Susanna Hill’s 8th Annual Holiday Writing Contest! MAZY’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

I love the holiday season! And what better way for a writer to celebrate than by entering a holiday writing contest! This is children’s author, Susanna Leonard Hill‘s 8th year of sponsoring this fun event, and the rules are as follows:

Theme: Holiday Heroes

Ages: 12 and under

Words: 250 or less


And here’s my submission. . .hope you enjoy!



By Patti Richards


The stable was damp.

There was leftover hay.

No one would help

On that December day.


Snoring sheep snuggled

All warm in their stalls.

Mice dreamed sweet dreams,

In their nests in the walls.


But one mouse woke up

When it heard the soft cry

Of a baby just placed

In a manger close by.


“That little one’s cold,”

Tiny Mazy could see.

She grabbed knitting needles

And called out to Bea,


Her very best friend

Of all the barn beasts.

“We need to act fast,

Give me some of your fleece!”


Mazy carded and spun

As quick as she could.

Her fingers were flying,

While Bea calmly stood


As her wool became yarn.

Then row after row,

Mazy knit swaddling clothes

For the small one below.


Now, when Mary gets

Credit for wrapping her babe,

Mice and sheep the world ‘round

Know it’s what Mazy made.



Sensibility- Use the holiday season to spark new ideas for writing projects in the coming year.

Sense- Pace yourself and your writing based on the demands of the holiday season. Don’t fret if you’re not as productive as usual. Embrace this time and be present in each moment with family and friends.



16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill
    Dec 07, 2018 @ 22:28:51

    Yes Patti! Your link is up and working! And what a sweet sweet story! Mazy was certainly a hero (and Bea to!) for making sure Baby Jesus would be warm enough! I’m glad she was such a fast knitter! Thanks so much for joining in the holiday contest fun!


  2. celticsea
    Dec 07, 2018 @ 22:30:32

    I love that Mazy works with Bea/Bee to knit the swaddling clothes. Very sweet story. Good luck!


  3. Sue Heavenrich
    Dec 08, 2018 @ 22:13:17

    That Mazy – she is a real problem-solver! I love the images that you create of mice nesting in walls, and carding and spinning the fleece right off the sheep.


  4. heavenlyhashformoms
    Dec 09, 2018 @ 01:51:32

    Enjoyed your lovely story! Well done!!


  5. kaleegwarjanski
    Dec 09, 2018 @ 18:44:41

    I really liked this! I’ve always wondered what the animals were thinking/doing when Mary and Joseph moved in.


  6. Nancy Riley
    Dec 12, 2018 @ 00:27:54

    Love this sweet story! Good luck!


  7. cathycgb
    Dec 12, 2018 @ 04:45:54

    What a delightful story. I love the idea of the animals working together to keep the baby warm.


  8. Beverly Love Warren
    Dec 15, 2018 @ 04:11:51

    Patti, I really liked your story. I think it is one of my favorite. Good luck.


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