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?