Maryse’s Countdown to Christmas Giveaways – 6 Days (and a few hours) ’til Christmas!!

by Maryse on December 18, 2013 · 130 comments

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6 days and counting until Christmas! *whooooops* I got so wrapped up in reading and wrapping (presents) that I missed an entire giveaway day yesterday. GAH!! ;) So that means TWO giveaways today so that I can be caught up.

For today’s “Countdown to Christmas” I’m giving away a signed, personalized copy of A is for Alpha Male by Laurel Curtis (actually she will be giving it away and sending it directly to the winner) and ALSO another quick and easy giveaway for a $25.00 gift card to another lucky winner here today! (And I will also be making a donation to the “Wounded Warrior Project” organization https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/)

How to enter for a chance to win these gifts? Just leave a comment below and tell me your most memorable Christmas experience this year (so far – whether it be a crazy or fun shopping experience or an early surprise) and by tomorrow by 11pm EST (Thursday December 19th 2013), I will randomly select TWO winners (the first winner – essentially “yesterday’s winner” will win the signed book) and the second winner will win the $25 gift card. The winners will be contacted and once I receive a response back confirming the address information, I (and the author) will send off the gifts.

NOTE: The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If no response is received, I will randomly select another winner. Make sure to check your email, so you do not lose your chance. This is open to anyone that can receive an emailed giftcard from either of these two companies.

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Christina B December 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Taking my Daughter to the Christmas Party hosted by the cardiac department of our local Children’s Hospital. She had such a good time, and as always it is always so humbling to see all of the other ‘cardiac kids’.

Shelly W December 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

One of our local stores has a Christmas Tree lane that is so popular they open it up at the end of September and people stand in line to go through it.

Julie C December 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Putting up the tree for the first time in a couple of years!! :)

Melissa December 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Tromping through the Christmas tree farm to chop down our tree with my guy and our two kiddos!!

Jessica M. December 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

My most memorable….ok! I was working Thanksgiving night and was all set up to buy my hubby his surround sound system at midnight. But then around 11:50 pm we had a trauma come into the ER and pulled me away from the computer and the shot at getting his gift. By the time I came back (almost an hour later) all the systems were sold out. I was soooooo bummed. Then I thought, what the heck! I’ll get off work in the morning, drive 2 hours, and pray that there is one left in the store. As I drove, I called the store and begged them to hold one for me (which of course they couldn’t because it’s Black Friday, so first come first serve *sighs sadly*) So I continued to speed my way to the store. I raced inside without grabbing a cart (not smart since the systems are kinda big and heavy) and saw there was only one left. I snagged it and no more than 1 minute later, I hear a gentleman ask if there were anymore systems in the back. I feel a bit bad that I got the last one, but yet I was glad I had a lead foot that morning! If I had taken any longer, I’d have been SOL with my hubby’s gift this year!
That’s my story! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lindsey December 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

My most memorable Christmas moment so far has been baking cookies with my mom. This year we used a different brand of butter than we normally do and lets just say it was an….experience I won’t forget.

Lisa Gillim December 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

My friend, my daughter and myself got together to make Christmas cookies and candies. It was supposed to be 10 of us but the day before we received ice and snow and the others could not make it in. Those of us that did it anyway had a blast. We ended up making goody bags for those who couldn’t join us. It makes the season so much brighter when you share with those you love. Merry Christmas.

Shannahan December 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

My 4 yr old telling me he has 165 things on his xmas list and that Santa will know what he wants because he can read his writing (at 4 yrs old he can’t write well, so the page is a series of scribbles). It was very cute.

Brianna Lee Reviews December 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! My best memory so far this season, was when I brought my daughter and nephews to see Santa and get their picture taken with him!! So cute =)

Stephenie December 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

My favorite memory so far this year….making fudge with my son and mom. So much fun.

Andrea December 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

It’s sort of unrelated to Christmas festivities, but I just completed my MBA and my kids threw me a 20-minute party on the house, just the family. My oldest, almost 10, picked out a fancy dress from my closet and we all had to get dressed up. Then they gave me a cupcake and a foot massage. It was really cute and thoughtful and even though it wasn’t Christmas related, this will still probably go down as the best Christmas…ever.

