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Winter Games
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Winter Games is a dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal, and the perfect novel for fans of The Bolter by Frances Osborne, and all those fascinated by the Mitford sisters.Munich, 1936. She doesn't know it, but eighteen-year old Daphne Linden has a seat in the front row of history. Along with her best friend, Betsy Barton-Hill, and a whole bevy of other young English upper-class girls, Daphne is in Bavaria to improve her German, to go to the Opera, to be 'finished'. It may be the Third Reich, but another war is unthinkable, and the girls are having the time of their lives. Aren't they?London, 2006. Seventy years later and Daphne's granddaughter, Francie Fitzsimon has all the boxes ticked: large flat, successful husband, cushy job writing up holistic spas . . . The hardest decision she has to make is where to go for brunch - until, that is, the discovery of a photograph of Daphne sends her on a quest to discover what really happened to her grandmother in Germany, all those years ago.A dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal, Winter Games is powerful novel of innocent lives caught up in the march of history.'Johnson has a brilliant eye for the telling specifics . . . She is a natural comic writer and has a breezy, Mitfordian tone that makes you laugh at the same time as wincing in recognition . . . To write an entertaining romp set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany is a tricky feat to pull off. Yet Johnson has done it - and done it in style' Observer'A rip-roaring read' Evening Standard'There's never a dreary moment in this blast of a book . . . Johnson's descriptions are irresistibly exuberant . . . As addictively, fizzily invigorating as the Alpine air itself' Daily Mail'Johnson delivers a genuine sense of time and place . . . there isn't a dull sentence in this sure-footed novel' Jenny Colgan, Telegraph'An excellent romp. Full of 'tally-ho' Mitfordian charm . . . a witty, fast read' Red'Excellent on period detail, the blundering innocent abroad and young heartbreak' Sunday Times'The Jane Austen of W11' ScotsmanRachel Johnson is a journalist who has written two previous novels and two volumes of diaries. The Mummy Diaries, Notting Hell, Shire Hell and A Diary of The Lady are all available now from Penguin.
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Clwojick
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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As sad as I am that the #WinterGames2022 is over, I am thrilled with how well both teams did this (last) year! I am so happy that there is so much enthusiasm and participation for this event, and I love seeing how much it has grown over the years! Each and every one of you did brilliantly! Thanks for joining us, and congratulations #MistletoeManiacs for the final win!

@Read4life was our top earner, bringing in a total of 197,846 points! AMAZING!

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Clwojick @Read4life please email me at clwojick@live.com to discuss your prize! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Incredible work everyone! And wow, @Read4life, that is an amazing point total! 🤯 (edited) 3w
TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉WOW❄️🤍 3w
MoonWitch94 Wow! What an amazing job, team! 3w
Jerdencon Woo hoo!! 🎉🎉 Great job everyone! 3w
Nessavamusic Woohoo!!!🎉🎉👏👏 3w
KristiAhlers Wow! That was awesome! I had a blast. 3w
candc320 Wow congratulations team!!! And congrats to @Read4life ! Thank you so much @Clwojick for being such a great team leader!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Such a great time!!! Glad to read along with all of you!! 3w
DieAReader Congrats everyone! Awesome team work😁📚 3w
Julsmarshall So much fun! Way to go everyone! 3w
OriginalCyn620 Woohoo! 🥳 way to go team! This event is so much fun - thanks for hosting @Clwojick and @StayCurious! 3w
Karisa 👏👏👏👏 3w
guinsgirlreads 👏🏻 👏🏻 3w
ozma.of.oz Woohoo! Great job team! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
TiminCalifornia Thanks for captaining #MistletoManiacs! 3w
Read4life Congrats, #MistletoeManiacs! This is always such a great challenge. Thank you, @Clwojick & @StayCurious for setting this up and managing it each year. 3w
Read4life @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @candc320 Thank you! With no ‘sports mom‘ requirements in December, I have a ton of time for reading. 3w
Lizpixie Woohooo🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 Can‘t wait for next year, gonna be so much more organised hopefully. Thanks to both @Clwojick & @StayCurious for hosting again, I had a blast. Congrats to both teams, we‘re all winners at reading🙌 3w
Larkken This was so much fun! Thanks for hosting!! 3w
Allylu Congratulations to everyone who participated! This was so much fun! Thanks @Clwojick and @StayCurious for hosting and being so supportive. I still have a stack of Christmas books for next year and I found some new authors to enjoy. Any plans for this summer??? 💕😊🎄⭐️🤶🎅🏻📚🎉 3w
Bookgoil Amazing!!! 3w
kezzlou85 Both incredible scores. Well done to all. It was so much fun. 3w
Clwojick @Allylu Just #Scarathlon in October and the #WinterGames in December, but we‘ll let you know if we decide to add in another event! 3w
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KristiAhlers
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs points total is 1,822. Had a great time doing this @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! 3w
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Lizpixie
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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And my last #pointswrapup for #WinterGames2021 for #MistletoeManiacs was 5,258pts! Which gives me a Grand Total of🎉🎉🎉44,365pts🎉🎉🎉for the whole month. A lot less than last years total but this year was a hell month with new babies, my health, my dads first Xmas without my mum. There was a lot. I had a blast and look forward to next years games, fingers crossed I‘ll be more organised!🤞Thanks go to our leaders @Clwojick & @StayCurious ⭐️⭐️

