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The Compulsive Reader: Christmas Cheer Giveaway!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas Cheer Giveaway!




Hello everyone,

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is the day my family and I decorate the house and bust out the Christmas carols. My family is BIG on Christmas. By the time we finish decorating (it usually takes all weekend, and then some), our house could rival Bronner's Christmas store. We have three Christmas trees in our living room alone!


So, the madness has really gotten me into the Christnas mood as well, and I've pulled together a Christmas prize-pack of books to give away to a lucky reader this season, sort of like Teenreads.com holiday basket of cheer. I've got eight books together, half of them favorites of mine from the past year, and half ARCs set to come out next year, and I'll be giving it away along with some yet to be determined holiday goodies. The books are:

  • A signed copy of my favorite Ellen Hopkins book, Burned
  • A signed copy of Amy Huntley's fantastic and thoughtful debut, The Everafter
  • A copy of one of my favorite releases this year, Willow by Julia Hoban
  • A copy of the fantastic sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • An ARC of Jillian Cantor's second novel, The Life of Glass
  • An ARC of Angela Morrison's second novel, Sing Me to Sleep, which I have on good authority is a tear-jerker
  • An ARC of the thriller Numbers by Rachel Ward
  • An ARC of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Sounds like fun, right?

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing about the holiday season is. And if you don't celebrate any holiday, tell me what your favorite thing about the winter is. The contest is open to US residents from today until December 21st! Good luck!

Cheers,

TCR

ETA: I am loving the great response to this contest! I've decided to add another book the giveaway--a copy of LET IT SNOW by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle! Keep those entries coming, maybe if we reach 200 entries, I'll throw something else into the prize pack!

148 comments:

Sarah said...

What a fabulous contest! I could go on and on about all the things I love about Christmas, seriously. But one of my favorite, absolute favorite things, is to go with my family to look at Christmas light displays and listen to Christmas music in the car. We always try to find the oddest Christmas item. We make a list of things to look for, like stars, penguins, Mrs. Claus, but if we can find a really odd one, we get extra points!

pirate penguin said...

That's so generous of you! Wow, three trees? That's some serious holiday love! lol.

One of my favorite things about Christmas really is the decorating. I remember when I was little my parents would take me to see this town where every single house had lights on them. It was amazing to see in person. (although I'm sure the electricity bill wasn't fun-but oh well!)

Chantele said...

What an awesome contest!:) My favorite part of Christmas is having my cute hubby finished with school for Christmas break. I love it when he can just come home and be with me and our 2 kids. I also love driving around looking at Christmas lights, and seeing my little kids faces on Christmas morning!:)

Melanie said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is going Christmas caroling. I don't know if I'll go this year, but in the past my church would go out and visit a bunch of elderly members. It would be so much fun, and when I got older we sang less and goofed off more. It was great!

Cassandra said...

This is an amazing contest! I really want to win.

My favorite holiday thing to do is to make holiday food like cakes and cookies. I especially love making the gingerbread house. I never want to eat it when I'm done!

Cari said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is our family white elephant gift game. It's hilarious. Sometimes the gifts are great and sometimes...well, sometimes you end up with the gift my dad picked out. I look forward to this every year. :)

Thanks for the contest!
Cari
neohippy 10 hotmail

teenreadersgather said...

I love the way the Holidays make me feel. I almost feel invincible, like nothing could go wrong. Everyone is happy or at least pretending. It's so nice

princessashley9@gmail.com

katie said...

My absolute favorite thing about the holidays is being with family. It's so much fun to just hang out with family and catch up. And then all the decorations are pretty cool too.

katieb206@gmail.com

baileythebookworm said...

My favorite thing about winter is that I get a month off school -my university gives us off from 2 days before Thanksgiving until after the new year. I've got a full month to spend at home with my family and boyfriend, which is nice since I don't see them often during my 10 week quarters. :) Building snowmen and decorating cookies with everyone are some of my favorite parts about being home.

Janet Spaeth said...

My favorite part? Christmas has the amazing ability to be wild and calm at exactly the same time. There's never enough time, what with all that has to be attended or bought, wrapped, mailed, given, but that moment at the end of the day, when the world is lit with colored lights and the familiar carols play softly--yes, that's it.

Lovely giveaway with an equally lovely theme! Thank you!

A.T. said...

The holidays are my chance to see people I don't get to see the rest of the year, and have conversations that are more than one tweet or blog post long! Seeing people is definitely the best part of any holiday!

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Wow what an amazing contest! You're so generous :)

Well let's see my favorite thing about the holidays is the good food and presents! Also, I like when my family comes together because we rarely do that throughout the year.
Thanks!

