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Christmas Eve Mantel


Dear recent  Wheel-of-Fortune contestant from Florida,


I could not let Christmas Eve pass without telling you how awesome you are.

You go girl.



Christmas Eve


You had it.


You were so close.

When you guessed the G….I was right there with you.

I would have done the exact same thing….except I would have flipped my hair and swung my earrings when I answered.

Where I come from….it’s 12 drummers drummin’, 11 pipers pipin’, 10 lords a leapin’, 9 ladies dancin’, 8 maids a milkin’……and…..

…..7 swans a swimmin’.

Red and White Stocking


It was definitely awkward all around.

Awkward for the sweet lady in the blue sweater with the tentative smile on her face who looked like she would have rather had a root canal than solve the puzzle instead of you.

Awkward for poor Vanna who probably didn’t know if she should light up the rest of the letters or just stand there in that super cute black dress.

Awkward for the audience who audibly gasped when Pat said yes….and then paused…..and then said no.

But even with a dropped G … wonderful wheel of fortune friend……you still won $8200 and the admiration of half the country.

So I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas Eve from the land of sweet tea and rolling hills and fresh eggs and chicken barns.

We think you’re pretty amazin’.  🙂

PS   Here’s a wonderful reminder of what is truly important during this hectic and busy season.

My incredible friend Laura put this project together.

It’s a collection of letters from individuals taking a moment to let someone who has touched their heart…..truly know how special that are.

The letters are wonderful.  Like this one and this one and especially this one that brought tears to my eyes.

So if you have a moment….stop by and read some of these letters (or even submit your own).

They will warm your heart and speak to your soul.

Truly.  🙂

Wishing you the joy and wonder of the season and a wonderful and blessed Christmas.


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  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!!

  2. I hope that you and your family have a very blessed Christmas KariAnne! Thank you for sharing the letters link, so very touching and inspirational. Thank you too for always making me laugh. Your gift of story telling and humor is such a great combo that always makes me laugh out loud!

  3. KariAnne I saw that one too! My 8 year old daughter is obsessed with Wheel of Fortune – I’ll put it in the ‘educational TV’ catagory but that was so heartbreaking, what can you do. Merry Christmas.

  4. Oh that WoF call rankled us all and you have turned it into a cute post. For what it’s worth, I think it was absolutely the wrong call.

    Merry Christmas to you!

  5. oh yeah….I saw that episode! He and I watch it every night during dinner (on the sofa). We both looked at each other at the same time and said “huh?”. I bet she ends up getting that money. Merry Merry Christmas Karianne to you and yours. xoxo

  6. Oh…we had quite the discussion over seven swans a swimmin’ ourselves! May you have a very blessed and Merry Christmas, and may you continue to bless us with your cute and witty posts! )

  7. HA! This was the BEST.BLOG.POST.EVER!!! 😉
    Love it!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

  8. Oh my goodness, I didn’t see this, but it sounds so funny, and unfortunate all at the same time. Merry Christmas to you and the whole clan in Kentucky! Hopefully it’s full of sweet tea and long lasting memories!

  9. I have to tell you how much I enjoy your posts and seeing your beautiful home! Your commentary always brings a smile to my face. The WoF lady was totally robbed BTW 🙂 Merry Christmas from a fellow g dropper~

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  11. okay – I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I am a blog stalker. This had me laughing out loud! Oh my. I can only imagine hearing you say this in “real life” – with a sweet southern accent. Your blog to me is like receiving my favorite magazine in the mail, only more often. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and funny personality with us all. Merry Christmas to you!!!!

  12. Yep! What ever judge called that one must have been a substitute — like a substitute teacher, a little over the top from nerves. One of my never-lived-outside-New England friends seems unable to pronounce a final “G.” Won’t surprise me if they do something about it. Happy Christmas!

  13. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Be blessed in the coming year. Rejoice! The Savior is born!

  14. my mom never misses Wheel if she can help it so I’ll have to ask her if she saw this one…I looked at your video link and couldn’t believe they would do that to her! But she was a classy lady and graciously accepted defeat….shame on those Wheel judges.

