A Very, Merry White Christmas by Kelly Anderson (Winner – Creative Writing Contest: Hope for the Holidays)

It was a cold December day. The sun was shining brightly as Lyra walked to school with her friends Alex and Charlotte. It was the last day of school before winder break. They all wanted the school day to go faster, so they could go home, or in Lyra’s case, go to her grandmother’s house for Christmas.

And so they went through their classes for the day. It started to snow while they were at lunch. While Alex and Charlotte were excited by the snow, Lyra was worried. There was already so much snow on the ground, and it was falling in large amounts, so she might not be able to leave. Lyra expressed her worry to her friends, and they reassured her that the snow wouldn’t get that bad.

Despite their reassurance, the snow was steadily getting higher and higher. The day was almost over. All that was left was the Christmas assembly. It was really fun, too. There were singers, dancers, poets, and more. This year’s assembly even had a play. Lyra was so excited to go home, but just before they were dismissed, an announcement came over the loudspeaker:

Due to large amounts of snow that have blocked the entrances and exits to the school, all students will stay inside the building. Until we have cleared the doors, nobody is allowed to leave.

All of the students started to loudly complain.  I want to go home, someone said. I can walk in the snow! another student said. After the students had stopped complaining (for the most part), they decided to do other activities to occupy their time. Lyra and her friends went to the art room to make holiday-themed crafts. They were having so much fun that they forgot they wanted to leave. Spending time with her friends made Lyra realize that is wasn’t so bad being stuck there. But, it also could have been the art room’s TV.

By the time the school had been dug out, the girls had smiles on their faces. It was 7:00 at night and parents were there to get their kids. Lyra’s mom asked, Was it okay being in the school for that long? Did you have anything to do? and she replied, It was actually okay. Way better than I thought it would be. And so, she learned that you can always find some good in a seemingly bad situation.

Happy Holidays!


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