Tag Archive | holidays

A little holiday fun for Christmas Eve

I don’t really get the “Elf on the Shelf” concept. It’s a little creepy and weird.

But some people enjoy it, and more power to them I guess. One of those people in actress Busy Phillips.

And Buzzfeed.com has chronicled the immense fun her Elves have and why she’s having the most fun of anyone.

Her elves do lots of things at night, apparently, which she chronicles on her Instagram page. Here’s my favorites:

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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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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!

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!

Bonus Photos: Watson Inn Windows

For your holiday/winter viewing pleasure, here are some more photos of the Watson Inn holiday painted windows while artist Mike Heller was working on them.

They depict a traditional winter scene, complete with snowmen, carriage and snow tubers.

I haven’t been by to see the completed windows – have you? How do they look?

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Bonus Photos: Military veterans honored with gift

I went to a special ceremony at the Montandon American Legion Tuesday night honoring five area veterans in need and gifting them with $1,000 just in time for the holidays.

It was very touching and a very positive experience.

As these additional photographs will show, you can tell they were military vets due to their incredible posture and at-attention stance, even in a casual atmosphere.

Here’s some extra photos:

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The presentation came after a beautiful ceremonycalled “Post Eternal,” which is held during the December monthly meeting each year, according to Dale Yount, the Judge Advocate for the Motandon Legion (and pictured in the first photo in the Legion hat).

The ceremony honors those members of the Legion that have passed away in the last year.

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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