Tom and Jerry's Merry Christmas
Ninth Printing, 1973
This starts out the way all Tom and Jerry escapades start, they are trying to outsmart each other.
Jerry wanted to get some goodies from the kitchen and the Christmas tree for Christmas morning.
But, Tom was standing guard outside the mousehole. Jerry had his little friend, Tuffy, create a distraction while he filled a pillowcase with candy, nuts and stuffed dates. Crash-splash! Jerry knocked a bowl filled with cranberry sauce to the floor. Tom came running, but Jerry escaped into the mousehole with his goodies.
During the night, Tuffy tiptoed to the Christmas tree and got a little drum for Jerry. Then, Jerry tiptoed out and got a little horn from the tree for Tuffy.
Before he returned to his mousehole, he saw Tom sneak and shove a beautiful mouse-sized tree, all trimmed with bits of popcorn and tasty cheese, and tiny candy beads, into the mousehole. He heard Tom murmur, "oh well, Christmas comes but once a year - "
Later, Jerry tied a red ribbon around a can of sardines and propped it against Tom's bowl, it made a most wonderful present!
The book ends with Tom Cat, Jerry and Tuffy grinning from ear to ear, playing and singing in harmony:
"A very merry Christmas to ALL!"
The story tells us all that if Tom and Jerry can be friends, anyone can.
Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.