December Writing Challenge: Today’s Temperature 2

Our forecast for 12/5-12/7.

Author’s Note: This piece has been edited and now appears in “Angel Songs, 20 Christmas Short Stories and Poems, plus Recipes” by Dona Watson. Click here for more info.

I admit I’m only on the third day of my challenge, but I have to say that I’m having a lot of fun with this one. It’s been a long time since I’ve written for the sheer joy of it. No agendas, no demands. Just for fun. Somewhere along the road of this writing journey I’ve been on, I’d forgotten how to have fun with words. But after the last couple of days, I’m beginning to remember.

So…today’s challenge is to write on “Today’s Temperature.” I put quite a bit of thought into this one, starting yesterday, and this morning, words started spilling out that I thought were going to be keywords for a short story. However, once they tumbled onto my computer screen (er, actually smartphone screen — gotta love Google Drive), the words organized themselves into the makings of a poem.

So here I am in Southern California at Christmas. Some people think it doesn’t seem Christmassy because it can get warm — or at least temperate — but I say we have a seasonal flavor all our own. After all, you can drive from the warm, sunny beach to the snow in less than four hours. Pick a climate, any climate. It can be yours for the day.

This poem gives you a peek into what it is like down here in my neck of the woods — or sagebrush, as the case may be.

My SoCal Christmas

Fall leaves and palm trees
Candy canes and snow
Presents and carols
Bright lights, lawns to mow

Hot coffee and eggnog
The tree tall and green
Faces are smiling
New treasures they’ve seen

The manger and Jesus
His love and his care
Our hearts filled with worship
His praises we bear

Tomorrow’s topic: Shopping. (You can find the entire list of topics here.)

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2 thoughts on “December Writing Challenge: Today’s Temperature

  • Beverly Nault

    This made me smile. Thanks for putting a positive spin on the whole Socal Christmas experience. After I reread this a couple of times, I need to do some weeding. Or maybe I’ll just enjoy the sunshine, a good book, and a glass of iced tea…peppermint flavored for the season, of course!

    • Dona Watson Post author

      My pleasure! After we spent a few years out of the state, I realized there’s really no place on Earth like California. Even though it’s been several years since we came back, it still feels good to be home.