Hope everybody had a Merry Christmas, Everyone!
...Unless you don't celebrate Christmas, in which case, Happy whatever winter-themed holiday you celebrate. Unless you don't celebrate anything, in which case, have a nice day. :p
Have a set of Shinki Photos loosely connected by a story:Each year, in the time leading up to Christmas, the figures in the collection partake in a tradition known as the "Substitute Santa". Each day, a hapless shmo-erm, willing volunteer- would sit on the Straxmas MetroThrone and play the part of mall Santa, with the added twist that they don't bother acting like Santa. Here are some highlights from this year:
Santa Bane: And what would you like for Christmas, little girl?
Maryceles: I'd like a pony, and a dollhouse, and a puppy, and a kitty, and a toy sleigh, and a dollie, and a copy of the Necronomicon so I may summon the Dark Haunter from beyond the veil, and...
Vector Claus: Alright, get off the chair.
Baby Razz: Don't wanna. Can't make me.
Nadeko: Santa-San, what is that horrible creature over there?
Blitzey Claus: Oh, him? Zhat's zhe Christmas Krampus!
Blitzey Claus: Ja! On Christmas, he follows me to each house, and if zhe kiddies zhere are naughty, he punishes zhem by flogging them vith rusty chains und carries them off to eat zhem!
Blitzey Claus: Anyvay, haff you been a good girl zhis year?
Arnval: What is your problem!? Why did you think it was necessary to tell Nadeko that Pyrox was going to eat her for being bad!?!
Blitzwing: Oh, come on! Vhat's Christmas vithout a little bit of excitement?
Arnval: That wasn't excitement, that was trauma. Learn the difference. Now give me that hat and get out of my sight.
Blitzwing: Oh, you are such a killjoy.
Arnval: And get that thing out of here!
Arnval: Look, Predaking, I understand that you Predacons have your own ways of doing things, and I respect that you want people to earn the privilege to meet Santa...
Arnval: BUT WE ARE NOT MAKING PEOPLE FIGHT EACH OTHER FOR THE RIGHT TO SEE YOU!
Bulkhead: OH PRIMUS GET HER OFF ME!
Arnval: You know, Bonecrusher, there are people behind me who want to see Santa Claus.
Presentcrusher: Well, a big Fah-Who-F*cking-Foh-Rez to them, but I don't see why I should care.
Arnval: We hired you for a reason! You cannot just sit around reading comic books all day.
Presentcrusher: I can, and I will, and the voice that stops me will not be your shrill monkey calls.
Arnval: You know, Pit, if you want to fly so badly, why don't you talk to someone like Wheeljack? He could probably fix you up with a jetpack, or antigrav devices, or wing extensions, or something.
Pitty Claus: I could, but it wouldn't feel right for me to get a jetpack or something. I want to be able to fly on my own, with my own wings, and using fancy gadgets wouldn't allow me to do that. I'd just be flying under something else's power.
Arnval: But you're already flying under someone else's power whenever your goddess turns on your power of flight.
Pitty Claus: Yeah, but Palutena is making my wings work, not giving me a jetpack. Besides, I like having Palutena guide me when I'm flying.
Baby Razz: Hey, I didn't know you had a minibar in there.
Soundwave: Get out of my chest compartment.
Arnval: So, Dark Pit, I was wondering: Do you celebrate Christmas in Skyworld?
Pittoo Claus: Sort of. We don't actually have a holiday called Christmas, but there are a couple wintery holidays back home. There's the Feast of Palutena, the Nyx Masquerade, and some lunatic party dedicated to Pyrrhon.
Arnval: Which holiday do you observe?
Pittoo Claus: Me, personally? I'd have to say I celebrate Viridian Night. It's sort of like Lent, where Viridi's followers give up something to honor some sort yearly trip she takes into the Underworld during the wintertime.
Arnval: So you give up something during the winter?
Pittoo Claus: Not really. I just throw myself a party to celebrate not having to deal with her crud anymore. >:)