Monday, December 28, 2009

Tradition (A Giveaway)

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is eating Belgian waffles topped with berries and real whipped cream on Christmas morning. The crisp waffle, the tart raspberries and the sweet heavy cream carry me away to a state of elated bliss.

Sigh.

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition? Let me know what it is and you could win this pair of BabyLegs.


{For the next 4 days, I'll be giving away a few of my favorite things to help ring in the new decade. Please feel free to enter one or all of the giveaways. I'll pick the winners and announce them here on New Years Day}.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

30 comments:

  1. One of my favorite traditions is having everyone over on Christmas Eve and turning on the "Yule Log" on channel 45 because we don't have a fireplace :) It was special this year because my siblings and I bought my parents a new big screen TV!

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  2. Belgian waffles sound yummy, but we have a gazillion special Christmas Eve appetizer recipes that we've eaten while opening gifts for decades. But my favorite tradition is my husband reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to my little girl each Christmas Eve.

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  3. that sounds delicious!

    i love that on christmas eve we pile in the car with hot cocoa & go look at the lights. then, on christmas morning, we all snuggle in our bed and read the christmas story. so familiar and wonderful.

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  4. I like to put the Christmas quilt that my grandmother made for me on our bed. Each block has a different detailed Christmas scene. My favorite picture is of an elf carrying a bag of mail for Santa. The return address on one of the letters includes my name. Now my kids enjoy looking at and touching all of the pictures.

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  5. Well - I don't have a baby, so you can skip me on the give-away part, but I'll still share one of our special Christmas traditions. When my husband and I moved near the Rocky Mountains (and very far from our families) we were quite lonely leading up to Christmas. We were used to being with lots of people on Christmas Eve and we weren't looking forward to being all alone and staring at each other all evening! So, we decided to drive to the Banff hotsprings on Christmas Eve and go for a nice soak. It was so wonderful that we have decided to do it every year and it really has become a special tradition for us!

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  6. My favorite is going to the Christmas Eve service at the church I was raised in with my family. This year we didn't make it due to weather. Christmas just wasn't the same.

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  7. One of our long-standing traditions is having waffles with strawberries and whip cream on Christmas morning too! We were talking about it, and I think we've been doing it for 23 years now! Love it! A new tradition that we started this year is making Jesus a birthday cake. Brevin and Ellie are still a little too young to understand everything, but this is a great way to help them learn!

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  8. We have several traditions that I enjoy but one of the sweetest is that on Christmas Eve, my husband grabs the book The Night Before Christmas and he snuggles up with our daughter and reads it to her. Watching him read with such excitement and seeing her engaged with such amazement melts my heart. She is 4 now and enjoys it more than ever. : ) Lisa in VA

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  9. We have pizza and chili at my grandparents' - we used to have the full-on turkey dinner but one year my grandma had her knees replaced and wasn't up to cooking a big meal so they ordered pizza the night before and my grandpa made chili. The next year she made the big meal but we were all kinda sad and said "Where's the pizza?" so now that's what we get every year :)

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  10. Every year my family goes to see the display on the 8th floor of the downtown Minneapolis Macy's. Then we have lunch at the Oak Grill on the 12th floor. It is always one of my favorite days of the year!

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  11. My favorite tradition is to put up the Christmas tree with my parents. We used to turn on old records of Christmas music and sing all together while we put up the tree. Now that we have a 3 year old and another on the way, we are trying to come up with our own family traditions including putting up the tree together. The holidays really make you appreciate all that you have. :)

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  12. My families Christmas morning tradition is homemade cinnamon rolls, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs and banana orange cinnamon fruit salad... it's heavenly.

    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!

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  13. One of my favorite traditions, although we haven't done it in a few years is to have everyone write on a piece of paper what they want to achieve in the next year. An example would be...to start living in the moment, be more grateful, volunteer 5 hours a week at ???, etc. It can really be anything. Then place them in a sealed tin box. No one looks or reads anyone elses. Then we pack it away with our Christmas decorations. The following Christmas we open it up and see if we accomplished what our hearts had desired the previous year.

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  14. I love making candy with my mother. I hope I am able to continue it and pass it on my own daughter.

