Dreaming of a white Christmas

Several players will be sharing their Christmas memories with us throughout the month of December. Quarterback Matt Leinart of the Houston Texans shared a little bit about Christmas as a kid and what gifts they were excited to find under the tree.

“My Christmases were pretty traditional. I used to help my dad put up lights on the house. To this day I still help my mom with the Christmas tree with my son.”

Leinart’s real wish is to experience a white Christmas for the first time. Growing up in California, playing college ball in California and spending his first four NFL seasons in Arizona, Leinart said he regrets that he’s never had a white Christmas. Maybe he will get one this year: Houston plays at Denver the day after Christmas.

What were Leinart’s favorite Christmas gifts as a kid?

“I remember wanting whatever new Nintendo system came out. For me growing up was all about Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and then later Playstation and Xbox. Those were always at the top of my Christmas list,” he added. “But I think the best gifts growing up were always the ones we handmade from school or wherever.”

Aren’t those always the best kind?

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