1. You were going to spend Thanksgiving alone, but a knock on your door the day before Thanksgiving prevented that. You are at your family Christmas dinner and are telling your family what happened.
2. You are going away for Thanksgiving and coming back from your trip after Christmas. Where are you going, who is with you and what happened?
3. Hanukkah starts the same day as Christmas. You are Jewish, and your wife is Christian.
Usually you can celebrate both but this year is different. Which do you celebrate and with whom?
4. You have been invited to a number of Christmas parties, but can only go to one. Which one do you go to and why not the others?
5. You want to go to someplace warm for Christmas and New Years. Where are you going and who, if anyone, will go with you?
6. You live in a warm climate and want to go skiing over the Christmas and New Year. Where do you ago and who goes with you?
7. You know you can’t sing, but you have been asked to sing in a Christmas concert choir. What happens?
8. Christmas is usually a happy time of year for you. You enjoy the noise of the malls, the excitement of being with all the people. But this year is different. You can’t go to the mall and watch the people and listen to the music. Why not and what do you do instead?
9. For years you have been a Scrooge, Christmas was just a time for noise, spending money on people you didn’t really like. But this year the day before Christmas Eve, something happened to change your mind. Not necessarily ghosts coming to visit you but something strange happened. What?
10. It is the twentieth of December and you receive a Christmas card from a stranger, or at least you don’t know the name on the card and there is money in the card. Who is it from, what do you do with the money and how do you find out who this person is?
About Gladys Swedak
Gladys Swedak is a senior living in Vancouver with her husband and two cats. She started writing a number of years ago after telling her husband she had a story for a prompt in a biweekly paper. He told her there is a computer downstairs and to go and write it. She didn’t win the contest but it got her back into writing. She likes writing fiction and usually writes from a line prompt or even a picture.
Gladys is the author of White Medicine Woman and The Wild Ones (about gentling wild horses without their knowledge of being trained). The Wild Ones is from the horse’s point of view.
Gladys has a story in Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul and two stories in Crossing the Rainbow Bridge.