Monday, December 19, 2011

~giveaway day!~

 It's the week of Christmas!!!
Are you all ready? 
My seriously talented friend Serena is generously giving one of you lucky my sweet savannah readers a copy of her Country Living Farm Chicks Christmas book!
This book is chalk full of the sweetest pictures, great ideas, and tons of eye candy!
All you have to do is leave me a comment here letting me know your favorite holiday tradition.
I will pick a random winner on Friday.
Just a reminder that you don't need a blog to enter.
However, please leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win! 
Happy start to this Christmas week!
xoxo

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B. Redd said...

I love early breakfast with the family. Such a special time of year. Thanks for the opportunity to win. areddinc@juno.com

Gale said...

Love all the Christmas music! Sorry when the holiday is over I have to go back to life without the carols.

Living Life in the Lowcountry said...

My favorite tradition is gathering the family up, filling to go cups with hot chocolate and riding around looking at the christmas lights!

Anonymous said...

We always had steak and eggs for breakfast on Christmas morning - starting when we were very poor, the children were small, and steak was (and still is) such a luxury! Our children now continue it if they can't make it home for Christmas! Thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas!

elizabeth said...

Our favorite tradition is the blessing my husband writes and reads over our kids on Christmas morning.

Jody.Kippels said...

We have breakfast and gift opening with our grown children and grandkids on Christmas Eve morn before we go on to the extended family festivities in the evening. It's a fun thing to wake up for, reminding us of the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning when we were kids.

Emily@TheWickerHouse said...

Merry Christmas Melaine! I'd so love this book. So my favorite Christmas tradition is going shopping with my 2 little guys to pick out their gifts to give. They always find the funniest and cutest things. Then I help them wrap them up and put them under the tree.

Kristina said...

One of my favorite holiday traditions is our Christmas eve celebration. My mom cooks the traditional 7 fish Italian dinner. All the cousins SQUEEZE into my parent's stair case for pictures. Usually there are 11 of us including significant others. It gets funnier every year as we don't all fit anymore. Its a tight squeeze.

So Not Martha said...

My favorite tradition is just the simple opening of presents on Christmas morning. That, and making Puppy Chow and eating way too much of it!map

Ashley said...

My favorite tradition is opening pajamas after the candle light service at church. Then we all gather in the kitchen and eat finger foods with our PJ's on.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

My favorite tradition is loading up the kids in the car and driving around to look at Christmas Lights.


sandraallen260@centurytel.net

Razmataz said...

I love Boxing Day....leftovers in the fridge, a fire, and a new book..I don't cook on Boxing Day...that's my Day.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

OOH! love this book!! I hope to add it to my collection1 ;)
One of our traditions is making gingerbread cake and eating it the day we get our Christmas tree. Lots of fluffy whipped cream on top!
Thanks for such a great giveaway!

vintgal003 said...

Good Morning, excellent giveaway...thanks! Ummm...fav. tradition would be Christmas baking...brings back LOTS of excellent memories....thanks, cheers, Valerie.

Sheri said...

awesome giveaway! pick me :) Merry Christmas.

Tacey said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is making a gingerbread house with my boys family on Christmas Eve. We started it as a way to keep the kids occupied during the excruciatingly long wait before the big day. My kids are all grown now, but the tradition has stuck. Whenever we are all together for Christmas, we make a gingerbread creation. They have even said they would start the tradition in their own families.

Kate said...

Our favorite family tradition during Christmas is giving to those in need. We usually find a giving tree and have everyone pick a child to give to!

stephanie said...

Christmas Eve with the family...lots of games and laughs, and the kids get PJ's & a book to open. The anticipation of Christmas morning is the best part.

marmee said...

our fave christmas traditions are many but one we all enjoy is on christmas eve after dinner we all open only one present and "surprise" it's christmas pj's. we put them on right then and play games.
christmas is a magical time of the year.
merry christmas to you and yours.

Beloved Blackberry Cabin said...

Oh what a wonderful gift. My favorite tradition is my Christmas Letter each year. I always make it positive and no more than 1 page.

Signs and Salvage said...

When it is just US...no company for Christmas...the five of us have a tradition of eating tamales for Christmas Eve dinner...Lasagna for Christmas and then off to the movies. It is not anything super special...but our "thing" ...which makes it special:) Merry Christmas to you & your family!!!

