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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 2017 I was hired to create a character for a series of rhyming children's books. The primary requirement was that it was to be a young female character and Pippi Longstocking by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren was offered as an example.

The first story I wrote was published as "Introducing Ashley Petunia: a Poetic Story For Children" in December 2017.

This is the second story in the series. I am delighted with how the character of Ashley Petunia developed, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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

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