5th Annual Winter Is Coming Giveaway Hop

It is that time of the year again and I will tell you that I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing hop. Of course  I need to offer my thanks to The Mommy Island, and  The Kids Did It for hosting this hop. Since the holiday is quickly approaching I thought I would do something a little here.

This year we are doing things a little differently but to me this particular holiday season is much more important. With everything that is going on in the world it is so important to me that I make sure my family knows how much we have to be thankful for.

There are so many people going through this holiday season after having lost someone they love. Some are going through while in the hospital. I have been there in both of those places. Not during a pandemic but I know how difficult it is that first holiday after you lose someone as well as how it is to be sick during the holidays.

I won’t give the same old things that you have heard a dozen times at this point. It’s difficult and even that is putting it lightly. That first Christmas after my dad passed away my younger brother and I spent it together while our mother spent it at the cemetery. She refused to spend it without him and sat there from the time it opened until it closed that day. It will get better even if it doesn’t feel as though it will.

If this year you need to not decorate or celebrate then don’t. It won’t be the end of the world. Remember you aren’t alone, the entire world is with you. We all feel your pain and I for one can say you are in my prayers. My sister in-law sent me an article about the Christmas Star this year and if you can, go out and see it. Some people believe this phenomenon could be the one the magi saw that led them to the baby Jesus. I don’t know but I like the idea of that and the hope it brings.

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125 Comments

  1. Robyn Bellefleur wrote:

    I am not too excited this year just because of everything going on. I usually go crazy for Christmas.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  2. rochelle haynes wrote:

    Not to crazy about this year because of the virus

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  3. Emily wrote:

    I’ve never been one to get excited about the holidays, but this year the lights and decorations really bring me so much joy.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  4. jeanna wrote:

    I’m feeling a little apprehensive.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  5. Maria Malaveci wrote:

    I wasn’t feel too great about the upcoming holidays but had a change of heart. It makes things more brighter thinking of Christmas approaching. It has been stressful working at the hospital this year!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  6. Dana Rodriguez wrote:

    I am being very cautious this year.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
    • Nerlande wrote:

      I’m thankful for being here for Christmas

      Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  7. Liz N. wrote:

    We always have a low-key holiday because it’s just me and my husband. I don’t buy presents for anyone because I don’t like shopping and I’ve told family not to buy us things. So overall, I’m looking forward to it as normal.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  8. monique s wrote:

    Just staying home, but decorating and baking

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  9. Victoria Alexander wrote:

    We are hanging at home this year, we usually make the rounds to my parents and in-laws but this year it’ll be super low key!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  10. sandra wrote:

    a bit ambivalent due to the pandemic

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  11. Nancy wrote:

    We will have a quiet and low key Christmas with just the people in our immediate family bubble. I am thinking about the quiet joy of simple pleasures.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  12. Chris L wrote:

    I am sad I will not get to see my family.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  13. rita leonard wrote:

    it will be very different as we are not seeing a lot of the family this year.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  14. Donna wrote:

    I’m sad that things will be so different this Christmas. I hope that everyone can stay safe and healthy through the holidays!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  15. June S. wrote:

    Just trying to stay alive this year, 2020 has been the worst year in my whole life, I hope 2021 is way much better.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  16. paige chandler wrote:

    I am feeling hopeful. I see good things finally coming around for all of us.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  17. Christina Gould wrote:

    I don’t get holiday blues no matter what, so I’m feeling fine about them. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  18. Kelly Kimmell wrote:

    It’s a little sad this year knowing I won’t get to spend it with some of our family.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  19. DebP wrote:

    We have a small family, so there’s not much that will be different. A little less socializing, but more energy going into baking and decorating.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  20. heather wrote:

    I am stressed about money this holiday season so am a bit down about it.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  21. Natalie wrote:

    I am excited for Christmas because I get to see my brother and nieces!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  22. Kim Avery wrote:

    I’m not feeling too excited. I’m going to miss the big family celebrations.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  23. Ann Fantom wrote:

    I’m looking forward to the Christmas season, but I’m sad that I won’t be spending it with my extended family

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  24. shannon zeidan wrote:

    I’m a little sad at what will be missing, but I still feel excited.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  25. Kristen Joiner wrote:

    I’m a little stressed, a little sad, but mostly I’m looking forward to it. It will be different to what I’m used to but I think it will be nice.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  26. Carolyn Daley wrote:

    I am not the least bit excited for Christmas this year. Don’t even know if I will bother baking cookies because I won’t see the ones I love.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  27. Darlene Owen wrote:

