Forbidden Christmas Kisses

The snow had already accumulated a couple of inches, and continued to fall, as Holly and Aaron settled in on their usual bench overlooking the river.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” Holly sang as a joyous smile lit up her beautiful face.

“Bah humbug!” Aaron declared as he gave an eye evil to the white stuff falling from the sky.

One of them thought of snow as a comfy white blanket that made Maine look like a winter wonderland.  The other thought of snow as an annoyance that had to be cleared in order to go someplace that was going to suck anyway because people would be there.

Can you figure out which is which?

“You still haven’t embrace the Christmas Spirit?” she asked her best friend as she took a sip of her coffee to warm her insides on the chilly morning.

“Every time I feel like I’m getting there, people do something to interfere,” he griped.  “Is it not in the Christmas Spirit to wish there weren’t other people in the world to ruin every little thing about it?”

Holly chuckled.  Aaron’s inner Scrooge was there on a daily basis, but it really came out full force in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

“Well, that would mean a world without me,” she replied and flashed him her best smile.

“Stop being ridiculous,” he told her as he took a long swig of his Snapple.  “I’d want you to be around.  You’re not like the others who annoy every last drop of merry and jolly out of me.”

Holly blushed slightly at the compliment.  As always with Aaron, she had to take them where she could get them, and they were often oddly worded.

short story, Christmas, Modern Philosopher“You seemed to be in the Holiday Spirit the other night when we decorated my tree and then walked around the neighborhood looking at the lights,” she reminded him.

Aaron smiled.  “That was nice.  Thanks again for that.  Of course, if you recall, there was no one else around for those activities.  Just you and me, hence my being in a good mood as I enjoyed the warm, cozy embrace of the Christmas Spirit.”

Holly melted a little inside.  She truly wished that Aaron could hear what he said the same way she did.  Unfortunately, her best friend had experienced so much heartbreak and rejection in his life that he was now basically numb and oblivious to any romantic feelings he might be having.

“I had a lot of fun, too,” she assured him.  “I have to agree that it was nice having you all to myself, and getting to enjoy the simple pleasures of the season without the usual crowds and fanfare that go along with celebrating Christmas.”

Aaron nodded, and they both sipped from their drinks in unison.

“Do you know that song Holly Jolly Christmas?” he asked out of the blue.

Holly paused a moment to regain her balance after that curve ball had thrown her off.

“Sure,” she replied with a raised eyebrow.  “What about it?”

No conversation with Aaron was ever normal.  It was always littered with rants, and flew off on the wildest tangents.  It was why Holly loved their Sunday chats so much.

“The radio in my office is tuned to a station that plays Christmas music all day,” he explained.  “I’m usually too busy to pay any attention to it, but the other day, there was a rare moment of peace and quiet.  That song came on, and I had the opportunity to listen to the lyrics.”

Have a holly, jolly Christmas...” she began to sing.  “You have to love any song that mentions me in the very first line.”

Aaron chuckled.

flash fiction, best friends, Modern Philosopher“Fast forward a little, though,” he urged.  “To the part about the mistletoe…”

Holly lips moved as she ran through the song in her head to get to the point he mentioned.

Ho ho the mistletoe is hung where you can see, Somebody waits for you, Kiss her once for me...” she finally sang aloud.

“There it is!” Aaron jumped up off the bench in excitement, careful not to spill his Snapple.  “What the hell is that verse about?”

Holly offered a confused look, but then played the verse back in her head.

“You mean about kissing someone under the mistletoe?” she asked while mentally kicking herself for not hanging any in her house the other night when Aaron was over to decorate.

Talk about a missed opportunity.

“Yeah,” he said as he sat down again.  “He’s telling his friend to meet his special someone under the mistletoe, and when he kisses her, to throw in a smooch for him as well.  Is he basically saying he has the hots for his pal’s lady, and that he intends to make a move on her at some point?”

Holly laughed.  “Only you could find such nefarious intentions in a beloved Christmas classic.”

He shrugged.  “Just more support for my argument that other people ruin Christmas.  If you don’t watch out, your pal is going to run off with your significant other.”

“You truly are hopeless,” she told him with a smile and a shake of her head.

“You’re just figuring that out now?” he replied with a wink.

“Be quiet and just enjoy the snow,” she gently admonished him.

Like a good best friend, he complied with her request.


Christmas, relationships, Modern Philosopher

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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16 Responses to Forbidden Christmas Kisses

  1. Bill says:

    Gonna confess … the title had me going …

  2. markbialczak says:

    I thought maybe, Austin.

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Hahaha! I have had a similar thought regarding that line in Have a Holly Jolly Christmas…

    Perhaps, the composer, Johnny Marks, is the ultimate wingman and wants every guy to get two kisses under the mistletoe!

    I also laughed because Aaron’s random tangents remind me of Harry in When Harry Met Sally. I adore the scene where Harry delivers this beautiful line confessing how much he loves Sally and how he wants to spend his life with her, and then suddenly, he starts asking about the song Auld Lang Syne and what it means. It cracks me up, and now, it reminds me so much of Aaron. It’s so something I could see him doing.

    I love Holly and Aaron’s conversations so much! This was such a fun read!

    • Austin says:

      That’s a very flattering comparison to such a well-written film. Thank you. I heard that song the other day, and for the first time, that line really stood out and bothered me…

      • kristianw84 says:

        Nora Ephron is an exceptional writer, and so are you!

        It is an odd line to put in a song.
        And it would be incredibly awkward if one were to fulfill that request…

      • Austin says:

        The early scene in When Harry Met Sally that takes place near the arch in Washington Square Park…the location was just around the corner from the dorm I lived in for 4 years at NYU…

      • kristianw84 says:

        So cool! That movie made me want to visit New York. Especially Central Park in the fall. I’ve only been to New York once, and unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to do much sight seeing.

        I always have a hard time choosing favorites because I love so many things, but whenever someone asks what my favorite movie is, When Harry Met Sally is always the first that comes to mind.

      • Austin says:

        My high school was on the Upper East Side, so we used to have gym class in Central Park when the weather was nice…

  4. beth says:

    getting closer….

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