This is my entry for the Susanna Leonard Hill holiday-story contest (350 words max – weather has to affect the holidays…)
SANTA AND THE WILD WIND (205 words)
The day that Santa had wind
(Wilder than you’d ever believe)
Was very poorly timed…
For it fell on Christmas Eve!
His tum was churning and gurgling
His face turned deepest green
He felt so thoroughly rotten
He was as ill as ever he’d been!
Nothing would settle his tum
No tonic was working that night
Till Rudolph had an idea
“Maybe it’s just stage fright?”
Santa had spent the whole year
Preparing night and day,
And now his hour had come,
Those nerves were starting to pay!
“We’ll be fine once we’re up and away”,
Assured his red-nosed friend
“When you feel the breeze in your beard,
All that churning will come to an end”
Santa smiled at Rudolph
And climbed on board his sled
Whizzing off round the world
Leaving presents while kids were in bed
All those nerves disappeared
When he put boot to pedal to floor.
No matter how wild the weather
Santa cried out for “more!”
The colour returned to his cheeks
As he found a familiar stride,
Chomping on every cookie left out
And gulping them down with pride!
Through storms and blizzards and thunder
The pair rode on without pause.
Everyone needs a friend sometimes
Even Santa Claus!