My love of nostalgia was the whole reason I started Recollections of Play (and my love of video games, haha), but sometimes wistful memories of the past have little to do with my current entertainment choices, especially around the holidays. Here’s a piece I wrote for Geek Force Network that explains just this premise.
As an older person without kids, what business do I have snuggling up for the annual showings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Not much if you ask society. I mean, c’mon lady, don’t you have anything better to do with your holiday time?? There are things to bake, make, and decorate! There’s all that spreading of holiday cheer among your friends, family, and co-workers! And there’s all sorts of other…um, stuff…that, uh, women tend to do around the holidays! Old holiday cartoons are old news!
Well, society my dear, you’ve simply got it all wrong. Yes, it’s true that the holiday season is busy enough for both, ahem, men AND women AND children AND pets, but behind all that hustle and bustle hides, for me, an air of melancholy. It’s not seasonal affective disorder or something as…
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