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"This was quite well written, and the characters had a very natural feeling back and forth. Shame I didn't like it at all."

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After the fiasco of last year’s Hearth Warming Tree, the Student Six are determined to have a multicultural Hearth’s Warming, where everycreature contributes a tradition of their own. For five of them, that’s no problem. For Gallus . . . complaining about the food and barely tolerating everyone’s company isn’t a very good tradition.


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Due to a sudden rule change, I didn’t have time to make a proper blog post, so here’s a few fun facts for y’all.

Tinsel, which we’re all familiar with (probably) was invented in Nuremberg around 1610, originally made of silver. When aluminum got cheap, it was often used; lead was also popular. [Lead tinsel wasn’t banned in the US until 1971.]

Technically, long narrow strips of tinsel which emulate icicles are called ‘lametta.’


Iolite or Cordierite is a magnesium iron aluminum cyclosilicate. It often forms projecting rectangular structures which look somewhat like a cityscape, which is why my geologist friend called a nice sample he had his “Gotham city” rock. I can’t find a picture of one that looks that good, but this should give you an idea:
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“Seven meats for the price of one.” and “A lot of meat. But not a lot of money.” are both from a vintage SpamTM ad.


Early on, I had the idea to have all of the Student Six discuss their various Hearth’s Warming traditions, and I came up with the idea that Yaks would have a julbock which they could smash. As it turned out, the show had already had an episode about their various Hearth’s Warming traditions, and I had to change things around somewhat. Then I decided I’d ask Aquaman--who won the 2019 EFNW Scribblefest by writing a show-like episode featuring the Mane 6--to pre-read and make sure I hadn’t made any other canonical mistakes.

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...Dangit, every time I see or hear fish sticks mentioned, my mind automatically adds "and custard" after it. What has Doctor Who done to me?!

"mess, I”d do something"
"mess, I'd do something"?

Nice. :)

This was several kinds of adorable. A little hard to tell who's talking sometimes.

Corderite is a magnesium iron aluminum cyclosilicate.

<misreads> Cordite is what?

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Is it wrong that my mind thought of South Park first?

A nice piece between these two. I think they do make a nice couple.

You know if someone was listening into Gallus and Silverstream's conversation without context they could get some idea's

“We’re experimenting, it’s okay if it doesn’t work the first time.”

“they look like they’re dripping.”

“It’s too floppy.”

VERY CUTE

I like the grooming, everyone's written pretty well and this was a great spin on Hearth's Warming Club!

also

“I don’t mind sharing mine,” Smolder said. “Not after eating that iolite.” She wrapped an arm around Ocellus and pulled the changeling into a tight embrace.

:fluttershysad: :heart:

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...Dangit, every time I see or hear fish sticks mentioned, my mind automatically adds "and custard" after it. What has Doctor Who done to me?!

It’s fine. Just let it happen.

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"mess, I'd do something"?

Correction made; thank you!

Nice. :)

:heart:

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This was several kinds of adorable.

Thanks! :heart:

A little hard to tell who's talking sometimes.

I’ll give it another look . . . is there any place in particular you remember being an issue? Sometimes it’s hard approaching that as the author, since I know who’s supposed to be saying what.

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<misreads> Cordite is what?

Heh, it’s even funnier ‘cause I misspelled it originally (it’s actually Cordierite).

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Is it wrong that my mind thought of South Park first?

I don’t know what that reference is, and since it’s South Park, that’s probably for the best. :rainbowlaugh:

A nice piece between these two. I think they do make a nice couple.

Thank you! And I think that they do make a nice couple.

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You know if someone was listening into Gallus and Silverstream's conversation without context they could get some idea's

:trixieshiftleft:I have no idea what you’re talking about. :trixieshiftright:

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VERY CUTE

Thanks! :heart:

I like the grooming, everyone's written pretty well and this was a great spin on Hearth's Warming Club!

Thank you! Mutual grooming is the best.

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It was in reference to a punchline of a joke the character Jimmy created that Cartman took credit for that poked fun of Puff Daddy.

The Student Six are determined to have a multicultural Hearth’s Warming, where everycreature contributes a tradition of their own.

