Friday, December 11, 2009

Announcing: The Christmas Spirit Giveaway

Update:  I forgot to stipulate in the rules that this giveaway is for U.S. only.  If you are not in the U.S. and have already entered, I will give you a pass, but as of today (12/11), the giveaway is only open to U.S. finances are still not in the position to mail internationally...sorry all!

This giveaway is in honor of my new Christmas blog and to help spread the Christmas spirit (and the word about my blog)! I just wish I could afford to giveaway a big bundle of goodies like other blogs are doing, but alas...  I decided to giveaway a copy of one of my most favorite Christmas books (and really, one of my favorites in general).  Even better that this copy is a bonus.  It is The Christmas Box Collection by Richard Paul Evans which not only contains The Christmas Box, but also Timepiece and The Letter (the Christmas Box Trilogy).  It is a gently used copy and it's mass market, but it is still a beautiful little book.

Synopsis of each book:

The Christmas Box-Richard, a busy and preoccupied father, discovers a Christmas box full of love letters from an old woman to her dead daughter and, with the help of an angel, begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Timepiece-"Of all, clockmakers and morticians should bear the keenest sense of priority-their lives daily spent in observance of the unflagging procession of time... and the end thereof."


So begins Timepiece, the unforgettable story of hope and the source of the wisdom MaryAnne Parkin shared with Richard in The Christmas Box. With the help of David Parkin's diary, Richard discovers the mystery of the timepiece and the significance of MaryAnne's request.

Nineteen years previous, only eleven days before her death, MaryAnne Parkin had bequeathed a beautiful rose-gold timepiece to my keeping.

"The day before you give Jenna away," she had said, her voice trembling as she handed me the heirloom, "give this to her for the gift."

I was puzzled by her choice of words.

"Her wedding gift?" I asked.

She looked at me sadly, then forced a fragile smile.

"You will know what I mean."

The Letter-The Letter, the final episode of Richard Paul Evans's Christmas Box trilogy (The Christmas Box, Timepiece), begins in the winter of 1933. A bent and bereft hag is spotted crouching over the snowy grave of Andrea Parkin, David Parkin's three-year-old daughter who died twenty years prior. When the night watchman approaches the figure and tells her the cemetery is closed, she mysteriously disappears, leaving behind one red rose and a letter. When the child's mother comes to pay respect the following day, she finds the letter and its shocking news. Could David's mother be alive? The search for the answer sends David on a cross-country journey and into the arms of another woman. But the knowledge he gains gives him the strength to make the ultimate sacrifice for his loved ones.

The Rules for Entry:

  • You must do this one thing to enter...leave a comment with your favorite Christmas story or book plus your email address.
  • +2 for those of you who are already followers
  • +1 for NEW followers
  • +1 for following me on Twitter @truebookaddict
  • +1 get the word out (blog or blog sidebar, tweet, Facebook...1 point for each if you leave a link)
  • +5 for every person you tell that follows and enters (they have to mention your name or blog name) and the people you refer will get +5 as well!  *Help me get the word out about this blog...Thanks!!!*
This giveaway will end on December 17th at 12:00 am CT (so I can get it in the mail by Friday or Saturday!)

I will announce the winner here and email them.  Winner must respond within 24 hours (sorry about the short time, but holiday mailing schedules, you know!)

Good luck!!!

And may you always keep the Christmas Spirit!


  1. I love contests. This is so exciting. My favorite Christmas book has to be Skipping Christmas. I first read it a few years ago and it always remeinds me how much I love this time of year.

  2. +2 I'm already a follower
    +1 I already follow on twitter

  3. I didn't realize that The Christmas Box was a part of a trilogy. Fun giveaway!

    +2 I'm a follower.
    +1 I posted this giveaway on my blog (sidebar).

