12 Days of ARCs International Giveaway

December 12, 2013 Giveaway 510

12 days Can you think of a better way to spend the holidays than with some wonderful books??  Neither can we!  So, for 12 days, Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction and I are hosting a giveaway, and the winner will receive 12 ARCs!  The ARCs will go to a US winner, but because we want our friends outside the US to participate, too, a non-US winner will receive his/her choice of finished copies of any two of the ARCs that we feature.  (These may include pre-orders, if you choose.) Here’s how it will work: On each of the 12 days, Kristen and I will take turns revealing one of the ARCs to be given away, beginning at 10 PM EST.  At the same time, both of our blogs will feature a question that you can answer to earn points in the Rafflecopter.  You can ONLY answer a particular set of questions during that 24 hour window, and there will be a new set of questions each day at 10 PM EST.  (We will keep the last questions open for two additional days, to allow those of you celebrating Christmas some extra time to comment.)  You may want to bookmark our posts for the duration of the giveaway, since we will be updating our posts, rather than creating a new post each day. The photo below contains six of the ARCs to be given away.  Kristen has six more on her blog, and we will take turns each day “unwrapping” a new ARC.

December 25th Update

All of the ARCs have been revealed, and all of the questions have been asked.   But because we know many of you have plans during the holiday time, the giveaway will actually end at midnight EST on the 27th.  So, for the next two days, you can answer your choice of any two of the previous questions listed below the Rafflecopter (one for me, one for Kristen) that you may have missed, for additional points.  And for those rock stars who managed to answer all 20 questions during the appropriate 24 hour window, you can check an entry on the Rafflecopter for additional points.  NOTE: You can get 6 points for answering the two previous questions OR 10 points if you already answered all 24 previous questions.  But you CANNOT do both.

Thank you to everyone who has participated!  We have had so much fun doing this giveaway with you, and we can’t wait to pick our winners!

  • Avalon by Mindee Arnett
  • Dangerous by Shannon Hale
  • Awaken by Meg Cabot
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund.  Even better, this one is signed!
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • Hostage Three by Nick Lake
  • Deception by C.J. Redwine
  • Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Day 6

Kristen books

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, be sure to enter my naughty (Sylvia Day) or nice (Stephanie Perkins) signed book giveaway! 



Day 12 text


1) Have you had as much fun with 12 Days of ARCs as we’ve had? 🙂  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) Which of the ARCs we are giving away are you most eager for? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 11 text

1) Who would win in a fight – Santa or the Tooth Fairy?  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) What gift are you really wanting for Christmas? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 10 text

1) Do you have any tips for traveling during the holidays?  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) Which book have you read that you feel didn’t get enough buzz either by publisher marketing or blogger buzz? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 9 text

1) Oh no!!  Santa’s stuck in your chimney!  How will you help him to get out?  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) Is there a book that is very popular that you read but didn’t care for? Which one? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 8 text

1) Holiday lights: White or colored; blinking or non-blinking.  Debate!  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) Do you have any book/blogging resolutions for next year?  (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 7 text

1) Is there any chance of snow for Christmas in your state/country?  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) Did one of your favorite series end this last year? Which one and were you happy with how it ended?  (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 6 text

1) What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) What was your favorite 2013 Debut book?  (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 5 text1) Guess Santa’s weight.  Don’t feel the need to just guess pounds or kilograms – get creative!  Weight in coconuts?  Weight in mugs of beer?  (Answer in the comments below.)
2) Which book are you most eager to read releasing in 2014?  (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 4 text

1) If the reindeer went on strike, what kind of animals should fly Santa’s sleigh instead? (Answer in the comments below.)
2) What was your favorite book of 2013? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.) 

Day 3 text1) Are there any holiday traditions that you wish your family would give up? (Answer in the comments below.)
2) What is your favorite Christmas carol/song? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)

Day 2 text 1) What is your favorite Christmas (or for any reason) gift you’ve received? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)
2) Are there any holiday traditions from when you were a kid that you miss? (Answer in the comments below.)

Day 1 text 1) Which book would you love to see revealed as an arc being given away? (Answer at My Friends Are Fiction.)
2) What is your favorite Christmas movie? (Answer in the comments below.) We are so excited to do this giveaway with you, and we hope you will have fun participating!  If you have any questions, please let me know.



