Christmas only comes once a year and Sam is determined to make this one count. He and his girlfriend Laura have a competition every year to see who can give the better gift. This year Sam has a gift that will make the game meaningless from here on out.
Soon his well laid Yuletide plans come falling apart when Laura finds a hurt Dachshund puppy along the side of the snow covered road. As they take the puppy to the vet, Sam has to reevaluate his plans and how he views Christmas as a whole.
The Long Short Christmas is a 10,000 word short story.