Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

This post is a themed writing project challenge taken from Jenny Matlock over at off on my tangent.

Jenny says we can use UP to 100 words to tell our story. It can be fact or fiction. Jenny posts a few words, a prompt that we work from. This weeks prompt is in bold italics.

The bin of tangled up holiday lights always signals the beginning.

Soon there’d be slightly muffled cussing of crooked tree trunks and the fact that we’re Catholic instead of Jehovah Witness.

WHO in their right mind puts a tree…

A FRICKIN DIRTY TREE in the middle of the living room?

It smells,

it sheds,

it drips annnnnnnd...


Next year, I swear, NO REAL TREE.

NO TINSEL, nooooo tinsel..

This year I WON”T be pulling tinsel out of the cat’s ass.

Have I told you how much I hate the holidays?

I don’t know WHY I put myself through this every year.”


  1. I haven't had a tree since the kittens arrived two years ago. I just had to chuckle at this! Excellent!

  2. Interesting take on the "Bah Humbug" spirit by adding the religious spin.

    Like how its written so that it's straight from the character's head with all that angst instead of a commentary.


  3. Oh my God! I'm still laughing. Were you a fly on the wall?? We have floor lickers too. I have actually pulled an icecicle out of my dogs butt too! LOL. This was great! ~Ames

  4. I didn't know there was no stop, drop, and roll in hell. Not only did I get my giggle on, I got edumicated too.

    My word veri is yterfic which I read as you're terrific. How cool is that?

  5. I'm laughing so hard I almost had an unfortunate accident with my coffee. This was perfect. What everyone (admit it folks) thinks at least ONCE during the holiday season. And the line about pulling the tinsel out of the cat's ass - well, I work for a vet, so needless to say this cracked me up. Kat

  6. heehee

    I have a crooked-trunked tree this year. It looks sorta like that cat with tinsel in its nether regions took a bite out of it!


  7. Snort. You cracked me up! We sure do spin ourselves into circles trying to do it all...

  8. Such realistic laments! But isn't such whining a tradition too for this holiday??? :)

  9. I think you need to get a fake tree, ha,ha. Sounds like some of what we used to have years ago when we did the real tree. I used to especially hate the tinsel and cat part.

  10. This Jewish gal REALLY appreciates this post. Thank you!

  11. Haha! I love it. :-)

    Wonderful use of the prompt.

  12. Hahaha! When I came home last night from the final day of our winter art exhibit, Rod had put up the tree!

  13. I'm right there with you, girl! I insist on a real tree every year. Every year it is a fight. Sigh. So I showed him, I just stopped decorating. I have a feeling it is not bothering him, but sure is bothering me! Loved your story!

    I just posted my story. I think we are kindred spirits with our stories this week. Hope you will stop by and read.


  14. I bet you love it; it let's you rave and rant. Bring out those lights! :)

  15. LOL! Brilliant post! What is Christmas without drama? I loved your descriptions! This could quite possibly be the first Centus story ever to describe pulling tinsel out of a cat's ass. Congratulations for that! You rocked this one - around the Christmas tree no less!

  16. Koby. I was there. I was watching this scene. I was feeling the emotions and the tension. Awww...the holiday season is upon us.

    Thanks for a wonderful link.


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