Once upon a time, in the land of Silvertray, three white houses, each with a red roof, stood in the forest.
One fat snowflake fell,
then another and another until cold, white snowflakes covered the ground.
The three white houses looked at each other and admired how beautiful they were with their curved windows, their heart cut outs and their shiny red roofs.
"But," said the first white house, "we were made to be lived in, and there's no one here."
"We need someone to turn on our lights. What can we do?" said the second white house.
"Let's advertise," said the third white house.
So the three houses sent an advertisement to www.silvertrayonline.st, that said:
"Three cozy houses in a forest need someone to live in them. Must like winter."
Then they waited. Still the cold snow fell until drifts of white completely buried the forest floor.
And the three white houses were lonely. They wondered if anyone would ever come to live in them.
One day the first little house heard a squeaking noise and saw a tiny black nose peek up from under the snow. The second little house saw another tiny black nose peek up from under the snow. Then the third little house saw another tiny black nose pop up from under the snow.
The three white houses watched as the three tiny black noses twitched and wriggled. Snow flew up into the air as tiny little feet kicked and kicked until three tiny brown mice popped out on top of the snow.
"What beautiful houses," said the first tiny brown mouse, whose name was Alexander. He wore a red bow tie.
"They look so cozy," said the second tiny brown mouse, whose name was Natalia, who had a blue ribbon around her neck.
"I wonder who lives in them," said the third tiny brown mouse, whose name was Victoria. She wore two minty green ribbons around her ears.
The three white houses with red roofs were so excited that they almost burst their doors.
"NOBODY lives here," they said all together.
"Would you like to live in us?" said the first white house.
"Please open my door," said the second white house.
"You can turn on my lights," said the third white house.
"REALLY?" said Alexander, Natalia, and Victoria.
"YES, indeed," said the three white houses with red roofs.
Alexander moved into the first white house. He had brought his red wagon with him and he used it to haul logs from the forest.
Natalia moved into the second white house. She brought her polar bear snow globe to shake when she wanted to see snow fall.
Victoria moved into the third white house. She brought her sled with her and all the mice took turns pulling each other around in the snow.
And so the three white houses sighed with contentment.
"We're so happy to have someone to live in us," they said.
Alexander, Natalia, and Victoria played in the snowy forest every day. When night time came and they got cold, they each went into their own white house with a red roof, turned on the lights, and spent a cozy night.
This Christmas Tale was inspired by three metal houses recently purchased. I thought to create a scene for the coffee table that the grandchildren can play with. It was such fun to come up with the ideas and the props.
I'm linking to Five on Friday, hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home. For the Five item tie-in here are 5 things I'm thankful for today:
1. School is out for 2 weeks.
2. The Christmas tree is up and twinkles merrily.
3. School is out for 2 weeks.
4. The sun is shining. I don't mind these chillier temperatures when it's so bright outside. (by chillier I mean just below freezing - not so very chilly by some standards, but rare enough here)
5. School is out for 2 weeks. Don't get me wrong. I love teaching, I love the students, but it's been a trying few months in some areas and I'm glad for a break.