Supernatural Stories

Christmas Gift

A Florida Folktale 

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

Away down South, an old custom dictates that if someone comes up to you on Christmas Day and says "Christmas gift" before y'all do, why y'all are obliged to give that person a present. Mind you, the custom does not say what sort of present y'all should give! But those of us who hail from the South consider ourselves to be gentlefolk. The gifts given and received in this manner are good enough to keep the custom alive and well.

Now, this is not to say that this custom does not have its drawbacks. Why, the Devil himself got a hold of the eastern coast of Florida in this manner! The Devil, being a canny fellow, knew that God was walking about Florida one Christmas Day, so he hid himself behind a stump. When the Lord came strolling by, the Devil jumped out real fast and said: "Christmas gift!" And the Lord, being as fine a Southern gentleman as you could meet, held up to his end of the custom and told the Devil, "You can have the east coast," and continued his stroll. So now the Devil plays hurricane games with the east coast of Florida whenever it pleases him.


You can read a longer version of this story in Spooky South by S.E. Schlosser.



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i love your story !you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

whooo whooot we love this!(:

yeah, it does make sence acually.
i love it its a really lovely story youve wriiten
im all the way from london by the way


so THAt'S why there are always hurricains in Florida...

Great Story!

awsome legend


it was funny

i liked it

Funny... I was born and raised in the South, still live in the South, and I have never heard of this...

There are a few phrases we often use that this story brings to mind. For the sake of politeness, I will use 'pulling your leg' as an example...

omg im glad i live farther north!

good story i like it.It was funny!

i love this story im useing it for a folk tale project your so alwsom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thats cool!!!!!!!!!!! But weird to .....Now i don't want to go to east florida IM SCARED!!!!!!!! *shivers*

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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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