Sunday, November 25, 2012

$100+ Holiday Giveaway package!! {48 hour giveaway}

Black Friday? Cyber Monday? They're great and all, but they don't imply that anything is free... :D 

How about Holiday Giveaway? And over $100 of free stuff? 

That's much better!! heeehee!

I'm so excited to share a fun *Christmas* giveaway with you!!  I can't believe it's finally that time of year! :) Are you as excited as I am? To get you in the giving spirit, I'm going to start with some awesome gifts for you from a couple of my friends and myself! :D yay!

One big winner will win all of these exciting gifts:

1. your choice of one 8x10 and one 5x7 print from Red Letter 
Ink shipped to your home for free:

I love this one:
and this one too:



Oh, it would be hard to choose!! It's so fun! You can keep one and give one as a gift! :D 



Aimee is the designer behind Red Letter Ink, and I love what inspired her to create the beautiful art she does. Here's a little bit of her heart I stole from her blog: :) 
God has given us so many wonderful gifts in His word, gifts that encourage, inspire, and challenge us. My desire is to create artwork using God's word as inspiration so others can find hope and strength through the truths found in scripture. We are blessed to have the freedom to dig in to God's word daily, so why not take advantage of this and hang His word on our walls as daily reminders of His goodness? We are blessed. Truly blessed. 
I love that! :D

If you would love a Red Letter Ink print, you can get one here now! {bh} readers receive a 15% DISCOUNT when you use the code BIBLICALHOME15 at checkout through Dec. 25!

And as the second part of our giveaway package, the winner will receive:

2. one 2013 Weekly Household Planner + Supplement Kit from the Confident Mom:



One of my favorite things about this planner is that you can choose the version with a Bible plan for each day. How awesome is that? She sent me a copy to try and I can't wait to use mine!

I love what Susan, the creator of the planner says about why she made this planner and how it works for her:
I saw the need in my own household for a daily or weekly household task organizer. I’ve tried some out, but they just didn’t cover everything I wanted or were not compatible with my needs and household. So based upon my own needs and the needs of the many moms I’ve coached over the years, I have developed my own weekly household planner that I believe rivals any household planner on the market.
The 2013 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner will keep busy moms from all walks of life motivated and on track with all their to-do items day after day, week after week, all year long. This weekly planner breaks down household tasks into manageable daily and weekly bite size pieces, utilizing smaller increments of time to keep the tasks from becoming too large and overwhelming. Most of the items can be easily completed in 3 to 30 minutes, and you can select appropriate items to delegate to family members (after all, even with the household planner, you still can’t be “super mom”). 
This supplement includes several valuable organization tools to keep you ahead of the game—you’ll be able to find important information quickly, keep track of everyone’s schedules, plan meals, be prepared for special occasions, and more!
download a preview copy here 
if you want to buy one, Susan generously offered you guys a DISCOUNT code good through December 3! Just use BIB14 to get $2 off the $14 planner.


3. One $15 Starbucks gift card
Because who doesn't love a warm cup of something yummy? :)

And while you're there, you can read one of your three new books you carried in your tote bag! ;)

4. one swag tote bag filled with three books and a fun t-shirt:








All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with the answer to this question:

What is your favorite Christmas giving tradition?? Or what's one tradition you would like to start this year? 

We open gifts one at a time in a circle, starting from youngest to oldest. When everyone has opened one, we go around again, until all the gifts have been opened. We started that because we wanted to make sure that the children were thankful for each and every gift they received. :)


This giveaway is open to all U.S and Canadian residents, and entries will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. A winner will be randomly chosen on November 28, 2012 and will be contacted by email {so please leave a way for me to contact you when you comment. :D} and announced here on the blog. :)


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Kerry said...

One tradition that would be neat to start this year is making ornaments with my nephews and niece. Pinterest has some good ideas... :)

Heidi said...

I like to make as many gifts as possible! And this year I hope to make them all!

faith.artman said...

We give iur gifts to each other the day after Christmas, after the craziness dies down!

Anonymous said...

I would like to start a tradition of placing Jesus Christ first on our gift list; after all, it IS HIS birthday we're celebrating... ;)

pattylynne said...

My favorite memory is when my husband and I set up our 2 year old sons nativity scene. It was so awesome to see him start to grasp who Jesus is!!

brandy spillers said...

This year, I would like to begin the tradition of considering how to serve others that are in need, even if it is just to brighten their day. I would like to do something like the Light Em Up project so my two young daughters might be a blessing to others. I would love for my daughters (2.5 & 5) to see that intentionally considering others more important than ourselves can be a fun and joyful experience.

Beth Ann said...

My favorite Christmas giving tradition is stockings. We still have Christmas with my parents. My mom fills my dad's, sister's, mine, my hubs', and our babe's. I fill my mom's. There is just something so fun about all of the little treasures in a stocking and my mom is the best stocking filler! I am 27 and hope she never stops filling mine! ;)

Katrina Lewis said...

One tradition that I love is making ornaments and gifts with my children.

Dawn Dietz said...

We have so many traditions, but one of our favorites is getting our Christmas jammies on, grab a blanket, hot cocoa and some cookies and drive around town looking for the year's best Christmas light displays.

Mare said...

Making homemade gifts and focusing on Jesus

TEllison said...

I want to start baking gifts with the kids. It's from the heart and it's Good family time.

scoley said...

We spend Christmas Eve night with my parents and wake up in the morning with them!! Kind of like we never left home! They love watching their grandkids open gifts and we love watching them!!!

Genevieve Williams said...

My favorite is stockings, I love seeing them empty all of December, and then filling them up with tiny treasures.

Genevieve Williams said...

Favorite is seeing empty stockings all of December and then filling them up with all the tiny treasures I've stashed away. Absolute favorite!

mamabuschman said...

