12 Days of Blogmas, Day 1: Christmas Giveaway

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Update: Giveaway is now closed! Thank you for participating!

This year I’m doing the 12 Days of Blogmas challenge, where I’ll post something Christmas-related on each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas.

And in the spirit of Christmas, let’s start off with a good old-fashioned giveaway!

I wanted my giveaway to be cozy/winter themed rather than Christmas themed, because by the time you get this, Christmas will be almost over. So I have a few things here that will keep you cozy this winter.

First, books! I carefully selected three books that I think will be universally appealing to readers, regardless of age or gender. They are:

  1. Paris Underground, by Etta Shiber
    This book is a true story about two older widows who ended up smuggling people out of France during WWII. Fascinating, informative, and oddly charming despite its serious subject matter.
  2. Leave it to Psmith, by P.G. Wodehouse
    P.G. Wodehouse is the king of humor writing, and this book is one of his masterpieces. I’ve never met someone who read this book and didn’t love it. As an added bonus, Wodehouse went on to write not one, but two series based on this book…one that focuses on the character Psmith, and one that centers around Blandings Castle, where Leave it to Psmith takes place. So if you enjoy it, you have many more books to explore.
  3. The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking
    This book is a little bit nerdy, digging, as it does, into the etymology of one little Danish word. It’s also quite charming, with its pretty illustrations and its instructions on how to use candles, baked treats, and cozy nooks to their best advantage.
    But most of all, it is practical and informative for anyone who struggles with the cold, dark days of winter. If the Danish people can figure out a way to be the happiest people on earth in one of the coldest, darkest locations, than you can get through the winter too. This book will help.

Besides the books, this giveaway includes a cozy pottery mug, and a large unscented candle. (The unscented part is important. You’ll understand once you read The Little Book of Hygge.) (Also, it’s a good one. Not one of those cheap candles that burns up before you can blink.)

To enter this giveaway, you must…

  1. Comment on this post, saying you’d like to be entered into the giveaway. Or saying whatever you want to say. If you leave a comment, I’ll assume that means you want to be entered.
  2. That’s the only requirement, but if you share this post on Facebook I’ll give you TWO extra entries. (Just tell me, in your comment on this post, that you shared it.)

This giveaway will close Monday, December 16, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. 

And meanwhile, come back every day for my 12 Days of Blogmas posts! Lord willing and my computer cord don’t explode, I’ll post every day from now until Christmas Eve. (But with my propensity to post late in the evenings, and my Pacific time zone, it might be more like every morning from tomorrow morning until Christmas morning for you East Coasters.)

Anyway, we’ll have some fun times! I wrote a Christmas-themed fiction story. And lined up a guest poster. And scoured my blog for a couple funny Christmas memories from years past. And hopefully I’ll manage to shoot and edit a fun video.

Finally, I want to mention that this giveaway is the very first thing I’m spending my Patreon money on!

Last April I set up a Patreon page, where I post at least one, but usually two, bonus blog posts a month. I post about opinions, semi-controversial thoughts, and personal reflections that I’m not comfortable showing the whole entire world on my regular blog. Things get much deeper over on my Patreon.

I charge $1 a month for access, although you can give more than that, if you want to further support my blog.

So far I haven’t spent any of that money. Since it came from blog supporters, I wanted to pour it back into my blog in some way. Beginning with this givaway, and then renewing my domain name, and eventually replacing the little pink $190 laptop I’ve been using for five years. After that my goal will be to buy a camera and start doing more video projects for the blog!

Anyway. All this to say a deep “thank you” to everyone who supports my blog. If you’re interested in supporting me on Patreon and getting access to my bonus posts, go to patreon.com/emilysmucker and click the pink “Join $1 Tier” button (on computers), or the red “select” button (on mobile).

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Merry Christmas, and don’t forget to comment below and enter the giveaway!!!

164 responses to “12 Days of Blogmas, Day 1: Christmas Giveaway

  1. I’d love to enter the giveaway! Love your posts!
    -meg graber

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  2. Not usually somebody who wins, but who knows, I might get lucky! Have fun writing!

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  3. I enjoy your perspectives. Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  4. I’m always up for entering a giveaway (well, unless it is for something I would never use). And I have been thinking about the Hygge book for a while. So, “CHOOSE ME! CHOOSE ME!” says the kid in the back row.

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  5. Thelma Lanteigne

    I’d love to enter your giveaway. I shared your post on Facebook. I enjoy your blogs and how transparent you are.