Kristin

Danielle Higginbottom-Brown said...

my favourite holiday tradition is making reindeer food with my boys and sprinkling it all over the front lawn on Christmas Eve!
daniellehigginbottom at hotmail dot com

Trisha said...

Opening one present on Christmas Eve-pajamas! Every Christmas morning has to start out with new pajamas!

~Trisha

Montse said...

Our favorite holiday tradition is to take pictures of my kids when they are about to open their christmas presents

Linda said...

For sure mine has to be decorating cookies with my grandkids.....I used to be a perfectionist! Each cookie decorated with precision....not so much anymore! These little guys have taught me soooo much! Merry Christmas....and I would really love to have the book!!! Thanks for doing this....you must be awesome!

French Farmgirl said...

Shirley Dobson's {EASY} Christmas Cinnamon Rolls!!! I've been making them for years and now my children are making them in their homes.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is filling the stockings on the mantle with favorite candies and a small gift. Everyone gets caught up in opening gifts under the tree and always forget to check their stockings. Love the look on their faces when they remember! sandi setelzrow@grandecom.net

Petite Decor said...

My favorite tradition is my family getting dressed up and going into the city to see the Christmas Carole every year!
Petite_decor@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Lots of amazing and fun traditions, but I love when we set up the nativity and the kids carefully place each piece in place as my husband talks about the significance. I like starting the season with the reminder of Jesus Christ coming to earth to die for me. Thankful for His birth, death, and resurrection and that through faith I can be forgiven from my sins. Christye0622@hotmail.com

The Mills said...

Our family loves Christmas Eve Mass, even the teenagers!

Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday tradition is one from my Dad's side of the family. Santa brought our Christmas tree! He brought it on Christmas Eve night, along with our presents, after we were in bed. Waking up Christmas morning to a completely transformed living room is the greatest memory of my life!! Needless to say, my parents were VERY tired on Christmas day! ;)

Laura Bradford Kirch said...

Our tradition is a classic, opening pj's on x-mas eve.! We have added a new one, three years running. A big christmas cookie baking day with friends.

Christine said...

My favorite holiday tradition is doing everything all around the house for the entire month of December with Christmas music playing in the background! Love the holiday music! :)

june said...

Driving to massachusetts to see our family.

Jan said...

fancy christmas eve dinner with all the family

Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday tradition is one from my Dad's side of the family. Santa brought our Christmas tree! He brought it on Christmas Eve night, along with our presents, after we were in bed. Waking up Christmas morning to a completely transformed living room is the greatest memory of my life!! Needless to say, my parents were VERY tired on Christmas day! ;) lyndaweeg@gmail.com

nawrockifamily said...

We enjoy watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with my dad on Christmas Eve! Love that movie!

:-)

heidi . nawrocki @ gmail . com

andrea wright said...

Love Farm Chicks published or not! I'm Andrea from California and I'm already lining up a trip to the next shindig!
wrightpartyof4@yahoo.com is where you can reach me!
Merry Christmas

Florence said...

Oh how I love Christmas idea books. Merry Christmas! Florence

Sabrina said...

I love all the Christmas movies. Snuggled up on the couch with a big mug of cocoa!

Gena said...

Our Christmas morning breakfast sausage quiche I've made since my boys were little. They are grown now but insist I make it so they can come over and eat!

Merry Christmas!
gena.hawkins@alcatel-lucent.com

M.j. said...

Opening the presents early, making a huge breakfast and snuggling together to watch a movie...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

Joe said...

Singing traditional french Canadian music with my brothers!Wish you all a merry Christmas!

curlsjang said...

My favorite holiday tradition is to wrap the last minute presents and prepare the stocking stuffers with my sister in laws when the kids have gone to bed. The last minute scramble is always fun.

Beth said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is baking sugar cookies. It reminds me of being a little girl in the kitchen with Mama.

Anonymous said...

My favorite tradition is cranking up the Christmas music and baking all sorts of cookies for my family to enjoy. It's something I do every year and it doesn't seem right if I don't. My sister and I also still get up early to look through our stockings and then fall asleep next to the fire and wait to open our presents with the family. We've been doing it for forever..and still enjoy it!


XoXo Sam
sstroemel@yahoo.com

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love everything about Christmas, but my favorite tradition is going to mass on Christmas eve and singing Christmas carols.

Danielle

jeanne said...

we make countdown paper chains on thanksgiving with all the kids....take off one each day..and when one left it's Christmas eve !! i remember my dad lifting me up to pull off my chains each nite....happy memories and making more...

