Sunday, December 9, 2012

Celebrate Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

'Tis the season for celebrations, and so what fun it is to be a part of the Quilting Gallery's 5th Anniversary Party!  I'm joining the fun, and you can, too. Dozens of Quilting Bloggers around the globe are helping the celebration with Give-Aways and fanfare, all intended to relay a great big "Congratulations!"

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Hop Party with Give-Aways


I'd like to welcome you to Mountain Quiltworks, if you haven't been here before.  I have been smitten with the quilting bug and so enjoy reading about what all the talented quilters are doing. So much creativity, friendliness and compassion, all wrapped into one here in Blogland. Fantastic combination. Take a minute to look around my blog - I'm not a prolific blogger. I just write when the mood strikes, and when I have something quilty to write about.

For the celebration, I am giving away a pair of vintage-style Christmas snack mats and a set of four Christmas coasters that I've made.  You can use them yourself, or tuck in a stocking - Santa won't mind the help!


Entering is easy. Just leave a comment and let me know what was the most unusual Christmas gift you've ever received, or if that's too personal, how about your favorite reindeer that pulls Santa's sleigh.

No need to be a follower, but if you'd like to hop along for the ride, I'd love to have you!

One winner will be chosen at random. The give-away will remain open through Saturday, December 15 at midnight Mountain time, so be sure to enter.  And visit the other bloggers who are taking time to give back to the blogging community. Again, you can find the list over at Quilter's Blog Hop.


106 comments:

  1. Your mats look wonderful! Too many Christmas's have passed to remember which is the most unusual gift so I will go with the reindeer and it is Rudolph because he saved Christmas one year. :) Would like to join the hop one of these years when I have more time. You have a blessed holiday season. :)

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  2. Those look lovely - Santa could put those in my stocking and I would act really surpried!!! Mist unusual gift was a hand painted radial alarm saw blade. Yes, I received a saw blade that was painted. It had a wintery scene with a deer painte don it! From my dad's wife....

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  3. The most unusual and most embarassing gift that I ever received was a garter belt. That was before the invention of panty hose. I was mortified opening it in front of family members.

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  4. What lovely mats...I am repressing the most unusual gifts...can't think of them...favorite reindeer...Rudolph! He saves Christmas!

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  5. Most unusual gift was tiny chickens figurines made from real feathers. Have to admit I didn't keep that one.

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  6. Not a Christmas gift, but we got a verrrryyy large plexiglass crucifix as a wedding gift. We're Catholic so it's not totally out of place, but what a weird design!

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  7. My dad had a friend make a custom belt buckle for me once, never mind that I didn't have a belt to put it on. It remains a prized possession, and one day, I may even put it on a belt!

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  8. I follow your wonderful blog. My favorite reindeer is Rudolf.

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  9. Can't think of an unusual gift, but my favorite reindeer is of course Rudolph!

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  10. No unusual gifts, sorry. Love Rudolph

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  11. Hey Barb, I love the vintage Postcard prints. They make great little gifts don't they? I checked out your etsy shop to you have some wonderful items in there. The baby quilts are really cute! Happy Holidays, cheers, Claire W.

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  12. Not really any weird gifts - one of the most special was the wooden cradle my dad made for my doll the Christmas I was 3! (you can see photos here - I'm passing it on to my own little daughter, along with a little quilt! http://craftyhour.com/?p=240)

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  13. Hmm, I'll go with reindeer. Rudolph, I bet your surprised!! I checked out your Etsy, Your creations are impressive! Thanks for stopping by my place too. Just so you know, those snack mats and coasters would really great in my house! :-)

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  14. those are so cute! The weirdest gift(s) I ever recieved were, two years in a row, this weird pancake flipper salad tosser as-seen-on tv tool. My dear grandmother had ordered a bunch of them apparently so gave them to us twice!

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  15. I can't really think of any unusual gifts right now... My favorite reindeer is Rudolph!

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  16. My Grandma gave me the "like seen on tv" Ov Glove one year, how about that, lol!

