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Holiday Fic Recs

Sherlock   Harry Potter   Avengers   Check, Please!  

 Cabin Pressure   Daredevil   Welcome to Night Vale  

Sherlock

Upon Reflection, Tenable Frippery emmagrant01, narrated by consulting_smartass

Summary: John was, inexplicably, growing a beard.

Winter’s Delights by Kate_Lear

Summary: Sherlock takes John home for Christmas to meet the extended Holmes family.

Snow by earlgreytea68

Summary: It snows. There’s sledging. Sherlock/John

Strontium Chloride Red and Other Colours by BootsnBlossoms

Summary:Just what does one bring a double-oh for Christmas dinner at his flat, do you think? — GH

Something that explodes in his favorite colour. — MH

Lube, condoms, and scotch. Leave the handcuffs, he probably has his own. — SH   Q/James Bond

A Winter Walk by cathedral_carver

Summary: Time is the longest distance between two places. Sherlock/John

On the Table (Eventually John Watson’s Favorite Christmas Story) by emmagrant01

Set after TRF. Someone’s leaving John strange little gifts in the weeks before Christmas. But who could it be? (A bit of fluff, a touch of angst, a dash of smut, some holiday cheer – enjoy!)

that thing you like by misspamela

Summary: “Happy Christmas, etc. etc.” Sherlock/John

5687 (Approximately) by prettysailorsoldier

Summary: When John’s leave request for Christmas is denied, Sherlock is nothing short of devastated, not that he’s letting it show. The holiday season now something he’s just waiting to end, Sherlock doesn’t think anything can possibly make it worse. That is, until he realizes no one in his life believes his army “boyfriend” is even real, but, luckily, everyone is in for a surprise.

Consolation by Mildredandbobbin

Summary: Faced with spending Christmas Day alone watching Christmas repeats on telly, Greg Lestrade decides to check on Sherlock, because he’s alone too, isn’t he? Greg/Sherlock

The Blanket Lifespan by EmmyAngua, narrated by Consulting_Smartass

Summary:In which John and Sherlock share a blanket, in both terms of ownership and snuggling.

Lab Book by copperbadge, narrated by fayjay  

Summary:“The likelihood of finding a cab on Christmas Eve is fast approaching nil.” “So was the likelihood of you kissing me in the middle of the pavement, and yet.” Sherlock/John

First Night Out by verityburns, podfic

Summary:As John recovers from the effects of a brutal kidnapping, he and Sherlock attend the Yarders’ Christmas Party. There are… developments on the dance floor…

John Watson’s Twelve Days of Christmas by earlgreytea68, narrated by consulting_smartass

Summary:It’s the holiday season. John Watson needs money. Sherlock Holmes needs something else.

Blame it on the Viscum album by codswallop, narrated by consulting_smartass

Summary: Sherlock, Christmas, and poisonous plants: what could possibly go wrong?

Last Christmas by Mazarin221b

Summary:Written for Merlinlefay, who won me in the FuckYeahJohnLockFanfic 10,000 Followers Giveaway. Her prompt was: “I’ve been listening to Christmas songs a lot lately and Wham’s “Last Christmas” comes to mind. I’m a sucker for angst, but I’d appreciate a happy ending, if possible!” Well, it may not be as angsty as you like, but trust me, I nailed the happy ending. Merry Christmas!

That Earth-shaking revelation, then, leads to a problem, and one that Sherlock realizes should be solved quickly, before John’s dates turn into girlfriends or boyfriends, because sometimes girlfriends or boyfriends can turn into wives or husbands while your back is turned. Every time John hums happily at the mirror as he shaves, splashes on a little gift cologne Mrs. Hudson bought him for Christmas, Sherlock is drawn back to that night by the fire, and the way John’s touch had made the world stand still.

Happy Christmas, You Arse by 1electricpirate, narrated by consulting_smartass

Summary:“Ah yes. Christmas isn’t Christmas until you’ve called someone a — how does it go? Scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot?”

“My thoughts precisely, John,” Sherlock says.

In which evidence is presented that disqualifies Sherlock from being the Grinch, and everyone’s shoes fit them perfectly well, thank you.

