2016 has been my year of TRYING EVERYTHING - at least when related to writing children's books. That post will be coming at the end of the month, but before we say hello to 2017, I figured I would try one more thing to also get me in the holiday spirit - a fun contest courtesy of Susanna Leonard Hill!
So the challenge is to write a children's holiday story using the basic format/concept of The Twelve Days of Christmas, not to exceed 300 words. I thought about it for a week (as is my style), then wrote it yesterday. Here goes:
The Twelve Days Before Christmas
Twelve days before Christmas, mom bought me a sparkly,
bright light-up necklace that blinked red, silver and green – just like real
Eleven days before Christmas, Luis said my necklace wasn’t quite
as cool as his talking Christmas tie. The new girl, Lucy, said it was the most
beautiful thing she had ever seen.
Ten days before Christmas, Mr. Silver said I should put the necklace
in my desk until the end of the day.
Nine days before Christmas, mom and I brought cookies to the
neighbors who give us coconut cake on Kwanzaa.
Eight days before Christmas, my necklace stopped blinking.
Seven days before Christmas, mom replaced the batteries and
told me not to sparkle quite as much.
Six days before Christmas, I asked Lucy what she wanted for
Christmas. She looked down at her feet and said snow boots would keep her dry.
Five days before Christmas, we sang in the holiday concert. I
wore my necklace for Rockin’ Around the
Christmas Tree, but not for the Native
American Winter Song.
Four days before Christmas, Mr. Silver found five shiny, gold
chocolate coins for Hanukkah on his desk.
Three days before Christmas, Ms. Pam had to remind me not to
leave my necklace on the bus.
Two days before Christmas, I gave Lucy the necklace. She
smiled and twirled and said the colors glowed – like friendship.
On the day before Christmas, I asked Santa to bring Lucy the
most sparkly pair of snow boots he could find. And more batteries.