Friday, December 18, 2015

Letters to Santa giveaway!

Hello my friends! Can you believe Christmas is one week away? Ahhh! Thankfully I'm pretty much ready, other than a ton of wrapping. This afternoon after school begins our family's favorite two weeks of the year. We sleep in as much as possible, make good food, go see a few movies and basically hibernate in the basement every evening. It's the best two week EVER. :)

Today I have a fun holiday-themed giveaway for you! This isn't just any book, it's my favorite book of the year. You may have seen my story about it a couple months ago: 
letters to Santa book

Long story short, I walked into Hallmark one day, saw this pretty book on the counter and picked it up. I only looked at a few pages and the last one I came upon was a letter in my childhood handwriting: 
letters to Santa book

Yes, my letter to Santa, 30+ years later. No, I had no idea it was going to be in the book. It was the find of a lifetime! I'm still in shock it happened and can't explain it. It's a testament to the magic of Christmas, that's for sure. 

The book is a beautiful one with letters to Santa going back to the 40's: 

I think those are my favorites. :)

The letters are sweet, sad and funny. These are from the 2010's and both made me laugh out loud (read to the end of the one on the right):
letters to Santa Claus book

The publisher of the book has given me a few books to giveaway to you this holiday season. If you'd like one just comment here this weekend (please include your email address) till midnight Sunday evening (EST). I'll pick three winners on Monday. :)

You can find the book online here as well.

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be back next week with a tour of our Christmas home!

132 comments:

  1. My kids would love this! marasmith530 at aol dot com.

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  2. I love this story of how you found your letter!

    What a sweet book. michelle dot reese 120 at gmail dot com.

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  3. This would be a great addition to my Christmas book collection! Kimiluna at gmail dot com

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  4. Merry Christmas from a fellow Santa loving Sarah :)
    smtomek@gmail.com

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  5. What a great book! I'm sure it was a thrill to see your letter.

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  6. What a sweet book! I think my mother would love it. kellyh61 at gmail dot com

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  7. Well considering I DO believe there is a Santa, this book is perfect! (and does that say his mother needs a waist? LOLOL) stitchpro at hotmail dot com

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  8. What a cool book mcgowankylie at gmail dot com

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  9. What a fun book to start reading to my little one! shea dot fogerty at westfraser dot com

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  10. Love how you found your letter in the book! Truly a Christmas Blessing!
    I'd like to gift the book to my husband, Mick, who is our town's unofficial Santa (riding on firetruck, lighting town tree, 100s of pics with kids.) It would to honor his years of volunteer Santa Gigs! Have a Blessed Christmas.

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  11. This story still blows my mind. Crazy.
    Mommy would like a waist. Ha!
    I'd love a copy. Thanks for a shot at the title. ;)
    rindymae.northrop@gmail.com

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  12. I can't imagine finding one of your own letters in a book! How awesome! Lynnmarie 922 at gmail dot com

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  13. My mom collects Santas and I think this would be a good addition to her collection. Historyteacher at gmail dot com

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  14. How special!
    I hope Anonymous whose husband Mick plays Santa wins a copy! Thanks to you both and for all the grrat Santas and Mrs. Clauses who help make the holiday so special for the little ones.

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  15. This book is such a cute idea, and I love that you found your letter in it! So special. Enjoy your hibernation and Merry Christmas! lindsaymortensen at yahoo dot com

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  16. Such an amazing story that you found your own letter in the book! michaudliz@yahoo.ca

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  17. The magic of Christmas indeed! jenssweetmagnolias@gmail.com

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  18. I can imagine that finding your letter was such an amazing gift....may we all believe even more after this! Happy holidays to you and your family!!

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  19. I can't believe this happened to you and that you even found out about it! Merry Christmas!
    melissashowley@yahoo.com

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  20. oh my goodness!! sarah, that is amazing!!!!! this looks right up my alley- i love things like this and would love to win one!

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  21. This would be great for the coffee table over the holidays! :D

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  22. I would love to read through this book but I'm sure I will cry!

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  23. I would love this book!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  24. I would love to have this so we could incorporate it as an annual tradition to read a few stories around the tree.

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    1. connsean at yahoo dot com is my email :)

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  25. How cool for you!!! Love it!! jan.heislen@gmail.com

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  26. I would love to have one! Thanks!
    kellieDbyrd@gmail.com

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  27. Great idea for both adults and the little ones.
    atafford_conn at yahoo dot com

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  28. This would be an amazing addition to our holiday book collection. I think the stories will be fun and memorable indeed. apicazo at umich.edu

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  29. Yea! I have gone to my local store twice to look for this book, only to be sidetracked by all the other pretties there and forgetting both times what I went looking for! This sounds like it would be a fun book to read with my kiddo! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Annahpooh at hotmail dot com

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  30. I read your story before about how you "found" this book and it is simply, AMAZING!! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family! I would give this book to my sweet 3 yr. old granddaughter! Ginny_15012 at Yahoo dot com

    GS

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  31. My daughter would love this. doorstar5@gmail.com

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  32. What an incredible collection of hand-written artifacts of Christmas culture! I would love to have this in my own library: morgan.podraza [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  33. I would love to read this book with my nephews! So sweet :)
    Liza.hagerman@gmail.com

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  34. What a great idea for a book! readosaurustext@gmail.com

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  35. Would be thrilled to have this! Thank you!

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  36. Such a clever idea...I've collected the letters my son wrote to the tooth fairy and they are so fun to read. bdeweese57@gmail.com

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  37. How exciting and magical it would be to discover your own letter to Santa in such a book! Talk about getting a sudden case of the vapors! The bookstore staff would probably have needed to revive me afterward. I'm so happy you had the thrill of a lifetime when finding your own letter. Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Kristi@KristiHenson.com

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  38. I love this! What a wonderful surprise for you.

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  39. Oh, I would love this! Thank you for the opportunity!
    purenamastee AT gmail DOT com

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  40. What a great little book!
    kathykburgess@gmail.com

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  41. Thanks for your generosity! And I wouldn't have found your interesting website without this giveaway. ivisbohlen at gmail dot com.

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  42. I read your story when it was first on the blog and LOVED it. I saw today that yahoo featured this book on their main page and read a few samples they had. It was both sad and funny. I would a copy to read with my niece this Christmas! :) kddivico@gmail.com

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  43. My mama would love this book:)

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  44. I saw this on yahoo news recently and was thinking of you. Thanks for sharing the story and for hosting the giveaway. We'd love this book. Happy Holidays!

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  45. Such a sweet book. Merry Christmas! Belleysmom at msn dot com

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  46. What an amazing story. I would love this book!

    rachael (dot) hayden at gmail (dot) com

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  47. That is great!
    rach_brown82@msn.com

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  48. Sarah, of course I want a copy of *your* Santa letter book! I still can't believe yours was published. Talk about a random act of magic! Thank you for your wonderful blog. You have no idea how you've inspired me and thank you for answering all my questions on FB! Vicki Sundancer254 at aol dot com. Enjoy hibernating!

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  49. So cute! I would love a copy! cutekate130 at gmail dot com

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  50. This is a perfect give away for this time of year!

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  51. This is a perfect give away for this time of year!

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  52. Love your story! Would love to read this book.

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  53. Wow... this is such a wonderful 'happenstance!' Thank you so much Sarah.
    allburns5@juno.com

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  54. What a wonderful book and even more wonderful that your letter is published. Would love to read all the letters.

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  55. My kids' last day of school is the 23rd. Such a bummer! I wish we had a few days before Christmas for snuggling up and reading this book! mollytatro at gmail

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  56. My kids' last day of school is the 23rd. Such a bummer! I wish we had a few days before Christmas for snuggling up and reading this book! mollytatro at gmail

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  57. What a sweet book...my daughter would love to read this! Merry Christmas!
    cpiszro@gmail.com

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  58. Looks like a great book! Johnka3 at gmail.com

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  59. Would love to read this with my 8 year old son! littlebuett@yahoo.com

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  60. This is such a sweet book. What a remarkable thing to find your own letter in it. It was definitely a little miracle.

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  61. Absolutely adorable, I'd love to add this to our Christmas book collection!

    Kamden80 at Gmail dot com

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  62. I'm so happy you found your own letter in this book. The book would be so much fun to have. debhib at comcast dot net

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  63. This would go perfect with our Santa themed decorations! jgoetz5 AT gmail DOT com

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  64. I would love to share this with my kiddos!!

