12 Days of Christmas Giveaways 2017 - Day 11 | www.lorainenunley.com #BookGiveaway

Welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways for 2017!

The Rules: Each day will have its own giveaway that will run for 7 days. You can enter all of the giveaways or just the ones that strike your fancy. Many of the giveaways will only be open to US residents (shipping costs you know 🙁 sorry), but I will have a few open internationally.

Every day will have a special word that you will need to put together the special quote for the Day 12 giveaway. That quote and entry in one of the other 11 giveaways will be required to enter the Day 12 giveaway.

This giveaway is for ‘The Mistletoe Kiss’ by Janet Lee Barton, ‘Legacy of Love’ by Christine Johnson, and ‘Soaring Home’ by Christine Johnson.

Today’s special word is: this

A precious gift to all of us from God is our memories. They shape who we are. They make our lives fuller. They make us better people. There are lots of instances in the Bible where God tells people (and us) to remember things.

I have been blessed to have many good Christmas memories, but I am going to share just one here with you today. When I was a kid, we couldn’t afford very much. My mom learned to sew and made our clothes so that we could save money. I had a doll that I loved so much that I carried it around with me everywhere. The doll became so worn that she broke in a few places making it unsafe for me to carry her around. That Christmas, my mom and dad presented me with my doll rejuvenated. They had made her a new cloth body from scraps of material that my mom had. In addition, she sewed me a whole wardrobe of clothes for my ‘new’ doll complete with a DIY cardboard wardrobe to hold her and her new clothes in.

I must’ve been about 8ish at the time and I remember crying on Christmas morning because I was sure that doll was gone forever.

That memory is one of many reminders of the love that my parents showed me.

Now it’s your turn. What good Christmas memories do you have?


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The comment requirement for this giveaway is: Share a good Christmas memory.

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32 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways 2017 – Day 11

  1. The Christmas we had to celebrate early because hubby was going to go to Guam for a Navy Duty Station. I followed four months later.

    1. Oh Paula. I can relate to that. My husband deployed to Germany at Christmas the first year we were married. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. 🙂

  2. When I was 7 yrs old, with three brothers, we had three cats, a duck, a rat, a hawk, a canary and tons of salt water fish. My uncle decided that as kids we needed a dog. So for Christmas he brought us a puppy. A little wiggly white puppy with brown spots. Oh how we all fell in love. Lady turned out to be a fabulous kids dog. She was always with us and there for us. We had her for 13 years.

  3. I was 5 or 6 I believe and i got the best present EVER (At least to me) A Big Berry Strawberry Shortcake Trolley. I loved it and played with it all day

  4. One year, a man with a long white beard and a body shaped like the typical Santa Claus, attended my holiday band concert. My three daughters stood staring, mouths open. Dad leaned over as the bearded man noticed them staring, and whispered, “Santa came to check up on you in person.” The man smiled and waved. All through the concert my kids stole glances back at “Santa” and really believed it was him in disguise.

  5. My favorite Christmas tradition and memory was my Dad always arriving very early so he could go down the hall saying “Hohoho Santa’s been here!” and waking up my daughter to go see what was under the tree. It was a tradition that we all loved – including his granddaughter. When she had just turned a teenager, she actually woke up very early to get dressed and fixed up (you know teenagers when it comes to having their photos taken) and then crawled back into bed just so Pappaw could “wake her up” Christmas morning like he always did. I cherish these memories since both Dad and our daughter are together now having Christmas in heaven. <3

    Although our Christmas has changed over the years, it’s good to cherish old memories and create new ones. We just downsized and moved in our new home this year at the opposite end of the state. Been a lot of adjustments including this Christmas decorating since there’s not the room to put up the seven Christmas trees of the past. However, we will have new experiences and joys this year as we celebrate Christmas making new traditions and memories.

    1. That is so true Kay. It is such a blessing to have the memories to look back on. Thank you so very much for sharing that with us. 🙂

  6. My Christmas memory is waking up the next morning with my 3 sisters and 3 brother to see everything we had asked for under the tree and seven brown paper bags lined up with each of our names on it and inside was one apple ,one orange ,one tangerine,some nuts and loose(hard) candy.Those bags and those Christmas morning I will never forget cause we had each other was was so thankful for what we got. Wasn’t much but we were blessed.

  7. My mother was a very giving, compassionate lady. One year we had a family in our neighborhood that didn’t have much money. The father had lost his job, and they had several children. We bought some nice presents for each member of the family and gathered up some food. We left it anonymously on their doorsteps. It was such a good feeling to give to a family that wasn’t going to have much for Christmas.

  8. I remember when I was about 13, I burst into tears Christmas morning when I saw that my parents had given me a brand new typewriter (old standard manual type) that I wanted and never thought I would get. I was taking typing classes in school at the time and really wanted to practice. I never thought that I would still be typing (for a living) over 56 years later (on a computer now)! My folks had 8 children so I knew they couldn’t afford anything so luxurious so it really touched my heart.

  9. My grandpa passed away two weeks before Christmas 3 years ago. Christmas was his favorite holiday because it was a day that family all came to visit. Grandma made a big dinner with way more than anyone could eat. He also loved the Christmas cookies that both grandma and her mom (my great grandma) made. He would sneak one here and there and just give this big ol’ grin when he’d open the cookie jar and it would tattle on him! That cookie jar was plastic, in the shape of a wolf, and every time you opened the lid it would howl. It was so funny to see grandma roll her eyes as that cookie jar ratted out grandpa, and grandpa with his eyes twinkling…..

  10. Celebrating Christmas with my parents. They always made Christmas a special day for us.

  11. Our first son was born two days before Christmas. We brought him home and put him under the Christmas tree. He was the best present!

  12. The Christmas that I was 8 was our first Christmas in the town that was where we ended up growing up. My dad recorded us opening our presents, and we were all so happy with our gifts! I got a little keyboard that has been gone for a long time, but I still have my scriptures that I recieved and my pair of little purple Koolaid glasses! Lol

  13. I remember when I was about 12 and I received a wind-up Mickey Mouse watch. I had wanted one like that so bad for a long time and I was so excited when I unwrapped it! 🙂

    My most memorable ones now are watching my almost four year old granddaughter opening her presents and watching her eyes light up. Those are the most precious to me! Thank you for the giveaway Loraine.

    1. Some of my best memories are tied into watching others getting their presents. Thanks so much for sharing those memories with us Trixi. 🙂

  14. I don’t have a favorite memory but I remember I was 13 or 14 yrs old and I did the 12 days of Christmas for a neighbor. It was such fun to surprise their family each day and not get caught…lol

    1. Oh that sounds like so much fun Sabrina. I love that you were able to surprise the family each day. Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

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