Monday, December 3, 2012

Giveaway Day!!

 Welcome to Giveaway Day!! I always love participating in Giveaway Day because I know I will find some great new blogs to read. So many talented people out there!
My Giveaway is a copy of the book Pretty in Patchwork Holidays by the wonderful John Q. Adams. You might know him as Quilt Dad. It is a fantastic book and loaded with really great and beautiful projects.   I have a project in the book so my giveaway will be for the book and for one of my handmade gift card givers! All you have to do is leave me a comment with your favorite holiday tradition and I will choose one comment randomly to be the winner. I will ship internationally! Good luck! I will announce the winner on the 8th of December.

185 comments:

BFromM said...

My favorite tradition is probably decorating the Christmas tree. It's hard to pick one, though.

Colleen said...

Opening presents! We do it round robin style and with stocking stuffers and dinner its take all day. Its not the presents but the talking laughter and time with the family.

Sara said...

Christmas eve celebration at my moms. She has had a party for almost 50 years! Thanks so much!

Candice said...

Going to the Live Nativity!

Anita said...

Baking Christmas cookies. Happy holidays, my fingers are crossed.

aiah23 said...

My favorite holiday tradition is getting us all in our Christmas Eve pjs, reading The Christmas Story together, and then making sure everyone gets in bed.

Fawn

walklet said...

My favorite is baking christmas cookies and other goodies!

craftytammie said...

My BFF has an annual cookie exchange with hot chocolate bar and all the girls. It's grown so big that we each have to bring 9 dozen cookies this year! good thing I love to bake!

Anna said...

I started a new family tradition as a teenager of having pizza on Christmas Eve, the whole family still does it! Thanks for the give away!

Karen said...

Totally decorating the tree is my favorite :)

Dawn said...

Our favorite tradition is opening one gift with the kids on Christmas Eve before going to bed. they love it!

Amanda K said...

I love decorating the tree.

Kate said...

I love making a gingerbread house with my brother, even though he's in college and I've been out for a few years.

Julia Glotova said...

chbaking cookies!

KD-Quilts said...

My favorite tradition is putting up the tree Thanksgiving night and watching Elf. That and Christmas morning breakfast pizza!

Bailey said...

Tromping through the woods looking for a tree

Katrin said...

I love making cookies with my hubby! Thanks!

~Michelle~ said...

holiday tradition - opening one present before Christmas :) (This started as a bribe from my parents for getting thru the church pagent w/out complaints). And checking out the stocking goodies on Christmas morning (from hubby's family).

Julie said...

Favorite holiday traditions...cutting our own tree and making Christmas cookies!

Thanks for a chance to win!
Julie

Amy said...

Cutting down the tree and decorating it with my family.

Michele said...

I love decorating the tree. Taking it down is another story.

tawny_tawny said...

My favorite tradition is getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve- I'm 30 years old and my mom still sends them to me :)

Alison said...

I love that we still have Christmas eve at my grandma's house with all my family and that it is more fun now that it was when I was a kid because my cousin decided that it needed to become a cocktail party.

Heather said...

My favorite holiday tradition is making christmas cookies.

Francine said...

My fave tradition is making pumpkin donuts for breakfast on Christmas morning - the house smells yummy all day!

Christy @ a.Amelia handmade said...

My favorite tradition is having each family member select a new ornament each year made in the town in which we live. We are a military family, so we have ornaments from all over the US!

Kim said...

My favorite tradition is baking with my Mom every year. We get together about 2 weeks before Christmas and make dozens & dozens of cookies. It's a special time for us to spend together.

Montseta said...

My favourite tradition is eating 12 grapes at midnight in New Years Eve for luck (everyone does it in my country, Spain). Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

bessaroni said...

My favourite holiday tradition has to be having a steak and butter fondue on new years day. So yummy.
Thanks for a great giveaway!

AKing said...

