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Christmas


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

Christmas has changed over the centuries.  It used to be all about Christ, now it’s first about money and then family.

The Christian message of give has been transmuted into the commercial message of buy.

Giving is not just monetary presents: it’s giving time and attention to people.

That’s what really matters, not fobbing them off with the latest whatever-it-is for one day of the year.

In ephemeral human memory, Christmas for the family is what has always been Christmas.

What you are really celebrating at the moment is the Victorian trappings of Christmas for the family and Mammon, not Christmas to celebrate Christ’s birthday.

We Old Vampires know better.  I preferred Christmas when people didn’t think they could get together for one day and everything would be sweetness and light, but that was the Victorians for you; covering or ignoring what was actually there with what they wished it to be.

I remember when the Christmas season was twelve days.  These days it starts in the middle of November.

It’s just one day, for one deity, who most of the celebrants don’t even believe in, or go to Christmas Mass, which is the only day they enter a church, so they can delude themselves they are Christians for the rest of the year.

We Old Vampires celebrate Christmas.  It means little for us, but we have always celebrated it because we are passing as human and would be expected to celebrate it.

Fortunately we have servants to put up decorations, send cards, buy presents and all that sort of minutiae.

The servants get to buy their own presents themselves.  It means that they get what they want and we get what we want, which is to ignore Christmas completely.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons

Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire

Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society.  They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes.  They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.

The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity

The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans

Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing

The Hunters see Vampire Hunters

Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.

New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs.  This started after Dracula came out.

Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative

Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say

Old Vampires vampires who are polite society.  Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.

Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society

The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks

Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release

Sire the vampire who made you a vampire

Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status.  See Negatives and Thousands

Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points

Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points

Vampire Hunters New vampires who hunt down those vampires who have committed crimes

Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves.  Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve

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