A Christmas story for kids.
You’ll love this funny story because everyone loves stories with witches, villains and magic.
Christmas in Ballyyahoo is usually one of those times where everything goes right for everybody.
Tasty food is cooked, presents are exchanged, dances and parties are held and everybody has a wonderful time.
I say usually because last Christmas everything changed.
It started well…
Food was being prepared, decorations were up.
Parties were going on and even Kevin and Gerry weren’t up to any mischief.
However, they were both feeling a little disappointed.
You see the Witch of Ballyyahoo had made them deputies so that they could help her with the fight against crime in Ballyyahoo.
The boys thought their days of boredom would be over.
As newly appointed deputies they thought they would be flying around Ballyyahoo on broomsticks, turning burglars into toads and turning toads into giant packets of crisps!
But that’s not what happened.
After they turned a bowl of vegetable soup into a bowl of bubbling, chocolate soup, Biddy the witch wouldn’t give them any more spells.
She said they’d get sugar-rot of the teeth and stomach, and that they’d end up so unfit that the criminals would run rings round them.
The witch said it would be far better for Gerry and Kevin to learn their witchcraft slowly, surely, and very, very carefully.
Still, with Christmas coming up the boys got over their disappointment and rode their bikes into the centre of town where the Ballyyahoo Christmas hooley. was taking place.
In case you don’t know a hooley is a party – only better.
Ballyyahooians know how to hooley and the Ballyyahoo Christmas hooley starts at lunchtime and ends at teatime – just in time for everyone to go home and wrap their presents.
The best thing about this year’s hooley was the music.
Maggie Many Cats runs the disco and she made huge speakers out of a pile of wooden pallets and some old tin bins.
The music was so loud that some said it makes the telephone poles rattle in County Clare.
Seanie Kelly who runs the town shop is always a big hit with his home-made instruments.
This year he played the bin-lids, the rusty saw, the poker, and coal shovel, and of course, the very popular rake and wheelbarrow.
There was only one mishap and that was when Gerry’s mum, Dymphna was Zumba dancing backwards down the table.
She slipped on a turkey and stuffing sandwich. As she went flying off the end of the table she grabbed Christmas tree.
Luckily, a nice elderly lady called Biddy managed to catch her.
Everyone was amazed that a woman Biddy’s age was strong and fast enough to catch Dymphna in one hand and save the Christmas tree with the other.
But then none of them, apart from Gerry and Kevin, knew that Biddy wasn’t an ordinary woman, Biddy was a witch.
Their favourite show, Scary Bog Monsters Christmas Special was on the TV.
Santa and Rudolph arrived in Ballyyahoo shortly after Kevin and Gerry got home.
Now you might think this is a good thing.
Well, it would have been a good thing.
But it wasn’t.
Santa and Rudolph were not what they seemed.
Could Kevin and Gerry save Christmas in Ballyyahoo?
Read it and find out.