Saturday, 27 October 2018

Snowflakes & Cinnamon Swirls competition!

Hello everyone! As you know my Christmas 2018 title, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland, will be published on November 1st, which is now just a few days away!

To celebrate this third festive title I thought I would organise a little competition. The winners will be announced on publication day and anyone in the UK is welcome to enter.

This is what is up for grabs...



The books will of course be signed and there's also a Lizzie Dixon style festive cross stitch kit and some delicious Green & Blacks salted caramel chocolate!

Winners will be picked at random and to enter all you have to do is tell me what you love most about Christmas in the comments box below. Don't forget to leave your name!

Good luck everyone!

H x


103 comments:

  1. I love so many things about Christmas but most of all that for a few days people are (generally)nicer to each other. Strangers in the street who would usually just grunt actually greet you when you say good morning!

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  2. I love having time to relax and unwind and spend quality time with my loved ones.

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  3. The warm glow that fills everyone that can’t be explained. The love of Christmas with family is the best and as my daughter gets older Christmas changes but it’s always so special with that magic Christmas feeling and love. Oh and also eating lots of chocolate, drinking Baileys and reading with the fire on and Christmas candles lit

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  4. I love decorating the Christmas tree with my kids, seeing their faces light up at the beautiful sparkly baubles and tinsel. My little ones love seeing houses all lit up and the town with their festive decorations. Christmas is such a joyous time and seeing the delight in my little one's eyes makes it so worth it. Best time of the year xx

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  5. Fairy lights, candles, warm mince pies & snuggled under blankets with my family watching Polar Express.

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  7. I love waking up in the morning and watching my family open their presents, while the smell of roast turkey is in the air. All warm and snuggly with my husband and children, a perfect Christmas! Xx Charlotte Walker xX

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  8. I love everything about Christmas. Decorating the tree and house, making mince pies on Christmas Eve, wrapping the presents and writing Christmas cards.

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  9. Things I love about Christmas, holly berries, mistletoe, Christmas trees, log fires, spending time with friends and family, presents under the tree, mince pies, glitter, Christmas cake, cinnamon & oranges, time to relax, mulled wine, crackers, the whole house looking so festive & welcoming, hot chocolate and marshmallows, snowmen, presents, watching Christmas films all cosy inside, singing Christmas carols, old delicate glass baubles on the tree, candles, twinkling tree lights xxx

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  10. I love spending Christmas with family and eating delicious food and opening presents and reading all my Christmas books that ive received as preents

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  12. Having time to spend a relaxing day with family. Walking the dogs then a late Christmas lunch followed by feet up by the fire. As everyone falls asleep, making a start on my Christmas present books ��

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  13. I love spending time with family and eating as much as you want without a care in the world. My favourite part of all is spending time and money finding the perfect gift for someone and then seeing the look on their face when they realise what you have bought for them. It's just magical!

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  14. I enjoy spending time with family with us all having fun, playing games and being in the festive spirit whilst watching people's faces opening presents
    Lyndsay Byford

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  15. Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends, This year is a little different as I got married three weeks ago . so as well as spending time with love ones - this year I will be a Mrs and this Christmas we are going to celebrate us and spend time together, and toast to our marriage and the rest of our lives.

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  16. I LOVE everything about Christmas!!! The pretty lights on the Christmas Tree, traditional Christmas carols, the church services the love of my family, having the log burner alight all day, the wonderful aromas of cooking and baking and that wonderful, wonderful feeling that only comes on Christmas Eve late at night as though the whole world is holding its breath and waiting for something truly, truly special.

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  17. I love that we are all together. My baby girl and I have spent last 3 years in hospitals and every time they let our dad in and we can be together. That is Christmas for me. Family, no matter where or how, just to be together ��

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  18. i love the magic that a Christmas song can conjure up - the excitement of kids the night before and the Christmas treats. Julie Ryan

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  20. Family time, watching soppy Christmas movies ,eating and drinking (slightly) too much leading to snooze time and missing end of said films ��

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  21. The yummy naughty food at Christmas! Family time and knowing that New Year is approaching which means a holiday with family, friends and more books xx Julie Williams @Juliebookreader

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  22. I love the smell of the fresh Christmas tree when you come downstairs in the morning. I make myself a cup of tea, sit in the living room and only have the tree lights on. That is just perfection to me

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  23. The thing I love most about Christmas is spending quality time as a family and making it feel magical for the children. Getting all cosy with Christmas books and blankets ��@nicoles_book_corner

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  24. Spending time with people. My mum and I cater Xmas lunch for people on there own on Xmas day. Last year there was 45 people who came along. This coming xmas is our 4th year running the event, It's exhausting but so so rewarding.

