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Friday, November 18, 2011

Spreading the Christmas love...with a lil' inspirational Give-Away!

Ohmygosh,People! A week from today many of you (by you, I mean not me) will have warmed up your car to head out shopping at 2:00 A.M. for all of those crazy-mad day after Thanksgiving holiday deals. The rest of you (by you, I mean me) will be recovering from eating far too much stuffing and cranberry sauce, enjoying my Christmas Playlist, and getting things holly-jollied around the house.

I came across this absolutely inspiring Christmas Book in my ginormous craft book stash when I was making my last move, and I decided to share it with you in a chance to win it as a Give-Away prize....(If I get any more inspired for holiday decorating than I already am, we won't be able to move around here.) 
The book is full of charming ideas and vintage charm, and I know you'll love it! Here's how the contest will work:


Leave a comment here finishing this sentence: My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is __________________. Be sure your comment links to an email address or include it in the comment. (I have to be able to contact you if you win!)

Link this contest blog post to your blog and/or FaceBook page and come back and post another comment sharing that link for a second/third chance to win!

I will announce the winner on Friday, November 25th in my blog post!  

Good luck! I know you are going to love the book!

I am so thankful for all of you out here in Blogland!(I know I already listed that on the first day, but I can't say it enough.

64 comments:

  1. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is shopping with my mom and decorating my house.

    This book looks like a good one!

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  2. I posted your giveaway on Facebook!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Pea/257536730937991

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  3. The day after Thanksgiving I pack up tons of fall things and bring out the Christmas. This continues for a week!

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  4. Because of my work and travel schedule I have limited time to decorate and really enjoy my festive home, so I am almost close to be finished with my decorating. The weekend after Thanksgiving I listen to my Christmas music, watch Christmas movies, and sit with my lit tree just enjoying my favorite time of the year. And I may run out to do a little shopping in the afternoon after all the midnight and two o'clock shoppers have gone home.

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  5. I'm with you Tracey, I don't join the masses at black friday and I won't be going to the mall Thanksgiving night (sheesh!). The whole day is all about family and I won't let shopping intrude on that. I usually pull out Christmas that friday and start fluffing the house. Some Christmas music, candles, the youngest will be home from college so we can spend a little time together:>) I hope your Thanksgiving "rocks", lol.
    THanks for the chance at this book, it looks wonderful!

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  6. I like to spend my Thanksgiving weekend putting away the fall decorations and I light the window candles Thanksgiving evening at dusk. I slowly put my Christmas things out starting with my Christmas quilts and wallhangings. I will especially be taking it slow this year as I just had knee replacement surgery and I think it will be a blessing in disguise as I may even enjoy the process more by doing it slowly! My daughter does the whole crazy black Friday thing with a couple of her aunts. It gives them time together and I get time to spend with my now 8 year old granddaughter!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for the chance to win this book - it looks great!
    Audrey
    audreybretz@gmail.com

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  7. I posted this on my facebook page!
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1315011042
    Audrey
    audreybretz@gmail.com

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  8. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is decorating for Christmas and eating leftover turkey sandwiches and pumpkin pie!

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  9. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is heading up to Twain-Harte to the Christmas tree farm and finding my White Fir that I love so much.
    becky up a hill
    inthepink@mlode.com

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  10. Working on Christmas gifts or a new Christmas quilt in my sewing room, with maybe a trip to the kitchen to whip up a batch of cookies.

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  11. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is visiting and cooking for all my family still at my home. The grand kids and I will be baking Christmas cookies. When all have returned to their homes on Sunday I sit quietly with a hot cup of tea remembering the fun. Then I break out the Christmas cards to work on.

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  12. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is being at my parents house by the big rip-roaring fire my father has built and playing games with all the girls in my family - my mom, sisters, nieces and daughter - while all of the guys are out hunting and doing there manly things.
    marshaporter@verizon.net

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  13. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to REST!

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  14. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to rest up after feeding 30 people while reading my stash of Christmas magazines and books!

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  15. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to decorate for Christmas and to tune into the HGTV Christmas specials which usually premier on Black Friday night.

