What the Holidays Mean to Us


Holiday Meaning to Me

The Holidays are quickly arriving at the doorstep. As a husband, father to two children, and a working professional, this time of year brings lots of joy and chaos. I look forward to the time at home with my family, and I usually take a week or two off from work for my year end mental health break. This year has been a little more trying though. I’ve been off work for an extended period of time due to an injury, surgery, and potentially another surgery upcoming. It has provided me the opportunity to spend lots of time with my family that I have not been able to do for the past seventeen years.

Chaos also ensues this time of year, especially for Christmas day. What time do we have to be at your parents? Is everyone else coming? The kids asking how long will we be there? We want to go home and play. So and so is annoying me.  Ah, good times! It is my favorite time of year though.

I enjoy this time of year for the time it gives our family to be together. We don’t travel anywhere so it’s a week with just the four of us at home. It gives me time to play with my kids, and hopefully we have some snow to make outside play more fun. It also gives us time to game together. My daughter enjoys Minecraft and a few web games, so we’ll build together in Minecraft, or take turns in Agar.io seeing who can get bigger.  My son and I are where the hardcore gaming occurs. Whether we are playing together, or playing different games, we’ll be in the same party discussing what we like, dislike, and what we’re doing in general. We are able to look at what each other is doing so he can say, “Hey dad, look at this super kill I got in CoD”. My son and I also love Star Wars, and we already have our tickets purchased for opening night. There is so much to be thankful for, but I’m most thankful for the time I’ve gotten to spend with my family. I’m looking forward to reading what the Holidays mean to my son.

Holiday Meaning From My Son

I love this time of year so much, but I also despise it because at least in my family we have never stayed home for a Christmas. The reason I hate this so much is because I am a gamer. I usually get a few games for Christmas, but since we always leave, I only get about an hour of play before we leave.  Once we get home I have about an hour since we usually don’t get home till late. I also love it because I get to spend time with my family. My dad always gets Christmas off, and he usually is not home a lot so I get to play games with him and spend time with him. I enjoy spending time with him, but since we don’t get to stay home I don’t really get to spend time with him on Christmas day. The part of the family we go to on Christmas is very loud, and I don’t really get to spend time with him while we are there.  I can not play games with him on Christmas day either since we leave so early, and get back home so late. But don’t get me wrong I love my family, but it is way too chaotic. I can’t wait for Christmas to arrive.  I’m excited for the things I may receive, and to get to spend time with my dad after Christmas day.

Final Thoughts

My son and I love this time of year. For having time to spend together with our family, and to game together. I’m excited for the games we’ll get to play together, and the time with family. We wish all of our readers, and the XONEBROS community a Happy Holidays.

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Authors Mathew & Nathaniel Goldsmith

I cut my teeth in gaming on an Atari 2600 and Commodore 64. I love all types of games from RPG’s to FPS’s. I’m a family man with a wife and two great children, a son and a daughter. Gaming is my relaxation from work, and it allows me to bond with my children doing something we all enjoy. My co-author is thirteen and loves gaming, baseball, and bowling. He also loves drama club, chorus, and band. He’s an amazing son, and I thank him for assisting me in writing this piece.