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’.  🙂

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  1. Image for Amy@the Avery House Amy@the Avery House

    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!

  2. Image for Jaime Costiglio Jaime Costiglio

    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.

  3. Image for Vee Vee

    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!

  4. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    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

  5. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    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! )

  6. Image for Mary Mary

    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~

  7. Image for sheri sheri

    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!!!!

  8. Image for Aunt Lou Aunt Lou

    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!

  9. Image for Judy Judy

    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!

  10. Image for Susan @ Afford Your Passions Susan @ Afford Your Passions

    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!

  11. Image for Miss Balue Miss Balue

    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!,

  12. Image for Marian Marian

    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, Marian

  13. Image for betsy c betsy c

    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!

  14. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    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!

  15. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    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!

  16. Image for Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnne Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnne

    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! xox

  17. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    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!!

  18. Image for Nana Diana Nana Diana

    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 Poor lady- she was very gracious about it though. I think they should let her come back and play again- xo Diana

  19. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    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

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