A Missing Christmas

In this winter time of disruption, absence, cold and darkness, new hope is something we create together. Seasons greetings from The Fabulist.

The year Father Christmas vanished, the other Holidays gathered together to fashion a replacement. Each volunteered something of themselves in their best approximation of how they remembered the bygone Holiday. 

Valentine shrugged off his red cloak. “For Saint Nick,” he said. 

“For Santa Claus,” Amu Nowruz added, shearing off his white beard with a grimace. 

“And I bring Joulupukki green boughs and branches,” said the May Queen. 

But they worried that this wasn’t enough. 

Finally, in late autumn, with the scent of cinnamon and waxy pumpkins in the air, the Headless Horseman rode in. He dismounted. 

“I’ve come to offer my horse for Sinterklaas,” he said. 

“I remember him riding a reindeer,” said the Easter Bunny, who had brought a basket of small gifts. 

“If Christmas is something different to each of us,” Saint Lucia answered as she handed over her festive lights, “with any luck, it is for humans too.”

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Reader Interactions


  1. Grant Hiura says

    I love this! I particularly resonated with the sassy Easter Bunny making fun of the Headless Horseman’s contribution.

  2. Agata Zielinska says

    I wonder if he went missing because he finally decided to meet with all his counterparts who bring Christmas gifts in Poland to agree on a joint plan of action?!

  3. Claus says

    A great story in very few words. I hope Father Christmas didn’t really disappear, just got his calendar mixed up.

  4. LucyK says

    Love this! Especially as you mention Father Christmas, who I fear is very much in danger of being forgotten and usurped by Santa.

  5. Ann-Eve says

    As whimsical as this is meant to be, it brings a great debate into my head. And now I am missing Pere Noel. Thank you Arendse Lund.

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Arendse Lund

Arendse Lund

Arendse Lund is the winner of the 2021 Staunch Prize for thrillers. Her world building has been called “vividly imagined and genuinely creepy,” which is the highest praise she can imagine. Sometimes she even writes not creepy things. She is currently working on her first novel. You can find her at www.arend.se

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