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The King in the Manger - a Christmas Fairytale

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


Let's make our Heart a humble manger, a place where the Light and Love, the little Christ, can be born again.

— Sean Dragon

Once upon a time, there was the Man. The Man had been created by the King of the world, who was also the King of Love. He had created Man to live with Him, in a beautiful homeland, in a glorious palace full of songs, games and joy. The King wanted to teach Man the Love, for He knew that only this Knowledge could make him happy.

But there was another king, Egoism, who ruled in another country, not so beautiful and much darker. Egoism envied the relationship between Man and the King of Love and had decided to deceive Man with lies and take him away, in his own kingdom. And so it happened! The Man fell into the trap. He was fooled by the false promises of Egoism and abandoned the Palace and the King of Love. He followed Egoism and began to look for the fake happiness that he had promised him, in other countries, distant and dangerous, where Egoism had planned to trap him. And he had managed to set this trap just fine.

The Man had been lost in more and more ugly areas and ended up living in stables and dark caves. He was living in misery and had forgotten his former happy life. Only seldom, and more like a dream, images of laughter and happiness, images of the time he lived in the Palace, were arising to his mind, making him try to remember where these images were coming from, and why they were filling him with so much joy and so much homesickness in his grief...

Egoism was living with the fear that Man could at some point wake up from the spells he had done to him, remembering his ancestry and try to return to the King. So he was trying to deceive him with more and more lies. Unfortunately, Egoism managed to convince Man that this is how life normally is, painful and ugly. He was telling him that the King of the World had made it up this way because He wanted to torment him. The wicked king was constantly keeping Man busy with heavy work, and poisoned his heart with the worst poisons he had. Malice, passion, ingratitude, corruption, condemnation, hatred and more. At the same time, Egoism was saying that Man should thank him and show him gratitude, for he was his saviour and had taken good care of him.


And the poor and silly Man, full of all these poisons, became ugly, was feeling pain and started to fear everything. He began to lose his mind, and he had almost forgotten his origin and the Good King. He was living every day in ugliness and fear, thinking that this is life, as his "saviour" was saying. But somewhere deep within, a spark of the Truth was still lighting, and it was whispering that life was made to be beautiful and happy.

Egoism felt proud because he thought that he had accomplished his purpose and that he would forever have Man to serve his wicked needs.

But far away, in the Land of Light and Love where the Palace was, no one had forgotten Man. The King was seeking ways that could make Man remember his ancestry and decide to return. He had the power, whenever he wanted, to defeat Egoism and free the Man. But the Good King knew that this would have no value. If Man did not freely decide to return to the Land of Love, he could never acquire Knowledge and become truly happy. The King knew that you could never impose Love, you can only choose her. And it was Love, who found a solution.


The Brother of Man, the Prince of Light, who had not been fooled by the deception of Egoism and always living with the King, proposed a plan for the salvation of Man. It was a plan of Love because the Prince loved his brother, Man, more than His life. It was also a dangerous plan. The Prince decided to go to the dark lands, where Egoism reigned, to live with Man, and with his example and love to remind Man who really is and to show him the way back to the Palace.

The King, who loved the Prince as much as He loved Man, tried to explain to him --he was His only Son now-- that this plan was very dangerous because when Egoism would become aware of his presence, he would do him great harm. But Prince's love was so great that it couldn't be shadowed by any threat or fear. He had decided to save his brother and would do it at any cost, even if that cost was his own life. This is Love anyway!

In order not to be easily perceived by the dark king, they had to do something brilliant, very challenging though. They decided that the Prince would be born again like a baby, in a cave, among the animals, hoping that the Man would take care of Him, because of the Love that was his origin, and still existed in him. So as the Prince will be growing up with the Man, he would find the way to remind him who really is, to remember that his Father, the King, loves him very much and waits for him, and to show him again the way back to the Land of Love.

After they had planned them all, the King asked the Prince for the last time:

"Are you sure you want to do this? It will be much harder for you than you can imagine."

"I am sure, Father. Love will bring us back again. No cost compares to the great gift of being able to offer Love, without expecting any reward, and seeing the miracles that follow. You have taught me this with thousands of examples!"

The King embraced the Prince and told him:

"After this choice and action, you will be the same as me, you will no longer be a Prince, you will be King, the King of Love!"

So the Prince, who had become King, like his Father, because He had chosen to serve Love, became a baby again and was born in a cave where animals lived. He decided to be born there rather than in a luxurious palace, to sleep in a small animal manger and not in a golden cradle, to be in a place even poorer than the places Man was already living, because He did not want to make Man feel inferior at any point. At the same time, it was an excellent plan to confuse Egoism!

All those who were serving the Good King of Love, when they learned about the plan, wanted to help.


The Universe sent its brightest Star to illuminate the way of Man, in the darkness that he was living, so that he could find the cave where the miracle happened.

The world of Magic has sent the three most magnificent Magi to offer precious gifts to the Little King so that to attract the attention of Man.

The Angels descended from Heaven and sang beautiful hymns, prompting Man to go to the new King.

