Wee Christmas Story: Gingerbread Zen

Merry Christmas! 

If the year 2020 was a Netflix show it would be described as:

  • Quirky (sourdough starters much?)
  • Brutal (on so many levels)
  • (at times) Sweet (Biden/Harris won!)







My gift to you is a wee Christmas story that could also be described as:

  • Quirky (Bob)
  • Brutal (food gets eaten)
  • (at times) Sweet (it involves frosting, so yeah)

Because, you know, it's still 2020.

(But at least there are some meditative elements.)

So pour yourself a cup of whatever will get you through the waning days of the year and enjoy a bit of Gingerbread Zen!

Picture Credit
  “Ho-Ho-Perfecto!  You will be the perfect midnight snack for Santa.”  

Mrs. Claus carefully placed the doughy gingerbread men on 

a cookie sheet. “Into the oven you go, my little Perfectos!”

   “Did you guys hear that? We’re the perfect gingerbread men!”  

    Gingerbread Bob looked around the cookie sheet.  

The other half-baked gingerbread men chanted:

    We’re rolled out flat,

    cut to look like men.

    Soon we’ll be eaten,

    time to get Zen.


    Bob didn’t hear their song.  He was too busy admiring his 

perfection. “Look at my stout legs and thick arms. I am one tough 


    Ding! Once baked and cooled, Mrs. Claus frosted each cookie from 

head to toe.  When it was Bob’s turn, he reveled in the cool creaminess 

of the frosting as it oozed over his smooth terra-cotta skin.  

“This frosting feels perfect,” said Bob.

    “Treats for my sweet!” Mrs. Claus arranged the cookies 

on a plate with Bob on the top of the pile.  

    “Look at me, perfect as can be,” said Bob.

    At midnight a shadowy, round figure entered the kitchen 

shaking snow from his boots.  

“Ho-Ho-Ho! Treats from my sweet!” Santa Claus bellowed.

    Bob wriggled with excitement as Santa carried the plate 

to his comfy spot on the couch. “I’m so excited the big man 

is going to see my perfectly frosted…”

    But the gingerbread men under and around Bob interrupted 

his revelry. They chanted again:

    We’re rolled out flat,

    cut to look like men.

    Soon we’ll be eaten,

    time to get really Zen.


     “Wait, what did you guys say?  We are about to be eaten?”  

    “O-o-o-o-o-o-o-m!” was their reply.

    Bob shook.  A huge hand took the cookie to his left. 

“Eek!” Bob squeaked. 

    A big thumb bumped Bob’s bum as Santa took the cookie to his right. 

Bob yelped, “Help!”

    Then Bob remembered his pan-mates’ mantra and tapped into 

his inner Gingerbread Zen. 

“O-o-o-o-o-o-o-m!” he hummed.

    Santa picked up Bob.  With a twinkle in his eye he said, 

“Ho-Ho-Perfecto! You are the perfect gingerbread man!”

    Bob smiled and embraced his fate.  “I am perfect,” Bob mumbled 

as he crumbled in Santa’s mouth. O-o-o-o-o-o-o-m…GULP.

©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.



 Hosting this holiday Poetry Friday party is a gift 

in the poetry world, Irene Latham.



michelle kogan said...

Glad those Gingerbread men know about the art of “O-o-o-o-o-o-o-m! Zen" for down the hatch they gooooo… Fun story-poem Bridget! Happiest of Holidays to you and your family!

Linda Mitchell said...

oh, my gosh....this is hysterical. You must have been giggling as you wrote it. Poor Bob. But, Oooooooooom! A delightful treat. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Liz Steinglass said...

Ha! I really thought he'd get away! Merry Christmas!

Irene Latham said...

What fun! Glad Bob could find his zen before being eaten. Merry Christmas, this quirky brutal sweet 2020!

Linda B said...

Perhaps "Oops" is an alternate name to Bob's story, but serving one's purpose is not all a bad thing, right? Merry Christmas to you & the family, Bridget. I love that you found a story is this favorite Christmas treat!

Ruth said...

LOL here at your Zen gingerbread man. Have a wonderful day! I've enjoyed your posts all year!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Michelle! I like to think Bob would have been the tastiest of all. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Linda! It was fun to write, but does reveal my dark humor. It is 2020 after all. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Alas, Bob did not get away. Perhaps had he been baked in another year besides 2020 that would have been the case. Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Liz. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Irene! Merry Christmas to you and may you find your zen in the remaining days of the year without being eaten. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Indeed, Linda, Oops would have fit Bob's demise. Alas, he was delicious. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Ruth! Bob appreciates your toast *clink* Here's hoping for better adjectives to describe 2021... :)

mbhmaine said...

Such a hoot! Thanks for sharing this holiday tale! Wishing you the best as we head into 2021.

Carol Varsalona said...

Finding Zen is the key to peace so Bob marched off into the inner linings of Santa's life. What a hoot for a wee tale. Happy Holidays, Bridget.

Mary Lee said...

Let's see. What am I supposed to learn from this tale? Eat more gingerbread? Check. Don't get too caught up in navel-gazing and pay attention to the smarter people around me? Noted. Live the life I've been given to the very fullest? Yes!

Tabatha said...

Made me laugh! I was hoping he'd get eaten, haha. It's an honor to feed Santa, right?

susanbruck.com said...

What a perfect story for this Christmas in particular. I love the Zen gingerbread men--and I'm glad Bob finds his Zen, too.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Molly! All the best to you in 2021 as well. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Carol! Yes, Bob helped fortify Santa's goodness...and bowl full of jelly belly. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

You are a gifted student of Gingerbread Zen-ology, Mary Lee! I am impressed. Both Bob and I wish you a new year filled to the brim with gingerbread goodness. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Yay, laughter is the best medicine to heal all that is/was 2020. I think you and I have similar senses of humor, Tabatha. I feel confident Bob reveled in his dietary honor on the way down. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Susan! Bob and his pan-mates' Zen can be an inspiration to us all. :)

Liz Garton Scanlon said...

Ha ha ha -- thanks for the great read!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Liz! Glad you liked it! :)

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