The lovely and talented Susanna Hill’s Fourth Annual Holiday Contest is under way. The rules are to  write a children’s story under 350 words where the wild weather impacts the holiday.

The story idea came to me first and then I tried to work in a weather element … so, I’ll just let you read it while I go revise the peppermint cream recipe I tried yesterday.  While I do that, perhaps I can figure out a way to revise this …

How do I fix this?

By Stacy S. Jensen

Dear Santa,
I just saw my name on the naughty list. How do I fix this?
P.S. I’m dropping this in the mail before the blizzard hits.
Dear Santa,
The mail carrier didn’t stop for two days. It gave me “thinking” time.
I know why I’m on the naughty list.
I hit my brother Jacob when he stole my blocks.
P.S. Why is he on the nice list?
Dear Santa,
I hit Jacob with a snowball.
I told him I was sorry. I meant it too.
P.S. Mom says I have great aim.
Dear Santa,
I practiced for the church play tonight. I followed direction.
I jumbled my line once.
Here’s my line: When they arrived in Bethlehem, all the inns were open.
The inns were full. They were FULL.
P.S. The streets are finally clear after the blizzard. The mail carrier promised she is delivering my letters to the North Pole.
Dear Santa,
A woman at church said I was an angel.
I was a cow.
Mom thanked me for not mooing at the woman.
P.S. I haven’t hit Jacob all week.
Dear Santa,
Christmas is here!
I hope you missed that frosting incident last night.
Jacob ate one of the reindeer’s carrots.
I left you candy cane cookies.
Merry Christmas!
P.S. The TV weather woman said no more blizzards. Easy peasy deliveries tonight!
Dear Ella,
Thank you for the letters.
I saw you being nice to your family and friends.
Keep it up all year long.
Merry Christmas!
P.S. Please eat your vegetables. Your dog Ralph doesn’t like green beans.
Dear Santa,
Thank you. Thank you.
Mom promised to read the “52 Ways to be Nice” book to me.
Jacob thought the baseball glove was his.
Glad you put my name on it.
He liked his coal.
To read more entries, please visit Susanna’s blog. 
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. We celebrate Christmas and will keep our fingers crossed that our calf moos at the right time during the church Christmas program and remembers that the inns were full!
P.S. (from Stacy not Ella) If you want to check out which names made the naughty and nice list, here’s one.