Julio was so angry by the few gifts he had received the previous Christmas that the letter he wrote to Santa that year was so tough that the same Santa Claus came to visit him a few days earlier.
“Why you are so angry if you have so many gifts?” asked Santa. “And you have lots of friends!”
“I do not care! I want more toys and fewer friends.”
And he was so angry that the good old Santa Claus had to propose a deal to him:
“Okay. Since many other children have asked me for more friends, I will give one more gift for every friend you quit so I can offer them to other children.”
“Done!” said the boy without hesitation. “You can have them all.”
That Christmas Julio encountered a huge mountain of gifts. So many, that two days after he was still opening them. The child was happy, shouting to the winds how much he loved Santa Claus, and he even wrote several letters of thanks.
Then he started playing with his gifts. They were so amazing that he could not wait to get outside to show them to the other children.
But once on the street, none of the children showed any interest in those toys or for Julio. Not even when he offered to prove the best and most modern equipment.
Wow, the child thought, I guess I’m out of friends. Well, who cares, I still have my toys.
And Julio went home. For several weeks he enjoyed a new toy every day, and the excitement he felt when he use it for the first time made him forget his lack of friends. But not even a month passed when his toys began to look boring to him. The toys always did the same thing, and the only way to change the games was inventing new worlds and adventures as he usually did with his friends.
Then he began to miss his friends. He realized that when he was with his friends, they always were inventing new ideas and ways to adapt their games so they could play with the same toy for weeks! He thought a lot about this and finally became convinced that his friends were much better than any toy, because he have been playing with them for many years and never got bored!
And after a year of deadly boredom, when Christmas came he wrote a humble letter of apology for Santa Claus, for being so clumsy to change his best friends for boring toys, and he begged to him to recover all of his former friends.
And since then, he did not want for Christmas other than to have many friends and share with them moments of games and joys; even with the old toys forever.