Or the night I won an ipod mini!

Like I posted before, Thursday night I headed down to Melrose for dinner, drinks, and the giveaway for the Magic of Christmas Giving Tree night. I could bring a guest with me, so I decided to take my dad.

After having a beer or two, we were told it was time for dinner. The food was absolutely delicious. There was apple pecan salad, turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, and vegetarian lasagna. I heard that all the recipes were some someone’s grandma, so it’s no wonder why everything tasted so good.

Once everyone had eaten their dinners, the draw started. The prizes were all hung on a Christmas tree in envelopes in three different sections. The bottom section was the gift cards (iTunes, Petro Canada, and restaurants). The middle section was the items (TV, luggage, xbox, etc.). The top section had just three prizes in it: an $800 Calgary Flames package, a beer fridge from Canadian, and a year long car lease from Kia.

Everyone’s name was put into a Santa hat and the names were pulled one at a time. You then went up to the tree and picked an envelope, starting at the bottom of the tree and working up.  So the first people picked from the bottom and the last three people got one of the big prizes at the top.

I was honestly excited about getting any of the prizes on the tree. Nothing was valued at under $100, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I was pretty stoked when halfway through giving out the prizes my name was finally picked. My dad told me he had a feeling that the best prizes would be on the far side of the tree. So when I went up to pick my envelope off the tree, that’s where I picked from.

iPad Mini December 2014

I took the envelope off the tree and opened it up. I almost couldn’t believe it when the paper inside said an iPad mini! To be honest, I would have gotten a tablet awhile ago (I think it would be super useful for school instead of bringing my laptop), but I just couldn’t afford it. So to win a tablet was pretty exciting.

Once the rest of the prizes were given out and the night ended I thought I’d take my dad somewhere special. Village Ice Cream has some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I’m not even joking. It’s perfectly creamy and smooth without being too sweet. I’ve tried a few flavours since my first time there, and they’ve all been delicious. I’ve been telling my dad about it, but he hadn’t been yet. So when we were only a few blocks away at Melrose, I knew I had the perfect opportunity to take him.

Magic of Christmas Village Ice Cream December 18 2014 (1)

When you head to Village Ice Cream it’s deceiving. It’s at the end of a cul-de-sac with no other stores nearby. You actually can’t even see the store or a sign for it until you’re in the parking lot. I think he thought I was lost until we got there. Once we’d ordered (vanilla for me, eggnog bourbon for him), we started walking back to the car and eating our ice cream.

My dad said he was really impressed with it. While I told him it was amazing ice cream, he didn’t believe that it was going to be as good as I said it was. On the ride home he couldn’t stop talking about how delicious it was. I’m pretty sure for his next birthday I’ll be getting him a gift card for ice cream there.

Magic of Christmas Giving Tree Night and Village Ice Cream