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Quadruple Drabble: Festival Of Trees

Title: Festival Of Trees

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, Jack

Rating: G

Spoilers: Nada.

Summary: Jack teaches Ianto more about Boeshane traditions.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

A/N: For mahmfic’s prompt ‘celebrating a holiday other than Christmas’ This is a quadruple drabble.

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

Jack and Ianto were sprawled on the couch at their house, too stuffed with Christmas dinner to even think of moving.

“Did you celebrate Christmas on Boeshane,” Ianto asked idly.

Jack shook his head.

“No. By then earth traditions had practically died out. When humans started travelling beyond earth, their traditions mixed with those of the alien cultures we ran into until no one really remembered the old ways anymore. All that remained were jumbled up bits and pieces that made no sense. Each colony developed its own celebrations to fit themselves and the worlds they lived on,” he explained.


“It seems weird to think of a future with no Christmas,” Ianto said sadly. “To me it’s like a ray of hope during the darkest part of winter.”

“Most planets, those with seasons anyway, developed their own midwinter celebrations. On Boeshane, ours was called the Festival of the Trees.”

“I’m guessing that had something to do with your family trees?” Ianto raised an eyebrow.

“You guess right! On the shortest day, families gathered at their tree and decorated it, then held hands in a circle around it and each said what they were thankful for. Like Christmas and Thanksgiving combined.”


“Sounds lovely. You know, we should do that with our tree!” Ianto said with a smile.

“There’s only two of us though.”

“Well, it’s only a small tree. Besides, every family has to start somewhere. We might only be two people with a very small tree, but our tree will grow with our family.”

“True. We’d better go easy with the decorations this year though, don’t want to overburden it.”

Ianto levered himself up off the sofa.

“We have some leftover tinsel and the pinecones David and Mica decorated with glitter.”

“Perfect! You find those while I get our coats.”


Twenty minutes later, wrapped in coats, scarves and woolly hats, they stood in their backyard, either side of their little tree, festooning it with tinsel and pinecones. Ianto made a mental note to get something less gaudy for next year.

When the decorations were hung, they joined hands around the sapling, smiling at each other through its slender branches.

Ianto spoke first.

“I’m thankful for my family, friends and the chance to spend eternity with the man I love.”

Jack swallowed hard.

“I’m thankful for the love of this amazing man; because of him, I don’t dread the future anymore.”

The End


awwww what a beautiful new tradition! I'm sure that in years to come, there will be little ones round that tree too!
Merry Xmas!
Count on it! Their family will grow along with their tree =)

Thank you!
That had me tearing up...happily, of course. The boys have an eternity making their own traditions and some day their family will be celebrating with them as well.
I thought I should get them off to a good start, lol!

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!
Beautiful!!! I wish you and your readers a good christmas and the best of new years!
Thank you!

The same to you! =)
Reminds me of the Library you wrote and of the Winter Solstice celebrations of my people... Lovely! It's a glance into that tiny portion of Jack's alienness yet still his humanity that ultimately shines thru...
Thank you!

I like to think that the traditions people took with them into space changed over time, but the essentials are still there, just in different combinations. Family trees are real trees you hang pictures of your family on. *grins*
That sounds like a lovely tradition.

great work.
Thank you! I wanted Jack to have some different traditions that Ianto can adopt.
How lovely. My absolute favouritE stories are ehrn Ianto is immortal too- especially those telling how he became immortal. Hinting, Moi?
I've got two of those so far - 'Fixed Points' and the beginning of my current WiP 'Through Time and Space'. I intend to write one for the Nosy-'Verse when I come up with a suitable idea for how it happens. I know I have at least three different 'Verses, possibly four, but damned if I know which fics belong in which one, never mind the drabbles, lol! This could work in the Fixed Points 'verse, possibly, but it's more likely set in the Nosy-'Verse. Glad you liked it!

Thank you!

Aww, that's beautiful! <3<3<3
Thank you! Jack is enjoying familiar traditions with Ianto!
Aww this is really lovely.
When I have a garden in which to plant a tree I want to start this tradition.
Unfortunately I'm not very green fingered so I'll probably kill the tree before it's first festival of trees.
Trees are pretty hardy, I hope you can get one that will flourish through many years! I rather like my tradition myself, I just don't have a family to grow with the tree. h well, I can still have a tree!

Thank you!
You can have a friend tree instead of a family tree and share pictures with us each year :-)
Well, we already have trees in the garden and it's so overgrown I have nowhere to put one, but I have the little living Christmas tree my sister gave me at Christmas... If I can keep it alive!