Christmas Stories

17 Shoe Box of Memories

September 24, 2011

Andrea gazed out the window as the first snow fell, blanketing the ground with its grace. It was Christmas Eve and any other year she would be jumping for joy at this wondrous sight. Andrea and her Dad would try to build a snowman or sprinkle reindeer food with dashes of glitter scattered about so […]

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16 Snow

September 24, 2011

Sarina Howard crossed her fingers on both hands, as she hit the send button. I hope I win, I hope I win, she silently chanted in her head. Just then she caught a glimpse of her hair in the now dark computer screen. She reached up and tugged at the offending strands. Her hair was […]

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15 Foreign Exchange

September 24, 2011

by Teresa Osgood It was a dark and stormy night. I know, that’s what they all say. Still, the rain pelted the bare trees unmercifully, and the streetlights had been on since three in the afternoon. There was no other way to describe it. Well, I could also say it was cold. The wind that […]

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14 The Package

September 24, 2011

Sarah and her brother had made the same walk home from school so many times; she was convinced she had memorized every rock and shrub along the way. Today was no different than so many others that had passed before in that respect. Ben, walking ahead of her, as usual, looking around for a stone […]

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12 The Lights of Christmas

September 24, 2011

Perhaps this may not be considered a story, it may be an event, a happening, a moment in time, it was however, something to treasure in my book of memories. I have decided however to tell this as a cherished Christmas story because it happened to me. The year had not been a particularly good […]

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11 Milkshakes and Mittens

September 24, 2011

by Brenda Anderson Snow flurries followed Natasha Collins inside the small building that housed the Movie Shack, a modest grill combined with the town’s only movie rental store. A sparse collection of movies lined the walls which were decorated with various handmade trinkets for sale. Natasha stepped past a display of children’s animated shows and […]

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10 Our Christmas Spirit

September 23, 2011

Way before dawn Christmas morning, my little sister tugged at me, sobbing, “Tommy, wake up! I heard a noise so I snuck down to see Santa. There was a big lumpy ghost floating around the tree!” “There’s no such thing as ghosts,” I told her. “Maybe you saw Santa’s toy bag.” “Santa’s bag is red, […]

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09 Chaos at Santa’s Shop, Earl’s Misadventures

September 23, 2011

“You broke another toy, Earl, and Christmas is only a week away,” Santa scolded his favorite elf. His face flushed red, bright like the suit he wore. But Santa could never be mad at Earl for real. Earl knew Santa well and a hesitant smile crossed his face. “Don’t smile, you little rapscallion,” Santa made […]

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08 Alexa’s Custom Cookies

September 23, 2011

by Annaliese Lemmon “Time to get up, Alexa,” Kelly opened the door to her ten-year-old daughter’s room. Alexa lay on her stomach, with her knees tucked up under her. Her face was pulled back in a grimace. The blankets spilled onto the floor. “Are you ok?” “No,” Alexa groaned. “I must have eaten some gluten […]

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Last Chance to Send In Stories!

September 23, 2011

Midnight (Mountain Time) tomorrow, September 24, 2011, is your last chance to submit to the 5th Annual LDS Publisher Christmas Short Story Contest! Every year I get a few submissions after the deadline. Get that email off to me now! Submission details here.

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07 The Grumpy Santa

September 22, 2011

The clatter of the sewing machine ticked away the seconds as Shauna guided the fabric through the feed dogs. She paused to adjust the fabric and checked the clock. “The kids’ll be here any minute. How am I ever going to get all four pairs pajamas done before Christmas?” She pressed her foot harder on […]

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06 The Christmas Promise

September 21, 2011

Blue, red, green, and yellow lights blinked on the tiny tree. Blink, blink, blink. Timmy sighed. No ornaments decorated the little tree, only a few strands of blinking lights he had found in the dumpster while searching for food to feed his family. Timmy stepped back and gave the tree a once over. It was […]

