Christmas Party, Hallow Forest
"Chosen ones? Us? Spirits of Christmas Past and Present? What? Aren't those just stories?! My mama did tell me about them when I was younger... but you're real? Th-this... is too much for me right now." Jessica asked.
"Whoa! Like the ones from A Christmas Carol? Awesome!" Leo said enthusiastically. "So, chosen ones huh? What exactly have we been chosen for? And what happened to the Spirit of the Future?"
"Chosen ones? What does that mean?” Benedict wondered aloud. He looked around at his companions who looked pretty amazing in their new outfits, especially Leo, who looked more flamboyant than Benedict actually was. He grinned slightly.
Diego simply stood there shocked but he recovered in time for the couple to answer.
"Yes... we were real. We inspired Mr. Dickens for his story," The Spirit of Christmas Past said. "Yes, the story were based off of real events," she added.
"As for the Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come, that is actually Death. One of the ways he spends the holidays, go and help us teach people," The Spirit of Christmas Present stated.
"And by chosen. Let me explain," The Spirit of Christmas Past began she summoned an ancient book and the text summoned itself in light for them to read.
Christmas, Navidad, Yuletide, Saturnalia, Hogmanay… these are the festivals of the winter solstice. However, what do they mean…
It is a time of great magic. A time of gift-giving, celebration, feasting and the participating of miracles. Let’s go back to how it began…
Occasionally known as Yuletide, this was one of the eight grand holidays of the old gods. This holiday was the celebration of the Winter Solstice. This festival has been associated with the Wild Hunt as well as festivities of eating and drinking. The Midwinter feast was considered the final party before going back to sleep for the deep winter and keeping the harvest to last through the dark frosty hibernation. To not feed the cattle, they were killed and thus fresh meat was available during this time. Also, the beer and wine was fermented enough to be drank and enjoyed. It was also considered to be the rebirth of the sun.
During this festival in the frost, when there is no warmth from the outside, the wood is burned at the hearth and the warmth within the hearts of humanity was shared. A party before going to sleep and a celebration of death and rebirth as the year near its end and a new one beginning soon. A mysterious elderly hunter would ride and leave gifts of food, drink and toys for those who had done good in the world. A man who was religious and gave gifts, St. Nicolas. The man who would become Santa Claus.
However... something horrible had happened one day...
An evil cult had gathered dark power from a strange stone that appeared from the sky. The cult has been broken by life and turned to a god of evil. They made theirs hearts of ice and they loathed the hearth and warmth of the holidays. So they planned to plant the venom of bitter ice in everyone so all the world would be frozen in hatred forever. An eternal icy prison.
However, the Saint was brave and powerful and called upon seven legendary heroes to assist in his battle. The war was fierce but in the end, the seven heroes poured their hearts into a fiery power and banished the cult away before sealing the evil into a large ornate music box. The songs of their memories would play and guard the deity. The cost was great, the heroes died and the magic had to lay dormant.
Yuletide faded and gained rebirth through what is known as Christmas...
This Winter Solstice however... the ancient seal has decayed... The frigid spirit of hatred lived on and even today, there are several people who detest the warmth and in vengeance and envy, drawn to the remains of the temple ruins. Their hearts became frozen and their soul’s corrupted. Now serving as the new cult, they plan to break the music box and once more try to bring the end of the world at the end of the 5th baktun...
"The trinkets were created from the Essences of those heroes. You brave four must save Christmas and the world from the Ice Heart cult. We ourselves must retain as mortals to remain hidden. You must head to the North Pole to see St. Nicholas," The Spirit of Christmas Past explained.
Diego absorbed it all and nodded. "...Okay. We won't let this cult win. We will save Christmas and the world," Diego said nervously but with hope and confidence. He nodded. He looked to the others.