510 Responses to “12 Days of ARCs International Giveaway”

    • Stephanie

      Thank you, Christina! Kristen and I have spent a lot of time discussing and planning this, and we’re super excited about it. We hope it’s fun for everyone participating, too. 🙂

  1. Alexandra

    Oh so this is the huge giveaway you were talking about! 🙂
    This is a great giveaway! And it’s really creative.

  2. Harlee

    My favorite Christmas movie is either Elf or Four Christmases. Both are just too funny! 🙂

  3. Tammy

    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, that family cracks me up no matter how many times I watch it. Thank you!

  4. Kayla DeGroote

    My favorite Christmas movie has always been the original Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Loved it since I was a little girl <3 Though I do really enjoy Elf, such a cute Christmas movie! Thanks so much for the giveaway! You girls are seriously awesome <3

  5. Kathy L.

    I think my favorite would be Elf with Will Ferrell but Tim Allen’s Santa Clause films were really good too. Just so long as there’s more comedy then sappiness. Sweet emotional Christmas movies bring out my inner Scrooge.

  6. Miranda @ Tempest Books

    Ugh I wish I had a better answer for this question…I actually don’t really like Christmas movies at all. I don’t know why! But my grandmother was just telling me about how Miracle on 34th Street is one of her all-time favorite movies, so I’ve been wanting to get that from Netflix for this Christmas to try it out.
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  7. Stephanie F.

    A Christmas Story has always been my favorite. It is such a cute movie and a classic. We watch it every Christmas Eve.

  8. Jaime Lester

    I love all of the old cartoons, but my favorite is probably A Christmas Story. It is just a classic and I love it!

  9. Cait D

    We just finished watching The Muppets Christmas Carol. It’s kind of a yearly tradition. I used to love Home Alone (all of them) buuut, you know how violent they are? Gosh. It’s almost disturbing… 😉

  10. Koll

    That would have to be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. My family and I watch it every year 🙂

  11. Tanya

    I have two favorite Christmas movies- The Santa Clause and The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. Every year on Christmas Eve my family got together and watched the movies. It was really nice!

    Thanks for hosting an international giveaway 🙂

  12. Misti

    Favorite Christmas movie would probably be A Christmas Story . I always have to watch the 24 hour marathon they have on TBS every year. Thank you!

  13. Chenise J.

    I looove The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (original cartoon obviously)! It’s such a classic! And for some reason I always associate The Sound of Music with Christmas as well, maybe because it’s always on TV this time of year or I’m always just in the mood to watch it.

  14. Kelly P.

    I love Elf, but I’m also kind of looking forward to tracking down Barbie in the Nutcracker. I feel like such a dork. 🙂

  15. Adelynne

    Hmm… Does Frozen count? I know it’s newly released, and it doesn’t mention Christmas, but it has some great winter themes and I loved it!

  16. Stormy

    This is such a creative idea for a giveaway! My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life, but I have two runner-ups: The first Chronicles of Narnia movie(I know it’s not exactly a “Christmas” story, but it takes place in the winter and the talks about always winter, never Christmas, etc.), and The Muppets Christmas Carol.
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  17. fifi

    hmm..IDK which one to choose..but I’d go with Home Alone because it was one of the most creative movies I’ve watched 😀

  18. Melissa C.

    I like so many Christmas movies so I guess I will only name a few. I like elf, The Grinch that Stole Christmas, Polar Express

  19. Stacie

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! You guys are awesome no matter what some rude people say! My favorite Christmas movie is The Santa Clause

  20. Alyssa Llanes

    Q: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
    A: Does Narnia count? It has snow and they did celebrate Christmas at some point in the movie. Hehe.
    Q: Are there any holiday traditions from when you were a kid that you miss?
    A: Honestly, I still view myself as a kid. Hahaha. I’m 18, by the way. The tradition we do before when I was still little, we still do up to this day so I don’t miss any of our holiday traditions.
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  21. Brynna

    Most of the holiday traditions I did as a kid I still do, so I don’t really miss any. However, since I didn’t really share anything, my favorite tradition is eating tacos on Christmas Eve!

