Christmas Story Time!

Hello Friends,

This holiday season would not be complete without me writing a lovely little Christmas story! So snuggle up by the fire, corral the children, blow the steam off of that extra hot, hot chocolate (for the adults add some Bailey’s Irish cream : ) )stuff your face full of chocolates and delicious Christmas cookies.


Its Susanna Hill’s 5th annual Holiday writing contest. The guidelines are, it must be a holiday story beginning with any version of “Rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop.” We are free to use the actual opening of the song or add any verb or preposition of our choice. The story is for children 12 years and younger and it may be no more than 350 words. So much wiggle room compared to the Halloween contest, Happy day!

Here it is my friends I hope this story brings some holiday cheer to your day, ENJOY!



Boping Around The Holidays (350 Word Count)


Shelly Bond


Boping around the holidays on our Christmas break.

We can do whatever we want because we have no school.

Nothing will stop the three of us with the smell of cinnamon in

the air.


Our breath fogs up the glass as we watch the snowflakes fly.

My little brother Milo grabs us by our hands.

“Let’s GO GUYS!” He shouts.

Outside the door I hear the sparkles calling my name.

“June! June! Come and play with us!”

We run and I fall backwards my body crunches in the snow.

I move my arms and legs as I catch a snowflake on my tongue.

A freezing ball wacks my cheek.


“SNOWBALL FIGHT!” Jack shrieks.

I pack one down and throw it back, white balls are flying



We bop inside, something smells delicious.

Mom is in the kitchen baking, the counters are full of sweet



Gingerbread, snickerdoodle, and chocolate chips galore.

We fill our pockets and stuff our faces until we almost explode.

Mom shakes her finger at us. “That’s enough you three!”

She turns around and we sneak a little more.


If you can’t find us, just follow the crumb trail under the kitchen


A tummy ache won’t stop us three we are on a mission!


We giggle and laugh and run around

how I love this time of year.

The Christmas music blasts so loud. “Shake your booty!” I

happily exclaim.

All of sudden the doorbell rings and in floods our family.

Smiles and sweaters and wet snow boots are stomping on the



It’s Christmas break and we won’t stop until the lights are dim.


“Snatch the eggnog.” Milo whispers and we scurry behind the tree.

We pass the carton around, and glup until it’s gone.

“Ha, ha, ha! You look like uncle Kip!” I laugh at Jack’s milk mustache.


Our bellies are full and we gaze at the Christmas tree.

Oh the lights they are shining so bright.

We stare and stare and stare a little more.


Boping around the holidays on Christmas break

we can hardly wait for Christmas day to finally be here!



Happy, happy holidays Friends, until next time!









Truly Tis The Season!

Truly Tis The Season

“We make a living by what we get

We make a life by what we give.”

-Winston Churchill

“It is not how much we give

but how much love

we put into giving.”




Hello Friends,

Jack frost is lingering in the air my Christmas tree is lit and oh so beautiful.  There truly is something magical about this time of year. With the incessant darkness and bitter cold, I still find myself enjoying every chilly moment.

The bright twinkling lights, the ever so familiar sounds of Christmas songs. The smiles on my childrens faces each morning when they wake up searching for their favorite Christmas elf. Do you know of this elf I speak of?

For those of you who are not familiar with this lovely little addition to our family, she is the “Elf On The Shelf.” This is the Bond family’s third christmas with what would you guess her elf name to be?

Tootee Sparkles! Yes this is pretty much the best name ever! June named her when she was three, her name is just as amazing today as it was three years ago. Every time I hear mention of Tootee a huge smile crosses my face.

Our little friend flies to the North Pole every night to report our children’s behavior to Santa. I will say from a parent’s perspective she is a friendly reminder for our children to be on their best behavior on these oh so fridge days when we would all prefer to be warm and indoors. These days do seem to be the days my children have a rougher time getting along and sharing.

It seems as much as my children love each other they love to argue, and test each other even more so. This is when Little Miss Tootee Sparkles comes into play.

I would say I enjoy our elf as much as my children do. Watching them search truly excited every morning is such an amazing experience. Children are truly enthusiastic they have so much passion and love for the small things in life. They are truly amazing creatures.

My nephews and nieces of course have elf’s of their own, cousins of course to Tootee. Their names are Rosie Blue and Baffy. All of the cousins love to exchange their latest elf news and whereabouts of their elfs and where they landed.

These traditions are the best memories I will have and which will carry on with our children from generation to generation. I never had an elf growing up, beginning this tradition with my children is even more exciting. Change is good!

We all should truly tis this holiday season! Dust off all of your holiday stressors, don’t let money, time, people get in your way of enjoying what is directly in front of you.


Be merry, laugh , be happy, break and make new traditions. Find a christmas elf who will bring your entire family happiness, bake cookies, drink eggnog, adult drinks, amazing food. Do everything you envisioned yourself doing this time of year. Live in the moment, we all deserve it and so do our children. Until next time friends!16849619028_45644e09d4_k