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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)

TITLE: It Has Started Already
By Marlene Austin


Nov. 25

Dear Journal,

I can’t believe it. It has started already! We got a Christmas card in the mail today. It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Where do these people get the time to do things so much earlier than me? I must be the world’s worst at organizational skills or, to look at it from a more positive perspective – I must be the world’s BEST procrastinator!


Dec. 2

Dear Journal,

Got a cute, high tech card from Sean’s uncle. You open it up and it plays a Christmas song. Can’t wait for Sean to get home, he’ll really enjoy it.

Need to add a note – when Sean got home he looked at the card the first thing. He enjoyed it until he went to close the card and the song kept playing. We thought it would just quit after it played the whole thing through, but no-o-o-o, that little sucker is still playing! It has driven us crazy ALL evening. Poor Sean kept opening and closing it hoping to break the “short” in the connection somewhere – he tried opening it big and wide, then just a little, he tried closing it fast, then closing it slowly. Nothing has worked! I finally just put it in the formal living room, under the seat of the sofa, and stacked all the decorative pillows over it. Maybe one of these days I’ll go back and check it to see if the battery cell has run down.


Dec. 11

Dear Journal,

Received a card from Sis today. The kids look great. I was really glad to get the card and picture, but I could have lived without the eight-page dissertation of all the wonderful awards each one has received in school this year. I mean really, eight ribbons for 100 on spelling tests! And every illness each has suffered with way too much description. As far as I’m concerned, yellow and green details should be limited to coloring books! It’s not like we don’t talk to each other on the phone every week. I know I’m the OLDER sister, but do I appear to be suffering from dementia that I can’t remember what she’s been telling me for the past several months? Oh, well, I just hope she doesn’t expect an encyclopedia of detail from me! Some things should just remain PRIVATE.


Dec. 19

Dear Journal,

Got a “recorded” card from Sean’s cousin, Bernice – I think. Apparently the button had been left in the “play” position, so by the time it got to us it sounded like a bass cleft playing a solo. I think she was trying to say “Happy Holidays from all of us,” or else some kind of warning about a bus….


Dec. 21

Dear Journal,

Yea! I finally have most of my shopping complete, but very little of the wrapping done. I had to take a break, though, and get the Christmas cards addressed and mailed. I hope nobody’s too disappointed that all they’re getting from us is a paper card. It's my favorite. I just love it. The front has a simple picture of a baby with a beautiful and delicate face and inside the message reads: “Praying that the love and joy which Jesus brought the world with His birth are yours throughout the year.” This is truly my wish for everyone.

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Diana Dart 11/13/08
Very funny! Loved the description about the sister's letter.
Dee Yoder 11/16/08
Very cute! I love the progression through the Christmas season with cards the MC received.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/18/08
Interesting approach to the topic, humorous yet woven with truth. Good job.
Dianne Janak11/19/08
Ha.. I loved the one from sister also with WAY too much detail.. great idea using the journal technique.. love the ending..
Loren T. Lowery11/19/08
I'm glad to read there are still some traditionalist in the modern "tech" age. Nice, creative take on the subject and very well done.
Celeste Ammirata11/19/08
Cute story. I like the card she sent out the best.
Marijo Phelps11/19/08
Fun formatting with journaling. Especially liked the sister part. And the ending.
Lyn Churchyard11/19/08
Very creative take on the topic!
I liked your description of the sister's card LOL, I have a friend who does that every year. And as for those singing cards... I loved the way Sean tried everything to make the card from his uncle stop singing. I wonder if it will still be singing next Christmas :) ?
Good entry Marlene, well done.

Joy Faire Stewart11/19/08
A delight to read. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the "singing cards." Love the humor!
Yvette Roelofse11/21/08
This is delightful. --lol-- I can very much relate to your procrastinating MC!