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Last Minute Card Idea

Nothing says joy and fun like confetti, does it? Just one look at it makes you giddy. Especially when it’s wrapped up in a little ‘package’ and you can shake it around and see where it goes inside.

Colorful. Bright. Shiny.  It’s what Laura’s card is all about today.

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[ DesignsSanta’s Workshop: Toys Only (envelope) / December Twenty-Five (do not open) / Confetti (confetti) ]


I adore this idea! I love that Laura stitched at transparency on the front of a petal envelope to contain all that fluttery fun. What a great idea!


Here’s what Laura has to say:

Now that my girls are older, along with my nieces, I give a lot of gift cards at Christmas time. So I’m always looking for fun ways to give them. When I saw the cute little pinked petal envelope in Kerri’s Santa’s Workshop: Toys Only, I pictured it paired up with the Confetti kit to create a fun shaker envelope.

  • I cut the envelope from some tone-on-tone patterned paper, picking a lighter color so that the other elements would stand out against it.
  • I cut a piece of a transparency just slightly smaller then the size of the envelope and machine stitched it to the front of the envelope, leaving one side open.
  • I used Kerri’s Confetti kit to cut pieces of confetti from two different patterned papers and then dropped them into the “pocket” I had created with the transparency.
  • I added in some red, green, and silver sequins before sewing the last side of the transparency closed.
  • I cut the “do not open” from Kerri’s December Twenty-Five kit and adhered it directly to the top of the transparency, using some tiny alpha stickers to finish off my sentiment. Or maybe I should call it my “instructions” to the recipient of the gift :)


Seriously
. So much fun!! And using the Confetti kit to make the confetti? Brilliant.

so love.


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And now, a brand new kit to play with for this holiday season!

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Your very own Christmas tree lot . . .
and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to find the perfect one. :)

I imagine them all being white-on-white. My favorite color combo, of course.

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I can’t believe Christmas is almost here!!!

Pam - December 20, 2014 - 8:00 am

I’ve been giving a lot of gift cards, too. Thanks for sharing this fun idea!

Pretty Little Packages

Be still my heart.

If you are looking for some last-minute gift idea, look no further because Miss Nichol has some of the most amaaaaaazing ideas right here.

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[ Designs | The Pillow Box (pillow boxes) / Santa’s Workshop (box, bow, snowflake)

Can I just say *squeal*?!

I’m absolutely giddy. Who wouldn’t want a gift wrapped up in shiny gold packaging…it’s just ever-so dreamy. I think this is gorgeous just ‘as is’ too…put it under a little tree, just for fun. Nichol always has fabulous packaging going on every year, and this year is just absolutely beautiful! 

Hmm. I may just have to reconsider a couple of gifts Santa’s bringing.
It’s all in the details baby.


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Sometimes you just need a tiny box or package for a gift and those little boxes at the store can be pricey and finding exactly what you’re looking for can be a challenge, too. With Kerri’s cut files, you can make exactly what you want in a snap! Even better? If you short on time and don’t want to mess with adding extra frills, Kerri has pillow box and gift card files that are all pre-made. All you have to do is print and cut! How awesome is that?!!!!

For this little set of elegant gift packaging, I used 3 of Kerri’s packaging designs (the small box, the pillow box and petal envelope) to create a coordinating group of pretty packages! I used the basic cut files (no print and cut) and then decorated them with little bits of this and that from my craft stash! I even die cut the pretty gold bow (consider cutting a bunch of these to have on hand to adhere to packages….if you’re like me you tend to forget bows and run out halfway through wrapping!) and a gold snowflake to add to the theme of the set of packages.

I know we are all short on time during the holiday season. All five of these went together in less than an hour! You can add as much or as little as you want and the best part? You can cut the boxes/packages in any color you want!

Tip: To get a bigger box, ungroup the box (top and bottom) and cut each from a separate sheet of 12×12 paper! You’ll get a much bigger box perfect for lots of other kinds of gifts!

Looking for ideas on what to tuck into these fun little packages? Here are a few ideas:

truffles (the mini boxes)
candy (boxes or pillow boxes)
a decorated sugar cookie (petal envelope)
gift cards (pillow box, petal envelope)
jewelry (any of the packages)
lip gloss, little makeup packages (mini box or pillow box)
nail polish, body lotion, etc. (pillow box)

Happy Holidays die cutters!
Nichol

You outdid yourself, darlin’! 

If you need more ideas? Be sure to check out Nichol’s blog because she has been sharing a whole feature on Handmade Holidays. Gorgeous stuff…just gorgeous. I’m headed over there now to see what else she has up her ‘handmade’ sleeve. Oh, and check out the ‘how to’ video she has on all these pretty little packages!

Michele Clay - December 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Keri, you are & Nichol just amaze me! What a team you two make! Thanks to both of you for designing & creating! L. O. V. E.

Tania K - December 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Nichol is my scrapbooking/card-making hero. Her talent NEVER ceases to amaze me.

Merry Little Words

There’s a brand new kit out today! It’s the perfect little accent for all your Christmas memories and gifts. Just a bunch of Merry Little Words.

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So here’s how it goes:

  1. There are three styles, white, colored and distressed.
  2. The first two come in the form of cut files (and PNG) so you can change the colors to whatever tickles your tinsel.
  3. It comes with a ‘frame’ file for Print+Cuts so that you don’t have to rely on the boxes to cut. Because if you do use the boxes, you’ll get it double cutting where the lines of each box rest against the other. I wanted to leave the boxes in tact so that you could change colors as needed. You can turn off the cut lines for the set of labels and then align the frame–with cut lines on–over the main image and use it that way.
  4. If you use DXF files and like the color choices, use the PNG file with the frame file and Align Top and Align Center. That way there’s no grouping or compound pathing involved. If you want to make it your own color scheme, then you’d have to make the words a compound path to do it–like normal.
  5. You can turn off the Line Color and Thickness if you don’t want any chance at seeing the lines when printing.
  6. You can also just trim these with scissors or a paper trimmer if you don’t have a craft cutter, like a Silhouette.
  7. Another great idea would be to use it as a background paper.


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What’s really awesome is you can print out two sets on one piece of cardstock (I like Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper) and cut them out. In this little ensemble, I used the PNG file of both and layered it with the frames. I used my Knife tool to slice off the ‘readme’ text at the bottom of the PNG file too. The readme’s are there so if you need help with your options, then you’ve got them right there as a reminder.

My Print+Cut file ended up looking like this:

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I love the thought having all these in a little container that I can pull from on a whim. Great for December Daily, Project Life or any cards or other crafts. It took all of five minutes to put together, print, and cut. Awesome!

 

Lorretta - December 17, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Absolutely delightful!! Just tickled at how awesome these are.

