Friday, November 20, 2015

The 6th Annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is finally here!


I'm so sorry for my lateness this year! Seems life has really caught up with me lately!

Like last year, there are multiple levels for participation, like children's books and watching Christmas movies AND the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon is back again this year. Keep reading for details!

Details and sign up:
  • challenge will run from Monday, November 23, 2014 through Wednesday, January 6, 2014 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).
  • cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!
  • These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and for the first time...a children's Christmas books level!
  • Levels:
            --Candy Cane:  read 1 book
            --Mistletoe:  read 2-4 books
            --Christmas Tree:  read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)
          Additional levels:
            --Fa La La La Films:  watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies...it's up to you!
            --Visions of Sugar Plums:  read books with your children this season and share what you read
          *the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above
  • the most important rule?  Have fun!!!
  • I will have a review linky posted as a page the day the challenge starts.  You will find it at the top of the right sidebar.
  • Sign up in the linky below (link to your post with your reading list...you can change up your list during the challenge...I just want to be able to stop by to welcome you and see what you plan to read).
One final note:  The giveaway this year will be a first prize of 3 books for $10 from Better World Books bargain bin (a charitable book selling site that benefits literacy worldwide) and a second prize of a $5 digital Amazon gift card. This giveaway is open internationally.

I hope you will join me!

Grab a button...check the right sidebar...there's a grab code. And don't forget to check out the Read-a-Thon details at Seasons of Reading!

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Always in spirit...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Countdown to the Season - Love the Coopers and The Light of Christmas Day


Personally, I can't WAIT for the new holiday film, Love the Coopers, which releases on November 13. Can't think of a better way to embark on the holiday season.


When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Cast: John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, Marisa Tomei, June Squibb, Dan Amboyer, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Michelle Veintimilla

Added bonus to a new holiday film is a new holiday movie soundtrack featuring a new (Christmas) song by Alison Kraus and Robert Plant. Enjoy the video of the song with trailer clips from the movie. Beautiful new Christmas song for sure!



Always in spirit...

Monday, November 2, 2015

Countdown to the Season - Master Post


I've decided to do a series of posts this year to get us ready for the season. I'll be sharing new book releases, movies, TV programming, events and anything else I can think of.

Music

In case you missed it, be sure to stop by and read about the new Christmas music coming out this year, brought to you by Ken at Sounds of Christmas. You can read the post here. There are some really great artists on the list this year. I plan to pick up a couple myself.

TV

Over at the Hallmark Channel is their Countdown to Christmas with 17 original movies airing every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas. Fun! Plus, Christmas movies all day and all night every day. Personally, I love watching their Christmas movies. Heartwarming and just the thing to help get you into the spirit.

ABC Family is doing their annual 25 Days of Christmas. There will also be movies and specials on Lifetime, INSP Television Network, UP channel, TV One, Food Network and on network TV, of course. You can see the full schedule of the Christmas TV schedule at It's a Wonderful Movie, an awesome site that keeps us fully updated on all the Christmas TV doings all season long.

Events



My annual season long event, Sharing the Joy, starts Thanksgiving week where I share book reviews, baking, cooking, stories, poems, crafting and more. The sky's the limit!



The 6th Annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is also coming up Thanksgiving week and to help kick things off, I'm hosting the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon over as Seasons of Reading, November 23 - 29. Sign up information for both events is coming soon! I hope you will join me for this Christmas reading tradition.


I hope you're looking forward to the season as much as I am!

Always in spirit...