Shanda December 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

My most memorable so far………my hubby and I were at our 4 year old’s Preschool Christmas program and while they were changing their “props” (trust me it was taking forever to put little red noses on 30 3&4 year olds) so I sent my husband a text (who was sitting one seat over from me) that said ” Let’s go f^#k behind the curtain” of course this was a joke and me trying to get a reaction out of him & not realizing he has his text font at 18 pt on a Galaxy Note 3 phone, which in my eyes is practically the size of a mini iPad …….anyway the row of guys sitting behind us were laughing their asses off and my hubby looked over at me and said “Really??? At our preschoolers Christmas program, what have you been reading today?” Oh my gosh I was in a fit of hysterical laughter!!!! Thanks for your giveaway!!!!

Minha December 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

People at work figured out that I love reading my kindle, I got several amazon gift cards and spent the whole thing getting all the books I had on my wish list… Oohhhh I am so excited… I need more reading hours tho!!!! :)

Feifei December 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

So far my most memorable would be my boyfriend surprising me with his cooking!! He NEVER cooks and when he does it’s usually a taste disaster LOL! But it’s the thought that counts :D

Lynne December 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Christmas is at my house & my sister & I have decided to not go nuts this year & just keep the food simple & wear our sweats. There is so much sad stuff going on in the world, we just want to spend the day together with our families. :)

Sandy Salinas December 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Our work sponsers a “Santa’s Brunch”. I work the craft table for the children, and I love the look on their faces when they pass the card they made to their parent, instant gratification.

Jennifer N December 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Watching my 7 year old perform in Babes in Toyland ballet. Thank you for the giveaway ;)

Cezanne December 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

This Christmas has been pretty quiet but my 3 year old son has been absolutely hilarious. Every day he asks me if its Christmas and if he can open his presents. He gets this big “kool-aid” smile and nods his head up and down and says please mommy please can I open my presents. He’s so excited about Christmas and his excitement is contagious.

Jennifer December 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

My most memorable experience this year was watching my youngest participate in his first Christmas pageant. He is only four, my other two children are 14 and 17 so it’s been a long while since I had a little one dress in a cute little costume and sing sweet little Christmas songs!

Cathy December 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

My most memorable Christmas experience so far. My 4 year old daughter was in her very first performance. She played an angel. It was the sweetest thing EVER!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Krista December 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Verizon promised no text messages to my husbands phone letting him know I ordered him a new iPhone. Last night he got a text message telling him his equipment has shipped! Such a bummer, but he will love the new phone:)

Annie December 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

This year, the memory so far is cruising around town with husband checking out all of the neighborhoods with the best lights.

Lauren December 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Unpacking the box of childhood ornaments my mom sent last year that I get to use for the first time in my own house this year

Allison December 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Passing my 2nd semester of nursing school!! (May not be an actual Christmas experience but was definitely on my Christmas list!;))

Lisa R December 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Putting all the ornaments on the tree. For the first time, I let the kids have complete control (at least for the non-breakable glass ones) . . . and of course, the tree ended up with ornaments all bunched together and lots of empty space. But they had so much fun doing it.

Brenda December 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Black Friday shopping with my husband! I like to shop, he doesn’t…what an experience!!!

Thanks for all the great giveaways!

Trisha Reads December 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I am enjoying my daughter who is old enough to pick out and purchase all her Christmas gifts to family members all by herself, and no one know what she purchased. She is super excited to GIVE gifts this year!

Lori LovesBooks December 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM

making sugar cookies and decorating with my daughter!

Stephanie Moles Krayeski December 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Every year, my husband and I get together with some great friends that live out of state. They visited us last weekend, and we celebrated the holidays a little early with them. It’s wonderful spending time with the ones we love.

Debra D December 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Honestly it feels silly but making Gingerbread houses with my kids! I got the chance to make one with each of them separtley and it was nice to have individual time with them doing something festive!

dena December 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Best xmas memory from this year…. lets see. I guess it would be my autistic son participating in a family glass blowing activity. We were making balls for the tree at a local glass shop and normally he will just make noise and not try to do what everyone else is doing ( he is 13 and nonverbal so he cant tell why he does that) but this time he did it and made the most beautiful ornament I have ever seen. :)

kerry K December 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

the most memorable so far are happy but very memorable. my sister fell from a 15 ft ladder hanging a wreath outside her garage and shattered her wrist, broke her ulna also broke her ankle. the next day then entailed my step dad/mother getting off the plane for me to pick them up and he fell breaking his ankle and now both sport some kind of cast (him) or pins/plates sticking out. i’ll tell you there hasn’t been a dull moment this last week, but it’s a year i will never forget.

