With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share some Witemeyer family traditions. Well, actually, this particular tradition is a Gaskin family tradition that married into the Witemeyer clan. (Gaskin is my maiden name, and yes, I thought it was really cool when I was a young girl to find it in the dictionary as part of a horse’s leg! I was destined to write westerns, it seems.)
Almost as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared away, the kitchen table finds it’s true calling – puzzle support.
These days, we tend to eat in the living room huddled around the coffee table in order to watch shows that we’ve saved up on the Tivo, so the kitchen table is fairly available real estate. One end becomes the puzzle center while the other end is available for breakfast and other actual eating activities.
We have quite a collection of puzzles, but I can’t seem to stop myself from getting a new one each year. I’ve learned that I like a challenge but no so large a one that I hit the frustration level. The puzzle we attempted last year had pieces that were so similar in shape, it was nearly impossible to tell which ones actually fit together. Ack! We got the central design on that one completed then gave up on the monochromatic background.
750-1000 pieces is ideal. Pieces that lock together well, leaving no doubt that they actually fit, are a huge plus. Designs with homey scenes from bygone eras are ones I gravitate toward. And there must be different sections of color and images that are easy to pick out when sorting pieces. I tried a snowy picture of the Matterhorn once. Never again.
Last year for Christmas, my husband bought me this one. I can’t wait to break it out this year! It meets all my requirements, plus I love the fairy tale bookishness of it.
So to share my love of puzzles (and books!) with you, I thought it might be fun to offer a puzzling giveaway. Unfortunately, the puzzle above ships from the UK, so it was not available for an Amazon giveaway. So I asked my Posse on FB which of 4 book-nerd puzzles they liked best, and here is the winner:
So that is the puzzle I am giving away. I am using an Amazon Sweepstakes, so all you have to do to enter is follow me on Amazon using the link below. Amazon will randomly select the winner tomorrow at midnight (Nov 17), and I will post the winner’s name in the comments section here by the 18th.
- Besides eating, what are some of your favorite activities to engage in during the Thanksgiving holiday?