This Christmas (flash fiction)

This Christmas

“So what did you do at Christmas?” Stacey asked.

“Mum would make us scrambled eggs with lots of butter and toasted homemade bread. Then we would open presents. One of us would hand them all out, and then we’d open them one at a time going round the room. In the evening we’d have dinner with the rest of the family, and of course, open more presents.” Hannah replied.


“But I’m missing it this year since I’ve been kicked out for being lesbian.” Stacey hugged Hannah.

“We’ll just have to start our own traditions then.” Stacey told her.

Joanne Fisher

This was written with the prompt to write a story that includes family traditions provided by the Carrot Ranch December 3 Flash Fiction Challenge.

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©️2020 Joanne Fisher

19 thoughts on “This Christmas (flash fiction)

  1. We did that at our house — each of us opened presents one at a time. My sister started a new tradition: One year, I opened a present and there was another inside, so technically I couldn’t open the one inside until it was my turn again. Ah…family.

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  2. Ugh… It’s almost hard for me to believe that people get kicked out of families for LGBTQ+ statuses. Still, I know it happens, and it’s great you wrote something like this to remind us of the struggles everyday people go through. It’s not all sunshine and roses.

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    1. And thanks for acknowledging that where others haven’t. A lot of queer people get kicked out of their homes for just being who they are. I’m not sure how parents could do that if the claim to love their children.

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  3. This is still true today, as it was years ago. It’s hard to believe that it still happens. I’m glad they’re now creating their own traditions – just as I did with my partner at our first Christmas together in 1993.

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