-Eleni
lafemmereaders@yahoo.com

Megan said...

I love so many things about Christmas, but probably my favorite moments are after the presents have been opened and the meal is done and everyone is just enjoying each other's company.

mearley@twinlakes.k12.in.us

barbrafl said...

This is one of the greatest contests going on right now. My favorite part of the Holiday season truly is giving. Each year, the book group at my school gets together with the money we fundraise and get a family in our area who needs help this time of the year. Each family member provides us with a short list of things they want for Christmas, and we go out shopping for items on those lists. We then wrap the presents and deliver them to the family. It's truly one of the best emotions in the world to watch someone in need smile so brightly because of something you have done. That is what I enjoy the most.

Thank you for this wonderful contest!
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Rylie said...

I don't celebrate the holidays, so my favorite thing about winter is snow. Not driving in it, but I do love the way it looks.

-Rylie
bcanyon at hotmail dot com

jessicavarin.wordpress.com said...

What I love about the holidays?
The gift of time. I've never been one for zany expectations, so I definitely enjoy the opportunity to rest with the family.

Lost in a Book said...

Oh, the holidays! It's my favorite time of year! I love the feeling! Looking at Christmas lights, decorating, sitting by the fire, watching my friends and family open gifts, leaving cookie crumbs and drinking half the glass of milk so my little sister thinks Santa has come. Everything about the holidays is my favorite. People are just happier! :) Great contest, by the way!

jpetroroy said...

Mine are days of relaxation with family.


jpetroroy at gmail dot com

Jenna said...

I love waking up late in the day (no school!) to the smell of baking with the heat on, making everything warm and delicious smelling. Then just relaxing with my family and watching television. It's just a relaxing atmosphere.

Thanks for the amazing contest! I hope you have a great Christmas!

-Jenna
jennapomme[at]yahoo[dot]com

Dani. said...

Woah you know how to bring out the x-mas cheer. Great contest!

My favorite part of the holiday season is christmas. And not due to the fact that I get to open presents, even though i do enjoy that, but when all of my dad's side of the family comes over to our house and everybodys trying to get all the food ready. Its chaotic and loud but also filled with love and happiness. And then i also get to eat my favorite food, deviled eggs, yum! :)

In addition, I also like making christmas cookies with my dad. We always make such a mess but have so much fun!

-Dani.
lightningstreak123@comcast.net

DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

OOOO :O So many great books !!!!
My favorite part about the holiday is the music walking into a store and hearing the chrismas classic.It make me enjoy shopping :) My favorite chrismas song would have to be little drumer boy Happy Holidays :)


denisemadness(at)gmail(dot)com

Taylor said...

My Favorite thing about Christmas is spending time with my family. I have a lot of family that I don't see very often and it is always great to spend Christmas together.

Larissa said...

How fun! Thanks!

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the abundance of joy and sparkles. Everywhere I go is decorated and pretty, and most of the time, people are nicer and more friendly.

Katie said...

Definitely the food. And the break from school.

katiesbookshelf@ymail.com

ilonga said...

My favorite part of christmas was when I believed in Santa Claus. It was so magic. Also, when I used to live in Puerto Rico with all my family and my dad always made those big parties with all his brothers and my cousins. It was so fun. And when we used to go to "parrandas" with family and friends. Man, I miss those days...

Now, christmas is very nostalgic to me. It's not the same anymore.

ilonga.81(at)gmail.com

Blackbird Fly said...

Oh, what a cool idea!

Alright, my favorite thing about the holiday season: I love the smells. The smells of the food, the tree in the house, that cold pure smell of the world after it snows...

Oh, I can't wait!

Laurie T. said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday. What really put me in the festive mood is the first snowfall. Just seeing the flakes coming down and covering the ground puts me in the holiday spirit.

Great contest!

~Jennifer~ said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is watching the kids open their gifts. They are still young enough to get equally excited by both the small stuff and the bigger gifts.

jennsicurella at verizon dot net

KatieDoll said...

Favorite thing about the Holiday season is the sheer happiness that surrounds it. The lights, decorations, parties, etc- December is just a good month for family. Getting presents is a plus as well. ;)

skellington28210@yahoo.com

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

My favorite thing about the holidays? Hmm...that would have to be...NO HOMEWORK!!! I'm off from college and it's a time for me to get to destress a little bit. Not to mention to catch up on all that long overdue reading!

n_monzyk_27@yahoo.com

Enna Isilee said...

I love white elephant, and the special trifle my grandma makes (if you find the nut inside, you get a prize!).

