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After a great deal of coercion the reluctant Princess Luna finally agrees to accompany her sister on her annual Hearth's Warming Eve trip to the Canterlot Orphanage. She may have gotten more than she bargained for.

It's been eight years since I posted "While the Pageant Plays", and I've explored a lot of different ideas in my Christmas paintings over that stretch of time. This year I decided to revisit the one that started it all and give it a well-deserved sequel. Looking back it's hard to believe this is the first picture of mine to feature both Royal Sisters together. I might have to draw them again sometime.
Anywho, a great big Merry Christmas to all of you who are still around. Hang in there folks. We've almost made it!

All unofficial characters depicted here were created specifically for this picture or its predecessor. Any resemblance to your OC is unintended and entirely coincidental. ;)

Watercolor and a little bit of gouache on Strathmore watercolor paper. Date of completion: 12/21/20.
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Luna: Is this what you do every hearthwarming eve, Sister?

Celestia: For the last 700 years I do.

Luna: But why? Don´t you already finance the orphanages across the land.

Celestia: As if the foals would feel that they are not forgotten by sending money.

Luna: True, but time travel to spend the day at each orphanage all day?

Celestia: Want to add some nighttime too? Sister?
Verified Pegasus - Show us your gorgeous wings!
Preenhub - We all know what you were up to this evening~
Twinkling Balloon - Took part in the 2021 community collab.
Ten years of changes - Celebrated the 10th anniversary of MLP:FiM!
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition
Friendship, Art, and Magic (2020) - Took part in the 2020 Community Collab
Dream Come True! - Participated in the MLP 9th Anniversary Event
Wallet After Summer Sale -
Best Artist - Providing quality, Derpibooru-exclusive artwork
Friendship, Art, and Magic (2019) - Celebrated Derpibooru's seventh year anniversary with friends.

I miss the show so much
Congratulations, both of you. Looks like you've been selected, just in time for the Hearth's Warming. Just sign the adoption papers. Don't forget the shy one in the back.