Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop



Happy Holidays to everyone and thanks for stopping by.  For many this time of year is crazy as we run around looking for the perfect gifts for our family and loved ones so why not take a minute to catch your breath. 

Family and traditions are a big part of the holidays for many.  I know growing up my family always had 2 traditions that we followed every year.  The first was on Christmas Eve we always had a dinner consisting of 7 fishes.  The second was that my sister and I also got to new PJs on Christmas Eve.

In my husband's family the Christmas traditions always consisted of his grandparents spending Christmas Eve at his house so they were there in the morning to see him and his sister open presents from Santa and getting a new ornament for the tree each year.

Today my husband and I have our own children and we are passing on our own family traditions to them.  Every year our 3 daughters (ages 5 and 3, yes my youngest are twins) get a new holiday ornament, a pair of PJs on Christmas Eve and not only do my daughters' Nana and Grandfather spend the night at my house on Christmas Eve but so do their Great-Grandparents, Aunt and Uncle, and their 2 cousins (ages 6 and 4).  Yes, it gets a little crowded but it's a lot of fun and the whole family is together.  Everyone comes over around 3 o'clock, we have a buffet style dinner, open presents etc and then on Christmas morning Santa leaves presents for all the children.

Now that I have told you a little about my traditions, I would love to hear about yours.  Please leave me a comment telling me about the traditions you have for your holidays.  Please leave a email address to be entered into the giveaways.  And what are the prizes? 

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62 comments:

  1. Our tradition include the Pj on Christmas Eve. My husband, the kids(6 and 4) will either stay home or go to my husband family for Christmas!

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    1. It is funny how so many people do the PJ thing. thanks for sharing

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  2. I do PJ's for my three boys as well on Christmas day because we never leave the house. On Christmas eve we walk or drive the neighborhoid to look at the decorations and lights.

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  3. My girls and I always bake cookies for Santa every Christmas Eve.

    Amanda.moffitt24@gmail.com

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  4. We love to eat chinese food and bake cookies on christmas eve

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  5. My daughter and I always bake sugar cookies and decorate them all in one day. It usually takes hours and we get silly. sletten at paulbunyan dot net

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  6. We have several traditions as well. We go to the my husband's families house on Christmas Eve, celebrate Christmas morning with our 6 year old daughter at our home, and then go to my mom's house for dinner. A few weeks before Christmas we (both Moms, my sister, my daughter, and I) usually gather to make Christmas cookies and candy. We have lots of shopping adventures and just enjoy spending time together.

    theresa.esterline@gmail.com

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  7. We bake cookie on Christmas Eve and have a contest. We also go to our local church for a midnight service. sssdke10@gmail.com

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  8. We turn the TV off, turn on Christmas music and open some gifts on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas morning, we open the rest of the gifts and stockings. The stockings were huge. We had to downsize this year. Filling the stockings was getting expen$ive.

    Thank you for the chance to win some goodies. Merry Christmas.

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  9. We have gift giving on Christmas eve :)

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!! :)

    rachelanniramos@yahoo.com

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  10. One of my favorite traditions is Christmas Eve dinner -- and then opening some presents after. ^_^

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    - Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

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  11. First and foremost- spending time with my family! My family marks it down because it's the only meal I cook during the year. I guess you could call that a tradition.

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  12. I love decorating the house and baking Christmas goodies. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

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  14. Our family traditions vary by year. We're a family full of unorganized people, mainly me. lol. I can say though that after several years, I've pretty much got it all down to an every-other-year thing. We usually start out by decorating our home the weekend after Thanksgiving. This includes trimming the tree and all. The following weekend we sit down as an entire family and try to decide on which chairity or organization to help for the season. After our choice is made, we get to work on following up with that cause and pitch in where we're needed. It's so much fun to do and it teaches my children one of the most important lessons in life: Giving is recieving!

    Thank you for this great opportunity!

    -Wendy
    wbreerex(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. What wonderful traditions, Christina! There's a lot of love and joy in them, and in your home.

    Sandra Marton

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    1. More than anything I want the children to know how much they are loved. Thanks so much for stopping by

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  16. The year I got married, 1987, my father started a tradition of getting me a new Wendall August Forge ornament every year for our tree. He passed away three years ago & we just didn't feel right keeping the tradition going without my dad.

    cew12962000@yahoo.com

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  18. Our tradition is to celebrate with friends and family on christmas eve for eating and drinking! We also watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every year!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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  19. We eat homemade tamales friends bring on Christmas Eve, and open presents afterward.

