WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!! Congratulations to Avery who has responded to her email notification!!
*sigh* The Christmas tree situation was NOT going well. *shakes head* It’s sort of fixed now, but when we pulled out our pre-lit tree out for it’s 3rd Christmas season, half the lights didn’t come on. We tried stuff… and my lazy suggestion of “just throw on another set of lights on and fix it” … well. No. That didn’t work either ’cause the tone of the lights we had to replace ’em was… off.
So we went fake Christmas tree shopping today. Again. ‘Cause, you know… we did this 3 years ago. Again. *hrmph*
It was an all day event. Size of the tree, height, fluffiness. Pine needles. Does this one look more real than that one? What about the height. Will this one stick out too far? Pre-lit and risk another “bad-light” incident? Or unlit and mess with all those lights each year ourselves? Oh wait… What about a white tree with the sparkly iridescent ends? We can make it a bubble gum colored tree with all those new fun candy looking decorations. Urgh. Of course that’s totally up my alley, but come on. My “reading room” is a pink, sparkly disaster (albeit, mine, and I love it)!! But the main tree? Umm…. I dunno about that.
I thought I smiled plenty, but I’m starting to think it looked more like grimacing considering the occasional “Grinch” that I heard muttered from his mouth. Or you know… maybe I was doing that sarcastic placating, spontaneously raised, seemingly excited eyebrow-thin-lipped smile thingie. Yeah, maybe that was more a long the lines of what my face was set at, today. hehe. *whoops* Apparently I’m not so fun for Christmas tree shopping.
Did I mention multiple stores? Don’t get me started on the “theme”. We finally went with “antique” this year. At this point we could have just thrown up a pre-lit, 3-piece tree and put nothing on it, and I would have been happy. I saw one in a Lifetime movie last night, and it looked plenty fine. I tried to bring that up, but… again… ME <—- Grinch. *Hrmph*
So at 8pm tonight, we found one. And yes… it’s as if the Christmas spirit was shining down on us tonight, leading us to this tree, ’cause it was the LAST one left, on sale, looks SO real it’s crazy and even has one of those fancy foot pedals. Pre-lit? Well… yes, ’cause we’re lazy like that. But it’s a GE, so maybe…. it’ll last with all it’s extra special technology? AND!!!! Supposedly I don’t even have to fluff the darn thing and get the “itchy arm” syndrome like I do with the others. So we got it.
Oh wait.. the fuses? For the original tree? Oh. Right. The fuses. We… ummm… didn’t. Check. Those.
Me<—- The cotton-headed ninny muggins Grinch. *giggle* (yahhhhh. As Grinchy-y as I can be at times, I LOVE ELF!!!!)
“What’s a Christmas-gram? I want one!!!”
Unless…. Wait. A. Minute. Strangely enough he just started looking at new trees every time we went shopping since the “season” started. *spine stiffens* Grrrrrrr…. I wonder if this was his sneaky way of getting a brand new tree.
So here’s today’s gift. PAJAMAS!!!!! Reader pajamas. Who doesn’t LOVE a cozy fun reading uniform? Pj’s are my official reading uniform (my husband says I’m the female pajama-clad “Hugh Hefner”… WHEN I’m not the Grinch, of course…) and I giggled with glee when I saw these. So the winner chooses the size they want, and I will have them sent by Cafepress. There are even different colored/patterned pants to choose from and I’ll let the winner choose at that time.
How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment below (better yet, I’d love to hear one of your crazy or most memorable Christmas stories), and tomorrow night (Monday December 10th 2012) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.
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First to comment, yah! Love the PJ’s!
One year the lights on the tree shorter out when the cat chewed through the wires and Santa’s butt started on fire on top of tree.
Santa’s butt on fire!! And that’s ALWAYS what I imagined with him coming down the chimney, ya know?
I don’t really have any crazy stories except I’m 24 and still wake up before everyone else and than wake them all up yelling its Christmas lol!!!
love the stories!!!
Cool… Love a good pair of pjs….
More presents! Yay!
Meee me meee (:
Love these…too cute!
Love the reference to cotton headed ninnymuggins 🙂
Best Christmas memory: sort of weird, but my first born came home from.the hospital just after Christmas (he was born 12/28) so our tree was still up. My husband and I had no idea what we were doing so while changing his diaper (in the pack n play right next to the tree) he started peeing everywhere, as we didnt get his diaper on quick enough. Its 8 years later and one of our ornaments still has watermarks on it. Dont judge me 🙂
I need a new “uniform.” The other night I was thinking, “I’m wearing the most unattractive PJs ever.” But they were so freaking comfortable!
One funny story I remember. Is when I was 10 or 11, my brother (was is 3 years older) put me in a head lock when I went to wake him up on Christmas morning. The tradition was that whichever one of us got up first woke the other one up. I guess he wasn’t having it that morning, grumbled at me to go back to sleep and put me in a headlock until he was ready to get up! I still give him a hard time for that one! I love the PJs!
I love the pjs!
ohhh so cute
We love cats and every year the cat climbs the tree. One year we heard a big crash and the cat had pulled the tree all the way down. Praying we don’t have a repeat. Lol
I grew up watching Snoopy so we bought a Charlie Brown Christmas tree for my daughter’s room so she could decorate her own little tree. I need to get her prepared for college 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!!
I don’t have any crazy Christmas stories, but this time is the busiest time of the year for me. Christmas is the 25th, my sons bday is the 27th, my hubby’s bday is the 28th, mine is the 30th and our anniversary is jan 2nd lol. And I’m like a big kid I expect for each holiday to be celebrated seperate. And of course I wake up even before my son and shake all my gifts and wake everyone up real early so we can open gifts 🙂 lol
You’ve got some awesome giveaways!! We always get a real tree & one year it seemed like everyday we were going to get something came up. I finally just told my husband to go get one. It needed to be small bc we didn’t have a lot space that year with all the baby stuff. Needless to say he comes home with this huge tree that barely fit in the family room. His reasoning was they reduced all the trees so he might as well get his money worth….lol
hubby and I married when my kids were litle, I always told hubby that the cheap plastic trucks were better than the remote controlled kind (they were 4 and 5) they wanted quantity, ya know. but he knew better (new dad syndrom) on Christmas day they played with the boxes and wrappings and the plastic trucks. I was right lol!
So we cut our tree down a few days ago and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve tried, but it keeps leaning to the left. I will not decorate it until we can stand it straight. Maybe I should put some V8 in its water. Worse tree ever!!!!
We had the same problem with our tree this year . Of course our children were disappointed so my “super dad” husband decided to go out to buy a new one right then . When he and my children reached the store they heard an announcement that the store was closing in 4 minutes. Speed shopping at
it’s finest!! We now have what we call our 4 minute tree.
How cute! I may have to order these anyway if I don’t win.
Love the pjs..no super crazy stories to tell 🙁
Super cute!! I want some!
Here is is my favorite. My nephew wanted a guitar for Christmas and to drive my sister crazy with the noise I brought it. Only she did one better she also wanted to be a smart ass, and brought over on Christmas morning a drum set and piano for my sons! We agreed to never do that again. It was fun for our kids not us. LOL. Sisters gotta love them.
So cute! As a kid my Das did lights like The Grizwalds lol. He had a “lighting ceremony” every year and we’d all stand across the street drinking our hot chocolate and watch the lights come on.
Omg too funny! I have had the exact tree experience! Last year our prelit tree by the end of Xmas had only one row light up. So we tossed it out and had to buy a new one this year. I am right there with you on looking for the right tree, does it look real, too tall, too skinny, too fat… And I hate fluffing the tree and totally agree about the scratching your arm! I too have been a bit of the. Grinch this year with the tree! But we found one and will be putting it up this week!
