Hi there! I am happy to say that we have a lot of the Christmas decorations up and it is definitely starting to feel very festive around here. We really just have the tree left and hopefully we will get that set up and decorated tomorrow! 

Emily Jane thinks that the decorations mean it is someone's birthday. She keeps looking at everything and saying "birthday party!" And I also keep hearing her sing "happy birthday to you, for emwee".

She is also going around singing "mommy and daddy are maaaaaaad" which is from the song "I'm gettin nuttin for Christmas" that she has been listening to on my phone all week. We think it is pretty cute but when she is singing it in the store people are probably wondering what kind of parents we are if our 2 year old daughter is singing about us being mad! 🙂


Anyway, on to the giveaways!

The first one is brought to you by Scrapbook Trends Magazine. They are giving away a pink Making Memories Slice!! You know I love the Slice and if you don't have one already then be sure to head over to their blog to find out how to enter to win! Or even if you already have one you can still enter — the pink one is pretty darn cute! 🙂

Just to show you a tiny tidbit of what the Slice can do here is a project I did with it.


Christmas Card Inside 

 Most of the elements in this card were cut with the Slice! I especially love all of the tags and scalloped edge shapes that it cuts! I find myself using those a lot!

Next we have another giveaway sponsored by Creating Keepsakes Magazine. They were nice enough to give me two copies of Elizabeth Kartchner's new book titled "52 More Scrapbooking Challenges" and I would love to ship my extra copy to one of you! 

52 More Scrapbooking Challenges

If you don't already follow Liz's blog, then you must check it out and I guarantee you are in for a treat. Not only is she super talented but she is also adorable and incredibly sweet. (and no, she isn't paying me to say this! 🙂 ) I met her a couple years ago when we were both teaching at the CKC in Mesa and we have been friends ever since! She is great! This book is nothing short of what I expected from her — cute and clever and full of inspiration!! Love it! 

To enter to win this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment here on this post and tell me something your family does to celebrate the holidays. It can be anything from a small and simple tradition to a big activity…. whatever you do that makes the season fun and memorable! I am trying to think of lots of fun things to do with my family this Christmas season and I could use some fresh ideas! 

I will draw a winner on Monday! Good luck!

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  • SandyB
    December 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    We always have a family dinner and then open presents on Christmas Eve. We spend Christmas day watching old Christmas movies.

  • scrapamum
    December 4, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I want Liz’s book soooooooo bad.
    We decorate the tree together, we bake our holiday cookies together. On Christmas morning we open presents and make a huge breakfast and take it easy then we indulge in a fabulous dinner.

  • Amanda H
    December 4, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    We make tons and tons of cookies. It takes 3 whole days. It’s so worth it, because we give them to everyone we know and they truly love them. Great feeling.

  • Janna
    December 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    We spend Christmas Eve with my husband parents. It is so special – they are 76 and 82 so who knows how many more years we will get to do this. We have a prime rib dinner, sing songs and opens gifts. (Your daughter is so sweet and she has it right it is Jesus’ bday;) ) Thanks for the chance to win. Now I just wish YOU would do a book! I absolutely LOVE your style!!!

  • Amber Zimmerman
    December 4, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Ooh! Wonderful giveaways! We have a tradition that I love. . .We take our four kiddos through a city display called “The fantasy of lights” which is a big park that you drive through and look at Christmas light displays set to Christmas music. After that, we go to a Pizza King (our fave) that is so cozy with funky lights and bench swings for seats and stain glass windows. There is a juke box that has the best music and the kids love to pick songs. It’s so much fun! =)

  • Kristen
    December 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I would love to win Liz’s book!! My favorite tradition is opening a new pair of pajamas from my parents every Christmas Eve.

  • abbey
    December 4, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    One of my favorites is always going to “Midnight” Mass together— although where we live it is usually actually taking place no later than 9pm

  • qsogirl
    December 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    with my husband’s family, we make lefse– it is a Norwegian holiday treat and oh-so-yummy.
    thanks for the chance to win the book– i would just love to own a copy of it!!

  • conniemelancon
    December 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I would love a copy of Liz’s book! One of my favorite things is making gingerbread houses with the grandkids. This year I want to get them the plates to paint for Santa’s Cookies.

  • Whitney S.
    December 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    OH! fun! I think Liz’s book does look great! We always each get to pick out a new ornament each christmas and one of them is an ornament that we can put a picture in. So, I am hoping that over the years we will have a picture from each christmas and eventually it can be it’s separate tree.

  • Abby V
    December 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    One of my favorite tradition we do is the opening of Christmas presents at midnight. We are usually just coming home from our annual Christmas party so we let the kids open their presents, since we’re all pretty wide awake (all that eating and “partying” at the party). I love seeing them tear into their presents and just watch their eyes. It reminds me of my childhood Christmases and I hope that when they are in my shoes, they will remember these moments too.

