Merry Christmas #Giveaway

Posted 25 December, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Giveaways / 51 Comments

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Welcome to my Merry Christmas Giveaway. I would like to share some love with my followers for Christmas, so I figured the best way to do so is to host a giveaway. The prize you can win is an amazon gift card for $25. The giveaway is open internationally, as I have blogger friends living all over the world, and I really don’t want anyone to feel left out.

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Christmas - (un)Conventional BookviewsIn order to leave a comment on this blog post, please share one of your favorite Christmas memories with me. I will randomly pick another winner from the commenters, and that winner will receive a surprise book in the mail. I think my favorite Christmas memory was when I was five or six years old, and I received my first real ice skates. I was so excited, I can still remember how proud I was to have real skates now. And they were beautiful, all new, white and shiny. On Christmas Day (in Norway, we open the presents on Christmas Eve after dinner) we all went skating, my mom and dad, my grandparents and my aunt and uncle. It was really cold out, but we were moving around, and we were all together so we were able to keep warm anyway!

And I am sure we will create some beautiful Christmas memories this year as well. Of course, I love seeing my children’s excitement every year, and I can see myself in them so much. We are in Norway for four days now – to spend time with my mom, my sister and the rest of the family. It’s always the best part of Christmas when we get to spend it all together.

Thanks for stopping by today. Good luck in the Giveaway, and Merry Christmas!

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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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51 responses to “Merry Christmas #Giveaway

  1. The first Christmas after my divorce I got a tree for the first time in a decade because my ex was allergic. The boys and I had the best time decorating the tree, and I tell you I loved reading by treelight! It was just so neato. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Christmas, Lexxie. I’m so happy I stumbled onto your blog!!

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    • That’s a neat memory, and I’m glad you got to do something special and new for that first Christmas with just you and the boys!

      We had a great time in Norway – now we’re back home already, and our oldest son is staying there for a year, so it was pretty emotional this morning when we left πŸ™

      Thanks for stopping by Robyn! Good luck in the giveaway πŸ™‚

  2. I have so many amazing Christmas memories, but I think my favorite was when I was around 7 and I crept downstairs in the middle of night on Christmas eve only to fine my dad dressed up as Santa eating the cookies and milk I had left out! Happy Christmas Lexxie! <3

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  3. Well, Christmas is a bit lonely the last five years, but I have good memories when I was younger. I think it was a two years before I finish high-school and it was the last time all the family gathered together. Uncles, aunts, cousins. It was the best Christmas I remember. We ate, laughed and danced. We were at my aunt’s house and it was so crowded, but it was amazing even if we were squeezed one next to the other. It is always great when family comes together.

    Merry Christmas, Lexxie! Have a wonderful time.

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    • I agree – spending that special time with family and our loved ones makes it wonderful.

      Hopefully, Christmas this year was not a lonely affair, Athina. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Can you believe I have never watched Dr. Who? I don’t think it’s been on TV here, or maybe it has and I have just never noticed. I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore.

      Thanks for stopping by Alise πŸ™‚

  4. When I was young the entire family (aunts, uncles, tons of cousins) would all gather at my grandmothers house. The adults would all visit and all of us kids would gather around the kitchen table and decorate Christmas cookies. Now that all the “kids” are grown up, we’ll occasionally get together at Grandma’s and pass the tradition along…until we boot the kids out and decorate some cookies ourselves πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas Lexxie!!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads recently posted: Merry Christmas
    • LOL! I love that you just might boot the kids away so that you guys can decorate some cookies instead. What do the children think of that?

      Thanks for stopping by, Traci. I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas this year.

  5. Judy

    I remember when I was 7 (I’m a grandma, now) My mom sent my sister and me downstairs to bring up the laundry. When we got down there we found new bikes – my sister a trike and me, my first two-wheeler. After we finished screaming and shouting we returned upstairs to find that Santa had stopped there, too, and left more presents under the tree. That Santa sure is tricky! πŸ™‚ A most blessed Christmas to you and yours.

    • Oh, that’s awesome! Finding presents when you thought you were doing your chores is pretty genius.

      Thanks for stopping by, Judy.

  6. rayray cartucci

    My best Christmas memory was when I was about 8 and my grandparents(who raised me) made a doll house for me and it actually snowed that year! We had so much fun that whole Christmas break which seemed to last forever. I miss those days….sigh. Merry Christmas everyone!

  7. cindy reifel

    My favorite Christmas memory is that my dad used to close off the living room for a week before Christmas. We couldn’t see in and the doors were locked until 6:30pm on Christmas Eve, then just as we were all finishing dinner, we would hear bells jingling, jump up and go running and the living room door was open, the tree lights were on and all the presents were under the tree!

