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Unexpected Holiday Joys

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Unexpected Holiday Joys

I was going through our mound of mail this weekend — family Christmas cards and Macy’s circulars and charities’ pleas for money… oh my! — and came across a homemade envelope with no return address.  Curious as to who was so cheap, er… I mean, CREATIVE, I immediately peeked inside.  Just goes to show you shouldn’t judge an envelope by its cover, because what I found…?  Was the BEST.  CARD.  EVER.

Daycare totally made my year with this. If you look up “miserable” in the dictionary, you will find this picture of my daughter.  It’s not clear if she’s unhappy because of her, um, unique Christmas get-up or the knowledge that they’re going to spell her name wrong on her behalf, but the important thing is:  I CANNOT STOP LAUGHING.  No!  I kid!  The important thing is the effort and loving sentiment.  Yeah, that’s it.

When Mr. Candy finally managed to tear the card out of my hands, as I rolled around on the floor laughing, he gasped:


At which point I may or may not have peed myself.  Or, as a certain displeased 16-month-old I know would call it, “Skyler’s” Revenge.

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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