The Legend of the Reverse Grinch
One Christmas not too long ago, a family not unlike yours was gearing up to have a very treeless Christmas. The only hope there was lay within a measly 32" (fake) Christmas tree that just wasn't satisfactory for a family who had always had a 7' tree (also fake).
So, one stormy morning, on Christmas Adam (that's a story for another time), the youngest of the family (a paltry teen we shall call Elricz) awoke before her parents did and set her master plan to save Christmas in motion.
Our story begins just as she's managed to haul the enormous tree in from the garage.
I wiped the sweat from my forehead and sighed happily. I wasn't going to let Christmas be ruined by an insubstantial tree when I was more than capable of setting the big one up by myself. At least, I hoped I was capable.
I hauled the box into the living room, slicing the tape in one deft motion with my trusty scissors. Once the box was open, I surveyed the three main pieces of the tree that I would have to assemble myself.
It was stacking up to be one tiring Christmas.
With undying resolve, I tackled the three pieces of the tree like a Christmas linebacker... sadly, at first move, the tree won out.
I collapsed onto the couch to catch my breath. I was going to have to get more methodical about this if I planned on getting the tree up, by myself, before either of my parents got up.
The Christmas spirit within me awoke once again as I fought with the base of the tree, finally snapping it together and setting the largest portion of the tree within its plastic housing. That accomplished, I let the branches fan out by themselves and fall into place.
One third of the way done, I let myself have a victory moment before tackling the next third of the tree.
This section proved more difficult: I had to carefully hold the middle section over the bottom section so it could click together, securing itself in place. One try, two tries, three tries was the charm as I finally got the tree to secure itself.
Two thirds of the way done, I forced myself to take a twenty minute break before I passed out. But at least the hardest part was over.
I grabbed the small, third section of the tree that made up the top and let it click into place.
The tree was assembled and up! I took another opportunity to have a victory moment before tackling my favorite task: ornaments.
I pored through the boxes in the garage before settling on some basic, but highly embellished, ball-type ornaments. They were up in a matter of half an hour.
But the tree still looked bare.
Thinking of all the holiday-themed paper I had up at my workstation in the office, I retrieved sheet after sheet of polka dot and striped, red and green paper. With scissors and tape in front of me, I engaged in a three-hour-long paper chain-making venture that ended fruitfully.
With the chain wrapped around the tree, I stepped back to review my work and take pride in my accomplishment.
Such was how the legend of the Reverse Grinch was born.
The true story behind Christmas Adam is not mine to tell. Its origins lie within The Blue Umbrella, a Mike Mason novel about a young boy by the name of Zac Sparks (whose hair is as wild as his name) who's entangled in a twisted web of magic, captured by the horrible Aunties, whose only hope is a strange man by the name of Sky Porter. I encourage you to read it (personally I don't take it to be a children's-only book), especially if you want to know the Christmas Adam story.
However, this particular story I'm about to tell you does involve the concept of Christmas Adam.
We begin just one short year after the Reverse Grinch, with a similar situation bringing the story into being...
Enter that same paltry teen, Elricz.
There was no way I was going to let that 32" tree be the representing tree this year. But I wasn't as fit as last year; that Reverse Grinch I pulled did a number on me the first time around.
Was I going to be able to do it again? A second Reverse Grinch, the year after the first? And on Christmas Adam too, just two days before Christmas?
I didn't know if I could do it... but I was most certainly going to try.
This year proved more formidable than last, as the spot where the tree should occupy was taken up by boxes of random stuff that had yet to be moved into the garage. With the small tree already set up in the dining room, the only option left was the upstairs hallway.
But how in the name of all things Christmas was I supposed to get that enormous thing past a baby gate (for the dogs) and up a flight of stairs?
Creativity was quickly called upon, and a solution to the first hurdle devised.
I laid the tree, box and all, across two kitchen chairs, then sidled it up to the gate. It was an easy matter to get the end of it over the top of the gate, then push it into the dining room.
One hurdle down, eighteen more to go. Or so I thought.
Thinking quickly, I decided it would be much less painful if I were to open the box in the dining room, then bring the tree piece-by-piece upstairs as I assembled it.
That plan, while successful in the end, had quite a few holes in it.
Getting the base and bottom piece upstairs was no problem; they were assembled in two shakes of a lamb's tail. That second, middle piece, however, provided a dangerous enemy to my weak, asthmatic heart.
One try... failure.
Two tries... failure.
Three tries... failure. I collapsed onto my bed, breathing heavily from the exertion, and laid stagnant for half an hour as I tried to fight the spots darkening my vision.
I realized too late I had pushed my body too far. Luckily, I pulled through, regained my breath without going unconscious, and returned to the task ahead of me.
One fourth, and final try, was all I needed to get that pesky second section where it needed to be.
With the third section assembled as well, I retrieved some ornaments from the garage and quickly decorated the tree.
My victory not yet complete, I searched for some yellow paper and my origami book to assemble myself a nice star topper for the tree.
After a few folds and some gluing, my topper was ready and secured to the highest branch on the tree.
My goals completed, I flopped down into my dad's office chair and started clacking away at the keyboard.
"The Reverse Grinch and other Christmas Legends," I began.
Finally got a chance to post mine... this applies to the fanart SS event, since as host for the eCard event I'm not participating.
Dear Secret Santa,
Thank you in advance for drawing me a super-amazingtastical fanart this Christmas! I know I'll love whatever you choose to draw off my list, and I appreciate all the effort that you put into it. I thank you for all your hard work, and for being my Santa :) I hope I've given you enough options to choose from!
--Naruto: anything related to the title character, Naruto (though, please, no ships!)
--Tenkai Knights: Chooki and Ceylan are my favorite characters (preferably their human forms and not their knight forms, I know those robotic mecha-types can be kinda hard to draw), so either one or both would be awesome!
--Attack on Titan: Eren (he doesn't have to be in titan-killing mode, he can be relaxing under a tree or doing something normal-esque if you so choose)
--Free!: Rei! He's
my new anime crush my favorite Iwatobi swimmer, even though I have yet to see the anime... I'd die of happiness if he was doing something nerdy or funny like pushing up his glasses in the way only he can do.
--Yuusen Shoujo (Plug-In Girl): I know this one can be hard to find, since it's not a well-known one, but anything/any character from the series would be great, especially Tsukihiko.
--Kilala Princess: laugh if you must... but I'd love to see Rei and Kilala together.
--CatDog: definitely the title characters, Cat and Dog. (Who you kinda have to draw together because they're conjoined.
--N and Hilda from the Pokemon franchise... I absolutely love seeing them shipped together! They're one of my favorite pairs.
--Another pair I LOVE from the Pokemon franchise is Rosa and Curtis/Christoph. (Either him in his stage clothes or his civilian clothes is perfect!)
Once again, thank you, Secret Santa, for all the time and effort that will go into my gift! I will definitely love whichever you choose to draw for me :)