Stella's Story and Jo's Story

Merry Christmas, its me, Stella!  Last week Alison Strumbo who is also Brandon's Raiser, sent me a letter about I won her contest!  That I should send her my address and she would have Hartz Mountain send me my ANGRY BIRDS toys that I won.  I don't think I have ever won anything before, but these toys came TODAY!  Here is me snoofing the box, I can always tell if its toys for me because of the scent of them, they smell so good.

So here I am trying to open this box up and I finally did it, and look what was inside!

Three Angry Birds and a Funny Pig!  They all have good squeakers too which is one of my favorite stuffee features.  So a big thank you to Alison for having the contest and thank you to Hartz Mountain for these cool but angry birds!  This is like a very special Christmas present, don't you think?  So now Mom has one of her old stories to tell about a Christmas tree . . .take it away, Mom, and give me my birds, please.

Jo here, now I may have told you this before but its Christmas and once more can't hurt. This takes place in Minnesota when the temps toward the middle of December were often sub-zero.  When I was a kid, about 65  years ago, my Mom  used to send my Dad and I out to buy a tree.  The lot was just a couple of blocks from our house, and it was full of trees that were stacked standing up against a building, about twenty trees in each stack, pushed flat.  So my Dad would start going through them, one at a time, and he would say, "Jo, what do you think of this one?"  I would shake my head and say too flat, too flat.  He would continue to pull them out and look, same answer from me, no, not that one, too flat!  His patience was endless but even he got tired of my rejecting his trees.  He'd say, "Here is a perfect one, I'm getting this!"
He would reach into his pocket and pull out 50 cents to pay for it!
I would almost cry, I felt so terrible to be bringing this flat tree home.  My mother had the stand set up, we'd put the silly looking thing in it with some water, and go to bed.  The magic happened overnight of course, we would wake up to a perfectly beautiful tree, all branched out, no flat to it, and ready to be decorated.  I still don't know if he really knew what he was getting or if he just got tired of looking.  But the tree was always a thing of beauty, and it smelled so good!

Merry Christmas everybuddy,
Jo, Stella and Zkhat


  1. congratulations, dear stella! enjoy your toys (without de-stuffing and de-squeeking them, please!)

    jo, that was too cute. too flat! too flat! :)

  2. We love our Angry Birds toys, too, Stella! They are so much fun! I hope you have as much fun with them as we do.

    Our cousin was very sad this year because they got a fake tree and there was no fresh smell in their house. Dad bought her a car freshener so she could smell the pine scent!


  3. You will LOVE playing with that Angry Bird toys.

    I love the Christmas Tree Story... {{{SIGH}}} so lovely.

  4. OMD! Those are ALOT of toys Stella!! Oh, the funs your gonna have destuffin' all of em'! It's gonna be snowin' on your floor!
    Oh, that's a lovely story Jo. It made Ma all warm and fuzzy...


  5. Our Angry Birds arrived today too. Mom said she may have to give them to the little bipeds because she knows some of us will just destroy them - they are so very cute, aren't they?

    That story was very funny, Jo - too flat, too flat.

    erry Christmas to you from all of us.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  6. Stella, I'll bet you feel like Santa came early with those Angry Birds toys. Congratulations on such a wonderful prize. Don't don't forget to share at least one with Zkhat.

  7. I'm so happy that you won the angry birds, Stella. It's like an early Christmas present. I'm smiling for you!

    And, Jo, I love your story. I can just imagine being there... and then the magic overnight. Ah, and the smell of the tree. Wonderful memories.

  8. Stella, those toys look great fun, and totally well deserved. we love Jo's story about her Dad and the 'flat' Christmas trees. Gail remembers well the time of life when her Dad had magical powers.
    Toodle pip!

  9. Oh we love the angry bird toys but we don't have them over here and we are not allowed to enter the competitions. Epic sigh. Enjoy them pals and have a super de-squeaking Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  10. Stella, our Mom and Dad play with those birds on their computers so we just know you'll have fun with them, too.
    Morgan, Sebastian and the Porties

    I have a less happy story about the Christmas tree. My grandfather would always find the biggest, fullest one that would fit on our living room, then we'd all decorate it together. Then on Christmas day or sometimes the day before, I'd get sick, very sick. It wasn't until I was married that we figured out that I'm allergic to the tree. Now we settle for artificial trees. They lack something, but at least they don't make me sick every year.

  11. Stella what a lucky pup you are! Do you know that you one THE most coveted toy on the pup top 10 wish list?

    Jo, your story is pure Christmas magic. a delight. Brought back so many memories of those old neighborhood tree lots.

    Thank you so much for the fantastic Pay It Forward gift you left for my birthday...the Siku Line! I am so honored to have such wonderful friends who understand and work to make a daily difference in creating a wonderful world. THANK YOU!

  12. hello stella and jo its dennis the vizsla dog hay loot!!! loot is always fun!!! but watch owt for that pig i heer he likes to steel eggs!!! ok bye

  13. Great story Jo! We went out and got a real tree for our house and mum did the same as little you. Stella those toys look really good! Glad you won!
    Merry Christmas my friend!!
    Lickies Ludo!

  14. Hi Stella and Jo, Jo, I had never heard your story before...I loved it! Christmas morning must have really been magical for you! Stella I love Angry Birds and even have one of their sweatshirts! Please give that silly plg a good gnawing for me! Merry Christmas!

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  16. Dear Stella,

    [Sorry I deleted my first post.]

    Your Christmas header banner is so very pretty! And so festive. Love it!

    Super stuffies! Congratulations on your win! Enjoy hours of playing with them, they look like lots of fun!

    Such a sweet story from your mom. Christmas memories, especially of when we were young, are beautiful things.

    Wanted to stop by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas filled with much love, happiness, and good cheer! We are glad we met you this year and we enjoy visiting your blog.

    May the spirit of Christmas bless you and yours throughout the year.


    FurAngel Suka and K

  17. hello jo and stella and zkat its dennis the vizsla dog agin hay mary krismas from owr pack to yores!!! ok bye

  18. That's a lovely story about the tree. We weren't planning on being home this Christmas, but then when Pip got sick we decided to stay home. We just bought our tree on Sunday. It was one of the last one's left, but now that it is decorated it looks perfect!

  19. Merry Christmas!!
    I'm so glad you got the package before Christmas, those are wonderful toys and I bet you're going to have lots of fun with them :)

    -Brandon's Raiser

  20. O Stella! Those stuffies look like great fun! Congratchewlayshuns fur winning the big prize... I haff teu say, I deu lubbs yeur the Mom's story.

    I deu not bersonally haff a Daddy, and my the Mom no longer deus... butt she iss quite berry mose fond ob those memories... and whee luff yeur the Mom's!

    wif lubbs from Little Reufus

  21. Congrats on your great win Stella - wow weeee !!

    We have plastic trees..... mum doesn't like the thought of a real one ... she says they are more beautiful left alive to grow in the ground.

    Hope you had a beautiful Christmas!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx