Oops! A Holiday Mishap Story

 Alright, ladies and gentlemen…I’ve written my holiday mishap story for the 3rd Annual Holiday Contest. Gracias for the writing prompt, Susanna Leonard Hill.  Hop on over to Susanna’s  blog to check it out (the prizes are amazing).  The finalists will be chosen on Dec 16th and you can then vote for your favorite story (I really hope you do). The winners will be announced Dec 19th. My  story is only 202 words so it won’t be a chore to read, because we all know you  can squeeze in just one more activity before the holiday madness arrives, right?  Enjoy!

THREE LITTLE KINGS

By Angela Dahle

 On Dia de los Reyes, three boys dressed as little kings sit in la cocina, the kitchen, while Mama makes dough for Three Kings Cake—a large Rosca, a wreath, with plastic baby Jesus baked inside. Plop! Plop! Plop!

Into the dough, go one, two, three baby Jesus figurines. Three sets of eyes watch wide-eyed as Mama says, “Now we let it rise.”

“What will we do?  Jesus can’t go in the oven,” says king number one to kings two and three. They all nod their heads.

 Tip-toe. Tip-toe. The Little Kings take a peek. Mama is fast asleep…

Tip-toe. Tip-toe. Quick! Make the switch.

Aye yi yi! 

Too late! Papa is in la cocina getting a drink. When he leaves…

Tip-toe. Tip-toe. Quick! Make the switch.

Aye yi yi!

Uh oh! Now Sister is searching for a snack. The three Little Kings try not to make a peep. Soon she leaves… Tip-toe. Tip-toe. Quick! Make the switch.

Arriba los Reyes! Yea!

They escape la cocina right on time.

When Mama wakes she bakes the cake. When night arrives it’s time to cut the wreath.

One. . .two. . .three plastic dinosaurs instead—just as sweet!

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29 responses to “Oops! A Holiday Mishap Story

  1. Love the ending. Cute story. :)

  2. That’s the funniest switcheroo story! I love learning about this holiday and that you put in all the Spanish words too.

  3. So cute! Great surprise ending. I didn’t see that one coming!

  4. Such mischievous boys! What a fun story!

  5. Oh how cute! Why not dinosaurs? Save the Kings!
    Sometimes it is one or three coins, is it not?

  6. Cute! I liked the ending AND the inclusion of some Spanish words in the text!

  7. What a cute story! Well done!

  8. I too liked the mix of languages. Adorable story, Angela! Feliz Navidad! :0)

  9. HA! I love the switch! Great story, Cindy.

  10. Oh, this is so cute! I love the ending. Great job!

  11. What a brilliant story, Angela! There was so much that I loved…and nothing that I didn’t. :) The Spanish flavor was perfect…and the twist at the end was delightful!

  12. Anonymous

    That is a darling story. Congratulations.

  13. Yvonne Mes

    Ooh, I like that story, the mischievous but concerned and caring little kings, the setting and the what I am sure are the lovely smells in that kitchen!

  14. What an adorable story! You did a great job of building the anticipation (Aye yi yi!) and that super switcheroo ending is one that kids will eat up!

  15. elainekielykearns

    Cute story! Well done, Angela! Good luck! :)

  16. Kim Tyser

    Really cute story and loved the use of spanish words and the ending, of course!

  17. Very cute, Angela . . . I loved the surprise ending!

  18. Would so like to be surprised with dinosaurs in a cake! Terrific!

  19. Sweet! I love that Los Reyes didn’t want the Baby Jesus baked in a cake!

  20. What a cute, sweet story, Angela! I love that you chose Dia de los Reyos, and used some spanish words throughout – lovely touch! And those little kings were so perfectly kid-like with their concern and their sneaking! :) What a surprise Mama and Papa must have had when they cut the cake :) Thanks so much for joining in the holiday fun!

  21. Angela, your story made me chuckle all the way through, loved the surprise ending. :-)

  22. This is adorable, Angela. You did such a great job and I just love the ending!

  23. Another great ending! Love the language. :)
    Merry Christmas! :)

  24. Wendy

    This brought back memories. We bought our first King cake when we lived in Texas. I remember being so surprised there was a real plastic baby baked inside! I love your twist on this.

  25. Great job, Angela! I love their concern for the plastic baby Jesus figurines and their clever switch at the end of the story. :)

  26. what lovely little kings to save the babies and sacrifice their dinosaurs to the oven. How delightful. :)

  27. Hayley B

    I loved this story! Won’t the family be surprised to find dinosaurs in their bread?! Congratulations.

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