Last Christmas, I posted Mur Lafferty’s story Merry Christmas From the Heartbreakers in my feed because I love the story and wanted you all to have the chance to enjoy it, too. This year, I want to share another terrific holiday story, one that ran a year ago on Podcastle. It’s The Christmas Mummy by the husband and wife team of Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt. This is a funny but heartwarming story that the whole family can enjoy. It features an average American family with average American kids, average American ninjas, an average American mummy, an average American eccentric uncle, and said uncle’s arch-nemesis.
Here’s the beginning of the story, as posted on Podcastle’s site last Christmas:
Trish led Nate from the room, into the hall — their parents’ door was
closed — and onto the stairs. She could hear someone moving down
there. Trish crept down the carpeted steps. The only light in the
living room came from the bright Christmas tree. Even the yule log in
the fireplace had burned down.
Two men, dressed in black pajamas with their faces covered, were tying
a big red ribbon around a crate that was bigger than the couch.
“Ninjas?” Trish whispered to her brother.
“Christmas ninjas,” Nate said.
One of the ninjas pulled up his mask a little and ate one of the
cookies they’d left for Santa. He drank the milk, too, leaving a white
mustache on his ninja mask when he pulled it back down over his mouth.
I hope you like this as much as I did.