#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Winners

This week’s winners are: Shari G, Sherry Wallace, and Kristie Wilson.  Send your snail mail address to llmfb@msn.com.  If your name is mentioned here, that is.  :)  Some of you have been sending your addresses when you didn’t win.

I’ve been writing and getting ready to head for Seattle early tomorrow morning to hang out with Debbie Macomber and attend a party thrown by some of our writer friends.  Yeehaw!  It’s always a good time.  Debbie and I live so far apart and we’re both so busy that we rarely get an opportunity to spend time together.  When we do, there’s always a lot of laughter, a rapid-fire exchange of ideas, and often a few tears.

You should have seen us yesterday, Mary Ann, Jen and me, sitting in my kitchen and listening to (and watching) Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill perform “How Great Thou Art”.  We were all in tears, it was so beautiful.  (Plus, Vince looks good in his glasses.)  :)  I think you can find the video on Youtube–check it out.

This week’s question: What is the most memorable Christmas gift you ever received?  Winners will be announced next Wednesday.

My next blog will be on Saturday–at which time I will fill you in on the Seattle adventures of Miller/Macomber.

Be someone’s miracle.

31 comments to “Winners”

  1. Gloria
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      · November 28th, 2012 at 10:10 pm · Link

    Congratulations, ladies!!!

    My most memorable Christmas was when I was in the first grade. I received a tea set that had a Blue Willow pattern. It had a red plastic tea pitcher, that you could see through, with a footed base, and red plastic glasses to match, also with a footed base. Or maybe I should call it stemware. On the base, there were clear things that looked like half a marble. It also had a platter, cups and saucers, a cream and sugar dish, all in Blue Willow. It even had “silverware”.

    The reason that stands out in my mind is because my birthday is the 23rd of December and every year, I got one gift for both, and this particular year, Daddy had a good job and I got a doll for my B/D and the tea set for Christmas…a most beautiful tea set.

    To this day, and there have been a lot in between, because of that tea set, I like most anything blue and white and when my ship comes in, if I’m not waiting at the airport, I aim to buy myself an old set of Blue Willow and eat off the dishes every day. And…one day, I’ll drink from red glasses, the next day, blue, and the next day, clear ones, all with stems.

    Thank you, Linda, Samantha, and Hilda, for lots of good reads.



    • Pam Brewer
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        · November 29th, 2012 at 7:34 am · Link

      My most memorable Christmas was 1993 – I had been divorced for two years and money was tight. Although I was able to give my two children gifts, I felt like they had been slighted because they only had two gifts each to open. Imagine my surprise when we woke up that morning to find not only my gifts but other gifts under the tree, plus a few gifts for me! They were simply tagged “From Santa”. I know they came from a family member (because they all have a key to my house :)) but no one would admit to it, and to this day I still don’t know for sure who put the gifts under my tree. For a bright moment I truly believed, not only in Santa, but miracles. That one small gesture gave me faith.



  2. Patricia M Hann
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      · November 28th, 2012 at 10:11 pm · Link

    My most memorable Christmas gift was the ET doll over 30 years ago. When I moved out of my dad’s house(about 20 years ago) that doll sat by the my phone. (ET phone home) Hint Hint.



  3. Lesley Miller
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      · November 28th, 2012 at 10:49 pm · Link

    My most memorable Christmas present was not given to me on Christmas, rather a week before! It was December 2005, and I was 36 weeks pregnant, and had just been taken off of bed rest the day before.On the morning of December 16, I started having contractions, but they were an hour apart so I decided to go grocery shopping with my mother in law, and the walking and bending felt so good that by the time we got back to home, my contractions were 5 minutes apart. My mother in law drove me to hospital, and 30 hours later on December 17, 2005 Emma Louise Miller was born, and I couldn’t have received anything better…..until the next year on December 17 2006 her brother Theodore Roosevelt Miller II was born exactly 12 months 2 hours 24 minutes later. Emma and Teddy are the most memorable Christmas present I have received.

    Congrats to last weeks winners!



