Archive for December, 2007

Blog Your Holiday Story: Voting begins 12/17/07 at 12 Pm

Published December 10, 2007 Edit

Choose one of the Story Maps to help you write your holiday story. (click on the picture to listen to this post)winter-scene.jpg

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Answer the following questions before you start in one or two sentences for each question:

  • Who are the Characters in your piece? (name, age, what do they look like?, what kind of a person are they?)
  • Where and when does your story take place? (Season, year,time, place)
  • What is the problem in your story?
  • How does the problem resolve (get solved)?

51 Responses to “Blog your Holiday Story Here. Voting Begins Monday At 12:00Pm!”


  1. 1 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm
    Story 1
    A special Christmas in New BrightonMy name is Miss Scott and I have 3 kids Kyare , Dallas, and Bouncey.
    Kyare is 11, Dallas is 13, and Bouncey is the baby just 1 years old.
    This story is about one Christmas when I had no money to buy the kids gifts.
    The reason I had lost my job in Dr. Smith’s Office. I answered phones in the office and I worked there along time and one day in December he just fired me. I don’t know why.I walked home to my house in New Brighton on 209 Benziger Ave and the rent was due. I was afraid of being kicked out. I felt so sad, no rent money, and no presents for Christmas.
    Now my daughter Kyare has a friend on our block. Kyare is friendly and talks to everybody. He is an old guy his name is Mr. Higgins. She goes and talks to him in his yard all the time. But that old man never said hello to me and I never said hello to him.

    Then I guess Kyare told him about our problem. The next thing I knew someone had paid my rent, and I did not know who.

    On Friday before Christmas he walked over and rang the door bell and just said I know you have no money this Christmas to buy the kids gifts, so maybe you and I could go together, I have some extra money.

    And that is what we did. I bought Kyare a doll set and small laptop, Dallas got a really great car set and the sneakers he wanted, and Bouncey I bought clothes and a baby set of toys.

    That was the year I lost my job, got a new friend and had the best Christmas ever thanks to Mr. Higgins.
    Maybe you know someone who needs something this Christmas and you could make there Christmas as happy as ours.

    Merry Christmas.

  2. 2 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 1:33 pm
    Story 2
    Santa Falls down the Chimney and breaks his legs.Hi my name is Mark Richard and this is my story of how Santa broke his legs in my Chimney.
    It was Christmas Eve at Midnight and I was waiting for Santa. I was supposed to be asleep but I was still awake.
    I heard noises, bells and crashes. Must be Santa. I went out side to see and I saw. Santa Claus he was screaming in pain. Ho HO HO, owww owww owww .I woke up my father and we saw all the presents. Then we took him in the house fixed his leg. Santa Claus asked us to deliver the presents to the people.
    We got on the sled and put the presents in people’s Chimney and all the people were happy. Christmas was good..
    Then we went back home and got our presents. Then I was happy. Merry Christmas and to all a good night.
  3. 3 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm
    Story 3 Frosty And Joey giving gifts
    Hi my name is kassem and I am going to tell you a Christmas story.
    Once upon a time on Christmas Eve There was a reindeer named Joey and snowman named Frosty.Frosty lived in Hawaii and because of this he had to stay in Air conditioning all the time. Joey the reindeer lived at the Northpole helping Santa bring gifts.
    One Christmas when Joey was flying around he got lost and found an island. This island was where Frosty”
    the Haywain snowman lived.Now something happened that never happened before. It started to snow in Hawaii. Frosty did something he never does, he left his airconditioning and went outside.
    Joey walked right by Frosty on the Street.
    He asked, Frosty what is your Name. Frosty “I am Frosty the Hawaiian snowman.
    Now this snow storm was really bad, and Joey was afraid he would not get back in time to the Northpole for Christmas.Suddenly Santa landed in Hawaii with his sleigh. Frosty asked his magic whip to get them out of the storm so that they can deliver the gifts.
    Santa Cracks and suddenly Joey started to fly. And Frosty used his magic to get on Joey back.
    Santa helped them out. Now they started delivering presents.
    But Frosty could get down the chimney because he would.
    They deliver all the gifts and Frosty decides to move to the North Pole and so he did.
  4. 4 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 2:11 pm
    Story 4
    Santa and the Motorcycle Gang.This year Santa had a problem getting to the people. Then during take off, his sleigh broke down.
    He does not know what to do. How will he get to deliver the presents.Then he hears a noise ruuuuummmmmm ruuummmmm. It sounds just like motorcycles, and you know what it was motorcyles. But you will never guess who was driving them.
    Penguins.
    The lead penguins name was Joe. He wore a leather jacket and biker glasses.
    This is what he said to Santa ” We won’t let a broken sleigh ruin everyones Christmas”

