Thursday, December 01, 2011

An advent calendar of sorts Day 1. (Also a Thursday extract.)

To start off the countdown to Christmas (or in my case Yule) I'm giving you one last extract from my NaNo novel Seaviews. I finished the first draft a couple of days ago and do not plan to touch it again for several weeks, when I can give it a fresh eye.   Here's a description of Santa. Not the real one of course kiddies - we all know he's far too busy at this time of year to attend children's parties!

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Sinister Santa
Children’s entertainers are sometimes quite awful with kids and grown-ups alike.  Some perform OK for parents but they actually terrify the tots. Sometimes they work wonders with children but they can't convert to an adult crowd. This guy gave fun for everyone. In fact I would go so far as to say he was great with the little ones, when we had youngsters around. He really seemed to love them. And his costume was a dream. It wasn’t shabby and thin-looking like some of them. He had a proper red suit made with what looked like a woollen cloth and trimmed with soft, white fur, that moved in a convincingly real fashion. He styled himself on the American style Santa, with trousers and fur-topped wellington boots and a wide belt with a huge black buckle, rather than the traditional British long-coated one, but that didn’t matter to the festive folks. Part of his act involved handing out presents to all the guests and he carried them in a real sack slung over his shoulder. His ‘ho-ho-ho’ voice reached deep enough to challenge that mountain climber-actor chap.

7 comments:

snafu said...

My first wife once confessed that as a child, she was rather disturbed by the idea of a strange man creeping into her bedroom in the middle of the night, even if his motives were pure and he left presents. I think it compromised her sense of security.

kaykuala said...

A twist to the normal Ho!Ho!Ho! Brave line of writing. Looking forward for the continuation. Excellent!

Hank

Laurie Kolp said...

Ahh... this is jolly fun.

hedgewitch said...

Always wise to beware of strange men bearing gifts, if you ask me. ;_) Nice detail in this MAJ.

Susie Clevenger said...

My girls were always scared of Santa when they were young. So glad you found a "real" Santa gem. :)

Heaven said...

He sure is popular now... Enjoyed the read today ~

Mystic_Mom said...

Nicely done, left me wanting more!