Wild, Wacky Weather Foul-Up

The Fourth Annual Holiday Contest By Susanna Leonard Hill is an outstanding writing challenge that I am participating in for the first time.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

The challenge is to write a 350 word picture book manuscript about wild weather that impacts the holidays. The story can be written in poetry or prose. It can be about any of holiday that you and your family celebrate, whether it is Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanzaa.

My story is about wild, wacky weather on Christmas Eve. Christmas may need to be cancelled. Read to find out who helps Santa solve the problem.

Wild, Wacky Weather Foul-Up

“And now for the weather forecast for today, December 20th. At least a foot of snow is predicted for San Antonio, Texas. The oranges in Florida are squeezing themselves to stay warm while ski resorts are forced to close in Keystone, Colorado due to a heat wave,” reports meteorologist Allen Rocker.

“The mild winter temperatures find grizzly bears coming out of hibernation at the North Pole. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the lakes are thawing. No ice fishing or skating today. I am, Allen Rocker, reporting live in New York City where a heatwave with blowing winds is causing concern for holiday festivities. The Christmas forecast predicts more wacky weather, across the nation!”

“Santa, the weather forecast is fouled-up! There may be problems,” reports Elf Evie.

Santa wipes sweat from his brow, “Balderdash! Rudolph knows how to guide the sleigh in any kind of zany weather.”

’Twas the day before Christmas Eve and all through the nation, the weather is causing a stir.

After watching the weather report, a team of nerdy Science guys go to work.

“Joshua, we should send Santa our recent discovery from the Science lab.”

“Wow, Jaxon, that’s a cool idea!”

Arriving at the post office in the nick of time, the package is mailed . . .

To: Santa Claus
North Pole
Extremely Urgent!

“Santa, the weather forecast is wacky! Expect problems,”declares Elf Evie.

Santa wraps a scarf around his neck, “Poppycock! Rudolph will show us the way.”

Santa checks his list twice as the elves continue to load the sleigh with books and toys for good boys and girls. Santa is determined not to disappoint.

Rudolph prances with excitement,“Santa, Joshua and Jaxon sent a package my way. Check out my new bright, shiny nose. It’s an upgrade from my incandescent bulb to a state of the art LED bulb! My new commuting beacon requires less power so we can fly more efficiently and quickly.”

Rudolph holds his head high. Christmas cheer is delivered to all, as Santa and his sleigh arrive ahead of the fouled-up weather. Joshua and Jaxon discover extra gifts in their stockings.

Santa and Rudolph

Santa and Rudolph

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About Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am an aspiring children's picture book writer. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencil. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K jogger. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.
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28 Responses to Wild, Wacky Weather Foul-Up

  1. Hah! It’s about time Rudolf got a nose upgrade. 🙂 I’m still chuckling about the oranges squeezing themselves.

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  2. kateywrites says:

    This was such a fun take on the theme. And I agree, the oranges squeezing themselves is such an awesome line!

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  3. A fun story. I, too, like the visual of oranges squeezing themselves to keep warm. 🙂

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  4. Hi Lynn! Thank you for stopping by to read my silly story. ~Suzy

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  5. Mike Karg says:

    Fun stuff, Suzy! I’m glad to see the red-nosed reindeer going green!

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  6. Wild, Wacky Weather has a nice ring to it. The oranges squeezing themselves to keep warm cracks me up. I also love Santa’s “Balderdash” and “Poppycock” – such fun words. And what a great gift the nerdy science guys gave Rudolph and Santa. This is a fun, wacky story 😉

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  7. Your fine comments warm my heart, Alayne. Thank you for reading my zany story. ~Suzy

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  8. Everyone is going LED! I’m behind the times! 🙂 Fun story, Suzy. The weather reporter really built up the magnitude of the situation!

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  9. kathalsey says:

    I KNEW this was you. You sure have some wacky weather here and a good concept, Prairie Girl.

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  10. That was some wacky weather! Sure glad Rudolph is keeping up with the times! Like everyone else, I loves the visual of the oranges squeezing themselves.

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  11. Sylvia Liu says:

    Fun story and great details.

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  12. What a delightful story. Fun use of words, a storm and great pacing. Good luck.

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  13. Haha, Suzy! I love that Rudolph got a nose upgrade! 🙂 And how clever of the nerdy science guys to know just what to do! Thanks for joining in the Holiday Contest with such a fun story! 🙂

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  14. tinamcho says:

    Fun story, Suzy! Never read a kids’ story w/the word “balderdash!” And I like the LED light. Now Rudolph is up with the times.

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  15. Joshua & Jaxon deserve those extra Christmas presents! Wonderful silly fun & I love the nose upgrade!

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  16. Catherine Johnson says:

    Love Santa’s dialogue! A super modern story. This is great!

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