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A Green Christmas!
Zack Nelson stretched out on his bed with his dog, Luna, beside him. He clutched his hyperphone and punched in the z-mail address for his cousin Louis on Earth. Christmas was coming, and Zack was already on his school break.
Zack was born on Earth. He had spent the first eight years of his life living in Dubbsville, Texas. But Zack now lived on the planet Nebulon.
Zack and his family had moved to Nebulon several months ago. At first Zack missed Earth very much and he wished he could go back and live there again. But Zack had grown to really like his life on Nebulon, even though he still missed his friends and family on Earth.
As Zack’s hyperphone blazed to life, his cousin Louis’s face appeared on the screen.
“Begin video chat,” said a computer voice from the device.
“Hey, Zack! How’s life on Nebulon?” asked Louis.
“Pretty good,” replied Zack, “but I can’t wait to get back to Earth for Christmas!”
This would be Zack’s first Christmas since his family moved to Nebulon. But Zack, his mom and dad, and his twin sisters, Charlotte and Cathy, were planning on traveling back to Earth. Zack loved spending Christmas with his relatives. Louis and his family lived in Vermont, and Zack always looked forward to sledding and building snowmen with his cousins.
“We already have about eight inches of snow here,” said Louis, “and they are expecting more by Christmas!”
“Yippee wah-wah!” Zack shouted.
“Yippee what?” asked Louis.
“Oh, that’s just something we say here on Nebulon when we’re really happy about something,” Zack explained, “and I’m SO excited about playing in all that snow with you!”
“Me too!” said Louis. “Does it ever snow on Nebulon?”
“No,” said Zack. “It gets cold, but not cold enough to snow. That’s why I’m so glad I’m coming to Earth! It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without snow.”
“And without you!” Louis added.
“Yeah!” Zack cried.
“Do they have Christmas on Nebulon?” Louis asked.
“Yeah,” said Zack, “but from what I’ve seen so far, it’s really different. The Christmas trees look weird. So do the ornaments. The trees look like long tubes of light. The ornaments are all square-looking and metal. I guess they’re okay, but I prefer the ones that we have on Earth.”
Just then Louis held his hyperphone up to his bedroom window. “Look!” he said.
Zack saw what was happening outside: White snow was falling gently on the Vermont mountains.
“Wow!” said Zack. “It’s beautiful. This is going to be the best Christmas ever!”
Ruff! Ruff! Luna barked excitedly.