The Best Christmas Ever: Getting My First Console
I love Christmas – in fact, I think it is my favorite all-time holiday. That’s because it brings back unique childhood memories. In fact, whenever I look at those yellowy and orange-toned photographs from the 80s, I cannot help but laugh at the cheesy grinds we had and the cheesy jumpers we would wear. You know what I’m talking about if you’re a 80s child yourself. Some might smirk at this image whilst ordering their minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations.
All the Anticipation Associated with Christmas
Aside from the fact that Christmas was the holiday in which we received presents (Yay), it was pretty much a ritual in our family. To our generation, Christmas was actually special. We didn’t spend the day as children do nowadays: lying around all day scrolling down on social media or watching YouTube videos.
And the anticipation greatly contributed to what made Christmas so great back then. Even if Advent Calendars weren’t as fancy as they are today, filled with goodies and chocolates and other treats, going to check the calendar every morning was still the most exciting part of the day.
Without a doubt, the Christmas decorations from the 80s are far from being the fanciest, most Instagrammable types of decorations out there, but that didn’t make them less appealing – at least to us, the kids. In fact, whenever I look at those cheesy photos with the family in front of the Christmas tree, I can’t help but think of the tree as being wonderfully tacky.
It was an immense challenge to attempt walking three feet without inevitably stumbling into low-hanging foil ceiling garlands, or having a foil star caught in your hair. Every little square inch of the tree seemed overcrowded with mismatched decorations in a sea of colors, creepy little Santas that seemed to come alive at night – those still give me a good scare, even today. In spite of all this apparent tackiness, it was so much fun.
At least more fun than the put-together, organized Christmas décor everyone’s doing today.
It was so much fun to get out the garnish decorations year after year – they remained unchanged throughout my childhood. But the excitement really doubled when we started circling what we wanted to watch.
Music – to me music is one of the main ways in which you can express yourself. But what I specifically love about music is that we associate songs with particular moments. There is actually a special link between music and memory, which is why we might feel overwhelmed with emotion when we hear a song on.
This is why whenever I hear Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy, or Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses, I literally feel that I’ve gone back in time. These are some of the many songs that were so characteristic of Christmas celebration in our home, that I can actually smell the delicious scent of chocolate cookies and the goodies my mom used to make.
I still believe that Christmas tunes were actually invented back in the 80s. No matter how many times we’ve heard them, we would never grow tired of them.
The Christmas Movies
Christmas movies – even if it’s been ages since then, I still watch some of my favorite Christmas movies from the 80s. Call me old-fashioned, but that’s just how I am. I’ll name my all-time favorites – namely A Christmas Story, Scrooged, and Christmas Vacation.
And the best part about it is that we would watch the same movie with the entire family. The entire family would lie on the couch whilst eating the typical range of Christmas snacks and goodies and we would enjoy a movie together. It saddens me that there are few families (if any) that still watch the same movie, at the same time, in the same room.
But Christmas Day was all about films – some better than others, but they were part of the Christmas celebration experience. We were oh-so-enthusiastic even if we would watch the same film we’ve watched several times beforehand. That’s just how Christmas used to be for us – the children of the 80s.
The Christmas Presents – My First Console
And lastly, but certainly not least, the Christmas presents made the celebration even more memorable. I had the First Nintendo Console on my wish list. When I opened the present, I was overjoyed, since I wanted it so bad. And while I have played the Atari beforehand, this was definitely on another level. The years that followed I got the Gameboy as well as the Super Nintendo. Still, even to this day, the regular Nintendo is my all-time favorite system.
If we could still be celebrating Christmas like we would in the 80s, right? I would give anything to relive one of those Christmas celebrations as a child. And while I cannot do that, I can close my eyes and re-experience (to some extent) the joy we would back then. It was everything.