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Purple Santa in the classroom

We want to see how you use our Purple Santa in the classroom.  Got Purple Santa? To help you out, Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas has been Free all weekend on the Kindle.  Today is the last day! Download it. Read it. Get some ideas. If you love it and think you can come up with ideas, buy a hard copy to share in the class, or check one out at the library. (Many have it, but if not you can request they order it for their collection.) We think it is a great book to explore many many ideas with reading, imagination, vocabulary, art, writing and so much more. And we want to hear your ideas!  We want to hear the best idea.   See our classroom page for ideas. And we are reposting a blog from last year for further inspiration below. Send us your ideas. We would love to post pics of how you used it! Fun holiday book! Got Purple Santa?#GotPurpleSanta #BlackFridayin3words

Encore Blog:

Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas for classroom enrichment activities is so much fun! We have lots of ways to spark the imagination with this book by encouraging creativity in art, writing, and oral expression! –At home, or in a read aloud classroom or library setting!  Please see our classroom page here for a growing list of ideas of how to enrich your classrooms with our book.

Meanwhile here are a few thoughts:

  • After reading the book and finding out that there is no longer Milk and Cookies, but instead Tea and Honey, introduce a Tea and Honey Party. It can be as formal or as informal as you like. Bring a variety of teas, maybe some more traditional and a couple of holiday blends, along with some honey. Then expose kids to traditions and tastes of other cultures of which they may be unfamiliar.One book- oodles of classroom actvities.
  • Initiate a Christmas Caroling activity. After reading the book and talking about funny sounding carolers, discuss the practice of Christmas Caroling. Choose some songs. Make them funny if you wish. Go around to other classrooms and sing carols.
  • In a group setting following a read aloud there are many topics of discussion that could be focused upon in verbal format and then flowed into a writing assignment if desired. (Most of these could also be presented in front of the class as well.)
    • What details are in the drawings that that aren’t mentioned in the story? (Hint- hunt for Matches the Mouse!!)
      What other zany and wacky things that could go wrong with Christmas if Santa’s suit were purple?
      What other things could have happened instead? Like could the milk and cookies be turned into carrots and celery? Why or why not? Could the candy canes be chocolate or sour instead of burnt? Would it have been a problem to change the story because of the rhyming?
      Launch for a theme of show and tell – bringing in their favorite holiday book, other books with Santa, or anything else related.
      Talk about cause and effect – consequences; how things relate, how this one change morphed Christmas, and how doing one thing differently day to day might have different effects in our own lives.
      Read the original The Night Before Christmas story (or any other version) and have a compare and contrast discussion
  • Art Projects galore! Have them do an art project of any kind to illustrate any idea of a zany, wacky Christmas. Use your own zany imagination-this book can spark all kinds of artistic expression and creativity.Choose your own color santa suit- Milk Carton Santas. One of many ways to tie Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas into classroom activities.
    • Santas with suits of a different color. Almost any normal Santa project you do can be converted into a purple  Or better yet, you could let the kids express themselves and let them choose what color they want their Santa to be.
    • Similarly, blueberry blue reindeer might be fun! Or let them choose their own fun color.
    • Upside down snowmen and trees of all kinds. Any project you might normally do with snowmen or trees could be done upside down. One I like is the Name Snowmen. Just put the face and hat one on the bottom upside down.
    • Art and Writing worksheets, like “If I were a Zany Wacky Reindeer, I would…” Download: Zany wacky reindeer worksheet.  Please see the classroom page for more ideas; as well as that is where we will be posting new ones.Worksheet to go with Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas available hardback, kindle or via Interactive Touchbooks app.

