Post 3

Christmas Collaborations

Illustration by Monty Vern

Is He Here Yet!
by Concealed Voices

Twisting and turning in my bed unable to sleep with my cheeks hurting from the beaming smile across my face on Christmas Eve is a vivid memory I will cherish until the day I die. The excitement of the unknown kept me awake for most of the night as I eagerly await the next morning.

I’ve been a good boy all year – I stayed out of trouble, achieved good grades at school, and polite to everyone I spoke to. I even received a letter from Santa telling me he will be visiting so I need to make sure mum leaves a few biscuits for him and his reindeers before I go to bed.

I hope he enjoys what we leave for him and keeps his promise because it was the same year when I left a tooth under my pillow and when I woke up it was still there. The tooth fairy either had a night off or made redundant… (bad grandma!)

Illustration by Monty Vern

I can’t contain my enthusiasm anymore. It’s 4.30 am. I’m going to wake up mum before I run down the stairs at 100mph. I’m about to approach her door until I hear… GO BACK TO BED!!! Oh, I guess it’s too early. Fine, I’ll try and sleep for a couple more hours. My operation “see if Santa has arrived” failed miserably.

It wasn’t even a second after 6 am that I reappeared from my bedroom and started banging on mum’s door. “It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas, it’s Christmas”… I kept repeating until she gave up. “Go and see if Santa has been”, mum said. She was probably more relieved than me because I was such an annoying (but sweet) kid during the holiday season. I wasn’t greedy and I knew my family didn’t have much but they put in so much love to give me an amazing childhood.

Christmas is also a valuable lesson to privileged children all over the world. My mum taught me to understand that not everyone will wake up surrounded by warmth, love, and presents. A gentle reminder to appreciate life for what it is because it could be gone tomorrow.

Notes on the Author

Joey runs a blog – Concealed Voices – dedicated to discussing Mens Mental Health and lifestyle. He is creating a safe space in which men (and women) are encouraged to talk openly about their feelings, hopes, dreams and desires. You can visit Joey’s blog and read more about the man behind the post. Follow Joey on Twitter and Instagram promoting a positive mental attitude and celebrating his work as well as supporting the likes of us.

Joey is one of our favourite bloggers because he tells it like it is. Honest, pure raw writing – which is a rare find these days.

Notes on the Illustrator

All of the illustrations provided throughout Christmas Collaborations are the original, bespoke works of Monty Vern.


11 thoughts on “Post 3

  1. I must have the only children on earth who love Christmas and presents but love sleep more. We adults are always up and eagerly waiting for their surprised faces Christmas morning. LOL

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