Pre-wrapped gifts are essential, or her little darling will pitch a fit.
She shoulders the door open, her arms stretched around sparkling presents, hoping this will be the last gift run of the year.
She hears a tiny voice singing by the fir tree, plucking each word, “You better watch out.”
Unloading her packages on the floor, she glances at her blotchy-faced, wild-eyed child, whose ruddy fingers like tentacles clutch the nearest branch, corrupting the evergreen with an insatiable, yellowing appetite, as the little darling jabs at gifts with a candy cane, shaking the tree with each word—mine, mine.
(Written for the Advent Ghost Story Fest)