Lionel’s Christmas Adventure Cover & Trailer Reveal

Hello again everyone, Paul R. Hewlett here. Be sure to sign up for Crystal Marcos’s Kindle Fire giveaway. There’s more than just a Kindle Fire (or a $150 Amazon gift card) available! I would like to thank Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and April at My Shelf Confessions for hosting this family friendly hop. I’d also like to thank Kathy again and Trista at *Trista Pinkston, LDS Author for hosting the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a 3-pack of the Lionel’s Grand Adventure ebooks.

First, let me start with a cover reveal. Last post, I put up a sketch of Lionel, but now, here is the final cover.


I am getting pretty excited as my book launch approaches. I have never done a full fledged launch and I have to admit that I am learning a lot and enjoying it immensely. In case you missed my earlier post, I am launching Lionel’s Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas on Tuesday November 13th, coinciding with a blog tour. The complete tour schedule can be seen here. It is the third book in the Lionel’s Grand Adventure series.

Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas follows Lionel through the Christmas season. If you’ve read Lionel before, you can imagine what kind of things might happen to him. Lionel has a lot of great things going on his life. He has Skip, his new best friend, school is out, and Christmas is right around the corner. The problem is Lionel desperately wants a sled, not just any sled either. He wants the new Turbo 5000, but it doesn’t look promising for Lionel. He asked his mom for one and she couldn’t stop laughing, probably not a great sign.

As you might imagine, Lionel uses his magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot to wish for what he wants and the results are…Well, you have to wait and read the book to see. Make sure to pick it up on Tuesday November 13th to read about Lionel and the usual cast of characters, plus a few surprises.

I had a great time writing this book and I hope that you, the reader, have fun reading it. I struggled a bit with what Lionel might want for Christmas, but settled on a sled. Lionel’s Christmas Adventure is set in the late 1960’s and I thought that a sled would have been high on many a young boys Christmas lists back then. I also tried to make the book appeal to girls as well as boys this time. I think that girls will enjoy Lionel, but to date, it has certainly been more of a “boy” series. Lionel is loads of fun to write. He is that loveable loser that everyone has known or can relate to. Often, he has the “prize” in his sights, but his big heart usually causes him to miss it. I hope you enjoy reading about Lionel as much as I have enjoyed writing about him.

Now here is the new trailer for the book also. This is the first time I’ve ever worked on a trailer, and I found it to be quite an enjoyable experience thanks in large part to Laura at LLPix Photography.

I would like to thank my  wonderful and supportive blog parter Sher. Without her, I don’t think Lionel’s Christmas Adventure would have been ready for this holiday season, and I know it would not have been as good. Thanks for everything, Sher! Thanks everyone for stopping by and be sure to stop back for the launch of Lionel’s Christmas Adventure. I am planning on giving away Amazon gift cards for you to use this holiday season and Lionel and I will be making a tour through the blogosphere. For a list of dates click here. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a 3-pack of the Lionel’s Grand Adventure ebooks. Please leave a comment telling us, in honor of Lionel, what your favorite Christmas present ever was. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. I LOVE the book trailer…just watching it made me almost wish for snow (almost)! The music was great and the graphics were too. I really enjoy the character of Lionel and can’t wait to see how his Christmas turns out!

    My favorite Christmas present was my Kermit the Frog telephone. After being told I was NOT allowed to get it because of its cost, my grandfather bought it for me anyway. I still have it today and when the electricity goes out, it is the only phone in the house that doesn’t run on batteries or electric.

  2. Thanks for the kind words Lisa! Hopefully it made you feel a bit better on…the day after… Kermit the Frog telephone, how cool! I don’t remember that one. I think mine was the Fort Apache. A really cool fort that you could play with your plastic figures in. Was that the same grandfather your book is about? He sounds really special:) Amazing that the phone is more reliable than any modern one, huh? Thanks for stopping by. Have a great night.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. I got a Popple (spelling) one year. My sister and both got them and we had so much fun for years with those things.

    • Lim,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m not familiar with a Popple. I’m going to have to check that out. The only spelling game I’ve played is Boggle and I am not very good. Have a great night.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  4. Love the book trailer! My favorite christmas gift was this year that my parents got me about 20 puzzles. I went through a phase where I was OBSESSED with puzzles and when I finished them all we sprayed them with glue and hung them up. It was amazing!