Britney Boyd December 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM

My 1 yr old daughter helping me wrap bubba’s presents & so gently tip-toeing them under the tree as if they were all breakable! She is awed by wrapped present;-)

Nicole T December 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Introducing my 4 year old to the beauty of dance: she just started taking ballet and loves it, so we purchased tickets to the Nutcracker and we’re going tomorrow. Taking my sister and 4 yr old niece, too, as a surprise! Can’t wait to see their little dresses, and eyes all lit up with excitement.

Kim December 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Same as every year…putting up the tree with my children, reminiscing about each ornament as we put them on the tree.

Marsha Shew December 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Going to the tree farm and coming home with a tree that was wayyyy oversized :) We had to cut so much off the top that the star looks like it sitting in the middle of the tree. Also you cant sit on half of the sofa because the tree is hanging over soo far :) Oh well….good times. Merry Christmas and thanks for all of the giveaways :)

Tanya Childress December 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I would have to say taking my daughter and myself to my very first author event in Richmond Virginia! Great memory for her and I. Lots of pics. Thank for the giveaway and chance to win!

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Rachel December 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I would have to say the most memorable Christmas experience this year so far is when one night my family had started putting our christmas tree up and when I came home LATE that night I thought it was leaning…either that or I was leaning…The next morning I woke up and sure enough the Christmas Tree was leaning a little to the side…turns out my family had a few too many margaritas while putting the christmas tree up

Tracie December 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

I had to work on thanksgiving night for the Black Friday sale (which by the way started on thanksgiving ) and I wanted to get my husband a video game that was on sale. Since I was working the chances were slim that I’d be able to get one but as I was cleaning through an aisle in the store I found one that someone had changed their mind on and left sitting on a shelf. I was so excited I was able to get the game I wanted at 50% off.

Jean Pak December 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Buying and putting up our first christmas tree with our 2 little ones! Seeing their eyes light up was unforgettable.

Kathy Kindler December 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

My 4 year old son asked Santa for bibocuars (binoculars) for Christmas. Soooo cute!

Jennifer December 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

My 5 year old counting down the days until Christmas and starting to act “nice” when I tell her I’m going to call Santa about how she is acting…I love that she is old enough to understand the holiday now:)

Rose December 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Probably the memory that stands out so far was getting together for a monthly dinner last week with friends which is always at the same GREAT restaurant each December. We usually do a small ornament exchange but this year we gave $$ towards the disaster in the Phillipines and then each of us brought a scarf from home to exchange. It was really fun seeing everyone’s tastes and different scarves and I really think we all went home with one that we liked:)

Pamela December 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

my most memorable time this year was habing my two year old son help me wrap up presents the l99k more like a ball of tape but it only makes opejing present on christmas that much more special

Nicky December 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

The excitement from my 3yo to open here advent calendar each day. It is the first year she is really getting it all. Oh and asking for a Christmas carol each night before bed. She likes to make up her own songs too, last nights was called ‘Santa’s coming, yay!’

Paula I. December 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Making 800 buckeyes for my son and daughter to give out at their jobs.

Felicia December 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Watching my nephews and niece open their Christmas presents from me.

Jeannette December 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Sweating and getting a tan while watching my son perform in a Christmas parade. Sometimes it’s hard to get in the holiday mood when it is hot outside.

Christina December 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Daughters Christmas concert tonight, She had a duet. Proud mommy moment :)

Raechel December 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Most memorable Christmas sooo far.. is watching the Sound of Music Live with my daughter. We watched it old school style…no pausing no fast forward! We also sang along! Fun night!

Esther December 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Meeting my niece for the first time :-)
Thank for the giveaway and chance to win!

Jen December 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Bday is Xmas eve so hubby got a limo w friends last weekend to celebrate a little early…

Sara December 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Decorating my Christmas tree with my 2 year old baby girl!!!

Jen C. December 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

shopping at toys r us and it was so packed that I couldn’t move my cart around. Just gave up and went home. That’s what Amazon is for, right? :)

Lea Marika December 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Well, yesterday I bore witness to about twenty San Diego Charger players shopping in Wal Mart with underprivileged children. It was so sweet! There is nothing like seeing a humongous dude helping a little girl pick out a Barbie!

