Saturday, November 10, 2007

YOU are so cool!











Hey guys-

Are you up for some blog candy? I woke up this morning and found I made it to 30,000 overnight! How cool is that! No-You guys are cool! Thank for stopping by and checking my little blog! Keeps me going, you know?

Here's the deal:

Post a comment here and I'll randomly pick a winner on TUESDAY the 13th. The winner will receive an olive colored 6x6 scrapbook, ribbons and an alphabet stamp set!!

BUT, I'm not going to let you get off easy here: tell me what your favorite holiday traditions were/are. This time of year makes me feel like a kid again and I'm pretty excited to see what you tell me!

GOOD LUCK!!

56 comments:

Lorie said...

How fun! I love your blog banner! Our holiday traditions are many but one night each winter before Christmas we have our youngest son go to bed only to wake him up about 15 minutes later (no, he isn't actually asleep but we don't actually want to wake him up either but leave before he falls asleep) we wake him up and we drive around our town looking at the lights on all the houses. We have a Christmas morning tradition, Christmas Eve traditional...all sorts of stuff but I won't take up all the room!

Denise... said...

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to gather around the table and make a graham cracker village (like gingerbread houses). Sometimes we actually do gingerbread, but graham crackers are sure a lot easier. Then they stay out until after the holidays.

MissaTooU said...

How Fun! I love this time of year. I love driving around town looking at christmas lights on all the decorated houses. I would have to say that our favorite Christmas tradition is playing christmas music throughout the house and pullin gout all the cook books and making christmas cookies and candies. We make ginger bread men, sugar cookies, ritz and peanut butter cookies, Anise candy, mounds bars, buckeyes, the kitchen is full of wonderful smells and flour usually everywhere.

We usually decorate our Christmas tree the day after thanksgiving. So it is up for awhile, for as long as I can remember, Santa Clause has always visited our house on Christmas eve and he leave candy canes on our Christmas tree. It was always so neat so all the candy canes neatly displayed on out tree on Christmas morning. To this day he still does for my children.

Have a wonderful Christmas!
Melissa

Kira Rae said...

I love your blog and check it daily. My favorite tradition is breakfast together on Christmas morning. We used to gather at my Grandpa's, he would make all of us breakfast. He passed away a few years ago but we still continue with his tradition.

Krystie Lee said...

What a great giveaway! My favorite tradition is decorating Christmas cookies with my family. I just love using all of the pretty frostings and sprinkles. Not to mention that they're delicious!

di said...

Every year at Christmas - we were always allowed to open just one gift on Christmas Eve. We carried that on with our children - and even now they are in their late 20's and they still want to open one gift on Christmas Eve.

Elaine said...

Of course opening that one gift on Christmas eve, but even better was cookie making & decorating! I look forward to that every year. We started a long long time ago with my aunts & grandma - still sooooo much fun, but we don't have my grandma with us - we have her special butter cookie recipe though!! :)

Jan Scholl said...

I am just glad when the whole thing is over. Good grief, the holiday season starts on Labor Day anymore.

Stephanie said...

ooh, good idea. my favorite holiday memory is celebrating christmas with my family on christmas eve. i used to always leave "santa" cookies and milk because he would come at night after we went to bed. so, when we woke up...we'd open our gifts from "santa".

Cathy said...

Great banner to get everyone in the Christms Spirit. Wow you ROCK! More sweet candy. I'm in on this. Things I love at Christmas is shopping for the kids and watching them wake up and go crazy. To me that makes it worth everything. Before dinner we always go around the table and everyone has to say something they are thankful for that year.
Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Stampin Mandy said...

Thanks for doing this!! My favorite holiday tradition is from my childhood. My brother and sister and I would sleep in the same bed on Christmas Eve night. The anticipation of Santa was so great, and we needed each other to fight the desire to go peek at the goodies. We couldn't go in the living room until every one was up. It was so hard!! Lol!

I am the oldest of three and there is 5 years seperating me from my brother and sister (they are only 15 months apart). So, this tradition is the only one that really made me feel like a kid at the same time that they were kids.

Merry Christmas!!

Karen Gilmore said...

You wanted our favourite traditions...well, we have a few. First off, we don't do Christmas dinner Christmas day, we'll do it Christmas Eve... with the gift opening usually on Christmas day.. makes life easier on me. Also, we have our favourite goodies to make, Dream bars, Nanaimo bars, and my daughter's brownies. We also talk about what the real meaning of Christmas is (celebrating Christ's birth) and pray.

scfranson said...

You have a wonderful blog,congratulations! One of my favorite traditions is baking Christmas cookies while playing the Charlie Brown Christmas CD.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

rdawnb@cebridge.net said...