  4. Hilda
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      · November 28th, 2012 at 11:07 pm · Link

    I can think of 2 memorable Christmases. I hope 2 stories is okay, I’ll keep them short.
    1. My birthday is December 24, so when I was about 7 years old my parents got me a miniature piano, it was probably three feet wide, a true baby grand, you might say. It had its own bench and was adorable. My sister got for Christmas a teeny tiny piano, about probably 10 inches across, probably 12 keys on it. Keep in mind, I’m the oldest and it WAS both my birthday and Christmas! My Dad has a color slide of the two of us, and I’m sitting proudly by my beautiful piano and bench, and my sister is sitting next to her teeny tiny piano, staring at my piano, bawling her eyes out.
    2. My best friend retired to Mesa, Arizona 10 years ago. Each year I take my vacation down there. When I turned 50 in 2004, my nieces and sister and brother got together and bought me an air ticket to visit my friend. It was wrapped in tissue paper, at the bottom of a box that I think had originally held either a stove or a dishwasher. I almost fell into the box looking for the gift inside!
    Those are great Christmas memories as far as GIFTS go. Memories of friends and family and the love experienced that time of year — well, it would take a 4-volume book set to talk about all those! I’m sure everyone would agree with that!



  5. amanda
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      · November 28th, 2012 at 11:12 pm · Link

    My most memorable Christmas gift is a championship belt buckle my best friend David gave me when I won his competition my first year barrel racing…i still have this belt buckle



  6. Kathleen O'Donnell
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      · November 28th, 2012 at 11:18 pm · Link

    My most memorable gift was a watch I received when I was 16. It was the first really expensive gifts I received. My older brother got one the same Christmas. We each thought mom had wrapped the wrong gift, as she had showed us each other gift, but she and dad had us open them up at the same time. When we saw the boxes, we said “I think I got the wrong gift’, and then we both looked at each other started to laugh… I think I sqealed in delight..



  7. Rebecca (Becky) Hicks
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      · November 28th, 2012 at 11:23 pm · Link

    My husband asked me this just a few days ago! My immediate answer–him. Three years ago, just a week into the beginning of my 45th and last year of teaching, my husband went in to have an angioplasty. Forty-five minutes later, the cardiologist came back to say 4 arteries were completely blocked; that meant quadruple by-pass two days later. Today he gets great check-ups AND he has not smoked since the day he walked into the hospital–quit cold turkey after 50 years; he said he was more interested in living with me. He went back to work 4 weeks later. We’ll celebrate 48 yrs of marriage in July. He grew up in real poverty, earned a BA & MA, and taught American history to 8th graders for 25+ years. He’s my hero, and I will love him forever. I thank God for letting me keep him for a while longer.



  8. Juanita Rice
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 12:56 am · Link

    In the late 1960’s when my husband and I had our first horses I rode bareback or with bareback pads unless I could borrow a saddle. I didn’t mind as I preferred riding bareback, but found it necessary to have a saddle when working with the younger horses. One Christmas Eve my husband went out to the car to “get his jacket” and came in with a beautiful saddle…three-quarter rigging with semi-Quarter Horse bars just like I’d been talking about but hadn’t really asked for because I knew we couldn’t yet afford it. I think the fact that he remembered the specifications was as much of a gift as the actual saddle itself. Somewhere there is a picture of him on his hands and knees, playing horse while I try my new saddle. :)



  9. sam
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 2:06 am · Link

    Congratulations ladies :)
    My best christmas present is being blessed with my family :)



    • Juanita Rice
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        · November 29th, 2012 at 1:42 pm · Link

      Amen to that, Sam! Nothing tops family.

      And, Linda, I can’t watch Vince and Carrie sing that song without a box of tissues nearby!



  10. Linda Cholewa
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 3:43 am · Link

    My most memorable gift came in 1979. It was my daughter, Bonnie Jean, although she arrived 15 days early. My due date was Dec 25, but due to a difficult pregnancy, my doctors decided I was going to need a C-section. Bonnie, as well as her older brother Bill, are the joys of my life.



  11. Carol L
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 4:44 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners.
    One of my most memorable Christmases is a few years back my son , who is in Special Forces had been deployed .I hadn’t seen him in almost 18 months. My kids didn’t tell me but on Christmas Eve that year someone rang the door bell and when I opened it. There he stood. The best gift I’ve ever had. :)
    Carol L



  12. Michele
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 8:50 am · Link

    My best Christmas memory is when my husband bought me a particular Coach purse. We had gone to Dillards once, early in the year and I casually mentioned what a nice purse that was. When I opened the box I realized immediately that he “listens” to everything I say. I never intended to buy this purse. But I sat there and remembered all the Christmas gifts he had given me in the past and I was shocked to discover that he notices everything I look at, or pick up and study. He’s been my Christmas miracle for 33 years!



