UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed, but don’t miss the rest of the 12 days! Here at XOXOAD, we love doing something special to usher in the holidays, and this year, we’re celebrating with 12 Days of Giveaways! Enter each day for your chance to win a different prize pack of books perfect for any reader—and we hope you get everything you wished for. Our third day of giveaways is brought to you by True Series author Liora Blake! To enter the contest, please leave a comment answering the following question: what does the Blake family eat on Christmas day? Keep reading for the answer!


Here in the Blake household, movies aren’t really our thing—so much that we once went ten years without stepping foot in a movie theater. Our DVD collection is the size of a shoebox. Even our Netflix queue is woefully neglected. However, around the holidays, we make an exception to our usual cinematic indifference and spend one night at home, watching something Christmas-esque while gorging on Chinese takeout and drinking a bit too much cheap wine. Why Chinese food? I have no idea. One year we ordered it, watched The Bishop’s Wife, and somehow a tradition was born.

As for our movie choices, as long as it has some sort of holiday sentiment, we’re happy—but there a few titles that always make it to the top of the list. These five never disappoint:

  1. Scrooged      

Bill Murray speaks to certain parts of my heart. Definitely not the most Christmas-y parts, but still. This is A Christmas Carol for those of us who prefer our redemption stories on the snarky side.

  1. Christmas in Connecticut    

A classic with all the hallmarks of a lovely 1940’s romantic comedy: A sparkling, witty, and headstrong leading lady, a relatively absurd set up, and plenty of madcap hijinks.

  1. Love Actually          

Some describe this movie as contrived, sappy, vapid, unrealistic, banal, etcetera. To which this romance writer sez: Yeah? So. What.

  1. Elf   

Will Ferrell doing what he does best. Don’t over think it. A candy cane forest and a sea of swirly twirly gumdrops couldn’t make me happier.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas   

While I once maintained steadfast loyalty the 1966 original, the Jim Carrey version has its charms. “4:00, wallow in self pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercize. 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked.”

Today’s giveaways are:

True Divide by Liora Blake

From Scratch by Rachel Goodman

Dirty Lies by Emma Hart

Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross

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