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Ducky, Ted, Pembleton, and Blizzard are so excited about Christmas this year! Not only is it their first Christmas in England, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is coming out! They are so excited about all the Star Wars themed Christmas decorations. So far, their favorite Star Wars themed Christmas item is their Advent Calendar. Ducky says, “Counting down for Christmas has never been so much fun!”

Do you have an advent calendar?

How are you getting into the Christmas spirit?

DtPb Christmas Countdown

May the Christmas Spirit be with You!

Merry Christmas DtPb!The wait is over! Ducky, Ted, Pembleton & Blizzard are on Santa Watch! They are tracking Santa using the NORAD Santa Website.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight… In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa. (From NORAD HQ)

We hope you all have been good this year! Merry Christmas!

Yesterday, Ducky and the gang made a batch of practice cookies for the big guy next week. Afterwards, Ducky suggested they also practice placing the cookies out on the table. Pembleton thought this was strange, but went along with Ducky’s idea anyways.

Later that night, Pembleton and the little guys heard a strange noise coming from the living room. “Ducky do you hear that?” Pembleton asked. But Ducky was no where to be found. “Ted, Blizzard, let’s go investigate!” Pembleton suggested. They quietly crept in to the living room, where they thought they saw Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick munching on the cookies, but when looking closer, it was just a Jolly Ol’ Ducky.

“HOW COULD YOU DUCKY!” Ted cried. “Those were for Santa.”

“Umm…” Ducky mumbled. “I’m not Ducky,” he replied in a deep voice, “I’m Santa’s cousin, Bob. I help with the cookies.”

“You know lying will get you put on the naughty list!” said Blizzard.

“Fine! It’s me, Ducky. But I didn’t want these cookies to go to waste and by next week they will be hard as a rock!”

“Why don’t we eat the cookies together?” Pembleton suggested.

“Great idea!” Ted and Blizzard cheered as they joined Ducky around the cookie plate.

Caught Red Handed!

Caught Red Handed!

Earlier today Pembleton received a special Christmas package. One so special, there were instructions to open it right away. Ted and Blizzard were so excited, they couldn’t wait for Pembleton to open! “Open it! Open it!” They shouted.

“I don’t know, should I wait for Ducky?” Pembleton asked. He heard a muffled giggle but dismissed it.

“No, you should open it now.” Ted said as he covered his mouth, holding in a laugh.

“Okay. I will.” Pembleton slowly started to open the package- when suddenly it BURST OPEN!

“Surprise!” Ducky shouted as he popped out of the box!

“Not funny,” Pembleton pouted. “You were definitely not on my Christmas wish list!”

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEMBLETON!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEMBLETON!!

Ducky and the gang have been practicing and practicing for the up coming nativity play. Pembleton not only had the lead as Joseph, but he was also directing the play as well. This did not sit well with Ducky. He wanted to be the lead and he did not like Pembleton bossing him around.

Since Ducky was unable to be Joseph, he decided he wanted to be one of the three wise guys. He has been wanting to wear his Blues Brothers outfit again. But Pembleton just gave him an angry glare and said he had been cast as the angel. An Angel! Ducky knew this was the role he was born to play. He was going to be the BEST ANGEL EVER!

During the dress rehearsal Ducky prepared for his grand entrance! He planned to be lowered in by a pulley mechanism, operated by some local raccoons.  Unfortunately, things did not go as planned…

Hopefully Ducky will have it straightened out before their first show tomorrow.

To us a child is born...

To us a child is born…

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it is Ducky and the Gang’s favorite time of year! One of their favorite Christmas traditions is caroling, so today the gang decided to stroll around the park singing cheery songs to celebrate the season.

Favorite Carols!

Ducky’s: Jingle Bell Rock!

Ted’s: Little Drummer Boy

Pembleton’s: Silent Night

Blizzard’s: Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer

Silent Night, Holy Night!

Silent Night, Holy Night!

Yesterday Ducky, Pembleton, and the Little guys had their first visit to Disney World! They had so much fun. First they went to the Magic Kingdom where they went on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the Jungle River Trek, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, the Tea Cup ride and so much more. Their favorite part was the Christmas Parade! The floats even smelled like Christmas!

They also went all around the world in Epcot; enjoying sights and sounds from China, Morocco, Norway, and so many others. They even got to stop by Animal Kingdom to see the Tree of Life and ride Expedition  Everest. Then they finished at the Magic Kingdom where they saw Celebrate the Season, Celebrate the Magic, the Electric Street Parade and finally their night ended with fireworks!

One more day til Christmas!

*More pictures to come… unfortunately the internet at the hotel is S-L-O-W!