Giving each one of our daughters a present of a special day with each parent. An example would be a justice gift card and a shopping day with mommy and maybe movie passes for a daddy daughter date. It gives them not only a great gift but special one on one time with each of us!

carriesingleton said...

My favorite is making my grandmother's Christmas candy, and handing it out as gifts.

carriesingleton said...

My favorite is making my grandmother's Christmas candy and handing it out as gifts.

Catherine said...

We have that same tradition of one at a time with gifts. We also do a big Christmas eve breakfast and do family gifts that night. Stockings on Christmas morn. Makes for 2 days of fun!

lorea said...

My favorite tradition is adopting a family every year. I love having the kids help and learn that its better to give than receive.

Brandy said...

I love the time we carve out as a family. One of my favorites we started a about 5 years ago is bell ringing for the salvation army. The little ones really enjoy it and are gradually understanding the meaning.

jennifer ahier ruiz said...

its me again lol... email is jenn_ahier@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

One tradition that I really want to start this year is that we plan to give some gifts to those who are truly in need. I think it would be a blessing to reach out and bless others, and not just think about ourselves. Colleen cdlouw24@yahoo.com

Ashley W. said...

I'd like to have our kids give away a toy to another child or the Salvation Army. And I'd like to do more homemade gifts :)

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy baking and giving out goodies to practically everyone I know. I know it's a small thing, but it's my way of showing them that I'm thankful they're in my life. For my kids to learn about giving we always adopt an angel from the angel tree and buy presents for them. My kids have such fun picking out the gifts and wrapping them up. Crystal, flamingochick00@aol.com

Aimee Niblack said...

We have been filling an operation Christmas Child shoe box for each child each year. My 7 & 5 yr olds can help pick what goes in them and help pack them, but my other 2 are still too young. I also love making cookie plates for neighbors and friends.

3abejas said...

Last year I made an advent tree covered with envelopes. Each day we picked an envelope and did the activity that was inside. Some were silly, like a Christmas song freeze game, or decorate the tree (aka wrap your sister in green streamers!). Others involved doing things for others like writing cards, delivering cookies, and donating toys. We also included family things like driving around looking at Christmas lights, having movie night, or making ornaments. It was a wonderful way to focus on family and putting Christ in the center of Christmas and I can hardly wait till Saturday to start it again!!

Christine said...

One Christmas eve tradition we have is going to our church's candlelight service then going back home yo open gifts with my family and have tamales for dinner. We then drive to my husband's parents house and spend the night and wake up really early and open presents and eat a breakfast casserole.

Christine said...

one year my family gave money to our missionary friends (who live in Africa). $20 buys a goat and enough grain(?) to feed for a year! That's something I'd like to start doing again.

Jeremiah Aleah Downey said...

This year we are going to take our kids to a soup kitchen. It dawned on me last year that even though my children "know" the story and meaning behind Christmas they don't KNOW the meaning. I want them to see that Christ calls us to be the hands and feet of His body. I'm excited to see what happens, my boys are very perceptive to life lessons like this.

Jen Maass said...

We are getting 2 names off the giving tree at church and taking our girls with to do the shopping.

Lindsey O'Dell said...

I have picked out a child from the Salvation Army and got him/her a present. This year I would like to be a "Christmas Angel" that helps a person in need. I love helping and giving when I can.

meg said...

One tradition we are starting is writing 25 names for God on 25 different ornaments, putting them In a jar and everyday picking one and talking about why He is called that and reading the vrs that it came from.
Megz1416@yahoo.com

Diane Kiblinger said...

Mine is giving one of our gifts as a gift to someone else. We each choose a local person, family, or charity to donate money to in honor of another family member. It's a great way to bless someone else and keep us focused on the true meaning of Christmas. This year my pick is Bringing Home the Browns. You can read their story on their facebook page.

Valari A. said...

My mom started a tradition of walking around town and handing out the little candy canes to people we saw. And of course wishing them a Merry Christmas. We would leave them in the slots in pay phones too. I have started that same tradition with my kids.

Leonard Abbott said...

From Monique <>< My favorite thing is baking goodies for friends an family.....making their favorite treats.

Swell n' Swanky said...

We go through the book the ADVENTure of Christmas as I TRY to instill the reason for this wonderful season in my sweet boys!

Leonard Abbott said...

I put my heart into making Christmas treats for friends & family and have for years.....that would be my favorite thing.

Jennifer said...

This year we're planning on having a birthday party for Jesus! I have a 2 year old and a 9 month old and I know that they'll love it :)

Rachael Story said...

This year my kids and I are going to make a lot if special treats and then take them up to the Children's Hospital.I hope to be able to pass them out with my kids. This is our first year doing something like this. I talked with my kids a few weeks ago and tossed some ideas around and this is what they want to do. My daughter ask almost everyday when we are going to see the children at the "hosbital " They all have big, loving hearts and I hope this time together will just make them grow even more. This will defendantly become a yearly tradition!

Rachael Story said...

This year me and my children are going to volunteer at the Children's hospital. My kids want to make a special treat and pass it out. I think this will be a wonderful family tradition!

Lisa Renee said...

What amazing gifts! Each one alone is awesome! Please enter my name in!
We are starting something new this year to celebrate Jesus' life by things that remind us of Him. No tangible gifts but instead giving of ourselves. Service. My son takes piano lessons, can play well. We are visiting a nursing home this weekend and playing Christmas carols for them. I have a list of actions that are service oriented and sacrificial of ourselves.

Miranda said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway!
Our children are finally getting old enough to understand what's going on at Christmas time, so this year will be a year to start new traditions with them. I'm so excited. So far, our oldest's favorite thing has been the nativity. Warms my heart :) Thanks again!

Linda said...

My neighbor started a Santa program for the poor disabled and elderly several years ago . I give toys every year. it has become a non- profit and now gives to 600 people. Love watching God grow something out of people helping people.

Deb said...

