I have a picture in my head. I’m 8 or 9 years old. It’s the middle of December in northern Ohio, so there’s anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of snow on the ground. It’s about 7 in the evening. I’m in my living room with its dated red carpet that is older than me. My parents and my sister are elsewhere in the house, so I’m alone. I’ve brought in our only TV, the portable 13-inch black and white one with the red plastic case and one broken antenna, and sat it on the floor in the spot with decent reception. It’s a special night because there is a Christmas show on. Back when you had one chance to see it. The only light in the room is coming from our Christmas tree. A giant, parched, fire hazard that would make any modern parent cringe. But I loved it. The old lead-paint covered light-bulbs that would singe your finger if you touched them. The antique bubble lights that had just enough life left in them to give a bubble every once in a while. The handmade ornaments that were cracked and ready to fall apart at the slightest touch. And the trains, running around the base of the tree in an elaborate layout worthy of a Saturday Evening Post cover. I don’t have many memories of childhood, but that one sticks with me. And now, almost 40 years later. I’m trying to ensure that my family has some similar happy memories. And one of the ways my wife and I do that is with Hallmark Channel.
When I was a child, Hallmark (to me) was greeting cards. Now it is so much more. We watch Hallmark Channel throughout the year, but the thing we wait for every fall is Countdown to Christmas. Our DVR starts filling up as we go through and set up every Hallmark Christmas movie we can find. Making note of all the new ones premiering (this year there are 23 new movies premiering during Countdown to Christmas) and finding all the old favorites (I’m looking at you Nine Live of Christmas and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year). Looking for our favorite stars and what new movie (or movies) they are in.
And this year Hallmark Channel really wants to get you involved too. First you can head on over to Hallmark Channel’s Very Merry Giveaway Sweepstakes and enter to win $10,000 for you and a friend. Then visit the Holiday Home Decoration Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000 and a Balsam Hill Package.
We get to be involved in the fun too. Join us on twitter for the live premiere of Christmas in Vienna on Hallmark Channel Saturday, November 14th at 8pm ET/7pm CT. Search for #ChristmasInVienna and #CountdownToChristmas as we live tweet. Together we can see how Jess, a concert violinist, travels to Vienna to find inspiration and love. I’m excited.
Not only that, but we also have a Hallmark Channel Holiday Celebrations package to give away to one lucky winner. Just enter below for a chance to win this great prize package courtesy of Hallmark Channel.
Countdown to Christmas is here. And I’m so happy. So settle in with a warm snuggly blanket, some hot cocoa and your family to experience some magic.