December has arrived in Greenbearshire! This month is full of celebrations, including the celebrations of Solstice, Yule, Christmas, and New Year’s. The Greenbearshire Holiday Planning and Organizational Committee has been quite busy. The members have gathered in the Village Marquee to begin the decorating! Ernest Evergreen (who, in certain circles. is also known as “Boris”) placed the garland without any difficulty, but the lights have been giving him just a slight bit of trouble.
Eventually, the lights are sorted and Ernest, whose hobby is ladder-climbing, heads to the top of the marquee! Primrose, whose hobby is worrying about Ernest while he climbs ladders, can not help but be concerned.
As Ernest always says, decorating builds a healthy appetite. Luckily for him, the Thistlethorns donate some pizzas from their new pizza parlour for all the hungry volunteers.
Freya, who is full of holiday spirit, eats three whole pieces, then makes her way to the stage to belt out a few holiday songs at top volume.
Everyone is happy to join in, and before long, Peter and Barbara Polaris arrive with plenty of colas.
Freya quickly drinks her cola and then a few more, to be sure really liked it as much as she thought she did. Soon she is filled with holiday spirit, caffeine, and sugar! She bounces back up on stage, yells “Hop to it, everyone! This Yuletide spirit isn’t going to spread itself!” She then launches into a surprisingly rambunctious version of “White Christmas”, complete with triangle solo.
After everyone is sure any recently acquired hearing damage is not permanent, it is time to begin decorating the tree!
Freya bounces up the ladder to place the star at the very top of the tree. There was some concern that this was not the safest choice, but you should never underestimate a caffeinated rabbit on a mission.
Taylor and Rose Timbertop bring out drinks, biscuits, chips, and all manner of tasty treats while Freya is distracted with the tree.
Soon after, the village toymaker, Edward Mulberry, arrives with the first batch of presents to place under the tree. Bramble graciously agreed to pull the heavy cart. He is even able to give Billy and Nancy Brightfield, who run the village post office, a ride! They are very grateful, as the mailbag is particularly heavy today.
A certain rabbit who is now deep into a packet of biscuits, is overcome with excitement and bounces into the cart!
Postman Brightfield is happy to deliver packages and envelopes to all the villagers gathered at the Marquee. His mailbag is bursting with holiday letters!
To show their gratitude to Bramble for pulling the heavy cart, the committee members give him a whole pizza! All the villagers are very grateful to horses for their hard work.
Ernest and Primrose decide to take Freya outside so she can use up her extra energy. She builds a Snowvanian in a record 20 seconds!
Finally, everything is ready. Edward places the gifts under the tree while Stilton and Rosemary Bouquet hang the wreaths and mistletoe. They don’t miss the opportunity for a kiss!
Everyone is happy and excited, except for one little owlet. Grumpy Treefellow is usually a little, well, grumpy. “I don’t like holiday fun!”, he hoots.
Although that comes to a end rather quickly when he spots the big pile of books his mother has placed under the tree for him and his siblings! “But, I LOVE books!”, he hoots, looking over the pile.
Happy Solstice, Yule, New Year and Merry Christmas from everyone in Greenbearshire!