December 16, 2011

Spend a Minute with Millstone and Enter to Win a Keurig! (Winners Announced!)

Time’s up!

The winners of the Millstone and Keurig Giveaway are:

#328 Bridget: “My favorite tradition is taking my daughter to see a performance of the Nutcracker! =)

#835 Kathy Iverson: “My favorite holiday tradition is the my husband’s family sleepover on Christmas Eve! We all gather together at his sister’s home, we drink hot chocolate and everyone puts on their brand new jammies. When the kids go to sleep, the parents put out gifts and prepare for the morning! The whole family wakes and spends Christmas morning together!

#1280 Jennifer: “When I was growing up, my mom always made cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate for us on Christmas morning. My husband always had a breakfast casserole. I have continued making his favorite casserole for Christmas morning.

Congratulations girls! What beautiful traditions. I’ve sent ya’ll an email. Merry Christmas!

To celebrate the holiday season, and the early mornings, family gatherings, and festive holiday parties that come with it, the awesome folks at Millstone would like to invite you to take a well deserved break and “Spend a Minute with Millstone” by enjoying a perfectly brewed cup of Millstone coffee in your own brand new Keurig Elite Brewing System. I’m so excited to share this with you guys today, I absolutely love my Keurig! It’s perfect for newlyweds, the occasional coffee drinker, and coffee junkies alike. It’s great to have on hand because you can easily offer your guests a freshly brewed cup of coffee, ready in literally seconds, without having to brew an entire pot. Of course you know the Hazelnut Cream flavor from Millstone is my favorite! I’ve got not one, not two, but three of these fabulous giveaway packages to give away today, courtesy of Millstone.


The Giveaway

Three (3) Kevin and Amanda readers will win the following items:

  • Three (12-count) boxes of Millstone K-Cups in Breakfast Blend, Foglifter© and Hazelnut Cream
  • Crate and Barrel coffee cup
  • Keurig Elite Brewing System
  • $25 American Express Gift Card


How to Enter

To be entered to win the Millstone giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post:  In honor of the holidays, I would love for you to tell me about your favorite holiday tradition. I can’t wait to read all about them! :)

Contest ends Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen by and notified by email. Giveaway provided by Millstone.

More from Millstone. Now through December 27, Millstone invites you to enter for the chance to win a Grand Prize of $10,000, a Keurig Brewer, and a 1-year supply of Millstone K-Cup Portion Packs.  By entering, you also have the chance to win weekly prizes for a $100 grocery gift card, a Keurig Brewer, and a 1-month supply of Millstone K-Cup Portion Packs. Visit for full contest details.


Good luck!!!

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Donna December 16, 2011 at 7:12 am

I love having family over for an early dinner on Christmas Eve and then going to church, where we sing the beautiful hymns of Christmas!

Lindsay December 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

When my husband and I got married we always struggled with Christmas Day because we had so many places to go and never seemed to have enough time to enjoy the day together. A few years ago we decided to open our gifts from each other on Christmas Eve, after going to our church’s service. We spend the entire day together and have made this “our” tradition!

Jessica December 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

We love to load up in the car in jammies and drive to see Christmas lights. We have some great displays of “dancing lights” in our town!

Rosalia December 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

The holidays can be hectic…we have 3 places to visit. No real tradition–I just enjoy time with my family and now my 1 year old son!

beverly December 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

Everyone looks forward to the new ornament I give to them each year!

CHERIE MISTRETTA December 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

We have all the children open two gifts from my Gramma one is a toy or book and the other is a new pair of pajamas. They love it and now I do it for my boys, 17 and 20 and I get cute themes. I even get a pair for myself so we all match! I have just started drinking coffee so this would be awesome, thank you!! Good luck to me :)

Jae December 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

Our favorite family tradition is opening gifts on Christmas morning then enjoying a a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast, homemade cinnamon maple rolls, OJ, and coffee. It’s so comforting to be with the family during the holidays!

Lauren December 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the one we started last year with our baby girl – simply staying home and waking up Christmas morning in our own house. Now that we have two young kids, it’s nice to have the time with just the four of us.

