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Thanksgiving morning...Jell-o with cream cheese balls...how I became an elf...James Bond, Michael Buble...and what I'm gifting this Christmas

Posted by Shawn Killinger 1353512390.353

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I'm reminded of my childhood in Michigan. It's comforting the way holidays take you back to those times. :) I used to wake up to the smell of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls baking in the oven (they never came with enough frosting though) They were so doughy and melt-in-your-mouthy. Mom always bought several tins bc we all feasted on 3 or 4 per person. And we'd watch the Detroit Thanksgiving Day parade (if I didn't sleep in and miss it. Why r parades always on so early?) And it was fun bc on commercial breaks, we'd toggle through all the other stations and watch the parades going on in Hollywood, Hawaii, and Orlando. Mom makes the best mashed potatoes (bc she puts a brick of butter in them) and though stuffing has gone gourmet these days, I still think the best is Stovetop. And my Dad, for some funny reason, loved this black cherry Jell-o Mom would make with weird balls of cream cheese floating in it. I actually think it sounds delicious now but when you are a kid, you don't want weird balls of anything floating in your Jell-O. And we always used to gather around the TV and devour the James Bond marathon that was on every Thanksgiving. No matter how many times we saw those movies, we never tired of watching them like it was the first time. And of course, then there was the day after - leftovers! Something about stuffing and green bean casserole the second day is even tastier than the first. I love Thanksgiving. OH!!! And one year, I was in the Thanksgiving day parade. I was an elf. I actually had the option to wear one of those huge mardi gras style character parade heads instead...but I had an attack of claustrophobia putting it on so they gave me elf shoes and a beanie hat instead.

Black friday is around the corner too. I don't ever remember doing the whole crazy shopping thing the weekend of Thanksgiving. I love the festive store decor, and how every store is pumping out Christmas songs. But somehow the rest of the chaos and the mania makes me more nervous than elated. I must tell you, online shopping rules. I think it's the only way to go. Standing in lines, getting competitive with parking spots, trying to tuck into a mall restaurant when the whole world is too and waiting 3hrs for a table...it's not my bag. So in my annual overshare of what I'm gifting this season and without giving away names so the receivers don't catch on to what I'm giving them ... here are my personal pickups for gifts: I'm getting my dentist and all of my doctors, Cheryl & Co cookies. The nurses in particular just love them. I sponsored a few kids thru the Y angel tree and I grabbed a ton of cool stuff for them on QVC.com - Flashpad, world floor puzzle map, Little miss matched socks, rainbow in my room, and Heys kids Disney luggage. Dad wants a watch winder...but we don't have that at QVC so am going to plan B. (I don't know what plan B is yet) Am giving girlfriends Judith Ripka earrings, Philosophy gift sets, Loccitane gift sets, a CHI volumizing iron, and one very good friend who has been an angel to me this year is getting a Dooney bag (thanks to EZ pay!).

As for me, I'm not pining for anything specific. Must be the getting older thing, bc lately, when bdays and holidays come, I struggle to make a wish list. Am just glad to be healthy and employed and have good people in my life. Have always loved giving more than getting. (Although I could do with an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, I hear they rock.) If I didn't already own it, I'd def be asking for the ring that has been a year in the making - Shawn's Sterling Inscription Ring. As you probably know by now, it's based off of a ring my Mom bought me at a jeweler in England when my brother lived there. The ring has an inscription, 'Tempest of Stars' on it from a famous frenchman's poem. I have loved and worn the original for years and now QVC has awesomely allowed me to design a replica with my own favorite quote, 'Hear My Soul Speak', for you. I can honestly say the replica is almost better than the original. It debuts in my gift show Friday 11/23 at noon. I'm so excited for you to see it and get it. It is exceptional. And I swear I'm not saying that bc I'm partial in the least. You will love it.

I have already begun Christmas decorating...even though I'll be in Nashville for Christmas. I am currently addicted to VPH's mercury glass Christmas tree trio - I own every color. They have the most magnificent glow when the lights are off at night.

And I have every poinsettia pre lit potted plant Bethlehem Lights has ever made! I bought the most adorable twig reindeer at Marshall's for my front porch, and I have already begun listening to my two favorite Christmas albums non stop - Michael Buble and Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown. It is a magical season.

No matter what is going on in life or the world, I always find the holidays have this comforting and warm way of lifting the spirits and ushering in such hope. I love to make a list of all the things I did during the year. Reading it feels so gratifying. Some things make me laugh, some cry. Some make me feel courageous and accomplished. And all make me feel like life is this crazy wonderful thing sometimes best understood and appreciated by looking at in the rear view mirror.

