Contest Winner Blog: The Greatest Christmas Present Ever by Lia Booz

Our summer writing contest has come to an end, and we are so excited to share the winning entries! If you missed our grand prize winner’s story, you can read it here.

To all those who had daughters enter a story, we hope that this was a great experience for you both. Thank you for helping her use her creativity in this way! We saw some absolutely fantastic entries, and it was so difficult to narrow it down to our winners. We hope that this contest encouraged the next generation of writers to create stories with a purpose, because what we read matters! Our runner-up in the 7-9 year old category is Lia Booz! We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did.


About the Author:

Lia Monet Booz is 9 years old and just finished 3rd grade. Her journey to becoming a writer has been difficult, but worthwhile. Spelling and handwriting have not come easily, but she works on them faithfully and is growing at her own pace. Inspired by reading high quality books and listening to interviews of well-known authors, she decided to try writing a story of her own. She worked diligently every day, writing a little bit of her story until it was complete. Lia loves playing the violin, playing with her sisters and brothers, and spending lots of time with friends.


The Greatest Christmas Present Ever

It was a sunny day and the leaves on the trees were brown, red, and gold. I was about to feed our friendly brown cat, Lucy, when I accidentally dropped the cat food all over the porch. I collapsed to the ground and started to cry. I asked myself, “Why did I have to do that? It’s going to take me forever to clean this up!”


I was flopped face-down on the porch, but Lucy was happily munching her food. My mom came out and said, “Sweden, you’re 10 years old and you’ve already melted down 5 times today.” She sat me up, brushed my long brown hair out of my eyes and said, “Please stop crying.”


I said, “I don’t want to melt down, but I don’t know how to stop myself. It’s almost as if there’s something in me making me lose my patience and give up. I need someone to help me.”


“Well,” said Mom, “I’ll help you clean up and while we do, we can talk about why you keep melting down and how Jesus can help you to have self-control and peace.”



The trees lost their leaves, the air grew colder and it was almost Christmas Eve. I was in my room trying to choose an outfit for our special Christmas Eve service at church. I just couldn’t decide between my 2 favorite dresses: a velvety-green dress with a green silk sash or a fluffy pink dress with a white bow at the waist. I flopped down on the bed and started to cry and cry. Finally, my mom came upstairs and I told her that I couldn’t decide between the 2 dresses. It was a silly reason to melt down, but I just couldn’t help it. My mom dried my eyes, picked a dress for me – the velvety-green one – and we headed off to church.


We arrived at the church and everything looked so magical. Gold and silver tapestries hung on the wall, a beautiful wreath with candles hung on the door, and a tall Christmas tree stood in the corner with lots of beautiful ornaments. A simple, wooden manger sat under the tree.


We sang carols and listened to a sermon. Then it was time to sing the very last song, “Silent Night”. We turned off the lights and lit candles. When we started to sing, I felt a strange feeling and then I started to cry. My dad asked why I was crying and I told him, “I just feel that I really need Jesus.” I asked him if we could go out into the foyer where he helped me pray to ask Jesus into my heart.


When I came back into the sanctuary, I felt happier and much more peaceful than I did before.


The next morning, we woke up early and went to see if my mom and dad were awake. It was Christmas Day and I couldn’t wait to go downstairs and open up the presents. My sister gave me a little brown stuffed puppy and my parents gave me a pair of walkie-talkies and a toy bow and arrow. After we opened all of our presents, my mom said, “Sweden, why don’t you clean up all of the wrapping paper? I’ll go get breakfast out of the oven.”


I felt like I was about to melt down because there was so much wrapping paper: red wrapping paper was crumpled all over the couch, striped wrapping paper was sprawled all over the floor, bows and ribbons dangled from the Christmas tree branches and were scattered all over the room. I thought, “This is going to take forever if I do it all by myself!’ Then, I remembered that I wasn’t alone and I prayed, “Jesus, please help me not to melt down and to do this job well.” I got to work and cleaned up the room. I realized that I didn’t have to melt down every time something went wrong or seemed hard. With Jesus’ help, I could stop myself.


I put the last bit of wrapping paper into the trash bag and went into the kitchen for my delicious breakfast.


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