StayCurious You did so well! 3w
PageShifter Nice! 3w
Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 3w
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Morr_Books
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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I really wanted to end Winter Games with a strong finish, but I couldn't make it happen. Between family visiting from out-of-town and preparing for a vacation to Belize (where I currently am), my available reading time was limited. I enjoyed this month a lot though. #wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! Enjoy your trip :) 3w
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peanutnine
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Finally tallied up my final week points of #WinterGames
I had so much fun this month reading Christmas books and playing fun games with everyone! Thanks @StayCurious and @Clwojick for hosting this wonderful event, it was my first year joining and will likely take part again next year 😊
#TeamGameSleighers

StayCurious You did amazingly well! Thank you for playing! 3w
Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 3w
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maich
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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StayCurious Great job! 3w
maich @StayCurious Thank you😘😘❤ 3w
Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 3w
maich @Clwojick Thank you for hosting😘😘 3w
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Catsandbooks
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Thanks for all the fun everyone!! ❤️🎉
#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

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MsRadioSilence
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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For the final week, I earned 1153.8 points for team #mistletoemaniacs!! This has been such a fun #wintergames, and I can‘t wait for next year already!!

Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 3w
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melissajayne
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Week 5 stats
Books: 236
Other posts: 265
Readathons: 819.97

Week 5 total: 1320.97
Week 4 total: 1433
Week 3 total: 1876.15
Week 2 total: 1922.86
Week 1 total: 756.51

Overall total: 7,309.47

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

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Jerdencon
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Here‘s my totals for the last few days for #wintergames
#mistletoemaniacs

Thanks to @Clwojick for being a great host and for so much fun again this year!! 🎄🎉

Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 3w
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Allylu
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My final tally! #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs Week 5: 10,846 bringing my grand total to 29,916!!! All my bingo boards and word games paid off! Thanks to @Clwojick and @StayCurious for hosting this fabulous event. I had so much fun! 😊💕📚⭐️🎉🎄🎶🤶🎅🏻☃️

Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 3w
Allylu My pleasure! I enjoyed every minute! 💕😊📚🤶🎄🎶 3w
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Nessavamusic
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Here is my final week‘s points for #wintergames2021 team #mistletoemaniacs

Week 5: 10467 points

Total points: 42647 points!

Thank you @Clwojick & @StayCurious for hosting this amazing event!!

Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 3w
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DebinHawaii
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My Week 5 Total for #WinterGames 2021 is 10,642 points. Even though work got in the way & I managed to only finish 1 book, it had almost 500 of the #WGWordsearch words in it. That & finding 550 words for 5500 points in the weekly game gave me most of my points this week for #TeamGameSleighers

My total for all 5 weeks is 44,654 which I think is respectable given the crazy month at work. Thank you @StayCurious & @Clwojick for hosting the🎄fun!

