The Christmas Bags

by Kimberlee Esselstrom –

Kelley and Tara couldn’t wait to see their Christmas tree! As usual, it would be too tall and scrape the ceiling—every year it was the same. The sisters heard Alvin and the Chipmunks singing “Deck the Halls” before they even reached the house.

“Tara, help me. My foot’s stuck.”

Tara sighed, “Kelly, you need a new pair of boots.”

“But you don’t need a bigger size.”

Tara grunted as she tugged at her sister’s foot. “Just because we’re twins doesn’t mean we’re exactly the same.” Tara tossed the wet boot. “Let’s see the tree!”

The girls wandered through a maze of boxes, bursting with decorations.

“I smell cinnamon,” said Tara.

Mom always baked cookies for tree trimming night.

Dad appeared holding a headless gingerbread man. “We’re putting up every decoration, even if it takes all night.”

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