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11/25/2014 0:14:39Winter DancingthespacegypsyMerlin/ArthurArtCanonG0-2kCompletehttp://camelot-drabble.livejournal.com/483575.htmlneuroticnickThe colours are so nice and wintery! I love their expressions and how intimate they are. And of course the dialogue in the caption is A++
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11/25/2014 18:35:08I'll take your hat, your hair looks swellAnonymousMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-175-10kCompleteArthur and Merlin face various obstacles in the search for a semi-traditional family Christmas.http://camelotsolstice.livejournal.com/16067.htmlArgentSleeperPoor Merlin goes through an awful lot in this fic, and Arthur is probably less sympathetic than he could be, but everything about this fic is adorable.
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11/25/2014 18:46:30The Spirit of ChristmastourdefierceMerlin/ArthurFicSort of a modern Christmas Elf AUNC-1720-30kCompleteThis is the story about how Arthur the Elf got his groove back.http://archiveofourown.org/works/315194http://merlin-holidays.livejournal.com/46863.htmlkitty_ficThis story has such fun and delightful world building! I love Arthur the grumpy elf and Merlin plays his part as Father Christmas perfectly as well! This story made me laugh! It utterly delighted me with a great mix of fluff and crack and porn set in a unique world!
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11/29/2014 22:19:55WinterbloomShinybugMerlin/ArthurFicCanonNC-175-10kCompleteDeep in the woods in the frozen heart of winter, a careless comment leads to a redefinition of Arthur's relationship to his manservant.http://archiveofourown.org/works/242713I love the atmosphere and the relationship between Arthur and Merlin. Its a really wonderful fic
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12/4/2014 1:34:02Skipping Beats, Blushing CheeksThursday_NextMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kCompleteMerlin works at the old, rundown bookshop that Arthur bikes past daily on his way to work. Normally Arthur doesn’t spare a second glance at it, but when a winter storm rolls in unexpectedly, he ducks inside and meets Merlin.http://archiveofourown.org/works/583789hart_dThere's an instant attraction, but they both do a little bit of pining due to a realistic misunderstanding. Merlin takes the initiative in almost every way in this fic, and he's exactly what Arthur needs. It's very romantic.
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12/4/2014 10:35:32What Child Is This?LamardeuseMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1720-30kCompleteA modern AU with Merlin, Arthur, mayhem, a baby and a jingly elf hat.http://archiveofourown.org/works/71404BrunettepetThe way Arthur and Merlin bond through abandoned baby David is lovely to read. This is a holiday story I re-read every December.
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12/4/2014 10:43:26No Matter How Far Away You RoamLady RagnellMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kCompleteIn which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur's family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.http://archiveofourown.org/works/1069420BrunettepetThis fic made me laugh and laugh. My response on first reading was "This hysterical, heart felt, incredibly romantic story was the perfect thing to read on Christmas Eve," and it's totally true.
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12/4/2014 10:56:11The Road TakenEurydice72Merlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kCompleteArthur does a favor for his nephew by giving his friend Merlin a ride across the country for the holidays.http://archiveofourown.org/works/868635BrunettepetThis is a wonderful age disparity, road trip story. I'm going to quote myself: "I love this buttoned up Arthur, hiding from the world and himself, and how insightful, observant Merlin gets under his skin and pulls and pulls until he's got the other man right where he wants him."
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12/4/2014 11:04:05Winter BreakasilenthearaldMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1720-30kCompleteArthur picks Merlin up out of a snow bank, much to Merlin's displeasure.