During the Holidays it is important to think about those less fortunate than you. This year, Ducky and the gang bought gifts to give to the local Animal Humane Society. Ted and Blizzard were so excited to be spreading Christmas cheer to their buddies!

Pembleton brought flea medicine and new colorful collars with matching leashes for everyone. Blizzard brought several balls of yarn for the kittens. Ted brought tennis balls for the puppies. And Ducky brought homemade baked cookies for everyone! The cookies almost didn’t make it to the tree, but thankfully Mrs. Lamb wrapped them up before he could eat them all.

4 more days til Christmas!

Angel Tree for the animals

This is our favorite part of Christmas!- Ted & Blizzard

Ducky and the gang had a special visitor earlier today. While on a practice run for the big night next week, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer stopped by to say “hi”.  He  joined Ducky, Pembleton, Ted, and Blizzard for some reindeer games. They played leap frog, ring around the rosie, “duck, duck, Ducky” and “who can jump the highest”. They shared lots of laughs before Rudolph had to head back to the North Pole.

5 Days til Christmas!

Reindeer and snowman with Ducky and Friends

I think your nose is glowing!

The Lambs took time off from bell ringing this Christmas season, to do  a little shopping and celebrating of their own at a German Christmas Market. They had some Lebkuchen (a type of soft gingerbread cookie) and hot cocoa. They bought each other some nice German crafted gifts and some wooden toys for the Animal Humane Society’s Angel Tree.

6 Days Til Christmas!

Gesegnete Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr! (A blessed Christmas and  a Happy New Year!)

Gesegnete Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!
(A blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!)

Ducky, Pembleton, Ted and Blizzard had their first snow day of the school year yesterday. They were so excited. They had just seen Frosty the Snowman on T.V.  Even though they do not have a magic hat, they still wanted to make a new winter friend.

Pembleton made the base, Ducky made the middle, and the little guys tried to make the head, but they needed a little help. Pembleton got a latter and placed the head on top. Ted added the eyes, Blizzard added a smile, Pembleton added the nose, while Ducky added the arms.

After the snowman was complete, Ducky thought it would be fun to have a SNOWBALL FIGHT! He scooped up a ball of snow and hurled it at Pembleton. It was a direct hit.  Pembleton at first was shocked and then he laughed. He is the fastest snowball maker in town and within seconds he was ready for his attack.  Their winter wonderland was transformed into a snowy battle.

Afterwards, they came inside to warm up by the fire and have some hot cocoa.

7 Days til Christmas!

Ready, Aim, Fire, SPLAT!

Ready, Aim, Fire, SPLAT!

Pembleton belongs to an amateur ham radio club with animals from around the world. Every year their ham radio club puts on a Christmas production. Unlike usual Christmas parties, the ham radio club performs a play over radio. All of the animals in the club are assigned characters and each animal reads their lines into a microphone that sends their voice to all the other members of the club.

Ducky, Ted, and Blizzard gathered in Pembleton’s study to listen to the story unfold. This year’s play, written by Pembleton, was a mystery revolving around missing Christmas presents stolen from an orphanage. The hero of the story was Detective Lionhart played by Lionhart the Tortoise, while Pembleton played the villain, Baron von Despicable. At the end of the play Ducky, Ted, and Blizzard cheered when Detective Lionhart caught the Baron and delivered the stolen presents to the orphanage just in time for Christmas morning.

Pembleton plays the part of Baron von Despicable in the annual Christmas Ham Radio production.

“Drat! Drat! Double drat! My plans are foiled again!” – Baron von Despicable

Ducky and the Gang are so excited about the holidays. They can’t wait for Santa to come, for the cookies, and merry making.  With only 13 more days til Christmas,  they can hardly stand it!

Yesterday Ducky and Pembleton were able to complete their letters to Santa, with the help of Ted and Blizzard. While they had one more day til the deadline, they didn’t want to wait one more minute. They put on their scarves and headed to Downtown Bryan. After mailing their letters, they got cookies at the bakery, toys for the angel tree, and donated their leftover coins to the the Lambs collecting money for charity.

When they got back home, they sat in Pembleton’s office near the fire and had hot cocoa. After relaxing for a bit, Ducky exclaimed “This is going to be the best Christmas ever!”

"I hope Santa gets our letters in time!"

“I hope Santa gets our letters in time!”

14 more days til Christmas!

The deadline for mailing a letter to Santa is Wednesday. Ducky is still working on his letter and is nervous he won’t finish on time! He still has to check to make sure he has everything, and has not forgotten one single toy. He also has to spell check his list, which may be an impossible task. Last year he asked for “world peas”, and he received a bag of peas from around the world, instead of World Peace!

