Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! A gift from Team Archuleta, Christmas messages and traditions from the FOD team, A special phone call

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O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming


To fans everywhere, in so many languages, Merry Christmas one and all!

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A Christmas Day Wish…

To your enemy . . .forgiveness,

To your opponent . . .tolerance.

To a friend . . . your heart.

To a customer . . . service.

To all men . . .charity.

To every child . . . a good example

To yourself . . .respect

 -Author Unknown

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

from Team Archuleta

Everytime we hear from Team Archuleta with something David-related, I consider it a gift.  Yesterday was no different when Kari tweeted this lovely video.  I really enjoyed the interviews with the band and team and hearing about that untold side.  The footage from far back in the theatre of David racing across the stage during his performance showcased the variety included in his show.  A description of the vid from the Notes:

Here are some behind the scenes footage along with some interviews from the My Kind Of Christmas Tour 2011 while David was in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. We would like to thank Lance McGavin and Stetson Gleave, in collaboration with Haugen Creative for the footage and editing from the Salt Lake City show Dec 2011.

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A special call home

Mission Elders are able to call family today, Christmas Day, as well as Mother’s Day.  I cannot imagine the excitement for Elders and Sisters everywhere on this day.  We wish David and his family a wonderful moment to reconnect, update and share in this special day.  We are thinking of you!

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FOD wishes you a Merry Christmas!

I asked the writers to send in a Christmas greeting for today’s post and to share some of their Christmas traditions with you.

 Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

from Joanie (@suttygal)

My wish for all of you is to feel loved today wherever you are.Thank you Mary Lou for asking us to write about a special Christmas tradition to share with everyone!

Our Christmas Eve includes a few traditions which I have carried on from my own family growing up. The Christmas Eve dinner is home made spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, and lots of garlic bread.  My kids now pitch in to help mix the meat, roll the meatballs, etc. Goofy singing and dancing is usually found in the kitchen…well admittedly sometimes that’s me! 😉

 After dinner and dessert (most years it’s LOTS of Christmas cookies) it’s time to revisit and remember the importance of Christmas in our lives. Growing up as a child, my dad would sit in his favorite chair as we all huddled around and listened to the story of the birth of Jesus. My father (Grandpa now ) continues this tradition. There is never a gift opened before the story from the gospel (of Luke) is read and often followed by prayers and intentions. Dad made a stable for our family growing up; we loved that manger and nativity set. He also made one for each of us children. Baby Jesus is placed in the manger after the Christmas story is read.

Our Christmas stockings (except for my husband’s) were all hand made and beaded by my mom. She made mine and my siblings(4 of us) when we were little, and continued to make them for all of her grandchildren.  Each includes a felt framed pic of when we were little along with things/symbols special to each of us. Although my mom is no longer living, her love and presence are deeply felt as we celebrate the holidays. Board games, cards, movies, music (we all love CFTH), and conversation form highlights of our time together. I love spending time with my family and only wish for a day once again when ALL of my siblings and their families could be together with us on Christmas Eve! 🙂


PS OH! And I got a wonderful surprise /present last night. We went to midnight Mass lat night and I wore my long black coat. I don’t think I must have worn that coat at all last year~

When we got out of our car and started walking into church, I put my hands in my pockets. To my great surprise I pulled out my MOTAB ticket from David’s Sunday’s performance along with the MOTAB little descriptive program. Finding it in my pocket was in itself a little Christmas gift that meant so much!!! 🙂


Holiday Greetings from Kalei

 It’s been a year since I started writing for the FOD Front Page, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it!  I actually started during the MKOC Tour, December 8th to be exact – I can’t believe that was more than a year ago!  It’s been an amazing experience, connecting with other fans on a daily basis and sharing the magic of David’s amazing music!


We have a few fun traditions to celebrate the holiday season, even if the weather is sunny and most people are at the beach!  There is a holiday light display at Honolulu Hale every year, and there is a light parade which kicks off the holiday season.  We have Shaka Santa & Tutu Mele who preside over the festivities and there is a tree lighting ceremony much like they have in NYC!  If you’re lucky, you might even see Santa arrive in his canoe!

 Wishing you all the joy and blessings of this wonderous season and may you have health, happiness and a year full of David music in 2013!

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!

Merry Christmas One and All

Dear FOD,

How I’ve missed you!  I just cannot believe it’s been 4 1/2 years since we all started our journey together.  While I’ve missed writing for you all, I am so delighted that FOD is in the good hands of Mary Lou, Joanie, and Kalei.  I’ve been working hard on my own writing this year and of course, on raising my family!  My son, Jonah, will be 14 in a few weeks, and my daughter Madelyn just turned 9.  Christian and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this year.