:)

Hillary said...

My favorite parts of winter are my birthday which is only 4 days before Christmas and indoor soccer! I love my indoor team so much more than any other team I play on so I always have the most fun during the winter. Plus I don't have school on my birthday this year so I'll be partying for the whole week!

But I kinda really hate snow so I'm hoping for a green Christmas this year!

Jayme said...

I love going to see this huge Christmas light display near my hometown. My husband proposed to me there and it very special :)

Anonymous said...

I feel like the holidays are so warm and compassionate and people actually get a chance to express how they feel, and how much they appreciate eachother.
Thats why its so great!

And this is an awesome giveaway!
Thanks!

graceaparker@bellsouth.net

Tiffany said...

I have many favorite things about Christmas! Like any other teen, I like the presents but those aren't really what makes Christmas so amazing for me. I love the cheer, hope, and happiness that it brings others. Every Christmas I try to find one little project that I can do that benefits others such as volunteering somewhere or donating various things. Over the past few years I have had the pleasure to work with the homeless and young children in the hospitals and I have donated various things such as food, knitted hats, toys, and hygiene packages. I know by doing this I am helping out someone more than I can imagine. That is what Christmas is all about! [=

Thank you for this contest! :D
tiffany-chanel@hotmail.com

book_worm said...

GREAT contest.Wow, my favorite thing about Christmas? That's hard...um...I think that it would be giving gifts. I love finding the perfect gifts for people and then having them love it. Or at least pretend to :P But I just love EVERYTHING about it sooo much, it's my favorite time of year.

AnimeGirl said...

Wow, your family is big on Christmas.

Here my favorite thing is the carols, I was born on december 31st, so my mom theorizes that I love carols so much because I heard them none-stop while I was in her belly, she says that when I was a baby the only way to make me stop crying was with the sound of bells.

Anyway, besides the carols, I love decorating, I pretty much do the tree in my house, my mom does the nativity set and my dad takes over the street decor... while my sister criticizes our work.

Just Blinded Book Reviews said...

I think Christmas Cheer is my favorite thing about Christmas. I love decorating the house or the Christmas tree and having the Christmas Spirit hit me. It's a magical feeling.

I also love the music and the movies! I'm really into the oldies Christmas music. You know, the originals. And who doesn't love Home Alone?!

BookWhisperer said...

Christmas morning with my kids is the absolute best about the holidays.

bkwhisperer@bluemarble.net

Jessica Secret said...

Thanks for the awesome contest! Hm...what do I love most about Christmas? The presents! Not just receiving them, giving them too. I know it's a standard, cheesy answer but it's true.

Were we supposed to leave our emails?

xxsquigglesxx said...

I would have to say my favorite thing about the holidays is cooking lots of different kinds of cookies with my mom :)

squiggles87(at)aol(dot)com

Beth S. said...

Great contest!

My favorite thing about the holiday season is sending out Christmas cards and writing a reflective newsletter to remind me of how blessed we are.

Kristen said...

Making cookies and my birthday (the 20th!). Oh.. and snow! I love making snow angels and having snowball fights (yes, even at the age of 25). Hehe.

Fantastic contest!

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

ExtremeReader said...

Wow! What a great contest! By far...my favorite part of the holiday season is watching my 5 year old get so excited! He is counting down the days already!
Jen
jenniferclodfelter@yahoo.com
http://extremereaderbookreviews.blogspot.com

Kristin Miller said...

Awesome contest! My favorite thing about the holidays is the way strangers come together with feelings of comraderie and warmth. I wish it happened all the time. :)

The Bookologist said...

Awesome contest! I love all the books!

My favorite thing about the holiday is that there is no school and that I can spend a lot of time with my family. It's really rare since I'm so busy with school but when holiday comes, I don't need to worry about anything! =)

I also tweeted this contest so you can get more entrants. http://twitter.com/thebookologist/status/6129076019

Thank you! =)
bookreviewsya[AT]yahoo[DOT]com

Meghan said...

I just love the christmas lights and decorations. It makes the whole world seem more magical and special. I love it so much. ^_^
Thanks!
mdondero@sprynet.com

Joyce Lansky said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is getting to stay home from work and visit with family.

Joyce Lansky said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is getting to stay home from work and visit with family.

The Book Vixen said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is seeing my children's faces light up. They love seeing Christmas lights and decorations. They love helping pick out gifts. And of course, they love opening Christmas presents Christmas morning.

BrittLit said...

This is a most excellent contest. My favorite thing about the holidays is baking. Baking Cookies and decorating them and baking pies and other warm goodies. All this and while they cook sitting snuggled up watching good Christmas movies!

