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Hobbes
post Nov 30 2010, 06:07 PM
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Well, tomorrow is the 1st of December and, what with the amount of snow the UK has been receiving the last few days, I don't think it is too awful to mention Christmas. Plus, I've had a few wintery songs entering my ears today so (right now, at least) I am feeling rather festive.

I think Christmas, for most people, tends to have two opposing feelings about it. Assuming you aren't totally pre-ghosts-Scrooge-esque, and thus hate it, or for religious/personal reasons you do not take part in the holiday, there is a certain amount of excitement that begins to brew up as the 25th approaches.

However, I think there's often some sadness at Christmas, too. Being one of the major events in the year, it is usually when friends and family get together, so it is undoubtedly a time when we recall the people we have lost in our lives.

But I don't want to depress people...

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I find Christmas terribly nostalgic, and so it'd be nice to focus on some lovely yuletide thoughts.

What I would like you lovely people to do is post some jolly memories about Christmas. They can be from your childhood (those of you that aren't still in it wink.gif), from a few years ago, or just last year. And they can feature yourself, or your friends and family, or people that are no longer with us... or your dog, etc.

But... they must be stories that are a source of happiness for you smile.gif

And if you don't celebrate Christmas, but a different event during this holiday season, then share appropriately smile.gif
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post Dec 3 2010, 11:06 PM
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I have a few. Memories tend to come out a little fragmented with me, like a picture painted on glass then broken into pieces, so here are the bits that I like:

One of my best friends Sues and I had been vaguely dating for a few months (not the Sues I was with for nearly ten years). We both knew that we would go our separate ways a couple of weeks after Christmas, but I very clearly remember lying curled up with her at Christmas listening to an album that I'd recieved that year. It was the third album by Enigma, and I still have flashbacks to that time whenever I listen to it. It's a memory of both happiness and sadness, but somehow incredibly evocative of that friendship.

I don't know why it should be a sad memory - it was a good time. It was complex, but nothing was wrong. Maybe I feel sad for how simple life seemed... But there is a lot of comfort in that memory too.

Another memory is a little more fuzzy. It was the first Christmas that I had spent away from home. My friend Martin was nearby so I was cooking a Christmas dinner for us both. I started drinking at about 11am whilst watching The Storyteller and peeling brussels sprouts. Drinking continued at a steady pace. Matt (Matthew on these forums, whom a few of you will have met) turned up at about 6pm, I think, with about another half-crate of beer. This ws then drunk. Everything else in the house with any alcohol in it was drunk. There was a lot of alcohol...

I think we have to reconstruct some of the evening based on evidence: around 36 cans of beer were empty, 1 bottle of sherry, 1 bottle of kahlua, 1 bottle of green ginger wine, and 1 bottle of brandy. There may have been wine involved, but I'm sure you can understand my lack of memory for some of the details.

I am pretty sure I utterly trounced them both on Quake III and Tekken III.

I had a hangover for three days afterwards.

It rocked.


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