Hogwart the hedgehog sniffed the air.
Then she stretched herself out until she looked ever so long,
And let out a big yawn.
She opened her eyes and looked around.
It was just after supper time.
The smell of turkey & mashed potatoes was in the air.
Yummm. She licked her lips.
“There you are, Hogwart,” Jason said.
“I was afraid you might sleep through Christmas.”
What is Christmas, Hogwart wondered.
Jason reached into Hogwart’s cage and picked her up.
Hogwart didn’t like being picked up. She did like Jason.
He always gave her treats and played with her.
Jason put Hogwart on the floor.
She ran over to sniff the big green thing that had
appeared in the house a week ago.
It smelled nice, and it glowed.
“Hogwart, be careful of the Christmas tree.
It is not safe for you to play with.”
More of this Christmas stuff. What could it be?
Hogwart climbed into a box that held a warm sweater.
She tried to nestle into it, but Jennifer picked her up.
“No Hogwart, that is my sweater, not yours.”
I don’t care, I just want to sleep on it, Hogwart thought.
Then Hogwart started to run through the wrapping paper and bows.
This is fun, she though, and so pretty.
She found a candy cane, all wrapped up, and tried to figure out how to open it.
“No Hogwart, that is my candy cane.”
I just wanted to taste it, Hogwart thought.
Then Hogwart smelled something especially yummy.
She ran over to a pretty package. She couldn’t see in it.
It wasn’t opened like all the others.
Hogwart looked at Jason & Jennifer and they were smiling at her.
“Go ahead and open it! That one is yours, Hogwart.”
Hogwart sniffed it and licked it and then she bit at the paper.
When it came off, Hogwart had a box of crickets!
Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Hogwart liked them better than ice cream.
“Merry Christmas Hogwart!” Jason and Jennifer said.
Oh, this is Christmas, Hogwart thought.
It is when people are extra nice to each other
And trees come indoors to keep away from the cold.
Christmas is making everything pretty.
Christmas is happiness and love.
Christmas is crickets.
* The use of the name Hogwart in no way indicates a connection to J.K. Rowling or her works.