Win a Watch from Hello Somebody!

Their website says it best, “Hello Somebody exists to feed and educate children in order to break the cycle of poverty and hunger within their generation.” Right now, they are partnering with an organization called Africa New Life — specifically sponsoring 100 Rwandan boys to go to school and receive 2 meals a day. Pretty cool, huh?

To help with this effort, they sell these sweet looking watches for $25 – a bunch of different colors and sizes. For 70 watches sold, one of their boys is sponsored for an entire year. That’s a difference-maker right there.

On top of that, on the Hello Somebody website you can read through bios and pictures of the 100 boys. Skim through their stories. Look at their pictures. Be moved and support their cause.

I read through their website a month ago and purchased my black Hello Somebody watch. Little did I know how much I would be talking about their organization simply by wearing a watch. Day 1, two coworkers asked about it. Day 2, a guy at the gas station. A few days later, my brother. After more coworkers and an little boy at Target later, I felt honored to share about how a simple watch was impacting children in Rwanda.

To help bring a little awareness to this program, Abraham Chronicles will purchase a watch on your behalf! That’s right, you get a cool watch (color of your choice!) — and H.S. is closer to sponsoring more boys! Win/Win!

Now, the giveaway! Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post with an answer to the question, “What is your favorite Christmas tradition?”

2. Use Twitter to tweet a link to this post mentioning “@dustinv” and this link: http://cl.ly/CXlH. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can use Facebook. You can write your own or use this example. “Win a @HelloSomebody watch on @dustinv’s blog! http://cl.ly/CXlH”.

3. Bonus: each day you tweet/Facebook that, I’ll give you an extra entry!

4. On Wednesday, December, 14th  (4:00 PM EST) I’ll will pick the winners (via Random.org). I’ll announce them the on late Wednesday afternoon and you can email your address if you’re the winner.

** Update: Congrats to Keri Welch @ Pop Parables on winning the watch!

63 Comments

  • Ben Reed

    December 12, 2011

    My favorite Christmas tradition is that my dad makes homemade donuts on Christmas morning for breakfast. Always look forward to being with my family and enjoying the donuts!

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Homemade donuts!? Now that is a tradition I want to adopt!

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  • Adam

    December 12, 2011

    Favorite tradition I think has to be the advent service my wife’s family does every Christmas Eve. It’s cool to see what each family brings to the service.

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Very cool – thanks for sharing, Adam.

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  • Brandon

    December 12, 2011

    There are several that I have picked up since I got married because my family never had any. I think my favorite is getting an ornament for our kids every year and when they get married and move out they get to take their ornaments with them and decorate their own tree. Our tree is full of ornaments from my wife from birth to current.

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      We do the same thing – love it. (and actually my parents did the same for me and my siblings) Each year we’ve gotten the kids an ornament that represents their past year as a whole…. and I like your idea that these ornaments will serve as their ‘starting point’ when they eventually have a tree of their own.

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    December 12, 2011

    Favorite tradition is my wife’s sausage gravy & biscuits, eggs, rolls, etc on christmas morning. Our whole family looks forward to it. Now…since I don’t have FB or Twitter this comment ought to count for 10 entries. LOL Sounds like a neat organizations. Going to have to look it up.

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Definitely check it out – and be sure to read through the boys’ bios. You’ll love it.

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  • JG

    December 12, 2011

    This is very cool Dustin. Great idea. And HS is a great organization.

    My favorite Christmas tradition is being with my family on Christmas Eve, opening up presents, eating homemade tamales and playing Spanish Bingo! Now that I’m married and we live so far away we don’t get to do that much anymore but I sure miss it!

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      We have a tamale dinner every Christmas as well – my grandmother doesn’t do her homemade ones anymore (too much work), but we all enjoy them the same! :)

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  • Keri

    December 12, 2011

    What an awesome idea, Dustin! I’ve visited the site, too. And, I have to say I was skeptical about any impact a watch could have, but you’ve obviously had a differenet experience. Supercool!

    Fav Christmas tradition? My family actually isn’t too big on traditions, but we are trying to create them. I used to poo-poo on them as boring and lacking any meaning, but I’m learning how they can create connection, a sense of bonding, and even reverence in the season. Our newest tradition is to gather on Christmas Eve and sing Christmas carols-we don’t go door to door or anything, but just being together and taking note of Christ’s birth in song is actually really touching. :)

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    • Tony J. Alicea

      December 12, 2011

      Tradition only loses value when you forget why you do it. If you use tradition to convey meaning and significance from year to year and generation to generation, there is a HUGE value to tradition. :)

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      • Keri

        December 12, 2011

        Totally agree, Tony. Traditions are also meaningless if you’re never taught the reasoning behind them. I’ve definitely been on a journey, a swinging pendulum, with regard to embracing tradition. I’ve gone from being raised to believe that all traditions are useless, lacking feeling/emotion, and meaningless…to recognizing that tradition can actually bring a lot of meaning to my family life and my faith.

