BlogFestivus, Day Twelve: Time Marches On

Blogfestivus is a creative writing challenge issued by that sentimental elf Blogdramedy. Twelve days of 144-word stories based on the popular “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. Day Twelve is “Twelve Drummers Drumming”.

Time Marches On

He hoisted Jimmy, who was getting a little big for this, onto his shoulders so he could watch the parade. John didn’t mind indulging him for this New Year’s Day parade. His brother Glenn was marching high school All-Star band and he really wanted to see him.

John reflected on his two sons. The older one almost graduated, moving onto university three states away, already seeming to be gone – grown up and a still kid simultaneously.

And Jimmy, old enough to now be playing along with the idea of Santa than the previous years of full buy-in – growing up in his own ways. He waved to his brother with a huge grin as they marched by.

“Is that it, Dad?” Jimmy asked later as the crowd began dispersing. “Is Christmastime over?”

“Well, bud, yes,” he answered. “For now. But it’ll be back next year.”


Just a note of thanks for all the other BlogFestivus contributors and folks that stopped by here and played along! If you haven’t checked out the others, go see some other great takes on the song!

Fix it or Deal
Shouts from the Abyss
A Few Clowns Short
Rewind Revise
The Original Bean
Becoming Bitter
Words That Rhyme with Purple
Mad Hatters
A Daft Scots Lass
Random Says
Suzanne Forte PR
Slightly Whimsical
Trail Blazer 1
Ivanna Marie
Lenore Diane’s Thoughts Exactly
Diary of a Mad Gay Man


16 thoughts on “BlogFestivus, Day Twelve: Time Marches On

  1. Steve, this is one of my favorites of your 12. As a Mom, it tugs at my heart-strings. Though I’m still enjoying the current Christmas season, I admit to looking forward to next year, too!
    Congrats on making it through these 12 days of Christmas!

    • Thanks, LD — I was really struggling with these last two, but wanted something for Day 12 that fit the bill and was also and “ending” of sorts. The first version was about 300 words long, so there was a lot of editing!

  2. It’s over. I’m so happy I could cry. Guess I’m just sentimental at heart. *sniffle*

    Thanks for being one of the BlogFestivus pack. Hope you had fun and we’ll see you next time…different theme, same insanity. :-)

    • BD — thanks for challenging us. I was actually pretty happy with the way most of these came out — though several were written under the “oh, crap I have to write SOMETHING today” duress.

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