Little Red Robin

How hard it is to be stuck in a another dimension of Christmas celebration and still be no part of it? In my childhood I grew up in abroad. Every Christmas was torture… Just like every kid round the block excited about Christmas so was I. The streets would be decorated with fairy christmas lights, every door with the Christmas decorations and every one in merry mood.

The only problem was I was born into a traditional Orthodox hindu family…. Yes you read right…. I am a dysfunctional specimen from the very being… My strict parents never let me celebrate Christmas… It was frustrating to me… To see my friends yapp all day about Christmas this and Christmas that..And I was intrigued by their stories. God everywhere I went the Christmas magic was filled in the air. The streets were filled with the smell of roasted turkeys,chocolate puddings,cakes,stews and what nots that would water you mouth.

On the eve of every Christmas Eve… I would draw a little Christmas tree and draw presents around it and used to lay out the chocolate chip cookies and milk under the table… So that my parents would not find out…

God I would pray with all my heart just wishing that Santa would come to my home and just have the cookies…. I would pray to Lord Vishnu a Hindu God to please let him come. And even to the North Star I would…

Crazy may this sound… To a kid at that age religion doesn’t matter… It’s the spirit of a joy, magic and the excitement that overwhelmed me.

One year I prayed and prayed for the ray of magic….Just like every Christmas morning I woke up early to notice it has snowed last night and ran down the stairs like a monkey for bananas. I was heart broken like every Christmas to find that the cookies and milk were not touched…..

There I stood shivering in the deepening sadness for what it felt like years together. I questioned the universe and gods of every religion with trickling tears….what did I do wrong? Is it wrong of me to ask Santa to come to my home as I am not a christian….

Like someone above me heard my thoughts….Out on the window seal i hear a noise….I saw something move….I was scared….I slowly tip toed to the window….God it was a sight….It blew me away.

In the backyard there was the glistening soft white pure snow…..A rather small bird with a red bellie was out and looking at me….Meee!!! The most unluckiest girl on Christmas who santa would not visit. I gasped in shock….Its a Robin….oh wow!!!!It fluttered its little wings and flew away….


This is a true story. Hope it brings you a smile reading it as much as it did while I was writing it… Bare with me…It was my first experience of seeing a robin.It took place 14 years ago….My memory may be vague but it will always remain special to me.

wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:)

Do share your own Christmas stories in the comments below…

By Raghavasree

31 Comments Add yours

  1. Navin says:

    What a beautiful & heartfelt story, Raghavasree….thank you for your lovely sharing….Deepawali & Christmas are 2 different festivals but the common energy is God….and both are beautiful occasions…..wishing you a Merry Christmas….full of joy & light….

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    1. Thankyou so much Navin means a lot. Yes both are different…and same in ways too. A family gathering,exchange of gifts and spirit of culture and traditions.

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      1. Navin says:

        You’re welcome, Raghavasree. Exactly, my point that both have common elements 😊

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  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    Raghavasree, that was such a heartfelt and meaningful story. Phew. Just lovely. Brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing part of your story with us. Be well, Merry Christmas, and have a lovely holiday! πŸ™β€οΈπŸ˜Š

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    1. Thankyou soo much. It really means a lot. Aww I am happy that you connected with it so well.
      I hope you had a lovely Christmas:)

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re very welcome. Always my pleasure. Christmas was lovely. I hope yours was too. Have a lovely weekend. πŸ™

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        1. Thank you so much. Yes I did. Good day😊

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  3. keerti says:

    I understand. For a child religion is of no consequence and they just want to be part of the magic and cheer and lights . Though I don’t understand why some people think putting up a tree will make you any less a Hindu !

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    1. Thank you for dropping by with your thoughts… I guess it’s that they too have grown from a toxic cycle and it sort of repeated with them😊

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  4. I am a little behind catching up with posts but this touched me so deeply. I really felt for the young you.. but oh my that gift of a robin, like spirit was watching and wanted you to know you were known in some way.. it sounds such an austere background. Belated Christmas blessings

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    1. Awww your message made my day. Thank you so much for taking time to read this and for commenting. Yes looks like someone from above was looking out for me.
      Happy new year to you tooπŸ’•πŸŒΈ

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      1. I had a red robin I loved when I lived in Cambridge. It would dance along the fence so they have soft spot in my heart.. ❀

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        1. Oh wow. Happy to the coincidence… Such a lovely memory you have and thankyou for sharing it πŸ˜ƒ

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          1. πŸ’™πŸ¦‹πŸ’™

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            1. πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  5. Samreen Asad says:

    Such a beautiful story Raghavasree, so touching to read.❀️ Happy new year to you and your loved ones😊

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    1. Thank you so much Samreen for your kind words. Happy new year to you tooπŸ˜‡

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  6. Lovely story. Santa comes in many shapes and sizes and now species! Happy New Year

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    1. Thankyou so much. Means a lot πŸ˜ƒ

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  7. jonicaggiano says:

    What a precious story my friend. I use to write letters to the fairies and put it under my pillow. I did this for years. I am sorry this was such a source of pain for you. Blessings to you my new friend. Sending love and fairy dust. πŸ’•πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ§šπŸ»πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ

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  8. Thank you so much for taking time to read this. It made my day. Aww it’s so sweet what you did as a child. Have a lovely day. πŸ˜‡

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  9. Aadya singh says:

    Loved it Di!!!! Oh what a torture it used to be being a child and not being able to celebrate Christmas!!! But now, I get it why…I got it explained, you know…By the way, love your experience ❀️ Waiting for more!!!

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie. Yes it was. Be posted on Monday for a new post. I am sure you will like it😊

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      1. Aadya singh says:

        So, It seems you post every Monday…right?

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        1. Yes I do ☺

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