Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Contest and Stories



It might be sixty-five degrees outside here in Kentucky, but it is December. Christmas is on the way. And one of the best things about Christmas is the spirit of giving. Gifts, gifts and more gifts. I’m getting on board the gift giving train by having a Christmas giveaway.
st prize is a pair of these fun bookends, winner’s choice of one of my titles, and an autographed copy of Karen Kingsbury’s new Christmas novel, The Bridge. Second prize is one of my books, autographed of course, and two other Christian novels. And I didn’t forget about those of you who say you never win. I’ve got a set of cute cat magnets and your choice of my books to get one of you out of the never won ranks.


 

To enter send me an e-mail from my website or leave a comment here with a way to reach you. Be sure to tell me you’ve never won to be entered in that drawing. Last, it’s not a requirement for entering, but for fun I asked you to share something you especially like at Christmas time. And boy, have you shared. All your wonderful traditions and memories are getting me in the Christmas spirit. Here’s a few of them. More next blog posting day.

Karin sort of summed up what many of you have said about Christmas with this concise line.  The top three things I like about Christmas (and any holiday, weekend, or event) are Family, Family, and Family.” In a followup message she told me she grew up in a little town like me and never realized who she was related to and who she wasn't until she was older. However, she ALWAYS knew they were all family. Sounds like a great place to grow up.

So while a lot of you have mentioned getting together with family as the top thing you enjoy about Christmas, others of you have added going to Christmas Eve candlelight services with those family members. Or sleigh riding or seeing the people you love tearing into the present you gave them and loving the way their faces glow when they get that perfect gift from you.

Of course, Florence had a different story about gift wrap flying.  My favorite part of Christmas is when my cats go wild and run through unwrapped gift wrap on the floor and tear around the tree. They get so excited, it's hilarious!”

And here’s Allie teaching her children all about the best parts of giving. There are so many things I love about Christmas. On top of the list it would have to be giving to others. My children have been making shoeboxes since they were born (I helped) and now they do it themselves, we also get a gift for an Angel through the Angel Tree our church hosts through the Salvation Army. Last we donate other gifts to Toys for Tots. My kids have learned it is about giving and not always receiving. I also love the holiday parades we are in, Christmas lighting and we all carol to senior homes with our church. It is a magical time of year.”  

And we’ll end this bunch tonight with this touching story of a father’s love for his family from Betty.

The best thing I like about Christmas..... is the memories. I grew up in an old Victorian, 3 story home in the suburbs of Philadelphia, one of nine siblings. I am the third oldest so I had a wonderful time watching our family grow. I also remember the visits of our Grand-parents and Great Grandparents. The most vivid memory is of Christmas morning with us children gathered at the top of the second floor landing looking down the stairs and waiting for our father. You see, my father earned his living driving a cab and was not allowed to have Christmas day off. So he drove into the city and picked up his cab and then came back home to us. What a wonderful time we all had opening our presents with both parents. Then Mom made us all a big breakfast. Afterwards Dad had to return to work. It wasn't until many years later that I realized that as horribly strict as his boss was at the cab company, Dad risked being fired just to spend that special time with us.”

Parents do so want to make Christmas magical for their children. Hope you are looking forward to a great time. Remember – if you haven’t – you’ve got time to sign up for my giveaways and if you want to throw in a Christmas story or tradition, that would be great. One entry per person over eighteen and deadline for entries is midnight EST December 23

Thanks for reading.  

 


25 comments:

  1. Hello Ann, it is so warm in Ga that it is hard to believe Christmas is only few weeks away. I love shopping for the little ones in the family as they accept what you get them with glee. the older ones "want" too much and would rather get money to shop on their own.
    I hope one year to get back to Ky around Christmas time once again, it holds many memories for me.
    love to be in your Christmas drawing
    thanks for sharing
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. It is more fun shopping for the younger kids. It gets harder to know what will make them smile when they get older. But they're still fun at Christmas too and as my mother always said when she quit shopping and gave money - green always fits.

      It's wonderful to have Christmas memories. Hope you can make it back to KY someday too, but you can always go to KY in your memories, Paula. I've got you entered in the giveaway drawing.

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  2. Hi, what I like best at this time of year is how families are brought together to share a meal or a fun gift swap. It gives us time to catch up wih everyone as to what's going on in their busy lives and to see how the children have grown. I remember years past when my father was living and how we all gathered pots and pans and spoons and would go from house to house to visit the nearby relatives and sing and go in for a drink of cider or egg nog delivered frsh from the dairy farm. Those relatives would then get their coats on and come with us til we would arrive at the end of the night where there would be 30 of us singing for a drink or a cookie treat.

    Sad that times are too busy to do that nowadays as most of us have many jobs that take us away from family and freiends.
    Happy holidays all,
    Julie

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    1. Family visits and fun make Christmas extra special, don't they, Julie? So did you bang of the pots and pans? I've read about that, I think. That had to be fun to go around to all the neighbors and your group growing bigger and bigger as you went.

      And you're right. We do lose some of the close family traditions when a family is spread out into different parts of the country. But thank goodness for ways to visit and keep in touch.

      I've got you entered in my giveaway.