In which Arthur and Merlin are Uni students in New York City, both alone for the holidays, and they find they might actually get on.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1107519BrunettepetArthur rescues Merlin and then they rescue one another in this emotionally fulfilling holiday story.
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12/4/2014 16:29:22The Good Times Are Killing MeMinor HueMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1720-30kCompleteMerlin and Arthur have split up but have to pretend they are still together for Christmas for the sake of their friends.https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f1ua6l0oxylzewb/AABl6iCD0utb7pzTtGhUO01Ya/minor_hue?dl=0Clea2011This was one of the first Merlin fanfics I ever read and I've always loved it. It's heart-wrenchingly angsty. Sadly the author has deleted it, but it's still available via Sassafrasx's dropbox, thankfully. It's one I read time and again.
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12/4/2014 23:42:46O Christmas Treedon't know yet!Merlin/ArthurFic and artModernNC-175-10kCompleteHoliday fluff in which Gwaine is a busybody, Merlin is a tree farmer, penguins are gay, and Arthur gets some for Christmas. (fic + accompanying art)http://archiveofourown.org/works/2601140bunnysworldIt's the fic and art created for me in merlin_hols. I love it to pieces, it's so fluffy and wintery and it has cheeky!Gwaine and Scrouge-y!Arthur and Merlin in a penguin sweater. Do I really need to say more?
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12/5/2014 7:28:02Acts of manWreckMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-132-5kCompleteOn the morning of their annual pre Xmasdinner, Merlin is shocked to find out that Gwen doesn't think Arthur good enough for himhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/1055542arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 7:31:31Blue ChristmasSlantedknittingMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-135-10kCompleteArthur is alone and can't cope, so Merlin takes him to Ealdorhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/652461Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 7:33:00Christmas presentsSlantedknittingBradley/ColinFicModernPG-130-2kCompleteBradley asks Colin what he wants for Xmashttp://archiveofourown.org/works/314961
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12/5/2014 7:36:24These boots were made for walkingShiny_starlightMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-172-5kCompleteWhen Merlin loses a bet with Morgana, she decides what he has to wear to the office Xmas partyhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/308890Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 7:38:33The Xmas wrapping incidentsassafraxMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-130-2kCompleteBondage with holiday ribbons and wrappingshttp://archiveofourown.org/works/1102757Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 7:41:01The pickpocket from CorkRotrudeMerlin/ArthurFicHistoricalNC-1710-20kComplete1908. Gwaine has hired a valet with a colourful past. There is a seemingly harmless Xmas invitation.http://archiveofourown.org/works/1091524Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 7:50:51No matter how far away you roamLady_ragnellMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kCompleteIN which Merlin gets to spend Xmas at Arthur's familly, pretending to be his husbandhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/1069420Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 7:55:11Sitting, Waiting, wishingKaruvapattaMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-1310-20kCompleteMerlin arrives at Arthur's doorstep at Xmas eve to grant a favour to his best friend and leaves with slightly more than he expectedhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/590112Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 7:57:57Straws in the windI_ClaudiaMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-17Art/Other MediaCompleteMerlin meets Arthur when Arthur runs over him at a ski slope, from then on everything goes downhillhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/411245Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:17:57Salmon thursdaysHeavenly_bodiesMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-175-10kCompleteWhen Arthur chose the employees Xmas gifts , he had no idea he'd be ordering fish he didn't even like, 6 months laterhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/279566Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:21:51Wish I could stayGiselleslashMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kCompleteMerlin leads a lonely life until a mugging and a misunderstanding throws him into the crazy world of a handsome bloke visiting his coffeekioskhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/1012621Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:24:06On the naughty listFuzzytomatoMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-130-2kCompleteMerlin is a giftwrapper on the mall and Arthur is the prat who waits until last with his Xmas shoppinghttp://archiveofourown.org/works/266495Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:27:19Arthur and Merlin marriedDigthewriterMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-172-5kCompleteThe story of their first Xmas as a married couplehttp://archiveofourown.org/works/1065231Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:29:52Every day is Xmas when I'm with youDeminosMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-172-5kCompleteArthur comes home late from work and Merlin wears his footie and life is perfecthttp://archiveofourown.org/works/562742Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:33:45Christmas with the PendragonsAA_ficMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-135-10kCompleteMorgana brings her collegefriend Merlin home for the annual Christmas vacationhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/358253Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:38:03HomeMrs_learyBradley/ColinFicModernNC-170-2kCompleteColin is relaxing Xmas at home and finds Bradley on his doorstephttp://archiveofourown.org/works/546052Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:39:45Christmas presentMrs_learyBradley/ColinModernPG-132-5kCompleteColin is spending another Xmas with his family and gets an unexpected visitorhttp://archiveofourown.org/works/1088375Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:42:15ThanksgivingLisztfulBradley/ColinFicModernNC-172-5kCompleteThanksgiving dinner is at half past six....http://archiveofourown.org/works/22542Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 9:46:21No promisesBunnysworldBradley/ColinFicModernNC-172-5kCompleteColin isn't in a hurry to go homehttp://archiveofourown.org/works/1089175Arthurmerlinfan
