Want to win a cute, colorful charm for Christmas? There will be 5 lucky winners of these handmade charms, sent directly from our house in Hiroshima, Japan.
I stumbled across these charms the other day during a family trip. In fact, we spent a long while looking at the many delightful little creatures made by a local artist and this discovery turned out to be one of the day’s highlights for us all. So I asked my bilingual kids (now 13 and 10) to help me pick out 5 charms for this giveaway, then endow each one with “bilingual powers” by holding them tightly in their hands.
Maybe one of these charms from my family could help strengthen your mindfulness and your efforts each day, and ultimately, your long-term success? Or maybe you just want one ’cause they’re so darn cute?
FULL DISCLOSURE: My son was the hand model for these photos. I had to pay him a cookie.
Here are the winners, picked randomly by my kids…
DOLPHIN: Tiara in the U.S.
WHALE: Laura in Puerto Rico
ELEPHANT: Jennifer in the U.S.
GIRAFFE: Angela in Italy
SNAKE: Magali in England
Congratulations! And many thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. (I wish I had enough charms for all of you!) Happy, language-filled holidays from me and my kids!
To enter this free giveaway, just follow these three simple steps…
1. First, please share the post below via social media, using one of these links (they go to the same page)…
The Perfect Christmas Gift for Bilingual and Multilingual Families
Friends, I’m using the “honor system” here—I won’t have my kids hunt you down and bite your ankles if you don’t share that post. But it would be a big help to me if you did (on Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as I’m now trying to raise wider awareness of my book for the Christmas shopping season. Thank you for your support!
2. Then come back to this page and leave a comment here with the following information. (And please proofread your comment, before submission, to check that the information is complete.)
1. Your first name and where you live (Example: Adam in Japan)
2. Your children and their ages (Example: Girl, 13 and Boy, 10)
3. Your two (or more) languages (Example: Japanese, English, and Spanish)
4. Name at least one new minority language resource that you plan to give to your children this Christmas. (Example: My daughter now likes to listen to pop music in English so I plan to give her the new Taylor Swift CD. And my son has become a baseball fan—of both the Japanese and American baseball leagues—so I’ll look for a couple of good books in English on this subject.)
3. All entries must be submitted by the morning of Thursday, November 30 (Japan time). On that day, the comments will be printed out and cut apart to serve as entry slips for the drawing. The slips will be placed in a big, empty bucket and Lulu and Roy will each select two winners, then squabble over who gets to pick the fifth one. All winners will be chosen randomly, with eyes shut tight. And when the selections are made, the winners will be matched with the charms in the order that they appear in this post. For example, the first winner will get the dolphin charm, the second winner will get the whale charm (with that cool Eiffel Tower on it), etc. In other words, though the 5 winners will be unable to choose which charm they receive, they can enjoy the excitement of the “surprise” they’ll find in their packages.
I’ll then contact the lucky winners by email, update this post with the results, and mail off the charms to destinations worldwide.
While I won’t be responding to these comments, my kids and I look forward to reading them. (And don’t worry, we won’t tell what you’re planning to give your children for Christmas!)
Thank you for entering the giveaway, and thank you for sharing the link with the holiday appeal for my book! Warm wishes from Hiroshima!