12 Days of Christmas: Somewhere In My Memory

If you got the song reference in the title, you get a cookie.

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We’re back with our 12 Days of Christmas Collaboration, hosted by Kim over at Later Levels!

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!

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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!

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I also learned a bit about eastern architecture

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,
~ Athena

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    1. Woo! Yep, between Looney Tunes, video games, and Fantasia, my love of classical music was cemented from a young age! haha And you’re right that it sort of feeds into appreciating the music that goes into video games that *isn’t* from somewhere else, too 🙂

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  1. Ooooh, I know the reference. It’s the piece that sounds whenever I want to cry during Home Alone 1 and 2. 😛

    Like Luna said above, thanks for sharing your memories. It definitely reminded me that, even if the holidays can be a stressing time, we need to leave room for the good things.

    As for me, I don’t have a lot of Christmas gaming memories, but this one year my cousins, sister and I tried to get my mum into playing. She really did try, even though she was kind of terrible at it. 😂

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    1. Haha yep you got it!

      Absolutely. It can be so hard to remember that, so I really liked writing this because it pulled up a lot of really wonderful memories 🙂

      My mom should have invented the Wii with the way she would bounce the controller around trying to move the characters; I get it haha. It was the time spent together that counts though, right? haha

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  2. Did not know Tetris was a Soviet Mind Game! Wow. You really do learn something new every day, haha. I’m glad you have happy gaming memories with your family 🙂

    Now I got the Tetris theme stuck in my head. The heavy metal remix version I found is pretty badass, I have to say 🤘

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    1. I’m not sure it was a “mind game” the way that sounds, but it was developed in the Soviet Union. It’s actually a pretty fascinating story. I just read an entire book about the history of Tetris that my mom gave me.

      You’re welcome. 🙂
      Oh, and I think you’d find it interesting that I used the Tetris theme in a therapy session once… it was for a hand exercise intervention. They never even knew what they were humming along to… haha

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      1. In Soviet Russia, Tetris blocks stack you! …so sorry… I was dying to say that because I’m a loser… sigh.

        That is very interesting that you used that with a client!! I could see that catchy tune having therapeutic properties, for sure. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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