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  25. How happy the season is! The lights, food, drink, socialising, decorations and music all make me so happy. And of course the Christmas books! I can't wait to add Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland to my collection!

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  26. Your books have helped me out in some dark times Heidi! I also had a hilarious conversation with my mum on the phone as she was frantically looking for your book (she visited several stores!) not realising it isn't out yet! But what I love about Christmas is seeing my mum in Ireland actually. This year we will be travelling to hers and spending it in front of the fire with our 3 Huskies! Also my last Christmas as a Miss, as next Christmas I will be getting married! Xx

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  27. Putting up the tree. We have so many gifted and handmade ornaments. It makes my heart happy opening them up every year and getting new ones! Family is so important.

    Thanks so much for the chance! This sounds like the perfect holiday read.

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  28. BEVERLEY ANN HOPPER christmas is a wonderful magical time to send gifts but not to receive,to think of our loved ones past and present,to look after our family friends and neighbours that may be on their own. whatever your doing its christmas day spread the love and joy around you and hopefully to make it special LET IT SNOW happy christmas everyone xxxx

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  29. The thing I love about Christmas is time with family. Nothing beats a house full of 3 generations just having time to have fun together. Silliness and laughter with full tummies of Christmas goodness.
    Sheerie Franks

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  30. The thing I love most about Christmas is decorating the house and of course all the lovely food we tend to eat around that time of the year.

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  31. I love everything about Christmas but best of all is my husband makes the most incredible tradional turkey dinner! Best meal of the year!

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  32. I love being with my family and eating lots and helping each other out with the dinner as there’s always lots to do. Also seeing the look on my toddlers face this year when he sees what Father Christmas has got him and seeing if Rudolph has eaten his carrot and if Santa has eaten his mince pie x

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  33. Actually, it's the scent of cinnamon! Here in Austria every event you go to it's in the air, mixed with gingerbread and candle smoke. No mince pies but wonderful home baked biscuits. When my family arrives, we have the scent in the house, it just makes Christmas for me.

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  34. I love the traditions. All the funny little things that have developed over the years that make Christmas what it is. Fish and chips from the chippy on Christmas Eve. Opening presents from the stocking in bed. Decorating the tree whilst watching My Fair Lady. Singing along loudly to The Muppets Christmas Carol...��

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  35. Sorry for being so materialistic, but to be honest what I love the most about Christmas is...the presents!!! Mince pies are a close second

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  36. What do I love most about Christmas? For me its that moment in time just before I switch off the lights on Christmas Eve knowing that everything is ready presents bought and wrapped with love and care. Festive treats baked and the day ahead prepared for the house sparkling in festive splendour. That moment when I know tomorrow will bring so much joy and laughter. For me thats the joy of Christmas. X Sue Baker

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  37. Cheryl Tucker - the best thing about Christmas is putting a lot of thought into the presents and seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they have opened them. Especially the look on my children’s face. I love making the day special for everyone. I also love taking photos of the occasion and making lots of memories with my family.

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  38. For me it's the run up to Christmas that is super special! The lights, choosing presents, putting the tree up with the family then watching the terrible twins gaze in amazement at the lit Christmas tree, christmas films on the tv while wrapping, deciding where we will eat christmas dinner and what we will eat, all those little things going on I take a step back and see every christmassy thing going on around me, and the thought of people opening and loving the gifts I've given them, makes me all warm inside!! ����❄️ Julia Coombes x

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  40. what i love most about christmas is being out with your family somewhere it’s dark, you are all wrapped up and cosy. Where you are is all lit up with christmas lights. To me that makes it feel like to christmas like a child i know but an lovely feeling all the same. This year will be more special as had my son a month ago and i know he can’t understand yet but will nice to see it through his eyes. magical. Kathryn Hall

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  41. What do I love about Christmas? The memories. I'm a sado, I don't have any children of my own (Mother Nature decided it wasn't for me). And my nieces and nephew are all grown with families of their own. So it's the memories. Of the looks of enjoyment and appreciation on Mum and Dad's faces as they tucked into some new twist on a traditional dish (I always watched cookery shows leading up to Christmas Day) - dates wrapped in bacon became a firm favourite. Or the year I organised Christmas Stockings and sourced old fashioned sixpences and an orange into them (ok, it was a chocolate orange!). Yeah, the memories. xx Debbie Bott

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  42. I love spending time with my family and catching up with friends as due to everyday pressures I don't see as much as I would like too. It also let's me stuff my face with chocolate without feeling guilty about it.

