Happy Holidays To All Our PCH Fans!

Today we’re sending the warmest wishes and fondest holiday greetings to all our PCH fans. This year, and every year, we’re thankful for fans like you who are a huge part of our Publishers Clearing House family.

We wanted to share a few photos with you from the holiday fun we’re been having at PCH Headquarters these last few weeks. In the first photo, we’re all sporting our favorite “ugly” sweaters  — though most of us don’t find our sweaters ugly at all!

What do you think? Are any of you PCH fans sporting holiday sweaters today?

The second photo is of Danielle, Laura and me right before the PCH annual holiday party! I just LOVE our annual party — PCHers are like one big family, and it’s so fun to get together and celebrate every year!


And finally, the last photo is of Danielle and PCHers enjoying the dance floor at the holiday party! What can I say, we PCHers love to have a good time — especially on the dance floor!


Hope you all enjoyed these behind the scenes photos, and more importantly, that you’re enjoying your day!

From all of us to all of you…HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Amanda C.

PCH Creative

 


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hope said...

Merry Christmas to all! Love your e-card greetings…very festive!

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Diana Hanlon said...

Merry Christmass and a have happy new year PCH you all look great!

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allen choy said...

Merry Christmas Everyonr!!!:)

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Tania LoNero said...

Hope everyone had a Happy Christmas. I got a christmas letter yesterday it said you have been denied disability. So I guess I dont get to pay bills. But at least my daughter and I have eachother!

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Curtis Martin said...

(CAN’T STOP READING THIS)

A Small White Envelope: A Christmas Story

Submitted by: Marilyn Jensen
I got this from a friend and don’t know the author

It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so.

It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas—oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it- overspending… the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma—the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church, mostly black. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler’s ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn’t acknowledge defeat.

Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them.”

Mike loved kids-all kids-and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That’s when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition—one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.

The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents.

As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn’t end there.

You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning, it was joined by three more.

Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing around the tree with wide-eyed anticipation watching as their fathers take down the envelope. Mike’s spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us.

May we all remember Christ, who is the reason for the season, and the true Christmas spirit this year and always. God bless.

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Amanda C., PCH Creative for that wonderful insightful letter to all of us!!! It looks like you all had a great Holiday and I hope you all have a wonderful summer too!!!

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Hope Wilkerson said...

~ Happy Holidays 2 Everyone!

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ntirampeba dorcas said...

happy holiday to pch

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Rochelle jones said...

merry Christmas pch you look very nice in your sweaters look very happy, enjoy your holidays god bless

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ntirampeba dorcas said...

merry christmas everyone on PCH

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Samuel Clugston said...

I hope that year is one of hope and Joy for all..Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…May you all be Blessed by the Heavenly Father above, and be Blessed By the Birth of Jesus.,Pray to our Lord God for Peace threw out this new year of 2014.May peace,joy and happiness be yours.

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Lorraine Wise said...

Happy Holidays,

To all at PCH I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday as well.

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