Christmas Memories

Vincent   December 24, 2010   3 Comments on Christmas Memories


Back on my old toy blog I had posted a couple of my favorite Christmas gift related memories. I decided to bust out another one this year, because I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for the good old days when Christmas really meant something: fucking awesome presents. Now it’s all about visiting family and being happy that you’re alive another year. Lame. Anyway, I hope my story will inspire you to share your own in the comments section.

Back when I was a lad, I had a Nintendo Entertainment System. This was all well and good until the day that the Sega Genesis started promises a much better experience than could be had on my pathetic NES. Then came the Super Nintendo and you were really a loser if all you had was that dumb old NES. Well, the Sega marketing worked a bit more on me than Nintendo’s so I knew I wanted a Genesis. However, I was realistic. That year two Spider-Man games came out. There was a Spider-Man game for both the Genesis and N.E.S. I decided to be fair and ask for the NES one if I didn’t get a Genesis and the Genesis one if my parents really loved me. I knew Santa wasn’t going to get one for me, because I had learned a few years prior that he really didn’t exist. My number one source for awesome gifts had vanished.

Well come Christmas morning, I open all my presents. I finally get to the vaguely game shaped box and I hadn’t opened a Genesis and there was no Genesis sized present left, so I figured that I was getting my N.E.S. Spider-man. I open it up and its the Spider-Man for the Genesis. I was deflated. I had to tell my parents that they got the game for the wrong system. They apologized and said that they would exchange it for the right one as soon as possible. Since the present opening frenzy had been completed, they asked if I could get the vaccum to help clean up. I walked over to the closet, opened the door and inside was a big present. I could barely contain my excitement, because I had a good idea what had happened. I’d been tricked and sure enough, I opened the gift to find a sweet Genesis 16 bit system inside.

My parents had tricked me, but it was awesome. It helped bring a little bit of that Christmas magic that had been missing ever since I had learned the truth about Santa Claus.

  • PrfktTear

    The greatest trick my parents ever pulled was convincing me that Santa Claus existed.

    Possibly one of the best Christmases ever was when I got my SNES. It had been out for months, yet all I could ever possibly hope to do was rent the system… or play it over at my spoiled friend’s house. It was the only thing I wanted for Christmas, but there was no guarantee that I’d be getting it. I definitely had my “Kid 64” moment when I opened the package, my mum even got it on tape (its on YouTube!) to remember forever.

    Another great Christmas memory was when I got a big box’o’Masters of the Universe action figures, there were a ton in there, Extendar, King Randor, the Sorceress, Clamp Champ, Rio Blast, and a few others.

    I really don’t have too many memories of specific gifts; looking back they were just things. Growing up, money was tight; of course I never knew it. I never wanted for anything but what I did have I appreciated. I think what really means a lot is how much effort my parents, especially my mother put into making Christmas a magical time.

  • Vincent

    Thanks for sharing! I have fond memories of getting a ton of G.I. Joes one year like you do with your MOTU figures. I think they were on clearance or something, but I didn’t care. There were bunches!

  • PrfktTear

    It was incredible opening a box and having it full of toys, it was like hitting the mother load. Again, things were tight and a lot of my MOTU figures came from yard sales or this little second hand toy shop in town, so getting brand new figures was an extra big deal.

    I found the video of myself opening my SNES. Its no Kid 64, but its my memory!