Christmas! Christmas this year was mostly quiet, which was nice. It didn't really seem much like the holiday until it was suddenly Christmas morning, and we missed going to hear the music at church on Christmas Eve. Those of you who know anything about my religious proclivities will know that I am adamantly not Catholic, nor indeed do I go in for organised religion of any sort myself. Despite that, I have a deep fondness for churches and old church music, and I've always enjoyed going to hear the choir and the organ in the half hour preceding midnight mass in the church I grew up going to. So that was a little something missing from my Christmas this year. I'm making it up, as you can see by my subject line, with church music everywhere else.
Aside from that, there was much family-- eating of dinners and drinking of bizarre wines and giving of gifts. I got some good stuff, including, rather marvellously, a cast-iron gothic candelabra that my aunt picked up in a charity shop in London. I just need some bloodred taper candles to drip down it to finish the dramatic look.
BUT. One of the best parts of Christmas every year-- or at least for the past four years-- and certainly the part which most concerns the internet, is Yuletide! I adore Yuletide; it's the only fic exchange I ever sign up for, and I always intensely enjoy it, even the mad stress of finishing a story at the very last minute. The fics that I've got in the past have, by and large, been utterly marvellous, and I always feel that Yuletide somehow culls the cream of the fic-writing crop to participate, and turns out all sorts of wonderful, obscure fic. This year I recieved not one, not even two, but three brilliant Yuletide fics. Let me tell you about them!
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