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Christmas Giveaway

Sunday 16 December 2018

Can you believe there are only nine more sleeps until Christmas? That means only nine more chocolates are hidden behind the doors of my advent calendar. It also means that the slight panic I'm beginning to feel having realised that I still have some presents to buy, is only going to get worse. On the flip side, the excitement that's building, because I'm one of those people who absolutely loves Christmas, is going to intensify - and that's a good thing. No really, it is!

And speaking of presents ... and excitement, I'm giving away a little present on this blog. It's the one in the photo and it consists of a cute robin cushion, a box of scrummy choccies and a signed paperback of my new book, Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row. A cushion, a book and chocolates - the perfect reading combination! Unfortunately, this particular giveaway is for UK residents only.

All you have to do for a chance to win this gift is to comment on this blog post and tell me your favourite Christmas tradition (but please don't worry if your comment doesn't appear right away. All comments have to come to me to be verified and that can take a little while. It will appear though. )

I was asked this question for a blog tour recently and I must confess I listed about ten things, because I simply couldn't decide on my favourite. So perhaps I should ask you to tell me just one of your favourite traditions. Hohoho! Is it decorating the tree? Making the Christmas cake and wishing while you stir? Finding the perfect Yule log for the fire? Opening one present on Christmas Eve? Or whatever. You get the picture, right?

This will close for entries at midnight on Monday 17th December and a winner will be selected at random and the name posted on this blog on Tuesday the 18th, so there's not much time. Sorry about that but I was busy running other competitions on Facebook, in my newsletter and in my reader group, and I completely lost track of time! I'll clearly be going on Santa's Naughty List. But hey, no change there.

The winner will be asked to let me have their postal address, so do check back on Tuesday the 18th to see if it is you. Thanks for reading this - and Good Luck! 


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  • Comment Link Lainy SMBSLT Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Lainy SMBSLT

    1st of Dec I crack out my Christmas jacket and wear it til the 31st. It has pompoms and bells ? my o/h isn't a fan but I love it xxx


  • Comment Link Susanne Baker Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Susanne Baker

    We always start our family Christmas by going to our local church for carols by candlelight. I’ve done readings for this service since I was tiny and now I’m so proud that my 9 year old son has started doing a reading too, keeping the tradition going. I love singing carols and it is one of my highlights of the year. ?

  • Comment Link Maria Brennan Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Maria Brennan

    It has to be choosing a Christmas tree decoration for my six grandchildren. It's a fairly new tradition and started on my eldest grandson's First Christmas, he's 20 now. The ideas is when they leave home, they will take their decorations with them to decorate their own tree.

  • Comment Link Judith Scard Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Judith Scard

    My favourite tradition is decorating the tree with carols playing on the CD. Started off doing it with my children - now decorating with my grandchildren x

  • Comment Link Samantha Fenwck Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Samantha Fenwck

    My favourite Christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve. Everyone opens a present which is new pyjamas and slippers and then we watch tv and play board games (and wrapping the last remaining presents!)

  • Comment Link Sue Foritn Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Sue Foritn

    Our Christmas tradition is the youngest member of the family lighting the table candle at Christmas dinner. It's a tradition I inherited from my husband's family.
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas, Emily and a happy new year.

  • Comment Link Angela Young Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Angela Young

    My fave tradition is putting up my tree on my birthday on 24th of November!! It's my present to me!! Christmas can't start too early as far as I'm concerned. ? Xx

  • Comment Link Kelly-marie Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Kelly-marie

    It has to be boxing day having cold neat mash and pickles was brought up doing this every year and now carry it on with my family

  • Comment Link Nicole Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Nicole

    My favourite Christmas tradition is attending the local church carol service, although this year it was rather interesting now that my daughter (Octavia) is two and a half years old.

    Octavia decided to treat the congregation to an unexpected rendition of Jingle Bells. The whole church turned to where we was seated, to listen to her dulcet tones, whilst Daddy and I sat frozen to our pew in horror that my daughter had placed this amount of attention upon us. I didn't know what to do. I attempted I few sly hushes but the congregation seemed to be enjoying the solo!

  • Comment Link Donna Gardner Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Donna Gardner

    Sorry but I must give 2! First one goes back to as far as I can remember. My grandmother used to save all the shiny coppers and give them to us grand children on boxing day every year. I've carried this on with my grandsons and they love going and spending their money in the corner shop.
    2nd one is a newer one, every year just before Christmas I go to Costa with my kindle, sit and read while I enjoy a treat of black forest hot chocolate, it's heaven ?

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