Ok, gotta run. I wish you a happy safe warm blessed Thanksgiving...

s :)  

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Theresa in­ NY1353524786.9320 PostsRegistered 1/30/2011
Thank you for posting your memories. It's always interesting to see how other families 'do' Thanksgiving. Enjoy your memories and be blessed making new ones! Happy Thanksgiving.

princessme1353525600.68789 PostsRegistered 4/11/2010

Happy Holidays!

Can't wait to "try" to get your ring. I work "BRICK AND MORTAR" retail and will be at work but my break is from 11:30 to 12:30 so I am going to be ON THE PHONE.....ready to order! I am keeping everything crossed that I can get one.

The holidays are such a bittersweet time. You think of the past and holidays that have gone by; wishing and wanting for those memories and people to come to life once more....just because you are older and wiser now, and would hug that one person just a little longer and tighter.

I wish you a blessed holiday season.
And I hope 2013 brings you a wonderful wedding and all the happiness you deserve.

Keep the faith ~ {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

redhead12041353525906.4732 PostsRegistered 11/6/2007

Hi Shawn,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, I just love watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade each year.....OM-Goodness Nashville @ Christmas time loving it. I will be ordering 2 rings Friday...hope I'm FAST enough to do so. They are lovely giving one to my BEST Friend Sharon in North Beach MD. I'm sending you hugs and many blessings to you.

Talk to you soon, lovely.

Kelly

donron1353528338.5938 PostsRegistered 6/8/2011

Shawn,

Ist - Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and Congratulations on your engagement.

Wishing you much happiness. Thanks for sharing your Thansgiving memories.. I too find our I am getting older my feelings are the same...Forget the standing in lines and getting up early. I just like to enjoy the moments with my family.

Have a good one and eats lots of turkey.

Donna in Douglassville, PA

Pepper221353530133.97311550 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007small town, Ohio

HI Shawn, I enjoyed reading your blog & your memories of Thanksgivings past!! I love watching the parades and reminiscing of my childhood.

I,too, will be on the phone at noon on Fri along with the rest trying to get your ring. I want to give them as gifts for some special people in my life.

Wishing you many blessings & happiness!!

metrogal1353530700.533672 PostsRegistered 10/28/2004

Hi Shawney Sue.........I crown you our "Sweet....Special Angel of Christmas" I share many of your holiday memories. God bless you and yours......and particularly your "special Christmas Angel" this year. Besides visions of sugar plums dancing in your head this Christmas Eve....there's sure to be the exciting thoughts of your year to come with your "special one."

Much love and happiness that you share with all of us!

xoxoxoxo{#emotions_dlg.wub}

metrogal1353530791.283672 PostsRegistered 10/28/2004
On 11/21/2012 metrogal said:

Hi Shawney Sue.........I crown you our "Sweet....Special Angel of Christmas" I share many of your holiday memories. God bless you and yours......and particularly your "special Christmas Angel" this year. Besides visions of sugar plums dancing in your head this Christmas Eve....there's sure to be the exciting thoughts of your year to come with your "special one."

Much love and happiness that you share with all of us!

xoxoxoxo{#emotions_dlg.wub}

P.S.........I won't be sleeping much the eve of 12/23 in anticipation of your long awaited outstanding ring. {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

NONNA GIGI1353556738.8777 PostsRegistered 10/6/2012

Shawn and Joe,

Have a very Blessed Thanksgiving! (Love your blog! :)

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peenutbutta1353599681.8862 PostsRegistered 11/13/2010
Shawn you really have a way with words that allows your readers to feel as if you are talking to them....a definite skill. I find myself checking here often to see what you've written. I have laughed many a day and often been left with an introspective reflection of my childhood and my life. Thanks for that!

KLASSIE1353628227.831 PostsRegistered 10/31/2011
I so badly want Shawn' ring. The quote is so me. My life has been a roller coaster ride and I have finally found the right person to ride out life with. My soul is definitely speaking to me now. Great life

psr1353700855.657136 PostsRegistered 4/13/2005
Shawn, your holiday blog post says it all, and I find it to be a joy to see how you interpret life and the way life brings is zest to you. You make the most of things and see the good in all, and take things as they are handed to you. You have such love for life and for those around you. I wish joy, peace, and happiness and good health in the up coming year as you make a new life with Joe...... Stay the way you are, and be the joy you spread to others thru such things as these blogs.... You'll never know just how meaningful you are to your fellow man..... Love ya, girlfriend.......Peace, Joy, Happinesss

mary cathe­rine1353782605.851 PostsRegistered 11/24/2012

Hi Shawn; loved your thanksgiving thoughts and memories; yours is the first blog ive read on qvc, but will continue to read from now on. you have such happiness and love for life and you spread that love to everyone around you; love listening to your stories when your on air; hope you have a wonderful christmas

LauraMilan1353843570.8372 PostsRegistered 8/18/2012

Shawn, many blessings to you! I always like to hear your ideas and I will take a look at your fantastic ring!