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12/5/2014 18:58:13The Great WinterhalfhardtorockMerlin/ArthurFicCanonNC-175-10kCompleteIt's the Little Ice Age. OR. The Great Winter, when the Pendragon's are forced to bed down for a month under furs until the weather is warm again. Arthur's only seen the Great Winter in babyhood. Now, he must find a proper Royal Bedwarmer to share his Winter's rest with.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2119092Clea2011It's one I've re-read several times, neither of the boys quite able to part with each other for the winter, lovely snuggly fic.
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12/5/2014 19:05:07Finding HomeRiventhornMerlin/ArthurFicCanonNC-175-10kCompleteWhen Gaius retires, a new physician takes over, one that quickly kicks Merlin out of his room and takes it for himself, Arthur finds Merlin sleeping in the stables..and it’s winter.http://archiveofourown.org/works/167156Clea2011This is so lovely and angsty. Poor Merlin suffers, and then when Arthur finds what's happened he's so caring. Perfect hurt-comfort.
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12/5/2014 23:00:48First SnowLisztfulMerlin/ArthurFicCanonPG-132-5kCompleteThe great, loosely packed snowball hits Arthur straight on, collapsing against the strong line of his tense jaw and catching in the fringe of his hair from brow to sideburn. Arthur is perfectly still as it goes soft against the warmth of his cheek and begins to drip icy water down the collar of his greatcoat. Nobody breathes, Merlin included.http://archiveofourown.org/works/27178AmandaThe characters are both well-written and in-character. It shows how hard it is for Arthur to be ordinary and enjoy things most people take for granted because eyes are always on him and he has to walk such a careful path. And how, because they are so close, they can go from being friends in one moment to lovers in another and the author makes that progression seem so natural.
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12/6/2014 22:24:34A Skinny Santa Claush_dMerlin/ArthurFicModernG2-5kCompleteOn Christmas Eve, Merlin has a couple of surprises for Arthur and their daughter.http://archiveofourown.org/works/2730482RieA very adorable and lovable Christmas story, using Merlin and Arthur in the parental role with their five-year-old. I feel like Julia brings a tender aspect to the characters, and there's plenty of humour in this piece as well.(I admitted I'm a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas fic, but I took a chance and really glad I did. This fic is so heartfelt and sweet.)
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12/6/2014 22:19:30The Could in Peoplejunkshop_discoMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-175-10kCompleteAs Christmas approaches, Merlin wonders how on earth he's going to introduce his boyfriend Arthur - son of the infamous Tory cabinet bigwig Lord Pendragon - to his lefty, CND protester, egg-throwing, mum.http://junkshop-disco.livejournal.com/6473.htmlhart_dI loved the slight role reversal here, with Arthur having difficulty fitting in with Merlin's family, instead of the other way around. I think it's really a story about making your own way in the world, with the one you love beside you. It's a little bit angsty, but it has a very romantic ending.
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12/6/2014 22:42:39It's magic (never believe it's not so) glimGwen/MorganaFicModern MagicNC-172-5kCompleteWherein Gwen meets a dragonlord, helps plan a holiday party, and discovers that being with Morgana actually is magic after all.http://archiveofourown.org/works/196891RieI've never seen a Bewitched!AU done for a fandom, so this interested me immediately since I grew up on the television show. It had a variety of Merlin characters peppered through it, playing as Morgana's relatives and I was smiling through the whole read. The girls were precious and flirty and the holiday party gave the fic, naturally, an extremely festive tone.
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12/6/2014 23:15:16The Glitter of Snow in Sunlight WoldyArthur/Gwen/Merlin/MorganaFicCanon AUNC-175-10kCompleteHow do you choose a solstice gift for the King who has everything?http://archiveofourown.org/works/159139RieThe dynamics of the poly relationship was *so* well-done, on top of keeping their voices realistic. No one left out. No one treated unfairly. I really enjoyed the specific details of this Canon AU: how it skipped Morgana going rogue, the plot about winter solstice gifts, and some of the back-story about how Arthur's terrible at coming up with gifts on his own and how Gwen and Morgana learned to dance together in Morgana's chambers.
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12/7/2014 17:12:36Carol of the BellsRotrudeMerlin/ArthurFicHistoricalPG-132-5kCompleteMerlin and Arthur decorate a Christmas tree,http://archiveofourown.org/works/597397kestrel_sparhawkI am terribly fond of Arthur as a modern prince and Merlin as... well, whatever. At Christmas particularly I like romance and fluff. This story has lots of banter and sweetness.
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12/8/2014 18:13:01No Matter How Far Away You Roamlady_ragnellMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kComplete“I was wondering if you might come home with me.” Merlin stops mid-rant and stares at him, and then down at his panini again, and back at Arthur. This is a panini of lies and pain. He can tell already.