  13. Sharon S.
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 11:04 am · Link

    I can still remember the first “Rock and Roll” record I received. I was 10 years old. (song came out in 1962) and it was given to me by my mean old Aunt Margaret. It was Johnny Angel. Oh my gosh, I was in Heaven. (Pun intended.) I’ve received many gifts over the years, (yes, I was spoiled), but getting this record was something I still remember (dare I say it), 50 years later.



  14. Carole Sklenar
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 11:18 am · Link

    The most memorable gift I ever received for Christmas was my first grandchild. He was born 14 minutes after midnight on Christmas Day in 1985. There is no feeling like it when your child hands you their child to hold. An incredible miracle believe me. Of course the rest of the grandkids pretty much gave us the same feeling, but that Christmas baby boy – WOW. :-D



  15. Amy Henderson
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 11:22 am · Link

    I also love Vince and Carrie singing How Great Thou Art…it’s beautiful for sure. I cry no matter who sings that song! Enjoy your trip…Debbie is such a good writer too. I’m enjoying An Outlaw’s Christmas, as I knew I would! As for my favorite Christmas present…I’m going to have to mention 2…one was when I was a child, probably 8 or 9 all I wanted was a Barbie house…I talked about it constantly and walking down the steps that Christmas morning and seeing it was so thrilling to me…I’ll never forget it. I kept it for years…my daughter is now 21 also played with it until she sat on it when she was young! And I got a Mother’s ring from my now ex-husband…it has my kids’ birthstones and mine in the middle…I love this ring.

    Enjoy your get away! Can’t wait to hear about it….



  16. BARBARA O
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 11:43 am · Link

    My favorite Christmas present was from my husband back in 1995. He made sure I got the time off from work with my boss without me knowing it. He made motel & plane reservations for us to fly to Nashville to spent New Years at the Opryland Hotel. We had tickets to Grand Ole Opray, General Jackson, tour of Nashville. We spent New Years Eve with at special dinner & show at the hotel. We meet a couple of nice couples from Ohio during that time. That was the best present and so many memories.



  17. Sandra Stanford
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 4:41 pm · Link

    I have that YouTube video of Carrie and Vince bookmarked on my Favorites list, so I can go to it from time to time. It never gets old and it never ceases to inspire me. Carrie is so genuine and the song just seems to pour from her heart. Vince’s instrumental is just as moving, making a wonderful pairing. I had the best husband in the whole world and he always paid attention to the small things, which I loved. Before Christmas one year we had watched a TV show about a family company that still made old fashioned Moravian cookies. I just mentioned in passing that it would be neat to try those. Now this was before internet ordering was the norm, but what do you think was one of my presents under the tree that year? You guessed it, a little red tin of those cookies.



  18. Lois Rotella
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      · November 29th, 2012 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I love to hear Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill sing. I have to check out the you tube signing. As for my most memorable christmas gift. I was probably around 10 years old. My parents said what I would like for christmas. I told them apples, oranges and other fruit. On that christmas gift I opened a red and green tissue package and instead was my fruit. I was so I excited that I received that and that any toy I got was second to that gift. My parents couldn’t figure it out but were happy that I was so happy. It was the best christmas.
    Have a nice visit with Deborah ans congratulation to the previous winners.



  19. CRYSTAL F
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      · November 30th, 2012 at 11:15 am · Link

    My most memorable Christmas present is my husband and I have been married for 10 years. And our very first Christmas together he bought me 2 Victoria Secret nightgowns! ( the sleep shirts ) LOL and ever since then every year he has started his own tradition cause every year i know 2 gifts under the tree are my sleepers!!!! So that is very special to me! Linda i hope u have a wonderful time with your friends! I will definetely miss you but hope u have a wonderful time!!!



  20. Tia
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      · November 30th, 2012 at 8:05 pm · Link

    A camera was one of the most memorable gifts. It was so unexpected and I instantly fell in love with it and still love cameras :)
    It was a fun Christmas



  21. Angela Chandler
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      · November 30th, 2012 at 10:22 pm · Link

    When I was a teenager my cousin had this poofy red coat that I wanted. My Mom was a single Mom and didn’t have much money and the coat was pricey. I didn’t expect to get it. I was so excited Christmas morning when I opened that gift. MyMom has a picture of me in that coat. I laugh at it now, its so funny looking, but I sure did love it back in the day. I thought the world of my Mom for getting it for me. She remains being the best Mom ever!



