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Santa Claws A Christmas short story

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Twas the night before Christmas.....

'Hey mama when is Santa coming'? Five years old, and full of questions, little Paul was driving his mama nuts with 'Where's Santa?' And 'How many presents will he leave me'? And so on.

By Christmas eve, Jo was exhausted with all the preparations and gift wrapping. People to see, food to cook, and Maisy the dog to take out for a walk. With her husband away she was left to do everything.

Chloe the cat was stretched out on the couch not a care in the world, a gentle purr emanating from the corner of the sofa. Licking her paws, she started to kneed the cushions, catching one of her claws and dragging it down in a straight line, causing the wool to tear and unravel.

'Chloe get off that couch'. Jo shouted and shooed her into the kitchen.

'I swear one of these days I am going to make that cat wear mittens! Jo threw the cushion on the chair, stripped off the cover and dropped it into the mending basket.


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And all through the house.....

It was getting dark, and Jo peered out of the window. Where had Simon got too? He said he would be home ready for Christmas. Being Christmas eve he promised to arrive dressed as Santa, so that if Paul came downstairs at the wrong time he would see only Santa placing the gifts under the tree.

'Mama, is daddy coming home?' Paul was sitting at the kitchen table, a plate of cookies in front of him. Maisy sat under the chair waiting for the cookie crumbs to land at her feet.

'He will be home soon I promise, now get ready for bed or else Santa won't come to give you your presents'.

'Aw mom do I have too?'

'Yes, brush your teeth, get changed and then bed, now!' Said Jo smiling. She chased him up the stairs while he giggled so hard then nearly fell into bed.

Now, she thought, just let Maisy out back for a while, then drop her next door, and finally I can go to bed. She had an early start and was really tired.

The grandfather clock struck 12

The grandfather clock struck 12

Not a creature was stirring.....

Setting the clock for 7 am Jo took a final look out the bedroom window, sighed, and climbed into bed. 'Come on Simon, where are you?'

She wasn't that worried as he was often late home. his job took him all over the country, so she knew he would be here soon. Slowly her eyes closed and she dropped off to sleep.

The clock struck twelve and chimed gently, the sound drifting across to Paul's bedroom. He stirred and rubbed his eyes.

Santa!

With a smile he climbed out of bed and crept over to the door. He looked to see if his mom was asleep then softly walked towards the stairs. A creak sounded from the lounge. He knew it was the loose floorboard near the fireplace, and instantly became aware that Santa must be in the room!

Reaching the top of the stairs he inched his way down, so as not to disturb Maisy. Then he remembered that she had been left with the neighbors overnight because his mom knew she would start barking if she saw Santa enter the house. They didn't have children so he knew she would be fine over there.




Santa putting gifts under the tree

Santa putting gifts under the tree

Not even a mouse.....

Paul reached the lounge door and quickly peeked into the room. There! By the fireplace was Santa! A shiver went up his spine with excitement. Santa was placing his presents under the tree! The excitement was too much and he nearly ran back upstairs, but then he noticed something strange.

Santa wasn't placing the gifts near the tree. He was putting them in his sack! What? Thought Paul. That's not right! What is he doing?

Santa moved slowly round the room, taking down the candlesticks, placing them in his bag, and then reaching across to open the drawer under the TV.

Paul was bewildered. Why was Santa taking these things? Surely he should be eating his mince pies and drinking the milk he had left him on the side table.

Santa moved round the room, picking up one object, throwing it down on the chair, mumbling under his breath as he chose the objects for his mystery bag.

Picking up a gold colored clock he clicked his tongue in annoyance and launched the clock in temper towards the couch.

Suddenly like a black shadow, Chloe sprang up, and with a hiss, the cat jumped onto Santa's back and scored a scratch straight down his face! Meowing and hissing she struck out at him, spitting and clawing while Santa screamed and tried to get her off!

