it’s a festivus miracle

If you can't watch the embedded clip, you can see it here.

You can see the whole thing on the Nerdist Holiday special, Christmas Eve on BBC America.

57 thoughts on “it’s a festivus miracle”

  1. I just saw this over at The Mary Sue… THIS is why we keep our nerdy friends year after year after year. I’ll be seeing my old Control Data office companion from 32 years ago soon. So, is it going up on top of this year’s tree?

  2. That was just super awesome. There’s something special about getting a link back to your past, and I’m really happy for you :)
    Say Hi to Noel The Christmas Walrus for me :)

  3. Aaaw, now that’s the reaction we all hope for when we think we’ve found the perfect gift for a loved one!
    That’s a FAB clip!
    And it’s a really touching gift actually, with the shared history, that’s really sweet.

  4. The moment around :56 when light dawns is pretty damn special. In other news Chris Hardwick and Wil Wheaton were roommates. This probably exposes me as a Wil Wheaton trivia lightweight but my mind is blown.

  5. I have to go to my parents for Christmas, and they do not have BBC america…. I am the saddest sad girl in all the land. I wonder if I can upgrade their service just for while I”m there?

  6. I can’t believe I just teared up in my office! Not that I’m not hard at work, because I absolutely am. Very hard indeed. Still, it’s lovely to see sentiment that’s authentic rather than sickening. Thanks for the share.

  7. I’m not huge on christmas…actually was going to start celebrating Festivus this year :) Got the pole and the list of grievances, but this aww, this moment made me smile. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  8. Aw… this makes me well up! That is what the whole season is all about! Happy Christmas to you and your family and thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to see the whole special on TV! :)

  9. hooray for nerdy boys! this clip is the one that drove me to finally comment on this here fine blog. πŸ˜‰ you are adorable. THAT is the kind of response i like to get when i give a gift. thoroughly enjoyed it…

  10. (Totally an aside…) I love it that a guy with the moniker “TheTubaGeek” is responding to a note from a guy playing a trombone (and a geeky pBone at that!).

  11. I almost always have some kind of gaming die in my pocket, because I never know when I'm going to need it.
    It's dangerous to go alone!

  12. I love the moment you realize exactly what the gift is. That is priceless and I can tell you were totally surprised. Not even you are that good of an actor. I would have to agree with a previous commenter in saying, “Your joy is infectious”. That kind of gift is what the holidays are all about. Spending time with friends and family and really appreciating them. Thanks for sharing this and I will be watching Mr. Hardwick on December 24th on BBC America. I used to help him edit his website way back when it was an mere infant. I just love how things have taken off for him. Anyways, I can’t wait to see that whole program.
    Happy Holidays Wil

  13. Wil That was awesome! ‘karen Gillan’s underpants!’ I can’t tell you how proud I am of you for becoming such a Doctor Who aficianado nerd! Also how jealous I am of you for taking part in the Matt Smith and Karen Gillan panel at Comicon! Perhaps, maybe one day the Grand Moffat will find a role for you in our most favorite of nerdiest TV shows.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  14. My entire family has rescheduled our Christmas Eve party to accommodate this show! …And not just because Grandma has Nathan Fillion on her ‘List’…

  15. And this, everyone, is definitely a story we want to know more about in a blog post. The lesson at the end of the post would easily be this: always remember that the friends who are just like you are the friends to surprise you the most. While other people may give you gifts that say “I appreciate you”, those friends will give you gifts that say “there is no way to improve perfection like you, so here’s something to remind you of our journey to this point.”
    Seriously, Wil, I half expected you to start crying for real on national cable TV, and the audience would have cheered harder for you.

  16. Dude, that was awesome. I share a close friendship with another guy where we had a similar exchange. Though the monetary vaue may be minimal, the emotional value was priceless, and a great reminder of why we have remained friends through the years. Though we only talk once or twice a year at most these days, we can still evoke that bond of friendship with such random surprises when we do get together. Thanks for the heartwarming clip that shows how certain, inane things can breach time and distance to remind another how much it’s meant to have them in our lives.

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