    • That sounds like something my dad could have done too, and how exciting it must have been to keep waiting to see everything!

      I hope this Christmas was special, too, Cindy.

  8. Your question is killing me right now!

    Christmas is bittersweet for me as an adult. As a kid, I loved it. I grew up in a huge household with lots of cousins, aunts and uncles, so during Christmas it’s one big party. We celebrate it differently in the Philippines, we go to midnight mass then dinner afterwards. We stay up til late to welcome Dec. 25 at the stroke of midnight. We’d exchange gifts and “Santa” would always have these awesome presents for us kids.

    It’s bitter because it’s around the holidays when we found out that my mom had stage 4 lung cancer (she doesn’t smoke) and we held off telling her. We instead celebrated Christmas that year a little (Un)conventionally by staying at a hotel and going small but lavish for her.

    So Lexxie, thanks for the brief trip to memory lane. I hope you had an amazing Christmas with your loved ones.

    Happy New Year!

    • Oh I’m sorry I brought bittersweet memories to the forefront, Braine! I hope they were more sweet than bitter, though.

      I’ve had a kind of bittersweet Christmas this year – but nothing serious… WE spent Christmas in Norway with my family, and our oldest son (2 of 4) is staying in Norway for a year. So this morning, it was very sad when we left for the airport. We had a fantastic time while we were there, though, and I now my son will love it there! He’ll go to school, play ice-hockey and make new friends πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by, Braine. I hope this Christmas has been a good one πŸ™‚

    • That sounds like a lot of fun, Melliane πŸ™‚ I hope you had a nice Christmas this year too. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  9. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Some good or favorite memories were when I made Christmas cookies with my grandma. She would always make several varieties, but my favorite–to this day–still remains to be the cutouts. I loved helping by pressing the cookie cutters into the dough and then decorating them after they were iced.

    A more recent memory/tradition that’s become a favorite is when I double wrap my older sister’s present! I started doing it a few years ago probably when I was in high school or so, and have just kept doing it over the years. Mostly to aggravate her since she said at one point she hated opening presents because it became tedious…or something weird like that! So I like to make her work for her gift from me! It’s my duty as the younger sister to aggravate my older one! πŸ˜‰

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway!

    • Oh my goodness, I am laughing so hard at you double-layering your sister’s presents! My sister actually did something similar to me one year, the first ‘present’ I opened was like a treasure-hunt… It only contained a clue to find something else, that was really heavy – it had empty glass bottles and a new clue – and so on until after a very long while I finally got to the real present πŸ˜€

      I hope you’ve had a great Christmas this year, too, Jessica! Good luck with the giveaway.

    • Oh, that sounds really awesome, Elizabeth! It’s great when children understand everything that is happening with Christmas and the gifts, and it must be wonderful to live closer to your family again πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by.

  10. When I was a kid, we were allowed to open one gift before dinner on Christmas Eve, then we had to wait until after dinner to open the rest. I have five brothers and sisters, so years ago the pile of presents under the tree was INSANE. It actually took over most of the room and trying to decide which package to open was a challenge. But one year there was a garbage bag with a shiny silver bow there for me. I opened that one before dinner, and inside were about 20 pink feathered muffs (you know, those things you put your hands in to warm them if you’re a Victorian lady without mittens). It was the craziest, weirdest gift. But I loved those things! I used them as fancy Barbie comforters, Barbie throw rugs, I put them around tin cans to make fuzzy containers for change… The Christmas I got married comes in 2nd, only because we were married on the 26th, so it doesn’t officially count. Merry Christmas!!

    • LOL, so you and your barbies were Victorian ladies for a while back then? Sounds like fun! And to have a gift that you keep playing with for a long time after Christmas is really amazing!

      It is a nice memory to celebrate your anniversary during the Christmas break, and I can totally understand that it comes in second after the Victorian mittens πŸ˜‰

  11. YES! First of all, thank you so much for making this an international giveaway, Lexxie!

    I have a lot of memorable Christmas memories but I am going to share the one when I was 10 years old. I didn’t receive any gift during that Christmas or practically every Christmas since my parents do not really believe that gifts could make you happy. I know, right? They could be one of the most killjoy parents in the universe. But despite not receiving any gift, the celebration that we had is certainly one I would cherish. We have a lot of relative visitors during that time and my parents queued up a lot of games that we can play including coin showers, karaoke singing, beauty pageant, newspaper dance and a whole plethora of other craziness.

    Once we were tired, we all decided to sleep outside of our previous home’s penthouse. Instead of sleeping, we ended up chatting while lying on our backs gazing at the sky and stars. And my second sister who was practically a prankster decided to turn the day into Halloween. She began making odd noises that resembled the sound of flapping wings and by the heavens, my third and youngest sister had screamed with hysteria. She thought that witches have come true and are on patrol during that night. I must say that she had always been faint hearted when it comes to insects and paranormal creatures. It didn’t help that we use to tell her stories of our local versions of the creatures of the dark.