But she held on and with a curse he ran towards the window, which Paul noticed was open, and jumped out. Running across the front garden he disappeared up the road, leaving the sack behind.

Cat attacks Santa Claus!

Cat attacks Santa Claus!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.....

'Mom!' Yelled Paul, and turning from the doorway ran across the hall and up the stairs. Banging open his moms bedroom door he jumped on the bed and hollered, 'Santa just stole our presents but Chloe beat him up and he jumped out the window'!

Jo slowly sat up and rubbed at her face. 'Oh Paul go back to sleep you are having a bad dream'

'No mom, come quick its real!'

Knowing he wasn't going to stop until she moved, Jo slowly made her way across the room, out the door and down the stairs, where she was met with chaos!

'What the...?' She said, staring in amazement!

There on the floor was the remains of her gifts, and scattered all over the chairs and couch were bits of paper, candles and money. And there, laying on the couch with not a care in the world, was Chloe, licking her paws! She stretched, looked towards the door as if to say, what? Yawned and went to sleep.

At that moment Simon came in the front door dressed as Santa. 'What the hell is going on?' He said.

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The thief was caught the following day. The scratches on his face giving him away, along with lots of money and personal jewelry from the other houses he had stolen from.

Chloe on the other hand was given a new cat bed, a beautiful new squeaky toy that had her chasing round the room thoroughly enjoying herself, and huge hugs from the family.

'So mom' said Paul stroking Chloe, does this mean you won't threaten to make her wear mittens now?'

Jo laughed. 'She can ruin all the cushions she wants to now, she deserves it'!


Black cat in cat bed

Black cat in cat bed

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Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 28, 2019:

Thanks Shauna, I had forgotten this one, lol!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 26, 2019:

I love this story, Nell. Cloe sure knows how to protect her family. Maisy could certainly learn a thing or two from her!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 10, 2015:

Hi Examiner, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 10, 2015:

Hi peach, lol! oh yes she did didn't she? thanks for making me laugh! and for reading, nell

The Examiner-1 on January 09, 2015:

That was wonderful Nell! I am late reading it but I still loved it! I voted up+++, shared, Tweeted and pinned it.

Kevin

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 09, 2015:

wow your kitty found the fake santa claus ? She is cool and she even attack the santa? Awesome!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 08, 2015:

Thanks Flourish, this started completely differently but the cat got in the picture and that was that! lol!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 08, 2015:

Yay, kitty cat! What a cute story, and they really can defend family members.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 05, 2015:

Thanks Deb, glad you liked it, hope you had a great New Year!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 05, 2015:

It appears that justice was served, a delightful remnant of Christmas...

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 04, 2015:

Hi Will, glad you liked it, I will take a look at the video, thanks, nell

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 03, 2015:

What a super story with a super title! And cats really do protect their family:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Opm9b2WDk&or...

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 01, 2015:

Thanks so much Jo, hope you had a wonderful New Year!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 30, 2014:

Wow...now that's a Christmas story.:) This would make an excellent children's book. I really enjoyed the read. Happy New Year to you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 29, 2014:

Thanks Eddy, have a wonderful New Year in that awesome town you live in! lol!

Eiddwen from Wales on December 29, 2014:

A great story Nell. Loved it.

Eddy.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 27, 2014:

Hi pras, thanks so much, and great to see you!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 27, 2014:

Hiya Dave, great to see you, and thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 27, 2014:

Hi thranax, thanks so much, have a great New Year!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 27, 2014:

Thanks Phyllis, hope you had a great Christmas!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 27, 2014:

Thanks Audrey, and happy Holidays to you too!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 26, 2014:

Beautiful and I love it. Merry Christmas, Nell. Thanks for writing. Happy holidays!

Dave from Lancashire north west England on December 26, 2014:

Hi Nell,I thought it was time I came over to see your work {How time flies and I tend to get bogged down in writing and research} However, I am so glad I did. Loved this story written in your unique style. Brilliant. Voted up .

