December 14, 2018

25 Days - Day 14: Santa's Family

Hi there!

It's the 14th Day of December which means it's time for another Christmas Song! The Santa Run (for Wizard101) is quickly approaching. I can't believe it's this weekend. I thought I'd post more Santa-Themed songs as we near the Santa Run. One song I thought of right away was "Santa's Family" by John Goodman. This song was from the animated Rudolph movie made in 1998 - I loved both the classic and this movie as a kid. Anyway, have a listen if you haven't already!

December 13, 2018

Wizard101: Final Stream of 2018

Hello Wizards!

I can't believe how long it's been since I've made a group questing recap post! Today, I thought I'd put a twist on it by announcing that our next group questing stream will be our final stream of 2018. I promise that this isn't the end, but we would like to spend time with our families for the Holiday season & we invite you to do the same!

This year has been so much fun. We've made new friends & strengthen old friendships through group questing. We went from Wizard City to Mooshu with a group larger than 4! I have no doubt in my mind we'll make it far in 2019. Our main goal with these streams will always be to bring the community together. I thank all of you for helping us do that! If you're unable to join our next stream (information below), we hope to see you in 2019 as we continue to group quest through the Spiral!

Final Stream of 2018
Tuesday, December 18th
6:00 pm Central / 7:00 pm Eastern
Quest: "Water Everywhere..." in Kishibi Village

25 Days - Day 13: Wonderful Christmastime

Hi there!

I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday. You're one step closer to the weekend & one step closer to Christmas. :D Today is the 13th Day of December which means it's time for me to post my 13th Christmas Song of the month. I know I've said this 100 times this month, but I can't believe how fast this month is flying by. I am going to spend all next week watching my favorite Christmas movies & listening to my favorite Christmas songs! This week, however, I am spending to prepare for the Santa Run. That's also a lot of fun to do during this wonderful Holiday Season. Anyway, here's another favorite song - "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney!

December 12, 2018

25 Days - Day 12: Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Hi there!

I hope you're having a wonderful day! Can you believe that it's already the 12th Day of December? We're at less than 2 weeks until Christmas. Today I thought I'd post a song that I haven't posted on my blog until today - "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Dean Martin! It's such a classic and will always remain a favorite Christmas classic of many people around the world. :D

12 Days Of The Spiral - Day 7: Epic Festive Giveaway

Hi there!

Today's the 7th Day of 12 Days of the Spiral! Kingsisle is giving away epic festive items to all of the wizards and pirates that redeem the code "MAKEITREINDEER" on their websites. Make sure to redeem this code before December 19th at 11:59 pm Central Time.

If you redeem the code above, you will receive one prize from a list of prizes. Keep in mind that if you redeem the code, you'll receive something in both Wizard101 and Priate101. I've listed the codes below if you'd like to see more.

Wizard101 Giveaway Items
Polaris Express Mount
Snowboard Mount
White Winter Owl Pet
Rescue Rover Pet
Grand Winter Globe
Sparkle Globe
Gold Skeleton Key
Gingerbread Pack
Winter Wonder Pack 2017
Yuletide Pack

Pirate101 Giveaway Items
Yuletide Crystal Unicorn Mount
Holly Jolly Roger Companion
Prince Yulefest Companion
Snowfall Fawn Pet
Ostrich In A Pear Tree Pet
Yuletide Yeti Pet
Grizzly Beast Pack
Tribal Crew Pack
Ashes of the Armada Pack

Thank you, Kingsisle, for the 7th surprise of the season. This year's 12 Days of the Spiral has been a lot of fun and I look forward to the next five (six) days of continued surprises. Remember to be grateful for anything you receive! Keep up the great work, Kingsisle. :)

12 Days Of The Spiral

December 11, 2018

25 Days - Day 11: Carol Of The Bells

Hello everyone!

Today's the 11th Day of December which means it's time for another favorite Christmas song. I just got through streaming & realize it's super late. I promised myself that I wouldn't miss a Christmas song day. :) Here's "Carol of the Bells" by John Williams!

Wizard101 Zazzle Store: 10th Anniversary T-Shirts Coming In 2019

Hello Wizards!

Our awesome CM, Mathew, just announced via Twitter that the 10th Anniversary T-Shirts (shown on the recent Anniversary Part 4) will be coming to the official Wizard101 Zazzle Store in 2019! It's been quite some time since the Zazzle Store has had new items, so this should be a surprise to everyone. Make sure to keep an eye out on the Official Wizard101 Social Media pages early next year for more information.

