Write about a family adapting a holiday tradition to take place over video chat.
Posted in Holiday on Jun 6, 2021
Submissions are closed
Sorry, we are not accepting submissions for this prompt as it is not part of an active contest. Make sure you don't miss our next contest by creating your free Reedsy Prompts account.
Or create a new Reedsy account:
Why not check out our active contest?
✍️ 60 stories
“A Virtual Tradition” by ✯𝐋𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚 𝐋𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫✯
Title: A Virtual TraditionAuthor: HaripriyaAuthors Note: Hello everyone! I wish you all a happy Saturday! Other than the previous one, this story is a bit more traditional, yet still cheerful and happy. During these tough, challenging times, we might have a negative mindset. But please remember that this won't be permanent. Everyone is working together to solve this! But there are always other solutions we could do which are just as effective as being together, a...
“Elephant Day” by Amiable Sorceress
Cleaning up confetti sucks. It sticks to everything; the fold-out couch, ancient desk drawers, and the neatly stacked boxes by the front door. Bits of chocolate is smeared on the tabletop, and plastic cups lie in disarray all over the tiled floor. “Martha Jean, you are late for school; again.” The moody teenager stalked out of the room, a raspberry tart still wedged halfway o...
“Grief and Grandma” by . .
"Hi!! How're you guys doing?" I said, struggling to make my voice heard over the sounds of everyone else. My words echoed through my aunt's audio, and I could hear her saying "What? What'd she say?" to my baby cousin George. I couldn't remember the last time I'd seen her in person, a year or two ago. It had been at grandpa's funeral, and she had been very drunk. "Hey Maisie, come on over here. Come o...
“Turkey Day Planning” by Mustang Patty
At least once a week, Heather called her mother so they could chat. The tradition was long-standing, and sometimes they talked for almost an hour, and other weeks, it was just fifteen or twenty minutes, but it was the best they could do. And Heather knew that for her mother, it was a lifeline. Heather and her husband, JC, were career airmen in the Air Force. Heather only had a few more years left...
“Weird” by Kathleen Doidge
“This feels weird,” Stephanie mumbled, yanking her pudgy hand out of the mayonnaise jar.Mom chuckled, the red recording light of her camera blinking off. She leaned back, watching the footage over and over.Stephanie rolled her eyes and stretched the gooey arm as far away from her as possible. Mayonnaise sticks to everything. Nothing is sacred to that slimy white spread.She waltzed over to the sink, standing on her tippy toes to throw the water on full blast. Mom glanced up, daggers in her gaze.
“Her last wish” by 🕊 🎀 𝒱𝒶𝓇𝓈𝒽𝒶 𝒱𝒾𝓂𝒶𝓁 🎀 🕊
I had always been alone in this world. I have never felt loved before because I didn’t have anyone who loved me. My parents had died in a fire, I would have as well but I had been saved by a kind young woman. She took me with her since I had no one to go to. I later found out that she runs an orphanage. That’s what I was... an orphan. Christmas was around the corner when I could almost smell the warm, hot chocolate warming my hands with sticky marshmallows melting in the heat. Every year during the holidays us orphans would be given gifts...
“The True Tradition” by Marissa Yates
At the conclusion of meeting #379, Jane covered her webcam, turned off her speakers, and dropped her head into her hands. It was the same every time. These video meetings left her drained and emotional, questioning every word she said, every half-heard phrase, every glitchy movement from her coworkers. It was difficult enough to work from home when communication in companies was so poor, but to add a video meeting to the mix was almost too much for her to handle. At least it’s just for work. And they’re usually ...
“You're on mute!” by Lily Rebecca 🐰🐾
"You're on mute!" I find myself repeating these words over and over again. My coworker sits there looking at the screen with a confused face. "The little red button with a white stripe through it," I try to guide him as to where it is. He still looks confused. "You know what? I'll just call you," I hang up the skype call and grab out my phone. It's 6:24. I have half an hour until my family video chat and I have on...
“Christmas in our hearts” by Ricabie Gabriela
The holiday season varies in different parts of the world with many traditions probably similar to your own, and others very different. In my country, here in Philippines, during this season, my family , relatives and friends always have a reunion to be remembered. However, time comes when clash and misunderstanding between families start. It is inevitable and part of life. And still no matter what happened, we're family...
“The Year of Know Thanks” by Tim Law
“Dad! Dad! No… Arrrrrgggg!!” Jarod yelled at the screen. So far the Zoom call was not going well. “Hey! Marie! Can you see this? It’s Jarod! I’ve got Jarod on the screen!” called back Jarod’s father, Jim. “Hey buddy! I can see ya… Can you see me?” “No Dad,” Jarod groaned. “You have the camera setting wrong… I can see Mum and she is not finished getting dressed…” “Oh, right,” chuckled Jarod’s f...
“A Distant Thanks” by Tessa Takzikab
“Mom, we can’t eat an entire turkey!”“Honey, it’s Thanksgiving. We always make the turkey.”It was a bit late to say that when my mother was prepping the marinade, but between the two of us, there was absolutely no way we could finish it.“Okay, what about the other dishes? Are we making cranberry sauce? Or pumpkin ...
“Mama's Dinner Suprise” by Sue Marsh
Mama’s Dinner Surprise Suzanne Marsh “Mama, come on, please hurry it up! They are almost set up for your segment of the dinner.” Our family was determined to enjoy our ‘normal’ family Thanksgiving, with or without our all being together. COVID19 was not going to ruin our day or meal. Mama, who absolutely hated having her picture taken had reluctantly agreed to a vide...
“Dog Scents ” by James Offenha
Normally, when we take out the food, he’s happy and wagging his tail. He stares at the screen blankly, like a deer after it’s been shot by a hunter, but still ain’t dead. Pub hears the voices of his family, but doesn’t smell anything. See, dogs sense the world through smell. A dog with no smell ain’t never happy. So, I got me a little dish with a turkey sandwich, a little green bea...
“Its me, Marlee ” by Djuanna Lester
“It’s me, Marlee.” I looked into the glitching screen, trying to find a face. One of many faces that I’ve missed since the summer. Spending your summer in Utani’s desolate prison sucks. Well, it’s not technically a prison. More like a hideaway house where no one can find me except the two cops I live with now. Mr. and Mrs. Sinns. They’ve allowed me to use a tablet for the day to call my family. At least...
“Out of a Solitary Planet” by GRACE LARSON
When I was a child, time always seemed to slow down before Christmas. I remember how the days seemed to drag then, filled with waiting, and hoping, and waiting again. Then too, there was the suspense - this might be the year Santa doesn’t come, I probably shouldn’t have hit my sister, etc. But my small fears were always swallowed up in the overwhelming joy of Christmas morning. I always woke up before my sister, in the cold, pale hour before dawn when no one else in the house was yet awake. I remem...
🌟 Similar prompts
Enter our weekly contest!
This week's theme: Ties That Bind
Ended on 23:59 - Nov 27, 2020 EST
Won by Kate Le Roux 🏆
Title: To the Lowly DoveView details
Win $250 in our short story competition 🏆
We'll send you 5 prompts each week. Respond with your short story and you could win $250!
Tired of MS Word?
Join the revolution and write your book in a tool designed for authors. 🙌
Includes FREE typesetting to print-ready PDF & EPUB files, track changes and collaborative editing.