Heather @ Side of Sneakers December 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

My favorite tradition is getting up early in the morning and making cinnamon rolls- the smell wafting through the house wakes everyone else up!

Terri A. December 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

Not so many traditions anymore, but growing up, we’d go to midnight mass and then come home and Santa had come! We’d stay up until 3 or 4am and open gifts and then would all sleep in on Christmas morning.

Andrea December 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

Our favorite tradition is listening to the Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving and baking the nut rolls! Merry Christmas

Sue Carter December 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

My favorite tradition is baking sugar cookies with my kids. We use my Mom’s old cookie cutters from when I was little. Lots of frosting, sprinkles, colored sugars and of course tasting! Merry Christmas Kevin & Amanda.

KellyM December 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

Even though it’s just my husband and me, I have a tradition of making a bunch of homemade pierogi which I share with both sides of the family on Christmas! I love the feeling of taking the time and making something that everyone enjoys.

Sarai December 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

One of my all time favorite Christmas traditions is watching “Christmas Vacation”…over and over and over again! It never gets old and is just as funny now as it was the first time I saw it.
Thanks for offering such an awesome giveaway! Merry Christmas!

Kelly M December 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

We have started the Elf on the Shelf at our house this year. The kids love it. My parents actually still give Santa gifts to us even though we are now grown. It was neat when my husband joined the family and noticed he had a ‘Santa’ gift under the tree. Now – 7 years later – he is excited for his ‘Santa’ gift.

chelsea December 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

I love stockings. My family takes a lot of care in choosing gifts for stockings for each other. With a cup of coffee on Christmas morning, we all unload our stockings one by one and discuss every little nick nack. It is a fun way to let the gift giving linger…

Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

We always have a yummy brunch-style breakfast Christmas morning and then all gather around to open gifts… and then we all pretty much take a nap in the afternoon! :)

Angela December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

With 3 little girls, under 6, it’s amazing to see their creativity @ such a young age! December 1st marks the date our annual gingerbread house festivities, followed. Y the advent calendar and looking for Elfie (our elf on the shelf). It all leads up to tradition of traveling to Chicago to see their grandparents & family (and the candy cane of lights!). Love seeing it through their eyes!! Thanks for the opportunity.

Sarah Baldukas December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

I am blessed that no matter how far away each family member lives, we are always together on Christmas Day. Our tradition is hold a home made Christmas dinner For the less fortunate. Noone should spend Christmas alone.

Deborah Lancelotta December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

My favorite new Christmas tradition is going over my husband’s Grandparent’s house on Christmas morning where we all cram into the living room while all his little cousins tear into presents all at the same time. Paper flies everywhere! It is the happiest day of the year. Merry Christmas!

Amanda Dawn December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

Christmas Eve is my Mother’s birthday. I’m not sure why but when I was young we started the tradition of opening all of our Christmas gifts (except our stockings and Santa’s gift) on Christmas Eve. Maybe my parents just liked to sleep in on Christmas morning while we played with our new toys. Now I am 28 and we still get together on Christmas Eve (with our spouses and grand children). We have a cake and let Mom open her birthday gifts…and then we tear into our own!
This works out well for me because as a married woman now, we spend time with my family and then we spent Christmas Day with his family. It works out so neatly. :)

Ruth H. December 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

When my children were small, I started buying them an ornament every year to commemorate something special for them that year. They would get to open them on Christmas Eve after we got back home from spending the evening with family. They are now 27 and 20 and I still get them an ornament and continued the tradition with my grandson who is now 3! When they move away from home, they get to take their ornaments with them and have an already decorated tree for their new home.

Ashley M. December 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

My husband and I buy an ornament each year to capture our year’s biggest moment. This year we have the Expecting in 2012 ornament!

Thanks for the Giveaway!

Laura December 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

What a wonderful give away! My dad LOVES Millstone coffee better than any other brand. Our traditions have changed since losing my mom, but I treasure the time with my dad more now, and I am learning to enjoy creating new traditions.

Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 7:28 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is making pierogies with my mom. We make them only one time each year and use a recipe that has been passed down in my father’s family for generations. It’s an all day affair and we make dozens upon dozens. I look forward to it each year.

Jenna December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Awesome giveaway! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is my mom’s delicious wassail she makes on Christmas Eve. Kinda like apple cider, but with a kick! :)

pola katelu December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

i love to spend my time with family, especially mom and dad just because i love them so much! really love :*

Jessica Burley December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

My favorite tradition is cookie baking! My family always dedicates a day to baking dozens and dozens of each persons favorite cookies. Then we bundle them up for friends and teachers!

Courtney December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

My brother and I used to sit at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning until we were given the all clear to come down. We still do that, only now it’s with our spouses and my son, so it’s gotten a little more crowded up there!

carol broughton December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is getting together with our good friends about a week before Christmas, having dinner together and driving through town looking at the beautiful Christmas lights!

Monique December 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

My favorite tradition is when we sitting down as a family on Christmas Eve and read Twas The Night Before Christmas. Then we put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.

Mallory December 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

my favorite tradition involved stocking stuffers in my family growing up, we always got an orange and apple but then we also got a toothbrush, floss and candy…odd but something my parents still do for us today…and I love it :)

Susan December 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

Since we don’t have kids yet every year the hubby and I make a point to wake up in our own house and have “Santa” for just us. This time next year we’ll have a little one to share Santa with, but I’m hoping that we can still find a minute or two before the kiddo is awake to have our special alone time to enjoy each other.

Jenn December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

Well my favorite holiday tradition is actually one that we don’t do anymore. But it still holds a special place in my heart and memories. I loved that every Christmas Eve my mom’s side of the family would get together and have Christmas together. We all went to church together and then we would head back to the house for hot ham and cheese sandwiches, sugar cookies, cheesecake, ect… It was great.

Kathy Miller December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

My Mom, Sister and I would get together and make candy for the family. Now that we live apart we still do this every year.

Amy (Peppermint Mocha Mama) December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

Every Christmas Eve, we gather up in the car in our pjs and drive around looking at everyone’s lighted decorations. When we get home, it’s time for a bit of cocoa and then the kids are put to bed… three hours or so later when they’re finally asleep, my husband and I can get down to the serious business of being Santa’s assembly line… lol.

Amy F December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

I make Monkey Bread Christmas morning. The kids LOVE to wake up to the smell and look forward to it each year.

Krissy December 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is to always leave cookies and milk for Santa and to sprinkle reindeer food on our front lawn. ;)

Jeanne ODonnell December 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

My family owns a resort, so we alway work every holiday. We are closed on Christmas eve and Christmas day, so the whole family gets together on Christmas eve at my sisters! We always look forward to this holiday season.

Kim Maddock December 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

Elf on the Shelf and unwrap a book every night in December to read…:)

bakingblonde December 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

My family (parents, grandparents, siblings/kids) rent a limo and ride around neighborhoods drinking hot cocoa and looking at the lights. Since we all chip in it is not that expensive and it is great to all be in one big, toasty warm car!

jane crawford December 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Although my family has several Christmas traditions, I guess my favorite would be that when my girls were babies, I started buying them matching Christmas pajamas that I give to them on Christmas Eve. They are now 24 and 20 and they are still wearing matching Christmas pj’s! One of the girl’s boyfriend is spending Christmas with us this year, and I even got him matching pajamas! I hope he doesn’t think I’m crazy!! Merry Christmas Kevin and Amanda!

Becky December 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Thanks for the giveaway!

Our favorite tradition is spending Christmas Eve at my Granni’s. The whole family (all 25 of us!) gathers together to prepare the meal and spend time together. After dinner we exchange gifts and watch It’s A Wonderful Life. This is something we have done ever since I was a young child and now, watching my children enjoy the tradition just makes it that much more meaningful.

Chrissy December 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Food is a big part of tradition for us. We make the same Christmas Eve dinner that my grandmother and mother made… shrimp salad, lobster bisque, popovers and lots of wine. Add family and any friends who are around and it’s perfect every year! I always feel extra blessed at the end of the evening. Merry Christmas!

Angie @ Bigbearswife December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is my Christmas date with hubby

Abigail December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

We have lots of traditions, but we read the old Tasha Tudor, The Night Before Christmas and open one early present Christmas Eve :)

Thank you for the lens post the other day! Very helpful even for a Nikon user :)

Christie December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

Our Elf on the Shelf!! He’s our annual tradition and the kids love when he shows up on Thanksgiving!

Thanks! Christie

Marcia December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

The tradition we had growing up was our mom would bake a cake and we would sing happy birthday to baby Jesus, Christmas morning, before opening our presents. A great way to remind us all what the day is really about.

Mandy December 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is taking my kids to the Zoo to see the Festival of Lights. We have gone every year since my girls were really little and in strollers. Now they are old enough to invite friends and we make a day of it. I also love going out to my mom’s a few weeks before and we all decorate her tree. I love when my girls ask me about the ornaments…my mom still has all the ornaments from when my sister and I grew up. Christmas is by far by favorite holiday. I definitely get sentimental and shmoopy this time of year. This will be the first Christmas without my Papaw but I know he’s with us in spirit. And for coffee drinkers there really isn’t anything like the Keurig. Yum. My parents have one and it makes such a big difference in the flavor of coffee. MMMMmmmmmm..

Fern S. December 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

Decorating the house. Family gatherings. Christmas pageants at Church performed by the children…The soft glow of the tree lights when all the other lights are turned off…Oh! and opening presents….:)

Samantha K December 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

My favorite family tradition is on Christmas Eve night. We have these huge stockings that are filled with most anything you can think of and we take a hour or more just opening everything that is the stockings. Thank you for this giveaway!!!

Beth December 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

We read “The Three Trees” every Christmas Eve as a family and all the kids open up their presents from the siblings!

Annie December 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

After Christmas Eve mass, we always drive through a local neighborhood well-known for it’s outrageous holiday light displays. It’s one long street full of decorations and tackiness, and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it!

Robin D December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

On Christmas eve everyone opens one gift. It is a pair of pajamas

Amanda December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

My favorite holiday tradition is coffee cake on Christmas morning with my family. My mom always goes to one of our favorite local bakeries on Christmas Eve and picks up one of their coffee cakes. It’s always amazing and I look forward to it every year.

Tiffanie December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

Our favorite tradition is the painting of the ornaments. My three kids get one unfinished ornament to paint, date, and then hang on the tree. They have so much fun doing this and seeing the ornaments from past years.

Melanie December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

One of my favorites is White Elephant. My grandmother started it out with the usual funny gifts 20+ years ago and it has since evolved into a version with nicer gifts. Either way is great.

Sara December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

Baking Christmas cookies with mom and whatever sisters are local that year! This year it even snowed!

Kim Ferland December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is how we put the presents under the tree. We all gather together in the living room and we have a special bell. Each person takes a turn to go out of the room to get their presents for others to put under the tree. When they are ready to come in with the presents they ring the bell and everyone hides their eyes til the presents are under the tree. There is always lots of oohing and aahing when you open your eyes and see new gifts!

Rene December 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

We go out to dinner and to the show with my sister and her family on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day at our house with our kids and grandkids! Happy Holidays!

susan frommer December 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

Being at home with candles burning and my two Airedales by my side

Denise P. December 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

I don’t celebrate; but I love coffee! : 0

Kim December 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’m from Vietnam and we pretty much don’t celebrate Christmas in our country:(.BUt,i’m sick and tired of that “tradition” and i’m aming for inviting some friend of mine over in the 24th to cook a fun festuve meal.Anddd,on the 25th,a warm hearty meal with my family(cuz they’re busy on the 24th).Any ideas for the menu,Amanda?

LinhC December 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

We’ve been trying to cut down on our coffee intake, so brewing a big pot of coffee is wasteful. My hubby’s been asking if I wanted one of these Keurig Brewing system so that we can make single cups of coffee.

One of our Christmas traditions is watching A Christmas Story together as a family.

Beth Gupta December 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

Thanks for the chance to play! :)
As my husband took us away from our home of Alabama a few years ago, our holiday tradition has become flying back in for the holidays. :) It’s always so fun to anticipate seeing our loved ones and being back home for a few days!

Michele V December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

…getting up real early…(shhh….) and filling all the stocking….then watching everyone check out their stockings while we enjoy our coffee at 6 am! wouldn’t have it any other way!
Thanks for a chance to win – Merry Christmas to you & Kevin & you know who else!

Melissa December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

we go to the same Christmas tree farm every year and choose our tree. My son loves choosing the tree and helping to cut it down. He also always remembers the candy canes the owners give to the kids!

Patricia December 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

Years ago I had a little 4 pound toy poodle, she was very spunky and loved Christmas. After we had set the table for our Christmas dinner we were all cooking and finishing up preperations when we were stopped in our tracks with my little Sheba running across the kitchen with the whole stick of butter in her mouth. She had gotten up on the table and snatched it off.

thienkim December 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

In the 24th,my family would spend the day preparing for our special dinner.I love it when we sit together in the living room,drinking hot choco or eggnog,just simply chatting.I love those little moments.

Shelle December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

We go out for dinner and to a Christmas Eve service with our children and their grandparents and then drive around to see Christmas lights.

Rachel M December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

My favorite holiday tradition is getting up early and turning on the “yule log” on tv and opening presents with my sister like when we were young (we’re both way too old to be doing that any more), but it’s still lots of fun!

Amy K December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

I love cutting our tree…the kids’ cheeks are rosy, hot cocoa awaits and hopefully no one argues as to which tree to choose!!

Erin N. December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

Oh my! What a great giveaway! I love to bake cookies with my boys 10, 5 and 4 and now my daughter (7 months) will be included…then after cookies are baked and decorated, we enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before going out to see Christmas lights. When we get home we pop popcorn and all snuggle up with blankets and pillows and watch a holiday movie together. Thanks for the chance to win! Happy Holidays! :)

Gail December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

Every year we make a gingerbread house, at least one, maybe more. It started about 30 years ago and my holiday isn’t complete until I have made a house!

Brandi Smith December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

Wow! What a great give away! So many traditions….but I have to say my favorite is candle light service at church on Christmas Eve. It’s a beautiful way to come together with your family and reflect on your blessings in a reverent way.

Kelli December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

This year is the first Christmas my husband and I will be celebrating away from all family thanks to a cross country move. It’s also our daughter’s first Christmas! We don’t have many traditions of our own yet but we’ve always given each other a new ornament in our stockings. I’m having so much fun this year doing new things with the baby and can’t wait to see what traditions she’ll remember when she grows up.

stephanie December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

My husband and I love to watch the back to back showing of The Christmas Story. Love that movie!

Lisa December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

As always – super cool giveaway.

I am starting my own traditions being that I am newly married, but my favorite growing up was baking with my Mom. I still do that today too! Love it!

Glori December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

Our favorite tradition is focusing on the giving of Christmas rather than the getting. We always pass the gifts out to the person “giving” them and them we begin with youngest. They get to give each one of their gifts and that puts the focus and joy on the giving rather than the getting. Even when my children were very small, just 2 & 3 years old, I would take them to the dollar store and let them pick out gifts for all their filt members and they paid for it out of their own banks.

To this day, they are now 21 & 18, my children are tremendous givers all year long. I believe that this tradition had something to do with that!

As far as the Kuerig goes, if I win it will be a gift for my very wonderful in-laws who have been wanting one! Thanks for the chance, Amanda.

Carla Minton December 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

First of all thanks for this opportunity! I have made a tradition with my 3 children that I get them each jammies for Christmas but I let them open it on Christmas Eve night, and they get to wear them to bed. They just love this. They look forward to it every year!


alyssa manno December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

My favorite holiday tradition is attending my friend’s gingerbread house decorating party. She bakes 18 houses, assembles them and has them waiting for us to decorate when we arrive. We choose from every kind of candy imaginable! Spending the day with my girlfriends, decorating, eating, drinking…sooo much fun!