Fire-side by cypress_tree, narrated by consulting_smartass

Summary: The heat is broken, so 221b is warmed by the fireplace. A cosy, domestic Christmas fic containing spice cakes, snowflakes, cardamom, and poisonous evergreens.

So Full of Light by mydwynter

Summary:It seemed that Lestrade’s salt-and-pepper hair grew in the same on his face as it did on his head. His beard was bristly, patchy, viscerally appealing in a way that had little to do with aesthetics and more to do with masculine sensuality. Mycroft was stood rapt, conjuring up the rough brush of the beard against his lips without having moved an inch. His apprehension dropped away, lost behind a painful stab of want.

Christmas, when he and Lestrade had both been strong-armed into growing beards for a cause, proved to be the turning point for the whole desperate, shattering, uncomfortable scenario.

a good old-fashioned happy ending by darcylindbergh

Summary: And Sherlock stands there, in the middle of a Christmas market as John hums along to Silent Night, John’s hand warm in his with fingertips a little gritty from the cinnamon-sugar doused churros they’d shared, and thinks, oh, that’s–that’s an idea, isn’t it?

For Christmas this year, Sherlock wants to get John something special: something every fairytale deserves.

As They Are by patternofdefiance

Summary:It’s just gone ten p.m. and John is happy.

Against his chest, dark curls move, and an exhale flares damp and hot against cool skin.

While We’re Here... by JenTheSweetie

Summary: John and Sherlock are snowed in. And they have some things to talk about. If they must.

Harry Potter

Amor Vitae by tetleythesecond, read by codeswitch read by codeswitch

Summary: Some people wonder why Filius Flitwick is always so cheerful at Christmas.

A Present by Faith Wood (faithwood)

Summary:Sometimes you just have to give yourself a present and kiss Harry Potter. Harry/Draco

Before the First Snowflake Falls (I’ll Always Find My Way Back to You) by slashedsilver

Summary:Draco knows this thing with Potter will end. He just wants to cling on to it as long as he can.

All Must Draw Near by Saras_Girl

Summary: Harry doesn’t have time for rumours; he has a shop to run. Which is just as well, really. Harry/Draco

Helix by Saras_Girl

Summary: Seven months after the end of the war, Harry is feeling lost. Fortunately, he is about to be offered an unexpected and sparkling chance to find himself again. [2014 advent fic] Harry/Draco

Stop and Stare by Saras_Girl

Summary: Harry’s life is full of care, he has no time to stop or stare; he has no time for anyone’s shit, until his friends aren’t having it. A story about the unravelly things. 2015 advent fic.

The Way of the World by zionstarfish, narrated by vaysh

Summary: It’s been a while.

Nine Days Till Christmas by RurouniHime

Summary: Harry decides to be very straight-forward about what he wants. Unfortunately, the answer he gets is more than a little disappointing. Now he has nine days to turn things around.

All Roads Lead Home by dracogotgame, Owl_Postmaster

Summary: Draco is strong-armed into spending the first Christmas after the War with the Weasleys. And Harry Potter.

And a Malfoy in a Pear Tree by lauren3210, Owl_Postmaster

Summary: Draco works in a coffee shop. Harry drops by every day to get his fix. Of coffee, Ron.

Avengers

I’ll Give You Gifts Until You Know My Name by Amuly

Summary: Mr. Stark is an extravagant gift-giver: he has the money for it, after all. As Iron Man, Tony has the opportunity to gift Steve even more presents that, while less expensive, are more heartfelt. Having a secret identity means Tony gets to have his cake and eat it too when it comes to showering Steve with presents.

Until Steve starts developing feelings for his armored companion, and all the benefits of living a double life are turned on their head for Tony Stark.

Executive Party by copperbadge

Summary: Tony’s terrible December is suddenly looking up. Steve/Tony

More Than Gravity by JenTheSweetie

Summary: “Aw, time travel, no.”

On Christmas Eve, Tony came unstuck in time. Steve/Tony

Cold Making Warmth by sheafrotherdon

Summary: Steve settles upon the few things he knows for sure: that the days are short, and it’s cold, and he doesn’t mind looking dumb for making the effort. So screw the protocol, whether it exists or not – he’s giving gifts. Steve/Tony

Over the River and Through the Woods by scifigrl47

Summary: It’s five days before Christmas, and Clint Barton is on his way to a SHIELD approved safehouse.

