A Christmas Story in Six Sentences

six sentence story copyThe word for the Six Sentence Story prompt this week is “exchange”, which may or may not lead to some holiday themed stories. I was trying to whittle this story anyway and found the constraints of six sentences exactly to be helpful in my attempts. Yep, only six sentences and use some form of “exchange”. The link opens Wednesday, when Denise of GirlieOntheEdge opens the gate. Six Sentences is fun and has been decriminalized in most states.

Christmas Village

The first year of “Christmas Village Weekend”, she was among a number of people that were actually paid to mingle and be merry, to walk around promulgating Christmas spirit, engaging people and exchanging holiday pleasantries. At the beginning of that weekend she thought she could tell who might be an actor like her and who was really there for the festivities, but the actors were sworn to secrecy about their role, even now in the second year when it was determined their services were no longer needed.

She went back to Christmas Village anyway, where she found there were even more vendors and entertainments lining the pedestrian only streets than the first year, even more bustling throngs of holiday revelers. She found herself searching the crowd for a man she had seen the year before, an older bearded man in red plaid who had seemed inexplicably jovial. Suspecting him of being a hired actor like her, she’d joked with him that she believed, but his laughter had seemed heartfelt and real, something she couldn’t forget.

He must have remembered her too because when she saw him he asked her if she still believed and she said yes; and she smiled, because there he was and if he was real, then maybe she was too.

17 thoughts on “A Christmas Story in Six Sentences

  1. damn!*
    …because if we don’t believe, how do we expect others to believe in us? thats what I want to know!
    have a good Christmas and such

    *as you know, a compliment**
    **most often reserved for those stories that combine economy and engaging narrative…not so easy

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    • Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the nod to economy. I usually count words not sentences so six sentences allows for some more expansion but then I try not to be too roughshod with syntax and grammar. Writing a story in 99 words is another good way to learn economy. You should try the prompts at Carrot Ranch some time.


    • Thank you, I’m glad you liked it. I had a longer version in mind that would have shown that the hiring of actors was necessary to jumpstart an all time low Christmas spirit and was invested in with the hopes of realizing more profits. I think had I pursued that I would have had profits plateauing but spirit soaring with more and more people genuinely spreading it. I like the nebulous bearded man that she needs to see was not acting and is real as a person, for real people are more important to Christmas than elves and Santa.


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