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