It’s not his choice and it’s not something he’s happy about, and that was before he found out where he’d be spending the next week. Clint/Phil

You Tell ‘Em, Mama Rogers by Philyra

Summary: Sarah Rogers is a legend in the NHL. Mess with the Knights, and you mess with her.

Or: Sarah Rogers adopts the New York Knights.

Part 3 of the Get ready for it series

Yes, Tony Stark, There Is A Santa Claus by eleanor_lavish

Summary: Tony Stark doesn’t really give a shit about Christmas. I mean, sure, he’ll enjoy a glass of nog, and he’s always thought mistletoe was a great scam, but Christmas is about home and hearth and family and nostalgia and, let’s face it. The Starks had a lot of things, but not a lot for Tony to be nostalgic about.

This year, however, nostalgia is the name of the game. This year, Tony’s throwing a motherfucking party. Steve/Tony

Bonus Gift With Purchase by Ralkana

Summary: By all accounts, Clint Barton was poised for a stellar SHIELD career.

He was also incredibly good looking, had a body built for sin, and flirted with anything that moved. Including Phil, who always ignored it and the way it made him want to blush and stammer like a fifteen year old.

And absolutely none of that helped Phil figure out what to buy the man for a holiday gift.

Ghosts of Christmas Memory by scifigrl47

Summary: "Sire, the night is darker now,

and the wind blows stronger.
Fails my heart, I know not how.
I can go no longer.
Ark my footsteps my good page,
tread thou in them boldly:
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
freeze thy blood less coldly.”

-Good King Wenceslas, Verse four

There were three Christmases that Phil Coulson and Clint Barton spent together that altered their relationship. They were tied together by a song, a job, and Clint’s ability to become injured in just about any situation.

Christmas is a time of giving, friendship and love.

Christmas Holiday by scifigrl47

Summary: It’s a Christmas wedding, and a Christmas honeymoon. Even if it’s a little more complicated than that.

All I Want For Christmas by Wordsplat

Summary: There’s only one thing Tony wants for Christmas, and he’s got a plan to get it. Though he unfortunately seems doomed to failure from step one, unbeknownst to him, a better strategist than he has a plan of their own. Steve/Tony

Let your heart be light by RelenaFanel

Summary: Bucky looks like he’s had a difficult month, what with the eviction notice and all, but that’s not the reason Steve gives for allowing him to stay on his couch.

“You have somewhere to go?” Steve questioned, crossing his arms and attempting to look casual, not like he was worried for Bucky. He stepped into the apartment, ignoring how bare it was.

Bucky paused and gave him an exasperated look. “I’m not completely hopeless.”

A fic spanning from mid-November to early-February.

The First Annual Avengers Ugly Christmas Sweater Party by victoria_p (musesfool)

Summary: “Darcy assured me it was the height of Yule fashion on Midgard.” He presses one of the snowflakes on his chest and a tinkly version of “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” plays while Rudolph’s red nose lights up in time. “Is it not magnificent?” Steve/Bucky

Once Upon a Christmas by scifigrl47

Summary: DJ wants just the right gift for Lucy. Tony just wants a nap.

Part 12 of the Tales of the Bots

We Accidentally A Relationship by inukagome15

Summary:In which Tony is pining and Steve is oblivious, and the Avengers and Pepper are not having this.

'Tis the Season to Make Out With Your Teammates Because Of Decorative Plants by theappleppielifestyle

Summary: In all honesty, it starts because Clint is an asshole with too much free time on his hands, and every corner shop has mistletoe to spare if you’re an Avenger- saving the world on a weekly basis has its perks, and free Christmas merchandise turns out to be one of them.

Later, Bruce tells them that Clint followed them around for two days, complete with seven failed attempts before finally picking the right moment for them to notice.

Christkindlfuckup by copperbadge

Summary: Clint and Natasha ruin Christmas.

