Sunday, December 6, 2009

25GoC: Laura Wiess + Contest

10 Reasons I Love Christmas




  1. Tis the season to wear velvet, fa la la la la, la la la la. (Soft, plush and luxurious: I indulged in a funky, black velvet maxi coat this year and I swear I'm going to wear it until falls off of me in rags.)

  2. My sister's Christmas cookie extravaganza. (She bakes - I'm not kidding - something like 35 different kinds of cookies, with like four dozen each. And then she gives them all away! I love my sister.)

  3. Snow on Christmas Eve. (Okay, that's never a sure thing but there was snow last year and it was magical, so I'm hoping it happens again.)

  4. Donating to my favorite charities, including the Humane Society, assorted animal rescues, the local soup kitchen, and the Salvation Army bell-ringers standing outside of the stores. (I never miss an S.A. basket. I figure if they can stand out in the freezing cold for hours on end, trying to help people, then the very least I can do is oblige them.)

  5. Scoring what I hope is the perfect gift for someone, then watching them open it, and seeing that yes, it really was.

  6. Christmas carols and church bells. Both make me cry. So do holiday movies. I'm a total sap this time of year, and I love it all. Especially this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WzAyderAKU

  7. Walking into my parents' house calling, "Merry Christmas!" and hearing my family call back. (I love the happy welcome and the smiles in their voices.)

  8. Family, friends, kindness, laughter and Santa. And the jingle horse.

  9. Decorating the tree, and the memories that come with each of the ornaments

  10. A crisp, clear, night sky full of stars, a fireplace with a crackling fire, cats curled up sleeping, a tree with twinkling lights, laughter, fresh coffee, good music, a heart full of joy, peace and gratitude, and a wish that everyone and everything everywhere is warm, well-fed and loved. Happy holidays!

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I am so so so very sorry for not getting this post up sooner. Last night my computer, phone line, and TV all crashed. We couldn't get them fixed until this evening and I hadn't scheduled this post yet. Hopefully the giveaway and this fabulous post will make up for that.

Laura Wiess has kindly donated one signed copy of each of her 3 books (How It Ends (see my review HERE), Such A Pretty Girl, and Leftovers) There will be 3 winners. (First winner gets first pick, 2nd winner second pick, and the third winner will receive the last book)

Basic Basic Entry rules:
Open to U.S. only
Contest closes December 25th
+1 comment w/email
+1 follow me
Full entry rules can be found
HERE

Remember to keep checking the contest sidebar for more contests all month long!

thanks so much!

Jill

14 comments:

Leslie said...

Aww, so sorry you're having problems. In my experience, technology is extremely frustrating. Maybe I just don't know what I'm doing...lol
Definitely enter me for a book, though : )
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Brooke Reviews said...

Sometimes technology can be such a pain. :) Glad it's all fixed now! I also love getting the perfect gift for someone and then watching them open it :D

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WhatBriReads said...

Your sister's cookie extravaganza sounds amazing :D I love cookies!

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Sylvia said...

I would love to win:) Thanks!!:D

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traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. Love your lovely post and wishing you all the best. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Bianca said...

OMGOSH. I WISH MY SISTER BAKED THAT MANY COOKIES.
Talk about heaven!!!

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throuthehaze said...

Count me in please

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Anna ♥ said...

I love wearing fluffy jackets this time of year when it it just the right amount of cold. I love velvet, faux fur, and those soft wool winter clothes. So warm and cozy. :D

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kaymf said...

Great giveaway. =]
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Kelsey O said...

Please enter me!

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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

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~The Book Pixie said...

Hahaha! Yay velvet! lol. Totally loved your ten reasons. :D

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Morgan said...

There's nothing better than looking out your window and seeing the fluffy snow either on the ground or in the process of it (well living in Minnesota, means that this happens no matter what- but it still amazes me every year)

thanks for the awesome contest! And merry Christmas!

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Alexa said...

My mom always bakes a lot too!
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