American Library Association Youth Media Awards Caldecott and so on! #ALAYMA

American Library Association Youth Media Awards! Today was a big day in the children’s book world.  It was like the Oscars for youth books.  There was all kinds of excitement as the American Library Association presented the 2015 Youth Media Awards.  If you love children’s books, I encourage you to check out all of the honorees.www.ilovelibraries.org/yma.  I couldn’t help but watch, as Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas had been sent in.  And well, though it tends to be only large publishers recognized, one just never knows. American Library Association Youth Media AwardsThere are a slew of books if you are interested– in just about anything.  There seemed to be an assortment of winners, ranging from diversity topics, homosexuality, and even just for fun books.  As an author of a children’s book (We’re Having A Tuesday) that helps kids with seeing their own situations and being able to relate, I was happy to see the myriad of topics addressed.  There is nothing quite like having a book help a child feel like they are not the only one who feels that way. It is even better if they are books that will work as read aloud books, as then they can go one step further, in which they can foster discussion.  I really love books that do that.  I will look forward to reading and writing about some of them here in the coming weeks.  Also, as an author of a book that is strictly for the pure pleasure of reading for fun, laughing and using our imagination Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas, I was very thrilled to see that the winner of the Caldecott Award this year appears to be just that kind of book.  I have not seen it myself yet, but The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, has moved up high on my priority list of books to read.  I love nothing more than a book that just carries kids away.  I can’t wait to read it!  There were all kinds of awards, and all kinds of books.  So I recommend if you have any interest in reading out loud to kids that you check them out. They cover picture books, chapter books, and even audio books.  You are bound to find something that your little listener will enjoy hearing.  And if you are reading out loud, maybe a family read aloud, or to an older group of kids in middle school or even high school, be sure to check out the Alex Awards, as they are books that are recognized as adult books that a teen audience is likely to enjoy.  Just check them all out on the list!  If you are like me, your library hold list, or your books to buy list might grow by leaps and bounds after reviewing it.  And if you want even a little bit more excitement, watch the replay video of the announcements here.  To me, there isn’t much more exciting than hearing a room full of people cheer about BOOKS for KIDS! I love the American Library Association Youth Media Awards.  Makes me want to buy up a pile of books!

And because I just cannot close without at least one book recommendation, today I will focus on the 2014 Newberry Medal winner, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell. This is a darling chapter book complete with wonderful illustrations.  To me it is a great bridge for kids that are getting to big for picture books, but might not be quite ready for books without any pictures at all.  It is a whirlwind tale about a girl, a squirrel, and superhero type adventures.  It made me think of crazy old cartoons where the characters were getting into slapstick humorous trouble.  I loved the use of vocabulary in this book.  I think most kids would be pretty anxious to see what happens next.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was the part in which they turn the Mom into a lunatic stressball smoker, complete with an illustration.  Couldn’t she have been crazily chomping ice, or eating lollipops, or winding ringlets in her hair?  I just hate anything in kids books that makes it seem like smoking is ever ok.  Sometimes I have to overlook it when a book was written long before we knew better, but this one is not that case.  In any case, don’t let that detract you from an enjoyable ride.  And maybe use the smoking as a talking point with your kids.  I liked it!

Great Christmas Eve Read Aloud: Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

If you are looking for a great Christmas Eve Read Aloud to read to your family while you try to settle everyone down for bed, this is it. Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) It is a beautifully illustrated tale that has kids and adult laughing out loud.  If you have it on your December Bucket List to find a new book to add to your holiday book collection, you may have found one worthy of consideration!  December Bucket List: Find a new great read aloud for Christmas EveIf you haven’t got it already, this is a great chance.  We are still offering FREE Priority shipping today and tomorrow, in hopes that you will receive just in time for your holiday traditions.  I love reading our favorites year after year, and this is sure to become a favorite for many this year!  Order your book here!

And if you miss out on getting the hardback book delivered in time, you can always check out our interactive version which is really great fun for your iphone, or ipad!  Check it out here!  You will have the chance to break ornaments on the upside down tree, turn snowmen upside down, change Santa’s suit color, hear funny carolers, and listen to jets and bells ring.  It will even read the story out loud to you.  Not to be missed! Even the app makes a really great Christmas Eve read aloud!

 

Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!

 

December Bucket List: Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas

A December Bucket List? Are we here already? Wow!  Is it really already December 13th?  I feel like I am still in Thanksgiving mode.  I have been busy doing all kinds of things though in anticipation of Christmas in which we are now in the downhill stretch.  I found the cutest pin on Pinterest awhile back about a December Bucket List.  I decided to make my own list of things I hope maybe to get done this December (or maybe next…or next..or next!!)  Maybe it is a lifetime December Bucket List.  Here goes 20 to work for!December Bucket List: Reading Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

1)Read Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right), and many of our other favorite Christmas books (we still love the original Night Before Christmas and Snowmen at Night!) out loud to my own kids, as well as to some other kids who aren’t my own. (Nieces and nephews, kids in a classroom, kids at a library, maybe at a children’s hospital – or wherever might feel good!) For me a December bucket list would not be complete without this, and I probably won’t have to try hard to remember to do it.