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out by foxxcub, narrated by AshesandGhost

Summary: Statistically speaking, sophomore scholarship jocks majoring in criminal justice didn’t normally hook up with senior dean’s list fraternity vice-presidents who tutored them in stupid psychology courses. Clint’s odds were running painfully long. Clint/Phil

the hap-happiest season of all by lazulisong

Summary: When he took the pile of Tupperware into the kitchen, he almost stumbled over Barton’s dog, who was lying in the middle of the kitchen with the expression of a martyr and the fart-aura of a minor nuclear weapon. He looked up at Sam and rolled over to expose his half-bald, stinky stomach, and Sam said, “What the hell.”

Even a Miracle Needs a Hand victoria_p (musesfool), narrated by blackglass

Summary:When Darcy takes Clint home for the holidays as her fake boyfriend, he charms his way into the family, and into her pants heart.

Dummy’s First Christmas by copperbadge, narrated by reen_jenkins

Summary: Weird and comfortable aren’t mutually exclusive; Steve Rogers is going to do exactly what he wants this Christmas.

Princess Perfect Pony Palace by 74days

Summary: It’s Christmas Eve and Natasha’s daughter has just admitted to her parents that she asked Santa for a Princess Perfect Pony Palace. Which is currently out of stock in every store within 50 miles.

It’s time for Uncle Bucky to step up and deliver the most wanted gift of the season - he just didn’t think he’d have to fight a hot blond for it.

lights at two dollars a strand by legete

Summary: They don’t mean to decorate for Christmas. It just sorta…happens. Steve/Bucky

grow some (yule) balls by theappleppielifestyle

Summary: “Can I just say, from the entire student body of Hogwarts and several of the professors: one of you needs to do something before both of you miss your chance. High school doesn’t last forever, Tony. You won’t always have Charms class as an excuse to hold his hand to show him the proper wandwork.”

(Or, the avengers go to the Yule Ball and there is some kissing.)

Part 4 of Avengers at Hogwarts and Other Misadventures

Rehearsals and Running Dates by Ralkana

Summary: Phil is very proud to have been named director for SHIELD Academy’s production of A Christmas Carol, even if one member of his crew in particular is determined to try his patience at every turn.

Luckily, he can let his other self run free. It’s a great form of stress-release.

The Finer Things In Life (Have No Place At An Avengers Christmas) by JenTheSweetie

Summary:Even superheroes have trouble picking out presents for each other.

Happy (Christmas) Lights by ladyshadowdrake

Summary:The colony pays a visit to earth just in time for Christmas.

Part 4 of the Happy Lights series

All Those Things You’ve Always Pined For by LavenderProse

Summary: “Steve Rogers. I haven’t thought about him in…God, at least ten years. Probably longer.“

“Who is he?” Sharon asks, and perches on the corner of his desk, hands folded in her lap. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
Bucky clears his throat, tosses the sticky note onto the desk. “Steve was…my college boyfriend. We almost got married.”

It’s been fifteen years since Bucky Barnes left Steve Rogers standing in a New York airport and never saw him again. Those fifteen years have brought him wealth and stability; everything his lower middle class Brooklyn upbringing had not provided. He is happy. He doesn’t want for anything.
He doesn’t need anything.

That’s about to change.

The plot is a somewhat loose approximation of the plot of the 2000 movie The Family Man.

you’re exactly where you ought to be by soniclipstick (veriscence)

Summary: “Do you have any idea how often Tony looks at your butt?”

Steve snorts. “That means next to nothing. Everyone looks at my butt.”
“Well, it is a great butt,” Bucky says, his lips curling into a smirk.

In which, there are presents, snow angels, and caffeinated maple syrup. And much kissing.

Twelve Birds of Christmas by adi_rotynd

Summary: Odin believes Sam Wilson has stolen his ravens. Sam and Steve both have a solution to this problem. Neither of these solutions is well thought out. Steve/Sam/Bucky

DECLINE or ACCEPT by relenafanel

Summary: Companion piece to Slide To Answer.

Bucky isn’t that great at relationships.

But he’s learning.

This is how i see you by Feather (lalaietha), narrated by echolalaphile

Summary: After a minute of fighting against the stupid fucking impulse, drive, fear that makes him want to pull away, Bucky says, “Merry fucking Christmas,” and maybe it could be a wry joke instead of bitter and spitting acid. Maybe.

