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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Autumn's birthstone found


Dear Autumn,

It has come to Santa’s attention that you were upset that you never received your birthstone when you were born. Santa isn’t in charge of birthstones, but since your mommy wrote to tell us about this, saying you really, really wanted a birthstone, Santa had his elves check out just who was in charge and to find out what happened to your stone.

My Elf, Noah, was put in charge of finding the person in charge and to see what stone it was. So Noah took off to where the stones are kept. Noah got terrible confused when the Stone Man asked, “Which stone are you looking for?”

“June,” Noah said.

The Stone Man scratched his head. “There are three stones for June. There’s the Pearl, which has been used for centuries. There’s the Alexandrite, a relatively modern gem, first discovered in Russia in 1831. And then the Moonstone. This gem was given its name by the Roman historian, Pliny.”

Noah stood in awe. “Um, um, I don’t know. Santa sent me to find this stone for a little girl who didn’t get hers at birth. I’m an Elf, not a stone master. Please tell me which one so I can tell Santa.”

The stone master picked up the three stones and showed them to Noah. “Tell me something about this little girl, then I can tell you which stone should be hers.”

Noah sat on a large rock, placed his chin in his hands and said, “Well, Santa showed me a picture of Autumn. She’s got long light brown hair, a nice smile and is about as tall as I am. She’s very kind, loves her sister, Sophie, and her Aunt Emma is one of her favorite friends.”

“She sounds like a loving child. I’ll bet her eyes sparkles, don’t they?”

Noah stood up and tripped, then landed back on the rock. “Whoa! Sorry, Mr. Stone Man. I didn’t hurt your rock, did I?”

Stone Man laughed. “You cannot hurt that rock, Noah.”

Noah smiled. “The picture of Autumn Santa showed me, yes, her eyes do sparkle.”

“Then I know which stone is hers.” He pulled out stone and handed it to Noah. “Czar Alexander II liked this gem. It is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. I can make this into a necklace if you want me to. It’ll take me just a few minutes. Can you wait?”

“Thank you, Stone Man. Yes, I can wait. Santa will be so happy to learn I found the stone for Autumn.”

And so Noah placed the necklace into his pouch and with his eyes sparkling, handed it to Santa. “I did it, Santa! I found Autumn’s birthstone!”

“Ho Ho! Good job, Noah. Autumn will be so happy.”

On Christmas Day, Autumn joined her family at Gammy and Pappaw’s house. Santa placed her necklace under the tree and hoped Autumn would like her special necklace made especially for her!

Lots of hugs and kisses.

Mrs. Santa Clause 

PS--After reading this to Autumn she looked at me and said, "Is this for real?"


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