The Family Vacay

By Alyssa A


Paige sighs as she looks through the window. The thick white clouds blocked her view of the lovely blue sky. Paige was on a family vacation with her family to North Pole, mostly because her little sister Stacy, wanted to know if Santa’s workshop was there.


She groaned miserably and slouched back to her passenger seat. “Mom, why do we have to go to this trip again?” she asked in boredom.


Her mother rolled her eyes in annoyance, since her oldest daughter kept asking her the same question over the 100th time! “Well, we’re going to the trip because your little sister wants to see Santa’s workshop, and this is a great way to spend some family time together!”


“But-” Her mom glared at her, meaning that she shouldn’t tell that they were only visiting Santa’s fake workshop, since it doesn’t exist. She closed her mouth and pretended to zip it and throw the key away. He mom nodded, satisfied that her daughter would keep her mouth shut about this.


She looked over to her sister who was sitting in the middle area, where there were about four passenger’s seats in the area. She was bouncing up and down on her seat and her seat belt in place, keeping her from running around in the plane screaming, “I’m going to see Santa’s Workshop!!!”


One of the flight attendant, who had golden locks escaping from her high bun underneath her cap, came over to her seat and said, “Miss, we’re about to land, and the behalf of your safety, you should stop bouncing.” Stacy flushed, her cheeks turning bright red, and nodded. Paige smiled and shook her head. Oh, Stacy, she thought.


“Dear passengers, we are about to land on the North Pole airport. Please stow your table, and put on you seat belt, for safety measures,” The pilot reported from the plane’s speaker.


“Oh my god, look at that!!! That’s so pretty!!!” shrieked Stacy.


Shh!” the passengers said.


Paige looked through the window again, and saw the snow covered mountain and the airport appearing as the plane approached. Its beauty struck her. I can’t believe we’re finally here.


And this time, she felt happy.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

By Vivian W

Santa’s Visit

I woke up with a yelp. Today was Christmas! I ran to my sister’s room and woke her up. There was no sleeping in on this cold, happy day! We both ran down the stairs, racing each other until we were are the bottom. We went into the living room and checked out the Christmas Tree. Still the same lights, still the same star on top. Nothing was different.

Not even something under the tree. We looked all around the tree.  Nothing. No flash of a ribbon hidden underneath the branches, no notecard peeking out of the mess of decorations on the tree.

I turned to my big sister. “Where are the presents? Didn’t Santa come?”

I saw my sister struggling under her mask of pure innocence. “Maybe he will come later. Come on, little sister, lets first go eat breakfast. We started towards the door.

“Did you hear that?” Some heavy pit-pat sounds came from the roof. “A robbery?”

“Probably not, sister. Surely it’s just the chimney duster.”

I wasn’t so sure. But the thing was making it’s way to the chimney.

We turned back around and stepped our first step in the dining room.

“But sister, it sounds like he’s in the chimney!”

My older sister looked up. Streaks of doubt and deep thinking crossed her face. Perhaps she was considering that it was a robber, after all.

Dust streamed from the chimney. Based on how many grunts there was, I could tell that the person was chubby, or considerably fat. Finally, finally, two little stubby legs appeared underneath the place were we hanged our stockings. The legs were fat, and the shoes…red and fluffy white stuff.

The figure landed on his butt on the logs in the fire place, and he smiled at us.


Ideas rushed in my mind, all things to consider. Trap him and bring him for show and tell, force him to take me to the North Pole, look at his reindeer (See if they are as fat as someone…). But one idea stood out.

He needed to take cookie eating down a notch.

Rosy cheeks, merry eyes, this was truly Santa.

He also smelled like gingerbread.

We all stared at each other, not daring to break this sacred moment. Then, he threw some…some…pixie dust which knocked us out. Yeah, I know. We both fell down and hit our heads. I don’t remember what happened next, but I woke up with a donkey neighing. A donkey?

I looked up to find my Christmas present.

A donkey with a ribbon tied around the neck.

Just what I wanted.

Holiday Prompt

By Joanne T


“Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Time to wake up!” Kristie’s little sister Annie woke her up at 6 o’clock.  Kristie rubs her eyes and suddenly she goes hyper.

“It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!” Kristie jumped on her bed and twirled. “Where are my presents? I’m coming, dear presents!” Kristie imagined mountains of presents piled around the Christmas tree. Kristie laughed to the empty stairways and walked down. She hurried with Annie to the Christmas tree and there Kristie slips.

“Oof!” Kristie stood up and patted dirt off her new dress. She raised her head and saw… Nothing is there except the tree.

“Where are my presents?” Annie sat on the ground and started crying. Kristie pulled the side of her dress and stood there staring into the empty place. She stomped to the sofa close to the chimney and sat down hardly. Suddenly she heard a chomping sound from the chimney. She stood up with confuse and called Annie over.

“Annie lets go see what’s happening in the chimney.” Kristie said to Annie.

“Okay.” Annie replied, she hangs on Kristie’s hand and follows.  Kristie gasped and Annie cried when they see what is the chomping sound. It’s a chubby monster, and it is chomping their presents. The chubby cute-monster turned and looks at Kristie with a super innocent face. Annie stops crying and smiles then held out her hand.

“Come play with us!” Annie said. Then the monster stood up and spoke English!

“Sorry, I ate your presents… I’m too hungry… I promise I will pay you back! Go to the nearest park from your home and come back, I promise you will be surprised!” The cute monster said. Then it pushed Kristie and Annie out, and watched then walks away. It said something and it disappeared. Presents appeared.

An hour later, Kristie and Annie came back. They were surprised by the presents, and they found a neat-written card:

Dear Kristie and Annie:

I’m so sorry! I promised this! Good luck!

                                            From you know who