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Christmas Gifts: The Christmas Wedding Quilt plus A Booklover’s Carol

T’is that time of year, time for my annual Booklover’s Carol.

Some traditions are worth keeping. Think about that crumpled tin star that still goes at the top of your Christmas tree? The holiday recipe your mother always made oozing sugar, shortening and artificial flavors? Uncle Grover dressing up as Santa Claus in a moth eaten beard and red pajamas?

Right. Those traditions.

My booklover’s carols probably belong with Uncle Grover’s beard, but just the way we refuse to give up what we’ve loved in the past, I hope you’ll indulge me again.

And if you’re wondering about the Twelve Gifts of Christmas giveaway, who won copies of The Christmas Wedding Quilt, and what you need to do if you want to enter again?

That’s coming up, but first a song. . . This one’s for readers everywhere who might be expecting a book for the holiday.

Silent Night, Christmas Eve Night

Silent night
Christmas Eve night
Husband’s gone
Evening’s bright
Round our Christmas tree
Presents reside
Mine will be best of all
Books are inside.

Read until he comes ho–ome
Read until he comes home

Silent night
Christmas Eve night
Will he know?
Is it wrong or right?
If I sneak
Just one little peek

Maybe two
Since my spirit is weak?

Read until he comes ho–ome
Read until he comes home

Silent night
Christmas Eve night
My gift is promising
Sweet delight
Husband knows I love
Fiction and “non”
One piece of Scotch tape is
Not worth a darn

Read until he comes ho–ome
Read until he comes home

Silent night
Christmas Eve night
Carefully open it
Glorious sight
Box under paper
Is bright red and green
Lift up the top
But what’s to be seen?

Read until he comes ho–ome
Read until he comes home

Silent Night
Christmas Eve night
Husband is sneaky
No books are inside
Only a note saying
If this you see
Your presents are in my car
Turn on TV

You must wait for Christmas Day
Soon it will be Christmas Day

Last week was the first round of The Twelve Gifts of Christmas Giveaway.

Remember? I asked those of you with U.S. mailing addresses to comment on this blog and tell me one thing you’re doing over the holiday to celebrate. More than fifty of you took time out of the busy season to comment, and yesterday, six names were chosen randomly to win The Christmas Wedding Quilt. 

I must say that I REALLY won the prize, because your Christmas traditions were a joy to read. (You can read them yourself in the comments on last week’s blog.)

And now, trumpet fanfare. . .

The winners of last week’s six book giveaways are:

Leslie R: Who will be serving Christmas brunch to her family.
Kelly G: Who makes Christmas cookies each year with her sister.
Sandy E: Who will be re-reading the Christmas Mouse.
Marsha M: Who takes treats to friends and visits with them.
Beth B: Who will make a special Christmas dinner for her husband and a friend.
Dell M: Who is looking forward to a Skype call with loved ones.

If your name wasn’t chosen in the first round, I still have six additional copies of The Christmas Wedding Quilt to give away. If you didn’t win, you can enter once more by commenting again, but be careful, this week the subject is different.

Please tell us the name of your favorite holiday song, movie, TV special or novel. Just one.

Easy, right? And short, since I know you’re all busy like Santa’s elves this week.

Here are the rules:
  • Comment on this blog by sharing the name of your favorite holiday song, movie, TV special or novel
  • If you win you must provide a U.S. mailing address
  • For this second of the two giveaways, be sure to comment by Christmas Eve, December 24th.
  • Only one comment per person will be entered.
  • Winners from the first round won’t be considered in the second.
  • Check next Wednesday’s blog to learn the names of the final lucky winners.

If you don’t win an autographed paperback of The Christmas Wedding Quilt, I still have good news. The ebook is only $1.99 at Amazon as of this writing.

In my mind, no matter what, you’re all winners. My warmest wishes to all of you for a happy holiday.

46 Comments

  1. Lori R on December 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    My favorite holiday movie is The Holiday.

  2. Joni on December 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Hallmark Christmas specials

  3. Connie on December 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite carols

  4. Rebecca Rookey on December 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    My favorite holiday TV special is Hallmark Channels “Mrs.Miracle”. Thanks for a great giveaway offer. Happy holidays to you and your family Emilie ?

  5. Judy Varner on December 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Favorite Christmas movie: The Bishop’s Wife

  6. Pat Kennedy on December 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I am originally from Bethlehem PA. …..Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,…….. warms my heart

  7. Connie Richards on December 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel

  8. Pat Azadi on December 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    White Christmas- movie

  9. Lenora Shoemaker on December 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite Christmas movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s the best movie ever!

  10. Cathy on December 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I love the Celtic Woman Christmas specials on PBS. I keep one on the dvr so if I miss it or they don’t do one I can still watch one.