December Bucket List: Make pink popcorn to go along with all the other zany ideas in our book Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)2)Make homemade pink popcorn and serve hot cocoa from scratch for either a Christmas book reading night, or movie night. (check out this yummy pink popcorn which will go perfectly with the zany upside down antics of Santa’s Night Before Christmas….) Pink Popcorn Of course there isn’t much better than fresh regular popcorn popped in oil drizzled in fresh butter and salt right on the stove either.  I may have to squeeze in both!

3)String cranberries and popcorn for the tree.  This always puts such magic on our tree. And the chatter as we do it is so much fun!  It’s like baking cookies but without feeling guilty for eating all the dough! Just buy fresh cranberries, pop the popcorn the old fashioned way on the stove, get needle and thread and away you go.

4)Go ice skating on an outdoor rink.  There is something magical about doing this.  It always makes me feel like I’m in the holiday spirit. This makes my December Bucket List, but if I miss, I’ll be happy to make up in January or February.purple-chocolate-chips

5)Bake SANTA’S JUST NOT RIGHT CHRISTMAS COOKIES.  Need I say more?  Baking is on most everyone’s December Bucket list!Yum and fun!  Every year we love to bake cookies, but this year I have to say I’m going to have to try these special ones that were created just for us. Recipe here!  Of course some really want to get crazy and make the purple chocolate chips. Who can blame them?? Hoping for blueberry blue reindeer this year myself.  In any case make some to go with the book.  Super darling.December Bucket List: Santa's Just Not Right Christmas Cookies

6)Go Christmas caroling.  I always want to do this.  It has been so long since someone has rang my door.  But I love it when they do!

7)Go on a sleigh ride.  Or hay ride. Or horse and carriage ride.  Whatever the vehicle, it is always a special night out! What December Bucket list treat!

8)Have a Santa party.  We used to do this when the kids were little.  We had a very special Santa who would stop by.  Every parent would secretly leave a wrapped gift with their child’s name on it on our front porch.  Then a little bit into the evening Santa would arrive, gather the presents, put them in his bag, and then come inside and deliver them.  It was such delight to see the kids light up when Santa came with something they wanted and delivered it in person.  I need to do this again soon!

9)Make a Gingerbread house.  Darn it.  I’ve not done this one STILL.  Oh how I want to try!

10)Eat a candy cane.  Wow, when is the last time I actually did that?December Bucket List: Eat a Candy cane while reading Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

December Bucket List: Build an upside down snowman to go along with the book, Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)11)Build a snowman.  Olaf has become somewhat of an obsession for me this year, and I can’t help but singing “Do you want to build a snowman?” every other day.  (Or a myriad of other tunes from Frozen!) Just waiting for the flakes to fly!   If you must hear it again now- like I did as I was writing, click here.  Maybe you can build an upside down one, like in the book. Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

12)Sit on Santa’s lap.  We took a great group photo a few years back with my then teenage kids.  It is still fun!

13)Drive around and look at Christmas Lights!  I’m ready.  With the internet and  mapping so easy at our fingertips, we can look them up and really go find the great ones!  Maybe there is an app for that!?!?

14)Sit by a roaring fireplace. Drink hot cocoa or hot toddies.  But put on the Christmas music and enjoy!

15)Christmas Scavenger Hunt– I have been determined to do this for years.  There are lots of places to find lists and riddles on the internet.  So many ways to do it, easy or really complicated. Can’t wait to try this one out!  Here is an easy one I liked. Scavenger Hunt

16)Write a letter to Santa– or help someone else write one.  It seems like a lost art, but I think it would be fun to get creative, make it artistic.  Maybe we will write one and leave a Thank you note this year instead!

17) Make ornaments and decorate a tree– and enjoy it!  Do I really need to put it on the December Bucket list? No, but somehow over the years this has turned into a chore instead of something to be enjoyed.  I want to get back to making it a festive afternoon or evening.  Maybe starting with going to pick out the tree together as a family! Maybe have a snowman pizza when you get done!December Bucket List: Have a snowman pizza after putting up the tree!

18)Take a special family photo– Christmas is a great time to document the years as they go by.  Maybe do something extra special each year, or maybe record it the same.  Just make sure you do it!

19)Go to the Zoo lights, or botanical gardens lights. This is so enjoyable.  It is fun to walk around and have fresh hot roasted nuts and cider.

