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The Holiday Rush is ON

Did you survive Thanksgiving? And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, are you looking forward to the next few weeks of Christmas music, shopping, gatherings and good cheer? I am. This is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. So let’s start off the Season with a giveaway:

This week’s drawing (in honor of the holidays!) is for a Chapters book bag filled with, what else, books–a number of them signed, along with some fun author swag!

This is how you can enter for a chance to win:

1) Leave a comment below and tell me what is your favorite holiday song or what is the most pressing thing you need to find for the holidays.

and/or

2) Tweet the following: @ElizBoyle hopes one of you wins this box of romance books. http://elizabethboyle.com/blog/?p=1771

Do both and you are entered twice! I’ll give you all until midnight, PT, Saturday, December 3rd to get your entries in.

Make sure to check back here Monday December 5th to find out if you won. You’ll have a week to claim your prize.

Enter today! And if you haven’t already, hop over to my Contest page to enter for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble Nook!.

63 comments to “The Holiday Rush is ON”

  1. Tina
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 5:26 am · Link

    Little drummer boy. But NOT the Bing Crosby/David. Bowie version. It has to be either a Choir or the Bob Seger version!



  2. Alisa
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 6:41 am · Link

    My favorite traditional Christmas song is “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful”–we had to sing that marching in for all our Xmas programs as a kid (back when you could still sing religious songs at school). My favorite non-tradational song is “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses. Who wouldn’t like to see the guy you’ve been hot for all year standing in the cashier lane with you??!! :) Happy Holidays!



  3. Lois M.
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:26 am · Link

    For me, definitely Rudolph (Gene Autry version, thank you very much!!! LOL), Little Drummer Boy and Do You Hear What I Hear. Don’t ever bug me with Silent Night. Hate that one… well, instrumental only is okay, but otherwise… no way. LOL

    Lois



  4. Jennifer traynham
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:50 am · Link

    Silent night is my absolute favorite song ; )



  5. julie barrett
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:51 am · Link

    any Christmas song is ok. just need to address and mail a few Christmas cards and make 2 more different batches of cookies and i’m done :}

    thanks for having this contest, Julie



  6. alisha woods
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:53 am · Link

    Favorite song is What Child is this? I love whole Medieval tune( Greensleves) also love O Come all ye Faithful



  7. Amy Valentini
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:55 am · Link

    I love Christmas music. I’ve had it playing on the radio and in the car since Nov 18 when a local station started a week early. Yay!
    I’ve many favorites but I think the one that touches me the most is “O Holy Night” especially sung by Josh Groban. Gives me chills.

    Merry Christmas!



  8. Erin G
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:56 am · Link

    O Holy Night is by far my favorite song! I do scrapbook pages for my mom, mom-in-law, two grandmas and my gramma-in-law of my kids…that’s 16 (at least!) Scrapbook pages times 5!! I have until 12/17 to get them done, but between xmas parties for my family, hubby’s family, both offices, gramma’s 75th bday, I better get crackin!



    • Elizabeth
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        · November 28th, 2011 at 10:16 am · Link

      Mine as well! I just LOVE that song.



  9. Lisa Hutson
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:57 am · Link

    Favorite song, Have a holly jolly Christmas! But I really love them all. And it is way too early for me to have a ”have to get” item! haha



  10. Lisa Hutson
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 7:59 am · Link

    dont know how to work twitter!!! haha Grrr….



  11. Monikarw
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:02 am · Link

    ‘All I want for christmas is you’ :) ..I’ve been replaying it over & over!:) LOL
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    I tweeted: @Monikarw



  12. Tina Simon
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:07 am · Link

    I love the David Bowie/Bing Crosby version of Little Drummer Boy. I tear up everytime I hear. Oh and I love any Christmas album that Harry Connick Jr puts out.
    Thank you for the giveaway!



  13. Karen H in NC
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:09 am · Link

    I’m not big on Thanksgiving because my children still live in Michigan. But I am preparing my trip to visit them for a couple of days. And we celebrate the holiday the week before the actual day since I refuse to be in a traveling mode that weekend! Did it once, won’t do it again!

    I think my favorite Holiday song is ‘The Christmas Song’ (aka Chestnuts roasting on an open fire) sung by Nat King Cole. There were others singing it, but I like his version best. But then, being a country music fan, I have to say I love to listen to Alabama singing ‘Christmas in Dixie’ and ‘Thistlehair, the Christmas Bear’.



  14. Rhiannon Rowland
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:10 am · Link

    I love all Christmas songs! I used to be in a choir so we sang many many songs during Christmas time every year. But one of my all time favorites is Away In A Manger, just because I still remember singing it in Church way back in 1st grade, it was the first time I had ever sung in front of such a large group of people.



  15. Pegi
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:13 am · Link

    My all-time favorite holiday song is Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmastime is Here”, from the Charlie Brown TV special. Actually the whole album is my favorite!

