|“And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,|
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”
When we were kids our parents encouraged us to pursue various interests. The holidays were a great opportunity to reinforce those. Trips to New York City often included a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its amazing arms and armor collection and its ancient Egyptian galleries (including the complete Temple of Dendur). Christmas gifts included a new Star Wars or Middle-earth calendar, soundtracks to my favorite movies from that year, books relevant to my interests, and some roleplaying game resource or board game. After opening presents Christmas Eve we each retreated into our own world, immersing ourselves in books and toys until sleep (or church) demanded our attention.
|Holiday tradition: a guest reads|
The Littlest Shoggoth....
I received some game- and geek-related goodies this year – a 12 foot-long Fourth Doctor Who scarf my wife knitted, The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor game from a friend, the soundtrack to Jason and the Argonauts, the Safari Ltd. cryptozoology toob, and a rolling cart for my wargmaming miniatures. I also reveled in my seven year-old son indulging his own geeky pursuits. Although he got a smattering of Star Wars and Harry Potter gifts, this year he’s into Pokemon...shirts, plush Pokemon, plastic figures, Pokeballs, the Pokemon Cookbook, etc. As dutiful, geeky parents we got him a learn-to-play starter set for the card game; we’ve already played through the tutorial version and several games with the 30-card decks on our own. We’ll see if it takes...and then decide whether to go to the next level and get some full, 60-card pre-constructed theme decks to play.
In the past I’ve discussed how the holidays seem tinged with elements of fantasy (“The Season for Fantasy”) and recalled a fond New Year’s Eve rife with gaming and geekdom (“New Year’s Eve Gaming”). It’s a time when kids are off from school and adults take off from work, friends gather, and we have time to spend reveling in the fantasies of the season. Individuals indulge their geeky pursuits to differing degrees within their own, everyday lives, depending on free time, spare cash, and other opportunities. The holidays bring us together to spend time with each other and share a bit of ourselves: conversation, meals, gifts, good cheer...and our geeky interests.
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