It’s that time again, when Susannah Leonard Hill presents her annual Christmas story contest. Here is my submission. I hope you enjoy it!
A SHOE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree at the Christmas Holly Hop, all of Mother Goose Land’s citizens were having a very merry time. Until….. the Shoe family arrived.
You know the family I mean:
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.
The first thing Mother Shoe did when she arrived at the Hop was gulp down five jumbo mugs of eggnog and fall asleep. As for the Shoe children, well…..
Billy and Tilly Shoe dashed to the dessert table, devouring every last one of Mrs. Horner’s Christmas pies and knocking over the punch bowl. It splashed onto Little Miss Muffet, who screamed and leaped off her tuffet. Jack and Jill ran to help, but slipped on the punch. Jack fell down and broke his crown and…. well, you know the rest.
In the confusion, Bella and Stella Shoe grabbed Little Boy Blue’s horn and gleefully trumpeted their way through the crowd. Suddenly, Little Bo Peep’s entire herd of sheep thundered into the room, chased by Old Mother Hubbard’s dog. Harry and Larry Shoe had let them in, and they shrieked with laughter at the woolly tornado. Their laughter stopped when the sheep barreled into the enormous Christmas tree. It came crashing down, smashing ornaments and burying guests in an itchy, pine-scented heap.
The Shoe children considered the mob of mad, messy, mangled party guests and wondered if they should abandon their snoozing mother and run for it. But little Mary Shoe stepped forward, scooped up the smallest of Peep’s exhausted sheep, and began singing.
“Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head….”
Exchanging glances, the Shoe children started cleaning up, caroling along with their baby sister. Gradually, everyone else smiled, shrugged, and joined in. They all worked and sang until the room sparkled with cleanliness and goodwill.
That memorable evening came to be known as the Shoe Family Holly Hop, and everyone in Mother Goose Land agreed that it was the best Christmas party ever.