“On the first day of Christmas,” Minnie sang, “my mommy gave to me: a carp in an underwater tree.”

Edgar smiled at Carla. “This should get interesting.” (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Turkey Day and Genius Air. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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Note: Today’s characters previously appeared in Edgar and the Lake Monster, Secret Valentine, I’z Fishing, A Minnie-ature Leak, Minnie-Winterization, A Home for Wally Gator, Minnie-ature Opera, Minnie and the Leaf Peepers, Camera-Shy Minnie, Minnie’s Iceberg, and Minnie-Sauna.

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“Not really,” Minnie said. “I don’t have any more verses.”

“Don’t lake monsters celebrate holidays?” Carla asked.

Minnie nodded her foot-long neck. “Sure we do. There’s Beaster. That’s when we celebrate the first multi-celled life rising up out of the deep. My favorite is Saloween, because we get salmon and salamanders.”

Carla’s mouth twisted. “I see. That sounds … umm….”

“The salmon sounds good,” Edgar said. “We’re not much on salamanders.”

“They’re just snacks,” Minnie said. “Like chocolate.”

“Yes,” Carla agreed, “except for being completely different.”

Minnie raised a flipper. “Exactly!”

“But you have no Christmassy holiday?” Edgar asked.

“The lake is usually frozen by then,” Minnie said. “Like that song, ‘I’m Dreaming of a Dark Christmas.'”

“It’s ‘White Christmas,'” Carla said. “Coz snow is white.”

Minnie looked at Carla. “Not if you’re under it.”

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