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Molly’s adventures with Travellers - Christmas Special 2

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By Ben Chastney |  December 18, 2015 |

Santa’s visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past. And friends.

It’s a week before Christmas and Santa is awoken in the middle of the night.

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“Argh, who…who are you?”

“I am a ghost. I thought that the woooooooo would be a giveaway. To be precise I am The Ghost of Christmas Past.”

“Why are you here?”

“You tell me, there must be something on your conscience?”

“On my conscience?”

“Yes my role here is really just to hold a mirror up to your own soul to allow for a little critical self-reflection. At least that’s what my job description says.”

“Well there has been one thing troubling me”

“Tell me”

“Well the other day I was at work and this little girl, bit precocious but well meaning, got me thinking about how inclusive I really am.”

“Woooooooo. I mean how so?”

“Well, she challenged me as to whether I visit caravan sites. It made me question whether I would. Or would I go to a roadside camp?”

“Why wouldn’t you?”

“Well I had heard rumours about dangerous dogs and that some of these kids are stopping illegally.”

“Right, I think I’m going to need some help here.”

He snaps his fingers and another ghost appears.

“You rang?”

“Yes Ghost of Empathy. I think we need a bit of your magic.”

“What seems to be the problem?”

“Santa here seems to be coming up short on the whole empathy thing.”

“Oh Santa. And at Christmas.”

“Yeah sorry, can you help me.”

“Of course but it isn’t really magic, just a bit of thoughtfulness works I find. What’s the difficulty?”

“Well I’m struggling to relate to Gypsies and Travellers.”

“I get that a lot. Shouldn’t be too hard. First question: do you travel?”

“You could say that. Certainly on some days of the year anyway.”

“Yes and wouldn’t it be bad if people judged you. Or made it tough to move around for work?”

“I work from home.”

“On your own?”

“Oh wait no, the elves! Of course…fair point.”

“Thank you. Next question: how do you like where you are living?”

“Well I kind of like it. It’s quiet out here, if a bit cut off from other people and services. It’s a bit different from how other people live but I enjoy it and it is part of who I am.”

“Interesting. Remind you of any other group?”

“I see where you are going with this.”

“Yes you’ve got it. Oh and would you stop being Santa if you moved into a bungalow when that bad back of yours finally gets too much?”

“No of course not, that would be insulting. I’m guessing that was another point right there.”

“Indeed. Last question: do you like your reputation?”

“It’s pretty positive, I generally get a good press. Having said that I do get fed up with people telling me who I am, what I do and where I should live. Half of it isn’t even true.”

“Yeah, so imagine how fed up you would be if you were told all these things and it was less positive.”

“Wow yes that would be awful.”

“So maybe be a bit more careful about making assumptions.”

“Now that is the Christmas spirit. Actually how about longer term. Remember: empathy and compassion are not just for Christmas.”

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