‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

santa_1024x678I’ve been trying to pinpoint what I’m feeling right now, and I realized that it’s the exact same mix of feelings I experienced as a child every year on Christmas Eve: Trepidation and nervous excitement.

When I was a kid who wholeheartedly believed in Santa Claus, I would go to bed on Christmas Eve not knowing what the morning would bring. Would I get any presents? One present I really wanted? Candy? Would there be candy?!

I think the thing that made Christmas Eve so special is the element of uncertainty. I didn’t feel like I was guaranteed to get anything. Which was good–having presents magically appear is not something anyone (especially a kid) should take for granted.

So that’s what I’m feeling now on the eve of my first Kickstarter project since Euphoria. Tuscany, an expansion pack to Viticulture, launches on the morning of March 12. The game and the project have been labors of love for many months, and now I’m just a few hours from finding out if Santa wants to buy a copy. Or a few thousand copies.

How did you approach Christmas as a kid? Have you felt that way ever since?

PS. I’m going to try to keep up with this blog during the Kickstarter campaign, but it might be a little more sporadic than usual.