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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Blog Ride-December 14th

Welcome everyone! If you haven’t been here before today you've stuck gold because this blog is part of a Christmas Ride that has been flying through cyberspace. For those of you that have been Ho Ho Ho- ing along, I hope you’ve had a blast thus far! Those of you just joining, hang on tight because the sleigh’s full and everyone is giving away some great prizes!

Christmas happens to be my favorite holiday of the year. With a small child underfoot I spent the first week of December decorating. I’m still in that bizarre transition where I have all my elegant decorations intact but they’ve started to blend with everything a three year old would find acceptable. You know what I mean…the big Mickey Mouse face ornament now hangs alongside my crystal reindeer. The expensive Scottish Santa (yes, I have a Scottish Santa, are you really that surprised?) now stands alongside Christmas SpongeBob Squarepants. But I’m loving every minute of it. If you’re a mom, you know what I mean.

Well, I’ve a few presents stashed away in my sleigh and feel like giving them away! The first is a copy of the Highland Bagpipes at Christmas. If you visited back in the Christmas in July event you’ll remember how much I loved this CD and it only made sense that I’d give away a copy now. For a chance to win this CD simply play the video below (Highland Bagpipes of course!) and tell me what song is playing in a comment.

My sleigh’s not empty yet. I have more to give away! For a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to The Wild Rose Press and a free download of the second book in my Scottish trilogy, Destiny’s Denial, I’d like to hear a Christmas memory. I shared my thoughts about having my son’s decorations blending with mine, this year is definitely a memory that will stay with me forever . What about you? Tell me in comment for a chance to win. It can be anything at all, a sentimental moment that made you remember a loved one or a humorous moment when the lights all blew out. It’s up to you!

So, quick recap, you have a chance to win a few things. If you want to try for all of them simply leave multiple comments!

And to spread more Christmas cheer, everyone hosting the CHRISTMAS RIDE came together and we’re giving one lucky person a $75 Wild Rose Press gift certificate! All you need to do to enter is attend each day's blog post, identify the carol, and make a complete carol list to submit after the final blog post of Christmas Eve. Don't forget to check the list twice! Send it to http://us.mc632.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=Christmasrideblog@live.com by midnight, CST Dec. 31st 2008!

Here’s a hint from my carol….

Peace on earth and mercy mild...God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise...Join the triumph of the skies

(Smile, snicker, I've made this quite easy for you my friends!)

Remember, the first blog connects to them all so scroll down two posts at this blog to begin the easy research that will lead you to a quick win!

Well, I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog today. The next stop on the CHRISTMAS RIDE (and it’s bound to be a blast!) is http://alishapaige.blogspot.com/. So pop on over tomorrow for a chance to win more great stuff!

Merry Christmas all!



Skhye said...

I have avoided Spongebob like the plague! Right along with Barbie. My daughter is into GP and Hammy the Hamster though! Google Hammy the Hamster. You've got to buy a copy. ;) Great blog post.

Anonymous said...

Hark The Herald Angels Sing is the carol. My favorite Christmas memory is when I was a teen-ager.I kmew that my mom had bought me an outfit that I had been begging and pleading for her to get me for almost a month. I carefully unwrapped everything to wear out on a date ,the catch was the date was two days before Christmas. My mom was sitting in the dark waiting on me to walk in the door. Guess which one of us got the surprise for Christmas.

Judy said...

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

I love your blue background with all the beautiful pictures of snow and trees.

Mindy said...

The song is Hark the Herald Angels Sing. The bagpipe rendition is terrific!

Mindy said...

One of my favorite Christmas memories was when I was in college (Go PSU!) and I played a trick on my mom. I told her I couldn't get away from campus for Christmas (about a 4 hour drive away). Then I caught a ride to Allentown with some friends & called my Dad to come pick me up in Allentown (1/2 hr away. Dad knew the plan ahead of time but Mother didn't. Mother WAS surprised to see Dad & I coming in the door. It was one of the best Christmases ever.

