12 Days of Christmas Goodie Bag Giveaway!

12 Days of Christmas…Great Reads and Freebies!

I cry at the drop of a hat. As Christmas approaches I’ll lose it over the Marine Corps Toys for Tots commercial, welcome home videos in which troops are reunited with their families, movies with happy, or sad, or hopeful endings, or anything that reminds me of the beauty and goodness in the world. I complement this sensitive side with a distinctly low-brow sense of humor. You know the “Eighteen crotch hits in twenty-three seconds” montages on America’s Funniest Home Videos? Those slay me. Stone cold dead.

This mix might explain why Bad Santa is my favorite holiday movie. There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love Bad Santa and people who wish they could sue Billy Bob Thornton for the two hours of their lives they wasted on the movie and will never get back. I own the former category. I love that movie. I love it for the perfectly written, scathingly delivered lines like, “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m three-feet-f-ing-tall!” I love the boxing ring scene. I love John Ritter in a really brilliant, expectation-busting performance as an uptight store manager (his last performance before his death).

But what I really love is the unsentimental way the movie reminds us that Christmas miracles come to foul-mouthed, alcoholic, law-breaking, perverse thieves as well as the George Baileys of the world. Willy Stokes, the main character, lacks a conscience, a functioning moral compass, or any other redeeming quality. He spends thirty days working as a department store Santa so he can crack the store’s safe on Christmas Eve and steal enough money to drink his way through the next eleven months. But when a fat kid and a pretty waitress come into his life, they accept him unconditionally, caring about him for exactly who he is and where he is in life. Simple, honest affection slowly changes Willy. If I had to describe his character arc, I’d say he goes from “alcoholic degenerate” to “functioning human being”.

Now that’s a Christmas miracle I can get behind.

In keeping with the idea that good things come to those who least expect them, I’ll mention that Thea Moretti, the heroine of my holiday release BREATH ON EMBERS, also gets a miracle. Hers comes in the form of a FDNY firefighter who uses every sexy weapon in his considerable arsenal to coax her through darkness, into the light.

So…yes or no to Bad Santa? Comment between now and November 26 for a chance to win a BREATH ON EMBERS goodie bag including Starbucks, iTunes, shortbread, and more!

21 comments on “12 Days of Christmas Goodie Bag Giveaway!

  1. Catherine

    NO to Bad Santa! I have never seen Bad Santa, but Billy Bob and Christmas just don’t seem to go together. NOW, a sexy firefighter?…Wrap up that holiday wish!

  2. LSUReader

    Can we have a third–Lukewarm–category for Bad Santa? I saw it once and it was okay. I don’t need to see it again, though. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  3. Texas Book Lover

    I am fine with Bad Santa in movies that aren’t real…but I hate to see real people getting hurt on the AFV ‘s. I do catch myself laughing sometimes but I always think about how bad that person was probably hurt.

  4. Misty

    I only saw the movie once years ago so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I think I remember some horrified laughter on my part. Think I’ll do another viewing this year to shake up the regular holiday video schedule.

  5. QuenKne M

    I’ve never seen Bad Santa, but it doesn’t sound like my kind of Christmas movie.. I have to say I like the good Santa. All the traditional Santa movies, music and festivities.

  6. Pamk

    I liked this bad santa cause he was semi redeemed at the end. Still JA but somewhat better. Sort of like he was in the bad news bears he played in.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  7. Diane Sallans

    I’ve never seen ‘Bad Santa’ – I’ll have to look for it. I really prefer to laugh, especially around the holidays, but there are always things – like Hallmark commercials – that bring a tear to my eye.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  8. Brenda Leon

    “Bad Santa” is a good movie but very different from the great classics. I enjoyed it very much, but it is not one I must see every year as I do some of the classics.

  9. OMG, I just finished reading a NetGalley of the anthology and loved “Breath on Embers”. I was so moving – I cried when Thea stopped for the carolers and finally lit a candle for the first time. Thank you so much for writing it (and for doing such a nice giveaway!).

  10. Hi, everyone! Thanks for participating in the giveaway! My son picked a name (nothing more random than an 8yo boy) and the winner is Misty! Please contact me at anne at annecalhoun dot com! Happy holidays, everyone…I hope Santa’s very GOOD to you. 😉


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