Teresa baker said...

I just love everything about Christmas - the lights, decorations, Christmas music, food, and most importantly being with family. As a child I always got a new pair of pjs after arriving home from Christmas Eve service and have continued that tradition with my daughter, who is now 24 and still expects her new pjs on Christmas Eve. I love pulling out decorations that have been away for a year and making treats that are only made this time of year. I also love reading through the Christmas story and remembering the real reason for the season - the birth of my savior, Jesus Christ.
Thanks for the chance to win. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas!
~Teresa (TheBakers4Him@gmail.com)

Terri Runquist said...

A treasured family tradition at Christmas is music. I can't imagine the holidays without it. We love every type of music - from the Messiah to Bing Crosby. We have it playing nearly all the time!

Anonymous said...

My parents grew up on a farm in Iowa during the depression and were were thrilled to find the rare, fresh orange in their stockings Christmas morning. They kept that tradition alive for my brother and I. The orange is a reminder to be thankful for the simple things. My boys are in their twenties and as my brother and I did before, my boys still go to their stockings first to get their orange and reflect on it's meaning. (leahv@comcast.net)

Vicki said...

We bring out the china and crystal for a lovely Christmas Eve dinner. I make a Christmas ornament to put at each place setting. The ornament is always something that represents the nativity. I best get busy as they aren't made yet, yikes!

Vicki said...

We bring out the china and crystal for a lovely Christmas Eve dinner. I make a Christmas ornament to put at each place setting. The ornament is always something that represents the nativity. I best get busy as they aren't made yet, yikes!

The Real Me! said...

One of our most favorite traditions is making gingerbread houses as a family. We have a little friendly competition and then I let my blogging family vote for their favorite. Always a good time.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Kim

Lauren said...

I would love this book!

lmoretti at gmail dot com

Thanks.

Lauren said...

PS. My favorite tradition is baking pizelles with grandma. :)

Kirsten Erwin said...

We open up 1 present Xmas Eve and its always PJs. Its a tradition since I was a little girl.

Valley Girl said...

Oh that's a tough one!! All of us in matching jammies~♥

Erica Brown said...

I love reading the Christmas Story and How the Grinch Stole Christmas to my daughters...."christmas doesn't come from a store maybe Christmas means something a little more"

Homestead Mercantile said...

Favorite thing is for sure Christmas carols. My favorite is "Carol of the Bells."

Lois' Laughlines said...

I already have this book, but I would love to give it to a friend. Merry Christmas. I love the book!

Lois' Laughlines said...

I own this book, but would love to give one to a friend. I love it. Merry Christmas

Di said...

We have a great breakfast, eggs, bacon and sausage gravy biscut and then open presents!!

Thank you for the giveaway. Di@cottage-wishes

Mommyduckof3 said...

Our favorite tradition is trying to keep most of them. Life gets so rushed as the kids get older. We need to purposely slow down, remember why we celebrate Christmas, and go through the season with intent. It's all about Jesus, our Savior and family. Merry Christmas!

Becca said...

Merry Christmas to you! We make ornaments with our name and year on them with the kids and their families. My sons are 30 and 33 and still love doing this. And I enjoy just being with them...

Grace said...

Christmas Eve dinner with my girls..whether it is fondue,apps, tacos..we pick something together and enjoy after Christmas Eve mass. heidi_dodge2002@yahoo.com

Sadie said...

My mom always makes lasagna on Christmas eve and then we play bingo with funny prizes. Love your blog and the giveaway.

Connie Bolick Lee said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is the FOOD! I feel like I can have a few extra goodies without feeling too quilty. There's always a special Christmas dinner with lots of good things to eat.
lclee@clis.com

Darcee Waller Kilsdonk said...

We always make clam chowder on Christmas Eve allow it so simmer while we go to church. When we get home we gather round eating soup and appetizers and chatting. It's my favorite!

Janice Smith said...

Every year, my Mom, sister, daughter and I go Christmas shopping! We make a day of it! We have so much fun shopping, eating, and just being together! JUST THE GIRLS!!!

Linens and Lace said...

We open our presents one at a time and go around the circle on Christmas day evening.

Vivian said...

My family tradition is to open gifts on Christmas Eve night! That way they get all day Christmas to play :)
a_moonlit_rose@yahoo. com

Allison said...

When I was little...we would gather in my parents bedroom and dad would run in to the living room and put on the "Christmas Organ and Chimes" album before we could come in and see our presents! It was a magical time!
Allison Farrell
allifarrell10@yahoo.com

Charity said...

Our favorite tradition is dressing all the gingerbread men in bikinis.

Anonymous said...

Santa always leaves his magic (tinsel) on the tree! That's how you know he's been there! :)
meghan
megonthemag39@aol.com

{northern cottage} said...

i absolutely adore the FIRST DAY OF WINTER BREAK with my kiddos....snuggled up in their jammies, a big yummy breakfast, playing outside in the crips winter air, coming in for hot cocoa together! what could be better?!?

Valorie said...

Our local Electricians Union sponsors a Holiday Light Display each year. Since my kids were 2 & 4, we have packed fresh baked cookies and cocoa into our van to enjoy while driving through the display. Even at 19 & 17, we can't go with out the treats!!

Erin said...

My favorite tradition, simply decorating the tree with the kids and hanging the stockings...Each ornament has a meaning the older my kids get and it is great to re-live past Christmas' each year with them. esbrown35@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite tradition is driving around in the evening to look at the beautiful lights ~
katydid050@gmail.com

Puttin' On The GRITS said...

Christmas Eve my parents neighborhood puts out luminaries and we ride around looking at all of the lights. My dad makes a great dinner and we make s'mores over the fire pit out back.

Laurie said...

My husband, kids and I attend the Christmas Eve service and go out for dinner afterward. We all look forward to this tradition.

M said...

I love cutting down a fresh christmas tree with my husband and then seeing this tree in our home everyday especially waking up to it on Christmas morning :)

wallawallafarmgirl.com said...

My favorite tradition is the Christmas pagaent at church. The Mary rides the donkey while Joseph pulls her and the three wisemen and their helps ride the camels on wheels down the center isle of the church. Too cute!

catherine said...

Christmas eve mass, then home for oyster stew and cheese grits.
Today IS my birthday...Happy birthdays to us!
charlcr(at)aol(dot)com

AntiqueChase said...

Waiting till everybody is up with coffee in hand to open gifts... simple but my favorite!

Gretchen said...

We are actually starting a new tradition this year of going to DD for hot chocolate and then a "drive-by" viewing of all our town Christmas lights!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Fabulous giveaway!!!! One of my favorite holiday traditions is making cookies with my kids.

Ashley Perry said...

My favorite tradition...putting up the tree!

Amber said...

I love having stockings hung by the fireplace and opening them that morning.

anotherbethsmith said...

um.....i can't pick a favorite!

Emily said...

I love the tradition of decorating the tree. My husband and I put on Christmas music. The cats sit under the tree. It's wonderful. emilyfette@gmali.com

Lisa said...

Hi there! My favorite Christmas tradidion is the decorating, I usually spend the whole Thanksgiving weekend getting it all done so I can enjoy it as long as possible. Undecorating, however is my least favorite... still, worth every second!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

My current tradition is traveling to NYC for Christmas, nothing like New York for the Holidays

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How wonderful! I would love to have this beautiful book! We will get to watch one of our 'new' traditions since moving to Florida. Tonight is the Golf Cart parade! People decorate their golf carts and drive down the boulevard! We'll stand outside and watch and then their will be Christmas treats nearby! I'm excited! It's FUN! ♥♥♥ (and yes, it's in the 70s here today!)

kim said...

We make a huge batch of sugar cookies to decorate with the grandparents. Then we share them with friends and neighbors. Everyone looks forward to our annual cookie visit. kmbrlyneff@yahoo.com

takelifewithagrainofchocolate said...

Every Christmas Eve we (us kids and spouses and our kids) go to my parents for dinner and gift opening. My dad always buys my mom a Whitman's sampler that is opened first and passed around while we open gifts.

Kate said...

We have a public park in our city that is decorated with christmas freestanding decorations and all the trees are lite. Love walking through the park in the evenings with my family.

Kahra said...

Every Christmas Eve we host a get together for all our family! After everyone leave we always allowed our kids to pick out one gift they could unwrap. The rest are opened Christmas morning!

Kahra
Tennessee

gilleyconcordrd@yahoo.com

Amy R. said...

I love Christmas Eve. Everyone brings food and lots of sweets. We eat, read the Christmas story, and the kids get to open 1 present. Then they go out and sprinkle the reindeer food on the grass. So fun!

Pamela Olivarez said...

