It’s that time of year again. Highly decorated trees are everywhere. Beautifully wrapped presents sit beneath them, patiently waiting to be opened on the proper day. The edges of buildings and doorways are framed with blinking, brightly colored lights.
You can visit “Santa” in more than one place, (and no one seems to question how that works). There are gingerbread cookies, candy canes, and, yes, even the infamous fruitcake. You can partake in the holiday festivities whether you are a believer or non-believer, bad or good, Horde or Alliance.
Oh… and I guess I should mention that Christmas is, like, about a week away, too.
Winter Veil is here. It is the very last in the line of World Events that we will see in 2012. Soon, it will start all over again with the Lunar Festival, sometime in January. (Unless, ya know, the Mayans were right…)
In general, I absolutely love the World Events. The simple, quick, quests amuse me. I view these “for a limited time” virtual celebrations are a nice escape from the real world. I might not have time to run through a dungeon or to do a long series of quests, but I can still log into WoW and do a couple of quick holiday things – just for the fun of it.
That being said, Winter Veil doesn’t provide much of an escape from reality for me. I don’t like this time of year at all. I’m allergic to Christmas trees, (both pine and fir). I can’t eat the yummy Christmas treats that everyone else is enjoying, due to food allergies. I used to work in retail, and since then, the sight of a Christmas tree makes me stress out, anticipating the madness that is about to ensue, and escalate, until Christmas is finally over.
Then, I log into WoW… and see Christmas trees, and do quests with gingerbread cookies, and walk past goblins, in holiday outfits, that want to sell me wrapping paper. I end up shrugging at the decorated trees, going “What? …. why… I don’t even….. just… no”, and running away to Northrend to places where no one has thought to put up a tree – yet.
On the other hand, I do understand that there are plenty of people that very much enjoy the holiday season, and all its glitz and glamour. I get that people who love Christmas want to be able to share it with their fellow players, whom they won’t see outside of the game. On a more practical note, if you didn’t get a chance to finish all the Winter Veil achievements last year, well, now’s your chance to give it another try.
What do you think of Winter Veil? Does your main suddenly develop a taste for Winter Veil Eggnog, and a desire to put on the Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater that’s been sitting, ignored, in your bank? Or, does Winter Veil make you want to say “Bah, Humbug!” and dash away from all the holiday festivities?
I just remembered something. Winter Veil is the only time of year when you can collect snowballs. I’m not a fan of snow, or of Winter Veil, but I do enjoy throwing snowballs at a certain Dwarven Hunter. Time to log in and stock up!