“For Christmas? I’ve got an uncle and a mother and a sister waiting for me at home, in case you hadn’t remembered, I’m not going home with you just because you’re a workaholic.”

“No, it’s. My mum might be under the impression that we’re a little bit married.”

In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur's family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1069420I've read this about 9 times and each time it gets more hilarious and more endearing.
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12/10/2014 19:52:33Christmas May Come a Little Late This Year doctoraichaMerlin/ArthurFicModernG5-10kCompleteArthur is a barrister, Merlin is a shopkeeper. Can they make it through flat building works, tough cases, and Hannukah gift misunderstandings to find love? And will Arthur ever stop lurking behind newspaper racks?http://archiveofourown.org/works/1052747avidrosetteSweet holiday fic, this time including Hanukkah! It was also interesting to see Merlin & Arthur portrayed as practicing different religions, which may have been the case in canon, too.
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12/10/2014 19:52:47Christmas May Come a Little Late This Year doctoraichaMerlin/ArthurFicModernG5-10kCompleteArthur is a barrister, Merlin is a shopkeeper. Can they make it through flat building works, tough cases, and Hannukah gift misunderstandings to find love? And will Arthur ever stop lurking behind newspaper racks?http://archiveofourown.org/works/1052747avidrosetteSweet holiday fic, this time including Hanukkah! It was also interesting to see Merlin & Arthur portrayed as practicing different religions, which may have been the case in canon, too.
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12/10/2014 19:58:39It Didn't Mean AnythingingberryMerlin/ArthurFicModern MagicNC-175-10kCompleteMerlin Emrys: receptionist at Camelot Inn and magic user in training, not yet certified. When something unexpected happens, Merlin has to use his magic to save Arthur. It has rather impractical consequences, to say the least. Merlin’s not entirely sure how they’re both going to get through this with their sanities intact.http://archiveofourown.org/works/1107376?view_adult=trueavidrosetteLots of fun tropes - powerful!Merlin, forced proximity, unrequited love (for awhile) - plus adult characterizations, and a wintry, festive atmosphere.
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12/10/2014 20:07:26Until Morning LightmyashkeMerlin/ArthurFicCanonPG-1310-20kCompleteThe citadel is coldest during Midwinter vigil, but warmth comes in many forms on that magical night.http://archiveofourown.org/works/396835avidrosetteGreat capture of a pagan ritual of Midwinter; very believable from both sensory and psychological perspectives. Love the developing relationship between M & A, kingly!Arthur, and beloved, accepted, and honored!Merlin.
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12/14/2014 12:12:18Maybe We Were Coming All AlongAnon (at the moment!) Merlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1720-30kCompleteIn retrospect, the "Prince on the Lam in Wales" Christmas headline was not what Arthur had intended.http://archiveofourown.org/works/2675528CamelittleI absolutely adored the way that the ostensibly priviliged Prince Arthur was so deeply warmed by a slightly chaotic, normal family Christmas with Merlin's family and friends. Gorgeous Prince of Wales AU story.
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12/22/2014 7:35:48What Child Is ThislamardeuseMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-1330-40kCompleteA modern AU with Merlin, Arthur, mayhem, a baby and a jingly elf hat.http://archiveofourown.org/works/71404Crideon
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12/23/2014 13:28:42still, still, stillval_creativeMorgwen!FicModernG0-2k, It's the first snowstorm of the year in the mountainous countryside, and all of their friends are pleasantly tipsy and huddling in the back of Gwen's house for the warmth of the roaring fireplace and more drinks. She warms herself with Morgana instead.http://archiveofourown.org/works/2734865mandyit was cute! :)
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12/16/2015 13:14:40The Best Time of the Yeardante_s_hellMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-1310-20kComplete
A series of ficlets surrounding Christmas. Prompts taken from the Merlin Writers' Holiday Bingo Challenge.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1145558/chapters/2319710NevisIt was sweet, romantic and perfectly christmas-y!
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12/16/2015 13:21:05The Trick
bravenclawesome
Merlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kComplete
It all started when Arthur’s sister decided it would be a good idea to trick him into going on a blind date with her best friend’s flatmate. Arthur and Merlin don’t see eye to eye at first, but decide to fake a relationship for a month to stop their loved ones from pestering them about finding a partner. Their arrangement backfires when they realise they’ve fallen for their own trick, and aren’t pretending anymore…

A story about amusing Christmas presents, dates on skates, strategically placed mistletoe, and revelations of secrets long kept, as well as friendship, finding yourself, and a little bit of love.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3248609NevisRomantic, funny and full of christmas cheer.
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12/16/2015 13:28:26O Christmas TreeCandymacaronMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-135-10kComplete
Holiday fluff in which Gwaine is a busybody, Merlin is a tree farmer, penguins are gay, and Arthur gets some for Christmas. (fic + accompanying art)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2601140NevisCute, hot and Christmas fluff!
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12/16/2015 13:31:58Maybe We Were Coming All AlongsassafrasxMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1720-30kComplete
In retrospect, the "Prince on the Lam in Wales" Christmas headline was not what Arthur had intended.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2675528NevisChrismas and modern!royal-merthur! What's not to love?
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12/16/2015 13:43:46
Always the Last Place You Look (Or: Merliniana Jones and the Homogay Crusade)
thalialunacyMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1730-40kComplete
Sometimes, destiny is all about bad timing.

When Merlin woke up this morning, he expected to go on about his life as a 20-something curse-blocked (don't ask) barista with a cat named Eomer (don't judge) and a tendency to get distracted by his own imagination. He certainly didn't expect to end the day engaged to the woman of his dreams.

Probably because he's never spoken to her. She also happens to be unconscious.

But she's suddenly his and Merlin finds himself stumbling over exes, ethics, and the fact that she comes as part of a package deal, along with an overbearing father, a group of friends-in-law that should have their own sitcom… and a brother named Arthur, who takes all of Merlin's assumptions about his life and turns them onto their heads.

Sometimes, destiny is also about misdirection.

(AKA: While You Were Sleeping, Merlin-style.)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/910676/chapters/1764016Nevis
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12/16/2015 13:44:51Acts of ManWreckMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-135-10kComplete
On the morning of their Annual pre-Christmas Dinner, Merlin is shocked to find out that Gwen thinks his boyfriend, Arthur, isn't good enough. But after a glimpse into Merlin's quirky flat, Gwen realizes that she might not have the whole story.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1055542
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12/16/2015 13:46:21No Matter How Far Away You Roamlady_ragnellMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kComplete
“I was wondering if you might come home with me.” Merlin stops mid-rant and stares at him, and then down at his panini again, and back at Arthur. This is a panini of lies and pain. He can tell already.

“For Christmas? I’ve got an uncle and a mother and a sister waiting for me at home, in case you hadn’t remembered, I’m not going home with you just because you’re a workaholic.”

“No, it’s. My mum might be under the impression that we’re a little bit married.”

