A DELIGHTFUL CHANUKAH

Here’s a little something for the holidays – inspired by Susanna Hill’s picture book contest. Rules: Write a children’s holiday story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) using the basic format/concept of The Twelve Days Of Christmas!  Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 300 words (I know!  So much freedom after the Halloweensie Contest🙂 )  (It can be as short as you like (the judges will be grateful🙂 , you are welcome and encouraged to write shorter, but no more than 300!  Title not included in word count.)  The field is wide open!  Have fun!  The more creative the better!  No illustration notes please. Post:  Your entry should be posted on your blog between right now this very second and Monday December 12 at 11:59 PM EST.

A DELIGHTFUL CHANUKAH!

By Rondi Sokoloff Frieder                               296 words

On the first night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me, “Let’s all have some muffins and tea.”

“Oh no,” I cried. “You’ve got it wrong. It’s time for latkes, gelt, a song.”

“How delightful,” said Grandma.

On the second night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me, “Let’s head to the mountains and ski.”

“Not now,” I said. “I will explain. It’s time to play the dreidel game.”

“How delightful,” said Grandma.

On the third night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me, “Let’s go see the newest movie.”

“Oh no,” I said. “We can’t tonight. It’s time for candles burning bright.”

“How delightful,” said Grandma.

On the fourth night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me, “Let’s go on a big shopping spree.”

“Our gifts are wrapped, our shopping’s done. Tonight we each will open one.”

“How delightful,” said Grandma.

On the fifth night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me, “Let’s read The Princess and the Pea.”

 “The story that we need to tell, is how the Jewish Temple fell.”

“How delightful,” said Grandma.

On the sixth night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me, “Let’s take a ferry out to sea.”

“But Grandma, we’ve got lots to do. Our party starts at half past two.”

“How delightful,” said Grandma.

On the seventh night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me,

“Let’s get some dirt and plant a tree.”

“Grandma, no, it’s cold out there. It’s time for donuts. We can share!”

“How delightful,” said Grandma.

On the eight night of Chanukah,

Grandma said to me, “Let’s make applesauce for the latkes, spin the dreidel, read about the Maccabees, and sing blessings over the candles.”

“Yes, Grandma, now you’ve got it right. Just in time for our final night.

Miracles really can come true, when I spend Chanukah with you.”

12 thoughts on “A DELIGHTFUL CHANUKAH

  1. rondisf Post author

    Thanks so much for reading my little story, David. At first I thought it would be funny to reverse the roles, and then I realized that this is how it actually is in many families. The children are teaching the grandparents!

  2. Susanna Leonard Hill

    What a fun and energetic Grandma, and a great twist with the child feeling like she has to teach Grandma about Chanukah 🙂 I’m glad Grandma got it right in the end 🙂 Thanks so much for a creative twist on the 12 Days, Rondi, and Happy Holidays!

  3. rondisf Post author

    Thanks, Vivian! I read it to my writing group last night and they got a big chuckle out of it!

  4. rondisf Post author

    This was such a fun prompt, Susanna. I don’t usually do these whirlwind contests, but after I read your directions, the idea just popped into my head. Thanks for your positive feedback. Grandparents are pretty cool these days. And, they love to buy books for their grandchildren!

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