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Festive Musings #9: Oh, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

It’s Christmaaaaas.

As much as I love the festive season, this article’s title is a lie. Having Christmas every day would be a massive pain in the arse, quite frankly. Yes, I love giving gifts (and receiving them isn’t too bad either), and I like the fact that work slows down for a while. But there’s a lot of stress isn’t there? Christmas shopping generally becomes a nightmare, when every single member of your family responds to the question “what would you like for Christmas?” with “Oh, I don’t know”. And so everyone ultimately ends up with some crap they may or may not like or want.

Then there’s all the wrapping (my Christmas Hero 2021 has been the giant roll of double-sided wrapping paper from Costco). Square things are fine. But the moment something isn’t square – or god forbid, soft – it just becomes a hellish nightmare. There’s all the unnecessary rushing that comes before, too. You need to get presents to everyone. You have a mysterious need to make sure your house is nice and clean. You need to make sure your fridge is filled with loads of food that there’s no way you’re going to get down in time. But it’s all part of the joy of the festive season.

If you’re lucky enough to get some time off work over the holidays, there’s something quite special about that void between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Time stops being a concept, and instead every hour rolls into the next while you stuff your face with chocolates, watch bad stuff on TV and catch up on your backlog of games. It’s heaven, quite frankly.

Being self-employed means we here at GameSpew don’t quite get a full Christmas holiday – we need to keep things ticking over on the site, after all. But things have indeed already slowed down to allow us to take a bit of time out. Not that there’s much going on for us to write about anyway – most of the industry hibernates over the festive season, and quite rightly.

In our down time, we’re looking forward to being able to make a bit of a dent in our backlogs. I’m eyeing up jumping back into Horizon Zero Dawn, ready for the sequel landing in February. I’m also looking forward to creating more worlds in Grow: Song of the Evertree, an absolutely gorgeous and relaxing game that I reviewed last month. After exhausting much of Forza Horizon 5, I’m also contemplating returning to Forza Horizon 4 for more vehicular antics on the shores of Great Britain. Or perhaps I’ll simply remain in a chocolate-induced coma in front of re-runs of Christmas movies.

All are valid options.

No stats or round-ups today. That’s boring. Here’s a few links to some wholesome festive content instead. No matter what or how your celebrate, happy holidays everyone – and thank you for reading and supporting us this year.

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