It's christmas season so we have brought you some christmas cuteness! Enjoy!
Burying her face into Leonard's chest, Penny sniffled and wiped away a straying tear from her cheek with the sleeve of the hoodie she had 'borrowed' from Leonard, before pulling her hand up under her chin.
It was a cold Saturday evening in the throws of winter, one they had deemed perfect for a quiet day watching movies as they snuggled up together on the sofa, using their body heat, as well as a certain blue blanket with sleeves to keep them warm. Penny was cuddled up into the left side of his body with her legs folded up behind her, his left arm around her shoulder and resting on her arm.
Upon hearing Penny sniffle beside him, Leonard tightened his hold on her and began to trace gentle patterns on her arm. "You okay?" He quietly asked as he placed a kiss on top of her head.
"I'm fine." She mumbled, though the crack in her voice was still evident.
"Are you sure?"
Tilting her head up, Penny gave him a weak smile. "I'm fine, sweetie. I just-" she gave a short sigh as she turned her head back to face the television. "I always cry at this bit where the snowman melts... It's so sad." She looked back up at him again a few moments later, "Didn't you think it was sad?"
"Well, yeah," He shrugged a little, "I guess it was a bit sad but…" He frowned, "I mean… that was obviously going to happen. He's a snowman; they melt... I guess I just didn't find it that sad because I knew as soon as it came to life that at some point it was going to melt." He shrugged again, "I expected it."
"But… but the snowman was his dad!" Penny protested, sitting up a little to face him properly.
"No, the snowman was an embodiment of his dad. It wasn't his actual dad."
"Yes it was! His dad came to life in the snowman! So he lost his dad twice!"
"No, he lost his dad once and a snowman once."
Huffing, Penny shook her head and rested her head back on his chest. "Whatever. I think it's sad."
"And I think you're cute when you get all defensive like that," He supressed a chuckle as he kissed her head again, "why did you even want to watch it if it makes you so upset?"
"Because, it's…" Shuffling in closer to his body, Penny smiled as she wrapped her arm around him. "Christmassy. Back home we used to watch a holiday movie every Christmas Eve before being sent to bed for Santa to come and because of that when I watch these kinda movies it gets me all excited for the Holidays." After smiling to herself for a moment, Penny's eyes lit up and she sat up, placing a hand on his chest to prop herself up. "Oh my God, you know what we should do?!"
"What?" Leonard asked with caution.
"We should put up the Christmas decorations!"
"Don't you think it's a little early for that?" He hesitantly asked, "It's not even December yet."
"No, it's not too early. There's no like, law, on when you can and can't put them up. I think as long as Thanksgiving is over you can put them up whenever you want." Her smile beamed, "and I think we should do it now!"
"I don't know…"
Penny pouted her bottom lip at Leonard's uncertain response, "Come on," She pleaded. "Please? It could… It could be like an early birthday present!"
Leonard smiled, his brow raised, "Is that your attempt to subtlety remind me your birthday is coming up?"
"Maybe…" Penny shrugged, "Oh and FYI, if you have a look at the 'Favourites' list on your homepage thing, there are a few pretty items on there that a certain girl might like for her birthday, and/or Christmas."
"Wow," He chuckled, "subtlety really isn't one of your strong points is it?"
"Shut up." She chuckled back, hitting him lightly on the chest as she sat up properly on her knees. "Please, Leonard, come on. Lets do it now." She pleaded again as she gripped his arm with one hand and placed the other on the back of his neck. Tilting her head, she pouted her lip again and began lightly playing with his hair, "It's our first Christmas together, we really should go all out."
"It's not our first Christmas together." He replied with a frown.
"Yes it is! As a couple that have their own apartment together it is. It's special, so we should start celebrating it early."
Leonard smiled at that. She did have a point, and he did always enjoy the decorating part of the Holidays, mainly because he hadn't had much of it growing up. And this time he wouldn't have Sheldon breathing down his neck, insisting that it was a waste of time yet at the same time harassing him about not doing it correctly. So what if it was a little earlier than most people would consider appropriate, if Penny wanted the Holidays to start now, then he wasn't going to deny her.
The word barely left his mouth before Penny let out a squeal, grabbed his face to kiss him fully on the lips. "Yes!" She exclaimed, jumping up off the sofa, letting their blanket fall to the floor.
"But wait," Leonard chuckled at her excitement, "We don't have a tree."
"We can get one!" She quickly replied, "There's a place a couple of minutes away that just started selling them, it's only like… seven o'clock or something its probably still open," Penny reached out and grabbed his hand, pulling him up from his seat, "come on, lets go!"
