Dear Reader, Now that we've reached the month of December, I'd like to share the opening chapter of my all-ages Christmas story with you ~ what could be merrier than Christmas in Victorian London?
It's Jake's first Christmas with his eccentric magical relatives, but trouble never takes a holiday...
SANTA'S HORRID LITTLE HELPER
Humbug hates being a Christmas elf. Instead of making toys, he'd rather make mischief! Angling for a new job in Halloween Town, he sets out to prove he's frightful enough for the task by ruining Christmas for as many people as possible--until Jake and his friends capture him. The kids set out on a rip-roaring adventure to the North Pole to hand the troublemaker over to Santa and collect the reward. But the way is fraught with danger, leaving them to wonder if they'll make it back in time for Christmas...or if they'll even make it back alive!
A Very Merry Mishap
“I know the Christmas pageant in the village means a lot to Aunt Ramona. I just don’t see why I should have to be in it,” Jake grumbled, only half in jest, as they wandered out of yet another shop.
“Honestly—did you see the fake beard I have to wear?”
His three companions laughed, for they had.
It was dreadful.
“But you have to be our St. Joseph, Jake. You’re the tallest,” said Isabelle.
Jake looked askance at her.