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  6. Well if it includes books, and such good sounding ones, then I’m definitely in! Love your content and relatable perspective. 😉

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  7. Enter me! 😀

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  8. Because I never pass a giveaway: 0

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  9. Ohh, I would love these! Even if I don’t win, I’m putting them all on my to read list! That list is way too long, but I can’t help it! 🙂

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  10. Consider me entered!

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  11. love giveaways and love your blog!!

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  12. Creative way to pull us in with a quality hook. Thanks for sharing you!…

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  13. I’d love to win

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  14. I would love A chance to win!

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  15. These books look fun especially the first one…I’m gonna have to put it on my wishlist as you peaked my interest and I now want to read it! 🙂 I shared on Facebook too.
    Dorcas S.

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  16. Fun! And, I did post a link to this blog on facebook!

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  17. Somehow, likely with a lost credit card, I have lost my domain name!!!? I could buy it again for $198!! So now instead of marlandphotos.com, it is marlandphotos.wordpress.com
    So it goes. Happy Holidays

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  18. Aw, those books all look delicious.bim in a reading can speed this winter!

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  19. Me! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Please enter my name!!

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  20. 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

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  21. Oh I also shared on Facebook.

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  22. Stephanie Miller

    Pick me! And I shared it on Facebook.

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  23. Enter!! I’ve been interested in this hygge thing since.. last winter maybe😄 I think you wrote about it then… but I’m a little shy about commenting only on a giveaway lol…
    Anyway, I enjoy your blog and have a blessed Christmas!!

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  24. Me!!! Poop please pick me! I’ve lost my copy of “Leave it to Psmith” and I’d love another one. 😊 I shared this on Facebook.

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  25. I’m looking forward eagerly to your 12 days of blogging. I like the way you think. And I want to get in on the giveaway! 🙂
    -Ruth

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  26. Oooh these all sound so good!

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  27. I’m always up for new reading material. Paris underground especially intrigued me because I love reading about World war 11.

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  28. Yay for a giveaway! I’d love to read the book about hygge.

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  29. I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Thank you!

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  30. The hygge book is on my TBR list. Would love to win a copy.😍

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  31. These books sound perfect for a winter day. I am Danish, so Hygge, really appeals to me. 🙂

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  32. What’s not to love about this giveaway? Books alone would be incentive enough to enter, but the chance at a quality unscented candle has me dashing to drop you a comment.

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  33. I would love to win this!

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  34. Those books look delightful. I’m a P.G. Wodehouse fan. 😊 Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  35. Seriously, can anyone ever have too many books?! These look lovely! Consider me entered 😉

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  36. Please enter me!😊

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  37. I love reading, candles, and pottery mugs so of course I want to enter your giveaway. 😊

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  38. Pick me! I love books. P. G. Wodehouse is great! I introduced my teens to him and they love him also. I enjoy your writing.

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  39. I love to b entered in the giveaway. I love to read

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  40. I’d love to be entered! Thank you so much!

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  41. I’d be thrilled to win this giveaway! 🙂

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  42. If we subscribe to your Patreon page, can we read previous posts?

    Please enter me.

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  43. That is, please enter me in the drawing.

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  44. Oh my goodness, it makes me so happy when I see you’re doing a series of posts. 12 days of goodness! Also, these items look like exactly what my chilly and dark NYC apartment needs this winter.

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  45. This is a great giveaway! I’m always on the lookout for new, good books!

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  46. I am wracking my brain for the name of the other P.G. Wodehouse books I’ve listened to. I agree, he’s great! Your giveaway sounds like a fun package. I think I’ll add the books to my book list for 2020 🙂

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  47. I’d love any of the prizes! My brother’s been trying to get me to love Wodehouse and maybe I would if I won the book😉 your blog is both entertaining and thought provoking to me, a middle aged housewife…..thanks for working your art and giving joy to me!

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  48. All these books sound great! Would love to be entered!

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  49. I’d love to win the p g wodehouse one!! Alisha Miller

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  50. I always like reading your blogs. You have such an interesting,out of the box perspective that is refreshing to me. 😊

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  51. Lovely giveaway…coming from a silent reader, who enjoys your writing!!

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  52. I’d love to win!

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  53. Yay! i love Blogmas! And i shared on Facebook. 😀

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  54. It happened again. I tried to comment, but had to reset my WordPress password, then it said things I didn’t understand and don’t think were true. Why is it so hard to comment on a blog post? Grr! Thanks for letting me rant!