I would also like to thank Kingsisle for sending me one of these amazing shirts! I was so excited to see it arrive in the mail today. It's nice to see that Wizard101 is still successful after 10 years. If you would have told me back in July of 2009 that the game would still be popular in 2018, I'd believe you. Seriously, I had no doubt Kingsisle would make it to their 10th Birthday. Just like I have no doubt that they'll make it to their 20th. Thank you for an amazing game & shirt, Kingsisle. :)

Check Out The Zazzle Store:

12 Days of the Spiral/Skyways - Day 6: New Mounts!

Hi there!

Today's the 6th Day of 12 Days of the Spiral! Kingsisle is celebrating the 6th Day with the release of new Holiday-Themed mounts in the Wizard101 and Pirate101 Crowns Shops. Here's more information about these new awesome mounts:

Wizard101: Yuletide Parade Truck (4-Person)
9,750 Crowns 

Pirate101: Giant Green Baubleloon
4,500 Crowns

Feel free to click on the images above to Buy Crowns on the Wizard101 or Pirate101 websites. These are awesome mounts and I can't wait to see all of the wizards and pirates in the spiral using them. Thank you, Kingsisle, for yet another amazing surprise! :)

December 10, 2018

25 Days - Day 10: All I Want For Christmas Is You

Hi there!

It's the 10th Day of December and we're only 2 weeks away from Christmas Eve! How is time flying by so quickly? I seriously love this time of year and I'm looking forward to celebrating these next two weeks with tons of hot chocolate, cookies, music, movies, and more. :D I hope Y'all are as excited as I am about the Holiday season. Now, here's one of my favorite Christmas songs - "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey! I'm kinda shocked I didn't post this song earlier in the month, but here it is now!

12 Days of the Spiral/Skyways - Day Five: 50% Off Bundles + Free Pack

Hi there!

Today's the 5th Day of the Spiral/Skyways! Kingsisle has announced that all Online Bundles can be bought in both Wizard101 & Pirate101 for 50% Off. This event is only a one day sale, so you best buy these bundles before the day ends. Here is a list of bundles (and sale prices) available online for both games:

Wizard101 Bundles + Sale Prices

Epic Bundle - $19.50
Mega Bundle - $19.50
Majestic Bundle - $19.50
Evergreen Bundle - $19.50
Polarian Explorer's Bundle - $19.50
Witch Hunter's Bundle - $19.50
Cuckoo Clock Bundle - $19.50
Empyrean Castaway Bundle - $19.50
Avalon Outlaw's Bundle - $19.50
Spooky Carnival Bundle - $14.50
Jewel Crafter's Bundle - $14.50

Pirate101 Bundles + Sale Prices

Cutthroat Bundle - $19.50
Empire Bundle - $19.50
Hoodoo Bundle - $14.50
Admiral Bundle - $14.50

Feel free to click on the images above to access the Wizard101 and/or Pirate101 websites to buy these bundles. Take advantage of this offer before it ends. While you're on their website, don't forget to redeem the code "YULETIDINGS" for a Winter Wonder Pack (2017) in Wizard101 and Ashes of the Armada Pack in Pirate101. You can redeem these two packs through December 19th. Thank you, Kingsisle, for this amazing offer & the free gifts! 

December 9, 2018

25 Days - Day 9: Sleigh Ride

Ahoy Christmas Pirates!

Wait, this isn't a Pirate Post... Anyway, it's the 9th Day of December which means it's time for another favorite Christmas Song. Sleigh Ride has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. I was thinking about posting this song the other day when I went to my town's Christmas Windows (Don't worry, I didn't forget that I need to make a post about that). My town actually has sleigh rides during that event - which is amazing! Okay, I need to stop talking about it until I have my images/videos together. Here's "Sleigh Ride" by The Carpenters! :)

It's Almost Time For The Santa Run: Your Checklist

Hello Wizards!

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Can you believe how fast December is flying by? I feel like we started this month and we're already nearing Mid-December. I am very excited for this upcoming week because I get to watch Christmas movies & host our 4th Annual (5th Total) Santa Run. Here are a few things that you should do before the event next week (Sunday, December 16th).

