Oct 302017
 

Hosted By:   Holiday Contest and Sweeps 

Starts:  11/04/17

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4th Annual Holiday Giveaway Spectacular
Week One, and you’re at the right place, XmasDolly’s where it’s like Christmas every day!  WOO HOO!

So let’s get down to it!  

1 – Winner
  




Holiday Contest and Sweeps is honored to bring you the 4th Annual Holiday
Giveaway Spectacular Week One of Three Weeks of Great Giveaways with the help of a
great group of terrific fellow blogs. This week is a combined group of amazing sponsors
have come together to make this Holiday Giveaway possible for all of you.

One lucky winner whom resides in the Continental United States and is eighteen
plus years of age will win this great prize package. Entering is simply, just complete the entries on the rafflecopter entry form for your chance to win.

Let’s wait no longer , here are the prizes being offered in this weeks giveaway.

 1 –  Ergo Chef 7pc Pro Series Ergonomic Knife Block Set 
 1 – PeachSkinSheets.com  Sheet Set
1 – Enchantails Mermaid Slumber Bag Set
1 – Alert Works NOAA Severe Weather Radio
1 – EatSmart Precision Elite Meat Thermocouple Meat Thermometer
1 – Viatek 6-inch Rechargeable Wax Laser and Flickering LED Candle

1- QMT Windchimes 27” Corinthian Bells Windchime
1 – Standard Concession Supply Mickey and Minnie Roasting Marshmallows Holiday Inflatable
1 – Almondina Biscuits Variety Pack




Ergo Chef Cutlery

  7pc. Pro Series Ergonomic Knife Block Set

Like most unique companies, Ergo Chef was founded serendipitously.

Scott Staib wasn’t supposed to make knives; he was supposed to be a chef. After his training at Johnson & Wales University, Scott set out to rise through the culinary ranks. His first stop was an ultra-swanky country club where he proved his mettle as the sauté and grill chef. Next was his gig as sous chef for Aramark Food Service Corporation. He was on the fast track in foodservice when he was sidelined by tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome—a result of the repetitive motion injuries caused by frequent chopping and slicing. Without a fully-functioning wrist, Staib could not cook his dinner, let alone advance his career.

He was not alone.

Scott found that he was not the only chef—professional or home—to suffer from tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. He enrolled his engineer brother, Mike, to help find the solution. They worked closely with designers at the family’s design and machining company in New England to examine how a conventional knife fits in a chef’s hand, the movement of a chef’s wrist and hand during chopping and the angle at which a knife hits the cutting board. Together, they crafted a knife that was a true extension of a chef’s hand.

After just three weeks of using the ergonomically-designed knives, Scott’s persistent tendonitis and carpal tunnel symptoms disappeared. He created 50 prototypes of the knives and sent them to professional chefs, student chefs and culinary professors across the country. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and Ergo Chef was born in 2002.
Click Here To Visit The Ergo Chef Website For Many Great Deals

 

PeachSkinSheets.com

One Set of PeachSkinSheets Sheet Set

PeachSkinSheets.com are the most comfortable sheets you will ever use in your life.
The Original PeachSkinSheets.com are GREAT for hot sleepers! Breathable, ultra soft, anti-pill and anti-snag bed sheets featuring thermal control and moisture management properties…warm sleepers stay cool, and cool sleepers stay cozy. The durable athletic grade performance SMART fabric wicks away moisture to keep you drier and more comfortable. Best of all, they have a luxurious 1500 Thread Count softness with a brushed PeachSkin finish on both sides. Available in Split King, Cali King, King, Queen, Full, Twin and XL Dorm Twin and XL Dorm Full.

Their sheets have wrinkle release that is activated in the dryer on medium to medium/high heat (temperature depends on your dryer) in about 20 minutes after washing. They
offer their customers a color of the month to keep current with changing colors. Click
here to view them.
PeachSkinSheets.com also offer their customers a chance to get a sample of the color
of their sheets to make sure it is the one they truly are looking for. Wait no longer
so order your free Swatch by clicking the link below.

Click Here For Your Free Swatch

Make sure you visit the PeachSkinSheets.comWebsite Today and View all their great selections and make sure you like them on their social media pages on the
entry form.

Click here to view the Peachskinsheets.com and a chance to get a extra entry

 Mermaid Slumber Bag Set

The Enchantails Slumber Bag Set is going to be the hit of every little girls Christmas List to Santa Claus. Imagine the joy they will have at their slumber parties with their Mermaid
Slumber Bag Set. Not onlywill they be joyed by their Slumber Bags, but the Mermaid Books and Decals that are availabloe as well. Click on the link below and view all the great selections that are available.


1 Package of Almondina Variety Biscuits

 

Almondina Biscuits are a delight for any occasion. Made for a old family recipe, it thrives
today as a delight you all must try. Click on the review below for more information and
a chance to gain a extra point in the giveaway.

Click here for more information on Almondina Biscuits and a chance to get a extra entry

1 -Alert Works NOAA Severe Weather Radio 

 

Alert Works® is a leading manufacturer of safety devices that ALERT you to impending danger.

We design and produce high quality safety products with the purpose of protecting your family and home, as well as your peace of mind.

With S.A.M.E. Localized Programmability, NOAA and Public Alert Certified

The EAR-10 Emergency Alert Radio with Weather allows the user to program the radio so that it only alerts for the desired warnings in the selected county. Warnings come immediately and directly from the source of all severe weather warnings at your local National Weather Service office.

The Emergency Alert Radio will alert you of threatening and civil
emergencies and weather emergencies. The information comes directly and
immediately from the source of the warning at your local
National Weather Service office. Information can be tailored
that you receive only the warnings that are important to you
and your family.

EatSmart Products

1 -EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Food Thermometer

  

Unlike most “instant-read” thermometers on the market using thermistor sensors, the Precision Elite utilizes an proprietary thermocouple sensor. Thermistors often take 20-30 seconds to get a reading at a lower rate of accuracy. The added speed of a thermocouple translates into better ability to cook and serve your food at the perfect temperature, while avoiding potential burns over a hot stove or grill. With a temperature range from -40F to 572F there isn’t a task this unit can’t handle in your home!


Features

EatSmart InstaRead Technology – Measurements in 3 Seconds or Less!
Temperature Range -40F – 572F.
Resolution of .1 degree F
Large 1.5″ LCD display with blue backlight – Easy to read.
4″ probe with 1.5mm step down
Measurement Modes: Fahrenheit / Celsius
Hold Feature – Lock in temperature for safe reading
Splash-proof design
FDA and NSF Certified
Auto Calibrated; Includes 2 AAA batteries
ESFT-02

Viatek Consumer Products

 Viatek 6-inch Rechargeable Wax Laser and Flickering LED Candle


The Night Stars Laser Candle is a unique and stylish candle equipped with a red laser and flickering LED light. Our Night Stars Candle is battery-operated, meaning you can take it anywhere. Calming, approachable, seductive, and sublime. Laser and LED modes will enhance the surrounding area with just the flip of a switch. Flickering like a real wick, the pillar glimmers like a natural candle.

Features and Specs:

6” Wax Candle
Flickering Flame-less LED
Red laser projects brilliant points of light
Selector switch on bottom: Off, LED, Laser
Requires 2 x C Batteries (Not Included)
Portable – Rated for indoor use
Click here to visit the Viatek Website to view some Amazing Products and great deals

 Standard Concession Supply

 Standard Concession Supply Mickey and Minnie Roasting Marshmallows Holiday Inflatable

New from Gemmy….Minnie and Mickey by the Campfire Roasting Marshmallows Christmas Yard Inflatable Decoration. Kaleidoscope lighting creates a flickering light effect in the fire. This adorable Disney couple will warm the heart of young and old alike, This Holiday Christmas inflatable exetends out 5.5 feet long. Self-inflates in seconds. 
Lights up
Collapses down for easy storage
Weather-resistant design
Everything included for set-up
Need only 110/120 V Electric set-up
66′ L x 39″ W x 48″ H

 1 – 27″ Corinthian Bells Windchime

Enjoy the amazing sounds of a Corinthian Bells® windchime in a compact size that fits any budget. Our smallest size, the two-pound T106 is great as an accent piece or for adding charm to your decor without using much space.

Corinthian Bells Windchimes tones gives you a sense of relaxation from the beautiful tones they
produce. They are great when placed in your backyard, deck, garden or any place you wish.

Click here to visit the QMT Website to view a great collection of chimes in various tones and sizes.




I would like to thank each of our amazing sponsor for making the Holiday Giveaway Possible. and make sure you show your appreciation to them by liking, following and subscribing to them on the entry form.

This giveaway is in no way associated, endorsed or affiliated with Facebook,
Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media networking site.This giveaway will
be valid in the Continental United States Only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
This giveaway ends at 12:00 AM (EST) 11/18/2017

Holiday Contest and Sweeps received samples of the above products
for review purposes, no other compensation was received. All the various sponsors
will be responsible for awarding and shipping the prizes directly to the winner.

 

 

Oct 282017
 
Okay people LISTEN UP!  I’m getting a little tired of these hate mails and comments!  If you want to hate me because I use the name “XMASDOLLY”, stop wasting your time with me, and try looking it up in your history books!
Credit of this Article:  http://www.hearthevoice.com/  Xmas: is it taking Christ out of Christmas?

(Credit to… and thank you Mr. Capes)… By David Capes

Last year, this post got a lot of hits so I thought I would bring it back.   Some people are talking about a “war on Christmas.”  Is using “Xmas” an attempt to take “Christ” out of Christmas?  Take a look below.

I remember my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Potts, opening a vein when anyone wrote “Xmas” instead of “Christmas.” She felt there was a war on Christmas in her day and that people who abbreviated the name of the holiday were trying to take Christ out of Christmas. I suppose that is true for some people, but when you look into the real story of “Xmas” you realize that something else is at work.

 

The story begins with the Ten Commandments. One of those commandments says, “Do not take the name of the LORD in vain.” The name by the way is not “LORD,” that was a respectful translation or substitute for the name. In Hebrew THE NAME is four letters, yodh-he-vav-he. The technical term for the name is the tetragrammaton (literally, “the four letters”). Scholars today think the name may have been pronounced—when it was pronounced—Yahweh or Yahveh. But we aren’t sure. This was the covenant name of God, the name revealed to Moses and Israel at Mt. Sinai.

Under the influence of the commandment about the misuse of God’s name, the faithful spoke it less and less. By the time of Jesus speaking the name was considered blasphemous in almost every circumstance. The rabbis made their mark by building a hedge about the law. If you never spoke God’s name, you could never be guilty of taking the name in vain. It was a way of safeguarding the name. Even when reading Scripture in the synagogue, a substitute word was used. In Aramaic-speaking synagogues the readers said “Adonai.” In Greek-speaking synagogues they said “kyrios.”

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide good evidence for how the name of God was written in the centuries and decades leading up to the New Testament era. In many of the biblical scrolls the name of God is written in paleo-Hebrew script. That would be like shifting to a Gothic font when writing the name of God. In other scrolls the name is not written at all; it is represented by four, thick dots written in the center of the line. In yet other scrolls where the name of God should be there is a blank in the line just large enough for the tetragrammaton. Scholars theorize that the blank was left by a junior scribe and would have been filled in later by a senior scribe who had permission to write the name. Where there is a blank in the line, we think the senior scholar never got around to writing the divine name in the blank. These were some of the ways the faithful showed respect for the name of God.

Early Christians developed their own way of signaling respect for the names and titles associated with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Copying the New Testament books in Greek, they abbreviated the names (usually first letter and last letter) and placed a line above those letters. You can see this in the picture. Scholars refer to these asnomina sacra (Latin for “sacred names”). Copyists continued to write sacred names this way for centuries. It remains a common practice still among artists who create the icons used in the eastern churches. Many names and titles were written this way including “God,” “Father,” “Jesus,” “Son of God,” “Son of Man,” “Christ,” “Lord,” “Holy Spirit.” For our purposes note the nomina sacra for “Christ;” it was written XC. Now remember these are letters from the Greek alphabet not our Latinized version. It is not “X” (eks) the 24th letter of our English alphabet but the Greek letter “Chi,” the first letter of the title “Christ.”

Earliest versions of writing Christmas as “Xmas” in English go back to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (about 1100). This predates the rise of secularism by over 600 years. The Oxford English Dictionary cites the use of “X-“ for “Christ” as early as 1485. In one manuscript (1551) Christmas is written as “X’temmas.” English writers from Lord Byron (1811) to Samuel Coleridge (1801) to Lewis Carroll (1864) used the spelling we are familiar with today, “Xmas.”

The origin of “Xmas” does not lie in secularists who are trying to take Christ out of Christmas, but in ancient scribal practices adopted to safeguard the divine name and signal respect for it. The “X” in “Xmas” is not the English letter (eks) as in “X marks the spot,” but it is the initial Greek letter of the title “Christ.” No doubt some people today use the abbreviated form to disregard the Christian focus of the holy-day, but the background tells a different story, a story of faithful men and women expressing the deep respect they have for Jesus at this time of year.

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted everyone to know that I am not blasphemous when I use the name “XmasDolly”  I knew this story before I took the name.  Now we all know, right?!

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I took this name because of a Doll dressed in red on a Valentines Box my Dad gave my Mom back in 1943 when he was in the service, and because the doll was dressed in red (like a Caroler let’s say), and my mom called the doll her “Christmas Doll”.  When my Mom passed away her dolly was on my dresser when my daughter came over and asked me what did I want to call my blog, and I told her Christmas Dolly, and she said it was too long, and … the rest is history!

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