Welcome to Week 5 of the Pen’n’Tonic’s Creative Expressions challenge.

Don’t be shy! Play along!

Each week on Tuesday (as time permits), I’ll post a word, a phrase, a picture, or an idea that will constitute a prompt from which to submit a poem, a flash fiction piece (not longer than 250 words), an original photograph, an original artwork, or a combination of these things that you think applies to the week’s theme.

Interpret the theme as you see fit. The only rules are that you be creative, be original, and have fun. Post your entry on your own blog and add your link to the InLinkz page (see little blue frog link below).

As with most challenges of this sort, I encourage you to provide feedback, respectful critiques, or general comments. Simple “Likes” are good too!

This week I give you a Christmas image. I’ve written a flash fiction piece about childhood Christmas memories. I hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas to you all and happy writing in 2015!
May all your word dreams come true!


Mommy made them

Daylight peaked through Jenny’s window.

Jack Frost had painted a sparkling winter scene on her window.

Her feet hit the freezing floor of the old farmhouse.

She raced to brother Danny’s room.

“Danny. Get up. It’s Christmas! Come on! Let’s go!”

Groggily, Danny swung his own sock-covered little feet to the floor and wiped the sleep from his eyes.

Jenny wasn’t waiting. She was too excited.

She dreamed of Dear Dolly. It was going to be under the tree. She just knew it. It was the only thing she asked Mommy and Santa for this year. All her friends had them. Her cousin had the brown-haired one with the red dress. She didn’t care which one she got. She just wanted to be like her friends.

Finally, the last present was unwrapped. There were three. One had mittens. One had a pink knit scarf and matching hat. The last had three peppermint sticks.

Jenny saw the sadness in her Mommy’s eyes.

Jenny knew.

There was no Dear Dolly this year.

It was okay.

She wrapped her chilly fingers in the mittens and wound the scarf around her neck.

They were beautiful.

Mommy made them.



4 thoughts on “Creative Expressions #5: Photo (Christmas Memories)

  1. This is such a lovely story Caerlynn. Today is Christmas Day in Australia and this morning on my early morning walk I was greeted by the delightful squeals and laughter of children discovering their Christmas mornings as I walked by their houses.

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