    Then thousand of penguins on Motocyle come and load up the gifts, ready to deliver them. Zoooooommmm Zoooooooom
    Santa was happpy He said, “Some people are naughty and some people are nice, and you are real nice.” He gave them motorycle boots.
    Ho. HO. Ho , Merry Christmas.

  5. 5 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 2:23 pm
    Story 5 Getting Sparky back to the Northpole
    One Christmas on Christmas Eve a boy was watching the news. This was the story.
    There was a reindeer on the loose in the City. The boy saw a man had found a reindeer. His dad came home and he had this reindeer with him.
    The boy called the reindeer Sparky. And they kept him in their shed.
    Now the problem is is this was one of Santa magic reindeers, and he had to get back to the Northpole if Santa was going to deliver presents this Christmas.
    This family new it was their job to get hm back to the Northpole. But it was expensive to ship a live animal thousand of miles. Three thousand dollars.
    How would they get the money. The boy only had $100 dollars, and his father had $600 and him mom had $200. They still need $2100 dollars, but how would they do it.Well his Dad and his Mom got two jobs, and the boy had a bakesale in his neighborhood. He made cookies and cakes and he made $80. It took the family two weeks to raise the money
    just in time for Christmas. They sent off Sparky in the Mail.And on Christmas eve Sparky led the sled and delivered presents to the family who helped him.
  6. 6 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 2:38 pm
    Story 6
    My Christmas Trip to Rockefeller Center.
    This year my family went to Rockefeller Center.
    My cousins, my mom, my dad,my grandma, my uncle and my other grandma and my other uncle we all went in the city to see the tree.
    We took two cars to see the tree. When we got there it was beautiful, there was a big star, lights, presents, and then we saw the Angels. There were people there singing about Christmas.
    We had a great time and I want to do this next year.
  7. 7 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 2:48 pm
    Story 7
    RudolphRudolph was so sad because the other reindeer were calling him names. He was sad and would get upset. And because he was upset his antlers would not grow. He knew he would never fly if his Antlers did not grow.An elf came by and said I will be your friend. This made Rudolph feel better. When he felt better his Antlers grew. Then he could fly and join Santa’s team

    Merry Christmas

  8. 8 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 2:53 pm
    Story 8
    Frosty loves Soup.
    Now Frosty was a good guy, a snowman. But he had one problem he loved soup. And the soup made him melt from the steam. His favorite kind of soup was noodle soup.But it always happened he would want the soup, eat it and end up half melted.
    Now the children loved Frosty and they told him you have got to stop the soup. It will kill you.When he heard it from them, he knew they loved him, and it was easy to give up the soup, and he gave it to the children everytime he wanted it for himself he gave a bowl of soup to a child. So he never melted again.
  9. 9 stufffromthelab December 12, 2007 at 3:04 pm
    Story 9
    Christmas DayWhen I woke up it was Christmas Day.
    I wanted to get out of bed and go out and play.
    I looked out the window and it was snowing.
    I thought my head was exploding.
    I ran out the door to open my presents.
    When I walked into the living room. I saw my cousins
    Together we tore through our gifts. I found a shirt, and it was a wonderful fit.We went outside for a snowball fight. We played untils it was night.
    We went inside to have a feast.
    Someone was hiding … it was my niece. Finally Christmas was over and I went to bed.
    I will always love Christmas until I am dead.
  10. 10 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 10:02 am
    Story 10Lucas the SnowmanJoseph was making a snowman outside looking at the Christmas tree with the beautiful star. When he was done he thought something was missing. He found a scarf and put it on the snowman’s neck. When he went to bed he dreamed about the snowman.
    In his dream the scarf floated in to his room. It spun very fast over his head. Then the scarf stopped spinning and floated back to the snowman’s head.
    The next day Joseph went to see the snowman outside. He named him Lucas. After he named him Lucas came alive. He saw that Lucas was truly alive and he had a snowball.

