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:
PLEASE HELP US!
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.