It was a week before Christmas when a friend of mine told me that she couldn’t wait for Christmas.
“Me too, I love the plum cakes,” I said.
I was only ten.
“Cakes?! No you fool, I am excited about the gifts that I would get from Santa this year,” she said.
“Santa brings you gifts! What are you talking about?” I asked her.
She explained how each year Santa Claus brought her gifts. I was bewildered and hurried home to tell my parents about it.
What dad said bewildered me further. But I wasn’t ready to accept the truth.
I hung a small plastic bag from the almirah knob the night before Christmas.
I woke up the next morning and looked inside the packet to find a math book staring back at me!
Dad was right…
But I didn’t want my sister to miss out on the fun and anticipation. So I started playing Santa to my little sister from the year after.
From the beginning of November I used to start telling her about how careful she should be while preparing her wish list, for Santa had a budget of no more than Rs. 20.
Fancy erasers, stone stickers, glitter pencils, gel pens, candies and a Christmas card – were the things that Santa would bring for her.
I still remember her saying, “Look didi Santa’s handwriting is the same as yours,” after reading the card, signed: To Bony, from Santa Claus.
Today it’s just another Christmas day. A flood of memories, some snow flurries and a chocolate cake with chocolate raspberry frosting made it brighter.
But I still miss plum cakes…