Drawing: What's something that brought you joy this year?

Peppermint Pigs

Drawing's closed! Winners have been emailed!

It's this simple: We are amused by Peppermint Pigs and we'd like to give some away. So we are. Maybe to you.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something that brought you joy this year?

For a bunch of years we did a Festivus drawing, but we'd like to set aside the grievances this year. So consider this The Airing of Joys. (If you'd still like to gather around the ye olde aluminum pole, go for it.) It could be anything: something around the region, something in your neighborhood, something from your personal life, an experience you had, whatever.

We'll draw three comments at random and those people will receive a Peppermint Pig in the mail.

A Peppermint Pig? Yes, a Peppermint Pig. The seasonal treat is a pink peppermint candy pig. They're an old Saratoga tradition that was brought back by Saratoga Sweets a few decades ago.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Thursday, December 20, 2018 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Thursday and must respond by 5 pm on Friday.


The Tavern in Troy, & the wonderful bartenders there.

A family trip to Alaska.

Camping with my family!

To watch my kids grow - to learn from their failures and enjoy their successes.

Kayaking the Sacandaga and hiking the Iron Furnace trail at Camp Little Notch. The Adirondacks never fail to bring joy!

My wife and children. Oh, and reading the numerous great posts and comments in AOA throughout the yesr.

Celebrating our anniversary in Portugal

Hearing my baby girl giggle for the first time (and then many times after that!)

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

My masters thesis was approved!

The birth of my twins!

I had a community garden plot with Capital Roots (I probably found out about the possibility here, on All Over Albany) this past summer, my first time ever gardening for real. I had the most fun. It was great digging in the dirt and exciting to see what had either croaked, been eaten by some creature, or grown like crazy since the last time I had been over. Naturally, I preferred the last option, but one can't control everything in life. I learned a bunch and hope to eat more tomatoes and eggplant next year.

Yay for the Peppermint Pigs!

Another one of our children off the payroll this year.

The serenity of camping in the Adirondacks

Adopting a rescue cat and watching her settle into a real home for the first time in her life!

We got a family dog a little bit before Thanksgiving last year. I did not expect to find that doing things to make the dog happy would bring me joy, but they do.

(you can skip me in the drawing)

Concerts at The Egg and my two grandsons brought me joy this year

Welcoming my daughter into the world!

My family & the great vacation we enjoyed in Hawaii.
Going far away brings us closer together.

Watching the feeling of pride inflate my son as he learned to ice skate.

Having our son whom we gave up for adoption 48 years ago, contact us via DNA sampling through Ancestry.com!

This is a tough one - there have been so many wonderful things and experiences this year! While those who have made me laugh were a big part of 2019, my joy in visiting Rome solo just might top the list.

I met my boyfriend earlier this year. He has brought me a lot of joy and I have had a great year spending time with him.

Taking my first solo trip over the Summer. 1 month, 7 countries, 1 backpack.

Visiting my little nephew that I get to see only every couple of years, and finishing the ADK 46er challenge - the most memorable activities I am grateful for this year.

Witnessing the loving and playful interactions between my children (ages 5 and 1).

We loved taking our 3 year old daughter for hikes all summer long at five rivers in Delmar. That place is the best!

Geocaching at the Saratoga Plan parks!

Schenectady Soup Stroll and Wing Walk.

With the arrivals of Sliding Dirty, Great Flatts, and Tanpopo, alongside the fabulous long-standing institutions, downtown Schenectady bringing lots of joy.

Watching my (almost) 2 year old boy grow into his own little person brings me joy everyday! :)

My wonderful kitty :-)

Seeing my five year old transition so well into Kindergarten this year & she loves going to school!

Welcoming my first child into the world!

A successful first pregnancy

I love the buildings in the warehouse district. Watching Albany Distilling brings me joy each time I see the yellow door, to be honest. Just walking around downtown and knowing it’s growing is a great feeling. I’m not from Albany but it’s pretty darn cool.

First trip to Europe this year celebrating 10 year marriage anniversary!

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