Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Hallmark Licensing, Inc., this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.
Hallmark Personalized Books – Review & Giveaway
There is a tradition in my husband’s family that stands to this day – each Christmas Eve one of the elder men read “The Night Before Christmas”. The best part of the story is the added sound effects that are in place of exclamation points, periods and pauses.
This tradition began long before I joined the family, and long before my husband has clear memories. This usually takes place shortly after the meal and before the younger ones go to sleep . The young kids gather around the reader for the best seat. After the reading, usually “Santa” makes an appearance and excitement ensues (or sometimes tears of happiness). I wish I could have seen the patriarch of the family, Grandpa Jack read the story. I have heard stories and I feel as though he is with us each year and I know he is thought of each year this tradition repeats itself.
I have wanted to get a copy of this book for a couple of years now as I thought it would be nice to have our own copy. I recently had the chance to have a book personalized by Hallmark and this seemed like the best choice. I decided to take a different angle with my personalization in that I made the book more general and it is personalized to “Henberger Clan” with a personalized ‘from’ line as well.
I was able to preview the book prior to my final decision/order and saw where the name was plugged in throughout the book. I had a concern that since I made the books to the gender ambiguous “Henberger Clan” that the story would lose the flow it has and I was really pleased to see that my modification worked really well. The book contains only had a couple awkward spots, but to the novice reader will be not very noticeable. I would recommend that if you plan to go the path I chose, to preview the book and make sure it sounds good when you read it.
The book is a about 8 1/2 X 11 in size, and is hard bound with a bright sleeves. The pages are high quality paper and are printed brightly and clear. The lines on each page are even and everything is what I would expect a personalized book to be.
There are many options available, all of which would be a great gift and include the following books:
- Night Before Christmas
- When God Made You
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel
- Princess (fill in name)
- Dinosaur Adventure
- Super (fill in name)
- I/We Love (fill in name)
- Tea Party
- The Amazing Adventures of (fill in name)
- Ballerina Dreams
Overall I am very happy with the book and the quality, but mostly I love having a personalized version of a beloved family tradition. I plan to bring this with me on Christmas Eve and I hope that this new book becomes the tradition to read from.
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GIVEAWAY: Hallmark Licensing, Inc. is offering 1 free Personalized Book with free shipping to my readers! (1) lucky winner will be selected at random to win a code good for a free Personalized Book and free shipping on Hallmark.com. I will be randomly choosing 1 person on November 5 (11/5/2015) to receive this unique gift! Open to residents in the US. To enter complete the entries below! Winner will be notified by me by email and prize will be fulfilled by Hallmark Licensing, Inc! Remember you have 48 hours to claim prize, or I will choose another winner. GOOD LUCK!!!