Our Christmas traditions begin the day after Thanksgiving, when we go to Whitetail Tree Farm and cut down our own trees–yes; we get two!  It’s quite hilarious as we negotiate and try to find the very BEST trees!  Each year one of us gets to choose our ornament theme; this year, we did cupcakes and ice cream cones.  After we decorate the trees with all of our ornaments from Christmases past, we put on our new ornaments and then light the tree.  A train even runs underneath the big tree!  Christmas Eve is a big party on the Haley side of the family; Christmas day is spent at our home, with my parents coming over to celebrate with us.  The anticipation of gifts and stockings are so much fun, especially with my new baby niece, who just turned one on Saturday.

But the most exquisite part of Christmas is reading the story of the birth of our Christ, and feeling His love surround us and heal us and make our lives complete.

To each of you I extend loving holiday greetings.  Have a blessed year!

Much love,

Jenny Haley


Merry Christmas and Buon Natale

One of the Christmas traditions I want to share with you isn’t really about Christmas Day at all, but in preparing my children for it.  Many years ago, even before the children were born, I purchased an advent calendar.  It was not the normal calendar with candies or pop-outs.  This calendar contained 25 little books which would double as tree ornaments.  Each book featured one part of the Christmas story.  Our nightly tradition was to open the calendar starting on Dec. 1, and I or my husband would read to the children the book for that day.  Later, the kids would read to us.  The great anticipation was for the final book, the birth of Christ, and the children would take turns reading the largest and most important book.  The individual ornaments were placed on the kid’s own little tree we put between their rooms, decorated in THEIR style.  That nightly ritual, as well as the other things we would do to prepare ourselves spiritually for Christmas, was an anchor.

This year, my daughter decorated our tree while I was out of town, as a surprise.  The Advent ornaments are front and centre and many of the fancier ornaments were never taken out of the box, in favour of these ones.  This year, I found that advent calendar on-line and bought two copies, one for each of my kids, for them to start that tradition anew one day, in the future.

The rest of my traditions involve Mass with my lovely mom and dad, my sisters and their families, and lots of Italian food.  I am blessed to have them close by and to be overflowing with love and warmth this time of year and always.

Wishing all of you a blessed Christmas and New Years.

Mary Lou/Pastel

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From PapaFOD

Sunday morning, as I sat in one of our church meetings listening to a precious story of how a community came together to provide memories for a family who recently lost their father, a tear rolled down my cheek. I couldn’t help but think back over the years that I had as a child etching lasting images in my head.

My parents always did so much with so little. I grew up on a farm in the small community of Moody, Idaho. Some years, when the crops were good, the toys at Christmas time seemed large and shiny. But this was not always the case. However, I can’t think of a Christmas that wasn’t chock full of love and joy. I think that boils down to two things for me.

First – family. I always have had the luxury of my family surrounding me. My mom was always performing somewhere, and of course, she had me involved from the time I discarded the bottle. I remember in kindergarten performing the holiday classic “Little Sandy Sleighfoot” to a standing ovation at Adams Elementary. (For those curious, I did discard the bottle well before then).

All of my brothers and sisters are musical as well. We all sing, and both of my brothers played the Tuba ahead of me. One of the earliest concert memories I have was that of my older siblings performing in the Messiah at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. I sat through the whole thing ( I was probably 3 ) entranced with its beauty. I later had the opportunity to perform in that same yearly performance for nine years in a row, first as an 8th grader singing tenor with the high school choir all the way through playing Tuba with the college symphony. It was one of my most cherished traditions.

We would also take a yearly sleigh ride with the Barney’s and their work horses. My parents volunteered as coordinators for the Special Ed group that my sister belonged to, and each month we pulled together some fun activity or program for all the kids in the program. I’m so grateful for the example that was set for me to serve everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

I think the greatest thing though, and this is the second thing, is the knowledge of the birth of the Saviour, and ultimately his atoning sacrifice for us. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t have peace in my heart because of this. I’m grateful that I have never lost perspective of this. What a beautiful world we live in!

I am so blessed with a beautiful wife and five awesome kids that I get to enjoy spending time with building new memories. We love playing board games, enjoying classic Christmas movies, driving the neighborhoods searching out the most obnoxiously decorated homes, baking all kinds of sugary goodies, and of course, sharing our talents with friends and family.

On Sunday, I performed seven different musical numbers in different wards. How blessed I am to be able to share the feelings I have inside through such a powerful medium. After one of the meetings, the father of some dear friends of ours made sure to come up to me to let me know how touched he was. He recently suffered a stroke that has left him wheelchair bound. He could hardly speak to me because of the results of the stroke. But, the tear that rolled down his cheek and the smile that I could see peeking through said everything. That’s why I do what I do. I could care less for the fame and recognition. But when someone has a moving experience, that’s all the gratification I need.

The one thing I have learned above all others this past year is that it is a choice to be happy. Any of us can choose to be happy, regardless of our circumstances. However, JOY does not work this way. Joy is something we have to experience, and it comes from sources outside of ourselves. We can put ourselves in a place where we’re likely to experience joy, but none of can just decide, “Okay, right now I’m going to choose to have Joy.” This is why we all listen to David, right?

I would like to thank you all for the love and support for this site. We know we’re not perfect, but believe me, everything we do and every intention is to hopefully bring you joy. I’m so grateful for all the contributors and the countless hours they provide. Folks, there’s all kinds of goodness we’re surrounded by!

Merry Christmas to every one of you! May the light of everything good shine with you in your lives and may you be blessed with the special spirit of the season!

With love,

Rich Parkinson

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Ending with O Holy Night

If you will indulge me, one of my favourite performances of O Holy Night.  I have to thank Wanda (ArchuletaAvenue) for the monochromatic version of this.

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Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, today we wish each and every one of you who visit us here much love, peace and joy today.

The FOD team

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67 Responses to Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! A gift from Team Archuleta, Christmas messages and traditions from the FOD team, A special phone call

  1. Joy4archieDA14 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!! To all my Archie friends! I hope all of you have a very special day shared with loved ones! I’m so excited for David and his family today. Getting to call home and talk with his mom and dad. What a special time for them. I can just imagine the tears! Happy tears!!

  2. granny Lyn from South Africa says:

    A big thank you to the team for sharing their Christmas memories, I was really touched by all that was said
    Wishing everyone at FOD a happy, peaceful, joyful and blessed Christmas.
    thanks so much for sharing your lives with me and all the fans.
    “O Holy night” what a wonderful way to end your post, my very favourite hymn sang by my special favourite singer xxx

  3. cq#DA2014 says:

    Merry Christmas to all the awesome staff that keep this site so much fun to visit and also to all the fans that post/lurk.

  4. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone at FOD and I echo cq#DA2014’s comments thanking the staff at FOD for keeping this site going strong in anticipation of David’s return in 2014…..Have a blessed Christmas Day everyone…..Miss Vicki

  5. rocktellme says:

    Merry Christmas FOD team! I hope you all have a blessed day with your family and friends:) Thank you so much for always being here, supporting David and us♥ 
    And wishing a very Merry Christmas to you too, all the Archies!!! 

  6. grannycrush says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. Thanks for the beautiful post. I am sure that each of the stories shared brought memories to each of us of our own Christmas traditions. I woke up thinking of David being able to talk to his family for the first time since he left for his mission. What a joy that will be for all of them.
    I am about to leave to go to my sons to have our Christmas. I will talk to my daughter and her family later in the day. Distance keeps us from being together today.

  7. Lucy says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks again FOD for going strong and keeping a us fans together, and I’m excited for David that he gets to possibly Skype home today. Have a wonderful day guys!

  8. Merry Christmas, to all the Archies in the world especially my Archie friends here on FOD. To the staff, Archuleta team, Kari. May you all have a Blessed day.

    Thank you for sharing you Christmas stories with us and for keeping us strong and together.
    I’m am so excited for David i can just imagine how he feels. Getting to talk & maybe see his love ones. I wish them a beautiful encounter with each other.

    Sadly, just about all my family is gone, but i have the memories of Christmas past.
    Have a Blessed day all. Will most likely be back tonight.

  9. Amanda Jane says:

    What a beautiful post! Thanks FOD writers for all you do!

    Merry Christmas to all! I hope everyone has a safe and sound holiday hopefully away from severe weather (snow and storms across the US today)!

  10. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:


    Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with family, friends &
    food(I’m finally feeling hungry after yesterday, ready to fill
    up again 😀 ) BIG FOD (((((HUGS)))))) & many Blessings
    to you all.

