Season’s Greetings

by Francesca Burke & Lakshmy Mathur

“Honestly, Thalia, I don’t know why you want to have such dark hair at Christmas,” Mrs. Robinson said as she sorted greetings cards into piles on the coffee table. “Honestly, mother, I don’t know why you’re organising Christmas when we’re just out of October,” Thalia replied as she took the last of the fake skulls and …


Jack

by Christina C. Franklin & Alankrita Amaya

Jack watched as they came in droves, skipping down the street, laughing with joy. What is there to laugh about? he thought, looking out into the evening sky. Devoid of stars due to a thick cloud cover, the atmosphere mirrored his mood. Jack couldn’t wait for tonight to be over. Although Jack was smiling, he felt aflame …


The Bunny Hunt

by Martin Hooijmans & Lars de Ruyter

William tried to rub the sleep out of his eyes, then peeked with watery eyes at his little sister. “Any luck yet?” “Shh! If you have anything to say, whisper,” Lucie said, keeping her own voice so low that William had to lean in to hear. He threw the girl an apologetic grin. It was early Easter …


Jessica and the Rabbit

by Sandra Crook & Jordan Wester

Mum sipped her white wine, pushing the pile of scattered petals idly this way and that, as she ignored Aunt Heather’s exasperated sigh. “Well what’s it for?” she said, twisting her head to examine the collage that Aunt Heather was busy constructing, pushing single petals into a soft clay base which was setting in a wooden …


Daddy, Is Santa Claus Real?

by Jonathan Ryan Vassallo & Stephanie Matos

“Daddy, is Santa Claus real?” Sammy asked his father a week before Christmas. This is perhaps one of the most important moments in any child’s cognitive development, and no one understood that better than Mr. Bell. Questioning the existence of Santa Claus shows that a child is beginning to think independently and rationally. Santa Claus is …