Ashley B. December 19, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Best story so far this year is from our holiday party last weekend when one of our guests asked, “what’s up with that guy’s sweater, is he for real?” It was our friend rocking an amazingly terrifying ugly Christmas sweater with a teddy bear and candy canes on the front and back that lit up no less! He bought it from an 80 year old woman off of the internet and it was a XXXXL women’s sweater with a scalloped collar-donned with a white turtleneck, it was fantastic!!! Our guest thought he was serious, which made it all the better! I hope you all get to witness ugly sweaters this holiday season!

Pamela December 19, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Most memorable Christmas experience so far….. I don’t have one yet! BUT
I am leaving for Peru on Saturday and will spend Christmas with my grandma and many other family members for the first time in 28 years so I know that will be memorable. My first Christmas in Peru since I was six years old! I hope your Christmas is memorable this year Maryse!

Alicia P. December 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Having my 3 year old be in charge of the placement of the ornaments on the tree…so now the tree looks half decorated but I haven’t fixed it because she was so proud of it and so was I!

Triva December 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Most memorable Christmas experience so far this year…picking out a tree with my husband and son in 9 inches of non-forecasted snow that fell earlier that morning. All of the trees were covered in white, it took us over 45 minutes to shake all the snow off just to look at 5 trees. Best day ever!!!

Jade December 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

My best Christmas memory this year is going to London for a vacation last month and buying almost all the presents for my friends and family there…and some presents for me too!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Tracie December 19, 2013 at 3:29 AM

My favorite experience was putting up our Halloween Christmas tree!

Rebecca belloise December 19, 2013 at 4:16 AM

Having the stomach bug all thanksgiving day and still going out at 3am to shop with my mom on black friday.

Elle December 19, 2013 at 4:26 AM

Thanks for the giveaway(s)! No memorable experience yet… although I’m kind of have a really hard time thinking about my christmas menu while suffering from gastroenteritis ;-)

Michele Ippolito December 19, 2013 at 4:42 AM

My most memorable Christmas surprise this year was finding out that my husband and I are expecting our first child!!

Sue December 19, 2013 at 4:47 AM

Our town actually has 2 holiday parades. The first is held in July with everything decked out to the hilt for Christmas. I always felt bad for marching bands in their winter gear as well as all the floats in their winter coats, gloves, etc. In front of city hall was a snow machine to produce as much snow as possible. The purpose was to kick off Christmas in July sales with so much of the profits made to go to local charities (since Christmas always is a popular time of year for giving city hall started doing it in July).

Mandy December 19, 2013 at 4:59 AM

My most memorable experience so far this year would be getting to my daughters Christmas preschool program. She was so excited and nervous! Having 5 children I have seen many many programs over the years, but I treasure each one! Thank you for the giveaway :)

Mellisa :-) December 19, 2013 at 5:34 AM

My kids and I have had a tough time over this holiday season. Without notice I was temporarily laid off from December 1-14. Needless to say its been a rough couple of weeks!

However, last week my kids and I received a very thoughtful and kind surprise that helped to lift the kids spirits!

My children’s school somehow became aware of the situation. I was called down to the school this past Friday without being told what the problem was. It wasn’t a problem but a holiday surprise.

My children’s teachers came together and made a.Holiday Box for my children!! In the box was: 1 Lunch, 1 Snack, 1 Drink and 1 Christmas activity FOR EVERY SINGLE DAY OVER CHRISTMAS BREAK!! I was in tears by this point overwhelmed by the THOUGHTFULNESS & CARING my kids teachers have for my children!!

They then surprised me with a second gift for my children!! My sons best friend was aware of our situation. The day he found out he rushed home and whispered to his elf on the shelf Elmer that my son needed help and that my son needed something to cheer him up. He asked.Elmer if he could tell Santa that his friend was a.good kid and could Santa please help him have fun again because his friend (my son) was really sad. Elmer the Elf must have told Santa because Elmer showed up at school with a new Elf. Buddie Jingles the Elf was there with.an adoption certificate to our family because Santa wanted to cheer up my kids our family was given our very own Elf On The Shelf & book!!

The thoughtfulness, kindness and caring my.small community showed my family will stay with me always. I’ll never forget what they’ve done for me & when I’m able I look forward to PAYING IT FORWARD!!

HOPE EVERYONE HAS A MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

PS- It didn’t say to select which gift card but just in case B&N please.

