So about a week back I posted a question on my Facebook and Twitter about possibly writing a Friday the 13th story in honour of the unlucky day. A friend of mine, Ivana, suggested:
a spooky/creepy and Christmassy since this year it falls in December. 🙂 Your take on the Grinch or something about Santa’s evil elves?
Well, I thought it was a brilliant idea! I started a quick story about some Christmas gnomes that was going to be creepy, but as usual with me, something dealing with Christmas and gifts ended up morphing quickly into something cute… so here it is, the first manifestation of my “creepy” Christmas story. This is a first draft, and I would love (LOVE) constructive suggestions!
The Christmas Gnomes
Everyone knows Santa Claus
And all his little elves,
But who knows of the Christmas gnomes
Who hide up on the shelves?
These little munchkins do not like
How Santa steals the scene;
It makes them feel like they’re not loved…
It really makes them mean.
Many, many years ago
The gnomes were well known chaps
Running ‘round in furry boots
And funny winter caps.
They were the kings of Christmas town
Until one fateful day;
When a lonely wanderer
Decided “hey, let’s stay.”
This jolly old St. Nicholas
Made the North his home
And turned that pole into a place
Not fit for any gnome.
When Santa chose to set up shop
In the gnome’s old home
He also brought a bunch of elves
Who made this place their own.
All the little boys and girls
Decided gnomes weren’t fun;
“Santa gives us toys and presents,
Your time in sun is done!”
The gnomes, they all got angry!
They loved those girls and boys!
So as a form of payback,
They decided to mess with their toys!
So any time on you have a toy
That breaks on Christmas day,
It’s a reminder that the Christmas gnomes
Are something that’s here to stay.
They lie in wait ‘til Santa Claus
Delivers his load of goodies,
Then gnomes come out and play about
To ruin Christmas mornings.
So if you’ve ever received a toy
Parts missing or parts broken
Remember it’s the Christmas gnomes
That made this ungrateful token.