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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!

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?

Black Friday shopping: my story

I’ve talked about my love of Black Friday here. And I was able to share that with the entire Valley this weekend. Here’s my first-person account, with some photos:

It was 10 minutes to 6 Thursday night and I was feeling the adrenaline coursing through my veins as the Walmart associates ripped the cellophane off the cardboard DVD displays. I turned to my 17-year-old sister, Allison, who was about to begin her first Black Friday shopping experience.

“Now, I want you to know: if you fall, I’m not stopping for you,” I said. 20131202-093310.jpg

“What? Ashley, why would you do that?” she said.

“I just want you to know. This is the Hunger Games, and I can’t be held up,” I answered.

“Whatever,” she said.

It may seem dramatic, but in my 13 years of Black Friday shopping, one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t slow down for stragglers. Bargain hunting is a fine skill, one I look forward to honing every year following my Thanksgiving meal.

Back when my mother and I started our yearly Black Friday shopping session, the deals began at 6 a.m. Friday and involved you huddled outside a store in the cold, waiting for someone to unlock the store doors.

The deals were worth the potential hypothermia, especially when considering that it was the only way to afford that new Game Boy Advance that Allison, then 5 or 6, wanted. Plus, my mom and I enjoyed the time together, chatting and enjoying not being at work and school.

This year, the deals started earlier than ever — Walmart’s first “event” was at 6 p.m. Thursday — and mostly you just stand in line in the store, thanks to 24hour retail cycles.

But it’s still exciting.

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Danville Halloween parade – donuts and more

Last night was the Danville Halloween parade, and anybody who’s anybody in Danville was there, duh.

That includes the Bowmans and the Wislocks! (We happen to have spots near each other’s so I know this for a fact- and yes, in Danville, you have parade route “spots”)

It was good – we couldn’t stay for the whole thing because my niece (photos of her in her Halloween costume coming next week!) was getting restless and cold, but the good portion we saw was really good.

Lots of floats and plenty of goodies for everyone!

Here’s some highlights from our photographer:

And my personal favorite highlight comes from Brandt Bowman, whose dad, city editor Bill Bowman, took this photo of him eating the munchkins given away by Dunkin Donuts.

BXYY21KCMAAxYy7Have a good weekend, everyone!

Getting into the Halloween spirit

As promised, here’s some of the best of what photographer Rob Inglis and I saw yesterday at the Spirit Halloween store in Shamokin Dam.

Want to recreate Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s “performance” at the VMA’s? Even though it was only a couple months ago, there are costumes for that, people:

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Here’s the zombie swing girl I mentioned yesterday. It was terrifying to see in action, trust me.  She sings this “La la la la……la la la…..” as she swings back and forth and turns her head.

It’s enough to scare me as we were all standing there in broad daylight in the middle of the store:

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Halloween is almost here!

Today, Rob and I are exploring popular Halloween trends at a local costume shop.

It was AMAZING how much stuff this place had, including animatronics.

Here’s a sample of what they had, with more to come tomorrow.

I was freaking scared, though that’s not hard to do, really.

Creepy kids are my nemesis. – I don’t want to give away anything, but the zombie child swinging is so scary I almost couldn’t look at it.

What scares you?

Holidays away from home

I may be spending the holiday in the office, but at least I get to go home at the end of my shift and see my family. For some people, that’s not an option.

Today in the Daily Item, is the story of families who are dealing with family members deployed overseas.

Sunday night, I visited with the Laubachs, whose son Bryan is on his fifth holiday deployment. Bryan’s father, Murray, was proud to show the military photo of his son showing Bryan’s military service ribbons:

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Bryan is a National Guardsman serving in Kuwait and has been in the military for about 25 years, his mother said.

Bryan’s dedication, and the dedication of all our military men and women, is something to think about this holiday.

Have a Merry, Merry Christmas everybody!