        And, realistically, we all have traditions whether we call them that or not, right?

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        • Dustin

          December 13, 2011

          Nice back and forth guys on tradition. Tony, I like what you said about remembering the value year-over-year and how conveying the significance to younger generations is important. Like that a lot.

          @Keri- we sing carols like as well. :) Yet, for some reason our girls have wanted to sing Jingle Bells and Go Tell It On the Mtn every night before bed the for the last 6 months…. :)

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  • ThatGuyKC

    December 12, 2011

    I’ve actually got a Hello Somebody watch on my wishlist this year. I just bought a GIVEN hoodie through World Vision that contributes to those in need.

    Favorite tradition? Watching old school Christmas movies with the family like White Christmas and the original Miracle on 34th St.

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Nice! We have specific movies that my wife and I watch every Christmas. I have to watch Christmas Vacation by myself because she thinks those movies are silly. :)

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  • Tony J. Alicea

    December 12, 2011

    My favorite tradition is sitting with the family while my dad reads the Christmas story. Oh and of course the amazing meal that my mom cooks!

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    • Moe

      December 12, 2011

      Typical Latino fashion. Comida!!!

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      • Dustin

        December 13, 2011

        I’d want to sit in on that meal…. just sayin! :)

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  • Jon

    December 12, 2011

    Dude very cool idea. I checked out the HS site the other day…love what they’re doing, and love that so many people were asking you about it.

    My favorite Christmas tradition is honestly spending it with my family. We usually have little get together on Christmas morning where we open gifts and have some yummy food. This year is going to be even more special because we have our little niece…can’t wait!

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Me too – love the family time. Also I like how not many things are open, so it gives everyone a perfect opportunity to just spend time with each other.

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  • Jason Vana

    December 12, 2011

    I haven’t heard of Hello Somebody before, but I love that idea! Thanks for sharing about it.

    My favorite Christmas tradition isn’t really a tradition as much as it is my brother’s excitement. Every year we plan on waiting until Christmas day to open presents and every year, my brother pursuades us to open “just one” present on Christmas Eve…that turns into two presents…that turns into 3…and before you know it, we’ve opened them all on Christmas Eve. Even at 28, the dude is still uber excited about giving others presents at Christmas.

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Ha! That is awesome. Truth be told, me and my siblings were the same way growing up (and would be like that right now) – we couldn’t wait until Christmas day… and our parents always caved in letting us open all the gifts on Christmas Eve (except the stockings). :)

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  • Moe

    December 12, 2011

    One tradition that may be new to most people is that we each grab a life sized stuffed Santa Claus and sit him right next to baby Jesus in the manger. Than when the kids go to sleep, us adults get baseball bats and beat the crap out of the Santa and say, “Jesus is the reason for the season you fat bastard”. We stop when Santa is beat into a pulp and we go home and have a nice time singing carols.

    *this may or may not be a real tradition.

    On a serious note. We play Christmas music from the afternoon to the evening and have a wonderful dinner with the family. We always stay up until midnight and open the gifts with the kids at 12:01 (we make them suffer for 60 seconds). :)

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Love the ‘make them suffer for 60 seconds’ part. That is evil (but a good, but necessary evil).

      My grandmother had a life-sized Santa in her house growing up as well. We may not have beat him into a pulp but we certainly had our fair share of laughs with that thing. :)

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  • j e n Sessions

    December 12, 2011

    our favorite Christmas tradition is making personalized ornaments for the grandparents!

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      how cool! love that idea.

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    • Arny

      December 13, 2011

      A santa Pinata!!!

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  • Jonathan Pearson

    December 12, 2011

    My favorite tradition is me and my wife’s Christmas eve tradition. Since we’re other places on Christmas day, we spend time Christmas eve sittin by the tree, drinking coffee, and opening gifts from each other.

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Kinda like the calm before the storm… :) Get some you/her time in before the family-madness starts the next day? :) I like!

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  • Drew Peterson

    December 12, 2011

    My favorite Christmas tradition is on my wife and I’s anniversary (12/14), we open one of our Christmas gifts to each other. It’s always a special night for us and the time we get to spend together.

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Love that idea… kinda like a preview and a “start” to the season. (And, Happy Anniversary tomorrow!)

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  • Michael Perkins

    December 12, 2011

    My favorite tradition: waking uonmybwife & son cause Santa came.

    PS…

    I have the red & black one and talk daily about it!

