Dec 27, 2007

The Results of the "Interactive Christmas Story"

[Two posts ago, I invited my blog buddies to help me write an Interactive Christmas Story—one sentence at a time. Being that not everyone identified themselves, the participants may be viewed 2 posts down under comments. With 21 submissions to work with, I then began to weave the story together by refining the continuity, editing repetitive thoughts or words, and working toward an ending that makes sense. I did my best to stay as close to the original comments as possible. Thank-you so much for your wonderful images and enthusiasm!]

Written by a circle of romantic hearts...

Charisse held the gift in her palm uneasily. Her lack of emotion seemed so discordant with the thrill that had driven the hunt. After all, she had spent an exhausting three weeks pursuing what she believed to be the perfect Christmas gift. Now, as she wrapped her fingers around the prize, she sensed that there was something missing...

Her mind swirled just thinking of all the time she had devoted to finding the perfect gift. She cuddled it close—careful not to crush it—as she also considered the one who was to receive it. This gift had taken so long to find and yet she realized it was incomplete, it wasn't perfect…

She reflected back to the first moment she had seen it; so beautiful and beckoning her from the highest shelf in her favorite store. She had it wrapped in blue with velvet ribbon that she petted as if it were a kitten.

She recognized that she was devoid of the exhilaration she dreamed she would feel at the completion of her mission. Now she was beginning to think that the perfect gift had more to do with the spirit of the giver rather than the gift itself. And her spirit just was not in it this year.

"Oh sweet nibblets, whatever shall I do," gasped Charisse. “Must I return this gift to find the true Spirit of Christmas?” Suddenly, a vision of Christmas Past stopped her in her tracks as an inaudible voice emphasized, "The perfect gift is your companionship on Christmas Day." She agreed that there were too many Christmas's in the past where they had both focused on the gift and not the giver.

Perhaps she needed to add a beautiful card; a card that showed her warmth and personality, something he had not truly understood—or so she thought! So, she set off pursuing again, this time for what she believed to be the perfect card.

Later at the card counter of one of the village shops, she found it—the card that captured the emotions tumbling between the two of them all of these years! It was a handmade card—not for sale—tucked in amongst the cards gleaming with glitter and sparkle, but lacking refinement. Who had created it?

While pondering this cut-and-paste, haphazard greeting, Charisse began to laugh—not so much at the card, but at herself. This card was not a carbon copy but a one-of-a-kind. It reminded her of the relationship the two of them shared. The edges had an uneven deckle-cut design and the center contained a small window in which to peek at the one word that summed it all up. Charisse thought, "I’ve been searching so hard, and here—in all its simplicity—is the true expression of my feelings."

And that one simple word was LOVE; a message with such power that it brought tears to her eyes. She now understood that imperfection had become the messenger.


  1. You did a wonderfulob putting it all together. Merry Christmas week. Mary

  2. wow that packed such a powerful punch and what a fabulous way to get everyone involved... it was definitely fun...



  3. That was great! I thought I messed it up by trying to be funny.
    You did a great job!
    Happy New Year, DebraK

  4. Hi again KJ... yes I will be back... I had such a blast with that story and I am honored that I was able to be the one to "bring the story home" as you put it...

    I will definitely participate again ... cant wait for the next story or poem

    My first passion is painting ... my second is writing ... I always loved to do it as a child .. so I was thrilled to be a part of something so creative..



  5. Fabulous! And fun to boot!!!

    kari & kijsa

  6. Aren't we the best story tellers? Thanks so much for doing this! It was a lot of fun and it turned out great! Hope you have a wonderful NEW YEARS!!

  7. Oh, KJ, you did such a wonderful job putting this story together. I really loved it! The illustration was perfect and you somehow managed to weave all the comments together beautifully.
    It was fun to watch the story develop and to be part of it! Thanks so much!

  8. We forgot to ask you about your book...we just noticed on the sidebar that it says you are writing a book? Fiction? Non-fiction? We would love to hear more about it!

    blessings, kari and kijsa

  9. I got chill bumps reading it!
    It had a wonderful message...did you expect for it to come full circle like it did? Did you have an idea about it at all?

  10. Wow this is fantastic!! May I send in a manuscript LOL! Karen, I sure hope this is not the last! I enjoyed it so much, and what a beautiful job you did putting it all together...wonderful!! Wishing you a fabulous New Year!



  11. What an awesome idea! You did a fantastic job putting it all together.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a fabulous 2008!!

    Sandy ;)

  12. This is lovely. And such a good idea! Thanks!



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