    I am excited about the holidays, accept I’m not sure how I am going to get my shopping done.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  28. Dawn Monzu wrote:

    I do miss seeing my family, but to be honest, I’m kind of enjoying staying home. It’s so much less stressful. Although, I can’t wait to see everyone next year…at least I hope so!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  29. chelsea w wrote:

    I’m pretty neutral about the holidays this year… some things will be the same since my immediate family and I are lucky enough to be healthy as of now and able to see each other. However, it is clearly just not the same as a whole which is sad.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  30. Judy Thomas wrote:

    I am feeling happy about Christmas as my Granddaughter who is 21 months old ,will really enjoy it but I am sad as I won’t get to see my sisters as they live overseas & our border is closed in New Zealand.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  31. Cali W. wrote:

    Just staying home. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  32. shelly peterson wrote:

    I love Christmas. I just hate how things are because of covid.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  33. Mary Gardner wrote:

    I am looking forward to a scaled back, low key holiday with my immediate family this year.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  34. bn100 wrote:

    okay

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  35. Ashley Chassereau Parks wrote:

    I like to decorate for Christmas early, but since we are moving soon, the decorations are all packed away. So, I’m not really in the holiday spirit just yet.. hopefully, I will be excited and feeling very “Christmasy” soon! haha

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  36. Barbara Montag wrote:

    I am feeling pretty good about the coming holidays.
    Been doing a lot of self care & it’s a big help.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  37. Barrie wrote:

    I’m feeling a little sad about the upcoming holiday. My child graduated from college in May and doesn’t have a month off to spend with us! Plus they are coming home BETWEEN Christmas and New Years! Not on Christmas eve or even Christmas day.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  38. Melissa Storms wrote:

    I am excited as it is a bright spot to look forward to but also a little sad we will not be spending it with our extended family as usual.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  39. Dale Steele Nicolov wrote:

    Just moved to another province.Hoping to be able to feel blessed and that the wishes in my heart will come true.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  40. AuntySuzany wrote:

    Not going to be very merry this year without family around.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  41. EDYE wrote:

    I am very excited!

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  42. Cathy French wrote:

    To be honest I would love to just skip to spring and forget all this holiday business.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  43. Molli Taylor wrote:

    im feeling stressed but hopeful for a better next year!

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  44. KariLorr wrote:

    I’m excited for Christmas. I need a little cheer this year.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  45. wendy hutton wrote:

    a bit excited but its going to be a quiet holiday this year

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  46. Cheryl B wrote:

    I plan to take in the season one day at a time. Trying to enjoy it as much as possible.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  47. Donnie Ball wrote:

    Christmas will suck this year. The person I spent it with died last February very unexpectedly. So, it’ll be just me and the cat as I don’t have any family or really close friends left.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  48. Ken Ohl wrote:

    Taking it day by day not the same this year for sure

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  49. Heather S wrote:

    I am excited. I focus on the positive.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  50. tammy ta wrote:

    I am feeling nervus about the upcoming holidays

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  51. Susan Smith wrote:

    I am sad I will not get to see my family, but it’s more important to stay safe.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  52. Sherry wrote:

    We’ve pretty much cancelled or plans so I’m a little depressed.

    Posted 12.4.20 Reply
  53. Juliee Fitze wrote:

    It will be strange not having our big Christmas dinner with all of our family.

    Posted 12.5.20 Reply
  54. Colleen Boudreau wrote:

    I’m not feeling much of anything about the holidays this year.

    Posted 12.5.20 Reply
  55. Darlene Carbajal wrote:

    I am feeling good, just gotta stay positive!

    Posted 12.5.20 Reply
  56. Jan Lee wrote:

    I really don’t celebrate holidays. I am disabled with no help so it doesn’t ever feel like a holiday to me.

    Posted 12.5.20 Reply
  57. Kayley wrote:

    I’ll be home alone this year which is a bit sad, but could also be refreshing in a way as long as I can visit with family again next year.

    Posted 12.6.20 Reply
  58. Rebecca Graham wrote:

    I’m feeling very good about it. My son and his family are coming down to see me.

    Posted 12.6.20 Reply
  59. Stacey McCrary wrote:

    For years I have problems with this time of year. So I’m trying to look at it differently this year because of Covid. I managed to get two small trees up, not yet decorated and I plan on doing a lot of baking.

    Posted 12.6.20 Reply
  60. Michelle J. wrote:

    Great! It’s my favorite holiday!