    Sharon Mast

    PS. My comment was going to be: “I once won one of your mom’s books. Maybe I’ll be lucky again!”

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  55. I would love to be entered into the give away! I have not read any of these authors and look forward to exploring them. ❤️ I love your blog and get excited when I see a new post! ❤️ I will also share on Facebook. -Dawn Marie

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  56. Sipping hot chocolate from that mug would be delightful. However, do not enter me in the give-away as it will give someone else a better chance to win.

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  57. I’d like to enter. 😊

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  58. I’d like to be entered for the giveaway! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I enjoy hearing what goes on inside other people’s brain!!

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  59. Me! Me! Me! Waving and panting!

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  60. Sounds like great giveaway!

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  61. I enjoy your blog. You’re a good story
    teller 😁. And I enjoy the pictures too!
    Your Grandpa Amos used to teach school here in Mt. Perry Ohio. My school teacher used to tell us stories about when Amos taught her. 😊 Joy and blessings to you.

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  62. Me please!

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  63. Janette Stoltzfus

    This sounds so fun!! I would love to be entered! 😊

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  64. sheilamzimmerman

    I love books! And mugs. And candles. And your blog. And giveaways!

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  65. I’d enjoy those titles- all new to me. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. This is one giveaway that appeals to me on many levels, something not all giveaways accomplish, so congratulations on that! If I win, there may be some repercussions from the shock, but I’d love to risk it.

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  67. I’m looking forward to reading your 12 days of Blogmas! 😊 I’d like to enter the giveaway too

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  68. I would love to win this!

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  69. I love the items in your giveaway!

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  70. I would like to be entered in the giveaway. I shared this on Facebook

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  71. I’d love to win!

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  72. Those books all sound fun! Its funny though when I first clicked on this blog my semi-sleepy brain some how interpreted blogmas into bla-was and I was wanting to read why you were feeling bla😁 I will share this!

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  73. What a fun giveaway! 🙂

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  74. Would love to win!

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  75. Thanks for the giveaway! Enjoy reading your thoughts!

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  76. Enter me please! And I shared your post on Facebook too!

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  77. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Blessings on the rest of your year. 🙂

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  78. All the books sound interesting, and now I am curious why the unscented candle over a homey scented one.

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  79. Please enter my name😊

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  80. Please enter me in your drawing. I look forward to all the posts!

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  81. I love to read! Count me in.

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  82. I’d love to be entered. 🙂 I shared the post as well. I think it’s rather cool that you’re using patreon money for this giveaway. Keep up the good work, Emily! I hope you have a lovely Christmas.

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  83. Please enter me😊

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  84. Sounds like a lovely winter giveaway! I’d love to be entered.

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  85. I enjoy seeing the book titles you share and looking up your recommendations! 😊

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  86. I would love to enter the giveaway!

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  87. Ah, you got me with the books! And the mug!!! I love your writing. 🙂

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  88. I can always use another book or two! And I love that mug! Pick me!

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  89. Christina Miller

    I love books! 📚

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  90. Would love to enter! I recently bought Paris Underground per your recommendation and loved it and I’m sure I’d love the others!

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  91. Please enter this fellow book lover in your giveaway. I shared on Facebook. 🙂

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  92. I have not read any of those books.

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  93. The books sound super fun. And who dosn’t need another candle?😁

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  94. Those 3 books I would like to read. 🙂

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  95. Sounds fun! Enter me, please! Also, I will share this on Facebook!

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  96. I want in!

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  97. deborahheatwole5352

    Books, pottery mugs and unscented candles are always welcome in my life. And I love it when you do blogathons! Merry Christmas!

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  98. Pick me! I recently read The Little Book of Hygge and loved it. I read an online library copy on my phone and definitely wouldn’t mind having my own hard copy. Looking forward to the new posts coming up!
    p.s. I shared this on Facebook (if it counts that I shared it with my two only friends 🙂

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  99. Ruth Hochstetler

    I’d love a good book.

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  100. Ooo pick me! 🙂 also I’m going to share this post now 🙂

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  102. A friend shared this with me and I am sharing it with others!

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  103. I would very much like to win this giveaway! 😊

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  104. I have silently enjoyed your journey and writings! I’m glad your doing a Christmas blogmas and I think I have three books I’ll have to buy 😉 They sound so interesting!