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  16. I love to put away the fall things, the party things, enjoy the leftovers and remember Thanksgiving Day.
    We celebrate Advent, so I gather my wreath and candles and music for some days of reflection and calm in this lovely, busy season.
    I also help hubby put up whatever outdoor things we will use that year so I hope for a balmy, dry day here in the Mid-Atlantic!
    Thank you for all the creativity and kindness that you post, Tracey. Elaine
    snow_lightt at Yahoo

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  17. I always spend the weekend of Thanksgiving doing all of the things I have not finished yet since I work full-time. This years those items are finish painting my kitchen cabinets, organize home office, and clean out a few closets. We don't decorate our house until Dec 1. I'm one of those who likes to keep her holidays separate! Check out the beginning of my kitchen cabinet project here: http://ameekperspective.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-post.html

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  18. I LOVE your "Holly Jollied" term!!! That's what I love to do. I get out my Christmas dishes and totally clean and Holly Jolly my kitchen. After 30 years in Traditional Retail, you couldn't drag my lifeless body to a store this week-end!!
    Enjoy and Happy Turkey day, Tracey!!

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  19. I always clean up Thanksgiving dinner then head out to camp out for the sales. It's not my idea of fun but my sister loves it and I love her so off I go. Then I get home in the wee hours of the morning and head to bed and sleep late. I pack up all the Thanksgiving stuff and start getting out the Christmas decorations. I fit a fun movie in the weekend somewhere and start planning my Christmas baking and shopping. It becomes the offical Christmas season to me :)

    That book looks great! Sure am thankful to have a chance to win it :)

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  20. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to drag out the box of Christmas dishes, the big manger scene and the Christmas CD's. Once those three things are in place, the remainder of the decorating just happens as I have time!
    Thank you for such a nice drawing,
    J
    jbmusik at yahoo dot com

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  21. My favorite way of spending the day after Thanksgiving is NOT going out shopping with all those other crazy people. I will be home in my cozy little abode, crafting, singing to the radio and eating left over turkey sandwiches, LOVE IT!!!

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  22. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to pack up all the Fall/Thanksgiving stuff and pull out the Christmas trees. It usually takes me two days. I don't do the Black Friday thing. Oh, I need the book real bad. :)So you can contact me at graytoosoon05@aol.com
    Thanks!

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  23. Shared it on Facebook. :)
    graytoosoon05@aol.com

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  24. For 35 years we've always decorated our tree the night after Thanksgiving. Then we spend the rest of the week-end watching holiday movies and "decking our halls". Just being together to launch the holiday season is priceless!

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  25. We spend the weekend *preparing* for my son's birthday party. His birthday is right before Thanksgiving, and we have his party the first weekend in December. Last year we had an elaborate shark theme, and I spent three days working on his cake. He has a few days left to come up with a theme this year.

    I like having something else to think about between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this way I can dive into Christmas with both feet once the birthday party is over!! (Plus get in bonus cake decorating practice, which I really need!!)

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  26. Hi Tracy! My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is decorating for Christmas! Plus, our last name is 'White' so I always make a play on words with 'White Christmas'! This book would be so cute on our coffee table! Thanks for the opportunity! Mindi at babysixtoes@gmail.com

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  27. Happy Thanksgiving (early) Tracy! My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is decorating for Christmas and AVOIDING any place that offers shopping.....Thanks for the great giveaway!

    gardnergirl58@gmail.com

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  28. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is relaxing around the house and putting up our (minimal) Christmas decorations!

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  29. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to rush around like a crazy person trying to finish the Christmas card orders. Every year I say "next year ..." - you know how that goes! I'd love to win this book - it would be perfect for me to get more holiday decorating ideas.
    SuZeQ ~ kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  30. This year my favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to recuperate from my total knee replacement from three days before the holiday! No decorating for me...just more gratitude.

    tizzie_liz@hotmail.com

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  31. Chrissy from Pittsburgh, PaNovember 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Hi Tracy!! My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is being with my 2 newbee teenage boys. I am trying to do something different this year, since we have not wanted to do Christmas since my husband, their father died 10 days before Christmas 3 yrs ago. I think we will go out looking for a FRESH LIVE Christmas Tree instead of our old artificial Christmas Trees. This is the first yr. we are semi looking forward to Christmas. Christmas was our favorite Holiday....I hope we can get it back!

