A HubNuggets Christmas Carol

The weather outside the HubNuggets Team Ski Lodge was frightful, but the fire was delightful. With only two weeks left 'til Christmas, and inspired by our great day at Zsuzsy Bee's Christmas Tree Farm, we had planned a fun-day break from the hectic round of holiday shopping and baking.

Our little team made a fetching group in cozy, Norwegian sweaters and vintage apres-ski wear. We'd enjoyed the toboggan runs all morning. Then, De Greek lobbed a snowball at Gals, and the fight was on. He quickly realized he was out-gunned - Gals, Patty and Zsuzsy are deadly shots. Enelle, RedElf, and Ripplemaker were making snow-angels, and wisely avoided the battling foursome.

The thick-falling snow finally drove us indoors, and by suppertime, the tree-lined drive was smothered in unblemished blanket of white. Ripplemaker turned from the window, beaming. "It looks just like an old fashioned picture-postcard."

"It looks like we're snowed in," said De Greek.

"We're here for the night." Patty replaced the receiver of the old-fashioned phone. "That was Maddie. The roads are closed. The snowplow won't make it through before morning."

Ripplemaker and De Greek - "God bless us, everyone!" Image by RedElf - photo from msgr.ca
Ripplemaker and De Greek - "God bless us, everyone!" Image by RedElf - photo from msgr.ca
Visions of sugar plums - Image by RedElf - photo from: weblogs.baltimoresun.com
Visions of sugar plums - Image by RedElf - photo from: weblogs.baltimoresun.com
The Dance of the Sugar Plum Plate Smashers - Image by RedElf: photo from pasdetrois.org
The Dance of the Sugar Plum Plate Smashers - Image by RedElf: photo from pasdetrois.org
De Greek and Zsuzsy Bee - Image by RedElf: photos from www.spoonfed.co.uk2 and saltlakecity.org
De Greek and Zsuzsy Bee - Image by RedElf: photos from www.spoonfed.co.uk2 and saltlakecity.org

We settle in for the night...

After a lovely meal and more hot cocoa, we headed to bed. De Greek, snugly nestled, drifted off to sleep. Visions of sugar plums began dancing in his head. Suddenly, the sugar plums turned into Jason, Maddie, and Simone.

De Greek jerked awake.

Marketing Manager Jason twirled in the middle of the room, near a stack of plates. Maddie and Simone danced on either side. With every pirouette, Jason threw a plate to the floor while his partners clapped and shouted, "Ho-pah!"

"De Greek, you will be visited by three ghosts this night," said Jason.

Smash, went a plate. "Ho-pah!" said Maddie and Simone.

"They will help you find the true meaning of HubNuggets." Jason threw another plate.

Smash! "Ho-pah!" Maddie and Simone clapped vigorously.

"Go away!" De Greek pulled the covers over his head and groaned. "Too much cocoa after dinner." His room grew quiet, and he sank back into sleep.

The loud bonging of a grandfather clock dragged De Greek from slumber. He rubbed his eyes. There, on the foot of his bed sat Zsuzsy Bee, munching a turkey drumstick.

"C'mon, Dimi," she said. "We better get a move on." Zsuzsy Bee yanked the covers from De Greek, and whisked him away with a swirl of her cloak.

Almost immediately, a cozy dining room appeared around them.

De Greek stared at the laughing throng. Candlelight sparkled on gleaming dishes. He eagerly inhaled the succulent odors of the Christmas feast the revelers were about to enjoy. "This is my family! Look - there I am as a boy! Why are we here?" Just then, Little De Greek dropped his napkin, and grown-up De Greek bent to retrieve it.

Zsuzsy's cloak swirled again. The scene wavered and disappeared.

De Greek blinked. He was alone in his bed at the ski lodge... clutching a list of six HubNugget wannabes.

Which one of this week's Books, Literature, and Writing nominees is your favorite?

  • 13% Stop Swearing and Cursing with Dr. Frikker's Top Profanity Filter
  • 16% Best YA Novels for Reluctant Readers
  • 13% Best Kids Books - Oh The Places You'll Go! By Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel
  • 21% Linguistics and the Study of Literature
  • 31% Addicted to Death, a short story
  • 5% An eBook Library in your hand - How eBooks are Changing Books
61 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

SantaEnelle - Image by RedElf: photos from comparestoreprices.co.uk and traditional.cultural-china.com2
SantaEnelle - Image by RedElf: photos from comparestoreprices.co.uk and traditional.cultural-china.com2
"Pssst..." - Image by RedElf: photo from bbspot.com
"Pssst..." - Image by RedElf: photo from bbspot.com
SantaGals - Image by RedElf: photo from santaclauscostumes.org
SantaGals - Image by RedElf: photo from santaclauscostumes.org

The Second Apparation...

