"Jim, I think we should invite your Dad and Steven for Christmas dinner. Its time that the three of you start getting along."
"I think youre dead wrong and I dont want my Dad in my home. Dont you remember how he said we were sick for being lovers?"
"Yes, but hes never going to get used to us being together if we dont invite him and how about Steven?"
"I love Steven dearly, but he doesnt like my lifestyle choices either. So I say we invite Simon and Daryl and be done with it."
"Please let me invite them? If they say no, its no big deal. We can invite Simon and Daryl also, but it would be nice to have your family here."
"Only you would think it would be good to have the grouch over for Christmas."
"Babe, youre already here."
"Ha ha ha. I almost forgot to laugh. Invite them if you want, but I can tell you right now that theyre going to say no."
"Thank you. Im just going to make my calls and Ill let you know how it goes. No listening."
"Guess whos going to make it for dinner this year?"
"Simon and Daryl?"
"I invited Simon and Daryl, Joel, Rafe, Conner and Brown. They all accepted, so its going to be crowded. I hope you dont mind. And your Dad and brother are coming too."
"What do you mean theyre coming? Why would they come?"
"Because I sweet talked them into having a nice holiday meal with their family and they went for it. I told them that were having a bunch of the guys from Major Crime and that seemed to make it all right I guess."
"Chief, sometimes families arent meant to be together for holidays. Did you ever think about that?
"Yes, I did and I invited Naomi anyway."
"Im glad you did. I like your Mom. When is she coming?"
"Shell be here on December 20th to help us get everything ready. She was quite excited that you wanted her to be here. I lied."
"You didnt lie, Chief, I do want her to be here."
"I figured that she could help calm things down with your Dad too. It never hurts to have more people in your corner. Were going to have a mob, over here."
"Blair, my Dad doesnt like our lifestyle, why would he say he was coming?"
"I dont know. Maybe hes tired of never seeing his oldest son, who he no doubt loves very much. Maybe hes getting over the fact that you chose a short Jewish guy to be with for the rest of your life."
"Maybe I just hope he doesnt fuck things up."
"What do you say we trim the tree? "
"Do we have to do a tree every year? For Christs sake youre Jewish, why would you want to?"
"Because everyone else does, thats why. I want our house to make everyone comfortable."
"Then you put some Jewish touches too. How does that sound?"
"Youre such a sweet man, Jim Ellison. I love you very much."
"And I love you, Blair. Do we know what were doing for the dinner on Christmas?"
"I was thinking you could fry a turkey like last year and well have baked ham also. What do you think? "
"Sounds good to me, but are you sure youre up to handling my family on such a special day?"
"Jim, Im fine with your family. Now get busy and help me bring up the decorations. We have a lot to do."
"Do you suppose my Dad really is getting used to us being together?"
"Well weve been together for four years now, its time he came around. I think he knows that were good for each other."
"Chief, look at this ornament, its from when I was a kid. My Mom gave it to me. My Dad saved all of my ornaments from my Mom and gave them to me when I moved here after the service."
"See, now he was being thoughtful. I love that ornament. Its very sweet."
"Steven made this one for me, isnt it a riot. Its supposed to be a Reindeer made out of clothes pins, but he didnt do it quite right. But my Dad thought that it was too cute to toss."
"Is that how he said it? Too cute to toss?"
"No, he said I could use it for blackmail years from now, but I knew he thought it was cute. So do I, I just love this one. Thanks for making me get my old things out and putting them up."
"I live to boss you, dear Sentinel. Jim, some of these ornaments are just gorgeous. Im glad you brought them up too. And look at this one. Its a hand print from when you were little. God, this is past cute. I just love it."
"My Dad helped Steven and I make those for my Mother. But when she left she didnt take anything with her, so my Dad kept them for us."
"I think your Dad tried as hard as he could to show you he loved you in little ways. By doing this, he showed you that your handprint meant something to him and he wanted you to have it."
"I guess. I love my Dad, I just dont want him to be mean to you."
"Things will be fine, Jim. Stop worrying about everything. Lets finish up the tree and then Ill trim something upstairs."
"Now youre talking."
Merry Christmas from Jim and Blair.
Acknowledgments: Thank you to Mary for being such a great beta.