    Michelejmathe@gmail.com

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  65. I would love one of these books Sarah. I enjoyed your post about it a few months ago. I've read what you shared about your years growing up so this letter turning up like this is just unbelievable.

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  66. I would love this book for my sister-she wrote to Santa every year (sometimes twice) when we were kids! She would love this!
    Brunofam5222@gmail.com

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  67. ...and my email is krowell at hotmail dot com

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  68. How neat of a book! True magic!
    haileyh10@hotmail.com

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  69. This is such a sweet book! Would love to share with my girls :) jennmauro@live.com

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  70. That is one of the MOST amazing stories I've ever heard! You randomly find your letter in a book!!!!!!!!! God is at work!
    I would love to read this to my grandbabies as well as my 1st graders!
    So awesome!

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  71. Love this story! As I love your blog. I also have grandchildren who would love it if I read this to them. jeeadee@yahoo.com

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  72. Sarah, when you first posted about this, it really touched me. I remember telling my mom and aunt about it. Christmas magic for sure! Thanks, Sherri F. sherrdea@aol.com

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  73. I cannot image your shock seeing your letter in that book! That is nearly unbelievable! How special that must be to you.

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  74. That is such a fantastic story and I'm sure its a treasure for you! I would just love to have one of these books since I love vintage things so much! readinglady 16 at yahoo dot com. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. It would be lovely to win this book from a nostalgic perspective- to be able to see what children have asked Santa for historically and to see whether we have changed at all over the years. angelast at bigpond dot com
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Merry Christmas!

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  76. As life continues at warp speed I have begun to think a lot of and miss that time of Christmas in the 60's. The store windows revealed with the displays of the "the beautiful dancing ballerina's". Never mind this is in the Mid-West where December means temperatures in the teens with gusty wind. We of course are dressed in our Christmas best -- short red velvet dresses & black leather shoes. Desert - mint ice cream covered with melted chocolate at the coolest Chocolatier Restaurant. Shopping meant the 'Children's Christmas Shoppe" No Parents allowed (that didn't stop my father who crawled thru the little curved door looking for us cause we were taking sooooo long). Just trying to decide between the Pre-shave or the After-shave cologne in teeny tiny 1 oz. bottles. The mystical toy-land with the interactive elves and the spinning dancing Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause. We knew nothing of the "real world". The Viet Nam war, the lovin hippies or political unrest. We were so insulated and safe. "My Letters to Santa Claus" reminds us all of those innocent moments, no matter the decade. Your letter was full of love and perfect penmanship of Script writing, now no-longer taught. Its all about the key boarding. But we always have "our memories" no matter the decade.
    Thank you, Frittzie frittzie_bsn33@yahoo.com

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  77. Amazing that your letter is in the book! This would be wonderful to read to the grandchildren! debtax@vnet.net

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  78. This is such a great story! Theliliepad (at) gmail (dot) com

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  79. This sounds like a wonderful book. I have 2 older teenagers who have lost the excitement of opening presents on christmas. When my younger son saw a video of them as younger boys he couldn't believe how excited they were to open their gifts. He said "this year we are going to have a fun Christmas". This would be cute to share and read together. Thanks for offering these. Happy Holidays!

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  80. This sounds like a wonderful book. I have 2 older teenagers who have lost the excitement of opening presents on christmas. When my younger son saw a video of them as younger boys he couldn't believe how excited they were to open their gifts. He said "this year we are going to have a fun Christmas". This would be cute to share and read together. Thanks for offering these. Happy Holidays!

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  81. Always enjoy reading your posts! This book is absolutely charming! Thanks for offering a giveaway. Merry Christmas!