I haven't read the faction. But Hearth's Warming appears to be the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Aka Christmas.

My impression is: All over the world, the Wonder Solstice was celebrated in much the same way. As a time of togetherness and all. No single nation invented that togetherness celebration, multiple nations invented it independently of each-other.

So a multicultural Christmas/Winter Solstice shouldn't be too difficult, seeing as no one culture invented it in the first pace.

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You're welcome. :)

Tfw you win the jinglemas jackpot and Admiral Biscuit writes you a story.

This is so adorable. I love the ideas, the interactions, and most of all the characterization. So much fun to read. And I gotta level with you, I only picked Silverstream and Gallus because I couldn't pick all six of these characters. And I got them all anyways. :scootangel:

Also:

“I don’t mind sharing mine,” Smolder said. “Not after eating that iolite.” She wrapped an arm around Ocellus and pulled the changeling into a tight embrace.

You did your research, you scoundrel.

Thanks so much, Biscuit. I love this to pieces.

This was adorable, and a fantastic followup to "The Hearth's Warming Club". Which is especially impressive given you comment seeming to indicate you hadn't watched that episode before starting work on this. Gallus leveraging his mistake into a new tradition is definitely in line with what the show would do, and felt like a natural progression. Everyone was presented really well here. Good job!

Silverstream helping Gallus get out of sad boy hours? Sign me the FRICK up

You did a really nice job on this! Short, simple, and sweet. Very enjoyable :)

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I haven't read the faction. But Hearth's Warming appears to be the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Aka Christmas.

Or any of the other various near-Solstice celebrations, yes. Certainly the outward appearance of it in the show is tied in to Christmas/Yule.

My impression is: All over the world, the Wonder Solstice was celebrated in much the same way. As a time of togetherness and all. No single nation invented that togetherness celebration, multiple nations invented it independently of each-other.

I would say that you are correct. There are lots of different celebrations here on Earth.

So a multicultural Christmas/Winter Solstice shouldn't be too difficult, seeing as no one culture invented it in the first pace.

Also agree. And at least here on Earth, there are plenty of things that have crossed their traditional boundaries to add to the holiday. I feel that the ponies tend to be more isolationist, so they wouldn’t be aware of all the other different traditions, but then I have to admit that I’m not really up on all the different holidays, either.

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Tfw you win the jinglemas jackpot and Admiral Biscuit writes you a story.

:heart:

This is so adorable. I love the ideas, the interactions, and most of all the characterization. So much fun to read. And I gotta level with you, I only picked Silverstream and Gallus because I couldn't pick all six of these characters. And I got them all anyways. :scootangel:

Well, heck, it just didn’t feel right to only have Silverstream and Gallus without the other four.

You did your research, you scoundrel.

Funnily enough, if you read the story notes, I initially re-wrote an episode, substituting my own headcanon for what the show writers had come up with (and there were hits, and there were misses). But after I got over that little problem, yeah, I did my research. I always do. :heart:

Thanks so much, Biscuit. I love this to pieces.

You’re so welcome! :heart:

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This was adorable, and a fantastic followup to "The Hearth's Warming Club". Which is especially impressive given you comment seeming to indicate you hadn't watched that episode before starting work on this.

Some of that was pure serendipity (the idea I had tied so neatly into a followup, even though I didn’t know what I was following up on), and the rest was revisions once I had watched that episode. On Dailymotion, unfortunately, so I got 23 minutes of Pony and 10 minutes of ads for all sorts of things I have no interest in whatsoever, but you gotta do what you gotta do. . . .

Truth is, I’m rather far behind on the show, and haven’t actually watched all that many episodes featuring the Student Six. From what I’ve seen, I really love Silverstream especially, because she’s just so darned adorable.

Gallus leveraging his mistake into a new tradition is definitely in line with what the show would do, and felt like a natural progression. Everyone was presented really well here. Good job!

Thank you!

I was kind of thinking that, especially after I watched the episode. Even before I had, I had the idea that griffons weren’t much for celebrations, so of all the students, Gallus would be struggling the most, and he’d want to participate, so why not embrace a past failure and make a tradition of it?

