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Share Your Holiday Traditions to Win

Share Your Holiday Traditions to Win

There are plenty of signs that the holidays are coming.  The nights get darker earlier, the weather starts to get colder and in some parts of the country it's already snowing. City streets are decorated with lights and garlands and store windows are embossed with snowy scenes.  With Thanksgiving now passed, how do you make the holidays fun and keep the spirit running through the end of the year?

For many of us the holidays is a time when we return to a childhood feeling but there is always opportunity to introduce a new tradition for you and your family.  What do you like to do to make this time of year special?  It's so much fun to go out for coffee or have wine with old friends or perhaps you go ice skating or take winter walk.  If you love crafts or cooking there's such a huge variety of fabulous recipes and projects you can make and thanks to the internet the new and creative ideas for the holidays are endless.  For some of us, making popcorn, kicking back and watching a family movie is the perfect way to spend family time together.

We'd like to hear your favorite, most creative or best loved holiday tradition or a review of your favorite holiday movie.

To be entered to win one of our prizes this week, simply create a review for a holiday movie or share your holiday traditions in the comment section below.  Maybe you'll get some ideas to add to your family favorites this year!

 

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 Prizes:



The All-American Cookie Book by Nancy Baggett


Create-a-treat Gingerbread House


Love Actually (Blu-ray)


Snow by Cynthia Rylant


The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector's Edition (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)


The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole Pixie-Elf

 

The contest starts Dec 7, 2011 and ends Dec 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Must be a US resident. No purchase necessary.

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  • cinnamonrolll By cinnamonrolll
    12.07.11  

    Our tradition driving through the city looking at Christmas lights. Afterward, we get ice cream. It sounds crazy, but it works in Texas!

  • mega6_vancouver By mega6_vancouver
    12.07.11  

    We started a new tradition this year and that was going to a tree farm and cutting down our very own tree. We hope to continue this year after year at the same tree farm with my kids, hubby and my parents.

  • Karenf By Karenf
    12.07.11  

    We like to go on drives, as it gets closer to x-mas, and look at all the lights. There are a few streets that are really nicely decorated and we drive through and then walk around at night. The kids get hot chocolate at the end of the night.

  • Carolyn220 By Carolyn220
    12.07.11  

    We spend the weeks of advent preparing for Christmas. Then on Christmas eve we get up early and gt a tree. We eat a big breakfast and break out the christmas music. We spend all day decorating the tree together and decorating the house. We invite all the family and have a nice afternoon dinner and enjoy the fruits of our labor! The kids really get excited about decorating the tree and putting up our decor. We also enjoy the christmas cookies and a bit of mulled wine ( the adults only obviously)

  • snwlprd37 By snwlprd37
    12.07.11  

    Our tradition is making Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar Cookies and decorating the Sugar Cookies together as a family. Then we distribute the cookies to our friends and neighbors. We love seeing the looks on their faces when we show up bearing cookies!

  • dlfk20 By dlfk20
    12.07.11  

    My favorite tradition is to have the car loaded up when hubby gets home from work on Christmas eve, we drive up to my parents house, have oyster stew for dinner that night. Mom and I stay up late cooking, baking, wrapping and getting a chance to really visit. We spend the night and have the whole family out for "dinner" about 2. It is a lot of work for the two of us to cook it all but it is also so much fun, working together. Spending the day with all the family- nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters, and of course my parents. I love the time until it is time to load the car back up and head home. I never am ready to go home.

  • dreampeddler By dreampeddler
    12.07.11  

    So many traditions! My Dad and I watch the "A Christmas Story" marathon on TV, we all have a seafood dinner on Christmas Eve and open one gift, and all of us make a snowman on Christmas Day!

  • 6grands By 6grands
    12.07.11  

    Since my kids were young, my mom, siblings & our kids would get together on Christmas Eve to see the "early gifts" Santa brought, we all baked and shared cookies and loved to watch "The Christmas Story". Sadly, my mom is no longer with us, but my kids and grands still carry on this Christmas Eve tradition with me. It is soo great to see the little ones faces light up when they see what Santa brought to Mom-Mom's house for them, then watch them go to bed to await Santa's visit to their house!

  • bufflady By bufflady
    12.07.11  

    lighting my family menorah and remembering relatives who are gone has always been my tradition .. in the last few years , watching ELF at least 3x has been added to the holiday rituals. as well as remembering the wild critters outside - i always make birdseed wreaths ... for myself and bird and squirrel loving friends . to hang outdoors during the holidays ... and all winter long..friends have looked forward to receiving them .... that brings me joy!

  • rellibell By rellibell
    12.07.11  

    My most loved Christmas Tradition has to be our Christmas Eve book. My parents started when I was about 5 years old trying to instill a love of book into all 4 of us kids and they would buy us a book and wrap each of our books with a different ribbon. Each year we would have to give a brief report of the book we'd received the year before and after we'd all finished we were ushered upstairs while mom and dad hid our new books around the living room. Then when we came back we'd get a piece of the ribbon on our book and have to search for it like hide and seek! The only rules were if you found someone else's book you couldn't say anything and once you had your book you had to wait for the others to find theirs before you could open it. To this day I LOVE books and reading and attribute it to my parents awesome Christmas Tradition they started when we were all so young :-)

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