I’m so glad that Susanna Hill’s 10th Annual Holiday Contest gave me the boost to finish a story that’s been simmering for awhile. The Contest: Write a children’s holiday story about a Holiday Helper in 250 words or less.
Check out my 250-word submission below. I hope you enjoy it! You can read all the amazing stories on Susanna’s blog.
Wanda looked out the window. It was Halloween, but there wasn’t a skeleton in sight, just Santas and strings of colorful lights. “Christmas season starts earlier every year,” Wanda grumbled. “But this time they’ve gone too far.”
For the next 55 days, Wanda planned and plotted and prepared a spell to ruin Christmas.
On Christmas morning, Wanda took a candy cane and waved her wand. “Halloween was skipped, and so I’m vexed. Give me a monster that runs, roars, and wrecks.”
Wanda clapped as a Christmasurus appeared. “Come with me and help,” she cackled.
But when the Christmasaurus ran through town, everyone smiled.
“You’re fast,” a child said. “Please pull our sled.” The Christmasaurus was happy to help.
Wanda grumbled and waved her wand. Needs to be louder.
But when the Christmasaurus roared, everyone cheered. “Your voice is the perfect pitch,” a caroler said. “Please sing with us.” The Christmasaurus was happy to help.
Wanda grumbled and waved her wand again. Needs to be bigger.
But when the Christmasaurus went to wreck the tree, everyone looked relieved. “You’re just the right height,” the mayor said. “Please put the star on top.” The Christmasaurus was happy to help.
Wanda flew home fuming.
The Christmasaurus followed with a note from the mayor.
“Dear Wanda,” it read. “Thank you for the holiday helper. I hope to see you both at the Christmas party. P.S. Sorry we missed Halloween.”
Wanda grinned. “Why not?” she said. “I do like parties.”