Christmas is a special time of year, a time when I can retrieve long dead features and pass them off as Christmas specials. It’s not just me either, how long did Only Fools and Horses continue at Christmas after the main series had ended?
Of course Christmas, or whatever you choose to celebrate at this time of year if indeed you do, is special for other reasons, so I thought I’d give everyone a chance to open up and share what they’ve been up to for the last few days. I suspect a few of you may have some wonderful gaming stories, playing SingStar with the family or busting out those Buzz controllers that only get an airing a few times a year. You may well have been spending time with other gamers, so maybe social titles like FIFA or Burnout have made an appearance.
It’s not all about games though, and for my part I haven’t been playing any at all since I left Brighton on Christmas Eve. In fact, apart from the Queen’s Speech and the conclusion of the India/Pakistan Twenty20 cricket match, the TV hasn’t been turned on in any of the homes I’ve been in. Instead I’ve been seeing relatives I probably haven’t seen in too long, eating far too much food, and attempting to retrieve a football from an 11 year old whose ball control skills are far too good for someone his age.
I’ve also had one of the most unusual Christmas experiences I can recall, as my mum and step-dad have a rather lovely mature student from South Korea staying with them. Although some Koreans do celebrate Christmas, she hasn’t in the past and it was wonderful to watch her reaction as the day unfolded. In particular it was hugely entertaining to watch her face light up as she was given gifts from the whole family, something she wasn’t expecting.
I’ve seen children experience their first couple of Christmases in the past, and their sheer delight is always wonderful. However, watching a woman of 47 take it all in for the first time and be welcomed into the celebrations as if family was wonderful, and something that’s changed my outlook on the day somewhat.
I know in the past when I’ve written these types of articles on Boxing Day I’ve asked you what you’ve got, and things of that nature. You’re perfectly free to share that if you wish of course, and I’m sure the rest of the community would be delighted to hear if you’ve got anything particularly wonderful. However, from a personal standpoint I’d like to hear if you’ve got any lovely Christmas stories from this year or years past.
With that said I hope you enjoy the rest of whatever you’re getting up to, and I must now depart as my grandparents are arriving for the second day of the celebrations.
Merry Christmas to all of you.