My favorite tradition started with my mother-in-law. She plays "Buster the Elf" and for 10 days before Christmas Buster leaves my kids little treats on the front porch. Buster rings the doorbell and runs. The kids are always so excited and a few times Buster has almost been caught!

Linda said...

Congratulations on all of the hits.
I love to decorate my house -- we have all of my side of the family over Christmas night and this year we have another new little baby to celebrate with, first baby in 8 years. Christmas Eve is another favorite time, with many past great memories, with my husband's family.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

Crystal (SCS happy2stamp4ever) said...

We only have a few, b/c we've only been married 7 years...but one of them is that we always go pick out a tree & cut it down. As we've added kids (now we have an almost 4 year old, and 15 mo. old), we've made it a family venture, being sure to take lots of pics! =)

A Full House said...

We really haven't started any family traditions but I read in our paper today about what Christmas should mean and I really liked it. We should get our children one or two things (needs not wants) and the rest donate to help others less fortunate. It is all about giving and why it so much give me, give me, give me. Take the me out and give, give, give. I love it. It will make my children more aware of the true meaning.

dasimonds said...

"Congratulations" on your 30,000 + Hits...WOW
Family is VERY important to us...
Getting together..making Fudge..baking Cookies...breads..
Holiday cakes..All Makes for a Wonderful Holiday Tradition..spending this time together with stories and laughter.
Thanks for the chance to WIN.

Lisa Burns said...

Congrats on such a successful Blog! Funny thing about traditions ... I grew up with a few and then you met someone (and marry them) and find yourselves needing to agree on which ones to continue and of course creating your own NEW traditions. One simple tradition we've carried on is reading T'was The Night Before Xmas as a family. My Mom has kept the magazine from when we were little all these years and we use that copy to read from!

Shutterbug said...

Love the snow and every years I try to make at least 1 snowman during the winter. It's a little tough since we don't get all that much snow and the Chinook winds take alot of it away before you can enjoy it, but I try.

Meredith said...

Congratulations! One of our families favorite traditions is on Christmas Eve I would hide one present for each of the kids and they had to find it before going to bed. Why? you may ask, because it was a new pj's for them to wear to bed. They were always so excited to do this, plus it meant that they had on new Christmas pj's for all my Christmas Morning pics.

Betty said...

Congrats!! I love the family gathering for a feast!! Just a grand time with the family!!

Debbie said...

We still exchange names...its funny to exchange at Christmas names for the next year and then try to remember whom you have or where you stashed that little piece of paper with the name on it!

Debbie

Linda SS said...

My most fun Christmas memories were those as a child. I grew up in an Italian Catholic family and we'd have huge get togethers with all of my relatives and cousins. My grandpa & grandma's home was made of large rocks and looked like a castle, so with all of the lights at Christmas time it was completely enchanting. Once all the older relatives passed on, our family all went in different directions and we celebrate individually now with just our immediate families. All I have left of those fabulous big Christmas's is my memories and 8mm movies:)

MJ said...

Someone else asked this the other day and I wrote the same thing. My favorite thing to do this time of year is go Christmas Caroling. I rent a bus and a bunch of us from our church get together and visit our shut ins and a couple of nursing homes to sing carols and share the true joy of Christmas. It is amazing. The elderly get so excited. Some sing, some cry and some even dance. It is a great feeling to see them so excited when they see us. It looks really cool for a bus to pull up in front of someones house and unload thirty or more people to sing Christmas carols to them! Great fellowship. Thanks for asking, I love reading others traditions. Have a great day.

Terry Molineux said...

I love your blog thanks for sharing with us! My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve we have family and friends over for dinner and after dinner we pop popcorn and string it with cranberries while listening to xmas music. When we are done we exchange our presents.

Nikki said...

Whooo hooo Awesome blog candy! And you doing the drawing on my Birthday! How cool is that! Well my fav tradition for Thanksgiving has always been going to my Grandmothers house for dinner where there would be atleast 30 people gathered but unfortunatly I havn't been able to attend in years beacause of us living out of state. But I still do the other tradition which is putting up our tree after Thanksgiving dinner! Thanks for the chance and I'll cross my fingers for some "birthday" blog candy! LOL
{SMILES}

Scrapbook Mama said...