    And I’m not getting anything for anyone this year – I’m making all my gifts! I just have to finish off the neckwarmer I made for my mom, and the scarf for my daughter-in-law, and I’ll be done.



  16. Linda
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:23 am · Link

    My favorite holiday song is “Oh Holy Night.” It’s such a beautiful song. And I do always look forward to the holidays. I love seeing all the lights on people’s homes, love having a tree, love spending time with my family and friends. This year I’ll be making special photo gifts for everyone. Happy Holidays to you!



  17. Jeannie Tran
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:28 am · Link

    My favorite christmas song is Jingle Bell Rock. First time I heard it was when my entire class had to perform it during our 5th grade christmas performance. I fell in love with the song!



  18. Linda Morrison
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 8:34 am · Link

    Best. Christmas. Album. Ever. = Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (Ella Fitzgerald), and my favourite song off the album is “What are you Doing New Year’s Eve?”



  19. Nancy Owens
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 9:06 am · Link

    White Christmas.
    Christmas is my favorite holiday but i love any reason to celebrate!



  20. Molly R. Moody
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 9:18 am · Link

    Hi Elizabeth;

    My favorite holiday song is Hark The Herald Angels Sing. My favorite secular song is one that I can’t for the life of me remember the title to but part of it goes “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style, in the air there’s a feeling of Christmas”.



  21. Kathy
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am · Link

    Don’t know if I could pick just one song, but I love the classic carols like Silent Night, etc.

    Most pressing thing is cleaning the house… most pressing and most overwhelming, too.



  22. Alison
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 10:05 am · Link

    I actually have several favorite holiday songs. So here’s my top 3:

    1) John Lennon – “Happy Xmas”
    2) Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “Christmas Eve-Sarajevo”
    3) Amy Grant – “Grown Up Christmas List”

    I do so love holiday music. Makes the world seem a little brighter, even during bleak times.



  23. Susannah C.
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 10:26 am · Link

    My favorite Christmas song is “O, Come All Ye Faithful.” The most pressing thing I need to find is buttons for the sweater I’m knitting my oldest grand-nephew.



  24. Shana
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 11:04 am · Link

    My favorite Christmas song is Mary did you know. It’s the song I never can hear to much of. The most pressing thing I need to buy for the holiday, would be a new tree. My son is allergic to traditional pines, so we are going for a fake tree this year. It will be the first time ever, and my oldest is 14. Have a blessed holiday.



  25. Paula Hemenway
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am · Link

    Mary did you know. kenny rogers and Wynona Judd
    Have to find something special for my husband



  26. Sue Pengelly Peterson
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 11:17 am · Link

    My favorite Christmas song is the duet of Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Can be seen on you tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjbI3kRus&feature=artistob&playnext=1&list=TL034piDiywus



  27. SaraLC
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 12:07 pm · Link

    I have a hard time picking just one favorite song, but my top ones are I Saw Three Ships (I am always disappointed how rarely I hear it on the radio during Christmas season), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (especially the Barenaked Ladies/Sarah Mclachlan version), and O Come All Ye Faithful.



  28. Jane
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 12:19 pm · Link

    I love the O Holy Night versions by Nat King Cole and Josh Groban.



  29. Heather
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 1:11 pm · Link

    I really enjoy Loreena McKennitt’s Christmas disc and Sting’s version of “I Saw Three Ships.”



  30. Sheila Mulholland
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Favorite song is “O Holy Night”, I give kudos to the singers who can hit that really high note. Make me cry whenever I hear it.



  31. Mariee
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 4:17 pm · Link

    I love Ave Maria by Josh Groban.



  32. Janice
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 5:32 pm · Link

    I love all the songs on Joan Baez’s old Noel album, but my special favorite is the first one, O Come O Come Emmanuel



  33. Karen Reece
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 6:11 pm · Link

    I love all the Christmas Songs and Hymns but the one that really speaks to my heart is Faith Hill’s “A Baby Changes Everything.” When Christ came into the world, He changed it all for us. That is what this season is all about. The most pressing thing for me is for me to get my Christmas Tree up and all the decorating done before it is Christmas! Merry Christmas!



  34. gamistress66
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 6:11 pm · Link

    love the old classics, but my favorite is “do you hear what I hear” ever since singing it as part of the church choir when I was in grade school



  35. Deb Smagala
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 6:38 pm · Link

    A radio station spoof song: “Walking round in Women’s Underwear” sung by a man with a deep voice to the tune of Winter Wonderland. The whole thing was funny but I remember one line:
    In the Mall..there’s a teddy
    With straps…like spaghetti
    A beautiful sight, I’m happy tonight
    walking round in women’s underwear



  36. ML
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 6:39 pm · Link

    I’m really fond of Greensleeves (not traditional I know) and Oh Holy Night. Thank for the fabulous giveaway!

