Over this past week, I found myself playing games from my childhood and wondering why I’d ever stopped. I guess having my family together for Christmas brought on an extreme case of nostalgia, but it was much more than basic nostalgia. The old games are actually much more fun than anything available today. It’s funny that as a child all I wanted was the newest and brightest toys and games around, but as an adult I am fine with dusting off the old Nintendo or playing monopoly. Part of growing up is basically forming a state of contentment with the things you can’t change while changing the things you can, and along with that contentment comes a realization of what makes things enjoyable. When I was a child I always wanted the newer item because I thought it was better than the one I had, but these days I have realized that a shiny new paint job does not make an item better. It’s no great wonder that advertisers target children so often, it is easier to get a child to want a new item every year than it is for an adult, since most adults are accustomed to wearing the same jeans for years. I think the longing people have for the good old toys and shows of their youth is more than just nostalgia, it is the fact that the products of the past had more heart and were actually more fun than the products of today. These days everything is about glamour and pomp, but when it comes down to it, games were just more fun when nobody cared about how pretty they looked.
Merry Christmas Everybody, today is a wonderful day of joy and family togetherness. I know that everyone does not celebrate Christmas, but to me the lack of a Christmas celebration would be completely foreign. On Christmas my family and I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and I know that he may not have been born in December, but this day just happens to be when we decide to celebrate the miracle. Whether you are a Christian or not, it is an undeniable fact that Jesus walked this earth and that he is one of the most inspirational people to ever live. The reason I have to say that Jesus is my favorite person in history is becomes he did what no other person could and he did it for everyone who ever lived. Jesus was able to draw multitudes of people without promising them any type of earthly treasure or amenity, and he is still one of the most quoted individuals of all time. Jesus showed the world how to love in a way that we still have trouble comprehending, and he managed to start a revolution without ever raising a sword. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the day that the world welcomed the man who would change it forever. I believe that Jesus was the Son of God, and there are billions of others around the world who are willing to profess that same belief. It is amazing to consider that Jesus was just a baby in a manger some two thousand years ago, but today he is the hope of the world, and the promised messiah that many longed to see but few are willing to accept. This completes the series of my favorite people in history, Merry Christmas everyone, hopefully you enjoyed your day.
Today is Christmas Eve, and as I think about this day I often remember the old poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas. The poem is about Santa’s arrival at the home of a child on the night before Christmas. A Visit from St. Nicholas is an extremely charming poem, however I often wonder how it is possible for children to still believe in Santa Claus. With all of the technology available today, I find it odd that kids are not as jaded as their teen counterparts, but many of them still believe in good old Santa. When I was a kid I never had a chance to believe in Santa Claus, because I had older siblings who didn’t allow for much childishness, and also I may have been too clever to think an old man would climb into my window to give me gifts on Christmas. These days, more and more people seem to be against telling their kids about Santa Claus, and while I am not generally in favor of kids believing in Santa, I feel like part of childhood should be exploring and figuring things out. I don’t plan to tell my future children that Santa exists, but if they want to believe he does, I would rather not tarnish their beliefs unless it is completely necessary. When I think about Christmas, I don’t think about presents, or about a jolly old man spreading joy, Christmas is a time to spread the joy of the life we have been given to those who feel they have no reason to be joyful. Try to be nice this Christmas, it isn’t about getting the last toy or pie on the shelf, tell everyone you see Merry Christmas, you would be surprised by how much those simple words mean to a person who is down. Merry Christmas everyone.
I love the Christmas season, and that surprisingly hasn’t changed since my post elementary school adulthood has kicked in. As a child I believed that the best thing about Christmas was a combination of gifts and time off from school, but as an adult I have seen that there is much more to this holiday season. There are millions of reasons to enjoy the holidays but I will keep this post to my top 5 favorite things about Christmas and the holiday season in general.
Christmas Carols – I love those tunes, some of them can be a bit sketchy and all of them are quite dated, but I love having them blasting from my computer or radio. I especially enjoy modern versions of old classics that are done in a sensible fashion.
