Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Blog Hop

Thanks to all the participants and those who left a comment. I loved reading them. Anyhoo, I had my child pick a number so lucky #7 commenter Laurie is the winner of my prize Highland Sorcerer. 

Congrats Laurie. I'll be contacting you shortly for mailing details!  And as far as the nook or kindle winner, that should be listed soon as well. Good luck y'all for that! I hope one of you that came over here wins it!!!

It's a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you'll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!


And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


So what are the Holidays like for the Autrey Family? Weird actually. We are still finding our way. Having a child with cystic fibrosis meant that more often than not due to cold season, Chase was in the hospital for Christmas. Fortunately the children's hospital tried to make it really nice for families with lots of special events, even Santa visits, going on. Then there were all the do-gooders that pop up around Christmas. We've met several Texas Rangers, and Dallas Cowboys, and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (tiny petite things in real life-could blow them over with one breath), a few celebrities like Garth Brooks. As nice as that is, we'd much rather be at home.

Then we had the year when we nearly made it without a Christmas hospitalization  Chase's lungs were holding their own (okay he had just been in over Thanksgiving so our fingers were crossed), but just our luck, my sister-in-law thought it'd be a great thing to hook a trailer behind a SUV and enjoy a pseudo hayride in which our other son fell out and got run over by the trailer. There was a horrifying Bump as the first tire ran over him, then a second Bump as the rear tire got him.

Christmas Eve. Miraculously he was fine, not even bruised, but had to take him in just to make sure... 6 hours later totally bored in the ER, we got to take him home. Joy. What would a Christmas be like without that? And now one of our favorite Christmas carols (cuz we are all sarcastic butts) is "Samuel got run over by a trailer".

So for years we haven't had a normal Christmas. Two years ago, Chase passed away a couple of months before Christmas. No hospital stay, but being at home sucked too, so we hit the road and went down to Galveston. Yes, Galveston in winter. Cold windy beaches, flopping jellyfish, but great food. We wandered around not really knowing what to say to each other and missing the one we lost terribly and opened presents in a motel room beneath a little tree because we couldn't bear to be at home.

Last year? A hotel again, this time closer to home. 15 minutes away actually, which was kind of lame.But we saw a few movies, went out to eat, and went ice skating together  so it was fun and different, but home pulled us back a day earlier than we planned.

This year it's time to stay home. I still won't hang any stockings. The youngest is insisting on getting our tree out so that's inevitable though we're waiting for our daughter to fly in from college and she and T can decorate together, though I'm not sure where to put the tree since part of my present to my husband this year is letting him keep his music set-up in our living room for all of December. It is wall-to-wall speakers, guitars, cords, amps, drums, and electric piano. Don't ask. I can't fathom why he needs the huge speakers in a little 10x16 room either. He just does.

I get two reactions from people coming to our door. One of amused indulgence from the women and salivation from the guys.

So there you have it, the not-so-Holidayish-yet-true story of Autrey Christmas Pasts. I have no idea what this one will end up being like. Shrugs.

Run along and comment on all these blogs. I hope you win a Kindle. My personal giveaway will be a signed copy of Highland Sorcerer, so be sure to comment and while you're at it, let me what your most unusual Holiday was like.

The main list for all the Author Blogs is here. or they are all below...

38 comments:

Natasha said...

My most unusual holiday was last year because it was warm outside which is kind of wierd for where I live. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Diane Burton said...

I hope you'll be able to return to a "normal" Christmas (whatever that is) as our grief subsides. Wishing you all the best.

Linda Carroll-Bradd said...

Sorry to hear the reason for your unusual holidays.

We had a Xmas morning in a hotel room when my children were little because fog descended on our drive from southern to northern CA. Kinda pathetic but the spirit (mine because my husband was asleep) of having some type of celebration was there.
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Anonymous said...

My strangest Christmas was also in a hotel room in Jacksonville, NC. My husband was being deployed to the Middle East in Operation Desert Storm. We had a small tree, but couldn't find anyplace open on Christmas day that still had food. All of these Marines and their families with few open restaurants. The day after I left, they received their orders and were shipped out. Glad I wasn't there. That definitely was one strange Christmas.
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woolfcindy said...

