Santa Claus Does Not Forget by
M. A. Haley
Bertie was a very good boy. He was kind, obedient, truthful,
and unselfish. He had, however, one great fault,—he
No matter how important the errand, his answer always was,
"I forgot." When he was sent with a note to the dress-maker his
mother would find the note in his pocket at night. If he was
sent to the store in a great hurry, to get something for tea,
he would return late, without the article, but with his usual
His father and mother talked the matter over, and decided
that something must be done to make the little boy
Christmas was near, and Bertie was busy making out a list of
things which Santa Claus was to bring him.
"Santa Claus may forget some of those things," said his
"He cannot," replied Bertie; "for I shall write sled, and
skates, and drum, and violin,
and all the things on this paper. Then when Santa Claus goes
to my stocking he will find the list. He can see it and put
the things in as fast as he reads."
Christmas morning came, and Bertie was up at dawn to see
what was in his stocking. His mother kept away from him as long
as she could, for she knew what Santa Claus had done.
Finally she heard him coming with slow steps to her room.
Slowly he opened the door and came towards her. He held in his
hand a list very much longer than the one he had made out. He
put it in his mother's hand, while tears of disappointment fell
from his eyes.
"See what Santa Claus left for me; but I think he might have
given me one thing besides."
His mother opened the roll. It was a list of all the errands
Bertie had been asked to do for six months. At the end of all
was written, in staring capitals, "I FORGOT."
Bertie wept for an hour. Then his mother told him they were
all going to grandpa's. For the first time he would see a
Christmas-tree. Perhaps something might be growing there for
It was very strange to Bertie, but on grandpa's tree he
found everything he had written on his list. Was he cured of
his bad habit? Not all at once; but when his mother saw that he
was particularly heedless she would say, "Remember, Santa Claus
does not forget."