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Forget not that I am a derp.


It's the most wonderful time of the year, and in Canterlot, that means it's time for the biggest Hearth's Warming parties in the nation. Going by the Gala, enough formal splendor is sure to attract Princess Celestia's attention.

Isn't it?

My gift to Petrichord in The Incredible Amazeballs Jinglemas Secret Santa Compilation, now with corrected typos that I really should've caught the first time around.

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"Chevaigne by the gallon"

Blueblood is thinking small. Chevaigne by the hogshead or go home!

More? Because this needs more silly feels. :pinkiesad2:

Oh the nobility, outdone by a filly's invitation.
Was not expecting Twilight, should have seen it coming.
Either way, amusingly enjoyable.

Moar pwease?

Again, I pushed you to 11 upvotes! :rainbowlaugh:

Nice little tale.


I think that, even this early in their relationship, Celestia likes Twilight Sparkle much more than she does most of the nobles.

Even since Blueblood XXIX insulted the honor of Prance by proposing a bulk discount, they refuse to sell it by any greater quantity.

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I have a bad habit of writing one-shots that people want to see expanded. Well, I suppose it's a good thing that you want to see more, but I don't have anything planned beyond this. We'll have to see. Still, thanks. :twilightsheepish:

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Given that Twilight's family didn't try to recreate the Gala with tinsel or use the sheer gravitational pull of spent bits to attract Celestia, she was more than happy to take the presented alternative.

Ri2 #9 · Jan 7th, 2016 · · ·

So…is the Chancellor's ghost actually coming, or…?

I like the idea that Puddinghead's spirit brings the Hearth's Warming gifts to all the good fillies and colts. Very creative, inside-the-chimney thinking, that. :pinkiehappy:

Yes, Ri2, there is a Puddinghead. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.


Right, right.
And will any of that be coming down the chimney?

A princely gift you gave in the exchange. If only I'd been aware of the collab during the sign-up phase...

Seeing Velvet discuss her concerns with Celestia was very nice. I get the feeling that Velvet would not have loved her daughter any less if she'd received the second answer.

I have to wonder; why isn't Cadance at this Hearth's Warming party? Or is she the one stuck filling in for Celestia at one of the nobles' parties?

She is at that age where asking her to join an elder family member on an outing, even to a place she would normally enjoy, is the highest form of torture.

Also Shining Armour is there ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh.

Clearly she's visiting her adopted earth pony parents for Hearths Warming. I expect once Luna returned Hearths Warming parties got more... intense with the sisters enjoying themselves a bit too much, just got this feeling with Luna back Celestia is much more playful

Oh, my. This is kinda nice. Also, it's kinda why they kinda don't let Twily play any reindeer games. All those rich idiots trying to attract her and where does she go? Somewhere that might as well be a fridge box as far as they're concerned.

Thanks! It's one of those ideas that take a while to conceive, but once I did, I was amazed that no one else has thought of it. Or so I assume... :unsuresweetie:

Well, at the point in time when this story is set, the generosity and devotion are stone spheres in the middle of the Everfree. The love may be coming down the chimney later, but she's probably waiting until after her aunt and future in-laws leave.

What 6811032 and 6812045 said. One of the reasons Cadence chose to babysit was a chance to get out from under Celestia's wing once in a while. Vsiting her family both made a convenient excuse and was something she genuinely wanted to do. Certainly not because I forgot about her.

At first, all of the nobles assumed Celestia went to one of the other grand parties, and jealously snubbed the other houses in the traditional manner. It took more than a week before ponies compared notes and realized that Celestia seemed to have vanished that night. By the time they discovered the truth, it had to compete with rumored appearances in every other major party, a few homeless shelters, an enterprising young baker's new donut shop, and the surface of the Sun.
The only pony who ever held a grudge against Twilight because of this incident was Blueblood XXXVII, for taking away his auntie from what should've been the best night ever. Of course, most of the nobility was already jealous of Celestia's pet filly before this. :derpytongue2:

You know, I kinda actually feel bad for lil' Blueblood. He is probably young enough that the idea of a visit from the Princess has an appeal beyond simple prestige. This would probably be enormously disappointing. Especially for a kid who probably is very unused to disappointment.

