Holiday Happiness

Though it’s belated, we here at Bubble Punch truly hope that all of our readers had a wonderful Christmas in 2009! We sure did!

We actually cheated and celebrated a bit early last year (on December 23, to be exact), The Chubby Bunny was leaving for her Costa Rican Christmas Adventures, and Yume Ninja made preparations to receive Christmas guests.

2009 marked our first Bubble Punch family Christmas together. After the hullabuloo of November and early December, we of course opted to celebrate in extreme comfort!

White Christmas Tree

Now this is a White Christmas!

Yume Ninja, lover of excessive Christmas decorations shopping; achieved her dream of having a white tree.

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On The Today Show

In case you guys missed it, there was a Chubby Bunny Bow sighting on The Today Show during the segment about Sanrio’s $100k donation of Hello Kitty Gifts to the Today Show Toy Drive.

Kathy Lee wearing Chubby Bunny x Sanrio bow

Kathy Lee wearing Chubby Bunny x Sanrio bow

We declare there should be a big round of applause for our friends at Sanrio who have given so much to children during the holiday season, and a congratulatory applause to Chubby Bunny for the success of her bows.

Jenna Ushkowitz (GLEE) talking about Sanrio's donation

Jenna Ushkowitz (GLEE) talking about Sanrio's donation

To watch the video please visit:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/34573839%2334573839

URGENT! Donations Needed for Fire Damaged Soup Kitchen!!

The Southwest Community Center / Soup kitchen in Santa Ana, CA burned down yesterday, damaging all the food, clothing, and toys that were to be donated to needy families this SATURDAY for a big Christmas event for Adopt-a-Family.

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) Workers board up the offices of the Southwest Community Center on West Second Street in Santa Ana.

They desperately need DONATIONS and HELP!!!!

In support of SMEDA and the recent fire that severely damaged their building, resulting in a loss of food and gifts for 1,000 in-need Santa Ana residents, Orange County United Way will be offering our office as a drop-off point for anyone interested in donating for the organization’s Adopt-A-Family event scheduled this weekend!!

Here’s a link to all the info about how you can help!!!

If you are TOO FAR AWAY to drop off donations yourself, JapanLA has agreed to be a drop off point for those too far north!

To drop off donations at JapanLA:
Drop off Dates: Tuesday, December 15th through Thursday, December 17th
Drop off Time: Between the hours of 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Drop off Address: 648 N. Fuller Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036

To drop off donations at the Orange County United Way in person:
Drop off Date: Tuesday, December 15th through Friday, December 18th
Drop off Time: Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Drop off Address: Orange County United Way, 18012 Mitchell Ave. South Irvine, CA 92614


Needed Items:

Canned Food for food baskets (corn, beans, rice, tuna, etc.)
NEW & USED Clothing for men, women and children
NEW & USED Blankets
NEW unwrapped toys for children aged 0 – 12

Online Donations:
Monetary donations can be made at http://www.unitedwayoc.org.
Click  Donate Now
Click Secure Credit Card Donations
Enter Promo Code SMEDA FIRE

If you are a Los Angeles or Orange county resident, please donate if you can! or if you are far away, you can overnight or 2-day mail them your donations OR a monetary donation!!!

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) A Lakers bobblehead doll -- one of the gifts that was to have been distributed at the Southwest Community Center's holiday meal in Santa Ana -- was among the fire casualties.

We strongly believe in giving back to the community, and philanthropy at this time of the year and in such a case, is desperately needed. Please consider giving just one item or even one dollar to this organization, or any other charity of your choice, because that one thing you give is something precious that someone in need did not have before!

PLEASE REPOST THIS IN YOUR BLOGS, FACEBOOK, AND TWITTER! GO GO GO PEOPLE! CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TIME!

NOTE: Don’t forget, you can be reimbursed for ALL DONATIONS when you file your taxes! Keep your receipts and keep philanthropy at the top of your mind!

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) The fire at the Southwest Community Center destroyed $50,000 in food and holiday gifts that was to have been distributed to the needy.

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) Staffers at the Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana grieve over a fire at the facility, which has been serving meals to the needy for more than 30 years and was getting ready to host its annual Christmas meal this Saturday. At center is Connie Jones, director of the center, with longtime volunteers Elsa Alvarado, left, and Jessie Allen. Jones is the granddaughter of Annie Mae Tripp, the center's founder.

