Sunday, December 16, 2012

THE TWELVE BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS

Author Tory Richards came up with a cool idea for a Christmas contest –twelve authors offering one of their books as a prize, plus a grand prize of a gift box of yummy munchies from Swiss Colony. Look for this graphic on each blog.

For my part, I’m offering a free download of PUNISHMENT AND MERCY to one commenter, because the sequel, MERCY AND REDEMPTION, is coming out on January 9 from Ellora’s Cave and I want to highlight this series. But they don’t have to be read in any particular order to enjoy both books J

How to enter? It’s simple. Between December 17 and December 21 (Monday through Friday), visit each of the 12 participating authors and answer one question pertaining to Christmas that each author will have on her blog that contains the Twelve Books for Christmas graphic. Here are the other authors and their blog sites:



My question is:

What ornament on your Christmas tree brings you the happiest memories? Feel free to tell us the memory as well as the ornament.


Mom's crocheted ornaments
  My favorite ornaments were handmade by my Mom. She’d sit out on the front porch in good weather (or in the parlor otherwise) with her crocheting or needlepointing until only a few years before she died in her 90s. She fashioned snowflakes, stars, Santa and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread kids, candy canes and other eye-catching designs.


Mom's needlepoint ornaments

She also created one-of-a-kind cottages, complete with reindeer and Santa’s sleigh on the roof, to make a village under the tree.
 
Mom's crocheted angels
  
Mom's needlepointed cottage with reindeer

Swiss Colony goodies
Before I get too wrapped up in my memories, here's the Swiss Colony part of the grand prize. Don't forget to visit all the authors for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on December 22.

Have fun blog-surfing, and have a very Merry Christmas.



50 comments:

  1. Wow what a talented mom! My favorite ornament is a clothespin angel that my daughter made in kindergarten. She drew two mouths on it, and explained that one was for talking and the other for singing.

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  2. This is a wonderful Hop. Thanks for participating.
    Your Mom was super talented. Her cottages and Angels were just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. :)
    I'd have to choose the very first ornament that each of my 7 children made for me. They are precious to me.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. My favorite ornaments are the one's that my kids have made me. There's snowflixs and snowman :) Every year they add a new one. It always makes me smile to see them. Thank you for the chanc eto win. Happy Hoildays :)

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  4. Cris, all the ornaments on my tree contain memories, I have my great grandmas and my grandma's ornaments, then I have ones the kids have made and each year they pick out one and add it to the tree. So I guess the whole tree is a big memory for me. (no regular boring christmas balls on our tree LOL) Carin mawmom at gmail dot com

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  5. My favorite ornament is a glass bow with a bell. It was part of a larger crystal ornament that my grandmother gave to me, before passing. However the very first Christmas it broke. I rescued to bow and is goes on my tree every year,as a testament in my mind that you can make the most of any situation. levanmichelle@yahoo.com

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  6. my favorite ornaments are the chinese tassels from when we were adopted to by our loving parents and the crochet ornaments from my grandma.

    deb ;0)

    deb830(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. None of my ornaments do. :( My hubby went on a cleaning spree when he was laid off 3 years ago and threw all of our decorations (even ones I had made in elementary school) in the trash. I didn't find out until 10 months later when it was time to decorate the tree. I cried. He felt so bad.
    Rhonda D
    slinkydennis@yahoo.com

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  8. Thank you for the great contest! My fav are angels because they remind me of my grandmothers, we lost them both this year so seeing angels on the tree this year will be extra special to me.

    desere_steenberg(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. My Favorite Christmas decoration is the fairy which I put on my tree, my father bought it for me just before he died. So it extra special to me

    charlottemcfall27@yahoo.co.uk

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  10. When I was a small child in the late 1940's, my grandmother had lights that looked like candles that were filled with colored water and when they heated up, they would start to bubble. I loved watching those things and would gaze at them for hours! They were probably incredibly dangerous because I don't see them on the market anymore.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  11. My favorite ornament is a cute wooden cat ornament. Hard to pick one as I love all my kitty ornaments. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I lost all my ornaments when my foundation collapsed during Huuricane Floyd, but when I had them my favor1te was a Knight in Shinning Armor given to me by a "friend" who knew my fondness for the Camelot Myth,

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  13. I lost a lot of ornament this year of all my kids made me through out the years but my favorite ornament is the angel I bought for my sone who is 22yrs for his first Christmas.

    ttantonelli@aol.com

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  14. Great contest...My favorite ornament is the pair of lovebirds my mother gave to my husband and I for our first Christmas together, she is forever remembered...
    Happy Holidays!

