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Susanna Hill is sponsoring a fun blog challenge with Thanksgiving theme.  Write a story (or poem) in 250 words or less, beginning with the words, “”They were supposed to go to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving, but the blizzard came in fast…”  She allowed those writing in poetry to tweak the beginning a bit to make the meter more consistent.  I did take her up on that, BUT I will have you know my entry is EXACTLY 250 words!!  (However, please don’t check the meter with a fine-tooth comb, as I wrote this very quickly for fun). 🙂

They were set to go to Grandma’s
For their big Thanksgiving feast,
But the blizzard came in fast
Growling, howling like a beast —

Hurled itself around the house
Rattling windows, banging doors.
They laid a fire in the hearth
Against the blizzard’s wicked roars.

They couldn’t roast a turkey.
Electricity went out.
They ate tuna for their meat,
For their veggie – sauerkraut.

They wrapped themselves in blankets
Lit some candles, played some gin.
Dessert was pumpkin out of cans
With some cinnamon stirred in.

They started telling stories
Scary, funny, tried and true
Til the fire turned to embers
And the clock struck half past two.

They stoked the fire to blazing,
Snuggled close and rested heads.
That fire was so darned cozy
That they did not miss their beds.

They formed a sleeping circle
With the dog curled up inside.
Slept so soundly through the night,
They did not hear the storm subside.

They woke up the next morning
To a dazzling, blinding light.
Snow had piled up to the rafters,
And the world was frosted white.

They threw on coats and snowsuits
Raced out straight into the snow.
Threw some snowballs, built a snowman
Came back in with cheeks aglow.

They sat sipping some hot chocolate
When they heard the doorbell ring.
Behind the door was Grandma
With a giant turkey wing!

That Thanksgiving sure was different.
Many folks would call it lame.
But they made the most of family
And were thankful just the same.

The challenge is open through tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day), so join in and add your own entry at

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  1. Very nice, Julie!! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for this fun post.

  2. What a great rhyming story! Well done!

  3. I’m loving all the rhymes on this one. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

  4. Nice job, Julie. I think I might prefer a Thanksgiving like that to our annual road-fest to too many houses!

  5. Love this, what a fun story, thanks for sharing!

  6. This is awesome! What a fantastic story! You are amazing!

  7. Julie – clever and sweet – just the kind of story I would guess you’d write! I can picture everyone around the cozy fire, and then blasting out into that dazzling whiteness in the morning. And I love that family is what matters most and what they’re thankful for 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thanks for joining in the contest fun!

  8. Absolutely fantastic, Julie! :0)

  9. Thanks for your sweet comments everyone! 🙂

  10. Love you poem. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Very entertaining, just loved it!

  12. Love it! So much fun 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. I love it. You did a great job.

  14. FUN poem. Happy Thanksgiving, Julie.

  15. Loved the verse. It went from dissapointment, to warm and fuzzy, to fun. Your ending made me I laugh out loud. Great poem. – Pat

  16. A lovely poem Julie, so jolly and cheerful. Wishing you a HappyThanksgiving.

  17. Fun verse Julie! Enjoyed your story in 250 words. 😀 Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. This is an awesome entry. It flows delightfully with warmth and humor, bundled in. Really enjoyed your poem, Julie!

    • Not as a specific event, but there were plenty of times in my childhood when we had blizzards like this and ended up sleeping in the family room curled around the fireplace. So at its heart it’s autobiographical.

  19. Really great to read on Thanksgiving Day!! Thanks!

  20. Happy Thanksgiving! My youngest wants to know if sauna and sauerkraut are connected somehow! Love the video!

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