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  43. I love the special family time. Playing games that were bought for Christmas and cards. We have both sides of the family for a games evening.

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  44. I love everything about Christmas! Being with family, spending quality time together and eating and drinking too much! It’s all day fun and a lovely way to spend time with my loved ones. Thank you for the chance to win your new book, I can’t wait for it to come out x

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  45. There is so much to love about Christmas! Especially for a crafter, as I can celebrate all year round by spreading the Christmas card making over the year. But best of all is gathering the family round the table for the festive feast. I love all the traditional foods and flavours, you'll never catch me messing about and trying new recipes on Christmas day, after all, there are 364 other days in the year I can do that!
    Jane Willis - @janesgrapevine on Twitter

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  46. The thing that I love about Christmas the most is recreating the magic that it had lost for my children, the feeling of excitement and the looks on their faces when they receive their gifts. I've almost convinced myself that Santa is real! Claire Taylor @ClaireTauthor1 on Twitter

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  47. I love everything about Christmas, it’s my favourite time of the year πŸŽ„I think I love the decorations most of all and have to contain myself from buying more and more πŸŽ„☃️πŸŽ…
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  48. Christmas Eve, the love, excitement and anticipation on my little boys face.
    Gill Brough.

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  49. I love being with my family and grandchildren and hopefully making happy memories for them to remember always. Your new book sounds super.

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  50. The thing i most love about Christmas is the atmosphere! All the new varieties of food and drink that comes out, the music in the shops, hot chocolate on a winter's evening with the tree lights glowing,snuggled up with a book and a blanket! Nothing beats it! Rebekah xx

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  51. I love Christmas especially making and teaching others to make Christmas cards. Especially Seeing the joy on their faces when they finished their first card even though they are cover in glitter! Christmas is also time for family and friends, getting together having fun. And remembering those who are no longer with us. Christmas is such a magical time for young and old like me! Lol

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  52. Ooo now this is hard.... I love far too much about Christmas!! πŸ˜πŸŽ„πŸ€Ά I love snuggly up when it's cold outside with pjs on, a hot choc, mince pie (OK a box of them if I'm being honest) and a festive book. Taking time out to indulge!

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  53. As an avid reader all year round how I enjoy the anticipation of a brand new Christmas novel coming from one of my favourite authors. What can be more magical than sitting in front of a roaring fire on a frosty winter’s evening with a mug of hot chocolate, warm mince pies and a brand new Christmas book just waiting to be opened and devoured. Mmm bliss. Roll on Thursday. I can’t wait.

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  54. I love the smells of Christmas love pine trees cinnamon and orange decorations mulled wine Xmas pies and good old hot chocolate curled up in front of a big roaring fire reading a great Christmas book by non other than yourself

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  55. I absolutely love the anticipation of Christmas. The planning (I'm a lists kind of girl), the buying (not so much), but the wrapping and of course there is all the lovely food too. I love the smell of the tree, fresh foliage and the smell of logs burning. All wrapped up it is perfection for me.

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  56. I love how magical everything seems at Christmas... especially tucking my children up on Christmas Eve to wait for Santa, having left him a mince pie and sherry of course! Definitely the most magical part of Christmas for me.

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  57. We start the day by visiting a lonely very old guy we met through a local charity for befriending the lonely elderly. It’s such a treat and a great gift to receive his pleasure. Then, of course it’s the same as everyone else... family food and fun.

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  59. What a lovely competition. I love collecting Christmas stories for my Christmas shelfie. I put it out every year and love adding new additions. Then when I see the books smiling at me I get the festive feels all over again.

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  60. I love to spend time with my family at Christmas, it’s the perfect time when everyone is off work. I love reading your books and often finish them within a day and can’t wait to read this one.

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  61. Cooking dinner then reading while the washing-up is done.

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  62. Seeing my sons face when Father Christmas has been, spending time with the family, eating delicious food and then when it’s all got too much for little man and he has fallen asleep getting lost in a good book is the ideal end to Christmas Day. What a lovely competition you are running. Keeping my fingers crossed. Emma Randall

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  63. That warm, tingling feeling that I get in my stomach when I see the Christmas tree freshly decorated and the smell of snow lingering in the air as I wait for the first of the family to arrive. The sheer joy shining from my children’s faces as they open their presents and play to their hearts content. I love Christmas. And reading. This competition is perfect for me. Emma Rice

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  64. The nostalgia of the smells, tastes and sounds, and being able to create magical memories for my wonderful little brother xx

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  65. I LOVE having no time pressures as family and friends all have a break from work.