I love our Elf on the Shelf. His name is Tattle {because he's a tattle tale}. He arrives on Thanksgiving night, and stays keeps watch over my children till Christmas Eve. Each night he flies back to the North Pole and reports to Santa on the behavior of my children. They love to search the house first thing every morning to see where Tattle is hiding this time. I'll cherish these memories forever.

lynnquiltsalot said...

Favorite tradition is gathering with my sisters & brother's families on Christmas Eve. Our Mom & Dad are gone so we really don't get to see each other that often. All the kids are older now too. So it's extra special to have everyone together.

Kathi said...

Cookies!!! The whole process- baking, frosting, decorating, making plates full to give to friends and family and of course eating them :D
It something the whole family works on for weeks and it says Christmas to me

Tracy said...

I love making holiday cookies! It's even better with friends.

marcello.tracy@gmail.com

Emily Ann said...

My favorite holiday tradition is making and decorating sugar cookies!

Denise said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the community Communion Service. After taking communion, we circle the interior of the church and each person lights a candle. The service ends with the congregation singing Silent Night. It is a wonderful, peaceful way to spend Christmas Eve.

Elena said...

Looking at Chrismast lights with the family after dinner on Christmas day!

chrissiwithab said...

Making Christmas cookies with several generations all in the kitchen together.

Donna said...

I love Christmas Eve after dark when all the candles are lit and the lights on the tree and garland are the only light! So dreamy and festive! Then opening just one gift with the anticipation of the rest on Christmas morning!

djbreck@yahoo.com

Ashley L. said...
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Ashley L. said...

I love to curl up by the fire on Christmas Eve with my Boxer:)

audra said...

My favorite is making a gingerbread house from scratch. adthumbs@msn.com

Sara Hubmann said...

I love driving around looking at Christmas lights listening to our holiday music. Good times.

Our Learning Collection said...

What a fun give away! My favorite Christmas tradition is listening to and singing Christmas songs!

Sarah said...

I love picking out a special ornament each year.

sarah.currence at gmail

melinda said...

My favorite tradition is surprising myself Christmas Eve when I realize how many gifts I had hidden in my closet to haul downstairs to stick under the tree from Santa !!!
fourms@mchsi.com Thanks!!

Jamie said...

My favorite Christmas tradition with my family is making fudge and Christmas candy with my nieces and nephew. We create a new recipe each year and then we give it to friends and other family.

Anonymous said...

I love the tradition of making fun Christmas music mix CDs for my friends as gifts!

Betsy Kunz said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is our traditional meal of swedish meatballs and lefse that we eat on Christmas Eve. It reminds me of my scandinavian heritage that I'm proud of. I'd love to win the Christmas book.

mamma-mich said...

favorite tradition is our family of four heading out to the forest and picking out a tree and having hubby cut it down!

Nancy said...

We have a white sheet we use as a tablecloth. Everyone signs it & then 1 lucky person gets to embroider all the signatures :)

Carrie @ lovely etc. said...

My favorite tradition is definitely stockings. :)

Mary Ellen said...

Baking over 50 breads to give to neighbors and friends is one of my favorite traditions.

Tricia said...

Hiding the pickle ornament on the tree and watching our kids scramble to find it on Christmas morning : o )

Shannon said...

Would love to win this book!
My favorite holiday tradition is watching my girls decorate their gingerbread houses every Christmas Eve :)

kristen said...

My favorite holiday tradition is having Christmas Eve service at one of the many beautiful barns in our community. Such great memories!

Kelly said...

Opening stocking stuffers after Christmas Eve church service is my favorite.

Oh! Baby Designs said...

My favorite tradition is going to church on Christmas eve and then dinner with family.
I can't wait to instill these traditions into my own children.

Georgia and Jordan said...

Racing my brothers and now my husband to put on the daily decoration on our advent tree! Or spraying our windows with snow!

Kelly said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting. I guess my favorite holiday tradition is going to see my family on Christmas Eve night. We have a big meal and the kids open presents etc. It's always fun. We've been doing that for as long as I can remember!

Dru said...

We had a danish breakfast every year after (or in between) opening presents, home made ornaments and stockings, sugar cookies with sprinkles, and a long reel to reel tape of xmas music. bliss

Anita said...

There is NOTHING like homemade hot cocoa topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkles! The kids look forward to it every year! Also, my twin and I love the tradition of making fudge. Yum!

Erin said...

My mom and I always put up my tree together the day or 2 after Thanksgiving.

Erin
eparker@arkwest.com

Mtbikrbtch said...