  4. My fav Christmas book? A Christmas Carol, hands down, followed by O Henry's The Gift of the Magi. I have tweeted, I'm a follower, I follow you on twitter and I'm adding a post on my blog. Hey--does that make me sound kind of like a stalker?!

  5. One of my favourite book is
    The Christmas Sweater.
    Your site is amazing.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  6. I also follow by google reader.

    I also like Little Women.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  7. favorite Christmas novel is Shepherd's Abiding by Jan Karon. I really liked the Christmas Box, too!

  8. My favorite Christmas story is the movie A Christmas Story. I love everything about it.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  9. And my email is

    (Sorry about all the comments. I'm having a scatterbrained day. Case in point: I burned my Easy Mac because I forgot to add water.)

  10. My favourite Christmas story is the Bible story of Jesus' birth. We read it every year.
    I just became a new follower of your blog.
    I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  11. My favorite Christmas story is the magic snowman - about a girl who builds a talking snowman who is able to talk to the wind. It is SO wonderfuL!
    +2 already a follower
    +1 follow on twitter @brizmus
    +1 in my sidebar under the contest list -


  12. My favorite Christmas Story is "The Birds' Christmas Carol" by Kate Douglas Wiggins.

    +1 new follower

    I read about your beautiful blog on Lisa's blog, Lit and Life.

  13. My favorite Christmas story is my own! I am the youngest of five and growing up our tradition was to all go downstairs at the same time on Christmas Eve to "wait" for Santa. I was unaware but every year one of the men in my family, one of my big brothers or my dad would excuse themselves and say they had to go to the bathroom or check the doors (wink wink) and they of course they would disappear and "Santa" would arrive. We would listen quietly at the bottom of the stairs and hear the conversation back and forth. Needless to say they were really good actors and I was easily fooled as a child. But a lovely member!

    Enter me please


  14. What a great giveaway! My favourite holiday time story is hearing my Dad read the Christmas story from his Bible, he is almost 90 and has never missed a year yet. Please count me in. Thanks


  15. My favorite Christmas story is The Little Match Girl....I have loved it ever since I was little.

    Please enter me in the giveaway!

    I am already a follower +2
    I follow you on Twitter +1
    I will blog about your giveaway in my sidebar +1.

    Merry Christmas...Your blog is beautiful!

  16. My favorite Christmas story is The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.

  17. I love The Grinch who Stole Christmas. Thanks for entering me.

    By the way, I have an award for you.

  18. I blogged about your contest here.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  19. My favorite story is Twas the Night Before Christmas and from Bible (Mark) about the birth of Jesus. I read these to my children before bed on Christmas eve. Out lil fam tradition.

  20. I blogged on my blog about this contest as well and tweete about it @iamthehmic

  21. I love the Christmas Carol. I have to admit that I have not read too many Christmas books for adults, but I am going to change that!
    I am a follower and would love to win this book!

  22. I would have to say my favorite story - Twas the Night Before Christmas.

    Now, if were talking movies, it would be White Christmas, Holiday Inn, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th St., The Wooden Soldies (Laurel & Hardy)

    I'm a new follower.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to enter.

    Happy Holidays!!!

  23. I love everything about Christmas too--my new favorite Christmas is Elf--always good for a few chuckles.

  24. I really like your Christmas Blog! You did a fantastic job creating it!

    +1 Twitter follower at "Amestir"
    +1 listed this giveaway on my sidebar here: Sidebar Giveaways!

    Thank you!

    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  25. +1 I tweeted this giveaway: Christmas Spirit Giveaway!

    Thank you!

    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  26. The Christmas Carol is superb.

  27. I follow here and twitter (bet you knew that) and I read about this giveaway on this blog

  28. And that blog is Emily's from above. I totally forgot- I love A Christmas Story and watch it over and over on xmas day

  29. My favourite book of the season is a Christmas Carol.

  30. I love contests! My favorite Christmas story/book is Miracle on 34th Street. My parents gave me a copy of it when I was 10 and I read it frequently!



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