    That was really fun. Every time we remembered it, we can’t help but laugh. And that’s all.

    Thanks for sharing one of your Christmas memories, Lexxie. Snow Skating looks really fun. But I think it’s really scary. xD

    Merry Christmas again!

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    • Since I’m so used to getting presents, I think I would have been a little sad without them – but my best memories are still about the people I spent Christmas with! And the ice-skating with everybody was great!

      Your poor little sister – being scared by Halloween creatures on Christmas πŸ™ At the same time, it is the older sister’s job to make life difficult for the little one, so I guess that’s that!

      Thanks for stopping by, Charlotte, good luck in the giveaway πŸ™‚

  12. When I was young, we (in my mom’s family) always gathered at either our house or one of her sibling’s for Christmas. We rotated every year. It was always nice to be all together.

    As an adult, Christmases with my kids are the best! We have always gone out into the national forests to cut down our Christmas tree. A few years ago, we had so much fun because we’d had a lot of snow. So we trudged through waist deep snow looking for that perfect tree. And we’d taken sleds so the kids were able to sled after we picked our tree. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the Christmas giveaway, Lexxie. It’s a great gift! I hope you had a lovely time in Norway. I know leaving was bittersweet, though. I hope you and your family made lots of warm memories to get you through leaving one kiddo. πŸ™‚ *BIG HUGS*

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  13. Oh, going out in the forest to cut down your own Christmas tree sounds awesome! I think the tree is even more yours, that way.

    Good luck with the giveaway, Brandee πŸ™‚ Yes, it was bittersweet to leave, but we know he’s in good hands. I just feel like we didn’t hug quite enough πŸ™ (And we actually did hug a whole lot!) Good thing it’s now possible to talk to each other and see each other at the same time πŸ™‚


  14. Ashfa

    I don’t celebrate Christmas but when I was a kid my dad used to take me around town to see all the Christmas decor!

    • That sounds nice, Ashfa. And I knew that not everyone would be celebrating Christmas when I made my giveaway, but since I do, I still called it that. Thanks for sharing another seasonal memory with me πŸ™‚

  15. It was the year I was 13 or 14. Finally convinced my parents to drive from Toronto to Halifax so we can spend Christmas with the grandmother who raised me. It was awesome to be in my childhood home for Christmas again.

    We hit a blizzard coming back through Quebec. Cars were off the road. It was terrifying. Snow drifts came in under our cheap motel room door. When we got home are pipes were frozen and had burst. They never drove home for Christmas again.

    • I can totally understand why your parents didn’t want to drive home for Christmas again after a blizzard, and broken pipes when you guys got back. It’s still awesome that you got a special and nice Christmas memory from that trip, though, Colleen. *hugs*

    • Those memories are just as precious as the gift that mae us have the memory in the first place.

      Good luck with the giveaway, Pamela πŸ™‚

  16. Aw, ice skating with the family sounds lovely. πŸ™‚

    We don’t really celebrate Christmas here, or at least for my family. There are plenty other festivals throughout the year that has the family gathered and spending time together. However, Christmas became a big day twelve years ago when my sister was born. I was sitting at the dining table eating bread and doodling when my parents were suddenly frantic. After that there was a mad rush for the hospital and later a relative brought me there where I met a warm little bundle of softness and cute wrinkles for the first time.

    • Oh, that’s quite a Christmas present, Lynn! Babies are always awesome in my opinion, they are so tiny and cute and smell innocent (and kind of poopy, too, sometimes).

      Thanks for stopping by, good luck in the giveaway!

  17. I think my best christmas memorie is when my grandfather was still a live. And that is a long time ago. But in my memories everything was better when he was around πŸ˜€

    Thanks for this great giveaway.

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    • Grand-parents are so special to me, too. And I agree, they are part of all of my best memories, too.

      Good luck, Mariska.

  18. I have so many favorite Christmas memories that it’s really hard to choose 1 because to be honest, it’s really about those small things for me. One year after a really awful Christmas, all my friends rallied to make sure I had a great one. They came over one day during the season to spend the day with me, helped put a train around the tree so that no presents would be hit, and gave me a FRIENDS poster for my room. It was a really special day about why friends mean so much. To be honest though, almost all of my Christmases have been really special.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway πŸ˜€ And for making it International!! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

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  19. Marissa

    I had a great holiday this past year but other good memories include with my grandmother who is not here anymore but those memories include when I was a young girl so I definitely treasure those πŸ™‚

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