Our Family Tradition is a different one and years later we are still doin it as my boys are 30 and 26...But they luv'd to get socks....so now as adults and having their own family...they still want socks!!!!!!!! Luv from their Mom

BumbleBeeLane said...

I'm fortunate enough to still have my Grandma.We all gather at the old farmhouse and celebrate christmas as a family.Warm Blessings!~Amy

black eyed susans kitchen said...

We have a candle that counts down the 24 days till Christmas eve. Every year since my children were small (they are grown now) we have burned down one number at dinner. We still do this anticipating Christmas eve smorgasbord with our family.

Kristle Jones said...

My favorite tradition is baking our families Italian cookie recipe - I make about 4 batches throughout the season and we never get sick of them!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

We love to drive around and look at all of the Christmas lights :)

Anonymous said...

I love opening new pajamas on Christmas Eve!!! Taking treats to our neighbors is fun too :)
Camille
tcdidier@hotmail.com

Rebecca R. said...

We love to let the kids open special gifts to each other on Xmas Eve. Their eyes light up when giving gifts that they picked out and wrapped. Thanks for the contest!!

Lori said...

There are so many traditions that I love ~ one of them being able to snuggle on the couch on Christmas Eve watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas with my hubby!
Lori
nbwildflowers.blogspot.com

suburban prep said...

One of my favorites growing up was coming home from Mindnight mass and my six siblings and I would make a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies for Santa. We all carried this same tradition into our families.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Sally said...

I love our tradition of spending time with extended family on Christmas Day. We enjoy a meal together, and a long-lasting gift exchange as we take turns opening our gifts.

Merry Christmas! ~Sally

Happy Rain said...

Christmas Eve we all perform skits or show our special talents. It is like a family talent show. Then we play games. It helps keep the focus on the family.

Anonymous said...

Turning off all other lights than those that are decorations and taking a hot toddie or cup of tea and just taking it all in. Reflecting on past Christmas memories and how the present has blessed our family. Sometimes it is the simple blessing of all of us being in one place at one time and just sitting together and pausing long enough to be thankful for the gift of Christmas.


Robin Steckley email-robbydoo@lycos.com

Blissful Blooms said...

I've wanted this book forever! My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve service. I love love the candle light glow, the sweet voices of children singing, and being surrounded by my church family. Blessings to you!

thistlewoodfarm said...

My favorite tradition is that we exchange hand-made gifts at Christmas. Every year we can't wait to see what everyone has created!

Stephanie said...

Our holiday tradition is baking all week with my daughters and then Christmas morning we eat breakfast casserole ! We LOVe Christmas !

Penny said...

Christmas music, especially in church.

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting the kids all snuggled up in their pjs and then driving around town with the Christmas music playing and looking at all the holiday lights. We usually do it a few times before Christmas. This year we had horrible winds (100mph) in our area and it seems alot of people have decided not to do lights.

Thanks for doing this great giveaway!
~Cheryl

angelauden said...

My family always go to Cafe du Monde and have beignets and hot chocolate before they close on Christmas Eve.

eorban said...

I love Christmas eve candlelight service! Thanks for another fun giveaway!

Edwina
eworban@gmail.com

TheCrankyCrow said...

Awesome giveaway Melaine! Thanks for the opportunity! Ahhh - so many traditions, it's hard to pick a favorite - but I'll have to go with our (extended) family's Christmas eve celebration where we all get together - feast on hot sandwiches and favorite appetizers (that don't get changed up often because everyone has their favorites), and then opening gifts. Since our family no longer exchanges gifts among the adults, it's just the little ones - but still, it's wonderful. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Mary M. said...

A new tradition with my son is volunteering at the Salvation Army's Toy n' Joy. Being able to help ensure others will have a Merry Christmas is a wonderful feeling.

Jen said...

What a great giveaway!!! My grandparents would always be at our house on Christmas morning to open presents and have breakfast with us, and now that I have my own family, my Dad always comes over in the morning for my son! Happy Holidays!

rmj318 said...

Christmas Eve church service, then presents shared with the family afterwards. Santa comes the next morning!

Robin said...

My favorite is taking a night hike to a tree behind our church, decorating with animal friendly ornaments, and singing Christmas carols.

Heather @ Four Loud Monkeys said...

It's a tie between carols by the fire and our {mostly} annual Christmas caroling party! Great giveaway!!!

Kristie75 said...