We are a family of 7. My husband has been out of work for over two years now due to a back injury but God provides for us to provide for others annually. My husband is Greek and I an American mix so every year we make Greek and American dessert treats for leaders of our church, friends and family. The kids help with this and pass them out. Each year our family bonds more during the Christmas season than any other time because of all the hands on work we do in the kitchen. Two of our children are special needs and help as well....my 13 year old son has autism and one Christmas season when i asked if he wanted to walk down to the alter of our church to pray he said, "No, I have been redeemed." Our new Christmas tradition this year is to honor the elders in our community, we pulled two ornaments with information on two elderly people here and plan to bless them with the best of what they want. We can't afford a lot and each of us will be giving up at least one gift to help these people. But it breaks my heart to see a Christmas list written by someone in a nursing home that asks for a hat and powder. Every year many of us have adopted a needy child (us included), but how many of us have thought of our elderly former neighbors, parents or co-workers in nursing homes or hospice. Or do we think of the elderly widow that used to be in church every Sunday and now sits bedridden and lonely waiting for her home health person to come take care of her. The Bible says, 'Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.' - Leviticus 19:32 So we will. God bless all of you and I hope you have a rich and amazing Christmas.

Bethany Klebes said...

My husband and I work in our church youth group. This year we challenge the teens for a food drive for Thanksgiving. We had expected to be able to give one family a Thanksgiving day basket. After a few weeks our teens had donated 4 turkeys, a ton of food, and close to $100! We were able to bless FOUR local families (one from our church body, three to unchurched families of teens who either come to the youth group or our after school program)!!!


My kids who are almost four and 17 months old were able to help! They observed the teens being selfless and compassionate. I am so excited that my little ones were able to be apart of the giving! (They helped put the baskets together and deliver them.) We hope to do something similar during Christmas, and continue for years to come.

Pam Hoffman said...

We wanted the Children to always look at Christmas not as a time of receiving but a time of giving just like our Lord Jesus Christ did for us. So, The whole week before Christmas we give out gifts (usually baked goods :)) to our neighbors, friends and strangers in hopes of blessing them. Then on Christmas day we go to the Grandparents and take a bunch of gifts for each of the Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. This tradition really has helped us to really focus more on Christ and the gifts he's already given us.

Many blessings to you all!

Shannon Hall said...

We have started the "want, need, wear, and read" as a gift giving guide to our children.

Lynn Lindahl said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is sitting around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve with all the lights out and just talking as a family. It's a blessed peace after the hustle and bustle of the season, and we should do it more often, but treasure the moment on Christmas Eve!

jackie said...

We open gifts on St. Nicholas day so we can focus on Jesus birth on Christmas Day.

ashley bailey said...

I would like to start a tradition of reading the Christmas story to my 2 year old on Christmas Eve!

Tracy Cary said...

A Christmas tradition we are starting this year, that I am really excited about, is The Truth in the Tinsel advent. So excited to so this my little 3 year old.

Lindsay Piantanida Long said...

The tradition I want to start this year is making a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas day. We are going to make the cake on Christmas Eve and spend time singing Christmas carols and reading the Christmas story. Im really praying through how to make Christmas more about giving and less about getting. I want my children to learn that enjoyment can be had without having to be a consumer :)

Dominique Lynn Burleson said...

We do the birthday cake tradition too!!

Dominique Lynn Burleson said...

One tradition I am hoping to start, is instead of an advent calendar, the kids pull out ornaments with the names of Jesus written on them. I think it would be such an exciting way to teach our babies the true meaning of the holiday!

Meleice VonMinden said...

We love the tradition of reading the TRUE Christmas story every Christmas day from the Bible. It's a great reminder of why we celebrate (BEFORE gifts) of the greatest gift ever given!

Holly said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is reading a different Christmas story to my son every night. He loves/enjoys reading just as much as I do, and it makes for some great relaxing, snuggle time.

Michelle said...

I love giving to others who can't for whatever reason provide Christmas for their children.

Cristy Haynes said...

After being married to my husband for 8 years and struggling with infertility, when I learned I was expecting in June of 2010, I was so thankful for the blessing that GOD had sent our way. Despite the infertility treatments that failed and all the physicians that said it would not happen, GOD gave us our miracle. That Christmas Eve in 2010, I told my husband that I wanted him to read the Christmas story to the baby even tho she was not born yet. He got the bible and read the Christmas story. Last Christmas Eve, he did the same thing and I look forward to it again this year. This is a tradition that we will continue each year. Madison learning the true meaning of Christmas is the best gift we could give her at Christmas and the best tradition we could have.

rebecca a said...

Always gave the boys pjs on Christmas Eve. They also received a book every year.

Dawn b. said...

We will be doing a Jesse Tree devotional for the first time.

Carly said...

This year we need to make some new traditions, and we are still thinking about what we want to do! We lost my last living grandparent this spring, so we no longer need to travel for the holiday. I am thinking about having Christmas morning at our house with my parents and serving brunch. We will see! Great giveaway!

Carly said...

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Amanda Gay said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is spending time in the kitchen making candy with my mom and sister!

Shakara said...

We have a young family and started reading a bible story about the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve last year. Looking forward to starting traditions of making homemade gifts and serving the less fortunate in some capacity every year as our daughter gets older.

April Rees said...

My favorite tradition is opening one gift of Christmas Eve, sometimes things get "out of hand" and we open more than one lol. I also love new pajamas and movies on Christmas Eve.

April Rees
paco2551@hotmail.com

Violet said...

I like the tradition of giving my girls something they need, something they want, something to eat and something to read. This year, my husband and I are going to open college savings plans for the girls, which I hope to contribute to every Christmas and on their birthdays.

Monica Reyna said...

This year my daughters and I put together Operation Christmas Child gift boxes. We will definitely make that a yearly tradition. We also LOVE and look forward to Advent! This is something I did not grow up with, but we will be doing some fun activities for the second year in a row.

Jamie Garcia said...

After reading the Christmas Jar a few years ago, my children and I collect change throughout the year and put it in a mason jar. We then go out one night near Christmas and find someone we either know of that is need or someone we see in need while on our way there and hand them the jar. We have just left it outside someone's doorstep and it is anonymous. To make it even easier on the receiver we have rolled all the change and exchanged it for cash and put it inside the jar. The kiddos insist on including a picture of the jar filled with the coins beforehand. They talk about it all year just like in the book and they love not knowing who gets it or that they don't know them...almost as much fun as all the other Christmas activities.

Melissa said...

This is our son's first Christmas. He is going to be 9 months old and we are so excited about starting many traditions with him. My main emphasis will be that it is Jesus' birthday and we will have a cake in his honor :) I really want the reason for the season to be made known and before gifts give God the glory and praise. Then we will dig into those awesome presents - one at a time, giving each child a turn. Parents go last :)

Liz said...

My mother started my favorite tradition, her own little spin on an advent calendar. She ties 24 little gifts to strings and fills our stockings with them, then each day of December leading up until Christmas, we get to pull one string and get one little gift. We've embellished it as our faith has grown, and now instead of all little gifts, somedays we get a scripture card or some trinket that will remind us of what this season is really all about. I hope to pass this tradition on in my family as my daughter learns more and more about Christ and the ultimate gift He gave to us

Megan Clark said...

This is the first year that my son (newly 3 year old) is able to understand more about what Christmas truly is... He knows it's Jesus' birthday, so to celebrate we get one gift and give one to another. We will be donating a toy that he chooses to Toys for Tots. :)

Megan

mgncsy24@gmail.com

Deanna Rene said...

My husband and I are starting a Jesse tree tradition with our kids this year. We're looking forward to excuse to spend for time alone with heavily during this crazy time of year!

Denise said...

My absolute favorite Christmas giving tradition is packing shoeboxes for Samaritans Purse. We gather things throughout the year and then I take my boys to the store right before we pack them and we get the leftover items we need to fill the boxes. Usually we have so much stuff, we end up making a box or two extra. It is a great time for us to talk about people in other parts of the world that live in different conditions and have less than we do. We even packed them the Christmas that my husband was out of work, and it was a true testimony to God's provision. We have also been able to go to the packing place where they gather the boxes and send them out.

Denise
dml4jc@yahoo.coom

Katherine Forrest said...

Hey Mandy!! This isn't a tradition I do with my family per say. It is a tradition we do at work with my "work family!". Each year the ladies I work with and I collect money so that we can shower one family in our school with gifts and Christmas dinner. We all submit names of a family we feel are deserving and/or need the extra help that year. Then we choose the one family we feel needs the extra help the most. Some years it is very hard to choose. Each family member gets gifts including mom and dad. We also make sure that get a great meal that will last a couple of days. It is such a great way for us to give to our students and their families, and to show the community that we care! Merry Christmas old friend! Miss seeing you!

K. Seholm said...

In my family we make noodles to go with any holiday meal (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc). This year, as my son is getting older, I want us to start reading about Jesus' birth. He know it's his "birthday" but I want us to start a tradition of reading it together.

k. Seholm said...

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Heidi said...

We go to church on Christmas Eve, all dressed up, come home to music and festive food; then allow the kids to open "just one gift", and it's pajamas to wear to bed! It's so sweet, and my "babies who are now technically adults" wouldn't have it any other way!!

Emmy said...

We like to think of homemade gifts to give to people each year whether it be a craft or a bake good. We like to read the stories up to Christmas through the Advent holidays.

Andrea Martin Watts said...

We get together on Christmas Eve for my birthday and eat snacks and open gifts

Hannah said...

My mom always made Cinnamon rolls for breakfast before opening gifts and then we'd open them one at a time. my husband's family did the "rush and open them as fast as you can" growing up. It is disappointing when with his family, so we decided to continue both of "my" traditions! Also, I want to have my kids (17mo and due in May) give some of their current toys/books away to those less fortunate before they receive their new gifts. I also would like to adopt a child/family as budget allows.

Hannah

Allison Connett said...

My favorite Christmas giving tradition is that my mom, for years, has given us kids Christmas ornaments each year-now, as adults, it is so much fun to pull out all those ornaments and remember such fun times as children- the best part is that my mom still gifts us ornaments each year even though we are all grown and have our own families!

Nita said...

When my children were growing up we read the Advent book of We Light the Candles. Each night in December had a devotional that centered around Jesus the Light of the World. We would then light the candles at the end of time together.

Terra Page-Penner said...

I get together with others who like to make home made gifts for their families and friends. We talk as we work on various projects whether sewn, knitted, crochet, quilted, baked, painted or scrapbooked and share tips and thoughts for the Christmas season like favorite family Christmases, favorite readings for Christmas, favorite charities to contribute to or places to serve at. It's like having a girls night out, but it is for a whole weekend that we do this. We help each other out if our project gift is finished since most are multi-talented crafters and it is a blessing! I have to get back to my gift making - blessings to you! Terra Page-Penner

Kristy said...

With our kiddos, we do something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. It keeps the Christmas gimmes to a minimum!

Meg Walgren said...

One of my favorite traditions is that on Christmas eve all of us 'kids' (from me the oldest at 27 to the youngest who is 8) all sleep in the basement at my parents house, it's something i plan to keep on doing even when i'm married and have kids of my own someday! (the more the merrier!)

meg
(megwalgren@q.com)

Amy said...

I look forward to doing an Advent calendar and reading Scriptures centered around celebrating Christ's birth as a family!

Christie H. said...

This year we started a "Thankful Giving Jar"! We have committed to writing down every blessing the Lord has given us throughout the day, adding it to the jar, along with a dollar! At the beginning of the New Year we'll donate the money added to a family/organization in need! I'm excited to see how the Lord uses it!


Thanks for the great giveaway!
Christie
http://satisfactionthroughchrist.blogspot.com
kitzers3 at msn dot com

Rachel R said...

