Tuesday, December 10, 2019

What will you be wearing for the holidays? #bookgiveaway


By: RahRah


From: Two Bites Too Many

Series: Sarah Blair Mystery Series

Author: Debra H. Goldstein



It’s not that I’m against the holiday season, but how many collars can a cat wear? Mother Blair, who rescued me from the swirling waters during a hurricane loved to dress me up in collars. She also believed in being an equal opportunity celebrator. Because of her, I have Fourth of July (red-white-and blue), Valentine’s Day (hearts), Christmas (red and green), Chanukah (blue, white, and little menorahs), and even Ground Hog’s Day (a little animal that alternates seeing its shadow) collars. Don’t tell Sarah Blair, who began taking care of me after Mother Blair died, but I sort of enjoy having my collar changed for every holiday.



There’s something to be said about celebrating. This month, friends of mine will celebrate
Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa. I plan to make Sarah change my collar for each holiday out of respect to each of them. I hope all of you have a happy holidays and I was wondering: Do you wear anything special for whatever holiday you celebrate and is it serious (like my collars) or questionable (like the ugly Christmas sweater I saw in Sarah’s drawer)?



For this holiday season, my human author, Debra H. Goldstein, wants to celebrate with you (U.S. readers only) by giving away one copy of each of the four books she has written: One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery, and Maze in Blue. When you leave your comment, leave a part of your name or nickname and some form of your e-mail address. Comments will only be accepted through midnight December 13, 2019. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced in the comments on December 14. Good-luck and happy holidays.

90 comments:

  1. I don't have any special holiday attire, but I love that you change your collar out for special occasions, RahRah. My cats would not be so accommodating! Marla: mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. There is a lot I have to put up with, but Sarah makes it worth my while.. she loves me unconditionally.

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  2. I wear a nice outfit (preferably new) on Christmas day. I think that it is nice that you let your human put different collars on you. Deborah deborahdumm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I bet you look lovely on Christmas da (and any day)…..

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  3. Our cats do not wear collars, they stay indoors. I've thought about getting them sweaters but my husband thinks its a waste of money. For myself, I have 2 Christmas sweaters. They aren't the worst, I've seen some really ugly ones. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. I bet your sweaters are great.... even if they were ugly, I think ugly Christmas sweaters are wonderful things to talk about. I stay indoors most of the time.

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  4. I have Christmas Sweaters and I have wool blazers that I put 1950's Christmas broaches on like ringing bells etc. and I have a velvet outfit...I wear them all...the collars is a cute idea if you can catch your cat lol..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. maybe I can convince Sarah to hang charms off my collars. I have always loved how broaches look on wool blazers. Mother Blair, who saved me from drowning when I was a kitten, always wore them. So, I have special memories associated with them.

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  5. I have Christmas sweaters but I like to use. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for entering... and commenting... have a happy holidays

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  6. I have a tshirt which is like the sweaters. Fun. I can relate to the cat picture.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  7. We don’t wear any special holiday attire.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  8. I do get into each holiday spirit including my clothing on occasion. It may be something simple as the color of the clothing accessorized with a bit of jewelry or something fun like a tacky sweater depending on the day, event and my frame of mind. An example is yesterday we drove 2 hours to attend a gallery showing in which I was honored to have one of my photos exhibited. I knew it was going to be a fun event so I brought one of my fun Christmas sweaters to wear.

    Our 15 year old chihuahua furbaby, Snickerdoodle, is ready for all occasions as well. He's has a duck outfit for Easter, clown accessories for Halloween, and he's Santa Paws for Christmas as well as a whole host of other events - even a cowboy hat and items for the local rodeo. Like RahRah, he also has different collars. He really likes to get dressed up for each holiday and have his picture taken. Well, to be honest, he loves the treats he knows that are involved when he does. :)

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win not one but FOUR of your fabulous books!
    Kay Garrett
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, I'd love to see pictures of your furbaby dressed up. My cousin's mother dresses her up for every holiday - and especially for Halloween. So far, Sarah hasn't gone beyond changing my collars.