  22. Katie S

    My favorite tradition I miss is going to zoo lights with my entire family. It was always too cold but seeing a real reindeer always made it worth it 😀

  23. Wendy @ Book Scents

    Hmmm I don’t have any I miss from when I was a kid because I feel like I still do them! But one thing I miss is from undergrad, my roommates and I would always set aside a night to put up our little tree in our apt, bake cookies and drink egg nog! I definitely miss them!
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  24. Jaime Lester

    The only tradition that I miss is decorating the tree with my mom and sister, but now I very much enjoy decorating the tree with my hubby!

  25. Alyssa

    I miss being with family. Having a tree and decorations. Exchanging gifts and Christmas dinner. Adopting families to buy presents for abd going way over board. Looking for the mall Santa that looked the most real for a photo.

  26. Ashfa

    We don’t celebrate Christmas but when we were kids, we used to go around town admiring all the Christmas decorations. I miss dong that.

  27. Jess @ Such A Novel Idea

    I miss decorating the tree with my family and opening up family gifts on Christmas eve. Now that I’m married with my own kids, we only open one gift on Christmas (pajamas) and have our tree done weeks prior to Christmas. I love our traditions, but I still miss being a kid. :-/
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  28. Tamara

    I still do most of the traditions I did as a kid. The only thing I miss is that excitement of opening your presents on Christmas morning. It’s still fun, but when I was a kid it was like the most exciting thing in the world.

  29. Alexandra

    When I was younger we used to open presents on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas we would take a road trip to stay with our family friends for a few days.

  30. Arantza

    I used to dance on top of all the tables on Christmas time. Sadly, now I’m too old for that.

  31. Ashly

    A holiday traditions that I miss is getting up early opening presents with my family. Now that I’m older, that don’t happen any more.

  32. Stephani W.

    Well before my grandma died, she used to stick beanie babies in the Christmas tree and after Dinner all the kids would go around the tree and draw are numbers in what place we get. In order the kids will pick them a beanie baby from the tree to being home. I haven’t done that since i was 10-ish. Someday i really hope to do that with my kids and grand-kids and etc.
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  33. Meghan Stith

    At our extended family get togethers, the kids would get Christmas presents from every other family. Now, we just do a White Elephant gift. Not nearly as fun for the cousins ; )

  34. nurmawati djuhawan

    i don’t have tradion because i am not a christian, but my bff when i was a child always have an open house so we could come for eat lots of cookies 🙂
    thx …

  35. miki

    I miss the tradition of big family gathering… when little we went to another member of teh family to have our christmas meal so we were at least 10 and it was a special time where we were all together…now a lot have died, some still alive have changed so much they don’t even speak to us so it’s only the close family and since my father death it make only 3…..it’s a good time yes but not as special as in the past( now^^ i hope the futur will see bigger gathering again^^ we don’t see how life will turns out)
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  36. Tanya

    The one tradition I really miss is watching The Santa Clause and The Muppets Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. We stopped this tradition a while ago but might start it again this year!

  37. Pili

    I don’t think we had any traditions that we no longer have in my family, though it is true that we have started decorating less and less for the holidays since both my grans passed away.

    There’s this tradition that we always watch Love Actually on Xmas day when I don’t have to work. Being a nurse means more often than not I do, like this year.
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  38. _Sandra_

    I guess, I miss baking cookies with my sis and mom, we don’t live in the same cities, so..

  39. Kelly P.

    Hmm … I guess we still keep to most of the same traditions, though I used to do a bit of Christmas shopping with my sister, who now lives out of state.

  40. Cindi Clubbs

    My sister and I would stay up ALL NIGHT in our room just filled with excitement quietly playing board games until morning. My parents couldn’t make us sleep but they could make us stay in our rooms and be quiet so they could sleep, lol.

  41. Brittany @ Spare Time book blog

    As a kid we always did a big present opening from Santa on Christmas Day. As an adult we don’t really do that anymore. I also hate that I don’t live as close to my family anymore and getting time off for Christmas is harder. I used to just get that time off from school or college and it was awesome. Getting older kinda sucks haha! Still love going home thought.
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  42. Misti

    When I was younger my dad would put up our Christmas tree and the lights that go on it, and us kids would decorate it with ornaments. We would do it every year the day after Thanksgiving. I miss that so much. My father passed away last year and I thought, we’ll never get to do those things again. We also would go the the movies on Christmas Day every year. 🙁 Thank you for making me remember all these traditions we used to have.