After reading and voting, De Greek placed the list on his night-table. "I'll pass this on to the others in the morning," he thought.

De Greek had no sooner closed his eyes than he felt a hand on his shoulder.

"Wake up, buddy. Don't let the boss catch you sleeping at your desk again." Enelle Lamb winked at De Greek. The feather in her hat bobbed gracefully as she strolled to a cubicle decorated with Chinese fans, and sat down at the computer.

De Greek gazed about the office. "Minna Street - HubPages Headquarters in San Fransisco... How did we get here? " RedElf waved to him from the next cubicle. He could see the rest of the HubNuggets Team, hard at work with slide-rules and calculators. "Slide-rules?"

He waved at RedElf, then stared as KoffeeKlatch Gals strode into the room.

The heels of her high leather boots clacked on the tile floor as she stalked to his desk. "Have you worked out a solution yet? The Pentagon is waiting."

"Solution? ...Pentagon?" De Greek had no idea what Gals wanted, but dutifully rifled through the papers on his desk.

"We haven't got all day. Is that it?" Gals pointed at De Greek's computer.

He stared as complex equations scrolled across the screen. His head was beginning to spin.

"Psst..." RedElf's whisper drew his attention. She raised one eyebrow and nodded towards a computer printout on the floor beside his desk.

"Aha!" De Greek dived for the printout. Out of the corner of his eye, he caught Enelle's wink...

...and woke sitting on the floor by his nightstand.

"This is no way to spend the night. " As De Greek climbed back into bed and pulled up the covers, a paper crackled in his nightshirt pocket. "What now? "

It was a second list of HubNugget wannabes...

Which one of this week's Travel and Places nominees is your favorite?

  • 40% Cruising the Alaskan Inside Passage
  • 2% Exploring a top five of the world's most beautiful Tropical Islands
  • 24% Have Diaper will Travel...How My Husband Was Almost Thrown off a Plane for Being a Diaper Terrorist
  • 7% Live In Bali, but Before You Go...
  • 10% Cuba - emerald of the Caribbean sea
  • 17% The Heritage Coast of Suffolk in England
42 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Patty-Christmas-Yet-To-Be - Image by RedElf, photo from listal.com
Patty-Christmas-Yet-To-Be - Image by RedElf, photo from listal.com
Minna Street? - Image by RedElf, photos from michpics.wordpress.com and and dailymail.co.uk
Minna Street? - Image by RedElf, photos from michpics.wordpress.com and and dailymail.co.uk
The wintry graveyard - photo from flikr.com
The wintry graveyard - photo from flikr.com

The Ghost of HubNuggets Yet-To-Come

"May as well read and vote while I'm waiting for that third ghost." De Greek made short work of the list. "Now what? ' The only thing left was a Sudoku puzzle book. De Greek tried to stay awake, but despite his best efforts, his head nodded. He dozed...

A blast of wintry air tore the bed curtains apart. "Bed curtains?" De Greek clutched the covers to his chest.

A fearsome apparition glided across the room. It raised its arm and leveled a Patty Inglish-like finger at De Greek's heart.

"What do you want with me? Speak, spirit."

The spirit beckoned.

De Greek reluctantly exchanged his warm bed for robe and slippers, and followed the apparition into the snow.

"I don't mean to be rude, but it's cold, and I'm tired..." De Greek broke off. The burnt-out ruins in front of them seemed familiar."Was this Minna Street - HubPages HQ? ...and that rusted hulk - surely that wasn't Ripplemaker's Hub-mobile! "

"Spirit, tell me what's happened to HubPages? Where is everyone?"

The silent spirit beckoned.

De Greek sighed, and followed the ghost into the gloom. Moments later, he tripped over a mound. De Greek brushed away the snow to uncover a little headstone. The inscription read: "Farewell, Little Angel"

"Whose grave is this, Spirit?"

The ghost let fall a crumpled, faded scrap of paper with the words, "Congratulations! Your hub has been nominated..."

"No, not Tiny Ripplemaker. She was always so cheery and full of gratitude. Oh, Spirit, say it isn't so..." De Greek threw his arms around the little grave-marker, and wept. "All gone - HubPages, the HubNuggets Team, Tiny Ripplemaker - why, oh, why? Didn't we read and vote? Didn't we welcome and support our new writers?"