Andrew from Rep Boston MA on December 25, 2014:

Happy Holidays! The story was great Nell!

~thranax~

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on December 24, 2014:

Wonderful story. What a great cat Chloe is. A very Merry Christmas to you, Nell.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 24, 2014:

What a cute story Nell!! Happy Holidays to you!!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 23, 2014:

HIya Linda! lol! yep she is one cool cat! thanks, and have a wonderful Christmas!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on December 23, 2014:

lol yep sure he was

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 22, 2014:

Way to go Chloe!! She is the cat's meow! :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 22, 2014:

Hi Jo, lol! yes that was it, he was taking some back because nobody ever bought him anything! LOLOLO! have a wonderful Christmas Jo, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 22, 2014:

Hi teaches, lol! yes some cats are worse than dogs! thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful Christmas!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on December 22, 2014:

Hey Nell what's up? Bad Santa but he give me a lovely idea ..... just kidding! You better be sure that no crook comes across your story. They will sure try this out ha ha ha and people love and believe in Santa then i don't give him wrong for taking back, he's forever giving and no one gives him anything all these years. The man was simply taking stolen presents to the less fortunate. You go santa ha ha ha.

Have a swell day Nell not as swell as St. Nicholas though!

Dianna Mendez on December 21, 2014:

I enjoyed your story and you kept me engaged from the start with the title. I had a cat that would have fit this character. Cats are smart and not given enough credit as "watchdogs". I hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebration.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 19, 2014:

Thanks DDE, glad you liked it, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 19, 2014:

Hi Dream On, I am so sorry to hear that, its that time of the year when they think they can get away with it and take all the gifts people buy, makes me so mad, thanks so much for reading, nell

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 19, 2014:

Brilliantly told! You always show your unique writing style in a perfect way. Voted up! Happy Holidays!

DREAM ON on December 18, 2014:

I love your cat story. Years ago our house was robbed before Christmas and they stole money and many things but one I remember vividly it was a flash light and batteries a gift for my dad. They probably put it to lots of use. We never did catch them. It was sad. I wish we had chloe. Things would have been a lot different.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 16, 2014:

Thanks Rebecca, glad you liked it, nell

Hi Deb, thanks so much! I am so glad you liked it, and thanks for the share!

Hi sweet, lol! that's it, go get em! thanks for reading, nell

sweetstickyrainbo on December 16, 2014:

Get 'em kitty. Get that fat man!

Debra Allen from West By God on December 15, 2014:

Yep cats are good watch dogs too! I love kitties! This was a great story and had a great puuurful ending. I am going to share this on a cat group that I belong too.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 15, 2014:

A wonderful little story! Very cool, Nell Rose.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2014:

Thanks MisDora, it sort of took off by itself! lol! I started writing something completely different, but somehow the cat got in the way! thanks for reading, nell

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 14, 2014:

"The Cat Who Saved Christmas?" A great story and a wonderful tribute to Chloe. She deserves all her gifts and no mittens. Beautiful story, Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2014:

Thanks everybody for reading, I am so glad you liked it, I have been so busy I haven't caught up yet with reading, but I am on it now, thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2014:

Hi Jackie, I didn't know that! lol! but I predicted she would have a girl right from the start, be interesting to see if she chooses the name I said!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 14, 2014:

Bad Santa…Good Chloe! I didn’t see this one coming, Nell…I thought at first that Santa was really Simon, incognito. Usually, people credit our canine friends for doing something heroic. This time, one of our feline critter gals saved the day. You go girl! Heart-warming, and well written.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 13, 2014:

BTW; we get our Diana this time, huh? I am so pleased. Can't wait; been watching all the fun Kate has been having in NY and eating pizza on a night craving and getting judge for a preg woman in those high heels!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 13, 2014:

Great story! Love it when a cat is made the hero! Voted up and all across! A very happy holiday season to you and yours!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Hi Jackie, thanks so much, great to see you, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Hi suzette, I love black cats, my friend has two, I always end up sitting there with one on my lap and the nervous one staring at me across the room! lol! thanks, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Hi Peg, glad you liked it, I love animals they always come through for us in the end! lol! thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Hi Martie, thanks for reading, that is terrible! I am so sorry that happened to you, they make me so mad! I am glad they eventually caught one of them, but your Yamaha keyboard and its memories can never be replaced, I hope you have a wonderful and safe Christmas this year, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Hi Alicia, it started out as another story, but Chloe got in the way, and I though, ah bless the cat can save the day! lol! thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Hi Venkatachan, thanks so much, yes Chloe got her revenge didn't she? lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Hi Faith, lol! thanks for liking my story, and I hope you have a great weekend too, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2014:

Thanks so much Lilleyth, sorry it took so long to answer, been out most of the day, glad you liked it, nell

Yves on December 13, 2014:

Ha! Take that, you phony Santa you. Yesterday, at an xmas luncheon, we talked about the advantages and (mostly) disadvantages of having a cat de-clawed. Well, that does it for me. The claws stay!

Up, & (very) Funny. :)

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on December 13, 2014:

Wonderfully funny story, gla Ghaelach sent us over. Cats are awesome and so are dogs. I have three dogs. They have not attacked anyone, but they would surely make enough racket to alert us.

இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on December 13, 2014:

Cats do rule the roost, don't they? A great twist to a wonderfully told story. Merry Christmas!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 13, 2014:

Great engrossing story and you are so good at story telling.

Nice hub and getting into the Christmas mood. Thanks for sharing!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 13, 2014:

Great new twist for a Christmas tale, Nell. I enjoyed reading it. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 13, 2014:

Great story Nell! I love that the cat is black. You always weave a great story with terrific twists to it. Well done and a great Chridtmas story - so funny too.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 13, 2014:

Wonderful twist to the Christmas stories told this time of year. I loved the suspense and the outcome. Brave and wonderful watch cat, that Chloe is. This story held my attention all the way to the ending.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 13, 2014:

What a nice story, Nell! But oh, these burglars! They have no respect for anyone, not even for themselves. I mean, how low must one be to rob people on a Christmas Eve? I was robbed one year on this night while I was visiting my mother. They have stolen a lot of my precious belongings, even my Yamaha keyboard. Four years later they caught one of the scoundrels - I was but only one of their many victims.

Your title fits the story like a mitten :)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 12, 2014:

This is an enjoyable and interesting story, Nell. I love the fact that Chloe saved the family's Christmas! I love the title of the story, too.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 12, 2014:

Very interesting and beautiful story. Enjoyed the cat, Chloe scratching the fake Santa and the happy ending for Chloe with a beautiful bed and rewards.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 12, 2014:

Hahaha ...Hooray for Chloe, saving the day! Love that image of Santa being attacked by the black cat lol.

I am glad your creative story had a happy ending and looks like Choe will reap the rewards of her heroism hee hee.

Have a lovely weekend ahead.

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on December 12, 2014:

Cute story Nell! Love my puddy tat.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi alan, lol! sorry should have made it longer. love the name of your cat! very appropriate! and a cat that loves cheese! so funny! yes only two weeks, yargh! LOL! hope you have a wonderful time alan, and thanks for stopping by, nell

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on December 12, 2014:

I'd hoped it would be a bit longer, Nell! (Felt a bit let down when I got to the last full stop)

We've got a male black cat, but I don't think he's up to guard duty. You only have to drop something and he's off! He was given the name Claus by my youngest one (she's 23 now, although he's not all that old, only about four years old); probably lick a burglar if he was given some ham or cheese - yes, we feed our cats cheese. Only one of the five doesn't like it, and some of them even like blue cheese, just like me (Stilton, Danish blue, Wensleydale blue, Shropshire blue...)!