Merry Christmas,
Mindy :)

Helen Hardt said...

One of my favorite carols!


Stephanie said...

Cookies always play a big part of these holidays for my family. Something interesting always manages to happen in the process of making everyone's favorites and the experimental new ones. Some turn out rather good and some not so much LOL

Thanks for sharing! And the Christmas Carol for today is Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

jer said...

The carol is "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

Debra St. John said...

Hi Sky! Decorating our tree every year brings lots of memories. All of our ornaments have a "story" behind them. Most come from places we've traveled. I put the date on each, and as we pull them one by one from their boxes, we always reminisce about where each came from.

blessedheart said...

Hmmm...A Christmas Memory? Whenn I was about 9 years old, my parents bought me, along with my 3 siblings, brand new bycicles. I'll never forget them leading us out to the garage and there they were, all lined up in a row. The freezing cold air in the garage (we were still in our pajamas!) ceased to matter when we looked at those beautiful, shiny new bycicles.

I wish everyone a blessed holiday and New Year!

Rhonda :0)

Anonymous said...

I love listening to bagpipes. The carol is Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

As for a Christmas memory, I remember the year we had two feet of snow. It was definitely a white Christmas. The deer and sleigh in the front yard were mostly buried and you could barely see the glow from their lights through the snow.

Amber Polo said...

Hi Sky,
Stopping by to see your beautiful website.
I getting ready for a new Christmas memory. In a few days on my anniversary my dh and I will visit the Desert Botanical Garen in Phoenix to see the Chihuly glass with the luminarias. Cactus, glass, and Christmas lights. Can't wait.

tigger9 said...

The carol is Hark the Harold Angel Sings.

Tami W. said...

OK, the video is Hark the Hearld Angels Sing (even if I can't spell it! :) Good thing they play much better than I spell!

Tami W. said...

A Christmas memory......sheesh, you would have to ask something like that. Well don't be too disappointed in my response to this, but....

When I was a kid and we would go over to my Grandmother's house, I would sit on the stairs leading to the second story of the house. While everyone was opening their gifts I looked on. I never was one for big crowds and loud noises. So I watched my cousins open their gifts and say things like, "Why did you get me *insert toy name here* when you know I really wanted *insert REALLY expensive toy name here*! I can't believe this." What made it bad was the fact that my grandma and grandpa were sitting in the room when the ungrateful little brats would say that. Since then I have never really been much for "Christmas Day". I enjoy giving all year round for the pure sake of giving. I hate that people expect gifts at this time of year. So, If I care about you, I will give you things when you least expect it!

OK, enough of my little ramble....that is my most powerful Christmas memory. Let me know if you want a fluff and stuff memory. :)


LJ White said...

Hi Sky,

The song being played by the bagpipes and the song lyrics are both Hark the Harold Angel Sings.

Happy Holidays

LJ White said...

My favourite Christmas memory is one from a few years ago. We put up two trees every year, one for show with empty, decorative boxes under it and one with the real presents. Both of my girls really wanted Nintendo Gameboys and they were sure they were going to get them. On Christmas morning they opened all of their presents but there was no Gameboys. I gave them a Christmas card that said to go look under the other tree. All they saw were the decorative boxes, so I told them to check again. I had filled the boxes with the Gameboys and games the night before. They were thrilled. Now they check those boxes every year, just in case.

Kim S. said...

This carol is Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

What a great post! My two are 18 and 15 next month, and I sure do remember those days! And I miss them!

I remember my mother always having "more" gifts for my siblings and I when we were growing up and then the grandkids when they came along, and forgeting where she'd put them!! She passed almost ten years ago, and my dad found her gifts for a couple of years after she was gone!! LOL

Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

I Love your website. I am also quite fond of everything Irish, especially. Unfortunatly I didn't marry one. Oh well a girl can still dream and drool.
Hark the Herald Angel Sing.

Merry Christmas