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  17. Pretty mats and coasters. My most unusual gift was a power washer but I did say it came with a worker too!

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  18. Very nice giveaway. Last year my new s-i-l sent me a mummering ornament from Newfoundland. It is lovely and as I have never been an ornament collector it is really special to me.

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  19. Most unusual was at a Sunday School Party, Oh yes... The game twister and a bottle of crisco...Life's most embarrasssssing moment!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  20. At a "yankee swap" we had to bring a nice holiday decor and when I picked a gift and it got stolen there was only 1 left that I could take I opened it and was horrified. It was 2 noise makers that clack from the dollar spot at target. Naturally no one was going to try to swipe that from me. I gave them to my kids.

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  21. A calendar with the due date of my first grandchild marked on it!

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  22. i love dancer thanks for the chance

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  23. Hi Barb, I just wanted to drop by and say "HELLO" =). Of course I am a follower...but, now need to enter me in the giveaway. =)

    hugZ,
    annie

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  24. What a great giveaway Barb, no unusual gifts here so I'll just say Rudolph is my fav!

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  25. Seguidora nova GFC 122.Presente?...ganhei um casaco de pele de coelho(que pecado)Diga-se de passagem o natal por aqui é verão e o inverno,qualquer casaco leve já é muito.Sem noção...coitada...
    Obrigada.
    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  26. No unusual gift that I can remember. Fav is rudolph

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  27. One year my husband bought me 5 sweatshirts & matching sweatpants in bright colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. The most unuaual was a pair of skates. Well the ics skates weren't unusual, it was the fact that my mom manages to have me try them on, w.o ever realizing they were for me.

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  29. These are beautiful! Ilove Rudolph. Thanks for the great giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  30. I've never really received an unusual gift. I've given some odd ones, though. A couple of years ago DH and I gave our DD a new set of tires -- they were under the tree, difficult to wrap, I'll say!

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  31. Great giveaway! Weird gift, one of those singing fish! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  32. Hmmm...I cannot think of the weirdest Christmas gift I was given. I did have an Aunt who always bought me a crazy Christmas sweater one size too small every year when I was a kid.

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

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  33. A tinfoil dinosaur. My cousin bought it off a street person in Portland, Maine. I was 10. Um, yeah.

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  34. we don't have a Santa that needs his sleigh pulled .. and the only reindeer i know is Rudolf with the red nose ..

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  35. The most unusual christmas gift I have received was an earthen bowl made by my brother. I still have it!

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  36. My most unusual (and best!) present was two Red Poll cows from my husband about 10 years ago!

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  37. cupid is my favorite love that name

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  38. The most unusal gift was from my grandmother (may she rest in peace), a pair of big, oldstylish underwear :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  39. The most unusual Christmas gift I have received was a David Cassidy jigsaw puzzle, from my aunt. Never even opened the box!

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  40. I can't think of unusual gifts right now... Rudolph is my favorite.

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  41. This is really going to date me.When I was young my Grandmother on my Fathers side gave me a pair of flannel bloomers.OMG I did not like them and had to pretend they were.LOL

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  42. Oooh, it has to be Rudolph since all the focus is on him! :)

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  43. does the waterpik I begged for count as unusual? or what about the lock pick set that I didn't ask for, but now LOVE! hahaha Merry Christmas!

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  44. The first Christmas we were married my husband shopped on Christmas Eve right before the store closed...I got a Flash Light that year for Christmas.

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  45. Your giveways come directly from your heart. Best of all they are all homemade -by you. That says it all. These are gifts meant to be treasured, which they should be. Thank you for giving all of your followers a chance to win. Happy Holidays and I will be enjoying the ride next year.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net
    Sonora, CA

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  46. I forgot to say that Rudolph is my favorite raindeer. I loved him when I was little and I still love him more as I get older. The most embarrassing gift would be when my mother would buy our bras and panties and except us to show them to everyone could see. They are personal and nobody's business what they look like.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  47. Nothing unusual for me comes to mind... My in-laws used to exchange odd gifts, one year my mother-in-law was gifted the biggest pair of pants I've ever laid eyes on. I'm talking Paul Bunyan sized and were beautifully wrapped in a huge box. We all laughed until we cried. I have no idea where my sister-in-law found them.! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  48. I love your little mats they are amazing. I received an fish bowl with a plastic fish skeleton laying on the bottom. The box said it was a pet invisible piranha. Wow just writing it down I still can't believe someone paid money and decided it was a great gift to give ha ha.