Read The Official Post
 The Official Santa Run Post provides a link to where we'll stream this year's event, an official list of activities (not all activities are as they seem - which means you'll love them), and a video guide of where we'll be running in Wizard City. Please watch the Video Guide before the Santa Run begins, or you won't know where to run. If this is the first time you'll attend our event, the official post will help you out a lot. Feel free to click on the link below to read the post about this year's Santa Run. :)

Watch The Stream On The Event Day

We now stream our events to make everything less confusing. Once we go live with Santa Run, you'll be able to ask questions in the stream chat, view the official time the Santa Run Begins (this doesn't include activities that take place before the main event), view the realm we're in, etc. Please watch this stream so you're not confused about where you should be or which activity everyone is currently partaking in. The Santa Run stream will begin with activities starting on Sunday, December 16th at 12:00 pm Central time. Feel free to click on the link below to access our Twitch Channel:

Ask Any Questions You May Have

One of our main goals is to make the Santa Run fun & less confusing than it needs to be. If you have any questions about this event (or any other event we have) feel free to ask us whether it's in the comment section below, social media, etc. I'll answer any question you have about the event. I'll add that Mounts & Santa Gear isn't required to attend this event. If you can dye your gear Red & White, that'll work. Either way, everyone is welcome to attend! Please keep the event family-friendly if you do attend. Let's make the event fun for everyone. :) We hope to see you at this year's Santa Run - thank you all again so much for your support in our events this year.

12 Days of The Spiral - Day Four: Krampus Skeleton Keys

Hi there!

Now through December 19th, Kingsisle is giving all Wizard101 & Pirate101 Players free Skeleton Keys. These skeleton keys can be used for the Krampus Dungeons in both games (I mean, you have to try these dungeons out if you haven't already). Feel free to click on the images below to access your Wizard101 & Pirate101 Skeleton Keys!

Wizard101 Krampus Keys
Gold Skeleton Key, Stone Skeleton Key, Wooden Skeleton Key

Pirate101 Krampus Keys
Gold Krampus Key, Stone Krampus Key, Wooden Krampus Key

December 8, 2018

25 Days - Day 8: All Alone On Christmas


It's the 8th Day of December (and the weekend ;D), so that means it's time to post my 8th Christmas song of the month! I've been thinking a lot about my favorite Christmas movies over the past few days. I seriously need to watch these movies that I am mentioning before Christmas is over! Hopefully, I can watch a few tomorrow mornings through most of next week. Anyway, quite a few of my favorite Christmas songs are actually from movies. Today I'd like to share a song from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Here's "All Alone On Christmas" by Darlene Love!

December 7, 2018

12 Days of the Skyways - Day Two: Crumbles Gingerhorse

Ahoy Pirates!

It's the second day of the skyways which means Kingsisle has released a second surprise: the Crumbles Gingerhorse. This new mount can be bought in the Crowns Shop for 5,000 Crowns! In my opinion, it's one of the cutest mounts to ever be released in the game. :D Feel free to click on the link below to buy some crowns for Pirate101 so you're able to get this new mount. Thank you, Kingsisle, for the cute surprise!

Buy Crowns For Pirate101

12 Days of the Spiral - Day Two: New Gingerbread Pack

Hello Wizards!

It's the 2nd Day of the Spiral and Kingsisle has announced the second surprise of the countdown: a Gingerbread Pack! This new pack can be bought in the Crowns Shop for 299 Crowns. There's also a Crowns Event that's currently taking place. For every 2,900 crowns, you spend in the Crowns Shop, you'll get one of these new Gingerbread Packs. If you buy one of the Charity Mounts (which costs 7,500 Crowns), you'll get two Gingerbread Packs in addition to that mount. Thank you, Kingsisle, for the awesome surprise! I can't wait to see all of these gingerbread-themed items in the Spiral.

Buy Crowns For Wizard101

25 Days - Day 7: Christmas Vacation

Hi there!

It's the 7th Day of December which means it's time for me to post my 7th favorite Christmas song (none of these songs are in order of favorite songs). One song that has been in my mind is from a hit-movie, Christmas Vacation. I love this movie so much & I need to watch it sometime this weekend. Anyway, I don't believe I've ever posted this song on my blog, so I thought I'd make 7-Year History and post it today. Here's "Christmas Vacation" by Mavis Staples!