  11. Mary Chafin on December 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Hallmarks Christmas movie The Christmas Train ?

  12. Lisa Reigel on December 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Too many favorite Christmas songs to choose one, so I will go with my favorite Christmas movie – Elf.
    Elf because it is a movie that my whole family enjoys and we watch it together and still laugh and have a blast with it.

  13. Rhoda MacMaster on December 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    My favorite Christmas movie is The Miracle on 34 Street.

  14. Sandy E on December 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Hooray! Thank you! I will be re-reading Miss Read’s “The Christmas Mouse”, followed by my copy of “The Christmas Wedding Quilt”! Thanks. And, Merry Christmas!

  15. Brenda Adams on December 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    My favorite Christmas movie is “Christmas Vacation”. My Grandson and I know every line, but still laugh ourselves silly.

  16. Wilma Schunke on December 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    “Oh Holy Night” is my favorite Christmas song.

  17. Jean DeFrances on December 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Favorite Christmas movie this year is Hallmark’s “The Christmas Train”.

  18. Kim Akers on December 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Hands down, White Christmas – the movie with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen. Great songs, great dancing, beautiful scenery, and a truly lovely story. I watch it every year at least once, but usually several times especially if I can catch it on TV, too!

  19. Rita Tellier on December 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is Percy the Puny Poinsettia.

  20. Marjorie Roberts on December 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    My favorite Christmas movie is The Bishop’s Wife!

  21. Debbie on December 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    My favorite holiday movie is It’s A Wonderful Life. It reminds me that we all are important no matter how little impact we feel we have in this world.

  22. Jo A on December 20, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    My favorite holiday song is “Baby it’s Cold Outside”…the version sung by Bing Crosby & Doris Day.

  23. Nita Voleski on December 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    My favorite Christmas movie is ‘A Christmas Story’.
    Not only is it such a cute story, but it was partially filmed in Cleveland and the house is still in Cleveland, open for tours!
    Merry Christmas Emilie and all the people in our group!

  24. Patti Whitebird on December 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    My favorite Christmas movie is “White Christmas”.

  25. Linda Snider on December 20, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Silver Bells by Louanne Rice…

  26. Susan Roberts on December 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    My favorite holiday movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

  27. Delores on December 20, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    My favorite movie—White Christmas. My husband and I watched it every year.

  28. Jen Karalfa on December 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix.

  29. Cheryl Buckler on December 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol!

  30. Kathleen on December 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Silent night is my favorite Christmas hymn

    Thanks for a chance to win one of your wonderful books!

  31. Denise Almazar on December 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I love to sit with my husband every year and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  32. Merlene Neville on December 21, 2017 at 2:25 am

    My favorite holiday movie has been White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. At 85 I still watch it whenever it is on. I like it so because
    of the honor shown to the General by his men after World War II.

  33. Mary Lou on December 21, 2017 at 8:33 am

    My favorite song is “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”. That is my wish for you and your family!

  34. Joyce Mccloskey on December 21, 2017 at 8:36 am

    My all time favorite is an animated film which first was shown on HBO, Emmit Otters Jug Band Christmas

  35. Jane Dougherty on December 21, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Barbara Streisand’s version of One God gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. I put that album on the CD player in the kitchen and start playing it as I put the turkey in on Thanksgiving morning and play it until January 6th, the 12 day of Christmas.

  36. Ola K Norman on December 21, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Away in a manger

  37. Marie Andersen on December 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Once I was privileged to meet Frank Capra at a showing of It’s A Wonderful Life.
    I ? this movie! It isn’t Christmas without it!

  38. Lucy Reynolds on December 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    O’Holy Night

  39. Martha O'Quinn on December 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    My favorite Christmas movie is The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black.

  40. Brenda Meier on December 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    White Christmas

  41. Pam Reed on December 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Miracle on 34th Street. I also noticed another reader mentioned Emmit Otter’s Jugband Christmas. LOVED that movie when my boys were young and I just found it a few years ago and gave it to my grandsons!!

  42. Susan Webb on December 22, 2017 at 11:57 am

    It’s a wonderful life with Jimmy Stewart. Jimmy Stewart was living in Indiana,Pennsylvania and my grandfather knew him. Something to do with Jimmy working in a hardware store in Indiana? Family lore. I love it.

  43. Merry Beth Grindahl on December 22, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    White Christmas

  44. Vicki Boyd on December 23, 2017 at 6:38 am

    My favorite carol is Mary, Did You Know? Such a powerful song!

  45. Caroline Klam on December 23, 2017 at 9:20 am

    It’s a Wonderful Life

  46. Pat Wallace on December 24, 2017 at 10:08 am

    My favorite Carol is “Silent Night.” My husband’s church circle the pews and sing it each year and the church bells ring. I always have tears as I wonder what the next year will bring.

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