An Advent Tradition #flashfiction

December 3, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes family traditions. It can be related to any holiday or situation. How does the tradition impact the story or change the character? Go where the prompt leads!


An Advent Tradition – by Hugh W. Roberts

Not only have the new family in your area won the Christmas lights competition, but they’ve become known as the kindest and friendliest people in your district.

Next time you’re out walking, don’t look through their dining room window and watch them carrying out the tradition of raising a glass or two of red wine.

What you don’t realise is that the dark red liquid is that of one of your neighbours.

Unless you’re a vampire, you won’t know about this Advent tradition that has been going for over 666 years.

I’m dreaming of a red Christmas. Are you?


Image credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.

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65 thoughts

    1. It could depend on who the neighbours are Norah. I’ve known a few in my time that I wish I hadn’t moved in next too. However, most of them have been lovely neighbours. And I’ve even drunk red wine with some of them.

    1. Thanks, Colleen. As soon as I saw Charli’s prompt, I pictured the scene of a family of vampires toasting those passing by their home, with a glass of what looked like red wine.

        1. We’re on the move again, Hugh. This time to retire in Michigan. I’ve had some health issues so it was time to get somewhere we can settle down. Arizona is so hot! By the middle of January 2021 we should move into the new house. After that, I will be better. Between Carrot Ranch and my poetry challenge I aim to stay busy. LOL! ❤

        2. Oh, wow! Moving again, Colleen? I don’t think I could live in Arizona because the weather is so hot. I don’t do ‘hot.’ Sorry to hear about your health issues. I will email you. xx

  1. I don’t know befriending the vampire neighbors could be good. I mean I could arrange them to meet the guy with the barking dog, or the lady who is constantly running over the bush at the end of the druve.
    Merry Christmas

    Seek laughter in all its forms

    1. It’s a great way to get rid of the annoying neighbours, isn’t it? Vampires aren’t fussy. They like all blood types, although ‘AB’ negative is a little iffy.

      Merry Christmas.

        1. I have been blogging nine years now, only wrote to stories about Vlad. Oh! Yesterday I got an email from wordpress entitled “Especially for you a beginners guide to blogging” 😂😂😂😂

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