‘Tis The Season

By on December 25, 2008 @ 12:00 am

A celebrator of Christmas, I am not.

After a conversation with some folk at the job I told them about the only Christmas I remember.

Under the tree sat three gold wrapped boxes and a couple of red wrapped boxes. 

My cousin crept out of his room and started ruffling through all the presents under the tree. He was engulfed in disdain at the discovery that none were for him.  

He proceeds to search for a seam to tear at.  That’s when Grandma walked in a told him it wasn’t for him.

In disgust, he opted to grab at a red wrapped present.  

My concerns were on the big gold wrapped boxes under the tree adorned with my name so him reaching for the small box didn’t phase me too tough.

Finally getting the chance to unwrap the gold wrapped boxes, I unveiled a Commodore 64. It was a great follow up to my Adam Computer.

That was my last Christmas, celebrated and remembered.

Now I’m grown and treat myself and others to gifts all year round.

‘Tis the season to spend time with the ones you love.

New York has always done it Christmas big. Below are two examples…

Large Christmas OrnamentsRadio City Music Hall Christmas Facade

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meleah rebeccah December 25, 2008

Im a little sad that you no longer celebrate XMAS. I mean NYC does it up the best!

Lavenderbay December 25, 2008

It may be a hiatus. Or, more possibly, maybe Ms Right will insist on celebrating, in which case… At any rate, I hope you’re enjoying a few fabulous, care-free days off work.

enemy of the republic December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to you. I have some wonderful memories and a lot of everloving dogs. But it is nice to see kids get happy. I should have visited New York–I probably will in Jan. It may have gotten me in the spirit. Chicago’s downtown always did.

Ms. Q December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas! I had a lot of gifts plus cash when I was a kid. It was nice, a bit magical with the fresh tree in the living room and the colored lights and being off from school and maybe staying up a little later. I recall watching the tree lights wink on and off in clusters and liking to turn off the lights.

I received fewer gifts as I got into my early teens which makes sense and I don’t recall getting TOO into the gift giving/receiving thing by my late teens.  By then gifts were fine but it was more about time spent with others.

Marvalus December 27, 2008

Christmas this year is the first time that it hasn’t really been done big in my home…this year just didn’t feel very Christmas-y…

But my best memories were of my childhood Christmas times at my Granny’s…racing downstairs to get under that tree…maybe because most of the gifts were for me back then!

Happy New Year!

Black Girl Thinking December 29, 2008

I am in no way as fascinated by Christmas as I used to be. I do still celebrate, mainly because of religious belief and my children.

I always want my children to be as surprised as I was as a child on Christmas morning. I was happy and I try to do the same for them.

Skee Stylus December 30, 2008

Call me wack but I love christmas, gifts, family, egg nog, yule logs, fruitcakes (pause) all that.  I’m sorry you don’t feel the same.  I wish I had the spirit more like I did when I was a yut but oh well.  I love being around fam and this is the best excuse. Great story…even better pics.

Ricardo December 30, 2008

OMG! The C64!!! I had one too!!!!  A totally bad ass machine.  Great sound for a old computer as well.  I wish I still had one.   

Do you know they still use the C64 sound chip for professional music?  If you know what to listen for there are numerous songs on the radio that use it’s synthesizer for beats and stuff.  There are actually guys on youtube who have modified their C64s and can crank out insane techno tracks.  Strange but true my friend.  

Urban Thought December 31, 2008

Meleah: I think it would be different if people around me were more festive. However, no such people exist in that area. I think Thanksgiving was a bigger holiday.

Yes, I agree. That would change how the day is spent and the effort put forth. The days were great to have all to myself, although I spent the time with the fam. We didn’t do anything in celebration of it, however, we did enjoy life.

EOTR: Hey Stranger. Merry Xmas to you as well. This holiday is for kids. I feel that parents spend a little too much but its for the kids, so why not. I’m in Chi-town now. They do have great decorations for the holidays.

Ms. Q: So it is about your youth. Sounds like you have great holiday memories. I’m with you on the time with family. That is exactly how I spent it — me and my brother living it up.

Marvalus: Granny’s sounds nice… All the gifts were for you? Nice. Happy New Year to you as well. I wish you great success.

Black Girl Thinking: And your children will do the same for theirs. I’m feeling the legacy going on. Nice.

S. Stylus: I won’t call you wack. You sound like a family man. I think that is what makes a difference. My life is a little more solitary so it is a lot different these days. I’m glad you like the post and the pics.

Ricardo: Dropping knowledge — that’s the business. Some technology never gets old.

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