Yes, Christmas is officially over, but we can still bask in the glow that is the fabulous run the Tampa Bay Lightning had right up to the holiday break. I am so proud of my team and so tickled to have the opportunity to spend my (husband’s) money on more and more Bolts souvenirs! He doesn’t seem to find that particularly amusing, however.
I was fortunate to be able to get a few Go Bolts tree ornaments before they were all snapped up in the weeks before Christmas. There were Bolts stockings, blue Santa hats, and much more to be had at the Forum’s Lightning Locker, though it was all going fast and furious.
I even got a “rare” white Exclusive Arena Collection Tampa Bay Lightning Happy Holidays puck in my stocking. It’s marked Official and Made in Slovakia. (The puck, not the stocking. Which could have been made in Slovakia and looks plenty official, but there’s no tag, so.) My daughter got that cute Mickey Mouse Bolts blanket from “Steven.” (What? I can’t help it if his handwriting looks like mine.)
My good friend and fellow Bolts fan (stalker) Celeste was gifted with Lightning Socks and gave Lightning key rings and t-shirts as gifts and stocking stuffers. She is still bemoaning the lack of mini Thunderbugs that has plagued the Lightning Locker since last, nay, two seasons ago. What’s up with that? Why do they manage to stock stuffed ducks and bears (Bears? Really?) and even that creepy-looking stuffed hockey guy with the Bolts logo but no Thunderbugs??? This isn’t Anaheim or Boston, so why are their mascot-type animals for sale in our house but not our own critter?
ANYWAY, I hope you all had a great holiday, got lots of Bolts stuff and will be rockin’ it all at the games this weekend. (Especially tonight so we’ll have more Bolts blue than Canadiens red in the stands!)
And if you run into Celeste, make her show you her socks. GO BOLTS!