Merry Christmas and Lucky Jibblewooch

KidVisions December 2007 Science Fiction, 2,600 words

Lara hates living on the planet Brax. The school and work days are longer, her family can’t make enough money, her Braxan house "ticks like a clock whenever it’s windy outside," and to top it all off, there’s no Christmas on Brax. But when a classmate teaches Lara about the Braxan holiday of Jibblewooch, Lara thinks she sees a way to turn her family’s luck around.

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