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  82. Loved your story! What are the chances?! Amazing! Jubelee1872000@yahoo.com

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  83. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!
    Vujade1 at gmail dot com

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  84. I loved hearing your story and how surprised you were. So fun. Jacobsgram@verizon.net

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  85. What a great book and so wonderful that your letter is in there too. That is an amazing story. Thanks for doing this giveaway. cnreinhart@gmail.com

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  86. That is just sooooo neat that you found that! I know it's so special to have that piece of memorabilia from your childhood! We'd love that book! purpleigh at cox dot net

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  87. I would love to read them all thanks for the giveaway. saraifj28 at yahoo dot com

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  88. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    tonicounts23@yahoo.com

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  89. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    tonicounts23@yahoo.com

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  90. I would absolutely be THRILLED to win this book! How FUN :) Happy holidays!
    xoxo
    Heather
    heatheranne99@gmail.com

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  91. I'd love to read this book and share it with my family. rjcc06 at att dot net

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  92. This book warms my heart! melissacwolfe@gmail.com

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  93. Leave it to children to remind us of the real message of Christmas. Christmas Blessings to all.
    Judy in Kansas - jrdrose@hotmail.com

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  94. I would love a copy of this book! I would so enjoy reading it to my kids! aprilstilesrn@yahoo.com

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  95. Will love to win one for my kids. Thank you and merry christmas.

    Lcbaldridge@yahoo.com

    Lillu

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  96. What a wonderful Magical Christmas Story. I am very new to Thrifty Chick and missed that story. The book sounds like a delightful find. Would love to share one with the little ones in my life!

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  97. I love your blog and this is amazing! And I can't imagine the twinkle of magic you must have felt to see your letter published. I would love to share the magic with our littles.

    Have a Merry Christmas.

    Kjenn1022@aol.com

    Kristen

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  98. I love the story of finding this book! I have thought of it often since the day you wrote of discovering it. :)

    I would love to have this book to share the warmth of the letters with my family. Merry Christmas.

    Tina B
    tinab158 at hotmail dot com

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  99. I would love a copy of this book! xo
    Donna

    donna.311@hotmail.com

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  100. My 8 year old loves these kind of books!

    speedturtle76 At Yahoo dot com

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  101. I hope you and those you love have a very merry Christmas! I love the part of the local news every year when they show the kid recipes for cooking Christmas dinner. I know I would love this book. Ann R 63 at Gmail or A L Rausch at Charter dot net.

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  102. Love the book!
    how neat it would be to read aloud to my littles...the younger set of grands..
    and to have the Bigs..older set of grands..to read aloud and share a discussion about the contents of the letters..
    would read it through and through just for simple joyous glimpses of childhoods past!
    email louiewindom@gmail.com

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  103. I'd love to read this, such a great piece of nostalgia.
    Audrey
    TXChick4Ever@comcast.net

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  104. I would love to win a copy of this book!
    Merry Christmas to you…
    Molly
    mollybee@att.net

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  105. What a walk down memory lane! My children and grandchildren would love this book. Will have to go look for it. Thanks, Barbara
    barbarawilbanks04@yahoo.com

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  106. So sweet! I remember when you shared that you saw your letter in the book. How touching! I'd love to have a copy of this book. I'd also like a waist for Christmas;-) TamaraRN13 at yahoo dot com

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  107. Love this!
    Katie
    kt.anderson@live.com

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  108. I choked up & got teary the first time I read the story. Re-read it today & the same thing happened. How awesome for you! borninazoo@gmail.com

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  109. I love this! BetweenWeekdays@gmail.com

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  110. Very Cool your letter made it to Santa, AND a Book!!!
    If I'm so lucky...Ann at AOWENDROFF@AOL.COM

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  111. I love that you just "found" your letter. It is absolutely a Christmas miracle!!

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  112. So neat you found your letter. Remember when you first mentioned it earlier this year. That's so special! I'd love to have this book to pull out every Christmas. My children are grown but hopefully there will be some grandchildren in the near future.

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  113. I would love a copy and f this book. I really loved your story about finding your letter. All these children letters are so sweet!

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  114. What an awesome find!!!

    morrest1101@aol.com

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  115. Very emotional to find such a treasure!! I would love to give this to my girls!!!
    stamatop@yahoo.com

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  116. What a lovely book! Would love to win a copy.

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  117. What a fun book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  118. I really think that's the most bizarre coincidence!!! And I'd love a copy of that book - who knows if one of my letters is in there also, that would be so crazy!!

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  119. That's such a wonderful surprise.

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  120. That IS a magical treat, finding your very own letter to Santa in the book!

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas,

    Ann (Randwin@aol.com)

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  121. Haha some of those are cute letters! Still so crazy how you found yours :)

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor
    www.lovelydecor.co
    xx

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