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A Not-So-Christmas Story

Write a story or scene that is NOT related to the holidays using at least 6 of the following words (bonus imaginary internet points if you can include all 12).

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Frontispiece for the 1905 edition of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with art byGeorge Alfred Williams | published by The Platt & Peck Co (New York)

Charles Dickens is one of my favorite authors of all time, and although A Christmas Carol is far from my favorite of his works, it is a vastly important novella in that it largely influenced our contemporary "classic Christmas" aesthetic and traditions. As Dickens wrote:

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

Happy holidays to you and your families, my friends. Whether you'll be celebrating or not, I hope you find comfort, cheer and at least a touch of magic in the coming week.

Writing Prompt:

Write a story or scene that is NOT related to the holidays using at least 6 of the following words (bonus imaginary internet points if you can include all 12):

holly gift sleigh jingle merry reindeer

snowman cheer carol elf ornament Chevy Chase

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