Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: Fantasy/ Short Story/ Christmas
Approximate word count: 3-4,000 words
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“Imagination and fantasy came early to Leonard as he sat at his grandfather's knees and listened to the wonderful tales of rabbits and a family of berries. Both his grandfathers were great storytellers, his grandmother wrote a book of poems and his father published a book based on the Bible. To this great tradition, Leonard is happy to add his own stories.”
“When Nicholas Claus asks Christmas, (Christy) the youngest daughter of Mother Nature and Father Time, to marry him. Christy's spoiled older sister, Mary, gets jealous and tricks Christmas into changing herself into a tree. Father Time’s magic had ended two days earlier on the first day of winter, so Nicholas only has until New Year’s Day to find a way to change Christy back or she'll have to remain a tree forever.
The Story of Christmas Time is a new twist on the old story of Santa Claus and the Spirit of Christmas.”
Christmas Time is the youngest daughter of Father Time and Mother Nature. Christy loved the forest and all living things. Mary Time loved things that sparkled like diamonds and stars. The sibling rivalry takes a bit of a wicked turn when Mary wants Nicholas for herself since she saw him first. When Nicholas asks Christy for her hand in marriage and gives her a diamond ring Mary flips out. She tricks Christy into changing into her tree form knowing full well she will remain a tree forever. When Nicholas rejects Mary’s affections, Mary is so distraught she climbs Christy’s branches and turns herself into a star at the top of the tree because she does truly love her sister. Father Time is helpless, he can’t change his daughters back into their human forms. He gives Nicholas his magic staff and sends him off on a quest to find Mother Nature, in hopes that she might be able to help.
Nicholas used steadfast determination to find Mother Nature facing impossible odds while crossing frozen tundra. With the help of Father Time’s magical staff and Mother Nature’s magic in all things nature has to offer, they formulate a plan to save Mary and Christy. Nicholas is now on a quest around the globe to find and gather magic wherever he can to weave that magic into Christy’s evergreen branches in hope that he can save his true love and her sister.
This was a unique Christmas story that does indeed put “a new twist on the old story of Santa Claus and the Spirit of Christmas.” I think it was rather ingenious how Mr. Little spun this story using traditional Christmas icons and ideology into his own myth.
I noticed no significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars