Sunday, 9 December 2012

Blog hopping and prizes

When we found out our friend Michele over at The Quilting Gallery was hosting a blog hop we couldn't HELP but hop along :)



As part of the blog hop we are running a competition here at The Christmas Beetle.  All you have to do to be in the running to win the following:

A Christmas Story pattern book by Anni Downs,
A Meme's quilt pattern (in a Christmas theme),
A Gail Pan pattern (in a Christmas theme),
and
A Hugs and Kisses pattern (also in a Christmas theme),

is to comment here on our blog and tell us about a Christmas Tradition you and your family have.
I love to hear about traditions, they mean alot to our family and I can't wait to hear about yours.
Merry Christmas to everyone, be blessed and stay safe this Christmas.
Mrs C xxxxx.

122 comments:

  1. Hi Michele...a tradition of ours is that we all get to hang a new decoration on the tree every year whether it's a homemade one or a bought one....Great prize Michele....I would love to win that Christmas Story book by Anni...thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway xoxox

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  2. What an exciting time. For me its all about making new traditions. If I am at Mum's then the tradition is for all the decorations must be in the same places as they were when we were kids.

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  3. I have made my Christmas pudding today. My mother in law died the year we got married (27 years ago) and she had always made the Christmas pudding in the family( and her mother before that). So it was my job to take over the making of the pudding and the pudding is loved by my side of the family as well. It was my husband's grandma's recipe and she came to Australia from the UK after she got married. The story goes that she was a tutor in a large home in the UK and was friends with the cook of the house. This is the cook's pudding recipe that she has made ever since, and followed by my mother in law, and now I make it. My mother in law always aimed to make it in October, but I am rather late this year!

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  4. Our tradition is to play boardgames on christmas day with friends and family, that is a wonderful time each year.
    Thanks for the great give away, thats amazing !!

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  5. We always have two celebrations, one on christmas eve and one christmas day. On Christmas eve we have a ham dinner and the kids could open one present that night. It was the present that they bought for each other. This way they learned about giving and receiving and it didn't get lost in the christmas day presents.

    Debbie

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  6. We always travel to my Grandads the weekend before xmas and all the Aunties, Uncle and cousins gather for lunch. Then a some time thru the day my grandad dresses up and he and my nana do a small show for the Grandchildren and great Grandchildren before they hand out the pressies. It is so funny-my grandad was a fairy last year-my boys where crying with laugher (they are 17 and 15). Can't wait to see what he is this year! My grandad is 85.
    Michelle

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  7. I started this tradition when my boys were very young. We always put out the decorations they made at playgroup, kinder and school. We also put the Christmas tree up on the 1st December, although I don't know what happened this year. We only put it up yesterday!

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  8. I always make sure any of the children's decorations are in full view. My children are now 31 & 32 & I have grandchildren who are just starting to make things so hopefully they'll make something for Grandma to add to the collection. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  9. My family has started getting together before Christmas Day, so now I need to create my own traditions, haven't got too far yet, since the house I am renting is up for sale so this year not even the decorations will be put up, but I love to think of what I might do, and reading other people's traditions has been lovely. Thanks so much Michele :)

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  10. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Of course our family always have a Christmas tree, but one of the Christmas traditions in Russia is to cook Olivier salad (also known and Russian potato salad) :)

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  11. We go outside on Christmas Eve and look at the stars and try to imagine how the shepherds felt when they were watching their sheep and all of those angels 'popped' in for a visit.

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  12. the advent candles... my daughter just reminded me of that yesterday at her house

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  13. Standing rib roast and Yorkshire pudding for Christmas Dinner is one tradition we don't mess with. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  14. I think my favorite is that each year my children receive a new ornament. It is usually something that significant. Sometimes I buy them and other times I make them. for example, this year my son is getting a French horn ornament as he excelled at playing this year, my other is getting a kayak ornament because he is saving to buy one.

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  15. When I was little we were allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. I am continuing this tradtion with my family. We also gather in the youngest's room to read Twas A Night Before Christmas!

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  16. My family always stir the Christmas pudding mix and make a wish!

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  17. Wow great give away you have, thank you. Our tradition is to join with all my family at one place and celebrate christmas together. All families make something to add at the diner. No presents here, that's no Dutch tradition (we have Sinterklaas at 5 december, he bings presents)

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  18. My brother and I make a gingerbread house!

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  19. We open gifts on Christmas Eve one by one youngest to oldest. When we have big gatherings it takes hours but it's so see each gift and the reactions to it! Thanks for a great giveaway chance!

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  20. We decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving... listening to Chritmas songs...

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  21. We open one gift on Christmas Eve. Always new pajamas, so they will look good on pictures next morning. Thnaks for chance to win.

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  22. we sit and eat mince pies and listen to carols on xmas eve evening waiting for santa

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  23. We have PJ day on the day after Christmas Day. We wear our new PJs all day and stay in, enjoying our gifts and cold left-over food. It is very relaxing. Love it.

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  24. Getting a live fresh christmas tree. Currently it keeps my 2yr old mesmerized !

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  25. We have a cookie decorating party for the grandkids and friends.. its a free for all, I will be posting some pic on my blog today

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  26. As a child I always wanted to make a gingerbread house but never got to. Now I do it every year with my girls on Christmas eve.

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  27. We bake a cookie called Springerlies. They take a special rolling pin or press to make traditional German designs on them. Then you put away one tin of them to open on the following Thanksgiving. Over the Christmas season you have the fresh cakey ones from this year and the hard ones from last year perfect for dipping in hot drinks.

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  28. We open a new (well, new since last year anyway) book every night leading up to Christmas.

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  29. Wow, what an amazing giveaway. Every year, when we're away for the weekend or out for the day, we find a few new christmas decorations for the tree, it means our tree is full of memories.

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  30. We don't really have any traditions. We put our tree up on Thanksgiving night, um... and we open one gift on Christmas Eve and last year we started Elf on the Shelf

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  31. Thank you for the chance.
    I too have a giveaway.
    The new tradition we started this year are the 12 days of christmas gift bags. such fun.

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  32. We don't have any traditions to be honest, neither mum and I are huge into Christmas, no tree, not much decorations lol but we do love baking cookies and the Grimm's Brother's carols they show on TV lol ;)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Hello Michelle,

    Our tree goes up December 1st each year. Driving around at night looking at the lights and it certainly wouldn't be Christmas without watching Chevy Chases Christmas Vacation Movie.

    Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway.

    Merry Christmas.
    Bev.xoxo

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  34. On Christmas Eve, we always go to the service at my church and have a small family dinner before the big dinner with our whole family on Christmas Day. Before we go to bed, we open up one present each and put on our holiday pajamas to sleep in!

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  35. It is our tradition to open stockings first in the morning and savour them, then eat breakfast, put on the turkey and only then do we open the presents.

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  36. When I was young, my extended family always got together for a family game night on Christmas Eve. Each child was allowed to open up one present at the party! Now that our extended family is too big, we can't have this party anymore. However, I plan to keep this tradition for my future family!

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  37. We always attach an ornament to every gift.

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  38. We are still a young family, making traditions. One thing we always do is hubby's family gift exchange on Christmas Eve, church Christmas morning, and usually Christmas dinner with the in-laws too. My family celebrates together New Years' Eve/Day.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  39. We go to church on Christmas eve to celebrate the birth of our Lord. My oldest son was born on Christmas eve so we celebrate his birth too when we get home.

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  40. When my daughter was only 4 she decided she wanted to sleep up the newly decorated and lit Christmas tree. SHe is almost 15 now and so far has kept up the tradition. I don't think it will last much longer, so I will cherish the memories.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  41. We love to sing (karaoke) on the Christmas Eve. My family love to sing especially my younger sister :D

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  42. We watch It's A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve.

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail. com

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  43. We have a few - we go to the Christmas Pageant in Adelaide -getting there for 6:30am then we go to Myer to buy the girls a new ornament each for the tree. We have home made advent calendars and advent candles (difficult to find in Australia but they remind me of Christmas when I was growing up in the North of England).

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  44. Our Christmas tradition is to buy lots of pressies for our hounds.... we dont have kids so the hounds get spoilt with stuffed toys from charity shops, chew bones, dog treats and they get a bit of turkey or chicken Christmas dinner.... why not they are our babies, they get better spoilt than the Queen's Corgis..... well Ive got to sign off now buy Merry Christmas to you all and thankyou thankyou for doing the give away....

    acrylicss@aol.com

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  45. My husband and I take our two children down to the beach for Christmas Eve. We eat hot chips on the beach, splash in the waves and watch the sun set before heading home to open a tin cracker with a small gift for the children. Then they go to bed and I think I will have an early night but never do.

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  46. Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA! I love this time of year! I love the family and friends get-togethers, the laughs, the food, the fun. What I don't like is the "commercialization" of it all. People spend way to much on "buying". My mom and I have a great tradition we started almost 10 years ago that help with this! Our stocking to each other is everything we get free during the year. It is so much fun thinking of Christmas all year this way. We love it - it is so much fun collecting stuff all year. This year I have great things for mom. Two of my favorites are patterns I won from Gail Pan and The Wooden Bear! I would love to add this gift from you too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. Good morning from Idaho! We live in a ski resort community, and so every Christmas Eve our family goes to the ski mountain to watch the Torchlight Parade. Skiers carry large red torches as they wind their way down the hill. Christmas music plays in the background, there is hot chocolate and sugar cookies to be had, and then the parade is topped off with a fireworks display. If we moved away, we would surely miss this special part of the evening. (Love your site, btw! So fun to have Christmas all year long, as if should be!)

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  48. Our craziest Christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve - we always watch Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase any year after year it is just as funny... You have such a nice site - so enjoyed it. Thanks for the chance to win.
    MaryLou
    Fun4Me1249@aol.com

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  49. Our Christmas tradition is for everyone to come on Christmas Eve and bring an appetizer. There are around 60 of us here and we enjoy the visiting and sharing of gifts while we snack.

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  50. Thanks for being part of the hop! We live on a lake and each year they have a really fun parade of boats. It puts you in the spirit. Thanks again.

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  51. We always go for a drive every year to look at Christmas lights. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. Every December we take the kids to Candy Cane Lane in our city. It is so fun to hear the kids oohing and aahing over all the decorations & lights. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  53. Ever since my mom was a child, Christmas Eve dinner always included Swedish meatballs. The tradition continues on even 80 years later.

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  54. Hello from Minnesota! At my house it's just me and my spouse but we like to concentrate on enjoying the season to the fullest so we get our shopping finished early, put the tree and lights up before it gets too cold and dreary out, stock up on treats and program our digital calendars with all of the community Christmas celebrations, holidays shows downtown, and friend/family parties so we are organized (an have options.) Finally, we divide the Advent calendar (I fill the odd days for him and he does the evens for me) so we get a special treat every day in December.

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  55. Our family likes to drive through the neighborhoods that put out luminaries on Christmas Eve.

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  56. One Christmas tradition we have is reading out loud to one another, beginning with the scriptures story of Christmas, and ending with it, too. In between: A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carole, The Gift of the Magi, etc.

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  57. Driving around looking at all the Christmas lights. Such fun nights, "go down this street" "your side" "my side" "look at that" "Ahhh". The list goes on.

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  58. my sister & I have sister Christmas dates where we forget about families & drive the city, touring & making snarky comments of Christmas lights :) LOL we also ew & aw over the good ones!

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  59. Our Christmas tradition is to have a HUGE breakfast before we open gifts. Then we sit around and watch movies most of the day and just be LAZY!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  60. Christmas is family time, meeting up with friends, and writing to those far away. Communication and love... and the food of course!
    Di

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  61. We're starting new traditions. Last weekend I made a gingerbread house with my 2 year old.

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  62. Since my moms b-day is christmas day we always celebrate her b-day first and then we get to celebrate x-mas.

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  63. Oh I am so excited to have Christmas this year. My grandkids are coming and I get to spend the whole week with them. Every year we get a new ornament for each family member to add to their tree. This year I am making everyone plump partridge ornaments. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  64. One of our family traditions is to eat Christmas dinner by candle light. I started this years ago hoping the boys would behave better if we had candles. Now they say don't forget the candles Mom! Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  65. Our Christmas tradition is to head out of town as soon as the work whistle blows for the holidays. We rotate visiting our families (this year my husband's family). Merry Christmas and thank you for this great giveaway.

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  66. My daughters and I have a tradition, every year we scour the shops in town to find the perfect ornament to represent us that year. It's fun to watch the girls as they grow (they are now 12 and 13) and their tastes change. We're destined to have Spongebob squarepants on our tree for many years but now they are looking to more grown up sparkly ornaments.

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  67. I started giving each child a special ornament. Each year they got another. When they got married their ornaments moved to their new home to adorn their tree. Thank you for the great giveaway! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  68. We snuggle with the kids nightly and they pick a Christmas story and we have a read aloud with everyone - culminating in 'twas the night before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

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  69. We like to snuggle in with our hot chocolate and popcorn for Christmas movies when the kids are out for the school break!
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  70. Every year since my kids were born I've been giving them a Christmas ornament. That way when they get their own tree some day they have a set of ornaments full of memories. :) Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays to You! :)

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  71. My family goes to look at lights on christmas eve.

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  72. Seguidora nova GFC 35.Reunir nem que seja uma parte da família,cada ano em uma casa.Este vamos para casa de uma prima,pela primeira vez ,agora ela tem uma casa grande.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  73. I think our main xmas tradition is just being together as a family. Life gets very busy and it is easy to be off in all directions, but it is the one day of the year we stop everything and just enjoy spending time together enjoying all the xmas treats

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  74. A Christmas tradition we have is to make the Christmas cookies as a family.

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  75. My Mom bought me an ornament every year, and it represented something special or significant for me in that year. I love sharing the stories with my 2 young girls as we decorate the tree with my ornaments. I have also carried forth that tradition with my own two girls.

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  76. One big box of choclates, chared between me and my hubby. That´s something we´ll never give up on christmas and the choclate must be Marabou, Pardise :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lappp.se

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  77. My husband, my sister, her husband, 2 nieces, their husbands, one grand newphew, get together at Moms on Christmas Eve. We give hugs, drink, eat and exchange gifts. It is a tradition that will keep going until my dear mom passes away. Then, who knows? My husband and I like to cruise our subdivision when going home and seeing all the different lawn decorations. So exciting to see and to enjoy. You are certainly giving a bunch of goodies. WOW - Thank you for giving all of us, your followers, a chance to win. Happy Holidays.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net
    Sonora, CA

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  78. We have a Swiss fondue dinner at Christmas eve. That's a tradition my parents established when we were kids, and now I'm having the fondue dinner every Christmas eve with my kids.

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  79. My favorite tradition is our Trim-the-Tree party that we hold the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. We put up our tree and enjoy orange danish rolls and hot apple cider before continuing with the decorating. It's become so well known that we do this that when we were visiting relatives in another state this Thanksgiving, they decided to put up their tree on Friday evening while we were there...and then brought out orange danish rolls for us! What a warm memory that was! And how very thoughtful!

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  80. We don't really have any Christmas traditions.
    Though I do think we need to start some. Maybe I will make homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast every Christmas morning from now on.

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  81. We jump in the car with a bag of home made cookies and thermos of hot chocolate and drive around the town to look at lights!

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  82. Christmas caroling was a tradition when I was growing up. I loved to see the joy on people's faces as we sang to them.

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  83. When my boys were just old enough to start to doubt Santa. We got in the car on Christmas Eve to go look at Christmas lights. I said I had left my purse in the house and ran in, took Santa gifts from the closet and put them under the tree. We went to look at the lights and when we got back my younger son breathed in awe, "Joel, there is a Santa, he came." From then on, we opened presents on Christmas Eve--we were at the beginning of Santa's route.

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  84. We love to decorate the house and tree as a family. Everybody has their favourite decorations to put up. Thanks for the opportunity on a great draw and have a Merry Christmas. bonnielarson58(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  85. Our favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree. We have collected ornaments over the years, and also have part of my dear Dad's ornament collection - so many memories!

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  86. As a family we cut since a few years paperstars and decorate the windows with it. Just love this!Thanks for the lovely give away and I look forward to read more!

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  87. A tradition that we have had for years now is to have our own small family Christmas on Christmas Eve, then on Christmas Day we head to my parent's house to get together with them and with my sister & her husband. When our girls were younger it was just too difficult to do everything in one day. They didn't mind since they felt like they get 2 Christmases that way! We still do it that way so that it can be a more relaxed celebration no matter where it's taking place. :)

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  88. This is our 3rd year not celebrating with our families and it has been a huge adjustment to not be with the grandparents, aunts and uncles, ,cousins...We moved to the east coast of Canada 3 years ago; my parents, brother and his family moved to the west coast a few months later. For a family that is used to spending all the holidays together this is huge. We had to start new traditions...the favourite is drawing names on Boxing Day. Rather than buying gifts, you make a gift for the person that you picked. It is wonderful seeing the kids jump on board and how much thought they put into their gifts. My dad, brother, husband and nephew participate with as much excitement as the girls. They have learned how to sew, wood carve, do needlepoint and tie dye t-shirts! It is the gift under the tree that we look forward to the most to see what was made "just for me". Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

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  89. The traditon I love the best is 9 years old now. So it is kind a new tradition.Their is this gorgeous huge church in the city and every year they do this huge live outdoors Bethlehem villiage and they have all these buildings and barns and shops and tons of live animals and all the people are in costume yes it is the entire city of Bethlehem.. And the angels are out of this world they look so real with these huge magnificent feathered wings. It is done at night and it is a 1 mile long drive through and this will be our 9th Christmas. And of course the highlight is the baby jesus in the manger and yes tehy have a live baby and whomevers baby it is is Mary that year...
    conn_and_vans_mom@yahoo.com

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  90. well putting up the tree on the 24th and decorating it after the big cleaning ... we don't do any other seasonal decoration

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  91. Our tradition is to spend Christmas morning with our grand kids!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  92. Very generous give away. A Christmas tradition is opening 1 gift Christmas Eve, the rest Christmas morning.

