The tree this year was even more spectacular than last year’s. Taller, and decorated with lights, ornaments, strings of beads, and a beautiful star topper, the tree was dazzling. Sean and Elijah had even hung garland and lights along the mantle above the fireplace, and hanging down from the mantle, Christmas stockings. Even though it was just the two of them, they had included stockings for loved ones that couldn’t join them. Alongside Sean and Elijah’s stockings was a stocking for Hannah, and another for Tilda.
And of course, there were the presents. Elijah had tried to convince Sean not to buy him anything this year, that nothing could top the desk he’d built for him, but judging by the pile of colorfully wrapped presents under the tree, he hadn’t been very successful.
Elijah would love whatever Sean gave him, but the presents wouldn’t be the most important thing to him this year. The love they shared, and the life they were making together. These were the gifts that Elijah would hold most precious this Christmas.