Leslie said...

I love the day after Thanksgiving. I always get up at two or three in the morning to go shop for all the deals. I usually manage to finish most if not all of my Christmas shopping. Then we eat out breakfast somewhere, and I go home to take a nap.

muzic_rockz(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love the music...some of it more than others...and I love being with the family and giving gifts. I love getting them too, as who doesn't? but I really have some fun ones this year to give and I hope everyone likes them!!

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Llehn said...

My fav thing about the season is having everyone back together again!

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

mjmbecky said...

How nice of you! My favorite thing about the holiday is the feeling. That feeling though is created by a million little things...decorations, music, family, goodies, memories, Santa, giving, charity, relaxation, etc. I just love the holiday, and have to say that it's just the feeling that it sparks in my heart, that makes me have a spring in my step all throughout the month of December! :)

Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Brooke Reviews said...

Seriously, I love all the food! I shouldn't...but I do. I also love having a bunch of days off to be with my family and boyfriend :)

Lisa and Laura said...

Great contest!!

My favorite thing about the holidays is how everyone takes a little extra time to be nice to each other, to be thankful for all that they have and to remember to be generous with those who don't have enough.

donnas said...

Cool contest.

My favorite parts of the season are the decorations - I love to go around and see the houses are lite up, the smell of the season - fresh pine, fireplaces outside, the smell of snow when its coming or falling, and of course spending the day with my family.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Erica said...

My favorite part of Christmas is giving gifts. I love giving gifts! I always go 100% flat broke because I've bought so many every year. =)

loreleimarsh said...

My favorite thing is the way the air smells. Between wood burning fires, spices from kitchens, & snow in the air, my nose goes gaga! Thanks for hosting this great contest!

Dannie said...

I love the general feel of Christmas, you know? Not to whine, but my family is pretty messed up most of the time, but on Christmas everyone is...not exactly *happy*, but generally pleasent to be around. It's so nice. Plus, I have a fetish for Christmas specials :)

Great contest, by the way, even though the options aren't exactly cheery!

danielleeloko78@aol.com

Lana said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is the Christmas market in a little town in Germany where I grew up. Even though I've moved since then, I try my best to fly out there during the holiday season to stock up on my favorite things! They have candy that tastes just like mulled wine with none of the alcohol, spicy cookies that introduced me to the wonders of cardamom, candles that come in really cute animal forms, little figurines of people made out of nuts and bolts. Wonderful!

Emily said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is that there's finally time to see all my friends, relatives, and people I care about. I enjoy the time I spend picking gifts for people, sending cards, cooking for other people, and also taking time for myself. Great question and a great contest!

Emily
What Book is That?

Melissa said...

I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Christmas to me is remembering the joy, the peace, and the love that we should have with us all year around. Spending time with family in our crazy traditions, watching the faces as surprises as given and discovered. Wow its hard to pick just one!!

Amelia said...

I love drinking hot chocolate after I come in from a long day of sledding, on a snow day when I'm off from school of course.

The Book Obsession said...

thanks for holding this awesome contest! My favorite thing about the holidays is sitting down with my family and watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and other holiday movies. It's how we pass the time until we can open presents.

~Lizzie
The Book Obession
a7xlvr0440@aol.com

Morgan Brown said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift! This is absolutely my favorite time of year. I love the weather and smells that Christmas time brings. Even though the weather is cold outside the atmosphere transforms into a cozy and warm feeling as the family comes together. My favorite is going to all the holiday craft shows with my mom and getting the family together for some hot buttered rum & listen to my family tell stories of when they were younger! It never fails to be a great time!

Morgan Brown
malysseb@Yahoo.com

Dani said...

This is an amazing contest (:
My favorite thing about Christmas is my family time - my brother and I have school, and both my parents work, so the holidays is a time when we are all home together, either listening to the rain next to the fireplace, or going on our annual Christmas walk, when we all bundle up and walk around the neighborhood to look at decorations at night.

Tina said...

Is there a particular significance of having three trees? That must be fun to decorate though!

I have a kind of weird favorite thing about Christmas: getting trapped at the mall. I normally hate shopping, and so does my dad so both of us tend to wait until almost the last minute to get our Christmas shopping done. The lines take forever at the check out but that's nothing compared to actually trying to leave the mall. The traffic gets backed up for hours. So my dad always buys holiday cookies and hot chocolate on our way out of the mall, and then we sit in the car singing Christmas songs on the radio. We make bets on how long it will take to get out of the mall parking lot (a minimum of an hour and a half) and then cheer when we finally do.

BookGeek Chick said...

Cool Contest. :)

What I love about the holidays is: drinking that first peppermint hot chocolate the day after Thanksgiving; organizing Secret Santa at work; singing along to the carols and shopping for presents for those dear to my heart.

bookgeekchick(at)gmail(dot)com

tetewa said...

Getting together with the relatives and exchanging presents! After we eat dinner we play poker the rest of the night!

Hull.Margaret said...

WOW I read the blogs I follow at work, and I was off yesterday...oh well , I'll try anyway..
My favorite thing about Christmas, other than celebrating the birth of Jesus, are all of the Christmas Decorations..It is never to early to start looking.
Tks.
Penny

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

Awesome hoiliday contest!!! So exciting!!!

My favorite part about the holidays is that there is less school, and the desserts!!!

Jessica said...

Great contest!

My favorite thing about the holidays is watching Love Actually with my girlfriends and drinking hot cider! It's an annual tradition!

jessrlove at hotmail

Allison said...

I live 1,000 from family so getting together with everyone at the holidays is my favorite thing!

Emma said...

Oh my gosh I want the signed Ellen Hopkins book SO badly! The other books are fantastic as well! My favorite thing about the holiday season is the Christmas movies/songs! Gotta love it! Thanks!

Alyssa is magical! said...

Oh my, I'm not really sure what my favorite part of Christmas is. I mean getting presents is awesome, but buying other people presents makes me really happy and the look on their faces when they love it makes me all warm inside. Tee hee. So I guess getting other people gifts is my favorite part(especially when you do most of it on black Friday). Mcgee_ally at yahoo.com

Laura said...
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Laura said...

Wow, what a generous contest! How fun! My favorite part about Christmas is everyone is in a good mood and excitement is always in the air. People are more giving, loving, and understanding towards one another. My family and I always donate our time instead of getting so many gifts - that isn't the important part! To see the happiness in their faces just makes everything worth it! This year we're adopting a family who's husband died in the shooting in Ft Hood. They don't have much and are struggling to keep the lights on. We're buying presents for the kids (I'm giving books of course!) and it just makes the Holiday. It's a time of magic and you can just feel it in the air, it's awesome!

Thanks for doing this!

Thao said...

Well, let's see, my favorite thing about winter is the cold. Some dislike such weather but to me it's perfect. The air felt fresher and everything seems less hectic than usual. And when it's cold, it's easier for us to get closer to each other to spread the warm and the love. Isn't that just sweet? ^^

Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

something_maybeATliveDOTcom

Anna ♥ said...

Wow, what an awesome contest!

My favorite thing about the holiday season is how cheery and festive everyone and everything is around this time of the year. Everyone seems to be in a great mood and the decorations that are put up are gorgeous! Love all the love that goes around really.

Anna
goodgonegirl@gmail.com

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Wow! Great books!

My favorite thing: beyond watching my kids' eyes light up on Christmas morning - it would have to be Christmas lights. I love driving around and seeing all the houses lit up - even the ones that go waay overboard. :)

foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

wow, this is awesome.

my favorite thing about christmas would be, going over to my cousin's house right after we open gifts. I always have the greatest time there.

-Leigh
rlhartgirl@hotmail.com

inez said...

I would have to say that my favorite part about Christmas and the holidays is decorating my living room and ornamenting the tree. And of course waking up on Christmas morning and remembering that gifts and smiles are only down the hall. Not to mention all the delicious food my family makes together. Clearly I could go on...By the way, this contest is amazing!

Jessica Kennedy said...

I love putting the Xmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. We did it a bit late this year, a little too busy! But we went out and bought a real tree yesterday and just decorated it this morning.

Now I'll just wait and see if it snows! I love a fresh covering of snow.

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

3 trees?! Jeeze, I'd love just just have one, haha.

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the giving and sharing. I tend to go all out and bring in cookies and/or brownies to work every week of December and I like to sneak attack people with gifts. After that, I just enjoy spending time decorating the house with my family. We do the big lavish dinner Christmas Eve and spend the night playing Wii or other fun family stuff. :)

This is a very generous giveaway and thanks for the opportunity!
-Nikki (nikkinizzle @ gmail .com)

Lauren's Blog said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is the build up! My family is pretty big on Christmas too and we put out the trains and St. Nick's village along with the fattest tree we can find. What a great holiday (and contest!) it is!!

Oh, and I don't think I ever thanked you for taking the time for that interview you gave me way back in the summer!! It was fantastic and I really, really appreciated it! Sorry this is so late...its been pure chaos around here!