    Merry Christmas dear Karianne!

  15. I felt so bad for that woman. Ugh. She handled it with a class I don’t think I could have mustered up at that moment.

    Merry Christmas Karianne to you and your family!

  16. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
    Debbie 🙂

  17. I hadn’t seen the show (or heard of the controversy), but I agree with you – she was robbed.

    Your Christmas stockings are gorgeous!

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing all of us into your home and your life during this past year; your home is gorgeous, your blog is gorgeous, and you are just too funny! I am looking forward to seeing more peeks into your life next year (that didn’t come out right!)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Karianne!

  18. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family

  19. Kari, Thank you for your blog. I so enjoy it ,really! Its a treat! I love your home and your ideas and creative spirit! And your so real; your posts inspire me and make me laugh! Those are two great gifts! So have a wonderful Christmas and a beautiful, happy, healthy year! Thank you!,

  20. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed Christmas my friend…much love and happiness to you always : ) hugs..

  21. Merry Christmas Ms. Thistle.


  22. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas, KariAnne!

  23. Ok, so I went over to the greatest gift and now I can’t decide who I would write my letter to. I’m going to be thinking about this for DAYS. Do I write it to all the strangers who’ve helped me? Or to my dear friend who has been my “therapist” for years? Or to my sweet husband who is still wondering daily if he may have bitten off more than he can chew by marrying me. The list goes on and on. But I can certainly think of worse ways to head into Christmas Eve than counting my blessings and figuring out who to write a thoughtful, gratitude filled love letter to.

    I hope that you have a lovely holiday on your lovely farm. And PLEASE go to Haven this coming summer so I can meet you!
    Much Holiday cheer to you,

  24. Oh, that makes me mad because it’s so unfair. I hadn’t seen or heard about that episode because i don’t watch wheel. I wouldn’t even say she used vernacular, she just pronounced the word exactly the way it’s sung in the song. Obviously, she picked the ‘G’ so she knew it was there. *sigh* deep breaths. I hope they reconsider and give her the prize.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and thanking you for all the smiles and joy you brought to me over the past year. Have a blessed 2013!

  25. Ok Karianne, fill me in on wheel of fortune episode – I never watch tv so I don’t know what you are talking about! And your well written post makes me wanna know!
    Have a VERY Merry Christmas!

  26. Merry Christmas to you, Karianne! May your holidays be filled with many wonderful blessings! You have had the most beautiful Christmas posts! Dad has been sick, so I haven’t been commenting! He’s much better now! Thank you for all the lovely Christmas inspiration and joy!

  27. lol! I can’t believe Vanna is still on that show! I don’t watch cable TV anymore, so this was a good laugh for me. I could so visualize the whole thing.

    So happy I met you this year, my sweet KariAnne! Here’s to many more years of blogging happiness!

    Merry Christmas!

  28. May your Christmas be filled with memories to treasure for a lifetime…..You are such a ray of sunshine in our lives!!!
    Merry Christmas Kari to you and your beautiful family!!

  29. Oh- I so watched that , too….and I KNEW she was from the South. Hello—don’t they know y’all speak just a tad different down there? My friend was always gonna “carry Mama down to the store” and those chips were too greeeezy to eat…lol Poor lady- she was very gracious about it though. I think they should let her come back and play again- xo Diana

  30. She should have not been called wrong!! She obviously knew it, that is how everybody around here talks! Santa Claus is COMIN’ to town! Nobody pronounces the G, it would throw the old thing off.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Karianne!

  31. Merry Christmas to you and yours

  32. Merry Christmas my sweet friend. You are a ray of sunshine every morning, and one day we shall meet!!! xoxo

  33. I wish you and your family the merriest Christmas ever.♥♥♥

  34. Merry Christmas! You’ve had a great year! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Wishin you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  36. I saw that episode and being from Tennessee that is the way I pronounce it also!! I hope you and your sweet family have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!!

  37. I also heard about the Wheel of Fortune contestent that dropped the G………………….most of us do when saying that……….saying…………………
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas