For years now, as Christmas approaches, I’ve stuffed 12 BIG stockings full of fun prizes and given them away to dedicated listeners; My 12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes has become one of my favorite radio program traditions!
So much good new music has come from the pandemic pause, so there’s a lot of it tucked in this year’s packages to encourage you to DANCE YOUR SOCKS OFF this holiday season!
Together with a table-top Christmas tree from those delightful décor folks I’m always raving about, a weighted blanket for days and times when life has thrown too many curves, tea for sipping and relaxing, a beautiful book full of sage wisdom on how to navigate life and love, and of course, candy, the stockings are once again bursting at the seams!
November 25 through December 23rd, be listening to my evening radio program for the 12 Stockings of Christmas prize keywords!
Enter as often as you wish - Either text the keyword to 48484 or go to my 12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes ENTRY PAGE!
Here’s a rundown:
Balsam Hill: Tabletop Christmas Tree
Balsam Hill has been the leading retailer - and MY GO TO provider - of highly realistic artificial Christmas trees and holiday décor for over a decade. I LOVE their products. This year they’re providing a gorgeous little Tabletop Christmas Tree to all of our prize winners.
Balsam Hill truly has everything; signature trees, elegant ornament sets, flickering flameless candles, and timeless home décor, all of which keep me in a festive spirit year-round! They’re where to go for beautiful seasonal decorations including lovely Spring Florals and Fall Foliage collections.
For beautiful artificial Christmas trees and holiday décor, you owe it to yourself to visit Balsamhill.com.
I love holiday music, and there are so many fabulous albums out this year, including Tori Kelly’s soulful “A Tori Kelly Christmas.” You’ll remember her from this year’s huge collaborative hit,“Together”, with for King & Country. Tori dove head-first into Christmas by starting the album off with a beautiful gospel showcase rendition of “Silent Night”, and her take on “Sleigh Ride” is playful and upbeat - sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!
The 15 track LP includes holiday classics and a few originals. It will make you want to curl up in front of a fire with a cup of hot cocoa and someone special. Grab your family, your favorite Christmas ornaments, and put “A Tori Kelly Christmas” on, and you’ll be ready to decorate the tree and celebrate the season.
Gravity Blanket: Weighted Blanket & Sleep Mask
What better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of a good night’s sleep?! (So important to both mental and physical health!) I’m excited to be including Gravity Blankets in my 12 Stockings of Christmas this year. Gravity Blanket is the original weighted blanket, and I’ve shared it with many grateful friends and family members.
The Gravity Blanket is now available in many different sizes, and they have all kinds of accessories including sleeping masks and robes. This year has been tough for everyone, making Gravity Blanket the perfect gift this holiday season. Give the gift of better sleep and save up to 25% this holiday season at gravityblankets.com with code love2020
Carrie Underwood: “My Gift” CD
You might have heard my podcast episode with the delightful Carrie Underwood recently, where we talked about her amazing first Christmas CD, “My Gift”. Comprised of 11 songs that combine beloved traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday and several originals that are destined to become instant classics, the power of Carrie’s voice and her faith ring true throughout the timeless music on this album.
“My Gift” also features a collaboration with John Legend on “Hallelujah” and Carrie’s darling 5-year-old son, Isaiah, is also featured on “Little Drummer Boy”. “My Gift” reminds us of the joys of the holiday season. This is a “must have” for everyone on your Christmas list!
Idina Menzel: “Christmas: A Season of Love” CD
It is no secret how much I love Broadway, and one of my favorite performers has always been Idina Menzel. I am so excited to add an autographed copy of her holiday CD, “Christmas: A Season of Love” to my 12 Stockings! You could call the album swinging, because of its big band energy, but I just call it FUN!
The LP includes favorites like, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Oh Holy Night”. There are also some wonderful duets featuring Ariana Grande and Billy Porter. “Christmas: A Season of Love” is, above all, a vehicle for Menzel’s iconic voice - a true gift to us all.
Lady A: “On This Winter’s Night” (Deluxe) CD
One of my favorite groups, Lady A, is releasing “On This Winter’s Night” (Deluxe) this year. It’s a wonderful album that the group has updated with new songs, and comes just in time to help celebrate the holidays and I’m tucking it into the mix of prizes!
You’ll hear their version of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”, with an added a bit of country charm. They’ve taken the Beach Boys “Little Saint Nick” and made it their own too. “On This Winter’s Night” also features, an original song titled “Christmas Through Your Eyes,” which the group wrote about the experience of watching their own children enjoy the magic of Christmas. (When the original LP came out, none of the group had children of their own.)
Paul McCartney: “McCartney III” CD
And speaking of Sir Paul McCartney... I am so excited to welcome him to my 12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes! “McCartney III” will be one of the gifts I add to the pile this year. Of course the collection is filled with his amazing vocals, but he’s also written all the songs, AND produced the album, that’s what we call a triple threat!
Sir Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown”, he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches, creating even more new ones, and quite literally making this amazing solo album.”McCartney III” will be available on December 18th.
Bigelow Tea: Tea Chest Collection
If you listen to my show, you know I’m always enjoying a hot cup of tea while I’m on the air! I love, love my tea, and the calming, soothing feeling that comes with every sip! I am so excited to have Bigelow Tea as one of my 12 Stockings gifts this year. They’ll be giving each winner a beautiful chest filled with a large selection of their delicious teas.
They have so many great blends, including their signature flavor, Constant Comment, the original recipe that started it all. To this day it’s blended only by someone with the Bigelow last name - it’s still a family secret! There’s nothing like a hot cup of Bigelow Tea, some Christmas music, and your family to make the holiday’s perfect.
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy
It is no secret, I love to read! And when it is a book my kids will love too, that makes it even better. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”, from beloved author and illustrator, Charlie Mackesy, is a book the entire family can enjoy. It’s sure to become a cherished holiday tradition. This #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling volume is a collection of illustrations that follow the journey of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox, and a wise horse, as they discover universal truths about kindness, hope, friendship and love.
Christmas, especially this Christmas, should focus on what families can do together to make beautiful memories. I know my family is going to make “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse” part of our new holiday traditions, I think you should too.
Brown & Haley: Almond ROCA Candy
Last but certainly not least, I complete my 12 Stockings of Christmas bundle by adding my favorite candy, Almond ROCA. This delicious treat brings back the fondest childhood memories of Christmas’ past, and I love giving, and getting into, those pink tins all year long!
Brown and Haley make every batch of ROCA with rich creamy butter, California almonds, and the best quality chocolate! Choose from Almond, Cashew, Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Peppermint, and Mocha ROCA. SO YUMMY!! Something for everyone.
This holiday season every stocking should be filled with Almond ROCA.
Remember, be listening for the keywords, and when you hear one, text it to 48484 or go to my ENTRY PAGE!
My 12 Stockings are hung by the chimney with care in hopes that you’ll win one (and with family you’ll share!) Good luck everyone, and Merry Christmas!