The Tale of Twelve Dragons

It all started with a bit of fun I used to have with my twins when we lived in Louisville, KY. I told them a dragon lived in the drain in the middle of the “Josephus Bowl.” That year I wrote a little story to share at Christmas time called “The Dragon in the Drain.” This is the seventh year I’ve made a dragon story for the kids as a Christmas gift.

Through the years I’ve made dragon stories inspired by different doctrinal statements or creeds. There’s “The Dragon in the Windy City,” inspired by the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. “The Dragon in the Sea” is an allegorical retelling of the Nicene Creed. For the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation I made “The Dragon in the Door.”

Not all of the dragon stories are about creeds. The year we moved from Kentucky was a season of growth for our whole family as we made new friends in a new place. That year I made “The Dragon in the Dumps,” as a letter from James, the dragon that lives on the campus of Southern Seminary, and how he missed the DeWitt children. Last year I wrote a dragon story about “Sam” the “Dragon in the Lake,” which is inspired by my Anglican friend Sam, who, as a dragon, would emerge from the waters at Cedar Lake every night to take his perch and guard the campus.

This year’s dragon story is called “The Tale of Twelve Dragons.” It’s inspired by the Apostles’ Creed. I read it with my kids a few days ago when we celebrated our family Christmas before traveling. I thought I’d include it here for anyone who might be interested. Merry Christmas from the DeWitt family!

Here’s a link to the pdf file. It’s best viewed if you download it so you can see it with two page spreads as you would view it as a printed book. You can right-click and save it from this link: The Tale of Twelve Dragons