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Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon 2017-Holiday Story Prompt Challenge

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader



Welcome to my challenge for the 2017 HoHoHo Readathon! Last year I participated in the challenges and when an opportunity came up to be a host this year, I jumped at the chance! My challenge is the Holiday Story Prompt. I hope you all have fun with this one, didn’t want to make it too easy. After all, it wouldn’t be a challenge. 



I want you to write a short story, conversation, scene description, etc. It can be a couple of sentences or a paragraph, or whatever you want really! You can make it sweet, funny, naughty, scary, etc.

  • Choose words, as many or as few as you like, from the word bank below (see graphic).
  • Don’t take it too seriously, have fun!

HOHOHORAT Challenge Host Story Prompt


Here’s mine (the words from the word bank in bold):


On a cold Christmas Eve night, Santa was preparing his sleigh for the long journey ahead of him. Rudolph was being his usual stubborn self and it would take the lure of candy canes to convince him to come along. Santa grinned at the crunching and munching sounds coming from Rudolph. He tucked a few more of those in his coat pocket for himself to munch on later. He needed all the motivation he could get, for it would be a long night and snow would start to fall soon.


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I didn’t think I would do this but it was fun. Here is my story scene. (Word bank words in CAPS.) Thanks.
I have a memory as a child of a wonderful man riding down the street in a SLEIGH — with horses rather than REINDEER – decked with JINGLE BELLS. There were PRESENTS wrapped up in bright RIBBON and BOWS to be delivered to the neighborhood children. My parents always offered him HOT CHOCOLATE and COOKIES as we all shared the joy of the season.

Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

This was lots of fun! Mom baked gingerbread and cookies and made hot chocolate and eggnog on Christmas Eve before the children went to their beds. She hung the ornaments and tinsel on the tree and stocking on the chimney as the children slept with visions of sugar plums and icicles in their heads. But the snow couldn’t keep Santa at the North Pole. He needed a vacation from the elves. He reached the lodge as the reindeer were caroling their naughty songs. Santa left coal, figgy pudding and mittens for the children. He woke everyone as he rang the… Read more »


On Christmas Eve, after nightfall, Santa’s reindeer flew his sleigh straight to the tax collectors’ headquarters, where he dropped a hefty gift through the chimney.
‘Ho, ho, ho!’ shouted Santa, scratching his beard and smiling much pleased with himself.
He had not flown far when an explosion disturbed the night.
‘Merry Christmas you b******s!’ shouted Santa atop his voice.
They had raised the taxes on his toy factory. He had vowed revenge.
Besides, a tax free year was the perfect present for everyone. No need for him to toil all night. He flew straight home to the lovely Mrs Claus…

Elizabeth T.

On CHRISTMAS Eve, SANTA lost his MITTENS while singing JINGLE BELLS, as the REINDEER pulled the SLEIGH through the SNOW. After delivering PRESENTS and CAROLING, Santa stopped by the NORTH POLE to eat COOKIES and CANDY CANES, as well as drink EGGNOG and HOT CHOCOLATE, at the CAMPFIRE with RUDOLF and the GRINCH. Back at the LODGE, ICICLES formed outside, while the ELVES finished decorated the CHRISTMAS tree with LIGHTS, GARLAND, TINSEL, and ORNAMENTS. After a NICE, yet busy holiday, Santa was looking forward to a VACATION.


This was so much fun! If I counted right, I think I managed to get 19 of the words into the story. 🙂 It was Christmas Eve and the family were gathered with hot chocolate, figgy pudding, and candy canes, watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas on TV. The children’s eyes kept going to the chimney, wondering if they would hear Rudolph and the other reindeer when Santa arrived in his sleigh. They hoped he liked the egg nog and cookies they left for him. They knew they had been mostly nice this year – only a little naughty –… Read more »

Barb (boxermommyreads)

My story ended up a little bit lengthy so you can check it out over at my blog –

Thanks for a great challenge!


My story became too long, so I made an entire post for it. I started writing and the words just kept coming, so…. Here’s the link to my story: https://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/holiday-story-prompt-challenge-ho-ho-ho-readathon-2017/

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

What a fun idea!


The Elves were working extra hard this year, preparing to make this Christmas extra jolly. Santa had the brilliant idea to create an Eggnog Pie and the Elves were now working hard to perfect the recipe in time for Christmas eve. Santa had recently become an experimental foodie; once satisfied with gingerbread and hot chocolate, he didn’t just dream in sugar plums anymore, but recipe creations to explore. Rudolph was more than happy to taste test, always giving his honest opinion, his red nose could tell no lie! Thankfully the work station was still full of tradition, with everyone hard… Read more »

Mary Kirkland

That sounds like fun.


The Grinch sat on his mountain eating broken ornaments, used tinsel, and burnt out lights thrown away by the Whos. What he really wanted to be doing was building Gingerbread houses and visiting Santa. But NOOOOOO daddy Krampus wouldn’t allow any Christmas cheer.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

What a fun challenge, Aleen. I will be back to try it (not to enter, just for fun) Thanks for hosting.

John Smith
John Smith

Aliens belong in our town like tinsel in hot chocolate. I feel this is going to be a long week, and I just hope everyone I know doesn’t become a pod person.

Aly P
Aly P

The elves were preparing the presents for the sleigh. As they were checking the lists and the packages a reindeer came careening from the lodge. It was snowing so thick he didn’t see the presents.
“No! Stop!” screamed the elves, but it was too late.
Santa was late that year.

Aly P
Aly P

I forgot to add my blog: http://alysmiscellany.blogspot.ro/?zx=5874aad1a0b22cee
Fun challenge! I can’t wait to read all the other stories 🙂

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