As you all know, for the past three years we have decorated our Christmas trees with video game sprites. Our first tree featured a variety of characters from various video games and included Mike Tyson as the tree topper. The story can be read HERE.
Last year we decided to dedicate the tree entirely to Mega Man and blasted the tree with a ton of Mega Man characters, eTanks, and his blaster pellets. You can read about it HERE and see more images.
This year is extremely special. We decided to celebrate Sonic's 20th Anniversary our own way. You may also remember our son, Tito. He is, I believe I can safely say, the biggest Sonic fan there is. He made a pair of Sonic and Knuckles shoes when he was nine. The story and more pictures can be found HERE.
Tito helped make a lot of the ornaments from our first tree and decided to make all of them himself last year. He has been wanting to make a Sonic tree and wreath and what better time than now, for his 20th anniversary?! We bought him a Bamboo drawing pad last year for Christmas, since all he does is draw Sonic and was going through so many sketch books. Now, he spends his time making Sonic animations with Photoshop. He took on the project of our latest tree and wreath with great enthusiasm and passion.
With the passing of my father a few days ago, I didn't think I would be up to writing this story. However, today is Tito's 11th birthday and I know that I am not in this grief alone and it would mean so much to him if I posted it for his birthday.
This tree is also very special because my dad came to visit us Sunday evening, as we were working on the tree. It was nice to be able to work on Sonic Christmas ornaments and chat with my parents. I know Tito was very proud of the tree and one of the last things my dad said, as he left our house was, "That's one heck of a tree. Now, if he could only do Mickey Mouse." We found that very humorous because, although my father is the one that got me into gaming, he doesn't know a lot of video game characters. He passed away the next morning. Without getting too deep into the story, this should convey how special this tree is.
Here is the list of the characters on the tree and wreath:
- Amy Rose
- Charmy the Bee
- Super Sonic and the chaos emeralds
- Metal Sonic
- Wisps (Hover, Frenzy, Void, Lazer, Cube, Burst, and Spikes)
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Rouge the Bat
- Sonic the Werehog
- Mighty the Armadillo
- Doctor Eggman
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Espio the Chameleon
For Tito's birthday, we got him an X Rocker and some Microsoft Points, and of course he tested the chair out playing Sonic Generations and with his MSPs, he purchased Sonic CD and the Sonic Generations Sonic Avatar costume.
What my ultimate goal was to get him the Sonic 20th Anniversary statue, but unfortunately you cannot purchase that anywhere. However, I know he is happy with anything he receives. I hope you enjoy the tree and wreath as much as we do.
A very merry Christmas from our house to yours.