    I’m entering for the gift card to help out my charity event to get books to impoverished children (:

    • Lili,
      Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the trailer. My wife still loves puzzles. I can remember looking for really cool puzzles and then covering them in glue to hang on the wall as well. How fun! I had forgotten about that. Thanks for sharing your memory. Good luck in the giveaway, it’d be great to be able to give it to such a worthy cause.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  5. My favorite Christmas…when I was 7 we went to my grandmother’s home for Christmas dinner. When we returned home, there were gifts under the tree. I just knew there had to be a Santa because my parents were with me the entire evening and couldn’t have placed the gifts there. Years later, I discovered that my parents made arrangements with our neighbor to play Santa. It was a wonderful Christmas memory.

  6. Hi Shar! What a great memory. Thanks for sharing. I remember seeing the runner of Santa’s sleigh through my window as a boy. I was excited, but scared since I was supposed to be asleep. It wasn’t until years later that I realized the “sleigh runner” was actually the shadow of the metal railing on the porch. It is great to be so young and innocent and the magic of Santa is sooo great. Thanks for stopping by & good luck.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  7. I was pretty happy to get a Scott Hannan San Jose Sharks jersey six years ago.


  8. Love the cover and trailer! Honestly, every Christmas, my best present is being able to spend it with my family. We all gather over the holidays and spend some very fun times together. You should see the Christmas tree with 13 peoples gifts over flowing under it.

    • Thanks Crystal! How was the company? Spending Christmas with your family is very special. I don’t have a very big family and as we’ve all grown up we’ve become spread out making it difficult to get together. I can really appreciate how special that is since we can’t do it often. That must be quite a sight, all those presents!

      Paul R. Hewlett

  9. Great Job, Paul, as always. Love your books and will get one for each of my grandchildren.

  10. What a great trailer! I loved the zippy Christmas music and the great graphics. I’m not a huge fan of book trailers but yours was great, probably the best I’ve seen.

    • Thank you Suzanne.
      I’ve never done a trailer before and wasn’t sure about doing one, but Laura & Sher were great helps in the process and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. I appreciate your kind words.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  11. The cover is adorable and the trailer is one of the best I’ve seen. Great job Paul and much success! Best gift? I can’t remember one in particular because my parents, I mean Santa, would always hide the present we wanted most that year and have us go get a screwdriver or something and, just when our hopes might be dashed, we’d find that special gift in the garage or elsewhere in the house. Santa had a warped sense of humor in my house. :0)

    • Hi Donna!
      Thanks for the compliments, I really appreciate it. So, if I understand Christmas at your house, you open all your gifts and you would be missing the one you asked for and wanted most. Then at some point your parents would ask you to go get them a screwdriver (or something of that nature) and lo and behold there would be the gift! I have to smile, it sounds tough, but I can only imagine your faces when you found that gift. It had to be that much more special. What a great story! Thank you for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  12. To tell the truth, I’ve never received anything for Christmas that I really liked, except when I was about 10 and me and my sister got Barbie dolls that we really wanted:) Now I prefer choosing gifts for my family than receiving them.

    • Dovile,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m sorry to hear that, but Barbie’s sound like great gifts. I prefer giving gifts (especially to the little ones) rather than getting them now too. Good luck in the giveaway, I hope to see you back here again soon.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  13. My favorite gift ever was in the 1980’s when Cabbage Patch Kids came out. My mother didn’t have much money and she surprised me with one that year. I can still remember what the doll looked like and even her outfit. It really meant a lot to me.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and being a part of this hop. A huge congratulations on your release and launch of Lionel’s Christmas Adventure. I will have to pick up a copy for my niece for Christmas. I am definitely hoping to instill my love of reading onto her by whatever means necessary. 🙂

    Best wishes,

    • Hi Marlena!
      Thanks for stopping by. Cabbage Patch kids, they were hugely popular. What a great gift. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the kind words. I wish you the best success in instilling your love of reading into your niece. There isn’t much more important than that in my opinion. Good luck:)

      Paul R. Hewlett

  14. My favorite gift ever was my dog! My husband took me to the pet store and had me choose a puppy. I found an adorable little fox terrier who is cuddling up on my legs as I type this 🙂

    • Hi Tiffany!
      What a great gift! As a dog lover myself I’m not sure that I’ll read of any gift topping that one:) What is his/her name? Give him/her a scratch behind the ears for me. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to see you back here again soon.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  15. My favorite gift was a plane ticket so I could visit my sister 🙂

  16. Hmmm…I don’t really have a favorite Christmas gift…I love spending the time with family…This year I already got my gift 🙂 I had a son two months ago so it will be good to see how he reacts to the lights this year and of course next year when he is a little older 🙂

  17. I remember one Christmas my brother gave me a TV (I’d been without one for a year or so at that time) and I cried like a itty-bitty baby. I still have the tv too 😀

    Thank you for such an awesome giveaway opportunity!
    Cheers and Happy Holidays!