"What, seriously, like, right now?" Leonard raised his brows, watching as Penny skipped over to the door to grab their coats. He managed to catch his coat as she threw it over to him, and began to pull it on as she practically forced hers onto herself.
"Yes, right now!" Penny bobbed her head up and down eagerly, throwing on her scarf. She was like a child on Christmas morning, excitement written all over her face and unable to keep still.
By the time he'd put on his coat and scarf, she was bouncing on the balls of her feet, jiggling the car keys in her hands. He smiled at the sight of her so happy, and walked over to her. "Alright, lets go then."
"Yay!" Penny squealed, grabbing his hand and pulling him out of the apartment and down the stairs before he had time to properly acknowledge that he was actually moving somewhere. It was only when he realized that Penny was getting into the drivers seat that he pulled a face at her.
"Aren't you a little too excited to be driving?"
Shutting the door and doing up her seatbelt, she stuck her tongue out at him, leaving him with no choice but to get into the passenger seat on the other side. She watched in anticipation as he done up his seatbelt, before switching on the car radio and pulling out of the parking spot. It was only a matter of seconds before they were speeding down the road at a speed he was certain his car had never gone at before (now that Penny was on his car insurance too, the car was bound to experience new speeds and driving styles that were worse than Bernadette's) and she was singing along to a Christmas song on the radio that he hadn't heard before.
"What are you smirking at?" Penny asked after a while, as the song came to an end and an advert for 'Holiday Escapes' rolled on. "You're laughing at my singing, aren't you?"
"No." Leonard turned to look out of the window with a smug look on his face.
"Yes you are!" Penny hit his arm as she turned a sharp left. "Fine, then I'm not going to treat you to my special, heartfelt rendition of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You' later on then."
"Aw, that's such a shame." Leonard chuckled.
"Actually, no, I will sing it, Mr. Sarcastic, when you least expect it, and really loudly, and really go for it with that high note at the end, just to annoy you for-" Penny stopped talking suddenly to grin at the sight of Christmas trees ahead of them, "We're here! Look at the trees!"
"Yeah, I see them, just park the car and then you can be all excited about them and we'll pick one out," Leonard's heart melted at the look of pure joy on her face.
"Oh yeah, parking." Penny furrowed her brow as she whizzed down to find a parking spot which would mean the least walking distance to the trees. As soon as the car was parked, she was jumping out of the car, all her concentration gone. He'd only just gotten out of the car and she was already by the small temporary gate which marked the entrance. As he shut his door, she held out the keys to lock the car, and he walked over to her quickly. Grinning up at him, she held out her hand. Their fingers intertwined, and Penny leaned up to give him a soft kiss on the lips. "Lets go pick out our first Christmas tree together, Leonard."
After a second of looking lovingly into one another's eyes Penny turned away and swiftly walked in the direction of the entrance, her hand gripping tightly on to Leonard's as she pulled him along with her.
Once through the gate they walked slowly, hand in hand in contented silence as they admired the abundance of fir trees around them, all of different shapes and sizes, but all of them quite beautiful.
After a few minutes, Leonard gave her hand a gentle squeeze, "So, what do you think?"
Penny sighed and moved in close to place her head on his shoulder while they continued their slow paced walk. "They're all so pretty." She muttered as she brought her free hand up to loosely hold his arm.
"Which one should we get?"
"Hmm." She indecisively hummed. "I'm not sure."
He lifted their joined hands in the direction of one of the trees. "What about that one?"
Penny lifted her head from his shoulder, and after taking a moment to look the tree over, she slowly shook her head and scrunched up her nose. "Hm, no."
"Why not?" He asked, confused as to why she would turn down what seemed to him to be a perfectly fine tree.
Penny simply shrugged and said, "It's too skinny." Then walked on, tugging at his arm again to walk with her.
As they continued their search, Leonard quickly realised that picking out a tree, a task that had been done in the past with minimal fuss, was going to be decidedly more difficult this time around. Every time he pointed out what he deemed to be perfectly adequate trees, Penny readily dismissed, each one for a different reason. They were too small or too big, too bushy or not bushy enough. Some weren't the right shade of green, some just weren't the right shape and some, to her, didn't smell right. It truly baffled him how she could find so many critiques for a simple Christmas tree and as the time passed it became more and more frustrating.
"Come on Penny," He tiredly moaned, "just pick any one. They all look fine!"
