12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: The Glitch Who Stole Christmas

Staff | December 22nd, 2008

The 9513′s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Wondering where the seventh and eighth days of Christmas went? Evidently, they evaporated into a virtual vapor, gone to that place where lost data rests in peace. If you came here over the weekend looking for the contest, and found nothing, it was due to a small scheduling glitch on our backend. The good news, however, is that all of the weekend’s prizes have been rolled together–so today’s prize pack will be even bigger and better than it was supposed to be.

We’re only four days away from the grand prize drawing–which means you have three more chances to get registered. What’s the grand prize? If you’ve been following the contest over the past week, then you already know that the grand prize contains more than 12 items (at least two of which are signed by the artists), at least two awesome country music-related DVDs, a box set, at least one prize that is “deluxe,” and (today’s spoiler), something that sounds so good.

But that’s four days from now, and we’ve got a heck of a prize pack for you today.

Day Nine:

In addition to the Friday’s prize of Joe Nichols’ A Traditional Christmas and Julianne Hough’s self-titled debut album, today we’re adding three more CDs to the haul.

The first of those is Faith Hill’s brand new holiday collection Joy to the World, which features ten holiday standards and the closing original track “A Baby Changes Everything.”

“The album features substantial vocal assistance from Metro Voices and The London Oratory School Boys Choir, along with the Nashville Orchestra who help to create the big band sound of the 40s and 50s. While these arrangements are not necessarily unique, they take the listener to the comfortable place of warm fires, old Christmas movies and festivities that are positively associated with the Christmas season.” — Leeann Ward, Country Universe

Next up is an album widely praised as one of the year’s best, Hayes Carll’s Trouble in Mind, which features the single “She Left Me For Jesus.”

“Hayes Carll has shown that he’s willing to approach the arena where American songwriting legends are made, and more than that, he’s indicated that he may be capable of competing once he’s arrived [... Trouble in Mind is] an excellent record that has made me a Hayes Carll fan, and in a just world, would establish him as a force to be reckoned with on the national scene.” — Ben Cisneros, The 9513

“For fans of John Prine or Todd Snider, 32-year-old Texan Hayes Carll is a familiar type—a mush-mouthed drawler who’s smarter about the beat than his shambling ways would make you think and funnier than shit when he wants to be, which is often.” — Robert Christgau, Blender

Finally, today’s winner all also receive and autographed copy of Eli Young Band’s Jet Black and Jealous, featuring the hit singles “When It Rains” and “Always The Love Songs.”

Today’s Question:

To enter today’s giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment to this article answering the following question:

Do you know a Grinch or a Scrooge who has trouble getting into the holiday spirit? If not, (lucky you!) which of your friends or loved ones would you say is most festive?

Entries must be posted no later than 11:00 AM CST, December 23th. Good luck, and merry Christmas from The 9513.

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  1. Andrew L.
    December 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I don’t know a Scrooge, but one of my friends goes all out for Christmas. The tree and lights go up the day after Thanksgiving, she starts baking Christmas cookies that weekend, and has a great party the weekend before Christmas.

  2. Jordan Stacey
    December 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    My father is the most festive person I know. We’re doing renovations on the house all year and we’re just about done. My father wanted to put up the Christmas tree but my mother told him that he had to finish fixing the bathroom first. The bathroom was done in about an hour and the tree another hour later.

  3. Gary Zarda
    December 22, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I know no scrooges, but my mom always had the spirit. I fondly remember the days of being awoken to christmas music, a fully decorated home, and facing my sister to open the advent calendar.

  4. Lanibug
    December 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    We have always called my dad a grinch — when we were kids, he always said he was going to sit on the front porch and shoot santa claus with a shotgun (remember I am from a small town in the middle of nowwhere Illinois) and one year for christmas we got him a little sheep with a scarf that said “Baa Humbug” – but I also know that it was always in fun -

  5. Rainbow
    December 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    My grandma is always the life of the party.

  6. PaulaW
    December 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I’m sometimes a bit of a Scrooge in the weeks coming up to Christmas, but I always pull myself out of it and run around like mad trying to get it all done and get all Christmassy (is that a word?) in the week before Christmas. So I guess I’m not a Scrooge really, just a procrastinator.

    My grandma really got into the Christmas spirit, with getting her house ready and doing all the cooking for us on Christmas Eve. She didnt want anybody to bring anything; she did it all herself. She loved having the whole family over there. There were usually about 40 of us crammed into her little single-wide mobile home for Christmas Eve dinner – and we wouldnt have had it any other way. It was all about family.

  7. Mike K
    December 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    My grandmother is always eager to get into the Christmas spirit. She does everything from baking cookies to making her own ornaments for the tree. She also sews a quilt for at least on member of the family every year.

  8. Chris D.
    December 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    My mom gets so festive it’s annoying! She decorates all the time and stuff, but we’re not incredibly festive people overall.

  9. J.R. Journey
    December 22, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    My Grandma … she throws the family Christmas parties and still calls all of us individually to make sure we’re coming – and we have a HUGE family. I love my Grandma …

  10. Ron
    December 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    My 17-year old daughter is the most festive in my family. She handles the decorations, Christmas cookies, giftwrapping… All very helpful when work and other obligations make her parents time tight. Thanks Mandy!

  11. Chris N.
    December 22, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I’m the biggest scrooge in any room.

  12. Occasional Hope
    December 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I’m afraid my mother is getting increasingly Scroogelike these days. She limits decorations to the tree, cards and maybe (if we’re lucky) a wreath on the door. The tree got smaller every year for years to the extent that my father and I called it the Christmas Branch instead (we’ve now settled at something smallish but recognisably a tree). The tree stays up for the minimum time she can get away with.

  13. Leeann Ward
    December 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    When I married my husband four anda half years ago, he really didn’t like Christmas. Now, however, I’ve warmed him up to it and he really has the Christmas spirit this year. No grumbling when the Christmas music is turned on (he even puts it on for me in the car without me suggesting it), happy to put up the tree and is all into buying gifts. In fact, there are a couple of people I wanted to cheap out on this year, but he convinced me that we shouldn’t. He’s come a long way. Everybody say “aahhh…”

  14. Rick McGrinch
    December 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I am undoubtedly the biggest Grinch I’ve ever encountered but I try not to inflict it on others. Also, if I was in a room with Chris N. then I would out Scrooge him as well being an accountant and all. Gotta go now as my planning for my raid on Whoville is a bit behind schedule and I need a warmer bathrobe for my late night travels with those pesky Christmas ghosts……

  15. Leeann Ward
    December 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Love the title of this article, by the way. Clever!

  16. Trailer
    December 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    My boss is kind of a Grinchy Scrooge type this year but I suppose that’s to be expected with this humbug economy. I’m still feeling pretty festive anyway.

  17. plain_jo
    December 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    My Dad is kind of a Grinch he would rather skip Christmas altogether, but my mom drags him into the festivities.

  18. KathyP
    December 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    The grinch/scrooge is the IRS. Just found out they’re after me for $$ they think I owe them. What a bummer. Pick me, please, guys. I need the cheer.

  19. Ed
    December 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I find people who are going away for the holidays on a sunny vacation are a bit of scrooge. Christmas is meant to be spent with family and friends, even if you don’t get along that well.

  20. Marc
    December 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    My single male coworkers are the biggest grinches I know of. Very much the “woe is me” “life sucks” “bah humbug” types. Get over it!!!

  21. Zach
    December 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    My sister is definitely the most festive. She’s the one making the cookies and blasting the holiday music.

  22. deepikaur
    December 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    My Grandmother was always the life of the party. While she was alive, she would always make sure that the entire family got together over the holidays, and that all of the children’s birthdays were celebrated. But after she left us, the festivities just faded away.

    And ironically enough, it was her only son (my uncle) who happened to be the Grinch every holiday/birthday. He would always complain about how we were celebrating getting another year older and losing yet another year of our lives (birthday) or how we were celebrating a holiday that wasn’t even our’s (Christmas; we’re not Christian). But we all know he’s joking all of the time, so it’s all good.

  23. Adriana
    December 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I’m surrounded by nothing but festive people! Lucky me; that’s for sure! My mom is super festive. She bakes 24/7 during the holiday season and shares her baked goods with family, friends, and donates some to an organization that distributes cookies to the homeless on Christmas Eve.

    off-topic: Is the “sounds so good” hint in reference to Ashton Shepherd?? That would make my week! :)

  24. carriegel
    December 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    i have to say my sister-in-law and her husband. they own santa and mrs claus suits and actually wear them. enough said.

  25. agent713
    December 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    My brother is a huge annoying, party pooper Grinch…but he get’s it from my dad. They both get depressed about money and are impossible to buy for because they’re not “in the Christmas spirit”. They drive me nuts. Fun-suckers!

  26. Ryan
    December 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    This kid I used to work with was pretty Grinchy. Besides the usual “Christmas is stupid” stuff, he also wrote “Santa Is Not Real” on the back of his leather jacket and didn’t care if little kids were around when he wore it. So yeah, he was kinda Grinchy / dumb.

  27. Jason
    December 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    My mom was a Grinch for the longest time. She’s warmed up a lot the past few years, but still tands to see Christma as more of a burden than a celebration.

  28. Lee
    December 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    My wife is the most festive among us.
    She’s busy baking and cooking for Christmas most of December. She also enjoys the Christmas intrigues that go with buying gifts for people and keeping them secret.

    I tend toward Scrooge on alternating days during the season.

  29. Cindy2
    December 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I’m very lucky, I am work with someone who is quite literally full of the Christmas spirit all year long! She makes us all gain weight with the food she brings in..

  30. Tony
    December 22, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    My Dad. I am someone who is all gung-ho with the tree up on post-Thanksgiving weekend. He needs about 2-3 visits to coax him out of his holiday adverse shell. By the time 22nd-23rd comes around he goes out and gets a box of cards and sends them to all the people that have sent to him. Everyone who knows him knows you are likely getting your card around New Years.

    Maybe someday the Xmas/Dad cycle will sync up. Unlikely not so I guess it is the thing that makes him the dad he is. After all these years it works for me as we are not all on the same timetable.

  31. Josh Preister
    December 22, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I would have to say that I am the one who is the most holiday-orientated around this time of the year. I’m the first one to have my Christmas cards out and all my presents around the tree. I usually am also the one shouting Christmas tunes from the top of my lungs around November 20th…

  32. Mike
    December 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    My aunt is definitely the most festive person in our family. She always shows up with tons of bags of presents for the kids.

  33. Sheldon
    December 22, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    I try to stay away from the Grinch-like folk at Christmas, but with the economic times so uncertain, there seems to be a lot more unhappy folks this year than years past…Here’s hoping for a better ’09!

  34. Ken M
    December 22, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    We just had a new baby girl and my wife dressed her up today as a little Miss Santa Claus. She was adorable- the two of them tie for my vote for most festive this holiday season…

  35. Clemson Brad
    December 23, 2008 at 1:13 am

    The most festive has always been my mother. Even today, as a young man in my twenties, she still lays out my presents like “Santa Left Them There.” If thats not festive…I don’t know what is.

  36. Brian
    December 23, 2008 at 5:38 am

    I would have to say unfortunately that this year I have become the Scrooge. I work retail and this time of year is very hectic and extremely tiring. So by this point, I’m over it.

    My partner would be the most festive person I know in regards to Christmas. He’s in retail too, so that in itself makes that statement sound even more impressive. He loves this holiday and only wishes that our jobs wouldn’t mess it up every year (i.e., we are both working on Christmas day).

  37. Sabrina
    December 23, 2008 at 7:20 am

    My aunt is def the most festive. She is in a senior cittzens center and she decorates her little room to the brim. She has the tree complete with everything. Angels, stars, garland.The walls are covered w green garland w hanging silver stars. Oh yes, she def gives new meaning to gettin old.

  38. Cynthia Allgood
    December 23, 2008 at 8:01 am

    My father was a big brut of a man. Standing at 6’2″ with broad shoulders, a full beard, and a furrowed brow, he was enough to intimidate most. With that being said, it was always a delight to see him transform during the holiday season. My father would merrily take off through the woods, looking for the perfect little Christmas Fir to bring home. Our beautiful tannenbaum would always be a glorious sight after Daddy meticulously decorated it. He was like a kid on Christmas morning the whole month through. The only thing that seemed to delight him more was the promise of snow. Growing up in North Georgia, we didn’t see much snow, and still don’t. Those rare times when the white stuff did fall, I could even feel my father’s heart leap with excitment. He couldn’t wait to take all of us kids out to play. And if we ever had a white Christmas, I swear the man couldn’t have been happier.

    Daddy passed away July 5, 1999, when I was 4 months pregnant with my daughter. The day he passed was the first time I felt the tiny baby within my body move. She was born exactly 5 months later on December 5, 1999. The moment she was born, Silent Night began playing in the delivery room. As I held my newborn, and cried, thinking of my father, I knew his spirit, his Christmas spirit, was there with me in that room.

    This Christmas and every Christmas since, I’ve tried to do all I can to keep the excitment and spirit of Christmas that my father shared alive, for it’s the one time of year when I really feel him with me.

  39. darijavan
    December 23, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I think I am the one who really gets into Christmas in my family. I start decorating on Dec 1st and don’s stop until Christmas Eve. I love it, every room is decorated and with all the snow we are getting it’s really going to be a white Christmas.

  40. Vicki
    December 23, 2008 at 9:22 am

    My Brothers believe it or not. My Dad would treat my Mom with care, even going so far to go to the Mall with her during the Christmas season and anytime she went shopping. Now my brothers treat their wives the same way. They go all out with decorations no matter how cold and icy it is out, those decorations get up. They never pass a salvation army bucket without dropping their last dollar (or penny) in that bucket.

    The opposite was my ex. Absolutely hated decorations and it was just a mess to him. When I was having our children, he had his mother go to the grocery store for necessary milk. He hated waiting “Time is money and that’s my money being wasted” he’d always say. Now that we are divorced, he doesn’t even have a wreath on his door, nothing. He’s the Grinch that you speak of.

  41. Stephanie
    December 23, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I hate to say it but, Im the Grinch. My mom was always the one who had the Cristmas spirit and she always pushed my dad into the decorating he went so far as to put sleigh tracks on the roof once it was great.


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