November 26, 2010

1960 Whitman Night Before Christmas Give Away!

Since about the beginning of November, I have noticed that when people
are searching for The Night Before Christmas and in particular, the 1960
Whitman version, they are directed to our blog.
You might be saying:
"What's the big woop?"
"Who gives a flyin' fig?"
And if you are saying these things you are obviously NOT a member of the cult!

Yes, there are those of us for whom this version of The Night Before Christmas
and this version ALONE will do!

This secret obsession is due to this woman, Catherine Barnes.
What's this? You have never heard of this genius illustrator?!
Well, no one has...unless they are a cult member...then they
will wistfully rhapsodize about her brilliance until you want to slap
them with a mukluk...kinda like the way you're feeling right this
very minute about me! ;}

{Don't be mean! I am going to give you things! Keep reading! ;}

Not unlike Plato, Twain and Jackie Collins...ahem...Catherine Barnes has
made her mark on the literary world and left an indelible imprint on the
phyche of a generation of kids whose mothers bought their books at
the grocery store! ;}

For this reason, whenever I think of sugarplum fairies...{which is much
more often than an adult should...} this is what I see!

I blame/credit this illustration for my love of/addiction to chintz!

The devil take Wisteria Lane or anywhere in the 90210!
I wanted to live here!

A mantel juuuuuust like this was my idea of perfection!

And apparently this is where I picked up my odd penchant for 'laying my finger
aside my nose'...funny how people always think I am up to something else! ;}

Now if you have not been indoctrinated for several decades you will find this picture a tad
shocking...yes, this book has seen its fair share of use and wear...haven't we all! Be kind,
it's 50 years old and has been much loved by many children!! The cover is sad, but the
pages are dandy!
Those of you in the cult know that getting your hands one of these is a feat indeed, but
to find one in mint condition would be well nye miraculous!
Get over it...this is not one of those miracles! ;
The cheapest one I found this year is on Amazon for $79.99, and it's not mint!
Sorry for the tough love, but I don't love any of you that much...$59.99...maybe...

And I was so excited to order my copies of Mathew Mead's Holiday!
I knew it was going to be part of this give away...I ordered one for me
and one for you!
And IS IT EVER full of fabulously festive fun and frivolity!

Alas and alack...just look how it arrived!
If you think this is should see the other one!
It looks like wolverines played rugby with it!
Unfortunately, I can't just run over to Matty's {we're tight like that!}
house in NH and get a pristine copy, so I am just including it...
what the's free, right?

By now you're thinking, 'Wow! A ratty old book and a half-eaten magazine...
what's next in this Christmas crap give away??!!'

Very funny, Sarcasma!
This is actually a vintage Christmas apron that is crisp and clean and in niftylicious shape!

Christmas aprons always remind me of my grandma!
She always wore the aprons, earrings, pins, made ornaments!
She LOVED Christmas!

So, there you have it!

Just leave a comment on this post until midnight {pacific} Friday the 3rd.
Winner will be contacted by email on the 4th.
I am always behind on my mailings, but I will get this in
the mail, PRIORITY, the next business day.

Anyone, anywhere.
If you don't have a blog, please leave your email address!

If you post, Twitter or Facebook it you will get extra chances...
make sure to tell me that you did psychic abilities
here! ;}

Why do we say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Christmas" ?
Inquiring minds want to know!


  1. I would love to win all of it!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

  2. Oh boy!!.. Please do count me in! I have your vintage giveaway posted under my "giveaways" section on my right side bar. Thanks! ~tina

  3. Oh my that book looks wonderfull <333 It reminds me of my mom reading me bedtime stories when I was young <3

    This is my email: kimmmxsx(at)hotmail(dot)com

    I also have twitter! <3

    Greetings :)

  4. Oh My! What a fantastastic 'give-away'! Please put my name in the draw. I would love all three items and I think the apron is simply gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. Wolf bitten won't bother me at all. :-)

    jane1 at cp-tel dot net

  6. I love vintage childrens books too-I hope I win!

  7. I love those! Would love to win! I am Facebooking your post.

  8. Oh My!!!
    It's so hard to believe that book is going for that kine of money!
    Please enter me in your vingtage Christmas giveaway! Thank you.
    Your cards look awesome!
    Deb :)

  9. This would be a miracle indeed as I love this version of The Night Before Christmas! What a wonderful giveaway...thanks for the chance to enter!

