Monday, October 29, 2007

Merry Christmas, America! Giveaway

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UPDATE: Bruce just informed me that USA TODAY has named MERRY CHRISTMAS, AMERICA the "Critic's pick" for gift books of 2007!!!!!! How cool is that?!!! Congrats, Bruce!

Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner?!! Neither can I. I LOVE the holidays, and one of my favorite things about Christmas is the colorful, magical display of lights that pop up all around our town.

It's one of my favorite memories as a child, too. There was just something about driving with my family at night and seeing all of the colors and displays....it would just light up my heart.

So I was unbelievably excited when I found out that my friend Bruce Littlefield, author of the hugely popular Garage Sale America, has come out with a brand new book on my favorite part of Christmas!



Merry Christmas, America! is filled with gorgeous photos of Christmas displays across America, and the stories behind them.

Bruce captures the who, what and why behind the most spectacular Christmas displays across America. Want to know who lives in that house with the yard covered in elves, snowmen, reindeer and lights? You'll find out in Merry Christmas, America!.

Bruce's adventures cover small towns and big cities from coast to coast. You'll meet people for whom Christmas is a year-round labor of love. You know the types. The kind who go all out, spending tons of time and money creating unique fantasylands, some of which attract visitors from far, far away.

"These portraits of Christmas range from tacky to refined, outlandish to poignant - and the reasons they are created vary, too — but all are dazzling in their own ways, and the passionate people who dream them up have entertaining stories and anecdotes to tell that will make this Christmas the brightest, merriest, happiest Christmas ever. Just follow the lights."

The book is also filled with decorating tips, Christmas trivia and fun ideas! There's a resource guide that will tell you how to find and wrap the perfect gift, how to repack lights and ornaments, and where to find the best Christmas decorations, movies and Christmas-themed towns and neighborhoods.



Check out Bruce's very impressive bio:

"Bruce Littlefield is a New York-based designer, writer, and restaurateur. Hailed as a "design and lifestyle guru" by Publisher's Weekly, he is the author of the recently published Garage Sale America and Airstream Living, and co-writer of the best-selling Use What You've Got and Other Business Lessons I learned from My Mom with real-estate magnate Barbara Corcoran. Originally from the south, decorating for Christmas is as natural as breathing to Bruce, and each December finds him attempting over-the-top mischief. His personal collection of Christmas treasures can be found displayed proudly every holiday season in a 1940s Catskills' farmhouse, which he renovated and decorated himself."


Now here is YOUR chance to revel in the spectacular displays featured in Merry Christmas, America! Bruce has generously offered to give one of you lucky readers an autographed copy of his new book!

And the best part? All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here! Isn't that easy? Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. Winner will be drawn and announced on November 4. (UPDATE: Click here for a second chance to win Bruce's book! And keep an eye on the main page as there will be a THIRD chance to win an autographed copy of the book PLUS a very special Christmas treasure from Bruce himself, coming the week of December 3!)

Good luck and happy entering!
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96 comments

Lesha said...

That's awesome! I love Garage Sale America. :)

Anastasia said...

oooH That looks wonderful! :) Count me in!

anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

What a fun book.
Le Anne
yardsaleprincess1@yahoo.com

Adventures In Babywearing said...

This DOES look like a great book! I have the Garage Sale America one, so I know I'd like this!

And I know I still need to put up your button on my bloggy contests page! I am going to do that by today!

Steph

Sara said...

what a fun book!!!

Earthmama said...

That looks great. Please enter me.

thesmithclan@stny.rr.com
http://quietquandaries.blogspot.com

Melanie said...

Looks wonderful!

M.E. said...

OOH, I'd love this book! Enter me, too!

Susanne said...

I would love, love, love this book. Beautiful. Please enter me.

Southern Girl said...

Please enter me! Thanks!

southernbornandbredgirl@yahoo.com

Fogspinner said...

Enter me also please.

Angel said...

I love Christmas displays, but usually do not have the time or health to get out and see a lot them. November 3 is also my birthday!! Please enter me into this contest. I'll write a post linking to this contest as well as the one that you have going until the 31st right now.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic!

tynajewell@yahoo.com
www.begleyblessings.blogspot.com

-Tyna

Scarlett said...

Oh please enter me!!

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Count me in Dawn!

Qtpies7 said...

Oh, I wonder if a former neighbor of mine in Virginia is in the book?! That would be funny, they had the coolest displays!

Count me in!

Sarah said...

This sounds like such a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win!

sarah_carol (at) hotmail (dot) com

Renee's Ramblings said...

Count me in! Thanks!!
Renee'
http://rmboys2.wordpress.com/

The Dukes Family said...

What a fun book!

Elizabeth F. said...

love it. Enter me please.

Aimee said...

Please enter me! Thanks!

Shannon said...

How fun!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Awesome! I love Christmas!!
:)

Michele said...

I love Christmas! Count me in!

Betsy said...

Sounds neat!

Sarah and Jack said...

I love some Christmas crazy!

anne-marie said...

Oh, this sounds like a wonderful book! I love Christmas displays!

Stephanie said...

Oh please enter me in this contest - my kids would love to just look at the pictures. We go to Christmas Town USA each year so this would definately be a bonus!

PEA said...

Such a fabulous giveaway!! Please add my name to your draw:-) I love anything to do with Christmas!! xo

Anonymous said...

I agree I love Christmas and the lights. I am always curious why people put up certain displays. afriend@netcommander.com

Marie said...

And he's cute too!;) What a great gift! Count me in!

Amy said...

If there is a book out there to teach me how to repack christmas lights I am all over it!

Kathleen Marie said...

What a great Christmas book! What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for entering me ^-^
Oh, and mine is posted!

Kathleen Marie
http://theopenwindow1.blogspot.com

Denise said...

Looks like a cool book to read!
Thank you!

Ginny said...

What a cool book!

Nikki said...

Oh my my hubby would be in heaven if had this book. He is all chirstmas. Make me crazy with tacky decorations and such.Now mind you I like decorations just not some he picks. lol You cant imagine. He would just love this book. Would make a great Christmas gift. I wont even have to get all cold and bundled up to see the show. lol

God bless
Nikki
Angelheart135@aol.com

Tabitha said...

What a neat book. Count me in.

toblerone said...

Looks great! Count me in.

Paige said...

Fun Christmas book!

Jason and Caryn said...

Sounds like a very cool book! : )

michelle said...

I love Christmas! This sounds like a great book. I would love to be entered!

Michelle
www.northofthe49.com
michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

Acorn Designs said...

I would love th have this :)

Ron Miller said...

Hey Elmo, wtf... oops, a different contest...

this though sounds like an excellent coffee table book for the coming Holidays...!

Linda SS said...

Sounds like such a fabulous book! Thanks for the chance to win:)

jen said...

please put me in the draw
jenmass37[@]gmail[.]com

AshleyR said...

Count me in Please!!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

That does look like a really fun book. Please enter me!!

All the way from Texas :)

Dana

Christine said...

Please enter me too. What a cool book, and I bet it has fun pictures for little kids to look at. Thanks

Kathy said...

Sounds like a neat book! Count me in! bigfamily8@yahoo.com

sara said...

I would love to add this book to my Christmas decor!!! Thanks for the chance to win!
sblilly14(@)yahoo(.)com

Jennifer said...

Great giveaway! Count me in! Good luck everyone!

Debbie#3 said...

Cool book - count me in!

Fiddle D. Dee said...

Neat enter me!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Cool book!

Thanks!

jouette said...

tres cool, i'd love this book :)

Debby said...

Oh my favorite holiday!! Count me in!

Debby
all_for_christ_6@hotmail.com

Jenna said...

Please enter me!

Audra said...

Looks great. :) Thanks for the chance to win.

Audra
writetome (at) thesilvas (dot) com

a.m. said...

My husband would love that! Great idea!

madamspud169 said...

I love christmas and I'd love to win this prize.

John said...

How fun. Please count me in!

Christy said...

My dad would love this book!

Anonymous said...

How neat! Count me in! meg (dot) wilson (at) gmail (dot) com

cabesh said...

What a great idea for a book.

Adena said...

Sounds like a very cool book. I would love to win this giveaway, please count me in.

Tara said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! I'd love to get that one! Thank you.

Cindy said...

Sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. Please enter me. apricotview at yahoo dot com

Lib said...

Garage Sale America is wonderful! I would love to have this one too! Please add my name to the hat, if you will :)

Happy Autumn and Good luck to all!

Lib
notmuchmorethanthis [at] gmail [dot] com
Not Much More Than This

Tiffany said...

What an interesting book! Count me in :)

Tiffany
raspberrykitty(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win this book!!
theresa n
weceno@aol.com

Melissa Markham said...

count me in!

sgsaiers said...

Count me in

Once Upon a Dream... said...

I would love to win! Please count me in. Thanx! Email is in my profile!

Fruitbearer said...

Please count me in. Thanks!

LifeofFaith said...

Enter me, please. Thank you!

JewelsHud said...

My mother in law would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this . . . Thanks!


julieahudson[at]hotmail[.]com

amyswandering said...

Count me in please!

angelaandconnor@gmail.com said...

PLEASE enter me!!

maggie said...

Looks like a great book! Count me in please.

Sandy said...

My family would love this!

Karen said...

This is fabulous, please count me in! Thanks:-)

kpuleski [at] gmail [dot] com

Cherie J said...

Please enter me. Thank you!

cherierjatyahoo.com

pinkjagxj said...

What an absolutely delightful gift!!

Step Right Up said...

It's been a while since I've perused your blog. I would love love love to win an autographed copy as I love books and plan on having my own little library and my house one day.

Chelsea said...

I'd love to have that book for my hubs, who aspires to be Clark Griswald in the Christmas decorating.

Michelle B. said...

please enter me in this contest

heather h said...

Wow, this is a super-fun giveaway. I'd love to win the book. Thank you for such a generous giveaway.

Michelle O. said...

I'd love to win! Thank you.

Tiff said...

Enter me please!!!

stacey said...

what a cool-looking book! come visit me too!

KimO said...

Please count me in!

Jill said...

This looks like a really fun book!

Katy said...

What a fun book! Please enter my name in your drawing. Thanks!

Dawn said...

It sounds like a great book.

Sue said...

My family loves books like that!

barbara said...

wonderful!

thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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