Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's the Holiday Blog Hop!!

Hosted by Megan Dolan-from This Post Will Self Destruct 
and Jenny Morris from Jenny's Imaginary World

Goal: Write a 250-word story about your favorite holiday. 

I picked Christmas because a) it's the best holiday ever and b) it's so filled with mythology, nobody will mind the addition of one more mythological Christmas creature.

Christmas Star

The strange thing about this Christmas morning isn't my bare feet in the snow.

It's the extra moon lingering in a pale gray sky.

The tiny crescent shape hangs below the actual moon, like a child's crib mobile. I even think I see it dangle a bit in the wind. But that can't be. There's no wind in space. My feet go numb as I stare. I should start moving again, finish my trek from the woodpile before breakfast. But I can't.

The crescent shape turns, its shape changing. Where the second moon once hung, a blob-shaped figure with a pointed head floats, staring back. The alien thing has noticed me noticing it. I stand still, reminded of my run-in with a bobcat last winter. On instinct, I let out a low, guttural growl.

The shape grows, zooms downward. I drop my firewood just as its translucent silver body halts five feet away. This is no bobcat. Its five points tremble: arms, legs, and a head where its face grins, dimpled like a baby.

It whistles. Logs fly through the air, zip through the open front door of my house. I watch in wonder, my feet burning in the snow.

I look back. The chubby star is gone from my porch, from the sky. The sun claws its way over the frozen mountains, and the moon fades away.

I look to the empty spot where my alien friend once floated. A smile breaks my chapped lips.

"Farewell, Christmas Star." 

Check out other 250-word stories about holidays, and get into the spirit:

1.E.R. King2.Untroubled Kingdom
3.Annalise Green4.Abby Fowers
5.Angie Cothran6.Jolene Perry
7.Jennifer Young8.Readin, Writing, and Lovin' It!
9.An Author's Ramblings10.The Ubiquitous Perspective
11.Deana Barnhart12.A Book, A Girl, A Journey
13.Katrina Lantz -Author


  1. Stars are one of my favorite things. This was a lovely story. Happy Holidays! :)

  2. Oh, stars are beautiful. And I love the idea of a new Christmas legend. Great story.

    Thanks for participating.

  3. Oooo I love the addition of an alien at Christmas. It made me smile :)

  4. Beautiful interpretation of the Christmas Star. It was such a huge part of the original Christmas story. I like that you personified it!

  5. Awww, this is gorgeous! It's getting me in the holiday spirit over here. :D

  6. What a great idea! I want to hear more about this star :)

  7. I love the idea of mixing a bit of fantasy into Christmas. It is a magical time of year, after all.

  8. Too cool! This is a very fun idea. Good spin on the Christmas Star :)

  9. Thanks for the lovely comments, guys! I almost cried at several of your stories, and giggled at others. I am in amazing company in this blog hop. Happy Holiday Blog Hop!

  10. That was beautiful. It drew me right in, numbing my feet and all. Now, I have to put on some socks :)

  11. I like the new view on the Christmas star. Very creative!

  12. Cool story Katrina! I am so on-board with science fiction Christmas. Sign me up. Thank you for taking the time to write a story for the Hop. So fun!

  13. Cool! The Christmas Star personified. Cute story! Happy Holiday Blog Hop! :D


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