Thanks and have a wonderful holiday season!!

Chanel said...

Wow, that's really generous of you! :) And...three Christmas trees in the living room? That's exciting! When I lived in Shanghai, I bought a fake Christmas tree (pretty convenient!) and just left it there for the whole year so I wouldn't have to set it up again next Christmas.

I enjoy many things about Christmas, including the food, but what I always look forward to is giving Christmas presents to friends and family, and seeing the look on their faces when they open them. In fact, I like picking out presents for them as well (especially when I see a present that they will LOVE), even though shopping for 10 hours at a time may be tiring.

Nicolette said...

Yay ! Thanks so much for this opportunity (:
My favorite thing to do this holiday season is spending time with my friends and family as we drink hot chocolate. We all like the coldness haha. We also love to go ice skating.

throuthehaze said...

My favorite thing is spending time with my family and decorating the Christmas tree together.

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

E.Peterson said...

Christmas is always my favorite time of year. I love everything about the season. It's the way that the Christmas lights bounce off the white snow in the yard, or the classic music that causes everyone to burst into song. It's the way that everyone seems so much more thankful, gracious and generous, the way people seem to be happier and kinder. It's the look on a child's face when they get that surprise present they've been waiting for, or the way they so simply and eagerly believe. Yet none of these things come close to my favorite thing about Christmas.

My favorite thing about Christmas is all of the traditions my family has. On Christmas eve we all gather around and eat a traditional holiday dinner of brats and hamburgers, open presents around the Christmas tree, and then do the annual pickle-in-the-Christmas tree search. I love Christmas, but I think I love my family and the ridiculous traditions we share just as much.

aqtbenz said...

This is an awesome contest! Oh my God I love Christmas. I think my favortie think is the carols. Put a christmas cd in and everything is more fun! We listen to music while we make cookies, decorate the tree, eat our Christmas dinner, and open presents! It's seriously the soundtrack of our season.
Again, awesome contest!
email: aqtbenz[at]hotmail[dot]com

Shannon said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday because of the coziness: cold weather outside, fires inside, families hugging, snuggly sweaters, warm drinks, and lots of laughter. Hunkering down on the couch with a fluffy blanket, hot tea, and a good read is blissful.

Amy said...

reindeer cookies! :)
addictedtobooks1993@yahoo.com

Jes said...

Man, what a sweet contest! I about fell over when I saw Catching Fire on there.

My two favorite things about the holiday season are the lights and the eggnog!

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is decorating the tree and making cookies for Santa with my daughters. I also love getting the girls wrapped in warm clothes and jackets and walking down our city's Christmas Tree Lane. I love this time of year.

i_am_heather@hotmail.com

LiLi said...

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the breezes outside. Since I live in the south it's pretty hot most of the time, so its nice to have a break from it.

Tara said...

Wow, what an amazing contest!! My favourite part of the holidays is making traditions and passing on traditions to my young children. I love seeing Christmas through their eyes now...it is magical!

Alyssa said...

One of my favorite holiday things is listening to Christmas music. I'm such a sap, but there are one or two songs that get me choked up every time I hear them.

Great contest!

amandalicious said...

Cool contest!
My favorite thing about the holiday season would definitely have to be the Christmas tree. I love putting it up, I love decorating it, and then I love just sitting and looking at it. All the ornaments from my childhood, everything about it is wonderful. It's not Christmas without the tree :)

thanks so much for the contest :)

Sylvia said...

Wow! This is such an amazing contest! And great books too!:)
What I love most about Christmas is this "giddy" feeling, it's like everyone's waiting for something amazing to happen and you just feel the happiness all throughout the holidays!:D

sylvia_uy4@yahoo.com

brizmus said...

Do I HAVE to have a favorite part of the holiday season? I love it all! I guess my favorite part, though, is setting out luminaries on Christmas Eve, for Santa to find his way. And spending all that time with my family. :-)

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Margay said...

There are so many wonderful things about the holiday season, such as the lights, the food, that special spirit that infuses people in general throughout, but for me, the thing I like best about the holiday season is spending time with my family.
Margay

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Mari said...

Absolute favorite part is the music. I love Christmas music. I wait all year for the day after Thansgiving when I can finally pull out the music and enjoy. Have some playing right now, actually. Celtic Christmas!

Janora said...

I used to really be what would be called a Scrooge around the Holidays, but now that I've gotten older and live far from my family members, I've changed the way I feel about this time of year. My favorite thing about the holidays is being able to spend quality time with the ones that I love. No matter what we do I cherish the time I spend with them.

Nancye said...

