In 2008 and 2009, things weren’t going so well for Neil Pasricha. His marriage was ending and he had lost a close friend under tragic circumstances. The news was depressing too, with reports of natural disasters and a collapsing economy. It was enough to make anyone want to wrap themselves in a blanket of sadness and hide from the scary world outside. But Pasricha decided to go a different way. In an effort to help bring some positivity back to his life, he started a blog called 1000 Awesome Things. That blog eventually went on to win a Webby Award, and has spawned three books—The Book of Awesome, The Book of (Even More) Awesome, and most recently, The Book of (Holiday) Awesome, released this week.
The Book of (Holiday) Awesome is a collection of all of those simple joys that come along with the holiday season. It’s about celebrating the little things, like driving around town to look at Christmas lights, the smell of a fresh Christmas tree, or the first big snowfall of the season. Who doesn’t love that?
This book doesn’t just focus on Christmas, though. Pasricha shares some awesome things about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and even Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day, among others. It’s a great read to share with kids, and can help spark a conversation about the little things that they are grateful for during the holidays. There’s no need to read the book through in order, either—you can open it to any page and find a reason to smile. We think that’s pretty awesome.
One lucky reader is going to win a copy of The Book of (Holiday) Awesome, signed by the Neil Pasricha. And we have four signed, awesome bookplates to give away, too! To enter, just leave a comment below and tell us: what is the most awesome thing about the holidays? This giveaway closes Thursday, November 24th at 5 p.m. EST, so don’t miss your chance to win. Good luck!