We love to go down and spend a couple days with my husbands brother and his family... it's a fun time with family. :)

carmen said...

This year we will be drawing names and exchanging gifts. We get the person's name, we have an allocated amount (so we dont go too crazy!), and then we have a card with that person's name and we commit to pray for them during the Christmas season. This way we spend less on each other, so we can save or spend more on other organizations or people who really need it and we commit to pray for them as well! I think I am going to love this new tradition! :)

Chantell said...

Our boys are small 3 years and 11 months, so we are still thinking of traditions. This year we picked a child from the Salvation Army angel tree. We are excited to buy gifts to bless another child. We also will make red velvet pancakes on Christmas morning! Yum!

Anna H. said...

My favorite Christmas giving tradition is similar to yours. My parents started the tradition of each family member opening presents one at a time. And each kid got a chance being the "present runner" and would get a gift from under the tree to distribute to the recipients. It is a great way to appreciate each gift and be thankful to the person who gave it to you. I also like giving at least one handmade gift. Now more than ever, I appreciate the value in a handmade gift and the time that went into making it. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Jenny P said...

We have been trying to stay home for Christmas ever since we added children to our family. It's nice to have our own traditions in our own home. We go and visit grandparents before or after Christmas day.

Jazmine said...

My favorite giving tradition is the angel tree at our church. I love picking a few kids in need off of there and helping them have a very Merry Christmas. A new tradition I am starting with our family is 25 random acts of kindness in December. My son is now almost 3 and I am wanting him to understand that during this season it is not all about recieving its also about giving. I love your blog and would love to win! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Anna Barcus said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I love making candy, bread, and homemade jam to give to our friends and relatives. This year, my four year old son will help with the packaging and delivery. He has already asked if we can take some to "the guys who drive fire trucks and ambleeances."

Rachel said...

I just got married this summer, and a tradition I would like to start with my husband is to spend time at a rescue mission during the Christmas season. In high school, I would volunteer at a rescue mission on Christmas Eve, and I want our future kids to have the same experience and perspective change like I did.

Erica Campbell said...

I am a fan of "Dirty Santa" games where you buy a gag gift and everyone gets really competitive and you get the chance to steal gifts from each other. It's just a fun way to hang out, and the gifts can be re-gifted for years to come for other silly events!

Maria D said...

My favorite Christmas tradition with my family is opening the envelopes that my sister stuffs the night before with different verses from the Christmas story and taking turns reading them out loud. I can't wait to continue this when our kiddos are old enough to read their own verses! We do this before opening any presents!

Haley said...

We like to let the kids in the family open ONE gift on Christmas Eve. I want to start a tradition with my son where he helps us pick out gifts for needy children. He's only one and a half but hopefully next year he will start to understands this tradition. HaleyT84@gmail.com Haley

Karina said...

We always make cookies for Santa and drive around and look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. Frogkb@hotmail.com

jessica said...

i love driving around looking at lights on Christmas Eve!

Victoria Shank said...

My husband's family does an adorable thing where they number all the presents instead of writing names on them, and his mom keeps the list. On Christmas, everyone has to open their gifts in number order...it builds a lot of anticipation!

Victoria Shank said...

Oh, and my email is vamcd89@gmail.com

Tiffany Martha said...

After Christmas morning .. my family would gather around the table and have a big breakfast together. My mama always had a small gift of love on our plate for us. It was a sweet way to end the morning together.

Missy said...

We send a care package to someone we feel is just having a rough time or just needs to know there is someone out there that does care...we don't put our name on it...we pray over the package and then send it on its way. It is the BEST feeling ever and my 17 year old son loves to help out with this.

Keikilani Jackson said...

We are starting a new tradition this year. Our church is going out and serving hot meals to the homeless on Christmas Eve and delivering presents to children in our community who are struggling. My four year old helped deliver hot food on Thanksgiving and LOVED it! Amazing to see hearts and tummys warmed

Erika Stark said...

We always start Christmas morning with reading the Christmas story and we usually make a cake for Jesus and sing him happy birthday.

jimmie lee said...

We have always done a big christmas, with gifts. This year I would like to tone down the gifts that my children get, instead of plenty (because they already have plenty) I would just like to do a few and savor the giving :)

Jen B said...

O e of my favorite Christmas traditions is to go to a Mennonite church in our area and watch their live nativity. They always have live animals, Christmas carols, cookies, and hot chocolate.

sarah santana said...

This year we ate going to be starting two new traditions, first we are going to have a birthdayparty for Jesus! And then iv had my children take a bag of stuffed toys to a local nursing home and hand them out to residents there, hoping to teach them at a young age what it means to give, and that Christmas is not about the gifts we receive
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Seantana415 said...

I have two small children 5& 3 iv been trying to figure out how to celebrate Christmas with out them feeling all the comercialized effects of our culture. This year I am hoping to start making a birthday cake for Jesus, and reading some books about the true Christmas story. We are also starting to take stuffed aminals from home and colored pictures and handing them out to residents in nursing homes
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Vanessa said...

I don't know that it is so much a tradition as letting my husband have his way with decorating :) He loves them up for as long as possible! And something new we are trying with our kids gifts is "Something you want, Something you need, Something to wear , Something to read." And if one of those is big then we will scale back in other areas. Been fun to try and figure it out so far!

Vanessa said...

^^^I don't know if my email went through, but it is mrsmaryvanessa@gmail.com

meagan said...

This is our first year opening up a Christmas Tree lot and because we run it as a small family business, we hope to start lots of traditions with our kids there.

Vanessa said...

We always start out Christmas morning with communion and reading the Christmas story out of Matthew. It has been a great way to start the day focused on celebrating Christ's birth.

Kristen said...

We also open presents that way! The youngest picks the first gift to have someone else open, and we work up from that. Makes it very enjoyable and everyone gets to appreciate the effort that others have put in. My favorite tradition is sneaking ornaments onto people's tree without them knowing it. When they pack up their tree they get a little surprise!

amy miller said...