My favorite thing about the holiday season is spending time with my family. I love to experience the the wonder through the eyes of my children.

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Janssen said...

Going home to visit my family. Nothing is better.

Nikki said...

My favorite thing about the holiday season is how everything seems to be magically transformed. Normally dull houses become shiny and sparkly, streets light up with mulitcolored lights, and everyone seems a little more giving and forgiving.

Emily said...

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the lights. I love seeing ropes and ropes of lights against the stark black of the night sky. I also love the smell of a fresh tree...mmmm...that is what gets me into the holiday spirit! And don't even get me started on the food! Comfort food, soups, stews, cookies and delicious pies! Yum!

This is an amazing contest, thanks for the opportunity to win!

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Debbie's World of Books said...

Hmm..not sure my last comment went through. I would love to be entered. dasuzuki at yahoo dot com

My favorite part of the holidays is seeing all my family.

fading_tales said...

Awesome contest! =) My favorite thing about the holidays is staying up til 5am in the morning and then sleeping in till around 2-3pm in the afternoon because I have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do on break. =D

ReggieWrites said...

My favorite part of Christmas is the weather! Even though it doesn't snow, it's still really cool and you could tell that everyone's waiting for the clock to strick 12 on December 24th! I love that feeling!

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Kelsey said...

Great contest! My favorite part is decorating the tree and giving gifts underneath it Christmas morning. I love seeing peoples faces as they unwrap their gifts!

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Wrighty said...

Terrific giveaway!! I don't like the stress but I do love the holidays. We've cut back a lot over the years so it's calmer but I do enjoy the family get togethers and giving gifts. I don't care about receiving them anymore but I do love to make other people happy. Thanks for the offer and happy holidays!

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holdenj said...

What a generous and fun contest! One of my favorite things about the holiday season is making the treats. There are several things we only make this time of year, like Caramel Puffcorn, ginger cookies and of course, the frosted sugar cookies that are Christmas shapes! Thanks.
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Kristin Liu said...

Thanks for the contest!!

My favorite thing about the holidays is the music. Oh my gosh, once I hear the music, I want family, snow, holiday movies, HOT apple cider, scarves. The Christmas music just gets me in the holiday mood!

randomlybree said...

My favorite thing about the holidays definitely has to be Christmas break! haha
Not a big fan of school. :)

-Briana
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nicoliolipoli said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is egg nog. I mean, come on! Egg nog is so creamy and my mom won't let me drink it if it's another holiday. So, I totally look forward to egg nog(:

Kate said...

Amazing contest!! There are so many things to love about the Christmas season. But I think that my favorite has to be the possibility of snow. Living in the South, we really do not get much of the white stuff, but I do love it even when we get a little bit.

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s.l. frank said...

The best thing about winter in NorCal, what without the snow, and this might sound a little bit dreary, is the way the cold affects the bees.
The other morning I went outside to have tea and spy on my neighbors and I saw an apparently dead little bumble bee. I picked him up and took him inside and let him stay on the counter for a while. When I came back, he was rousing! I tickled him with some dried lavender and put a drop of honey on the counter and watched him come back to life.

He is really dead now, but it was a fantastic thing to watch. Soaked up more than half of the morning.

Abby said...

Three threes? That's wicked!
The thing I love most about Christmas is the decorations and music! They're so pretty! And the generosity! ;)

clm4eve said...

this is a great contest my favorite thing about the holiday christmas is hanging with my friends we went to a Christmas play at my school and it's my favorite thing about christmas

Addicted Book Reader said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is the family time together, the music, and candy canes! Thanks : )
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Bianca said...

One of my favorite things about the holiday are the Christmas movies! Cuteee.

Brittany & Co. said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is the visit to the Christmas tree farm. The season doesn't feel like it has started unless I've had a glass of their hot apple cider and watched my husband struggle to saw down a tree :P !!

マリアンナ said...

One of my favorite things about the holidays, other than a much needed vacation from the torture that is college, is when they play Christmas carols nonstop on the local radio stations. And when its snowing (or anything other time) I love to curl up on the couch, flip the channel to TCM and watch old B&W movies all day. Plus who loves the feeling of general cheer and goodwill around this time of year? Love it all. Oh and the eggnog. I think I could go on and on, haha!

Abby said...

Hi! I already told you my favorite thing but i forgot to give you my email! purpletulipz@gmail.com
Great contest!
(I'm the one who likes the decorations, music, and generosity. Just to let you know.)

Diana Dang said...

Absolutely love the Christmasy feeling of the holidays, the winter break, and the boxing day sale! And most of all, the new start of a new year!