  43. Cassi Steenblok

    The holiday tradition I miss most from when I was a kid is going to pick out a Christmas tree with my whole family. We’d wander around the tree farm looking for the perfect tree, arguing about which one is better, realize the first one we saw was the best and forget where it was. It doesn’t sound fun but it was.
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  44. DanaSquare

    I am 17 so still technically a kid but I miss when my brothers still lived at home and getting up really early Christmas morning!

  45. Mckenzie Templeton

    We have mostly kept out holiday traditions trough the years. On Christmas Eve, my grandparents come over and we open all the gifts together, and on Christmas morning, we also open gifts. Then, in the afternoon of Christmas Day, we go and visit my other grandparents, along with other realities, and eat and open gifts. It’s a huge day of celebration that may not be happening so much this year since my grandmother and mom may be AWOL because of recent surgeries. But we are doing everything we can to save the tradition!

    The best gift I ever received as a kid… Wow. Well, I automatically think of this big Playskool red and blue slide I found next to the tree with a bow one year… But then my mind drifts to a Nintendo DS… And slowly, I remember the Kindle ereaders I received later on. That’s a difficult question 🙂

  46. Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

    I miss the decorations. Now that we’re all adults and with no one to invite over we don’t make the effort to decorate anymore. We don’t even get a tree, too afraid our three cats will climb it and hurt themselves – or hurt the tree and ornaments when it topples over. I was going to make the effort myself this year, but I’ve had a cold most of December. XP Ah well. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
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  47. Sarah

    Listening to Christmas music while decorating the tree..we don’t listen to the music anymore 🙁

  48. Kayla DeGroote

    Q2: We use to have this awesome tree that we decorated with all these ornaments that my family and I had painted. Sadly we don’t have a tree anymore, though we continue to make ornaments (weird right?)

  49. Stephanie F.

    I miss the waking up on Christmas morning and being all excited to see what Santa had brought me. It was such a magical time. Stinks sometimes to grow up, but at least now I get to see my kids faces.

  50. Cal

    Technically I am still a kid. And we do still up hold most of our traditions. I guess though what I miss most would be the magic of Christmas. It’s so easy when you’re little to be sucked into the whole magical part of Cheistmas and imagine that there is a Santa Claus and magical flying reindeer. Truthfully I really miss that feeling but beyond that, I still love Christmas!
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  51. Ashly

    My family doesn’t have any holiday traditions. I like to go see the tree in manhattan with my mom every year, but that might not happen any more.

  52. Jaime Lester

    There really aren’t any traditions that I would like to see given up. It is Christmastime, so I am pretty much up for anything my family would have me do!

  53. fifi

    I wish we could stop having too much people visiting us during holidays. A bunch would be good but too much would be too much 😀
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  54. _Sandra_

    I actually wouldn’t give up on any holiday tradition, ’cause we only do the things we all really enjoy. It’s the happiest holiday of the year for us! 🙂

  55. Misti

    It’s not really tradition but my Mom always, always waits the night before Christmas to wrap EVERY single present. Guess who has to help her and ends up doing most of it? I’m up until like 2 or 3 in the morning wrapping all her presents for her so she can sleep. Nope, not this year, I officially quit. She, as you can tell is one of those people who waits for the last minute to do something. 🙂

  56. Kelly P.

    I guess I’m fairly content with most of our traditions … except maybe taking pictures during present opening. I’m fine behind the camera, but I always feel awkward in front of it.

  57. Randi M

    I love buying gifts for people, but I wish my adult siblings would stop buying gifts for my husband and me! I love buying for my nieces and nephews, but I hate feeling obligated to exchange gifts with all my siblings as well. It’s too expensive for all of us!

  58. Tamara

    I don’t think my family has any traditions that bother me. I love all the things we do 🙂

  59. Kayla DeGroote

    Q3: My family doesn’t really have any Christmas traditions, at least not anymore!

  60. Brynna

    Griffins. Griffins would pull the sleigh.

    (I decided it is totally fine to have a mythological creatures since *spoiler alert* Santa’s not real anyway)

  61. Stephanie F.

    If reindeer went on strike I think cow’s should fly the sleigh. It would be a trip to see, lol.

