I know, you’re confused. But Heidi you say, why does a nice Jewish girl from the suburbs think she can talk about the Kringle Extraordinaire? Point taken. But I figure if I simply apply my enthusiasm for chocolate and lingerie, to my enthusiasm for the big man in red, I’m sure to come up with something. Also, isn’t there some sort of mandatory kissing beneath a Dreidel bush followed by the eating of carbs? No? Am I confusing my traditions? Ah well, just let me give it a go.
Once again, New York Times Bestselling author Frank Delaney did a writing challenge on twitter. This time we were asked to write the opening lines of Santa’s autobiography. I have to say this one was much harder than Halloween. In large part due to my morbid sensibilities which don’t necessarily lend themselves to Xmas. Be that as it may I channeled my inner tinsel and came up with the options below.
The child’s shocked eyes took in my soot covered girth. If I can’t figure a way outta this one I thought, elf heads are gonna roll. #FDSanta
“Elves,” I bellowed. “Bring me my toddy. The naughty list grows ever longer and my entrails are feeling the chill.” #FDSanta
Once upon a midnight clear I snuck down chimneys and drank your beer. #FDSanta
Celeste lies in her icy tomb, my child, my pearl. This yearly sleigh ride began for her. If only I still believed it meant something. #FDSanta
“Do you know how hard it is to find decent elves these days?” I said, cramming a fistful of sugar cookies between ravenous lips. #FDSanta
The world revolves upon my snowy axis. Greedy fools swallowing up tales of reindeer and elves. If only they knew the real story. #FDSanta
“You’d be amazed how little traction being Santa gets with the ladies,” I said, my matted beard sticky with peppermint candies. #FDSanta
There are chimneys my friends, narrow, soot laden, greasy chimneys that could set a man’s jowls to trembling. #FDSanta
If you’re reading this, my sleigh riding tour has ended. Leaving in its wake a broken & disoriented fool who once believed in childhood. #FDSanta
I am Claus. From my icy breath is wrought a world filled with longing. Children rest in the palm of my hand craving toys & attention. #FDSanta
Two of my entries made the top ten! I’m a bit proud of myself in a silly yes-but-it’s-only-140-characters-now-go-do-some-actual-work kind of way. And I have to tell you that the tweet I received from Frank Delaney which said, “Heidi, you are a GREAT competitor – truly literary and imaginative” was a wonderful gift for this gal who has a virulent case of the holiday blues.
If any of you kind readers see this post today, Thursday December 16th, could I trouble you to head on over to Frank Delaney’s Site and leave a comment in support of one of my selections? He will announce the winner tomorrow. Even if you’re not the commenting type, thanks for checking out my blog, and I hope you enjoyed the entries. Incidentally, if you are trying to inspire some new ideas, I have to tell you these little word constrained exercises are a wonderful way to get the creative egg nog flowing. Mazel Tov, oops, I mean, Happy Holidays!
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