Friday, December 14, 2012

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop: Win a Kindle Fire and more!


Some buddies of mine and I are feeling the holiday spirit!

In addition to sponsoring together a drawing for a Kindle Fire chock-a-block with books, you can enter our individual drawings as well.

Me? I'm thinking you'd like a gift certificate to go with your new Fire (if you win that) or your old e-Reader if you don't!

In order to win the Kindle Fire, visit our main "hop" page. And in order to win MY $25 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble, answer the following question in a comment below: What is your favorite holiday memory?

This contest (and the Blog Hop contest) both end at midnight, EST, on 12/21. One entry per person, US entrants only. Winner will be chosen at random on 12/22, so please come back and read the comments to see if you've won.

And do hop around to everyone else's page. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win!

www.pjschnyder.com/blog/contests

91 comments:

  1. My favorite memory is where my toddlers sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to my mother over the phone. It is the last time I got to hear her voice and her laughter. I was unable to make it 'home' that year and she passed away on New Year's Eve.

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    1. It sounds like she knew you all loved her. I hope you find some comfort in your memories this New Year's Eve.

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  2. My favorite memory is putting my sons quite small present inside a large refrigerator box and watching him climb inside, from the bottom of course, to find it.

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    1. I see a little diapered butt in my head, and chubby little legs! Nice memory.

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  3. Hi Keri, there are so many good memories but one that comes to mind is the trip the family took up to New York City the week before the New Years Eve bash that takes place there every year. We got to see all the preparations going on and the city was so beautiful. I'd like to wish everyone a happy holiday and good luck in this wonderful hop! And thank you for offering such a cool giveaway prize!

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    1. New York at Christmastime is on my bucket list, Carlene. I'm glad you and yours got to enjoy it!

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  4. What is your favorite holiday memory?

    Moving to Australia as a teenager and spending Christmas in 85 degree weather surfing and swimming. It was a big chance from cold winters I was used to in the States. :)

    Happy Holidays!

    Lasha
    mslasha at gmail dot com

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    1. Lasha,
      We've been joking that Christmas this year FEELS like Australia. Getting up to the mid-60s here today, and I have plans for a good, long walk.

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  5. My Dad decorating everywhere with lights, homemade decorations as well as store bought.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Dee,
      I got to be part of my Dad hanging the lights and decorations this year. There were a few, ahem, "blue" words! It was pretty funny--and brought back those same childhood memories.

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  6. One year Santa came to our house and gave us a gift. I didn't find out till later that Santa was my next door neighbor. We were really excited o see Santa. Last year, I saw Santa walking down the road. I went and grabbed my camera to take a picture. He saw me and came back for the pictures. I got my nephew standing beside Santa in one of them. I have no idea who that Santa was.

    amysmith98@gmail.com

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    1. Those Santa helper men are true angels, in my opinion. Their whole purpose is to make others happy, and I can't think of a better thing to do.

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  7. My favorite holiday memory is spending it at my grandmas who lived several states away!
    Happy Holidays!
    ajcraig77@comcast.net

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    1. We do the road trip to the Grandmas each year for our kids. I hope they'll look back on those long car rides with fondness.

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  8. Christmas Eve parties with family at my house as a kid. I loved that! We would get to open one gift and then we had to go to sleep, but we would try to stay up to listen for Santa.

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    1. I wonder how many times your folks had to check on you in bed :)?

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  9. My favorite Christmas memory is of the last holiday I got with my husband. It would have been special even if it weren't the last we had.

    ocanana@gmail.com

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    1. Nancy,
      I'm glad you hold to the good memories. I hope the bitter comes less often and the sweet underlines your life.

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  10. Hmm, my favorite holiday memory would be one of the first ones with my nephew. Not his first one because he was only 6 days old - although that was pretty darn cool. I think it was his second or third Christmas after he was old enough to know a little about something going on. Seeing the holiday through a child's eyes is awesome.
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

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    1. My poor sons already know they're to give me LOTS of grandkids--if only so I can have that Christmas-child fix, too!

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  11. The first one that comes to mind is when we were younger my dad bought my younger cousin (male) a pink dress as a gag gift. Somehow my aunt and I convinced him to put it on while we were standing there holding cameras. I still have the pictures lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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    1. How old is that cousin now, Cassandra? I bet you can find ALL sorts of uses for those pictures.

