My title may say Christmas, but last night was the first night of Hanukkah, so a very happy Hanukkah to all my readers who celebrate this festival of lights. Kwanzaa, which begins on December 26th is on its way, and the Winter Solstice, marking the calendar day with the longest night of the year, will be celebrated on the 21st. My warmest wishes to everyone who celebrates a winter holiday.
Today, though, we’re referring to a song. You know, the one that starts “On the first day of Christmas. . .” Actually the first day the popular carol refers to is Christmas Day, and the song goes through twelve days, ending on Twelfth Night, the night the wise men were said to arrive at the manger in Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Baby Jesus.
That’s a lot of holidays, right?
Um, did you mention a giveaway?
This week I began sorting through books in my study and discovered I have a box of The Christmas Wedding Quilt, an anthology with three novellas by me and authors Janice Johnson and Sarah Mayberry. The novellas follow the lives of three cousins who are trying to finish a quilt for their fourth cousin, who will be married at Christmas. Janice, Sarah and I had fun doing this, and we liked the result. You will, too. I have twelve copies to give away, one for each day in the song. My twelve gifts of Christmas.
What do I have to do?
First, this giveaway is only for my U.S. readers.* To enter for a chance to win, anyone with a U.S. mailing address must comment on this blog by telling us one thing they’re doing over the holidays to celebrate. Whether it’s a making a favorite recipe, hanging ornaments, lighting candles on your menorah, sharing wassail with friends? Or even just staying home to read a favorite novel or watch a favorite holiday show on television. Everyone who tells us one thing they’ll be doing to celebrate–or more–will be entered once.
I’ll let the website random.org choose six winners on Tuesday the 19th and I will announce those winners on next week’s blog. Then. . .
Next week, six new winners.
So if you don’t win this week’s drawing? Good news. You’ll have a chance to comment again and enter next week on my Wednesday blog by correctly commenting once more. (Next week I’ll ask a different question.) Then I’ll choose the final six winners, using comments from that blog.
Okay, just to be sure I made this clear?
- Comment on this blog by sharing one thing (or more) you will do to celebrate the holiday season this year
- Be sure you have a U.S. mailing address
- For this first of two six copy giveaways, be sure to comment by next Tuesday, the 19th. Comment as often as you like but only one per person will be entered.
- Check next Wednesday’s blog to see who the six lucky winners were.
- Then, if random.org didn’t pick you the first time, correctly comment on next week’s blog for another chance at the final six books. (You may comment as often as you choose, but winners in the first round won’t be considered in the second.)
Got it? Twelve chances to win twelve copies of The Christmas Wedding Quilt. My twelve gifts of Christmas to you. I can’t wait to find out how you celebrate the holidays.
*I love my non-U.S. readers, too, and when possible I try to include them. My monthly book giveaway through my newsletter is for everyone everywhere. Sign up for the newsletter here.