One of my bits of headcanon is that Celestia, privately, considers Blueblood being an elitist snobby jerk one of her worse failures. Because it, in a real way, is a repeat of her error with Luna: being too occupied by her own business and not paying enough attention to a family member to notice them going off the rails because of bad influence and a cascade of bad decisions.

l read the chapter title and this is what immediately thought of:

(of course, had l read the story, l wouldn't have had to post the video)

I finally know what to call Celestia's shoes. This pleases me.

Glad I could bring the term to your attention. You can thank MrNumbers for teaching me and my ridiculous capacity for trivia retention.

Daww twily so cute and innocent

Regarding the chapter title; I love that comedy bit :)

*Reads chapter title*

Hey, isn't that a Tom Lehrer reference?

*Scrolls down to author's endnote*

Yes, yes it is.

*Scrolls back to top of page*

Time to have fun! :pinkiecrazy:

This was a cute and all-too-brief read. I also really liked the conversation between Celestia and Twilight Velvet - it's always nice to see that stuff addressed.
Now, I'm half-tempted to join in the chants for further updates, but I also understand the feeling of being asked for more when one only intended to do so much to begin with, so I'll just say that I quite enjoyed this. :twilightsmile:

Actually, "A Hearth's Warming Tale" gave me inspiration for a sequel. I can't tell you when to expect it quite yet, but I am chipping away at it.

7243233 Awesome! Looking forward to it. :twilightsmile:

How did i forget to favorite this? Criminy Crumpets, Foamy, this was one of the better christmas gifts I've gotten. Cheers!


If there is a sequel, I'd expect the sequel on this Christmas, perhaps... but the New Year's might make sense as well.

And might as well ask here:

"Do you know of a story where Cheese Sandwich visited the yaks and had them expect a Pinkie (Pie) Party, and she was relating the story to her daughter, who I thought was called Sachertorte, but searching that doesn't seem to give what I'm looking for..."

And I found it a few minutes later. https://www.fimfiction.net/story/216531/8/dueling-keyboards/mascarpolo

Beautifully fitting for the holiday season.

Canapes were purchased by the cartload, tinsel by the mile, Chevaigne by the gallon (Actual Chevaigne, imported from the appropriate region of Prance, as if it needed to be said.)

Not sure if this irks me because (as per my style) the period is in the wrong spot, or because it's just missing one. :derpytongue2:

Awww. Fun read! I’d have loved to see this expanded a bit more to the dinner and afterwards but still a great story.

I came here after read The Stars are Wrong and this has gotten me right in the mood for Christmas

So I can think of two reasons why Cadance wasn't here.

1. She left Canterlot to visit her earth pony parents. Knowing that Celestia was going to Twilight's family for the holiday, as much as she wanted to visit her favorite filly, she wanted to get away from Celestia more.

2, and the real reason me thinks. The author just completely forgot she existed, and just never got around to adding an in universe reason.

Love the story by the way. Just can't get around the lack of where Cadance is for the holiday.

If you'll check the comments, you'll find my confirmation that it's a combination of those two reasons. :derpytongue2:

This was nice. Exactly the kind of thing I'd expect to have occurred at some point in these characters' mutual history.

Liking the idea of Puddinghead's ghost as a Santa analogue too. Might steal that if I can find a way to square it with the canonical depictions of Santa costumes. The work of an Equestrian carrot juice company, perhaps?


The work of an Equestrian carrot juice company, perhaps?

Makes sense to me. The question is whether they ride Twilight's growing popularity to a rebranding outside of the worldlines that end Equestria in balefire.

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