The animals, happy with the honour of having their Creator's son among them, they nursed the baby with fondness.

And the miracle happened! The Man, motivated by all these actions, found the cave and the little King in the manger which played the role of a cradle. And then he picked up the baby and kept it in his arms. And everything changed! As the Man embraced the King of Love, he began to fill again with Light. He began to fill with Love and joy and started to remember.


This Holy Night was the first time that in which the Egoism learned defeat. The road for Man's return to his home, the Palace of Love, had now been reopened, and no matter what evil and ugly attempts, Egoism did, he never managed to shut it up again.

Thus, remember that Love will do what it takes to free us from our fears, from darkness, misery and pain. Love will do whatever it takes without counting any cost! All we have to do is to choose Love! This is the meaning of Christmas. If, whenever we choose, we choose Love, then we will continue to live the miracle of the Holy Night, and we will surely walk in the path of returning to our Father's Palace!

Christmas is not another cause for celebration. It is the reminder that we were born humans, but we grow up Gods.

— Sean Dragon

© 2018 Ioannis Arvanitis


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on March 17, 2019:

I am so honoured by your words my dear Rochelle! Thank you so much!

May the King of Love be with you every day!


Rdsparrowriter on March 17, 2019:

Interesting way of presenting the story of love :) Beautiful creation :)

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 27, 2018:

I humbly bow to your applause, my dear Sister, Dora! I treasure your comment.

Blessings for the New Year!


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 27, 2018:

Applause! Applause! Story well-told. Message so powerful. Great creativity and inspiration.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 26, 2018:

Thank you, my dear Sister Chitrangada! I am so glad you liked it! I wish that Love, no matter what name we give Her, to bless your days.

Love and Peace to you and your beloved ones!


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 25, 2018:

Enjoyed reading your engrossing story!

Merry Christmas to you and your family Sean. Wish you peace, joy and happiness always.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. Loved the videos.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2018:

My dear Linda, thank you so much! I wish you Love that will make Christmas every one of your days!

I am blessed to know your luminous Heart!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2018:

My dear Brother of the Light of Love, Tim, thank you so much for your fantastic comment! You give power and hope, and I sense you by my side on this Noble Path we walk! Admiration and respect are some of these that I feel for you. Blessed I am, to know you and learn from you.

We send Blessings and loving hugs, everyone in our family, for you and your family. We wish you Christmas every day!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2018:

My dear Brother Manatita, thank you so much for being a part of my family now, a part of our Love and Heart. You are a gift to us! All family is doing great; we have a home full of Love, what more to ask?

Blessings and loving hugs from everyone in the family for Uncle Manatita!


PS: We thank you so much for your lovely card!

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2018:

Merry Christmas and happy new year, my brother Eric! Thank you for your Love. I wish many people with a Heart full of Love, like yours, to help our world.

God Bless your beautiful family!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2018:

My best wishes to you and your beloved ones, my dear brother Bill! Thank you for being a medium for Love and Peace in this world. Christmas is better when you know that there are people like you, Manatita, Tim, Eric, Jodah, Chris ... and --I thank God-- many others on this troubled planet.

Let us give Love a chance!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2018:

Yes, my sweet Li-Jen, Love is the answer to any question. And is the solution to any problem! My Love embraces you always! Thank you for your beautiful comment. I am happy to be a reminder...

Love makes Diwali every day!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 25, 2018:

Thank you so much, my dear Louise! I wish you the best for these days, and may Love embrace you and your beloved ones!

Love makes Christmas every day!


Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 24, 2018:

Sean what a beautiful, imaginative retelling of the Greatest Love Story Ever Written. Peace and love to you on this Christmas and always.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 24, 2018:

Hi, Sean,

You beautifully told the greatest story, one with an ending where we all can return home with Him. The poison of self and spirit is the definition of the driving egotism that threatens our journey home.

Masterfully stated:

"Christmas is not another cause for celebration. It is the reminder that we were born humans, but we grow up" Gods.

— Sean Dragon

Indeed, Sean. Yes, we do.

I love this story. So compelling and true.

God bless your wonderful uplifting talents and may your family celebrate this blessed time in peace and happiness.

Much respect and sincere admiration to a Brother of the Light of Love,


manatita44 from london on December 24, 2018:

A beautiful piece! I see that you like stories. No wonder you teach kids. What are you and family doing for Christmas?

A true African melody and rhythm in your last video, Bro. Full of Joy. An Eric, I call that one. A Mr Happy. Has been awesome knowing you. May you and family be well. Peace!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 24, 2018:

I love when it is a story, yet one that makes me feel so much. If I could grasp all of this at once I would like it. Oh well I will just read again.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 24, 2018:

I send my wish for love and peace, for you, always. Merry Christmas my friend!

Li-Jen Hew on December 24, 2018:

Hey Sean, creative story you have written there. I like when you personify Love and Egoism. Love is the answer..thanks again because I need to hear it when I forget the way. Thanks for sharing!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on December 24, 2018:

I enjoyed reading that. I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow and have a peaceful and blessed day. God bless you.

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