I’m participating in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Contest for Children’s Writers. The assignment: Write a story of not more than 250 words about a holiday treat. Here’s my entry:
Bunny’s Christmas Treat
by Rose Cappelli
On Christmas Eve, the friends in Southern Pine Wood gathered to share holiday treats.
Bunny usually baked carrot and clover cupcakes, but this year she decided to create something fantabulous! Bunny worked all afternoon. She cut shapes from dried daffodil leaves, then she sprinkled them with a dash of silver seeds that glistened like crystal. Soon Bunny’s burrow shimmered with sparkling snowflakes.
“Perfect,” she declared. “It hardly ever snows here. I’ll treat everyone to a white Christmas!”
On her way to the party, Bunny was in such a rush she didn’t notice roots snaking along her path.
Down she tumbled, scattering her treasure across the forest floor. The wind whirled the snowflakes up and around, twisting and twirling them into a blue-grey cloud.
Bunny’s heart was as empty as her sack of snowflakes. She told her friends about the daffodils and the silver seeds and the roots and the wind.
The snowflakes wriggled and jiggled inside the blue-grey cloud. Outside, an icy wind blew. The cloud grew fatter and fuller until…
Santa drove his sleigh right through that blue-grey cloud and…
out danced Bunny’s snowflakes.
“Look!” she cried. “We’ll have a white Christmas after all!”
The animals delighted in Bunny’s fantabulous treat. They rollicked and romped and were quiet just long enough to hear, “Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!” echo through the Southern Pine Wood.