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?”
“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.