  • Janette
    December 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    We just got back from the Festival of Trees in Utah. It is a great charity event and always kicks off the Christmas season for me.

  • Mandy
    December 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Well, this year is the first year that I am incorporating Ali Edwards ‘December Daily.’ I am so in love with it so far. Today is my bday so snapping pictures was a breeze…btw, the lens you recommended, can I tell you how much I am in love with it….pssst. Don’t tell me dog! LOL
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Valerie
    December 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    we don’t do anything out of the ordinary. And this year is a unusual for us, as my husband is still frantically trying to get the crops out of the field. It’s not going to feel like Christmas or even December really–until that task is done. What a crazy year it’s been.

  • jen shears
    December 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    we decorate together- it’s sweet to watch our 4 yo doing the tree & being mesmerized by the candles (led flameless!). The last several years we’ve attended my husband’s sheriff’s guild party- where we decorate a gingerbread house & ice skate! My daughter has been talking about it already- she can’t wait to go again!! (she even drew ice skates on herself in today’s self-portrait!) 🙂
    I’d LOVE to win this book- thanks for the chance!

  • Andrea
    December 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    One of our favorite things to do during this holiday season is to bake a birthday cake for Jesus!

  • Diane Payne
    December 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Every year we sit down together as a family to watch the Polar Express. We have popcorn sprinkled with M&Ms and hot cocoa.

  • amy christine
    December 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    How nice of you to offer up your extra copy!
    Before my older siblings grew up and moved away from home, my family would always take the time to go sledding up in the mountains together around the holidays. I loved doing this because it meant that we were all having fun together. I look forward to the day when I have my own family and can carry on this fun tradition. :]

  • sierra
    December 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    bake day! one day of non stop baking goodness that gets sent off to all the people we love so much!

  • milkcan
    December 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Traditionally, we go on a holiday trip to somewhere warm!

  • Michelle
    December 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Every year on Christmas morning we have a traditional irish breakfast, my dad is from Belfast and he always makes potato bread specially for the day. It means so much to our family

  • Jan Whitehill
    December 4, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I live in a small town with mine and my husbands family we spend Christmas eve and Christmas day going for house to house the kids are so wound up and can’t wait to get to the next house. By the time the day is over we are ready to crash. What great memories for the kids with family.

  • Jen K
    December 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    We do an advent calendar that has experiences and activities rather than gifts. My kids totally look forward to this and we have a blast!

  • Kristy
    December 4, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Before my extended family moved out of California all my aunts, uncles, cousins would go to my grandparents house on Christmas even and eat yummy homemade food and some times exchange gifts! The last time we did that was in 03′, I miss it!

  • T. Wolfe
    December 4, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    My mom made a roast every year for Christmas dinner…this year, I will be making my 1st roast for my family & beginning this dinner tradition in my home!

  • JJ
    December 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    We all go to Christmas eve services together, bake and make candy, argue over who is going to wrap the gifts, put up the tree as a family and did I mention eat/ A few of our favorite things.

  • Kimberly C.
    December 5, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Our neighborhood has a house decorating contest where families decorate and submit their homes for the contest. We drive around with our map, hot chocolate and forms and judge all the houses. It is so much fun!

  • MaryAnn Perry
    December 5, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Our family and friends rent a trolley for the evening to take us around to see all of the beautiful light displays! It’s so much fun…we sing christmas carols and at the end of the night we go to see santa

  • Jodie
    December 5, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Thank you so much for the great giveaway!! This year we have started doing an advent calender that includes an activity a day. This includes all sorts of different activities such as putting up the tree, baking day, going out for ice-cream, looking at christmas lights, buying a christmas book and going for a picnic at the beach. So far it has been great fun to experience something every day!!

  • Bethany
    December 5, 2009 at 3:08 am

    we always make our trip to the Christmas tree farm 🙂 that is one of my fave trips of the holidays! we go to the same place every year & pick our tree, & have it cut
    we love it & totally enjoy it!!

  • Tracy le Roy
    December 5, 2009 at 3:16 am

    We enjoy decorating our tree as a family, whilst listening to carols. I LOVE Elizabeth Kartchner, and would be so happy to win this book; thanks for the opportunity!

  • krista
    December 5, 2009 at 3:29 am

    we do the ‘regular’ stuff like put up lights and decorate the tree. nothing really i’d call a tradition. when i was a kid we’d always go see this huge christmas display that a man put up in his giant yard every year and we always got to open one gift on christmas eve. it seems small and sort of insignificant, but i looked forward to both and they are great memories to me. now that we have a daughter of our own, i’d like to start some new traditions of our own… what those are remains to be seen.