I think what I love most about Christmas traditions is how you continue to create & recreate them throughout the many phases of your life, My oldest family tradition is baking my great grandmother's very famous & very delicious sugar cookies. She passed away when my mom was in college so I never had the chance to meet her, but she was a huge influence on my mom. When the two of us would bake together, I would hear stories from my mother's childhood & her beloved grandmother. Now, I get to relive all of that when I bake with my sweet step-daughter - she keeps me company while I make the dough & handle the oven duties. Then she steps in when it's time to frost & sprinkle, just like I did when I was her age. It always makes me very happy, heartwarmed & into the holiday spirit.
Merry Christmas & happy holidays,
Kristie
kpatter75@gmail.com

Carmen said...
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Kelli said...

I love making milk carton gingerbread houses with all of my nieces and nephews on Christmas Eve. They sure know how to create some interesting houses.

Pam said...

Our special coffee cake first thing in the morning.

Jennifer said...

Our family tradition is baking christmas cookies,and new pjs to open christmas eve.I love this book hope I can win it.PS ur tree and fireplace r beautiful.I LOVE ur blog.Merry Christmas,Jen

Jill said...

Holy cow! You have LOTS of comments my dear! Would love to win my friend Serena's book. Hmmm, we have lots of traditions but my favorite is opening gifts on Christmas Eve after church, with a glass of wine in my hand and my family all around.
xo~Jill

Carmen said...

Back home in Puerto Rico, Christmas extends past December thanks to Three Kings Day (6 Jan). We would gather some fresh grass for the camels the night before and place it in a shoebox near our beds - in the morning there would be presents and a trail of grass as the camels walked away with our offering.

Now a mom, I plan to incorporate this tradition into my little boy's Christmas celebration and await that magical moment when he sees the grass is gone...

cmmodelski@yahoo.com

Andrea said...

My favorite tradition is hearing my children calling us to get up because Santa came and then after the presents are opened and calls wishing Merry Christmas to family have been made is to make a big breakfast for us to sit down to.

Josh & Jane said...

Our favourite holiday tradition is to read the Bible story of Jesus birth before we enjoy unwrapping our gifts. the Little ones now run and get the Bible before we start and just love it.

{Carrie} said...

My favorite tradition is that Christmas Day is just our immediate family. I let the kids pick the menu for the day. They love it and I love cooking all of their favorites. I know this won't be a long lasting tradition as the kids grow and have their own families, so that makes this all that much more special. It is our special time. We love spending the days before and just after with our families.

Dagmar said...

Our family lives far away from us in various parts of the world...so for many years, we have packed up a Christmas picnic and headed outside..complete with vintage plaid picnic basket, feshly packed food, thermos full of hot tea we are off..last year we even found (by great chance )a picnic spot name Christmas..how perfect is that!
I have met Serena several times at the Farm chicks..what a gal..thanks for your generous offer to give her book as a gift.
Love and blessings,
Dagmar❤

Betsy said...

I love having stuffed french toast in the morning with orange juice. Love this time of year.

Elizabeth Guerrero said...

My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve jammies. Even now that my brother and I are adults, every Christmas Eve there's one present for each person under our tree, and it's always a pair of new festive pajamas. Still makes me feel like a little kid!

The Rodgers said...

Watching White Christmas while wrapping presents & decorating the tree! kelam22 @ yahoodotcom

Anonymous said...

Tromping into the woods to cut down the perfect tree!!!! shabbysheshe@comcast.net ;-)

Melissa said...

On Christmas Eve, the children in my family reenact the Nativity scene while my mom reads the story from the Bible. As a child, I had turns as Mary, an angel, and even Baby Jesus! Now I get to enjoy watching my nieces and nephews participate. With a family as big as ours, we sometimes have more than one Baby Jesus, extra Wise Men, and shepherds who use their staffs for impromptu sword fights.

Anonymous said...

I love unwrapping the ornaments we have collected over our 42 years of marriage...even the one-eyed Santas and the sandpaper reindeer made by our grandchildren when they were little...Patty in Kansas

kimberlysmoody said...

Baking and driving around to see the Christmas displays. We have a funeral home in town that fills the porch with many cedar trees and displays a full nativity with an angel overhead descending down the steps. It is my most anticipated thing to see. I have been wanting the Farm Chicks Christmas Book. Thanks you for hosting such a great give away. Merry Christmas!! Kimberly kimberlysmoody@hotmail.com

kimberlysmoody said...

