So, in keeping with a tradition that I declare has just begun, and which I will no doubt regret inventing in the years to come, Christmas story!
This time, by Jeanette Winterson. This is from her story, 'The Lion, the Unicorn and Me' published today in The Times:
The angel wrote it down.
Then it was my turn.
“He'll make as ass of himself,” whispered the Lion.
I did. I am. A proper ass. Present position: underdonkey. Previous history: Small underdonkey. Special Strength: Can carry anything anywhere. Weaknesses: not beautiful, not well-bred, not important, not clever, not noticed, not won any prizes...
The Angel wrote it down, and down, and down.
Then the Angel gave us a tie-breaker. Could we say, in one sentence, why we were right for the job?
I love donkeys.
(This is where I should be doing that meme about so many things you didn't know about me. Donkeys are my favourite animals. So now you know.)Go read.
Last year's story here.