Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest

Hi everyone! It’s that time of year again for falling snow and cozying up by the fire. It’s also time for Susanna Hill’s Holiday contest. I love a good writing contest and this one’s always such a treat. This year it’s especially fun because the theme for this 250 word story is holiday helpers. I chose to focus on a special kind of Christmas helper. I hope you enjoy!

National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Clark Griswold Christmas Tree Squirrel
 ‘Twas the night before Christmas
 and all through the house
 not a creature was stirri -
 “Wait - what’s that noise?” Santa whispered and paused placing presents.
 Chitter, chatter. Squeak!
 “There it is again!” Santa froze and cupped his hand to his ear.
 Chitter, chatter. Squeak!
 “Oh no,” the jolly man groaned.
 “That sounds like a-
 Santa dialed the Christmas Tree Hotline.
 The switchboard lit up like Rudolph's red nose on a dark night.
 “We’ve got a code 57,” stated Santa.
 “Dispatching Elf Squirrel Division now, Sir.”
 Gears, Ginger, Twinkle and Bob set their Santa Map coordinates
 and dashed out through the frosty flakes.
 They reached the house and whooshed down the chimney.
 “So - ho happy you’re here,” said Santa.
 “Glad to help,” said Gears.
 They got to work while Santa snacked by the fire.
 The elves climbed the tree 
 the squirrel scurried higher.
 The elves swooped down from the star
 the squirrel hid deeper.
 Even Bob’s “never fail” tinsel lasso trick 
 “We’re doomed!” cried Twinkle.
 “Is it snack time?” said Bob.
 “Sweet sugar plums that’s it!” cheered Ginger.
 She set a trail of cookie crumbs down the tree.
 The squirrel sniffed.
 It crept closer.
 Crumb by crumb it climbed down and into the open carrier.
 “Thanks team,” said Santa and up the chimney he rose.
 The elves flew to the forest where
 the squirrel found the perfect pine.
 Meanwhile at another house-
 “Finally,” sighed Santa. “Peace and –“
   Chitter, chatter. Squeak!

23 thoughts on “Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest”

  1. Oh my gosh this is AMAZING for so many reason! I love your picture and was totally cracking up thinking about Christmas Vacation – what great inspiration for a hysterical little Christmas tale! I also love the mission impossible vibes! Never really thought of Santa having to go all stealth mode before…but your piece is written perfectly that encourages all the smiles! Well done and good luck to you!

    1. Wow, thank you Molly!! This just made my day! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it. And truly appreciate you taking the time to tell me. Have a great day and good luck with your wonderful story!

  2. I got such a kick out of this story, Kelly! I love that scene in National Lampoons with the squirrel and your story perfectly captured that sense of chaos. You need to turn this concept into a PB, STAT! A Christmas Tree Hotline is genius and I need to see more of it in action. As always, I love your humor – especially Santa sitting and snacking while the elves work. SO funny 🙂

  3. Such a fun, creative, well-written story, Kelly! And given the number of squirrel incidents at my house lately, very timely! I’d like to call a Code 57 and have some elves help ME out! 😊 Thanks for joining in the Holiday fun!

    1. Thank you Susanna! I’m so glad you enjoyed my story! I truly enjoy your contests and am so grateful you host them! On another note, the elves can be loaned out. Just let me know where to send them! 🐿️

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