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  20. My favorite traditions are decorating, baking, & spending time with the family :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  21. Thanks and happy holidays!
    Beccaboo97200 at att net

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  22. Christmas dinner with my family.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  23. Our extended family gets together on Christmas Eve, or sometimes before depending on work schedules and we have dinner, open presents from drawing names(adults) the kids get their gifts from aunties and uncles. then we just hang out watch Christmas movies, read, or play bingo. Then Christmas day its just the immediate family. We get up (not so early now that my son is a teen LOL). Open presents, have dinner and just relax for the rest of the day.

    Dawna N.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. We have the same jammie one you do,,it just feels special having new ones on a special night.I love the ornament one. WWhen we were little all of us kids did the manger scene with our dogs being the cattle and sheep..it was such fun.One other thing we do is the kids get their stockings as soon as they get up but no presents until everyone is awake and has their hot chocolate. Then we open presents one by one,that way it stretches the fun..plus, we all get to see what each person got and the expression on their faces.
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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  25. i'm look forward every year to spending more time with my kids. some are out of the house either married or in college. so this is the one holiday i really get to spend with the whole family. thanks for the great giveaway!
    miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  26. We drive around looking at the Christmas Lights and Decorations Thanks for the giveaway Merry Christmas

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  27. Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. When I was younger we always got pj's on Christmas Eve and I got so tired of it. Now that I'm grown I want it back!!! On Christmas Eve my husband makes a huge pot of spaghetti. I don't have to cook and we have plenty for anyone who stops by. Great tradition!!!

    kissa_starling at yahoo

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  29. Thank you to everyone that has stopped by.

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  30. Happy Holidays! Great Giveaway!

    aprilnu2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Hope you and yours have a great holidays

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

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  32. We bake cookies to give as gifts:)
    Happy Holidays!
    ajcraig77@comcast.net

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  33. Listen to the Messiah every year.

    Merry Christmas and may your new year be filled with books.

    flip at ida dot net

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  34. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

    Angelheart618@gmail.com

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  35. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    grapeapril75(AT)gmail.com

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  36. Every Christmas Eve we go out to dinner and come home to watch the movie Elf.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy Holidays!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  37. Happy Holidays!

    Lasha
    mslasha at gmail dot com

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  38. I guess I am not that creative. The only tradition I ever had with my daughter was setting out cookies and milk. We had a very small family so I guess I never inherited any. My boyfriend and I do watch National Lampoon every Thanksgiving night now.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for being a part of the hop.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway!!!


    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Our tradition always had us getting up and seeing what Santa brought (our big gift) then we headed to the airport to pick up my grandparents who always flew in on Christmas morning since grandpa was a preacher and worked Christmas Eve. Then we had to wait for the adults to have their coffee and sweet rolls before we finally opened our presents. :) I learned patience young.

    solerawinters@hotmail.com

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  42. Wonderful post and I love the idea of everyone staying at your house on Christmas Eve - sounds fun!! sharon(at)sharoncooper.net

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  43. we like to make cookie for santa on christmas eve and then open one present
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  44. Merry Christmas
    missie25524 @ netzero.com

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  45. We do santa jammies too... and the boys get a new orderment from hubby's grandma every year... so far our oldest has 9 Davids and our youngest has 3 Jonathans... We also do a yearly family one this year i got a jeep with 4 heads sticking out with our names on it. Hubby's jeep blewup pretty much and he had to get new car and it wasn't a jeep... So i figured i would get him one lol.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  46. Our tradition is to make a themed wreath for the entry hall.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  47. My family did the Christmas PJs as well--it was always the only present I was allowed to open on Christmas Eve! It's a fun tradition and one I've continued. One of my family's traditions is a holiday cookie baking and decorating party--a whole day of family and food. It's always a lot of fun, even when baking disasters occasionally occur.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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  48. Hello, thanks for the giveaway! I love everything about the Christmas holiday; it’s my favorite time of the year.
    skizzles_22_hju@yahoo.com

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  49. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. My sons put up the Christmas tree that was mine and my sisters when we were growing up so it's fairly old. then they decorate it w/ornaments that my mom gets them each year, as she did for my sister and me. We also make Lefsa for us and to give to a dear friend. this is a tradition in my husbands family.

    Thank you for the giveaway and have a very merry CHRISTmas.

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  51. I love to stuff stockings for my kids and we also drive around to look at all the pretty houses.
    Z
    Seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

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  52. Happy Holidays!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  53. I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  54. My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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  55. My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with family.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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