On Rhayn's Santa list this year was an Ant Farm, and no, not the alien variety (well sort of, instead of dirt it is filled with green gel, so it does look rather eerie.)
We filled out the mail-in certificate for her ants and waited patiently. About a month ago, I received this email:
Thank you for your continued patience while waiting for your live creature order.
We are currently experiencing an unanticipated high volume of orders, and cannot fulfill them as quickly as we had hoped. Please be assured that we will do our best to guarantee that everyone gets their order as quickly as possible, as soon as the weather changes. All existing orders will be given priority based on the original date of receipt.
We recognize the inconvenience caused by this delay, and we appreciate your understanding.
Uncle Milton Industries
Today when I opened our mailbox, there they were. The ants had finally arrived! I looked at them, and worried that they would have cooked in our mailbox (it was only about 90 today.) There seemed to be a few moving around, and the paper included in the package said that they may be sluggish from traveling. It also said to put them in the refrigerator to "calm them" but since it was so hot, I figured it had the same effect. They really weren't moving much.
We dumped them into their new home, and are now waiting to see how many live ants we have. Pretty funny that her Christmas present came for her birthday.