Walking Stick's First Christmas

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Walking Stick has Christmas dinner with friends.

 

Walking Stick’s First Christmas

One day Grandfather went for a walk in the deep woods and found a nice straight hickory stick. He carved in the eyes and a mouth, two branching arms and two little feet. “You’re a fine walking stick,” Grandfather told him. “We’ll walk all over.”

Walking Stick stood proud and tall; he was ready. The next day he and Grandfather climbed up Mt. Rainier and then they climbed Pike’s Peak. When they got home Grandfather stuck Walking Stick in the corner and settled back in his recliner. He was tired from all that walking.

The next day was Christmas Day and Walking Stick was excited to see what it was about. The doorbell rang extra early and Aunt Hazel stood there. “I’ve come to take you to my house for dinner,” she told Grandfather, then she whisked him straight out the door. In all the commotion Walking Stick got left in the corner.

“The nerve of that!” Walking Stick’s knobby knees shook in fury. No cookies baking, no stockings hanging, no stirrings of any kind. He decided to go for a walk. He tied a red bandana around his neck and set off. He went straight to the deep woods, his original home, and saw three baby bunnies.

“Are you having carrots for Christmas dinner?” they asked him hopefully.

“Certainly not!” Walking Stick replied. “I don’t like carrots.”

“But if you liked them, what time would you eat?” the bunnies asked.

Walking Stick thought two o’clock seemed about right.

“We’ll be there,” the bunnies replied.

Walking Stick stalked angrily throughout the forest. What should he do about those bunnies? Then he stumbled on Wing-in-a-Sling propped by a tree. Wing-in-a-Sling was part of the Canadian Geese Force. He was on sick leave since flying into a tree. “Will you be having worms for your Christmas dinner?” Wing asked.

“Certainly not!” Walking Stick replied. “I’m having glazed carrots and blueberries.” 

“I like blueberries,” Wing replied. “I’ll be there at two o’clock.”

And just then it started to snow, great swirling flakes. “What next!” Walking Stick shouted to the sky as gale force winds blasted him straight into Ben Bear.

Ben Bear yawned sleepily and rubbed his eyes. “Can I take a nap at your house?” 

“Certainly not,” Walking Stick cried. “I have to start dinner,” but he noticed the wind didn’t blow Ben Bear around so much.

“I’ll help you home,” Ben gathered Walking Stick into his fury paws and carried him home. As soon as they got in the nice warm house, Ben sank back in Grandfather’s recliner and started to snore.

“A fine help you are!” Walking Stick tied the red Santa apron around his middle and checked the pantry. Six cans of bean soup and a small can of tuna - not a promising start.

He checked the freezer and found a frozen blueberry pie. Things were looking up.

He peeked in the refrigerator and saw a nice bunch of carrots. “You can’t eat our carrots for Christmas dinner,” a tiny voice cried. Six baby mice peeked from under the refrigerator.

“I can and I will,” Walking Stick replied. “Those bunnies are coming.”

“We’ll help you get ready!” Tiny feet scurried as they carted out the carrots. “Do you have any cheese?” Walking Stick looked in the back of the fridge and found a big piece. “Hooray!” they all cheered.

Walking Stick set the bean soup to boil while the mice cut up the carrots. Ben Bear snored loudly as they hollered overtop him. Walking Stick slid the blueberry pie from the oven just as the doorbell rang and Wing and the bunnies blew in with the snowstorm.

“We brought turnip tops,” the bunnies cried. Wing brought warm worm casserole, and it all looked splendid on the table.  

“Wake up, Ben,” they cried but Ben kept snoring.

They gathered around as Wing swelled solemnly to attention. “Woods full of snow, hearts full of glow, love is a grin, let us dig in.”

Walking Stick thought it was pretty good for the last minute. They ate warm worms and cheese, carrots with turnip tops, and blueberry pie for dessert. All the little stomachs swelled out to bursting, except for Walking Stick's who stayed straight up and down. “Can we sleepover?” everyone asked.

“Certainly not,” Walking Stick said but before he could finish all the bunnies and mice climbed onto Ben Bear’s belly and tucked under Wing’s bandaged wing.

“You, too. You, too,” they cried to Walking Stick.

“Certainly not!” but they looked all warm and cozy. They grabbed his branching arms and hoisted him up. Walking Stick was squashed on all sides by baby mice and squirmy bunnies and went sound to sleep.

He slept and slept, but late that night he awoke to a horrible sound. Grandfather was fumbling his key in the lock. “Get out. Get out!” Walking Stick cried, but everyone snored. Walking Stick scuttled back to his corner just in time.

Grandfather stood in the open doorway and looked at the table strewn with blueberry pie and carrot bits – then he saw his recliner. There was a huge snoring bear, bunnies, mice, and a wounded goose sound asleep there. Grandfather scratched his head in wonder, “Whatever has happened here?”

Walking Stick’s eyes glittered madly. Leave me next year and it’ll happen again!

He wanted to laugh but he didn’t. All in all, though, he rather liked his first Christmas.


Submitted: December 06, 2020

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D Mays

What a creative, likeable character Walking Stick is! This is a perfect Christmas story. Very well written! Thanks for sharing.

Sun, December 6th, 2020 8:07pm

Joe Stuart

Ha-ha. I'll never be too old for children's stories like this, Hully.

Sun, December 6th, 2020 8:54pm

Suzanne Mays

Thank you, Joe. It's fun for me to write, but its more fun when folks read and get a chuckle.

Mon, December 7th, 2020 2:35pm

Suzanne Mays

Thanks D. I'm glad you liked it. Walking Stick has more adventures upcoming.

Mon, December 7th, 2020 2:37pm

Mark A George

Enjoyed your Xmas tale about Walking Stick. Well done!

Mon, December 7th, 2020 2:37pm

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