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  49. I don't know about unusual gifts but who doesn't love Rudolph.I mean he goes from "Bully-Bait" to "Leader of the Pack." Thank you for this giveaway.

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  50. Most unusual gift....
    That is easy..... I got a £1 from my eldest son... so I assumed that he being a lovely lad had saved his pocket money from being with his Dad for the celebration... it was as he handed it to me that Aonghas' Dad (my Ex husband) told me that Aonghas had found it in the car park!
    So there we are... I know my son love's me, that's enough ;-)
    Thanks for the giveaway and chance to share a story that no doubt will happen again x
    J x

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  51. The most unusual Christmas gift I've received? A housecoat that was the exact fabric my shower curtain was! (The housecoat was returned!) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  52. My husband, now ex, once gave me a gift certificate to a golf course. I don't golf, never have, don't like it, think it's boring. But he did.

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  53. I can't say that I've had any unusal gifts.
    hulsey at gmail dot com

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  54. Rudolph has always been my favorite! ;) Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays to You! :)

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  55. Most embarrassing Christmas present moment. My sister had her boyfriend over and I had to open my army green new underwear that Santa brought me in front of him.. cringe and die!!!

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  56. Does getting a pair of thong underwear count as embarassing- my BFF loves to tease me about those underwear even now ! Rudolph is my favorite reindeer though Comet is a great name for a reindeer.
    Regards from western Canada,
    Anna

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  57. One year my hubby gave me a garbage disposal for Christmas. Well needless to say, the next year I got something much better!!
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  58. Oh those are beautiful.

    My favourite reindeer is of course Rudolph!!!!

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  59. Vixen. You knoe she is one tough cookie!

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  60. Love your rules!!! I'll hop on for a ride and be a follower. My brother once sent a set of 6 pairs of men's socks to my family of 4 and a set of tea bags. At that time, my kids were maybe 6 & 9. Just a bit strange. Honestly, he's always been a bit strange - but I love him despite that!

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  61. A re-gift dusty bath set from someones closet......

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  62. My favourite reindeer was Prancer because I had a horse with the same name when i was young. Thanks for the opportunity on this wonderful draw and have a very Merry Christmas.
    bonnielarson58(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  63. Thanks for this chance....I received a deck of playing cards one year....????????????? lol

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  64. I like Rudolph. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  65. Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop. Merry Christmas. Rudolph of course. LOL Lovely gift for the giveaway.

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  66. My hubby gave me a set of stubby screwdrivers one year for Christmas as he thought I'd use them. Lets just put it this way, I was not impressed. And he uses them way more than I ever would. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  67. These are so pretty I would love them for myself at Christmas! Bowls. My inlaw for years gave me bowls for Christmas. I don't even cook but every year I would get a new bowl. My husband has always done all the cooking. Now they give me quilting things and life is much better.

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  68. First off let me say your christmas snack mats are absolutely gorgeous. My mother in law is the worst gift giver...Every year she would give me gifts fromt he dollar store witthe tags still on so I knee where they came from and every year she would buy nice things that were beautifully giftwrapped for everyone else. I fianlly told her after about the 10th year please to not buy me anything for Christmas as I hated for her to waste her money on me. So for the last 14 years she no longer gives me christmas presents.Yes I have the mother in law that hates me. Thats ok too....I pray for her to one day wake up and have a guilty conscious. lol...And Her son my loveing husband is now responsible for picking out her cards and prsents. Needless to say he puts a lot less thought into his gift choices than I did and she never gets those lovely hand made gifts anymore.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. I got a box with this weird key chain in it and I had no idea what it was, but it turned out to be an automatic car starter!

