The Spirit of Christmas: Elderly neighbour leaves girl 14 years of gifts

Caption: Just a few of the 14 gifts Ken Watson left behind for his neighbours’ little girl.

There is something about Christmas that brings out truly wonderful stories. Some of the greatest writers, from Dickens and O. Henry, to Chekhov and William Burroughs, have written Christmas stories full of magic and wonder. But the very best Christmas stories are the ones that are true.

Welsh media worker Owen Williams recently tweeted the following amazing story. Quote:

Our elderly neighbour passed away recently. His daughter popped round a few moments ago clutching a large plastic sack. In the sack were all the Christmas presents he?d bought for *our* daughter for the next thirteen years.

I miscounted. It?s fourteen gifts. End of quote.

By all measures, their neighbour was a remarkable man. Quote:

Let me tell you a bit about the man: Ken was a former salvage diver, seaman, carpenter, baker…The first time I met him, he was bouncing a 20ft ladder across the face of his house. He was on top.

He was 83 at the time?He played the accordion. We?d hear the strains of oompah drift through the kitchen wall late at night. End of quote.

Caption: 85-year-old Ken Morgan clearly wasn’t one to do things by half.

Naturally, the family were wondering what to do with fourteen presents. Quote:

He always told us he?d live till he was 100-years-old, so these gifts would have taken him up to our little girl?s 16th Christmas. My wife and I think it might make a nice Christmas tradition to give our daughter ?a present from Ken? for the next 14 years. Issue is, we really have to open them now. Nobody wants to give a fifteen-year-old Duplo! End of quote.

S0, they turned to Twitter for advice. Quote:

So that?s a pretty conclusive result. Message received loud and clear, Twitter! End of quote.

Although they did cheat just a little bit. Quote:

We opened one. We couldn?t resist. End of quote.

A beautiful Christmas story.