Baking and driving around to see the Christmas displays. We have a funeral home in town that fills the porch with many cedar trees and displays a full nativity with an angel overhead descending down the steps. It is my most anticipated thing to see. I have been wanting the Farm Chicks Christmas Book. Thanks you for hosting such a great give away. Merry Christmas!! Kimberly kimberlysmoody@hotmail.com

Blondie's Journal said...

My favorite tradition...waking up Christmas morning to excited face, gift giving and don't forget the mimosa's with the big breakfast spread!!

XO,
Jane

Blondiesjournal@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

We have a family tradition of decorating gingerbread houses. I bake a gingerbread house for every member of our family - which totals 11. We started this tradition 13 years ago when our youngest two grandchildren (we have five) were only 18 months old and they are now freshmen in high school. Our oldest grandchild is a sophmore in college. The interest is doing this has not wained one little bit in the thirteen years. We are so blessed and the memories we have made are priceless. I look forward to many more years of making more wonderful memories.
Thanks and MERRY CHRISTMAS,
Cathy (2stos1@comcast.net)

Krissy said...

Our family has a theme every Christmas. This year it is Swiss-German. Last year it was the Old West. The theme determines food, music and entertainment (and sometimes dress). I want that book! Thank you!
ponyboypress@yahoo.com

Kelly Smith said...

Making pierogis!

Preppy Mama said...

Such an awesome giveaway! Every Christmas Eve we meet at my parent's house and all go to mass together and back to my parent's for dinner and then we end the night with new Christmas Pjs!

Jess said...

My favorite holiday tradition is watching Christmas movies and stringing lights on anything that doesn't move!

Grandma M said...

My favorite tradition is going as a family and cutting the tree and decorating it together.

NancynWolff said...

I love Christmas morning, we have a vynrelaxed morning, no one gets dressed, just enjoy a delicious breakfast and open our stockings.

Theresa said...

All the CHRISTMAS lights and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with my family!

Everyday Gourmet said...

I love the evening time when the lights are lit and the family is happy.

maggie said...

Al the old ornaments and the memories that go with them.

Carol said...

This tradition is not mine, but a dear family friend's tradition. The minister from the Methodist church had a large family, they lived in the parsonage on the corner of our block. There was always something going on there, all the neighborhood children were welcome at any time. Sometime during the Christmas celebration, when all the family were there visiting, you would suddenly hear this great jolly laugh, and then the sound of a huge amount of hard candy hitting the floor in the next room.That would send the kids running to gather the treats and possibly get a glimpse of this mystery elf. I don't know exactly how many years the Campbell family has had this tradition , but my friend says she still to this day, isn't sure who the elf is. The dear Reverend Campbelll passed away just this past Fall, but he left his family and all of the MYF gang with such wonderful memories.

I've so enjoyed reading everyone's comments. Thanks for sharing with me

Smiles,

Carol

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Cookie baking is the best!

Rana said...

what a lovely giveaway!!
i love to make my own wreaths. i make them from bay leaves and they smell so very very lovely!

Shannon@vintagerestyled said...

Selecting and cutting down our 20 foot tree. There is always a memory made every year.

Piper said...

I love spending thanksgiving weekend decorating the house for Christmas- and New Years weekend taking it all down!

Piper~

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Happy Birthday! We share the same day. Mine is on the 17th as well. Hope your day was as sweet as you~

Anonymous said...

We love to drive around and look at Christmas lights, looking for the wildest craziest decorations we can find. colleenkwilson@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

I love the Christmas morning Cinnamon Rolls and Orange Zest Rolls that my mom makes. It is a tradition that I hope to continue for next year, or maybe even this year. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Brain Cancer last December and has been declining greatly the past 2 weeks.

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Helen Lewis said...

Christmas Eve church service with the family with the final hymn of "Silent Night" sung by candlelight only.

Anonymous said...

We do an all appetizer dinner when we get home from the Christmas Eve service...just easy fun with family

Mooy oh Mooy! said...

we have a wassailing with all kinds of cookies and invite everyone we know - I love seeing everyone!

Catherine B. said...

We go to Christmas Eve Childrens' Mass and then gather for family photos and snacks before getting the kids to bed. It is an early morning on the 25th!

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

One of my Christmas traditions is to write a long letter telling about each person in our family. On the back I fill it with pictures that I size down small. I love getting them and hope many of those who I send them to like seeing us and what we have been up to.

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