First off this is my first time visiting your blog and I am happy I stopped by! Congrats on your bundle.. I miss my ticker! I miss my belly! lol I have a 10 month old DD and my 2 boys (well 3 boys if you count hubby!lol).. Any hoot you asked what is my fav. holiday well to me it is a holiday its my babies B-days! I always start a countdown a month before it is and everyday we countdown and get treats everyday (GOT TO LOVE the dollar store! lol) UNTIL the big day I usually will make them a crown for the king to wear (I have my lil princess crown ready for her 1st B-day already!lol) I love to celebrate my babies as I celebrate the best thing that has ever happened to me which is being a mom if that's not a reason to make it a holiday I don't know what is! ;)

-Ellie

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Congratulations! My favorite tradition when I was a child was going out in the woods at Grandma's & finding a tree and then decorating it. Of course, there were always many hand-made ornaments and the silver tinsel, which was reused year after year.

Kathy Brown said...

This is a past tradition. On Christmas morning before everyone else arose myself, my older brother next to me in age and my younger sister (there are 5 of us kids in all) would get up and lay beside the coal heater (age telling here)in the hallway just out of sight of all the Christmas surprises. We would lay there and try and guess what we each got. The warmeth of the heat from the heater and the love we shared and all the giddery exciment of the season, wow, just typing about it puts that warm glow all through my boby. Thanks for the smile. I'm sure out there somewhere there are moments like that still going on. Love your blog!!

jodene said...

Love your blog, I am a subscriber. Keep up the great work. My favorite tradition is hanging up Christmas lights. I love the brightness of Christmas!

Debra E said...

I don't really have any Christmas traditions. Holidays are very stressful for me and tend to exacerbate my depression. I take it day by day - or by the hour or minute - and breather a sigh of relief about Jan 3. Hope that doesn't disqualify me!

Stamping with Me! said...

I love your blog!! And all the great ideas too! Well our family tradition every year is to have a nice family dinner & open our gift on christmas eve. This is a tradition from my family.....
now my husbands family tradition is to wake up about 4am christmas morning and open there gifts. That's just too early for me. So we celebrate christmas eve!!

Nettystamps said...

My favorite holiday tradition was going to Midnight Mass with my family and then stopping by my grandmother's for homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee or milk. It was like a mini family reunion... that was until two years ago when my grandma passed away...I do miss her, but I am lucky to have some of my favorite memories center around her. And I smile now when I remember her instead of cry...that's a GOOD thing. Anyway now I am looking forward to starting a new tradition, still in the brainstorming phase, with our brand new granddaughter! (*lots of smiles*) Being a grandparent just ROCKS! :)
Thanks for making me smile....oh, and for the chance to win something while doing it...LOL

SueB said...

Hi Sara, and congrats on reaching 30k visits!

My sister and I generally split hostessing duties on Thanksgiving or Christmas, with my local brother hosting Easter family dinners. Hardly a Thanksgiving goes by without us gathering to watch "Miracle on 34th Street" - and I'm hooked! I have 3 different versions on DVD!
later, alligator!
- Sue B of sueblondin.blogspot.com

foodpartyfun said...

Christmas is that magical time of the year that brings out the child in me. One that we continue to do even though all the children are grown now, is that "Santa" still brings everyone a present and a stocking full of fun things. We enjoy that part before opening any gifts from each other on Christmas morning. Thanks for sharing!

Pat

Lila H said...

Our favorite family tradition is to go to grandmother's house on Christmas eve. First we have dinner and then we tell the Christmas story reading from scriptures - the best part is all the grandkids dress in costume - as the kids have gotten older Mary gets passed to the next girl in line, same with Joseph to the next boy in line. For several years we had the same Mary and Joseph - and the new babies were dressed as lambs. Now we have no lambs but new Mary and Joseph. We sing carols while we tell the story. This is the fun part for the adults - the kids do it because they know what comes next. Games and such to win prizes that grandma has color coded wrapping for.... then the grand finale is a pinata filled with candy - the kids even as they have grown into adults always, always want to go to grandma's house for Christmas eve...

catt871 said...

LOVE your blog! Congrats on 30,000 hits!! My favourite Christmas memory is when we were kids, we were always allowed to open ONE gift on Christmas eve, always after Midnight Mass. It was ALWAYS a new pair of pajamas from my Granny! After she passed away, my parents continued the tradition until we moved out!! I could sure use some new jammies now!!! LOL
Chris

Roberta said...

Our holiday tradition was the Santa stocking. The kids always looked forward to their stocking, but they couldn't touch, empty to look at or open them (everything was wrapped in the scraps of wrapping paper) until Christmas Day night. It seemed to make Christmas last longer, after they opened their presents and dinner was servered we went visiting, the kids would always want to hurry home so they could open their stockings. They're now 34, 30, 25 & 23 and they still can't wait for their stockings.
Roberta

Donna said...