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Silverstream helping Gallus get out of sad boy hours? Sign me the FRICK up

:heart:

You did a really nice job on this! Short, simple, and sweet. Very enjoyable :)

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

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“I feel that the ponies tend to be more isolationist, so they wouldn’t be aware of all the other different traditions”.

We're not much better. Even I'm not familiar with any Winter Solstice/Christmas tradition, except the Global tradition (which came out of the Western/Christian tradition).

I'm not a hardcore anti-globalist. Global civilization has achieved some amazing things! But she's been a victim of her own success. Global culture has become too strong, and is drowning out regional/ethnic culture. The world is becoming mono-cultural, instead of multi-cultural. And that's something I think we should fight.

So adorable. Could use a romance tag for all that cuddling, but maybe that's just me.

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We're not much better. Even I'm not familiar with any Winter Solstice/Christmas tradition, except the Global tradition (which came out of the Western/Christian tradition).

No, you’re completely right there. There are some things that the internet has done for good, such as allowing people more easy access to that kind of information, but we’ve still got to seek it out . . . I actually did a bit of it for this story before having to scrap the original intro after finding out that the show had already done it, and I’ve got a video on the Icelandic (IIRC) tradition of a cat eating you if you don’t wear new clothes.

I'm not a hardcore anti-globalist. Global civilization has achieved some amazing things! But she's been a victim of her own success. Global culture has become too strong, and is drowning out regional/ethnic culture. The world is becoming mono-cultural, instead of multi-cultural. And that's something I think we should fight.

I agree. In the spirit of fighting the monocultural machine, my brother got married in both a Christian wedding (his tradition), and a Hindu wedding (her tradition), and honestly, the whole Hindu ceremony was eye-opening to me.

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So adorable. Could use a romance tag for all that cuddling, but maybe that's just me.

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I don’t think that it is expressly a romance, but one could certainly read that into it. Especially since Gallus and Silverstream are an adorable couple.

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Wonderful story. Thanks, Biscuit.

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You’re welcome! Glad you liked it!

promise not to snack on my purple lametta

Phrasing!:pinkiegasp:

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Phrasing!:pinkiegasp:

That would have been more innuendo if it’d been Silverstream who said it. :derpytongue2:

You should ask a Twilight or Starlight for permission first.

I like the implication that there are multiple Twilights and/or Starlights available. Which is hypothetically true, depending on Sunset Shimmer's holiday plans.

“Thanks!” She snatched one up and nibbled on the end. “Seven fish for the price of one!”

A handheld feast!

Oh hey, he almost went for that. :rainbowlaugh:

A lovely tale of the best family Gallus has ever had. Poor Sandbar. If only he were a pegasus...
Thank you for this.

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I like the implication that there are multiple Twilights and/or Starlights available. Which is hypothetically true, depending on Sunset Shimmer's holiday plans.

While it’s of course a typo, I like the implications, so I’m leaving it in. :rainbowlaugh:

A handheld feast!

It is indeed.

Oh hey, he almost went for that. :rainbowlaugh:

Based on vintage SPAM advertising.

A lovely tale of the best family Gallus has ever had. Poor Sandbar. If only he were a pegasus...
Thank you for this.

Thanks, glad you liked it! It was actually a lot of fun to write and research. :heart:

10000111

<misreads> Cordite is what?

A relatively smokeless replacement for gun powde--oh, that's not what you're asking about, is it?:applejackunsure:

“I don’t know, but Rarity’s little sister has lots.”

Sweetie Bell: "That's not glue. It's just tree sap. But, yeah, I've got tons of it. :unsuresweetie:"

Sweet short story. Nice! :pinkiehappy:

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<misreads> Cordite is what?

I mistyped that more than once :rainbowlaugh:

Sweetie Bell: "That's not glue. It's just tree sap. But, yeah, I've got tons of it. :unsuresweetie:"

I dunno if Sweetie having glitter is canon, but it’s brought up in Lucky Dreams’ Yes, Applebloom, There *is* a Santa Hooves, in which Sweetie receives “three packets of ‘Tescow Value Party Glitter’.”

Sweet short story. Nice! :pinkiehappy:

Thanks! :heart:

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