    +1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Rogue237/status/141343330922541056



  37. Emmy Neal
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 6:41 pm · Link

    Christmas Shoes :) Always made me so sad, but happy for the holiday spirit! Or anyone singing Silent Night. I just adore that song. :)



  38. Lynn A. Reynolds
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 6:45 pm · Link

    My favorite Christmas song is “White Christmas”. Just just got to love when Bing Crosby sings that song.



  39. Linda
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Christmas songs are all so lovely; it’s hard to pick one fav but probably “Hark the herald angels sing” if I had to choose one.



  40. Na S.
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 10:26 pm · Link

    My favorite holiday song is “Jingle Bells”. I’ve already found myself humming it a few times this week already. The beat is catchy and the lyrics are easy to remember.



  41. Na S.
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      · November 28th, 2011 at 10:26 pm · Link

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/FieryNa/status/141400840631107584



  42. Winnie P
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 12:38 am · Link

    I love many Christmas songs. The one in my head right now, is Karen Carpenter’s Christmas Waltz.



  43. Kohsamui Rosie
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 12:55 am · Link

    Last Christmas- George Michael- loving his voice and the lyrics



  44. Becky
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 7:42 am · Link

    I love Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! It’s one of my all time favorites!!!!



  45. StacieD
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am · Link

    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by either U2 or Deathcab For Cutie. It isn’t an upbeat holiday song but I love it. Thanks for the great giveaway!



  46. Roxanne
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 9:08 am · Link

    Not a fan of Christmas/holiday music but I took forward to A Christmas Story being overplayed! It’s become an obnoxious family tradition. :)



  47. Caryn
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 9:32 am · Link

    My favorite holiday song is O Holy Night — I adore the music.



  48. Michele Stegman
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 10:28 am · Link

    I retweeted!
    As for song–I love “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” I want my family with me. And though one daughter lives nearby, my younger daughter lives 1700 miles away! She’s here now and will be for Christmas and I’m so glad!



  49. Candy Gorcsi
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 10:34 am · Link

    I tweeted about your contest, @cgorcsi. And I just have to say that your books were great, and I love, love, love the cover for Lord Langley!! Keep up the great work!



  50. Dawn Mayo
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 10:46 am · Link

    To hear the song, Oh Holy Night, always brings tears to my eyes. And the most pressing gift this season I am looking for is a gift for my 68 year old father. He has always been robust and full of good health, until this past August when he got brain cancer. He is going through treatments and responding finally but the cancer in his brain caused him to lose his speech. I would love to find something to help him communicate.
    Just began reading your books and am enjoying your writing very much!



  51. Kathy C
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 10:55 am · Link

    My favorite would be Silent Night. And i will retweet.



  52. Kim
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 11:09 am · Link

    It’s probably, All I Want for Christmas is You.



  53. Amy Denim (@AmyDenim)
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 11:16 am · Link

    My fav is a newer Christmas song. It’s called 2000 Miles, and the version I like is by Cold Play. Love it. I even listen to it in the middle of the summer too.
    Although I’ve always loved the one about I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas too. :)



  54. Jessica Viles
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 11:24 am · Link

    My favorite is “Santa Baby” by Madonna, right up there with that is “The Little Drummer Boy” by Bob Seger. Although I have to also mention any traditional song that was done by Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Doris Day. My mom had a album of Christmas songs done by them all, we always listened to it when decorating our tree. Wish I could remember the name of the album.



  55. Laura T
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 11:33 am · Link

    I love the music of Manheim Steamroller–I won’t listen to them any other time of year but the holidays.

    The only Christmas gift that gives me a headache each year is my father’s ’cause he is soooooo hard to buy for! I’m thinking of being predictable and buying him a couple of books I think he would enjoy.

    Here’s my tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/heartoftxbooks/status/141598441485770752



  56. Theresa Newbury
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

    Fav song is Mary Did You Know

    Most pressing item is $$$$, single parenting with no child support isn’t easy, but thankfully I believe in the power above and it gets us through. *smiles*

    +Twittered (Watijo3)



  57. Helena
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      · November 29th, 2011 at 2:03 pm · Link

    My favorite carol is Silent Night. I also like In the Bleak Midwinter but everyone else always says it’s too dismal.

    For background music over the season I like Jonah Lewie Stop the Cavalry, which is always included in UK Christmas song mixes because it was first released at this time of year and includes the line “Wish I was at home for Christmas”, even though it’s not really very Christmassy if you listen to all the lyris!



  58. Donna
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      · November 30th, 2011 at 7:55 am · Link

    My favorite song has always been Silent Night. I also love going to the children’s mass on Christmas…they sing and it is lovely every year.



  59. infinitieh
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      · December 2nd, 2011 at 12:06 am · Link

    Wow, there are so many that I sing (under my breath) during the holidays! My most recent favorite is “All I Want for Christmas is You” from the movie “Love, Actually” NOT the Mariah Carey version.







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