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The Heart of Christmas

Just in time for the holiday season comes a beautiful heart-wrenching story that will have you looking at your own life in a new light. The Heart of Christmas was a fantastic movie that touched the Monkey family even more so because of the connection to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Though it was before Dadda monkey and I got together, St. Jude played an important role for his step-brother. As a result, it's a charity that's near and dear to our hearts. Every year we try to make a donation to St. Jude. Before watching this movie, I had no idea there was going to be so much focus on how wonderful this hospital is.

Anyways, back to the story (I'm not a movie critic so I won't go into the acting, producing, etc...), it follows the life of a little boy named Dax, his family, and a mother who reads their blog. Dax has a form of leukemia and his family is blessed to be admitted to St. Jude. You follow the roller coaster of emotions as Dax goes through his treatment and watch his family's support. The mother blogs about it to keep her friends and family updated and a neighbor (struggling with her own family life) begins reading it. It's based on the true story of Dax Locke and I'll warn you now, if you're anything like me (ultra emotional when it comes to children with life threatening illness) have a box of tissues nearby. I think I cried through a quarter of the movie. At the end they show pictures of the real Dax. I love special touches like those to really bring the movie to life.

I don't want to reveal too much about it because you really need to watch it for yourself to get the full effect. It does a great job portraying the struggle of families connecting to each other and taking time to appreciate the small moments. This is really the perfect time of year to watch this story and reflect on your own family/life. Take a moment to cherish the memories you make with your family this holiday season and value this time together.

Two Mommy 2 Monkeys readers will have an opportunity to win this DVD for themselves.

How To Enter:
(The first step is required for your first entry. Any steps after that reward you with an extra entry.) Leave a separate comment for each entry.
This giveaway, and subsequent shipping, is only offered within the United States.

1. Let me know if you've had an experience with St. Jude or just tell me that I'm not the only cry baby when watching these movies based on true stories.

2. Become a follower of my blog, Mommy 2 Monkeys, and leave a comment on this post that you've done so.
3. 'Like' the Mommy 2 Monkeys Facebook page and leave a comment on this post that you've done so.
4. Follow me on Twitter and leave  a comment on this post that you've done so.


This giveaway will remain open until November 11,2012 at midnight central time. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. I will post the winner on my blog and also email the winner (please make sure your email is visible on your profile or post it in your comment). The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will choose another winner via Random.org. Good luck!

Disclaimer:

Mommy 2 Monkeys was provided with a sample for the purpose of this review and the opportunity to hold a giveaway for my readers. No other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own. 


33 comments:

  1. Thank goodness the only experience I have had with them is making a donation. Those poor children and their parents. My heart breaks for them. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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  3. I follow you on Twitter as ReneeWalters2! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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  4. I like you on Facebook as Renee Walters! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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  5. I have not had a personal experience with St. Jude but the commercials are very sad

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  6. I do get teary eyed watching the commercials, I think you're heartless if it doesn't effect you in some way, or a robot! I've never had to experience St. Jude, but my heart goes out to those who have.

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  7. I haven't had an experience with St. Jude Hospital but I certainly become full of emotion when I hear the stories

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  8. I haven't had any personal experience but the commercials break my heart!
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  9. I live in Memphis, so I see the Dr's and the kids touched by them everyday!

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  10. I love these touching movies and I am a cry baby also I hate it because my kids make fun of me everytime

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  12. like you on facebook kathy pease
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  13. I'm not a cry baby when watching this movies based on true stories. Thanks for the giveaway

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  14. I follow you on Twitter: computerfan

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  15. ambersandoval@comcast.net I cry at everything like that :)

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  16. I've never had an experience with St. Jude's, but I have heard WONDERFUL things :)

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  17. i never had an experience with st jude
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  18. I have never had an experience with St. Jude but if you are a cry baby then I am too as each time I see these shows it touches my heat and brings on the tears. The children are just so precious and I wish I could make them well.
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  19. I follow you on GFC.
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  20. I like you on Facebook.
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  21. I follow you on twitter.
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  22. You are not the only cry baby when watching these movies. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  24. I am like that when i'm pregnant.. like now lol.

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  25. I had a family friend who's son spent a lot of time at St. Jude's.

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  26. I've never had e experience with them, but I'm sure they must be emotional. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. I joined you on GFC (Christian Alejandro)


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  28. I liked your page on facebook (Chris Alejandro N.)

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  29. I follow you on twitter (@lieutcrunch17)


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