A Holiday Story!

Weeeee!   It’s that time of year again!


Time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Annual Holiday Contest!  You know what that means?

That’s Right!  You’re about to read my newest manuscript! Restrictions were….

1.  It had to be a children’s story…..CHECK!

2. Theme is wild weather impacts the Holidays…..CHECK!

3. Not to exceed 350 words…..CHECK!

Okie Dokie folks, grab a comfy seat, a warm blanket, and your favorite cup of hot chocolate and we’ll get started!




Perhaps you should grab your bathing suit and a tall glass of iced tea!

Yep, we’re headed South Ya’ll!

Let’s get going shall we?

                                       JUAN PABLO AND THE CHRISTMAS WISH
For Christmas, Juan Pablo wished for just one thing…a wintry wonderland of white! Unfortunately, for a chicken living on Isla del Sol, 
sparse! Nonexistent! Obsolete!
When the other chickens of Isla del Sol heard about Juan Pablo’s wish, they laughed and clucked, clucked and laughed, there was even a cackle and some rolling on floors!
Was Juan Pablo’s wish really so silly? What could it hurt to wish for snow chilly?
A still hopeful Juan Pablo strutted home beneath the blazing sun, 
to plop…
in front of the fan…
and think! Ponder! Plan!
It wasn’t until his ice cube puddled that Juan Pablo had an idea. THE idea!
On a night when young chicks should be tucked into beds, 
With visions of sugar plums dancing in heads, 
A determined Juan Pablo whistled a tune,
And headed outside to work under the moon.
Following his plan, OPERATION BIG WHITE, he flitted tree to tree,
With a sack full of big yellow Christmas seed. 
Like a jolly chick-ninja he worked through the night, 
Only the stars to guide him by their holy white light!
In the blink of an eye he’d accomplished his feat,
Then settled inside for a bite of mincemeat!
He laughed and he jiggled and sighed joyfully,
He couldn’t wait till tomorrow when his friends would all see!
Christmas morning brought presents and glee,
As everyone gathered round the Isla del Sol Christmas tree.
With temperatures soaring like never before,
Juan Pablo’s wish of a white Christmas surely existed no more!
Unless, of course…
Pop! Pop!
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!
The chickens looked up and much to their delight, 
It was snowing big flakes of popcorn of white!
Juan Pablo had done it, his wish had come true, 
But there was still one last thing on his list of “To Do!”
That’s when it was heard, as he dove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all and to all…
Pop Corn Fight!”
Are you chuckling?
You’re supposed to be chuckling!
And what has happened to my font and spacing?
My Christmas Wish to be computer savvy has yet to come true!
You can find more Holiday stories at http://susannahill.blogspot.com/.  Finalists will be posted on the blog Monday Dec. 15th, or Tuesday Dec. 16th!  Good Luck to all the contestants!


Hope your Christmas is filled with joy!
Wishing you a Christmas filled with joy!


44 Comments Add yours

  1. First of all, thank you for bring us to somewhere warm! 😀 Secondly, I love any story involving chickens…and popcorn. LOL! And, yes, I sure was chuckling. 🙂

    1. So glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by Teresa!

  2. Popcorn — what a great idea! I was thinking chicken feed or something else, so you surprised me. Love the ending. Never tire of a good chicken story.

    1. Thank You Patricia! Chickens are pretty cool! 🙂

  3. Ariel Bernstein says:

    I’m definitely chuckling & while I don’t celebrate Christmas, I’m pretty sure that a Christmas popcorn fight should become a new tradition 🙂

    1. So glad to get a chuckle Ariel! Popcorn fights are awesome! 🙂

  4. Kamela Rivas says:

    Love this!! Super cute! You should make this one into a Holiday book for sure!

    1. I was a bit worried writing this one…I think I actually broke a sweat when I posted! Glad you liked it!

  5. I’m chuckling! I’m definitely a bird of the same feather. I love popcorn!

    1. What’s not to love about that fluffy white stuff? 🙂 Thanks for reading Tracey!

  6. Yes, I am chuckling! I love that the main character is a chicken and what his solution was.

    1. Glad you liked it Linda! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Pamela Courtney says:

    Haha what a wonderful twist. Never would have guessed an ending like this. Well done.

    1. Thank You Pamela! Thanks for reading!

  8. tinamcho says:

    This is so cute! I love the ninja chick and popcorn snow! Great premise!

    1. Thank You Tina! Glad you liked it!

  9. jdewdropsofink says:

    We’re having a snow-free Christmas too. I have to say I’m okay with that. :). Fun story.

    1. Thank You jdewdropsofink!

  10. I never saw it coming. Very fun. What a wonderful opportunity for great illustrations!

    1. Thanks for reading Teresa! Glad you liked it!

  11. I don’t know who is more creative, you or Juan Pablo. Fun story!

    1. Awe Thanks Alayne! Juan Pablo is quite the character! 🙂

  12. Favorite line: Like a jolly chick ninja…HaHa! I can picture it. 🙂 Good luck.

    1. Thanks for reading Christie! Good luck to you as well!

  13. What a fun, clever, creative story, Angie! LOVE the popcorn idea – so perfect as replacement snow in the south, and such a perfect item for chickens 🙂 And a popcorn fight would be wild weather indeed! And yes – I was chuckling 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the holiday fun!

    1. Thank You for the kind compliments Susanna! So glad to have induced more chuckling! 🙂 Thanks again for providing these competitions! I love the challenge of writing a story with the prompts given..stories that otherwise might have remained unwritten!

  14. Catherine Johnson says:

    Popcorn snow, brilliant!

    1. Thanks you so much Catherine!

  15. Hi Angie,
    It’s so much fun to meet people over great stories…especially ones with popcorn…you do know that I have a bowl of popcorn every night, don’t you? 🙂 Truly, I do! I love Juan Pablo’s creativity and determination…great message….where there’s a will, there’s a way. Thanks for such an entertaining tale. 🙂

  16. Thanks for stopping by Vivian! I suppose Juan Pablo’s motto could be… Bringing People Together One Kernel At A Time! 🙂 Good luck on your story entry, it’s terrific!

  17. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    Very funny and great twist on the weather. I’ll have to read this one again with my son. He LOVES popcorn.

  18. Sylvia Liu says:

    Super fun south of the border holiday story. Growing up in Venezuela, we never had a white Christmas. It would have been fun to have a popcorn one.

    1. Glad you liked the story Sylvia! I grew up in South Eastern New Mexico where Christmas snow was a rarity as well, although there may have been a few popcorn fights! 🙂

  19. Thanks for reading Stacy, so glad you liked it! Popcorn lovers are some of my favorite people! 🙂

  20. Lynn says:

    What a clever idea! Your story is amusing and inventive. 🙂

  21. I’m chuckling! Clever and cute 🙂 good luck!

    1. Thanks Andy! Always thrilled to provide a chuckle! Good luck to you as well!

  22. Saranyan says:

    🙂 Make snow with anything. What a nice way to celebrate. And, a popcorn snow? Yeah! Bring it on.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Saranyan! Popcorn snow would be cool wouldn’t it?

  23. Popcorn snow is so much fun! I love that Juan was a chicken. 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by Carrie! Sometimes, on really hot days, Juan wishes he was a penguin, but then he remembers his beloved popcorn and clucks with gratitude that he was born a chicken! 🙂

  24. Very cute! Popcorn IS kind of like snow — light and fluffy! I enjoyed the twist — very clever.

    1. Thanks for reading Margaret!

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