Word Count: ~6100
Author's Note: Written for the 2008 sg1_jubilee fic exchange for bluflamingo, who wanted to know how John and Cam celebrate Christmas while in different galaxies, and who also said she likes angst. My thanks to scrollgirl and tesserae_ for the very helpful last minute beta reading.
Summary: The party had a surreal feel to it, the cheerful celebration clashing badly with his own internal state of anxiety. John checked his watch, wondering how much longer he had to stay for, then realized that if he left, he'd be alone in his room again. He couldn't decide which was worse.
"That's really...impressive," Carter said, gazing up in awe at the almost-pine tree. "And they do this every year?"
There's a short (and less angsty) sequel set one year later here.
I'd also like to point gleefully to the fic I received in this exchange, It's All Fun and Games Until... by randomfreshink. It's a wonderfully descriptive Vala and Sam friendship piece that isn't exactly what it appears at first, and it's both darker than it initially looks and a lot of fun.