    Merry Christmas to David & his family, so thrilled that they
    get to speak to each other, share some time together 😀

    Merry Christmas to Kari, wishing you a fantastic day with
    your family & many thanks to you for all you do for Davids
    fans. We are Blessed & I hope you & your family are Blessed

    Hey Linda! I know its not the same, but you’ll always have
    your FOD family, we love you tons!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    Well, the plumbing is working(WOOOT 😀 ) & the ham is
    in the oven, time to help my mom with the meal, take care all, Adios!

  11. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    One more thing:

    THANK YOU FOD, for all you do in running the
    best fansite around(other David fans sites are a
    close second, of course 😀 ) Loved your stories,
    the thread is wonderful & wishing you all the
    Merriest Christmas Ever 😀


  12. EL says:

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Loved the behind the scenes video of David and team from My Kind of Christmas tour in SLC. Speaking of behind the scenes — a big shout out to all of you who are instrumental in keeping FOD up and running all year long! I may not comment here as much as I used to…but I still visit every day. FOD is my second “home” and I love it. Been here almost from the beginning and appreciate this site more than I can express. Being a fan of David’s and getting to know so many awesome people because of him has brought me so much happiness that my life before seems to pale in comparison. Thank you once again, and hope everyone enjoys the love, peace, and joy of this holiday season! Feliz Navidad!

  13. angelbymyside says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE! 😀 Hope everyone is having a blessed day! 😀

    What a beautiful picture of David to start off the Christmas day post!

    So happy that David and all the missionaries will be able to speak to their families today. It makes Christmas extra-special for them just being able to see their loved-ones for a few wonderful minutes!

    Linda ~ Those Christmas memories will always warm your heart! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

  14. sweetonda says:

    Merry Christmas FOD and all the fans! Thank you for all you do to keep this fansite going.

    Loved all the special Christmas memories that were shared. May everyone have a wonderful time spent with family and friends this day and always!

  15. Philly Fan says:

    Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all who Comment and Lurk and provide information on this site. A BIG THANK YOU TO FOD STAFF WHO ARE INSTRUMENTAL IN KEEPING THIS SITE SO AMAZING TO VISIT AND RECEIVE DAVID NEWS. I have been here since the beginning and will continue to do so. HAPPLY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!!!

  16. breanne says:

    Thank you FOD team for your wonderful comments!! Merry Christmas to everyone and hope you have a fantastic day!!! Much LOVE to all of you! <3

  17. breanne says:

    PS: The black and white picture at the top of the post is GORGEOUS!!

  18. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Video pick of the day is two videos. The first Noel in Anaheim. First in 2009, then in 2011.

  19. Janel aka Nellie says:
  20. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Merry Christmas to all the fans of David. Thanks to everyone who keeps this place going. Have a Happy New Year too. My New Year’s resolution is to do a better job taking things in stride, don’t create or feed into arguments, and just to let things go. I also have a goal to lose more weight. I’ve lost 20 lbs. so far (and yes a couple of those pounds have been during the holidays). Thank you to David and Kari for continuing to surprise us and keep us interested. Love to all!!! Janel aka Nellie

  21. VaBeachArchie says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! With appreciation to the FOD staff, those that comment here and those that have given us the FABULOUS PICS and VIDS that have kept us smiling this last year! What a BLESSING for all of us David fans! Special wishes to Kari and David!

    Off to put some Barbie stuff together!! ENJOY! 🙂

  22. djafan says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

  23. sydnie says:

    Thank you FOD staff for sharing your wonderful Christmas traditions and stories!
    Thank you David for being your amazing self!
    Thank you my fellow Archies for everything in general!
    Hope you all are enjoying the holidays and having a fabulous time!
    Merry Christmas Everyone! 😀 😀 😀

  24. ray says:

    merry xmass to all,and boy david picked the best fans of all to follow him,9 month gone and these wonderfull people still here with this great site

  25. Again Merry Christmas Ray and Sydnie, and all the Archies, am getting ready to go to my sons for our Christmas dinner. I feel full already and i haven’t eaten yet. LOL!
    Will be back tonight, and VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! I am so behind on my voting.

  26. Heidijoy says:

    Thanks so much FOD staff and writers. I appreciate all you do to keep us updated and entertained. Loved the Virtual concert and sharing all your traditions. Pastel, I left you a note on twitter DM.

    Merry Christmas to FOD and all the fans who have become an extended family.

    So happy for David and his family today. An exciting time to connect. Thank God for Skype 🙂

    So thankful to the Church for allowing David to sing in devotionals. It is as it should be of course. Warms my heart.

  27. blue says:

    Merry Christmas!!!

