Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 Days Day 1 :WINNER!!

 Welcome To Day 1 of Twelve Days! 
           I will be using the  wonderful book The Winter Solstice:The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews as a reference for all of my posts.

I've added many new activities to my Holiday Celebrations since I bought this book :)

Traditionally celebrated December 26th the first day on
Days was known for 3 main events:

Boxing Day: A British tradition of giving a Christmas Box to servants.

Saint Stephen's Day +Day of the Wren

I didn't know much about this tradition until I read this book. According to legend Stephen was a servant of King Herod. He followed the star of the nativity and dedicated himself to sharing his new found faith with distant countries Legend also states that in order to travel great distances easily Stephan traveled with a string of 5 horses: two red, two white and one dappled when one horse got tired he would change horses and keep going. As a result many of the celebrations and stories surrounding Saint Stephen emphasise the Horses contribution to man.

Now for my first Interview! One of my favorite bloggers is the lovely Melina of

Melina is an avid reader and blogger. She consistently does great reviews and finds creative ways to host giveaway's. Now to the interview:

Do you like to read any Holiday themed books? if so are there any you re-read every year?
My favorite holiday themed book is Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole
Christmas. I love how Dr. Seuss uses all those made-up words and the drawings are super creative.The best character by far is Max the dog. And I am a sucker for a happy ending.

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions?

Every year my parents let my brother and I dress in pajamas when they drive

us around the see all the holiday lights. We bring chocolate chip cookies to eat and we
sing along to a CD of kids holiday songs. Travis and I also get to help put

up our retro aluminum Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. It's hilarious when
people come to visit and they see our shiny silver tree with the color wheel light. It's like a disco party around here!


I know you love books,but what other type of presents do you like to receive?

Besides books, I like I tunes gift cards (I got an I pod last year) and craft supplies. Books are number one though.
What book or books are on your wish list this year?

In 2011, I am looking forward to reading The Iron Queen, Darkest Mercy, and Shimmer.

Now for a special SURPRISE :
Melina is 11 years old,which exempts her from entering a lot of blogger contests, at least for now :)
So as a special gift to Melina I'm giving her a prize today:

A Pre-order of one of her wish list books! or another book of her choice up to $10.00


Will get the same prize! A pre-order Of The Iron Queen or a book of choice UP TO $10.00
This Contest is International IF BD ships to you
You must be at least 13 years old to enter
Leave your Name and e-mail to enter
Blog Followers get +4 entries
Contest ends : 12/7/10


buddyt said...

Somehow I seem to managed to post the first comment !

I am an old Follower (buddyt)

On the Christmas type books, I don't read or re-read any specific ones but I do think that Dicken's A Christmas Carol must rank high on any readers list of the best.

Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Cass said...

That's super sweet for you to give Melina such a nice gift. :) I never even considered that...

Thanks a lot for the giveaway! :D

Old follower. If I were to win, I'd order THE IRON KING. I'm slow, I know.

cc932005 at hotmail dot com

Marcie said...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a family favorite here too. It's so nice of you to give Melina and a follower this gift. I would love to be entered. I'm looking forward to the Iron Queen too. I love this series. I'm an old follower.

Kulsuma said...

Awesome:S I liked the interview! That's very nice of you!


Old follower.

Thanks for making this international!

Sandy said...

Oh great first giveaway! And thank-you so much for making it international! -big hugs-

Also loved the interview I follows Melina too and I just love her blog ^_^. Its so nice you are giving her The Iron Queen.

I am an old follower (+4).


Oh also on Boxing Day its also a Holiday here :) though we don't do anything here, at least not that I've seen, we just get a day off work.

donnas said...

I dont re-read any specific book every year but I loved to read themed books around their event. I have a couple Christmas ones I am looking forward to reading in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

+4 old follower

bacchus76 at myself dot com

sablelexi said...

Great giveaway, and its really nice of you to give her a copy too since she is too young to enter most giveaways.

+4 blog follower
Jennelle S

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Caitlin said...

Aww that is so nice of you to do that! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

+4 old follower

ninefly said...

I'm quite glad I'm old enough to be entering giveaways on my own now, my parents never really liked/understood helping me out with it when I was younger lol
it's great that you gave her a prize =)

+4 blog follower


Tore923 said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

Anonymous said...


Thank you for the fun interview. It helped get me in the holiday mood.

Wow, thank you so much for the special surprise. I am so excited to read The Iron Queen. You are so sweet.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!!

Follower (+4)


Lizzy said...

What a fun interview! I love driving around with my family looking at the Christmas lights. Even though we're both older now, we go every year. It's followed by cocoa and a holiday movie marathon :) As for books, I always end up rereading Pride and Prejudice, and The Polar Express.

Thanks for the giveaway

I'm a new follower, so I'm not sure if it counts. Possible +4


throuthehaze said...

Great post! Thanks for the giveaway :)

+4 follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorites too! I love riding around looking lights. My friend and I once went on this huge drive in a city nearby spotting out the perfect house.

+4 blog follower


Maidenveil said...

wow! that's a nice surprise! count me in! following via gfc. :)


Lydia said...

Nice surprise! What a great idea.
Lydia (the Lost Entwife)

ally said...

Awesome :)! Melina rocks!~

*am a follower*

Bethany C. said...

Thanks for the giveaway, and happy holidays!

I'm an old follower +4


Onge said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! It's fun to get to know Melina! I'm an old follower.

Jill the OWL said...

Awesome giveaway. AND I'm so excited to find your blog :)

themgowl at

I follow now :)

Kai Agito said...

Oh, that is so sweet of you to give Melina a gift! And a book too! Now that is an awesome gift if you ask me. :) Thank you for giving the same gift to a lucky follower as well!

+4 I'm a follower

amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

Mariana Dal Chico said...

Great Interview!

Its so nice you are giving her The Iron Queen.

Name: Mariana Dal Chico
email: maryflorido(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Melina is such a wonderful child and amazing book blogger. So nice of you to think of her. Would love to enter.

stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite Cristmas books, too.
+4 follwer

Spav said...

Great giveaway.

+4 Blog follower


Unknown said...

Aw how nice and generous of you :-)

Thank you for the great giveaway too!

+4 I'm an old and loyal blog follower

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com