During the month of December after school and play practice we would hang out at my neighbors house - the Johnsons. Johnson Auntie would make cookies and mini plum cakes and their house smelled of sugary delight during the month of December. She would package these plum cakes and distribute it to all the neighbors.
She brought a lot of christmas cheer to the neighborhood, but what Johnson Auntie really wanted was for Santa to help her escape from an abusive relationship she had with her husband. One Christmas her wish came true, she decided to pack her bags and leave. We never got to see her as she left in the middle of the night. She left a couple of plum cakes outside our door.
As a kid I didn't understand why she had to leave without saying goodbye, but that year when I was making my Christmas list my mom suggested I ask Santa to bring peace and happiness to Johnson Aunty and her kids. Since then I always think of her during Christmas and include her in my wish list.