December: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

By Jennifer Hallmark

Wow. Christmas will arrive in twenty-four days. The physical signs are all around us. Even without a calendar, I’d know because there are things I love and a few I don’t even like about this season that I don’t see at any other time of year.

What makes me happy?

  • Shopping. I like trying to find a special gift to make friends and family smile.
  • Decorations. I enjoy decorating my house, driving around looking at adorned houses, even the way the stores and shops show all their festive colors of the season.
  • Contemplation and prayer. I take time to remember the reason for the season and pray, especially for the less fortunate.
  • Enjoying school days off with the grandbabies. I love spend the night fun and Christmas movie watching.

What makes me less than happy?

  • The traffic. Everyone is out and in a hurry.
  • The endless commercials on television. I tend to use the ‘mute’ button a lot these days.
  • The long lines. Though I tend to be fairly even-tempered, the stores test even my patience level.

I love the holidays. Not so much the hustle and bustle, but the joy and Small Acts of Kindness that surround this time of year. People give, care, and share more during the season of love.

Click to tweet: Christmas. People give, care, and share more during the season of love. #Christmas @InspiredPrompt

One of my favorite events in the holiday season is our Once Upon a Christmas giveaway. This is the third year and the prizes are better than ever for three blessed winners. Make sure you go to Rafflecopter and enter today. Contest ends December 13th.

$25 Barnes & Noble gift card

$25 Subway gift card

$25 Starbucks gift card


And six books:

A Perfect Fit by Karen Jurgens (e-book)

The Whisper of the Palms by Harriet E. Michael (paperback)

The Tilting Leaves of Autumn by Robin E. Mason (paperback, signed)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game (paperback)

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women (hardback)

The Reason by William Sirls (Paperback or e-book)

Once Upon a Christmas Giveaway III Starts Now!

You can help the Writing Prompts Crew celebrate Christmas! I think you’re going to like this year’s celebration! We’re giving away a basket full of goodies! Three blessed winners will receive prizes that include gift cards and books—among other things—just our way of thanking you for visiting our blog.

We’ll be using RaffleCopter this year and by using it, you’ll be able to enter by leaving a comment on a blog post, and following us on Facebook or Twitter.

Prizes include:
$25 Barnes & Noble gift card
$25 Subway gift card
$10 StarBucks gift card
Print books
Jewelry and more

Click to tweet: Once Upon a Christmas giveaway. Share the news. #giveaway #InspiredPrompt

So, start the journey toward winning today by clicking here. And make Christmas this year a little more fun…

The Winner of Nancy Mehl’s “Deadly Echoes” is…

We have another winner! Since Snoopy is featured in today’s main post, I thought I’d let him announce the winner of Nancy Mehl’s novel, “Deadly Echoes” —

snoopy danceSnoopy:   “It was a dark and stormy night…”

Me:   “No, Snoopy, not that one. Please stick to the topic. Who won Nancy Mehl’s book?”

Snoopy:   “Oops…er…Carol Edwards…”

Writing Prompts Crew:  Congratulations, Carol Edwards!

The $25 Gift Card Winner is . . .

Sniff-sniff! Guess what?

I’m stopping in to bring good news!


Deanna S. has won a $25 gift card!

Thanks, Deanna and all our commenters for taking the time to leave a comment at Writing Prompts and Thoughts and Ideas…Oh My!

Guess what–guess what? The contest resets. You could be our next winner! Just leave a comment on our regular Monday and Friday posts. And if you finish a writing prompt on our regular posts, you’ll receive an additional entry.

There are lots of opportunities to win here at Writing Prompts. Nearly every week, we’re giving away fresh new books on 3 Questions Wednesday. This week, it’s author Jerusha Agen–she’s giving away a book called This Redeemer. I’ve heard it’s riveting. So stop back in often and take a minute or two to comment.

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