Daniel McTavish – A/N This is McTavish as he originally came to me, long before he became the narrator of The Uprising. This McTavish is a former assassin, come youth pastor and in essence is the REAL Daniel McTavish. My number one muse.
“Christmas? Hmmm, I’ve never really talked about what this season means to me. I didn’t celebrate as a kid. Well, I didn’t celebrate the real thing. Didn’t believe in it. We did presents and the tree and a lot of eating. My parents were the devout ones.
I became a Christian later in life. Though I was raised by good Catholic parents. They’d be mortified by what I became in life, though. At least when I was younger.
Not sure they’d be particularly enamoured by my current profession either. They’re traditionalists. Go to mass every Saturday evening… I pastor youth at a large contemporary church. Not their thing really. But, I’m digressing aren’t I?
Christmas means to me? Community. Love. Joy. A lot of things that I lost over the years and had to regain. And, redemption. Or at least the promise of redemption. I mean, the coming of Jesus as a man into our midst? That’s a big thing. And the fact that He came to save someone like me?
I don’t deserve that. But, that’s another thing, right? Christmas is a time for joy not for reliving the terrible things I’ve done…
So, yeah. That’s Christmas to me.”