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Christmas Crazy 6.1

Well, how about this.

I thought the rainbow tree was fantastical, but then y'all went and started filling the space under it. Now THAT is what is fantastical.

In other words, Christmas Crazy is moving along quite nicely. As of right this second, there is $253 in the bucket and 104 items have been purchased from the wish list. That will make for a whole lot of happy kids on Christmas morning.

But I'm greedy.

I want there to be even more happy kids on Christmas morning.

So, get to it, internet. There are now FOUR ways you can join in on the fun.

1. Paypal helps us to fill last minute gaps, pick up gift cards, and purchase clothing for children who need a helping hand. Just click the happy little reindeer to throw your pennies in the bucket.



2. The Amazon Wishlist addresses some requests and makes sure there is a wide variety of toys that match the genders and ages of Center for Victim's children.

3. Stop by Anvil & Anchor. Grab a latte. Toss a toy in the box. Everybody is a winner in this situation.

4. If you're headed to PodCamp Pittsburgh this weekend, take a toy or ten with you. It will wind up at Center for Victims.

Thanks, y'all. So far you've been nothing short of amazing.


Let It Glow

If "a Christmas tree problem" is defined as "doesn't know how many there are," then FINE. I do indeed have a problem. I don't remember for certain how many Christmas trees I have to set up this year, but I do know that dedicating 30 minutes per day to getting them set up is going well. Alexis and I set up Tree #6 tonight.

Tree #6 happened to be Alexis' tree. She has always had her very own Christmas tree in her room, filled with ornaments that are most definitely hers. Over the years, her ornament collection has slowly grown with souvenirs from adventures to far away places, memorabilia from various events, and things that seemed important at the time. Alas, this year there were enough of those special things to warrant moving to a bigger tree.

After stringing the new lights that Alexis picked out on clearance last January (all the while singing "Let it Glow" at the top of her lungs), it was time to move the ornaments from the old tree to the bigger new one. Of course, each ornament has a story and Alexis decided to use her energy to tell every single one of them. First she moved the ones that are related to places. From there she moved on to events. She spent a long time reliving her memories of the Winter Classic.

But then came the really fun part.

The "things that seemed important at the time" ornaments are intended to capture what Alexis is passionate about each year. For example, last year we added a cheerleading ornament to her tree. Years before the theme has been things like Sesame Street, Dora, Disney Princesses, High School Musical, Big Time Rush, etc. This year will likely bring an Elvis ornament to the collection.

Those early years, though. Those are the fun ones. Alexis has much shame when it comes to the Dora and Sesame Street years. She is so ashamed of them that she tried to not move them over to the new tree and instead wanted to give them to Mila. That didn't work out so well for her since the goal is for her Christmas tree to reflect her over the years. Mila will end up with an entirely different set of ornaments, I'm sure.

Alexis begrudgingly stuck Boots, Dora, and all of their friends in the back of the tree, once again pondering why she ever liked them.

And then she found this gem.

It's a Hannah Montana ornament. The only thing is that when she found it, Hannah was missing an arm. A bit of surgery fixed the situation, but not before Alexis could explain that Hannah was really Miley and nobody cares if Miley is missing an arm, except maybe her dad. For some reason that I do not comprehend, the idea of Miley Cyrus sporting just one arm struck Alexis as HILARIOUS, so she wound up rolling around on the floor laughing.

I had to ask why the whole thing was so funny.

"Because, mom! The wrecking ball wrecked her arm!"

I almost see what's so funny about that. Almost.