I came across a blogpost from the children’s book writer, Susanna Leonard Hill. She’s organizing a picture book contest. Please check it out here, especially if you’d like to enter: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2014/11/whistle-happy-tune.html%5D. The rules are to write a holiday themed story, 350 words max, where weather impacts the holiday. I wrote the story below, “Molly’s Christmas Gift,” for the contest. I hope you enjoy it!
Molly’s Christmas Gift
It was a fair December day before Christmas. The sun was shining and children were playing outside.
Only Molly was upset.
“I wanted it to snow for Christmas.”
Molly wanted other things too. She pulled out her Christmas list. “This list is too small. I need more dolls. And each doll must have a matching dress and purse.”
Suddenly, the winds began to swirl and the clouds darkened up above.
“I only got three jewelry making kits last year. Tomorrow I better have six.”
Children ran inside their homes as rain dropped from the sky.
“Does Santa know I scratched a tea cup in my twelve tea cup set? I need a whole new set now.”
Lightening began to crack through the skies and thunder could be heard by neighbors far and wide.
Molly continued to write.
During dinner she added a peppermint cookie mix onto her list.
During bath time she added marshmallow scented bubblebath and mermaid bath toys.
During storytime she added the entire Empress Elsie book collection.
Every time Molly added to her list, it became colder, wetter, windier and louder outside her home.
Molly did not notice the weather. She fell asleep dreaming of more and more toys she wanted Santa Claus to bring her.
The next morning it was quiet and calm outside of Molly’s house. The only sound anyone could hear was the sound of Molly screaming out, “Where are all my Christmas presents?”
Under the Christmas tree there were no dolls or books or peppermint cookie mixes. The only item Molly found was a note.
“Dear Molly, the weather was too terrible to bring any gifts. Please enjoy all that you have. Love, Santa Claus.”
Molly sniffled as she gathered her dolls. She read her dolls books and then made a beaded necklace from her jewelry kit.
When she was finished with her necklace, Molly wondered if the weather was still terrible.
Molly looked out the window and saw that it wasn’t terrible at all. It had snowed!
A small smile came upon her face. “Thank you, Santa,” Molly said.