Cherie Brooks December 19, 2013 at 5:44 AM

My best memories of christmas is my HUGE family all gathering together at my Grannys house and filling it to the brim, we ended up as we got older moving to a park as we just no longer fit in the house. I have the best memories of catching up with everyone and family to me is the most important part of christmas, it brings people together.

Pam December 19, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Buying and decorating our tree this year :-)

Denice December 19, 2013 at 6:13 AM

My oldest son went away to college this year to Seattle. We live in Tennessee. Picking him up at the airport and having him home is my most wonderful Christmas present this year!

Sharon Chalk December 19, 2013 at 6:24 AM

every year from Thanksgiving thru Christmas the Salvation Army always has their buckets out and no matter how cold,there is someone out there ringing the bell,so I always go to the bank and get $50 in ones and every time I pass one,I put a dollar in and if my grandkids are with me,I let them put the dollar in. Well day before yesterday,I reached into my wallet to get a $1 and put it in the bucket when suddenly I heard the bell ringer call out to me and said,mam I think you made a mistake and you accidently put $100 in the bucket and my sister knows you and I know that you can;t afford that,its probably your entire budget for your food this month ,so if you stick around for about 10 minutes my supervisor is on his way out,I explained to him and he said he would come out and take the $100 out and exchange it for $1. I thought for a moment and honestly he was right,I couldn’t afford to put $100 in there ,but I figured that there must have been a reason that happened because I don’t make mistakes like that,I have to be very careful with my money. But the more I though about it I though that somehow my karma had me do that or something ,I don’t know what,but I told the guy not to worry about it and keep the $100 and walked away.If feeels weird but ever since then I have felt so good,broke but good,its like it was meant to happen,now I just have to wait and find out what the reason is,Im sure theres a good one.Maybe somebody sent me an extra Blessed Be lol

Caitlin December 19, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Going to see a Christmas light display with the kids.

Kim Ervin December 19, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Shopping and just hanging out with a long lost friend that I ran into whole shopping!!! I’ve missed her for ages and had no idea where she was :)

Shai Villanueva December 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM

My most memorable Christmas experience was when our family is still complete and gathered together. On Christmas eve, we played games and exchanged funny & unique gifts. Then we went to church in the morning and just goofed around all day. Like they say, the more, the merrier. I really believe that. I really missed them..

Stacy P. December 19, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Going to my Mom’s Christmas party and spending time with my family that I usually don’t get a chance to see.

Catherine December 19, 2013 at 7:18 AM

I made Christmas Cookies with a 5 year old, a 3 year old, and a 89 year old. I felt just like one of the kids my self. Cookies were good and colorfully
Decorated.

Thanks Amazon please.

Nicole December 19, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Helping my daughter make a school project about her favorite Christmas memories and watching my son perform in his first high school Christmas band concert. Amazon please

Dawn M. December 19, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Someone at work voluntarily helped me during a very stressful time. I am attributing this to the character of the person and their Christmas spirit.

Catherine December 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM

The best thing is actually having means to buy my family Christmas presents. For the last few years I haven’t had a job around Christmas time, so it feels great being able to give them things they want!

DA December 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Asking my grandson what he wants for Christmas, the response: I’ve got a list of about 10 things, no 20 things, no, wait, ok, 30 things.” KInd of made me laugh – as he thought about it more – the list kept expanding. He still can’t narrow it down to which Lego set.

Corinne December 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Baking Christmas cookies with my son and delivering them to our neighbors. We look forward to it every year. Merry Christmas!

Diane December 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Most memorable so far this year celebrating Christmas early with out of town family.

Melissa T December 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Taking my daughter to see Santa this year. She had been sooooo excited and is normally very shy, so to see her jump up there and express her love to him and tell him her list squeezed my heart BIG! <3

Nancy Parken December 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

My husband is retiring finally, so this will be one of the best Christmas’s ever!

Kelly Watson December 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM

My daughter’s first piano recital….she nailed it! So proud :-)

Emily December 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

This is the first year my husband and I have decided to try a “real” tree for Christmas. We got it up in the stand…we all put the decorations on it…and about an hour after we finally were done decorating it…it fell over! Bulbs and tinsel flew everywhere! Me, my kids and husband laughed so hard!!! It was too late at night to fix everything, so we stood it back up and left it like that! HA! I thought about fixing it, but everytime we look at we start laughing…so maybe I will just leave it :) BTW…my husband had it tied to the ceiling to keep it up, with fishing line so it doesn’t fall over again!