I like the way we open presents still. We play "Santa" by basically having the youngest open a gift. Then he gets to choose to give the next gift to someone else. We just keep going until all gifts are open- but it is so fun to see how much they like to give their special present to daddy or another sibling. It keeps the focus on giving their gifts instead of how many are for themselves under the tree.

Tewauna Brown said...

We don't do gifts at our house, but our girls get to open gifts at my parent's house. It's fun to watch their excitement :)

Melissa Torres said...

I would like to start a tradition where prior to our family get together, each person writes a "I'm thankful for you because" note. Then when everyone gets together on Christmas, they'll have several thankful notes to read with positive encouragement in them to take home.

Natalie said...

In addition to reading the bible throughout the month of stories leading up to Jesus' birth, Im thinking of crepe papering our two little boys door frame ( a pinterest idea :) for them to break through on Christmas Day. That may become a fun tradition!

Christine M. said...

One of my favorite Christmas giving traditions is a $25 Christmas (or $10 Christmas etc). In an effort to move away from over- the- top spending and losing sight of the meaning behind gift giving, we put a lower limit on the gift budget per person. You have to really spend time thinking about that person...what they like to do, like to read, what makes them happy...and then spend your Christmas money wisely and thoughtfully. Thanks for this great give-away! Happy Holidays!

RRS said...

We have four little people in our family and ONE DAY I hope to give each of them a Compassion Child for Christmas to sponsor, write letters to, pray for, etc. Our oldest is 8 and we are hoping to start this with him this year.

Katie Kay said...

Christmas crafts with the children.

Roz said...

Making homemade cookies and chocolate pretzels with all sorts of fixings

KB said...

The big holiday breakfast with a house filled with loved ones.

Jen said...

On my side of the family, we start with one of the grandchildren reading the Christmas story and then another passes out the gifts and then it is a free for all with the littles. By this time, it is getting late and time to head home! This giveaway is amazing!

Stuart said...

My favorite tradition is going out to cut down a Christmas tree together as a family. We have hot chocolate, holiday music, and a great day together.

stephanie said...

my favorite tradition is all of the cookie baking-always puts a smile on everyones face :)

Angie said...

We let our kids pick gifts from one of the global outreach magazines like world vision or compassion. They absolutely love that they get to help someone who doesn't have the things they do.

Kellie Z. said...

Last year we started a new tradition where we got up Christmas morning and baked Weihnachtsstollen (German Christmas Bread). We put candles on it and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus...a great way to start the day with giving praise, and easy for my young children to understand what Christmas is all about.

Ansley said...

This year we're going to do "Christmas Acts of Kindness" for the Advent season ... I'm hoping this will help my kids ( ages 8 and 3) and me!, see that there are lots of little and big ways to give to others. Merry Christmas!

Kristin said...

We let our children give their gifts to each other on Christmas Eve. It's become a fun tradition and less hurried than waiting for Christmas morning. :-)

Elisha Kemp said...

We always give pjs on Christmas Eve and take a picture of all of us in them :) My favorite tradition :)

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ann said...

my favorite Christmas tradition, is going as a family to chop down a Christmas tree!!!

Jenn said...

We put an ornament on our Jesse tree each day in December plus do a family activity together that might coincide with the Jesse ornament, or just be something fun that brings us together. We have lots of things we love doing together around Christmas that it is difficult to pull out just one tradition:)

Jenn said...

What is your favorite Christmas giving tradition? Our mom's Bible study group does a cookie exchange and in addition we take plates of cookies to those in need to show a little love and sweetness. Or what's one tradition you would like to start this year? This year we are starting the Jesse tree and will have family visiting and staying with us on Christmas, first time in 7 years!

Vicki said...

The Angel Tree and adopting a family in need are my favorite gifting traditions. Now that my sons are grown, it is fun to purchase gifts for children that enjoy more than money or a gift card!

Mary said...

The tradition we began last year was to pick gifts out of the Compassion catalog or Gospel for Asia. I can't wait to teach our children (who are tiny now) the importance of giving to others. A tradition we had growing up was that my grandmother made matching pajamas for all the grandchildren - we always opened them on Christmas Eve and wore them that night. I want to do that with my children, too.

Bonnie said...

I love seeing how God provides through the gift hunting process. Homeschooling, a large family and Christmas children's activities limit my shopping time. However, when I just stop and pray I always see Him faithfully provide the right gifts for those on my list. To Him be the glory!!

Lizzie said...

We do a gift exchange with the our siblings where we draw one name and then have to make a gift for that person. It's fun to figure out something that they will really enjoy, and you're capable of making :)

Kisti said...

I always give everyone pajamas for them to open on Christmas Eve. :) My big guys all love getting new flannel pajama pants as much as anyone. Last year my husband actually got me some too.

Joyce and Norm said...

Our favorite tradition is buying an ornament each year to represent something that happened to our family that year. This year we will be starting something new...we will be buying an ornament for each girl each year so that when she starts her own family, she can have ornaments to hang on her tree. My 3yo will get a ballet ornament this year because she started ballet. My 5yo wants an ornament with a verse on because she started her first year at Awana. :)

Tina Ross said...

We let each child choose gifts and assemble a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child every year. I think it's a wonderful, hands-on way to learn about missions.

Kelli W said...

We are starting a new tradition this year letting our 3 year old be "Santa" to someone, choosing, helping wrap and giving a gift in secret.

Heather Leap Johnson said...

My favorite gift tradition is simply praying to ask Father God what the perfect gift is for each family member, then finding that gift and seeing the heart of the person satisfied! :)

Kristen said...

My favorite tradition is church as a family on CHRISTmas Eve and CHRISTmas Day. My Dad's a Pastor and my Mother the organist, so we learned to love those church services as we worshiped together.