In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur's family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1069420
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12/16/2015 13:49:38The Warmth of WintereldeeMerlin/ArthurFicCanonNC-1720-30kComplete
Dragonlord Prince Emrys of the Druids is assigned the task of negotiating with King Arthur Pendragon of England in hopes that dragons and magic will be permitted to come back home again. (Hopefully that teenaged tryst Merlin and Arthur once had doesn't make things awkward.)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/610218
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12/16/2015 13:51:16All I Want For Christmas (Is You)
dreamdustmama
Merlin/ArthurFicModernNC-1710-20kComplete
Arthur is not amused when his (probably insane) father decides to hold a Secret Santa exchange for the entirety of Pendragon Corporation. He's even less amused (and more than a bit panicky) when he draws Merlin's name.
https://archiveofourown.org/works/157384
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12/16/2015 13:53:13It's Warm Enough in My ArmsSPowellMerlin/ArthurFicModernNC-175-10kComplete
Arthur and Merlin are best friends. Gwaine thinks they should be more. Secretly, Arthur agrees.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1060615
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12/16/2015 15:26:23By the Fireside With You AnonMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-132-5kComplete
It was the night before Christmas and Merlin was waiting for Arthur.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5131592rotrudeBecause it's highly evocative and seasonal and it's got great description of quiet intimacy.
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12/17/2015 21:59:59Hidden LightDestinaMerlin/ArthurFicCanonPG-130-2kComplete
During a winter hunting trip, Merlin finds he still has much to learn about Arthur.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1053598
Malu_3
(Paraphrased from my initial comments): I love how this story feels grounded both in canon and the broader legends, like what the show could have been with more care, love, bravery and budget - or if the show had been a storybook instead, one that had all the time in the world to follow the main characters even in the quiet moments, and revel in every detail of the smells and tastes and textures of their environment. It's Merlin's POV, yet so skillfully done that we as readers can guess, then know, how Arthur feels, what he knows, and what he intends. And he is GLORIOUS here. One of my favorite-ever depictions of canon-era Arthur.<3
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12/19/2015 14:54:51Not Your Average Dragonnympha_albaMerlin/ArthurFicModernPG-132-5kComplete
The gold lettering along the bottom of the shop window says COFFEE BY PENDRAGON, and underneath: NOT YOUR AVERAGE DRAGON. Merlin grins. What is an average dragon like, and what makes this one different?
http://winterknights.livejournal.com/10496.html
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5449889
Lovely holiday story, funny dream sequence, happy hopeful ending, full of feels
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12/20/2015 18:31:24Winter's TrialJanne_dMerlin/ArthurFicCanonPG-135-10kComplete
The first snows of winter have fallen and Arthur has Merlin to find and a test to pass out in the cold, or neither of them will make it back to Camelot.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/46260
Clea2011

I like brave, strong Arthur, determined to pass the test and reach Merlin. Also it's very in character for poor Merlin to get into that sort of predicament. love all the banter, and then the angst, and then... Well, I just love this fic.
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12/6/2016 5:37:19Winter CabinbarbitoneMerlin/ArthurArtCanonPG
Arthur is injured during an ambush, and he and Merlin are separated from the rest of the knights. They seek shelter in an old abandoned cabin that has long been used by the Pendragons on extended hunts. Trapped there by the storm Arthur finally reveals his feelings for Merlin.
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/MerlinHolidays2015/works/5439881
nympha_alba
I was lucky enough to get this art as a Merlin Hols gift 2015! There are two gorgeous panels contrasting and complementing each other. The first has cold, muted colours, blues and greys, with ice and snow and howling wind, and Arthur in pain. In the second panel there's stillness and warmth, red and gold and firelight, with handholding and a blissful look on their faces. Seriously, what's not to love?
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12/22/2016 1:18:54The Longest NightAnonMerlin/ArthurFicCanonG2-5kComplete
They’re lost, the sun is setting, the horses have bolted, and they’re both soaked to the bone from a mishap with some thin ice and a stream, but at least they don’t have to contend with bandits.



“Just a quick trip, Merlin,” Merlin sing-songs in his prattiest voice. “We’ll bring back more meat for the feast, Merlin.”

“Shut up, Merlin,” Arthur stutters, his teeth clacking together.
http://winterknights.livejournal.com/26202.html
schweet_heart
Short and sweet, this is so very in-character it could almost be part of an episode from the show. I love the combination of hurt/comfort, banter, and low-key flirting.
Pre-relationship.
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