Steve’s arm’s tighten for a second and there’s no joke in his voice when he says, “Trust me, I’ve had worse.”

Part 98 of the (even if i could) make a deal with god [your blue-eyed boys related short-fic] series »

Daredevil

The Constellation of Touch by what_alchemy

Summary:Months after Fisk is put away, nothing’s right between the partners at Nelson and Murdock. But Christmas is here, and Matt is still expected at the Nelson house.

Check! Please

All I Want for Christmas is You by RascalBot, narrated by bienenalster (pinkspider)

Summary:The Haus ghosts have left mistletoe lying around. It causes Jack some discomfort.

Winner Bakes It All by akaparalian

Summary:There are some truly, uniquely incredible smells coming from the Haus kitchen; in fact, more even than that, there are baking smells coming from the Haus kitchen. This, in and of itself, is far from unusual three semesters into one Eric Bittle’s tenure as the unofficial bakemeister of Samwell Hockey. In fact, on such a lovely Sunday afternoon in early December, it might even be expected. Really, there’s no cause for alarm.

Except for the fact that Bitty’s not here.

Mistletoe, Bro. by VictoryCandescence

Summary: By the end of the second week of December, the Haus is decked out in a riot of mismatched decorations – including, of course, a sprig of real mistletoe hanging at the top of the doorway into the kitchen.

bigger and better and best by idontreallylikebutterflies (Laulerelelere)

Summary: ’‘Bitty: go to bed, you aren’t supposed to be hangover on christmas morning

Holster: joke’s on u
Holster: it’s already christmas morning and i am drunk, not hangover
Bitty: touché’’

Bitty and Holster spend their first Christmas as a couple apart. They text.

Christmas in Providence by auntiesuze

Summary:Bitty and Jack spend their first Christmas together. There are movies and presents and questionable French and adorable boys in love.

it’s time that you won by twohourstraffic

Summary: Jack offers to host Squad Christmas, invites Bitty and promptly panics. Lardo is supportive. Shitty, Ransom and Holster chirp Jack within an inch of his life. Bitty lets Jack set the table.

Bless your lucky star by Aisjustrunning

Summary: Jack drives to Samwell to celebrate Christmas with the Boys. A Christmas decoration war between he and Bittle just sort of happens.

All the Love in the World by alocalband

Summary: Bitty’s hands are shaking. He has five missed calls from Jack, two from Chowder, one from Lardo, and an astronomical number of yet to be viewed text messages.

It’s not that he hasn’t been checking his phone, it’s that every time he’s picked it up at an alert, all he’s been able to do is stare at it. Which is what he’s doing now, as he waits for his mother to finish speaking with the doctor at Coach’s bedside.

while stars cross the sky in their prescribed courses by sajee

Summary: Mo asks about balancing his course work with hockey, about making it to Frozen Four and losing, about being captain and the strangest class he took at college.

Jack talks about Women, Food & American Culture and baking a pie for his final and having to learn how to make a lattice top for his pie with disastrous results.

And that’s what starts it all, really. The hashtag, the influx of pies on game days and the whole thing with Bittle.

Standing right outside my door by eleanor_lavish

Summary: “I’ve been doing holidays alone for years, bro. I mean, I spent more holidays at Andover than in New York.”

Dex’s fingers tighten on the steering wheel. He kind of really hates Nursey’s parents right now, even though he’s never met them. He wants to yell at Nursey about this ridiculous chill he has going on, about how it’s fucked up, ask how he’s not just pissed off all the fucking time, but he looks over and Nursey’s eyes are still closed, and he’s curled in on himself in the seat. “Yeah, well. Not this year,” he says firmly.

Welcome to Nightvale

Home for the Holidays by messyfeathers , narrated by lunchee (lunchee)

Summary:The invitation to spend Christmas at Carlos’s brother’s house seemed as good an excuse as any to introduce Cecil to the family. If only years of Night Vale holidays hadn’t left Cecil absolutely terrified of jingle bells and Perry Como songs. It’s a transition to be sure.

Cabin Pressure

Mistel by splix

Summary: Martin’s not that big on Christmas.

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