    Posted 12.6.20 Reply
  61. Elizabeth H. wrote:

    I’m having a difficult time finding my Christmas spirit this year. I’m hopeful for a good holiday. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    Posted 12.6.20 Reply
  62. Sharon Rooney wrote:

    This year will be a little sad and difficult not being able to get together with the family and friends. We all have to try to stay safe and not spread the virus to the ones we love so once this is over and we have the vaccine we can all enjoy many holidays and vacations in the years to come.

    Posted 12.6.20 Reply
  63. Jennifer Carroll wrote:

    I feel okay about this coming holiday. The only thing that I wish was different was that I could spend it with my deceased father. But I think that it is going to be a decent holiday since I will have my children with me Christmas Eve this year due to our custody agreement.

    Posted 12.7.20 Reply
  64. Shirley O wrote:

    I am looking forward to Christmas. It will be a very quiet Holiday for us this year but it is still a fun diversion from everything that has been going on.

    Posted 12.7.20 Reply
  65. Crystal M wrote:

    I’m feeling sad that I can’t go see my family out of states, but I’ll be alright.

    Posted 12.7.20 Reply
  66. Linda wrote:

    This holiday will be quieter for sure, but it might also be less stressful without all the hosting. I’m feeling hopeful for the season.

    Posted 12.7.20 Reply
  67. Ashley Trail wrote:

    This year has been special in so many ways, lol, I was not really feeling in the mood of anything but I have been feeling much better. No travel to see family so that sucks but this whole year has been pretty much cancelled, if you were following the rules, you have been isolated since february. I miss giving hugs, but I hope people can be smart and be reminded of the bigger picture. Stay safe, Happy Holidays !

    Posted 12.8.20 Reply
  68. jenny wrote:

    I’m feeling pretty good about 2021…. I mean, it HAS to better than 2020…… right???

    Posted 12.8.20 Reply
  69. Janice Cooper wrote:

    Christmas is my favorite holiday and I’m feeling a little sad about it this year. With the pandemic, I probably won’t see my family for our big family dinner. Then unfortunately, we lost my grandmother in October and we also lost my mother in law in June. So the holidays will be different for us this year.

    Posted 12.8.20 Reply
  70. Leela wrote:

    The same as every year. Making big plans and getting ready to bake up a storm!

    Posted 12.8.20 Reply
  71. I feel like I am not sure how I am going to celebrate the holiday this year, I didn’t have anyone over for thanksgiving as instructed but christmas is harder.

    Posted 12.9.20 Reply
  72. April wrote:

    I always look forward to the holidays. This year everything seems a little different but I’m trying to enjoy the extra down time to spend with family.

    Posted 12.9.20 Reply
  73. Indifferent and annoyed. I hate that because I love Christmas and nothing is helping get me moving on the happy period.

    Posted 12.10.20 Reply
  74. Bonnie wrote:

    I am feeling a little sad because we will be spending the holidays quietly at home this year.

    Posted 12.10.20 Reply
  75. Helen wrote:

    I am so excited for the holidays this year.

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  76. Rhonda Miotke wrote:

    Feeling pretty ok this year we will be having a very small gathering of family.

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  77. Dandi D wrote:

    I’m looking forward to just spending time with my family this year!

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  78. Ashley Turicik wrote:

    We went all out with decorating and getting in the spirit this year. It’s going to be different without as much family visiting

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  79. Clem wrote:

    I’m feeling good about it.

    Posted 12.13.20 Reply
  80. nyx wrote:

    this year’s holiday is about solitude

    Posted 12.13.20 Reply
  81. polly wrote:

    I am sad that we won’t all be under the same roof to celebrate Christmas together. Our daughter, husband and her 2 step children are recovering from the virus. Can’t wait until I can hug her again!

    Posted 12.13.20 Reply
  82. Soozle wrote:

    I love the holidays but im also really sad that the extended family cannot be together this year

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  83. Kelly O wrote:

    I am frustrated that I cannot be with my parents due to COVID risk. In addition our finances have been hit hard by the pandemic, so there will be no gifts. It is sad. But also a good reminder of what the season should be about, and being joyful even when things are as you had wished.

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  84. Shannon Citrino wrote:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. Happy Holidays

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  85. Sarah L wrote:

    My favorite tradition for the last 25 years has been spending Christmas evening with friends and having a big dinner and a white elephant exchange. But not this year.
    Thanks for the contest.

    Posted 12.15.20 Reply
  86. Tina W wrote:

    I’m a little sad about missing Christmas Eve with all my siblings, but we will do something fun when it is safe for everyone

    Posted 12.15.20 Reply
  87. Debbie P wrote:

    It’s not what I expected. But I’m looking forward to my small Christmas. Luckily everyone I know is healthy and their is always Zoom.

