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In Search of Santa Claus: an Ashley Petunia Story/Poem

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.


In Search of Santa Claus

When winter approaches

And snow starts to fall,

Boys and girls visit Santa

In stores and the mall.

But Ashley Petunia

Knew these Santas weren’t real,

So she’d go to the North Pole

To find the real deal.

She told all the children,

“Don’t sit on his knee.

This is not the real Santa,

He won’t leave gifts ‘neath your tree.”

She built a sailboat

Of papier mache and tape.

The boat almost sunk

As she rounded the Cape.

But Ashley Petunia

Was fearless and brave,

She sailed the small boat

Over all the big waves.

She arrived at the North Pole

Just before Christmas Eve.

When she reached Santa’s workshop

He was ready to leave.

The reindeers were harnessed

And ready to go,

But Ashley said, “Santa,

The children must know.

That in all the shopping centres,

Those Santas aren’t you,

The gifts that they promise

Are simply not true.”


Santa said, “Ashley,

I really must fly

Or I’ll be late for Christmas,

And the children will cry.”

So, Ashley helped Santa

To load up his sleigh,

So he’d still be delivering

Toys on Christmas Day.

Her boat wouldn’t make it

Back home from the Pole,

So she rode back with Santa

With her head in a bowl.

Ashley slid down the chimneys

Where Santa couldn’t squeeze,

Delivering presents,

All the children to please.


She told the store Santas,

“You all have the sack!

Go home to your families,

And don’t you come back.”

“Kids can write letters

Saying what gifts they’d like.

I’ll deliver them to Santa

On a rocket-powered bike.”

“And if they have email

They just send them on

To: Santa@TheNorthPole,

It will not take long.”

So, Ashley Petunia

Was really quite smart,

She may not be Santa,

But she sure did her part.


© 2017 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

Nothing stops Ashley Petunia, Shauna. She is very independent and adventurous.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 10, 2018:

What a lucky little girl to hitch a ride with Santa and actually help Christmas dreams come true!

That's the field trip of a lifetime!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 28, 2018:

Thanks Eric, I look forward to it.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 28, 2018:

I missed this one. But I think that it was meant to be as this last Christmas he was on the fence a bit.

Let us give this a child's review for you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 21, 2018:

Missy, thank you for such kind words and for sharing your own experience. I can't recall you saying you did a course in writing for children, though you may have. I have the same problem as you, the confidence to self-publish. Maybe one day I will. I would love to read some of your kids stories sometime. We all suffer rejection of our work though. Take care.

Missy Smith from Florida on January 21, 2018:

I...LOVE IT! I think I have mentioned that children stories was what I took a course in, didn't I? After I finished, the professor picked me to go on to a course that I would be practically the only student of an editor who would have probably helped me tremendously. However, by that time, I had submitted works of mine to different children's magazines, trying to see if I was good enough to be a writer for youth. I always got rejected by the magazines. Now, some of them were truly amicable rejections that gave me very uplifting rejections - if there is any such thing as that. lol... But again, to go further always comes with a price tag, and at that time, I did not have it, nor did I have the confidence. I sometimes regret not trying to find a way and think about trying to publish my stories myself. My children always liked them. I guess I was satisfied with that at the time. However, as you can tell, I am not brave enough to share any here. I have ventured far away from that genre it seems.

I think you will have better luck than me. You have a great talent for it, and Letterpile seems to love you, which is a valid sign. Good Luck with this series! Although, I don't feel you will need that. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2017:

Thank you for reading and for the interesting story about your grandson's experience with Santa, Genna. Glad you enjoyed this.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 23, 2017:

How adorable! And clever. M grandson would agree with Petunia about how the store Santas were not the real deal. My son recently sent me a photo of my granddaughter (she's five) and grandson (he's nearly two). She was standing next to Santa, poised and happy...her cheeks as rosy as Santa's. He was sitting on Santa's lap, squirming, his mouth open in a mid-cry of protest, "Down! I want to be put down!" I loved your Petunia...she's quite a girl for helping Santa. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 19, 2017:

Thank you so much Cris, Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. Happy flying.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 19, 2017:

What perfect read! Very enjoyable!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas John. There's 5 days left and since I'll be going up (and down) in the sky from tomorrow until Christmas, it's best to greet you now.

Love from the sky~

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 19, 2017:

Thanks Dianna. Glad you enjoyed it.

Dianna Mendez on December 18, 2017:

Such a sweet story. Very enjoyable to read.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 18, 2017:

Thank you, Your Cousins. Glad you enjoyed this. Much appreciated.

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on December 18, 2017:

Funny and current, with an unexpected ending. Ashley Petunia is quite a character.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 14, 2017:

Thanks Ann. Have a great NZ Christmas and then enjoy your Aussie adventure. I went on the Indian Pacific once and loved it.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 14, 2017:

I do so like Ashley Petunia! Love the idea of her helping Santa.

I'm off to New Zealand next week, for Christmas, so might see the sleigh as we fly! Then we'll be over to Brisbane for a while before getting the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth; can't wait!

Hope you have a superb Christmas, John!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 08, 2017:

Hi Shyron, glad this story was uplifting and helpful. I do hope you have a great Christmas.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 08, 2017:

John, I don't feel much like Christmas this, but your story of Ashley helped a lot.

Many, Many Blessings John.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 07, 2017:

Thank you, Robert. I appreciate that comment and glad Ashley Petunia helped get you more prepared for Christmas.

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on December 07, 2017:

I'm more ready now for Christmas. You made the last barriers to it disappear. Merry Christmas, Jodah.

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