A beautiful Christmas tale about a swamp monsters first Christmas. Written by Darryn John Murphy.
A little Monsters Christmas Carol
It was Christmas Eve in town and everyone was in bed as it was late. Well nearly everyone, Pete the little swamp monster had just woken up and was heading out to forage for the night when he noticed strange lights flashing in town were the humans lived. Pete had never seen lights of this nature before and was intrigued by all the coloured lights flickering in the dark of night.
As he approached there was a tree in the centre of town and the lights flickered again. Pete’s eyes lit up and he murmured OHHH, pretty as he nibbled on his fingernail. Then suddenly Pete heard a strange sound in the distance. Which sounded like strange music, Pete had heard music before as the humans would come down to his swamp with their radios while Pete was sleeping but this sort of music he had never heard. So he decided to follow it. A short time later he arrived at a storefront. There was a little tree dancing in the window display to the tune of jingle bells. Pete listened to it for a minute or so then decided to try singing along with the little tree, “Tar, la, da. Tar, la, da” then he snickered “Tar la da, da, la”. Afterward the song finished the little tree lit up with lights flickering quickly, which startled Pete at first! “Bah,” he says as he points at the little tree in the window front. Snickering once more.
He watched the tinsel glistening in the lights; all the beautiful colours and bows on the strange tree in the window amazed Pete. There were even coloured balls that cast Pete’s reflection if he looked upon them. On one occasion he moved towards a big red one and saw what looked like his face but it wasn’t quite the same shape as his normally was, Ooh he thought as he watched. As he looked through the window he spotted a strange looking human that was smaller then him sitting on the counter. He was dressed in red and white and had black boots. The funny man was rocking back and forth saying Ho, Ho, Ho, and Merry Christmas. Pete thought this was funny but that he would try it so, he stood back and put his hands on his waist took a deep breath and in a stern monster voice lets our a loud, “Ho, Ho, Ho, and Merry Christmas,” then he snickered once more and walked away singing “Tar, la, da. Tar, la, da. Tar la da, da, la.”
As he made his way through town he saw lots of beautiful lights and in the centre of town he noticed there was a fountain. Now Pete was from the swamp and had never seen a fountain before it appeared strange to him that water was pouring out the top of this thing and trickling down the side into what looked like water below but this was clear. Pete noticed how clean the water looked and decided to take a little dip in the fountain. So he climbed up the side of the fountain and as he reached the top he lost his grip and fell into the water with a loud splash. When he surfaced he snickered again and said “Hmmm nice” as he played he watched the coloured lights flicking in the storefronts. He thought it was strange but beautiful at the same time, as Pete didn’t have light in his burrow underground.
The only lights he could see in the swamp were lights in the evening sky. Then Pete dipped his nose below the water and blew bubbles. He laughed and cackled as he surfaced, as it was very different to the swamp water and tickled his nose as the water rushed out. And as he played you could hear the little monster singing Tar, la, da. Tar, la, da. Tar la da, da, la.”
Then after some time he decided to get out and look around some more so he climbed down out of the fountain and as he stood there he noticed how the goose bumps appeared on his body as the short hairs on his pelt rose in the cool breeze that whistled passed him in the night.
As Pete walk along the street he noticed these things that looked like two big balls one on top of the other, it turned out to be a snowman standing outside a storefront he approached it wearily as he knew it was to hot for snow at this time of year. As he got closer he noticed the snowman was different to the others he had seen in the meadow near the swamp, this one was wearing a black hat which had a ribbon and a yellow flower in the sash, and what looked to be a pipe in his mouth, and this one for some reason was wearing some type of top, which seemed strange as snowmen liked the cool of winter. As he got closer he also noticed that this snowman was holding something in his right hand.
What the snowman was holding was a sign, which read Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from frosty and the gang. Then he reached out to touch the snowman, as he touched it he thought it was rather strange as this snowman was warm and not cold like the one’s he had felt last winter in the fields. So Pete wished the snowman a Merry Christmas but of course it didn’t answer him back.
At that point Pete left and started to walk aimlessly down a narrow street as he walked he noticed there were pots with soil, and in the soil were strange plants with dark green leaves and small red berries. Pete stopped and looked closer at these strange things, he then leaned forward to smell them. Hmm the aroma smelt good he thought so he grabbed a hand full of the strange berries and dark green leaves and took a bite and as soon as he put the berries in his mouth he spat them out with a loud Bah! He decided at that point the berries smelt nice and the leaves looked pretty but it was something he didn’t want to try eating again in the future.
Pete suddenly froze, he thought he heard a sound, then there were footsteps in the narrow street behind him, he didn’t know where to go and hide, then he heard a voice say ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas little one. Pete slowly turned and looked and as the person got closer he saw a jolly man dressed in red with white trim and a black belt and boots, his hair and beard were as white as snow, He looked a lot bigger than the one he had seen in the store window earlier tonight.
Pete had never seen a human like this up close before and this one carried a sack.
As the jolly looking man got closer to Pete his curiosity kicked in. The man stood before Pete and then knelt down so he was closer to Pete’s height. The man said to Pete, “Good evening little one, I hope you are having a good night, My name is Santa,” Pete had never heard this name before but he was intrigued so he mumbled out a Hi and started singing Tar, la, da. Tar, la, da. Tar la da, da, la.
Now Santa knew that Pete had never experienced Christmas like this before and as he listened to him he knew what he was singing and said “Yes, that is called jingle bells it is a song,” Then Santa reached down into his sack and looked at the little monster. “Well now Pete whatever could I have for you”. Pete just watched and wondered as this strange but jolly man rummaged through his sack. Then the man pulled out a little ball and handed it to Pete.
As Pete looks at this ball Santa explains that this is called a snow globe snow and you can shake it. He reaches forward and covers the little monsters hands and shakes them up and down a couple of times and says look. Pete looked down at the globe and sees a little monster standing near a Christmas tree with snow swirling around and then it settled back on the bottom. Pete eyes light up as he says “Tar, la, da, Tar, la, da! And shakes it again. Santa then tells the little monster that he has to make a lot more deliveries tonight and for him to have a safe and Merry Christmas, and with a click of his heels the jolly fat man in red vanishes into the night.
Pete decides as it is nearing sunrise he should make his way back home. So with his snow globe in hand he walks down the narrow street past the snowman and the fountain and under the big tree with the coloured lights and till he reaches the edge of town, then just down the road to the swamp, and makes his way through the swamp to his home. As he does so you can hear the little monster singing “Tar, la, da. Tar, la, da. Tar la da, da, la.” And as he does he takes a last look at the disappearing night sky and sees a strange sled and flying over head and from the sled comes a friendly, Jolly and loud, “Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas!”