Fred was standing outside watching people pass by with his eyes black as coal, his round belly protruding. Fred tried to pay them no mind. The weather was getting colder and colder as Christmas approached.
As Fred stood in front of the house he could see the neighbors getting ready for Christmas. He was watching houses getting decorated, bright lights sparkling along the roof lines. The faint sound of Christmas music was wandering out of the nearby houses. Fred couldn’t make out all the songs but he heard bits of Jingle Bells mixed with White Christmas. The music sounded good, but it made him feel lonely.
The large front windows let Fred see into the houses. Next door, Little Britney and her brother were putting popcorn garland around a Christmas tree, laughing as they ran around. The house on the other side had a young couple decorating their first tree. The man reached up and gently put a star on top of the small tree as she watched with a huge smile. As the darkness settled on the neighborhood twinkling lights hit the snow with a rainbow of colors.
Fred looked across the ground with sadness. He was forgotten and Christmas was tomorrow. A group of Carolers wandered by singing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. The song made Fred smile but it didn’t change the fact that he was left alone. All the people that played with him last week were busy with their own friends and family and he was left by himself. “Maybe after Christmas they’ll be back, ” he thought to himself.
The darkness took over the night as lights began to shut off. He could see children being sent to bed or else Santa wouldn’t come. The trees lights were unplugged and then the houses went dark. Soon, the streetlight, casting it’s long shadows across the frozen ground, was the only light.
Fred drifted off to sleep waking the next morning to the sounds of happy screams. He glanced around and saw various kids opening presents. Santa must have done very well last night since everyone seemed happy. Fred saw the young married couple wish each other a “merry Christmas” as they began to open small presents – huge smiles on their faces.
Little Britney came down the stairs quietly rubbing the sleep from her eyes. As she walked around the corner her eyes suddenly looked like they would fall out of her head. She saw all the wonderful presents under the tree and yelled for her brother. He came down, following a minute or two later, walking up to the tree next to Britney. The two of them began to open their presents, each present better than the last. Both of them seemed excited by all they had gotten.
Fred was watching through the window wondering if he would get anything for Christmas. It was at this point that Britney happened to glance out the window and noticed Fred standing there. The two of them made eye contact and Britney waved. She wandered into the next room and Fred couldn’t see her anymore. Her brother continuing to play with his new toys as their parents walked in to watch, smiling at each other.
As Fred continued to watch the scene take place he heard a door open and close. Then he heard the crunch of snow and Britney came up to him from behind. “Oh Fred, how could we forget your on Christmas?” she asked as she put a scarf around his frozen neck. “Merry Christmas, ” she said as she tied it in a rough knot.
By this time her parents had gone to the window to see where Britney had gone. Her dad snapped a picture as Britney gave the snowman a big hug before running back into the house, leaving Fred outside with his new scarf and the biggest smile a snowman could manage. All his Christmas wishes had come true.