Dawn Howells - December 18, 2014 - 7:18 am

This looks like a lot of fun!! Thanks, Kerri! :)

Sue FitzGerald - December 18, 2014 - 2:44 pm

I love these Kerrie, gorgeous. A set like this of everyday life words would be awesome for project life or general scrapping too (hint ;-) ). Love what you do. Merry Christmas to you and your family x

The Awkward Christmas Photo

Jordan decided she wanted to make her own Christmas cards to send to her friends on LDS missions using a photo of herself in awkward styling and awkward posing and, I might add, weird filtering. No, our walls are not pink.

I will neither confirm nor deny that the sweater belonged to me in the late 80s.
(Hey, I loved that sweater.)

She wanted the dog or the cat to help her make the perfect awkward photo and we figured the dog would be easier to work with. In all actuality, it may have been a toss-up…he’s such a big dufus that it may have been easier to hold the cat in place. The dog seems to know when photos are being taken and truly expresses his frustration in our attempts to capture him ‘on film’. You can’t quite see it in this photo, but he’d made a trip to the beauty parlor earlier that day and had a red+green bow on top of his collar. As if posing for an awkward Christmas photo wasn’t humiliating enough for him. It was also hard to make him sit or lay with her as all he wanted was to roll over so you could rub his belly.

All dog rolling and camera avoidance aside, the awkward Christmas photo was a success.
(Can you call an awkward photo ‘a success’?)

And by the way, when exactly did it become cool to wear an ugly Christmas sweater? Seems like it becomes more and more of a big thing and a challenge each year.

Merry everything, Jordan.

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Dolly - December 16, 2014 - 6:30 am

The ugly sweater seems to be the Hottest Christmas trend of 2014 and because of that I predict we will see an even bigger resurgence of these Christmas humiliates in 2015! PS I still think your daughter’s pic looks cool though!

Trish - December 16, 2014 - 4:45 pm

What a beautiful young woman your Jordan is! Her picture /card is very cool!

Sue W - December 16, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Nothing wrong with the sweater…..might be a warm for down here but adds to the seasonal photo perfectly!!! How cool is it to look back on one photo and be instantly reminded of the moment…Love that!

Chicken+Wild Rice Soup

A week or two ago I was on a quest for an awesome Chicken+Wild Rice Soup recipe. You may remember me asking about recipes on Facebook. I love that soup and it’s so hard to come by. And to top it off, my favorite place to get it on rare occasions, Kneaders, wasn’t making it anymore. So sad.

So rather than try to find some place that made this most awesome blend of flavors in one great soup, I decided I would search to find my own so I could make it at my own will and savory pleasure.

I didn’t necessarily find one recipe that suited my tastebuds, but rather there were elements in two or three recipes that whispered to me, ‘Put me together and I will make you the most awesome of soups.’

It did not disappoint.

I bring you my version of Chicken+Wild Rice soup…which happens to be pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself. :) When I make it for my family Christmas party next week, I will include a photo here….if I remember to take it, that is.

 

Chicken + Wild Rice Soup

Note: The soup is most awesome in itty bitty bites. Chopped is the way to go, even with the chicken.

3 1/2 c. cooked wild rice (I like Lundberg Wild Blend Rice–in a blue-grey plastic bag)
2 c. cooked chicken (preferably chopped)
2 qts. chicken broth

1 c. carrots (use shredded+chop)
1 c. celery (chopped)
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms (chopped)
1/2 c. onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 t. parsley flakes
1/4 t. thyme
1 t. chicken granules

1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 c.-ish half+half (depends on how creamy you want it)
slivered almonds

Directions

  • Cook rice according to directions. Wild rice takes 45 minutes-ish.
  • In a stockpot, sauté the garlic and onions in a little butter for maybe ten minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, carrots, celery, mushroom, parsley, thyme, chicken granules and chicken. Boil for 30 minutes (while rice is cooking).
  • In another pan, make a roux with the butter and flour and add to soup after it’s done boiling. Add half+half. (Using a whisk is preferable for all this.)
  • Add wild rice. Add more if you like more. Let it cook together a little to get the flavors all working together.
  • Serve and top with slivered almonds


Additional note: I used the frozen Tyson Diced Chicken because it’s already cooked. Once you let it thaw a little, you can chop it up into the itty bitties. Much easier than cooking raw chicken. Rotisserie chicken would be good too.

Rhadonda - December 15, 2014 - 10:27 am

Seriously? I just put the lid on my soup pot with chicken and rice soup and then came to my computer to work and stroll the internet. I can’t believe you had the same idea. Great minds right? Actually i came here to attach a photo to ask if you can make something like this or maybe there is something in Silhouette land. Thanks and Merry Christmas. The trees on the table is what i am seeking. http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/holiday-ready-dining-room-reveal/

Karen Clinkinbeard - December 15, 2014 - 10:27 am

Thanks for the recipe Kerri, this does look very good. Can’t wait to try it!

marcy e - December 15, 2014 - 2:58 pm

sounds yummy and oh so what I need right now…
Thanks for sharing Kerri…

Barbara Albrecht - December 15, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Sounds yummy! But…I have to ask…what are chicken granules?

Kerri - December 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

It’s like chicken bouillon, but only in a granule (powder-ish) form. :)

Oh…hello winners!

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. ;)

Here are the winners of the $25 gift cards!

JEN D – DECEMBER 11, 2014 – 6:23 AM
MARY LEWIS – DECEMBER 11, 2014 – 8:56 AM
DAWN HOWELLS – DECEMBER 12, 2014 – 7:46 AM


Congratulations ladies! Email me at kerri@kerribradford.com and I’ll get ya all set!

Jen D - December 15, 2014 - 8:57 am

I am SO excited!! I never win *anything*. Thank you so much Kerri!! <3 <3 <3

Dawn Howells - December 15, 2014 - 9:12 am

Thanks so much, Kerri! A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Jen D - December 19, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Hi Kerri – I still haven’t heard back, though I emailed last Saturday. Just making sure my email didn’t go to spam! Thanks again!

Kerri - December 19, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Oh my goodness! I don’t usually have a problem getting emails . . . at least that I know of (lol). That’s so weird. Okay, I’m emailing you at this email address, if that’s okay to email to.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 12 | Santa + Elves + Lots of Words

We are down to the twelfth and final day of our 12 Days of Christmas event. Have you had as much fun as I have? I have loved seeing what our creative team has made with their two little pink hands. Our guests have been absolutely delightful. And I hope you were able to stock up on some free goodies throughout the past couple weeks.

If you could hear my big round of applause for all these talented ladies, it would be most deafening.

It’s a grand time of year, is it not?

But I haven’t even begun shopping, really. And let’s not talk about the ‘haven’t decorated yet’ factor either. Oy vey.

Sad…really sad. :)

Well, today we have something just spectacular coming from Miss Maggie. That girl has taken some of the freebies from this event and made the most marvelous page!

(Could I use more elaborate adjectives??? It’s just ’cause it’s so awesome.)

Let’s take a gander, shall we?

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[ Designs | Santa+Elves Card / Merry Everything (fa la la) ]

 

I am going totally Utah on ya here with a big ol’ …

OH MY HECK!

Layers and layers of ‘frosting’ on this baby.  First off, printing the Santa+Elves card for a background for the whole page? love. And the fa la la’s? Freakin’ awesome! It is eye candy to the nth degree.


Here’s what Maggie has to say:

My kids adore our elf, Frosting…(they rename him every year…don’t ask why…I have no answer…this year he’s “Frosting”…), and he’s the focus of plenty of layouts each Christmas season. So when I saw Kerri’s “Santa & Elves” card, I knew I had to use it.

I opened up the cut file in Silhouette Studio and altered the card colors I bit. I also increased the size of the card so that I could use it as the patterned background paper for my page. I LOVE doing this with 3×4 or 4×6 cards!

One of my favorite ways to add texture and subtle accent to my pages is to use tone on tone paper and embellishments (especially white!)… so I cut out multiple copies of Kerri’s “Fa La La” cutfile from white cardstock and used them as a mat for my photo.

A few more little added bits and pieces, and done! I know it’s hard to see the “Fa La La” behind my photo…but believe me, it adds so much to this page. And I love how this almost looks like a magazine ad for the Santa & Elves Company…such a cool card design, Kerri!

 

Magazine ad is right, my friend.

Love it. Simply love it. I think I’m headed to my Silhouette right now to cut me some fa la la’s.


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Now is the time for our very last one-day-only freebie. 

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Some fun little holiday words, all in a row….or column…or something.

And for those that celebrate Christmas on the eve of the 24th?
I made one with that number too. :)

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.


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Don’t forget to leave a comment in yesterday’s post for a chance to win KBS gift cards.
I’ll be drawing winners on Saturday.

Also, don’t forget the holiday sale
that’s going on all through December!

Save 20% on just about everything using the code MAGIC on orders of $15 or more.

Sylvia - December 12, 2014 - 1:37 am

So, so cute!!! Thanks so much!

Joy - December 12, 2014 - 4:45 am

Thank you for all the wonderful gifts these past 12 days.

Sue W - December 12, 2014 - 6:22 am

Thank you Kerri for another lovely gift and yet more inspiration!

Janet Trapp - December 12, 2014 - 6:22 am

Awesome! Thanks for all the great gifts!

Michelle - December 12, 2014 - 6:59 am

Thank you so much for all the 12 days of Christmas gifts each day – have so loved them and have plenty of use for all of them.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and new year too!

Cindy - December 12, 2014 - 7:47 am

Thank you Kerri for giving us all your presents each year in the 12 Days! Don’t feel bad, I have done nothing to get ready this year(due to an injury) but I have prepared my heart, the most important preparation for the season! Merry Christmas!

Charlene - December 12, 2014 - 7:54 am

Thank you so much for the 12 days of Christmas! You are such a talented designer and I appreciate you sharing your gifts with us:). Merry Christmas.

Barbara - December 12, 2014 - 8:15 am

Thank you for the 12 days of great ideas and freebies. I love the inspiration your site gives me. I have gotten more use from my silhouette because of your classes and great products. Your classes gave me the information I needed to create and play and enjoy my creative side of life. Merry Christmas!

Ruth G - December 12, 2014 - 8:25 am

Love this page! I love the fa la la’s (goes perfectly with the elf and the quote!) So funny that Maggie doesn’t know why her kids give the elf a new name every year and so awesome that she’s documenting it as I’m sure that’ll be something they will enjoy reminiscing about in years to come!
Thanks so much for all you share, Kerri! I haven’t been as good about stopping is as I have in the past, but I have enjoyed everything you’ve shared this week!

Melanie A. - December 12, 2014 - 8:30 am

Thank you again for another wonderful year of 12 Days of Christmas! I hope you and yours have a truly Merry Christmas!

Kim Smith - December 12, 2014 - 8:38 am

Kerri, thank you for all of the wonderful Christmas freebies! Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sheila A. - December 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

Thank you for the Christmas freebies! Have a nice holiday…

Diane - December 12, 2014 - 10:37 am

Thanks so much for the great designs and your generosity in sharing them! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sally - December 12, 2014 - 10:38 am

Thank you for sharing your talent with us the past couple weeks. I love the beautiful file and the amazing page. You have an amazing design team.

Sherri Richmond - December 12, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your 12 days of Christmas with us!! So generous and your website is wonderful!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Stacia - December 12, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Your work is so fun, thank you for sharing with us so generously! :-)

Pam K - December 12, 2014 - 3:48 pm

What an adorable LO — just love it! Thanks, Kerri, the all the gifts you’ve given us. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season & a very Merry Christmas!

MizDenise - December 12, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Thanks so very much for the set of freebies!

Tracy - December 12, 2014 - 6:51 pm

You are so generous with your talents, both of you ladies. Thanks Kerri for the great freebies, now to find time to use them. Can I download some of that? I wish so much that we could but not possible but hopefully I can carve out sometime to play soon.
Have a wonderful holiday season.

crystalnva - December 12, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Beautiful goodies !!!! THANK YOU bunches :)…..

Nancy - December 12, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Wonderful – thank you!

Lorretta - December 13, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Thank you for the Christmas freebies, Kerri! It was so fun to see the new gift every morning…even better than finding the piece of chocolate in each day in the Christmas countdown calendar. Loved it! =)

12 Days of Christmas | Day 11 | Another Giveaway!!

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I know, right? Can you hardly stand it?

Today I’m giving away three of these babies!

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To be entered, leave a comment with your favorite Christmas tradition
and I’ll draw winners on Saturday!

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Today’s one-day-only freebie was greatly inspired by one of the new Christmas stockings I bought this year. I totally loved the idea of having pom poms on a stocking!

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This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.

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And now the winner of the Cathy Zielske A Very Merry Hipmas kit:

CHARLENE – DECEMBER 9, 2014 – 3:07 PM

Congratulations! Email me at kerri@kerribradford.com and I’ll get you all hooked up.

And I have to say it was delightful reading all of your coolest or out-of-the-box kits. A lot of it was a trip down Memory Lane. And Kim? Giving the Captain Caveman videos to your kids? Oh my heck! I had to tell my girls about him. That one cracked me up.

Sylvia - December 11, 2014 - 1:07 am

So cute! Thanks a lot!!!

Lindsay - December 11, 2014 - 1:38 am

One of my favorite traditions is making hot chocolate and going to see the lights in a nearby neighborhood.

Candy Bryant - December 11, 2014 - 1:45 am

Waterskiing on Christmas Day!

Sue W - December 11, 2014 - 2:21 am

congratulation Charlene! Thanks Kerri for this latest gift.
Making the Christmas cake is always the beginning of my Christmas prep! I love the smell of all the fruit cooking. :)

mitchmac - December 11, 2014 - 2:30 am

My favourite tradition is apt given your freebie today – my daughter is allowed to open her stocking Christmas eve. It’s a wonderful way to get her to go to bed Christmas eve and helps her to sleep in a bit later Christmas morning!

Kerri S - December 11, 2014 - 2:34 am

Fish and Chips at the beach on Christmas Eve watching the sunset – we have daylight saving in Australia!

Pat - December 11, 2014 - 2:45 am

Yummmmm… making mincemeat pies.Thanks for all the great freebies!

Kim Normandin - December 11, 2014 - 2:51 am

I love making cookies!

Leah - December 11, 2014 - 3:00 am

Christmas day gumbo.

Cindy Brooks - December 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is opening stockings on Christmas morning.

Sue FitzGerald - December 11, 2014 - 4:08 am

Home made egg nog and and catching up with family are just two of our favourite traditions. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas x

Terri Y. - December 11, 2014 - 4:29 am

I love to be with my family. At every gathering I give everyone the same prop (Santa Clause, pumpkin, Easter bunny) as they come in and I take their picture with that item. When I go back and look at my pictures, I can see who was with us at that particular celebration. Its nice to see who was with us and who has passed and remember those times spent with loved ones and new friends.

karen k - December 11, 2014 - 4:49 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is making cookies. Love all of the different kinds and shapes and colors!

Andrea D. - December 11, 2014 - 4:57 am

My favorite family Christmas tradition is going to the mountains to cut down our own Christmas tree. The whole family (our kids are young adults now) goes on the 3 hour drive to find the perfect tree. We spend less than an hour picking our tree and then drive 3 hours home, but we love it. It’s nice to just be together.

Kelly Ousley - December 11, 2014 - 5:00 am

We have a huge group (37) that is mostly made up of friends that have become family and we go to the Japanese Steak House on Christmas Eve. Lot’s of laughs, fellowship, and great food. So fun and special!!!

Jennifer - December 11, 2014 - 5:06 am

Thanks for the 12 Days of Freebies, the designs have been great! My favorite part of Christmas is sitting in the twinkle of the lights and reading the Christmas story from the Bible. It just seems to take you back to the time when Jesus was born and the wonder of it all!

Trish - December 11, 2014 - 5:11 am

A pom pom stocking-oh cute, cute, cute! Thanks Kerri for this great cut file. I am really enjoying this Twelve Days of Christmas with you. Your humor cracks me up!

Celeste B. - December 11, 2014 - 5:14 am

Going out to dinner on Christmas Eve and walking around downtown to see the lights and decorations.

Kathleen D - December 11, 2014 - 5:21 am

We have so many that it’s hard to choose. But I guess it’s game night on Christmas Eve. It’s usually pretty hilarious.

Sandy - December 11, 2014 - 5:26 am

We play Bingo for prizes every Christmas night. My dad’s large family used to get together at a firehouse each year and we had so much fun. Now that we are down to just our immediate family, we have carried on the tradition with our own kids.

angela - December 11, 2014 - 5:39 am

Candlelight Christmas Eve service
Thanks for the all of the giveaways.

Marilyn Bronson - December 11, 2014 - 5:43 am

Our favorite Christmas tradition is crackers with treats inside at Christmas dinner. The kids love them! Thanks for all the freebies this month and all throughout the year.

LinhC - December 11, 2014 - 5:51 am

We wear new PJs Christmas Eve.

Jennifer D. - December 11, 2014 - 5:51 am

My favorite Christmas traditions are making cookies and gingerbread houses with my little boys. We also go out around Christmas time and find an activity to do. It changes every year. One year we did the polar express and that was so much fun. Can’t wait to do it with the little one.

marilyn t - December 11, 2014 - 5:56 am

So many beautiful traditions to choose from! One of my all time favorites is waking up early, before anyone else in the house is up, and sitting in front of my lighted Christmas tree, with my first cup of coffee, and just thinking and praying. We won’t have a tree this year as we are traveling and I already miss it!

Melissa S - December 11, 2014 - 6:06 am

Thanks so much for all the freebies…I’m loving the 12 days of Christmas! My favourite holiday tradition is opening one gift on Christmas eve.

Michele - December 11, 2014 - 6:09 am

Thank you for sharing all these awesome freebies! one of my favorite tradition is making cut out cookie with my mom and now started with my daughter.

Dolly - December 11, 2014 - 6:16 am

Thanks so much Kerri! and thank you for the shot at the shopping spree. :D

Amie Lamm-Griffin - December 11, 2014 - 6:16 am

My favorite tradition is driving around with popcorn and hot cocoa looking at all the Christmas lights.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Jen D - December 11, 2014 - 6:23 am

Thanks so much for all the amazing freebies! My favorite tradition is Christmas stockings – opening them when I was a child, and now filling them for my children :)

Heidi Gauvin - December 11, 2014 - 6:29 am

I always give my girls a new pair of pajamas for Christmas. They’re adults now and they still look forward to new “jammies” for Christmas!

Mary ann - December 11, 2014 - 6:31 am

Getting the family in the car to look at lights. There is one street that puts out signs with the christmas story from the Bible that we go by every year. Love it!!

Janell - December 11, 2014 - 6:34 am

It may seem like a weird christmas tradition, but every year on CHristmas Eve we have SOS on china and candlelight. It was a tradition started by my dad when we were young, and we have continued. My own children say it wouldn’t be christmas without SOS.

Michelle - December 11, 2014 - 6:34 am

I love buying Christmas pj’s for my girls and giving them to them on Christmas Eve.

Nashonne - December 11, 2014 - 6:40 am

My favorite Christmas tradition was card night on Christmas Eve with my dad side of the family. We rotated houses each year, had tons of food, and stayed up most of the night playing cards. The one drawback, regardless of the time you got home you had to go to bed because “Santa” still had to come.

Leslee - December 11, 2014 - 6:47 am

We have so many, how does one choose! I guess it would be gavinf the elf visit my grandchildren. Tge same elf my daughters had over 20 years ago. A long time tradition before elf on the shelf. He is fat and jolly, not the anorexic elf you see in stores now!

Lina F. - December 11, 2014 - 6:47 am

We decorate the tree together then the last decoration to go on is the angel on top. That has always been done by my grandson and continues to be so. The tree is now ready to light for the season.

Maribel - December 11, 2014 - 6:56 am

Thank you! My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the Christmas Waterfire here, my daughter writes a letter to Santa and I take photos of the kids with him. This year it will be my 3rd time going.

melissa thiede - December 11, 2014 - 6:58 am

Making yummy cinnamon rolls on christmas morning and the kids being a sticky yummy gooey mess..

Sandra ltb - December 11, 2014 - 6:58 am

that is a tough one, there is so much about this time of the year that I cherish … I will go with the reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas” and “The Grinch” as a family on Christmas Eve.
Thanks for all the freebies!
Sandra

Robin - December 11, 2014 - 7:02 am

I love baking and especially making the traditional recipes my grandmother always made as we were growing up. Actually I love every aspect of the Christmas season!

Debbie S - December 11, 2014 - 7:03 am

I love decorating the tree. I love the shiny baubles and twinkling lights.

Liana S. - December 11, 2014 - 7:06 am

Our favorite Christmas tradition is new ornaments for each child and a family ornament each year. That’s 5 ornaments a year. And they are the only ornaments on our tree. Every ornament means something to us and it makes our tree special and amazing.

Judy Stiles - December 11, 2014 - 7:07 am

A new tradition that we have started in our family is actually a very old German tradition…hiding the pickle ornament on the Christmas tree hidden away so it’s difficult to find. The first grandchild to find it on Christmas morning gets a special treat or an extra present from Santa.

Rhadonda - December 11, 2014 - 7:11 am

I have a lot of faves but one I will share is my brother-in-law develops a Jeopardy style game new every year that we all play with fake money that we earn to then buy at a candy auction and rob your neighbor game. Its a lot of fun!

Cindy Trimble - December 11, 2014 - 7:11 am

Putting out all our nativities. Love and collect them.

Carol - December 11, 2014 - 7:13 am

Scones and Christmas oranges before opening gifts Christmas Morning.

Roxane F - December 11, 2014 - 7:15 am

Making cookies with my daughters!

Lynda Callan Griffith - December 11, 2014 - 7:19 am

We always get a birthday cake for baby Jesus.

Carolyn E - December 11, 2014 - 7:23 am

Thank you so much for the wonderful freebies!
My favorite tradition is going to our local tree farm and letting the boys choose our Christmas tree. My 3 year old just love to run through the trees and hug them and my oldest is now taking over daddy’s job and cutting the tree down by himself! Oh my, why do they grow so quickly?
Thanks Kerri!

sandra furse - December 11, 2014 - 7:24 am

trimming the tree and even as teenagers they still love helping

Danni Perez - December 11, 2014 - 7:25 am

Our tradition is: Gifts from Santa are always wrapped in shiny gold wrapping paper. And are not put out until Christmas morning.

Kris Beauregard - December 11, 2014 - 7:27 am

i love making christmas cookies!!

Melanie R - December 11, 2014 - 7:28 am

I like Christmas Eve. We stay at my parents’ house and make homemade pizza, watch “White Christmas” and work on a Christmas themed jigsaw puzzle while the kids play.

Barbara Dundas - December 11, 2014 - 7:28 am

Making Christmas cookies

Brenda - December 11, 2014 - 7:29 am

My favorite tradition is looking at Christmas lights with my family but a close second is all the cookie baking I do – I love giving them to friends and family!

Kitty Scott - December 11, 2014 - 7:30 am

Our family tradition started 37 year ago on Christmas Eve I read the story to my 6 month old daughter “twas the night before Christmas” thru the years my daughter, son and now my daughters daughter reads the story to us It makes the heart sing to see something so wonderful happen that start so long ago

Cindy - December 11, 2014 - 7:31 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to church Christmas Eve when the lights in church are dimmed, everyone has a lit candle, and we sing Silent Night with the last verse sung in German! Gives me the best feeling ever!

Pam A - December 11, 2014 - 7:31 am

My favorite tradition is driving down Christmas card lane, a neighborhood street where people have giant Christmas card like paintings lit up in their yards.

LaurieM - December 11, 2014 - 7:33 am

Fun giveaway! Love it! Thank you so much! “One” of my favorite Christmas traditions is decorating gingerbread houses with my kids and grandkids. It’s always “sweet” and so much fun!

Nicole - December 11, 2014 - 7:34 am

Making a gingerbread house with the Grand Children !!!

Mye - December 11, 2014 - 7:38 am

My favorite tradition is giving brand new PJs on Christmas Eve. My kids always wanted to open up one gift at midnight and it was always new PJs. All so they wouldn’t look crazy Christmas morning pics! Thanks

Kim - December 11, 2014 - 7:38 am

I love going to Cracker Barrel for breakfast onChristmas Eve morning before we start our holiday travels.

PS – I got him Speed Buggy too.

Linda - December 11, 2014 - 7:43 am

My parents, our children and grandchildren all come on Christmas morning for a big breakfast (cinnamon rolls, biscuits/gravy, eggs, plenty of bacon, etc followed by our gift exchange. With 6 grandchildren from 1 to 18 it is a GOOD time!

Thanks for the chance to win an awesome gift as I love you cut files and classes.

Mary R - December 11, 2014 - 7:44 am

our favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve with our entire family at my parents. We have dinner and then open gift exchanges. As everyone grew older and have their own families this tradition remains one of the most important ones for my mom and dad.

Wendi Lucchesi - December 11, 2014 - 7:45 am

Piling the kids in the car, bringing hot chocolate and eating the first of the christmas cookies that have been made and been in the freezer while driving around our town looking at christmas lights. :-)

Mary Miller - December 11, 2014 - 7:51 am

My favorite tradition is getting together with all of our in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles for our Christmas celebration. It is usually the only time every year EVERYONE can be in one place at the same time. I love it!

marcy e - December 11, 2014 - 7:57 am

My favorite Christmas tradition…
The children’s mass on Christmas Eve…

Wendy - December 11, 2014 - 7:58 am

What a great twist on an otherwise traditional shape.

Suzy Coborn - December 11, 2014 - 7:59 am

My favorite tradition is decorating with my collection of elves.

Amy S. - December 11, 2014 - 8:02 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting to open one gift on Christmas Eve.

Susan - December 11, 2014 - 8:06 am

I love to make Danish Aebleskiver on Christmas morning!

Jeannie L - December 11, 2014 - 8:08 am

Our Christmas tradition is family feasting on the eve followed by eating log cake. Then it’s gifts opening time and guessing the giver of our gifts.

Christine - December 11, 2014 - 8:09 am

My favorite tradition is the advent calendar. I change the format all the time, but I usually have a couple going. It gets my daughter jumping out of bed every morning in December!

Kimberly Goon - December 11, 2014 - 8:15 am

My favorite tradition is homemade chex mix and muddy buddies throughout the season.

LouAnn V - December 11, 2014 - 8:19 am

Thank you for the cute stocking.

One of my favorite traditions is baking lots of yummy goodies.

Lynne - December 11, 2014 - 8:20 am

My favorite tradition is taking the kids to see Santa. I have all the pictures with Santa framed in cute Christmas frames and I love to see the kids through the years.

Pam K - December 11, 2014 - 8:23 am

Thank you for the lovely gift!

Susan L - December 11, 2014 - 8:24 am

We have a family favorite called Nuts and Bolts. It is a homemade chex mix made with a old family recipe. We fight over it and hide it from each other, it’s a good thing it is only once a year.

Linda Vanorio - December 11, 2014 - 8:25 am

On Christmas Eve we gather together as a family from near and far. Just for togetherness and love.

Julie Cope - December 11, 2014 - 8:30 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting all of my kids together, we have 5 but only the three youngest are still at home, and making cut out sugar cookies together. We set up bowls of colored frosting and we all decorate the cookies together. They come up with some interesting color combos! We make a big pot of home made soup and have lunch together, then get straight to decorating. This is something all of the kids look forward to every year.

Lisa Krupa - December 11, 2014 - 8:31 am

Every year the kids are allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve, and it is always pajamas. It makes for nice matching photos Christmas morning too.

Gwen Lords - December 11, 2014 - 8:34 am

First off thank you for all the fun freebies, love them!! Our favorite Christmas tradition is opening one gift (new p.j.s) on Christmas Eve then reading the Christmas story from Luke.

Sally - December 11, 2014 - 8:36 am

Kerri- You are awesome! Thanks for all the freebies and thanks for another giveaway.
My favorite tradition is going to see the lights at Temple Square in SLC.

Christine - December 11, 2014 - 8:36 am

One of my fave Christmas traditions is watching Elf with my family and enjoying Christmas treats!

Michelle - December 11, 2014 - 8:41 am

My favorite tradition is going with the family to the tree farm to find our tree. Always have so much fun, and enjoy lots of hot chocolate too!

Lee Ann - December 11, 2014 - 8:49 am

My favorite christmas tradition is waiting until all three of our kids are home for the holiday to put decorations on the tree!

tracy - December 11, 2014 - 8:52 am

reading “twas the night before Christmas” to our kids on Christmas Eve. They’re teenagers now and it never gets old.

LindaH - December 11, 2014 - 8:54 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is to open out-of-town gifts on Christmas Eve. Then Santa brings gifts on Christmas Day!

mary lewis - December 11, 2014 - 8:56 am

I love when my girls and I bake our holiday cookies together. They are growing up so quickly so I really treasure this time with them.

Michelle - December 11, 2014 - 8:57 am

My favourite tradition is putting out the plate for Santa. I made it when my kids were small and it says Cookies for Santa from Devin and Justine. Always puts a smile on my face as I set it out. The kids love adding cake or sweets to it and as they get older the milk has changed to a drop of brandy.

SewCalGal - December 11, 2014 - 9:01 am

I love walking thru a shopping mall, at night, enjoying the hustle and bustle and decorations during the Christmas Season. Always gets me in the spirit of Christmas.

SewCalGal
http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Mandy Gegoux - December 11, 2014 - 9:02 am

My favorite tradition is going on a horse drawn carriage ride in Johnson City TX to see the lights in the city center. They wrap the century plus old oak trees in lights from the trunk all the way out to the tips of the limbs. It is beautiful!!

Barb M - December 11, 2014 - 9:04 am

My favorite Christmas tradition was going to the Dickens Family dinner at Season’s in Long Grove, Il. It was a delicious dinner with carolers dressed as Dickens characters. It really put us in the Holiday mood.

Mollie - December 11, 2014 - 9:05 am

We love going to thanksgiving point to see the lights and reindeer:)

kathryn young - December 11, 2014 - 9:08 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is sitting down on Christmas Eve with all my family and reading the Christmas story out of the Bible. Such a special time to be together and remember the true meaning of Christmas!

Kathy Kohner - December 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

I think my favorite Christmas tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve with our grown children and their spouses and then coming back to our home for dinner and gifts. It is just the best. Kate

christi in ma - December 11, 2014 - 9:15 am

I think my favorite tradition is making Christmas ornaments for all the “rental kids.” This year my BFF sent me photos of her kids putting all their Aunti Christi ornaments on the tree and said they just love them!

Bonnie - December 11, 2014 - 9:17 am

Love driving around with my little grandson looking at all the houses lit up with Christmas lights. Love all parts of spending time with my family during the holidays, but these quiet , filled with wonder moments ,fill up my heart.

Nancy B - December 11, 2014 - 9:23 am

Like so many others, one constant on Christmas Eve was new pj’s for the kids. Now their kids get them!

Thanks for the designs!

Jane - December 11, 2014 - 9:24 am

My favorite that has become a tradition now is when decorating the tree the first ornament I put up is a silly little gnome like guy that was my father favorite ornament. Since he passed away many years ago each year now I put it up first and silently wish him a merry christmas.

Debbie D - December 11, 2014 - 9:29 am

one of our favorite traditions has been to bake and decorate sugar cookies. I have always loved to see my kids personalities reflected in the approach to each cookie!

Andrea - December 11, 2014 - 9:39 am

Thank you very much for all the freebies! My favourite tradition is to sit together, eat Stollen and drink tea or coffee.

Missy B - December 11, 2014 - 9:42 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the Christmas service at church and enjoying all the wonderful music!!

Diane - December 11, 2014 - 9:53 am

My favorite tradition is putting up the nativity set that my husband collected piece by piece when he was a boy. My children added pieces over the years (some a bit strange) and now the grandchildren like to bring things to add to the set.

Viki - December 11, 2014 - 10:00 am

Family feasts! Gnoccis and meatballs on Christmas Eve and prime rib roast on Christmas Day.

Jessica Dougherty - December 11, 2014 - 10:01 am

I love watching White Christmas every year! And I cry every single time…happy tears :)

Karen Moore - December 11, 2014 - 10:09 am

Getting together with my sisters to go look at Christmas lights in the surrounding neighborhoods. This was something we did with our mom since we were little girls and we are now all in our 50’s & 60’s. Never to old to enjoy the lights!

mookie19 - December 11, 2014 - 10:13 am

We go to midnight mass on Christmas eve. And I make sweet rolls from scratch Christmas eve for Christmas morning.

Caren B - December 11, 2014 - 10:25 am

The adults draw for stockings each year and I love to see what everyone got! Thanks for the giveaway.

Sue Alg - December 11, 2014 - 10:26 am

Getting together with family on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts.

Aja C. - December 11, 2014 - 10:36 am

Sad to say, but we never had any PARTICULAR Christmas traditions. There are things that we did most of the time, but nothing that sticks out that I’ve HAD to carry on into my adult life. With that being said, I fully intend to implement some traditions in the upcoming years, as I start a family of my own. When I read all the wonderful traditions that others share and the awesome memories that it brings, it makes me wish I had that (although I do have great Christmas memories, in general, and it makes me want to make sure I can offer that to myself, even at this later age, and to my children, whenever they may start to come.

Nicky H - December 11, 2014 - 10:39 am

Thanks for the awesome giveaways & freebies! I am very traditional and love all sorts of traditions this time of year. I guess things with my kids are the best- driving around looking at Christmas lights with cups of hot cocoa. We are looking forward to exploring our new town this weekend, where we hear there is one of those houses with lights set to music!

Gina Hanson - December 11, 2014 - 10:40 am

Well, this year it’s all about getting back into the “Christmas Spirit”! My dad was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010 . . . 2009 was the last Christmas that I had actually put up a Christmas tree. Yesterday was the three year anniversary of his passing and THIS year my tree is up! NEW TRADITIONS are being made! <3

Melitta Ball - December 11, 2014 - 10:51 am

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is my grandmother’s green, ice cream, pineapple, jello salad that graces the table only once per year! Drain the juice from a can of tidbits pineapple into a measuring cup then add water until you have 1 1/4 cups of liquid, then pour into a sauce pan & bring to boil. Pour two small packages or 1 large package of lime green jello into a large salad bowl, put into the dish a silverware tablespoon (pouring the hot liquid over the tablespoon will prevent the dish from cracking). Measure out 2 cups of vanilla ice cream. Pour pineapple juice mixture over the spoon & into the dish then stir until the Jello powder is dissolved. Add the ice cream and stir until the ice cream is all melted and mixed into the jello liquid. Put into fridge for about 15 – 20 mins, the jello should be just setting up by then, stir in the pineapple tidbits then leave in fridge to fully set. We usually make this on Christmas Eve day. Very, very yummy and has ZERO calories because calories take the month of December off because they need a vacation from being counted all year long!! LOL ;)

Thanks for another great day and freebie too!
Big Hugs,
Melitta

sue - December 11, 2014 - 10:56 am

favorite christmas tradition – making cookies with my mom and my kids.. and of course, leaving a plate of them for santa.. :)

thanks for all the goodies this year..

Lois - December 11, 2014 - 10:56 am

Making stockings for everyone.

Marla Lagoski - December 11, 2014 - 10:56 am

When our family lived close together, our blended family always went to church, had a fabulous meal, watched Christmas movies and traveled to one side of the family or the other Christmas afternoon. Now our four kids and us all live in 5 different states and it is not feasible for us to get together. The tradition has come to buying gifts on Amazon, my wonderful husband and I having a much smaller meal, and lots of phone calling and Skypeing. Each one of our kids are married and they have kids, so it is good to see each family making their own Christmas Traditions.

Tanya H - December 11, 2014 - 11:04 am

My favorite tradition is taking our family photo. I get a frame ornament with the year and put our photo in it, and every year when I decorate our tree, I get teary-eyed with a trip down memory lane. It’s so wonderful watching our family grow and change through the years this way. I absolutely LOVE that we thought of it! :)

Sarah WA - December 11, 2014 - 11:12 am

My favorite Christmas tradition was Fondue on Christmas Eve. My mother tried so many different meals to get my sister and I to slow down eating that night, we were so excited to open presents (we opened all our family presents that night, saved the Santa ones for Christmas morn) and she finally hit on fondue, where we had to cook our dinner as we went. It worked and we learned to savor the process of sticking the meat and vegetables into the oil and then dipping them into the variety of sauces, and then getting to the gifts didn’t seem like such a huge priority. Dinner together became a gift in itself.

Barbara - December 11, 2014 - 11:17 am

After my husband died and there were only two of us for “Christmassing”, my son and I decided to incorporate a new tradition into our holiday season that would be just for us. Believe it or not, we watch vampire movies! Might sound strange, but it works for us. Thanks for the chance of a gift certificate. Love your ideas and products.

Vicki J - December 11, 2014 - 11:21 am

Favorite new tradition: My kids are adults now so making Christmas cookies at midnight Xmas eve with alittle mulled wine has become our new go to!!! Lots of laughs and some funky looking cookies the next day!

PjP - December 11, 2014 - 11:29 am

My favourite Christmas tradition is making my December Daily/Journal Your Christmas album.

Jeri - December 11, 2014 - 11:42 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is taking the family to my parents house on Christmas Eve. We read the Christmas story, have an ornament swap, and open gifts. We also enjoy a casual meal together.

Vanessa Miles - December 11, 2014 - 11:49 am

My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve is staying way late wrapping last minute gifts and slogging down eggnog!

Kristy C. - December 11, 2014 - 11:58 am

my favorite christmas tradition is probably making cookies while either listening to holiday music or watching a holiday movie. i love how excited my kids get to decorate!

Cari - December 11, 2014 - 11:58 am

Love the freebies! You are so talented! My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies!!

Kate H - December 11, 2014 - 12:05 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is to set up my Dept. 56 North Pole village while my granddaughter oohs and ahhs. Sets the mood for a wonderful Christmas.

K in Pa - December 11, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Baking cookies is my favorite tradition by far!

Lorretta - December 11, 2014 - 12:27 pm

We’ve started a new tradition in my house that I’m very excited about this year. My oldest son doesn’t believe in Santa Claus anymore. I thought this would be a very sad time when he stopped believing but it’s turned out to be wonderful because he has been my “Santa’s helper” this year. He’s picking out stocking stuffers, helping with presents and we’re going to work together on Christmas Eve to set up for Christmas Day. His only request is that his surprises aren’t placed under the tree until after he goes to bed. =) So fun!

Jenell - December 11, 2014 - 12:29 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition would be stuffing the stockings. We stuff more fun things into our grown kids’ stockings and now into our 3 granddaughters’ stockings. Anything from gift cards to kitchen gadgets to jewelry to drink stirrers, Barbie clothes, etc. Everyone looks forward to checking out their stockings – even more than other presents!

