Anonymous asked: yeah, but are we not going to talk about the fact that derek was apparently born on December 25th (like the baby jesus he is)?
YES. BUT. sad bby Jesus aside. because lol i have five bucks on someone from marketing just picking random days for all of them, and nobody paying attention with sign offs.
what if we made it into a nice thing.
Stiles thinking that Derek doesn’t like to embrace the holiday spirit because he feels guilty about celebrating. and trying slowly, subtly to get Derek involved. he and Scott are gonna go pick out a tree and they need another strong pair of arms, HEY DEREK, you should come along. Melissa McCall’s making her famous eggnog and inviting the neighbours round, he and Scott always sit on the stairs and sneak cups when no one’s looking, HEY DEREK, YOU WANNA JOIN IN? you like lurking, and bonus, you can get used to some more stairs! yo, Lydia’s having a Christmas Eve FUN BASH OF FUN AND MERRIMENT. no alcohol, just all of us together, and safe, and there’ll probably be some embarrassing dancing done by me for you to enjoy. i know you pretend to not watch but you like the way my hips don’t lie. i know. AND THEN, Derek MAYBE gets a bit ~affected by the eggnog, or the stupid plastic mistletoe Stiles keeps casually appearing beside him under, and MAYBE mentions the fact that it’s his birthday. and Stiles realizes that not only does the holiday suck for Derek without his family, there’s also no one in the world left to remember it’s Derek’s birthday? so, they have their festive Christmas Eve, and Stiles and Derek maybe make out without the need for mistletoe. and when Derek wakes up at the foot of Lydia’s spare bed, with Scott and Allison pillowed on his lap— they’re all friends in this world, this AU after world where 3a and 3b have gone down and they’ve all sat around and talked through their issues and you know, BONDED LIKE WE SHOULD HAVE SEEN ALR. and he pads downstairs, forgetting the need to somersault— why bother anyway, it’s his birthday and he’s old and everyone will be celebrating Christmas and not notice if he falls down them anyway, ETC— AND STILES IS TOTALLY IN THE KITCHEN WITH A BIRTHDAY BANNER, last minute, so it says HAPPY NINTH BIRTHDAY, PRINCESS, but the statement stands, and he gives Derek a hot chocolate with whipped cream he stole from Lydia’s private fridge upstairs, two years ago he’d have had a coronary, now he’s just sort of enjoying the way some of it gets caught on Derek’s top lip when he takes a suspicious sip. and then he might maybe pull Derek close and say “whaddya wana do for your birthday? we have to have lunch with my dad, and there will be talk of Christmas, but this is your birthday, so we can have anything you like for lunch, as long as he gets his lean meat turkey and my mom’s special recipe potatoes, big family secret, she just used to add loads of salt,” and he’d wink at Derek and Derek’d stare at him like, “it’s Christmas, we don’t have to celebrate my birthday, it’s not a big deal”
AND STILES WOULD SAY HELL YEAH IT IS, COS WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE ALIVE, YOU BEING BORN WAS A GOOD THING, YOU ARE A GOOD THING, DEREK JAMES HALE (IDK JAMES SOUNDS GOOD? lol Derek probably doesn’t even have a middle name because Jeff hasn’t thought about it but let’s ASSUME AND LIE TO OURSELVES) and Derek goes bright red all over and Stiles kisses his face and insists on presenting Derek with birthday presents instead of Christmas presents, and when Scott and Allison and Lydia stumble downstairs they sing Happy Birthday, and Scott hugs Derek SUPER HARD and Lydia finds him a crown, which Derek wears for all of FIVE SECONDS, because he might be feeling mushy and warm with good birthday cheer but he’s not that sentimental. and basically he has the nicest birthday since he was a kid. and the Sheriff shakes his hand and wishes him a good one, and Stiles hangs the birthday princess banner round the Christmas tree and Derek feels GOD DAMN LOVED ON HIS BIRTHDAY.
and is never lonely or sad ever again. he does still get pissed off, though. esp when Stiles calls him the Grinch and wiggles his eyebrows at Derek’s eyebrows. Derek can’t help his eyebrows. he was BORN with them. ON CHRISTMAS. and then Stiles makes irony jokes, and slowly, over time, Derek accepts the fact his birthday is at Christmas, and even maybe starts to look forward to it, a smidge.
(nobody tells him that Stiles makes them re-write their Christmas cards to them every year and put Happy Birthday, Derek! first.)