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Carry Me – a Different Christmas Short Story

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.


My burden is heavy, and I am exhausted. Though I am very proud of my load, my legs are trembling, and every muscle of my body is aching, burning. I am afraid that any moment now I am going to flop. But I have to stand, they need me strong. Now more than ever.

After crossing the desert, we are almost two hours now in this town, searching for a shelter. Master Joseph has nearly knocked on the door of every house, but in vain. It's late at night now. A strange light in the sky gives a beautiful colour to all things around. I feel like this light, in a magic way, fills me with extra strength. Like if without its help I would have collapsed already.


We have reached the edge of the town. This one is maybe the only house that has left. Our last hope. I see master Joseph standing in the doorway. My heart is beating crazily. I pray within, "please Mother of all things, help us"! Lady Mary is calm, though I know that she is in pain. I turn my head, and I see that she has her eyes closed. I feel that she is praying too.

A man opens the door. Master Joseph is pointing towards us, trying to explain our situation. The other man is staring us. He says something to Joseph, and now the master is walking briskly back to us. He is smiling! Thank you, Mother, our suffering ends.

We are following the good man. He is guiding us to a place outside the town. I gather all my remaining strength, trying to make my trembling legs keep walking. I know we are close now, in a strange way, I feel it.

The man stops in front of the entrance of a cave. He speaks to a man who was standing there and then tells to master Joseph "stay the night". Master bows to the good man while is saying words of gratitude. He is trying to give him some money, but the man says a strict "no" and leaves.

The other man and master Joseph help lady Mary to go in the cave. After a while, he comes back to me. He gives me a big hug and says:

"We've made it, my boy! Thank you for your courage!"

I am happy, and I show it to him, in my way. He takes the rest of my load and goes into the cave again. Oh, Mother, I am relieved now! I feel like a feather. I can rest.


I close my eyes and I instantly fall asleep. A sweet dream of my own mother makes my heart flutter. I haven't seen her, it seems to me, for ages. I run to her, and she runs to me.

"Oh, mother, how happy I am to see you again!"

"I am happy too, my dear boy, and I am so proud of you. All your ancestors are proud of your noble mission. Love has chosen you to serve her Son!"



The cry of a baby awakes me. He is here! A glorious light emerges from the cave! I think I hear magnificent music coming down from the sky! The cry stops and the light becomes brighter. I pray! I pray words of gratitude to Mother Love, who sent Her Son to us.

I see master Joseph coming to me. He caresses my head and whispers:

"Come, He wants to see you."

My legs are trembling again, but now, not because of tiredness! I follow the master, and we enter into the cave.


He is here, before my wondering eyes. He lies in a manger! The King is lying in a manger, surrounded by a cow, an ox, three sheep and a goat! They are warming Him with their breath. Lady Mary is resting beside Him. She is obviously exhausted, but she is glowing the same glorious light.

I kneel beside Him. He stretches His hand and touches my forehead. I hear His voice in my head and in my heart. He says:

"Thank you! I am grateful for your help. Without you, we wouldn't make it. But I still need your help. I ask you to carry me to Egypt and save my life. It will be a hard and dangerous trip. Will you do it for me?"

I can't believe what I am hearing! Without hesitation, I answer:

"You are grateful to me, my Lord! No, no! I am grateful to you! You have come to bring Love to the human heart again. Humans have been lost in the shadows, and you came to spread the Light, to bring balance to this troubled planet. Your sacrifice is going to save us all. Of course, I will carry you, wherever you need, even to the edge of the Earth. I am ready to give my life for you if I have to!"

He smiles at me, and His following words sound like the most divine music in my head and in my heart:

"You carried me, on my first journey, and you are ready to give your life for me; I know you are. I thank your noble Heart, and I have a small gift for you. I want you to know this. Thirty-three years from now, your son will carry me on my last journey to Jerusalem."

My mind is overwhelmed by a scene. The King of Love triumphantly enters Jerusalem riding on my son's back. At the same time, the crowd lay their clothes on the ground to welcome Him, singing "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord".

This very moment of this magical night I am the happiest donkey has ever walked on Earth!

No matter how many trees we decorate, how many tables we fill with all kind of foods, how many gifts we exchange, how many wishes we say, we will never live real Christmas until we prepare a place within us for the baby Christ!

— Sean Dragon

A Thanksgiving and a Humble Offering to All the Animals of the World

This story is a thanksgiving and a humble offering to all the animals of the world. An appreciation of their purity which balances human ignorance! I bow before your noble Hearts, my dear brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom!

Merry Christmas to us all! Love like there is no tomorrow!

© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 31, 2019:

Oh, my sweet and dear, Li-Jen, your comment is the best gift for me! What more a writer can ask? Thank you for your kind words and the mention of my profile photo. I wanted to be a recent one. My best wishes for the New Year!

May life fulfil all your dreams!


Li-Jen Hew on December 31, 2019:

Oh and nice profile picture update Sean!

Li-Jen Hew on December 31, 2019:

Thanks for the sweet story and your message behind it! I think my worries seem to go away whenever I read something from you. There is some power.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 29, 2019:

My dear sister, Audrey, thank you so much for this exceptional comment! I think that your part that has been awakened is your Angelic one. Because I am sure that you were there as one of the singing Angels. So, you know better! You know how much I love your luminous Heart! Gratitude!

Love from the family!


Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 28, 2019:

Oh, what a sweet and precious story of the Nativity as seen through the eyes of this very special donkey. He, too, was chosen to make this journey. A new part of me has been awakened through this insightful experience and I thank you, my brother.

Blessings of light and love to you and your lovely family.


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 28, 2019:

Ha! Ha! It may be! My subconscious self it may feel like a tired donkey, but always ready to serve! I am a happy man, my dear brother, no matter what, because I really know that I am God's beloved child! A friend who visited our home at Christmas told me "you may not be rich, but I can see you have a happy family and this is better than everything"! So, yes, I am going forward as a Warrior of The Light! Thank you for being by my side. I love you, brother! Have a blessed New Year!

Six enormous hugs from the family!


manatita44 from london on December 28, 2019:

I like the way you tell your story. It's another innovative way of communicating the Christmas spirit of good will … of universal Love and Light. Bless you, My Brother. Kudos to you. Go forward not as a tired donkey, but as a child of Light to 2020 and beyond. Shalom to the family.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2019:

It's a great honour to me, my brother, Rodric! Give them a big hug from me. Children are Christmas anyway. Blessings to all!



Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on December 25, 2019:

I am sharimg this story with my children today. Merry CHRISTmas

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2019:

Thank you, my dear sister, Dora, for your kind words and your wishes. I wish you Love to make each and every day of your life like Christmas. Your Heart is bright of kindness like the Star, so I am sure that you are significant for many people like you are to me. The beauty and service you offer become a sweet kiss to baby Jesus.

Much Love from Greece!


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 25, 2019:

I love your story of Christmas through the eyes of the donkey. Creative, insightful and touching! Thanks and may you and your family experience the real love, peace and joy that Christmas came to bring!

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2019:

I thank you, my dear sister, Chitrangada, because you are always sharing positive energy to all of us. I wish the Light of Love to illuminate your life, and the lives of your beloved ones, always!



Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 24, 2019:

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. I enjoyed reading it. I love the festival season. May you stay blessed with your family. Merry Christmas to you and a wonderful New Year ahead.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 24, 2019:

Thank you so much, my dear sister, Pamela, for your beautiful words! I wish you the wisdom of the Magi and the Love of Mother Mary, to fill every day of your life. Blessings to your smiling Heart!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 24, 2019:

Each one of us is a character of the Christmas tale, my dear sister, Linda! We only have to become aware of it! My Love and my prayers embrace all your family! May the Star to illuminate our Hearts!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 24, 2019:

This is a beatiful way to tell the story of the Nativity. I just finished reading the last chapter of Luke this morning, so the story was fresh in my mind. Your quote "we will never live real Christmas until we prepare a place within us for the baby Christ!" is so true. Thank you for telling this wonderful story and I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 24, 2019:

What a beautiful interpretation of the Nativity. Each character in the Christmas tale has, I'm sure, a story to tell. I wrote one many years ago of the life of the innkeeper. I like your telling even better.

May your home and family be surrounded in love this Day and always.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 24, 2019:

And I thank you for your luminous Heart and your kind words, my brother, Rodric! May the Light of His birth always to illuminate our lives!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on December 24, 2019:

Merry CHRISTmas. Thank you for favoring us with this delightful story. It is a gift.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 24, 2019:

The same to you, my brother, Bill! May Love and happiness fill each of your days! I wish you to keep being a blessing for many people's lives.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 24, 2019:

My dear brother, John, that means I have succeeded. That was my intention. To give the view of this brave and noble donkey! Thank you for always supporting my work! This Christmas I pray for Australia. I pray for all the wildlife suffering in flames!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 24, 2019:

May this holiday season bring you and your family an abundance of love and blessings, my friend. Merry Christmas!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 24, 2019:

I had a feeling the donkey was telling this tale but you confirmed it at the end. It was quite a unique way of telling the story of the original Christmas, Sean. I loved it.

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