A Very Merry Holiday
December is a very special month for our family. Sure we love holidays, presents, and sweets...but even more dear, is our family. December 12th, is our youngest daughter's Adoption Day anniversary, followed closely by our oldest daughters birthday. We have so many wonderful reasons to be merry! Top it off with Susanna Hill's Holiday writing contest, and the season can't be beat! Wishing you all an amazing holiday full of love and joy.
Here is my contest entry below, I hope you enjoy the read:
X Marks the Spot
By Kari Ann Gonzalez
“Nick?” Cole whispers.
“Here we go again…” Nick yawns from the top bunk.
“What if Santa loses his GPS? How will he find us in California?”
“Rudolph always brings a backup map.” Nick says rolling over. “Besides, I thought of that. I strung Christmas lights between our palm trees that read, ‘Santa, Cole and Nick live here. We’ve been mostly nice, stop here please!’”
“Well, what if Santa stops but he has a tummy ache from too many sweets? What if he’s allergic to dairy?” Cole asks.
“Hmmm. Let’s give Santa spice to forget about the sweets. We’ll leave California sushi rolls with lots of wasabi, and almond milk to drink!"
“Okay Nick, but what if Santa gets too hot in our California heat? What if he can’t get in, because we don’t have a chimney?”
“What if we leave Santa a red bathing suit, and your surf board to cool off in the sea? We’ll open a window to lure Santa in with the smell of wasabi wafting on the breeze.”
“But Nick, what if Santa runs into ninja-bread pirates pillaging Christmas trees?”
“What do you think we should do?” Nick yawns again.
“Let’s treat them to cocoa, and ask them to behave nicely. We’ll melt their hearts reading Christmas cards, until they return the gifts to the tree. Then, we’ll sing pirate carols until Christmas morning!” Cole said
“Argh, matey! But Santa won’t come until we go to sleep…Cole?”
Gregory E Bray
12/7/2018 04:55:25 pm
I'm glad you came up with an entry Kari. My sister and I would talk through the wall to each other on Christmast Eve and our parents would remind us that Santa wouldn't come until we went to sleep. :) Great story. Good luck!
12/8/2018 03:55:01 am
What a clever idea. A brother helping his sibling deal with his fears. Also, I love that you celebrate your daughters adoption day. I am sure it is very a very special day indeed.
12/8/2018 01:45:35 pm
I love how the worries escalate from finding them to ninja-bread pirates (clever!). Fun story. Like you, we begin celebrating early in the month with birthdays and Hanukkah and then Solstice and Christmas and.... a great excuse to hang lights and play the music.
12/9/2018 05:14:10 am
These kids' imaginations is cracking me up! The 'ninja-bread pillaging pirates' line is awesome, lol. I love stories where the siblings actually get along. Good luck, Kari!
12/10/2018 09:48:56 am
A pirate Christmas story, very original! And a fun read too. :)
12/10/2018 12:55:09 pm
Such an adorable story! I love the clever imaginations and dialogue between the brothers.
12/11/2018 02:27:49 pm
Sure glad Nick never gave up reassuring his little brother. Very sweet story. Good luck!
12/11/2018 06:22:29 pm
Poor Cole with his worrisome case of the "what-ifs?" and lucky Cole for having such a patient and comforting big brother :) Love the escalation of his fears and his imagination gets the better of him from merely that Santa wouldn't find them in CA to ninja-bread pirates! :) And isn't it always the way that the one who keeps everyone else up ends up being the first to sleep?! :) Thanks for joining in the Holiday fun, Kari! (And happy birthday/adoption day to your daughters! :) )
12/11/2018 08:57:13 pm
Nick is a much nicer big brother than I was a big sister. I used to tell my little sister that brown eggs were the whole wheat kind. Cute story.
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