Amy said...

We make ornaments for everyone each year. I still have some from my Grandmother who died 15 years ago.

Laura N. said...

One tradition I would like to start this year is Elf on the Shelf. I don't even have kids (yet!) but I want to have fun with this elf for my husband... until we start having kids. He has the heart of a child sometimes, and would probably love finding the elf every morning. And I'll love thinking of new things to do!

Sarah Ortmayer said...

For our first year in our first home we want to start some new traditions with our 3 boys {Judah 2 and twin boys Ryder & Will 9 Months}. We want to teach our boys the reason we celebrate and where our HOPE comes from, so we are really focusing on daily talking about the story behind Christmas through creative art projects, playing with our nativity set and story times before bed. One new thing we really want to do is have birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas day....our 2 year old LOVES birthdays, so we thought it would be something he would really enjoy and be able to understand :)

reneehazlewood said...

Going to the "Journey to Bethlehem" live nativity locally and making handmade ornaments with the children I babysit.

reneehazlewood said...

reneehazlewood@yahoo.com in case I win. :-)

Stacey said...

This year we are not giving gifts but experiences. We have 4 children with more stuff than needed. So we are making an experience buddle based on each child's interests.

Christina Burrell said...

We have each child select a friend to bless each year with special gifts for 12 days leading up to Christmas.

Charissa said...

My favorite tradition is attending our church's Christmas Eve candlelight service!

Kelley T said...

My grandpa had us all start pitching in on giving something to a family overseas instead of giving gifts to one another. This year we'll be providing a family with a water buffalo! So fun!

Hannah Beth Reid said...

We enjoy making Operation Christmas Child boxes each year. It is fun finding small items to go inside and see how much we can stuff in each box!

Stephanie Brendtke-Yannella said...

My Family preps the Holiday Meal the night before....Since My Mom passed away last June and We have moved to Hawaii.....I am getting My Children involved in helping make "Christmas Dinner". They helped My husband and I with Thanksgiving Dinner and it was just a fun time. We will continue this Tradition for years to come!

Kodi said...

My best friend and I always give each others kiddos Christmas pajamas to wear so they have them on Christmas morning for pictures :)

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

We always did it kids first, and they had to sit in the middle of the room! Big kids too!

Melody said...

My family (myself, husband, 2 teenage sons) like to go over the Compassion Int'l Catalog and each choose one or two items to buy for Christmas...It's feels so good to go over it together, talk about the simple basic needs of most people in the world, and to see what is most important in the eyes of my son's by the items they choose...My oldest feels that seeds are the most important and they continue to give year after year and supply the need, My youngest wants a well to be purchased this year :) We have a very basic Christmas in the gift department...We feel we have what we need and focus on the joy of the holiday, the true meaning!

Erin said...

I would like to start a new tradition of writing letters to each one of my family members telling them how much they mean to me !

Joy Sylvester said...

I love it when folks "buy us" a chick or goat or something from the Samaritan's Purse or World Vision catalog.

Mellissa Rose said...

My husband & I have two families to visit - mine is in New York and his is in PA (where we live). We cannot get to both places on the same day and so we do Thanksmas with my family and Christmas with us. Thanksmas is a combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas (obviously) where we do a big meal and then open Christmas gifts...on Thanksgiving :) We have been doing it for years and it is always so much fun!

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Leslie said...

Our gift giving motto for each other is "One want, one need, one wear, one read and something to do together". It works great for us and we started it as just the two of us so that when we have children it will already be in place. :-)
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Vanessa said...

This will be my first Christmas making our house home! I fondly remember the excitement of opening our stockings and always getting pajamas from my mom!

Karen said...

We start at my parent's house and they pass out the gifts that they have for each person. Then we all go to our house and pass out the gifts that we have for everyone.

KD said...

We go in a circle starting with the youngest child and working up to the oldest, oohing and ahhing over everyone's gifts as they open them in turn.

Steve N Jen Lucas said...

Every year before we start to open the Christmas gifts under the tree, my husband tells the story of the real reason for the Christmas season. Then after all the Christmas lunch/dinner we have a birthday cake for Jesus.

Cara Shields said...

I love that we give our girls 3 gifts to help us remember Jesus was given 3 gifts and keep our eyes focused on Him

Eryn said...

We also go around in a circle and everyone opens one gift at a time. I think it emphasizes "more blessed to give than receive' since we can see the face of the person opening our gift and know we were able to give them something that made them happy.

Noelle Eve Steele said...

My favorite Christmas giving tradition is giving fruit in each others stockings. My grandmother couldn't afford much for her kids, but my mother would always get a piece of fruit like an orange and it was a big treat for her and her siblings. Ever since I was a kid, she has given me one in my stocking to remind us of how much we truly have to be thankful for and to remember our family roots. I can't wait to have children of my own to keep the tradition going and to pass down this great story that's so close to my heart!

Rochelle said...

I love to get together with family....as I get older(ahem) I find that the presents aren't as important as enjoying the people that I love.

Cindy Bolt said...

Our fav. tradition is reading the Advent every year opening one gift on CHRISTmas eve and the rest in morning where we do as you do allow one person at a time to open their gift and then the next one and so on :)

Josie said...

Every year we give our children an ordainment to hang on the Christmas tree. The plan is to then let the children take the ordainments with them when they move out on their own. My children look forward to this each year.

Kristen said...

Now that my kids are getting older and are not typically awake at the crack of dawn, my favorite Christmas tradition is getting up before everyone else, making a pot of coffee, and sitting in my cozy chair with only the Christmas tree lights on. As I sit, I think back over our year, and thank God for all of our blessings. Then as the kids wander out, I have some quiet time with each of them before we do gifts. We have really cut back with our giving over the last few years to focus more on the reason we celebrate!

Whitney said...

my favorite holiday tradition is giving out one gift on Christmas eve (pj's) and then reading the night before Christmas. that is a tradition introduced into our family by my step mom and i have now started it with my son!

