Once upon a time, in a land full of white, there lived a little girl and her Mama and Sasa. This little girl loved the snow more than anything. She was good friends with King Winter, and often asked him to make it snow "more and more!" every night before falling asleep. Even Jack Frost often visited her house, leaving behind frost flowers and icicles on the windows. One night, the little girl asked King Winter for a shiny new red sled. She knew that King Winter's gnomes and elves made sleds, ice skates, and skis for good little girls and boys. So the little one sat on her bed one night, looking out into the winter night sky, and said, "Please King Winter. Please bring me a shiny new red sled so I can go sledding."
And when she awoke the next morning, the little girl found a sled by the front door, covered in Jack Frost's flowers. The little girl quickly woke her Mama and Sasa and they all bundled up in their winter gear and headed outside.
Sasa pulled the little girl on her new red sled all the way to Snow Hill. Snow Hill was a magical hill behind their house where the winter fairies lived. When they reached the hill, Sasa and the little girl climbed onto the sled, and with a big push from the winter fairies, they went speeding down the hill faster and faster giggling all the way. They went so fast and so far that they almost went right into the stream, but the winter fairies stopped the sled just in time.
Sasa gave the winter fairies a break and pulled the little girl all the way back up the hill. And they went again and again and again! And Mama took many turns too.
When they were finally too tired and hungry to sled anymore, they thanked the winter fairies with some red berries. The winter fairies said goodbye and promised to help them out again on their next trip to Snow Hill.
The little girl stood on top of the hill and shouted, "Thank you King Winter!" King Winter smiled in his snow cave. Then Mama, Sasa, and the little girl went home and warmed up with some hot cocoa, buttered toast, and cozy blankets, still smiling at all the fun they had.
(We enjoyed a lovely morning full of sledding this past week. I hope you enjoyed my story of the day!)