You’ve found the holiday ornament! (The winners have been selected as of Dec. 23, 2010. Thank you for participating!)

Christmas in the Tang Dynasty

Did you know that the first recorded Christian mission to China took place during the Tang Dynasty? The visit is documented on the Nestorian Stele which was erected in the 8th century. The tablet details the arrival of a group of Christians led by a man named Alopen. The missionaries arrived in 635 A.D. to the capital city of Changan. Subsequently, several Christian places of worship were erected in China.

The Nestorian Stele – Notice the cross at the top?

So even if you don’t win the giveaway, you received a little trivia for your efforts, n’est-ce pas?

Here’s the lovely prize:

If you know me, you know I love cats. The “Lucky Cat” is actually not Chinese. Maneki Neko is a Japanese icon and he’s beckoning with one paw. He’s believed to bring the owner luck. I’ll be sending the lucky winner the Maneki Neko cat in in an ornate red “take out” box along with a Butterfly Swords souvenir charm. Red is a color of celebration, happiness, and good fortune in Chinese culture, which is why you see it everywhere.

Along with the takeout box, I’ll also be sending an autographed copy of Butterfly Swords. If the winner has already read it, they can give it to someone they love as a gift for Christmas. 🙂

For the Grand Prize giveaway: I LOVE my new Kindle, so I’ll also be adding a Kindle copy of Butterfly Swords and The Taming of Mei Lin to the Grand Prize.

Thanks for visiting. Add a comment below to be entered for both giveaways!

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  1. Michelle Williams
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 08:14:35

    found it

  2. Nicolas D.
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 08:26:03

    Found it. Woohoo!

  3. Rene
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 08:31:03

    Hi Jeannie, thanks for doing this! I love Maneki Neko. What a great prize. 🙂

  4. June Munday
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 08:35:52

    Found it, though it might take me a lot longer!

  5. Ruth Newport
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 08:37:55

    Found the ornament! What a lovely prize too.

  6. Sandy M
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 08:44:06

    Thanks for a great contest!

  7. Valarie Pelissero
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:04:23

    Tricky. That one took a bit to find.

  8. Lisa Lapell
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:14:06

    Nice! Thank you!

  9. Patsy
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:17:24

    Yeah! I found it! It was hidden very well! Looking forward to the prize.

  10. Jody from MCRW
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:19:10

    Found the lucky cat! I should figure out how to crochet one of those…

  11. Diana Duval
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:25:38

    I found it.
    Very interesting info on your site.

  12. Karen Schuster
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:26:09

    I’d wondered about the significance of the color red in Chinese culture. Thank you for the explanation.

    Now I’m wondering how much crossover influence there was among all Asian cultures. Ack, don’t need the distraction of an inquiring mind!

  13. Kate N. (Yzhabella)
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:27:29

    Found it! LOVE your online home! Thanks for the “tour”!

  14. Carin
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:33:10

    Found it! Thanks for hosting the contest!

  15. Amy Kathryn
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:41:30

    I have been lucky enough to visit both China and Japan in the past couple of years. I was in awe both times. I really appreciated the differences and similarity between the cultures and the differences from my own.

  16. Hannah Prosser
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:44:02

    How cute! And lucky (hopefully for me!). Enjoyed the browse too, so thanks. Merry Christmas!

  17. Helen Tyler
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:45:33

    Yay, I found it! Please enter me for the giveaways 🙂

  18. Lynda VanDusen
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:45:48

    I look forward to reading one of your books. I really hope I win and would love that Kindle. Thanks so much. Loved the history excerpts to read.

  19. Terri
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:46:33


  20. Jo O
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:49:15

    Found it!

    You have an interesting site, I’m going to explore it a bit more – thanks.

  21. Kathy Morgani
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:52:17

    I fount it.

  22. christine
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:52:55

    found it

  23. Amanda Boxall
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 09:59:35

    I love cats too!

  24. Kathy Lansing
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:07:37

    found it

  25. Renee C.
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:08:25

    Awwww the kitty is so cute! I have one realy kitty named Oreo and he would love company LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  26. Sharon B.
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:12:30

    Found it! I had to search alittle harder for this one.
    You have a great website and I definitely will be looking for one of your books to read.
    Thank you for a great contest.

  27. Christine G
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:36:58

    Maneki Memo is so cool! What a great prize. You have a great website!

  28. PatF
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:39:23

    Found it – finally!

  29. Carolyn Comings
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:47:54


  30. Margaret Murray-Evans
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:52:40

    Cats, cats I love cats! I have two. Glad to discover another HH author.

  31. Joanne H
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:54:30

    Found it. Please enter me for the giveaways. Thanks for the info, I love learning new things and it made the hunt extra special. 🙂

  32. Fran F.
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 10:59:24

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity–can’t wait to read your book!!

  33. Lisa J
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:00:04

    Another person who found it.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  34. PK Madsen
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:02:47

    I love historicals and I’m sorry I hadn’t found your books before this. There are so few books written outside the formula — I’m pleased to now have something so refreshingly different!

  35. Sabrina Pawlowski
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:05:43

    Merry Christmas and thank you for the knowledge, learn something new everyday!

  36. Danny
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:07:12

    Happy Holidays~ 🙂

  37. Robin Greene
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:14:26

    I found it! Please enter me in the contest. I’m already on both your snail and email lists and have already bought both The Taming of Mai Lin and Butterfly Swords in ereader formats.

  38. arb Klein
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:17:56

    Great website! Found the ornament…hope I win!

  39. Jenn L
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:18:30

    Found It! Merry Christmas to you and your family this year.

  40. Barb Klein
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:18:38

    Great website! Found the ornament…hope I win!

  41. Lady Kay
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:30:01

    Clever, hiding the ornament in with another of your books. Previously, I’d never heard of them, but they do sound interesting! And, as someone who loves so-called “useless” knowledge, thanks for the factoid.

  42. Alyn Y.
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:33:17

    Found the ornament! Good luck to everyone and thank you for hosting this event!

  43. Lori P.
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:38:22

    Thanks for hosting this contest and thanks for the trivia.

  44. Helen
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:46:03

    Found it! Thanks for a great contest x

  45. Alyson Guy
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:46:51

    Found it! Brilliant contest.
    Thank you!

  46. Rebecca Booth
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 11:52:22

    Found the Ornament! Novel Idea!

  47. Melanie Sands
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 12:13:43

    Great giveaway, hope to win!

  48. charleyf
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 12:33:11

    found it! Love the website! Am studing chinese history at the moment and it is fascinating! I found some interesting facts on China on this website and it is proving really useful towards my studies! Love the giewaway too!

  49. Deidre
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 12:34:36

    Cool hunt and information. Please enter me in the contests.

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  50. Kim Colby
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 12:35:02

    Awesome…Thank you.