"We can't pick just any one Leonard," Penny quickly replied as she looked around, studying every tree they passed, "It's our first tree, it has to be perfect." A second after she said those words Penny gasped and stopped in her tracks, putting one hand out in front of Leonard to stop him too while the other pointed out ahead of her. "Oh my God Leonard – Look!"
"What is it?"
"Over here – look!" She exclaimed as she bounced off in the direction she had just been pointing in. "It's perfect! It's the perfect size to fit in our apartment! What do you think?" She asked him, her smile beaming as she looked from him to the tree she was standing directly in front of, reaching out to brush her hand over the bristles on its branches. "It's nice and bushy too!"
Leonard smiled as he walked over to join her. If he were to tell the truth, he couldn't see what she saw specifically in this one. To him it was just the same as all the rest, yet for some reason she singled out this one and after all the time he had spent there, there was no way he was going to argue against her choice.
"I think we should get it." He said, grinning as he put his arms around her waist.
Penny wrapped her arms around his neck, "Really?"
Nodding, he inched his face closer to hers, stopping when their noses touched lightly together. "Really." He gave her a quick peck on the lips before pulling back, "Now let's go find the guy to pack this up so we can get it home."
"Yes!" Penny exclaimed, unable to stop herself from jumping a little on the spot, "And then we can start the best part – decorating it!"
"That sounds good to me. Oh, hey, there's one of the guys who-"
But Penny got there before him, waving a hand enthusiastically in the air as the other moved to clutch Leonard's arm. "Hello! Excuse me?" She grinned as he walked over to them, having sufficiently received their attention. He smiled in greeting. "Umm, we want this tree." Penny gestured to the tree she had chosen, visions of it standing decorated in their apartment already running through her mind. "Please."
"Sure. You guys got a car?" He watched as Penny nodded eagerly. "Alright, well if you back it up to the gates while I pack this then it'll be easier to get it in."
"No, wait, Penny, you stay here, I think you're too excited to drive in reverse." Leonard chuckled, rubbing her arm gently. "I'll go get the car."
"Mm, alright." Penny sighed. "Oh, that means I get to watch him pack the tree!"
Laughing slightly, Leonard left to get the car, and Penny followed the guy, who by now was hauling the tree, looking far from pleased that he was stuck with such an enthusiastic customer. She watched, wide-eyed, as with the help of another staff member the tree was placed in the machine and packed in white netting. He asked if she needed a stand, to which she said yes - deciding she might as well go all out this year. Paying him in cash (she had been keeping cash set aside in her purse for almost a week for the sole purpose of buying a tree), he accepted the money and handed her a small paper receipt. He took the tree while she took the stand, and walked back to the gates, Penny grinning the whole way, until they reached the car.
"Here-" Leonard jumped up from where he was leaning against the car, opening the boot and going to help place the tree inside the back of the car. Penny bounced from spot to spot, before Leonard took the stand from her and placed that in the back too before shutting the boot. They thanked the salesman, who looked more than happy to be parting from the eagerly grinning Penny.
"Happy?" Leonard asked, guiding her round to the passenger seat.
"Yeah! Ooh, it smells so good in here with the tree!" Penny inhaled deeply as she sat down, before Leonard shut the door and joined her in the car on the drivers side.
"Alright, do your seatbelt up and we can head home and decorate this." Leonard started up the car, waiting for Penny to do her belt before driving off.
"How're we gonna get this upstairs?" Penny asked, turning to him after a moment. "Trees are prickly. I don't want to get scratches all on my hands."
"It's fine, I'll carry it up. Just put some gloves on and you can hold the end up so it doesn't drag up the stairs." Leonard shrugged, hoping that the tree wasn't all too heavy.
"Ooh yeah, I forgot you secretly have muscles hidden under all those layers." Penny smirked. "Merry Christmas to me."
"I have to wear lots of layers, its cold in the winter!"
"Yeah, but you wear them in the summer too." Penny pointed out. "You're not planning on putting up that bust of Isaac Newton on the tree, are you?"
"No," he shook his head, "that's Sheldon's. We're having a normal tree this year."
"Good. I got the decorations down from the back of my closet and I bought some cute new ones just for us last week - oh, it's going to be so cute and Christmassy!" Penny clapped her hands together, not unlike a small child. "We can put on the Christmas playlist from my iPod while we decorate?"
"You've already made a playlist?" Leonard raised a brow.
"Yeah, I just keep the playlist on my iPod all the time and add to it whenever something new comes out. As if I would delete it, Leonard." Penny shook her head, amused, before her eyes lit up again. "We're home!" She unbuckled her seatbelt before he'd even started parking the car, picking her handbag up from beneath her feet and pulling her gloves from her pockets before putting them on. As soon as the car had stopped, she was out of the car, opening the boot, placing the stand under one arm.