Doris December 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

This year because Xmas is in the middle of the week, we decided to do all our visiting to the in-laws on the weekends so Xmas day is ours to enjoy. Can’t wait!

Jenn December 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Thanks for the giveaways!!!!

Laura December 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Getting to spend time with my son who lives out of state has been my best gift ever. :)

Kat P December 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Well my most memorable moment hasn’t happened yet. But this year our whole family will be together again. My sister who is in the navy has been out at sea and I can’t wait to see her. Hopefully this moment will happen tonight if not my little sis should be here tomorrow safely.

Lauren December 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I’m going to remember this Christmas because my entire family has had the flu & I just STARTED shopping 2 days ago. Uuuggghhhh!!!

AmberLanae December 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Going to see the Nutcracker with my daughter. This is a yearly tradition, but the first that my daughter was old enough to go :)

Thalia December 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

My daughter and I helped my mom make 75 dozen cookies for a cookie walk. We spent 4 days over our Thanksgiving break together. We had a great time.

Heidi December 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Making Christmas goodies with my children and putting out the decorations :)

Sarah December 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

When my kids brought home gift from church my my husband and myself.

Melanie December 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

This year, my 15 DD and myself helped those less forutnte. We were able to take families shopping around the store setup inside church to shop for what thier kids would like. It was a humble experince and felt good to bless others. I have to say my favorite part was watching my 15 year daughter give and recieve hugs & kisses from these families who felt blessed!

bn100 December 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

losing half the Christmas decorations

Leilani December 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Every year my office collects food for the Food Drive, but with all the craziness of Christmas, the bins tend to be semi-full when they’re picked up. So this year my office (we occupy two floors) had a friendly competition – the floor that could collect the most food/monetary donation. After two weeks, our office collected over 1,800 lbs of food and $525.

Donna Newman December 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Going shopping on Black Friday was a very memorable experience. I used to work at Walmart for several years and always said I wouldn’t go but the deals were so good I couldn’t pass them up.

The crowds were insane, Not sure I will ever do that again LOL.

Amy December 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Well, I don’t know how great this is, but it will for sure be a moment from this Christmas season that I won’t ever forget. Last night I was having a talk with my baby boy (OK he’s 11 and not really a baby anymore) and he told me he knows that I’m Santa and that I move our Elf on a Shelf. Ahhhh, they grow up too fast. I told him as long as he still believes and doesn’t ruin it for his little sister or cousins that Santa will continue to come.

LauraB December 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Shopping at Kohl’s with my girls for my office secret santa gift and finding the perfect “Marvel” watch my oldest superhero obsessed daughter (it even has a “disco” button).

Or… going to see The Hobbit 2 and grousing about the “cliffhanger” ending with daughters. It’s funny, but neither expected a suspenseful ending even though it’s the 2nd movie in a trilogy. I’ll have to teach them a bit about genre conventions. ;)

Jacque December 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

So far this year my best experience is taking my family to see the Nutcracker and watching how much they enjoyed the ballet for the first time.

Renee December 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Most memorable so far this year is watching my daughter all by herself decorate the tree with the ornaments we’ve been buying her every year since she was born ….she’s growing up way to fast and the first year she wants her presents wrapped under the tree no waiting for Santa

Courtney December 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

My 8 year old nephew came to me with his Christmas List…5 pages..yes 5 of $60 jerseys! Had to laugh! I said buddy, you know I love you, but I’m not even buying my own kids that many jerseys! Chuckle*
We have 11 nieces and nephews and 4 kids, so we have a limit of $20 on our nieces and nephews :)

Michelle M December 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Nothing really memorable yet this holiday season, probably because I haven’t done any shopping yet, haven’t got a tree yet, haven’t decorated yet… master procrastinator! Too busy reading. :-)

Jeannie Smith December 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Taking my 10 year old son to the Children’s Museum for a Christmas party. Even though he has gone for so many years, he still had a great time. It’s always new for him.

Helen December 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Seeing my 2 boys perform in their christmas play in church.

Melissa Werner December 19, 2013 at 3:50 PM

I loved driving around looking at christmas lights

Dianna December 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

My husband surprised me with Justin Timberlake tickets for Hanukkah..I was crazy excited and the concert was A-MAZE-ING!!

