DONE! Thanks to all forty-five of you who entered, I was totally surprised by the numbers. And I love reading your comments, the stories and moments and seeing which were mentioned several times, and who threw out a few curveballs. Lovely. Also, there was a hilarious (to me), moment where two ladies named Emily both mentioned the same holiday movie moment - I checked e-mail addresses, because I was like 'No WAY,' but really, it happened. And I love it. Thank you again for participating in the first-ever giveaway, and I hope it won't be the last one.
So, a few weeks ago I posed a question to anyone who cared to answer it - Would you be interested in entering a giveaway, the first I've ever done, if the prize was a Cashmere sweater. The comments I received seemed down, so if you're not down, talk to those six or seven fools who ruined it for you. Put on your rowdy pants.
I have one of these sweaters, black and V-necked, and it is gorgeous. I once wrote about wanting a magazine that would do touch-tests on affordable cashmere, letting a panel of five year olds decide which was softest and nicest. I don't have five year olds at my disposal, currently, maybe that will change in the new year, but I do have my own tiny, picky hands and this is soft. This is soft, and beautiful, with a rich, true color (dark, heavy black) and it fits nicely, it doesn't just box out - it is tasteful, I think, but I wasn't expecting it to feel as modern as it does, and I wasn't expecting the silhouette to fit in as nicely with my wardrobe and 'look' as it did. Lands' End even included a tiny packet of spare cashmere thread, in case any holes (store with cedar!) need stitching. But the shape, is lovely and I can wear it on dates and on dates. With my Grandpa. My sweater makes me feel like Joan.
And, it is a nice, personal luxury, which I think most of us are unable to give ourselves right now. This is guilt-free, fools. You are going to pay nothing for this. And if you like, you could even give it as a present. I'm down with that. If you've got someone who would love this, and you're that into it, send their size instead of your own. I fully support that. Now, let's get you into this sweater.
Some basics: First, thank you to Katie, who contacted me about doing this. Thanks to Lands' End, because I was pretty sure I was banned from your stores and website.
Now, how are we going to do this. I have no idea how many of you will want to enter this. I'm guessing ten. So: What is your Favorite (Winter) Holiday Movie Food Moment or What is your Favorite Holiday Food Memory?
When Meredith dumps strata all over herself, in 'The Family Stone'? When Kevy sits down for some Crocodile Curls and a giant sundae before thwarting old men in 'Home Alone'? Roast Beast in 'The Grinch'? Turkey Destruction in 'A Christmas Story'? The Hot Cocoa dispenser in 'The Santa Clause'? Turkish Delight and hot chocolate in 'Narnia'? I have no doubt some of these will overlap, don't worry about that. I plan on using the random number generator, which as Not Martha says, is "...cold and unfeeling", after picking my own 10 favorite memories/entries/explanations - make these tales good, friends. Make me weep, laugh, coo, any reaction is fine. So if only ten of you enter, you're golden, you're already in the finals.
You have until 12 midnight (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, December 10th 2008 to enter. Finalists will be announced by Friday, noon, and the winner soon after, on this site. You need to include your name and e-mail address, and after the winner is announced (by name and comment), you will need to e-mail me so we can get your body swaddled in goat fibers as soon as possible.
GROSS IMPORTANT STUFF
. The Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only. I am so sorry if you are outside those borders. I have something in mind to make it up to you, though, in a month or two.
. If you know me, birthed me, if we have sat face to face and you have heard my voice, fought with me or seen me in varying states of undress for whatever reason, you are ineligible.
. You have your choice of styles, sizes (Misses, Womens, Petite, Tall), colors (though those vary, depending on the style) and necklines - Crew, V and Scoop. I myself went for the Low V, because I'm obscene like that.
. If you win, WHEN you win, you will need to send me your information (address, name, size/style/color preferences - 1st and 2nd choice) and I will pass that on to Katie, who will pass it on to the company, who will send you your sweater. That is the chain of people who will see your information, and there are no people with axes on that list.
. I do not work for Lands' End. I was not paid to mention them on the site. They do not have a stake in this website nor the content on it, and I am sure they are happy about that - the words and profanity contained on these pages do not represent the company, their employees, customers or any other related entities.
. Treat your sweater nice. Tuck her in at night. Take her out for dinner. She works hard.
. Happy Holidays, and Good Luck!