Susanna’s Holiday Contest

It’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Annual Holiday Contest. Stories have to be under 350 words and show weather impacting the holidays. Susanna’s contests are so much fun. Here we go!

Christmas cactus


Billy loved his new home in the desert. He swam, soaked up the sun, and caught lizards in his own back yard. But his excitement wore off in December. Hanging lights in flip flops felt strange. Making gingerbread houses with the windows open didn’t seem quite right either. Billy did not want a desert Christmas.

He tried ice-blocking to replace sledding, but only had a smidgen of fun. It still didn’t feel like winter. He turned on Christmas music and decorated the house, hoping that would help. It didn’t. Turning on a Christmas movie just reminded him of what he missed most. Billy sighed. “Does it ever snow here?”

He wrote a letter to the one person who might be able to help.

Dear Santa,

Christmas in the desert isn’t as fun as Christmas up north. Can you send snow? I will be extra nice to Macy.


Billy stared at the letter. “Who am I kidding? Santa can’t make it snow.” He crumpled the paper and turned to throw it away, but froze and smiled. He asked Macy to help him with a top-secret mission.

Billy and Macy crumpled every piece of paper from the recycle bin. They hid behind a bush, waiting for Dad to come home. Finally, Dad climbed out of the car.

“Desert snowball fight!” Billy nailed him in the chest with a paper snowball.

“What the…?” Dad said.

Macy joined the attack. A flurry of crunchy white flew through the air. Dad dodged, darted, and ducked. He scooped up some desert snowballs, and launched a counter-attack. Mom came outside to see what all the noise was about.

“Get her!” Macy hit her in the shoulder.

Mom joined the battle. The desert snowball fight went on until everyone was laughing too hard to continue. They collapsed on the green grass and looked up at the blue sky.

“That was awesome,” Billy said. “Let’s go eat popsicles around the Christmas tree. I bet they aren’t doing that up north.”



    1. Thanks, Linda. We’ve done this several times now, and it is a lot of fun. Last week, we had a paper snowball fight on the enclosed trampoline. Unfortunately, we left the paper out overnight and it rained…but that’s another story. 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tina. I grew up in cold country, so the desert Christmas was definitely an adjustment. But I have to say, I love it!

  1. Very fun and satisfying solution. I enjoyed sharing Billy’s dessert snowball journey with him. Your husband is very clever for coming up with that for your kids, and you are very clever for turning it into a story.

  2. Hi Rachel, I picked yours out to see what someone else had done w/AZ weather and lo and behold – it’s YOU. Fun, original solution to Billy’s problem. Good luck in the contest,

  3. Really fun, clever and original, Rachel! I love the idea of desert snowballs and making the best of the situation! Love your choice of details, like “hanging lights in flip-flops felt strange” – because it would, wouldn’t it?! And I can just imagine them all eating popsicles around the Christmas tree 🙂 Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the Holiday Contest fun!

    1. Thanks, Carrie. I grew up in snow country so I have to remind myself that some people have never experienced it. That boggles my mind. 🙂

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