Got you dribbling, have I? Just under a fortnight to Yuletide yet, plenty of time.

Meanwhile, you have a good one and let's see us all well and healthy into 2015!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi travmaj, thanks so much, yes we all need a cat like her, mind you I think it was the fact that he threw the clock on top of her, and not a protective thing! LOL!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi RoadMonkey, thanks for stopping by, and I am glad you enjoyed it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi bravewarrior, lol! yes I hope he learned his lesson! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Thanks Patricia, I am so glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Thanks Ruby, I am so glad you enjoyed it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Thanks so much billy, I did smile when I read your comment, I though perhaps you thought I had forgotten how to spell! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi Ghaelach, lol! yes Maisy would have gone slightly nuts the second he came in the window! lol! thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful evening, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi Bobbi, that will be lovely! hope she likes it! and thank you, what a great compliment! thanks for the pin and share, and have a wonderful day, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Thanks misterhollywood, glad you liked it, nell

travmaj from australia on December 12, 2014:

Cats rule ok. Chloe is definitely a good guard cat to have. What a fun story and I love a happy ending. Great title too. Best wishes Nell -

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hiya beth, yes I am sure they would! thanks fo stopping by, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi Frank, lol! bet you think it was bad spelling! Haha! thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hiya Cris, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and sorry you lost your cat, animals make a house don't they? thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi Vellur, thanks for reading, yes Chloe was a little hero so she deserves to ruin those cushions! lol! thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Thanks B. Leekley, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi Jodah, this started out as one story, but Chloe got in the middle of it, and well, this is the result! lol! thanks for liking it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2014:

Hi mary, no sadly I don't have a Chloe, but over the years we have had some lovely cats and dogs too, they make a house a home as you already know with your lovely dog, thanks mary, glad you liked it, nell

RoadMonkey on December 12, 2014:

Great story, really enjoyed that.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 12, 2014:

Yay, Chloe! Great story, Nell. I guess fake Santa's cat burglarizing days are over after that escapade!

Patricia T Lowe from Lehigh Valley on December 12, 2014:

I love your story, Nell... very well written !

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 12, 2014:

I fully agree with all the other comments, it really was a fun read. Bad old Santa...lol

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 12, 2014:

I laughed out loud at the title. The story was a bonus and a great one. Thanks for the fun on this Friday morning, Nell, and have a great weekend.

Ghaelach on December 12, 2014:

Afternoon Nell.

Now this is a super little short Christmas story. Love the way you included the pets in the story and naturally Chloe being the hero of the night. I dare not think what would have happened to disguised Santa if Maisy had been in the house as well.

Take care Nell and have a nice day.

Ghaelach

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on December 12, 2014:

Nell Rose,

That was awesome---I will read this to my niece when she visits. She is four and is writing and reading---so she will understand it.

You are a great artist of words because you can paint your stories into our minds so vividly-who needs a video with you around.

Until Later,

Bobbi Purvis

Voted up+++will send to Twitter and Pin it on my Repin Board

Mary Craig from New York on December 12, 2014:

Girl you're always right on! This was great from start to finish. Poor old Dad being late and Chloe saving the day. Your style always makes things fun to read and this was no exception!

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on December 11, 2014:

So cuuuute! I'm voting up

Beth Perry from Tennesee on December 11, 2014:

What a cute story, Nell! I'd hope my cats would be so resourceful if the occasion were to "drop in" uninvited! Thank you for sharing :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 11, 2014:

i didnt know what to expect.. when i first saw the title.. Nell I loved it LOL

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 11, 2014:

Aww, that's a very nice story. Now, I miss my Oreo. :) Enjoyed and let me wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas in advance.

Love and twinkle from the sky~

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 11, 2014:

Great story and Chloe is an awesome cat and now she gets to ruin the cushions too! A great Christmas for the family and Chloe! Enjoyed reading.