Title: Christmas Author: gypsywriter135
Source: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Genre(s): Family / Friendship
Rating: K Character(s): Leo, Raph, Don, Mikey, & Splinter
Chapter(s): 3 Status: Complete
Author’s Synopsis: Christmas is a time for togetherness.
Welcome Readers, I’m continuing my trend of reading holiday fiction with a TMNT Christmas story. Not “Christmas story” like the movie but a story that features Christmas. It called to me because it’s TMNT – I feel the nostalgia – and I wanted to read a story that was not based on anime fandom; I read a lot of those and wanted to change it up a bit.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer; here to review the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction. This time I am reviewing this heartwarming story about Christmas with the Turtles. It is a small offering but definitely encapsulates the Turtles’ personalities and the sense of family during the holidays. Without further ado, let’s dive into Christmas.
The synopsis is rather on point after reading the story but to entice readers it’s a bit weak. Here’s my synopsis of the story. It’s the first Christmas since Leo came back from the jungle. Now the Turtles can finally celebrate like a family.
My synopsis isn’t really catchy but that is the essence of the story. It is the first Christmas since Leo returned home and all members of the mutant family are excited to celebrate as a family again.
The story has simple offerings but it does so well in capturing the heartwarming experience of celebrating Christmas with family. Chapter one is about Christmas Eve and the brothers trying to sleep but Mikey’s excitement won’t let them sleep. Chapter two is about Christmas Day and the family opening thoughtful gifts from each other, exchanging words of appreciation, etc. The last chapter features the Christmas party with friends and closing out Christmas with some family time. Everything that happens in this story is so cheery and warm. It made me go “Awww.”
I know it sounds a bit dull as though the story just describes the turtles’ Christmas but it’s not dull. In fact, it’s engaging. I found that it was fun reading about Mikey creeping out of his room to sneak a peek at the presents only to be caught by Leo over and over again. Reading the different perspectives of Christmas Eve and the holiday season was interesting; Donnie enjoyed it for family, Raph liked it because it was the one time of year where he and Leo got along, Mikey enjoyed it for the presents and general cheer, Leo enjoyed being back with his family and the familiarity of the holidays, and Splinter – like the proud papa he is – enjoyed having all his children home.
Even Chapter 2 when everyone is opening presents isn’t boring like it should be. Instead, it feels like you’re watching a tender family moment as each member takes a turn opening gifts and there’s a reason behind each gift. Plus, Raph and Leo’s gifts are great; predictable but still great.
Every part of this story just screamed “Family” and rather than it being annoying, it was rather endearing. Kind of “Bad Mom’s Christmas.” I know that plug came out of nowhere but it’s true; what should be annoying actually turns out to be heartfelt.
I don’t think there’s anything really missing from this story. It’s not trying to be a lengthy tale that just happens to take place around Christmas, but a story about how these mutants celebrate a holiday. It doesn’t need an enemy attack or a squabble between brothers; it has everything it needed to foster the feeling of family.
Would I recommend this story? As a short, stirring holiday story about family; yes. If anyone is looking for some with more meat to it, then this is not the story to read. It’s a good story that stays true to the characters and focuses on the characters individually and as a family unit. There’s plenty of joy and goodwill to gladden the heart and get Readers pumped for the holiday season.
Stars: 8.5 / 10