I do not own this piece of art/fiction. @navigatorsnorth is the original creator and has agreed to this being posted on this blog for Secret Santa 2017.
Christmas is all about rituals, even (and especially) for astronauts. For John Tracy, Christmas begins like this:
As soon as the clock ticks past midnight on a certain island somewhere in the western Pacific, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward receives a call.
“Merry Christmas Pen!” the apparition in her compact is bright and grinning, cheerfully floating within the characteristic lightness of zero-g. Penny’s answering scowl does not cover her smile.
This is just fabulous 😁