If you’ve somehow missed the Black Friday commercials, Cyber Monday emails, Christmas TV specials, and holiday music in every department store – well it’s the holidays. It’s the season of giving and I’m excited to be jumping into the giving spirit more than ever this year. I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Expedia to give away some awesome prizes this holiday season. Last week was the inaugural #Expchat, sponsored by Expedia, which trended in the U.S. and gave away two travel vouchers to one participant in the chat. Tammera, from Seattle, was randomly picked as the winner and upon hearing that she had won, tweeted: “I am calling my parents right now to tell them ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’. Thank You.”

Well, I’m at it again this week with Expedia and giving away another great prize. This week’s prize will be a 32 GB iPad 2 loaded with travel apps to go along with some big news from Expedia that they are…wait for it…wait for it…Actually, I can’t tell you just quite yet. You’ll just have to plan on joining us on Twitter on Thursday, December 8, from 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST until 3:00 p.m. EST / 12:00 p.m. PST. What I can tell you is that the holidays are coming early for one participant this Thursday. One lucky participant involved in the chat will be randomly selected to win the iPad 2. Just make sure you’re following Expedia to be eligible to win.

I’m thrilled to be joined by a couple more great hosts on Thursday. I’ll be moderating the chat and will be joined by JD Andrews of earthXplorer and Juno Kim of Runaway Juno. Last week’s chat was about holiday travel, bringing to light the new Facebook app from Groupon Getaways with Expedia. This week we’ll be talking technology and travel. Having received a Kindle Fire this week for Christmas, I’m excited to be talking about technology and travel. If you want more information about the chat or are new to Twitter, see the bottom of the following blog post, which has more information. I’ve also posted the full sweepstakes rules. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you this Thursday on Twitter at 10 a.m. PST!