Meet Shannon Nyswaner: Today’s ‘Charmed Christmas’ Winner with James Avery Artisan Jewelry and KVKI!
We've been asking you to submit your favorite Christmas memories and heartwarming Christmas stories to spread the warmth and joy of the holidays with a a 'Charmed Christmas' with James Avery Artisan Jewelry and KVKI and you've delivered!
Each weekday through Friday, December 22, 2017, during the 12pm hour with Bristol, we'll read one of your stories and the person who submitted it will receive a $50 gift card to James Avery Artisan Jewelry. At the end of each week, we'll put all five stories to a vote and the winner will receive an additional $250 James Avery Artisan Jewelry gift card!
Today's winner is Shannon Nyswaner. Congrats Shannon! We loved your story about your Papaw and the Christmas bird and we want to help you celebrate this year with a new treasured piece of jewelry from James Avery Artisan Jewelry! Here's what Shannon had to say:
Each year my Papaw would encourage me to search for a singing Christmas bird in his tree. After arriving at his house I would barely be out of my coat and Papaw would be telling me stories of this bird. He'd get me all excited and tell me "Sis! THIS year I know you'll find him". I spent years circling that tree trying to put my eyes on his singing Christmas bird. It started when I was four or five and continued each year until I was twelve. That's when the large family home my Granny and Papaw had become too much to take care of. They sold the house and moved to a smaller place. From then on everyone gathered at our house, my Mom & Dad's. I assumed that the singing Christmas bird stayed with the tree and/or my Granny & Papaw's old house. I always wondered but it wasn't until last year that I finally asked about that bird. For 25 years it hadn't been heard or spoken of. Two years ago Papaw was diagnosed with dementia. He has his good days and not so good days, but when I asked about that singing Christmas bird he remembered every year that I'd searched for it and how he encouraged me and got tickled over me hunting it. He still had that "bird", which is a charm ornament ball that plugs into the strand of lights and blends right in. It's now been passed to me so every year I can relive mine and my Papaw's favorite Christmas memory and make those same memories with my children. Oh how moved I was to hear that beloved Christmas charm still worked after all these years and had been safely nested away. It's realistic intermittent chirping, coupled with my Papaw's stories and unwavering motive for me to find that Christmas bird every year instilled the spirit of believing for me. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. There's more meaning behind that "Christmas bird" than anyone will ever realize. Merry Christmas!!!!
Thank you Shannon for sharing your memory! If you'd like to share yours or to find out more, click here!
Contest runs from Monday, November 27, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017. Each weekday, one story/submission will receive a $50 gift card every day M-F for 4 weeks. At the end of each week a grand prize will be given away for $250 to the most voted on story out of the (5) winners selected. Overview (4) people win $50 GC's per week, and one will win a daily prize ($50 GC) and the grand prize of $250. Totaling $300 for one lucky listener. Winners will be recognized on air, online and contacted via email. For complete KVKI contest rules, click here. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days and picked up at the KVKI Studios, 6341 Westport Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71129 Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. We do not mail prizes. All decisions are final. KVKI is not responsible for any technical issues that may arise.