Friday, December 24, 2004


Grandma and Grandpa Claus were babysitting for their son and daughter-in-law. It was an annual Christmas tradition since their son had assumed responsibility of keeping the legend alive. In his day it had been easier, Grandpa thought to himself. It didn't take millions of whirlwind visits through snowstorms, landing on rooftops, sliding down chimneys to so firmly anchor the idea in people's minds. None of that would have been humanly possible, anyhow. In his time, he thought, five visits in one night resulted in enough sightings to spread the legend and keep it alive. After that it took on its own dynamic. The senior Clauses tried not to show their grandchildren, but they were increasingly worried about their son. Last year he had returned exhausted and looking very much older, as if he had labored the night shoveling presents into a coal furnace. He had doubled and redoubled the number of houses visited, now almost 30 in one night, sadly to no avail. The ideas of peace, good will and sharing were dying out in the modern times. With consternation the aged couple thought of their grandchildren and how difficult it would be for them when they took over.

Story #118

Note from Indeterminacy: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! It's a pleasure to meet each and every one of you via these stories. Indeterminacy is now on vacation until next year. Regular posts will begin again on Monday, January the 3rd.

9 comments:

retarius said...

happy holidays to you. i look forward to more great stories next year.

Indeterminacy said...

Thank you! I'll try and read your blog while on vacation. Your posts are hilariously brilliant!

The Mushroom said...

Santa's supposed to be fat and jolly -- Mbut rs. S needs to start taking Lipitor, she's frigging obese!

Merry Christmas to all, and hopefully Pêre Noël will bring me antispam tools that work. Two browser hijackers diverted me from this page after I'd gotten an All-Clear from Spybot and AdAware. F*CK, make that three, another one came while typing this sentence.

Milamber said...

Prettige kerstdagen! Enjoy your holiday!

Robyn said...

May this holiday season find you and yours well. Have fun during your break. You will be missed though.

Love and Light

Graham said...

Wishing you a HUGE Merry XMAS Indeterminacy, and a smashing New Year!

roachz said...

Hey, How about a twisted Christmas horror tale?
Merry Christmas and I hope you have a great time with your family!

Jessie said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Indeterminacy said...

Thanks for all the comments while I was out. I was only online a few times during the last week and a half but it was great to see you all stopped by!