December 6, 2018

25 Days - Day 6: Winter Wonderland


It's the 6th Day of December which means it's time for the 6th Christmas song of the month! I can't believe how fast this month is flying by. Well, to be honest, I still can't believe it's December. It's time that I believe it because Christmas is quickly approaching! Speaking of Christmas, my town hosts a Christmas Window type of event each year downtown. They sing Christmas Carols, have sleigh rides, and Christmas lights all over! It's really amazing. To make it even better, it snowed today. This will be the first time there will be snow on the ground at the event. It's going to be amazing! I'm going to bring some hot chocolate & walk down this pathway. I will try to make a new blog post with this real-life adventure sometime tomorrow. For now, I'll leave you with one of my favorite Christmas songs... "Winter Wonderland" by The Eurythmics! 

12 Days of the Spiral 2018 - Day One: Charity Mounts

Hi there!

The 12 Days of the Spiral have returned for the Holiday Season! Kingsisle will share a special surprise (for both Wizard101 and Pirate101) each day through December 18th. For the first day of the Spiral, Kingsisle has brought back two charity mounts - the Charity Noelephant & Charity Bah Humbug to both games. These two mounts can be bought in the Wizard101 & Pirate101 Crowns Shop for 7,500 Crowns.


These are Charity Mounts which means net proceeds up to $50,000 will be equally donated to two charities in Texas: Creative Action Austin & Children's Health. The more wizards that buy these two mounts this Holiday Season, the more money that will be donated to these two programs. If you buy crowns soon, don't forget to purchase one (or both) of these mounts. Make sure to purchase these mounts before December 19th. 

Buy Crowns

December 5, 2018

25 Days - Day 5: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Hi there!

It's the 5th Day of December which means it's time for me to post my 5th Christmas Song! So today's song is "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee. There's a reason why I chose this song to share with y'all today... I finally got my Christmas Tree! Gosh, it's perfect. And yes, it is a real tree. :) I can't tell you how much I love this time of year.. Anyway, I'll leave you to the Christmas song. I need to start decorating!

December 4, 2018

Wizard101 10th Anniversary - Part 4 - The Community

Hello Wizards!

Kingsisle released their final part of the Wizard101 10th Anniversary Video series! This final video was everything community. I am not going to say too much about the video itself because I want all of you to watch it. Feel free to watch it by clicking on the video below. Thank you, Kingsisle, for allowing me to be apart of this video. Keep up the great work!

25 Days - Day 4: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas


It's the fourth day of December which means it's time for the 4th Christmas song! It's been so nice to see all of the changes - such as decorations, Christmas music, etc. I mean who wouldn't love this time of year? :D Today I'd like to share a song that I heard on the radio which made me remember how much I love this time of year. Here's "It's Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas" by Johnny Mathis!

December 3, 2018

Kingsisle Live: Happy Holidays Community

Hi there!

Kingsisle recently had an episode of Kingsisle Live. This last episode was the Holiday Episode since there will not be an official KI Live stream for the month of December. Our community manager, Mathew, will be having a stream on Friday, December 14th - keep an eye out on Kingsisle's Social Media for more information about that. In the meantime, feel free to catch up on the most recent episode of KI Live by clicking play on the video below. :)

25 Days - Day 3: Last Christmas

Hi there!

It's the 3rd Day of December which means it's time to post another favorite Christmas song. This third song has always been a favorite since as long as I can remember! I mean, there's no way I'd leave it out of this year's list of favorite Christmas Songs (which are not in order - I love all of these songs equally). Anyway here's "Last Christmas" by Wham!

December 2, 2018

Santa Run: Sunday, December 16th

Hello Wizards!

The Holiday Season is here and we're preparing to host our 4th Annual Santa Run! This is an open & free event for all of the community. We'll dress up as Santa or in Red & White and have a Run around Wizard City. We also have awesome activities planned before we run! Keep reading this post for more information about this event:

12:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Eastern
Twitch Stream Begins / Dance Party

12:15 pm Central / 1:15 pm Eastern
 Holiday Farming

12:45 pm Central / 1:45 pm Eastern
 Find That Santa

1:15 pm Central / 2:15 pm Eastern
 Pet Derby (Holiday Teen Pets)

1:45 pm Central / 2:45 pm Eastern
 Wizard City Christmas Raid

2:15 pm Central / 3:15 pm Eastern
 Christmas Caroling

2:45 pm Central / 3:45 pm Eastern
 Countdown To Santa Run - Line Up On Bridge

3:00 pm Central / 4:00 pm Eastern
 Santa Run Begins (Watch Video Below)

3:30 pm Central / 4:30 pm Eastern
 Afterparties Begin (Port Wizards Announced On Stream)

Santa Run Hosts
Edward Lifegem
Autumn Dreamwalker
Michael Wildflame
Sarah Skystrider

The video guide above will show you where we'll be running during the Santa Run portion of the event. Feel free to check out a Santa Run Guide Contest over on Secrets of the Spiral by clicking HERE. This event will be our final event of the year, so our next event won't take place until early Spring. Thank you all for your support in 2018. We look forward to hosting this event & many more events in the years to come! See y'all at the Santa Run. :D Merry Christmas!

