The Best Of Christmas Presents

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The essence of this story is true, Dear Reader. Ahh me; I wish I could claim it as my own but it was related to me by the individual himself. One has merely devised a means of passing it on to you.
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About Lindsay Johannsen

There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.

Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies - plus various friends and associates from years gone by.
Then, as time went by, my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning contracted dementia and, after a period of steady but inevitable deterioration, she passed away from its effects aged 85 - in June 2018.
I don't write much any more, but I did convert a short fictional love poem written earlier into a summary of it all - our meeting, our life together and my current state of mind ... in 200 words.
"Life Sentence" it's called. It's in the list below. Please feel free to read it, with my compliments.

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About the Series: CHRISTMAS UNDER THE BANYAN TREE Tales of the Festive Season
All bar the last of these is set in Central Australia circa the early 1950’s.

The first story, “A Ring For Angelina”, is actually a love story, but is included here because its two conclusions, separated in time, both involve a celebration of Christmas.

“Christmas Day At The Sweet Angel Mine” describes a diabolical plot, hatched well prior to the twenty fifth and carried out on the dark and moonless eve of its anniversary.

In “The Best Of Christmas Presents”, a couple of Northern Territory old timers are forced by circumstance into a day or so of total inactivity, with little to do but eat, sleep and reminisce...

And “The Three Wizened Men” tells of some little known goings-on which happened to take place at the same time as those momentous events in a certain manger … and even came to mesh with them briefly.

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Angela reviewed on Aug. 23, 2016

What a beautiful story of telling what was the most important and glorious gift of all and sharing what had happened and and why this particular present
was the best the best he had ever had" With good results coming from it for his one child. Therefore, for these reasons and it being a great short story I want to recommend this for young and old alike who may need a reminder of what should be the most important gift available and give this five stars. Super story Lindsay! By Angela!
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James Jenkins reviewed on Sep. 17, 2015

Not overly good or bad, a nice short story that is educational and heart warming.
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ChrisWalker reviewed on Aug. 25, 2015

Good little read and nicely written. Interesting to see how things happen in Australia with its remote areas.
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