  28. kmb says:

    Just got off Skype with my brother on a mission. We talked for just over an hour. He’s been in Georgia for exactly one week now. He is adjusting well and seems so happy! He was smiling through our entire conversation. It was hard to say goodbye but I am so grateful that we got to do it. Joy to you all today 🙂 Oh, and I can’t wait to watch the HD OHN later. I’m sure it’s unreal. Well, I’m going to have Christmas dinner right now, so bye for now everyone!

  29. Anita says:

    Thank you so much FOD for sharing your Christmas stories with us all! HOW SWEET!
    God Bless you for all that you do!!! Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

  30. Russ says:

    Hello and Merry Christmas to everyone. Hope you are all having a safe and wonderful Christmas.

  31. kmb says:

    Just watched the HD OHN video! OH MY HEAVENS, what a treat to see those close-up shots and hear that golden voice in all its clarity. There were a few electronic glitches in the video, but it was sublime nonetheless. Those last two noche divinas are truly something special. I don’t know how David does it, but with every performance, he breathes new life into the songs he sings and makes me feel like I’m hearing them for the first time. His voice transports me to another place, in any language. I am so fortunate to be a fan of this wonderful young man and to be able to watch him continue to grow as an artist and a person!

    Reposting the link to the HD OHN just because it’s so heavenly:

  32. Ali says:

    Thank you to the entire FOD staff for the beautiful post today!!

    I want to wish everyone here a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. I thought this Christmas might be difficult in the sense that I would be missing David alot but I really feel like his spirit is all around thanks to everything he left for us and thanks to all you guys for keeping this community alive. I get so much joy from all of you <3

    I wish you all the very best!

  33. SylviaFOD says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! I’m watching David on tv right now on Channel 5 KSL here in Salt Lake. They’re showing 30 minutes of the MOTAB Christmas show, mostly all the ones David sang with. It says it’s from 2012 which is probably confusing to some people. Lol I love seeing David on tv! I sure miss him.

  34. mango says:

    I just watched the same thing, Sylvia. It was a nice surprise.

  35. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL FANS OF DAVID AND THE STAFF. Hope you are enjoying a blessed and peaceful day. Hearing from David was wonderful. Loved seeing that BTS footage. David works so hard for us and then delivers a flawless performance each and every time. We love you David. You are our joy. The Christmas traditional stories were touching and reminiscent of my family traditions. Love to you all!

  36. Merry Christmas everyone at FOD! Reliving a few Christmases ago when I was patiently waiting for my son to call from the Phillipines. We finally got the call six hrs later than when it was set up!. I’m sure David was more than excited to talk to his dear family. I hope this Christmas day has been full of love and creating new memories to hold on to. The Merriest of Christmas to you and yours!

  37. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Goodnight Everyone, Take Care All!

    Just stopping by to say G’night & hope
    you all have had the best of days today.
    Well, want you guys to have the best of
    days, every day 😀 G’night!

  38. Hello everyone, i’m back. Hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas. I am stuffed but happy. My diet starts tomorrow. My New year resolution is to lose weight. Hope i can keep it. I noticed that RAINBOW REMIX is on Chart central hitlist along with EH and BROKEN, i wonder if they are getting ready to release the MV.

    I bet David is one happy Elder right now. He was able to contact his family. Knowing Lupes family, i know they were all there to talk to him. Makes me happy to know that David is happy.

  39. Beth goodnight. Hope you had a awesome day today too.

  40. SGJ! Hi! How was your Christmas?. I really enjoyed mine but now i’m home and relaxing.

  41. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    I’m glad you had Christmas with your family. I’m going to say Goodnight because I’m tired. Feels like midnight. Goodnight, see you tomorrow.Hi Linda. Had a great Christmas Eve with all the family and then today Mr.SGJ and I had dinner at my daughters house. I am so stuffed, I feel like a turkey. We even had a little snow last night. Was all clear this morning. Somehow this got all mixed up. Gremlins!!

  42. jackryan4da says:

    Happy Holidays FOD!

    May you have peace, prosperity and love throughout the coming years 🙂

  43. SGJJ! Goodnight, (((Hugs))) sweet dreams.

    Jackryan, Merry Christmas to you too. Had a great Christmas. Hope you did too.

  44. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Goodnight Beth.

  45. Mckenzie Harris says:

    Happy holidays FOD. Hope everyone had a great day!

    New Nandito Ako picture of David just tweeted by JoAnn Banaga of TV5

    I agree with JoAnn, David’s got a great smile.

