Holy COW! Three wonderful Advent Calendar helper elves, Penelope Hasler, Emily Tilton, and Tara Finnegan, were hard at work assisting me with registration and recordkeeping yesterday. We now have over 100 registrants, and more than 60 people played yesterday. I feel like a little kid whose entire neighborhood block has turned out for her party…thank you! I am bowled over, stunned, thrilled, gobsmacked, overwhelmed, and thoroughly humbled by the response to my question to Celeste Jones a year ago..”Do you think anyone would have fun doing a little Advent activity?” I thought last year was a blast, but this year has brought the Advent Calendar to new levels.
What I’ve learned about this community: People are friendly, welcoming, and good-hearted if only given a chance to shine. Boy, did you ever. Answering the comments yesterday took hours, but I was honored by every single one. I hope you’ll go back (if you haven’t already) to read the replies. Thank you for sharing a little about yourselves, and thank you for welcoming each other. I’ve always wanted Governing Ana to be a safe place where we can enjoy each others’ company even if we don’t all act and think alike, and you showed me that this is possible in a way I’d never dreamed.
I’ve been especially touched to read about first-time de-lurkers who have read Governing Ana for a while but felt too shy to speak up, as well as those of you who are playing an Advent Calendar for the first time. Thank you for allowing me to create Advent memories with you this year.
Before I hand my blog over to Sue, I’ll leave you with my thought from today:
“People being kind to each other and getting to know new friends. Just like I’d dreamed. Thank you, dear Advent Calendar sponsors, helper elves, and players. Thank you for making this silly little fantasy a dream come true.”
Much love from Anastasia the Brave
P.S. Michael, you look good in the corner. 😉
Have you been a good girl or a good boy this year? Come on, tell the truth. Is there even a small chance you’ve made The Naughty List? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m sharing five tips on how to sneak onto the Good Girls and Boys List at the last minute:
1. Put a fake swear jar in a well-traveled location in your house. Seed it with a couple of quarters so you look honest, but don’t fill it up any further. You don’t want Santa to know you have a potty mouth.
2. Go through your Instagram and Facebook photos. Um, that picture of you dancing with the stripper at your friends’ bachelorette party? Hurry up and delete it before Santa sees!
3. Same goes for your text messages. Delete delete delete!
4. If you aren’t already in the habit of erasing the browsing history on your computer, you might want to start doing that. Santa knows!
5. If you’re going to be especially naughty, do it under a pen name. J
Good luck, boys and girls. Remember to bake lots of cookies for Santa too and sprinkle reindeer food around your house on Christmas Eve. Switches and coal in your stocking are no fun, or so I hear! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a joyful New Year. 🙂
Sue will be choosing the lucky winners of today’s surprise day. (Hint: the more people who comment, the more books she will give away!)
Have you used any of Sue’s tips to get on the Good Girl/Boy list? Or are you hoping to stay on the Naughty List and enjoy some extra zest in your holiday? What additional suggestions do you have? Or would you rather end up like this poor elf?