Excerpt From “The Runaway Christmas Tree” by d. washington-jones

“The Runaway Christmas Tree” is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. The story begins when the Kent family decides to have a real Christmas tree this year and will not, in any way, settle for an artificial one. The family travels to Nick’s Magic Christmas Tree Grove where they can pick and chop down their very own tree. While there, they purchase a tree that they appear to be magically drawn to, but at the same time, they get a little more than what they bargained for. They wanted a real tree, but exactly how does one define “real”? That is precisely what the Kent family is about to find out!


“It’s a fine day in the grove,” Nick said to the tree’s mother and father as they watched the family get closer and closer.

“Stand up straight!” The tree’s mother said. “You’ll never be chosen this Christmas if you continue to slouch.”

“He’ll never be ready,” the tree’s father told Nick as the family got even closer.

“Oh, I think he will,” said Nick, giving the little tree a loving pat on his back bristles.

“And what about the code?” The tree’s father persisted.

“He’ll do just fine,” Nick retorted. “Don’t worry. And I’ll be here if he needs me.”

“Why do I have to become a Christmas tree any way?” The young tree asked with a


“Because it is what you were grown to do,” his mother whispered, straightening out his bristles.

“Douglas Elmwood Pine the 3rd, I won’t have such talk under my sky, young man,” his father said sternly. “Your grandfather was an extraordinary Christmas tree, and although I have never been chosen, I have always wanted something better for you.”


d. washington-jones was born in Lena, Louisiana to Oliver and Gertrude Washington. She has taught business and economics courses for over 20 years. “The Runaway Christmas Tree” is her first book, but she has also published articles in her field. She has won awards in education from the Police Jury, the Black Heritage Committee, the Mayor’s Office and the City of Natchitoches. In 1994-1996, she wrote a religious column for her local newspaper. She has also written business plans and seminars. “The Runaway Christmas Tree” is published as an ebook on Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles.


2 Responses to “Excerpt From “The Runaway Christmas Tree” by d. washington-jones”

  1. Sheila Deeth Says:

    Sounds fun! Heading off to buy a tree soon.

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