all I want for Christmas is you.....

I've been bitten by the bug.

I turned on the radio during my drive today and I'm seriously, utterly, overcome with Christmas. I promptly called Nick to inform him and I quote him directly when I tell you his response to my glee was, "bah humbug". My husband loves some Jesus, but he couldn't hate holidays and commercialism more. I love it all - I say bring on the eggnog and the nativities, Starbucks Christmas cups and overpriced advent calendars, presents and wrapping and reading the Christmas story by candelight. Birthday cakes for Jesus and talking about St. Nicholas (not Santa Claus, mind you). I love it all. This is the one time of the year where I allow myself to be overtly cheesy in any way I please and in general, not much can bring me down.

So, thus - the new blog background. I'm going for it. Also - I updated some other stuff on my blog and I wanted you to note - I changed my link list and added some blogs I've been meaning to do it for a while, but that made my have like 30 links so now it will only show the last updated ten. If you don't see your blog, I didn't delete it - you'll just have to update to see it:) This seems much tidier to me.

So, while I'm talking about Christmas - I'm also going to share with you probably the most embarrassing and awesome piece of information you'll hear all week. Don't go telling everybody. Nick, Lauren, and I are going to truly EARN our Christmas gift money this year. So, at the Puyallup Fair Grounds, every Christmas season there is a week called: Victorian Country Christmas. Every year, the staff of New Beginnings runs a booth selling raffle tickets to win a handmade Amish quilt. Then, we split all the money and use it to buy Christmas gifts for our family since our support doesn't really cover extras like that.

What's so crazy about that, you ask? Well, when we work the booth - we must all dress in FULL victorian clothing, even Nick. Think this. Also, don't worry - Debi has clothes that fit preggos too. If you ask me, it's worth driving to Puyallup and making a donation to come see us all done up. If not, well - I'll DEFINITELY post some pictures.

So - what do you guys want for Christmas?