Merry Christmas from TSTO Addicts!

Hey Howdy Hey Gift Grabbing Tappers!

It’s FINALLY Christmas Day and you know what that means……SANTA’S HERE!!!!  You may notice things a little quiet around here today (you can always find the latest on the Christmas Update here), as the Addicts staff celebrates Christmas by tearing open packages, over indulging on Christmas cookies…oh and I guess spending time with our families too! 😉  (and yes for one last time in 2013 I’ve let Bunny out of the basement and Wookiee out of the attic to spend the day with their family) But don’t you worry we’ll be right back at it tomorrow!  (and of course we’ll pop in with any new developments that happen throughout the course of the day in the world of TSTO…we’re Addicts too ya know!)

Now for a little Christmas fun…and something off of the TSTO world.  For the previous 2 holidays we’ve given you a glimpse into our personal lives…with our favorite Halloween traditions and THOH episodes and what we were most thankful for at Thanksgiving…so how could we let Christmas go by with out sharing another little glimpse into our personal lives with our fellow Addicts?  So we thought it’d be fun to share with you our favorite Christmas memories.  And with out further ado let’s get things rolling with our resident fuzzball and his favorite Christmas memory…

 

Merry Christmas everybody!

While I may not live in a snowy climate like Hoth or have a tree up in my condo, I love this time of year.  Any extra time I can spend with my loved ones is so awesome to me and let’s face it, the holidays are the one time we all can’t ignore each other, right?  Alissa is a bit of a Christmas nut and wanted to hear our favorite memory so I figured I’d chime in.

My all time favorite memory come from when I was 8 or 9.  I was visiting my Dad’s parents in Long Island, NY and like any small child was completely ramped up for Santa and all the presents.  It was Christmas Eve and it started snowing.  I so wanted to run around in it (I’m a California kid so snow was a novelty) but my Grandpa convinced me to go to bed so I didn’t make Santa skip our house.  When I woke up in the morning, my Grandparents house was completely blanketed with almost 3 feet of snow.  They lived in a converted farmhouse on about 10 acres.  One side of the house was a long, vertical porch lined completely in large windows so you can probably imagine the sparkling white view as I padded out of my room.

My Grandpa met me by the porch door and joined me as I jumped in to the snow.  No need to change out of pajamas!  We played around in the snow with their dalmatians until my Grandma noticed our absence and convinced us “boys” to come inside to open presents.  We were having so much fun, I’d completely forgotten that Santa had come.  So much fun, not to mention I got to make eggs with my Grandpa and my Grandparents were the folks who had the 14 foot tree in their family room.  Such a great memory and I’m smiling as I type so thank you Alissa.  It’s good to remember the good stuff and now that I think about it, it was my first White Christmas ever and one of the only snowy ones I’ve ever enjoyed.

Well tapperinos, have a great day whether it’s religious or just a day everything is closed.  I wish you all the best life has to offer and hopefully today has at least one memory as good as mine.  As for the other members of Team Awesome Sauce, you know I love y’all .  

TTFN…  Wookiee out!

Aww I love it Wookiee!  Now let’s see what Bunny has to say about Christmas….

A Very Bunny Christmas 

I live in a location WAY up high in the mountain ranges, so I have a LOT of snow. That means slippery roads, sidewalks, and streets. Many of times I am grateful this Bunny has some fluff. Helps when I fall down hard on my backside. Lol. My poor ears poke out, so gotta keep them nice and covered to avoid the frostbite. My wish is that we DON’T lose power on Christmas this year. It’s fun, but not that fun. Lol

 Now, for my serious awww moment. I have lost many family members over the past few years. 17 in total. Not many of us left now (siblings, Mom, 1 Gramms), so holidays can be a bit rough. Most out of all of them, I have been effected by the loss of my Father. He always called me Christmas Day. It was tradition. He was also the one to pick out the fresh Christmas Tree. Losing him…well…I lost the love for Christmas. Bah Humbugged over it for many years. Didn’t want to even celebrate it. Until…this year. A very dear and kind friend close to my heart did the most amazing thing ever. Hearing the story of my heartaches, they wanted to help make this year a fresh start. Bring the Love & Joy back into Christmas for me. First, a real tree showed up. First one I have had in a long time. I was overjoyed. What a sweet thought. It was beautiful. Made me tear up. Next…the most amazing thing possible anyone could do for me…My Dad owned beautiful guitars. Acoustic and Electric. Played and sang very well. I had one of his until I left home at a young age. I was never able to get it back. Even after he was killed. It saddened me because I loved to play because of him, but gave up. Just was too hard. Short story Long…this kindhearted friend, after much research, purchased a guitar that resembled the one my Father had and sent it to me for Christmas. I couldn’t speak when it arrived on my doorstep. Tears of such a magnitude I can not even describe rolled down my eyes when I opened it and didn’t stop (yes, even this silly crazy Bunny cries for real). For someone to do something so kind, thoughtful, and generous…it takes my breath away. I won’t ever forget this Christmas. Thank You SBE!!

