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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 Laura Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Laura

    My favourite tradition is decorating the tree and putting the 40 year fairy on top of the tree. Merry Christmas Emily. Lx

  • Comment Link Kaisha Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Kaisha

    I have a Christmas tradition of eating a mince pie from Greggs bakery on the first of December as, for some strange reason, that’s always made me feel christmassy

  • Comment Link Rachel Nicolson Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Rachel Nicolson

    One of my fav traditions is Xmas eve everyone opens there pjs and plays board games and eats whatever they want. My kids love this just as much as us adults. My hubby never had traditions growing up so we made sure to have atleast one. We also have board game Boxing Day tradition so the little ones can enjoy their games with all of us together

  • Comment Link Cheryl Hooper Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Cheryl Hooper

    Out tradition is Watching, listening and singing along to the carols from King College Cambridge on Christmas Eve while preparing the vegetables for Christmas Lunch.

  • Comment Link Lorraine Johnson Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Lorraine Johnson

    Hi Emily, I started a Christmas tradition a few years ago of making Frozen snowballs on Christmas Eve . We always used to have snowballs at Christmas because Mum was partial to advocaat. Just in case anyone’s not sure the recipe is one measure of advocaat a dash of lime juice topped up with 2 parts lemonade. One year we forgot to put the lemonade in the fridge & ice would have made it too watery so I added a scoop of lemon sorbet & that’s how the frozen snowball was born. It’s very sweet but Christmas calories don’t count do they? ;)

  • Comment Link Carina McDonald Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Carina McDonald

    My favourite tradition is decorating the house and tree with my children.

  • Comment Link Yvonne Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Yvonne

    Going for the Christmas tree with my children. But now their grown up we take our granddaughters instead.

    Hope you have a fab Christmas and that your wee fur baby makes a speedy recovery xx

  • Comment Link Sarah Owens Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Sarah Owens

    Love the family time , good food and lots of love

  • Comment Link Lisa Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Lisa

    Giving up our mobiles for the day and spending it talking and laughing.

  • Comment Link Barbara Barnes Sunday 16 December 2018 posted by Barbara Barnes

    My favourite tradition is making sure that I put up my tree and decorations on 15th December. This is my little birthday present to my dad who would have been 92 yesterday. Sadly he only reached 74. He,my mum and I all loved Christmas so this tradings is in remembrance of them.

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