12/25/2011 01:14 pm ET Updated Dec 25, 2011

'A Winter Wish': Alex Jeffries' Christmas Story Will Warm Your Heart

Los Angeles-based writer and baker Alex Jeffries has always had a winter chip on his shoulder.

"I grew up in a place where it doesn't really snow, so I never had a traditional white Christmas," the 23-year-old told The Huffington Post. "The closest I ever came, and I still remember the joy, was seeing a mild, overcast day Christmas morning a few years ago. I just imagined there must be some children who suffer their whole lives through sunshine and don't ever get that calm, blanketing feeling that the right weather provides."

To fill that longing -- and the longing of other, similarly winter-weather-challenged people -- Jeffries turned to the page. He penned a story (in verse) that describes a young boy's yearning for a white Christmas. "A Winter Wish" tells the story of young Jack, who lives on a warm island but dreams of snow. Jack's father runs a bakery which is suffering in the depressed economy. The tale is rife with all the trappings of a young imagination, and we think you'll be quite charmed by the story's end.

The piece, illustrated by Glory Gale (an artist and associate producer at The Ellen DeGeneres Show), is premiering exclusively on HuffPost Arts.

So without further ado, HuffPost Arts presents "A Winter Wish," by Alex Jeffries with illustrations by Glory Gale.



'A Winter Wish' By Alex Jeffries With Illustrations By Glory Gale