De Greek tenderly brushed the memorial clean of snow, and read the rest of the inscription: Beloved Fluffy-Cat. "A cat? You brought me here to show me the headstone of a cat?"

The ghost shrugged. "It's your dream..."

De Greek lunged at the apparition...and landed on his bedroom floor.

Which one of this week's Health nominees is your favorite?

  • 16% Growing Superfoods: Blueberries and Black Currants
  • 9% Migraines and the Migraine Brain
  • 29% Hang the Onions: Five Old-Fashioned Ways to Cure the Common Cold
  • 13% A Beginner's Guide to Running a 5k
  • 7% 10 Things You Can Do to Beat Anxiety and Panic
  • 27% Walking can be hazardous to your health
45 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

God bless us, everyone!

"C'mon, sleepyhead - snow plow's been and gone, and breakfast's almost ready." Patty stuck her head in the door. "Oh, good - you're up. Have you seen my notes on Mardi Gras? I left them downstairs last night, but - hey!" Patty noticed the crumpled pages on the nightstand.

De Greek picked up the pages, smoothing out the creases. "I was just reading and voting..." He scanned the pages: "Anthropological Origins and Regional Traditions of Fat Tuesday, by Patty Inglish, MS ."

"Oh, my..." He held out the three pages.

Patty took the papers with a smile. "Zsuzsy's making apple-walnut waffles. Better hurry."

As De Greek headed for the shower, Ripplemaker's happy greeting floated up from the kitchen. "What a marvelous day. Blessings everyone. Love and Light."

What's a HubNugget?

Check out Shirley Anderson's comprehensive HubNuggets manual:

HubNuggets How-To, Q and A

The HubNuggets project was a Special Program of HubPages and is explained at the HubPages Learning Center by Simone Smith, our one-time Online Marketing Community Manager

HubNuggets Program

Zsuzsy Bee created this fun, Project Dictionary:

HubNugget Lingo

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Ho-pah!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

HA HA HA HA - oops, er, Ho Ho Ho Ho!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Turkey drumstick hmmmmmm really good... hmmmmm oh by the way Jason, ('ho-pa' oops there goes another one) good idea to smash all those plates... the counter is just about cleared, no need for dish detergent. I just read in the daily Wallstreet journal report that DeGreek's shares in the "plates-r-us" have doubled in the last hour... 'ho-pa' that was the last one... watch out for the shards everyone

Red elf great hub. Congrats to all of you HubNuggeteers. Great writing, good luck with all your wannabe hubnugget hubs. Don't forget to promote, promote and promote.

#*^!Splash!^*#... "...what the... who threw that slushball?????"


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

/WHOOOSH in/>>> vote...vote...vote...smile>>>/SLUSH!/WHOOOSH out/


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Oh, no! There she goes again with the slushy snowballs - Oh, well, at least the dishes are done :D Ho-pa!

Thanks Zsuzsy and Patty - YIKES!(ducking just in time to avoid another slushball) - Congrats to all the nominees!!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

This is really sooooooooo clever... :-)) Please bear in mind that I am particularly fond of apple pie and hot custard, so next time will you put this in my dream and allow me to enjoy the last spoon before waking me up again? :-)))


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

This story was very entertaining, and I enjoyed it very much ... ! Thanks again for the nomination, and all your hard work, HubNugget team ... Cheers!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

You are most welcome! Glad you enjoyed the story and nice to see you again! get out there and promote your hub :D:D:D


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

This is brilliant! What better way to let the world know about the hubnugget magic... Let is snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! (Christmas) Cheers from a humble newbie to the sheer awesomeness of the hub elite. we are not worthy ( bowing deeply and just missing slushy snowballs as they whoosh past his head)...


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Apple Pie and hot custard, it is Sir Greek! As, for waking you up, you'll have to negotiate with the Sugar Plum plate smashers, and Zsuzsy and Patty - oh and Enelle, too - but I will do my best to keep them in check :D:D:D

So glad you enjoyed the hub, Docmo - watch out though, there's more snow in the forecast. It will be fine, as long as you remember to duck - and to promote your hub :D:D


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Red Elf you weave such magical tales, you had me enthralled from the beginning to the end! On my way to read and read and gobble up wonderful Hubnuggets treats!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Read and voted and announced and sang the song you wrote in the beginning of this hub, "The weather outside the HubNuggets Team Ski Lodge was frightful, but the fire was delightful...." hohoho...