    • Lynne,
      That is such a touching story. That is what the Christmas story is all about. Thank you for sharing it. You’re welcome & good luck!

      Paul R. Hewlett

  18. My favorite Xmas Gift was a dvd shelf my husband made me with a cherry finish.


    • I love Cherry wood,it’s my favorite wood. Sounds like a beautiful shelf. I have a foot stool my uncle made of cherry and I love it! It’s my favorite piece of furniture in the house. Thanks for sharing your story.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  19. My favorite Christmas gift was my first phone my parents got me.

  20. I didn’t have many Christmases after I turned 7, and I don’t really remember the ones before then, so I don’t have a favorite gift. However, when I was 7, I remember getting one of those dolls that is made to look like you. That was pretty cool at the time.

    • Hi Kayley,
      Thanks for sharing your story. I vaguely remember those dolls, how big were they? I’m thinking of one that is medium size, might not be the same thing. It’s been awhile since I had to think of dolls, my daughter is 19 ans she liked American Girl dolls.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  21. My favorite Christmas gift ever was when my husband put together his own scrapbook he titled “Our Journey” (using my supplies… his first time!) and the last photograph was of the Christmas tree. Under the photo it said “All Wrapped Up For You…..” It took me a minute, but I figured out that the tree was the wrapping! So I got up and looked all through the tree, and hanging on the tree was a beautiful journey diamond necklace! It was so romantic and so perfect 🙂

    Thank you for a great giveaway! 🙂
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

    • That is a wonderful story. I take it you enjoy scrap-booking? My only venture into scrap-booking was when my beloved Chicago White Sox won the World Series. That is such a romantic story, your husband is going to be hard pressed to top that one. You’re welcome and good luck!

      Paul R. Hewlett

  22. A brand new bike because I knew my parents really couldnt afford it and they sacrificed alot to give one to me and my sister
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • A bike, what a great present. A bike was actually the gift Lionel wanted for Christmas in the first draft of Lionel’s Christmas Adventure. That is very special that your parents did that for you and your sister. That is what the Christmas spirit is all about.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  23. A Troy Aikman jersey from my sister

  24. I use the gps from a few years ago often.

  25. Gift cards. I love a good gift card. Thanks.

  26. I would have to say the year my dad gave me the ring that I kept looking at at the store. I never thought he would get it but he went back and bought it for me 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  27. Great giveaway! thanks for the chance to win! My best Christmas gift ever was my first digital camera!

    • Hi Erika! You’re welcome & good luck. I was just talking about how great digital camera’s are. In the old days we had to buy film, flash bulbs, and even pay to have pictures developed, even if the didn’t turn out. That’s why I love digital cameras. If the picture’s no good, just delete. Much easier and more convenient and better. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  28. The best Christmas gift I ever got was from my niece. The previous Christmas (when she was 5) I got her a large drawing tablet and she filled it up with her artworks and little “poems” and gave it back to me the next Christmas. I LOVE it! She’s 22 now and I still bring it out to look at it and remember her early years.

    • Hi Les!
      Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful story! That is so special and what the Christmas holidays are all about. It doesn’t have to be the fanciest or most expensive gift in the world. It just has to come from the heart. Thank you for stopping by & good luck.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  29. Barry Manilow box set. True Story.

  30. My favorite gift was a personalized, signed book by Michael Connelly!

    • Hi Lesley,
      Now it’s my turn to be jealous. I love Michael Connelly! What book did he sign? Thanks for sharing that story, that is very cool & a great Christmas gift indeed!

      Paul R. Hewlett

  31. I Don’t know about my all time favorite, but I liked my furby baby.

  32. The year that Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage, I got 3 of them for Christmas. I still remember their names, too.