  • Janine R.
    December 5, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Love the use of the crumbly crepe or tissue paper and the scrunched ribbon with those fabulous homemade die cuts. Those are incredible prizes.
    Just the effort that is made to get together with relatives and friends, near and far, make the holiday season so special. For me, it is celebrating the birth of a Savior for any who receive him. But, to me, the effort by all to connect ties in to that very special message.
    Happy Holidays!

  • Maria Therese
    December 5, 2009 at 4:41 am

    my husband always got a letter from santa christmas morning when he was a kid, now we have the same tradition for our kids

  • Arjanne
    December 5, 2009 at 4:46 am

    We don’t have real traditions, but usually we go to family and celebrate Christmas there. This year we’re going to my brother, sil and their two kids, so it will be fun!

  • Milagros C. Rivera
    December 5, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I’d love to get my eyes on this one! great giveaway

  • jenney
    December 5, 2009 at 5:31 am

    We always use my mom’s recipes to make cookies – chocolate chip, m&m, oatmeal, etc. I did it with my mom when I was little and now I do it with my kids.

  • Donna E.
    December 5, 2009 at 5:45 am blog! so happy i ended up here in my blog hopping 🙂

  • Ashley Harris
    December 5, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Oh how fun! Every year on Christmas Eve, we go to my in-laws and we all act out Luke 2. Then we write a letter to ourselves to be opened next Christmas Eve.

  • IcePrincessScrapz (Helen)
    December 5, 2009 at 6:24 am

    This will be my third Christmas spent alone, far away from my family — 5 children and 6 grandchildren. I spend all my time scrapbooking and crafting. I do miss the smell of turkey and stuffing cooking on Christmas morning, mingled with the freshly baked pumpkin pie aroma. So, yes, I would truly like to have this challenge magazine. Merry Christmas.

  • Lonely Scrapbooker
    December 5, 2009 at 6:41 am

    We get all dressed up for Christmas dinner,

  • Deb Zorn
    December 5, 2009 at 6:50 am

    My daughter’s birthday is Christmas Eve. Until she was four she thought all the Christmas festivities were for her. So, I can relate, very well, to Emily Jane’s ideas. We tried very hard to make her birthday special, even with all the other activities that surround Christmas. She will be 35 this year and still talks about her special birthdays, as a kid. I love her more than ever.

  • Tiffany
    December 5, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I could use this – there’s no such thing as too much inspiration!

  • Alena H
    December 5, 2009 at 7:07 am

    My husband and I cut down our Christmas tree and then watch a Christmas movie while decorating it. 🙂

  • Erin Sweeney
    December 5, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Last year we started a new tradition of cutting down our own tree. Last year it was snowing and freezing cold, this year it was 50 and sunny. Our girls love the hayride and choosing our tree.

  • Amanda
    December 5, 2009 at 7:13 am

    We spend lots of time with family in the month of December!! 🙂 I hope to win Lizzy’s book!

  • becky Jones
    December 5, 2009 at 7:41 am

    We always go see the temple lights in Mesa, and we watch a ton of Chirstmas movies, and try to read a Christmas story every night until Christmas. 🙂

  • Brenda
    December 5, 2009 at 7:43 am

    We spend Christmas Eve with my husband family and we have the traditional Christmas dinner that night.

  • Bobbi-Jo G.
    December 5, 2009 at 8:17 am

    My family acts out the Nativity – we have every year since before I was born, and now I carry on the tradition in my own family. It’s so fun and memorable!

  • Jocie
    December 5, 2009 at 8:18 am

    We go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World each year and celebrate my son’s birthday. We also bring presents to the NICU at our local hospital for all the NICU babies on Christmas Eve.

  • Carrie
    December 5, 2009 at 8:26 am

    We open stockings on Christmas Eve.

  • sara
    December 5, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I think we break the record for the amount of times humans can possibly watch the movie “Elf”…can’t get enough.

  • Leslie
    December 5, 2009 at 8:34 am

    My family and I usually celebrate the holidays by attending midnight mass on Christmas Eve together!

  • Rkokes
    December 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Would love a copy of Liz’s book! We do Christmas the day after Thanksgiving on my side of the family. Because we have a big dinner on Thanksgiving, we just do leftovers, yummy snack foods and cookies for Christmas, which makes everything so easy. We always watch the Nebraska vs. Colorado football game, and then open presents. It is so much fun, and also makes it easy because we all can go to visit the other sides of our family on Christmas and not have any interfering schedules.

  • Jennifer Land
    December 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

    One of our family’s Christmas traditions is driving around all of the neighborhoods looking at the lights and decorations. We play Christmas music on the radio and afterward we stop for hot chocolate.

  • Jen K.
    December 5, 2009 at 9:06 am

    We go to my brother’s cabin in NW Wisconsin and have a spectacular weekend with family.

  • Kelsey P
    December 5, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Growing up, we and all my cousins always spent a few days before Christmas at my Grandparents ranch (very isolated) before having a big Christmas party with all the family that Christmas Eve. And on the 2 hour drive home, my brothers and I would keep our eyes open, on the lookout for Santa Claus:).

