Holiday Giveaway!

I’m going to admit something.  More times than not, I don’t look forward to spending hours getting the house decorated for Christmas.  But after only a few minutes of opening up the storage boxes to pull out the decorations, I find myself in a warm cozy place where I’m swept away by all the memories from all the Christmases past.  It happens when I pull out the Santa pictures we take every year.

My favorite photo is this one where my grandmother, who passed away seven years ago, was with us.  She’s sitting on Santa’s lap. I remember we walked away from the Santa, she smiled at me and said.  “Well, that was a first.  I’ve never sat on Santa’s lap before.”

That happy feeling happens again when I start hanging Christmas ornaments.  Oh, the memories…  There are the ones the kids made when they were young.  Love those.  I laugh extra hard when I see demonic gingerbread men my son painted when he was six.  Or the falling apart ornament my daughter made in Brownies.

 

 

We have an ornament of E.T. that we got the first year hubby and I married.  We took my daughter to see the movie and to this day, she loves that ornament.  Every time I see it, I remember how excited my daughter was to get that ornament.

We have one ornament from my husband’s childhood that we don’t even hang on the tree, instead it sits on a special shelf.

I love the beautiful decorations that I buy every year, but it’s the old ones, the ones I’ve had for years that bring me the most holiday joy.  And after only a few minutes, I stop thinking of the decorating as a chore and it turns to a bunch of happy trips down memory lane.

When thinking about Christmas ornaments, did you know the modern day idea of a Christmas tree originated in 16th century Germany and the first ornaments were berries, nuts and apples?  Then, in the 1840’s, a published depiction of Queen Victoria celebrating Christmas with her family around a decorated evergreen tree resulted in Americans adopting the tradition. In short order, local businesses caught on to the ornament’s commercial potential, and by the 1890’s, 25 million dollars worth of ornaments were imported from Germany.

 

 

Giveaway!!

Tell me about your favorite ornament, the one that brings a smile to your face and I’ll give away a $10 Amazon gift card to one person who leaves a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only,)

Winners!!

The winners from last week’s giveaway are Alicia, Jennifer Prager and April Taylor. Congratulations! Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com to claim your books.

Newsletter Contest Winners!!

Do you subscribe to my newsletter? If you don’t you should. I have special giveaways just for my newsletter subscribers. In my last newsletter i gave away a snuggly, fuzzy wrap, soft, warm socks and one of the first ARCs (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of In Another Life. And the winner is Tanesha Johns. The two runners up who each won a CC Hunter t-shirt, are Brandy Klocko and Dottie Redmond.  Please email me with your postal address and t-shirt size to cc@cchunterbookscom. You can subscribe to my newsletter HERE.

 

Happy Holidays from the Craig Clan to you.  May you have lots of family time, good food and laughter.

 

12 thoughts on “Holiday Giveaway!

  1. My favorite Christmas ornament is a white Styrofoam ball with glitter stars and circles on it. I made it for my mom when I was in the first grade, and she used it every year on her tree until she became ill and she gave it to me.

  2. My favorite ornament(s) are the ones my kids made me when they were in grade school. They are snowmen, made out of their little handprints. No matter how many ornaments we put on the tree, those are the most precious.

  3. My favorite ornament is one my mom got when we went to Disneyland in Paris when I was a kid. That was my first time ever exploring anywhere outside the country and seeing it always reminds me of how much fun it was.

  4. I have to say my favorite ornament is the one my son made for me this year. A picture of his face is in the middle and he drew himself as a snowman. So stinking cute! What makes is special is that he’s old enough now to have done it all on his own.

  5. My favorite ornaments are the ones the kids make at school. I also had the kids make hand ornaments when they were little so we knew how small their hands were.

  6. I have these ornaments I order for each of my dogs with their names painted on them. They really mean a lot to me, especially Sparky’s as he passed a few years ago. Seeing them each day on the tree makes me smile.

  7. Every year I get my kids an ornament. I started with the letter “A” and so on each year. When they move out I will still give them one to finish the alphabet and then they have a wonderful set of ornaments for their first Christmas tree on their own

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