Once again at this time of year there is a Christmas treat on Susanna’s blog. A buzz of writing fever and excitement.   Writing a Christmas story of only 250 words (the title not included).  The rest of the requirements are here.

Here is my Christmas story is below.  Enjoy…


Mina’s Gran always makes the best Christmas treats – cake, pudding and the prettiest shortbread cookies.

But Gran had a fall through the winter and was slowly becoming forgetful so now lives in a rest-home.

Christmas won’t be the same without Gran’s Christmas treats thought Mina.  Her lip quivers remembering how special she felt cuddled up in Gran’s arms watching television and munching on those shortbread cookies.

Christmas just won’t be the same.

While helping her Mom put up the Christmas tree Mina came across a box with paper clippings from Gran.  Among them was a picture and recipe of Christmas shortbread cookies. Mina’s eyes widened – Gran’s cookies! She could make them.

Racing round the kitchen pulling out a tray, on tippy-toe Mina grabs the flour. With softened butter she whips, slips and slides the dough round the bowl.  Mina wipes her sweaty brow.

Without them Christmas just won’t be the same.

She follows Gran’s tip and retrieves the dough from the fridge, rolls and cuts the shapes.

The smell as Mina lifts the cookies from the oven to decorate floats through the house.  She pipes colored squiggles, her eyes twinkle like the colored balls.

On Christmas morning Mina races into Gran’s room, dressed in her Christmas best she hugs Gran.

“Look what I made Gran!”

Gran’s face crinkles with joy. Her eyes sparkle at the Christmas shortbread.

“They look just like mine.”

Mina cuddles up with Gran, munching Christmas shortbread.

Mina sighs. This is the PERFECT Christmas.



About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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  1. M.A. Cortez says:

    So sweet. I love that Mina is continuing the tradition of making Gran’s shortbread cookies. Good luck in the contest!

  2. Darlene says:

    I LOVE this story. You should make it into a picture book. Merry Christmas my friend!!

    • Hi Darlene, Thank you so much for you kind words and so happy you think it would make a great picture book. You have a great Christmas too my dear friend. I believe you are meeting up with a dear friend of mine sometime early next year and I am so envious. (I mentioned you to her and showed her some of your books I have.) If I could I would join you, but next year is not possible. Hubby is having a replacement knee done early next year Maybe another time. Happy Holidays. Enjoy!

  3. Pamela Harrison says:

    What a beautiful story! Carrying on a family tradition with children is so special. This story has heart! I agree with Darlene. It would make a wonderful picture book.

  4. Such a heartwarming story. I love your plot and theme! So sweet.

    • Thank you so much Pat. So glad you love this. Hoping you are keeping well. Do you have plans for Christmas? Two weeks before Christmas and we are busy with Christmas parties everywhere. it’s true what they say – once you retire you are busier than when you were working… haha. Merry Christmas to you and hubby and your daughter. (and keep warm) 😉

  5. Colleen Owen Murphy says:

    Diane, what a sweet story and one that could definitely happen! Great job and good luck!

  6. What a sweet story, Diane. Best of luck.

  7. Kathy Halsey says:

    Aww, Diane. I feel the heartstrings tug in this one. So glad the memory and cookies are passed on and Mina and her grandma are together sharing.

  8. Lauri Meyers says:

    So sweet! With just a pinch of sadness.

    • Thank you Lauri, yes but I’m glad Mina has the foresight to make them herself and can carry on the tradition for her Gran. 🙂 Thanks again for stopping by. Merry Christmas.

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