Pembleton is worried about the deadline as well. He was so busy with his school work, he almost forgot to write his letter to Santa. Thankfully Ducky reminded him.

Pembleton is hoping Santa will bring him a new telescope, safety sashes, and matching sweaters for him and Blizzard. He is currently on his third rough draft. He hopes to have his letter looking perfect, before Wednesday when they mail their letters.

Dear Santa

1. A shiny new telescope.

15 more days til Christmas!

P.S. Happy Hanukkah!

At school, Ducky and the gang were busy decorating their Gingerbread Men Cookies! Penelope the Penguin worked very quickly making a pink skirt and using pink gumdrops for the eyes and buttons. Amanda Panda used purple gumdrops and icing for her cookie. She wanted to kept telling Ducky, Pembleton, and Penelope that her gingerbread woman was a fashion model.

Ducky’s gingerbread man turned out a little crazy. More frosting made it onto the table and into Ducky’s mouth than on his actual cookie. Mrs. Cottontail had to come over and warn Ducky to stop squirting the icing into his mouth. Pembleton took the longest time, because he was planning the perfect decorations. In fact, he only started laying down the first lines of icing after all the other kids were almost done.

When they were done decorating, Mrs. Cottontail passed out paper cups with milk and they ate their cookies, except for Pembleton, who ate his cookie five minutes after everyone else because he was still finishing his cookie decorations.

19 more days til Christmas!

Preschool animals decorate Christmas Cookies

“Ducky! Try to keep the icing on the cookie.”

Ducky writes to santa.

Dear Santa, I promise I’ve been good this year.

Last night Ducky needed some peace and quiet, while he worked on his letter to Santa. First he tried working at the kitchen table, but the Lambs were busy making sugar cookies. Then he tried working at the coffee table, but Pembleton was watching a NOVA special on Mars. Finally he went to Pembleton’s office and locked the door, so he could fully concentrate on his letter to Santa. He wanted to make sure it was perfect and most importantly that he didn’t forget anything. He would cry if he forgot to list a whoopee cushion, tickets to Disney World, or a new horn for Ducky Ducky Bang Bang. After several hours, his letter and list were finally complete. Now all he needs is an envelope big enough to fit his letter.

20 more days til Christmas.

Ducky and the gang are still decorating for Christmas. They enjoy adding something new each day as they count down til Christmas. Today they are making sure their stockings are hung with extra sturdy nails for all the goodies Santa will fill them up with on Christmas Eve.

21 more days til Christmas.

Baby animals with their stockings.

I think your stocking might be bigger than mine!

This weekend, Ducky and the gang were busy decorating their beautiful Christmas tree that Ducky picked out last Friday. They put in their favorite Christmas movie, the Muppets’ Christmas Carol, and untangled all the lights. They wrapped the tree with lights. Then carefully unpacked the ornaments and found the perfect branch for each one. After Pembleton placed the star on top and Ducky placed a few presents underneath the tree, the gang turned down the lights to marvel at the tree.

Only 22 days til Christmas!

The gang are decorating the Christmas Tree

“A little to the left, Pembleton.”

This weekend Ducky and the gang are decorating the house for Christmas. They are ready to string lights, hang stocking, and of course put all the bells and whistles on the tree.  Every year, they get a special Christmas tree from Woody the beaver in the animal forest. This year’s tree is by far the most beautiful tree Ducky has ever seen. He couldn’t wait to tie the tree to Ducky Ducky Bang Bang and bring it home to Pembleton and the rest of the gang.

How beautiful are your branches!

How beautiful are your branches!

Business advice

Tip # 2 Beware of Traveling Sales Koalas

Tip # 2

Beware Traveling Sales Koalas!

Ducky’s first tip, being cute, can sometimes mean trouble when trying to buy wholesale items. Ducky has fallen victim to Traveling Sales Koalas, several times. They are so cute and their offers are too good to be true.

For example, Ducky loves Sister Shubert rolls. Christmas Koala (as seen in the picture above) offered him a great deal on Brother Shubert rolls. When Ducky got them in the mail, they were stinky old sushi rolls! Pembleton would not let Ducky sell the Brother Shubert rolls because of the animal health code.

Another time, Ducky bought a year’s supply of chocolate milk mix only to find out they were made with a fake chocolate called carob. YUCK! Ducky’s customers only like the real stuff.

Then there was the time that Ducky thought he was purchasing the real Eifel Tower in Paris, but then one week later he received a 3 inch miniature in the mail. After all of those horrible purchases, Pembleton warned Ducky not to buy stuff from traveling sales Koalas, but the power of cuteness is hard to resist, especially from those wearing Christmas sweaters.

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