Bah Humbug – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant always be energetic
Sometimes he feels kinda listless
Perhaps he is frightened
By all the excitement
AnElephant knows it is nearly Christmas

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Sultry seasonal storyteller Rochelle throws a party for festive fablers.
And AnElephant offers one extra word as a gift.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Bah Humbug

I hate Christmas.
Everybody goes crazy.
The shops are packed with people buying presents they can’t afford for people who don’t want them.
Often for people they don’t like, who can’t stand them.
It makes no sense.
The streets and the houses are awash with nasty flashing lights.
For a festive feel, they say.
Actually they are just burning up the planet’s resources faster than usual.
And those awful Santa songs.
He is coming to town, kissing Mommy, or asking that stupid reindeer to guide his sleigh tonight.
But I have work to do.
Those presents don’t take themselves down chimneys.

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18 Responses to Bah Humbug – Friday Fictioneers

  1. wmqcolby says:

    Santa’s peeved because he has to wear leather pants … sliding down those TV antennas are VERY cold! Popped a good one, Elephant!


  2. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Elephant, Bah Humbug indeed. Perhaps Santa needs Prune Juice next to the cookies on the hearth. But delightful Elephant, I hope you have a Merry Christmas anyway. Great story, you are so clever! Nan 🙂


  3. Ouch. Delicious twist.


  4. Margaret says:

    Oh no – a grumpy Santa! I can’t stand it. He has to be jolly. Someone has to be jolly at this time of year. Funny story.


  5. rogershipp says:

    Great idea… Loved the ending…Love the season… hate the shopping…


  6. I loved it! Great ending. 😀


  7. wildbilbo says:

    Great stuff – I frequently think Christmas would benefit if Hallmark and Shopping centres were nuked from orbit (its the only way to be sure), leaving us with the more important business of reconnecting with our friends and families.



  8. Bastet says:

    Dear Elephant;

    How often I’ve heard those same words … but then that ending (so enchanting) who would have thought that even Santa could become irritated by the commercialization of Christmas! Bravo!

    Best wishes (for a Merry Holiday Season 😉 )



  9. storydivamg says:

    Dear Elephant,
    You have outdone yourself with a humdinger of humbugging creativity this week. Kudos! That twist at the end made me gasp. Nice work indeed!

    Marie Gail


  10. Lol @ the surprise ending.


  11. elmowrites says:

    Great reveal at the end, and I share at least some of that sense of bah humbug with your hero!


  12. Nice knowing I’m not the only Bah-humbug in my phylum. I think we are a growing breed….wish this time of year could feel like Bedford Falls in Its a Wonderful Life!


  13. Sandra says:

    Very seasonal take, well done.


  14. Indeed.. I can very well understand that Santa is particularly tired of the endless repetitions of senseless waste making him liable.. I would sue if I was Santa..


  15. emmylgant says:

    It’s the songs, I agree.
    Love the unexpected application of the photo prompt.
    Very creative. And funny!


  16. Great last line, I didn’t see it coming at all.


  17. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear AEC,

    What a charming and seasonal take on the prompt. I loved the reveal at the conclusion. Well done.




  18. Dear Elephant,

    Working in retail makes me feel just this way. I’d like to disable to music track…with a grenade.

    I guess even Santa has his days. Love this story.




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