Monday, December 20, 2010

It's Your Wonderful Life" Party and Giveaway

Welcome to the third, and last "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party!  I am so appreciative to all of my readers and to those that took the time to link up to the parties.  The Linky Party is below the giveaway information.

Winner of Mrs. Christmas Apron
First of all I want to announce that Jamie. hostess of the blog "From My Kitchen to Yours" won the Mrs. Christmas apron!  It's going in the mail tomorrow and with some Christmas Luck it will arrive before Christmas.  I want to thank Jacqueline, my sister, hostess of Purple Chocolat Home for making and giving such a great apron.  I know Jamie will love it!

This Week's Giveaway

In the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" George and Mary buy the "drafty old home" at 320 Sycamore Street.  It's the home that Mary and George throw rocks in the window and make wishes.  The first giveaway gift is a pair of "Socks to Stay Home In."  I have a pair just like them.  Don't you think Mary would have loved a pair to keep her warm in that drafty old home?

At the end of the movie, the town has come with financial donations to help George.  They are standing around a Christmas tree, in George and Mary's home, and they hear a bell ring.  ZuZu says, "Teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings."  It is then that they realize that Clarence has received his wings.  The second giveaway gift is a bell.  I am so glad that Clarence received his wings! 

A local newspaper columnist, Ann Cannon wrote that one Thanksgiving after planning the dinner, making the dinner, setting the table, and calling everyone to dinner, her husband asked HER to give the prayer over the Thanksgiving feast.   Her response was, "I might as well, I did everything else!"  If you are like me, you have been so busy preparing for Christmas, and doing most of the preparations, that you deserve a little something for yourself.  The third giveaway gift is a $25 gift card to Bath and Body Works.  Buy a little something for yourself that didn't come under the Christmas tree.

I have enjoyed looking at your "Wonderful" posts and thinking about the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."  I love its eternal message that each ordinary man and women make more of a difference in the lives of others than they think they do. 

Giveaway Rules

  • The contest will run until Sunday December 26 at 10 pm MST.
  • You must provide a way for me to contact you via e-mail -- either on your blog or in you comment.  You do not need to host a blog to win this contest.
  • Winner will be chosen with the aid of Random.Org.
  • I will contact the winner by e-mail; you e-mail must be readily visible on your blog or in your comments.
You have three chances to win.

1.  First Chance:  This is mandatory to win a prize.  You must be a GFC follower, former or new, to win.  You can become a follower of Red Couch Recipes by clicking on the follower button on the left side of my blog.

Second Chance:  Post an entry to this week's "It's Your Wonderful Life Party."  The linky is below the contest rules.  Tell me in your comment the name of the post.

Third Chance:  Post this contest, along with my giveaway photo, on your sidebar.  Tell me in the comment
that you did post to your sidebar.

In closing, I leave you with a great quote from "It's a Wonderful Life."  In this scene George is talking to Mr. Potter who owns the town's bank and wants to own the Bailey Building and Loan business.

Link Up To "It's Your Wonderful Life" Linky Party!

In closing, I leave you with a great quote from "It's a Wonderful Life." In this scene George is talking to Mr. Potter who owns the town's bank and wants to own the Bailey Building and Loan

Just a minute — just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no business man. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anybody else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was...Why, in the twenty-five years since he and Uncle Billy started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry to school, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter. And what's wrong with that? Why...Here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers? said...What'd you say just a minute ago?...They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait! Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken-down that they...Do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about...they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well, in my book he died a much richer man than you'll ever be!"



Elle Belles Bows said...

I am a follower. It has been such a pleasure to follow bits of It's A Wonderful Life on your blog. Truly is a wonderful life! Merry Christmas! Kerri

The Charm of Home said...

I am a follower! That is such a great movie, fun to follow your parties highlighting it.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations to Jamie for winning that fantastic apron!

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Joni!

Anonymous said...

I am a gfc follower!

Bonnie said...

Of course I'm a follower.

Bonnie said...


Merry Christmas. I posted another of my Dad's Santas.

Jacqueline said...

I love that quote and I can see him saying it to Mr. Potter. I bought a new copy of the movie, a DVD so we need to watch it again.

Congrats to Jamie, hope she loves it. I made myself one and I am keeping it! (I hope)

Thanks for hosting the party, it truly is a wonderful life, even when it seems to be falling down around you like it was for Mary and George.

Kelly Massman said...

Congrats to the apron winner! It's so cute, I'm sure she'll love it!
I'm a follower! Fun giveaway! I'd give the socks to my niece who is soon off to college! Thanks!

Sarah said...

Joni, I'm linking up this week. Sorry I'm so late arriving to this fun party.
Thanks for hosting!
Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

Shel said...

Hi Joni, you have a beautiful blog. I have linked up to you this week..just rather late.
Have a blessed Christmas.
Shel x

La said...

Joni, thank you so much for hosting such a fun holiday party. I've enjoyed it.

I am a follower!

La said...

I linked a Treat for Santa to your party

La said...

Your button is on my sidebar.

Incidentally, I live in an old drafty house like the Bailey's!

Merry Christmas! La

Vicki V @ said...

I am a follower and love your blog! Your photos are always so enticing!

Courtney :) said...

I am a follwer :)

cmw_2289 at yahoo dot com

Abby said...

I am a follower and linked my YUMMY Ooey Gooey Caramel Pie in the linky party! I would love a pair of cozy socks and some pampering from Bath and Body works!

Holly said...

I'm a follower:)

Frieda Loves Bread said...

I'm a GFC follower!

Megan said...

Merry Christmas! Thanks for the chance at a little pampering. A gift everyone can use this time of year even if it is a wonderful life. ;)

I'm a follower!

Sue said...

Joni, I am happy to be a follower! Great giveaway and post...Go George! :)

Sue said...

I posted "Peppermint Lollipop Cupcakes" to your party! Thanks for hosting and for the chance to win some prizes, Joni! Merry Christmas!

Sue said...

I have a link to the party/giveaway on my sidebar:)

Moore Minutes said...

I'm a new follower...I thought I was an old but I guess not lol. ;) Anyway, thank you for these giveaways!

I have to tell you that I love the highlights you bring out in this classic movie. You write some endearing points about it that make my heart smile.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Joni! Your ornament is on its merry way to you! You know I am a happy happy follower and I joined your party today (a little late, but better late than never!) with my post on the simple joys of Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Linda

Lina Thomlinson said...

I'm a follower.

Lina Thomlinson said...

I also posted my Oreo truffles to the link party.

Trisha said...

I am a follower! Love your blog and all the generosity that flows from it!!


Nick Ashley Reagan Coen & Ike said...

I'm a new follower! I just found you and am loving your blog!

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower! I love your blog!!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

I found your blog at Tablescape Thursday and glad I clicked on your link! I'm your newest follower :)

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

I linked my Christmas Home Tour

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Your giveaway is on my sidebar now. Thank you for hosting. Have a Wonderful Chirstmas

Clements Family said...

One of my favorite Christmas movies!! Of course I follow your blog:)

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower. I check this blog daily because I love reading it! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. I love "It's A Wonderful Life."

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Crafts a la Mode said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family.Blessings.