Amanda Stueland said...

Taking time to read the Bible and the true gift of baby Jesus! Then we each open our stockings on Christmas Eve :)

Denise said...

The kids gets to open one gift on Christmas Eve- always a new pair of pajamas! They love it!!

Bambi said...

In an effort to encourage patience selflessness and thoughtfulness... we have a tradition that causes everyone to practice these character traits... There are 6 of us in my immediate family, and then we always have grandparents and other extended family with us on Christmas day. We pray before we start handing out presents and then we have one or two, of the younger children, pass out gifts. When all the gifts are passed out we go youngest to oldest opening one gift at a time. A thoughtful amount of time is given to OOO and Awww over each gift before the next person opens theirs.

StructuredGirl said...

We sponser a family to give gifts and Christmas dinner

Kelly Teater said...

We have two different gatherings where we do the white elephant exchange. I also really love going to look at lights with my family...

Julia Weeks said...

Last year we started giving our little girls 4 gifts. A want, a need, a read, and a wear. That helps us not to go overboard and the girls also don't expect just toys.

Anne said...

Growing up my parents had the same tradition your family has. Even though we are all adults we still open our gifts one at a time. I would like to make my family members a handmade gift this year!

Ashley said...

When I was a kid we would always read the Christmas story before opening presents...I'd like to start doing that with my husband and continue it when we have kids. I also love going to Christmas Eve candlelight service at church.

Amanda Parris said...

This year, our family is sponsoring a family for Christmas. We have participated in sponsorships before through church or our community service organization, but this time we're taking it personally. We have three gifts for each of our girls to receive on Christmas Day, but the emphasis is really for them to experience how much better it is to give than to receive.

The Housewife said...

We're going to start a new tradition of writing down things we love about each family member and putting them in their stockings to find early Christmas morning.

Bernadette Cooper said...

My new favorite tradition is not buying gifts for the grandbabies, but buying things to make with them. They live in another state & we only see them once a month, so this gives us an opportunity to sit down & DO something when we come to visit. They leave with a sense of accomplishment and a souvenir of our time together, & we all have precious memories.

Heather Lawson said...

In the past few years we have really tried to get back to what Christmas is all about, celebrating Jesus and his birth! We had gotten to the point one year where we were so caught up in the consumerism and not on God that we all went in debt to give huge gifts to one another. We sat down after Christmas and decided we didn't want to do that any longer. The following year we were all due to get new cell phone contracts so we bought our own cell phones and one small gift for each person! It was so freeing to not have to worry about finances and really get back to the reason for the season.

Amy said...

We love the World Vision catalog at my house. It's incredibly rewarding to know that any gift you pick from there will be well-loved by the receiver.

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

Wow, what a fantastic giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree (the same one I went to as a little girl with my family), then coming home to decorate it while listening to Christmas music. It's so simple, but I get SO excited about it every year! :)

Angela Houweling said...

Our family goes up to the mountains to cut down a Christmas tree together. We sip hot chocolate, take a hay ride, sing carols and sit around the fire. I'm very much looking forward to doing it this coming Sunday with friends from our Bible Study!

Shelley Delano Summerville said...

The goofy matching pajamas!!! It's the only time I can get my high schooler to dress like her sisters:) My mother in law still does it with myself and my 3 sister in laws and we are all over 30! We are also on our 2nd year of adopting an angel tree family...this year we have a family with 3 girls like ourselves and their father who is in prison has the same name as my husband- so will be very similar in a lot of ways...yet so different. We shopped as a family this past weekend and will be hand delivering the gifts to the girls just before Christmas. It's a great opportunity for my children to be Gods hands and feet here on earth:)

Christi C said...

We also open presents from youngest to oldest! We buy a new ornament for our tree each year and read the Christmas story from Luke on Christmas Eve.

Emily Slachter said...

A tradition we have is every year we give ornaments to represent something significant about that year (a milestone, a family vacation, etc.) When we decorate the tree, we get to open our ornaments! And, when my daughter gets a little older, I am going to start a tradition of her going through all her toys and clothes, and giving away some things that are still in good condition to a local shelter or mission. My husband and I will do the same thing, and we will make a family trip out of it!

Melissa N. said...

i make a photobook every year to get printed and sent to the grandparents for christmas. its a scrapbook for my favorite pictures and memories from the year.

Beth Rogers said...

We adopt a family through our church each year. Even when the kids were too young to participate we would ask for families with kids of ages similar to our own kids' ages. Now that our kids are old enough to participate, we have them select gifts for the child of their own age. Also, we only give our kids three gifts and so the adopted kids get three gifts. Lastly we make our kids donate to the church preschool or goodwill - one toy for each they got for Christmas. We do all this in an effort to take the emphasis off accumulating stuff!

Kimberly said...

When my daughter was born I asked my mother in law what traditions she did with her children that I could start with my family. This is what she said; on Christmas Eve all the children and I would make sure the house was clean from top to bottom. Then just before bed her and my father in law would hide a new pr of pyjamas and a new pr of slippers for each child somewhere in the house. We have continued ever since. My daughter is 16 and my son is 27. We have such a joy and a lot of laughs watching them look everywhere and I mean everywhere for their new pyjamas and slippers. This year I would like to incorporate Christ more and watch the Nativity Story as a family as well

Christy Bynum said...

We bought new Christmas pj's this weekend that we'll save for Christmas Eve and enjoy hot cocoa and looking at Christmas lights. I absolutely love the Christmas season!

Betsy said...

My favorite tradition is giving ornaments each year

Mackenzie said...

My favorite tradition is having breakfast Christmas morning at my parents house. We always have the same breakfast casserole which is actually called "Christmas Morning" :)

Amanda@EmbracingGrace said...

We get our kiddos an ornament to represent something significant they did that year:) We also have a humble shepards meal on Christmas eve with our family by candlelight.

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