Smorgasbord at Christmas – Festive Short Stories – Jemima’s Christmas Stocking by Eric Lennick


For the last of the festive stories in the lead up to Christmas, a special treat from one half of the humorous writing team of Joy and Eric Lennick. Joy is a frequent visitor to the blog but I am delighted to welcome Eric with sharing a story.  Nothing like a surprise on Christmas morning….

Jemima’s Christmas Stocking by Eric Lennick

Jemima Barton was a lady of seventy-six years and a spinster. She lived alone in a small, terraced house ever since her mother, Alice died.

Jemima had many quaint habits, and one of these was to hang up a stocking every Christmas Eve. She, of course, had no expectations of finding it filled but – to make the occasion more cheerful – she placed a small gift inside addressed to herself.

On this particular Christmas morning, Miss Barton made herself a breakfast of muesli, toast and coffee, as usual and opened her Christmas cards; placing them around the room, like friends. She then approached the stocking and stared in amazement at the contents, for not only was there the gift she had bought herself, but also a small box of chocolates and an envelope. With trembling fingers, Jemima opened it and found a note which read,

“Dear lady, While shopping in the supermarket earlier this year, as you know…your handbag was stolen. I take full responsibility for its theft and am thoroughly ashamed of the act. It must have caused you much distress. Soon after my ignoble deed, my mother suddenly collapsed and died. I was heart-broken, and after the tears, did much soul-searching. What sort of a man had I become, I asked myself. My late mother was an honourable woman and certainly didn’t bring me up to be a thief…I even recalled her words: “Remember son, everyone is someone that counts!” Late, I readily admit, but the penny dropped and I am now a better, improved person, and intend staying one.

Hoping you can find it in your heart to forgive me, I look forward to a happier Christmas, and hope the same for you. As you will see, I have returned your keys and enclosed enough money to buy a new handbag. Use it in good health.

Yours sincerely,

Noel Hawkins”

©Eric Lennick 2019

About Joy and Eric Lennick

Joy and Eric have retired to Spain where they enjoy sunshine most of the year round. Having read many posts about their lives, it is clear that life has been an adventure particularly when running their hotel. Apart from  The Moon is Wearing a Tutu which they wrote together, Joy is also an eclectic writer: diary, articles, poetry, short stories and five books. Two books were factual, the third as biographer: HURRICANE HALSEY (a true sea adventure), fourth her Memoir MY GENTLE WAR and her most recentfiction novel is THE CATALYST. Plenty more simmering…

About the Moon is Wearing a Tutu

A little book, full of jokes, Limericks, poems, short stories and one-liners, from husband and wife team, Joy and Eric Lennick. Both authors in their own “write”, they have collaborated to bring you this fun read.

One of the reviews for the book

This book comprises of a number of unusual poems that certainly force you to think deeply by Joy Lennick and a few poems, limericks and humorous one-liner jokes by Eric Lennick. There are also two, clever 50-word short stories by Jean Wilson.

While the entire book was entertaining to read, I really enjoyed some of Joy’s wickedly humorous poems. She uses her words like little knives to cut into the body of a matter and expose its beating heart in a manner that is humorous but sharply to the point.

The one that I related to the most was Think Outside the Box:

“I think out of the box
and why not?
(Are you wary your copybook you’ll blot?!)
I’m fed up with sheep
who seem half asleep
individuals they certainly are not.
To say “aab” not “baa”
is OK.
For a change why not try it today!
The fox you could fox –
confusing his “box,”
just say “aab” and get clean away.”

A selection of books by Joy Lennick

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And on Amazon US: Amazon US

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Connect to Joy and Eric

Blog: https://joylennick.wordpress.com/
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My thanks to Eric for make sure I bolt the front and back doors from now on in case someone wants to return my keys to me as a suprise…..as always you comments are very welcome.. thanks Sally.