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  105. Thanks so much for doing this! I’m new to your page and would love to win!

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  106. Hi Emily-I live not too far away on Peoria Rd and I really enjoy reading what you have to say. Please enter me in your giveaway-my daughter in law loves to read and makes time even with homeschooler 4 busy children. I would love to share these books with her. I am looking forward to the rest of your Christmas posts.

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  107. Shared and hoping!

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  108. Thanks for the giveaway! The book on WWII looks particularly intriguing!

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  109. onlythebeginningoftheadventure26

    I’m loving this giveaway, and I shared it on Facebook!

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  110. I would like to enter your giveaway. 😊

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  111. All three books sound so intriguing! 😍 -Roselle Musset

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  112. My 13 year old daughter and I always enjoy reading your blog😊

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  113. I enjoy your posts so much!

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  114. This is the perfect cozy winter giveaway! Add me to the list.

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  115. I love books and candles… And I can’t believe it’s an unscented candle!! Whenever anyone gives me a candle I usually have to take it to the thrift store because it gives me a headache. Unscented candles are wonderful. All the books sound delightful. Perfect for reading during a long winter evening. If I don’t win the giveaway, I’ll probably end up looking for all the books at the library or buying them so I can read them anyway.

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    • I thought she had chosen an unscented candle in honor of people like me, who have asthma and go into coughing fits around scented candles. But no, turns out unscented candles are more hygge. You and I appreciate them, whatever the reason.

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  116. Ooh why not. Me! Me!

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  117. Just found you because of a friend who posted on Facebook, so it’s working! 😉. I have a feeling I’ll be sticking around. Merry Christmas!

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  118. Love the books uve chosen for the giveaway…and love all ur meandering thots!! Merry Christmas!

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  119. Such a great selection of books for a giveaway! I’m also looking forward to reading your blog in these next 12 days!

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  120. Count me in for the giveaway! I enjoy reading your blog and how you articulate life’s oddities. 🙂

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  121. Love to enter giveaway!!!

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    • I like this blog, but my favorite is your Patreon blog, so this is a plug for anyone reading (especially anyone who already likes this blog) to sign up for your Patreon content. 😊

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  122. I’d love to win these!

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  123. How kind….

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  124. I like how you think. Enter me, please. Thank you!

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  125. glendafayemiller

    Such a fun and cozy giveaway!! Thanks!

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  126. destinationintegrity

    Giveaways are so fun! 😊 And I’m going to have to read Paris Underground now, one way or another; I love true historical books that are also well-written stories.

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  127. My daughter would love to read these books.

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  128. Christina Zimmerman

    Hello! I would like to be entered in the giveaway. I’m always scrounging around for new books to read! 🙂

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  129. Haven’t read any of those yet! Would love to check them out.

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  130. I’d love to be entered! The “Little book of Hygge” has been on my book list for awhile.

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  131. This looks like my kind of giveaway. I would love to be entered!

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  132. Please, please PLEASE enter me!!!! I hope I’m not to late!!! I just saw this. This giveaway sounds like tons of fun!!! So yes, enter me PLEASE!!!

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  133. ENTER ME, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This sounds like SOOOO much fun, and it is my type of thing!

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  134. Those definitely look like books that I would enjoy. So, yes, please enter me.

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  135. Sorry sorry. It said it was not posting the comments so I kept writing more. SO sorry:(

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  136. I have an aversion towards entering giveaways when I’m a silent reader and never engage, but books….and candles. I can’t resist.

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  137. Looks like a fantastic set of books! I’d like to enter.

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  138. Cool!

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  139. I’d love to win!

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  141. I’d like to be entered in your give away. And I just read your post about the song, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Interesting…when you think about it line by line. It is a catchy song though, and I like it!

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  142. I shared on FB.

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  143. I would like to be entered:)

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  144. What a dear idea, and what charming choices! If only for the P.G. Wodehouse volume, I’d enter, but the other gifts are lovely bonuses. 😊

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  145. Oh, and I posted on FB, too, cuz I’m going full tilt for the win 😁

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  146. Miriam Hershberger

    I love good books ! Love to read your moms posts , I can so relate to her writings .

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  147. Your posts are thought provoking. P. G. Wodehouse is delightful light reading.

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  148. I’d love to enter the giveaway. I love to read & I am almost always in the middle of a book!

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  149. I’d be delighted with that lovely bunch of winter-brightening stuff.

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  150. Please enter me!

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