Christmas Challenge: Manger

Welcome to the 15th day of our 2017 Christmas Challenge. The prompt for today is manger.

[Begin scene]

Meager manger full of hay,

A soft place for our Lord to lay,

He didn’t have the longest stay,

Yet lived his life to pave the way.

With this I am so glad to say,

We’ll be with him and God some day.

[End scene]


Manger image courtesy of


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Christmas Challenge: Snowflake

Welcome to day 14 of our 2017 Christmas Challenge, I apologize for it coming a day late. The prompt is snowflake.

[Begin scene]

It is that time of year,
For those of us up north…

To hunker down inside,
As snowflakes do come forth…

Unique in shape and size,
Is every little flake…

And to our hungry eyes,
A pretty scene they make.

[End scene]


Snowflake image courtesy of


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Christmas Challenge: Shepherd

Welcome to day 13 of our 2017 Christmas Challenge. Please join in on the challenge fun, the steps can be found at that link.

[Begin scene]

As shepherds tend their flock,
Unto them comes a shock…

The angels take to song,
Voicing joy all night long…

Be not afraid, ye men,
Peace this night is given…

In a manger him you’ll find,
This gift to all mankind.

[End scene]


Shepherd image courtesy of


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Scene – Christmas Challenge: Rudolph

Welcome to Day 12 of our 2017 Christmas Challenge. The prompt for today is Rudolph. Just click on the link for steps to join in on the challenge fun!


[Begin scene]

A quiet night, snow falling lightly to the ground…

The faint sound of sleigh bells jingling overhead, almost lost among the snowflakes…

A bright red light, leading the team of reindeer as they pull the sleigh across the sky…

The light, known to be Rudolph’s nose, casting a red hue all about…

A memory of a flight of past years, soon to be repeated this coming Christmas Eve.


[End scene]



Original Reindeer image courtesy of, modified to suit by me.



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Daily Prompt: Elegance

A Christmas Haiku to go along with the Daily Post – daily prompt: Elegance

Lights nearly finished…
Reesie puppy plays along…
Elegance awaits.


Delightful Image courtesy of my wife!


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Christmas Challenge: Light

Welcome to day 11 of our 2017 Christmas Challenge. The prompt for this day is Light. 

Join in on the challenge at any time on your own blog, just visit the link above for the list of prompts and directions.

Today, I am trying another haiku:

Oh Light of the World…

Our saviour, you came to us….

As a baby born.


Manger scene courtesy of




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Christmas Challenge, Weekish #1 Round-up!

Thanks to everyone who has been reading, commenting, sharing, and participating in the 2017 Christmas Challenge here at!

This is the first round-up post to highlight all the participants so far and covers days 1 through 9.

Day 1 – Journey:

Dark Christmas – Journey (

Christmas Challenge: Journey (


Day 2 – Nice

No Entries – I paired my entry with Naughty Day 6


Day 3 – Donkey

Christmas Challenge: Donkey (


Day 4 – Elf

Christmas Challenge: Elf (


Day 5 – Town

Christmas Challenge: Town (


Day 6 – Naughty

Christmas Challenge: Naughty (


Day 7 – Inn

Christmas Challenge: Inn (


Day 8 – Chimney

Senryu – Chimney ( – Thank you for joining in!

Christmas Challenge: Chimney (


Day 9 – Stable

Christmas Challenge: Stable (


Thanks again to everyone and I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!