Meg December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

My favorite Holiday Tradition is ice skating!!

Susan T December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

Open presents with my family after dinner on Christmas Eve. My grandmother loved Christmas, and never could wait for Christmas morning to open her gifts. In her honor, we’ve continued the tradition for 50 years.

Kyra December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

One of my favorite holiday traditions from when I was growing up (and continue today with my own children) is waiting to open Christmas presents until after breakfast is done and dishes are clean. Then we all sit down and hand out presents one by one so everyone can appreciate the gifts they are getting and see what everyone else is getting too. It helps build anticipation and fosters patience in the kids. (Although we do get to do stockings as soon as we get up!)

Eli Ruggles December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

We get up on Christmas morning and open presents at home, then pack up and travel to be with family for the rest of Christmas Day.

Christy F December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

I absolutely love going around and seeing the Christmas lights

Elizabeth December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is a antique crystal candlestick for each family member in the middle of the table signifying the light of Christ in each of us. Our table glows with the light and love!

Analisa W. December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

I love everything about Christmas. One of our favorite traditions is driving around to look at all the Christmas lights in our nearby neighborhoods. Our young children especially love it. My friends and I also sponsor a needy family for Christmas and we all love to go shopping for their gifts.

stacey December 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

We watch a movie and enjoy our family. Coffee and hot chocote and cookies.

Candy December 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

My favorite tradition is just spending time with my family and baking. I also love putting up the tree together and decorating for Christmas.

Darla December 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

What a fabulous giveaway! One of our traditions is eating brunch together on Christmas day.

Charlotte December 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

We go to the Christmas program at church on Christmas Eve. We open gifts on Christmas morning, followed by a big dinner with all the family!

Tracy December 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

My grandmother gave us a stocking holder with numbered blocks to count down the days until Christmas. Every morning when my son gets up, the first thing he does is change the blocks to reflect the correct number of days until Christmas. It’s a little stressful for me to see how few days I have left to finish up my shopping, but it’s so funny to hear the sound of those blocks being switched around at 6:10 a.m. every morning!!!

Heather December 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

One of my Best Christmas Memories is finding out that My mom was Brest Cancer free right before Christmas. And then I felt I was then free to Try to get Pregnant knowing that she would now be by my side to share with me the wonderful experience of being a grandma. We had a Christmas party on Christmas eve and the song “Christmas Shoes ” came on and my mom and I held each other and cried throughout the song. My sister in-law said “what is wrong with you? Are you pregnant?. Sure enough I was….. So thankful that I can say she still does not have cancer.

Alex December 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

One of my favorite traditions we’ve been doing for the last 7 or 8 years has been drawing on paper plates what’s happened the past year (what was most important to us) and then passing it around to each other. This way we can really appreciate all that’s happened in only one year – usually quite a lot!

Amanda Smith December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is still sleeping at my parent’s house Christmas Eve with my two older brothers (even at the ages of 23, 27 & 31) and waking them up at the crack of dawn to open presents.

Lauren December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

My favorite holiday tradition is one my in-laws introduced to me. We have a birthday cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas Eve. It’s a very special time for us.

Melissa Jones December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

We started making Gingerbread people every year with our daughter. It’s been fun to include other parts of the family in this tradition and watch cousins get into the fun of decorating the cookies.

Katherine December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

This is our first Christmas with our 6-month old son so we are starting new traditions this year for our little family. After Christmas Eve dinner at my grandmother’s, we will come home and open one gift (Christmas pajamas), read The Night before Christmas and The Christmas story, and have all of the granparents over for breakfast the next morning to see him open his gifts!

Elizabeth December 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

On Christmas Eve, all the family, and any neighbours or friends, are together for a seafood extravanza. My father would only eat fish for Christmas Eve supper as he would be partaking in Communion at midnight. When my children were born (30 years ago), I moved the Christmas Eve festivities to my house. The fish dishes remained but grew over the years in both numbers and deliciousness; shrimp, scallops, cod au gratin, salmon, etc but with non fish appetizers and sides.

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