Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge - Sign Up!


Sorry I'm late with this! The season already has me scrambling!

As usual, there are multiple levels for participation, like children's books and watching Christmas movies AND the Christmas Spirit Readathon is back again this year. Keep reading for details!

Details and sign up:
  • challenge will run from Monday, November 21, 2016 through Friday, January 6, 2017 (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 Christmas Spirit Readathon is back again this year. I'll be hosting once again over at Seasons of Reading also starting Monday, November 21 through Sunday, November 27! Details and sign-up can be found HERE.
  • 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 $15 donation to the winner's choice of a human rights organization, such as the ACLU, Boys and Girls Club, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Amnesty International, It Gets Better, Planned Parenthood, or another human rights organization of your choice, perhaps your local chapter or organization. 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 Readathon details at Seasons of Reading!

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    Always in spirit...

    Monday, November 7, 2016

    Countdown to the Season 2016


    Back again this year with a series of posts to get us ready for the season. I have lots to share, including upcoming events!

    Music

    In case you missed it, be sure to stop by and read about the new Christmas music coming out (or already released) 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 19 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. I watched The Mistletoe Promise, based on the book by Richard Paul Evans, on Saturday night. It was really good. Hopefully, they will show it again if you missed it. Check the Christmas TV schedule at It's a Wonderful Movie (links below).

    Freeform (formerly 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 the day after Thanksgiving. I'll be sharing book reviews, baking, cooking, stories, poems, crafting, guest posts (hopefully) and more. Anything Christmas goes!


    The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is coming up Thanksgiving week and to help kick things off, I'm hosting the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon again this year over at Seasons of Reading, November 21 - 27. 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...

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