  • Rhonda Steed
    December 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

    My siblings and their kids are getting to many to go to anyone’s house anymore. so instead we have a big cousins day. This year we are renting a pool and all going swimming and then we bring in pizza to eat together too. In the past we’ve done bowling, skating, sledding. It works really really well for a huge Mormon family! 🙂

  • Janie B.
    December 5, 2009 at 9:46 am

    We go to my parents on Christmas Eve and have your non-traditional Christmas dinner (sometimes it’s homemade Calzones or lasagna), open presents. Then wake up Christmas morning and open presents from Santa (the stockings). We then travel to relatives for our big Christmas day feast which usually consists of ham. YUM-OH
    Would love to win the book so I could put it in my stocking – thanks for the opportunity.

  • Charity
    December 5, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Oh pretty Christmas bobbles you have there. I love what you’ve done with the Slice. And boy, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of 52 More Challenges…..i use my other one often. I can’t imagine how worn out the NEW one will get….snicker

  • Heidi Myers
    December 5, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I love all our Christmas Eve activities but I think my favorite is the making and sprinkling of the Reindeer Food to make sure they can find our house. Happy Holidays!!

  • Heather Ippolito
    December 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

    We do a family activity for each day of Advent. So far we have had family movie night, looking at lights, a basket full of Christmas-themed books to unwrap nightly, family game night and baking cookies.

    December 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Our Christmas Eve tradition is for whoever the first person on the 24th says Christmas Eve gift gets a small gift along with a very large candy cane (which is what my mother and her mother would get as gifts). We then make Christmas decorated cookies that afternoon. Everyone helps bake and decorate.

  • Shirlann
    December 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

    My favorite time of the holidays is Christmas Eve. We would drive around town to look at all the neighborhood lights and decorations. Our favorite was a house so decked out, we almost had to wear sunglasses! Every year the owner would add something new and the boys would have fun deciding on what it was. We’d make our way home for family games night and a bowl of clam chowder to warm us up. The boys are now 28 and 26 and we still carry on this tradition!

  • dusti lewis
    December 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Every year, by Christmas Eve my mom we are all “cooked out” from holiday parties, ect. So, we go out to eat! The only places open on Christmas Eve. is chinese food, so we enjoy that little twist to our holiday season!

  • dusti lewis
    December 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I mean: my mom and i are all cooked out:)

  • hanna
    December 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    every year we go to snow flurry day at the museum of natural science – they have the best Santa who even brings a sleigh and reindeer

  • Heather Moll
    December 5, 2009 at 11:38 am

    i can’t wait to get that book – it looks awesome! i love liz’s stuff and the list of contributors is amazing!
    we’ve been going to see christmas lights (it’s called the festival of lights) with our friends for years. i’m hoping it warms up a bit soon so we don’t have to brave the cold too much this year! it is so much fun.

  • Denise
    December 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Every Christmas, opening the Christmas stockings is what my girls look forward to most. We open the stockings and then all help to prepare Christmas breakfast, returning later to see what Santa put under the tree.

  • Melanie
    December 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    We love to make Christmas ornaments.

  • Christine H
    December 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    My husband puts up enough lights to double our electric bill, we always drive around and look at the lights, the scout troop serves a meal that we provide at a local soup kitchen, I make our Christmas cards, we wake up Christmas morning at my parent’s house, we make cookies (lots of cookies), we buy each other ornaments and even at 13, my son still loves our Christmas countdown Santa (you pull a number every day and he drops down the chimney to the fireplace). Love this time of year!

  • Julie
    December 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    This year my hubby and I are directing a Christmas production at our local community theatre…it’s been a great way to spend time celebrating the Christmas season!! 🙂

  • Crystal
    December 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    My favorite thing to do is make gingerbread houses.

  • Ana
    December 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Well since our kids are already out of the house, we usually take this time to go to Disney World and celebrate it with Mickey and the Gang. It is wonderful to be able to go to this magical place and see all the decorations and parades they have. Love it. Can’t wait.

  • Michele K
    December 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    We enjoy church on Christmas Eve, then lasagna for dinner.

  • rebekah
    December 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    one of my favorite traditions is helping mom decorate her house for christmas…at the least the indoor part! lol. it gets a bit cold when it’s time to decorate the wrap-around porch. 🙂

  • Rebecca Ednie
    December 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Emmy is so cute. DS and I cracked up over your story! It is funnier when you sing it while telling someone else! I dont celebrate Xmas for religious reasons but we still use the time off from work and school to visit with friends, go to movies and have people over. Oh, and some lovely spiked cocoa!! Yummo!

  • Veera
    December 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    We’ll go to the Christmas market at the nearby amusement park.

  • Kimber-Leigh
    December 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    we have lots of traditions that i love, but my favorite one is the time we spend as a family around our advent wreath at night, having our advent devotions. special time to focus on The Reason we celebrate Christmas.

  • Carol
    December 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    We’ve decided to start a new tradition this year with our kids. We already have them draw names for each other, to buy a gift. But we decided that since I am the one who pays for the gifts, I want them to do an act of service for the person they drew. They are all actually excited about it and are thinking hard about what they can do for each other that would mean a lot.

  • Iris Soscia
    December 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Our Christmas tradition has almost always involved travel; first to visit out of state parents and now to visit our adult children who live 1600 miles away. The years that we stay home, our tradition is to decorate the tree together, attend Christmas Eve services at our Church, and just hang out at home together on Christmas day. Thanks for a chance to win. Iris Soscia

  • Shawnna Samples
    December 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    We love having cocoa and spend many nights indoors watching family movies – decorating – playing board games – I love this time of year 🙂

  • Erin W
    December 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    My sisters and I pick a favorite holiday cookie recipe and bring the ingredients to each make a dozen/person. That way we each have a yummy selection of Christmas cookies with minimal work.
    My son and I also paint a few wooden holiday ornaments to add the tree every year. A fun little holiday tradition.
    Thank you for the generous giveaway and have a Happy Holiday Season!

  • Nicole T
    December 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    We all gather around my great grandmother and sing Christmas carols with her, a few of them in German even. I love seeing the joy and pride on her face every year when we do this with her.

  • jill
    December 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    we have an advant tree calander that we do everynight when daddy comes home from work.

  • Dianne King
    December 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    woo hoo this is fun. checking out all the great ideas. so many creative people.

  • Heather
    December 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    On Christmas morning my family gets together to exchange gifts and eat breakfast pizza. Yum!

  • Abi
    December 5, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    We watch Muppet’s Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning we wake up, open presents (one of them is always new pjs!) We then put on the new pjs and go to a church service where we celebrate with friends then home for Christmas Dinner 🙂

  • Carolyn
    December 5, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Every Christmas morning all the children come in our room and wake us up and we say a prayer around our bed then go downstairs to see what’s in the stockings. I slip the breakfast casserole made the night before into the oven. Then from youngest to oldest we watch as each person opens all their presents under the tree. We have four children so this takes about an hour, just in time to take breakfast out of the oven, which we feast on with hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. We stay in our pj’s all day and just play, play, play. FUN!

  • Crystal Wilkerson
    December 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Ooohh, I’d love this book! On Christmas Eve we always act out the Nativity Story & then have a talent show. At the very end Santa comes & gives pajamas to everyone. It’s always soooo fun when we have all the aunts, uncles, & cousins together! 🙂

  • Keshet
    December 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Oooh, I really want that book. No Christmas for me, but I do love singing after lighting the Chanuka candles!

  • Janelle Shultz
    December 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    so many how do i chose? i love going & cutting our tree down & going sledding, new PJ’s for the kiddos, baking…

  • Nancy L.
    December 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    we hang out together eat and have fun!!

  • AmyR
    December 5, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    We celebrate with lots of traveling to visit our family.

  • Catherine R
    December 5, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Fudge with my family. Even though we have all grown up and moved on, we still come together to make a few batches of fudge each year. It just wouldn’t seem like Christmas without it!

  • rebecca
    December 5, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    we have so many traditions! we start by getting hot chocolate( even though we live in New Orleans) before we get our christmas tree. on christmas eve the only thing on the tv is a christmas story ( bc it plays on tbs for 324 hours!! love it) On christmas day we always eat cinnamon rolls while taking a break from opening presents. we keep the camera rolling along with christmas music all day. and once thanksgiving is over i only have christmas music playing in my car to get the season started. im so excited to have my 8 month old son celebrate his first christmas and share all our traditions.

  • Deborah Clark
    December 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    We have a big dinner on Christmas Eve and then spend the evening together telling the Christmas story and watching movies.

  • lindsay
    December 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    My family has a special tradition that i love. Each person makes a dish, and then we all make recipes for that dish, enough for everyone. We then swap them at Christmas time. We’ve been doing this since about 1995, so with 20+ people, our cookbook is pretty large!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • mel nunn
    December 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Maggie… Emily sounds so cute! I’d love a copy of Lizzie’s book, Pick me please 😉

  • mel nunn
    December 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    whoops, forgot to add that We love decorating the house for christmas…

  • cindy barriga
    December 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Mama and I go out in the evenings looking for lighted houses. It is a tradition I always look forward to, it just would not be christmas without these little trips. Happy holidays everyone. 😀

  • Karen M.
    December 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    just flipped through this book….someone had it at the jenni bowlin event today. would love to have a copy! my fave thing to do at Christmas is when my hubby reads twas the night before christmas on christmas eve!