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05 Fishing Buddy

September 21, 2011

Bill pulled his sled through the darkness, his cleats clicking and crunching on the ice as he made his way across the frozen lake. Above, high cloud cover blocked out the starry sky. Up ahead, a small fire was a bright spot in the night, it’s light an unexpected beacon on Bill’s destination. Well, thought […]

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04 Leopards of the Snow

September 20, 2011

Higher than all the surrounding mountains, Mount Snowtopia stretched into the clouds. The people who lived on the mountain were called Snowtopians. Everything in their mountain village was made of snow and ice. They lived in houses carved from great blocks of frozen water, which were plastered daily by heavy snowfalls. They sat in chairs […]

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03 The Village of Santa’s Elves

September 20, 2011

Here we are again, the end of summer, fall is just around the corner.Before we know it, Christmas will be here. I have been requested to write a Children’s Christmas story. As I worked on this story, I was reminded of a little girl, with only one wish for Christmas…..(She wanted an Elf of her […]

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02: Savanna’s Christmas Miracles

September 19, 2011

by Kasey Eyre Savanna Clark winced as she flipped through the stack of bills on her desk and compared them with the amount available in her checking account. The numbers didn’t add up. Clicking her mouse a few times, Savanna reluctantly transferred money from their dwindling savings account to cover the bills. After writing the […]

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01: Waiting for Grandfather Frost

September 19, 2011

Snow had been falling for two days, transforming the dark and gloomy December streets to a dazzling whiteness. Wrapped up in thick winter coats and scarves, men and women shuffled passed glowing shop windows, while children slid along icy patches on the pavement and threw snowballs at the slow moving cars and busses. In early […]

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Christmas Story Posts Starting Today

September 19, 2011

I’ll start posting the Christmas stories for this year’s contest in just a minute. I’ll post them two a day—in the order they were received—or more frequently as submissions increase. So far, I have 6 submissions but if this contest follows the course of the others, I’ll get more throughout the week. Keep them coming! […]

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Send In Your Stories!

September 16, 2011

Next week, the plan is to post all the Christmas story submissions… So far, I only have TWO. I guess that’s what happens when you take an extended hiatus from your blog and then jump right into a new contest. Please, please please—help me spread the word. And get those stories submitted! There’s still time […]

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Need a Writing Prompt?

September 9, 2011

Why not write a Christmas short story and submit it to the 5th Annual LDS Publisher Christmas Short Story Contest! I know some of you have been working on your stories all year because you’ve asked me about the contest. Well, it’s time! Details here.

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LDSP 2011 Christmas Short Story Contest

September 3, 2011

It’s that time again! Announcing the 5th Annual LDS Publisher Christmas Short Story Contest. I know I said this would post on Monday, but I just realized I’ll be out of town then. So here we go! And, YES, we’ve done five of these contests. I can’t believe it. The best stories of the first […]

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2010 Christmas Story Contest Winners

December 28, 2010

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story and to those who read them and commented and voted. We had 42 stories submitted this time. I think that’s a record! I will make comments on each of these stories during the week, giving you my opinion on what was done well and what needed a […]

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2010 Christmas Story Voting Instructions

December 20, 2010

Please read the voting instructions carefully before casting your vote. Voting for LDSP’s 2010 Christmas Story Contest starts NOW! VOTE between December 20th and midnight on Friday, December 24th. Voting Info: There will be four winners:Readers Choice (Published authors)Readers Choice (Unpublished authors)Publisher’s Choice (Published authors)Publisher’s Choice (Unpublished authors). Publisher’s Choice winners will be judged on […]

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Christmas Story Contest Is Now Closed

December 19, 2010

The submission portion of the 2010 Christmas Story Contest is now over. We had 42 entries. That’s wonderful! Tomorrow morning at 7:00 A.M. (MST) sharp, I will post voting instructions. Please read these instructions carefully before casting your votes. Good luck to all those who submitted stories!

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