Today’s writing prompt, ‘Tis the Season, is the first prompt of the Twelve Days of Christmas prompts on the Daily Drafts and Dialogues blog this year. Keep reading to see the full prompt and my completed version of it.

Today’s Writing Prompt: ‘Tis the Season

Today, start writing by completing the sentence: “Tis the season…” Try to be as creative as possible and turn a holiday cliché on its head if possible.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

‘Tis the Season, by K.E. Creighton

“‘Tis the season to be jolly,” was how she answered after I asked her why she did this every year. She said it as she piled unwrapped toys into the back of her van strategically and carefully so as not to bend or damage any of the boxes or packaging they were in. Her scowl and Santa hat with a cigarette burn hole on its white rim, however, told a different story. This woman was not at all jolly.

“So, where are you taking these toys again?” I asked as she closed her trunk and turned to look at me as if I was interrupting her while she was doing something incredibly important but also incredibly tedious and annoying. She answered, “To the North Pole, of course,” without a hint of jolliness, I might add.

“Your ad online said you take them to various churches in town. Does each church get the same amount of toys? Does anyone wrap them for the children?”

“Sure,” she said as she moved toward the driver’s door of the van. Before she opened the door, she said with sincerity and perhaps a bit of warmth, “Thanks for your donation. It will definitely help people in need this year.” Then she got in the van and drove off.

I stood there in the empty parking lot next to the busy highway processing the brief exchange that just happened for a few minutes and eventually concluded that even if I was just somehow involved in some type of illegal toy trafficking, it was okay. Because I believed her when she said that my donation would help people in need this year. Maybe they wouldn’t be the people I usually help. But maybe they needed the help, and the jolliness the toys would bring, even more.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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