Pjs are my official reading outfit too…ould live in my pjs if I could 🙂
Crazy Christmas story – my family used to sit with 3 other families every year for Christmas Eve church service. All the kids sat in one pew with the parents behind us. One year during the candleligting portion, on of the kids was trying to make wax designs on the paper program, and he ended up catching the paper ring in the candle and his program on fire. He threw it on the ground and had to stomp very loudly to get it out (in the midst of singing Silent Night). The next year, they had fire proof plastic surrounding the candles…we blame it all on him and the fact that he “nearly burned down the church.” He was never allowed to hold a candle in church again.
Love the jammies!
no crazy one but one i will always REMEMBER is making cookies Witt my mom and my kiddos.. that was our last Christmas with my mom, may she rest in peace
Me, me, pick me! My husband would so appreciate me staying out of his t shirts and extra cozy sweats I have to roll about three times at the waist. I don’t think I have ever actually bought myself PJs. I just wear comfy old sweats and threadbare shirts, or usually my husband’s. Thank you!
One year, my brother had gotten mad at me for some reason just before Christmas. He broke one of my favorite sets of colored pencils (art nerd here) and I was set out to get him back. So, to get back at him, I opened all his presents one day when I was home by myself during winter break and re-wrapped them badly so that my mom would notice and be suspicious. He got blamed for it, and totally got in trouble for “Opening his gifts early to peek” and to follow our family rule, he had to give back one of his presents. Mom and Dad picked which gift he had to give back, and it was his underwear. I think they knew I was behind it, so they didn’t make him give back something cool. I was SO mad because I thought I really had him. He still teases me about it now that we are adults.
Love the Pjs! 🙂 Would love to have them for my official reading outfit!
Well, I have no crazy Christmas stories other than the fact that we have to wake our kids up EVERY Christmas!!! I thought the kids were supposed to be excited and wake us up……….but NO not our kids! I love jammies and I try to get into mine as soon as I come home from work. To have a new pair to curl up in to read would be fabulous! Thanks a lot.
Thank u for all these giveaways…. I remember one year my parents found out we opened and re wrapped all our presents. We didnt know they knew and Christmas morning they wrapped up tons of socks and.underwear lol
I love the pajamas they look so comfortable.
Love the pjs…hmm, crazy Christmas story? Is it terrible that I don’t have one lol…Chrstmas has always been filled with great memories for me 🙂
stupid cat, knocked down my tree… twice…
That is the cutest! And it looks comfy too!
Thanks for the giveaways! I don’t have a crazy Christmas story, but I love the PJs!!!!
Love! And I love you I honestly come to your site more than I’d like to admit and have found tons of new reads from you and your fans! Thank you Thank you!!!
Love those they are so cute!
LOVE the pj’s!
Love the jammie’s!!!! Last year we picked out our very first real tree as a family. We ran out of lights the tree was so big, bought more and had same light issues (different color tone). When all was said and done I re-did the lights three times!!! To top it off the darn thing fell over four times before we decided to anchor it to the wall with fishing string.. Needless to say this year we opted for the trusty old fake tree that never causes any problems.
So cute and comfy!
Nothing crazy yet here either (boring) But, these Jammies are the cutest 🙂
Your sarcasm towards Christmas knows no bounds! I think we are related somehow. I get the same “feelings” towards my boyfriend when he wants to look at those lit up villages-ALL day, every store! I am loving the PJ’s. I can totally lounge in those next year and send him to look by himself!
Congrats on finding “THE TREE”!
Considering how much I’ve been reading lately I totally need these!
Sunday is my PJ day. These PJ’s are great!!
I sooo need this! The only time I read are when my boys are asleep and im in my pj’s. Love your blog!
There was the year I by mistake bought removeable tape (like stick note tape?) anyway spent a few hours wrapping gifts and wake up in the morning (thank God first) and see all of the tape came unsuck! Had to hurry and retape everything with real tape.
We usually go to our local tree farm and cut our own tree each year. I am ALL for the pre-lit fake ones, but my DH is dead set on a real tree…. guess it’s cuz he isn’t the one who has to vacume pine needles out of the carpet for the next 6 months. ANYWAY, last year they guy who owns the tree farm accidentally burt the farm to the ground. TRUE!! So this year, after driving to 3 “alternate” farms and not finding the perfect tree we went to Home Depot and paid 60 bucks for our pre-cut beauty. The thing is, after the first few days, no matter where we got the tree from, we STILL end up burning a Glade evergreen candle because the coveted fresh tree smell wears off. BUT… I’m not really a grich, I do love Christmas… now my husband…. I guess that’s up for debate until the New Year 😉 … have I mentioned we haven’t gone gift shopping for the kids yet???? I guess that’s a story for another day!
The first year me and my husband were married and we got a fake tree. I’d never had a fake one because we had always lived in the country. My husband was used to the fake ones. I thought I’d surprise him by putting it up. He came home 2 hours later to find me crying and telling him it was broke. He looked at the tree and started laughing. It was the kind where you put a limb in the hole. I had it upside down so they kept falling out. Know it’s his job to put the tree up and I’ll decorated it. He still laughs about it, and that was 25 years ago!
Love me some PJ’s!!!!!!
Nice jammies! Would love a pair.
Okay for risk of sounding REALLY bad and you know… sexist… I told my husband today (and now with some of your similar experiences, I’m feeling extra justified in saying) —> Men are the new women.
Kidding!!! Kidding. *giggle*
You know the shopping, and the talking on the phone… with friends and… everyone. LOL!!!!!
My favorite Christmas memory is one where we didn’t have a lot of money and couldn’t afford a lot of decorations. We were very young. I remember my dad making a star for on top of the tree out of cardboard and foil and us kids drew a fireplace with fire on a cardboard shower box and we sat it next to the tree and hung our stockings on it. One of the best Christmas’ ever – even without all the expensive presents and decorations. I still to this day some 30 plus years later have that cardboard star with foil on it.
Thanks for the giveaway and the walk down memory lane!
When my son was 4-7, my neighbor would dress as Santa and bring over gifts. (They didn’t know it was him until the 3rd year). We invited neighborhood kids over and he never failed to have gifts for all of them. It was a lovely tradition. When they got (too old), my son began dressing as an elf and assisting Santa for the younger kids. My heart misses those precious years. Oh, and watching our dogs dig their heads into their stockings for their treats was always great entertainment!!!! I hope you all have wonderful memories like these. Merry Christmas!
My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 6. For some reason we went to Burger King that night for dinner and on our way home we saw a red light in the sky. Of course this had to be Santa and his reindeer. My dad rushed home stuck us in bed and told us that Santa would pass if we weren’t asleep. We were so excited that we couldn’t sleep. We then heard Santa on the roof and sure enough he passed us. We cried and cried. We finally fell asleep and Santa did come back. I found out a few years later that my mom went outside that night, in the snow, climbed on the roof with bells. I am surprised she didn’t kill herself! It wasn’t until I had kids of my own that I truly appreciated what she did….and I am always afraid that I will be the one on the roof some day. 🙂 Love the jammies!
We didn’t put up the tree this year because with a one and two year old it would be laying horizontally more than vertical! And I am not dealing with that 🙂
Gah! This is so fun. I’m loving this Maryse!!
Would absolutely love this! Thanks for the giveaway!
Love the pj’s…..
Love the pj’s!!!! I hear yah sister about the tree!!!!
I want Pj’s!! My only silly christmas story was when we had unexpected family arrive and we didn’t want to be without christmas presents for them so we made a mad dash to Walgreens and bought random gift sets for them in 10 minutes flat. You can always count on your local Walgreens for everything ; )
I would love the pjs! The only thing I can think of is my two brothers, one that is 29 and one that is 26 still to this day wont look in the living room until our parents are in there to tell them to come on because they think Santa still will have gifts laid out for them. Whats really funny is neither of them live there anymore!
These stories are great! I really wish I had one of my own. But other than the year I woke up in the middle of the night and got up to see if Santa had come yet, I saw a shadow and thought it was Santa. I didn’t want him to catch me and take away my presents so I ran back to bed as quietly as I could, I got nothing.