LanB December 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Receiving news from my mother last week that she is moving back to Southern CA (where I am) in January. Best news ever! She’s been living out of state…much too far away from me!

Nathalie T December 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

My favorite memory? The time when I and my mom made a gingerbread house from scratch. It looked like a ruin… But we did have a lot of fun.

Sarah December 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

My favorite holiday memory so far this year is making Christmas treats with my youngest son. He is four and made a HUGE mess, but it was worth it.

Elizabeth December 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

OMG….Give it to Shanda that was AWESOME….still laughing!!!

Terra December 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Being a kid again and going driving around looking at Christmas lights for hours then stopping for hot chocolate with my hubby.

Becca December 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

So we have all these cedar trees that are growing like weeds around our property, and a lot of them are pretty short-ish. So my husband and I think to ourselves, “Cedar tree Christmas tree…why not?” Never again. They’re all kinda wonky shaped, but no matter. But my goodness they don’t have needles like typical pine trees…they have barb-y pointy, things that irritated the crikey out of our skin as we cut it, trimmed it, and decorated it. My arms looked disgusting afterwards, haha. But at least it looks good!

Michelle December 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I visited some Christmas markets in Europe- they were beautiful and really put me in the holiday spirit!

Jen December 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

My most memorable moment so far… Helping my friend by working at his retail clothing store in the mall this week. I don’t work normally and one of his employees was pulling no shows, so he asked if I’d be interested and I of course said yes! How could I leave him hanging. Plus I’ve been scoring all kinds of deals on some new stylish digs for myself! Merry Christmas to me!

Karen December 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM

My son’s Christmas Recital at school! Love him!

Mick Murphy December 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM

My daughters 3rd Christmas, we got her a play cottage…that took until 1 am to put up…and getting to see the look on her face as she walked out and saw it…it was priceless! Thanks for the giveaway!

Fabiana Otranto December 19, 2013 at 9:03 PM

My most memorable it has to be this year…I’m so broke that not even a Cxmas tree was in the cards…then, out of the blue two weeks ago, I opened my front door and there was this HUGE, beautiful natural Cxmas tree…I found out my Best friend, haven been here on Thanksgiving, overheard me telling our kids that we re not going to have a Tree Because of $$$ situation. She went and bought the tree, Whithout telling us…and left outside our door with a Note “From Santa”. It was emotional knowing that even when you think people don’t care, or our problems are huge…someone out there CARE. it was a very memorable Cxmas so far.

Kathy P December 19, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I got engaged on Dec. 21, 2000. Our first Christmas with our families that year was so special! Sometimes you have to wait a long time to find your prince and I definitely did!!

Alison December 19, 2013 at 9:26 PM

We took my nine year old son and five year old daughter to see Santa. He is on the edge of still believing…. Santa called him by name (he must have overheard us) and my son was amazed. He couldn’t believe that he knew who he was, and that PROVED he was the real Santa. We were thrilled!

Carol December 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

My most memorable Christmas moment so far was when I sent a gift to my friend’s work. It was delivered to the ship dock and nobody told him it arrived. He ended up having to go all the way to ship dock to pick it up himself.

Erika December 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

My best Christmas moment so far was finding a great deal on a few Canon point and shoot cameras for my twins. They want to be like their Momma who is a photographer and will be thrilled to finally have their own camera. I’ll love teaching them how to use it too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Patricia December 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Buying presents for my hubby and kids.

Rebecca Mize December 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

OK, Maryse, I have not ever sent you any kind of email, but I want to let you know that your book reviews have been the ruination of my bank account! When I leave a review on a book at Amazon or elsewhere, I always try to mention your site so others can come and enjoy your, uhumm, “antics” besides your book reviews! Thank you for your CONSTANT good work, and Happy Holidays to you and yours! Sincerely, Rebecca

Maryse December 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

*hug* Thank you Rebecca!!! And sorry about the ruination. LOL!!! ;)

Bridget December 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Watching my niece perform in the church play.

Peju Garraway December 22, 2013 at 1:02 AM

My 7 year old wanted to buy me a gift so my sister took her shopping she came home wrapped it and put it under the tree and now keeps asking if I want to open it

Alessia Scalora December 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM

My biggest Christmas thing was watching my Godson open all his gifts and then sit in all the boxes!

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