Gizzy in Heaven!

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

My December Giveaway - 2nd Advent - St. Nikolaustag und Christkindlsmarkt

While I'm feeling the Christmas spirit, listening to Christmas music, wrapping my packages and writing Christmas cards, it occurs to me that I should post my December Giveaway now, so that the winners (yes, winnerS) have a better chance at receiving their prizes by Christmas (hopefully, providing the USPS cooperates!)

I love you guys, and would love to send you all something for Christmas, I hope you know that, but due to financial constraints I can't, BUT this time I will offer 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the lucky winners. 

This is what I am offering for my December/Christmas Giveaway. The three winners will chose their prize, first winner choses first, etc. Here we go:

(A) Crocheted towel topper with matching Christmas towel and a metal Christmas cookie cutter set

(picture of the full design of this towel - perfect for the bird lover in you!)

(B) Crocheted candle (non-flammable and very safe!) and a Lace Ornament cross stitch kit

(C) Set of three metallic Christmas scrubbies (for your dishes) and two children's books for your little ones

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment here on this post (again, if you are a follower you get 2 entries and if you link back to this post from your blog or facebook, you get 3 entries - be sure and lell me that you did this to receive your additional entries!)

2. Tell me your first, second and third choice (A, B, C) to safe time. Be sure I have a way of contacting you and check my blog on Thursday, 12/16/10, for the winners. If you are one of them, please give me your mailing address. You can reach me here:

Everyone is invited to enter (no exclusions!)

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: Please chose not only what you want, but what you want first, second and third because if I wait till the winners are drawn and then have to wait to find out who wants what in which order, time will slip away and I won't get it mailed out in time.

If you just want to comment and not be entered, that's ok, but please say that you are only commenting, but you don't want to be included in the Giveaway. Thank you very much. Since Christmas is upon us, I will make this contest quick so that I can mail the gifts the next day!

LAST DAY TO ENTER IS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15H - (Winners will be announced on Thursday, 12/16/10 and prizes will be mailed Friday 12/17/10 and the rest is up to the US Mail!)


For all of us who celebrate Advent, tomorrow (Sunday, December 5th) we light two candles on our Advent wreath:

(photo from Google Images; sadly those adorable girls are not my grandkids)

If you missed my Advent post earlier, you can read about this custom and how we celebrate it in Germany where I was born and raised.

Also, some of us will be celebrating Nikolaustag on Monday, December 6th. (That's where the American custom of hanging stockings on the mantel came from.)

This is another fun- yet useful - tradition that I have talked about last year and instead of being repetitious, I'll just give you the link. I highly recommend reading this very interesting and informative post about St. Nikolaus and how he and his assistant (Knecht Ruprecht) help make children mind. American parents may want to consider adopting this custom. It worked for me!

Saint Nikolaus and his Ruprechts coming down the mountain to talk to all the good and bad little boys and girls. I call it "Tough Religion!" We could use some of that here (no?)

Also, the Nuernberger Christkindlsmarkt opened on November 26th and continues till Christmas Eve, December 24th. This is another reason I miss being in Germany during the holidays. There's always something wonderful to experience and I'm glad I had the chance to do so while living in Bavaria for the first 18 years of my life. I'm glad to be able to share these memories with my American friends today.

I have written a very detailed and wonderfully illustrated post about "the little town of wood and cloth" (the Nuremberg Christkindl Market) last year and I think you will not be disappointed reading about it at your leisure. (don't laugh! you can read it after Christmas!)


Anke said...

I thought this post and the ones about Advent and Nikolaus were great. It brought back so many nice memories of having grown up in Germany. All the Advent Sundays spent with family, listening to Christmas music, munching on cookies... And Nikolaus and Knecht Ruprecht, oh my! I still remember being scared of Knecht Ruprecht and hoping Nikolaus wouldn't have to many bad things to say. The Christkindlsmarkt in Nuernberg was really nice, but there are also so many smaller ones worth visiting. Did you ever go to the one in Rothenburg? It is beautiful!

Mausie1 said...

Danke Doris fuer die Erinnerungen an den Nikolaus und Knecht Ruprecht...
Wonderful memories of me as a child in front of being scared. would love to be a part of your giveaway.I linked oyu on facebook and my blog..
my first choice would be the scrubbies and childrens books. I just love the way they turned out...
and you know I am a follower...
Anyhow.. Hugs from South Texas....Birgit

meeyeehere said...

OOH, I would like C because Jack would like that very much!Don't you just love the holidays?? Thanks for always coming to see me at my blog!
The Dalai Mama
I follow you too

www.tejiendomisdiasyalgomas.... said...

que hermoso todo !!! un abrazo ,Sara.

Ginny said...