"Alright, here." Leonard pulled the tree out as Penny watched, balancing it between his arms and body as he shut the boot and locked the car. Stuffing the keys into his pocket, he bent his knees a little to hoist the tree up over his shoulder, clutching it tightly. "Grab the end, Penny."
"Oh, yeah," she moved quickly, clutching the end of the tree in her hand and balancing it by her hip.
They made their way carefully up the stairs in a concentrated silence, Leonard maneuvering them so there was enough room to make it around the bends in the stairwell. Penny admired his quick calculations, having been ready to panic that the tree wouldn't make it to their apartment at the first turn. When they finally arrived at the apartment, she let out a deep breath, carefully placing down the end of the tree so she could take out her keys.
"We made it!" She grinned, skipping over to the door.
"That we did." Leonard nodded, taking a quick puff from his inhaler as she opened the door and stepped inside, holding it open for him and the tree.
Dragging it in, she shut the door and they leant it against the wall before removing their outer layers. Penny went over to switch her iPod on, and as Leonard poured them both a glass of wine he smiled as the sound of her favourite Christmas songs play from the speakers. He brought the glasses over to the coffee table and began to unpack the tree as she went to fetch the decoartions. Placing the boxes on the couch, Penny helped him place the tree in the stand and move it over to the corner she had emptied specifically for this purpose.
"Okay baby, lets do this!" Penny grinned as she held out a box of decorations for him to take. "Remember, don't put two of the same color baubles too close to each other."
"Yeah, I remember that rule." Leonard nodded. "You want to put the lights on the tree and I'll put these ones around the door?" He held up a string of star-shaped fairy lights.
Penny looked in her box to make sure she had the tree lights and then nodded at him. "Yeah, that sounds good. Then our door will look all pretty! Oh, we'll have to buy a wreath tomorrow to put on the outside of it! How did I forget to buy that?"
They set about putting their lights up, Leonard grabbing a bar stool so he could reach the top of the door frame, carefully taping the lights to the wall so as not to tear at the paint when they were removed. When he was done, he turned to find Penny with her arms wrapped around the tree, and laughed out loud at the sight. "Honey, what are you doing?"
"Trying to reach the other end of the lights so I can plug it in at the back!" Penny scrunched up her face and stuck her tongue out in an effort to reach further.
"Here, let me help." He crouched down on the other side of her, reaching out an arm to take the end of the lights from her. With a sigh of relief, she stood back up and watched as he plugged them in, and they both stood back to admire the lights.
"Aww, don't they look pretty! Come on, we've got to get these decorations up. I'm not going to sleep tonight until they're all up!"
"You are one eager beaver, aren't you?" Leonard chuckled as he returned to his box of decorations.
He found himself humming along to the Christmas tunes as Penny sang along to them, her festive cheer becoming incredibly catchy. He taped three glittery snowflake shapes by their string to her bedroom door, which she grinned at, before heading back over to the tree. She'd put spare tinsel across the stand of the television, and little plastic snowmen on the windowsil. Their boxes of decorations were quickly emptying, and she had been decorating the other side of the tree so he couldn't see her, but could hear her singing along to 'Santa Baby' - her rendition wasn't the best, but it still brought a warm smile to his face.
"Can you come help me with this honey?" Penny stopped singing to ask her question.
"Sure, I'm just putting this little reindeer toy on the tree, one second." Leonard squinted as he tried to get the reindeer toy to hang evenly and not look like it was falling into the depths of the tree. "Alright."
Taking a few steps around to the tree, he beamed at the sight he was met with. An arm above held up above her head, mistletoe in her hands, a sweet smile on her lips and the other hand resting lightly on her hip. As he took a step towards her, she held out her hand, and their fingers entertwined as he closed the gap between them, placing his free hand on her waist.
"Merry Christmas, Leonard." Penny said quietly, her eyes locked on his.
"Merry Christmas, Penny."
Leaning in, she captured his lips with a soft kiss, keeping her mouth over his for a moment as the hand holding the mistletoe dropped to his shoulder. "I love you," she whispered, looking up at him with a serious expression, before clearing her throat a little. "I'm going to hang this mistletoe up somewhere, and then we need to finish decorating our tree."
Prompt: Imagine your otp putting up Christmas decorations. Person A of you otp gets Person B to come close not sure where to put a decoration turns out the decoration is mistletoe. They share a cute kiss.