So today my sister found a letter that I wrote to Santa. Given Pokemon Silver's release date, I'm estimating I was 9 years old as of the writing of this letter. I've redacted just a small bit for personal reasons, but I'd like you to read it all the same.

Grammar issues aside, I'd like to think I was a pretty good kid (plus I have great taste, Crusin' the World is a kickass game). I couldn't help but smile upon reading it myself, as all of the memories of the full-body experience of Christmas rushed back into my being, even if but for just a moment.

As a kid, ever since I first got my hands on an N64 and a GameBoy Pocket Edition, I asked for at least one video game every year, with almost no exceptions. It's fun to look back and think about past gifts as I grew up, including:

  • The limited edition Pokemon Yellow/Pikachu GameBoy Color with Pokemon Yellow.
  • Dragon Warrior Monsters for all 3 kids at the same time.
  • A GameBoy Advance with Lego Bionicle at my grandfather's house.
  • That same grandfather getting us a PlayStation 2, along with Dark Cloud (one of my favorite games of all time).
  • A GameCube with the Zelda Anniversary Edition of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, along with with Zelda and Zelda II, and a preview of Wind Waker!!
  • And so much more, I was a really fortunate kid to have cool parents and a loving family.

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I'm older now, about to turn 24 in January, and these days I don't tend to look at the Holiday season with so much wonder and desire. Instead, now I look to the newer generation to try to find the same spark in their eyes that I once had. So I'm curious fellow cheerful TAY-folk, what fond gamer memories of past Christmas/Holidays do you have? Any letters, photos, or mementos you care to share? Are you now in the midst of final preparations to give a special someone or off-spring the gamer gift of their dreams?