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  12. One of my favorite memories happens every year. :) (Or almost) We go out and pick a tree together, wrestle it inside (sometimes knocking things over, as you do) and then start decorating the Christmas Tree listening to cheesy Christmas music (All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth, Grandma got run over by a reindeer.. that type of thing). It's a bunch of fun, sometimes with a bit of squabbling over tree placement/ornaments.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! readsalot81(@)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I think you MUST have the music to decorate the tree! My husband tries listening to the news--but I put my foot down. Cheesy music rules.

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  13. One of my favorite Christmas memories is the year that Santa brought my brother a pony. We had an old pony that died a few weeks before Christmas and my brother was very sad. He had asked for a train set for Christmas but when we went to the living room on Christmas morning, there was a note from Santa that said that he hadn't brought a train set because he thought there was something he needed more. We all went running to the backporch to look in the yard like the note said and there was a new pony.

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    1. Oh, wow! What a rush for all of you! Sounds lovely.

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  14. My favorite holiday memory is the year my parents an Alaskan cruise. They were so excited and were jumping up and down for 10 minutes! LOL

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  15. That's also on my bucket list! But in springtime, I think (though this winter's been so mild, I could use a quick hit of glacier!)

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  16. When I was 4 we spent Christmas in the Sahara Hotel in LV. We were moving back to the midwest to live near family and my parents didn't want to be on the road at Christmas (I guess--details are a little fuzzy, maybe I'll remember to ask this year). I was very concerned about Santa understanding our journeying and so mMom no only had cookies for Santa on the balcony, but a big bag of roasted pecans for the reindeer.
    Pecans are Mom's favorite, there were no cookies or pecans in the morning, but there were presents.
    --Liz SW

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  17. My favorite memory is when I found out the truth about Christmas... It's not about the presents, but being near loved ones <3

    liljrSanchez(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. We talk in our house a lot about the Spirit of Christmas. You make a good point.

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  18. My favorite holiday memory is the magic I experienced as a kid in Church but also when we came home from midnight mass and saw all the presents under the Christmas Tree. So wonderful!

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  19. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    My fav thing about the holidays are the awesome sparkly lights! We drive around on Christmas Eve and see them all while singing along with carols on the radio! My fav holiday memory is doing this with my grandpa!
    grapeapril75(AT)gmail.com

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    1. Our neighbors in our small town really go all out with the lights. Love that!

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  20. My fave memory was when I returned home from the hospital after becoming a quadriplegic. One neighbor dressed as Santa while another jumped around the bushes outside the window with a red flashlight so I’d see a shiny red nose and think it was Rudolph.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It sounds like you were very young? I'm glad your neighbor's silliness lightened up what must have been a scary time.

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  21. Thanks for the contest.

    My fav memory is the Christmas Eve Get Togethers with my family.

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    1. I complain about the travel to those family gatherings--but they anchor the year, don't they?

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  22. My fave memory when I was younger was going to my Grandma's on Christmas Eve.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We did that every year, too. I have a couple of ornaments of hers on my tree now.

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  23. I loved it when my niece & nephews were little and they would get so excited at Christmas - things are wonderful thru the eyes of a child.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. I still have a big fan of Santa in this house, and it makes all the difference, doesn't it?

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  24. My favorite memory-my son's first Christmas. his joy and curiosity at discovering new things :)
    mikky-o@hotmail.it

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  25. My favorite memory is my entire family getting together on Christmas Eve.

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    1. We always went to Grandma's for Christmas Eve. I remember cracking lots of nuts!

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  26. My favorite holiday memory is the last one spent with my father. That Christmas was so wonderful. We were all happy and healthy.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Michelle, I'm glad for you that you have that memory to hold.

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  27. My favorite thing about this season is cookies. I love to bake, eat, and share cookies.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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  28. Happy Holidays,thanks for the chance to win.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. My favorite holiday memory is from when I was a kid. Waking up and finding a giant Rainbow Brite playhouse in the living room from Santa. Still one of the best gifts. Ever.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

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    1. Kinda jealous! I never got one of those :)

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  30. When I was a kid, my friends and I would go caroling in the neighborhood.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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    1. We go with our church to nursing homes, but it's not quite the same as door-to-door and getting cookies, is it?

