Christmas is once again knocking at the door. Brightly colored, twinkling lights hang from banisters and doorways as traditionally decorated firs illuminate the homes of friends and families. For many of us, our childhood is defined during this time of the year. A jolly, white-bearded man will visit millions of children tonight through their chimney and deliver billions of toys and gifts. When I was a child, I could barely contain my excitement. On many a past Eve, my parents would begin the agonizing tease of placing wrapped presents under the Christmas tree. I wasn’t allowed to touch the festively decorated packages, much less shake them. My mother always waited till December 24th before placing anything under the tree, claiming that her and my father didn’t trust me alone with the packages. There’s some truth in that, but in actuality they just enjoyed the magic of the season as much as I did. That teasing was part of the fun. Don’t worry, I got my revenge when I would crawl out of bed at three in the morning the following day.
I’m sure those of you who celebrate the holiday have similar stories that you experienced through your own traditions. As a nerd, and a kid who refuses to grow up ,my fondest memory is when I was around four or five years old on the floor with my dad reenacting the battle of Hoth in Empire Strikes Back. Or the time when I got a puppy and my mother spent the day teaching me the responsibilities of raising it. I can clearly recall the time my parents stayed up most of the night hooking up a brand new SNES to the family television. I can still recall my amazement at the intro to Super Mario World looping over and over as I rubbed the sleepiness out of my eyes.
Now as an adult, I can look back on those memories and acknowledge the best part of the holiday season, spending it with my family. That’s the true magic, and I was (still am) lucky enough to have that. Beyond the action figures, video games, and Legos, having a loving family is what shaped me into the person I am today. Sure, I still love Christmas time, but I now realize that no matter what, love is the greatest gift of all.
On behalf of Nerdy With Children, we hope those of you who celebrate it have a wonderful Christmas, and share unforgettable memories and traditions with your loved ones. May your holiday be as magical as ours and filled with love and cheer.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”
– Scrooge, Christmas Carol
May peace be with you and yours,
Co-Founder of Nerdy With Children