  22. Rae
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      · December 1st, 2012 at 5:09 pm · Link

    One of my most memorable Christmas gifts that I think about often is the beautiful jewelry box my Nana gave me for Christmas years ago. It is made of a reddish wood and has four small drawers -the fourth one has a heart-shaped cut-out on the front- and it as an opening door to a little spinning necklace holder and a place to set rings. It fell and broke about a year ago and I was hysterical with tears. Luckily my Dad glued it back together and I have it back in my room where it belongs♥



  23. Brandy Burghart-Carey
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      · December 2nd, 2012 at 1:05 am · Link

    Congratulations ladies!

    I received my most memorable Christmas present in 2006. Me and my husband and our two kids were living in Nevada at that time and I hadn’t been back to Kansas for Christmas since we had moved there in 2002. I missed being with my family during this time of year, we have always been really close. So my husband came home from work one day at beginning of November and told me to start booking the plane reservations, we were gonna go to Kansas for Christmas. That was the best present I ever got because even though we didn’t know at the time, it was our last Christmas with my Grandmother. The following August she was waiting for my neice to get off the school bus one day, and it was storming. She was struck by lightning and passed away later at the hospital. She had been perfectly healthy and none of us thought we would have to worry about losing her for many years before that.
    So I am a firm beleaver in spending any time you can with family because you never know when might be the last time.



  24. Patti Kelly
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      · December 2nd, 2012 at 7:46 am · Link

    When I was 12, my parents were separated by pain and miles. I had written my Dad, asking him to please come home for Christmas as Mom was sick. We needed him.
    He actually did arrive Christmas Eve which delighted me no end. My Daddy hung the moon in my eyes. We were quite poor and were expecting no gifts. Dad however received a pair of hamster babies from a neighbor and spent the night building a hamster cage out of donated supplies. As he held out the cage to me in the morning with the adorable hamsters, my young world was perfect. I barely noticed his blue thumb nail.
    25 years later at another Christmas, I was helping with the dishes at my parents house when Dad came up behind me and whispered “I got your letter. It was why I came home,” then he walked back to rejoin the family. It took me several pots and pans later to realize what he meant since we lived in the same town and had no need to write each other. Suddenly I knew. Why it him took 25 years for him to acknowledge that letter, I’ll never know.I am just so grateful he did.
    Impossible for me to pick which of those two was my favorite Christmas gift.



  25. Mona
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      · December 2nd, 2012 at 11:18 am · Link

    I had my best Christmas in 1993, when I became acutely aware of the kindness of strangers. I had moved to Oklahoma to work on my graduate program. My mother had passed and I got a divorce within several months, so my kids and were looking for a new start. Christmas came around and I had no idea how I was going to get gifts and holiday food. I was so upset it was beginning to affect my studies.
    It was the last day of the semester and we had had the department
    party. I went to my mailbox to get my mail and there was a envelope secret Santa on it. I opened it and



    • Mona
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        · December 2nd, 2012 at 11:24 am · Link

      And inside was 5 one hundred dollar bills. And the amazing thing was that I was there for five years and every Christmas I would receive the same envelope with the same amount. I never found out who it was but it made a difference in a frightened, suddenly single mother’s life and the life of her children. It was not just the money but more so I felt that someone saw me and was supporting me during that time of my life. I learned an important lesson about giving that Christmas of 1993.



  26. Christine Gaskill
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      · December 2nd, 2012 at 9:55 pm · Link

    The Best Christmas Gift I ever recieved came a few days before, but my baby Girl was home for her 1st Christmas !!
    I namer her Noelle , she had a full head of red hair and pretty green eyes. My baby girl is now having her 1st Christmas with her baby boy born this summer.
    I moved away from family about 11 years ago when I was in my 20’s and ready for a change. Now I am so sad at Christmas time without being with my parents and siblings. I am hoping that my husband can get a Christmas off from his job so that I can be there with them. That would be a wonderfull Christmas. :-P



  27. Bridget
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      · December 4th, 2012 at 9:51 pm · Link

    My most memeorable Christmas gift is from 1970. My mom told us they’re would be no gifts this year because of finances. I was 12 years old thinking that there would have to be something, and of course my mom had filled our stockings with candy and fruit, but sticking out the top was a the cutest little tiny doll with yellow yarn hair and a brown calico dress. I have always treasured this doll and she is tucked onto one of the Christmas tree branches each year!



  28. Stacey
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      · December 5th, 2012 at 4:43 am · Link

    most memorable christmas gift, not really sure to be honest, i would say 5 years ago, my final baby was born. so that had to have been my best christmas gift, the final addition to our family.



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