The Spark: The Story of a Christmas Soon to Come by Ray Foy
Approx. 22,260 words.
Published on December 3, 2010.
Nicholas is a spirit with problems. His incarnations as Santa Claus will end if humanity's Christmas spirit isn't restored. Desperate, he seeks help from the Earth Mother, Gaia, who uses her remaining power to send him to a camp of homeless people where he must find a spark of true Christmas spirit. If he fails, he could disappear from the world, along with Christmas, forever.