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Yeah it’s a cool looking watch-not too flashy, etc… but I think the coolest part of wearing it is telling tohers the story behind it.

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  • chris vonada

    December 13, 2011

    right on “Hello Somebody” … takes the kitty out of the equation! (heehee).

    a fav tradition? Whipping up the dindin and watching the family grow… it’s real and exciting!!

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  • Kyle

    December 13, 2011

    Eating Kings tacos. Our mom and dad make a ton and we always see who can eat the most – I think 14 or 15 is the record.

    :)

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      I did beat you that one year though…. ;-)

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      • Louie Valencia

        December 13, 2011

        Ha! But who holds the world record though? Uh, me. :) Fun reading all the comments and responses. Love you both. Game on!

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  • Arny

    December 13, 2011

    mmmmm that one is easy….every year at christmas time, we make Tamales…sooooo good!…

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    • Dustin

      December 13, 2011

      Tamales at Christmas time is a timed-honored tradition. My grandmother’s tamale dinner is next week…. getting stoked!

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  • Nairobi

    December 13, 2011

    My favorite Christmas tradition isn’t that old and is actually on Christmas Eve. After Christmas Eve service we go to either my parents house or my sisters house. My sister make appetizers and we eat and enjoy each others company. It’s a blast.

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      Sounds like the best kind of tradition!

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  • Matthew Snider

    December 13, 2011

    My favorite tradition is reading the Christmas story to my three little girls!!

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      Love it… we’re in the same boat! :)

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  • Jason

    December 13, 2011

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the moment my kids wake me up because “Santa came!!!!”

    That’s a great organization, man. I don’t need the watch so if it lands on me pick someone else. :)

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      Sounds like a special moment that you have with your kids… unless it happens at 5:30 in the morning. :) j/k

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  • Rob Shepherd

    December 13, 2011

    Dustin, this is AWESOME! My favorite Christmas tradition is going to a movie with my family on Christmas day. We’ve been doing this for years. Love it.

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      We used to do that on Thanksgiving when I was younger…. Christmas movies sound just as fun!

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  • Jason Huffman

    December 13, 2011

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the stuffed sausage/cream cheese pastry my Mom makes every Christmas morning. I don’t even know what it’s called, but man it’s good. My wife and daughter don’t eat sausage, so there’s even more for me! This year will be different since we have church on Christmas morning, but I bet she’ll find a way to make it!

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      >> “…I bet she’ll find a way to make it!”

      Or you’ll force her hand with the “your baby boy needs some of your sausage/cream cheese pastry” card. :)

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  • Sonny Lemmons

    December 13, 2011

    My favorite tradition? It used to be singing in the midnight, candlelight service at a church in my hometown, but it somehow became some kind of social outing for everyone who came from out of town and came home for college – so a lot of the service lost its meaning and poignancy.

    Nowadays it’s either (a) watching LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy with Ashley, (b) watching SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version) with friends, (c) cooking for family and friends – including something for the custodial service at Ashley’s office, or (d) going through Kai’s toys with him to determine what we’re going to give away.

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      Sonny, your comment made me laugh. Funny enough we’re watching through LOTR right now – taking our time by watching 1/2 movie each night (just finished Fellowship…). And I’m with you about giving toys away – every once in a while we need to do a toy-cleansing…. and purge the excess!

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  • Bryan Thompson

    December 13, 2011

    Very cool, Dustin! I love organizations like this (TOMS shoes comes to mind as well). Companies that understand the drive to make a profit and grow and yet do good in the world. Sounds like a great organization and I will definitely tweet it!

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      Thanks Bryan – and yes, def check out their site!

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  • DiaperDads

    December 13, 2011

    We always go to the midnight service on Christmas Eve. Then come home and open one present before going to bed. It’s something my wife and I have done for 20 years and now so will our sons.

    Also, we watch Christmas Story all day on Christmas Day. :D

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      Love it… and Christmas Story is my fav!

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  • Matt

    December 13, 2011

    My new family and I are just starting the tradition of giving gifts that have meaning beyond the accumulation of stuff, and instead giving things that, in turn, help others. After all, we come from a family of people who don’t really NEED the things we could get them for Christmas…

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    • Dustin

      December 14, 2011

      Matt, thanks for the comment – I really like your thoughts. When we drill it down, there are so many other people who need things more than we do.

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  • Keri

    December 14, 2011

    I can’t beleive I won! And, from one of my blogs in the blogosphere. Thank you, Dustin for an awesome idea and an awesome watch. I will definitely be paying it forward on my blog with this idea.

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  • Chris Rands

    December 21, 2011

    On Christmas Eve my family gets together and opens our presents from eachother, then do immediate familiy christmas morning, it is a great thing I would never want to lose.

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