Ella Elf – Holiday Writing Contest

There is a Holiday Writing Contest on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website:

dashing through the snow

The Contest Rules:  Write a children’s holiday story beginning with any version of “Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh.”  You may use that actual opening, or you may change it to any similar version “[Verb of your choice] ing through the [any substance you choose] in a [conveyance of any kind].”  For example, “Dashing through the sand in a two-wheeled donkey cart” or  “Sloshing through the swamp in a green and white canoe” or “Flying through the air in a striped hot air balloon…”  You get the idea, I’m sure.  Your children’s story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate. But is not to exceed 350 words.

Ella Elf Watch Yourself

By Patricia Tilton  (250 words)

Flying through Santa’s shop

On a mop she cast a spell,

Ella Elf must stop

Before she rings the bell;

Darting here and there

Midst dolls and candy canes,

What fun it is to ride the air

And tweak the reindeer’s manes!


Ella Elf, Ella Elf

Jingle on your way!

Naughty one you watch yourself,

Or you won’t see Santa’s sleigh!

Ella spies her mop

She mounts for one more ride,

All hear a great big pop

She falls and hurts her pride;

Toys fly from Santa’s sack

Such mischief in the air,

A Teddy bear lands on its back

There’s havoc everywhere!

Ella Elf, Ella Elf,

Jingle on your way!

Naughty one you watch yourself,

Or you won’t see Santa’s sleigh!

Chief Elf yells that’s enough

Of Ella’s pranks and games,

He struts off in a huff

But Ella shows no shame;

Ella looks around

Her eyes meet angry glares,

The other elves take Ella down

And plop her on the stairs!


Ella Elf, Ella Elf,

Jingle on your way,

Naughty one you watch yourself,

Or you won’t see Santa’s sleigh!

Santa stern and cross

Calls Ella to his side,

He lets her know who’s boss

She shrinks and tries to hide;

I’ve been a naughty elf

Not who I want to be,

Please let me show you my kind self

An elf you’ll want to see!


Ella Elf, Ella Elf,

Jingle on your way,

Naughty one you’ve proved yourself,

You’ll ride in Santa’s sleigh!

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

63 thoughts on “Ella Elf – Holiday Writing Contest

  1. Enjoyable to see, elvin naughty glee, what will Santa do with her, when elves his helpers be? Learning santa’s rules, is task that must be done; a little elf must love to work whilst also having fun!

    OH! Can’t get the help, not the help, not how it used to be; training elves apprenticeships is such a mystery; not like in my day, when elves were good and gay, now rebelling in the ranks demanding perks and play!


    And…as Mary Poppins might say: “Really!”


  2. This is, as Mary Poppins would say: ” Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” This is amazing Pat. Love, love, love it.
    LOL… I laughed out loud at Niamh’s follow on from your amazing Lyrics. Very cool!


  3. I’m so glad you wrote in rhyme Pat! Cute and funny, just like your naughty elf. Must get to Susanna’s and read some more.


  4. More! We want more poetry from you! This was WONDERFUL, DELIGHTFUL, and full of mischievious FUN. I so loved it. Please don’t stop rhyming.


  5. Ella Elf, Ella Elf. I can’t get it out of my head 🙂 I enjoyed this naughty little elf and the trouble she got into, and I enjoyed it when she revealed her kind self. Children would get a kick out of this tale.


  6. It’s Elf on the Shelf come to life! How fun! 🙂 I love the alliterative name. And that Santa has her shaking in her little elfin shoes with barely a word. Cute story, and Christmas message for mischievious little ones.


  7. Many have written variations on Jingle bells like you. I guess it lends itself to it. I admire anyone who can make a ryhme or poem. I love your take on it. I think it is so imaginative to have a naughty elf! thanks for sharing. 🙂


  8. Ha! Ella Elf is such a little troublemaker :•) Very fun, Pat! I’m glad she changed her ways & got to ride in the sleigh!
    I’m just making my way around to read all the entries! I’m having a blast.
    Merry Christmas <|||-


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