  33. My fav gift was a vampire staker my dad made for me 2 years ago. 🙂 He knows how much I love the vamps and really was the best present ever!

    • Katie,
      That’s an interesting gift. Are you a Twilight fan? The final movie is coming out soon, so I’ll probably have to go to that. Thanks for sharing. Have a great night.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  34. Well, I finally made it here after a long day including some picture taking at scenes for my book. You’re welcome for the help. The cover and trailer look great and I hope your book sales really take off this holiday season.

    • Hi Sher!
      I hope you’re doing well. I can’t wait to see the pictures. Thank you for the kind words. I hope you’re having a great trip.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  35. A handmade dresser from hubby.

  36. When I was 10.. I got a ping pong table and I was so happy, it took up half the living room!

    • Hi Jessica,
      Ping Pong is great fun! I always wanted an air hockey table myself, but never have gotten one. Maybe some day:) I hope your Ping Pong table got lots of use, maybe you’re still using it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  37. My favorite Christmas gift ever is undoubtedly my kindle! Thank you for this fantastic giveaway on your beautiful blog!! 😀 (Angie Edwards)

    • Hello Angie,
      Thank you for the kind words. I got a Kindle for my birthday this past year and I agree with you, what a great gift! Thanks so much for stopping by & sharing your story with us. Have a great day!

      Paul R. Hewlett

  38. I got a kitten on Christmas eve when I was little, my parents told me elves gave her to them at the mall.

    • Hi Makaela,
      I love that story! I love animals and am happy that you parents, err, I mean the elves, gave your kitten a good home. What did yo name it? Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  39. Great work Paul! It’s all coming together—I wish you well with your release! Here to help you…

  40. When I was a kid, my favourite Christmas gift was a huge stuffed Smurfette. It’s about 4 feet tall. I still have it, and now my kids play with it…especially now that The Smurfs are popular again!

    I had a birthday/Christmas combo gift last year: an iPad. Love it!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Hi Darlene!
      Thanks for sharing your story. I loved the smurfs. I saw that Cabbage Patch Kids were a big hit in the comments yesterday & then as I sat down in my recliner last night I saw a commercial for them. So, it doesn’t surprise me that the smurfs are coming back.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  41. Last year I got a gorgeous pair of TUK Platinum leopard print heels from the hubby who HATES my shoe addiction


  42. My fave Christmas present ever was my Kindle.
    GFC Library Lady
    adsanders77 at

    • I mentioned earlier that I received a Kindle for my birthday this past year and you won’t get any argument from me. I love mine. Thank you so much for sharing your story & stopping by.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  43. My favorite Christmas present was when I was a little girl. It was a huge food/plate plastic set. I loved having “lunch’ with my mother on it and all the designs on the plate were super cute. It still remains my favorite gift even though I no longer have the set haha It was fun while it lasted!

    • Hi Sandra!
      Sounds like a really special gift, not only was it enjoyable, but it led to quality time with your mother. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing that.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  44. My kindlE!! it would have been my boys, but they arrived in Feb. 🙂

  45. My favorite christmas present when I was little was my legos. I love to build things. So those were always the best gift for me!

    • Hi Jacklin,
      Lego’s, always a great gift. I love all the themed Lego’s that they have now. Did you grow up and become a builder in any way shape or form, or is it just a hobby? Thanks for sharing & stopping by.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  46. My favorite Christmas gift ever was my first-born son. He was born a few weeks before Christmas, but no gift that Christmas could compare to seeing that beautiful little baby by the Christmas tree.

    • Susan,
      I don’t think any gift will be able to top yours. There is nothing more precious than a healthy baby! That is the Christmas gift that indeed keeps on giving. Every year you get to celebrate two miracles. Congrats and thanks so much for stopping by to share your story.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  47. Paul McCartney tickets!!

