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Rapunzel had scoured post-Christmas Gotham for Christmas decorations, and had found almost everything on clearance at department stores eager to get rid of what was left of their stock. Surprisingly, she had even found some blue bulbs with Hanukkah designs on them--maybe Alex wasn't the only Gothamite to be half-Jewish? She smiled now, at all of the pretty ornaments laid out and ready to be put on the enormous tree set up in the corner of her room.

It hadn't been easy to find a Christmas tree, but she had finally gotten one of the other bar patrons to procure one for her, and bring it to the bar. Alex still had a scratch on his cheek from the branches he had had to cut away to make the thing fit in the tree stand.

She had forced Santa hats on both Alex and Allie, and had Christmas music playing softly in the back ground.

"Are we ready to decorate the tree?"

Date: 2007-12-06 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
"I am!"

Allie was quite literally excitedly bouncing where she was sitting. She'd had to sit and wait through the getting the tree into its spot since she obviously wasn't tall enough or strong enough to do that part.

This part? She was so ready to help with.

Date: 2007-12-06 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Haven't really decorated a tree in ages." He remembers when he tries to help Lynne Vega, years ago, but she also invited three of her fellow Feds to help, and ended up watching. "Heck, I usually just buy a Charlie Brown special.

"What should we do first?" He inspects the lights, and smiles at both Raps and Allie.

Date: 2007-12-06 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
"Real candles would be beautiful," Allie said, leaping up from her spot and finding one of the the loosened ends of the light strands.

She started wrapping them in around the branches, carefully; as she didn't want the tree to suddenly scratch her or for them to fall off from her not paying them enough attention while they went on.

Date: 2007-12-06 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"We'll light candles later. After we set up the tree and the menorah." It's still odd to him to mix the two, but then, he's a mix, isn't he?

Alex begins to fight with the coils of lights. "What else did you do in the old days?"

Date: 2007-12-06 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
Allie looked up, from around part of the tree, listening as they talked. Or maybe it was just the movement of her hair that could be seen really, or possibly her eyes through branches.

"Traditions change so much as the world changes," she commented. "People wouldn't understand so much anymore why they'd symbolize getting removed from heaven on the main symbol of the year."

Diametrically, it made sense. It one took into account the time, the meaning of the time, and the impetus.

Date: 2007-12-06 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Errr." Alex looks a little sheepish. "I really don't get it either." Hard to forget sometimes what a whiz kid Allie is. "Let me guess? Something to do with Jesus making up for the sin in the Garden?" Theology was never his thing.

"But we still eat. And dinner smells good already."

Date: 2007-12-06 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
Allie might have to be told she's going to need help as she's attempting to be subtle about standing on her tip toes to reach branches above her head.

"I'm going to help make the mashed potatoes," Allie added in, with a grin, wiggling the strand as if finally giving in that he might need to come take it.

Date: 2007-12-06 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Mashed potatoes and latkes? You two are going to spoil me." Alex moves behind Allie. "Need a hand?"

Date: 2007-12-06 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
Allie nodded to Alex's question, if only with a tiny pout, as she held out the light string in question to let him take it.

"Are we going to light the candles for you, too?"

Date: 2007-12-06 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"I think I should do that myself. Since I'm the closest thing here to a Jew." He smirks. It's not like he has any problem with who he is. He just never really thinks of himself as a real Jew. Not compared to his grandparents.

He starts working the lights up and around the tree, "We got a stepladder, honey?"

Date: 2007-12-07 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
Yay!" Allie stepped back looking up at the tree, with it's lighting, starting to feel the glee building in her, getting to watch it go up, piece by piece (again, finally).

"Do you have all sorts of ornaments?"

It was possible. Rapunzel had been around a while linearly, with different world counts, and might have nearly anything.

Date: 2007-12-07 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Yeah. what have we got? I have a couple of things at home. But I don't think you want a 1986 World Series ornament, do you?" A prized possession, but somehow, not right for this place.

Date: 2007-12-07 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
Allie popped open some boxes, not seeming daunted by this revelations but to gather more curiosity.

"There are some bigger balls over here. Those go on the lower branches, right?"

Date: 2007-12-07 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
Alex looks through some other boxes and bags. "I think so. Like I said, I was never good at this.

"Raps, wanna offer your expert opinion?"

Date: 2007-12-07 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
"My mom would have loved your way of doing it," Allie said with a laugh, first without thinking about it.

Then she stilled.

For as true as it was, because her mother would have loved the approach in her crazy fashion -- she didn't talk about her mom, and suddenly she wasn't sure she was really supposed to. Not here, with them, doing this, since Alex and Rapunzel had been so much like, and this was so much like...

Allie shuffled up from her seat, cheeks a little reddened now, without looking up now, and started affixing a bulb to one of the lower branches.

Date: 2007-12-09 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
He noticed Allie's awkward pause. And wondered whether he should say anything. Fact is, he wondered a lot about Allie's parents, and her home life, and the holidays. And his curiosity did tend to get the best of him.

"You okay, Allie?"

Date: 2007-12-10 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandsuccess.livejournal.com
"I didn't mean to-"

Allie wrapped her arms around Rapunzel's neck, pressing her cheek against her, not quite sure where the ornament in her hands had ended up.

"Sometimes I almost forget," she said very quietly, reaching up to rub on of her eyes. "She loved to do it by colors and shapes."

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