    Except, this year I spilled boiling peanut brittle on my arm. Yah, ow, not pretty.
    :)

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  15. We eat Rumagrute(SP), with rice and we have Lefsa. Some of our favoriate things..

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  16. Every Christmas eve the kids get to open 1 present - new jammies, then we make hot cocoa for Santa. We put out the freshly made cookies for Santa with the cocoa. Right before bed we read The Night Before Christmas. We even did this with our new additions (B/G twins).

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  17. We don't do this anymore- but when I was growing up, on Christmas Eve my Mom would take my sister and I to visit friends. We would deliver hand made gifts that we had made during the previous month. We literally did this all day and returned just in time for a quick dinner and then church services. It was so fun seeing all of our family friends. Oh and the advent wreath. We always made our advent wreath and it was very special to us each season. I plan to start that with our little family next year.

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  18. My dad and I have a special tradition that we do every year. We put on Sandi Patti's "The Gift Goes On" record (ahem, now CD and yes, very old school) and listen to the song "Bethlehem Morning" while we sit and admire the newly decorated Christmas tree. It's a special father/daughter moment each year.

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  19. Christmas eve is One gift to open. Christmas morning is Cinnamon Buns and talking about Jesus (with three kids) Then the bells ring and presents are opened. After supper we sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS and celebrate HIM. My family makes Lefsa and it's eaten all day with sugar and cinnamon (on top of butter..not healthy but whatever) There is ALWAYS Christmas music and Christmas colored M&M's and LOTS of hugs.

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  20. Our tradition is to go to grandma's house, 2 hours away the day before Christmas Eve and stay through Christmas Day Morning. The 23rd we do a Seafood dinner, 24th is Fondue. We open presents Christmas Eve night and the kids do stockings Christmas Morning.

    Growing up we opened presents on Christmas Eve. Instead of putting names on the presents, of who they were to, my parents put numbers. My mom kept a master list of number 1-100 and would write down on her list who's number belonged to who. One might have number 1, 4, 6, 8, 18 ect. The youngest picked the first gift, announced the number and mom would say who it went to. That person would open the gift then go pick a new number. It was the best!! I can't wait to do it with my kids as they get a little older!

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  21. A new one we've started is we take the kiddos, all 4 of ours, to build a bear on Christmas Eve...a fun one and they all have a great snuggly stuffed animal to be cozy with for the holidays...

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  22. We have so many traditions and I love them all. One of the best is eating Monkey Bread on Christmas morning at my parents' house before opening gifts with the family.

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  23. Opening christmans presents one at a time on Christmas eve. By one at a time, we go in order from youngest to oldest and each open one gift and then start again. It takes a long time but you get you to see what every one else receives.

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  24. i think my favourite tradition is turning off all lights but those from the christmas tree and sitting around and singing christmas carols some time in the lead up to christmas day... it's just so peaceful and all about taking time to contemplate, getting things in perspective. jessica
    p.s. i live in scotland, so don't know if i'll qualify for any of the giveaways, but thought i'd enter just for the fun of it anyway

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  25. We exchange pajamas on Christmas Eve for each of the kids and my husband and I. Then we wear them that night and wake up in our new jammies on Christmas morning. One of my favorite traditions at Christmas!

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  26. My favorite tradition is the nativity play we do every year at my grandparents' home.

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  27. I want that tradition. That sounds yummy.
    Our tradition is to do fondue at home every NYE! I did this as a child and have never missed a year.

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  28. One of our favorite holiday traditions is eating Chinese food on New Year's Eve.

    Happy New Year!

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  29. My favorite tradition...that we just started is the girls doing a little program for us. Filled with wonderful songs and even a play! My favorite part this year was Hark the HAROLD angel sings. Made best by the second verse..."heist by heist is slamming the door!" I love kids!

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  30. My favorite tradition is that on Christmas Eve, we enjoy a special homecooked meal, clean up the dishes and then sit near the tree with the Bible and read the passage from Luke, Chapter 2. Then the children (youngest to oldest) take turns choosing a gift from under the tree and presenting it to the recipient. This is SO much fun.

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