~The Book Pixie said...

Awesome contest!

My favorite thing about the Holiday Season is the overall feel. Bundled up in cold air, Christmas music playing at home and in stores, the sight of all the Christmas stuff, etc.

~Briana
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Lizzy said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is decorating the tree. It's just a mess of shenanigans at my house haha. Well, actually it's a tie between that an the Christmas movie marathon on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the fun contest!

-Lizzy
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Sab H. said...

My favorite thing about Christmas has always been the gifts!! I never grew out of that... First I loved receiving them now I love giving them. My daughter's face when she gets her Santa gifts... is everything to me. =)

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Casey said...

my favorite part of the holidays is making christmas cookies with my family, then eating them after they are done! :)
thanks for the amazing contest!
casey
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nagham. said...

Ohh wow what a great package
* fingers crossed*

Burned is one of my favorite books ever and a signed copy would definitely make my year :)

Okay so my favorite part of the holiday season is the giving and seeing peoples faces when you give them their presents and not your usual friends , but the holiday hamper delivery seeing the parents faces light up when you give them all the food and toys for the holidays it's amazing. Like how sucky would it be not to celebrate Christmas because you cant afford a turkey or toys for the kids. anyways i will stop ranting overall giving to the less fortunate that's my favorite thing XD


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Genevieve said...

Wow. WOW! This is a great contest. : )

I love Christmas time in general. But my favorite thing is that my birthday is on January 1st. It's awesome because everyone world wide seems to count down at midnight the night before for my birthday! Wait, you mean that they're counting down for the New Year?? But... my parents always told me when I was little that it was for me, haha. : P

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Joyce Lansky said...

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the time off from the day job. After tomorrow, I will be off for sixteen days. Nothing can top that!

Joyce

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Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

To me the beauty of Christmas is spending time with family. On a regular basis with all our daily activities, family is always apart. During the Christmas Time, Christmas brings us together, and recaptures the love and bonds we have with our families, like no other holiday. Sharing and giving makes it more special!

Please enter me for the contest.
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Anna Moore said...

My absolute favourite thing about the holiday season is my family. No matter what we've been doing, no matter how we're feeling, or any arguments/disagreements we have they are all put aside in favor of spending time with each other and having a good time.

Denae said...

This contest is so cool! My favorite thing about Christmas is that my mom does it a little bit different. About 2-3 weeks before Christmas we usually open a gift every-night, then when Christmas day comes we my dad reads us the Christmas Story and we celebrate what Christmas is all about. The birth of our savior Jesus.

Anbolyn said...

I love having time off of work and hanging out with my family.

dualori said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is the televised burning of the yule log.

Thanks!

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Jessy said...

My favorite thing about the Holiday is driving around and seeing all the Christmas Lights. It's amazing what some people can do with a string of lights.

Thanks for the giveaway. These are some great books.

katie said...

What a great way to spread your holiday spirit! The contest sounds like fun and you are able to hear about everyone’s favorite things about the holidays.
My favorite thing about Christmas is the anticipation and celebration building up to Christmas. I love decorating, sitting by the fire, reading a good book (Especially YA), and enjoying some delicious hot cider with family and friends!

Patrick said...

I would say my favorite thing about Christmas, is that I get to see my family members I don't see often.

Allison said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is getting together with my family, wherever we decide to celebrate and reconstructing & decorating the "Christmas Rope." Each part of the family has a section of the blue christmas rope, the famed piece of twine that stayed on top of the car the year that the christmas tree flew off of the car on the freeway between Philadelphia and NY City. We don't know what became of the tree-it's a mystery-and I hope that the tree didn't hit your car! But the christmas rope lives on. We sing to it to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree."

lovely miss lucy(: said...

My favorite thing about Christmas is the family reunion. My cousins are my best buddies [i love em!] and I love having a good time with them. The presents are lovely too :)

- Lucy @ Delightful Reads

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Sarah (Limerick) said...

I look forward for family coming together and sharing the season with each other. It's a really peaceful and loving time for me.
And I love all the Christmas specials that go on TV! Particularly the Harry Potter marathons! XD

Megan said...

My favorite things about the holiday season are the music and the anticipation. I love breaking out my Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, and listening to it practically non-stop until the big day. I also love the anticipation of giving and receiving gifts, spending time with family, eating all that good food, and so on - there's just something extra special about the run-up to Christmas. =)

This is a great contest - thanks for the chance!

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Alexa said...

My favorite thing about the holidays is the spirit(the lights and decorations), the food =D, and seeing my family who I haven't seen for a year!

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