20)Go to the Christmas Parade- Nothing like a parade to make me feel like a kid again!  And nothing quite like taking the kids to see one to make them super excited about Christmas!

I reserve the right to expand this December Bucket List……….and it may take me some years to get to them all, but I am so excited to start trying.

UPDATED for 2015 Here.

 

 

Parade Magazine and Velvet Giggles feature Santa’s Zany Wacky in Holiday Gift Guides 2014

Original Article on Books for Kids from Parade: Read Now

Video Review on Christmas Gift Ideas: Watch Now

We are very proud to be listed in Parade Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide -Books for Kids this year.  There are always so many wonderful titles to look over.  It is such a passion of mine that we keep reading out loud to kids, so to be included in an article in which the author is looking forward to reading our book snuggled up with her niece this holiday season makes me proud!  I certainly think that Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is a book worthy of an annual holiday tradition.

And the video gift guide by Velvet Giggles is a delight.  Again, we are very proud to be included.  If you’ve never seen a review by Renae, you are in for a treat.  She has some great ideas and has a way of making me want all of them!  Enjoy!

Oh- and in case you missed it, we are now available in Kindle format as well as a great interactive app.  For more on the interactive version go to Interactive Touch Books.  You can click on Santa turn his suit from purple to red, hear jets roar, sleighbells ring, snowmen turn upside down and so much more!

Parade Magazine and Velvet Giggles holiday reviews

 

Black Friday starts early with Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

Fun holiday book! 3 ways to enjoy our purple Santa through cyber Monday!

Starting today……through cyber Monday, December 1, 2014, you can get $5.00 off every copy ordered plus FREE shipping, while quantities last!  That is just $13.95 per copy.

Kindle version also available through Amazon at $3.99.

Or……try our new interactive app by downloading the Interactive Touch Books app through iTunes, and then downloading the Santa’s Zany Wacky app for just $1.99.  There you can find Matches the mouse on every page, listen to carolers sing funny, turn Santa’s suit from purple to red to purple, make trees and snowmen turn upside down and much more!

We are starting early and have 3 different ways you can enjoy our purple Santa!

 

 

List of Children’s books about Santa

See our list of Santa books at www.purplesantasuit.com

So I’m the co-author of a book about Santa.  I love Christmas.  I love Santa.  I love children’s books. I thought it might be fun to find a list about the best children’s books about Santa.  After all, I wanted to see who else has been dreaming up fun stories about Santa.  Surely there must be many favorites.  I went to my friends at Pinterest, and surprisingly I didn’t find much in the way of lists.  So, I decided to do some research and come up with my own list.  Though I might be a bit bias, because I think everyone’s Santa collection should include Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas, I also think there are lots of others that are worth taking a peep at for consideration of your own Santa Book box!  Here is a list to get you started.   And if I’ve left something out, by all means, leave a comment and we can look into adding it!  I can think of nothing better than having a group of “go-to” books to read out loud after putting up the tree, or on Christmas Eve.  Here are some Santa ones to get you started. List of Children’s books about Santa:

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas DK Simoneau and David Radman – a whimsical twist on the Night Before Christmas in which Santa finds himself in a Purple Santa Suit and Christmas becoming zany and wacky.  Great for both kids and adults!  And if you love art……..every time you page through you will find yourself noticing more and more detail.

Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner?  –Tomie dePaola –We all sit through family dinners that can be a bit of mayhem.  But imagine Santa and his family.  This is a smile on your face book for sure.

Oh, What a Christmas! Michael Garland –Maybe we are a bit partial to Christmas going  haywire here, but this is a fun story about Santa’s sleigh breaking and how to get Christmas on track!

How Santa Got His Job  –Stephen Krensky and S.D. Schindler –Did you ever think about Santa just being a Chimney sweep?  Check this out for a fun spin on how Santa got to be the Santa we love today!

The Night Before ChristmasClemet C Moore – There are so many editions to choose from! But check some out.  The pictures are always fun and beautiful, and there is nothing better than seeing the finger aside of the nose!

Santa Claus and the Three Bears  –Maria Modugno and Jane Dyer –Another delightful twist, this time on Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.  And who do you suppose the intruder is??  Santa!!

