"It's easy to know if he's been around because his ice-blue feathers next to his white-cloud beard turn the air around him into frost!"
"Fred Frost always carries his Three Frosty Flakes. If you can find them, he'll grant you a Winter Wish under a red hat!"
"You can't talk about Fred Frost without talking about his wind-fast pal, Zephyr. Did you know Zephyr has the same name as the Greek god of the west wind? You'll know Zephyr is close if you feel a frosty wind blowing."
"Did you know that Zephyr was an apprentice to Rudolph? He was so good Rudolph gave him something incredibly special: a Very Shiny Nose."
"Fred Frost sits between Zephyr's antlers and flies around the world granting Winter Wishes. And who knows—maybe he'll be in Brooklyn tonight!" As Sophia said this, I saw her eyes sparkle. I knew she believed in Fred Frost even though she had never seen him.
Frazier fir, I pulled Magnus and Stilts aside: "Do you really think Fred Frost is real? Do you really think he grants a Winter Wish to somebody that finds the Three Frosty Flakes?" Magnus raised his eyebrows, looking doubtful while Stilts just hummed and nodded.
Immediately, the rest of the Troop flocked and began debating whether Fred Frost was real or if he was just a great idea. Amid all the arguing, Sophia was the only one that heard something unusual just over the tip of the tree. When she got to the top to see what was there, she didn't see anything.
"Huddle close. Now close your eyes and whisper a Winter Wish." Sophia sounded excited and frantic. We had never seen her like this, so we thought we should pay attention and do as she asked. It grew quiet for a few minutes and suddenly a calm floated around us. Softly, we could hear Sophia's golden voice singing:
Shadow-black boots, silent and soft, walk around your heart's winter loft
Shadow-black boots, lucky and fast, can you make my heart-wishes last?
Fred Frost is coming, Fred Frost is near
Whisper your wishes, Fred Frost will hear...
When Sophia finished the entire song, we opened our eyes and looked at one another. All was calm. All was bright.
We all stayed quiet and began to search the entire make-shift forrest for Frosty Flakes because... well,... because it was the right thing to do. Silas and Yvette were the first to find one.
Algernon, Penny and Edward found the second.
The Twins, Pascal and Black Jack said the third drifted towards Sophia's song and that something magical happened. And that's all they can say about it.
After searching all the trees and gathering the Three Frosty Flakes, we still couldn't find the Winter Wish. So we asked the urban lumberjack if there were any trees, boughs, or garland pieces we hadn't seen. "Did you see that little guy?" he asked, pointing upwards. There, high above all the other trees, was a little tree tied to a little pole with a little string.
And in it, our Winter Wish under a red hat.