Monday, December 20, 2010

Tis the Season to be Jolly



My co-author and I have very different holiday traditions. A couple of weeks ago Marian posted about Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Now it's my turn to tell you how my family celebrates Christmas.

Christmas was always one of the best times of the year when I was a child. When my grandparents were alive we would spend part of the holiday with each set. We usually ate two Christmas dinners!

My paternal grandmother was the most excited of everyone. She loved decorating cookies and opening presents. I'm not sure if everyone else opens presents on Christmas Eve, but that was absolutely the longest she could wait. So she'd urge the kids to begin asking our parents if we could open presents early and before you knew it, wrapping paper was flying. Santa, well Santa's gifts appeared on Christmas morning. My brother and I pretended to believe in Santa at least a couple of years after we knew he didn't exist. We didn't really care, but we knew the big presents came with Santa so we BELIEVED. The other thing my grandmother loved was working crossword puzzles and word scrambles. In her honor, Evelyn David challenges you to play a holiday game! To win you'll need to know Christmas related "stuff" and the names of Evelyn David characters.

Complete all correctly and e-mail results to evelyn@evelyndavid.com before noon Eastern time on December 21. One entry per email address. Get all correct and you'll win a Brianna Sullivan Mysteries e-book or a Sullivan Investigations Short Story (winner's choice of Kindle, ePub, or PDF version). We'll post answers in the comment section of blog when we announce winners the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2010. (Note: if no one gets all the right answers, the one with the most right wins. In case of ties, all with the most answers correct will win.)

24-Hour Christmas Word Scramble
  1. (3 WORDS) KEWIENETGHSR

  2. (2 WORDS) BJLENIGLLES

  3. (2 WORDS) STAINUTAS

  4. (2 WORDS) REGAEMEIENSDR

  5. (2 WORDS) ERLSAFE

  6. (1 WORD) HUPDOLR

  7. (2 WORDS) AEGHWRENRET

  8. (2 WORDS) LSORLBYERIEH

  9. (2 WORDS) ASCETHRRIMSTE

  10. (2 WORDS) SEGAKCAPDEPPARW

  11. (2 WORDS) FLWNASLIGNO

  12. (2 WORDS) SAMTSIRHCYRREM

  13. (2 WORDS) NONMTLGEASASR

  14. (2 WORDS) POHHLIYSDAPAY

Clues - 3 Christmas songs, 2 phrases, 5 things found in home at Christmas, 2 things you can wear, 1 name, 1 weather event. Note: At noon Central time one correction was made to list item #9. One letter was deleted and another added.


Evelyn David Character Word Scramble
  1. (2 WORDS) CNAVILLUSAM

  2. (2 WORDS) REERENBNLEHCAR

  3. (1 WORD) YESHIKW

  4. (1 WORDS) SREKCINS

  5. (2 WORDS) JTLRNSARETUIJAN

  6. (2 WORDS) AEEFRDGRED

  7. (2 WORDS) LHJOEFERIHYF

  8. (2 WORDS) YHILREHONEELHTAK

  9. (1 WORD) GRIBDTE

  10. (2 WORDS) SBULNRLINVANIAN

  11. (2 WORDS) SJEAROCCPKOON

Rhonda
aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David
http://www.evelyndavid.com/


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13 comments:

  1. Harumph. So much for finishing Christmas shopping today. I'm going to be unscrambling these all day. I'm a word game kind of girl, so I can't let this one go. THANKSALOT! :)

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  2. I just sent off my guesses and am keeping my fingers crossed. I sure would love an epub of The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah (hint hint).

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  3. Your Grandma sounds so fun! My grandfather died two years ago and this is the first year my grandma's felt like decorating since then. We dug through the garage and got out the "peace," "joy," "love" banners that hang outside by the front door. It felt really good to be putting up a little bit of Christmas spirit. Plus, as she later confessed, one of the neighbors said last year that they didn't know if she was alive because the banners weren't out. Christmas traditions are important!!

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  4. Darn, I have to wait till I get home to unscramble these words.

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  5. Note: At noon Central time, a correction was made to item #9 in the Christmas Scramble List. A letter was deleted and a letter added.

    Rhonda

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  6. I can reveal that we have at least one winner! And that person won even with the letter problem with #9. The winners' names will be announced and prizes distributed tomorrow!

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  7. Rhonda, you are so clever! I would never be able to think up something like that. I'm stumped at kids' riddles and puzzles.

    Marilyn

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  8. Thanks Marilyn, it was fun. I was afraid I was going to mess up the scrambled words no matter how careful I was. And I did on one entry - Luckily one of my co-workers found it. But even with the one letter problem, a Stiletto Reader was able to figure it out! We're got some pretty sharp readers!

    Rhonda
    aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

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  9. I love to hear about Christmas traditions! Thanks for sharing! I treasure a letter my father wrote to my paternal grandmother, his mother, about his childhood Christmases.

    --Brenda W.

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  10. I think it's cute that you and your brother pretended to believe in Santa! Thanks for telling us that.
    Happy Holidays to everyone!

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  11. My brain is too scrambled right now to unscramble words! So I'm glad other folks could do it. ;-) What a fun way to kick off a Monday!

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  12. Answers to the Christmas Word Scramble:

    Christmas Word Scramble

    1. We Three Kings

    2. Jingle Bells

    3. Santa Suit

    4. Reindeer Games

    5. Elf Ears

    6. Rudolph

    7. Green Wreath

    8. Holly Berries

    9. Christmas Tree

    10. Wrapped Packages

    11. Falling Snow

    12. Merry Christmas

    13. Glass Ornament

    14. Happy Holidays



    Evelyn David Characters Word Scramble

    1. Mac Sullivan

    2. Rachel Brenner

    3. Whiskey

    4. Snickers

    5. Julianna Jarrett

    6. Edgar Freed

    7. Jeff O'Herlihy

    8. Kathleen O'Herlihy

    9. Bridget

    10. Brianna Sullivan

    11. Cooper Jackson

    Happy Holidays to all the Stiletto Gang readers!

    Evelyn David
    http://www.evelyndavid.com

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  13. I was sorry I missed this contest, but at least bothering to say so adds a chance at a Christmas present I'd love. Thanks for having these giveaways!

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