Polar Express  –Chris Van Allsburg –I can hardly believe this book is already about to be 30 years old.  But a list of Christmas books about Santa simply cannot exist without this one.  It really opens hearts to the idea of believing.  And as a Caldecott Medal winner, this book should just not be overlooked.  The art is stunning.

Snowmen at Christmas  – Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner –One of our favorite holiday books ever is Snowmen at Night.  And this one awaits the snowman Santa.  The art is brilliant how the lights and the snow just light up the pages.  Be sure to check out these snowman books!

 Santa Claus  –Rod Green –If you really want to know what makes Santa tick, this is the one to check out!

The Christmas Wish   –Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen –This is a newer one, and it is a beautiful tale about a girl trekking her way to be one of Santa’s elves.  Gorgeous.

Babar and Father Christmas Jean De Brunhoff  -if you love Babar you will love how he tries to bring Christmas.

2nd award for Santa’s (Zany Wacky Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas announced today

Check out Santa's purple suit and funny elves in our book! Finalist USA Book Awards Children's Picture Book - www.purplesantasuit.com

USA Best Book Awards! Another award for Santa’s Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas………..just announced today. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
http://www.usabooknews.com/2014awardannouncement.html

 Celebrate with us!!  Get your copies now………free shipping!

In case you were wondering what the first award was, it was the Gold Medal in the Holiday category for Moonbeam Children’s book awards last month. http://www.moonbeamawards.com/51/winners/winners-2014

Gold Medal Winner Holiday Category- www.purplesantasuit.com "Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

White elephant gift exchange ideas worth stealing for!

White elephant gift exchange ideas worth stealing for!

White elephant ideas – nice, giggle, homemade, creative cash, or recycled??

Do you need a white elephant gift exchange idea?

Every year it seems we all get invited to at least one White elephant gift exchange, and we all need ideas worth stealing for.  I always like it when I bring the gift that everyone is fighting over.  Sometimes if it works out right, I like to steal it back at the end.  It makes me feel like I won a really great prize!

Nice Gifts: This year of course, I suspect the best gift I can bring to all of the white elephant parties would of course be our book, “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas”.    Maybe even an autographed version.  Regardless I think anyone who brings this book will see that people will be fighting over it.  You could order a few, and keep them on hand.  They will make great last minute party gifts that you can just have around ready to go (even for those kids you forgot you might see over the holiday!) There are lots of other nice gifts like this that are popular.  Other kids Christmas book classics like Polar Express, or Snowmen at Night.  People always seem to be fighting over holiday decorative items, like cute little Santas or snowmen, wreaths or candles.  Candles….yes everyone seems to love the candles, especially the big jar ones with delicious holiday scents.  My favorite is anything that smells like candycane.  Someone always seems to bring some little dancing character, like  a snowman or a singing reindeer or something.  It is always a hit.  Anything with a holiday theme seems to be nice and very popular.

Homemade Gifts:  I’ve been known to fight over some homemade goodies before.  I love cookies, bananna bread, brownies anything.  It is especially nice when people include the recipe.  There are lots of ideas out there about things to make in a jar.   Things like cake mixes where one only has to add in the wet ingreedients.  You could make up a batch of these and use them at all of your white elephant parties or even as host gifts for regular parties.  I’ve had friends that have made homemade batches of wine, beer, kaluha, vinegars, oils. and more! There is lots of information too about how to make nice gift baskets.  I’ve seen Italian food baskets with wine and cheese, pasta, and olive oil.  I’ve seen movie baskets with a Christmas movie, popcorn, and cool popcorn bowls etc.  I’m thinking that one could make a really cool gift basket filled with holiday classic books or even a “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas basket that could include some hot cocoa cups, marshmallows, hot cocoa mix (homemade or not), of course the book, and even a blanket throw or some kind of sleep shirt.  People love to get something that people make or assemble themselves.

