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Here's another fine nest you've gotten me into...


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December 24th, 2018

Here it is, the final door of the Advent Calendar. We have five fabulous gifts to finish out the calendar thanks to Elves Keri T, m.butterfly, T.M.Productions, Mortmere, and Suzan.

It's been an amazing Calendar. My rough count says we enjoyed 27 stories, 13 pieces of art, 1 craft, 6 puzzles, 3 poems, 5 vids, and 2 story lists, and we have all of you to thank for it, for your contributions, your stories, your art, your poems, your fun games, your vids, your puzzles, and especially for all your comments. (We're at 990 comments, and I'm sure our last day will pass 1,000 easily.)  Your participation has been astounding and very rewarding. All of us here at AC headquarters want you to know how much we appreciate your enthusiasm. It's been wonderful.

All of us wish all of you a wonderful holiday however you celebrate it.

December 23rd, 2018

Fortunately, the technical difficulties we experienced earlier have been corrected, and the Advent Calendar is open for business. Good thing, too, since we are so close to Christmas I can hear the reindeer bells jingling. I know it's almost Christmas because our brandy new Christmas tree is standing, perfectly straight, in my living room bay window in all its sparkly glory with lights that have 9, count 'em, 9 functions, morphing from multicolored to white with just the touch of the foot pedal. Modern technology! Maybe we'll even decorate it tomorrow! Don't ask what the Las Vegas odds are on that happening. At least my neighbors' houses are beautifully decorated and every night we enjoy the drama of whether the inflatable Santa will be the first to collapse or will the Snowman couple fail first. This is what passes for excitement in Beltsville.

Fortunately, the elves of the Advent Calendar still have lots of exciting stuff for you. Today's four gifts are from Elves Verlaine, Sagitta, Jat Sapphire, and Suzan. And for those of you commenting so faithfully, you should know we are over 900 comments with two days to go! That's a gift to all our hardworking elves. Thanks!

December 22nd, 2018

It's not you, it's us. We're working on it. Thanks for your patience.

This close to Christmas, everyone's juggling: shopping with wrapping, lists upon lists, groceries for holiday meals, shopping and cooking for everyday meals. Invariably, we spend the week before Christmas doing carryout because there isn't time for anything else. I'm sure many of the elves of the Advent Calendar are just as busy and yet they keep turning out such amazing gifts. Like today's. Elves Kat-byrd, Wightfaerie, and our own Cyanne have some unique surprises for us. Thanks for all your efforts!

And for all of you taking time out of your busy days to write comments to our creators, many many thanks. We've hit 860 comments! That's a whole lot of applause. Thank you so so much!

December 21st, 2018

Four. More. Days. We are truly in the homestretch now. And on this day 21 of the Advent Calendar, we have four different gifts for you from our hard-working, talented elves. We can thank Elves SHaron, Verlaine, Chocolate Egg, and a very special collective group of Elves. Now that's a cluster of talent to get any SH fan excited. Enjoy!

December 20th, 2018

The Advent Calendar has just gone over 750 comments, folks!!! Pat yourselves on the back. I know all the creative elves really appreciate it and those of us putting the Advent Calendar together do too. Today we have four lovely gifts thanks to Elves Wightfaerie, Dawnwind, Garrideb, and uh... me. I know you'll just love them.

I also want to take this chance to remind everyone that the organization and physical construction of the Advent Calendar itself, including the construction of every individual gift page, all the landing pages, and every viable link is due to Cyanne's WordPress wizardry, and all the wonderful graphics, including the backgrounds, banners, and Calendar homepage were donated by Suzan. I was afraid I'd forget to mention it as the Calendar pages draw close to the end. Yeah, and I'm still trying to get my shopping started! I'm such an underachiever!

December 19th, 2018

Our elves have been so busy this year! Today we have four special gifts on the Advent Calendar thanks to Elves Verlaine, ksstarfire, jat_sapphire, and Monica, Jen, and Rachel. Drooling, aren't you? And what could be better after a hard day of Christmas shopping than four delicious morsels just for you? Only 5 more days! Enjoy them!

December 18th, 2018

Hey, there's a whole week left before Christmas. I should probably start my Christmas shopping. At least we have the tree up! Now all we have to do is pull the ornaments out of the attic. It could happen! With a little luck, we might actually get them on the tree before December 26! There have been years when we've been decorating the tree on New Year's day.

I'll bet Elves Hutcherie, Dawnwind, and April Valentine have all their gifts beautifully wrapped and ready for the tree. They certainly sent their Advent Calendar gifts in early! Many thanks for these lovely and delicious gifts!

December 17th, 2018

The gifts are starting to pile up at the Advent Calendar! We have three gifts today on day 17! Maybe you can re-gift some of them if you're still working on your Christmas list! We've got something interesting from Elf ksstarfire, something tantalizing from Elf exbex, and something charming from Elf Lisa B. Whoo-hooo!!!

If you've sent gifts for the calendar and haven't heard from me in a while, and haven't seen your gift yet, you might want to drop me a line. I can verify if your gift is scheduled or if one of the reindeer have stolen it!

Also, we've removed the captcha on the comments so it can be easier for you to leave comments, since several people have told us they've had trouble with it.

December 16th, 2018

Well, day 16 means more than just presents in the Advent Calendar. It means we have only NINE more shopping days until Christmas. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready! Fortunately, we have three -- yes, I said three lovely gifts today to console us, thanks to Elves Oonna, Lisa A and Lisa B!  I know you'll love them.  Enjoy.

I wanted to mention to all the creative elves who have sent us gifts for the Advent Calendar, that once your gift has been released on the Calendar, you're welcome to post it elsewhere. We'd love it if you'd mention and link back to the Advent Calendar so that others might find it, but by all means, post your works wherever you choose.

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