A Very Geeky Christmas

I trust that everyone had a very Merry Christmas, but did you have a very geeky Christmas? It certainly was for us. We felt like children and couldn’t wait to open the gifts we got each other! Books and games were exchanged between us. I got Cam the final book of The Magicians trilogy—The Magican’s Land. Once he finishes it, I’m sure he’ll be encouraging me to start the book series. He got me a huge tome by Martin Meredith—The Fate of Africa. I’m sure it will take me all year to read it. He also got me a beautiful jigsaw puzzle of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda. We spent most of the night of Christmas Eve attempting to put it together.

Christmas Day was packed full of visiting our families and playing games. At Cam’s family, board games are always a big hit. At my family’s home, we’re usually entertaining my 2 ½ year old nephew. We’re Aunt Happy and Ran-Ran. He has a little trouble with “T” and “C.” The gifts to and from the families were also bit hits. Twilight Struggle and Call of Duty for Cam, and a fitbit for me. All the geeky gifts make a geeky Christmas, right?

Our Christmas was more than just a geeky Christmas. It was the start of making new traditions, with each other and our families. While board games continue to be a tradition for his family, he learned to appreciate an evening of putting together a gorgeous (and difficult) jigsaw puzzle. I grew up always working on one with my mother and now it’s something that Cam and I can do together. We just have to be a little more careful about it with three curious cats.

Additionally, this Christmas was about the things we knew we would do for each other. I worked a part time job in retail during the holiday shopping season in addition to my day job. It did become a little stressful for me, but Cam relieved a lot of that stress by helping out more around the house. He also cooked the best Christmas Eve dinner that I could ask for and wrapped most of my presents for me. Maybe that could be a new tradition every year! I kid. He did everything he could to make sure the holiday season wasn’t stressful for me.

Christmas shouldn’t be stressful. I realize it is for a lot of people. I witnessed it while working retail during the shopping season. There are so many expectations to make the holidays perfect, I think. At first, I thought we would start a lot of new traditions, like making delicious desserts together, or even a gingerbread house. Perhaps in the process of working so much, I didn’t have time to stress out about making our first Christmas living together too perfect. The end result was that our Christmas was better than I could have thought and we didn’t have to spend a ton of money to make it special.

We did dream about next Christmas when we have a bigger place. A Cthulhu Christmas tree? A steampunk Christmas tree? And my nephew will definitely be old enough to learn to play board games.

How was your Christmas? Not too stressful, I hope. Do you have any traditions you’d like to share? Did you start any news ones too?

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We're Tab and Cam-just a goofy, geeky couple exploring each other's interests from comic books, board games, video games, TV and movies. Join us in misadventures of learning to accept one's obsession with Magic the Gathering and the other's admiration for Steampunk décor.

8 thoughts on “A Very Geeky Christmas”

  1. I agree, he should cook dinner every Christmas Eve! Due to illness, we haven’t done much. Maybe I could still fix a turkey and have you guys over for dinner! Then neither of you would have dishes! You and Morgan are so alike!

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    1. Blah. I am avoiding doing the dishes right now. I have the Zelda puzzle in front of me and Cosmos playing on Netflix to distract me.
      Sorry to hear about the illness. I know the crazy weather we have here in southern Kentucky makes so many people sick. It could be 60 degrees at the beginning of the week, then 20 degrees by Saturday!

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  2. Another great thing about this Christmas……the sheer amount of food I have in the fridge. That never happens. Our families gave us so many leftovers, I’ll surely need the fitbit to motivate me to burn off the excess calories!

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  3. It sounds like you had a very fun and “Geeky” Christmas! I would love to start a tradition of putting together puzzles with my husband, but usually we are too exhausted from all the travelling to make it happen. My husband did have a lot of geeky stuff going on – which is unusual. We did play board games with my parents a couple of days, and he did actually spend real money on his favorite game this year, thanks to Christmas money he received! He likes to play a browser game called “O Game” and is pretty addicted to it! Someone got him a gift card and he spent it all on that website (not usual for us, as we are poor commoners!!! LOL). This year, for me, was not very Geeky. My gifts consisted of candles, incense burners (both were “dirty santa” gifts), various gift cards and a new jacket. I am pretty pleased with all of those! Normal Christmas presents usually consists for Magic the Gathering cards, video games, movies, and any techie items we’ve been wanting. Our biggest gift together is a new kitchen sink/facet. I’m pretty stoked about that! It is funny that you start getting excited about things for your house as gifts for holidays when you get older! We did do a lot of travelling, but I felt blessed to be able to spend one more Christmas with our families. We don’t really have any traditions that we follow anymore, since both of our moms are no longer with us, but we just enjoying chilling out with everyone!

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  4. Sounds like you both had a wonderful Christmas!

    Board games are always a part of my husband’s family’s social gatherings, and I always enjoy playing. This year my grandmother have me the Big Bang Theory version of Clue, and it was really fun! It even had a 2 player set up which I was excited about so that my husband and I can play together.

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    1. I’m pretty excited about playing Twilight Struggle! It’s a two-player game about the Cold War. One player is the US, and the is the USSR.
      I love the themed board games. I saw a Zelda Monopoly game board that I would LOVE to have.

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