    • Wow Cheryl that is a great gift. Paul McCartney is one artist that I would love to see that I have not. There aren’t too many artist’s that fit in that category (I’m getting old), but he is one. How was the show? Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  48. My wristwatch.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  49. My tricked out Strawberry Shortcake bike when I turned 7 long, long, long ago! lol It had a white wicker basket, streamers from the handlebars, a horn, and an AM/FM radio! It was awesome! lol =)

  50. When I was five, I got a pair of betta fish, my first ever pets. They were the best!

    • Betta fish, very cool. My parents always said no to betta fish. I always ended up with goldfish or guppies. Not very exciting, but I liked it. Thank you for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  51. My second child and oldest son was born just two weeks before Christmas. Fabulous Christmas gift 🙂

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

    • Hi Christine,
      That’s the second child(ren) born on/around Christmas. It doesn’t get more special than that. How is it having two Christmas children? It must be a very, very busy and exciting time of year. Thanks for sharing your story.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  52. My favorite Christmas gift was received when I was about 7 years old. It was a metal set of kid sized kitchen appliances, refrigerator, stove & sink. The sink even had some kind of reservoir that made it so you could get water out of the faucet. My 4 yr old sister & I played with them for hours.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

    • Hi Kathryn,
      That’s a great gift! It sounds like a lot of fun times were had by both you and your sister. That must make it really special, the fact that you two played together. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  53. My fav would definitely be the ereader my mother got me a few years ago. Absolutely loved until the cat killed it.

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for stopping by! The ereader has been very popular in this post. I got mine for my birthday in the summer, so I have to agree that it is a great gift. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  54. I got my favourite Christmas gift when I was about 8. It was a book, of course, but it wasn’t just any book. It was Janusz Grabianski’s beautifully illustrated Arabian Nights. I still have it today, nearly forty years later.

    • Hi Lynda,
      I love this story. There is something about those great books one gets as a child that is so very special. My parents gave my daughter a fantastic copy of Asop’s Fabels when she was young. It is so special to display and read, either to yourself or together. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  55. I don’t remember my own, but I enjoy watching my kids faces when they open their presents. :O)

    • Hi Diane,
      That is the spirit of Christmas to me. I love getting gifts for the little ones and I love watching their faces as they open them. That and being with family is what it’s all about for me. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  56. My favorite Christmas gift was a laptop I received. It was my first computer I didn’t have to share

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

    • Hi Susan,
      A laptop, what a great gift. I wish I had a laptop. That might be what I buy when this computer finally gives out. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  57. My favorite Christmas gift was my son.

    • Christmas babies seem to be the best gift one can receive & I agree. How do like have your son’s birthday and Christmas so close together, or are they actually both on the same day? Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  58. I always get books, which I absolutely love, but one year when I was young I got a work bench complete with tools to help my dad in his wood shop.

    • Hi Melissa,
      What a great gift. It sounds like you really liked it and it led to some quality time with dad! Thanks for stopping by & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  59. My engagement ring it was a moment Iwont ever forget .

    • Hi Wanda,
      Now that’s quite a Christmas gift! I bet that was very romantic & special. Your husband (or future husband, are you married yet?) will have a hard time topping that one:) Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  60. I got an accoustic guitar when I was 8. Loved it, even though I was a leftie. LOL

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

    • Hi Jennifer,
      I wish that I could play guitar. Do you still play? I took lessons for awhile when I was younger & just do not have any musical ability. Thanks for stopping by & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  61. My favorite Christmas present was an iPod.

  62. after someone stole one of my dogs, my mom and sister got my other 2 dogs microchipped for my christmas present. I really loved the dog that was stolen so it was very sweet of them. I have a great family. 🙂

    • Hi Ryan,
      I feel so terrible for you and your poor dog:( I am a HUGE dog lover and am absolutely horrified that someone would steal someone’s else dog. My dog too is chipped, so I think that’s a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing and I feel so bad that happened to you.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  63. My family was really poor and for the longest time I had to sleep on a donated couch in a room with my younger sister, but when I was 8 years old my Gram won a canopy bed in one of her sweepstakes and she gave it to me. I called it my princess bed and had it until I was 17. Best present ever 🙂

    • Hi Brandy,
      That is a very touching story! I love that Gram gave you your “princess” bed. I am so happy that you enjoyed it:) That is truly the Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

    • Hi Jessica,
      The Christmas baby is taking the lead in this informal poll. I have to say, there can’t be a better gift than that. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  64. I do really have a favorite Christmas present 🙂

  65. My favorite Christmas present is my Chamilla bracelet because each bead means something special to me. Thanks!

  66. My favorite Christmas present was my Kindle:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. My favorite was a family birthstone necklace which I never take off, thanks!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  68. It’s hard to pick what my favorite gift would be although one really cool Hanukkah gift that I got when I was younger was a personalized Hanukkah book about me and 2 of nephews.