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  66. Creating memories, quality family time and enjoying traditions - festive baking, snuggling with Christmas films and exchanging books on Christmas eve and going to bed in our new Christmas pj's 😍

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  67. My favourite thing about Christmas is that everyone makes more effort to spend quality time together with no tv and no phones.....oh and cheese, the excuse to eat lots and lots of cheese.

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  68. I love the Christmas decoration and lights whilst feeling surrounded by love from my family nothing better than being all together πŸ’–

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  69. I love Christmas because it's the one time my whole family can be together. My dad, sister's, husband an children all under one roof. Remembering Christmas past, telling stories about when my mum was alive. Raising a glass to her and remembering all our family that are no longer here too. Christmas is a time for total quality time. Christmas isn't about money or how much we spend it's time, time to love harder, time to laugh harder and time for making so many memories that are filled with love and happiness.

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  71. For me, the most important, and precious thing, at Xmas is the act of giving love, time and kindness. A gift tailored for each of the recipients you love is an added bonus, but just being with family at this magical time is enough for me. Kindness can be something also given to random strangers, for so many struggle alone at Yuletide, that a simple smile or an ‘Are you okay?’ can mean so much. It is a gift of kindness that can be given with no expectation, but one that can mean so much.

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  72. What do I love about Christmas... I love most how magical it is .. and it's the fact that we make it magical by believing, the twinkling lights , the fact that everyone comes together and creates magical moments, that traditions are carried on each year no matter how old you get and New traditions are started. it just really is the most wonderful time of year.

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  73. I love it all! I lo e the lights and the glitter, tinsel and decorations. I love how excited everyone gets as they see all the decorations and plan what they're going to get their peeps. I love the nostalgic feeling when you remember Christmases as a child and how everything seemed magical then, and that somehow makes it seem magical now. I love how people seem happier and smile more, and talk to strangers in queues and on buses. I love Christmas films and how they always have snow. And of course, the good. I even like sprouts!

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  74. I love to decorate the house with evergreen and flowers the festive scent is so natural it reminds me of Christmas when we were children and you had to make do with natural offerings as decorations....love it! ������

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  75. Christmas to me is bringing warmth and family and friends together. To enjoy others company, to laugh,eat play silly games. It's still lovely to watch presents being unwrapped and see the sparkle in your children's eyes even if they are 40+. Grandchildren well they just don't stop from morning to night, oh to have that energy again!
    Christmas is magical and for me starts after my birthday in September, presents bought week by week, looking at Christmas magazines for new inspiration for recipes. Starting my tbr Christmas books pile, just BLISS. Christmas comes but once a year, but when it comes it brings good cheer.Xx

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  76. I love almost everything about Christmas but small things make my heart swell like my sons' insistence on long held family traditions despite their age. Everyone being kinder to one another and fun family get together. Just thinking about it ramps up my excitement!

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  77. I love being with family and My Christmas reads. I love Christmas books more than any anything. I am currently re-reading Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair, and it is certainly getting me ready for the festive season. I would love to win, as I am huge fan. Best of Luck everyone and thanks for this very generous giveaway Heidi x

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  78. Sue Fletcher - I love the fact that my Grandchildren have so much fun. Also I love your books - about Christmas. I am looking forward to the new one which I will save for reading over Christmas and if I win I can eat the choc while I am reading it. XX

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  79. Caz Greenham: Christmas Carols filling our bungalow as I do the roast and slurp a very large glass of wine. Christmas Day morning in Brixham Bay. My 2 cocker spaniels patiently waiting for their Christmas lunch. Peace and calm.

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  80. What a fantastic prize. I absolutely love Christmas time. My favourite thing is Christmas Eve. The children leave treats for Father Christmas before bedtime. It reminds me of my own childhood when I would be too excited to sleep. Such a special time of year.

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  81. I love seeing the excitement on my children's faces when they wake us up so early on christmas morning and seeing their happy faces opening their presents. The festive food and drink.. yummy! Oh and all the festive candles!

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  82. I love everything about Christmas from the festive books to spending time with family. Nothing says Christmas more than books, scented candles, turkey and family. This year I have to say I’m really looking forward to Christmas as it’s the first one with my baby girl (born in August).
    Thank you for the chance xxx

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  83. I love all the characters from your books, and the way the characters are linked together. The stories are brilliant and always page turning to find out what's happening next. Just love reading your book, and can't wait to read your next one and all the others books you have lined up for us all xxx

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  84. Christmas is my favourite holiday and the reason is my family. My children are grown up but getting some time to be with everyone, share a meal and some laughs. There's nothing better! If I'm lucky some time to read and relax. Wonderful. Thank you . Regards Helen Ashwell xx

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  85. Christmas to me is being back in England with my family after living in Spain after 28 years. Bring it on, all the hype anything we have missed after all these years !!!!!!! LOVE IT.........

