Sybil's CHRISTMASES PAST!... the Christmas Card Catastrophe...

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...and it was at that point that the Poka-Ma-Hola Ladies League of Public Decency began gathering up all the Christmas cards that they felt were frivolous, flippant, and irreligious to be burned in a great bonfire in the town square. Furthermore, the clerks working in the "Holiday Notions & Santa's Workshop" section of Stynkelton's Department Store were threatened with charges of heresy and witchcraft and told that even in their elf costumes theywould be thrown into the fire as well if they didn't repent...

...and so, on December 21st, 1955, all of the children in Poka-Ma-Hola, Indiana saw a "Christmas Miracle"..... scores of "elves", middle-aged sales ladies, and unmarried perfume counter clerks kneeling and praying in the snow drifts in front of Stynkelton's Department Store beside the papier-mâché Nativity installation..... modern Indiana folks (oh, and elves!) mixed in with various Bethlehem villagers, cows, ducks, geese, and chickens, an ox-and-lamb combo, a drummer boy, an impolite innkeeper and his surly wife, three wise men, bales of hay, a leaky roof, and a giant aluminum "Star" on some fishing-line swinging back in forth in the wind, as the ashes of burning Christmas cards blew across the landscapes of both Bethlehem...and Poka-Ma-Hola.... while the Poka-Ma-Hola ladies yowled "Holy! Holy!! HOLY!!!!" in their cracked voices to Reverend Tinker's portable Hammond organ...

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