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Review:And a Happy New Year! says:
So I wasn't planning on also leaving reviews for your secret santa gift, but this one shot was too good to pass up!

I loved this. It was sad, yes, but it was also so very canon. I know you said you were worried about your canon-ness in your A/N, but really please don't worry! I adored this, and I'm a huge proponent of all things canon. One of my favorite things to read is Weasley family scenes, and this is right up there with my favorites.

I had never really considered how stark the weasley christmas would have been in the winter of 1997 when Ron was abroad with Harry and Hermione and the rest of the family was in hiding. Christmas is basically analogous to christmas in my mind and I found Ginny's emotions to be very relatable. I really adored her characterization in this one shot. On that same thought-wave, Christmas of 1998 was an equally empty holiday even though the house was full. I'm currently working on a George-centric first christmas without Fred chapter and loved seeing this from Ginny's POV. She really was always close to the twins, and I felt badly for her. I thought the idea of Molly finishing Fred's sweater was incredibly merose, but Ginny asking for is was such a nice touch. It really was a tribute to her youth, and the simplicity of her request felt young and innocent. Almost as though having his sweater to hold made him closer to christmas.

This was gorgeous. Really truly Gorgeous, and I'd read your rendition of the Weasley family any time.

Happy Holidays!
Your Secret Santa

Author's Response: Hello! And thanks for this lovely lovely review :)

You complimented my canon! -dies- you're one of the like canon elite in my mind (and I'm in awe) and thus this essentially made me squee a lot. "One of your favourite things to read is Weasley family scenes" - that's acutally how I managed to guess it was you, if you were wondering. Oh, and the bit about George :D

I'd never thought about that untill I started writing this. Then I was thinking and trying to work out when the last really good Weasley family christmas would have been - what with Percy missing, Arthur in St Mungos... that's reallly sad.

Anyway, thank you so much for this lovely lovely review! I really appreciate it, and its going to take me a long time to get over the fact that you COMPLIMENTED MY CANON. Thank you!

-AC


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