Friday Fictioneers:The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care

What a week for writing! Somehow I’ve managed to get in early, two weeks in a row… it’s called insomnia! In the meantime, my piece on the holiday blues is on fire at Huffington Post and in one of the happiest  blogging things (for me) in ages, the Gratitude Blog Party I started, is creating a wonderful swell of good vibes. I would love it if my FF blog buddies would join! It’s really easy. Check out this post; then write your own (10-15’ish minutes), and link up to this feel good thing. So far 41 other bloggers have joined; please check it out and consider adding your name! I love the way blogging brings so many people together; this is a bright reflection of that.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction challenge that also brings lots of great people together. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields generously herds us cats and makes it look easy! It isn’t. Thanks Rochelle! To learn more, check out her blog, Addicted to Purple. This week’s photo was provided by Scott L. Vannatter. As always I welcome honest, constructive feedback.

*Wishing all of you a joyous Christmas filled with love and good things! *


© Scott L Vannatter

“The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care”

“Shit! What the hell!”

Caught in the act, Santa took a nervous step back and dropped the cookie. The hairs on his neck stood up.

“That’s a good little guy… go back to sleep,” he cooed, in his most soothing baritone.

He eased backwards, carefully dragging his giant sack of gifts with him. He hated these situations; anything he did was likely to wake others.

“That’s a good boy…” He reached out gingerly.

Tigger snarled again.

The lights on the tree amplified the effects; he wished he’d brought the catnip.

(wordcount: 90)

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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51 Responses to Friday Fictioneers:The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care

  1. Dear Dawn,

    Santa’s in a bit of a pickle isn’t he? Cute story.
    Thank you for being part of Friday Fictioneers. You help make it what it is…fun and addictive. 😀

    Shalom and Merry Christmas.

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  2. Sandra says:

    Big cat-astrophe! Nice one, Dawn. And your Huffington Post article encapsulates my feelings almost entirely. I won’t be the only one to greet the end of the festive season with relief and hope, I guess. 🙂 Well done.

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    • Thanks so much Sandra. While I look forward to time with friends and family, admittedly, December is not my finest hours. I have so appreciated your wonderful feedback all year. May your journeys be smooth and the new year bring you all the best! xo

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  3. More trouble than a guard dog!


  4. sassandsauce says:

    That cat is wicked cute 🙂 The fur’s gonna fly!


  5. Hilarious, Dawn. Tigger has caused a hitch in Santa’s efficient delivery system. Well done as always. I haven’t read your Huffington Post piece yet, but I will. Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne


  6. Lovely story, and wonderful Huffington Post piece, Dawn. Happy Christmas!

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  7. ceayr says:

    Cool story, raised a chuckle.


  8. Adam Ickes says:

    As a character in one of my daughter’s story books says: drat that cat! Nice one, Dawn.

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  9. Mike Lince says:

    In a twisted sort of way, I love that even Santa says ‘shit!’ I guess it’s okay since he was heard only by the cat, but thanks for that glimpse behind the scenes. – Mike

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  10. mamaheidi60 says:

    Love it! A different side of you in writing!


  11. paulmclem says:

    Great take on the prompt. The cat does indeed look startled, as if he’s been caught in the act. Merry Christmas!


  12. This is fun, fun, fun.Poor old Santa, never thought of him in such a pickle.

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  13. gahlearner says:

    Hehe, who knew that Santa had such problems. What a fun story. Happy Holidays!


  14. Margaret says:

    Poor Santa. He must be getting forgetful to overlook the catnip after so many Christmases with so many family cats lurking about. Wonderful story. I love your Santa.


  15. Marvellous and funny story! Merry Xmas! Kate.


  16. Graham Lawrence says:



  17. this is such a cute story! a delightful read indeed. thank you for sharing ❤


  18. rgayer55 says:

    At first, I thought Santa had stepped in the litter box. That would keep the sleigh stinking all night. Maybe a can of sardines would have soothed Tigger’s growl.

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  19. I’m always careful around one of my cats – don’t want to get her mad! LOL so I can sympathize with Santa. Merry Christmas.


  20. Kally says:

    I enjoyed this article very much. I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog while searching for new reading materials. Keep on doing what you are doing!


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  22. What a fun twist on the story! I would like to nominate you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you choose to accept, here are the rules: . Happy New Year.



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