It’s one of the most loving portrayals of a truly alien being I’ve ever read, it’s also gloriously gross and it will leave you with something to ponder that’s definitely not holiday cheer.  It’s “The Things” by Peter Watts.

Because you’ve had enough goddamn jolly.

Heh, actually this story did make me jolly back in the day.  I’ve written porn inspired by it.

Not kidding.  Go ahead and cringe.