Christmas Discussion – Stories

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.



  1. Well I’ve been on my own this Christmas and no one has got much money to spare atm which is understandable. I’m not too fussed as long as I have something to do which in this case has been films and games. Christmas is a very commercial event on the whole and stuff like trees and decorations are festive but are not necessary. In that sense Christmas as a festive celebration is good for the younger people.

    Luckily I managed to get Rage for 4.98 on PC and PS Plus has delivered Big Sky, Knytt and Uncharted. I can’t deny it felt a little lonely, but I’m heading home in early January when I have the money for the travel, and me and Mum always agreed that presents and food are more important on our own Birthdays more than anything else.

    I am a Christian and aware of the importance of what the Son of God has done for us and I think that’s enough said for Christmas :)

  2. Had a very nice day, home with the parents yesterday, good food, nice and relaxed.
    great to exchange gifts (i’m not 1 for listing look what i got! type stuff, seen it turn into something of an ‘arms race’ on other forums), and just simple things like get emails and text messages from friends in UK and abroad, wishing us all a very happy xmas, made it extra special.

    My sister could’nt even be bothered to send the folks a card this year, so was’nt overly surprised she did’nt ring them either.

    The time off work has given me chance to start digging into the ‘To Play’ pile of games i’ve some how got piled up, currently playing Max Payne 3-Big fan of previous 2 games, not keen on this slant Rockstar have taken, far too much watching of cutscenes.

    Eating far too much, weather is awful, but it’s just great to be able to spend quality time with the folks, both my mum and dad have been seriousily ill at points over last 12 years, thanks to the NHS both made full recovery, and it kinda brings it home each xmas how lucky i am to still have them around.

    Money has been ‘watched’ this year, everyone made sure the gifts that were bought were things people needed or wanted, nothing going to waste.

    The TV has done my head in though, SO many adverts for:Sales, Holidays etc, jeez can we NOT just have 1 day where the commerical side is’nt being force fed to us?.

    • Happy to hear yer folks have made a recovery. You seem to understand what this day is really about. Spending time with loved ones.

  3. Merry Christmas Kris. My brother and I got drunk this year and started making a stock motion short film about an evil Santa knocking the decorations off of our tree…. Its not a very good film… we were very drunk….

  4. Spent the day with my parents and two of my sisters. It was the most peaceful Xmas we’ve had together in a long time. And on a personal level, this is the first holiday season in a very long time when I haven’t been utterly depressed. I can only hope this continues into the New Year and beyond.

  5. I ate loads of food and in the end suffered a bit but it was good fun as always.

  6. Married, with both of us having divorced parents, means that Christmas is traveling back and forth to have meals with them. Not that exciting.
    But hey, I got some gaming apparel this year, since there was no Uncharted 3 to be gifted :p

  7. Presents, cooking, beer, dinner, beer, dessert, beer, sleep, beer, chocolates, beer, sleep. In that order. Good day.

  8. I was lucky enough to be sent a PS Vita with Assassin’s Creed Liberation as a present from my amazing girlfriend, though sadly we weren’t able to spend Christmas together due to work/uni commitments and being separated by half the Irish Sea and most of England.

    The Vita itself is an amazing piece of kit, and I’m really enjoying Liberation too. Hoping to use some of the money I got buy Far Cry 3 which seems to be going cheap in the sales. Other than that, I ate loads of food, watched Doctor Who and hung out with the family. Good times indeed! Merry Christmas once again to all at TSA, and a Happy New Year!

  9. hangover, presents, beer, dinner, sleep, beer, movie, bed….. done.

  10. I stuffed my face, watched Dr Who, struggled to decide which game i would play as i’ve reached that point where i can’t decide what game, played Hitman and that’s it. Dr Who was very far fetched, even by it’s low standards. :O Oh and watched South Park on VIVA. :)

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