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On the second day of Christmas Collab, Kim asked of me: You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?
This is sort of a tough one, because as much as I love video games, my life hardly revolved around them growing up, any more than it revolved around movies or other entertainment media. Christmastime was usually marked by cooking and baking, watching Christmas movies, and singing Christmas carols practically nonstop starting after Thanksgiving. Yes, those were all usually group activities, even the singing part. It was so much fun!
But that’s not to say I don’t have any memories of games during Christmas. As some of you who have hung around here a while know, most of my favorite gaming memories revolve around gaming time spent with others. We (my siblings and I) usually received a game or two on Christmas, and once all the presents were unwrapped and the paper was recycled, the new shiny game was popped into the NES for us to play. Mostly them, since I was the smallest and they generally only wanted me to watch, but I still had fun. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m okay with simply watching others play video games; I was trained from a young age (haha).
Playing the new game(s) with my family was always fun. And it got real once Tetris was brought out (or Tetris 2!!). This is a memory from new year’s, and not Christmas, but we have a picture of my dad holding the NES controller, and he’s concentrating very hard on the screen/new game from Christmas while my mom drapes him with streamers for new year’s eve.
I also remember us talking about the music in Tetris, because it’s all of the classical variety. I think that’s why I was so little when I first learned about Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” to be honest, because one of the pieces from the opera plays when you clear the levels!
Anyway… I think that’s what I liked best: while I played video games with my brother sometimes, or my mom sometimes, or my dad, or even my sister, the only time we’d really all sit around at the same time and play was during the Christmas holiday.
All else aside, my favorite part of the holidays will always be time spent with my family, and although I might not have specific memories regarding gaming around the holidays, they certainly did have a place during the season.
What about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas gaming memory? What is it? Let me know in the comments!
Wrapping presents festively,
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