The Bittersweet Triumph of the Sonic the Hedgehog Christmas Tree

Illustration for article titled The Bittersweet Triumph of the emSonic the Hedgehog/em Christmas Tree

Celebrating 20 years of Sega's blurry blue mascot, this Sonic the Hedgehog Christmas tree from 8BitFix's Beatboxtaun stands as both a monument to video game culture and a reminder of those who won't be with us this holiday season.

Advertisement

We've featured Tanya "Beatboxtaun" Valdez's creations on Kotaku several times over the past couple of years, from her lovely Punch Out!!! scarf to her previous entries in the world's geekiest Christmas tree contest.

Advertisement

This year's tree holds a particularly strong place in Beatboxtaun's heart, however, as it was the last tree she shared with her father, who recently passed away.

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.

Our hearts go out to Tanya and her family in this time of tragedy, just as they soar when we behold the majesty of her hedgehog-infested holiday creation.

Sonic 20th Anniversary Christmas Tree [8BitFix]

Illustration for article titled The Bittersweet Triumph of the emSonic the Hedgehog/em Christmas Tree
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled The Bittersweet Triumph of the emSonic the Hedgehog/em Christmas Tree
Illustration for article titled The Bittersweet Triumph of the emSonic the Hedgehog/em Christmas Tree

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

DavyJones777
Davy M Jones

I wanted to say something "clever" involving some warm sentiment about an eternal afterlife in the Sonic3 bonus stage where every time you collect a blue orb, it turns into a ring, and every ring turns into a blue orb, and red orbs give you a free fountain soda or something... but the time it would have taken to weave it into something tasteful would have completely cheapened the sentiment, so I'll just say this:

Tanya, it goes without saying that our thoughts are with you as we read this, and for people like me who are a bit over-sensitive to the losses of others, our deepest well-wishes and sentiments hang around you in the air in the hopes that they will catch whatever good drops down around you and your family.

If nothing else, he picked a wonderful time to step off the stage. Yes, it's mercilessly cold in most places, but the spirit of the time is what matters. That coldness forces a family together, no matter how far apart they are, even if it's over the phone or a video chat on Skype/MSN/Yahoo. They find warmth in knowing that they are safe, and that they are not in peril, in pain, or lost and bewildered on a snowy road they took the wrong turn on seventy miles back.

He's not in pain, wherever he is. If anything, he's staring bewildered at your tree, wondering "What is that eyeball thing between the sports fairy and the pink dog with the red dress?"

By the time anyone's finished reading this, he's probably just written it off as a Pokemon thing and gone back to reading or watching whatever you left in the other room.

Merry Christmas.