Shopping for toys

Herbert made his way through the front entrance to Tomkinson’s department store. He paused; dismayed. There were frantic shoppers as far as his eye could see. Only four days to Christmas, he hoped he hadn’t left it too late. Nearby a store security guard, dressed like a marketing man’s idea of an American traffic cop, … Continue reading Shopping for toys

Six of the best seasonal stories

For those of us who like their stories with a seasonal flavour, here are six of my favourites from previous years. Click on the titles.   Better believe in Santa Claus Lucas Lomas is a stroppy teenager and the magic of Christmas means nothing to him. There is no such person as Santa Claus he tells … Continue reading Six of the best seasonal stories

Better believe in Santa Claus

Little Jimmy Lomas, six years old and a sweet as he could be, sucked the top of his red crayon. Writing to Santa Claus was harder than he thought. He knew what toys he wanted Father Christmas to bring. Mummy had told him to write down a list. Later they would burn it on the … Continue reading Better believe in Santa Claus

The Night Before Christmas

It was the night before Christmas and little Joe was ever so excited. This was the time Santa came to deliver all his presents – and Joe had a very long list indeed. It was late, almost midnight, and he knew he should be in bed, but he couldn’t pass up the chance of meeting … Continue reading The Night Before Christmas

When Santa Claus was caned

Once upon a time there were three Santas. How can this be? I hear you cry. For everybody knows there is but one Santa and he lives on the North Pole. All year round he works tirelessly with his elves making toys. One day a year – on Christmas Eve – he loads up his … Continue reading When Santa Claus was caned

Approved School Santas

Mr. Jossop, the headmaster of Lansbury Approved School for young offenders, peered through his rimless glasses. Mr. Kochinhand, his senior housemaster, was a kindly man, but this was a hare-brained scheme. It was fraught with danger. It was sure to be a disaster. “The Rotary Club are one-hundred-percent behind it, headmaster,” Kochinhand beamed. They would … Continue reading Approved School Santas

Only Three Thieving Days to Christmas

“So here it is Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun / Look to the future now, it’s only just begun.” Ben McKenzie hated that song. You heard it everywhere in the run-up to Christmas. It was a tradition. They played it all the time at the supermarket where he worked. He couldn’t get the damn tune … Continue reading Only Three Thieving Days to Christmas

The Morning After the Night Before

Steve stood shivering in his vest and underpants. It was the cold. And the anger. Mostly it was his anger. “I cannot believe the way he behaved,” he fumed. “I’ll never hear the end of this.” He pulled on his trousers and a shirt and shuffled into the bathroom. The shower was warm. It dealt … Continue reading The Morning After the Night Before

Christmas is coming …

On sale at Aldi supermarkets across the United Kingdom. Very effective as ….. a Christmas ornament.   Picture credit: Charles Hamilton II Some stories including birching you might like.   The wrong pub Bend over my knee for a birching The debut Lord Bowinem’s chauffeur The glorious summer Changed Times 6. Birched live on TV Changed times … Continue reading Christmas is coming …

When Santa Claus was caned

Once upon a time there were three Santas. How can this be? I hear you cry. For everybody knows there is but one Santa and he lives on the North Pole. All year round he works tirelessly with his elves making toys. One day a year – on Christmas Eve – he loads up his … Continue reading When Santa Claus was caned