My favorite tradition is getting new pjs on Christmas Eve and, of course, spending lots of time with my family.

hueisei said...

My favorite holiday tradition is karaoke with my family :D

Valerie said...

Fun giveaway! One of my favorite traditions is Christmas Eve service followed by a full feast with lots of seafood and goodies. We have a scavenger hunt for the kids that night too, which they all love!

Marilyn said...

That book looks like it has some great projects. I love spending time with my family and reflecting on Christ's birth. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa Marie said...

Our family (okay, mostly me) makes a ridiculous number of cookies and passes them out to friends, family and neighbors. Everyone loves getting cookies.

jmniffer said...

Decorating the tree is my favorite tradition.

jmj said...

Baking in the kitchen with my family!!!Thanks for the giveaway

Michelle said...

each year, our family chooses a new ornament for the tree. we have special ornaments going back to the year we were married!

Sallie said...

Christmas dinner with the family.

Caroline said...

I love our tradition of having a pj day the day after christmas when my daughter gets to hang out in her pjs and play with all her toys from the day before with us.

carolinebock1 at yahoo dot com

Patty D from NC said...

Love decorating gingerbread houses with the kids

Carla G said...

I love taking my kids to see the Christmas Lights on Candy Cane Lane every year in our city. They look forward to it every year! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Laura said...

I love decorating the tree!

Beth said...

I love to watch made-for-tv Christmas movies and decorate the tv.

Helen said...

The advent calendar we've had since before I was born. It's the story of the little bear and how he looks for Christmas. I don't know why but I've always loved it

B Greene said...

My favorite tradition is driving down south to be with family. Our time together is becoming more and more precious. Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

Desi @ Wee Share said...

We've started a new tradition this year. We did an ornament swap with 23 other families and are going through Meaningful Christmas leading up to the big day :)

Desiree-- weeshareblog@gmail.com

Jenny said...

This looks like a great book -- thank you! Christmas Eve dinner at my parents' house is our tradition, with Christmas breakfast at my house. Food!

Catskill Quilter said...

Oh, what a fabulous giveaway! I am doing a handcrafted Christmas this year. We decorate the outside patio with as many lights and decorations as we can squeeze in, and we carefully decorate our inside Christmas tree -- takes two or three days to complete it!

Deborah said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I favourite Christmas tradition is our advent calender. We open it together each evening, enjoy the sweet treats and read the Bible reading together, working through the Christmas story.

Gill said...

My favourite is going to the midnight service on Christmas eve then back home for mulled wine and mince pies!

Breanna S. said...

My favorite tradition is making batches of cookies with my children to give to friends and family.

Jodi said...

Family time and caroling

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I love the tree decorating but my family always only open one present in the morning and save the rest until after lunch - I always loved that. We concentrate on family and being together rather than a whole day of presents! We also take turns opening and passing them from under the tree was me and my sister's favourite job!

p.s. do you know your word verification is on? I had to do it 3 times!!

meghann said...

Oh, I have so many favorites...I love our little knitted hats-and-mittens Advent calendar. I'm loving it even more now that my children are big enough to "get" it. :) xo

Beulah said...

We love to go out on Christmas Eve and look at the stars!

sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

Jen said...

Christmas eve services

Anita said...

What a lovely book. We like to set up our tree after Thanksgiving, play music and drink eggnog. =) Thanks for a chance to win.

Kendra from missknittas studio said...

My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas cookies! Thanks so much for participating in Giveaway Day!

Stephanie Zito said...

My favorite Christmas tradition would have to be leaving out milk and cookies for Santa along with some carrots for the reindeer with my 3 little girls! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Kristy said...

Christmas Eve....new jammies, hot cocoa and Polar Express, the best! :)Thanks for the chance! (gorgeous fabric line by the way)

pippablue said...

My favourite tradition is baking chocolate chip cookies for Santa with the kids!

Abbigail said...

6:00 Christmas eve! That's when it all started at my Mom and Dad's!
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Bethany said...

I enjoy Christmas Eve we go to church watch 'White Christmas' and have snacks.

Lindsay@fortheloveofcotton said...

I love taking my two boys (separately) to the store so they can pick out a gift for their brother. They get so excited buying something that they think their brother will love. I wish I could bottle that excitement and use a little all year long!! Merry Christmas!

Hannah Lymah said...

My favorite holiday tradition is having a high tea with presents under the tree with family :)

Emily C said...

Opening one present on christmas eve.

Colleen said...

Opening presents-we do round robin oldest to youngest, one at a time, and chat and laugh and enjoy each other.

Vivian said...

Greetings from the frozen north!!!!

My favourite tradition is taking my girls and picking out the new ornaments for the year. We each pick one out. I'm a glass ornament kind of girl, something in red and rich looking with sparkles. As the girls have grown over the years their tastes have changed. Spongebob still lives on the tree but they are now looking towards Santa and sparkles. Can't wait for this year's pick!

Taryn said...

My favorite holiday tradition is hot chocolate on Christmas morning!

Linda said...

My favorite holiday tradition is putting on the Christmas music and decorating the tree with my family. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gabriele Yorlano said...

Going to a Live Nativity!

Judy said...

Favorite tradition would have to be the ornaments my mom has been buying my children since they were born. My oldest is 20 and still doesn't complain that she gets a Barbie Hallmark Ornament. Thanks for the chance.

Theresa said...

I love holiday crafting - every year I make something new, this year a Christmas quilt

Joanne G said...

We always play board games or card games at Christmas - that is one of my favorite parts of the holiday. Thanks for the chance at a great prize! jgemeroy(at)shaw(dot)ca

Ferek said...

My fav tradition is wering christmas tree in my family always i make this.

Beth said...

Picking out and decorating the tree - love unwrapping the ornaments from years past.
beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

Kay said...

One of my favourite traditions is that every Monday night in December we all sit down together and watch a Christmas film and have treats. Each year I buy a new film and for the other nights we choose old favourites. Our our grumpy/delightful teenagers still take part in this. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Robin (noteverstill/noteversewing) said...

Making cookies!

Erin said...

My favorite holiday tradition is decorating and baking cookies with my family.
Thanks for such a great giveaway.
Erin
emstone28@gmail.com

Linda said...

HI! AT CHRISTMAS WE HAVE MANY LOVELY TRADITIONS IN OUR FAMILY,BUT OUR FAVORITE WILL ALWAYS BE READING OF THE BIRTH OF THE SAVIOUR IN LUKE ON CHRISTMAS EVE!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Sarah_L_N said...

I love decorating and making the house look festive :)

Jenniffier Kramer said...

We don't have many traditions. The only one that we really have is that we celebrate my mom's b-day first, I mean after all Christmas is her birthday!

Irene García Díaz said...

My favourite tradition is having dinner with my super big family (we're 35) in Christmas Eve. Thanks for the chance to win this book

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

My favourite holiday tradition is a very family-specific one, it's a Swiss Fondue meal at Christmas eve, with all of us around one large table and lots of laughter and joy.

Anne Simonot said...

Oh, I read QuiltDad's blog, cool! Our new tradition for Christmas is that while hanging out at my mom's, we do a jigsaw puzzle. This started 3 years ago, and we can get a little obsessed until it's done!
annesimonot@sasktel.net

Rocio H. said...

My fave holiday tradition is to take a stroll and see the luminaras in our neighborhood on Xmas eve.

tusen said...

I love decorating the Christmas tree and I love the traditional Christmas Eve dishes here in Poland, especially pierogi.

kbzelazny said...

Holiday baking!! Thanks so much!

Pink Scissors Design said...

The Jesse Tree is my favorite holiday tradition. I like hanging the ornaments each day and reading the Bible verses. See my Etsy shop for photos (Pink Scissors Design).

