December 27th, 2010 by Marianne McCann
T’talk about Christmas this year, I need to go back to Christmas of 2007. Before that, I need to talk role play.
Many in SL who role play kids end up in families. They’re adopted by adult avatars, usually a romantically-involved couple, and serve as daughters or sons. the couple get to experience having children together, and the kids get to enjoy having parents to role play off of. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Unfortunately, for every happy SL family, there are hundreds of stories of broken homes. Sometimes the couple decides their children take too much of their “me time,” or the kids end up disliking the parents. More often than not, however, the parents break up.
In the Winter of 2007, things were rocky for my SL parents. They had a Second Life marriage and a first life long-distance relationship that was going through turbulent times. Jealously and anger was replacing trust and love. And it was Christmastime.
We tried to have a holiday. All the trimming were there, including a big, snowy-white christmas tree surrounded by a mound of presents. We decided that we needed all of us – my mommy, daddy, and us three kids – to be there for the tearing of virtual holiday wrap. We made plans. And then we waited. And waited.
By February, we had yet to have that time when we could do any of this, and by then it was all but incidental. My parents did not have much in the way of happy moments at that time, and it would be a day or so after Valentine’s that it was all truly over.
The gifts would be sitting under the tree for months more, eventually returned. We could not really bear to spend time down in the living room in the Summer of 08, looking at the tree, and gifts, from the Christmas that never came.
2008 I spent some of Christmas at Camp HardKnock, 2009 me and my sibs had a somewhat quiet one at home. This year, we decided to take Christmas back, and make it fun again.
So we had th’ big holiday thing at home at the home me an my siblings share. Once again, we had a tree with presents beneath it, but this Christmas they’d be gone before the end of Christmas day!
Me and my sister were bursting with excitement! We had to keep skipping and hopping and stuff, just waiting!
My friend who is a boy (but it not my boyfriend!), Johnny, and his Sister Valla came over. We had fun with Christmas crackers and paper crowns…
Oh, and fun with pingpongers. They may have been “stocking stuffers,” but they sure were a blast!
Then it was gifty time. We all exchanged goodies! I had a gifty f’r Johnny (a knit cap and some cool bow ties)…
…an he had one f’r me (it was some cool ice skates):
We then played and partied at home…
…and posed out front
We decided to share the joy, and went to the Hau Koda Infohub and caroled. People actually did enjoy it. One of them even gave us cookies.
After that we went skatin’. I got a chance t’break in the skates Johnny got me. Thankoo, Johnny!
All this made for a super fun Christmas in Second Life. We took it back, and it was fun again. Thanks also to Johnny and Valla for joining in on this special day.