- I am a kick-ass gingerbread house maker. Before yesterday I had never ever put one together and mine were awesome. I was even asked to make replacements for the duds that made their way to the tables. Nice.
- Speaking of the duds, I was shocked at what people considered to be decent enough to sell. Each house was put together (just the structure - the decorating was for the kiddos) and placed at a table where people spent $25 (yes, $25!) on a seat to sit and decorate it. If people are spending $25 on a gingerbread house, pay a little attention and do a good job. Most did not. Someone even placed a house with a cracked, caved-in roof on the table to sell. Ya, thanks for showing up.
- Speaking again of the duds. I don't think it was their fault. They were teenagers. Some very young. It turns out that, in Ottawa, high school students are required to fulfill a volunteer hour quota to get a course credit. So most of the girls there were only there because they had to be. And you could tell.
- Teenagers talk about ridiculous things. A lot. And loudly.
- Everyone there had seen Twilight and "LOVED IT!" And Robert Pattinson is "SO HOT!"
- Yesterday totally got me in the Christmas spirit. It sounds SO cheesy, but seeing the kids faces light up when Santa came in the room (best Santa I had ever seen, by the way), hearing the Christmas music and taking part in the decorating made me wish it was already December (my self-imposed decorating start date) and that we were already digging into our Advent calendars in anticipation. I love Christmas and after a very difficult fall, for so many reasons, I'm thrilled that the magic of the Christmas season is finally here. Next stop: A cruise down Taffy Lane.
So I'll spare you most of the details of my looooooooooooong - started at 5 am - Sunday. It was typical volunteer work: help out here, do this, run this to that person....and it lasted all day. My feet were throbbing by mid-afternoon but we were told that this was the most succesful Gingerbread Event they've ever had. Whether or not they tell that to all the volunteers, I'll never know...nor do I want to. Some observations from the day: