACES and trade them in for things like, oh…dunno…FOOD AND CLOTHES???
Noella explains that she didn’t give the necklace to the kid, the father (for obvious reasons) doesn’t believe her, but it’s all swept under the rug almost immediately.
Oh, and the final BIG REVEAL of the story: Betsy’s necklace is THE ONE TOM MADE IN FAIRYLAND.
Now, this does provide in-story proof that Santa is real, but (as I mentioned earlier) I can’t help but feel that Betsy got robbed here. Shouldn’t she be getting a necklace made by Santa himself, not some dork who writes a newspaper column?
Anyway, those are the Christmas miracles from Santa. He does bang-up work, don’tcha think? 😀