Christmas Cartoons – I know that I am an adult, but I will never stop watching my favorite Christmas cartoons. I particularly enjoy The Little Drummer Boy and Frosty the Snowman, since they remind me of my childhood and of all things Christmas. I know that some may categorize television Christmas specials with the cartoons, but I can’t stand cheesy and often disconnected holiday episodes of tv shows.
Holiday Light Displays – I love a great lighting display, one of my favorite things about this season is just driving around on a cool winter evening and checking out some of the lighting displays of my neighbors and of the city.
Christmas food – I love holiday foods but I especially love Christmas themed cakes, cookies, snacks, and meals. The holidays are a time when many people put on extra weight, and with all of these amazing treats available, I’m sure there will be several new members to each gym once the new year rolls around.
Family Time – As we grow older and move away from our families and homes, the holidays become much more important for catching up with family and old friends. Family is extremely important, I love that at least once in a year, I have a chance to reconnect in person with loved ones that I no longer see on a daily basis.
As I said before, there are millions of reasons to enjoy the holidays, and even if these reasons don’t appeal to you, I’m sure everyone can find something to brighten these winter nights. If it is possible, try volunteering during the holidays, it is an extremely rewarding to give to those who are in need of some help and to brighten the holidays for all.
The holiday weekend is a time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little time with the family. This July fourth weekend, several NFL players decided to head out and enjoy their hard earned money. The amount of notoriety these gentlemen hold would lead many to believe that it would be reasonable for them to keep their plans “low key,” but when it comes to free time, NFL players seem to always find ways to get into the most damaging situation. I don’t want to single out the NFL as the only sport in which athletes make poor decisions, but it seems as though professional football players just make mistakes at a much higher rate than any other group of American pro athletes. Over this weekend, several players received suspensions for drug use and a couple of players made career threatening behavioral mistakes. As for the drug use, the rule book is clear, and considering these player contracts are not guaranteed, it is extremely foolish to lose 1/4th of your year’s salary due to recreational drug use. The NFL does not allow players to use marijuana, and while many players use it secretly, it doesn’t seem as though it will ever be allowed openly, so players need to be smart about their decisions and stay away from things that will cost them money and playing time. The two more serious events of this holiday weekend were the shooting incident involving the Packers’ Andrew Quarless, and the fireworks injury of the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul. Andrew Quarless faces a definite suspension and possible prosecution for shooting a gun into the air during an altercation in Miami. Quarless most likely won’t face jail time since Florida laws are less stringent on guns than other states, but he has definitely hurt his team and could have possibly hurt his career, all in the name of having a good time and staying out late. The fireworks incident regarding Jason Pierre-Paul is especially upsetting to me, because I am a Giants fan and I know how important he is to the team. Medical reports are showing that JPP may just have minor injuries and burns to his hands, but his hands are important to his job, and he has no reason to be playing with fireworks as a professional athlete. Time off is a great thing, and everyone deserves a vacation, but NFL players need to be smarter with their actions and use their time off wisely, their jobs could and often do depend on it.
I was or initially going to list 100 things that are most important to me for this my 100th post, but since it would be quite a feat to figure out what to put on the list, and how to rank each individual item, I have decided to go with a topic that involves on of the things that is most important to me. Today is National Siblings Day, I have never actually celebrated it, but I have several siblings and I am extremely grateful for them. I grew up in a rather large nuclear family, with an even bigger extended family, so I have experience living with and getting to know many different personality types. I have five siblings and we are all very different but strangely the same, siblings are like friends you have for life, that you can not break up with, as arguments with siblings are often petty and resolved quickly. While I was growing up, my siblings took on many roles such as, playmate, teacher, guardian, advisor, and confidant. As a younger sibling I always knew I had someone looking out for me, and as an older sibling, I know that no matter what I have to make sure the younger ones know I am always there to help. There is a bond between siblings that is not easily broken because, aside from having the highest probability of genetic similarity with these individuals, they are also the only people beside you parents, who have seen you fully grow and understand what and how you think. I will make an effort to celebrate with my siblings in some way. Today I will contact them and let them know that even when they get on my nerves, I still love them. Call you brothers and sisters today, and have a happy Siblings Day!