When my sister and I were young, we wanted to establish a tradition for our own four-member family, so we started having a fondue dinner every Christmas Eve. We're scattered now, so it didn't continue, but I remember it fondly.

Have to say I loved your sketch challenge posts - WOW!

Thanks for all you do,
d

CAKVD said...

Fun candy! I love to take family photos in front of the Christmas tree. I love the bloopers - the cat and daughter in various stages of jumping off of our laps!! Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Shelby Dunning said...

I love your blog candy and congratulations on your 30,000 visitor count. My favorite Christmas tradition was making homemade hard candy in all flavors with my daughter. Now my daughter asked me to send her the recipe and she and my granddaughter will continue that tradition. Its a lot of work but well worth the effort. Its also a lot of fun. Each batch made 2 cups of flavored candy and my favoirte was the licorice.

Mary said...

Congratulations on your 30,000 hits - you have a great blog.I live in the UK and one of the Christmas traditions started when my youngest grandchild was born. Her parents have been married twice and the two other sisters always go to their other parent on Boxing day so Natasha comes to me. She has even got a second lot of presents (supplied by her Mum) just like the others and it gives her parents time to themselves as well.
Keep up the good work and look after that baby in you.
Mary Arnold (UK)

Maureen Rauchfuss said...

You blog is great - I love checking it out. Thanks for the great give away - hope I win :)

Kristine said...

Every year, we make a gingerbread house with the kids.

Abi said...

Congratulations on reaching 30,000 - so cool!! My favourite time at Christmas is decorating the tree with Carols and Chrismassy songs on in the background. Hanging all our favourite ornaments without having Bing on in the background is unthinkable.. LOL! Each year I buy one 'expensive' ornament for the tree and it gets pride of place at the front of the tree!

Alison Molumby said...

My favorite tradition since having a family of my own is the placing of the angel on the tree. It's a cardboard creation one of my nieces made when she was about 5 (she's now 14) that my kids will not see replaced. One of them gets up on my husband's shoulders to put it on the tree -- then we have to reenact it a few times to get just the right photo!

leaflizard said...

WOW
Your blog is such a success, but I am not suprised...
Every year I make homemade caramels, wrap in candy foil and give to friends and relatives...
Singing in the Church Choirs gives me the greatest joy for the season.
Thanks for the GREAT blog and the chance at some candy...

Lori Barnett said...

OMG!!! 30,000!!!! waahhhooooo for YOU!!!!!!!!

Ok...traditions...first off I always hope it is under 90 deg. outside before Christmas day! That's just a yearly Christmas wish :) Well, we get together with family on Christmas eve and do the normal eating, gift exchanging,etc. Then -- Santa comes and all the kids gather around and get to sit on his lap and all that fun stuff :) It's so fun to see the kids smile and have fun. And of course we get funny pics of the adults taking their turn sitting on Santa's lap!

Dale Anne said...

CONGRATS on all the hits!!!
Our family tradition is to sit on Christmas Eve, listen to music and do a jigsaw puzzle.

Kat said...

Okay, I'll play, but of course I don't want to win. I just had to comment and say that you and I shop at the same "place", I have those same items-Don't you love that store!!! :)
Traditions-we eat the same things on Christmas eve-each of us has a speciality and it's the only time of year that we have them. Makes it kind of fun, that once a year you get those things.
Kat
Love the banner? Wanna help a friend design one? :)

DebbieG said...

Having my Daughters bring my 4 Grandkids over to bake Christmas cookies. The kids have so much fun decorating their cookies and taking them home. We have a blast

Diane said...

So much fun reading all these 'traditions'. Our kids always got new PJ's to wear on Christmas Eve and now I've carried that on to my granddaughter. I get to buy her new PJ's to wear on Christmas Eve -- always Christmas themed of course. I love picking them out, wrapping them and giving them their pre-Christmas present a few days before so they can be all washed and fresh for Christmas photos. That and cutting our own Christmas tree and baking pumpkin pie are some of our Christmas traditions.

Diane

Heidi said...

Favorite traditions: to set aside a night to make a gingerbread house (usually get it up/frosted first) and then we spend time with candy and architectural atributes. It is fun and the kids love it.

Lilian said...

my favorite holiday tradition is going to christmas eve worship... it's such a great time to reflect and celebrate the birth of Jesus! :)

kirstensmom said...

Good for you....30,000 hits already!! I love your blog and check it all the time. One of our family traditions is the were were always allowed to open 1 gift on Christmas Eve. now that I have 2 children of my own, we do the same thing. Sometime it's hard for them to grasp the one only concept, but it's great!!

Kelly S