6 Days Of Holiday Giveaways, Day 4: Celebrate Advent with a keepsake ornament plus cards from Hallmark

Counting down to Christmas!

Happy first day of December! If your family is like mine, today is the day you’ll bring out the Advent calendars and start the official countdown to Christmas day.

When I was a little kid, one of my very favorite parts of the holiday season was our Advent calendar. Year after year my mother hung a simple felt wall calendar with little pockets for each day of the month. I honestly don’t remember what Mom put inside the pockets…which just goes to show you that it’s the anticipation and daily ritual of recognizing the Advent that makes it so exciting, not the candy or prizes in the calendar.

When you were little, did you have a favorite ornament or Christmas decoration? The one that you looked forward to pulling out every year, that you kept taking off of the tree or mantle to play with? I did. It was a music box with a little wooden rocking horse and teddy bear sitting on a drum that played the song “Toyland.” I can still remember the song, and the way that music box felt in my hand, as though I just held it yesterday. I found one on a collectibles site and am seriously thinking of buying it because it was that special.

I know many of you remember a certain ornament, and your advent calendar, with just as much nostalgia as I do…which is why I’m so excited about today’s giveaway from Hallmark: an adorable keepsake ornament that counts down the days to Christmas. I have a feeling this is one that won’t stay on the tree long – your kids won’t be able to keep their hands off it! Hallmark will ship the ornament early next week, so you’ll still have plenty of time to use it.

The winner will also receive a package of holiday cards with pre-stamped envelopes.If you’re like me and your best intentions are sometimes thwarted by the inability to locate a stamp at that crucial card-sending moment, these will definitely help make getting those cards out a little easier this year!

make every day special.

Before I get to the giveaway details, I wanted to mention that this is the last of my posts in the Hallmark-sponsored Life is a Special Occasion series. It has been a wonderful partnership that’s allowed me to explore some of the quieter and less-flashy “special occasions” that often tend to get overshadowed by the Big Events. So even though Christmas is a major holiday, I’m trying hard to hold on to the “Life is a Special Occasion” attitude by treating each small moment of the holiday with just as much reverence as that big Christmas-morning event.

Which reminds me: it’s about time for me to go make Owen a cup of hot chocolate and then start putting that Advent calendar together. So, here are the giveaway details!

check back all week for more great giveaways!

  • One winner, chosen at random, will win the Santa Claus keepsake ornament above plus a package of Hallmark holiday cards with pre-stamped envelopes.
  • Contest open to residents of the United States only
  • To enter, simply leave a comment with a valid email address (in the email field, not in the body of the comment.)

For up to 3 extra entries:

  • Tweet about the contest, then leave an additional comment letting me know you did
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  • Sign up for Hallmark’s Life is a Special Occasion newsletter full of tips and inspiration to celebrate all of life’s special moments. Make sure to leave an additional comment letting me know you did. Oh, and if you decide to poke around at Hallmark.com, use the code SOCIAL20 at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

Contest will close at 1:05 PM EST on Saturday, December 3. Winner will be selected randomly using the “And The Winner Is” WordPress plugin and published on The Happiest Mom by Sunday, December 4.

All entries will automatically be included in this weekend’s drawing for a Motorola Droid Razr!

Good luck!

To welcome the holiday season, I’m giving gifts away for six days with a great grand prize drawn from all entries – a Droid Razr! Check out the intro post for more details, Day 1 for a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card, Day 2 for a chance to win $25 to help your kids save money, and Day 3 for a chance to win a super-cute wooden play kitchen. And stop back tomorrow for another great giveaway from Scout by Bungalow!

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