Saturday, December 22, 2012

WinterHaven Sleigh Tour: The Magic of Christmas (Giveaway!)

Welcome back, to another week in the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books!

This week, we are posting our favorite Children's, Winter or Christmas story. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.

The story I'm going to feature on my blog is one by Hans Christian Andersen, The Ice-Maiden. It's a bit long comparing to the common fairy tale, but I remember it well, as it's the first story in my collection of Andersen's tales. 

The story tells the life story of a boy named Rudy, who has lost both parents and is living with his uncle. We later learn that Rudy's mother was killed when she fell into a crevasse, but Rudy was saved with a kiss from the ice-maiden, whose attempts to possess him continues until his adulthood. Rudy falls in love with a girl called Babette, and they are going to be married, but the night before the wedding Rudy gives in to the ice-maiden and drowns in the frozen lake.

It's a tragic story that seems to be out of place in this happy holiday season, but the reason I choose The Ice-Maiden is because it's a different way of looking at love. Love is beautiful and enduring, but too much of something good can turn bad. In fact, I'm not sure if the ice-maiden's feelings for Rudy is actually love - the way I see it, it's probably some kind of pervert obsession go wrong. 

Christmas is a time for love and sharing, but make sure you keep your head: When it starts getting destructive, you know it's your signal to stop. 

Don't let the Magic be ruined by obsession.


As part of The Magic of Christmas, WinterHaven Books is hosting a giveaway that will include two book bundles to be shipped to an elementary school or library of the winner's choosing. The winner will be offered a few options and they can choose what 2 bundles and location to ship to within the United States.  Good luck and happy holidays!

The winner can choose 2 of the below:

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (includes all 3 books)
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Steifvater (includes all 3 books)
Dairy Queen Trilogy by Catherine Murdock (includes all 3 books)
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (includes first 3 books)

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What's your favorite Christmas story? Comment below!

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