Creative Cold Hard Cash and Gift Cards: There is nothing wrong with stopping on your way to the party and getting a gift card or even just putting some cash in an envelope.  We’ve all been that person.  And nobody will complain if that is the gift they receive in the end.  But one could be a little creative with it.  My Dad once gave me money for Christmas and it was all in $2 bills.  It would take a little planning and maybe a phone call to the bank, but it could be done.  Of course hiding a gift card or cash inside of a really big wrapped box taped inside the bottom throws people off.  To get a little more creative with that you could include a brick or a big lump of coal and tape the card to the bottom of it in the box.  There are lots of jar ideas that you could hide it inside of too.  Maybe a jar of holiday candy like candy canes or holiday M&Ms, gumballs, or holiday Hershey kisses.  Just load up the jar, put the money or card inside of a plastic baggie or something and then wedge it in.  It might be fun to not say a word…..and see how long it takes before the lucky present winner finds their bonus!  Gift cards are really fun. It is fun to see what people will fight for.  I’ve seen of course Starbucks cards, those are very popular.  I’ve seen gas cards, ice cream cards, and even Home Depot cards be fought over.  So next time you are at one of those stores, buy a few to keep around for your holiday parties, and you will be set.

Gifts that will cause a Giggle: These are always fun at a White Elephant Exchange party.  Sometimes they get a big groan.  Sometimes they are worth stealing!  I’ve seen all kinds of things from bacon flavored toothpaste, soap and bubblegum, to hairy pantyhose, and clown glasses.  I’ve seen silly putty to “Flarp” noise putty and whoopie cushions.  Even photo props like Santa hats and mustasches on sticks can be fun. Boxes of kids bandaids, big mama underwear, wasabi lip balm, and giant, and I mean giant candycanes are fun.  I’ve seen rubber duckies, even decorate your own rubber duckie kits, reindeer antlers, halloween wigs, and I even once saw one of those beta fish that come in a cup!  Just wander around, there are so many things that might cause a laugh, even a purple santa hat might do it! 😉 There are lots of places to look for ideas, one I still like is Spencers at the mall or online.

Recycled Items: This can be interpreted in two ways.  It could mean something like “regifting” something you got last year at another gift exchange or from your Mother-in-law.  Or it could mean giving some item that might be destined for the trash a “recycled” life. I’ve been known to bring the dud gift when I’ve forgotten to prepare ahead of time.   That could mean that I run around my house finding anything……..could be something sitting on the shelf that who knows how I’ve obtained.  I once had what I thought was a hideous figurine that someone at the party thought was marvelous and was a collector of.  I’ve brought a six pack of beer that was sitting in the fridge that I would never get around to drinking.  I’ve seen big 3 wick candles that were already burnt.  There is always the fun of bringing the “dud” gift from last year to the same party and listen to the giggles when it is pulled out once again.  It is fun to see those show up again and again year after year.  It could be that you fill up an empty cereal box with lemons or a small mint box with old nuts and bolts that don’t go to anything.  There are endless possiblities.

Lots of ideas….I can hardly wait for White Elephant Party season to start this year.  So which white elephant gift exchange idea worth stealing for are you going to bring?!  If you have some good ideas we’d love to hear them!

Photo Contest Christmas 2014- Santa’s Zany, Wacky!

Photo Contest Christmas 2014. www.purplesantasuit.com

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Photo Contest Christmas 2014 www.purplesantasuit.com

Boasting our purple Santa hats!

Enter our photo contest Christmas 2014 for Santa’s Zany Wacky ideas. So just how zany and wacky can you get this Christmas?? We want to see your photos! Do you decorate your house in some unusual way? Dress up?  Dress up your pets? Do you have a purple Christmas tree? Do you do something unusual while preparing for Christmas? Do you read holiday stories in an unusual way or place? Do you wear ugly Christmas sweaters? Purple santa hats? Elf outfits? Reindeer antlers on your car? Send us your pics, with our book someplace in it, and you will be entered. Not that wacky? Then take just a picture of you or your kid(s) reading a copy of “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas, in a normal, cool, or unusual place or way. Whatever it is, we want to see it! Start getting wacky! Or not……..and just show us you love the book. 🙂

Photo Contest Christmas 2014 Rules:

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter (photos of people must be of yourself, or you may send photo of someone younger, but please include your relationship to anyone under 18)

Photo must include a copy of the book Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas somewhere in photograph

Send copy of photo via email to info@purplesantasuit.com

Include your Name, email address so we may contact you for further information should you win.

Photos may be posted on this website, Facebook, or Pinterest, and by submitting photo you acknowledge that we may use that photo on those sites. (Click to see where photos may be posted on sites: Facebook-or- Pinterest)

Limit of 2 photo entries per email address.

Prizes- (Prizes will only be awarded if there are 25 entries or more)

Judged photo Winner $50.00 cash

Random drawing winner – Autographed copy of the book for your collection.

Contest closes December 15, 2014