Best Christmas Ever
“RING! RING!” I turned off my alarm and opened my eyes. I looked around. I had been waiting for this day for a year. It was Christmas! I got out of my bed and ran to the Christmas tree. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was nothing! I looked all around the tree, then under all the furniture. There was still nothing. I was shocked. Every Christmas since I could remember there had been presents under the tree.
I was just about to call 911 when my parents came in. To my surprise, they had huge smiles on their faces.
“What’s going on?” I asked, perplexed and very worried. “We have a surprise for you,” mom said. “You’ll have to find it,” dad said with a sneaky smile on his face.
I felt excited again. What could the surprise be? Maybe it was something big or maybe something small.
“There are three clues that will help you figure out the surprise,” dad continued. “But you’ll have to find the clues as well.”
“The first clue is outside,” said mom. “You’ll discover it when you build a snowman to find it.” Then, they walked away. I ran outside. Wow! I thought. I could see the big snowflakes falling down and the trees covered with snow. Winter is my favorite season. I started to make the snowman. First, I made the base. As I was rolling a large snowball to make the middle part, suddenly, it hit something metal. I dug a little into the snow and found a transparent, glass ball. Inside, there was a tropical scene of palm trees and a beautiful beach. I brought the glass ball inside my house and looked at it closely. Could this mean that we were going to a beach next summer? Before I could think anymore, mom and dad came in.
“Good job!” dad said. “Now you will have to find the second clue.”
“This time, look around the kitchen,” said mom.
I ran to the kitchen and started looking. I looked around the sink, stove, and refrigerator, but there was nothing. I was tired and decided to sit down at the dining table. When I sat down, I felt something on the chair. It was a picture of a coral reef. Wow! I thought. There were beautiful fish and coral in all different shapes and sizes. I knew that the surprise must have something to do with a tropical place. Then, on the back of the picture, I noticed some writing: “Good job! Now you will need to look for the third clue. You will find it somewhere in your room. Good luck!”
I ran to my room. I looked all around my toys, my bed, and everything else. Maybe I am forgetting to look somewhere, I thought. What could that place be? I wished my cousin were here. He was great at finding things. In fact, he would win a trophy if there was a race for finding things. Wait a minute! That’s it! The trophy section! I ran to where all of my trophies were. There was the clue! It was a map of the Caribbean islands. Of course! It must mean that I was going to the Caribbean islands! Just then, mom and dad came in.
“Excellent!” said mom. “You found all the three clues.”
“I know what the surprise is. We’re going to the Caribbean,” I said.
My dad laughed. “Now, you will have to look for the surprise and find out if you are right,” said dad. “But this time, we won’t tell you what room to look in.”
I looked all around the house. I looked in every single corner and under every single table and chair. No luck. Where could the surprise be? After a couple of hours, I was really tired. I sat down on my bed and had a rest. Then, I started looking outside. I checked every bush and dug in the snow, but there was nothing. I decided to continue looking for the surprise tomorrow.
The next morning, I woke up and started looking for the surprise again. The whole day went by very quickly, but still no luck. Five days passed and now, there were only two more days left until New Year’s Day. I decided not to look for the surprise anymore. I was wondering if there even was a surprise. I wasn’t excited anymore and thought that my parents had played a joke on me. Just then, they came in. “Still couldn’t find it?” asked dad. “Nope,” I said. “Well, you will, soon …” said mom. “Just keep looking and have patience.”
I still wasn’t that excited. However, I decided to look for the surprise one last time. I looked around every single thing in the house, but there was no surprise. In my room, I looked at the trophies I had won. One was a trophy for the best water-conservation poster. Wait a minute! That’s it! I hadn’t looked in the bathrooms. I ran as fast as I could to the bathroom. In big letters there was an envelope there that said “SURPRISE!” I slowly opened the envelope. Yes! There were three tickets for a cruise around the Caribbean islands. I was so, so, so happy. The search was definitely worth it, and even though there were no presents under the tree, I decided it was the best Christmas I had ever had.