"Ahek-ahek, ahek-ahek, I can’t believe I may not
make Christmas,” Santa coughs. Mrs. Claus stays near his bed trying to
nurse him back to health.
“Only two days until Christmas what am I going to do?” Santa says sadly.
Rubbing his arm, she says to him gently but firmly, “Honey, you can’t
deliver gifts this year. You are too sick and weak. You must get well.”
Santa yawns nervously, “If I can’t do it, I must find someone who can.”
Santa calls the elves and dispatches them to New York to find a boy
named Charlie. Twelve-year-old Charlie is chosen by Santa because he is
sweet as a peach and he helps children who are very sick. He doesn’t
want any recognition; he just has a good heart. Charlie is an only child
and his mother and father work long hours, and still they are very poor.
Charlie is always thankful for everything he has. His parents try hard
to buy him things, but their money is always spent on bills. Charlie is
a great student, but he has no friends. After hearing the story about
Charlie, the elves agree Charlie should be this year’s Santa Claus.
When the elves land in New York, they discover Charlie on his usual
route to the hospital to visit sick children. Each year Charlie believes
in Santa, even though he never gets what he truly desires for Christmas.
When the elves first try to explain to Charlie who they are, he doesn’t
believe them. He tells them, “I'm in a hurry, so tell me in a nutshell
what you want and why you chose me.”
Then an elf informs Charlie, “I know what you truly want for Christmas.”
Then he whispers it in his ear. Finally, Charlie is convinced because he
has only told his heart what he wants.
“What do I tell my parents?” Charlie asks.
“Don’t worry, you will be back before they know you are missing,”
advises the elves. The boy follows the elves to the sleigh and off they
go. The sleigh flies through the air like a rocket. He yells with
excitement, “This is too good to be true!”
When they arrive, Charlie says, shivering, “The North Pole is icy cold.”
The elves burst into laughter and they lead him inside. The house is
heated up like an oven. “Shhhh, don’t wake Santa. If we wake him too
early, he is a grumpy bear,” whispers an elf.
Santa soon wakes up and meets Charlie. He explains, “Charlie because you
have always been a great boy and you accepted to be me, this year you
will receive everything your heart desires.” Charlie wants nothing for
himself. He has spoken to all the children in the hospital and knows
what each child wants for Christmas. When Santa promises to grant the
children’s wishes, Charlie is overjoyed.
Charlie is given a Santa’s outfit and the Naughty or Nice list and off
he goes delivering gifts to children around the world. When he finishes,
he shares with Santa how amazing his trip was and he thanks everyone for
all their help. The elves fly him back to New York and he discovers that
his parents now have a brand new home, a new car and all their bills are
paid. Charlie’s secret wish has finally come true!