Author's Note: Wishing you a Merry Christmas season, Twilight fans! I hope those who are waiting for updates of my other stories are not terribly mad at me for starting this one, but you see, I had to write it before the season was over! And when this month ends, so will this fic. For sure. I hope.
So, here's my plot…. Err plan, for this story. Every new week of December, I will release a new chapter, leading up to Christmas! Then, maybe possibly, I may group in a New Year's Eve one-shot in with this one.
Anyways… I'll get on with the story now instead of boring you with an Author's Note. Kudos to you if you actually read this all (and understood it!!!).
Christmas in Forks
"Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a vamp.
All the stocking were hung
By the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint-"
"EMMETT!" A voice screamed from the bordering room.
Emmett paused to consider this. "I was going to say Saint Nicholas, but that works, I suppose. Saint Emmett sorta has a nice ring to it. Do you think they could make me a saint if I did something good, Alice?"
Alice rolled her eyes as she entered the living room with Edward.
"And I don't know if I like being called a 'vamp'," Edward mused.
"I dunno. I think its fun slang," Jasper grinned, attracted to the scene.
Emmett shrugged, "I heard it from Bella."
"Truly?" Edward raised an eyebrow skeptically.
Emmett opened his mouth to reply, but Alice beat him to it, turning a stern face to him.
"Emmett! I thought I told you to hide Carlisle's Christmas present!" She chided.
"I did!" He protested.
"Pshaw!" Alice scoffed. "You call that loose tile in the ceiling a hiding place? It'll be the first place they look!"
"You hide it then," Emmett shot back.
"Fine, I will," Alice flounced out of the room.
"She's tough," Jasper commented, watching her leave.
"Extremely," Edward agreed.
"I heard that!" Alice's voice floated over to them. "And I'll have you know you have to be tough when it comes to hiding Esme and Carlisle's present. They are CHAMPIONS at finding Christmas presents. Hey! I wonder if Bella would let me hide it at her house-"
"I'll take it!" Edward volunteered quickly.
"'kay," Alice said agreeably, "But be fast, we have some errands to run."
Emmett gulped, "Errands?"
"You know, like, we have to get a tree?"
Emmett cheered immediately.
"Where's Rosalie?" Alice asked.
"Uh, she's outside distracting Carlisle and Esme while we hid Carlisle's present," Jasper reported.
"Ah, very good," Alice complimented, "Bring them in. Once Edward's back, we're off to get our Christmas tree!"
An Hour Later
"Edward, was it really necessary to talk to Bella for so long?" Rosalie complained as she pulled the convertible into a parking lot.
"Well, she was already awake. I couldn't very well just say 'hey Bella, hide this for me, bye', now could I?" Edward replied.
"It's what I would have done," Rosalie mumbled.
"Christmas spirit, people!" Alice reminded them.
They filed out of the car and strode to where Esme and Carlisle where getting out of their black Mercedes.
Emmett started to hum "O Christmas Tree" as they entered the fenced in portion of the parking lot that contained many fresh pines.
After a few elbows, courtesy of Emmett, Jasper and Edward joined him so that they had a nice chorus that would have made any singing instructor proud.
Out of the corner of Jasper's mouth, he whispered, "But if people start throwing pennies again, I'm never humming with you again."
Emmett pouted a tiny bit, but sprung back into action quickly.
"This one! This one!" He shouted gleefully.
"Too tall. Sorry, Emmett," Rosalie said. "How about that one?"
Emmett ran in the direction she pointed. "Esme! Rosalie likes this one! Can we get it?"
The others nodded or made comments that it would do. Except Edward.
"I, uh, think Bella will want to put the star on this year," He ventured.
"Of course, Edward, we would love her to," Esme agreed.
The others nodded again.
"But, this one's too tall for her to reach the top… and I don't really think she would be… safe standing on a step ladder. With her… ability, to fall so often."
"Good point," Alice said, "We need a shorter one."
"I want a tall one." Emmett pouted. "How about we get two trees, one Bella-size, the other TALL and we can keep the TALL one secret!"
Esme and Carlisle looked at each other, talking without speaking. It kind of freaked the younger Cullens out.
"We've agreed you can get two Christmas trees. There's no need to keep the 'TALL' one secret though. You can put the star on that one, Emmett," Carlisle said.
Emmett clapped his hands together and picked up the tree Rosalie chose. Then he made a big show of stumbling around, pretending it was heavy.
"It's… going… to… SQUISH… me…," He panted. Then he fell over, the tree landing on top of him. "Arhg!" He yelled.
There were gasps as people gathered round.
"Drama king," Rosalie grumbled, but her eyes gave away she was amused.
People rolled the still intact tree of Emmett and he 'bravely' staggered to his feet, thanking people, assuring them he would be okay, and most sadly admitting he would probably not be able to carry the tree to the car.
Rosalie snorted at this, but with Alice, Edward, and Jasper, carried the tree to the checkout, leaving Emmett to follow them slowly, leaning on Carlisle for support.
Between scowling at Emmett, Carlisle assured people that he was a doctor and he knew Emmett was okay.
"Now to find the small Christmas tree," Alice said, surveying the other trees.
"It has to be one Bella will like," Edward said.
Rosalie rolled her eyes, "Why don't you just get Bella then, because knowing you, none will be perfect enough."
Edward scowled at her, but did go get Bella, returning with Bella in the convertible in fifteen minutes.
"Took long enough," Rosalie said when he returned.
"Bella wanted me to drive fast. It made me nervous so I slowed down," Edward explained.
Bella walked over to Alice and whispered, "Reverse psychology really works."
Alice giggled and Edward frowned, retorting, "You should have seen Bella's face when she looked out the window and saw Rosalie's car."
Bella blushed while Rosalie laughed appreciatively.
"And so the decorating of the two trees is complete," Jasper announced.
The Cullens and Bella held their cocoa mugs (the Cullens only did it for appearances sake, of course) as they stood back and admired their handiwork. A tree is very colorfully decorated indeed when some ornaments date back before the Influenza.
"Now the star," Carlisle handed one to Emmett and one to Bella.
Emmett immediately dashed up the wall and clung to the trim ( A/N: I don't know if they can actually do that, but it sounds cool) while waiting for Bella to position herself.
Bella posed above the Christmas tree. Emmett and Bella looked at each other, waiting…
"3! 2! 1!" Chanted the Cullens below.
Three things happened simultaneously.
Bella and Emmett placed the stars on the trees.
Esme snapped a picture.
Everyone burst out into "O Christmas tree" with Edward at the piano.
Christmas at the Cullen's had officially begun.