Monday, 7 December 2020

Ho! Ho! Ho! Daddy's Christmas Beard- Susanna Hill's Holiday Treat Contest Entry 2

 And because I'm just love the festive season and writing fun, festive stories, here is my second entry:

Daddy’s Christmas Beard

My dad has chose to grow a beard,

Don’t you think that’s really weird?

Prickly, scratchy hedgehog stubble...

It’s caused a heap of awful trouble.

For one, it’s scratchy, sharp and rough.

Two, he looks a frightful scruff.

Three, he’s got a cream moustache,

And four, just look! There’s blobs of mash!

It’s pretty grim but that’s not all,

for when December comes to call...

Dad’s sprays his beard silver grey

to look like Santa in his sleigh,

My friends all laugh and point and shout,

I need someone to help me out.

And so I write, “If I behave…

Santa, give my dad a shave!”

S.C writes back, “Ah, no can do.

Beards are fine, I have one too!”

And so my wish goes up in smoke,

This bushy beard’s a Christmas JOKE!


whilst flying past a chimney spire,

It’s Santa’s beard that catches fire…

He rushes round, “Can I enquire...

is your father’s beard for hire?”

I gape at Santa’s beardy mess,

My Dad can help by saying ‘YES!’

He does-so Santa makes our day,

You are so kind...

jump in my sleigh!”

I can’t believe it – off we fly,

we soar across the starry sky,

whizzing down each tall chimney,

to leave wrapped presents by the tree.

The greatest time I’ve ever had,

comes from this beard I thought was bad,

So dad can keep his grey haystack…

but Santa never gives it back!

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Susanna Hill's Fabulous 'Holiday Treat' Contest

 Merry Christmas everyone!🎄🎅🤶

Here's hoping we can close a challenging year with a bit of festive cheer. 

One thing that always gives me some festive cheer as a writer is participating in Susanna Hill's Annual Holiday Treat Contest, which is now in it's 10th year.

With my double entry winning me an honourable mention and a place in the final last year, as well as coming ninth in this year's Halloweensie contest, there's no pressure or anything...

But seriously, I've spoken before about how much joy these writing contests give me. They are super fun and I often find that a short contest entry often paves the way to a full picture book idea.

So without further ado, here is my first entry below. I really hope you enjoy reading it:

Elf Tidings Headlines -Rudolph’s Cold


There’s bad news – you must be told!

Christmas may be...CANCELLED

for Rudolph’s got a cold.

His nose is even redder,

Loud sneezes can be heard,

Can he guide the Christmas sleigh?

No way! Don’t be absurd!

We MUST find a replacement

Who else can smash the task

of whizzing right round planet Earth?

There’s NO ONE we can ask!

Let’s post an ad:


A sleigh guider we seek…

And someone comes! A dragon;

Magnificent and sleek.

But Santa’s not as sure as us,

Thank you but -oh no!

If a dragon comes to help...

she’ll melt our North Pole snow!”

Next there comes a unicorn,

My horn’s a guiding light,

My sparkling wings are fabulous,

I’ll lead you through the night.”

Santa slowly strokes his beard,

You’re perfect for the job…

but it simply doesn’t feel right.

I miss my Rudolph – sob!”

But someone else has seen the ad:

A witch who offers aid,

Santa frowns, “You cannot fly…”

He seems a bit afraid.

The witch whisks out her cauldron.

Just you wait and see.

Take me to the patient.

Right now! Immediately!”

Soak his hooves in honey

Put menthol on his chest,

Drink this potion, Rudolph,

Get some proper rest!”

BREAKING NEWS-next morning:

Good news- you must be told!

Rudolph’s woke up right as reign...

he’s right back in the fold!

A witch’s help saved Christmas.

Her magic was pure gold,

Her gift was simply priceless…

she’s cured the common cold.

Hooray! I received an honourable mention in this years 6th Annual Valentiny Contest run by Susanna Hill

For anyone who is not aware of  Susanna Leonard Hill's  Annual Competitions, they are a fantastic challenge for any children's write...