    Posted 12.15.20 Reply
  88. Lauren Becker wrote:

    I’m excited for some aspects – like giving people their gifts. It’ll be a weird one though, so we’ll see!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  89. LB wrote:

    A little stressful, it has been a tough week, but I ma looking forward to Christmas next week.

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  90. Jeanette Jackson wrote:

    My family lives in another province so we would not be getting together this year anyway but I am sad about what has gone on this year.

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  91. Jeryl M. wrote:

    I don’t usually feel good about the holidays to begin with, and this year it’s a little worse.

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  92. Lesley wrote:

    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway again!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  93. I’m sad that the pandemic is far from over. It will be a quiet Christmas for us this year.

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  94. Shirley Emitt wrote:

    I am very worried about this year,

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  95. Monica McConnell wrote:

    I am sad because I am not going to be able to see my family like we usually do.

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  96. Dawn wrote:

    Im ready for 2021. Ready!!

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  97. Jeanna Massman wrote:

    This year I have mixed feelings about the holidays. I want to carry on as usual but nothing is quite the same. I think we are all just hoping next year will be happier.

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  98. Michelle L wrote:

    Not much happening bc of the pandemic.

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  99. Aly P wrote:

    Great! We’re trying to do it like the last years, and since we only met with family it’s doable 🙂

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  100. Allison Swain wrote:

    I am somewhat thankful to be staying home this year for the holidays. It was a needed break of usual holiday stress, and I am hoping next year will be much better than horrible 2020 was.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  101. Anne Perry wrote:

    I am feeling sad and unsettled this Christmas Season.

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  102. aaron r wrote:

    I’m staying home this year it’s kind of like another day cause I have already put on weight and I’m not wanting to do no big eating. I may try to mail out some gifts but otherwise just chilling out.

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  103. Daniel M wrote:

    i’d rather not have a family gathering but they’re insisting

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  104. Jenn wrote:

    I am looking forward to the festive cheer/atmosphere, but still it won’t be the same. I think I’m more so looking forward to the new year in hopes of a better one.

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  105. Piroska wrote:

    I’m feeling sad, to tell you the truth. No dinner with the kids and grandkids. No visiting.

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  106. JanD wrote:

    I’m worried because the hospital situation in my area is not good.

    Posted 12.19.20 Reply
  107. Jen Reed wrote:

    This holiday season has been tough this year as we had a rough fall season leading up to it. With medical issues and financial strains we are looking forward to a light at the end of this year’s tunnel.

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  108. christina moore wrote:

    I am staying home this Christmas with a small family gathering

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  109. wen budro wrote:

    I cannot fly to spend the holidays with my family this year. I’m trying to focus on gratitude instead of being a Scrooge. LOL

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  110. Amber Lee Kolb wrote:

    I’m looking forward to it. We normally have a big extended family gathering but this year it will just be my husband and I and his mom and dad. We will play cards and make it a great evening 🙂

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  111. courtney hennagir wrote:

    I am feeling overwhelmed and depressed about the holidays this year.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  112. SCOTT BRUNSKILL wrote:

    I think this year will be a tad different than others …we won’t have all the family together because of co-vid….be a bit sad….thankfully we have Skype and Zoom

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  113. laurie damrose wrote:

    We have been having only our family at Christmas so it’s good. We will Zoom family and friends to share holiday wishes.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  114. kelly grant wrote:

    I feel very blah about it. we have worked 17 of the last 21 days.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  115. Emily wrote:

    I’m feeling very thankful for my family

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  116. Sarah Cool wrote:

    I’m definitely disappointed that I don’t get to be with my family but I’m staying positive and we will FaceTiming

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  117. Tiffany S wrote:

    I am feeling stressed out and just wish it was over.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  118. Alona Y wrote:

    I’m trying to make Christmas as special as possible for my daughter, although not being able to see family like usual is pretty hard.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  119. Shannon wrote:

    I feel sad that I wont get to be with my family but less stressed than normal.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  120. AEKZ2 wrote:

    I am stressed this holiday season. However, I’m stressed this time every year.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  121. Andrea Hickey wrote:

    Mixed. I was pretty excited, now I’ll be excited come the 26th!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  122. Laurie Nykaza wrote:

    I am excited for Christmas to be here to open gift with the kids.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  123. megan allen wrote:

    We are watching Christmas movies!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  124. Bea LaRocca wrote:

    I am looking forward to spending time with my family even if we are all in masks and obsessively washing our hands

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply