When I was a little girl, Christmas was a time of glorious anticipation:. I counted down the days; I loved opening the tiny doors of my advent calendar; I baked cookies with my mother; and when it got really close Christmas, my nana came to visit and she’d show me how to fold and tuck lengths of ribbon into beautiful bows to place on the presents. The only thing that was hard was watching packages arrive by mail each day and disappear into the depths of my parents’ closet by night.
My other grandfather who couldn’t often be with us for Christmas had the perfect fix for a small person’s pre-Christmas lack of patience. He’d always send one box marked with the magic words: OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Inside would be something special to help get ready for the holiday. Sometimes it was an ornament to hang on the tree. Some years it was a set of cookie cutters or an apron to use while baking Christmas cookies. And of course, sometimes it was a Christmas book.
This year, I can help you make the wait until Christmas a little more bearable. I have a new copy of Olive, the Other Reindeer ready to go out on an early sleigh. Call it a practice run for Rudolph. (Oh, who are we kidding, I’ll be using the US Postal service, and for that reason can only open this giveaway to residents of the US and Canada, and while this giveaway is open until 12 midnight on Saturday night EST, and I will be mailing out the package on Monday I can make no guarantees about when the book will get to you. See aforementioned USPS.)
So how can you win a little holiday cheer? Leave a comment here, telling me your favorite Christmas (or winter) story. I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner. Just make sure you leave some way for me to contact you! The winner will be announced Sunday, December 12th!
For those unfamiliar with Olive, she is a dog, who has listened to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the radio one too many times and develops an identity crisis. She firmly believes she’s hearing them sing “Olive, the other reindeer” and therefore hightails it to the North Pole. Our Olive isn’t the brightest creature, but she’s certainly well-intentioned. She heads out with Santa and the reindeer and of course, they run into a few predicaments that can only be solved by a reindeer that’s really a dog (sticks that need chewing, things that need fetching, sniffing her way home in the fog).
Sex, Nudity, Dating – None.
Profanity – None.
Death, Violence and Gore – None.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None.
Frightening or Intense Things – None.