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  15. My godson has made a small angel ornament whicfh I love, because it reminds me of him, my own little angel.
    tessa(dot)bamberg(at)kolumbus(dot)fi

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  16. Most of ours have a story of some kind but one of my favorites is the snowman one I made with my son's 2nd grade class. It's a very long story but I spent the entire week before holiday break in the classroom helping make them because the teacher was a little too ambitious in picking the 'craft' but there was just enough extra that I got to make one for myself too. Very fond memories of helping all those little kids (who're now all teenagers!) make them. :)

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

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  17. All the ones my children have made in school. My two daughters are adults now so theirs are very important to me. The ones my son did are very touching to us all. He died a few years ago at age 9. He was born with Spina Bifida. He went to a special school and these ornaments were made with so much love.
    Christie Moore
    christiethemom@hotmail.com

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  18. My favorite ornaments are the ones that my Mom had. They are so fragile, and the sparkle is gone from them so I don't put them up anymore, but always look at them every year when I decorate the tree.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  19. There are lots of ornaments that make me happy..but a little sad too because they remind me of family members who aren't around any longer. I still put up ornaments I'd bought for my Mom and other relatives. Putting ornaments up from friends that maybe have moved away give me happy memories of times we spent together. I guess all the ornaments on my tree have some kind of meaning to me, so can't just pick one specific one that would be my fav.

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  20. Gosh, thank you, everyone, for sharing your precious Christmas ornament memories with me. Many brought tears to my eyes and all of them warmed my heart. Hope everyone has a wonderful, love-filled Christmas season.

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  21. My fav ornaments on my tree are ones made for me by son and daughter when they were 6 and 7--1st graders. They are now 33 and 39 respectively. They were made of gingerbread, decorated and then shellaced. They were the ugliest things ever but they were made with love. Of course I haul them out every year and hang them. Those things never grow old and they bring back many warm moments.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share. Best wishes to you and your family during the holidays!

    Belinda G
    belgre AT comcast DOT net

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  22. Thank you for participating in the giveaway. My favorite ornament is a snowman made by my son when he was in elementary school. The carrot nose is on his belly, the button eyes are askew, but it is so cute. brenda@brenda-sparks.com

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  23. My favorite ornament is on my parents tree. It's a bluebird I made out of a pine cone in kindergarten. I love that my mom has treasured it all these years & that I actually did a good job at only 5.

    drainbamaegd.gyzmo at gmail.com

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  24. We used to have the paper machie type Santa Claus' that we would put out. They were cone shaped and I always squeeze them too hard, and scrunch them up. Loved those Santas.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray
    elizabethgr@sbcglobal.net

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  25. I have two. My first is a winnie the pooh that my stepmom bought me when I was pregneant with my second child. and the first one my oldest son came draggin home from school. It's held up very considering it's over 20 yrs old lol.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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  26. I don't put up a tree. But when I did the garland was my favorite.

    lenikaye@yahoo.com

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  27. My favorite ones are from when my kids were in kindergarten. It is an ornament they colored with their school picture in the middle. I have them put away for safe keeping, but when I decorate the tree I pull them out to look at them and can't believe how fast they grew up.

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  28. My favorite ornaments are the ones my kids made. The ones my son made I hold very dear to my heart. He died at the age of 12 in 2007.
    lauratroxel@yahoo.com

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  29. I can't pick just one ornament because we have ornaments given to us by good friends and family and ones bought to remind us of someone special that is now gone that we put on the tree. I have a couple of ornaments that I made for my mom when I was little. I don't put them on the tree because they are too fragile now. I put them in a glass vase and use it as my table centerpiece. I love to remember and cry a little while decorating my tree. Each year I have those special ornaments that MUST go on the tree. Have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  30. Every year me and three of my best friends have an ornament exchange. So I treasure all of the ornaments they have given me. They all have special meaning. and I have a few my kids made while in school. Those remain my most treasured too! Too hard to pick just one. LOL!

