So it’s late at night on Christmas Eve as I write this, obviously being released on Christmas morning. I’m sitting in my folks’ basement, kicking back on the couch with my favourite cat in the world, Marlie at my side, purring up a storm. I came to my folks’ place earlier today, as we do our usual Christmas gifts now on the Eve since both me and my younger brother no longer live here anymore, so opening gifts Christmas morning isn’t as easy to pull off and we don’t like opening gifts around our other family members when we don’t have as many gifts for them to open. I’m staying overnight, as I’m lazy as shit and don’t want to drive all the way home, just to drive back the next day.
So I figured while I’m sitting here, patting an adorable little kitty and waiting till I’m sleepy enough to finally go pass out and wake up when it’s time to chow down on some fucking fantastic food, I’d talk to you guys a little about the holidays, but something a little more specific this time.
Last year, my first annual Merry Christmas post concentrated more on the ideas of people trying to stop people from celebrating and even just saying the words “Merry Christmas”. I don’t feel like talking about religion and that kind of shit two years in a row, so I wanted to talk about something a little less angry, cause y’know, it’s Christmas! It’s supposed to be jolly!
Obviously when we’re younger, we’re kids, early teens, for some of us all the way into our 20s, Christmas is something we look forward to every year. It’s the day where we spend a month, if not more awaiting the day we get to open a bunch of presents and get the things we’ve been wanting for so long. I can remember so many years where I couldn’t sleep on Christmas Eve, I wanted to just run downstairs and see how Santa had showed up, eaten the cookies, drank the milk and had all my presents under the tree. As I got older, I didn’t grow out of the not sleeping thing until I hit college, it wasn’t a kid-like nature in high school though, I just loved Christmas that much. It’s free shit and you get to spend time with family you don’t see all that often, of course I’d be interested in it.
I remember so many cool gifts I got when I was younger. I can still vividly remember coming down one Christmas morning and seeing this big Toy Story tent with a bunch of presents underneath, some of them being Magic School Bus computer games, which I was super into as a kid, I fucking adored that stuff! I remember getting a copy of WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64 and just freaking out because I wanted that game so badly, being in the heyday of my wrestling fandom as a kid before I re-awakened my love for professional wrestling in my 20s. I remember getting mini-sticks and hockey nets and me and my brother would literally spend hours in this perfect long hallway-like room that separated the house from the deck, it was perfect for mini-stick hockey. I remember wanting the new Rock Band game and my parents getting me Guitar Hero: World Tour instead, which actually was a blessing in disguise, because I’ve always loved the drum set from the Guitar Hero games better than the Rock Band set.
So for those curious, what did I get this year? Well, I’m preparing to move out of the place I’m currently sharing with a couple housemates and going into my own apartment with my girlfriend, so I got a couple things for the new place, specifically for cooking, getting a slow cooker and a toaster oven. I got a brand new pair of Sennheiser headphones after the current pair I had stopped working cause the cord got damaged. But the coolest thing I got this year is something I asked my brother for, something so cool that I can’t believe I didn’t think about getting one of things a long time ago. I asked for a legit Zelda ocarina. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I’ve been a musician since I was 13 years old, starting with a guitar and working my way into other instruments. I’ve played guitar and sang for the last 15 years, but in the last couple years, I’ve started trying to learn new instruments. I’ve been slowly self-teaching myself on a keyboard and while I’m not playing the most advanced stuff, I actually feel accomplished with what I’ve learned. And since last year, I’ve started having a yearly gimmick where I ask for a cheaper, unique musical instrument. Last year I asked for a nice harmonica, now this year it’s an ocarina. I’m not sure what’s next, my heart’s hoping for the spoons though!
But the one thing I’ve noticed recently, especially since I hit around 22-23, is that I’ve become less and less interested in Christmas, at least in the same way I used to. I used to have trouble sleeping on Christmas Eve, now I pass out in minutes like I normally do. I used to be the first one up Christmas morning, now I’m usually the last. I don’t look forward to Christmas as much anymore, I still enjoy seeing my family, exchanging gifts, eating awesome meals, all that jazz, but there isn’t an over-excited attitude towards the holiday anymore. I think it’s really just because I’ve gotten older and I’m not a parent, so I don’t have as large a reason to be overly involved in the holiday as others do. Granted, there are people all the way through their lives are so into Christmas, it’s amazing to watch, but for me I’ve definitely toned down my excitement over the years.
Regardless, the holiday is always special to me, no matter the level of excitement. I get to spend time with my family and for a moment in time forget about everything else. I sure as hell could forget a lot about 2016 for a day or so.
So Merry Christmas to everyone and for everyone else celebrating in a different way, I hope you enjoy yourselves just as much!