Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Susanna Leonard Hill's 6th Annual Holiday Contest!!!!

UPDATE 12-12-16: I wasn't happy with my original story. I don't think any child would like it either. Of course at 2 am I had an idea on how to fix it, which I promptly forgot when I woke up in the morning. So here is the 3rd version below complete with a new title. I hope you enjoy it. 

Susanna Leonard Hill is back with another writing contest. The rules this time: Write a children’s holiday story using the basic format/concept of The Twelve Days Of Christmas!  The story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 300 words.

This was a hard one for me. I ran it by my son who usually inspires my stories, but he hadn't heard the 12 Days of Christmas yet. So I had to come up with something myself. It weighs in at a hefty 300 words. For you reading pleasure I present to you, "My Favorite Christmas So Far"


My Favorite Christmas So Far
(300 words)

My favorite Christmas in my seven years so far was last Christmas when I got a Scrappy Steve action figure with swinging spaghetti arms. It was a rough twelve days of Christmas. It didn’t appear I was going to get him at all.

On the first day of Christmas I got a pair of socks. I still had socks I hadn’t worn from the previous Christmas.

The next ten days the presents alternated between underwear and socks. Except for day eight when I got a tooth brush and tooth paste.

It didn’t look good for Scrappy Steve on the morning of day twelve. I moped into the family room where a beautifully wrapped box the size of Scrappy Steve lay on the table.

I dashed to the table, grabbed the box, and shredded the wrapping paper faster than a guitarist playing a solo. It was a Scrappy Steve box but Scrappy Steve was missing. In his place was a note.

I pulled the note from the box, unfolded it and read it aloud, “You must save Scrappy Steve from the fish-breathed beast of fur!”

What is a fish-breathed beast of fur I wondered? My face lit up like a light bulb as the answer came to me, it was my cat Clark! 

I ran to the pantry where Clark’s bed was. Clark had Scrappy Steve in his grasp and batted him between his paws. I rescued Scrappy Steve and ran back into the living room. Steve’s swinging spaghetti arms flailed about like an inflatable wacky waving tube man.

I entered the room and saw my family smiling at me and I shouted, “Merry Christmas everyone!”

I look forward to getting Scrappy Steve’s arch nemesis this Christmas, Ridiculously Long-Necked Ron. Hopefully it won’t take all twelve days to get him.

26 comments:

  1. Fun! I want to see a Scrappy Steve - it sounds hilarious.

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  2. Glad your MC got Scrappy Steve. I was nervous there for a second or two. I remember wanting a Barbie dollhouse one year. Got a globe instead. lol. Happy holidays!

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    1. I always wanted Star Wars figures and I got Micronauts. Happy holidays to you too.

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  3. Sounds like your mc got lots of clothes and the action figure he wanted...loved the tension when he's got to rescue the superhero. Fun story, Gregory. Wishing you the happiest of holidays. :)

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  4. Loved it Greg, I don't have s cat, but I think one like yours would be fun!

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    1. Thanks Lois. If you need a cat, let me know. My sister always finds strays. =)

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  5. What a practical Santa Claus. Glad it all worked out in the end.

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  6. Love 'ridiculously long-necked Ron'! Fun story.

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    1. Thank you Eileen. That name came to me at the last second.

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  7. Great job! Love the alternating underwear and socks, with the tooth brush and paste thrown in! My dad used to do toiletries as stocking stuffers!

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    1. Thanks Amanda. I always got socks and undies.

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  8. Steve and Ron sound like a lot of fun! Your story made me laugh. :)

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    1. I'm glad it made you laugh Cathey. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Ah, the gift of socks. I remember getting lots of socks. I love the original action figure names and the fun clue at the end. Well done!

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  10. Clark! Leave it! I'm glad Scrappy Steve was saved.

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    1. Scrappy Steve was happy too. Thanks for stopping by Lauri.

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  11. Yeah Scrappy Steve was rescued! Good story Greg! Here's hoping for less socks and underwear and more of Ridiculously Long-Necked Ron.

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    1. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a Ridiculously Long-Necked Ron this year in place of socks. Thanks for stopping by Jean.

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  12. Hahaha! So much fun, Greg! Scrappy Steve and Ridiculously Long-Neck Ron remind me of the Rescue Heroes my son played with endlessly! - Jake Justice, Billy Blazes, Rocky Canyon, etc. :) Steve had quite the adventure - and rescuing him from the cat was a way more interesting way of acquiring him than simply opening a box. Plus, he must have had that weathered, experienced look from his run-in with Clark :) Thanks for a fun, kid-friendly entry, and Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks Susanna. I'll have to look up your son's toys, I may need some for research. ;) Happy holidays to you too!

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  13. Great job! I want a scrappy Steve too! Maybe if I'm good the next couple of weeks I'll get one :)

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    1. Thanks LB. Hopefully Santa will bring you a Scrappy Steve.

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