The Christmas Wind Quiz - Question #3

Click here to listen to the answer buttonThe correct answer is: The Wind

If you read the first paragraph of the very first draft I wrote of The Christmas Wind, you’ll see that “the wind” was definitely part of the story. I guess I wouldn’t have called the story The Christmas Wind if I didn’t have the idea that the wind was an important part of the story. However, with each new rewriting of the story, the wind kind of pushed its way more and more into the words!

By the time I wrote the last draft:

  • The wind was elbowing Jo’s mother Merry to the ground and stealing Jo’s scarf

  • It was forcing them into the prickly fields and sneaking behind Mr. Murdock to push him towards the barn

  • It was carrying Christopher’s wailing right to the house so Mr. Murdock could hear him, and fighting Jo and her mother all the way back to the barn so Mr. Murdock would have time to go get Christopher

  • It was prowling in circles around the house once it had got them inside to make sure they stayed inside and learned to work together

Even though the wind is a character you never actually “see” in the story (although I must say that you have done a wonderful job of imagining and drawing what the wind might look like if you could see it), it is a very important part of the story.

What other willful actions do you remember the wind doing in the story?