  • Becky S.
    December 5, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    We always bake a cake for Jesus’s birthday to celebrate the greatest day on earth!

  • Erin M
    December 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    We make a birthday cake for baby Jesus when we celebrate christmas with my mom. It’s fun for my kids & my nephews to blow out candles to celebrate HIS birth!

  • Marissa
    December 5, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    We always go on Christmas Eve to see all the lights in the neighborhood next us. There are always bumper to bumper cars, so we always bundle up & walk the neighborhood.

  • Jennifer Schroeder
    December 5, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    We go to the annual tree lighting in our community every year and ride the steam train, play w/fake snow, go on hay rides, see Santa and drink hot chocolate. The kids always have a blast! Something else we do every year is make sugar cookies and other Christmas goodies while we listen to Christmas music!

  • Bethany E.
    December 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    One of our family traditions is to make Christmas cookies every year together and then we leave them for Santa on Christmas eve…so fun and yummy!!

  • Amy
    December 6, 2009 at 12:12 am

    We celebrate by unwrapping one Christmas book each night of Dec leading up to Christmas! We love wondering what book we will be reading that night!
    Amy in CA

  • Janet Meyerhoffer
    December 6, 2009 at 12:28 am

    We have a picnic under the Christmas Tree.

  • Jacqueline
    December 6, 2009 at 3:54 am

    My entire family tries to get together around Christmas time and watch old family movies and just laugh about the good old days. It’s a great time!

  • Katie Odom
    December 6, 2009 at 6:38 am

    My whole family takes the kids to The Brown Palace Hotel (a fancy hotel in Denver) for breakfast with Santa. They have a blast sitting on Santa’s lap, dancing to live piano Christmas music with Santa’s elves, decorating Christmas cookies and eating breakfast. We just started the tradition last year, but hope to continue it for years to come!

  • Cindee
    December 6, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Have have soup and chili for family and friends on Christmas Eve each year. It is a tradition that we started the year we were married. Everyone looks forward to my newest soup creation and my husband’s yummy chili.

  • Krista Campbell
    December 6, 2009 at 8:19 am

    We wake up and have gooey cinnamin rolls, listen to Christmas music and open gifts.

  • mia
    December 6, 2009 at 8:32 am

    could i be so lucky…..:)

  • andie...
    December 6, 2009 at 8:33 am

    christmas is such a magical time. my mom, my younger sisters and i always make gingerbread cookies on christmas eve and then the girls get to open one present. but it’s not long before they get to open the rest because someone always is up by 5am jumping on the beds to wake everyone up on christmas morning!
    xoxo andie…

  • Michele
    December 6, 2009 at 8:58 am

    We like to sit down and have french crepes w/ Strawberries on Christmas morning. The powdered sugar and strawberries really compliment a christmas breakfast.

  • Amber
    December 6, 2009 at 10:23 am

    We go to my in-laws every Christmas Eve to have dinner and play Dirty Santa…Christmas wouldn’t be complete without it!!

  • Jen wolff
    December 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

    EEEKK!!! Elizabeth’s book is on my xmas list!!! Our family loves to watch Elf and A Christmas Story together (over and over again).

  • Kerrie B.
    December 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Growing up, my family would go to our church’s Christmas Eve service, drive around to look at Christmas lights on our way home, and then go home and have snacks/dinner while maybe watching a movie. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Maria
    December 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    We always go to midnight mass on Christmas eve and head out to a movie in our P.J’s on Christmas day.

  • Jennifer
    December 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    One special tradition our family has is to drive around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas eve and return home to find that the “elves” have filled the stockings. This was something from my childhood and although my husband finds it odd, he indulges my desire to continue the tradition.

  • Kim Smith
    December 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Oh I love this giveaway and am so excited about Liz’s book!
    One of the things we do each holiday is I wrap all of our children’s christmas books that I have collected over the years and put them in a giant basket. Each evening my son picks a “present book” out of the basket, he opens it and we all read it together as a family on the couch before bedtime. He loves it that he is able to open a little gift every night and its a surprise which book he will pick each time. This year we have our one year old to share this tradition with. They love it!

  • Ris
    December 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    One of my favorites is when the women of the family get together to bake Christmas cookies and to make gift tags. While the cookies bake, we create! It is so much fun, and this year I’m bringing my Slice, which I know they will love!

  • renay alpers
    December 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Ooohhh! Our family cranks up the christmas music and bake christmas cookies then sit around the table together frosting them and enjoying eachother’s company.

  • KatieH
    December 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    My family tries to spend a weekend away together instead of buying gifts. We have decided we would much rather spend some time together than spend money on things we probably don’t really need.

  • Ann Ploch
    December 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    We always watch a holiday movie together as a family on Sunday evenings during the holiday season. Sitting in our great room with the Christmas tree lit and the other lights dimmed…ahhh, tis the season! 🙂

  • Jen
    December 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win….we eat ALOT during the holidays!!!!

