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The Eleventh Day of Christmas

by Eva Moer Walter stands by the window that is edging with fern frost. Old Man Winter’s calling card. Below is a bustle of townsfolk, their faces reddened with a mix of cold and anger, as they clip elbows laden... Continue Reading →

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The Tenth Day of Christmas

by Sherry Morris In unguarded moments the call catches me out, making me shiver more than the cold. I close my eyes and see Highland hills with snow, Nana and Gramps, and visits that last past Hogmanay. Sometimes we’re walking... Continue Reading →

The Ninth Day of Christmas

by Dean Edwards Dad kept missing the table with the plates and giggling as they smashed. We ended up with an extra plate, which he stared at as though it was going to take off. It would have been better... Continue Reading →

The Eighth Day of Christmas

By Weibo Grobler "Go on. Get it off your chest." Jack said. "What's the point? You don't listen. You should have picked a tree weeks ago." "Trust me. The guy said he has loads." "Loads of sickly shit more like."... Continue Reading →

The Seventh Day of Christmas

By S.E. Casey There were no witnesses. Twelve days before Christmas, the tree appeared in the middle of the Shaker Hills Mall parking lot. Driven clear through the asphalt, its expansive width obliterated several rows of prime parking. Gnarled bark... Continue Reading →

The Sixth Day of Christmas

By M.T. Decker “May your Christmas wish come true, now and evermore.” I could feel my pulse race as I read the inscription on the Christmas Star my wife had placed on top of the tree. These were the words... Continue Reading →

The Fifth Day of Christmas

By Alyson Faye During December Grunen Baum Platz was a gaudy, glittering bauble. In the grand houses’ massive fir trees laden with hundreds of glowing candles bedecked the hallways. “Oh Papa,” said Emilie, “my favourite time of year.” Her father... Continue Reading →

The Fourth Day of Christmas

By Dean Moses Shelly Lancaster hadn’t noticed when it happened, only that it had happened. Thousands of pulsating lights were draped from and wrapped about the apartment building’s otherwise drab exterior: a rainbow phantasmagoria that infiltrates the body and warms... Continue Reading →

The First Day of Christmas

By Alison Hilbourne Mum didn’t like Paul. “Oh, I thought we would spend Christmas day together,” she said, a catch in her voice, when I said I would be at his house. I hated the ball of guilt that settled... Continue Reading →

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