Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas to you!

The theme for this year's Chritmas card is the Salvation Army:

Our 2011 Christmas card

Ty and I love the Salvation Army guys. They're always at the Jew-el, and they're always friendly. Ty has stuck a dollar in those red buckets since he was a pup. We love it when they wish you a "Merry Christmas!"

So, the genius idea (cough) for this year's card was to get pictures of Ty and I with a bunch of Salvation Army bell-ringers. Bell-ringers are most easily found at grocery stores. We have pics from Walts in Frankfort, Jewel in Bolingbrook, Jewel in Naperville, Dominicks in Naperville, Jewel in Woodridge, Jewel in Lisle, and Trader Joes in Naperville. Bell-ringers often travel in pairs as well... one for each entrance at the store.

Here are our 12 bell-ringers. Click on the pic for the full size version. Huzzah!


1. Frankfort: Walts Foods
Watts Foods in Frankfort

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2. Bolingbrook: Jewel
Jewel in Bolingbrook

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3. Bolingbrook: Jewel
We asked the guy if we could take a picture and before I could react, he scooped my camera out of my hand and was ready to go. Ha!

Jewel in Bolingbrook

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4. Naperville: Jewel
Jewel in Naperville

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5. Naperville: Jewel
Jewel in Naperville

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6. Naperville: Dominicks
Dominicks in Naperville

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7. Naperville: Dominicks
Dominicks in Naperville

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8. Woodridge: Jewel
Jewel in Woodridge

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9. Woodridge: Jewel
Jewel in Woodridge

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10. Lisle: Jewel
Jewel in Lisle

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11. Lisle: Jewel - break time... he he!
Jewel in Lisle

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12. Naperville: Trader Joe's
Trader Joes in Naperville

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And the happy ending: Every single bell-ringer we met was wonderfully nice. The weather was excellent, and we had great fun collecting our photos.

With our 12 bell-ringer photos in hand, Ty and I had only one concern. We didn't want to seem like a couple-a girlie do-gooders. So, we found our 13th bell-ringer, kicked him in the shins, and ran away.

Just kidding.

huzzah salvation army... yow, bill

PS - Here's our Christmas 2012 photo set on flickr:

2012 Flickr Christmas photo set