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  31. I was about 8 and my sister was 5. We had talked our grandparents into letting us sleep Christmas Eve outside in their RV. We were busy chatting and giggling when we heard sleigh bells outside. Needless to say, living in Florida with no snow, that they MUST belong to Santa's reindeer. We both immediately pretended to be asleep. It was a completely magical Christmas.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

    Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

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  32. Entering the HOP only :)
    alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

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  33. I am going to have to say sledding in the alps... My real dad came to visit forchristmas we my dad(step dad) was stationed in Italy and he was stationed in Germany. Have to say by far the best childhood christmas memory ever.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  34. when i was a kid i got a tabletop hockey game, me and my friends had tournaments for years on it! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. I bet your folks were thrilled at how much use that gift got!

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  35. Hello, thanks for the giveaway! My favorite memories of the holidays have to be when I'm spending time with my family. They are the best. :)

    skizzles_22_hju@yahoo.com

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  36. decorating the tree with family

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Still a classic way to celebrate, isn't it?

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  37. Going to my new grannie and pop's for the first time, the decorated tree and bowls of candy, the stockings and presents, and getting to help cook.
    Merry Christmas.
    z
    seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

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    1. What a way to make a first Christmas together wonderful!

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  38. OK for me it is going to my cousin's home on Christmas Eve after church. We went many years. They were all older than me so I thought it was cool to be included. They had a home on the lake, a big fireplace. They had all kinds of food / drinks. Becky played the piano or guitar and we sang carols. When I was older I played the piano for singing sometimes. There was at least one gift for each child. It lasted until around midnight. I think maybe it was hard on the parents but maybe it meant we kids slept a little later the next morning? Fun anyway.

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    1. I saw some of my cousins once a year, too, at the family Christmas. Followed those big kids around like an eager puppy!

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  39. When I was younger I loved barbies and my parent got me the whole set of Barbie and the Rockers. Loved that Christmas.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Did you keep your Barbie hairs nice? Mine always ended up such a tangled mess!

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  40. My favorite Christmas memory is the first one where my first child was old enough to know what was going on. She was one. The way she stared at the lights was so fun.

    AnnaM.

    doxisrcool at aol dot com

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    1. Children remind us to LOOK, don't they?

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  41. One of my favorite memories is going down to my memas and aunts every christmas eve. We'd bake sugar cookies, open presents, tell family stories (we'd all be laughing within minutes), and just each others company. My family doesnt get along anymore and i miss these days. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's sad when and how families grow apart. I'm glad you have great memories.

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  42. My favorite is opening presents on Christmas Eve at my grandmothers. :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It occurs to me that in a few years, I WILL be the grandma on Christmas Eve! Yikes!

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  43. I love all the memories of my kids waking up early and their faces when they see the presents under the tree. No matter what, the stockings are their favorites.

    thanks for the giveaway!

    mrs.hildebrand AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Honestly, stockings are my favorites too! So many goodies in one small space.

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  44. My favorite holiday memory is when I was six (we're not going to discuss just how very long ago that was, mind you) -- I got a Pound Puppy for Christmas, and my Grandfather helped me name him. That toy was easily my favorite toy growing up, and it was all the more special because my beloved Papa had helped me pick a name. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jess
    romanceaholic at gmail dot com

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    1. Do you still have that toy in an attic somewhere?

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  45. My favorite memory is when I was little and my mom took my sister and I to get our first real tree. She was more excited than we were and it was so funny to watch her go around picking out a tree like a kid in a toy store lol Thanks for the giveaway!
    flava_sava_chick@yahoo.com

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    1. As a kid, we think it's all about us, don't we? But then you grow up and realize it's all about the kid IN us!

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  46. my grandmother came up from florida one year and that realy made our christmas
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  47. My favorite holiday memories are from when I was young (before 10) and we would dress up, go to my grandparents' house to visit with all of our family, eat, open gifts and just have a wonderful time! I can still remember the smells. :)
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway, Keri!
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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  48. Congratulations to Judy-Ree! You are my gift certificate winner!
    I'll email you directly. Thanks to everyone who hopped by.

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