  • Jill Tracy
    December 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    My favorite family holiday tradition is simply just being with family. Plenty of uninterrupted family time—makes me smile thinking about it!

  • lisa
    December 6, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Great giveaways! One of our Christmas traditions is making lefse!

  • Pnutsmum
    December 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Since moving to VA, we always go to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and enjoy the fabulous lights! Talking about a winter wonderland… It’s fantastic, with or without snow!

  • Lauren B.
    December 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    There is a neighborhood that has the twelve days of Christmas…each yard has a different day. We go to midnight mass, dad (who doesn’t go to church) brings us hot chocolate and after mass we driver through the neighborhood singing !!!

  • Karlynn
    December 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Other than baking we love watching as many Christmas movies as we can!!

  • Cindy C.
    December 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Would love to win the book! Thanks!

  • Minimimi
    December 6, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    i love liz so much. Pick me pIck me!

  • kim m.
    December 6, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Now that our kids are older, we take them out to lunch on Christmas Eve to a “real” restaurant. They really look forward to it. We also have a neighborhood service family night, where everyone brings toys and food and we drink hot cocoa, eat cookies and stand around the portable fire pits to stay warm and socialize. Good times. One more. We started this years ago with our children and they–and we–love it. We buy them each five gifts: Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. Then a gift from Santa. It’s a great way for them to look at the difference between wants and needs and makes shopping so simple for me. Have a merry and bright Christmas with those sweet little ones of yours! Such a fun time at their ages.

  • jenn
    December 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    we get together on Christmas eve and eat a lot of yummy food, watch White Christmas and Holiday Inn, and play board games. it is soooo much fun! Merry Christmas!

  • Belinda
    December 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Our holiday tradition is to watch the movie “Christmas Vacation” on the evening of Thanksgiving after we have had our dinner. It’s our way of kicking off our, “fun old fashioned family Christmas!” Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  • rebecca
    December 6, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    oh, i forgot to add: we adopted a new tradition this year with Elf on the Shelf, we named ours skippy! and this is the greatest thing ever! if you dont have it you need to get this book and elf!!

  • Laina
    December 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    After spending Christmas Eve at my parents house, we always let the kids stay up late and drive around in our warm car to see the best Christmas yard lights in our town.

  • shellbell78
    December 6, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    We make goodies together and then go caroling to our neighbors and deliver them… We go and visit the L.A. Temple to look at the pretty christmas lights, and I bring hot cocoa and cookies that we enjoy afterwards… and a new one that we started this year after seeing it on another blog is reading a new christmas book each night until christmas. I changed it just a tad since we are on a tight budget this year, I went to the library and got lots of fun christmas stories that we can read together, instead of buying.
    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  • elisabeth
    December 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    We always makes tons of cookies, bread, or bars, and pass them out to the neighbors while we carol at their front doors.

  • jen
    December 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Our tradition is enjoying my Grandma’s split pea soup on Christmas Eve. It started several years ago, when we realized that not only did we not need a huge meal with all the sides, but the grandchildren would just rush through the meal, since no presents until dishes were done! So win/win … it works for everyone now!

  • Staci Lynch
    December 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Cookies, cookies, and more cookies! We always decorate a gingerbread house too. The boys love this! Thanks for the giveaways!

  • Meghann
    December 7, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Ever since I was little, we would go to the Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights. It was always magical with the entire place lit up. We bundled up & warmed ourselves with gingerbread & hot chocolate! I still enjoy it now that I’m grown!

  • Wendy H
    December 7, 2009 at 5:15 am

    We always buy gifts for a needy child, whether it’s through an Angel tree or Toys for Tots. It really makes my kids understand that others don’t have the excess they do at Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Tonia B
    December 7, 2009 at 5:30 am

    I just love seeing all of my family, together in one place.

  • Candace H
    December 7, 2009 at 6:37 am

    On Christmas Eve, the kids get to open one gift (we did this when I was small and it was always our Christmas gown or pjs… gotta tell you that it got old as we got older, lol). So I wanted to change it up a bit for my kids. They either get a book they’ll ♥, or a game that we can play in front of the tree. That way we can all settle down together and read from their new books or play a game.
    I also do the advent calendar with little boxes… every day can’t be a treat, so the other days are jokes. It’s fun to see them enjoy opening the boxes each day in Dec!

  • Amy Cannon
    December 7, 2009 at 7:08 am

    We go to the same local tree farm and pick a tree, cut it and then go inside to warm up with some cookies and hot chocolate! The kids love it! I may love it more 🙂

  • rhonda nickol
    December 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

    We try to see all the Christmas cartoons on t.v. My mom would watch them with her 3 kids every year, so i try to do it with my daughter. Thank you for the giveaways and thinking of others. Rhonda

  • Donna VW
    December 7, 2009 at 8:35 am

    My younger daughter likes to go to our local nursery and look at all their decorated trees and beautiful ornaments. It is just her and me time.