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  86. Childhood magic and enjoying other people's joy as they open presents lovingly chosen for them.

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  87. I love the magic of Christmas, the delight on childrens'faces, the fun, the food and catching up with family and friends. But best of all? The tree: choosing it from the local Christmas Tree Farm, coming downstairs to the smell of it each morning and gazing at the coloured fairy lights every night.

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  88. Absolutely love everything about Christmas! Love to have a few days off from the farm and relax in front of the fire with my lovely family. Love your books Heidi and can't wait to read this one! Caroline xx

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  89. I love Christmas! It's my absolute favourite time of the year to relax, laugh and eat with my family.

    In fact, my family often laugh at me because I get very into the festive season. My house is known as the Christmas grotto haha, but my nephews love it so it's super fun πŸŽ…

    I love hunting for the perfect gifts for people and stockings are my favourite gifts to put together.

    I also love to sit inside in my pjs and dressing gown, with a hot choc and a Christmas book (Mince pies & mistletoe at the Christmas market really got me into the Christmas spirit last year) I'm so excited for your new book ready for this festive season.

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    1. My name didnt come up when I posted but its Roseanne Byford :)

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    2. I love how everyone tries just that little bit harder to show love - I love the excitement, the lists, the decorations, the tree, the shopping - that beautiful feeling when all the family and loved ones are gathered together, with bright, shiny, smiling faces, and the love that just pours from our hearts. I love the memories of Christmases long ago, and the anticipation of Christmases to come. Just everything really!! from Elaine Fearnley.

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  90. Christmas gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, I like relaxing whilst watching old Christmas films snuggled in blankets with my family. Taking turns to light the advent candle. Making mince pies and sharing them with friends. Carol services on Christmas Eve and wintry walks on Boxing Day. Reading Christmas stories, especially T'was night before Christmas (a tradition in my house) and lighting the angel chimes which reminds me of my childhood.

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  91. I love the innocence of Christmas and the way it brings me back to my childhood. That moment as a child when you wake up on Christmas morning and wiggle your toes to see if santa has been and filled your stocking with presents!

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  92. I love the excitement of Christmas. Of walking through aisles of decorations in October. I try to bake as much as possible and of course loads of sausage rolls. I also make all my own cards and as many gifts as possible. And then if I can I also make some more felt and sequin ornaments. In fact, my ideal job would be one of Santa's elvesπŸ˜€

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  93. I love everything about Christmas. Decorating the tree and house, making cookies and pies on Christmas Eve, wrapping the presents and writing Christmas cards. Waking up.and seeing the kids faces when thier opening there presents

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  94. What I love most about Christmas is being with my family. Christmas makes me feel like a child again. I still get up super early with my sister to unwrap our stocking my mum painstakingly wraps every year. Lol even though me and my sister are 37 & 29. I love watching my dog unwrap his mystery box full of presents as he sniffs out his treats and manages to sneak one or two lol. But I also have a hole in my heart at Christmas as I remember my loved ones who can't be with us. So for me Christmas is a mixture of emotions and feelings. But I love it all the same. A beautiful book, a beautiful blog post Thank you so much Heidi ❤πŸ’šπŸŽ„πŸŽ‰πŸŽ…πŸ€Ά

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  95. What I love most about Christmas is spending time with my four children and husband. We spend time cleaning and decorating the house together and then watch Christmas movies and play board games. Nothing beats seeing their little faces when they get up on Christmas morning and see Santa has been ����

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  96. I love the whole thing; lights, music, giving gifts, spending quality time with my family. It makes me doubly appreciate how lucky I am!!

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  97. I think the thing I like best about Christmas is that everyone just makes that little bit more effort to be kind to each other. It's also the most perfect excuse to eat whatever I want, relax and read, without that guilty feeling of thinking I should be doing something else. x

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  98. My husband having time off work so we can spend time together as a family. Love preparing a Xmas buffet for step daughter and family and okay silly games

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  99. My comment says unknown but I am Sharon Lewis x

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  100. The competition has now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part. Your festive comments have been wonderful to read. Pure Christmas magic. The winners will be announced in a new post. Much love H x

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