Deborah
pinkscissorsdesign@ gmail .com

sandyandcosmo said...

My favorite tradition is putting some Christmas music on and decorating the tree.

wipgirl said...

You know, we don't seem to have a lot of holiday traditions... I've been trying to think of one, and coming up blank! Well,.. when I was a little kid, we lived close to both sets of grandparents, so we'd do Christmas Eve with my dad's family and then drive to my mom's family's house, stay the night, and then do Christmas day there. Somehow my sister and I convinced our mom that really we should have an At Home, Family Only Christmas as well, so on Christmas eve we always got to open one gift before going along to the two-day gluttony with the rest of the family.

Now that we're all grown up, we've still maintained that tradition, just slightly changed. We open stockings on Christmas Eve, now, and then proper gifts on Christmas day. My sister and I have started making stockings for our parents too, so that they get something special and small and silly as well.

(Holy jibber jabber. Sorry about that!)

(clumsy.chord(at)gmail.com)

starsandsunshine.com said...

I love putting up and decorating our Christmas tree(s) <3

starsandsunshineblog at gmail dot com

Jeana said...

Oh I would love to win this! I love spending time with my family

Jessica said...

Watching "A Muppet Christmas Carol" on Christmas Eve with my family :)

Fran said...

My favourite holiday tadition is decorating the Christmas tree. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

Georgia said...

I like to drive around and look at lights!
peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jeannie D said...

Favorite tradition is drinking eggnog, eating cookies and opening just one gift on Christmas Eve!

Kathy said...

Love this book

Reshma W said...

Building a puzzle together on christmas night.

Mrs.Pickles said...

ohh this is on my wish list! Thank you for the chance to win. I like making cookies with my mom

Addibrae said...

My favourite tradition is playing rummoli at family parties.

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Ooh, I've been eying this book off! I love decorating the trees and turning the lights on every night :)

Lindsay said...

my favorite holiday tradition is the annual Open house my parents host for all of our friends and family to stop by.

Consuelo said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is singing carols by the tree.

ErikawithaK said...

I really love going to look at lights on 34th Street in Baltimore. They go all out decorating the street and practically everyone in the city goes to see them!

erikawithak.vintage at gmail.com

Mands said...

Being with family is the best for me...

mandy dot ueda at gmail dot com

elflyn said...

Baking fruit mince pies and decorating the tree whilst eating them straight from the oven.

Kathy H said...

Our favorite holiday tradition is to drive through the neighborhoods on christmas eve to see the lights and the luminaries.

Adri H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! When I was in the U.S. my fave holiday tradition was the hanging of ornaments, but now that I'm here in Germany, I'm loving their advent calendar tradition as well as their Gluehwein! adriprints(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anya said...

I love making gingerbread houses! Thanks for the chance!

james and bess said...

great giveaway! my husband and i started a tradition where we don't put any gifts under the tree until the middle of the night on christmas eve - it keeps little fingers from "accidentally" poking holes in presents AND adds a little extra magic to christmas morning. :) thanks for the chance!

bess

rads said...

deckin up the christmas tree
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radiyas(at)gmail(dot)com

budgeteer said...

We have a Christmas Eve get together and play lots of silly party games : )

SIMPLESEW said...

MY ANNUAL cookie decorating party with my gbabies and friends.

Mary Ann said...

baking cookies.. yum!

Sarah said...

My favourite tradition is dad cooking a full english breakfast on Christmas morning when it's just the close family

joanold said...

My favourite tradition is dressing the tree on Christmas Eve with my girls(now grown up) and my two grandchildren.

Annette Henke Tejpal said...

I love sitting in the dark looking at the lit Christmas tree. Thanks for your giveaway! ajhtejpal at gmail dot com

MissEnota Minnesota said...

Hello from Minnesota! I'm a big fan of the advent calendar. My husband and I split the odd and even days and so we get lots of little surprises from each other all through December.

Gunilla said...