  46. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    jackryan4DA Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope you enjoyed your day. Thank you for all you’ve done to bring us all things David when he was in the Philippines. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  47. dft says:

    Hello everyone! I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a wonderful, blessed, Merry Christmas! We had a white Christmas this year. We didn’t get a lot of snow but we did get some (about 2 inches here). Stay safe everyone! Love you all! (((hugs)))
    I also wanted to stop by to wish Candy and Jana a Happy Early Birthday! Wishing you the best day and even better year to come! (hope my calendar is correct)

  48. kimk says:

    JoAnn C. Bañaga ‏@JoAnnBanaga
    @McKenzieHarr @DavidArchie @TV5manila You’re Welcome! Merry Christmas to our Kapatid Archiekins from North America! Fingers crossed re DVD.

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  50. kimk says:

    Siti #DA2014 ‏@missitii91
    Congratulations @DavidArchie for 2nd place

  51. Virtue says:

    FOD, a huge thank you for your Christmas post 😀 Merry Christmas!

  52. jeani/ut says:

    Thanks to our FOD writers. It was so nice to have each of their Christmas greetings. Thank you for all you do.

    We got a skype call from my missionary grandson tonight for an hour. He’s been in Mexico for one year now.
    It was so good. He’s so happy and has a thick Spanish accent. He told us about all the people there who he loves soooooo much.
    He had trouble getting the right English words several times. He has a cute companion who is from another part of Mexico. We even got to talk a little to his companion. He was surprised we knew a some Spanish. He knows a tiny bit of English.
    The only reason I mentioned this is because I thought perhaps the same kind of thing was happening with David’s family.
    It just cheered our hearts to see him so happy.

  53. sarahhazel says:


  54. jhen says:

    Merry Christmas , I hope everyone have a great Christmas including David. All I want for New Year is NA Dvd lol I really hope there will be NA dvd for all of us to enjoy.

  55. Miss Vick DA#2014 says:

    Hey sarahhazel…..I agree and echo your comments….Merry Christmas to All…Better Late than Never…..Going to Christmas on the Potomac in National Harbor Maryland tomorrow with my husband, mother and 21 year old son to see the show ” ICE” with the characters from Shrek, Merry Christmas to all. Miss David bunches this holiday seasonl….. Miss Vicki

  56. Merry Christmas JHEN, MISS VICKI, Hope you had a great day with family and friends,
    I too hope we will get a NA DVD. That will make this next year worth waiting for.
    Buenas Noche!!!!

  57. angelbymyside says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANDY! Hope you have a fabulous day! 😀 😀 😀

  58. kimk says:

    Candy Happy Birthday!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  59. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Happy Birthday Candy!!!

  60. VaBeachArchie says:

    Good morning! Hope everyone had a GREAT Christmas!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Candy! Hope you have a FABULOUS day!

    Work for me…..returns and lots of gift certificates today! ENJOY YOUR DAY everyone! 🙂

  61. sarahhazel says:

    Good morning, folks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 😀
    Came home past 11:00 last night after a family Christmas party elsewhere…..didn’t get a chance to join the FOD commenters…..
    OMJ….what a beautiful top picture!
    Just finished reading the posts from the MODS… the wonderful Christmas memories you shared here and I just wanna say THANK YOU again! 🙂

  62. OoO says:

    Hello Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. Q102 David Got 33.83 ha ha funny. I’m voting now.

  63. grannycrush says:

    Happy Birthday, Candy. Hope all those grandkids didn’t wear you out yesterday.

  64. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Hello everyone from the winter wonderland that is Utah. Tons of snow everywhere and currently snowing. Today my son Caleb gets to get his wisdom teeth out. Not a fun day after Christmas present. He’s 19 but socially and mentally a little younger because he has asperger’s. I’m a worried mom. His dad is taking him though.
    Hope you all had a good Christmas. Hope David had a good phone visit with his family, I’m sure he did.

  65. Donna from NY says:

    Happy Holidays to everyone and Thank you FOD for a great place to park.

  66. sarahhazel says:

    new thread

  67. Gwen Porea says:

    Thank you one and all for all you do for us Archies. This is such a wonderful place to visit each and every day. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. You all do such a fantastic job of keeping us all so very happy and informed. David has the most wonderful fans in the world and with you all and our beautiful Kari we are kept so close to David. Time is moving quickly and I can’t wait to see FOD that day in 2014 when David comes home. Wishing you all of God ‘s blessing in this new year. Thanks Joanie, MaryLou,Kalei and Rich and Jenny.
    I pray that David’s Christmas was so full of joy for him , his beautiful Mom and his family.

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