Did you do both of these posts at the same time? That's what it says. I commented on the adorable Gizzy pictures below. You are so sweet and generous to have these giveaways!! My first choice is the awesome croched candle!! Second is the scrubbers and books, and third the towel topper set.

meeyeehere said...

Oh okay,well I would like c first,then a and last b

" me " said...

i'm in !
And i i prefer : c, then a en then B
And i'm a follower and i create a link at my blog !

Wish me luck :-))) !!!

♥ Kathy said...

Yay! I want to be entered :) I am a follower! I'd love A, then I'd love C and then I'd love B :) And of course I love you & Gizzy & Middi!

~Niki~ said...

Ok, this post was so worth the wait! I made it Doris!
I am a follower~of course.
My first choice is the cookie cutters.
The 2nd choice is your candle.
Third is the towel topper. HUGS

gin said...

Merry Chrisstmas Doris and Gizzy,
Your gifts are marvelous. I'll take first the towel topper and cookie cutters, 2nd the "safe" candle and lace ornament, and 3rd the scrubbies and books. Although, I would love all of them!! Christmas will be here before we know it.

sprinkles said...

I'd like to enter.

My first choice would be the crotched towel topper with matching Christmas towel and a metal Christmas cookie cutter set.

My second choice would be the crocheted candle (non-flammable and very safe!) and a lace ornament cross stitch kit.

My third choice would be the three metallic Christmas scrubbies and two books for your little ones.

deedeers30 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thank you, Doris! Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

Linda in New Mexico said...

I love the information you have shared with us. I love world traditions and how they have "rubbed off" on other countries.
I would love to be entered in your give away and the order I pick is BAC
Everyone is wonderful. Thanks for your generosity. The Olde Bagg, Linda

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Doris! Count me in! I posted your giveaway on my right side bar.. I AM a follower... And my choices in order would be B, A, C... any of which I would be very happy to win if I did!! ((hugs)) ~tina

witchbld1020 said...

aww doris u done it again ,thoes things are beautiful u made and picked out,please enter me in the drawing hun thank you.xoxox

gill said...

I love hearing about other peoples' (and often other country's) Christmas traditions - Thank you
Great giveaway!
I would choose C A B

gill said...

Forgot to say I'm a follower

Janine said...

Kling Glöckchen Klingelingeling Kling Glöckchen Kling....
Ja, ja ich bin auch schon im Weihnachtsfieber, und würde gern an deiner großartigen (und großzügigen) Weihnachtsverlosung teilnehmen.
Meine liebste Reihenfolge ist dann auch tatsächlich, A, B, C.
Dir einen schönen zweiten Advent und morgen einen prall gefüllten Stiefel.

Faith said...

Hi Doris,
the towel is so pretty, I love that pattern...the colors so vibrant
abc....are my choices...have a great w/ Gizzy with his cousins.spanky would have been petrified..

Kimberly R. said...

All of your crochet items are lovely!!
I would love to enter your wonderful giveaway and I have been following :)
The order in which I would pick is C A B.
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

mommaof3 said...

count me in purdy please!!

im a follower!!

i like c and B

my email is

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - man you were a busy girl here - lots of interesting things.

So I am a follower and I would like to be entered.

I like B-C-A.

Talk to you later.


marianne said...

All items are simply wonderful!
Here we celebrated sint Nicolaas on the 5th of December, one day before his birthday.
Loved those pictures you showed so different yet funny.

Hope you are enjoying December and that Gizzy does also

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

Sounds like a fun giveaway! (make sure to stop by our blog - and enter our holiday contest!).
Our choices are:

1. C
2. A
3. B

Thanks for doing the giveaway! And we are a follower!

For your question on our blog:
"Will he eventually have to get used to a harness?"

Yes Rudy will have to get used to the harness - once he's (around) a year our group lets the raisers use the 2 harness our group has (about $300 per harness). And we take turns using them. All us puppy raiser's do with them though; is let the dog get used to wearing the harness - we aren't to touch the handle - as the trainer's at the school do that part.
Hope that answers your question!
make sure to stop by our blog - and enter the holiday contest/giveaway!

Feisty said...

What a lovely thing to do for the holidays! I remember being in Holland in 2007 for St. Nicholas Day although their traditions are a bit different. And we drove over to Koblenz and Rudesheim for their Christkindlesmarkts because they were the first to open and we were leaving in a few weeks. Gluwein and pastries, lots of shopping and the churches all decorated--I loved it! Have a wonderful Christmas and a lucky New Year!

Julie said...

Hello! I'm a new follower and I love your blog. We also have advent traditions at my house and they bring back lovely memories of my childhood. I have a new blog where I have an Advent post as well

My first choice in your giveaway would be B, followed by C, followed by A. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Julie jbkcrochet at verizon dot net

Sandy said...

Yikes, almost missed this lovely giveaway! It would be B, A then C for me. Thanks Doris :)