25 Days - Day 2: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Hi there!

It's the 2nd Day of December. Today I wanted to post an amazing song from one of my favorite Christmas movies, "Miracle on 34th Street" from 1994. This movie has been one of my top favorite movies (I really need to watch it before the Holiday season is over). Here's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Kenny G!

December 1, 2018

Wizard101: Quest With Us In Mooshu

Hello Wizards!

Over the past few months, I've been questing with a great group of friends in Wizard101. We've made our way through Wizard City, Krokotopia, and Marleybone. We're now preparing to quest through Mooshu! Keep reading this post for more information about our group questing & when you can join us on our adventures.

If you haven't quested with us over the past few months, I'll tell talk a bit about our group questing. Nearly every Tuesday we log into the game and quest with a group of friends (larger than 4). We make our way through the main quests on these days and use the other days to complete side quests. We use Friend Chat to communicate with everyone - this feature especially helps when someone gets behind. 

As I've mentioned above, we do log in every Tuesday to continue progressing in the game. We stream these adventures nearly every Tuesday at 6:00 pm Central on Twitch! Streaming group questing helps out a lot since there's more communication between us. View more information below about the next time you can join us on our questing adventures:

Our FIRST Mooshu Questing Stream
Tuesday, December 4th
Mooshu, Kelvin Realm
6:00 pm Central / 7:00 pm Eastern

Everyone is welcome to attend our questing streams. If you want to help out or even bring a Wizard that's in Mooshu and needs help - we'll quest with you (just give us time to catch up to your wizard). We hope to see you there. Thanks to everyone for your support. See y'all at our group questing events!

One of our first group questing photos!

It's December - The Holiday Season

Hi there!

Can you believe that it's already December? It's already the final month of 2018! I am so ready for Christmas - I've already decorated my website! Christmas has always been my favorite Holiday out of all others. It's usually a busy time of year, but I shockingly have a lot more time than any other time to make new blog posts - like this one!

I have a lot of blog posts planned for this month - including the 25 Days of Christmas Music. This year is my 7th year of posting Christmas music here on my website. I look forward to sharing my favorite Christmas songs this month & many more times in the years to come! :D Speaking of years... our 4th Annual Santa Run is coming up! Keep an eye out tomorrow (Sunday, December 2nd) for the Official Santa Run Post. And don't forget the date... Sunday, December 16th! 

It's always such a blast having these Santa Run events for the community. The Santa Run in 2012 started all of the events, so this event has always been a special one to me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy them! By the way, if you plan on attending this event for the first time, we'll be streaming the event on Twitch starting at 12:00 pm Central - Sunday, December 16th. Feel free to click on the link below to access our Twitch Channel.

There is really so much to look forward to this month. Kingsisle always surprises us + there are awesome Holiday-Themed events from the community! This month is my favorite month out of the year & I look forward to spending time with the community & my family. I am thinking I might make blog posts of my real life adventures (such as Christmas windows, Live Nativity Scenes, etc.) right here on Around The Spiral. Keep an eye out for those posts, events, and more! Thank you all for reading & I hope you have an amazing Holiday Season. Merry Christmas & if you celebrate another Holiday, Happy Holidays!

Christmas 2018 - 25 Days of Christmas Music - Falala!

Hi there!

It's December! If you've recently come across my website, you may or may not know that I love Christmas. I love Christmas so much that each year I post a Christmas song each December leading up to Christmas Day! This year marks my seventh year doing this. :D

Christmas means a lot to me & my family. I feel like this time of year (no matter the Holiday we celebrate) brings family & friends closer together & reminds everyone what really matters. For me, it's family, friends, and overall life! I look forward to sharing this message through my favorite Christmas songs. Here's the first song of the month - Falala by Jim Brickman feat. Olivia Jade Archbold. Merry Christmas, everyone!