Monday, December 22, 2014

Susanna Hill's 4th Annual Holiday Writing Contest

Well, Susanna Hill's 4th Annual Holiday Writing Contest is well under way, and I'm entering a story for the very first time.  The story has a 350 word limit and has to contain some element of weather. It was hard to keep it under 350 words, but I was successful.  After many revisions, my holiday story comes in at a whopping 344 words!  I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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The Not So Snowy Christmas  (344 words)
by Kristi Dee Veitenheimer

Billy and Sally longed for a snowy Christmas. Unfortunately, this year’s forecast was worse than last year’s—unusually warm and sunny, with the Texas drought continuing without relief.

Disappointed, the twins decided to create Christmas scenes from their favorite book.  The first scene depicted a pine tree with ornaments and tinsel, setting the stage for Santa and his reindeer to land on Christmas Eve.

With no pine trees anywhere, they settled for a cactus growing in the middle of their yard.  They found a lasso in the barn for garland, red jalapenos for ornaments, and a toy sheriff’s badge for the star.  "Well, it's not exactly like the book, but it’s not too bad," they said.

The next page pictured a snow ball fight.  “How in the world are we gonna make that happen?” cried Billy.  “Ya gotta have snow to have snow balls!”

“I have an idea,” said Sally.  “Wait right here.”  

Billy was just about to go looking for Sally, when all of a sudden…...WHOP!  He shook the icy mess off the back of his head.  “What in the world….”

“Hee, hee.”  Billy looked in the direction of the giggles. WHOP!  This time the cold was sliding down the back of his neck.

Billy saw Sally with an ice cooler full of snow cone balls.  He ran to the cooler, grabbed one, and plastered it right in Sally’s ear.  What fun they had!

Exhausted and wet, they finally plopped down after the last one had been thrown.  

“Ya know what, Sally?”

“Hmmm, what?”

“I just figured out that our Christmas may look different from the ones in the books, but it’s kinda the same,” Billy said.

“What do ya mean?” Sally asked.

“What’s important about Christma is the same,” he said.  “It’s not the snow that makes it fun.  It’s being together to do stuff that makes Christmas special.”

“Yeah, I see what ya mean, Billy.  It’s fun ‘cause we’re together. We can have a Merry Christmas without snow!”

“Maybe even funner,” said Billy as they headed inside for Christmas Eve dinner.


  1. The kids definitely know the spirit of Christmas! :)

  2. It's nice to see the kids came up with their own ideas and put them into play. :)

  3. Love the cactus Christmas tree. So glad the kids found the true spirit of Christmas.

  4. It would be fun to have a tree like that! Good luck in the contest :)

  5. I like the children's creativity making a Christmas cactus TOGETHER!

  6. Cute - nice to remember Christmas might like a little differnet depending on where you live. Loved the cactus decorations.

  7. I love the underlying theme of your story, Kristi! :) That's the way to spread Christmas joy!

  8. Awesome - great details with the cactus and the kids' ice cone fight.

  9. Alway love an altruistic Christmas story. Very clever. Good luck!

  10. Love that Billy and Sally based their vision of Christmas on what they'd seen in a book, Kristi! :) And how clever and creative they were to come up with ways to make their own version in the heat and drought of Texas. But Billy is right - being together is what Christmas is all about - lovely message :) Thanks so much for joining in the holiday fun!

  11. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments! I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this challenge!