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Why we're hardwired for holiday nostalgia

(BPT) - With each passing year, the holiday season feels like it arrives earlier and earlier. Christmas lights begin popping up in mid-October, New Year’s streamers begin lining the local stores before it's even Thanksgiving — meanwhile you haven’t even thought about your holiday shopping list. Next thing you know, you are going to a holiday party and haven’t purchased one gift. You aren’t alone — many of us end up waiting until the last minute to tackle our seasonal gifting but still want to show our family and friends that we gave some real, genuine thought to their presents. Thankfully, there are still meaningful and easy gift options available for last-minute shoppers that can capture cherished memories.

The benefits of nostalgia

Whether it’s classic movies, songs about the holidays, or happy memories, it’s obvious the holiday season is filled with reverence for the past. Nostalgia plays a big role in how we view traditions, which in turn affects the way we experience the holidays in general. While some people say it’s useless to “live in the past,” it turns out that feelings of nostalgia are not only natural, but they can also be good for your health. As we look back fondly on holidays past, we find new ways to journey back to our younger years, whether it be playing our favorite video games remastered from times past or even listening to some memorable holiday pop hits.

Recreating holiday memories

We will never forget those classic games from our childhood — the ones we share with our friends and family even into adulthood. Activision has recently brought these good feelings of nostalgia back with the remastering of classic games — Spyro and Crash Bandicoot. While it may not be possible to actually travel through time, engaging with the past can be as easy as playing a familiar video game.

This holiday season, Activision is giving gamers a fresh look at classic games that will transport players to the holidays of their youth. Beloved icons like Spyro and Crash Bandicoot have been revived in Spyro(TM) Reignited Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot(TM) N. Sane Trilogy, which are available now, while the beloved kart racer Crash Team Racing(TM) Nitro-Fueled is available for pre-order for those forever 90s kids-at-heart in your life. These games offer the same storylines and adventures, allowing you to relive part of your childhood, or pass down those happy moments to the next generation. If you’re in need of some last-minute stocking stuffers, why not give the gift of nostalgia and let your loved ones return to a time that was simpler, happier and a whole lot of fun.

Spyro(TM) Reignited Trilogy is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; Crash Bandicoot(TM) N. Sane Trilogy is available today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.