  62. Adelynne

    Reindeer on strike… XD

    Unicorns??? Does it have to be an actual animal? If it does, then probably ducks. They can drop fear into the tiny hearts of children with their horrible cries as well as dropping waste. Just kidding, ducks can be cool.

  63. _Sandra_

    My first thought were unicorns, I don’t even know why. 😀 But most logical choice would be huskies. 🙂

  64. Christina R.

    Hippos because it would be hilarious and they’d stomp on the roof when they landed cause they’re heavy and we could ambush Santa since we’d know he’s in the house:)

    Thank you:)

  65. Tammy

    Dragons! Hey, they are the theme for 2014 because it seems a lot of books dealing with dragons will be released.

  66. Misti

    Tigers would be kind of cool. It would also help because they’re fast and it would help get Santa to more houses quicker. 😉

  67. Jaime Lester

    There are a ton of 2014 releases that I am anxiously awaiting. This release is right around the corner, and I am seriously getting antsy waiting for it. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi!

  68. Stephanie F.

    I’d say Santa weighs around 150 mugs of beer. He does have a beer belly after all. 🙂

  69. Christina T

    I’m going with the guess that Santa’s weight depends on the type of cookie he eats! So around the weight of 1000 Sugar Cookies give or take a cookie depending on the amount of decorations.

  70. Ashley Jellison

    Um guys…duh. He doesn’t weight himself in milk or gingerbread men. Santa OBVIOUSLY weighs himself as compared to his reindeer, plus some snow. Currently (he told me yesterday), Santa Claus weighs 1 1/3 adult reindeer, plus .25 baby reindeer. As well as 2,001,498 flakes of snow.

  71. Brynna

    This question is great! I’m guessing that Santa weighs 230 pounds. He’s actually super buff from carrying around all of the presents. He only LOOKS fat, because the North Pole is so cold, so his coat has a lot of padding.

  72. starryeyedjen

    Well, it wasn’t for Christmas, but the worst gift I ever received was a housewarming gift when my husband and I moved into our first rent house years and years ago. It was one of those prepackaged baskets you can order online or find at Christmas time. But this one had obviously been bought YEARS before they gave it to us because when we got around to opening it later after they’d left, there were bugs inside the tin of cookies and something had already eaten most of the other things inside the other boxes. So unbelievably disgusting…and how awful to regift something like that!
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  73. Jaime Lester

    I’ve honestly never received a truly bad present before. I guess my least favorite would be this weird, itchy wool scarf thingy. I say thingy because it was a circle, instead of one long strip of fabric like normal scarves. The color was puke green. I still to this day have no clue how it works.

  74. Kayla DeGroote

    Q6: Once for Christmas my grandparents gave me a tiny little goodie bag. I’m like “Hmm.. maybe it’s a gift card or something?” so I opened it and inside were jelly beans (I don’t like jelly beans) and a not so pretty pair of earrings I didn’t want 😛

  75. _Sandra_

    It would have to be this really ugly Christmas sweater that I got from some relatives when I was a kid. Still shuddering when I think about it. LOL!!!

  76. Anne Consolacion

    The worst present I received was a small, plastic photo frame that I got in an exchange gift. It has scratches all over and it has that already used feel and look to it.

  77. Brynna

    I’ve never really had a bad present. Maybe ugly clothes when I was a little kid, but… they still weren’t that bad. I just didn’t want clothes.

  78. Alexandra

    I never really received a horrible present. Well other than getting clothes when I was younger…

  79. Christina R.

    My worst present was when someone gave me fur-trimmed gloves, with real fur, when they know I’m very into animal rights.

    I felt so bad for the animal, it made me cry.

    The second worst present was when someone gave me his and hers tickets to a spa when I’d just broken up with my boyfriend.

    Thank you:)

    • Stephanie

      Oh, both of those are terrible! I don’t know how you give fur unless you KNOW the recipient would appreciate it.

    • Stephanie

      That’s a bad gift??? I think I would be in heaven if I received bacon scented lip gloss. The world needs more bacon! (Sorry, pigs, but you’re delicious.)

