"We’re Out of Christmas Toys!"

Written and typed by Lauren, age 9*

“The toys are all gone,” cried the elves. They all ran around looking for Christmas toys. “We can’t be out of everything! We are out of screws so we can’t build dollhouses for girls and Nerf guns for boys. Santa is going to be sad.”

Just then Santa walked in. “Where are my toys, the sack has nothing in it? Where are they?”

“We ran out of everything, we are sorry Santa,” said the head elf.

“We can’t go around the world with no toys tomorrow. What will we do?”

“I have an idea,” said Steven the elf in training.

“What is it?”

“My idea is to go to the stores and buy what we need while we are in a disguise.”

“That won’t work,” said his sister.

“Actually it will if we get the right disguise,” said Santa. “Lets go.” So they went and got dressed up and went to the stores and no one knew who they were. They went back to the North Pole and made the toys. Christmas was saved all because of Steven the elf in training.

*Unedited by mom (or anyone)


to Anlyledo, the winner of the 17 Syllables Contest. Please contact me via email to choose your prize ($20 Amazon gift card or critique of ten pages.)

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Pam Halter on December 24, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    >Isn’t it totally cool to read your children’s writings? I am constantly amazed at my daughter’s creativity … you must be, too!

    Very nice job, Lauren. Keep writing!

    Contrats to Anlyedo!

    Merry Christmas to all.

  2. Kim Kasch on December 24, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    >What a great daughter – to step up and work with her Mom.

    Merry Christmas!!! And God Bless Us – everyone.

  3. Mark on December 23, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    >I love the story, Lauren. My favorite story, like an elf, is really short.

    And congrats, Anlyledo, I loved the verse.

    Fun it was but now
    I must stop thinking in those
    Seventeen syllab-

  4. Lea Ann McCombs on December 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    >Congrats Anlyledo–and thank you Lauren, for that original Christmas story! Great idea! Keep writing!

    Merry Christmas Rashelle and family and to all the loyal blog readers! May Santa bring each of you a publishing contract this year!! :)(Or maybe it will come via the elf-in-training!)

  5. anlyledo on December 23, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    >Wow! What a fantastic Christmas surprise! Thanks for the competition and pick, Rachelle, and thanks for the votes everyone! I hope everyone has an abundance of peace and joy this Christmas.

  6. Rachel on December 23, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    >Great story, Lauren. Tension, resolution…I like it. Merry Christmas, Gardners! 🙂

  7. Yvonne on December 23, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    >Ahhh… love it!

    It’s got good characters, a dilemma, a good plot, and a happy ending…a perfect story!

  8. lynnrush on December 23, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    >Awesome job, Lauren.
    And congrats Anlyledo!

    Merry Christmas!!

  9. Stephanie Reed on December 23, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    >Whoa! Not only did Steven the elf in training (love it) save Christmas, he gave the ol’ economy a shot in the arm with Santa bucks.

    Thank you, Lauren! Keep writing.

  10. christa on December 23, 2008 at 7:46 AM

    >Bravo, Lauren! I’m impressed with your story and your typing! I hope Steven’s promoted to elf in the next story after his ingenious idea.

    Merry and blessed Christmas and 2009 to the Gardners.

  11. Chatty Kelly on December 23, 2008 at 7:41 AM

    >So cute! I love kid's stories. Hope you & yours have joy on Christmas morning and all year through.

  12. Anne L.B. on December 23, 2008 at 4:43 AM

    >Dear Lauren,

    Your mom’s Christmas blog was saved by Lauren, the writer in training. Good job!

    Dear Friends of Lauren’s mom,

    Blessed CHRISTmas!
    May your 2009 be peaceful in Him.
    A late haiku, His gift to you:

    Word of God made flesh
    humbly slept in manger bed
    for us His blood shed.

    Love in Christ,
    Anne Lang Bundy

  13. Gwen Stewart on December 23, 2008 at 4:20 AM

    >Lauren, you did a great job writing and typing your story! I love the elf in training’s name. I knew an elf named Steven would have good ideas, even if his sister didn’t think so. 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!