 Take it from someone who has been low, has had nothing, has gone without…the best gift you can EVER give…no matter the time of year…is one from the heart. One that speaks to the other’s heart. All you have to do is listen. To bring joy to another, it is the best gift ever. Priceless! 🙂 

 Hoppy Holidays Everyone! 

Aww thanks for sharing Bunny!  Now I fully expect you to start serenading the readers with songs in 2014!   So now…I guess it’s my turn.

Wow my favorite Christmas memory.  You know, honestly, I can’t say I have 1 particular favorite memory.  I guess you could say I’m extremely lucky. I’ve always had amazing Christmases.  From a young age I remember my parent’s house being decorated over the top with Christmas.  We had Christmas trees in every room…each with a different theme…Christmas dishes, decorations EVERYWHERE and the best Christmas lights outside.  (if you’re wondering where I get my love of Christmas from…this could be it! :)) And Christmas morning…well Christmas morning was (and still is) always magical!  

I’m extremely blessed to have such a close family.  We all celebrate Christmas together (even as we grow older).  We open presents together Christmas morning (we never started until everyone was awake and downstairs), have breakfast together and just enjoy being together for that 1 magical day (yes I know very Brady Bunch!)  And of course Christmas was never complete with out watching…the best movie ever…It’s A Wonderful Life.  A Christmas tradition I won’t dare let my mom forget about! 

Now that we’re all older, and my siblings have little ones the Christmas magic is still there.  It’s the most amazing thing to see my nieces and nephews light up Christmas morning (yes we all spend Christmas morning together) when they realize Santa came!  It’s like reliving my childhood all over again! 

So to say I have 1 ultimate Christmas memory is essentially impossible for me.  Because each and every Christmas has provided me with so many great memories and “warm fuzzy feelings” that to pick one is like trying to pick a favorite child….you just can’t do it!  (although I totally know I’m my mom’s favorite!)  Like I said earlier…I guess I’m just lucky because for me every Christmas is magical!  

Of course I could talk about the Christmas with the Red Rider BB Gun 😉 

Well that’s it from the Addict’s offices.  We want to wish you and your families a VERY Merry Christmas!  Have a great day everyone and be safe!

PS. What’s your favorite Christmas memory?  What did Santa bring you?  iTunes/Google Play Gift Cards?  Something else really great?  Let us know in the comments below what your favorite Christmas memory is and what you got for Christmas this year!

6 responses to “Merry Christmas from TSTO Addicts!

  1. The best part about Christmas for me is the family being together. This all started as a child when Mum, Dad and my two sisters would pile into the car and drive from Canberra (Australia’s Capital – no it isn’t Sydney lol) to my Grandma’s house in a little country town in Central New South Wales called Forbes. My mum is one of eleven so there would be 24 odd adults and a tribe of kids (I have 36 first cousins and know them all). We would have Christmas lunch on Gradma’s front porch and given it was inevitably hot (35 Celsius +) we would always have a water fight in the afternoon.
    The tradition of a water fight has carried on over the years. First when Christmas was at my Mum and Dads (but not the whole family anymore) and now at my own place as I have taken up the Christmas mantle. I have fond memories of two years ago when some of Dad’s family visited for Christmas from Austria. We had a laid back day, prawns, BBQ lamb roast, salads, Trifle and pavlova and heaps of beer and champers. The culmination was a water fight with everyone receiving water pistols “from Santa”. My niece still talks about her Christmas in Australia and is bugging her mum to come again :). Unfortunately no water fight this year as the weather was mild (mid 20’s Celsius) but I have hopes for New Year.
    Thanks Wookie, Bunny and Alissa and Leifye for sharing your memories and to best wishes from Oz for the season from me and my family

  2. I have the Volcano Lair and Hank Scorpio had a christmas quest, is this only a one parter or do i need another character free? I keep non-christmas players on 24 hour tasks

  3. My favorite Christmas memory might be a silly one, but when I was young I was obsessed with dinosaurs (as are a lot of kids). When I was six I woke up to find a six foot Styrofoam T-rex skeleton next to my bed! My parents had stayed up all night assembling it(each bone was a separate piece) to surprise me in the morning and I was in heaven! Being a young kid and it being made of flimsy Styrofoam it got pretty beat up in the following weeks, but I did my best to tape any broken bones back together or fix them with wire until finally it was just too broken. I kept the skull on my dresser for a long time afterwards though. I’m older now, never married or had any kids, and my family is scattered all over the country. I spend the holidays alone for the most part, but I don’t mind. I have so many memories and even though my family is not in one place we keep each other in our hearts and make up for it when we do get together. Merry Christmas everyone!

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