As soon as November hit, Ana was overjoyed. I seriously couldn’t figure out her excitement over November. It’s cold, brown, gray, and daylight lessens each day.
“Why do you love November so much?” I finally asked.
“Cocoa comes in November!” she exclaimed.
“That’s right, he does!” I said in a fake excited voice.
I replay that conversation everyday in November. Praying that I can forget it. Praying that when it comes time I will know. You see, Cocoa is OUR Elf on the Shelf visitor from the North Pole. Last year, when he went back to the North Pole, i.e. his fancy box, Scott and I hid him. Well, we hid him so well, we actually have NO IDEA where he is. Now, I will probably have to buy another one, so I can be an Elf on the Shelf mommy slacker for the second year in a row.
Why did I even buy him in the first place? Oh, that’s right. Christmas is magic, it is giving, it is a great season to remind the kids about our faith, give them hope, and show others all sorts of love. Cocoa, our elf, helps with that, in his own weird way. Plus, he is fun for the kids. It’s all about the kids, and keeping them young as long as possible.
Anyway, now that we have a week until Thanksgiving and I couldn’t be less prepared for the Christmas season. I am starting to feel the stress of the holidays. Is anyone else on this planet feeling this way too?
The best form of stress relief is laughter. Jen from People I want to Punch in the Throat wrote a hilarious book about her Christmas memories. I have read this book 3 times in the past month because every time I read it, I literally LAUGH OUT LOUD. Trust me, I don’t just throw out an LOL. This book reminds me that Christmas isn’t just about being perfect, in fact, it makes me feel good that I am not the only Christmas slacker. She says things in writing, that I think in my head all of the time, but don’t have the nerve or audience to say.
I keep telling Scott, “You HAVE to read this book.”
“I absolutely will, you are laughing so hard.”
But you don’t have to just take my word for it, click here to see the reviews!
I can’t think of better stress reliever during the holidays than reading Spending the Holidays with People I want to Punch in the Throat. A fair warning: she uses some colorful language to make her points, however as one who tries to avoid naughty words, I am not offended. I actually think the language adds to her collection of memories to drive her points home even more.
Here’s how to win your very own copy or a Kindle Fire:
Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat is a heartwarming (yes, really!) collection of hilarious holiday-themed personal stories and observations written by none other than Jen of the well-known blog People I Want To Punch In The Throat.
If the holidays have you stressing about gift giving, cookie decorating, or where in the world to put your Elf on the Shelf, then you need to take a mommy time out and read a chapter or two.
And now you can have a chance to peruse the pages for free. Consider it our holiday gift to you. We are teaming up to give away 19 copies of the book. All you have to do is enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy!
Well, Jen generously donated an autographed copy to every blogger participating in this giveaway so that we could increase your chances to win. You can enter using the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to US residents only.
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