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  31. Since we haven't had room to put up a tree in our tiny house since we moved in, I can't remember just what I've bought and stored in the attic for the day when we moved to a larger house. Seventeen years later and we still haven't moved and I still don't remember all that I've collected over the years.
    carolyn
    j-coverholser at sbcglobal dot net

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  32. All of these comments tug at my heart. Some are bittersweet, some just plain sweet. Thank you all!

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  33. I have several ornaments that I hold dear, but this year my son made an angel at preschool, they had wrapped it, he was so excited for me to open it, it is hanging near the top of the tree:) The ornaments your mom made are simply amazing! Merry Christmas!
    allysonbrann06@yahoo.com

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  34. Beautiful ornaments Cris and many lovely memories of your mom. I have a number of favorites each with a memory. One is bittersweet. A coworker Jerry gave it to me about 20 years ago. He invited me and another friend from work for dinner at his apt. His mom was taking care of him bec. He was sick It was Sept. but he treated it like Xmas with wrapped gifts. One gift he gave me was A teddy bear ornament. I hang it every year on the tree. I think he knew he wasn't going to make it to Xmas. I have good memories of him. He was always an upbeat guy even after he got sick.

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  35. My favorite ornament is a angel that one of my friends gave me when I was in school.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  36. Your mom's one talented woman, Cris! What a cool collection you have from her! I'm not sure I have one favorite ornament--we do have a bunch that are special, including a few goofy ones we picked up overseas on a trip, ones that close friends gave out as wedding favors when they got married 15 years ago this December, and the cute and silly and fun ones the kids have made over the years. It's especially fun to see the ones that include their photos--how quickly time flies! ;)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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  37. When I was about 6, I made a snow-woman ballerina out of small styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners and paper. I was so proud of the ornament and loved to see my mom place it right up front for everyone to see. However, my sister thought it was hideous and would move it to the back every chance she got. After I finished college and moved into my own place, my sister surprised me one evening by decorating my apartment and putting up a tree. She hung my snow-woman front and center. Now my special ornament is lovingly placed on my tree every year for everyone to see.
    freakgrly@aol.com

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  38. Since we are 7 people stuffed in a small 2 bdrom house this year and the dining room is my bedroom we have a Charlie Brown tree from Amazon that I won over at the kids school in the middle of our table. On it are 5 Ccharlie Brown ornaments that bring back memories of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas as a kid.
    z
    Seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

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  39. It would be our memory ornaments. Ornaments with pictures of our deceased family members.

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  40. This is really hard for me to answer because each year my family makes a lot of our own ornaments. Something my 9yo daughter got us invested in. They are all so pretty...and each year we try to remember who made which one. I love them all!

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  41. I would have to say my favorite ornaments would be the ones my kids get each year from my mother. Since they were born she buy them each (I have 3 kids) a special ornament for Christmas every year, so that when they get married they will have enough for their tree.

    torialainn@gmail.com

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  42. My favorites are the ones I got from my grandmother and the ones we made every year.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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  43. First let me say that the cottage with reindeer on it is so neat and also I have a lot of ornaments like the ones your mom made. Now on to my favorite ornament. Eight years ago I had a miscarriage and my brother passed away. That Xmas my mom got me two doves to put on my tree in remembrance of them. Each year since when I take them out to put on the tree it reminds me of what I have loved and lost and also what I have now. It brings happy memories of my brother and reminds me to appreciate how blessed I am with my children.
    sbereza22@gmail.com

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  44. My favorite ornament is a christmas tennis ball! my oldest son was 5 when he did this in school and 23 years later, we still have it! :)

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  45. My favorite is one I made for my mom as a child....it looks like a bell but is made from a painted medicine cup with a bead hanging down from the center with two leaves glued to the top cut out of green ribbon. It looks prettier than I'm describing it and I'm still proud of it to this day.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and Happy Holidays!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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  46. my husband made us an angel for the tree 3 years ago that looks like our youngest
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  47. My fav ornament is the hand-print I made when I was five!! So cute and such tiny hands then!


    grapeapril75(AT)gmail.com

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  48. The ornaments that bring me the memories are the ones my son made in grade school. Every year when I put them on the tree, I see him when he was the age when he made them. They make me smile and think how lucky I am to have him for a son.

    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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