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We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Anna and Santa 2014

“Ho, ho, ho!”

 

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Writing Another Santa List

Anna reads her list to Santa

Photo: Santa’s Helper

Another year, another Santa list.

Anna wrote her own for the first time last year. It was a challenge, given her difficulties with handwriting, but it was a fairly short list and she did okay.

This year, she had a longer list. We didn’t mind. She went though a very tough year—losing our bunnies and moving to a new school—and she has handled it all well.  She wrote her list out all by herself and every word was legible. We figure Santa will be as proud of her as we are, and will gladly bring her everything she wants.

  • A barbie jet or a barbie cruise ship.
  • A jewelry-making kit.
  • Daisy or Trixie (both Fur Real Friends® pets).
  • An Anna and Elsa doll (from the movie Frozen).
  • A pogo stick.
  • A remote-controlled car.
  • Toy Story DVDs
  • A Hot Wheels track set.
  • A Little Mermaid or Frozen play set.
  • Lincoln Logs.

“That’s a sackful!” I said as we waited in line.

“I gave Santa choices.” she replied. “Maybe half a sack.”

“No, I think that sack’s gonna be full.”

It took almost two hours, and she was so patient. When it was finally her turn, she stepped right up, sat next to Santa, and read her list.

Her speech has come so far in the last few years, and her handwriting has improved so much in just the last few months. Watching her, we were both so proud.

Yeah, that sack’s gonna be full.

Read about Anna’s first Christmas list (from 2008) here.

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/16/13

Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer

Photo: Gary Land

With only nine blogging days left until Christmas, here’s the best of the week …

Most Nostalgic.What do you call a machine that hangs out with musicians?” by Jack Hamilton at Slate.

Jonathan Demme’s 1984 Talking Heads movie Stop Making Sense features maybe the most famous opening of any concert film. David Byrne strides onstage in a gray suit and white canvas sneakers and lays a boombox at his feet. “Hi,” he says. “I got a tape I want to play.” He presses a button and a pulsing, slithering rhythm emerges. The crowd goes wild; Byrne strums the opening chords of “Psycho Killer.”

The boombox is a lie; it’s not even mic’d. The sound that fills the stage and screen is a Roland TR-808, plugged into a mixing board far from the camera’s gaze, defined by invisibility.

Best Santa List.A 10-Month-Old’s Letter to Santa” by Raquel D’Apice at The Huffington Post.

Dear Santa,

I am a 10-month-old baby and I write because my mother has been sending out my “Christmas List” to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want. I could give two s#*ts about receiving stacking cups.

And I know you’re ready to make the joke about 10-month-old babies and how all we want is the wrapping paper and the boxes. Touché, Santa. Touché. We do, of course, want those things. But I have a number of additional things I want very badly.

My list is enclosed below. Have a lovely holiday.

–10-Month-Old Baby

Best Photo Blog.38 Test Answers That Are 100% Wrong But Totally Genius At The Same Time” by Jake Heppner at Distractify.

Q: Write an example of a risk. A: This.

Funniest and  Saddest (at the same time).Breaking Madden: Tony Gonzalez, cranky old man of destruction” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

I. INSTALL TONY GONZALEZ AS KICK/PUNT RETURNER.

II. MAKE THE REDSKINS’ SPECIAL-TEAMS UNIT EVEN WORSE, SOMEHOW.

III. GIVE MR. GONZALEZ AN ELITE SPECIAL-TEAMS UNIT.

The Result? Click the picture to sample the carnage.

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Best Drum Solo.No Reverb Added: An Acoustical Experiment in Drumming” by Christopher Jobson at Colossal.

Best Witness to a Slow-motion Car Wreck.Snyder, RG3 made mistakes, but this Redskins disaster is all Shanahan(s)” by Jason La Canfora at CBS Sports.

And while fans and the media try to sort out the blame game, with the team’s infrastructure frayed and exposed, keep this in mind: No matter how he tries to spin it, Mike Shanahan had total control of this franchise. He demanded as much, and he has final say over everything remotely related to football operations this team has done since he arrived in 2010 (and, frankly, even before then, with Snyder’s lust to hire Shanahan well known in NFL circles while Jim Zorn was still coaching the team, and the 2009 in-season arrival of “general manager” Bruce Allen all part of that master plan). Allen carries the title, nominally, but Shanahan has authority over the 53-man roster and the game-day roster and any move the team makes. Allen works for him. Shanahan got it all his way.

Best Parenting Advice.A Spanking Manifesto” by Natalie Trust.

“Hands are for loving. Not for hurting.”

Best Christmas Video.The Gremlins Blog” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

Merry Christmas from Fafa, Mario, and Gorilla.

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/9/13

Girl lights an Advent Wreath

Whittman photo (via Our Sunday Visitor)

A little Advent, a little Christmas, and the rest of the Best of the Week …

Best Advent Resource List.Prepare the Way of the Lord” at Our Sunday Visitor.

Most Mindful Christmas Gift List.7 Gift Ideas for the One Who is Struggling” by Addie Zierman.

Best Santa Profile.The Real St. Nicholas” by Joe Towalski at Catholic Spirit.

Best Comic.I Don’t Own a TV” at xkcd.

Best Top Ten.Top Ten Pope Moments” by Noah Rayman at TIME.com.

Best Statement of the Obvious.Rush Limbaugh Knows Nothing About Christianity” by Andrew Sullivan at The Dish.

Funniest.Breaking Madden: A land where ‘offsides’ has no meaning” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Saddest (But Truest). “Mike Shanahan’s Brilliant Last Act as Redskins Coach; Making Everyone Forget He Sucked” by KC Clyburn at HTTR 24-7.

Best Tribute.A Southern Cross Love Song: Remembering Nelson “Madiba” Mandela” by Lisa-Jo Baker at A Deeper Story.

Biggest Surprise.  The weather in Eugene over the weekend. (Story via KEZI 9 News.)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Writing a Santa List

Anna opens gifts on Christmas morning

Photo: Julia Ozab (Christmas, 2011)

Anna is working on her Santa list again this year. This is the third year she’s put one together with Julia’s help. In the past, she cut out pictures of the toys, games, books, and videos she’s wanted and glue-sticked them on a sheet of paper, but this year—for the first time—she’s writing the list herself.

Anna is struggling with handwriting, due to possible Dysgraphia related to her Childhood Apraxia of Speech, so writing a short, legible letter to Santa is a big deal for her.

Toy catalog in hand, she told Julia what she wanted to say, Julia wrote it out and then Anna copied it. Once they were done, they brought the letter in to show me. It wasn’t perfect, but I could read every word. I gave her a high five and a hug for her good work, and then we rehearsed her visit to Santa:

“Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!” I said in my best Santa voice. “What’s your name?”

“I’m Anna.”

“Do you know what you want for Christmas this year?”

“Yes. I wote you a ledder.”

“Would you read it to me?”

“Sure!”

Dear Santa, I have been very good this year. I would like the following:

(I love how she gets right to the point)

  1. Baby Merida and Angus
  2. Unicorns or horses
  3. Tag Solar System, Human Body, and Maps
  4. Art Supplies
  5. Brave DVD
  6. Tinkerbell 4 DVD
  7. Games

Thank you.
Love,  Anna.

We’re planning to see the jolly old elf this weekend and she’s ready. As for us, the progress she’s made in her handwriting over the last two months is our Christmas gift.

More Santa-themed posts at Fatherhood Etc.

And a musical selection for the Feast of St. Nicholas:

December 6

 Advent calendar graphics by Oh My Gluestick. They are intended for personal use only and may not be used commercially.