X is usually one of the harder letters, but I don't really have to do much stretching here. I have a book called Transformed for Christmas and obviously another word for Christmas is XMas, so there.
As I said on the Valentine's Day entry, when doing these, you need some method for the gender swapping. In this one Charles Dickens had written the delivery system for me. Thanks, Chuck! Because this is basically a retelling of A Christmas Carol, only in a more bizarre fashion.
As in the old story there's a businessman who's a total asshole, though not really a miser. On Christmas Eve he's actually planning to lay off a bunch of people just because the stock price went down a little. His secretary convinces him to wait until the day after Christmas to actually announce the layoffs.
That night he turns on CNBC and his old business partner is in the anchor chair! He warns the guy that if he doesn't change his ways he'll be visited by three ghosts. You've heard that one before, right?
So yeah the first ghost shows up and takes the guy to the past. It's his past, but instead of being himself, he's in the body of his ex-wife, on the day when she decides to become his EX-wife. Unlike my other stories, while the guy is in the body of the woman he can't really control what she does; he's just along for the ride to experience events as she does.
Later there's another ghost to show him the present. He's stuffed into the body of his hot secretary Bobbi to see the squalor she lives in while trying to provide for three kids, one of whom is very sick. Sound familiar?
And yeah there's another ghost to show him the future. Not just a gravestone, either. He gets to see exactly how he dies through the eyes of a gold-digger trophy wife. That's not really a pleasant experience, is it? You might be convinced to change your ways after that.
You probably already know how all that turns out. I mean who hasn't at least seen some version of A Christmas Carol on TV?
This was a fun story to write, though it's not the most popular holiday one. I think even in December the Halloween one outsold it. Humbug.
Since there's only like 240 shopping days left to XMas, you better hurry and go buy this for $2.99 on Amazon!