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Love and light to you also, HubNuggets team! Happy Holidays!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

The Pentagon - I'm moving up in the world. Thanks RedElf. Love your images and imagination. It's always so much fun reading your work. Read, loved, enjoyed and voted.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Redelf, this hub is awesome! It's awesomer because ripplemaker nominated my hub "Walking can be hazardous to your health". I think this is the awesomest hub of all.

ripplemaker, thank you so much. You're awesome!

The Hubnuggets Team is awesome!

All the nominees are awesome!

Since I was nominated I think I'm awesome too, even just in my mind.

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it

I'm about to lose control and I think I like it

WHOPPEE!!!

Have a nice day y'all.. don't forget to vote for ME... I mean for my hub. Oh, I'm not suppose to campaign here.. it's frowned upon? Geesh!

Rosie


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Great story in true hubpages spirit. A shining example of what to do on hub pages. Excellent!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Aaaah, Tiny Ripplemaker - good to see you here! Gave De Greek a bit of a scare, you did. Love and light!

Paradise7, so glad you stopped by - Happy Holidays!

Gals, you've always been "tops" to me!

Rosie2010, we're glad you're so excited about the nomination! Keep up the good work!

chspublish, lots of good hubs to read this week - thanks so much for stopping by to comment!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

what a cute hub. Thanks for the entertainment. I voted!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow such fun and so clever. Brilliant and voted up.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

What jolly xmas fun and I thought De Greek was away with the fairies!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much for stopping by to comment - we have another great crop this week, Denise :D:D

Thanks for your support, acaetnna, glad you enjoyed the story and the wannabes!

Gypsy Willow, I'm sure he could have gone dancing into the night with the Sugar Plum Plate Smashers :D:D:D


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Nice!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Micky Dee, thanks for stopping by to comment - always a pleasure to hear from you.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

This is the most awesome hub ever. wow love it.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such a brilliatly written hub and a good laugh.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Rhonda! So glad you stopped by to comment.

Hh, thanks so much for commenting - glad to give you a laugh!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I am inspired by this wonderful write. You weaved a wonderful story and had me chuckling with delight. De Greek will never be the same after that nightmare:0)

Well done Bravo and a BIG Merry Christmas to all the Hubnuggeteers and their loved ones. May you all be blessed with good health and prosperity into the New Year. Peace to all and to all a good night..


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Ken. De Greek is such a good sport - I hope it hasn't "scarred him for life" :D:D

Merry Christmas and blessing on you and your family, too!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

What a great twist on a Christmas Carol! Loved the pictures and the story was wonderful :D Glad I passed up the snowball fight...I'm much better at snow angels :D

Loved it! Read and voted :D


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Voted in the nick of time. Fabulous nominations and great hub, RedElf. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Great hub and I've voted for my favorites.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

So glad you enjoyed my spin on an old favorite story. Your snow angels were lovely, by the way. Thanks for reading and voting.

Friend wordscribe, so nice you got here in time to vote. Marry Christmas to you and your family as well :D:D:D

Thanks so much Tammy - so glad you stopped by to read and vote.


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Imelleda 5 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Way to go - congrats to all the nominees!


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renoelle 5 years ago from Second star on the right, straight on 'til morning

Whew! Just squeaked in under the wire - congratulations to all the HubNuggets nominees!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by to read and vote ladies!


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

Loved this story sorry I missed the voting. Congrats


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, onceuponatime66 - I am so pleased you liked the hub. Too bad you missed the voting, though.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Congrats to all of you hubnuggeteers. Nominees and the winners alike.

Most of all may you have Peace and joy throughout Christmas season and in the coming year.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

Missed voting, too. I don't see genius writers here to whom I pay my utmost respect, but I see humans in their barest childlike playful nature. This hub is so friendly and encouragingly beautiful. Congrats to the Team and to all nominees and winners alike! May you all continue to shine with inspiration for all hubbers. Vote up this one! Happy Holidays to one and all!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. We really appreciate support for our new writers! Happy holidays to you, too!


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salt 5 years ago from australia

Merry xmas all.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks again, De Greek - so glad you enjoyed the hub and didn't mind being "scrooged" :D

Marry Christmas to you, too salt! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees alike.


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana

well that surely got me in the xmas spirit. now we need one for thanksgiving! What are you all thankful for?


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Nikkij. Nice of you to stop by and comment.

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