  69. My favorite gift was the year that I got an Easy Bake Oven, my grandma and I cooked all weekend long. I bought my daughter one when she was little and this year I’ll buy my granddaughter one.

    • Hi Sue,
      An Easy Bake Oven, what a great gift! It sounds like it was all the more special that you were able to cook on it with your Grandma. How neat is it that you have gotten your daughter one & will be getting your granddaughter one. That is truly a great story. Thank so much for sharing it with us & I hope you have a happy holiday season.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  70. my kindle fire was my most favorite Christmas present.

    my1lulabug at yahoo dot com

    thanks for the giveaway!

  71. My favorite Christmas gift was a Big Wheel when I was 7.

    • Hi Michele,
      A Big Wheel! I had a Big Wheel and it never got old. I live in the cold Midwest and in the winter my brothers and I would ride around in a circle in the basement on them. It was a very small circle, but we didn’t care. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  72. This book seems so cute and I love the cover~ my favorite Christmas present was my Shiba Inu puppy I got 3 years ago~ she’s adorable and such a great pet~ thank you for the hop! 🙂

    • Hi Misha,
      Thank you for the kind words. I LOVE dogs. What a cute type of dog & still so young! That is an absolutely great gift. I’m so happy for you and the dog:) Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  73. Every year I got a baby doll and that was always my favorite present.


  74. I got the entire collection of the She-Ra and He-Man dolls, animals, and houses or whatever. I was probably five or six, and I can remember how thrilled I was. 😀


    • Hi Kayla,
      Great gifts! I remember He-man and Castle Grayskull being the last Christmas present of toys before I “outgrew” that kind of stuff. I wonder what it means that I am “growing” back into that kind of fun stuff:) Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  75. I got my cat in first grade. She was one of my best friends while I was growing up 🙂


    • Hi Kristen,
      What a great gift. I never knew anyone that got a pet, but there have been a lot of stories here about them. I wish I would have. Thanks for sharing and I am very happy for that cat to have gone to a loving home.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  76. Probably my Ipod Touch or my Kindle Fire 🙂

  77. One of my favorites is a few years ago we got a new kitty!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    • The pets are starting to take over. My informal count lists, pets, babies, and Kindle Fires as the front runners. There’s still time for any one of them, or an unknown, to pull away. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  78. air hockey game when i was a kid – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t0com

    • Daniel,
      I always wanted an air hockey game when I was growing up. What a super gift! I still want an air hockey game. Thanks for stopping by & sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  79. air hockey game when i was a kid – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t0com

    • Hi Caitlin,
      I’m marking another one for pets. I think pets, as a gift, are in the lead. As a HUGE dog lover, I am so happy for you to get a puppy & for the puppy to go to a loving home. Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  80. My daughter she came the day before she is the best present ever!!!

    • Hi Krista,
      Well, I’m putting another one in the Christmas babies column. I think pets and children are in a tie. Still most of the day left! Thanks for sharing and I’m so happy that you get to celebrate your little bundle of joy’s birthday along with Christmas every year. What a great time of year.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  81. Either my Rub-a-dub dolly or a nurses kit I got when I was 5.

  82. Most of my favorite things have come on birthdays, but I think the best Christmas present was a huge doll when I was about 8 that I was sure I wasn’t going to get.
    Bonnie Hilligoss/

  83. My favorite present was my Kindle! 🙂

  84. My favorite gift was a necklace from my spouse. 🙂

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  85. I remember getting a small record player back when I was younger, it was made out of hard plastic. It was perfect to escape into my music that my parents couldn’t stand, ironically that’s now me playing that role. I guess that’s how things turn out in the long run before we even know it.

    • Hi Becky,
      I loved playing records. Even as recently as the early 90’s when I was in the Air Force I would search the local shops for used records. I still had a record player and found some great deals. It is funny how the tables turn as we grow up and have children of our own isn’t it? Thanks for sharing.

      Paul R. Hewlett

  86. The best gift I get is from my daughters who give me a craft that they make for me 🙂


  87. One year my sister got me tix to see Mary Poppins LIVE! I loved it best part was spending time with her 🙂

  88. Hi Danielle,
    Funny, that’s my wife’s name & I took her to see Mary Poppins LIVE last year. Were you there too? Just kidding. I love Mary Poppins (so does my wife) and we loved it live so I know what a great gift that was! Thank you so much for stopping by & sharing.

    Paul R. Hewlett

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