Santa's Milk and Cookies
Counted Cross Stitch Pattern
You hear a rustling in the fireplace. The room is dark but for the lights on the Christmas tree set to the side of it. You duck further behind the big, comfy sofa and wait. He'll be here any moment now, You hold your breath as another noise comes from the depths of the fireplace. Is this the year you'll see that great man...the one they call Santa claus?
The milk and cookies are out on the small table by the tree. Only the most perfect cookies, on a perfect china plate, sitting on grandmother's doily. The milk in a crystal goblet you got just for Santa. It was picture perfect and you hope against hope that it will be the year.
And that's when you hear it. The thump of boots against the fireproof tiles. You sneak a quick peek around the sofa and, sure enough, you see his shiny, black boots standing in the fireplace.
You duck back quickly and hold your breath. And as quick as a wink, you hear the soot, ash and debris falling as he shoots back up the chimney to the roof and his team. You missed him...again!
You get up and look over the sofa. Your disappointment rises as you see the milk and cookies are right where you left them. Untouched. Your head drops and you start to turn to go up to bed when something begins to trouble you. That's when you notice it, or rather, you don't see it. You come around the sofa, rubbing your eyes before looking at the sofa and the pillows tucked in its corners. But one is missing. THe Santa's milk and cookies counted cross stitch pillow that you had finished the week before and put in prime position on the couch is missing.
A smile breaks out on your face as you turn to head back up to bed. Santa did get his milk and cookies after all.
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