Gay Apparel Discussion Questions

Happy No-Longer Holiday Season, fellow guys, gals, and nonbinary pals!

Let’s celebrate the season — on your schedule — with this adorable collection of holiday gayness, an advent calendar of fiction. While it’s not December 1, I am going to still go ahead and treat these as one story a day, finishing up on ‘Christmas Eve’. However, you should feel free to read them however you want! All at once, weekly, whatever works for you! Tis the Season and we all deserve something nice for making it through another year!

If you don’t have a copy you can get it during Fyeah Asexual’s Mental Health fundraiser event!

December 1: Mistlebro by Amy Michelle (that’s me!)

-Can you relate to Drew or Josh in this story? Was there ever a time you were nervous around a crush? 

-How are the holidays a time for hope and romance?

-Have you ever kissed under a mistletoe? 

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 2: Oh Night Divine by Anna Kersing

-Music and theater are an important holiday tradition for many people. What are your experiences with holiday theater productions and music?

-What are your favorite Christmas songs? If not Christmas, other holiday songs?

-Can you relate with Kari? Was there ever a time you were nervous at an audition?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 3: How Very Un-Persephone by Rachel Sharp

-Can you relate with Rory? Can you share any coming out stories that really resonated with you?

-Do you enjoy wearing Christmas sweaters? What are some Christmas traditions you enjoy?

-What traditions do your family have for the holidays? How have you or others changed them or turned them on their heads?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 4: Free Wheat by Ether Nepenthes

-Are there any religious traditions you follow during the holiday season? What significance to they have? How about secular traditions?

-Can you relate to Nuage at all? Any routines you follow?

-Are you a plant parent? Share some plant parenting wins! Or, if you have fur babies or baby-babies, share those wins too!

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 5: Invite a Creature by Minerva Cerridwen

-Are there any people that you want to buy gifts for but have difficulty with? 

-Can you relate to Yuna or Meredith at all? What do you do for your loved ones who have everything?

-What mythical pet would you want to own if you could own any? Why?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 6: Timing by Adam P. Knave

-Can you relate with Tom or Chris? Have you ever been nervous hosting a holiday party or attending one?

-Family is a big part of the holidays. What role does your family play? 

-How does this story show how complicated love and family can be? But also how they can grow and change?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 7: Long Night by Kari Dru

-How do snowy days and late nights make you feel?

-What would you do if you experienced a guest like Dylan’s?

-Have you ever met an animal or a person that entered your life and stayed there unexpectedly? What do you provide for each other?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 8: Stealth Gifts by Maya Lynn-Johnstone

-Have you ever gone to a holiday event with someone else with different traditions? How did you adapt? Did you borrow any traditions for your own?

-Can you relate with Tylore? Cog?

-How can you blend different family traditions?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 9: (If You Want It) by HE Graham

-How does a story in second person point of view change how you read it? What do you think about second person point of view?

-Can you relate to the main character?

-How are the holidays a good time to reconnect with people and reach out?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 10: The Rigs of the Time by Jeannelle M. Ferreira

-Have you ever had someone teach you cooking or other festive traditions? What did you find most valuable?

-How are the lessons and morals of holidays adaptable to modern life? Do you take comfort in the origins of your holidays? What lessons do you appreciate each holiday season?

-What are some of your favorite holiday foods? Share recipes if you have them!

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 11: A Solstice Date On Chanukah by Xan West

-Can you relate to Violet at all? How do you feel about giving (and receiving) gifts?

-What is your love language? Your friends’? Partner’s? How do you make them all work together?

-How do you balance the expectations of spending time with people with your own needs during the holidays?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 12: Legible Holiday Card, Jaz Twersky

-Do you send holiday cards? Do you enjoy receiving them?

-Why is recognition important?

-Do you have any memories with loved ones you are reminded of by certain places?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 13: Another Unnecessary Reimagining of A Christmas Carol by Jennifer Lee Rossman

-What is your favorite retelling of A Christmas Carol?

-What would the Christmas ghosts look like for you? What do you think they would show you?

-How does this story show that it’s never too late to start new traditions? Do you think you can always reach back out to people from your past?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 14: Sunbound by Ava Kelly

-What hopes do you have for the future?

-How do you think holidays might grow, change, and evolve going forward? What new holidays would you want to celebrate?

-What might life look like outside of our solar system?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 15: Bakhor’s Good Day by Ashe Armstrong

-How do families share traditions with each other?

-What new traditions can you think of for the solstice? Why might celebrating those days be important to all sorts of different cultures?

-What are your thoughts on this story’s universe?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 16: Festive Flannel by Zoe Brook

-How do friends help make the holidays better?

-Can you relate to Ella or Zion? How so? What does holiday nostalgia feel like for you?

-Do you have any holiday traditions with friends?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 17: Solstice by L.S. Reinholt

-How are many traditions for different holidays so similar? 

-Can you relate to Lisbeth or Maiken? Have you ever planned something as a surprise during a holiday celebration?

-How can religious or spiritual communities bring people together, especially during holidays?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 18: By the Chimney With Care by Rose Sinclair

-Can you relate to the main character? Have you ever been on a Quest for something important?

-How can you combine traditions when you form a new household? Do you have any traditions you’ve started in a new household?

-Have you ever had any issues finding your name on a stocking or other item? What do you do if so? 

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 19: Holly and Ivy by Claire Monserrat Jackson

-What would you do if an angel fell in front of you?

-How can you balance bad holiday memories with good ones? 

-What fantasy tropes are you especially fond of?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 20: Good Harvest by Iris Sword

-How do you think holiday traditions will continue in the future? If human beings end up off planet? What traditions would you want to see continued?

-What is most important for you in giving a gift? Receiving one?

-What are your favorite things to do during the holidays with your loved ones?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 21: As the Shadow Approaches by Nicole Field

-What does belonging feel like to you?

-How do celebrations and rituals bring people closer together? Bring people peace?

-What do you think you might like to meet while in a trance? What do you think you might experience?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 22: Hoodie for the Holidays by Caitlin A. Greer

-What are your opinions on snow? How does a fresh snowfall make you feel?

-Can you relate to Erin or Riley? Do you have something from a significant other that you treasure?

-How do our actions show love just as much as our words?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 23: This Christmas by John Lopez

-How can friends make your holidays more full? Do you do anything with your friends for the holidays?

-Why do you think important moments happen around the holidays? Do you have any important memories from holiday get-togethers? 

-How important is friendship in growing a romantic relationship to you?

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

December 24: Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends by Carl Lavigne

-Have you ever had a New Year’s kiss? Is there anyone you’d want to have one with?

-What significance does a New Year’s kiss have for many people? 

-How does a new year signify a new beginning? How does the new year make you “nostalgic for what hasn’t even happened yet?”

-Share your thoughts and opinions on this story!

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