  • kathleen p.
    December 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

    LOVE to follow Liz’s blog! She seems like such a fun and colorful person! I’m sure her book is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • micheller
    December 7, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Oh, I want that book soooo bad!

  • Shara
    December 7, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I am trying to come up some fun new traditions for my kids, and this year I decided to buy a fun new Christmas Book to read to them on Christmas Eve, and then each year we will be able to add a new Christmas book to our collection.

  • Victoria S.
    December 7, 2009 at 10:19 am

    OOh i would love to win that book!
    We decorate the tree the day after Thanskgivng and right before Christmas we bake sugar cookies and we love to fill boxes for needy children through Operation Christmas Child – Samaritans Purse>

  • Stéphanie Pouliot
    December 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Mybe I am not too late!
    Love the cards you have created!

  • Raimi
    December 7, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    We enjoy our HUGE family get togethers with both sides of the family. Isn’t that what the holidays are for…parties & family :-)?

  • Lindsey
    December 7, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    The holiday tradition I’m looking forward to most this year is a new one for me! My new family (my fiance’s family!) sits around the piano and sings Christmas songs on Christmas eve. I can’t wait!

  • Heather Garl
    December 7, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this amazing book! Thanks for the drawing.

  • Cheryl
    December 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    We definitely have a huge Christmas dinner and celebrate by wearing funny hats at the dinner table. My son and I have also began baking cookies together…so much fun! I’ll need to take some photos.

  • meritxell
    December 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I hope that Santa comes to Sweden with Liz’s book under his arm… 🙂
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

  • laura stewart
    December 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    we love taking lots of photos at the holidays

  • Jaime
    December 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    We go all out with homemade gingerbread houses!

  • Anne Thompson
    December 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Our family tradition is to sleep downstairs by the tree on Christmas Eve til Christmas morning! Thanx, Anne

  • Rachael Swan
    December 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    My family always opens up one gift on Christmas Eve and then the rest spread out throughout the entire Christmas day! Its fun, and you really get to appreciate each gift you open.

  • Taraleigh Gray
    December 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    We go sledding at my husband’s family’s home every December. I love that sledding can make me feel like a kid again. So fun!

  • Amanda V.
    December 7, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    We like to have a “picnic” under the christmas tree once its up and decorated, its a little tradition that helps us stop and enjoy the time together 🙂

  • Amy
    December 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    We create memories! My DD and I create new ornaments each year and enjoy looking back at the past ornaments and how big she is getting. Thanks for the chance!

  • Jessica Woodford
    December 8, 2009 at 5:15 am

    We usually pick a night each week in December where we get smoothies for dinner while we drive around looking at Christmas lights. We love it!
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!!

  • Jennifer Evans
    December 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

    We love to celebrate a little everyday. We love to give and not recieve so it is a lot more fun! We create our own gifts and only give handmade. Since doing this Christmas has become what it is suppose to be… about the true gift given to us long ago.

  • DeVonne
    December 8, 2009 at 9:51 am

    We always decorate the tree and put lights up on the house together. We also always try to make a gingerbread house. Which never stays together. Maybe this will be the year. lol Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous book!

  • Angie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    We do so many fun things sometimes it is hard to fit it all in, but one of my favorites is a candlelight dinner and afterward we read the story of Jesus’ birth and sing some Christmas hymns. The kids really enjoy it. It helps us all remember the reason for the seasons! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amy H20
    December 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I always hated having my bday in Dec., people would give you gifts with the tags saying Happy Bday and Merry XMas too. As a child I would always feel cheated. When I got older, I always made sure that anyone who’s bday was in Dec. got special recognition for their bday. I always loved Christmas when I was younger, bringing home the construction paper ordnaments we made in grade school, and the creations you came up with on “snow days” when you couldn’t find anyone to play with. My first Christmas away from home was spent all alone, I was so broke I couldn’t afford a phone, so I couldn’t even receive a call from home. I swore I would never feel that bad again if I could help it. 30 years later, I found myself in the same sitution again. All alone at xmas. My fiance’ of 30 years killed himself, he was always with me at xmas, and always understood how I felt about xmas. With him gone and just recently having to put my cat down after having her for 17 yrs. Xmas was no longer fun or joyful. I haven’t been able to bring xmas back yet, no matter how hard I try. One day I’ll get back to enjoying xmas again.I just have to afford it and find someone who enjoys xmas as much as I do. I have been trying to improve my photo skill, but my printer died on me and I haven’t been able to afford a new one yet. I just need to be able to print out my photo’s so I can see where I need to adjust and improve my skills. One day xmas will feel good again and I’ll be back to decorating and cooking again. I have hope things will change for the better, I’ve had all the bad Christimes one person should endure for a lifetime.

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