Tarheel1353978213.57793 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005

Shawn...you are a lovely person.

foxyghotro­dder1354235327.35320 PostsRegistered 11/27/2010

Hi Shawn: Love your shows, you have such engery and full of life and it shows on all your shows...You and Rick are really a good pair..however you do get with David too...Your personallity it the greatest..Hope you have a blessed Christmas and look forward to hearing about your wedding plans.. So happy for you...Take care.Vicki

sarajanet1354425227.463 PostsRegistered 6/16/2011

you are the cutest host and most fun! are you engaged?

Erika - QV­C Social1354569915.017112 PostsRegistered 3/9/2010
On 12/1/2012 sarajanet said:

you are the cutest host and most fun! are you engaged?

Hi sarajanet,
Yes, Shawn is engaged. We are all so happy for her!
Sincerely,

Erika / QVC Community

Erika - QV­C Social1354570069.913112 PostsRegistered 3/9/2010
On 11/22/2012 KLASSIE said: I so badly want Shawn' ring. The quote is so me. My life has been a roller coaster ride and I have finally found the right person to ride out life with. My soul is definitely speaking to me now. Great life

Hi KLASSIE,

Shawn's ring is available for immediate purchase in a size 4 and is available on our waitlist option in all of the other sizes. I hope that helps you a little.

Sincerely,

Erika / QVC Community

dudette451354575896.84711 PostsRegistered 4/11/2012

I saw shawns new ring on the website and see by the reviews, it rocks. I am wondering if they can make a size 11? My pointer is an 11 and it only goes up to ten. I s their anyone besides me that would like to see a size 11 offered? Love ya shawn!!!!!

shoppingba­be1354650506.0883 PostsRegistered 11/8/2006

Hi Shawn, Thanks for sharing your holiday memories! You are such a sweet person and I look forward to reading your posts. Congrats on your engagement! I pray that you and Joe have a happy and healthy life together! I can't wait to hear all about your special day! Keep us posted! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Keep Smiling

Jackie

Erika - QV­C Social1354650842.663112 PostsRegistered 3/9/2010
On 12/3/2012 dudette45 said:

I saw shawns new ring on the website and see by the reviews, it rocks. I am wondering if they can make a size 11? My pointer is an 11 and it only goes up to ten. I s their anyone besides me that would like to see a size 11 offered? Love ya shawn!!!!!

Hi dudette45, I will gladly forward your request for Shawn's ring to be offered in size 11. I cannot make any promises, but I will let our buyers know what you would like. Thank you.
Sincerely, Erika / QVC Community

tjkj1354993269.85711 PostsRegistered 6/8/2010

shawn-loved hearing about your memories of thanksgiving, i am a michigander and always loved watching the parade while turkey was roasting! what a cute elf you would be!!!:)

huge congrats on your engagement! joe is a blessed man-am sure you are too as feel confident you would only marry the man you felt God chose for you.God bless you two!

what a joy to hear you present the bible on the go today!! thanks for being so bold with your faith-what an amazing opportunity you hosts that know Him have to share Him and sow seed-others may "water" and HE WILL GIVE THE INCREASE!!! God bless! this surely will be one of your best and most memorable holiday seasons!

Satchu1355180671.1136 PostsRegistered 8/24/2011

Shawn,, you are the cutest host ever. So funny and so entertaining. You are a REAL person. I have a question. How does a person wear the skinnytee and what is it meant to do. Looked so cute on you but I just can't get the concept! Help!

ellenm1355191961.2335 PostsRegistered 6/27/2010

Shawn: Happy Holidays to you, too. I have a question: I purchased the large scarf by Lori A227780. I saw a video that you produced on how to tie scarves in different ways. But now I can't find that video. Can you help? Thanks.

Erika - QV­C Social1355418680.247112 PostsRegistered 3/9/2010
On 12/10/2012 ellenm said:

Shawn: Happy Holidays to you, too. I have a question: I purchased the large scarf by Lori A227780. I saw a video that you produced on how to tie scarves in different ways. But now I can't find that video. Can you help? Thanks.

Hi ellenm,

Here is the link to watch Shawn's scarf-tying tips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSQC-ZJd9w0&feature=relmfu

Enjoy!

Sincreely,

Erika / QVC Community

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