This was so sweet and simple and lovely and I now wish it were Christmas! Although I am unfamiliar with the song you used, it fit perfectly with the tale. ^.^
These kinds of stories are always so bittersweet for me. It's such a wonderful idea - the happy family of Potters doing normal things like attending service during Christmas, watching the Nativity Play, thinking about the days when their own son will be up there delivering lines that he barely remembers. But it's hard to think that none of these things happen past this point! This is their only Christmas, Harry probably never steps foot inside a church again, even.
It was so nice that you thought to set them up in this situation where they would use the church that we come across in Deathly Hallows when Harry and Hermione visit their graves. I know that the entire story was laced only with the happy simplicity of a family's first Christmas together, and I love that you didn't foreshadow things to come or anything, but allowed us as readers to connect back to that if we so chose to. It's just really cool how this story can be completely innocent and also entirely sad! haha
I really love it when people bring canon facts into a story, so when Bathilda showed up I was like 'Oh, yeah, cool, that was really from the story!' LOL I must be easy to please or something... haha
I thought James and Lily's relationship with each other and with Harry was all so realistic, it was almost like reading a snippet from JK Rowling herself if she decided to give us a slight insight into what Harry's life was almost like.
Also, I just love your descriptions. You paint a very clear picture with your words, which is not always something I can do, and you make even what could be a very mundane activity seem enchanting. The walk to the church was one of my favorite moments: The snow-covered path, the music growing louder, James arm around Lily and Harry. Idk, it made me smile. :-)
Simple, lovely, bittersweet and very enjoyable. You're so talented. I hate you.
No, no, that's just the bitter envy. Ignore that. ^.^
Author's Response: I think this is a less popular carol these days - it's an older one, and you don't hear it much. It's nice though, sort of peaceful and calm.
It's sad to think of the Potters during the period when they're happy and content with their little family, knowing how little time they have left together. Dreaming of days that will never come for them.
I adore bringing canon in as much as possible. I especially adore obscure canon. I don't think Bathilda counts as obscure, but I do love it. Anyway, I'm glad you liked her appearance here!
Poor Harry. The life he almost had. Well, did have, until he was a year old, poor little thing.
Thank you so much for the compliment on description - I always feel like that's my weakest point in my writing. I'm so pleased that you thought it was good! And aw, you silly. You're so sweet :) *hugs*