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Merry Geekmas: Attire

So, your nerd cave is looking pretty festive now, what with your dying pine tree being adorned with all manner of sparkly goodness and a strange incarnation of Santa with the body of a Horse, but what about you? You’re still there, wearing your drab non-festive clothes that you wear all year ’round. Let’s festivise (may or may not be an actual word) you!

Crap Christmas Jumper

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Merry Geekmas: Tree Decorations

Even here in the dim booths and alcoves of this seedy cantina, ‘tis apparently the season. The season for eating too much, drinking too much, spending too much, and decorating slowly dying trees with shiny bits of plastic and flashing lights. Traditionally Christmas isn’t a very geeky time, but we’re a very pervasive culture, and now your Christmas time can be (almost) as geeky as it is festive! So to kick things off in style, here are some of my favourite geek-themed Christmas decorations…

 

Shiny bits of plastic, slowly dying pine trees (or bits thereof), and ornaments of all types abound at Christmas. But what to do when you want your decorations to be a little bit… different? Well, how about this 8-Bit wreath? I have one myself, and I love it! Its retro gaming goodness sets the tone for visitors to your house over the festive period, and since it’s made of foam it doesn’t die after a few weeks like the traditional wreath would. Plus, it has LED’s. Everything is better with LED’s!

8-bit wreath

Christmas trees are a keystone on festive decorations, so it’s an obvious candidate for expressing our fandom love! There’s a lot of geek-inspired tree decorations, but how about having the Grand Master of the Jedi Order atop your dying pine tree? Yes, an illuminated Yoda can be the crowning glory of your festive tree!Yoda treetopper

For those who prefer to follow the adventures of that British institution, Dr Who, how about these little danglies (sorry, couldn’t resist!)? The supreme beings have never looked so charming or festive…

 

Dr Who tree decorations

For the gamers, celebrate the rich heritage of awkwardly-shaped controllers that have contributed to your crippling carpal-tunnel syndrome with these brilliant controller silhouettes:

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And here’s something a little different… It’s Father Christmas (who those damned Colonials insist on calling “Santa Clause”) in his ultimate form. That of a Centaur, Or, a Santaur, if you will:

santaur

Yes, that’s right, that is a half horse, half Santa tree ornament.

 

 

Ok, so your tree is looking pretty swish by now, but what about the rest of the festive… stuff? Well, that can wait for my next blog post….


Who would make the best/worst Father Christmas (Santa for you Yanks)?

This dark and grimy cantina is getting into the festive spirit. There’s a (mostly dead) pine tree in the corner with some decorations hanging on it (though I daren’t look too closely at what those “decorations” are), there’s some tinsel above the bar, and some ambitious soul has even hung up some mistletoe. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I do something a little festive (actually possibly several things, but this is the first). I started thinking about jolly ol’ St. Nick, and all his Christmas shenanigans. Then I started thinking about other characters who’d do a better – or funnier, or more lethal – job of bringing presents and cheer to the worlds children.

So here we go, the Cantina Crowd’s Alternative Santa’s! Continue reading


Some festive musicality from Area 11

Not only do these chaps make music that sounds like anime theme tunes, but they’ve taken some time out to make a festive tune. About Minecraft!

And all the money made from purchasing the track goes to charity. Aren’t they just peachy?


Snow White and Storm Trooper

The weekend before Christmas Rooney and I had the pleasure of taking part in an event run by a local funeral firm (Daniel Robinson & Sons) which we got all dressed up for, me as Snow White and Rooney as a Storm Trooper. The idea of the day was to basically make a group of children and their families who had had a tough year with bereavement and illness feel as special as possible.

They were picked up by limos and greeted by us in costume and staff from the funeral firm who were dressed up as different characters from Toy Story and pantomime heros and villains (from the local theatre’s panto cast) and then taken in to a church for a lunch. We went round to talk to the children and make it as magical as possible, then they then went off to watch the pantomime. The day was amazing and I hope that the children enjoyed it as much as I did –  if they did then it was a real success!

It was probably the first time in my life that I thought ‘This is what Christmas is really about.’ It was a day that I will never forget but there are two memories that will stay with me forever; I was talking to a family and the baby that the father was holding looked up at me with her big eyes and grabbed my hand and just stared at me with a huge smile on her face, and the second memory was a girl running up to me who was about 7 years old and put her arms around my waist and was asking her Mum to take a photo of us, she was so excited to be near ‘Snow White.’ It definitely made me feel like a princess for the day and made me so happy to give these children something to smile about.


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