William had a busy brain, he was only four. It was Christmas again and out came the box of decorations. It was an exciting time. The Christmas tree had been brought into the house and there was a smell of fresh pine needles in the parlour. William with his little sister Sophie sifted through the box of decorations. This was fun, but there was something not quite right with the fairy. William held her up to have a good look. She was very wonky with frizzy red hair, her face was faded and her dress was tatty.
William told his Mum they needed a new fairy. As luck would have it Mum was taking them into town to do some shopping that very day and William would make it his job to find a brand new fairy for the top of the Christmas tree.
The shops were busy. William managed to find several fairies, all were much more colourful and glittery than the one at home. Most of them had fine golden hair and shimmering dresses. William decided to go for one with a silver dress and a very pretty painted face. As far as fairies went this fairy would go straight to the top of the tree! William took charge of the bag with the fairy in it and marched to the car to go home.
Granny was waiting at home with a hot cup of tea and William pulled out the new fairy to show her.
“Look Gran the old fairy is wonky!” said William showing Granny the old fairy
Granny smiled. “Yes this fairy is very old and she has seen many Christmas’s. Your Mummy made this fairy when she was a little girl that’s why she’s a bit tatty. You have chosen well!”
Suddenly William had a very bad feeling in his tummy and he wanted to cry. The new fairy was not pretty anymore. She was ugly with her red lipstick and her fancy dress.
It was time to trim the Christmas tree. William helped as much as he could and climbed onto Dad’s shoulders to put the fairy on the top. Mum handed William the new fairy but William shook his head and pushed it away.
“ No Mum we need the old fairy. She belongs to our family and she’s had years of experience” said William. He placed the old fairy firmly at the top of the tree and he gave his Mum a big fat kiss.