I’ve been writing a lot of astrology content for Bustle this week, and between that and all of the last-minute holiday shopping issues I’ve had, I’m now fully convinced that this whole Mercury retrograde business is very, very real. (Good news, though — retrograde is over as of today! I’m basically an expert now.) The sick irony of the whole thing is that this year, I did all of my shopping online a few weeks ahead of time precisely to avoid the last-minute scramble. Typically, I buy gifts in-person, because I actually like the experience of being in the store, but I tried to catch up to the rest of the world by sticking to online shopping this year. Anddddd of course (as I’ve now been assured by customer service representatives at no less than three vendor help lines), I somehow ended up as part of the very unlucky 1% of people who find themselves at the receiving end of incorrect tracking information and/or items that just don’t seem to have shipped even though I was told they’d been put on a truck days ago. What. are. the. odds? HAH! So, that’s where we are. Thanks, Mercury!

All of that being said, I am extremely happy that it’s GIVEAWAY DAY, because it means I have the chance to gift one of you with something fun — absolutely no hassle required.

The December giveaway prize is a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

You all know how much I love to read, so this is a prize I would definitely like to win myself! The amount should cover one hardcover or two paperbacks, and I’m happy to offer a few recommendations to the lucky winner. I already have a few ideas in mind!

All you have to do to enter to win this giveaway is COMMENT on this post! As always, I’d love to see you share this link with friends so that more people have a chance to win and ring in the new year with a great read (and to check out the blog!). I run a giveaway every month, so you can count on another opportunity to win something else very soon. I’ll draw the winner randomly one week from today, Friday 12/29. The winner will be announced right here on the blog. Good luck!

In the meantime, I hope that all of those celebrating have a very merry, cozy Christmas! May you eat lots of cookies and stay in your pajamas for as long as possible.