    Lucas said “Let’s go win that snowball fight and the Christmas tree with the beautiful star”
    They ran to a snowfort and hid there and took on anyone looking for a snowball fight.
    They were really good winning snowball fight after snowball fight. When they had beat almost everyone and almost at the Christmas tree with the Beautiful Star, from no where a snowball fired at Lucas, Watch out, said Joseph. Lucas took out his scarf and swung it at the snowball and that snowball flew at the snowman who threw it. The last snowman was knocked out and they went to the tree where Santa was waiting for them and gave them the beautiful star.

  11. 11 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 10:08 am
    Story 11 Ruldolph the Broken Legged Reindeer.I know you know Rudolph and his red nose, but this story is about Rudolph the Broken Leg Reindeer.
    Once upon a time in the North-pole a deer named Rudolph Broke his leg and could not fly.
    Soon it was Christmas and Rudolph still had a broken leg. Santa was worried, no flying Rudolph, no flying sleigh. He would not be able to take the toys to all the kids. Then kids would stop believing in him.
    On the last day before Christmas. Rudolph woke up and his leg was better and he flew right to Santa. Santa was very happy, HO HO HO, and they flew to the sled just in time and delivered the presents.
  12. 12 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 10:24 am
    Story 12 Howeird the ReindeerOnce upon a time there was a reindeer named Howeird, not Howard, but Howeird, and he was weird. All the time he was always Joking Santa never let him come fly because he was always acting foolish. The next day was 1 week from Christmas and Santa told the elves “Make those toys”
    Blitzen was outside to help Howeird. He was acting stupid and then he fell on Blitzen and broke his legs. Now this was terrible because
    broken legs meant blitzen could not fly. It was Christmas and Bitzen was hurt.
    Santa knew he could not go with out Blitzen. So Santa looked at Howeird and he took Howeird instead. Now Howeird started acting stupid right away and fell of the sleigh in Venezuela, and he was asking everyone in South America how to get back to the North pole. But he went to the Southpole by accident. Santa found him and Howeird had learned his lesson and never acted foolish again. Santa was Happy that Howeird no longer acted so stupid,and that year all the presents got sent to every kid in the world with the help of Howeird the Reindeer.
  13. 13 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 10:25 am
    Story 13
    Story 6
    Justin’s Magic Cocoa
    Justin was outside and he met the snowman Frosty. Now the weather was getting warm and Frosty begins to melt.
    Justin goes in his house and take out some magic cocoa.
    He mixes it with cold milk and bring it out to Frosty.
    Frosty had really begun to melt. Now he was almost gone, just water.
    Justin poured the Magic Cocoa over him and Frosty came back to life.
    Then Frosty and Justin dance and have fun.
    Merry Christmas
  14. 14 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 11:22 am
    STory 14 My Trip to the Northpole
    ONe year my friend and my family and me went to the Northpole. This year when Santa came to my house we jumped in sleigh. This sled went real fast. When we got there we saw Elves and a whole bunch toys.
    I saw a snowman and I knew he was Frosty because he was alive and they were having a conversation about the Naughty kids and the good kids. He was trying to convince the Elves to give the naughty kids a little something for Christma.It was time for Santa to go back to work and he took us back on the sleigh and he gave me a great gift. Rudolph who I keep in my backyard and his nose is really red.
  15. 15 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 11:36 am
    STory 15
    Setting : The North Pole
    When: 12/24/07
    Christmas Eve
    My main Character is Santa and Mac, Minor Character are Rich and Lucy.
    One year a guy named went to the North pole. Mac hated Christmas. He wanted to stop Christmas. So he made a plan to steal all the presents. He hid all of them but he would not tell anyone where they were.
    The Elves were frantic and they tried to make new ones, but there was no time.
    They started to look everywhere, they found a cave. They did not know what lived in there but there were giant footprints all over. Like a bigfoot.
    When they went they saw the scariest looking monster ever, but he was not really a scary guy. He was actually pretty nice. So he helped them get their presents back.
    Now mac came there dressed as Santa and the elves and the monster gave this fake Santa the presents. The Evles realize this is not the good but the bad Santa Claus Mac. Santa comes and saves the toys and Christmas.
    They load up the sleigh for a great Christas day. Ho HO HO Merry Christmas and to all a good night.
  16. 16 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 11:40 am
    Story 16.This Christmas I want to celebrate with my family. I want to get presents. In my family we also Celebrate 3 Kings day on January 6th. This is how we celebrate. We make a lot of Dominican food like rice with chicken, salads with tomatos and onions. We also have special deserts. We get the presents at Midnight. And we celebrate the New Year as well.
  17. 17 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 11:55 am
    Story 17The best Christmas EverI was 5 years old and myself and my cousins always helped my grandma take out the Christmas tree and set it up. We used to invite all our friends over and sing Christmas Carols and read books and Christmas stories outloud to see who is the best reader.
    In my Grandmother’s living room we used to set up a tent across from the tree and Tell each other Christmas stories. When all my family was sleeping that night I heard bells ringing. So I tiptoed down and hid behind the dresser. And I saw the fat guy in the red suit. He said “ho ho ho, shouldn’t you be sleeping ?”
    I felt him grab me and shake me and I woke up it was all a dream.

    Merry Christmas!

  18. 18 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 12:03 pm
    S howing Santa how good I was
    N othing but presents.
    O atmeal cookies for Santa
    W arm our selves with Christmas Spirits with Hot cocoa
    M aking a snowman.
    A nd naming him Frosty
    N ana makes cookies for me
  19. 19 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 12:05 pm
    POem 18
    S anta is coming soon
    N oise on the roof
    O h no Mom, I can’t get to sleep
    W e went down our front steps
    M ade a trap to get the gifts
    A trap goes off cathing the bag of gifts
    N othng to worry about plenty of gifts
  20. 20 stufffromthelab December 13, 2007 at 12:08 pm
    Poem 19
    S kating is fun
    N ot the rain but the snow
    O pen the presents
    W arm gingerbread cookies
    M ore presents is better.
    A nd warm Christmas socks
    N othing like a hot cup of cocoa
  21. 21 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 11:42 am
    Story # 19
    My name is Anthony. I am 16 years old. I have always had a sad Christmas. I am very poor. I live in Baltimore.
    My mother is not in good shape. She has HIV and my father died from Parkinson Disease, he was 33 when he died.Now my mother’s mother Brittney is very rich. She hit the lotto when she was younger. This women has everything, She won 30 million dollars.
    she has a big house and 3 cars, a maxim, a 2007 Bentley, and a 2008 Mercedes Benz.
    Brittney my grandmother is very selfish but lucky. She won the lottery again for 2 million when she was 40 years old.
    She gave nothing to her kids. In fact she was so mean she scared her kids away. She said she did not care about her poor kids.To get back to the subject, at Christmas, my mother never had a lot of money all she could do was buy me a winter hat or a puzzle, that was all she could afford. Now I am a teenager and would have loved other presents, but I was happy with what she gave me. In school my academics are good, I am passing all my classes. I am in 10th grade and play football for the school,I am the schools Quarterback, I am number 2.

