Goody Goody Gumdrops & Other Bad News!

I’ve got some good news and some bad news…

First, the bad news – Awe-full Ornaments is on hiatus this year.

No, smart asses that wasn’t the good news.

Thankfully, I’ve been so tied up with photo projects that actually make me money this year, that I haven’t found time to scour my favorite haunts for awe-full ornaments. Next year, I promise. So sit back, have some eggnog and I’ll see ya next year.

And with that, I wish you a wonderfully warm and awe-full holiday season! Keep on Trololo-ing!

Goody goody gumdrops

Goody goody gumdrops. Now we’re gonna have an ant problem.

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The littlest hands do the most good… or bad.

Merry Christmas, all!

For this year’s final installment of Awe-full Ornaments I present you two special works akin to the shining star(s) that brought the wise men to the manger. And I share them with you today…

But the story surrounding these ornaments is part Christmas miracle and part mystery… and trying to nail down a consistent version is like trying to find the real Mr. Claus among a line-up of department store Santas. Impossible.

Legend has it these were made by 8 year old Leah and and 6 year old Erin Euser. The concept was so groundbreaking and handiwork so fine that both were entered into a contest… and WON! Or at least one of them did. Here’s where the details of the story become sketchy because apparently only Leah’s won. One would find it hard to believe that only one of two nearly identical entries would win. Press the family a little more and you may hear that their mom was, in fact, the creator. Sounds pretty fishy to me.

I tried to reach the Euser family, but they were unavailable for comment. But listen here, Eusers… your Christmas lies will catch up to you! It’s time to tell the truth about your ornaments.

If not for me, then do it for the children… :)

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Trololololololololololo: The Lyrics

Speaking of awe-full… I was recently turned on to this little ditty by Edward Anatolevich Hill on his Russian TV special, and haven’t been able to stop watching, listening or humming along! No amount of snarky commentary can compete – It really speaks for itself. Enjoy!

Turn up the sound and sing along!!!

no no no no nooooooooooooooooo do do dooooooooh

nah nah naaah nah ah ya

lo lo lo lo looooooooow lo lo looow lo lo looow lo lo low

oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oooh
uh uh oh oh oooh
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oooh
lo lo lo lo loow

ah HYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! eeeh eeeh yeeh
la la laaaa laa la la

oh oh oh oh oooh
BAH ba da da da doh doh doh doooh
la da daaa da la da

la la la la luh la la la la la lo
la la la la la yo
trla la la la luh la la la la la lo
ah huh huh huh ho
hah huh huh huh ho
hah huh huh huh ho
hah hah hah huh ho
la la la la lo lo lo lo la la la la lo lo la la la la lo lo

OOOOOOOOOH la la laaaah la la laah laaaah lah la
hoh oh oh oh oooooh lo lo looow la la la laaah lah la lah
la la la la luh la la la la la lo
oh hoh oh oh hoh
la la la la luh la la la la la lo
oh hoh oh oh hoooooooooooooh!

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Handmade wonders


Arrgh! This be Pirate Jack – the meanest, most ruthless shriveled gourd you’ll ever meet hanging from the boughs of my friend Burke’s holiday tree. Legend has it, he started out as a carved pumpkin that outlasted Halloween and Thanksgiving, and over 20 years later is still threatening Christmas with his shiny metal hook!


Quit lauging. It was made by an 8 year old. Hope you feel bad now.


Homemade clothespin Paul Bunyon… or musketeer. The hat throws me off.

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