First up, a bit of administrative duties — for the last flash fiction challenge I was to pick a random participant to receive an Art Harder mug or e-book? The winner on that one was Ashley Lorelle. Ashley, you should email me at terribleminds at gmail dot com.
Now: time for the actual flash fiction challenge.
I love the concept of the “War on Christmas.” I don’t mean that I like the actual faux-bullshit “war,” I mean, I like that term.
I want you to use that term literally.
I want you to write a war about — or even against — Christmas.
Or, really, any winter holiday that tickles your fancy. Hanukah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, whatever. Hell, all of ’em wrapped up in one.
Interpret that as you see fit.
You’ve got the traditional 1000 words.
Post online, then link to it in the comments.
You’ve got one week: till Friday the 21st at noon EST.
I’ll pick a random participant to receive a… random holiday gift from yours truly.
64 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: “The War On Christmas””
Idid a Holiday card with this theme a few years ago. It’s too long (2000 ws) to qualify, but I submit it for your enjoyment
I loved that, especially the part about “…communication itself becoming decorative and ornamental?” You pretty much nailed it.
Thanks for sharing!
Howdy. Been way too long, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Here’s my submission:
Jack vs. Christmas
Weird. I actually feel dirty after writing this one. I don’t know how to feel about that. That’s actually kind of awesome.
Wow, that was a major twist Jenn! I like it 😀
I’ll second Tami on that! Had to read the last part twice!
That was brilliant!
That was delightful.
Wow. That was dark, but brilliant. Great job!
I present Jack Frost’s Winter War.
This was beautiful! I really loved it 🙂
It wasn’t written specifically for this challenge, but this story I wrote a couple of weeks ago seems to fit the theme.
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The Santa Nik, we all need someone to believe in.
That’s my kind of story. I enjoyed it.
I liked this, quite alot 🙂
This wasn’t the story I’d intended to write, not by far. But after today it was the one I needed to write, so I scrawled it out. Maybe I’ll put another one together later in the week how I’d planned this morning. For now I’m satisfied with this one.
I really enjoyed reading The Mission. Great work!
This was great, I really loved the sense of mystery. Very nice job!
This is the first writing I have done for years. I had forgotten how extraordinarily pleasurable it is when all the words come together. I already want to do it again…
That was great, thanks for sharing!
That was excellent. Well done!
I wrote a story a couple of years ago that fits that theme pretty well — not with Christmas, but with another winter holiday. I’m sure it’s not eligible for the gift draw since it wasn’t written specifically for this, but I thought I’d share it anyway for anyone who’s interested: http://lynnalandstreet.com/stories/disablot
I went a little off topic so I probably won’t win. But I should get a button for showing up.
Off-topic or not, that was brilliant. I loved it!
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I’m back–by popular demand!
Or maybe it was popular demand that caused me to disappear ever so briefly. In any event, I truly am best in small doses, which also explains why I like to write short fiction.
I have two entries here for your reading…pleasure. I want to tell you that I come at this from the perspective that there really is a war on Christmas, and it will only escalate.
Tell Santa What You Want
This second one doesn’t count, I wrote it about 2 years ago, and tweaked it a bit for this, but this is the first time I’ve published it on my blog. If you like it, you are as wrong in the head as I am.
One Night During Kwanzaa
You and I had a similar take, @oldestgenxer. I like it.
I make it a rule to never read any of the stories until AFTER I have posted mine. When I read yours, my jaw actually dropped open. I could have used your character–
Too funny, too awesome.
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Here’s mine, hope you like it. I feel a little out of practice.
Where Elfs Dare – http://writewayround.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/flash-fiction-where-elfs-dare/
Hmmm… I should thank you. Inspiring something truly giggly sick.
Here’s my entry – Christmas Is Hell!
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“War on Christmas.” They keep using that word. I don’t think it means what they think it means.
I liked that a lot. It was very evocative and (I mean this in the BEST way) it put in my a bit of a World of Warcraft space for a bit there!
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This one spoke to me immediately. Somewhat hilariously, I was thinking literal just from the title before I read the challenge. So here’s my attempt, “For the Greater Good”: http://itt.ymakadomain.com/?p=46
A winter campaign, waged every year. Here’s “Jinglebell” for your reading pleasure.
What will the displaced do to survive? “Old Gods, New Faces”
The first thing I thought when I read your writing prompt was “We always expected the fall of Christmas to come from the secularists. We never expected the real trouble to come from within.” So that became the first line. And so “The Civil War on Christmas” was born.
887 words. I didn’t do bad reigning it in this time.
That was frickin’ great! Very clever and I LOVE the last line!
Yikes. Long-time visitor, first-time ‘Flasher.’ (You know what I mean.)
I won’t say, “be kind,” or anything. I’ll only say, it’s a couple-hundred words too long and it’s my first one and I hope it’s not offensive.
K, here t’is: http://itsfamilyjules.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/flash-fiction-challenge/
Jules. That was awesome. Great concept, fun execution. I’m so glad I came back to read this.
Thanks! Yours was wonderfully written and kinda freaked me out, lol!
Nicely done! I greatly enjoyed it.
Okay, this sort of felt like a disaster but I’m going to roll with it anyway. Not my best flash fiction, but I had fun writing it. The challenge prompt itself is absolutely wonderful!
War on Christmas in the Streets: http://www.humming-rain.com/2012/12/19/flash-fiction-war-on-christmas-in-the-streets/
That thing down there, about “cute,” and “smile?” That was meant for you. 🙂
Aw, thanks so much!
I thought it was very cute! Totally made me smile 🙂
Written at the end of November – Christmas Lights:
Mad Santa and Mistress Claus: http://www.pendemon.com/flash-fiction-operation-double-wrap/
can’t remember how to do this but I get it right.
At first didn’t have a clue what write but this is what I came up with.
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My take on it. http://evathereseebert.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/flash-fiction-challenge-the-war-on-christmas/
The Once-White Cloak: http://www.thewanderingstag.com/2012/12/the-once-white-cloak/
My first time posting, and I’m coming in just under the wire.
The Battle on Christ’s-Mass: http://captainecchi.livejournal.com/668460.html
Okay, a little rough but this is what I’ve got.
Is it after noon? I’m in Fairbanks, Alaska and I can’t tell anymore. (Though it may not matter since this technically isn’t finished anyway: The Battle for Christmas: http://welltemperedwriter.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/the-battle-for-christmas/)
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