I wasn’t expecting to do this this year. Really. But an amazing thing has happened in this last week. I think we had more Christmas stories posted this year than we did last year! Now I’m a huge fan of this holiday season and Christmas themed stories anyway, so this is very exciting to me. After the jump, we’ll look at 2012’s selection of holiday stories.
Most of what’s new this year is new installments of ongoing AUs. This is a bonus in a way, we get to revisit some old favorites at a time that’s largely about visiting family and friends anyway. So first up is Another Stocking by Altonish. This is a sequel to The Stocking which was published way back in 2008. So obviously this breaks from canon quite early. So far just the first chapter is up, but Altonish has several completed stories, even if its been a while, so hopefully that bodes well for this one! The first story was well written, exciting, and sweet in the end. So precedent is good, and I look forward to this one.
Quistie may be taking the month off from her epic Sound of Music II; but that didn’t stop her from delivering Chuck vs the Sound of Music: Christmas Can’t be Very Far Away. This is the story of Sarah’s first Christmas with her new family, which pretty much means first Christmas ever for her. It is always great to spend time with this version of the Bartowski-Woodcomb family, and this story delivers everything we expect. Heartwarming and fun, exactly the holiday we would wish for our favorite spy and her family. This is a one-shot and complete; and can be read in about 30 minutes. It is also the perfect thing for all of us not so patiently waiting out the hiatus from the main event…
And Quistie isn’t the only “big name” with a holiday treat for us. Frea O’Scanlin has given us another installment in the That Which is Greater AU, called Holiday Shopping. Chuck is taking Violet Bartowski to see a mall Santa, and find the perfect Christmas present for his (cover) girlfriend Sarah. Never fear, Sarah drops in at an inopportune time; and this story adds layers of humor to the expected holiday sweet. It is part of a series of stories, that fits somewhere in the middle of previously published tales. But I recommend all these stories highly, visit Frea’s author’s page if you haven’t started the series yet, you won’t regret it! This is also a one-shot, so no fears about completion, and it could be read in under 45 minutes.
Now I also need to mention what I consider to be the classic Chuck Christmas story. I just finished my own holiday tradition of re-reading A Chuckmas Carol by Mikki13. I don’t even have words for how beautiful this story is. Of course it helps to follow the outline of a serious holiday classic! But this story is extremely well written and perfectly integrated into the Chuck-verse. I may be a sentimental old fool, but this story makes me cry every time, and in more than one place! It is amazingly powerful stuff. The absolutely perfect end will feel well earned when you get there. It is only five chapters, but they are longer chapters; be prepared to spend three or so hours on this one. But it is really, really worth it (really!). I often forget to mention this story when discussing absolute favorites, probably because as a seasonal piece it just isn’t at the forefront for 11 months out of the year. But that is really too bad, “A Chuckmas Carol” is truly one of the very best Chuck fanfics ever written.
And now back to our normal programming…