Clwojick ❤ You did amazing! Thank you so much for joining us this past month! ❤ 3w
StayCurious You are amazing! 3w
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maich
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Morr_Books
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Week 4 Total is 3,457. I'm not really pulling my weight right now #TeamGameSleighers. Sorry. Family members are staying with me, which has monopolized my time. I don't think this week will be much better unfortunately. #wintergames2021 @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! Thank you so much for playing despite being so busy:) 3w
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Bookjunkie57
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson

Sooo late. I completely spaced on making my pretty graphic but I got 4,045 points for my team this week. I hope this isn‘t too late to be included.

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

StayCurious Not too late, thank you! And great job! 3w
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Traci1
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My week 4 #wintergames total was 4,752, for an accrued total of 35,277. Sorry, @Clwojick for the delay in posting.

Totals for this week included 4 finished books, 1,933 word search points, and 388 game points. 🙂

Clwojick Amazing! Great job! You're killing it ! 4w
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DebinHawaii
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Not my best week for #WinterGames2021 due to crazy times at work but 8,632 points for #TeamGameSleighers is not terrible.🤷🏻‍♀️Most of my points came from the #WGWordsearch (7811) & readathons.

I‘m hoping for a better finish for Week 5 with the final word game. 🎄🤞🏼

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Catsandbooks
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Not many points this week, but hoping to finish strong in the last week!
#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

Clwojick Way to go! You can do it! 4w
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Lizpixie
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My points are a combination of #WeekThree & #WeekFour for the #WinterGames2021 So all up my points came to the Total of 🎉19,590pts!!!🎉That makes a Grand Total of 39,107pts so far this games. Nowhere near the same as last year but it‘s been very much a Bah Humbug festive season for me. At least I‘ve added some points to #MistletoeManiacs🙌

Clwojick Awesome job!!! ! 4w
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MsRadioSilence
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#Wintergames week 4! We‘re in the home stretch now, #mistletoemaniacs! +2065.3 points

Clwojick Awesome job! 4w
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peanutnine
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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I didn't get as much reading time in this week with my family visiting. Week 4 point total is 4363. But I have this whole week off work so I plan to finish up a few more holiday reads before the new year ☺️
#WinterGames #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

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BayouGirl85
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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StayCurious You're amazing! 4w
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sblbooks
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Cinfhen Well played 😁🎊 1mo
StayCurious Great job! 3w
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peaknit
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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This weeks #wintergames2021 total is 2493, for a total of 8632 so far 🎄🎁

Karisa Oh! What a sweet face! 🐾 1mo
StayCurious Great job! 3w
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Nessavamusic
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My Week 4 total for #WinterGames2021 Team #MistletoeManiacs

9394 points!

Clwojick Amazing job! 😍 4w
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melissajayne
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Week 4 stats
Books: 145
Other posts: 528
Readathons: 760

Week 4 total: 1433
Week 3 total: 1876.18
Week 2 total: 1922.86
Week 1 total: 756.51

Overall total: 5988.55

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

Clwojick Amazing job! 😍 4w
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MsRadioSilence
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Despite my finals, I managed to beat last weeks personal points total AND finish my first semester of grad school! +8642.1 pts for #mistletoemaniacs!

#wintergames

DieAReader Great job🥳🥳 1mo
Clwojick You‘re doing great! Way to go! ❤️💚❤️ 1mo
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Traci1
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#wintergames2021 total for #mistletoemaniacs so far: 30,525

Week Three's numbers include:
🎄 6 books
🎄 840 word search points
🎄 710 game points

@Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
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Bookjunkie57
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Week 3! This is going by so quickly.

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

StayCurious Great job! 1mo
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Skygoddess1
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My point total for week 3 of #WinterGames

Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
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DebinHawaii
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My #WinterGames2021 Week 3 Total was my best so far with 13,673 points for #TeamGameSlayers 🎉🤗🎉
12,560 points came from the #WGwordsearch game & the rest are mostly from finished books including the team read & #readathon hours. Overall a great week! ❄️🎄❄️

StayCurious Definitely a great week - good job! 1mo
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Catsandbooks
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
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Morr_Books
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Week 3 Stats are in with 5,278 for #teamgamesleighers.
#wintergames2021 @StayCurious

StayCurious Excellent job! 1mo
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peanutnine
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My week 3 total is 26,757 🎉
#WinterGames #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious Wow so great! 1mo
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kay.the.bibliophile
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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This past week I racked up 4,770 points for my team #MistletoeManiacs #WinterGames @clwojick

Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
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kay.the.bibliophile
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Time to start Week 4 of #WinterGames
This week we have to #GuessTheBook21

Leave your comments down below if you know what this book is.

#MistletoeManiacs

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melissajayne
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Week 3 stats
Books: 114
Other posts: 972
Readathons: 790.18

Week 3 Total: 1876.18
Week 2 Total: 1922.86
Week 1 Total: 756.51

Overall total: 4555.55

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

Clwojick Doing great! Way to go! 💚❤️ 1mo
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maich
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Week 3 of #WinterGames2021 is over. I didn't post so much last week but I tried to do my best. Here are my points for now.

#WinterGames #TeamGameSleighers
@StayCurious @Clwojick

Kdgordon88 🙌🏼 1mo
maich @Kdgordon88 😊😊 1mo
Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
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StayCurious Great job! 1mo
maich @Clwojick 😊❤ 1mo
maich @StayCurious Thanks😍 1mo
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slategreyskies
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#WinterGames2021

I earned 12,070 points during week 3!!

#TeamGameSleighers

** 55,255 points for the month so far. **

Kdgordon88 Yay ❄️🌲❄️ 1mo
StayCurious Wow! Awesome! 1mo
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Jerdencon
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 1mo
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Clwojick
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Can you believe it‘s already December 20th?! Where has the time gone?!

This week we‘re coming back with another oldie but a goodie! We‘re going to CRUSH week four, I just know it! Merry Christmas, Happy reading, and dont forget to these those week 3 points in when you have a chance! #MistletoeManiacs

#WinterGames

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BayouGirl85
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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StayCurious You're amazing! 1mo
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TheBookHippie
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021
My weekend with my kiddo movie watching

Lots of laughter and memories all holiday except Baby‘s Day Out which is our holiday tradition ❄️

TheBookHippie Also my son, at almost 16 loved this and I‘m not supposed to tell anyone about it so shhhhh 1mo
Clwojick This looks like an amazing weekend! 😍 1mo
TheBookHippie @Clwojick I‘m cranking it out this week in points 😂🎉 1mo
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Bookgoil
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Almost close to last week! I need to work on my bingo boards a bit more 😅 I only work with students two days this week so I don‘t think I‘ll be making these points the last two weeks 😂. #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 @Clwojick

Clwojick woohoooo!!!! 💙 Awesome job! Way to go! ❤ 1mo
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Clwojick
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#MistletoeManiacs! Look how close the two teams were this past week! Keep up the great work guys! You are crushing it! Congratulations! ❤️❤️❤️#WinterGames

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Texreader Ooooh that‘s a little too close for comfort! 😉 1mo
DieAReader @Texreader Right?!?!😉😂😏 Great job everyone both in #MistletoeManiacs & #GameSleighers 🎉🥳 1mo
Allylu That's too close for comfort! 1mo
Andrew65 We need to pour onto the weekly game this weekend. We‘ve posted 184 books, the opposition 335! Go #mistletoemaniacs 1mo
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Ash.on.the.line
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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More crafting done with little ones after school. It‘s always messy but fun! We got a few ornaments out of it, and lots of glitter everywhere! #wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers #holidaycraft

Moonprismpower I love crafts…and glitter. 1mo
Ash.on.the.line @Moonprismpower me too! A little off putting when I find the glitter in my coffee later on! 😆 1mo
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DebbieGrillo
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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MsRadioSilence
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Much better than last week DESPITE everything I‘ve got going on, haha! Sorry for the late post @Clwojick , I had a final due last night!

#wintergames #wg21 #mistletoemaniacs

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Jerdencon
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#wintergames #mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick
Week 2 total 1524 points!

Clwojick Woohoo! Awesome job! ❤️🤍💚 1mo
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