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    2. Sent you a message on Facebook with photos. :)

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  9. I have a large earring collection and like to wear Christmas and Winter earrings to celebrate. I have Santa, snowmen, wreaths, ornaments and snowflakes to name a few. Years ago, my spoiled rotten poodle Lucy used to love to wear different scarves to celebrate the holidays. Sue suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Did you coordinate the scarves Lucy wore with the earrings you chose on a given day? I love the idea of earrings representing all scenes of winter.

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  10. My dog and cat do not care to get dressed up and they would be uncomfortable. The cat lost her collar which we specially ordered for her. How did she lose it? Ellie. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. We cats are smarter than you think... if we don't like being dressed up, we'll figure out a way out of whatever our owner puts on us.

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  11. I dress up for special occasions and love to since it reminds me of how life used to be when I was little and growing up. We loved to get dressed up whenever we went out, visited for birthdays and holidays and everyone looked so beautiful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Holidays and the clothing people wear certainly bring back memories. Some of my collars do the same thing for me.

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  12. Christmas is one of the 4 days every year my business is closed. I've been known to stay in my pajamas all day! If I have to go to a family celebration, I dress up. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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    1. You must be in retailing? I can more than understand why you try to stay in your pajamas all day. Hopefully, you add a glass of wine and other fun things to your day off.

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  13. No special holiday attire, just a casual day at home usually. Good idea to dress up the cat for the holidays, but one of my cats refuses to wear a collar, he has it off in five minutes.
    diannekc diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. As I replied to someone earlier, when a cat doesn't want to wear a collar, we figure out a way out of it. You must have a very bright cat.

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  14. I do wear Christmas sweaters and Christmas sweatshirts! Although they are subdued! Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. Which do you like better - the sweaters or the sweatshirts?

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  15. I don't wear any special holiday attire. I'd like to put something festive on my kitty, but she won't have it.
    Jana - turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  16. I used to wear special holiday clothes but not so much anymore. Thanks for the opportunity! kc20083@gmail.com

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    1. Sarah thinks it depends on her mood as to whether she wears holiday clothing. What do you think?

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    2. As long as she actually owns holiday clothing when she's in the mood. But I had a cute holiday sweater and everyone else thought it was a cute "ugly sweater." So much for my taste in clothes!

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  17. I do wear Christmas tees and sweaters. I enjoy celebrating the season, and it makes the days seem even more special.

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    1. Lynne, I think when you put on a special collar or tee or sweater, it makes you think differently about the day and the season.

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  18. I don't really dress up. I may wear something extra nice if I go somewhere but nothing that's particularly Christmas-y. moonpanther@gmail.com

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    1. Whether it is holiday or not, I am sure you look lovely.

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    2. Thanks so much. Sorry I missed your reply, Debra. I had this saved on my laptop and haven't been on it in a few days

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  19. I love Christmas shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, jewelry, socks . . . you name it, I like it. Nothing too fancy or serious, mostly goofy and it has to be pretty bad for me to consider it an "ugly" sweater lol! Thanks for a great giveaway and happy holidays!
    Sally
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Happy holidays! I'd like to see a picture of you in everything at once :). I stop at a collar, but I'm afraid Sarah is going to get the idea to put me in a sweater some day.

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  20. I wear shirts with snowflakes on them - that way I can wear them into January. Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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    1. I like the idea that you can wear your sweaters longer .. on a seasonal basis wherever.

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  21. I don't have anything special, but my cat has a jingle bell collar my sister bought her for Christmas a couple years ago.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. Thanks for the chance!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. Sounds excellent.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  24. I am a retired teacher and yes I have holiday shirts to wear! I am a fan of your books and I would love to be your winner! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you for being a fan of Debra's books. Happy Holidays!

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  25. I like wearing Christmas sweater on Christmas .
    xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I always like seeing people's Christmas sweaters on Christmas .. some beautiful; some sweaters truly ugly. Do you wear yours during the entire winter season?