  80. Krutula

    Photoframe! I mean, I got two of them at the same time – and I am not the type of keep my photos around on a shelf or table. I love to take out an album and see my photos, not for display all the time. Needless to say, those frames are languishing in some drawer.
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  81. Alma M

    Coloring books. Yeah, I was like 14 by that time – little too old for that, but it’s one way to hold onto the “good old days”. Ha ha. Even still, I always feel happy when people show they care. I love the fact that they try and went out of their way to get me something and so I’m always happy with gifts.

  82. Olivia H.

    The worst present I received? I’ve actually never thought of any present as a bad present, because it’s the thought that counts right? But I have to admit, the worst present I received in all these years was money. Just money. I don’t like it when people give you money, like how most Chinese people like to give money in red pockets. This might sound weird to everyone out there, but I just don’t like getting MONEY, and it makes me feel bad. Whereas if you gave me chocolate or whatever, I wouldn’t know how much it costs, so I wouldn’t feel kind of guilty.

  83. Aida

    A book on how to be succesful at studying…I was 8 years old, and some friend of my father (I don’t even know who)somehow thought that was a good present for a kid. I wish I could have changed it for a good novel for kids, but it’s actually still gathering dust in a shelf.

  84. Tammy

    Nothing. It’s crappy when you take the time to put something together for someone and you get nothing.

  85. Christina T

    When I was in High School one of my aunts bought me some sweaters and jeans that were two sizes too small because she felt that I should lose weight so it should be my New Year’s Resolution to fit into them. Mind you I was a 16…

  86. Stephanie F.

    The worst present I have ever received was a clown clock. I hate clowns and am kinda afraid of them lol.

    • Stephanie

      I’m jealous! I live in NC, and snow is an unusual and big deal here. I miss white Christmases.

  87. Jaime Lester

    No chance of snow. Sigh. I hope every Christmas, but where I live it just doesn’t happen. When we go to Jersey for Christmas every other year, there is a much better chance. Here in South Carolina, very unlikely.

  88. Christina T

    I live in the U.S. in New England CT, the weather report says that we are suppose to have a wet and cold Christmas. No snow supposedly…but hey it’s New England you never really know when NorEaster hits. 🙂

  89. Kayla DeGroote

    Q7: Definitely. Iowa is all about giving us a crap ton or snow, or worse, ice! Though last year was a brown Christmas! Iowa is pretty bipolar when it comes to weather but there’s a 99% chance of snow on Christmas!

  90. Alexandra

    It does snow here but it melts when it hits the ground, so we won’t be having a white Christmas. 🙂

  91. miki

    I would love some snow at Christmas… i dream of a white christmas but fate don’t seem to want to grant us that they are forecating 10°C early next week ( too hot for the season definitively) so until a big unexapected change, no snow
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  92. Filia Oktarina

    Question #1: No, never have snow in Indonesia.

    Question #2 : Hmm, i don’t remember. My favorite series still haven’t finish yet.

  93. Misti

    Well seeing as I have by A/C blasting right now I seriously doubt it. 🙁 It’s been probably 20 years since I’ve seen snow. I wish my little sisters could see everything covered in snow. That would be great.

  94. Katie S

    There is a high chance it will snow in Chicago! Growing up here has made me have a love hate relationship with snow 🙂

  95. Jaime Lester

    Non-blinking white lights. I just think they are beautiful and simple. I hang wreaths on my door and windows with pretty red bows and shine spotlights on them for a little pop of color!

  96. Brynna

    Ooh! I’m definitely a fan of colored lights, though I really don’t care about blinking vs. non-blinking. Though, as long as there are lights period I’m fine. Any lights are better than no lights.

  97. Stephanie F.

    I am a colored lights person. Especially with the dark blue that pops. 🙂 I also like the blinking lights that are set on a pattern, hehe. But really any lights is great just as long as their are a lot of them.

  98. Mary Had a Little Book Blog

    I prefer non-blinking lights (although I’ve seen some tasteful blinkers), and as for colored vs white…eh, depends. In my house, we used rainbow lights on our actual tree and on one giant tree outside, but we used white lights on three additional external trees, window frames, and a small tree in a bay window. Blue and white lights always went on a garland on the mantle. I think it really depends on what you’re going with, though. For a classier look, go with one color. For fun, go multi.
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  99. Kayla DeGroote

    Q8: I prefer colored light but I hate when they’re blinking, especially at a fast constant rate. Really give me a headache after awhile!

