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Baby’s first Christmas!

20131226-090626.jpgYesterday was my niece’s first Christmas – too bad she slept through opening presents Wednesday morning.

To be fair, it was her naptime, but still. I guess Santa was too exciting for the big girl.

But as you can see from the photo above, it didn’t stop her from being the star of the production – the one with the most gifts and the center of attention.

BTW, she’s not spoiled at all. Seriously.

Anyway, I hope you had a great holiday with your loved ones! I’m headed out to the mall to talk to some post-holiday shoppers to discuss what they’re looking for and/or returning.

Fun times!

Bonus Photos: Santa at Shikellamy

Yesterday I got to meet Santa!

Seriously, he was on break from the North Pole and came to Shikellamy High School to donate some toys to their Toys for Tots program.

He came in on a ladder truck and really stepped it up. It was pretty special.

Here’s some photos of that special event, including a group shot which I think was pretty cool:

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Christkindl Market in the snow

Snow ruined some of my weekend plans – a bus trip to New York City – but my fiance and I decided to brave the snow and do something fun anyway and we headed to Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg.

I had never been and wanted to see what it was like. We headed out early to avoid the worst of the storm – but it was still pretty cold.

The moving Christmas tree was really cool. I don’t know too much about German traditions so it was really cool to see something new and different.

Of course, I made Mike pose in front of it, despite the freezing temperatures:

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The highlight of the whole thing was the food.

It was truly a food-centric fair, with enough schnitzel to shake a stick at. But it was delicioussss. And very affordable.

A lady in front of us at the Brat House said she would come out in 10 inches of snow to get their sandwiches and Mike tried one. He loved it.

20131216-092310.jpg This is definitely one festival I’d go to again.

Do you go to Christkindl market? What’s your favorite part?

Some holiday cheer

Because it’s down to crunch time, and everyone’s a little stressed, here’s some of my favorite Christmas-themed tweets to cheer you up.

I’ll be in the newsroom on Christmas Day – so send me some Christmas wishes from your family celebrations!

Oh Christmas trees!

Last week, I talked with some Christmas tree growers who said the first weekend in December is the most popular for people to buy their trees. Looks like they were right: social media blew up this weekend with photos of newly decorated trees from around the region. Here’s a few.

Video: Tree shaker

One of the cool things about my job is that I get to learn new things every day.

For example, my family has used an artificial tree for a long time now, so I never knew what happened once you picked out a real tree to buy.

Now I know – and it involves a cool tree shaking machine [Ignore the background chatter]:

This occurred at McClellan’s Tree Farm in Middleburg – I’m assuming to shake out the loose needles and other things that can get stuck in a tree.

Very cool stuff.

Which do you prefer – real or artificial trees? Let me know in the comments!

Bonus photos: Lottery tickets ornaments

Saturday I visited the Short Stop market near Selinsgrove to talk with store manager Mary Spicer, who transforms used lottery tickets into works of art for a good cause.

Here’s some bonus photos of her creations, which benefit the Needy Family Fund.

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Christmas: How early is too early?

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This was the scene I encountered last weekend at a mall (not locally).

My first thought was, “What happened to Thanksgiving?! “

How early is too early for Christmas cheer? Stores want to milk the season of giving, but is that really appropriate?

I don’t even want to think about Santa until after the turkey’s carved. I mean, I like Thanksgiving and think it should be given its fair due.

What do you think?