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  26. No special holiday attire for me. My Husky and my sister's two black cats do have special holiday collars which they seem to tolerate.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Tolerate is quite the word... I put up with my collars to keep Sarah happy

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  27. I usually wear red or green sweater or pullover top for Christmas. Just like festive colors. lkrussell127 at gmail dot com

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    1. Festive colors look better on humans. We cats have other opinions.

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  28. I wear the Santa hat my daughter & 2 grandsons gave me years ago with Nani embroidered on it and a Christmas pin that was my grandmothers :) nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I have dreidel earrings that I've been know to wear along with some Hanukkah socks. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. As you can see, I have a Chanukah collar in my collection....

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  30. I have a Christmas sweater that I wear and some lovely Christmas pins. My dogs refuse to cooperate by wearing cute items (the Chihuahua ruined the sweater). Kris Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com Happy Holidays!

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    1. Your dog has good taste! I'm sure you look wonderful in your sweater and pins, but we animals don't necessarily agree with what you think is cute on us.

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  31. We don't wear collars because our human is afraid we might get hung up on something when they aren't at home and choke ourselves. As far as the humans are consumed they usually are pretty casual since they generally are at home with us. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. An animal after my own heart... and it sounds like you have your humans trained well.

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  32. My husband and I dress up in holiday evening attire for Christmas Eve mass.
    Glo
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. I don't dress up for holidays any more. Doward doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'd like to be with you, but Sarah has different ideas.

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  34. Such a cute post. I never dressed up my fur babies. We are looking into adopting another kitten now. We had to put down our 13 year old kitty this Dec 4th. My husband and I dont dress up either. When the kids were young and at home they would dress up every Halloween. I made their costumes. Now as adults they still dress up on Halloween.
    Lori Smanski quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. I'm sorry about your kitty. I hate to lose friends and I know it hurts for you, too.

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  35. So nice to not have to do the Google account to submit. Thank you for other options.
    karen 94066 at aol dot com

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  36. Love the post! Tillie and Theo, our current cats will tell you that wouldn't dream of dressing up for the holidays. They're just perfect as is. I don't dress up either-- well, I guess changing into clean sweats doesn't count! :-) thank you for offering the giveaway -- kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Your current cats sounds like we could be great pals. Wish Tillie and Theo happy holidays from me.

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  37. I wear holiday sweaters, start the beginning of Dec. My fur babies I make scarves that slip over their collars. Thank you for the giveaway Georgie queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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    1. I'm sure you and your fur babies look wonderful. Do they like their scarves? I probably would try to find a way to get out of mine is Sarah put one on me.

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  38. I try to wear something festive every year. Always looking for his and hers outfits to wear with the hubs on Christmas Eve. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  39. I wear a Christmas shirt or sweater to work in December! Teresa tWarner419@aol.com

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  40. I have a Christmas sweater that is quite nice and I may wear it. Otherwise, I will just be comfortable in any old clothes item....it’s a relaxing day here...we’ve started a new tradition...we still continue with prime rib on Christmas Eve..but since people come and go on Christmas Day, we just set out cold cuts, all the accompanying things to go with, and let people help themselves. If they need to be put away, we do, and then people can grab from fridge.

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    1. I like the way you are doing it... so much more relaxed

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  41. About the most dressing up that I do is a pair of Christmas-y leggings to wear on occasion. :)

    journeybound2010(AT)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I used to have a sweatshirt with a puff paint tree with real miniature ball ornaments stuck in the puff paint. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I don't have any special thing I wear for holidays. I may have a t-shirt with a holiday mention, but nothing that I must wear. I do have several holiday tops-- but they can be worn all the season not just on the day. And usually any of my tops or t-shirts are worn with jeans.
    I expect this year I will wear something comfortable, but nothing fancy.

    Donna
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  44. Thank you for leaving comments and welcoming RahRah, Sarah, and their author (me - Debra H. Goldstein) to Killer Characters. We want to wish you a happy holiday season. The December 10 BLOG GIVEAWAY WINNER is Robin Coxon . If you want to have a chance to win more prizes or periodically learn what Debra is doing, sign up for her newsletter ( or consider following her personal blog) via her website, https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com

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