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  3. I sure do enjoy your blog. You got some dandy Christmas memories from readers and am so glad you shared. I've not won anything from here yet either. We're warm and sunny here sunny New Mexico as well. I keep forgetting you live in Kentucky. We're planning to move back there when our home sells. Blessings, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the stories I shared, Susann. I'll be sharing more in the next few weeks. My readers always share such beautiful thoughts and memories. Enjoy that sunshine. Here we're getting rain today. A beautiful day, nonetheless. Fun to hear from you. Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Hi, again, Ann. My first comment about Christmas traditions in our family was about Grandma Lydia's fruitcake. After reading so many wonderful comments, I remember another one from my childhood. In St. Louis, Famous-Barr, downtown, would have so much fun. Each window that faced the street had a wonderful Christmas scene. One would always have a huge train-set that travelled through mountains, village, etc. Then, we got to go see Santa. After standing in line for our turn, we got to go into the "gift" room. This room had several clown faces painted on the wall with a large hole where there mouths should be. When you went to the window, someone inside would ask "boy or girl?". Then, you would received a wrapped gift fit for your gender. Wonderful times. I really miss the beauty of those decorated scenes. Merry Christmas! Pat (from FaceBook)

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    1. Thanks for sharing more Christmas memories, Pat. Sounds as if that was a fun outing for you children. I hope you got some neat presents from the clown faces. I'm thnking you enjoyed watching the trains too.

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  5. I Love Christmas Memories - those past and those that are yet to come. One of my favorite Christmas Memories is of my Grandma. She felt it was her job to entertain and keep calm all us grandkids on Christmas Eve. She left the food prep and work to our parents and my Grandpa (Smart woman!) She would bring us each a gift to keep us busy while we were waiting to open all the other gifts. I think of some of those gifts today, and the toy industry would probably outlaw them :-). I miss my Grandma - she made the holidays so very special.

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    1. Belinda, grandchildren make Christmas special for the grandparents, but that does have a flip side. So often grandparents make Christmas special for the grandkids. She was pretty smart getting everybody else to do the cooking. LOL. Got you entered in the giveaways.

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  6. P.S. I have yet to win a contest!
    Belinda

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  7. I have never won anything. And I think my most favorite tradition or memory is the fact that I have my sweet husband and our four children around me. They all bring so much meaning to my life. My mother died almost twenty years ago but it feels like yesterday. And it is still very painful and raw because I never got to say good bye. But knowing that those 5 people love me to the moon and back make everyday a holiday.

    Blessings,
    Jalynn
    pattersonmom24@aol.com

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    1. I've got you entered in the drawings, Jalynn. And what a lovely best thing to enjoy about Christmas - those you love and who love you. So sorry you had to lose your mother too soon, but I can tell you still carry her love in your heart. I love the say you say your family makes everyday a holiday. Wishing you and yours a blessed and happy Christmas.

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  8. I just love Christmas, because it represents the birth of Christ and without our wondering amazing Savior we would have nothing to celebrate. rdunson@knology.net

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    1. You are so right, rdunson. Thank you for remembering the reason for the season and reminding all of us.

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  9. In Texas Dec. 10 it's very cold....and glad to be inside...though it is getting boring.....maybe in Jan I can drive!!!! a fun thing for Christmas in small get together's such as my daughter is having for some of her coworkers from school....is a ornament decorating party and a Chinese Present game where you get to steal somebody else's gift....too funny...vrush729@aol.com I may have already entered but wanted to talk about the Chinese giveaway fun....

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    1. We do a gift exchange at one of our family get togethers too, Virginia, but none of us are very good at making it more fun. We tend to keep whatever we unwrap instead of stealing. Or maybe we need to get sillier presents. I always grab somebody else's present no matter what, just to try to get the trading going, but it doesn't seem to work. My daughter used to go to an ornament exchange party with her girl friends. Both types of parties are fun. Thanks for telling us about them. My grandkids have a candy exchange for their present exchange at one of their family parties. So many ways to have fun at Christmas.

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  10. Oh, the magic of Christmas! So many things to love...the Christmas program at church, the wonderful sounds of the season, the beautiful decorations, the delicious food and the special family times!! I love it all and I love the fact (and appreciate) that people are happier and more receptive to "Hello" and "Merry Christmas" at this time of year. And, YES, I extend that greeting because it is because of Christ that this day is possible and I am so thankful for that.

    Merry Christmas, Ann and continued best wishes for your writing career! We all love your books!!

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    1. I like all those things you mentioned too, Connie. And I just had a message from someone else talking about how great it is that everybody is ready to be greeted with smiles and extra kindness even with everybody hustling about getting things done. Definitely it's Merry Christmas!!

      I appreciate your kind words, Connie, and always enjoy seeing a comment from you. Wishing you and yours the best Christmas ever!

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  11. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about Christmas. It's wonderful to decorate the house each year and cook a big Christmas dinner and spend all that time with our family. Each year I create a scrapbook from our Christmas and we all love looking back on the scrapbooks from previous years.

    Katie Johnson
    johnsonk133@yahoo.com

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    1. Enjoyed hearing about what makes you happy at Christmas time. Sounds as if you have a house that everyone would love coming to. And what a neat idea about the scrapbooks. I know you all have fun and a lot of laughs looking back through them. Maybe a few tears too if you're seeing loved ones that are no longer with you at Christmas time.

      I've got you entered in the giveaway. Thanks.

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  12. Thank you for offering a Christmas give away. No I have never won. My favorite things about Christmas is that my wonderful husband and I make lots of pizzelle cookies to give as gifts. We enjoy making them together. Also I love all the Christmas movies, my favorite being The Christmas Card

    Thank you and God bless you this next year that all your dreams come true

    Merry Christmas

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    1. More interesting cookies. I'm definitely going to have to do a blog post about cookie baking. Peppernuts from one reader and now pizzelle cookies from you. Me, I don't make anything near that exciting sounding. I do make Snickerdoodles. That name always makes me smile. And it's so good that you and your husband make the cookies together. That makes them extra special. I'll have to check out that movie.

      Thanks so much for your sweet blessing. Wishing the same back to you. Merry Christmas.

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  13. I hope you have a merry Christmas! Thanks so much for the Christmas giveaway! Good luck to all and God Bless! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Megan, for the great Christmas wishes. Wishing the same back to you. I've got you entered in the giveaway.

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