Friday, December 19, 2008

Have I been Naughty or Nice?

Well, looking around sl, I guess Christmas time is here again (except is some strange areas where Winterfest is here...). The snow is thick and falling everywhere, with appreciably less lag than I remember from last year - can you remember watching the snowflakes fall sooo slowly you could dodge between them... errr... if you could move!

I've visited lots of great winter builds, Goony Island being one of my favorites, if for no other reason than the presence of Egnog the Troll! The Him & I & Us Commune has turned it's main square into a winter wonderland, Aspen of course looks lovely, the Scout Camp has frozen over, in fact, the whole place is fantastic!

I've also visited several Santa's Grottos, and to be honest, I'm not quite sure where they were, as I had the message that Santa was there, tped in, saw the great man, looked round and headed off! I will be trying to visit as many Santas as possible over the next week - Santas need our support, and the places taking the trouble and effort to set things like this up deserve to have people visit.

The reaction when I tell people I am visiting as many Santas as possible has been mixed, though the usual question is "Why?". Well, I enjoy Christmas, and when I was growing up, I was more likely to be one of Santa's Helpers than one of the children lucky enough to visit him. Now, I can be the one doing the visiting, and enjoying the magic, even though the beard may be false, standing in line, waiting to be called up for my turn - it all feels so warm and comforting.

Most of the Santas have presents to give, which is nice though I have all that I really need or will use. There always comes a point where I am asked what I would like for Christmas, and the answer has to be, for Christmas, nothing really, but for the coming year I would like to meet new friends, and deepen the friendships I have in sl. I can think of nothing that could possibly be a greater gift than my friends here.

I will continue to visit more Santas (I also try to play them a carol on my flute, in sims that allow that), and I will enjoy every experience. As to the title question, have I been naughty or nice? Well, I think that's for the people around me to decide, not me!

Happy Christmas!

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