Thursday, December 21, 2006

Lil' Stevie's Christmas Questions

Lil Stevie: “Momma, how come we don’t got no chimney?
Momma: “You mean, why don’t we have a chimney?”
Lil Stevie: “Yes, Ma’am.”
Momma: “Well, because we live in an apartment.”
Lil Stevie: “Oh. Well, how is Santa going to get the presents to us if he can’t come down the chimney like on TV?”
Momma: “He’ll come through the front door.”
Lil Stevie: “Who will let him in? Won’t you be sleep?”
Momma: “I’ll leave the door unlocked.”

(Stevie looks at his mother and scratches his head)

Lil Stevie: “No momma! ‘Cause If you do that then somebody will come in behind Santa and try to rob him! Then, they will probably beat him up, take his money, take his reindeer and sell ‘em, sell all the little girls and boys toys, plus our gifts! After all of that then Christmas will be over!”
Momma: “No it won’t son because we’ll still have Jesus.”

(Stevie looks at his mother and scratches his head again)

Lil Stevie:
“Momma, what does Jesus have to do with Christmas?”


Anonymous said...

Well, Lil Stevie; Jesus is Christmas :)
ChristMas means all the people, all over the world should celebrate Jesus Christ (Christmas = Jesus Christ-Mass)

Merry Christmas Lil Stevie :)

P.S. Be nice to your parents all the time, not only on Christmas!!

African girl, American world said...

How wild was your imagination?

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you for explaining this to Lil' Stevie as his mother did. :)

It was very wild! :) This is inspired by a real conversation that I had with my mother.

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

This is a great chance for Momma to teach Lil Stevie, isn't it?

But it's so sad what the reality of his little life is, the bad guys coming to rob. Oh, poor little baba.

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

I thought it was you! Were you scared growing up, thinking all those things about bad guys?

Stephen A. Bess said...

We lived in a bad neighborhood. :)I asked a lot of questions when I was growing up. My imagination would run wild. :)

get zapped said...

The genuine voice rings through. I appreciate your candidness, while bringing to light, a reality that is distant to many people. I'm happy lil Stevie had his mommy to reassure him ; )

This is a tender post. Thank you.

Suzan Abrams, email: said...

Oh dear, oh dear, Stephen. Glad you came through, friend.
Thanks for being so supportive of my writing.
Really appreciate it.
Here's wishing you happy holidays, a truly merry Christmas with Christ and a very happy new year for 2007.

Rose said...

That was great! Many kids don't associate Jesus with Christmas because Christmas has become so commercial. We have to do much better in teaching our children the real mean of christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Cynnie said...

My mama always said that Santa had keys to everyones house..

that was always pretty comforting..

Recondite said...

I really like that. Cuz we forget the the real meaning.

Anonymous said...

mother continued ... and Jesus in our lives is something we should learn to celebrate everyday ... not wait for "Christmas" to remember.

Thank you for always being there Stephen, be safe! eat, drink and laugh way toooooo much - put on some good music and have a very very very merry christmas.
ps... give your mom a kiss from me.

Dance_Soul said...

Did I ever tell you about how my dad took a picture of my mom with her arm out (as if she were putting her arm around someone) and told me that they, "tried to take a picture of Santa but he's invisible in pictures..." I believed them until they tried the same thing with the EASTER BUNNY!!!!

Icarus said...

There was me thinking that lil Stevie was a child of our times. It turns out he was a child of your times. But I guess you got the lesson good, eh Stephen?
Are you gonna stay focused on it through the next 4 or 5 days? Nah, you'll find some time to indulge a bit too! Go crazy and get ready for those giant strides upwards in 2007! In peace.

Uaridi said...

Out of the mouth of babes!!!!!! I am sure that mom told her little son the true story of Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you and yours bro

Geoffrey Philp said...

Merry Christmas, Stephen.


Xave said...

Oh damn! Wasn't reaady for that. But you are on point as usual...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! :-D

African girl, American world said...

Merry Christmas!!

Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful said...

That was soooo cute!!

And its a situation that I'm glad you were in so that you could inquire such a thought.

Many children coming up these days only know Christmas to be that of BIG GIFTS.

And although Christmas is in part about gift giving--based on the Bible, and how everyone brought gifts to baby Jesus--it is about much more and children really should be taught the key concept of Christmas first.

Merry Christmas Brother Stephen.

Tafari said...

For some reason, I never believed in Santa but I was scarred as heck of the Sand man putting out my eyes if I did not fall asleep on Christmas eve.

I saw Na'im Akbar this summer & during his presentation he stated that if Black parents were going to lie to their kids about Santa, why lie and say that a fat anonymous white man was coming to the hood to give ghetto children loads gifts. If you are going to lie, tell them that Santa real name is Hakeem and he has dreadlocks.

I cracked up!

Happy holidays,

Gooders Girl said...

very cute!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

Bougie Black Boy said...

see! This is what I'm talking about. . . so few words, but so much meaning.

Crankyputz said...

I always find it funny, that Jesus was so much more a part of my Christmas in Dubai (a muslim country) than in Canada (a supposedly Christian country.)

Good thing Mumsey set lil Stevie right....

Season's Greetings, Btw.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you. It came to me as the holiday approached. I started thinking of my own childhood.

Happy Holidays and it is my pleasure. :)

I agree. We much teach our children the true meaning. It’s important that they know the difference.

LOL! I was so naïve. I would’ve trusted Santa back then. :)

I agree. Welcome!

Thank you as well! That was a great addition to the story. My mother appreciates the kisses. :)

That’s a really cute story! :) Yes, parents try to create that magic for their kids. I hope that you got all you wanted for Christmas.

Thank you! Yes, great strides for 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Sis! :)

Blessings to you and your family this holiday!

Thanks bro and Happy Holidays for you and yours!

Happy Kwanzaa!!

I like how you think JB! Merry Christmas!

LOL! That is funny! :) Thanks for that.

Thanks! Happy Holidays to you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Thanks Stephen! I try to keep it simple but meaningful.

Season’s Greetings! :) That is very interesting. Thanks!

Lyrically speaking said...

LOL, that's funny.
I realized I didn't press the refresh button in order to read your latest posts, all this time I thought you were still gone and haven't posted anything new :), yeah I know "Duh", lol

Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful said...

I know....

fizzio brown said...

Just beautiful, Stephen ... with such a profound question for enquiring minds to ponder.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Hello! Good to see you back. Thank you. This one took me back to my childhood. :)

NML/Natalie said...

That is pure childhood innocence comedy. Belated happy Christmas my friend and I'm sure you have *both* Santa and Jesus in your Christmas now ;-)

Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes but I found out that I am actually Santa. :)

A Girl Again said...

That's as bad as my daughter asking me if christmas was santa's birthday. These are the times when I am sure that not taking my children to sunday school, eleven o'clock and six o'clock service is the worst decision i will ever make as a parent.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes, we have to teach them the "Reason.." as folk say. :) Good to see you.

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