Nuts about Christmas

Posted on November 30th, 2012 in Stories

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Elijah paused.  He stared at the train in his hand, then peered at the tracks.  Glancing around the living room, he eyed the tree.

The tree twinkled back.

Shrugging, Elijah continued to push the train around the tracks.


Elijah stopped.  The train stopped. He twisted toward the fireplace.  ”Hello?” he whispered.

The stockings trembled.  ”Chestnuts.”

Elijah gasped.  Leaping to his feet, he padded over to the chimney.  ”Hello?”  He stuck his head in the fireplace opening.


“Santa?”  Elijah’s toes wiggled with excitement.  ”Is that you?”

Only the dark chimney loomed above him.  Something scratched against the stones and black ash rained down on his head.  ”Chestnuts.”

“Chestnuts?  Santa wants chestnuts?”  Elijah brushed soot off his head and shrugged.  ”Ok.”  Scrambling up, he raced across the living room.  ”Mom!  Do we have any chestnuts?”

The next morning, when Elijah awoke, the plate he’d slid onto the fireplace was empty.  As he picked it up to take it to the sink, he heard another whisper.  ”Pecans.”

“Santa likes pecans?”  Elijah pondered.  Then he shrugged and took the plate to the sink.  Whatever Santa wanted, Santa would get.

And every day, the same thing happened every morning.  Elijah would pick up the plate, and the mysterious whisper would request another nut.  “Walnuts.”  ”Pecans.”  ”Pistachios.”

On Christmas Eve, after baking oatmeal cookies with plenty of nuts, Elijah slid the plate of nuts on the fireplace.  He curled up on the couch and waited.  He couldn’t wait to see Santa.

Just as his eyes were beginning to flutter, scratching and scuffling perked them wide open.  Holding his breath, he watched as the scratching and scraping grew louder and louder.  Something small and round thumped against the base of the fireplace, a cloud of ash making him cough.  Waving the grey dust away from his face, he peered through the cloud.  ”Santa…squirrel?”

A ridiculously obese squirrel, his stomach so large his tiny little feet barely poked out, froze over the plate.  Two nuts were shoved in each cheek while his hands held more.

“You’re not Santa!” Elijah accused.  ”You tricked me!  What do you have to say for yourself?”

The squirrel wordlessly shoved another nut in his mouth and scurried back up the chimney before Elijah could make a move.  Hopping onto the roof, he hurried back to his tree where his stash of nuts lay.

He was simply nuts about Christmas.

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21 Responses to “Nuts about Christmas”

  1. Kizzy Doll Says:

    So sweet!! Loved it. The recipe for the cookie is here doll:

    It’s a caramel drizzled s’more ;) xx

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Says:

    Never had I heard of a nut obsession so strong!

  3. Ginny Marie Says:

    We have some pretty fat squirrels around here, but it’s our pumpkins that’s making them fat!

  4. Cafe Fashionista Says:

    What a cutie! I’m nuts about Christmas too!! :P

  5. Raquel Says:

    Veru cute! I feel a little like that squirrel after Thanksgiving! Started exercise plan ….

  6. Sara Says:

    Hehe, very cute! There are tons of fat squirrels where we live!

  7. Sophie Says:

    hahahahha! What a cuty!

    I love Christmas too. it is my favourite Holiday season in the wholeyear!

  8. kellypea Says:

    Very cute story ;) . You know, I feel like that squirrel most days. Haven’t been doing much exercise lately. Mmm…nuts!

  9. Petty Witter Says:

    Very clever.

  10. Mothering From Scratch Says:

    {Kathy} That picture made me laugh! Cute story. There is so much about squirrels that is funny, and you were true to their character.

  11. Krysten Says:

    Duckie this is such a cute story, I love it!

  12. Joanne Says:

    Aww cute cute cute!

  13. Hotly Spiced Says:

    I think all those who have waited up at night to see Santa have been disappointed xx

  14. Natasha Gregson Says:

    So sweet :) Funny picture too!!


  15. Natasha Says:

    I’m nuts about Christmas as well. Elijah will understand soon.

  16. Jennifer Fabulous Says:

    Awwww this is so cute!! That silly squirrel. ;) I love chubby squirrels. There was a photo making the rounds on Facebook last week of a chubby squirrel eating a snickers bar in a tree (like, an actual legit photo) and I laugh every time I think of it.

    I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend. oxxo

  17. Alison Says:

    Hee! What a sweet story.

  18. Sue Says:

    I didn’t know Santa likes nuts. or I guess it’s just because the squirrels do :)

  19. Rachel Says:


  20. Ann Says:

    That is a cute story…
    after all,
    who isn’t nuts about Christmas?

  21. Reeni Says:

    Heheeheeee adorable!

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