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  70. Usually hubby doesn't like to shop in the malls, so if he can get away with it he will buy a present for me at Canadian Tire, or another hardware store..... Most times they are things I don't want, or need. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  71. Those are really beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway. i haven't received any unusual presents so I guess my favorite reindeer would have to be Rudolph.After all, He saves the day or would it be night?

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  72. I love those snack mats and coasters. They go into my stocking if I get them.

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  73. It wouldn't be unusual if it was just one time...but I have received over 50 Nutcrakers over the course of the last 10 years...

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  74. My fave is Rudolph. Lovely quilted mats!

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  75. My favorite reindeer is Vixen...I've just always liked her name:) I can imagine she's the fun one lol!

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  76. Rudolph ofcourse! :) Thanks so much fo rthe great givaway!

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  77. My favourite reindeer is Cupid. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  78. Ahh your mats and coasters are awesome. These would look great on my table, hehe.
    My favorite reindeer I'll have to say is Rudolph.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. your mats and coasters look great
    Bonnie
    rbfern@triton.net

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  80. They are the most splendid looking Christmas creations..I would keep them as my DH and I would enjoy using those all year round to remind us of the wonders of Christmas and it's eternal signifigance! They are just beautiful!! Thanks for the opportunity and hope you have a blessed Christmas too:)

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  81. Thank you for the chance. One year I received a kareeokee machine. I took it back!!! I too am having a giveaway.

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  82. Beautiful mat and coasters. Of course, I love Rudolph, but now feel a bit sad for the other reindeer who are overshadowed!

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  83. Um.. the strangest christmas gift I have ever received was from my husband's step-grandmother and she got me a pair of lacey underwear {which I promptly threw in the trash when I got home... LOL}

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  84. Pretty coasters! I'm not sure I've ever received a strange Christmas gift. Nothing unusual here! Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas!

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  85. I love the prizes. I cross my fingers. hugs Alessandra (new follower from italy)

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  86. I drink coffee and no one else in the house does, so when my in-laws wrapped a beautiful piece of art in a coffee box I got overly excited.....so much that now the family joke is "It could be just a box!"

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  87. my weirdest gift was clothes my first husband had given me, they looked like something his mother would wear, so ugly... I managed to not hurt his feeling by telling him they didn't fit and took them back to the store... Thankfully my husband now has fantastic taste in clothes and jewelry...

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  88. Love your snack mats. I am a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. Very pretty. I like all of them but I'll say Prancer.

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  90. I received a plastic state shaped pen holder from a man that I had been dating several months. Can you imagine a more unromantic gift!!

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  91. My most unusual gift was a wooden slug.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  92. The mats and coasters are just lovely, thank you for sharing. My mother once sent me some enormous knickers, they were about 6 sizes too big. What was she thinking?? My children thought it was funny though.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  93. I got a vacuum last year. Useful but not very Christmassy! I'm a new follower.

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  94. Your mats and coaster are perfect for the holiday season. I received a set of needle-nose pliers one year from a teen-aged son who needed a set for his truck. I gave him the largest two in the set and kept the smallest pair. I use it to hold small nails for hanging pictures. We still laughs about it, and he learned a couple of good lessons.
    mary.marcotte@gmail.com

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  95. My favorite Christmas gift was a kid i got a evil kanevil motor cycle.

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  96. My husband got me a radar detector one year for Christmas. I really dont know why I dont speed and Have never had a ticket.

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  97. Most unusual gift: six foot long purple, polka-dotted snake
    Favorite reindeer: Prancer

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  98. How about the footed-sleeper pajamas my husband gave me last year (I asked for flannel)

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  99. Thanks a million for the wonderful and generous giveaway. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the coming year bless you and your family with everything that your hearts desire.

    The most unusual gift has been a set of miniature tupperwares which cannot contain anything at all.

    Usha
    usharaneem@yahoo.com

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  100. In under the wire! I love Rudolph.

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