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No Substitute
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rated: G
Category: Gen. Jack focus and POV.
Season: Any.
Spoilers: None.
Summary: Jack realizes there's just no substitute for the real thing - in more ways than one.
Word Count: 300
Note: Written for the 2011 Ancient Obsessions December 9 Advent Prompt: Holly.

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Like most people, I've used the same Christmas decorations for years.
 
Good thing, too, because otherwise I wouldn't use any at all. It's just so much trouble to put things out when it's just me. I know I wouldn't bother if I didn't already have the stuff, but since I do and since somehow a few folks always end up over here at some point, I put it out.
 
It's just the usual: little angels on the mantel, fake holly on the tables, yada, yada, yada.
 
Year in and year out, it's the same old thing.
 
Not this year, though. I actually managed to replace something.
 
Granted, that's because the fake holly literally fell apart on me, but that's beside the point. Honestly, I didn't mind replacing it. The real stuff I picked up looks so much better, and it's actually alive. I can put it out back in the spring and let it grow. Then I can trim off a few branches next year if I feel like it. That sounds fun. I might not be Mister Domesticity, but the Minnesota in me likes a real tree, and I guess there's no substitute for real holly, either.
 
It almost makes me wonder why I ever had the fake stuff - but only almost, because I know exactly why I never had real before. Lately, it was just convenience, but historically it was because I had a dog.
 
Now, I know holly isn't all that toxic to dogs, but after spending my first married Christmas cleaning up accidents all over the house, I learned my lesson.
 
I haven't had real holly or poinsettias or any of that since.
 
Until now.
 
And like I said, it's pretty.
 
I like it.
 
Still, though, all in all I think I'd rather have a dog.

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