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  93. Our tradition is having our big turkey dinner on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day.

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  94. One tradition that we have is to put up the tree and let the grandchildren decorate it. Thank you for a fantastic giveaway.

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  95. Cookies for santa, carrots for the reindeer, angel on top of the tree and the reading of the night before Christmas

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  96. Thank you for being in this fun blog hop. Merry Christmas. It's just been my husband and me for the last 20 plus years and we really don't have a tradition. Mostly just watch Christmas movies on TV.

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  97. Family dinners are the best tradition ever for me :) Thanks for the great givaway!

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  98. We are entering into new traditions this year. So a first this year is making gingerbread houses! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  99. We're actually still working on developing new traditions. Normally we have our big family dinner on Boxing Day, which is quite fun - makes Christmas ast longer, but that's not happening this year. I still want turkey. :)

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  100. the kids decorate the tree each year. thanks and merry christmas. I follow via GFC. vickise@gmail.com

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  101. We let the children open one package on Christmas eve so they have new pjs for Christmas.

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  102. We have an all night cookie bake!

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    1. HI Delores, CONGRATULATIONS you are our winner.
      Could you please email us at
      orders@thechristmasbeetle.com.au and give us your postal details.
      We can't wait to get these goodies in the post to you.
      Mrs C xxxxx

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  103. Christmas is not Christmas without the turkey dinner and all the trimmings! Happy Holidays!

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  104. decorate three each Christmas. hugs

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  105. We pop popcorn and then hand string it for decorating the tree:)

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  106. decorate gingerbread houses is my favorite activity with my grand kids...

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  107. Our family makes Sandtart cookies, rolled and cut out, with cinnamon and sugar on top.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  108. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite tradition is baking cookies. Everyone get to pick their favorite cookie and we all help bake as a family.
    betcrawford at verizon dot net

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  109. Christmas all year?! SIGN.ME.UP! :D
    Our Christmas tradition is to stay in our jammies all day, Skype all of our family back home in Canada, and of course - TURKEY! Yummmmmmm.....
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    x
    Erin
    (p.s.: I'm not sure if you'd be interested or not, but I've started a new bee: Simply Solids: a modern {bee}, and we're looking for Australasia members...here's my blog if you want any more info!
    http://mummyquilts.blogspot.com/2012/11/members-wanted-simply-solids-modern-bee.html)

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  110. Not really a Christmas tradition, but one for New Years eve: we deep fry apple slices dipped in dough, and apple fritters for a nice treat. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  111. There's no tradition except loads of home cooked feasts and home baked cookes/cakes and handmade gifts for everyone. The house is filled to the brim with family and friends.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. may the coming year bless you and your family with everything your hearts desire

    Usha
    usharaneem@yahoo.com

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  112. We go for a drive to enjoy all the Christmas lights in our neighborhood. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  113. We always have a family fun night (as my son calls it) the weekend before Christmas - a special dinner followed by a Christmas movie.
    Linda
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  114. Great giveaway! We have two traditions at Christmas time: going to church on Christmas Eve, and adding one new ornament to the tree each year. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  115. I love opening gifts one by one, youngest to oldest. It can take a long time, but now that the adults don't buy for every other adult, it is really fun.

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  116. We love attending our local Carols by Candlelight concert.

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  117. To put up the Christmas tree on my birthday (it doesn't always get completely decorated) but when you have a December birthday it makes a fun birthday/Christmas tradition. Merry Christmas to you!

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  118. We always (still) go to grandmas house (even though it's only grandpa left). There are a ton of us that descend, and cause utter chaos. It's a blast! There is always a "chorange" in the toe of the stocking (my mom always put an orange, but we never ate them, so we get a big orange flavored/shaped chocolate to put in our kids).

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  119. Hi neighbours! Here in NZ my family tradition is to have croissants for breakfast, pavlova for dessert and a barbecue to finish at teatime (if anyone is still hungry!) Have a great Christmas!

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