kids-christmas-4Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that you are all having an absolutely wonderful holiday season. If you’re a Christian, ‘blessed day the savior is born’. However, if you didn’t know, it’s relatively unlikely that Christ was born in December. Actually, it’s much more likely that he was born sometime in March or April. However, the early Christian church celebrated Christ’s birth in December (the earliest records of such annual celebrations date to the 2nd century, if I’m not mistaken), probably in order to give new converts something to do instead of the Saturnalia festivals that they were used to attending. Anyway, it’s time for a scene challenge. So, if you don’t know the rules: I provide you with specific rules for how to write a particular scene.  Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction.  If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit.  If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.

Your challenge: Go out people watching with a friend. As you watch, try to write a scene of a little over 300 words describing what you see. When you’ve both finished your scenes, trade and read what the other person wrote. How did your perspective and personality affect the scene that you wrote? What did each of you focus on? What details are present in both stories, and what details are unique to each? Consider your particular viewpoints, attitudes, beliefs, and emotional connections. How did each of this affect your scene?

So, given that it is Christmas, here is my special challenge. Instead of going out to watch people, watch your family as they celebrate. Take notes, if it helps you keep track of things. Then write a story about your family’s celebration.

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