Bears & Pancakes! Oh My!

We’d love to thank all our friends who dared to bear the rainy Los Angeles weather in support Rilakkuma’s Christmas Pancake Party at JapanLA last nite! We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

So here you go! This is just a small pictorial delight of last night’s on-goings. The official Rilakkuma Fan photos will be up at Ronysphotobooth.com shortly!

Bubble Punch and Rilakkuma

Bubble Punch ❤ Rilakkuma

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A Disneyland Christmas

Even though some of you may scoff, Disneyland really is one of the most magical places on earth for us here at Bubble Punch!

Perhaps it’s because we’re both complete saps, but we’ve been amped about seeing the sparkly Christmas décor at Disneyland for months! And, as anticipated, we both CRIED A LOT during the day because we were so moved by the awesomeness. TEARS OF JOY (Here’s a fun game: Try to count how many times we mention we cry during the course of our Disney trip haha).

Last Sunday we headed out with some of our awesome friends to see the sights… and, of course, as always, we planned a themed dress up day for the occasion. Whenever we can, we try to organize fun clothing-themed outings to Disneyland with our friends. It’s one of the few ways you can really make the happiest place on earth even happier!

This time, we decided to theme the day with CHRISTMAS GARB!

Bubble Punch and friends hanging with our buddy Pooh!!

Bubble Punch and friends hanging with our buddy Pooh!!

The seasonal Christmas parade down Main Street was really adorable, and had all of our favorite characters dancing around to a holiday beat, haha. We felt a little sorry for the elves, because whoever did their makeup apparently wanted them all to look like they were pushing 50 (red lips, red cheeks, heavey eyeliner, and blue eye shadow. YIKES!) but other than that it was all pretty magical! Mickey and Minnie were at the end of the parade actually ICE SKATING on top of their float.

OH MY GOD IT'S SANTA! I KNOW HIM!!!
OH MY GOD IT’S SANTA! I KNOW HIM!!!

Adorable Toy Soldiers! Check out the hinges on their shoes!

Mickey and Minnie cuttin a rug! eerr... ice!

Mickey and Minnie cuttin a rug! eerr... ice!

In addition to all the beautiful Christmas décor, we got to see Disneyland’s new show they installed to celebrate The Princess and The Frog movie! It was really cute… we were lucky enough to see an advanced screening of the movie two weeks ago, (almost a month before the release date! Lucky!) and the show and characters are a really cute complement to the movie! Also, embarrassingly enough, Prince Naveen is… the hottest prince Disney has ever produced. LOOK AT THIS GUY.

Prince Naveen. Yikes. And we were told there was a hotter guy who plays that trades off! WHAAT!

Prince Naveen! And we were told there was a hotter guy who plays himthat trades off! WHAAT! We shall investigate this matter further!

Tiana was very cute and talkative when we met her also hehe...

Tiana was very cute and talkative when we met her also hehe...

A little mardi gras parade escorts them to and from the showboat! SO CUTE!

A little mardi gras parade escorts them to and from the showboat! SO CUTE!

The It’s a Small World ride also transformed into the best holiday ride ever! We really recommend everyone who can to go on it… the line moves super quick even if it’s around the entire area of the park, haha. Every 15 minutes, the lights on front of the ride shut off and a holiday projection show is shown on the front of it, in time a fun mix of holiday music! The inside of the ride was also revamped for Christmas cheer to be had all over the world. We’re not going to lie; we CRIED BUCKETS because it was amazing.

The lights are all different colors too.. a really beautiful momen twas coming around the bend and seeing this...!

The lights are all different colors too.. a really beautiful momen twas coming around the bend and seeing this...! WE CRIED!!

The special holiday fireworks were also incredibly magical! our favorite part was the snowfall at the end.. nothing like fake snow bubbles to make it Christmas-y in California!!

SNOW!!!! We cried. ;.;

SNOW!!!! We cried. ;.;

You can see even more photos from our magical Disney Christmas romp at our Flickr!

Happy Holidays everyone! (And don’t be fooled into thinking this it the last holiday-related post you’ll see from us! MWUA HA HA!)

Walt & Mickey say.... "We'll make you shed tears of joy!! SEE YA REAL SOON!"