An Angel Tree Package

This morning I turned in my Angel Tree package at work. This year, it was for a seven year-old boy.

When I was seven, my parents gave me a hardcover copy of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. The book is well-loved and sits, to this day, on the bookshelf in my dining room. I tried to get things that I thought were interesting and that I would have liked when I was seven.

There’s a mixture of stuff — a couple of books (including a Playmobil retelling of The House of the Baskervilles), a Marvel Comics wall calendar, a board game, some off-brand LEGO that looked interesting, toothbrushes and toothpaste, two animated Batman DVDs (thanks, Dollar Tree!), a Beatles coloring book, a box of crayons, a yo-yo, and a couple of other things. Though it was wrapped, I was unable to fit a Bob Ross 300-piece puzzle in the box; I simply ran out of room, and no amount of rearranging the block like tetrominoes would have made a difference. I would have liked to have included a piece of clothing, but I have no idea what size the boy wears.

Participating in the Angel Tree program at work is something I try to do every year. I take it seriously. It’s important to me. Is the Salvation Army objectively awful? Yes. Is there a seven year-old boy who needs a better Christmas? Also yes. The latter outweighs the former for me.

Whoever you are, little dude, enjoy the Batman: The Brave and the Bold DVD and the books and the toothpaste and all the rest. You deserve it.

Published by Allyn Gibson

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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