I Always Loved Christmas
Disclaimer: I own nothing! If I did own then Buffy and Angel would be married with a soccer team of kids by now.
Distribution: Let me know where it's going!
Spoilers: This is completely AU
Summary: Buffy takes a trip with her family and her boyfriend's family.
Authors Notes: Merry Christmas! Sorry it is a little late, I got very busy.
Thank you to BuffyandAngelForeverinLove ,xxdawnbreakerxx ,sgmomma ,lillyrosenight, Angellufy, ba2006 ,Vi86. A special thank you to Scifiromance, for the great feedback. I hope you all like this one!
Chapter 1: Plans
Buffy and Willow sat on Buffy's bed doing the girly scream while Xander stood by the dresser covering his ears. He hated it when they did this, it seemed like it happened more and more since Buffy and Angel started dating. Xander didn't see it ending anytime soon since he didn't see Angel going anywhere. He still had a hard time believing that Angel had asked Buffy to marry him when they are still in high school. Insanity was all he could think of, but he was happy for his best friend. She was getting everything she wanted- Angel. They made a good couple. When the screaming died down Xander lowered his hands from his ears, slowly.
"So for real?" Willow smiled, bouncing slightly on Buffy's bed.
Buffy nodded. "Mom said it's cool with her."
Willow let out another excited scream causing Xander to cover his ears again. When he heard Buffy laugh instead of scream along with their red headed friend he dropped his hands.
"You are going to New York City for Christmas with your boyfriend!" Willow smiled.
Buffy laughed again. "His parents are going to be there and so is my mom and Dawnie. Its not like it's some romantic getaway where we will have a sex-a-thon."
Xander shook his head. The one thing he didn't like about Buffy and Angel together was that now they often talked about her having sex. They were like siblings, what brother wanted to know about their sister doing... THAT!
"But... but your going away with your boyfriend!" Willow said excitedly.
"Will." Xander stepped in before Willow could let out another high pitched scream. "As much as I love you my ears just can't take the girly excitement anymore."
"Sorry, Xand. I'm just so excited for Buffy." Willow looked down sheepishly.
Buffy smiled at her best friend. "I have to say I am excited too. I have never been to New York before. Heck, I haven't even left Sunnydale since... Dawnie was born."
Xander shook his head shrugging. "See, I don't like it."
"Why not?" Buffy asked her best friend that she thought of as her brother.
"We are going to be apart for Christmas, when was the last time we did that?" Xander asked sitting down at the end of her bed.
"That is what you are worried about?" Buffy asked him.
"I'll call you." Buffy offered, moving across the bed next to him and wrapping her arms around his shoulders.
"Where am I going to go for Christmas?" Xander asked his best friends.
Willow sighed. He had them there, he went to Buffy's house every year because his family wasn't exactly people you want to be around when it is a holiday. If only she wasn't Jewish.
"You know you could always come here while we are gone." The three teenager looked up to see Buffy's mom leaning against the door frame. Joyce smiled and walked further into the room. "I hadn't heard the excitement screams in a few minutes, I was starting to get worried."
Xander looked at his two best friends with a pointed look, Buffy turned to Willow giving her a pointed look of her own. The red head looked from Xander to Buffy pouting.
Joyce laughed at the three teenagers. She loved her daughters best friends like they were her own kids, they had been hanging around her house all their lives.
Xander thought about it for a minute then shook his head. "It won't be the same without the Summers woman."
"I could come over!" Willow smiled excitedly. "But not spend the night cause that would be bad."
"No wild parties." Joyce smiled as she left her daughters bedroom.
"There will be no parties without me." Buffy told Xander sternly.
"Okay, no parties." Xander nodded. "So what are you all going to do in the great big City?"
Buffy laughed. "Well Angel mentioned something about Rockefeller Center, Lydia wants to go to Macy's.. I guess they have this huge Santa Land thing. Jim seemed overly excited about getting his picture taken with Santa."
Xander shook his head while Willow giggled. Angel's dad really was something else.
"Jim wants to take Dawn to Toys R Us." Buffy continued. "He said its HUGE.. and something about a T-Rex."
"Is that also huge?" Willow commented.
Buffy nodded. "According to Angel it's like from Jurassic Park or something. Which freaks me out."
"You gotta get over your statutes and mannequins come to life thing." Xander told her. "Hey, you should go to that place in Home Alone with the big tree!"
Buffy raised her eye brows at him. "That is Rockefeller Center."
"Oh." Xander looked down to the floor pouting slightly. "What about Time Square?"
"That is my pick!" Buffy smiled brightly.
"What about your mom and Dawnie?" Willow asked. "What do they want to see?"
"Mom is all excited about seeing The Nutcracker and Dawn doesn't understand." Buffy said turning to look at her friend on the bed. "I mean, she knows we are going somewhere with the O'Connor's but she doesn't understand where we are going. I'm excited to have a white Christmas!"
Willow and Xander chuckled at Buffy's excitement for Snow.
"I didn't hear screaming for a while, I got worried." Buffy looked up and saw Dawn standing in the doorway with her hands on her hips.
Willow laughed. "She is so funny!"
Buffy walked into the O'Connor house and made her way to the living room. She saw her boyfriend sitting on the couch playing video games. She made her way over to the couch, sitting next to him putting her feet in his lap.
"Hey Babe." Angel smiled as he played Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Buffy laid back against the arm of the couch. "Your still playing this?"
"Yeah... It's kind of addicting." He glanced over at her.
"You can't take this to New York with you... right?" Buffy asked him hopefully.
Angel paused the game he was playing and set his game controller down on the coffee table chuckling. "No. On this trip I will be completely yours."
"Aren't you completely mine anyway?" She asked with a small smile.
Angel leaned over and kissed her. "Always."
"You better say that!" Buffy laughed looking at her ring finger where his mothers ring was.
Angel leaned over her further, resting his hips between Buffy's legs. "Mmm, I love you." He mumbled kissing her.
"I love you too." Buffy smiled against his lips as he ran his hand up her bent leg.
"Have fun kids." Jim said as he walked past the doorway to walk to the kitchen.
Buffy and Angel laughed at his father.
Buffy walked into the kitchen, leaning against the counter watching Lydia cook. Angel's mom glanced behind her when Buffy walked in. "Are those boys still playing video games?"
"As much as I would like to say no..." Buffy trailed off.
Lydia rolled her eyes. "I knew it was a bad idea to give Angel that video game before Christmas. I think Jim really wanted to play it too though."
"Well they both seem to be enjoying it." Buffy laughed.
"Come here, Sweetie." Lydia put some sauce on a spoon, holding her hand under the spoon to catch anything that dripped. "Taste this."
Buffy tasted the sauce. "That is so good!"
"It's a family recipe." Lydia turned back around to stir the sauce. "I am going to teach you how to make it."
"What?" Buffy laughed. "I can't make that! I can do the jar stuff... but that is even pushing it."
"Buffy, you underestimate yourself." Lydia poured a box of pasta into a large pan of boiling water. "If you set your mind to something then you can do it."
"You sound like my mom." Buffy smiled, leaning her back against the counter.
Lydia turned and smiled at Buffy. "That is because we both know you. You can do anything."
Buffy stared at the sink with a confused look on her face. "Are you sure?"
Lydia nodded as she sliced a loaf of Italian bread.
"Are you really sure?" Buffy asked again not looking away from the sink.
"Yes, I am sure that you have to drain the pasta before you eat it." Lydia laughed.
Buffy shrugged, picking up the colander placing it in the sink and went to get the large pan of pasta to drain.
"Boys, dinner is done!" Lydia called from the kitchen.
Buffy laughed, if it was one thing she learned since Angel got that new video game was not even food would drag him away. "They better come eat before I eat it all." Buffy turned towards the kitchen door and shouted. "I'm eating all the food!"
After waiting a few more minutes Angel and Jim still hadn't come into the kitchen to eat. Buffy didn't want to wait anymore so the girls got their dinner and sat down at the kitchen island to eat.
Angel and his dad hurried into the kitchen, grabbed a plate. Angel put some pasta on his plate while his dad grabbed some bread for himself and tossed a piece onto Angel's plate. While Jim got his pasta Angel opened the fridge and grabbed two Cokes then they both hurried back into the living room.
"If you make a mess, you are dead!" Buffy called after them.
"You are learning quickly." Lydia laughed then called after the boys. "You will be cleaning the mess and then you will be dead!"
Buffy rolled her eyes. "That video game is really annoying me. Would it be wrong to take the game away and hid it?"
"No, I don't think so." Lydia laughed. "I'm almost worried about them going threw withdraw."
"As long as I don't have to go threw withdraw from sex, then we are okay." Buffy joked taking a bite of her pasta.
Angel tip toed into his room at 3:00 AM, trying not to wake Buffy up. He felt bad for playing the video game all night with his dad while she was spending the night but it was addicting. He was sure his girlfriend had a good time with his mom anyway, they got along so well.
Angel slowly got in bed, putting his arm around her waist pulling her closer to him, he heard her mumble sleepily. "Loser."
"Sorry Babe." He kissed her neck and closed his eyes to go to sleep.
"You ready to motor?" Buffy smiled walking into Angel's room to find him sitting on the edge of his bed. When she came in she made sure to check with his mom to see if Angel and his dad were done with their obsession with the video game. She was happy that Lydia had told her they hadn't played the game at all that day.
After she spent the night with Angel she had to go home and start packing for her New York trip with her mother, sister and her boyfriend's family. She had a lot of packing to do but managed to get it all done.
"Almost." Angel reached his hand out to her, taking her by the hand he pulled her into his lap. "My mom always told me to pack my swim suite no matter where we go but do I really need it this time?"
"Maybe." Buffy shrugged then gave him a kiss. "There is a indoor pool in the hotel, right?"
Angel nodded. "Your right. So the trunks go in."
"Maybe even a hot tub." Buffy smiled against his lips before she kissed him.
Angel smiled. "Do we really need bathing suites then?"
"Angel! I'm pretty sure the hot tub is open to the whole hotel, there will be no monkey business in the hot tub, mister!" Buffy laughed.
"Can you blame a guy for trying?" He joked.
"Nope." Buffy shook her head. "So we are buying presents there right?"
Angel nodded and tossed his black swimming trunks into his suite case that was laying open on his bedroom floor.
"I'm making it a rule that video games are NOT allowed." Buffy told him with a pointed look.
"Oh come on!" Angel said disappointed. "I'm a teenage boy, video games are meant to be my life."
Buffy raised her eye brow at him.
Angel gave his girlfriend a questioning look. "Your my life..."
Buffy nodded. "Good boy."