I haven't had any strange Christmases but one of the best I remember was leaving the restaurant after Christmas dinner and seeing hang gliders coming off the mountain. That wouldn't be so unusual if I lived in California, but I like in Colorado!

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Anonymous said...

One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

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laurie said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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Cassandra said...

Mine have always been pretty normal lol
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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BLHmistress said...

Here's to a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

We have had pretty normal Christmas's in our house so far.

Dawna N.

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xxsquigglesxx said...

I haven't really had any unusual holidays. Everything is usually pretty normal for us! Thanks for participating in the hop!

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Veronika said...

No unusual holidays for me :)
Thank you for the giveaway!

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crystaley73 said...

I spend it with my family. last year it was warmer than usual thats about as wierd of a Christmas as we have ever had
Thanks for the giveaway Merry Christmas
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Kat said...

I am sorry for your loss and your continual pain. i will pray for your healing this time of year as I do for many others for whom the season brings joy and sorrow.

I too belong to the what I call the silent sisterhood of women who have lost children.

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Holly Underhill said...

Hello, thanks for the giveaway!

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magic5905 said...

Thanks for the great hop.
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JanD said...

Thankfully, my holidays have been peaceful these past few years. Wishing your family a happy holiday this year.
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Raonaid Luckwell said...

My holiday has been pretty well crappy. I participate in a secret santa with some menyon friends. They are about the only way i get presents that I'd like. My mother stopped buying things

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Kaci Verdun said...

I guess it would be when my husband and I lived in Macedonia and celebrated christmas there with no tree or decorations, we did have a dinner with friends though and talked to family via skype!
Thanks for the chance to win and happy holidays!

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K. April Holgate said...

Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
My strangest holiday was the first one where I had snow. We moved from Florida to Pennsylvania!
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Beckey said...

Hope things are better for y'all this holiday...

The most unusual would go along with one yours. Spending the day in the day in the hospital...

Happy Holidays
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kimberly holgate said...

thanks for the hop
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Jena Lang said...

Thanks for the blog hop! Happy Holidays!!!

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Liese2 said...

Mine was the awful year my kids had the flu.
Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!
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Anonymous said...

I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales. Tee Hee. Great blog. Thanks for being part of the Holiday Blog Hop.
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Isabelle Werneck said...

I guess my first Christmas after I got married. I had never spent Christmas with my husband family and even though I knew his parents and siblings I had never met his uncles and cousins.
The drive took us 9 hrs and my daughter was a baby felt sick on the way. After that we had a flat tire. Really it was a journey and then I had to meet 50 people I've never seen before and all I wanted was a bed. It was really a horrible first impression. Now, 15 years later, I believe his family loves me. :O)

Happy Holidays!
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Shar Simms said...

Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!

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Heather Thurmeier said...

Oh my, your cover is so beautiful! This year our normal christmas is a quiet one at home with just us and the kids. I'm really looking forward to it. hthurmeier @ gmail . com

Krysta B. said...

My nephew but popcorn in the microwave with plastic still on, our house was full of smoke.

Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

Kym said...

I am sorry about your dear son..they thought my son had CF when he was small, and I understand about not having a Christmas without a child being sick.

Please, try hard to do the special things for your other children..they need it, and I hope that you find peace in your heart this Christmas.

My most unusual Christmas was when my parents moved us to Florida, I was 15. We spent Christmas ON the beach...it didnt feel like Christmas at all ! There was even a family that took a small maybe 2 foot tree, decorated and stuck it into the sand...

Merry Christmas !
~Kym
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Clover Autrey said...

Hi y'all. Thanks for stopping by. I'm reading and enjoying every one of your unique Christmases.

Rissa said...

Thanks for the chance to win :)
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Amy said...


Happy Holidays!
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Shadow said...

What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!
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Tonda said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and pain. I had a child taken from me two days before Christmas, 28 years ago.
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LisaRayns said...

Wishing you a Happy Holidays. lisarayns at gmail dot com

Carla said...

The only traditional part of holidays for us is that we are together. Even if not in person, we have contact with each other.
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Missie1 said...

Nothing ever changes at our house. Except for mom passing away 2 yrs ago. Nothing really unusual
Happy Holidays, Big Hugs
Missie Jones
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