Christmas 2004 continued the story of Johnny K. Gambino following the events of Halloween 2004, titled Johnny K. Gambino presents: A Very Gaia Christmas. The annual Christmas event was also held alongside this.
A Very Gaia Christmas
During Christmas 2004, Johnny Gambino made his first appearance since Halloween 2004. During this time, clicking on the ruins of Gambino's mansion would lead to the event page where Gambino's journal showed a consistently updating comic-style chronicle of his search for his missing son Gino. Users could follow Gambino's journey on the world map, click on him, and wish him good luck. Doing so would present a little dialog where he would thank you for your support.
Cindy Donovinh covered the story as a Gaia 9 exclusive titled, Johnny K. Gambino: From Hero to Zero:
This is Cindy Donovinh reporting for GAIA 9 Action News.
This holiday, we present to you a story of a different nature. Johnny K. Gambino was once the richest, most powerful man in GAIA. However, after the bizarre incident on Halloween that left his mansion in ruin and his son Gino missing, Mr. Gambino can now be considered GAIA’s most powerless man. How can a man once revered for his power and influence now be reduced to a homeless, wandering soul, with no family or friends? Our prayers go out to you Mr. Gambino!
Also, from now til New Years is the annual Missiletoe Madness event! You can follow that here with us!
In the end, Gambino got desperate. Thinking he was lost, he decided to end it all by casting himself off the wall of the Durem Reclamation Facility into the frozen sewage below. Before he could do so, however, Gino appeared and stopped him. In a cruel twist, though, Gino's memory was gone, and he couldn't remember his father.
Cindy made another report on the event after father and son had reunited:
GAMBINO REUINTED WITH MISSING SON
By Cindy Donovinh
In what some might call an Xmas miracle, Johnny Gambino has been reunited with his son, Gino. After a months-long search, Gambino had reportedly become despondent, fearing that he had lost his son forever. Eyewitness accounts reveal that Gambino was on the brink of committing suicide by leaping into the chilly reservoir at the Durem Reclamation Facility; at the last minute, his son appeared and saved him from certain doom.
How Gino Gambino managed to escape from the carnage at the infamous Gambino Mansion Halloween Party is unknown; doctors have concluded that some trauma, mental or physical, has caused Gino to lose his memory. Whether Gino will recover from his amnesia is unknown.
Work in progress
Before Christmas, users could sing carols to nine NPCs in their various shops in order to earn presents from them. However, the presents could not be opened until Christmas. When opened, they contained items from the Spirited set.
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Barton Town. The tag reads: Rufus says thanks for the song! ~Ian
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Barton Town. The tag reads: I would not normally do this but... here, Happy Holidays. ~Leon
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Barton Town. The tag reads: Oh child, you've really made my Christmas a lovely one! ~Agatha
Isle de Gambino gifts
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Isle de Gambino. The tag reads: Like, Merry Hannukah! ~Sasha
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Isle de Gambino. The tag reads: In lieu of your kind act of carolling, I am binded through obligation to reciprocate with this item of Holiday spirit. ~Meredith
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Isle de Gambino. The tag reads: Thanks for raising our spirits on such a lonely winter day. ~Ruby & Peyo
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Durem. The tag reads: Yes, this is real. Any other time of the year and you'd probably be dreaming. ~Vanessa
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Durem. The tag reads: You're the man now DAWG! Merry Xmas! ~Edmund
A christmas gift wrapped in the colors of Durem. The tag reads: Christmas is a time to get lots of neat gifts of stuff you probably wouldn't buy yourself. ~Moira
Spirited item set
A warm shirt made from materials only Santa could buy.
These pants have got lots of spirit!
Shoes excellent for climbing down chimneys.
Warm fuzzy boxers good for sleeping under the covers on a cold winter night.
Yes, this necklace comes with all the bells and whistles.
A fuzzy red hat that can keep your head warm even in the north pole!
This scarf is made from elven fabrics. It not only keeps one warm, but raises one's spirits.
Warm socks to make your feet look like... um... candy canes.
Long gloves for a long winter.
- This event had several different names attached to it. The event itself is largely known by the community as "Christmas 2004", "Christmas 2k4", or "X-mas 2k4". The promotional banner called it "A Gaia Christmas Event", while the event page it linked to titled it "Johnny K. Gambino Presents: A Very Gaia Christmas". Cindy Donovinh's report on the story is called "Johnny K. Gambino: From Hero to Zero". Gambino's personal account in his journal is called "Gambino's Christmas Journal" and the story within is called "A Gaia Christmas Story".
- Archive.org, Gaia Online.com, X-mas 2k4 event page (February 15, 2005).