  10. I want to win these beautiful Christmas items. I have a collection of vintage "The Night Before Christmas" books. It would be great to have another. Love Matthew Mead, don't have his book, and I love the apron, don't have one of those either. Thanks for sharing, fabulous giveaway.

  11. Oh! I had that book when I was a kid! Who knew how precious it would be when I was grown and gone and left it behind? Sign me up! It would be a wonderful surprise to win!!! Hugs- Diana

  12. Visions of sugar plums dance in my head as well as your gorgeous vintage apron!
    My eyes will twinkle when I am ooo'ing and awww'ing while basking in the illustrations of Catherine Barnes; so beautiful!
    I shall settle in for a long winters read with it and MM's "Holiday" magazine.
    I exclaim, "Can any give away be more generous?!"

    As to "Merry" vs "Happy" Christmas I found this the best explanation:
    The split bewteen "Merry" and "Happy" Christmas probably emerged during Queen Elizabeth's reign, where she preferred to use "Happy" as opposed to "Merry" due to its connotations with drinking. This ties in with the fact that Europeans (well, the majority of them excluding the Vikings who got there during the 1100's before Columbus & Vespucii & Cabral) got there in ~1492, and Queen Elizabeth's Reign was from 1533 - 1603, and so she was the main "force" in Europe, as such causing the language divergence.

    found here:

    To end...a joyous "Happy, Merry Christmas to all!"

  13. sweet!
    you say beat up, I say all looks great to me..;j
    Happy Merry Christmas.

  14. Loved your blog and would love to win some vintage "memories" too! I remember reading that book when I was tiny! Please count me in for the draw. I would be so thrilled to win!!! Happy Christmas to you and yours!
    Carol( in Christmas!)

  15. I've never seen that copy of the book (I wonder if I had it when I was little). What a great giveaway!

  16. This is beautiful! I love vintage books! Amy

  17. I can stick that magazine together with packing tape and it'll be good as new. Love all the giveaway but that book is precious. I could read it while prancing, yes I said prancing, around in that darling apron. Want it all.

  18. I posted your giveaway on the side with your button. Sorry can't tweet though.

  19. Your grandmother and I would have been BFF's. I love the holiday bling almost more than regular bling. You should see my Christmas corsages. Those were the days!
    P.S. Will the same mailman be handling your mailing that handled the magazines so carefully? LOL

  20. Please do count me in -your giveaway is awesome.


  21. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  22. I love this post - so funny - and so BEAUTIFUL!! I would love to win the storybook - (it would be so special to me!) - so thank you for this chance. This is totally a fabulous giveaway all the way around!


  23. Now this is a clever, fun and generous giveaway!! I love it!!


  24. Love this giveaway! I too remember this book!

  25. This is the Miracle on "THE OC COTTAGE" christmas version!
    Love it..please count me in!
    will tweet ya..and post ya..
    happy happy!

  26. Oh oh I am someone from somewhere and you never know I might just be lucky enough to win this wonderful book...and the other wonderful magazine and apron...heres wishing...
    Kiss Noises Linda

  27. A gorgeous, nostalgic giveaway..I love it..Thanks for the chance...HO HO HO..xx

  28. awww i didn't realise other people really enjoyed this book. Its my one tradition with the children i have a thick cardboard copy of this book which i adore and every christmas eve i read it to my 2 boys when they are in bed even though Jake is now 14 its what we do. My copy is modern made in 2002 written by Clement but illustrated by Dudley Morsly and i love it. Take care Dee x

  29. I would love to win this giveaway.

    Merry Christmas! La

  30. Wow! What a great giveaway! Would love to win these items....please enter me.

    Irma :)

  31. Beautiful keepsake...brings back memories.

    PS...I would love that mantel too!!

