The presents are wrapped, time to go back to being all Scroogey.
I don’t really celebrate Christmas. For me, the holiday lost all of its magic. I’m not sure if it is the over commercialization of the holiday, the countless stories of people trampling other people in stores just so they can get the latest television that is not anywhere near on sale, or if its relatives asking me if I would mine if they exchanged the gift I gave them immediately after opening it. Whatever the reason, the whole thing just does not have the hold on me that it did when I was younger.
But, if I were to make a Christmas wish list, there would be five things on it that I would really love (though I know there is no chance of me even getting them).
Let me clarify, these are things that would be quite possible to get me for Christmas. Yes, I would love a date from Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Daniella Sarahyba. What red blooded American heterosexual guy wouldn’t. But, since the possibilities of that actually happening are slimmer than my chances of finding out I was rocketed to this Earth from a dying Krypton or being deemed worthy to join the Green Lantern Corps (between those two, I want the power ring), I am not going to put that on the list.
Thus, this list will be limited to things that someone could actually get me if they really wanted to get me something other than boring clothes that I need. After all, a Christmas present should not be about getting something you need, it’s should be about getting something you want.
So, I present the five things I would put on my Christmas List.
1) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
This game is inspired by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the fantastic castles that he had constructed, including Neuschwanstein, which looks like something right out of a fairy tale (and has become so thanks to Disney). Players place tiles building a wondrous palace for the mad King.
Granted, I have not played this game yet, and I might find out that I really do not like it as a game. But, the castles that Ludwig had built in his madness are some of the most beautiful in the world. If the game manages to capture only a fraction of this, it should be am awesome looking game.
2 & 3) A Blu-Ray Player and High Definition Television
Prices have dropped significantly for both, making a combination gift of a high Definition television and Blu-Ray player. I don’t need a big screen, and a number of the smaller ones will double as televisions and computer screens. And with more and more releases on Blu-Ray rather than regular DVD, it is starting to look like its time for me to take that plunge.
4) Liberty Meadows Trade Paperbacks
Liberty Meadows is a comic strip that was created by Frank Cho set in an animal sanctuary populated by a number of highly dysfunctional animals and the humans trying to help them. The series is funny, and (thankfully) has been collected in a number of trades over the years.
Oh, and Brandy is quite hot as well.
5) Dice Town and Dice Town Expansion
This game set in the wild west has players rolling dice and trying to make the best poker hands possible. Players then try to acquire gold nuggets, property, or victory points based on what they managed to roll. I first played this game at an International TableTop Day with the expansion (thus its inclusion) and learned that I really liked being the sheriff in the name (the sheriff gets to decide ties, which can be quite beneficial if he is corrupt… like I was).
During this holiday season, please remember those who do not have it as good as you.
To help you, here is Band Aid, one of the 1980s charity collaborations.
This is a bit late for the holiday, but I just recently stumbled across this again on YouTube and felt it was necessary to share it.
This video comes from a British comedy show called Dead Ringers, which did a number of parodies. This particular one is a Doctor Who parody perfect for Christmas (or just after).
There is nothing more frustrating than having to register a complaint about a lack of newspaper delivery by automated system. The fact that this is the third time in a week makes even more infuriating.
Worse still, since it is Christmas, there is no actual person there for me to complain to, especially since this is the third time in a week we have not gotten the paper.
It is good to know that at least our neighbors received theirs, though.
With the premiere of the new Doctor Who Christmas special only hours away (for those of us on the U.S., anyway), it seems only fitting that we take a look at something that most people in the U.S. don’t see… unless we’re total Doctor Who geeks and sought this out on Youtube.
Often, as part of the BBC’s Children in Need telethon, Doctor Who has presented a mini-segment. One year, it was a bridge between the first series and the second, where the Doctor explains regeneration to Rose. Another year, we actually get to see the Doctor meet himself, at least one of his past selves, as Peter Davison makes an appearance.
This year, the minisode (as they called it) acts as a set up for the Christmas special, laying the groundwork for that is to come. The clip presented is also introduced by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.
You may or may not have noticed, but I am not exactly one who is filled with Christmas Cheer. in fact, my Christmas Cheer levels sits somewhere around 1%, and that’s mostly because my Christmas Cheer gauge doesn’t measure fractions of percents.
I also get bugged by Christmas music, especially when it’s playing in early November. Around the 25 of December, I can tolerate it. Otherwise, unless it’s ripping on Christmas (like 12 Pains of Christmas), or is associated with another holiday (like Nightmare Before Christmas, which is a combination of Christmas and Halloween), I really don’t want to hear it.
There is one exception. or rather, there is one band who is the exception. Trans Siberian Orchestra is not your typical Christmas music. It’s actually good. I will often make exceptions for TSO during the holidays, mostly because while they do play some traditional Christmas songs, they usually play them with a unique twist that makes them listenable.
So, This year, I think I will pass on Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (which has a horrible message of bullying and using freaks anyway) and throw in Christmas Eve and Other Stories instead. And if you get the chance, see them in concert as well, they are really good.
In 1990, George Carlin did a routine called Things You Never Hear, which appears on his album Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. As you can expect, the routine had a number of things that no one has ever said.
With this being the holiday season (unless all the doomsayers are right about December 21st), I thought it would be best to take a look at some of the things you will not hear.
What is the one thing you don’t want to hear during the holidays? For me, it was the following: