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Challenge # 48 Santa’s Stocking

This challenge comes from a small writing group.  We have a large series of random questions that we answer and share.  The goal is to answer at least one per week.  My personal goal is to do this for one full year. I am so glad this is almost over, it has now reached the tedious level and I have no plans for after it’s over. I know the writing group is getting together but I have not been brave enough to attend a gathering of that sort yet.


You have to stuff a stocking for Santa. What would you put in it and why?

Stuffing Santa’s Stocking

This sounds like a fun project and it’s not like I have to shop to fulfill a wish list, this can travel into realms of fun and fantasy. My first thought is the size of the stocking, we all have pretty stockings that look like they might even fit our feet. And they sometimes have our name on them or decorative elements meant just for us or generic. In some homes all the stockings match and in some cases they change each year to match the current decorations for the year.

My thoughts are that Santa might have a five foot long stocking. When one of my daughters was about 5 or 6 she colored a picture at Christmas for a local bank, and she won the prize of a 5 foot stocking filled with toys and candy. It has been more than 35 years since then and she very vividly remembers that moment. So maybe Santa will enjoy having a stocking filled for him, so here goes.

First, hot chocolate, because winter here is cold. The next four items are for the same reason, lip balm, ear muffs, warm gloves and wool socks. Healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit to keep his strength up. Also can’t forget the carrots for the reindeer.

I would need to throw in a couple of things to keep his mind active as well, maybe a crossword puzzle book or sudoku puzzles. Many of us have learned the joys of jigsaw puzzles during quarantien and one of those would fit the stocking. I always enjoyed some kind of surprise item tucked into the toe of the stockings I have received or filled. I think he might enjoy a gift card for a massage after his hard day of work.

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99 Word Challenge Snacks

September 24, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about snacking. It can feature crunchy snacks or creamy one. Who is snacking on what and why? How can you make this a story? Go where the prompt leads!

September 24: Flash Fiction Challenge

Road Snacks Are Special

Snacks are serious.  No idea when they developed this attitude but they wear the crown well.  Road trip snacks are in special categories while still having the requirement of being bad junk food.  Healthy snacks don’t live in this world. Trip snacks require a salty brand of chips, chocolate that does not melt, caffeine drink and something with peanut butter.

In my vehicle this is a well proven larder that can sustain me for days.  In the past my excuse was mid-west winters that could be brutal.  Now this is just one of those grandfathered laws of my car.