    See you on Facebook sister...Take Care & God Bless You and your "New" Man. I am so happy for you. You inspire ME everyday. Thank you!!

    Sincerely,
    Chrissy foofooqueen@verizon.net

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  32. I will be decorating for Christmas the week-end after Thanksgiving! My 5 year old is so excited!
    Chrissy, who commented above, I know exactly what you mean. My husband died on Dec 7th, it will be five years this Dec. Please try to have a Merry Christmas!
    Kathy
    kykathy@aol.com

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  33. No Black Friday shopping for me...I'll be storing my fall decorations and getting out my Christmas decorations. Hopefully a relaxing, fun weekend. Would love the book for decorating ideas. kayh44@sbcglobal.net

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  34. I spend the day after Thanksgiving decorating for Christmas while all the others are busy shopping. The rest of the weekend is spent tweaking and sewing.

    Thanks for all the great decorating ideas through the years. I've pinned several of your ideas. Believe it or not, the burlap tablerunner with a fat ruffle that the Sewing Queen made currently has 159 repins! Maybe one day I'll get around to sewing one for my own table.

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  35. Foofifying my house for our Annual Christmas White Elephant Party!

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  36. Melanie said... my favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is staying out of the kitchen and feasting on leftovers. Not always possible, but we do have some men in the family who are great cooks. Our Louisiana Thanksgiving is spent out of town in the woods at a family camp, where the men hunt and the women enjoy each others company around the fireplace. I envy those who can decorate for Christmas the weekend after. When I get home late Sunday night, what I call the Christmas Race begins. I've only lost once when I had the flu. Thank goodness Santa had done the toy shopping early.

    Love, love ,love your blog!
    holanie@hotmail.com

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  37. My favorite way to spend the day after Thanksgiving is, like you, listening to Christmas music and shopping online while my husband watches football. I just love that you have found someone to love and share your creative life with. He's lucky to have found you. xoxo Nancy
    PS - forgot this - eating leftovers!

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  38. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is hanging out with my kids while they're home from college...playing cards, watching movies....and, of course, eating leftovers!

    Judy
    apicketfencelife@gmail.com

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  39. Blog post.... http://apicketfencelife2.blogspot.com/2010/03/so-inspiredwords-to-live-by5.html

    Judy

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  40. Facebook post...
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/apicketfencelife

    Judy

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  41. Love Tricia Foley! My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is decorating my home for Christmas! I actually start on Black Friday because I do not leave the house for anything! One year I just wanted to hit the supermarket for something and got caught up in the mall traffic ~ 8 miles away!

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  42. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is to begin to think of Christmas. I'm one of "those" who just can't think of it before Thanksgiving. A little shopping and a bit of rest....reading my favorite blogs...getting "ideas.' I'm looking forward to it. Love your giveaway book and would love to win it...but I'll always read your blog even if I don't win!!! You have a delightful Thanksgiving!!! pat

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  43. Love the Thanksgiving holiday and having my family close. And LOVE eating the great leftovers. And I really enjoy getting the Christmas decorations out, some old with cherished memories, and always something new each year. Your giveaway book would be a great addition -- thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. Oh My Gosh. This is my FAVORITE Christmas book! I don't own my own copy, but I take it out of the library every year around Thanksgiving to get me in the holiday mood. I so love the soft whites in this book that make an easy, seemless and peaceful holiday seem within reach.

    My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is eating leftovers and planning (not doing yet!) for the holiday.

    I so hope I get picked!!!!!

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  45. and for that extra chance....