Right now I am really looking forward to decorating the tree! I love the smell from the tree, and getting home from work, seeing it every day. Just one more week and I'll take it in!

Erin P. said...

My favorite tradition is going and cutting down a Christmas Tree. eatkin85(at)yahoo(dot)com

Richard Healey said...

Opening a present Christmas eve (PJ's so every one looks good for pictures)

ELNM said...

Our tradition is that Santa hides the presents - it makes for a very exciting Christmas morning! Thanks for a great giveaway - many future gift ideas!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

Heather said...

I love making gingerbread houses with my girls.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Decorating the tree and enjoying the memories each ornament brings. Thanks for a great giveaway~!

Misty said...

I just love getting together with family we don't see except for the holidays and enjoying a big meal with them. Thanks for the chance to win!
Misty.Ann.Fletcher at gmail dot com

Judith said...

Every year the kids and I sit around the kitchen table with mugs of hot chocolate while we make new decorations for the tree. Needless to say, we don't have themed designer tree. It's very eclectic (and I love it). Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

Heather said...

My favorite tradition is the unabashed overeating of sweets.
Pass the pie! ;)

Bonnie58 said...

Homemade eggnog is fav. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw and Merry Christmas to you
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Dawn said...

My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve spaghetti dinner with the kids and their families. Followed by opening gifts. :) Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas :)

Lynn said...

making homemade cookies, granola, bars, spiced nuts with my sister, husband, and son for all our neighbor friends! love it. thanks!

Kate said...

My whole extended family has a tradition we call "the box" in which the last person to receive "the box" buys an ornament and writes a poem for another family member. All thenm poems (one for each year since 1983) are stored in "the box" (which is an old box from a department store that doesn't even exist anymore). The reading of the poem is a highlight every Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win! akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

Lil Bean / CraftyHourMom said...

My fave holiday tradition is making gingerbread houses & decorating them with my boys! Thanks for the chance!

Angelia L. said...

When are boys were little my husband and I would take turns taking them shopping so they could pick out presents for everyone. They were always so proud of their special finds. Now on New Years Eve we play board games all day and toast the New Year when the ball drops. Thank you!
anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

Kess said...

We get together with family friends and have a big cookie-making day. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tricia said...

Getting pizza on Christmas Eve.

Mhairi said...

I love going to the beach on Christmas Eve with my husband and children, eating hot chips and watching the sun sink to the horizon.

Kaynik said...

My favourite holiday tradition is my daughter sleeping under the newly decorated and lit Christmas tree. Makes me smile thinking about it.

Thanks for the chance to win.

ktreve(at) hotmail (dot) com

Jessica said...

Love to bake cookies, and make caramels, all while having a little too much to drink and blaring Christmas music!

Tanya said...

Doing secret santa for someone. Thanks for chance to win.

Ellie Roberts said...

Everyone gets new jammies on Christmas Eve.

jeifner said...

I really like that in our neighborhood everyone trades different treats and goodness for the holidays.

Karrie S said...

I love sitting in the dark with the Christmas tree lights on.

gccmom said...

My favorite tradition is opening our Christmas stockings on Christmas Eve right before we go to bed.

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Since we are all growing up and getting married in my family now, my side of the family has been doing brunch for the last few years. I love breakfast foods, and it is a nice change. Thanks for the giveaway!

thehappycrochetchic said...

my favorite tradtion is that we go to my hubbys grandmas house on christmas eve for a lovely dinner and then we open up gifts, it's like christmas begins early.

Katie said...

I love that my family all makes an effort to be together.

Meghan said...

I love decorating the tree and sipping hot chocolate.

Leo said...

hnn I have 2 favourites ... putting up the tree on the 24th

And I really like my own private 2 hour car ride sometime after midnight through the snowy mountains back home after visiting my grand parents. The world gets really quite and everything is either black =the sky or white = the snow I see in the lights. And of course having 2 hours of absolute piece during the family visiting marathon

Kim said...

I love putting our candle lights in the windows. Though they do tend to keep us awake at night at first. I love to watch our cat sitting up next to one looking out the window.

Macska said...

Our whole extended family on my mothers side get together one day near Christmas for a bbq. It's our annual get-together. Always good to see everyone. :-)

Mary Beth said...

I like baking cookies with friends or family.

Robyn said...

My step-mom puts powerball tickets in each of our stockings. Every year we always go around saying "if you win you have to share!" and joke about not sharing any of it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Pam said...

Christmas Eve traditions of reading the birth of christ and putting out stockings is my favorite.

Emma said...

Making the christmas pudding. Everybody stirs it and makes a wish before it goes on to steam.

Sue said...

Having the family together for Christmas is my favorite tradition. Sometimes we have to do it over the internet, but seeing the kids opening their presents is wonderful.

pbs.seams said...

With both of my sons making their own traditions, I think just spending time with family is first on my list.

Ramona said...

Picking out special ornaments for my kids each year so they have their own collection when they leave Lovely giveaway, Thanks.

Tamie said...

My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Eve service at church. Thanks for participating in the Giveaway Day.

Lori said...

I always loved setting up the nativity scene with my Dad every year!

debbiekl said...

Cutting down a Christmas tree and setting it up is the best!

Southern Gal said...

I love baking cookies with my kids (and now grandkids) and setting up our Jesse tree. Thanks for the chance.

Ginny said...

Jammies on xmas eve!

Beth said...

Every year as a kid we would go to Christmas Eve Mass and the get a pizza and eat it as we drove around looking at Christmas lights. It was wonderful family time!

Libby said...

Trimming the tree on the day after Thanksgiving while listening to Handel's Messiah !

Tammy said...

I love everything about Christmas, seeing Father Christmas at Harrods, decorating the tree, Christmas songs on the radio, quiet Christmas Day, bedlam at the in laws on Boxing Day and going to watch a panto with the extended family.

Kimberly said...

I love cutting down our tree. We go with friends and the get coffee afterwards. It's a fun tradition!

KRubin said...

My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree! :)

Laurel09 said...

We read The Night Before Christmas outloud as a family every year on Christmas Eve, and I love that. I think that as our children get older we will expand the tradition to include other holiday books that we will read throughout the month of December!

EG said...

Today our town has Santa at our old movie theater, Tuba Christmas, and a parade. It's my FAVORITE day!

Amy said...

I love to bundle up and trudge out to cut down our Christmas tree! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Lee said...

I love the carol service we go to on Christmas Eve! thank you!

Maureen Hayes said...

My favorite tradition is taking my elderly mom out in the car to go look at the lights and decorations in the neighborhood. We bring along hot cocoa with whipped cream and act like little kids looking at all the bright lights. It is a wonderful bonding time for the two of us.

Thrifty Finn said...

eating till you are sick and watching movies!

Carmen Nuland said...

I love taking a Dec vacation day, getting up early and spending the entire day baking.

Gayla said...

traveling Christmas tree party

Karen O said...

I love watching everyone open their gifts at the big family gathering one at a time, youngest to oldest.

Nicola said...

I love that we have waffles for brunch on Christmas morning. So yummy! :)

Cecilia said...

baking cookies!

BlessedCP said...

We write encouraging Christmas letters to each other every year and I love it! I aloe love that everyone in the family gets a stocking filled with gifts.

The Thompsons said...

We love to make cookies together as a family and deliver them to friends and families.

The Hungry Crafter said...

Every year I go see The Christmas Revels in Cambridge, MA -- I have converted many folks over the years!

nicolesender said...

I spend Christmas morning with my grandsons!
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nanbon44 said...

my favorite tradition is decorating gingerbread houses with the grand kids... so much fun

Janet said...

I love the opening of the stockings. Slow and happy while we sip whatever we like to drink.