The Season's Greetings

By Akilia, age 14, Oklahoma

"Christmas happens only once a year, my dear," said my grandmother.

Asleep in the night tucked into bed tight, but something's racking my mind; I have the need to write. As I get out of bed I scratch my head, wondering where have I put my book. I see pens and paper, that's all I need to keep my mind at ease. Writing with a passion my words on this paper I start to notice it's much later. I scrawl my last words on the pad; as I start to go back to bed I hear someone yelling at my dad.

"You shouldn't do that, you know; they'll never believe it's real."

"Oh shush! Before you wake them, I know it's real because that I can feel deep down in my heart."

After that I really couldn't sleep, and being me I really wanted to peep, but I couldn't, I wouldn't ruin my father's surprise, so then I wrote till sunrise, and then my little brother comes in, screaming and yelling, "Christmas is here! It's really here! Hurray!"

It's true, it is here, and there, heck Christmas is everywhere. As I walk slowly down the stairs, barefooted and dog tired. When I enter the living room with a thud, I notice random people there, but this one guy is a stud. As I go over and start to mingle my grandmother asks me to sing a Christmas jingle. I sing and I yell then I hear some Christmas bells. I notice them from anywhere, not the fake golden ones you'd usually see, silver as silver can be; an amazing song these did play - I'll never forget them to this day.

Then I realized our surprise - my father bought me a puppy! He barked at the cute boy and daddy even bought him a squeaky toy! This Christmas I'll never forget, it was the one pet I ever did get. That year was the best, I got everything and nothing less. I got everything on my list.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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