October 26, 2010

Right now, I have pumpkin pie and harvest menus on the brain, plus the excitement of the Halloween weekend is just days away!   My kids have finally settled on their costumes (a black cat and Stormtrooper) and we’ve even made our plans and travel arrangements for Thanksgiving.

But I have a confession to make.  It’s absolutely true that I have already fondled and nearly purchased admired a few sparkling Christmas baubles on display at local retailers, and I may or may not have made the decision to deck my halls with mostly blues with mixed metallics this year.  Yes, it’s true, I was quietly humming a holiday tune earlier today.  So it goes without saying, I’m definitely looking forward to my copy of ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’, which will be mailed to my doorstep next week!


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"Holiday with Matthew Mead is a book-azine that encompasses all that I love about the holiday season: the traditions, celebrations and magic that is the holiday season. The pages of ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’ are filled with fresh, easy ideas that can be achieved in two or three steps. It’s a novel approach to almost everything holiday, and I hope you take a chance to pick it up and see how these updated ideas might inspire you.

With 144 pages of holiday inspiration – featuring well-known and admired designers, bloggers and top-notch stories – and printed on beautiful paper (while not drowning in ads!), we consider ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’ part book/part magazine – a publication that you will keep from year to year and add to your collection of holiday decorating, crafting and cooking magazines and books."

~  Matthew Mead, author and stylist

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Matthew Mead is a expert stylist and regular contributor to Better Homes & Gardens (I always look for his table settings and seasonal vignettes!).  He is also a co-editor of Flea Market Style.

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Want to win yourself a copy of the book-azine ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’?

Well I have two copies to giveaway!

All you need to do is leave a comment answering this question:

What is your most prized holiday decoration?  Is it your inherited vintage ornaments, your nativity, or your novelty Santa doll that shakes his booty to the tune of "Jingle Bell Rock" ?  (Our family has one of those.)

Eligibility to win one of two free copies of Holiday with Matthew Mead:

1)  Leave a comment naming your most prized holiday decoration.

2)  Want a second chance to win?  Either tweet or post about this giveaway on Facebook, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Thursday October 28th at 8 p.m. PST (so the winners can be included in the first mailing).  If you simply can’t bear to wait, you can purchase a copy here and it will be in the mail to you next week!

Tomorrow, I shall return to my autumn state of mind.

See you then!




511 Responses to “Holiday”

  1. Beccy says:

    My most prized holiday item . . . that would have to be my vintage Santa’s. I’ve collected since I was a child and my husband always seems to find a special one each year from his travels. It’s always the first thing I unwrap Christmas morning, then spend the day introducing him to his “family”.

  2. I have two Christmas favorites, one is an old music box (the kind with the holes in the “records” and the spinning thing-a-ma-bob with barbs lol) and a Nativity that is made of wood from Israel and carved by local artisans there (it is beautimous!!) And I’ll add an honorable mention to every single one of the ornaments my kids have made over the years, it’s fun (and sometimes sentimentally sad) to look at them all and remember “way back when”(<the kids' phrase, it seems like yesterday to me!).

  3. Rebecca O'Neill says:

    This is an easy answer for me! Since my birth, my mom has given me a glass angel for Christmas every year. Since my babies were born my mom upgraded the angels to Lladro and the collection just gets more and more beautiful every year. These little angels (from the earliest sleepy cloud angel to the Lladro Christmas tree topper of last year) are precious to me. They are a reminder that I am loved and have been since I took my first breath.

  4. Vanessa says:

    My most prized Christmas decoration is a Pottery Barn Wreath that I picked up for $15.00 at a clearance sale.

  5. Abbie says:

    My most prize holiday possession is my collection of nutcrackers given to me by my grandma.

  6. Bethany says:

    I love my Partridge in a Pear tree music box that belonged to my Grandmother!

  7. kel mcnichol says:

    I would have to say that some homemade ornaments that were previously my Grandmothers are my all time favorite. It just isn’t Christmas until those come out…they make me smile!

  8. snappy says:

    My favorite decoration is the hand knit Christmas stocking my Great Grandma made me.

  9. Brittney says:

    My most prized holiday decoration are two San Francisco/Christmas ornaments that have my parents and my names on them. They’re from when I was little, and now that I’m about to spend my first Christmas as a San Francisco resident, I can’t wait to bring them back out!

  10. Chantel S says:

    Ornaments my kids have painted through the years are my favorites, they are just sweet!

  11. Jessica says:

    My favorite holiday decoration is a nativity set I purchased in the months before I was married. As a bride-to-be, I eagerly anticipated using the beautiful figures to adorn my first home. I had a new baby that first Christmas (December 22), and I would feed her in the living room in the middle of the night so that I could enjoy the twinkling lights and the nativity scene on the mantel. Now that I have been married for eleven Christmases, I enjoy getting out the nativity scene each year with my two children, and carefully placing its figures on the mantle, or the back of the piano, or wherever I have decided that it will rest for that season. We have added each year to our collection of Christmas decorations, but none will ever come close to meaning what that nativity set means to me….

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