UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed, but there’s still a a little more holiday cheer left in the sweepstakes! 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 seventh day of giveaways is brought to you by Little House Living author Merissa Alink! To enter the contest, please leave a comment answering the following question: Where does Merissa Alink live? Keep reading for the answer!


Christmas in our family has always come with a flurry of baking. I remember baking every treat that we could think of for days on end until there was no room left in the fridge to store our goodies. Then we would take advantage of the cold South Dakota Decembers and use our mudroom as a large walk-in cooler.

9781501104268Now as a mom myself I’ve continued that tradition with our little family, although maybe not quite to that extent! The week before Christmas we like to make a few goodies and then on Christmas Eve we have platefuls of special cookies, a simple cheeseball, hot chocolate, and we settle in together to open our stocking gifts and watch a family Christmas movie. I love how baking is just another way to bring the family together during this special time of year.

What are some of your fondest baking memories and traditions around the holidays?


Today’s giveaways are:

Little House Living by Merissa Alnik

Get Your Bake On by Brian Emmet

The Tucci Table by Stanley Tucci

Eat Raw, Not Cooked by Stacey Stowers