  100. Alexandra

    I love coloured lights! I prefer when they are not blinking because it can get annoying after awhile.

  101. _Sandra_

    Definitely white, blinking lights! You can accompany them with everything. And of course, the more, the merrier! 🙂

  102. Christina T

    I prefer colored lights because you can really make more out of them and make images come to life. However white lights give a more clean look but colored draw more attention especially when there is snow on the ground it really doesn’t do that with white lights.

  103. Tammy

    It doesn’t matter the color but I tend to like solid colored non blinking lights. Like when someone does their yard one tree all green another one solid blue and so on.

  104. Jaime Lester

    Bake him my famous, from scratch chocolate chunk cookies and he will wiggle himself out just to get to them!

  105. Brynna

    Santa’s stuck? Oh boy! I guess I better get on top of that roof and wrap some straps around him so I can pull him out from the top!

  106. Alyssa

    I’d call my friendly neighborhood plastic surgeon for a little Lipo. Hey, I grew up near los Angeles where this would be reasonable!

  107. Christina T

    I would take all the super size Crisco I bought from BJs this year for all my holiday baking and help to grease him up and hope he slides out..if not I would be calling fire department unless Santa has some kind of system in check for problems like this maybe the elves that ride with him have a super vacuum.

  108. Emma

    Well, Santa from The Santa Clause wouldn’t get stuck, no matter how small the chimney. 😉 But if he really did get stuck I’d try a mixture of oil and pixie dust. The oil should loosen him, and the pixie dust would bring him back up the chimney.
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  109. Emma

    Tips for traveling during the holidays…stay safe! If you’re driving, watch out for other drivers. They aren’t always careful this time of year. 😛

  110. Tammy

    Charge all electronics fully before leaving because you might switch up reading your eBook to listening to your iPod to playing your 3DS.

  111. Stephanie F.

    My tip are either stay home, hehe. Or make sure to pack some good books to read, you know your going to need them to relax with.

  112. Mary Had a Little Book Blog

    Travel with someone and go on an unexpected day. You don’t want to be traveling on the same day as everybody else no matter what method you’re traveling by. And I second having enough to read. I took a road trip over Thanksgiving (37+ driving hours!), and I made sure I had plenty of audiobooks for the car since I tend to get carsick when I read a physical book.
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  113. Christina R.

    Don’t travel on peak days, and drive if you can, especially in non snowy places:) Also, if you’re stranded make sure you’ve got enough of the basics in your bag.

    Thank you:)

  114. _Sandra_

    My only traveling tip during holidays is to arm yourself with tons of patience, you’re sooo gonna need it. LOL!!!

  115. Pili

    Tips for traveling during the holidays? Hmmm, loads of patience for one. And then general tips, like always travel with your phone fully charged and be sure to have blankets and some extra food if travelling by car and if travelling by plane make sure you carry the essentials for a day or two in your hand luggage, just in case!
    That and always take some books with you! 😉
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  116. Kelly G.

    Tips for traveling during the holidays? BRING BOOKS. And snacks. Both are essential to keeping your cool.

  117. Filia Oktarina

    Q 10 : Tips for traveling….avoids traveling during the holiday and make sure you check your thing before out from bus or restaurant.

  118. Kelly P.

    Don’t. But if you must, make sure someone else does the driving, flying, etc. Take a book or take Dramamine. Makes the time pass faster. 🙂

  119. Sunny

    Tips for travel: I have a DVD player in my car (my parents drive) so I usually watch movies to pass the time or download new music and sleep. If you don’t get car sick, it’s time to catch up on your reading 🙂
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  120. Anne Consolacion

    A holiday travel tip: Bring bug spray, not only during the holidays but every time you travel.

  121. Stephanie F.

    Santa would definitely win against the Tooth Fairy. He has about 300lbs on her and he has elves at his back. 🙂

  122. Tammy

    I think the tooth fairy would win. Quick, spry, can fly out of Santa’s reach and then poke him in the eye with her wand.

  123. Christina T

    I gonna have to go with the Tooth Fairy especially if she is like the one from Rise of the Guardians, she and her little “tooths” took no prisoners.

  124. _Sandra_

    Ohhh, tough one! Santa is bigger, but tooth fairy has some crazheee magic and besides, chick rules! 😀

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