Monday, December 12, 2016

My Trashman Gave to Me

I'm coming down to the wire, but I couldn't miss Susanna Hill's annual Holiday Story 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.

Without further ado (and because I'm going to run out of time!) here's my entry at 299 words:

My Trashman Gave to Me

My Daddy worked hard all day throwing bag after bag into that old garbage truck. We didn’t have much money, but he made sure our house was merry during Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my trashman gave to me a toaster in disrepair. It couldn’t make toast, but it sure made Christmas cards pop!

On the second day of Christmas my trashman gave to me two black rain boots, which held way more than a regular stocking.

On the third day of Christmas my trashman gave to me three dented pots, and I drummed a lovely beat.  

On the fourth day of Christmas my trashman gave to me four hula hoops which became the coolest wreath in town.

On the fifth day of Christmas my trashman gave to me five curtain rings which made my wreath sparkle in the sun.

On the sixth day of Christmas my trashman gave to me six empty frames, perfect for my reindeer art.  
On the seventh day of Christmas my trashman gave to me seven bouncing balls hanging as giant ornaments in the front yard.

On the eighth day of Christmas my trashman gave to me eight smiling dolls to make my own nativity.

On the ninth day of Christmas my trashman gave to me nine shining night lights to brighten every room.


On the tenth day of Christmas my trashman gave to me ten Christmas ties draping over the fireplace.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my trashman gave to me eleven serving spoons glittering on our Christmas tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my trashman gave to me twelve pillows already ripping, with enough fluff to fill our living room with snow!

People sure throw out a lot of decorations, but Daddy knows treasure when he finds it.

Hope you enjoyed this fun holiday story. Wishing you all Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!




23 comments:

  1. Very creative, and so much fun. With a great lesson.

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  2. One man's trash is another man's treasure! A really lovely story about finding value in everything!

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  3. Great story. Good luck and happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks Greg- Happy Holidays to you, too!

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  4. Great story about recycled treasures! Happy holidays!

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  5. When I lived in NYC my favorite thing to do was search for a great street find that someone was throwing away. This was an excellent story and great example of finding joy no matter where.

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    1. I do enjoy trolling the garbage - "they threw THAT out? This is like new!" thanks for stopping by:)

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  6. As a OC recycler, reducer, reuser, I LOVE this!!! Viva the creative mind! Well-done, Lauri!

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    1. I must have been in the middle of making candy canes out of pool noodles when the idea struck...

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  7. I really enjoyed this one! Great job, Lauri! :)

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    1. Thanks Lauri! I'm happy to see all the great reviews on The Peddlers' Bed.

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  8. Awesome! This would be fun to illustrate. & you have a picture to go with it!

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    1. I know the trashman would have a fabulously huge smile in the illustrations:)

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  9. Clever and fun, Lauri! One man's trash is another man's treasure... and recycling!... and a creative story in the 12 Days format and the word count to boot! Well done :) Thanks so much for joining in the fun, and Happy Holidays!

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    1. The prompt was very inspiring! The kids have a few drafts here too - one recipe, one of lousy gifts my mom gave me, and a cute one with gifts from teacher.

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  10. Recycle, reuse, repurpose...I love this, Lauri...and I loved that your mc was happy with her gifts and appreciated that her dad did his best to make her Christmas special.

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    1. Fun and creativity with family can make the holidays sparkle!

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  11. Trash vs. Treasure! A great concept. I really liked this story!

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  12. I love your themes of recycling & being happy for whatever "treasures" you receive, even if others think it's junk (what do they know anyway!). So glad you posted in time & I scrolled down to read it.

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