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1153779635

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  46. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving changes every year. When my kids were little I would shop like crazy hoping to find the latest craze on the shelf for me to scoop up like a prize. When my kids were in high school we would most likely spend it in the gym watching my son's basketball team play the alumni. When they were in college that weekend was great to fill up my daughter's car with goodies to get her thru the first few weeks of December until the holiday break. Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, Thanksgiving weekend will be both reflective and filled with hope of the upcoming Christmas seasons. Hopefully spouses and babies will be following soon! farmgirl616@hotmail.com

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  47. The week-end after Thanksgiving I will definitely NOT be shopping! I like to start my Christmas decorating, watch our Huskers play football, watch a movie, and I may try to get my small entryway painted! Looks like a yummy book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. The weekend after Thanksgiving, I usually enjoy making yummy broth from the turkey carcus and putting up the tree. This year we are in the middle of a remodel, so I will be decorating vicariously through books and magazines as well as through my friends' homes and my favorite retail stores.

    I'd love to have the book you are offering to help me through this time :)

    Brenda

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  49. After Thanksgiving I love to go shopping with my three adult daughters and have lunch with them as we jostle the crowds and have a true bonding time. Then I pull out the Christmas decorations and start decorating our home while sweet Christmas music is playing in the background. I love this time of year - family, time spent together and making Christmas the happiest time ever. Sharon mavinger@sc.rr.com

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  50. Back in the "old" days... when I was very young and spunky I'd do the shopping thing........now, I put on the hot spiced cider, haul out all of the Christmas paraphernalia and make our home look like Christmas! I cannnnnot wait. I've already got the Holiday tunes goin'....

    Have a great Thanksgiving.

    Blessings,
    Spencer

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  51. ss@lbproductioncenter.com I will be getting the house ready for Christmas! Looking forward to it!

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  52. My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is decking the halls with my family.

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  53. Spending time with the family, eating leftovers, playing board games... avoiding the Black Friday madness!

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  54. The weekend after Thanksgiving is family time. We start decorating for Christmas, eat yummy leftovers, watch an old, great Christmas movies (It's A Wonderful Life is a favorite), play cards, and enjoy being together! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
    lvanwinkle4@gmail.com

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  55. I love to turn on my Christmas music & decorate my house. This year I will be decorating my 82 year old mother in law's home so she's ready for her holiday party. It's so fun, she has lots of ladies that she plays cards with & they all come to see what's she's done this year. Always a surprise!

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  56. I like being outside if weather permits and mulching up the last of the autumn leaves and thinking about precious time spent with family and friends over Thanksgiving. Our daughter lives over 500 miles away and each time we get together is cherished! The exercise helps me work off some of the extra calories and is good mental therapy!! :)

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  57. I usually spend the weekend after Thanksgiving at home - I avoid all stores/malls, etc. I do not think about Christmas shopping, though I will make room for the Christmas tree to be purchased next weekend, then I will sort through ornaments, etc. It is a time to relax and enjoy with family and friends. I will also make a 2nd Thanksgiving dinner as we will be traveling to my parents for the 1st one! Jamie V in MT
    http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
    amzanioli@yahoo.com

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  58. decrating for Christmas with my family.

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  59. The weekend after Thanksgiving we watch our favorite holiday movies, and keep holiday music on during every other activity. I address a few cards and begin decking the house with our Christmas treasures. Mad crowds and traffic jams are not my idea of a fun time...I avoid shopping entirely that weekend!

    The book looks so inviting...thank you for the chance to win. And thank you for being an inspiration for a happy, interesting Second Act!

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  60. Hi Tracey,
    My favorite thing to do is just relaxing and enjoy the time with my family! Thanks for the chance to win!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  61. I forgot my email is ruth.malone@netzero.com...so pick me!! (Please)

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  62. My favorite thing to do, now that my family is gone, is pull out the old photo boxes and look at all the memories of days past. Makes the holiday feel warm and fuzzy and not so lonely. Rather like paying a visit to all those dear ones and puts a smile on my face when I think of them.

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  63. Thanks Tracey!

    My favorite way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving is pulling out all the crates and remembering Christmases past. I also pull out all my holiday inspiration books and see if I can pull anything off from those books. Thanks again for this opportunity!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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