Happy Christmas, Elvis—and everyone!
I so strongly associate Christmas and Star Trek. Both Generations and First Contact were in theaters at Christmas when I was in junior high school, so we went to see them both on Christmas Day (probably the third or fourth time I had seen each since it came out, of course). And, like prior Christmases since I was about 12, 100% of everything I asked for and got for the holiday was Star Trek-related.
Here I am with my “Terrace” from Ten Forward
TNG-themed “Captain’s Log” journal at left.
STVI Klingon battle cruiser propped up under my brother
I also remember buying a couple boxes of these one year when I was in the sixth grade and sending them to everyone I knew.
That same year, I got a VHS tape of “City on the Edge of Forever,” which I had asked for. In those days, it was much easier to get access to TNG and later DS9 on TV, so this was the first TOS episode I had ever seen, though of course I had read a great deal about it in fan magazines and books. I have watched it every year on Christmas Day since then, and I will be doing so tomorrow. I also always listen to Patrick Stewart’s excellent audio rendition of A Christmas Carol, and watch the TNT filmic production of the same name with Stewart.
Not much has changed nowadays. My 10 foot tree is almost entirely Star Trek ornaments (we make a few exceptions for Tolkien ornaments), last year I got a big pressure casting pot for Christmas and I have a sneaking suspicion that various industrial abrasives, adhesives, and tools for prop-making are currently sitting under our tree.
Thanks everyone at TFW for making this one of the most exciting years for me since being since becoming an adult. You’ve helped me rediscover, cultivate, and celebrate my greatest boyhood passion, and I’m enormously grateful.