The pjs are cute! Would love a pair! Thanks for the giveaway!
The only crazy Chrismas story I can think of right now- is when we finally got (after much whining and begging from me) our first REAL christmas tree! I was so excited I could not wait to decorate it. So we get it into the house and it was just perfect, all Christmasey smelly and pretty! I got all the ornaments ready and then I look closer at the tree and say “hey whats that?” and on closer inspection I see little tiny SPIDERS all over the tree! There was so many it was like a scary movie- like spiders EVERYWHERE in that tree! Could not get the thing out fast enough. Needless to say, I have now invested in a really great Christmas tree smelly candle! 🙂 Love the gifts, thanks for the fun!
these look comfy! would love a pair…merry Christmas 🙂
These are so cute!
These PJ’s are so cute!!!!!
Jessica <--- that is a SPECIAL memorable ornament for sure!!
Kerri!! OMG on the spiders!!!!!!! Christmas nightmare!! LOL!
My family is an avid “cut down our own tree” family! Every year we make it a day of going to the local tree farm, walking the rows and rows of firs of every shape and size. There are 7 of us in my family that all take it upon ourselves to find the “right” tree, though we rarely agree on what that tree is! (I did mention we make a DAY of this right?!) Well, a couple years ago, we couldn’t all go tree hunting. 🙁 It was a first, but my mom and one of my brothers swore they wouldn’t let us down. They really took the task of finding the tree seriously, because even with only two people looking for a tree, it still took them half the day to find one and FIVE hours to cut it down! When they finally managed to bring the tree home, they were met with five faces covered in shock and awe. They had cut down an actual pine tree! It was HUGE! Needless to say, the rest of us went out and found another, smaller tree that fit in our living room (and through the kitchen door!).
We live in the country and we still joke around about having them go out and cut down any of the trees along our driveway to try and pass it off as a Christmas tree 🙂
Here is a crazy for you… this year, I have no idea what I’m going to do. My stepmom decided that she hates me because my dad gives me more attention than the kids he has with her, so I cannot go to my dads. My mother decided to start dating her ex boyfriend (and usually it’s not a big deal, but this is the 10 trillionth time she has taken him back and everything he cheats on her and leaves her children to pick up the pieces) AGAIN so I gave her the ultimatum of, “if he is going to be there I will not be”… I guess I could go to an Aunts or something but I literally just feel like veging out with my (hopeful) awesome new PJ’s and as many books as I can get through on my kindle.
So… Crazy. Right?
Crazy Christmas story??? I work in retail…thats all that needs to be said!! Love the PJ’s! 🙂
We have been hiding our kids presents in the closet on the top shelf with a blanket thrown over it. My kids are 2 and 4 so hiding hadn’t been that big of a deal until my 4 year old told me that the blankets in my closet are getting really big and he wanted to know why….I guess it is time to find a new hiding spot.
Our Christmases are usually super normal….
These pjs look awesome though!
Worse Christmas moment ever.
When my son was little he liked to play jokes and pranks on mom…So when I found this adorable small velvet bag full of black bubble gum shaped like coal..I thought perfect stuffer for my little prankster..
Christmas morning rolls around tons of presents under the tree for my little man, full stocking. As he gleefully opened up his stocking gifts he opened this little bag and dumped out the small “lumps of coal” ..looking up to me with his large blue eyes I laughed and he in turn Burst in to tears….I like to have died…my son , who is 20 now , still asks me if he will get coal again.
a must for reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are awesome!
Hope the new tree works out well for you. 🙂
I made my husband sign a light contract that is kept with our Christmas decorations. It states no matter how tangled our Christmas tree lights are, my husband must untangle them and put them on the tree. If the lights are out, he must go to the store THAT DAY to buy new ones. We did this because I wanted a pre lit tree and he didn’t .I hate dealing with the lights, so this way he gets to!
This year all of our strands of lights quit working except for one mere 200 light strand. We went to hang up our obligatory lit snowman in the window and he didn’t work either. WTF?
ha okay so my kids are all teenagers now and get most of their gifts way before christmas so my tree for the passed two christmas…. charlie brown tree its a foot and a half tall not big enough for lights and its perfect takes ten min to set up and then bam back to reading!!!
I think this is the first time I’ve ever been upset to live in Canada!
Lmao at the reference to “itchy arm syndrome”!!! My atms break out every year- real tree (from putting lights on) or fake tree (from fluffing). It’s a lose-lose situation. I have to say, though, that I am a Christmas FREAK and its worth it in the end. 🙂
New PJs…..cool!!!! Funniest Christmas memory: When I was about 10 I got a bike for Christmas. My friend, Ronnie, knocked on the door that morning and I answered excitedly, “Hey Ronnie, I got a bike!”. He replied, “I got a goat!” I kid you not, his dad had given him a goat for Christmas!.
Very cute pjs!
Those are really cute!!
Yes i want!! Thank you Maryse!!
I love pajamas!!! Hmm… A Christmas story. I can’t think of any funny ones. Ours are usually pretty normal. Although with divorce rates these days it does take about 5 different stops to get to see everyone!!! Lots and lots of Christmas celebrating!!!
I don’t have a crazy Christmas story, just lots of memories of great times with my family and friends. I love your site, I check it out everyday. You are my go to girl when I hit a book drought.
I don’t really have a funny story. Unless you count my husband putting his OU hats out with the Christmas decorations and trying to convince me that since they play during the holidays they could be included in the decor…he is a nerd…
I think the only crazy Christmas story was when I was a little girl, my sisters and I were lined up outside my parents bedroom door arguing over who had to wake them up. Instead, my sister farted so loud that it echoed in the hallway and woke up my parents. >.<
At least your tree didn’t fall on you and had to be redecorated.
Grrrrr! Thanks for making me smile during this stressful season.
And yes I believe your husband killed the lights so he could get
A new tree. Lol!
LOL Tina… ohhhh I’ve heard of the Christmas tree falling story. In fact I could swear author Tara Sivec just had a similar situation!
Pick me pick me!
Awe, Christmas tree shopping-how fun. Or not! We did that this year too, not a good time. 🙂 Then the new dog we rescued a couple months ago chewed up a couple strands of lights……..even though it’s pre lit, we have to add more! (don’t ask), so I fell your pain sista!
I love PJ’s though, & would love to win!!
I would love these. My best Christmas memory was getting the Barbie dream house I wanted desperately when I was 8 yrs old!!!
Well I am a Christmas Eve baby, so of course THAT day in 1984 will go down as one of the greatest. Hahaha 😉 I’d love to win these PJs! 🙂
Great idea for a Christmas giveaway. I live in pjs more than my work uniform. I don’t have my tree up either but I read every day lol
Every Christmas is crazy & memorable at our house!
I love Christmas! I really do, but this year work is crazy & soo busy! I haven’t gotten tree ( I have to have a real one) & that darn elf on shelf has returned to same spot 3 times all ready! I think I need some new reading pj’s to get me out of this funk I’m in 😉
So cute!! Here’s a Xmas story. Last year my tiny little white cat climbed up our tree, which by the way is 10 feet tall. We found her on Christmas morning meowing like crazy, how she got up there and didn’t tip it over is beyond me. While trying to get her down I trip over my feet on the latter and there goes my cat and the tree my little girls were crying hysterically yeah not fun. Luckily no one got hurt! Let’s just say she has not gone near the tree yet this year!
The pjs are too cute !!!!! I don’t have any Christmas stories. To this day I’m still the first one to get up in the morning and everything !
I’m trying to think of a funny Christmas story and the only one that comes to mind was the first year I brought my now husband home for Christmas (bf at the time). He had only met my Papa one other previous time and when we walked in the first thing he said to us both was “well it looks like you two have put on some weight, looks like your in the right place to eat some food” HAHAHA he was a funny guy
Got stranded in a blizzard with my husband and 5 month old baby! Thank heaven for Dad’s who will always come rescue you in a pinch 🙂
Comfy pjs…love those. Our tree fell over one year and broke my favorite bulb!! Now we make sure that will never happen again.
Would love this!
In need of those jammies for my reading night!
Love some pj’s!
Pick me those are cute!!
We were going through our holiday decoration totes this evening and found the Holloween costumes I purchased last year at like crazy low prices. So I just HAD to try the witchy one on! Wouldn’t you know, I think it was totaly me! Happy Reading all!
My most memorable Christmas was the Christmas my husband asked me to marry him.
I love the PJs! can we win if were from Canada??
This year, we finally decided to go with an artificial tree. My hubs always wanted one, but my son and I always insisted on a real tree. I gave in to the fake tree thing after realizing that we keep buying all these cute, expensive disney and hallmark ornaments that are just too heavy for a real tree. My poor son, he was devastated. So I convinced him that in addition to the big fake tree, he gets to pick out his own real, small, special tree which we will decorate with only our special handmade son and mommy decorations. Of course his $40 (!) little, pitiful looking tree is the ugliest but cutest most memorable tree I’ve ever seen. I think this will have to be our new tradition.
Love the PJ’s!
Love to win the pjs. I actually asked for new ones for Christmas.
I went tree shopping today too but I just hit pier one and done!
Well tbh my story wasnt all that funny back then but, back in the day my hubby made me quit putting up christmas lights outside because three years in a row he got put in jail while I was outside putting them up! Sad but true,lol:) Its funny now but we still don’t put lights outside after around 10 yrs:)
Getting together with my family every Christmas Eve as a child & getting a barbie every year….hee hee I’m a barbie girl who still lives in her world of books…lol Love love your blog!
Crazy Christmas Story…mama & papa all snug in their beds (new parents, baby’s first Christmas)…WhAT freakin’ loud ass sound woke us? The beautifully lit and fully decorated (with glass ornaments, bc we were brand new parents, you see) had a head on collision with, what else, but the floor! Yes, the beautifully lit and fully decorated tree was no longer…after steadying the freaking tree…AND tying it to a nail on the wall with fishing line (my dad is a fisherman)…we proceeded with GLASS cleanup duty and by the end of it all, it sorta looked like a gigantic version of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree (you know, lacking ornaments and all)…quietly dashed back to bed, only to have the newborn WAKE up…oye! Memories!
My kids are sleepers. Every weekend they sleep in. But every Christmas morning they wake us at 3:00 a.m. screaming “Santa’s been here”. If they only knew we have only gone to bed an hour earlier trying to prepare!!! Tis the season 🙂
Definitely want this one.. Me please!!! 🙂
Cute pjs !!!!
These are MINE!!! And Maryse.. I REALLY LMAO reading that!! SO CUTE!!! Thank you for that!! xxx
Love the pj’s. I have a confession… my 3 girls are late sleepers so every year I wake them up early cause I’m excited to see them open their presents. I have plenty of pictures of them passed out in the middle of toys and wrapping paper because they “didn’t get enough sleep mooom.”
I NEED these!! 😉
Love the pjs. A favorite Christmas memory is when we got the kids a small 6 foot pool table and set it up Christmas eve. We has loads of fun trying to play quietly, we had to test it out. Christmas morning we asked the kids to get something for us down stairs and surprise there it was!
I’m proud of you, Maryse. You’ve got your tree now, your husband is happy, and your “grinchness” was thwarted! I live in Oregon, the land of a bazillion Christmas trees and we still don’t have our tree yet!
Looovee the reading uniform! I would love to win this gift, I need some pjs! I love all these stories and memories too. Mine isn’t a funny or crazy one, but I will just never forget my daughters first xmas in 2010, she was only a few months but I bought her a million things and she didn’t have a clue what was going on. Last year she was one and I bought a million things but she was confused and kinda shy why everyone was staring at her lol so wouldn’t open anything till later on. I can’t wait for this year because she’s excited for santa to come and she’s two and she loves her elf on the shelf and I just can’t wait to see her walk out of her room xmas morning! Merry xmas, and as usual you ROCK!!
Keep missing due to time difference 🙁
Always have & Always will love Christmas!
No funny christmas stories, not even an interesting one.. but we do have a Bumble helping to hold up our star at the top of our tree.
These PJs are great!!
Jennifer and Sarah – both your stories are so similar and made me laugh!! BRATS!!!
My favorite Christmas story/memory is about the tree in my classroom…5ft tall, pre-lit, donated my the parent of a former student. Each year my students each bring in left over ornaments from their own homes. It’s our special way of decorating the Christmas tree as a family. It’s the best tradition ever!
Firstly, thanks for the nifty giveaways! Sorry I missed out on days 1-8! (me = under a rock) I just might have to get me a set of those snazzy jammies as it is!
Secondly, happy Christmas stories? For the past 8 years or so, it’s been the same moment when my free range rabbit finds her nice new hide-y place under the Christmas tree. So, no matter what I do or don’t get, there is always something awesome under the tree! Unless she didn’t make it to her litter box… then it’s not so awesome…
I LOVE these!!!
It’s not a crazy story BUT, growing up my dad always read us the Christmas story out of the Bible before opening presents, so as to always remember the true meaning of Christmas. Well my parents split when I was in High school and after a few years he moved to California, so now that he is on the other side of the country he is not able to carry on the tradition. Now every year we, (me and my brothers) get a goody pack that he and his wife put together, and sometimes they have little tree ornaments in them and one year mine had a little Peanuts Hallmark Keepsake Christmas ornament that when you pressed a button a light comes on and Linus recites the biblical account of Jesus’ birth, that was from the end of Charlie Brown’s Christmas special. Now according to a website I just saw, the ornament is “rare” and worth $85 lol I called my dad just now to tell him and him jokingly said “good, you can sell it” but I told him to me it is priceless. 🙂 This year will be the first time in 6 or 7 years that we get to spend Christmas with our dad, normally we go during the spring. I can’t wait, I leave in less than a week and a half!!
There are a few crazy stories that I remember hearing about but they happened when I was really young so I don’t remember then happening, but one was when we were visiting family in Ohio and one of my brothers folded the other up into the couch bed and got stuck so they had to go get our parents to help get him out. The other was when my brothers went on the roof of the house in the middle of the night stomping around and ringing bells pretending to be Santa and my parents thought it was burglars so my dad went out there with his knife. lol I wish I was old enough at the time to remember these moments they may not have been funny at the time and I am sure they got into trouble but it sure seems funny now!!
Thanks for the giveaway!!! I hope I win ’cause as long as I am home I am in my pjs, so I can never have enough!!
I wish I had a Christmas story to tell but all my past Christmas’s have been boring 🙁
Love the PJs.
It had rained, then froze one Christmas Eve morning. My husband got up early and wanted to start a cozy fire while the rest of us were asleep. He slipped on our icy (brick) steps getting firewood and cracked 2 ribs. We spent Christmas Eve at the emergency room and my young son cried, because he was scared we were somehow going to miss Santa and Christmas. Wasn’t funny at the time, but we laugh about it now. 🙂
Love the PJ’s. The night before Christmas, we make cookies for Santa. My children write a note welcoming him to the home. 🙂
Love the pj’s!!
The Christmas story that haunts my memories happened shortly after I was married. Our neighbors were related to my husband and they had a 5 year old, sweet little girl….but her parents were idiots. She wanted us to come watch her open Santa’s gifts. When she started opening her poorly wrapped gifts, I noticed they were odd gifts like a mixer, bowls and cake mix. She had asked for an easy bake oven!!! Then I found out she wrapped her own gifts! Sooooo sad. Needless to say by the next day she had that easy bake. P.S. Love the jammies.
I need new pj’s desperately.
Love the pjs…hope I win!!!
Love the pjs, hope I win!
I always read in my jammies.
My older brother gave me one of my most memorable Christmas presents when I was in junior high. He laughed when I tried shaking it to guess what it was – it was pretty big and VERY heavy. Turns out he had bought me an unabridged dictionary because he was sick of me always borrowing his collegiate edition. Of course, the reason I borrowed his dictionary was to look up “naughty” words. The unabridged dictionary didn’t even have them in it! So while the present itself wasn’t great, the memory is priceless.
My husband just says I’m crazy because I like to put up the Christmas tree wayyyyy toooo early. This year I put it up in October , last year it was the end of August . What can I tell u, I LOVE my tree…. Lol….
OMG!!!! How cute. I need one
That is a great story……we stick to a real tree. Lol
I love your blog!! I’ve found so many great books because of you:)
My crazy Christmas story is just getting the cat to not destroy the tree and eat the presents.
Not that crazy, but we bought 40 acre’s and a house in Missouri and every Christmas, my husband goes out and finds 3 Christmas tree’s that I might like, then he paints the bottom with white paint so we know which one’s he’s chosen and we then go out with mulled wine (me) and a dark beer (him) and pick MY most favorite tree. I love him <3
What cool pjs!!! Fav Christmas story is when my boys got to see snow for the first time. The oldest one 3 cried and the youngest 2 could not stop laughing and playing in it! 🙂
Soo stinkin cute, I love those pjs!!
We love elf on the shelf and finding new things to do with him each night and our kids love it soo much! Its a blast.
Those pjs are too cute!
My husband knows that I open all my presents as soon as I see them under the tree so one year he put all my presents in a locked steel metal tool box with a combination lock…he also wrote a smart ass note on it that said “haha! now you gotta wait!”
I seriously contemplated going to home depot to buy a lock cutter, i was dying of suspense BUT pleasantly surprised to open my presents on Christmas Eve (I threatened divorce if he made me wait till Xmas morning) to find goodies from Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Chanel 🙂
The pj’s ar awesome! Our only true Christmas decorating nightmare was the year our carefully selected tree (which the children carefully decorated) ended up displaying evidence that a deer may have used it as a urinal. NOT a good situation! Oh well…funny now.. then…not so much!
Those pj’s are cute!
I would love a new pair of reading pj’s!!!
Enjoy the tree!!! Thanks Maryse!!!
Enjoy your tree nd would love pj’s!
Love these…too cute!
great pjs. kindle
This year we just PCS’d to a different state and didn’t realize until Christmas decorating day that we had left ALL (20 yrs worth) of our Christmas decorations in storage back in Virginia…It was a very sad moment since we just didn’t have time to drive the 400 miles back to get them without my husband being on a pass…so I buckled up, bought normal decorations and we have a pretty blue and silver tree that no one likes 🙁
Thanks for making me laugh Maryse; I really needed that this morning.Would love those pj’s-thanks for the giveaways and for always recommending books that tare into every emotion.
Each year, my husband swears up and down at me for asking him to take out the artificial tree from the drop-down attic stairway. We’ve successfully chipped drywall, gouged the wood floor, and ripped the bag that holds the tree. This year, I had the bright idea of trying to descend the tree in a different direction and with tons of success, we did not manage to bust up the house any more LOL!
Love the jammies! I need a new reading uniform lol
That looks to be the perfect outfit to wear while snuggled on the sofa with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Merry Christmas!
Awesome gift! I love pjs!
The Pink camo are adorable!!
I don’t have a crazy story…I just get more excited then the kids do on Xmas day. I can’t wait until they open their gifts!!
I’ve so been there with the lights. I love me a prelit tree. Then I throw on a few extra strands of lights for extra sparkle!
I love your Christmas tree saga. 🙂 The reading PJs are adorable.
We had a tree one year with curved trunk that we had to put a soup can in the stand to hold up. We never knew if it would still be standing when we got home. It would lean from time to time and we would just shove the can further into the stand
No crazy story, but would love to win.
We pulled out our prelit tree this year and sure enough, a section of about 50 lights was out in the middle of the tree. We checked the fuses but of course that wasn’t the issue. My solution was to just turn the section that was out to the back so that it was hidden by the curtains when looking in from outside and to decorate around it. Of course my hubby decided that he knew the section was out so it was going to annoy the life out of him- so at 9 pm he was sitting on the floor checking every single bulb in the strand singing the 12 Pains of Christmas with extra creativity around “rigging up the lights” if you know what I mean as I sat there trying to hold back a snicker (or 10 or 12) and being largely unsuccessful at it. Oh, and it was bulb 47 that finally needed replacing- so I feel your pain!
I love them! But have no interesting Christmas sorties unfortunately!
Wow. These are great! lol How did you find them? lol 🙂
The pjs are perfect. I loved your story. I was snickering the whole way through, “Grinch.” Glad you found the perfect tree.
I also read in my pj’s. Would love an official pair. Thanks for the giveaways!
I had the same tree experience as you this year. Got out my also 3 yr old tree and half of the lights didn’t work. I also had a bah humbug moment. Those lights are supposed to work even if one bulb goes out. Obviously that is not the case. My husband was not going to buy a new tree again so we just put on a couple sets of lights. You can’t even tell. Love the pjs!
Your story reminds me of the scene in Christmas Vacation where Clark has to find “the perfect tree” . Love your story and love that movie!!
I feel you with the Christmas decorations. Growing up (once we were all older) it was “You kids put the decorations up while I am out shopping, or when I come home you are grounded” then all of us kids would fight about where we would put things. Makes for good funny stories now. Your story will be funny, eventually. 🙂
Couldn’t think of any crazy Christmas stories, is that sad? oh well, Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas! Live the pjs!
We go into the forest and chop down our own tree!
We have the same problem with the pre-lit trees! What a pain it is trying to get the lights off that they put on! I love your giveaways 🙂
Love the PJ’s.
Thank you for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!
I love a comfyy pair of pjs and a good book. One year i was reading onto the night by the glow of the christmas tree… my husband works early in morning so when he got up at 12:45am and i was still reading he was shocked…told me to ggo to bed! (He doesnt understand not being able to put a good book down) so i went to bed and waited for him to leave (just to avoid afight with him) then when he left i got up and finished book. I was up until 5:45am reading. It was just too good to put down. To this day i havnt told him i got back up and finished book! LOL
Thanks for all your work on this blog! I have just finished the Rock Chick series & can’t wait for the final book in January. I hope to be reading it in my new “readers uniform”! hehehe
No crazy stories just alot of warm memories spending the holidays with the hubby and kiddos 🙂
My Christmas story.. It was a few years back and we didnt have much money and I was feeling sorry for myself. I went to the grocery store and there was this woman in front of me and she was in here late 60’s early 70’s and she was crying. I went and asked her what was wrong and she said she thought she locked her keys in her car, I told her to wait until I paid for my groceries. Then I walked out to her car with her and yep sure enough she had locked them in. So I asked her where she lived and she told me so I put her groceries in my car and took her home to get her extra set of keys.
I carried her groceries in the house, met her husband he was very ill and was not abole to get out. We got her keys and I took her back to her car we unlocked and I told her Merry Christmas.
She said I was an angel and I told her no I was just in the right place at the right time.
When I went home I know longer felt sorry for myself and was very happy and excited to tell everyone my story.
She thought I helped her, but she helped me that day more then I could ever say.
Cute pjs!! Pick me!!
I love the pj’s.
A cozy pair of pjs + a great book + snuggling in front of the fire + a cup of chai tea = perfect evening. Thanks for the giveaway!
Hoping to win 🙂 I need after the morning i’ve had, I need a monday do-over!
Merry Christmas! We used to gag-gift my little brother when he was about 10-12. We wrapped up one of our mom’s old bras one year and a muddy galosh another year. Needless to say we scarred him for life (or so he claims). He’s 29 yrs old now and every Christmas, my sister and I laugh our butts off about it while our mom admonishes us about torturing our brother! Gotta love family!
OMG! Funniest XMAS tree story every. Those are the cutest pajamas too. Would love a new reading uniform. My current set just got a hole. :0(
Love the reading uniform!!!! To this day my family brings up the year I left the Christmas tree up till almost May when I was finally forced to take it down. Hahaha. What can I say, I liked the lights while reading and watching a movie. So pretty!!! Hahaha.
I loved the PJ’s Maryse!
Happy Holidays!! Love your site!!
My first Christmas with no family (my parents moved to Florida and 2 of my 5 siblings got married that year) and I cried ALL DAY LONG. After many hours of being supportive, my boyfriend (now husband) got a bit tired of it. I couldn’t blame him, but I couldn’t stop either. I wasn’t used to such a quiet Christmas – now I like them!
Love to read in PJ’s…:)
Crazy Christmas Story – Me and my husbands first bought home, we purshased a real Christmas Tree, brought it home…set it up…put all the crazy colored decorations on it…and it tips over! Ohhh…I was mad…So, half the bulbs are broke, we try again…(with half the bulbs!) And it falls over again!!! So…we decide…since we are neither in any mood for Christmas anymore! to tie the tree to ceiling by fishing line! HA! Well probably not our smartest idea, since I had a hole in the ceiling from the hook I had to put in there to hold the tree up…BUT ….the tree stayed standing!!! Now…it artificial all the way! Oh…and pre-lit! 🙂
Rumor has it (aka mom says), when I was 4 years old, I woke up before everybody in the house and unwrapped every single present under the tree! lol
Cute idea! tks Maryse
Pick me! Pick me!
The only problem is…I would never be dressed as I’m always reading when I’m home.
Love those jammies!
Warm jammies, a crackling fire and my favorite hero.. A perfect evening.. Maybe a nice glass of red wine!
I love your site. Those PJ’s look comfy.
OMG… loving the pj’s!!!!
Cool give away!
Super cute idea! I’d love a new reading uniform, lol.
I have four kids who all went to a private Christian preschool (think prim-and-proper). Well, last year at the Christmas pagent, in front of hundreds of people, my 4-year old son, who was standing in the front row on stage, decided to sing all his songs with his fake candle STUCK BETWEEN HIS LEGS. Yes — as in sticking out. Everyone was laughing so hard you could barely hear the kids sing! Needless to say, I was mortified (but laughed my ass off anyways). Definitely going to have to torment him with that as a teenager!
Too funny Maryse! I love your stories! Especially about Christmas! Keep them coming! On that note, I would love to get some new, snazzy PJ’s 🙂
Cattastrophy !! lol.. Might not be a real word but … Every since we got our cat’s 4 years ago.. it has been hard to keep a Christmas tree up.. they climb inside and lay on the branches.. knocking of ornaments and lights, bending the limbs and just making me crazy.. So I almost didn’t put up a tree this year.. but friend’s plotted against me to do so.. Now here we go again! 2012 Cattastrophy!
Reading jammies sound awesome! 🙂
Reading jammies sound awesome! 🙂
Having a big family, Christmas is always crazy at our house!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Cute jammies! & Love your Xmas tree story!
Love the PJ’s!!!
Hi! Very cute PJ’s! My favorite Christmas memory is my husband proposing to me by our first Christmas tree. Then when the family was together for our annual traditional dinner, my Dad stood up to make a toast and announce it. That was uncharacteristic for his personality and he has since passed away. But that night was very special!
I wanted it to look like Santa had slipped off the roof and dropped his glasses in the snow for my son to find. So I talked my younger brother into falling off the roof and rolling down our front yard. It was hilarious!
Love this set! I don’t have an interesting Christmas story, I do currently have a broken foot however and am at least getting some reading in since I can’t run around as much as I normally would. This outfit would be nice to have. Thanks for the chance!.
Way cute….. Please me
Best christmas memory are the ones we make year after year with our 2 little girls. My husband dresses up as santa and he will run around outside and our girls will eagerly stare out the windows to find “santa” then to top it off he will make the noise on the roof so they think its the reindeer, and of course “santa” eats the cookies and drinks the milk they leave out for him 🙂 makes my heart flutter!
Cute pjs !!!
WOW!! You really had an adventurous time with your Christmas tree!! I don’t think I could possibly come close to your story….lol. My most memorable Christmas story would have to be when we were kids and could not really afford a tree, so my mom picked up a “Charlie Brown” tree…..that poor little tree couldn’t hold more than 2 Christmas balls on it without tipping over. It was such a sad looking tree, but the best Christmas ever because of it!
No crazy Christmas stories but definitely cute pj’s 😀
Don’t feel to grinchy girl!! Im almost 30 and I’ve never decorated or had a tree! Me and my husband just bought our first one yesterday….now I just need ornaments!
We had the same problem with our prelit two years ago. I said never again. Last year we got a real tree again instead and I was sick with the flu and unable to decorate as usual. I came down and hubby had put the lights on and garland on for me. All I had to do was the ornaments and tree topper which is my favorite part!
This year I wanted to start Christmas early. Had a biopsy done and just needed the magic that Christmas gives to keep my mind off of things. Positive thoughts! Hubby came home on Black Friday with a 8 foot FAT Balsam fir and my eyes went as big as saucers. Our little apartment isn’t big enough for a tree that size! We had to move the entire office upstairs to get it to fit! We’ve gone all out this year in decorating and I love it! I just got back from the doctor and the biopsy was benign! So Christmas is special for us this year. Not only did I get a clean bill of health. My little nephew after 5 years of battling with Leukemia is cancer free after his second bone marrow transplant! This is going to best Christmas ever! 😀
I’d love new PJ’s!!! I don’t have any interesting Christmas stories…
Love the PJ’s!!
I wouldn’t say it was a crazy Christmas memory, but the year that Twilight was all the rage, and I was of course hooked, my husband saved the best present for last. He got me a tshirt that said “Bite Me” in big letters ( I used to say that a lot, nice I know) below it said “Edward only please”. I loved that shirt, I seriously teared up slightly. Pathetic I know, especially since I was 29 years old. Would love the pjs!
Every year is like Christmas Vacation in my house. Something is always going wrong…. but I would love the PJ’s to snuggle up in to make it all better! LOL!
I love reading your blog and have downloaded a few of the Zombie Apocalypse Romance novels you mentioned since I’ve been on a zombie kick with no Walking Dead til February.
No Christmas story to tell…but I have a pajama fetish & would ❤ these!!!
Don’t have a hilarious Christmas story,..but my birthday happens to be the 26th! So I have double the celebration each year!
Thanks maryse! Crazy….well, yes. On Christmas eve I wouldn’t allow my toddler son to eat the crab dip cause “I didn’t want to spend the evening in the e.r.” if he was allergic. Then the minute I turned my back on him he found a round red glass ornament that had been removed from the chandelier. Which he picked up while babbling apple …apple.. then took a big bite. It shattered in his mouth. Thankfully he was completely unharmed but we did spend the evening in the e.r.. Then my husband spent the rest of the very late night assembling a toy I bought on the Internet that only had instructions in German!
Well, I guess around the age of 8 or 9, I started to doubt there really was a Santa. I remember planning on waking up in the middle of the night to peek in the living room and see exactly who was stuffing our stockings. Well, sure enough around midnight I slowly tried to sneak out of my room and just as I was tip toeing out of my bedroom, I swore heard jingle bells on the roof. I got so scared Santa would see me so I ran back to bed. To this day, I still don’t know exactly how it happened, but I was able to enjoy a few more years of Santa because of it 🙂
I will always remember the ham in my stocking. I must have been 6 years old when this occurred. Christmas eve, I hung up my stocking with care at the bottom of the staircase and for some reason, I just glanced over at the table and saw uncooked wrapped ham. I said goodnight to everyone…went to bed, excited for Santa to come. Christmas morning, I get up, go down the stairs, check my stocking and you know what I find…I find the same ham that was sitting on the table from the night before, in my stocking along with I think $25 of change. I don’t remember what my parents said as to why the ham was in my stocking…but I will always remember that incident, lol.
I need these.
I live in my pj’s anytime I can, another pair is always welcome.
When I was a lil girl I was dealthy afraid of men. Let’s say I’m not anymore since I have 4 kids 😉 one Christmas we went to my aunt & uncle. When he came in through the kitchen I screamed and ran right into the Christmas tree and knocked it over. I still hear about it from my uncle.
I think preparing for this Christmas will stay in my mind for a long time! It all started with our annual trip to the Christmas Tree Farm on the hunt for that “perfect Christmas Tree”. Maryse…..my husband is the Grinch in our family!!! LOL Always criticizing me for taking ENTIRELY TOO LONG (his words) to find the “perfect tree”. This year was no different….after a long walk and sizing up a multitude of trees we finally settled on one. We have to cut it down ourselves and of course our saw was dull as all get out! Finally the Grinch :o) gets the tree down. We get it on top of the truck and get it home…..eventually. Once we get home, my husband (aka the Grinch) was cutting it loose from the top of the truck and all i hear is yelling. What now???? I turn around to see blood gushing everywhere!!! Yep you guessed it….the Grinch cut his hand open getting the tree off the truck!!! After several hours at the ER and 5 stiches later….we finally get back home. No one mind you is in the Christmas Spirit at this point. Finally the next day we attempt to put the tree up just to find out all the lights are bad. Off to the store in search of lights…..we finally find lights and finally get the tree up and my hubby is finally getting his stiches removed today ;o)
I really can’t decide if I like the fake tree or real tree best. It seems no matter which one we go with there is still trouble. So our last real tree was the Christmas of 2002. Me, my husband, and my youngest daughter, who was 3 at the time went to a tree farm where you get to cut down your own tree. I was pregnant with our second child. We trudged out through the snow until we found the perfect tree. Madison has lost her boot in the snow and got one foot all wet and was crying so I was holding her – trying to warm her foot. We were trying to hurry up and cut our tree and so we could walk back through and find Madison’s boot and get her back to the truck to get her warmed back up. My husband couldn’t get the chain saw started, and was throwing him self because he couldn’t concentrate and he really wanted that tree. I bent over to help him and when he pulled back on the cord again he hit me in the head, knocking me and Madison down into the snow. We finally got the tree down and back to the truck, but we were a sorry sight covered in snow. On the way home, the tree flew out of the back of the truck and we had to stop, drive back and pick up again off the side of the road. This was when we said we are never getting a real tree again. We have had a fake tree since. We actually put up our fake tree yesterday and boy can I tell you I know exactly what you mean about those darn lights! Suffice it to say – we have a half lit tree and decided that next year we are going back to a real tree – but I am refusing to go cut it down our own.
I NEED these pj’s! Merry Christmas!
Love the reading uni! Got a few of those at home that my family is frankly sick of!
Your situation sounds so similiar to mine. We have a pre-lit tree that started to “dim” last year. After trying for hours to find the culprit, we decided to just throw on other lights. Yeah – it looked like crap, but by that time, everyone in the house was just excited to be DONE with the tree!! Best of luck!
Ooh…Ooh…pick me…pick me….I love a good pair of jammies 🙂 Just finishing up reading “Wallbanger” Thanks for the recommendation…Loved it!!
Ooh..Ooh..pick me…pick me… I love a good pair of jammies! Just finishing up “Wallbanger” Loved it. Thanks for the recommendation!
Being a working mother, sometimes it is really hard to be able to squeeze everything that needs to be done. One year was exceptionally busy and I had no time to wrap any of the “Santa” presents for my two children. On Christmas eve, I loaded my husband and the two children into the car so they could go “look at Christmas lights” which really translated into “Honey take them out of the house so I can get things finshed.” Well, 20 minutes later I got a call to pick up the children as he ad a flat tire. Did I mention that it was raining and cold out? Upon my arrival,I transferred to children into my car and headed home. By the time my husband got back after changing the tire, I had the children in bed. We were up until 4:00 putting together the toys and wrapping presents. We just got into bed when we heard the children whispering at the top of the stairs. Needless to say, we got no sleep until the following evening.
Love the pj’s!!!
Love these pj’s 😀
These PJs are adorable. Thanks for another amazing giveaway.
My most memorable Christmas, …. my son’s first Christmas when he knew what was going on, he woke that morning with a bad case of the flu. He was upset saying all is toys would be gone if he didn’t open them. I told him that Santa wouldn’t take them back that they would wait for him. He wanted to go in and see them but he was so very sick he couldn’t walk so I carried him in the livingroom and laid him on the sofa. He looked at all the gifts and laid his head down on the sofa crying cause he wanted to open them. I sat on the floor next to the sofa and asked if he wanted me to open one gift for him? He said yes, so I opened the gift that was a batman sleeping bag (he loved batman) he smiled wanted to lay on it. So I layed it out on the floor put him on it and I asked to open one more gift, he said yes. I opened the first book of Harry Potter, he looked at me puzzled, I lay on my belly next to him and started reading.
That was the beginning of our nightly readings. as time went by he would go in and get his mattres off his bed bring it into the livingroom lay on it as I read to him until he fell asleep. We read all the books throughout the years. Then got them on CD to listen too. Again we would lay in the livingroom with all the lights out and listen to them. We have seen all the movies together, the last one he was 19. That one sick Christmas brought my son and I even closer together by shairing a book. We have all the books, movies and cd’s, I wouldn’t give any of them up for anything and neither would he. He is now 25.
love your story… we had a similar experience a couple years ago! Glad you finally found a tree! Love the PJ’s PICk me!
Best Christmas Memory…Going out every year to find and cut down the perfect tree (at a tree farm of course)!
Oh, How fun, PJ’s ! I would really love to win those.
My dad already picks on me and calls me a book worm so me wearing these pajamas aound the house would definitely make for some interesting jokes but I don’t care because they are too cute !
Love cute pjs for the kids.
My 1 year old will be wearing a onesie saying “My first christmas”!
Umm, Santa Maryse, I would love an amazon giftcard
This made me smile – just a shame I’m in UK – those PJs are cool!
No really crazy Christmas stories other than the fact that my mother refuses to take the 8ft tree she has in her house down now. She covers it up with a sheet and forbids anyone who visits to go in the room.
Love the reading uniform:) I have one or two that are of similar fashion but boy are they getting threadbare! I could definitely use another set of something cute and cozy to wear while reading all of the good books that you suggest.
Btw, don’t know if you’ve read it or not but, “The Final Piece” by Maggi Myers was an absolutely amazing read! It made me cry, laugh, and understand just how important it truly is in life for people to have a “champion” who will notice a cry for help when it can’t actually be verbalized. Not all children have parents that are loving and caring but every child is loved by someone. Sometimes a true parent is not biological but the one that just loves you the most…unconditionally:)
Hmm…most memorable Christmas was when I was 14 and so excited because there was this jacket I wanted and I was sure I was gonna get…but…I ended up getting a typewriter….yes old school typewriter because computers were too expensive back then! Ugh! I was not a happy camper at all, but then I was surprised a week later when my sister and brother in law got me the jacket. Shout out to parents…buy your children what they need any other time than Christmas. Leave Christmas to the stuff they want.
LOVE the ‘reading uniform’. Just my style!!
Cutest uniform ever!
Love the jammies!!!
Absolutely love your site….My tbr list gets bigger every time I am on it. Getting lots of books for X-Mas!!:)
Love the PJs!
Love these PJs!
Who would have thought, something to make you look good while you read!!! Everyone knows uniforms are HOT! Love them……..
Wow!! I don’t know how you have time to do anything but read! I do find time to eat though!!!
Love your blog.
My Christmas funny was last year when my then 20 mo old son knocked the Christmas tree over while unbeknownst (is that a word?) to me our cat was asleep on a branch of that Christmas tree. Needless to say the cat woke up and the 20 month old laughed at his accomplishment.
Thanks for sharing! Love the PJs!
One of my most memorable Christmas moment, was a couple of years ago me and my room mate at the time decided to put up our tree while heavily drinking margaritas one night. We decorated the entire thing. We put the lights on and the ornaments and finished off almost 3 bottles of margaritas that night. The next morning I get up and go into the living room and notice that not only is the christmas tree leaning to one side, we have the branches in a different order- so instead of the smallest part being at the top, its now in the middle. and we have 3 different sets of lights on the tree that do not match at all, One section was colored lights one was white and one was purple.
I know I can’t take part in this giveaway… but those are real nice PJs Sweetpea…. remember where you get them ’cause on my next visit we’ll go shopping!!!! xxxxxxxx
Those PJs are cute! Thanks for the giveaway!
Last year we had a pretty crazy Christmas, I was super preggers and we were living in France. Nothing catching on fire or anything like in some other comments, just lots of cheese and ice cream!
My favorite Christmas memory is when me and my brother were younger, we had tried to set up a contraption to trap santa which consisted of a rope that was tied like a trip wire so we would know when he was there and we could meet him. We were waiting all night and the next thing we knew our mom woke us up in the morning and we were passed out by the door still waiting to catch santa.
My favorite reading attire 🙂
Oh my gosh with three kids somethings ALWAYS happening over at our house but the best is going to the mall with my now 10 year old who is petrified of Santa – scared to death- never sat on his lap- never will. We were in a store and Santa & Mrs. Claus were walking around the mall they came into Pepperidge Farms and my daughter then – 5 saw them and screamed bloody murder and ran into the storeroom. It took 1/2 hour to coax her out but only AFTER convincing Santa to leave LOL
You have to get one of those “fix tree lights guns”. It instantly overrides the burned out bulb. It works even if you can;t find the bad bulb!!
I have a feeling this will be a very memorable Christmas… My boyfriend of 5 years is getting deployed to Afghanistan for a year the following week. We are trying to figure out gifts for him… EXTREMELY HARD this year.
LOVE the PJ’s!!!
Where can we, who don’t win, find these cute jammies?
Thanks for the giveaway!! Love your website!! No real funny story but my hubby did give me a Kindle for XMAS a few years back and told me this was a special gift because now he didn’t have to look at he “HUNKY” Paranormal Men on the covers of my book! lol
My most memorable Christmas was when I was 8 and got up at 4am to help my brother with his paper route – peaked and saw all the presents under the tree, the tree was lit up, snow was falling outside and you could see it through the windows behind the tree and I thought Santa sure had been busy and was nice enough to send the snow too!!!
One year (as kids) we found all of our X-mas presents hidden in the trunk of the car. I guess we were so good at finding the presents, my parents had resorted to hiding them in the car. So we had to act pretty surprised when we opened the gifts come Christmas morning…I will say, it’s a lot more fun to wait, then to already know what you’re getting. Something now as a parent myself I tell my own children. 😉
No crazy stories, sad ones I won’t share. Thanks for the giveaway.
I set my alarm for 5:00 on Christmas morning so I can wake up my kids. I can’t wait for them to get up by themselves so I do it for them! Then we all go back to bed around 10:00 for a couple hours. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
Well when I was still young enough to believe in Santa me and my sisters left cookies out for Santa and we caught our dad eating them!!! We yelled at him saying what are we going to leave for santa? so we left Santa salty crackers lol
Love the pajamas! Thanks for the giveaway!
always on the lookout for some loungewear/
Awesome pj’s 🙂 you always have the best giveaways and are up to date with all my fab books so thanks 🙂
Love pjs, live in them on the weekend. Dont have a crazy story but my most memorable would be getting my daughter a week before Christmas 🙂
I guess my favorite Christmas story that sticks out the most is when I was younger and still living at home.. My mom decides her my2 brothers and iare going to go hike into the woods to cut our own tree for Christmas and I was excited so we hike for like a half hour till we spot a vast amount of pine trees and another hour deciding which to choose… We cut down our tree and went home to decorate… The tree looked so beautiful in the woods but we we got it up and decorated it I swear the needles started instantly falling off the tree and it was the saddest little thing it was worse than Charlie browns tree but she would. Not throw it out so we had to endure the ugly thing but she was happy so I guess we were too:) we talk of that tree every year!
One year my parents took us to Colorado for Christmas so we could have our first White Christmas! (we don’t have those in Texas) it was the most beautiful thing ever!
My brothers and I would “open” all our presents and then re-wrap them!!! My mom found out and returned EVERYTHING and gave us only clothes that year!!!! 🙁
dogs decided to fight by the tree. knocked It over and broke all the ornaments.
I’m pretty sure I wear pjs more than actual clothes
My most memorable memories of christmas are of my kids coming into the living room with wide-eyes and pure joy finding presents from Santa. I am so blessed!
Very cute pjs
Its my b-day an anniversary taday i am 35, married 4 years but been together for 9 years sorry this is my 2 nd commet i hit submit befor i finshed very cute pjs
i so love the PJs… definitely reading attire!!
Love the pj’s
I feel like the grinch too! Finally finished some decorating today! I’ve been so busy at work this season it’s insane. Just a few more days & we go back to our normal routine!! YAY! You know what would make it all better? NEW PJs! 🙂
So cool! Thanks!
Fun jammies!! Love em!
LOVE the PJs. I have a large family and every year we punk someone while we open presents. One year my brothers wrapped up a purple thong for my mom but put my husband’s name on the present so she thought her son in law had given her sexy undies. Any ideas for this year’s punk????
Love the PJs–and they are pink! My favorite!
A few years ago my SIL wanted a specific book. It was a hard to find book, but I managed to find it sold by an independent seller on Amazon. Turned out that the seller was a relative of the author. When the book arrived, the relative had written a lovely note on the inside of the book…to me. As it was a gift, it was uncomfortable handing over a gift that on the first page said, “Dear Sarah”.
I had the pre-lit tree issue last year after only having it 3 or 4 years and did just what you did… went a bought another one lol. This year though while putting up the outside lights I decided we should go a little extra crazy. However, I tried to tell my husband in the process that we couldn’t string that many strands together since the box clearly states not to string together more than 3. He was like pffftt, it’ll be fine. So me holding the light box in one hand and scratching my head with the other decided well men know about these kind of things, it should be fine right??? Nope, so wrong. I’m sure you can guess what happened LOL. We blew out the fuses in many strands on the first night and had to re-fuse and re-route all the strands the next day, all the while I was thinking I told you so, I told you so!! MEN!! 🙂
super super cute 🙂 love them!!!
I would have to say some of the funniest times I had have been during my yearly cookie baking with my mom. We always manage to do something ridiculous. 🙂
Would love this!
Just finished Into the Hollow… Dex….
These PJs are super awesome….one of those “why didn’t I think that!” Too cute!
I can’t think of any cute Christmas stories offhand *hangs head*, but yours had me laughing! Thanks for another awesome giveaway!
Eeek…I just saw this! Damn job. This is as awesome as your blog. Hope I squeaked in. Merry Christmas!
Every year when my kids were small, going to the Christmas Tree farm was the most memorable for us. I remember one year I let the children and my husband talk me into a tree that was huge. I thought it was too big but after taking a vote I lost. we couldn’t get the tree through the door, it had to be trimmed. the tree stump was too big wouldn’t fit,had to shaved / cut. Finally after hours of working on our beloved giant pine, we go to stand it up and it’s too big and heavy to stay upright. My husband looks at the kids who are waiting to decorate and looking a bit sad and walks out to the garage and brings back some nails, a hammer, and some rope. When it was all said and done, finally our tree was standing upright. Hot chocolate anyone?:)
On the 12th day of December maryse can give to meeeeeeeeee …. A gift card to support my habit!!!!! Haha thanks for a great site!!!!
ooohhhh! How thoughtful! Thanks for giving me something to look forward to everyday! 🙂 Absolutely love your site, I read all your recommendations!