The Giggle

Once upon a time in a faraway forest where the trees grew soooooooo tall and the branches almost touched the sky, lived a….
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!
Now nobody knows where the Giggle came from. The bunnies said the Giggle was left behind when a family had a picnic.
“No!” the snapping turtle snapped. “It was forgotten by a pair of sweethearts who carved their initials in an oak tree.”
“You are both wrong,” the wise old owl told them. “The Giggle has been here since the tallest oak tree was just a tiny little acorn.”
And, oh, how the forest creatures loved the Giggle! It made spring greener, summer brighter, autumn crisper and winter, well it made winter absolutely hilarious!!!
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!
Late one December night all the woodland creatures gathered in a clearing to play games. Suddenly they hear a noise in the sky! They looked up and saw something falling, falling, falling and when it landed it made a great big splat.
When all the dust cleared they saw a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. But this was not a beautiful sleigh, oh no. It was weathered and the paint had peeled away. The runners were all rusty. And the reindeer were sad and worn out. Climbing out of the sleigh was a little old man in a dirty brown suit.
The animals jumped back. They were afraid because Man only came to the forest to hunt and kill. But the Giggle—
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!
–gave them courage to step forward.
“Whoooooooooooo are you?” the wise old owl asked.
The little old man took his hat in hand and smiled.
“My name is Santa Claus. I love children so much I make toys for them every Christmas. But the world has become such a mean and scary place that even my toys can’t make them happy. But I hear that you have a special friend who lives in forest.”
The Giggle had been quiet so long it thought it was going to bust!
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!
Santa looked up and pointed his finger.
“That’s it! The Giggle! I need the Giggle to make the children happy again!”
“Oh no!” the bunnies cried, “You can’t take our friend the Giggle!”
The coyotes bared their teeth and growled.
The snake hissed, “The Giggle isssssss oursssssss!”
“Go get your own Giggle!” the snapping turtle snapped.
But the Giggle—
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!
–got louder—
–and louder—
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–and louder—
–And when the Giggle was finished, the sleigh was a bright green! And the runners were a glistening black! And the reindeer were happy, healthy, snorting and raring to go!
And Santa—well, Santa was dressed in red and white from his head to his feet. He went—
–Because the Giggle…
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!
…lifted him off the ground and plopped him into the sleigh off they all flew around the world delivering toys to all the girls and boys. And the Giggle dried the tears from their eyes so they could be happy for Christmas.
But back in the forest, the woodland creatures were sad. They missed their friend the Giggle. The wise old owl, cocked his head.
“Hush! I think I hear something.”
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!
The Giggle could not tease his friends by hiding any longer. You see, the Giggle could be with Santa delivering presents around the world and still be in the forest playing with animals at the same time.
And they were so happy! The bunnies flipped with glee. The coyotes howled with joy. And the snapping turtle did a silly little dance.
But the wise old owl knew that the Giggle was for everyone and was everywhere. All you had to do was want the Giggle, and it was there.
Here’s hoping your home will be filled with giggles too!
Teeee hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee!

Author’s Note: I’m taking Christmas week off to visit my grandchildren. I hope we have lots of giggles. If you have time from your giggles, please check my archives to catch up on some of my other stories.

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