    Kids in my neighborhood call my grandmother Ms. Scrooge this went on this way for years. She never shared her money with anyone.

    Then she lost everything, she was robbed and her house went on fire.
    She had to go to a shelter.
    At about this time, my mother won money in the lottery. I was so happy she bought me everything. My mother grew up poor and never had any money she was so happy to finally have something.

    Her mother who never helped us came around asking for help, and you know what? My mother was not like Mrs. Scrooge, she helped her out,
    she said you gave me life, even if you were not nice, I don’t want to be like you.
    This year we had a great Christmas with plenty of presents.

    Merry Christmas

  22. 22 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 11:52 am
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)
    Poem # 20
    Christmas
    Happy. Excited.
    Open Presents dressed, take pictures
    I am very grateful
    Reindeer
  23. 23 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 11:54 am
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)
    Christmas
    Happy, fun
    Gifts tree, Invites
    Love to give gifts
    Santa
  24. 24 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 11:56 am
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)
    Poem 22
    Christas
    Happy, Anxious
    Parties, Presents, Family
    my family goes out
    Elves
  25. 25 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 11:58 am
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)
    Poem 23
    Christmas
    Happy, Glad
    Lots of shopping
    Look Santa is coming
    Presents
  26. 26 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 11:59 am
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)Poem # 24Christmas
    Happy, Excited
    Wake up early
    Play with new games
    Family
  27. 27 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 12:01 pm
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)
    Poem # 25Christmas
    Happy, Excited
    Don’t like shopping
    Happy Getting new toys
    Santa
  28. 28 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 12:02 pm
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)Peom # 26
    Christmas
    happy, good
    Mistletoe,tree, invite
    love to give gifts
    snowman
  29. 29 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 12:03 pm
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)Poem # 27
    Christmas
    Happy, Glad
    Decorate, Wrap, Gifts
    Christmas is the Best
    Reindeer
  30. 30 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 12:07 pm
    A Cinquain Poem ( 5 line poem)
    Poem # 28Christmas
    Happy, Excited
    Santa Brings presents
    Happy to get gifts
    tree
  31. 31 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 1:35 pm
    Story # 29
    On Christmas Santa Claus come to town every year. He brings gifts for everyone. I am from Mexico and we Celebrate Christmas sand we the celebrate the Three kings. For the Three King Day. The three kings come with the gifts. In my house we eat Turkey like on Thanksgiving.
    We have a Çhristmas tree in my house and on January 6th the Three kings come and I leave treats for them. Cookies, sometimes Çhipsahoy. I love Christmas day and the Three kings day.
  32. 32 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 2:25 pm
    2 19
  33. 33 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 2:33 pm
    Poem 30
    S howing Santa how good I was
    N othing but presents.
    O atmeal cookeis for Santa
    W arm our selves with Christmas Spirits with Hot cocoa
    M aking a snowman.
    A nd naming him Frosty
    N ana makes cookies for me
  34. 34 stufffromthelab December 17, 2007 at 2:34 pm
    Poem 31
    S kating is fun
    N ot the rain but the snow
    O pen the presents
    W arm gingerbread cookies
    M ore presents is better.
    A nd warm Christmas socks

December 16: The Boston Tea Party

December 16: General Interest
1773 : The Boston Tea Party

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December 16: General Interest
1773 : The Boston Tea Party

In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny.

When three tea ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, arrived in Boston Harbor, the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England. After Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused, Patriot leader Samuel Adams organized the “tea party” with about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group. The British tea dumped in Boston Harbor on the night of December 16 was valued at some $18,000.

Parliament, outraged by the blatant destruction of British property,enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping,established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.


The Night Before Christmas By Clement Moore

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”


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