By dankempster 3 Comments
As the year draws to a close, it's once again Christmas time. Time for family get-togethers, exchanges of gifts and overindulgent meals. For me, on top of all of those things, that means it's also time to sit down and write up my traditional three-part Christmas mega-blog. I'm sure you know the drill by now – three days, three blogs, and one incredibly tired Dan at the end of it all. To keep in the festive spirit, I like to compare it to a three-course Christmas dinner. The prawn cocktail starter is my Christmas Eve blog, detailing my Christmas plans for the year. My Christmas Day blog is the turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and I've got something very special planned for that this year. Finally, the Christmas pudding and custard arrives on Boxing Day in the form of a round-up of my thoughts on the Wii. Now that introduction's out of the way, let the mega-blog commence!
Part One – Christmas PlansI've never been big on the commercial side of Christmas. For the last ten years or so, it's been less about the presents under the tree and more about the people who are around you as you open them. Now in my third year of University, only seeing my family once every few months, that's more true than it's ever been. I'm loving being back in the company of my family for the Christmas break, even in spite of the lack of internet. Seeing my parents, my sisters and our adorable dog is the perfect way to spend these two weeks away from lectures and essays.
I miss my girlfriend, and things would be even more perfect if she was here too, but she has family of her own to see. To ensure we didn't miss out on things, we had our own little 'pre-Christmas Christmas' at our flat, back on the 16th. We exchanged gifts, watched Christmas movies and even cooked a turkey dinner. She gave me the complete Fawlty Towers on DVD, and a copy of Fallout: New Vegas. For her, I picked up some haircare treatments that she'd been wanting to try, and I also ordered a print from an artist that she really likes. A bit on the expensive side, but her reaction definitely made it worth every penny.
Beyond my girlfriend, I decided I'd only be getting gifts for family this year – times are tight, global recession and all that, and as a University student, money isn't exactly plentiful at present. I picked up Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy for my mother, as she's always got her head in a book and I've heard good things about them. For my father, who's really into anything related to the two World Wars, I picked up DVDs of World Wars I and II in colour. One of my sisters has developed an obsession with Hello Kitty, so I bought her some branded accessories for her new car. Finally, my youngest sister is very into her music, so I picked up a few CDs for her. I'm really hoping all the presents are well-received when they're opened tomorrow morning.
I haven't asked for much this Christmas. My Christmas list consists of a few Deep Purple and Pink Floyd albums I hadn't picked up yet, books by Stephen King, Philip K. Dick and Tobias Hill, a DVD boxset of Blackadder and a copy of Dragon Age: Origins on 360. Extended family might chip in a little bit of money here and there, but that really is everything I'd like, and if I even get half of it I'll consider myself very fortunate.
So that's the gifts out of the way. What about actual plans for the festive season? Well, tomorrow (Christmas Day), we're planning to break from tradition and spend it alone as a family. Usually we have either one or both sets of grandparents over, but I'm looking forward to it just being the five of us for a change. On Boxing Day, my grandfather on my dad's side will be coming over for the day, and we'll be spending the Monday evening at my mother's parents' house. New Year's Eve plans are currently non-existent, although I suspect it could very well be an evening of beer and Trivial Pursuit. New Year's Day will see my grandfather returning again for the day, and shortly after that I'll be returning to my flat to spend the rest of my Christmas vacation with my girlfriend while also finishing up some essays.
Well, there you have it – that's how I'll be spending my Christmas period. I suspect it'll be heavily interspersed with blogging and lengthy sessions of Fallout: New Vegas. I trust most of you have all got equally awesome plans for your Christmas festivities, and I'd love to hear about them. For now, all that remains to be done is to wish everyone at Giant Bomb a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for reading, guys. I'll see you tomorrow for a very special Part Two of my 2010 Christmas Mega-Blog.
Currently playing – Fallout: New Vegas (X360)