Holiday Fic Recs 2015
So sorry for the delay in responding to the asks for Hanukkah fic; we’ve decided to still include some here in our Holiday rec list though Hanukkah has officially ended. Remember to check out our previous list of Holiday favorites!
In December 1944, the entire nation loves Rebecca Lawrence - “America’s Most Beloved Homemaker.” Her columns about leading the ideal life in the country help lift people’s spirits on the home front during World War II. But when her publisher asks her to host a war hero for Christmas dinner, the world is in danger of learning the truth … which is that “Rebecca Lawrence” is imaginary. Really, she’s a combination of Raven’s snappy writing and Charles’ knowhow in the kitchen.
However, this war hero, Erik Lehnsherr, is headed to Connecticut, so Raven and Charles have no choice but to find a way to make the imaginary real - at least, just for Christmas. Charles thinks they can pull it off, at least until he opens the door to see Erik and falls in love at first sight.
The Lehnsherr/Maximoff/Dane family celebrate the cycle of the Jewish year. There will be one drabble for each night of Chanukah! Based on a tumblr prompt for Lorna Dane + holidays.
Erik should have known to call ahead to the Chinese restaurant–it’s Christmas Eve and he lives in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, after all. But before he can go home to mourn the loss of another one of his mother’s yearly traditions, he’s accosted by a teenage girl with a strange proposition–that he should stay and have dinner with her and her mother, instead.
“Why am I here again?” Erik groans.
“I need you to lift things and glower at people over my shoulder when I tell people that it’s not ‘politically correct’ or a ‘war on Christmas’ to have a non-denominational winter holiday festival,” says Theresa Pryde.
Well, at least those are two things he’s good at.
Erik’s working late at the coffeehouse on December 24. Why not? It’s not even his holiday, he figures. The evening passes uneventfully–until a beautiful, blue-eyed stranger rolls in. As Erik writes the name “Charles” on the paper cup, he wonders why this guy doesn’t seem to have anywhere to go on Christmas Eve…
Charles and Raven have some Christmas traditions, but this is the first year since they all came back from the beach in Cuba, so things are a little different.
There have been so many Hanukkahs between their first shared one and now, but that didn’t mean that the holiday couldn’t (and wouldn’t) be special in Charles’ mind.
There were just a few new rules and the colliding of one holiday with another.
Charles has no problem being in the same room as his ex at Emma’s holiday party. They’re adults, after all.
Erik never expected that he’d end up decorating for the holidays.