An All-American Christmas Wish

I had a friend in high school named Rika.  When she was very young, her family had made a harrowing escape from Soviet Estonia. Rika spoke English well, but she was desperate to learn to speak American like a native.  You know, to use words like groovy and cool and no way! and yuck!

At Christmas, she gave me a card with a picture of Santa and his reindeer bowing reverently before the Babe in the manger as Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the wisemen looked on.  “Is it a good card?” she asked.  “Is it American?”

Well, yes, it really was.

Inside Rika had written, in her most heartfelt American: “Best wishes for a year of health, education and welfare.”

Years later, Rika’s Christmas message was my first sell as a writer.  Kiplinger’s Changing Times paid me $25 for it.

Merry Christmas, Rika, wherever you are. 

And to everyone else, have a Blessed Christmas!

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4 responses to “An All-American Christmas Wish

  1. Merry Christmas to you and Dan as well ,my friend! Thanks so much for your awesome posts this year!

  2. Thank you, Marci. And a blessed Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Jean

    Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours, Kay. Look forward to reading you here in the new year, dear friend.
    Jean

  4. And to you too, my friend. I love our “conversations” here.

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