J.K. Rowling Just Shared A Fan's Heartwarming Story About The Best Christmas Gift Ever
If you don't like feel-good stories about the holidays, this is not the article for you. On her Twitter account, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shared a heartwarming story about the best Christmas gift one Potterhead ever received, and just reading it will make your little Grinchy heart grow three sizes today.
Rowling did not tell her followers about the best Christmas gift she ever received. Rather, she re-tweeted a story from a fan, Twitter user @bookshaped, A.K.A. Hayley Webster, who told about a not-so-very-happy Christmas that turned out to have a wonderful surprise in store. Webster is the author of a young adult novel, Jar Baby, as well as the forthcoming children's book Meet the Twitches, published under the name Hayley Scott, which will be available from Usborne in early 2018.
The then-nine-year-old Webster was living with her younger sister and father during the holiday season in question. Their parents had recently split up, and, being "Not In A Good Place," had started seeing other people. Although this arrangement will probably spark a lot of pearl-clutching in contemporary readers, it turned out to have a silver lining for Webster, who wrote about the kindness of her father's girlfriend in a Sunday Twitter thread.
This is so beautiful. https://t.co/4Af3rywdQs— (@jk_rowling) #
Webster's story proves that you do not have to spend a lot of money in order to make someone's holiday season a little merrier and brighter. She says that the gift she received that Christmas probably only "cost . . . about £1.50." For those of us in the U.S., that comes to about $1.78, which means that pretty much anyone, even a broke college student, can afford to give someone a thoughtful and meaningful holiday present.
I know how it feels to be financially challenged, but want to give your friends and family the world. If you need it, consider this your annual reminder that there is no good reason why holiday gifts should break the bank, that the amount of money you spend on someone is not indicative of their worth or yours, and that the people who matter — especially children — will never care how much money their presents cost you.
Check out Hayley Webster's story below, including her reaction to getting a re-tweet from none other than the Head Witch In Charge, J.K. Rowling, herself, and then make sure to share the story of your favorite holiday gift with me on Twitter!
My sister was nearly five. We lived with my dad. My mum lived the other side of town with her boyfriend. Her and my dad were Not In A Good Place. She still had a key to the house and would sometimes use it, unexpectedly.— (@bookshaped) #
(I wasn't keen on this colour scheme, but I didn't say anything, because she was really trying)— (@bookshaped) #
Anyway, we didn't see my mum for chunks of time. It wasn't a great time. This girlfriend turned up and made things nice, little gestures, little noticings.— (@bookshaped) #
I put tinsel around the spoon for her yoghurt in her lunchbox. I made and cut her sandwiches into snowflakes or stars. When I put her to bed at night I made up stories about two girls called Hayley and Jodie who went to live with the elves.— (@bookshaped) #
I was always told not to tell his girlfriend if Mum had come over, but I found that hard. She was so nice, honestly. The sort of person who actually remembered to do the things she said she would, and she was so clean and nice.— (@bookshaped) #
That week, one morning, I came downstairs ready to make breakfast (porridge with LOADS of demerara sugar that soaked down to to the bottom. Recreate it. It's perfect). On the door mat was an A4 envelope with glitter on it.— (@bookshaped) #
When I opened it, it was the piano sheet music for We're Walking In The Air.— (@bookshaped) #
It was the nicest thing, the loveliest, kindest, small, lovely thing. It made a difference to me, a huge difference. I remember it every year, every single year.— (@bookshaped) #
It's something I try to do, not with gifts, but with actions. She taught me Christmas, is nothing to do with showing people you love them with big money spends. For me, it will always be about giving people what they need; attention, kindness, love.— (@bookshaped) #
And when that happens to me, when people do that for me, it literally lasts as warmth my whole life. Notice people. Show them they matter. It's the best advice I could ever give anyone. Not just at Christmas. *cue the cheesy inspirational music*— (@bookshaped) #
Um. Can I squeal now or later? I can't imagine how many kids (and grown ups *waves furiously*) like I was, have been helped by reading Harry Potter. https://t.co/PiRUaknwyr— (@bookshaped) #
And, just in case you're wondering, here's "We're Walking in the Air."
Happy holidays, everyone!