  32. I would love to win but if I don't I'm so glad I got to see these items anyway. I love vintage Christmas stuff.

  33. Just wanted you to know I went to Michaels yesterday, (unknowingly in the middle of their 20%-off-before-12-o'clock sale and 50% off one item after one o'clock) and bought Martha Stewart glitter and glue /~"

    I was the only person in the store without a coupon. This is a whole new world. May need your cell number for coaching.

  34. It's a lovely giveaway, just the thing to get us in the Christmas spirit!

  35. I'm in I love this story it's always been one of my favorites. My daughter would love the apron.

  36. This NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS vintage book would be sooo, so perfect on my mantel filled with vintage toys. I find toys and books from my era which I played with and also from my husbands era. Once a year it brings back memories of all our favorite things. And this book would be icing on the cake. And the sheer apron, how gorgeous. Now the other book, is for my Mom, she is loving creating for us and her items are beyond perfection.

    Cyndy's BEACH HOUSE

  37. What a wonderful giveaway. I love it. xxoo Valarie

  38. Please sign me up for the Christmas crap giveaway! I'm a follower and enjoy your blog; you're so funny!

  39. Would love to win it all and I think its very generous of you to share such a lot.

    Wishing you a joyful Christmas.


  40. What a lovely giveaway! Count me in. This was a fun post to read. Took me back, it did. - Kathy

  41. Sign me up, pick me, I am now a night before Christmas cult member!!


  42. I would absolutely love to win your giveaway. I am probably old enough to be your grandmother and I LOVE aprons Thanks, Ginger

  43. I'll take one more chance. I am mentioning you on facebook. Hugs, Ginger

  44. Well aren't you the best! This giveaway sure puts me in the holiday spirit! Thanks so much.
    Cheers, jj

  45. Hi! I'm here via Linda at Ala Carte! I am so happy to find your blog. It is just beautiful. AND I love that particular book, too...mostly because I HAD one when I was a little girl!! Somewhere with different family moves across the country, it got lost or given away. Thank you so much for having this give-away!

  46. What a sweet giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Debbie Kay

  47. I had not heard of the illustrator before, but I can see why you love her illustrations so much, they are so beautiful! I would love to read it to my granddaughters and let their imaginations be stimulated by those wonderful pictures.

  48. Wonderfully festive give away! You sure know how to get in the spirit!

  49. Would love a 1960 Whitman book. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

  50. I want to win! I want to win! I'll tweet this too (also cuz I love your blog).

  51. Oh my, what a lovely give away...this Santa always made me think of my Dad when I was growing last name was when they said, "His nose like a cherry" - I guess I made the connection! Of course too...I thought he had a little belly, that jiggled like jelly when he laughed too!

    What an absolutely beautiful website...I just found you tonight! Crossing my fingers tight for your WONDERFUL giveaway. TX.

    I do FB -- so will check you out there too!
    Donna (IA)

  52. I would love all three of the items, the apron reminds me so much of my Mother. She always wore aprons like that and I loved her to pieces!! Thanks for the chance. Vickie

  53. Oh I would just Love to win this book and read it to my Granddaughter too!! Yes, My Sugar Plum Fairies are visioned just like those in the book too!! Those Fairies just deliver tons of Magic, and whimsy too!! Thanks so much for the Chance to win your Awesome Giveaway!!
    Huggs, Nancy

  54. I remember that illustrator! Thank you!

  55. Wow!

    What a gift! My mother was just reminiscing about that book, saying that when I was 3, just before Christmas, she just couldn't settle me down to sleep. In a snowstorm that night, she bundled me up in the car, went downtown to the local grocery and got that book. It ended up being my favorite every year. Seeing these photos just brings back the thrills of Christmas' past, thrills which I now want my 2yr old son and 6mo. old daughter to share. Thanks for the memories and here's hoping for some wonderful luck!

    percyborn at yahoo dot com

  56. I have this book and simply adore it! I've been wanting to buy another copy, but just too expensive.

  57. Best. NBC Ever. Really the best ever ever. Please choose me!!!!! (My parent's original copy is melting away) Must keep the tradition alive!!!!!


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