SuzannaL - December 11, 2014 - 12:34 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is singing carols as a family on Christmas Eve!

crystalnva - December 11, 2014 - 12:34 pm

THANK YOU :) …

Making peanut butter balls & Cookies & messes :)

pruttybird - December 11, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Every year me and my bestie make 60 dozen cookies together. We have a ton of fun mixing, baking and maybe sometimes nipping at the bottle a wee bit :)

Lori - December 11, 2014 - 12:41 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies with my boys, using treasured family recipes from my own childhood. It’s fun to share memories of times gone past while making new ones!

Sherry Froman - December 11, 2014 - 12:44 pm

I love getting out the recipes we only make at Christmas. Baking and candy making with my children and now my grandchildren. Making wonderful memories.

Irma W. - December 11, 2014 - 12:45 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition… Every year I buy a new Christmas jigsaw puzzle and the addition to our Lego winter village. I love sitting around the table with my husband and daughter, putting it all together! Treats and hot cocoa within reach, Christmas music playing… So fun and relaxing! Merry Christmas to you, Kerri, and thanks for the freebies :)

Julia - December 11, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Stockings. I love all the little cool stuff in them and I like buying all the little cool stuff to put in them.

Karen L. - December 11, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Thanks for the chance to win. My favorite tradition is on christmas morning my husband always yells ” Let the festivities begin’. We know its time to open presents.

Cathy Doerr - December 11, 2014 - 12:52 pm

On Christmas Eve we make Swedish meatballs for dinner. It is a family tradition that started long before I remember.

roberta - December 11, 2014 - 12:52 pm

My fav tradition is giving a single gift to everyone on Jan 6 – the Epithany, when the Magi gave their gifts.
Thank you for having a giveaway and have a happy wonderful season!

Sherry T. - December 11, 2014 - 1:00 pm

My favorite tradition is putting up all the Christmas decorations…especially the tree…on Thanksgiving Day…after all the good food, the tree decorations would come out…Mom would always put the lights on first and then the kids could help with the ornaments…

Robin P. - December 11, 2014 - 1:00 pm

My favorite tradition is the Christmas Eve candle light service at my church. So pretty.

Beth M - December 11, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Thanks for the freebies! I like putting the fake fire video on the tv and putting together puzzles at the table while sipping hot tea and dunking Christmas cookies. Yummm!

Korey - December 11, 2014 - 1:15 pm

After Christmas Dinner, we gather around and play a few rousing games of catchphrase and taboo! Trust me the laughter helps work of the meal and gets us ready for dessert! I can’t wait

Susan - December 11, 2014 - 1:15 pm

The first Wednesday of every month is early release day from school, and we pick our grandchildren up. On the first Wednesday in December, they bring some Christmasy clothes with them and we take their picture in front of our tree to send out to our relatives as our Christmas card. We try to get some crafting time in after that, should their schedules allow, and it is a fun afternoon!

Kary - December 11, 2014 - 1:21 pm

A favorite tradition is opening gifts from family members who live far away (so they’ve shipped the gifts to us) on Christmas Eve. I grew up opening all the gifts on Christmas Eve, my husband’s family opened them Christmas morning, so this has been a great compromise. We live 500-1200 mies away from our families, so there are always Christmas Eve gifts!

soonymary - December 11, 2014 - 1:23 pm

It always feels like Christmas when I make the plum pudding and we take turns stirring the mixture…have been doing this since I was a very small child.

Kendra - December 11, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Clam chowder on Christmas Eve is probably our best tradition. We’ve used this recipe for a few years now. It’s amazing!

http://gonewengland.about.com/od/morerecipes/r/recclfhschowder.htm

Laura T. - December 11, 2014 - 1:28 pm

A favorite tradition is getting out the advent calendar and letting the kids take turns opening the doors each day to hang the ornament on the little tree.

Donna Hooper - December 11, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Some things you don’t even realise are traditions until you decide to not do something one year and everyone says “Nana, you can’t NOT do that – its tradition”. We have lots, we are now on our own, but everyone comes here Christmas Eve, sings Christmas Carols, eats nibbles, has a couple of drinks and then bunk down on the floor on blow up mattresses, so that we can all wake up together on Christmas Morning. Full house, but fun!

Darlene - December 11, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Homemade fruitcake and boiled custard are the perfect Holiday treat!
Darlene

Liz Lumsden - December 11, 2014 - 1:32 pm

When the kiddos were home our favorite tradition was Christmas PJs for everyone!

Sandy Lewis - December 11, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Our favorite tradition is opening our stockings after everyone is asleep and the gifts are under the tree. It’s peaceful, with the fire roaring the the music playing.

CATHY - December 11, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Thank you for your wonderful generosity! My kids are grown with kids of their own. They always have a lot of places to be with grandparents, in-laws, out-laws, you name it. So we have our Christmas Day, the Sunday after Christmas. We have finger foods since everyone is tired of big meals. The grandkids get so excited to get to open more presents. We do the same thing for Thanksgiving. I don’t care what day we celebrate the holiday as long as we are all together!

Michele Clay - December 11, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Ooooooo! Wonderful giveaway, Keri! Thank you! My favorite Christmas tradition is after eating our dinner, the entire family gathers for a traditional family photo. I don’t know how we can make so much fun out of it, but we do. We hold everyone in check until the last pic & then “anything goes”! Well…not anything.

Raegan L - December 11, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Besides opening Christmas Pajamas on Christmas Eve, we always have home made Mexican dinner of enchiladas, beans & rice. Always a family favorite.

Dee Hamoen - December 11, 2014 - 1:45 pm

My kids’ favourite tradition was getting new jammies and slippers on Christmas Eve. They looked forward to this as much as the gifts the next morning. I was excited to find out that now that they are grown and have their own children, they have carried on the same tradition with them!

Paige - December 11, 2014 - 1:51 pm

I’ve loved reading everyone’s traditions and might have to start a few new ones. Besides new Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve, I make my kids sit on the stairs and wait while I take their picture. They’re all adults now, but they’ll have to sit on the stairs Christmas morning forever, even when they have their OWN kids. Ha!

Linda - December 11, 2014 - 1:54 pm

I am Swedish, so every Christmas Eve we do a smorgasbord. We fix traditional Swedish dishes. We have been doing this for my whole life as a family. For at least 60 years. Have not missed one in my 51 years on this planet! Our family is growing with extended cousins etc. but is so fun and worth it! I look forward to it every year, we have a meatball rolling party because we make over 200+ meatballs! Thanks Kerri for all wonderful freebies. I wish your family a Good Yul!

Allison K - December 11, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Watching and finding my children rearrange the nativities. It’s not really a tradition but it happens every year.

Lori Lewis - December 11, 2014 - 1:55 pm

I love watching the kids waiting in the hallway for Dad to film the clock and then, when He releases them to open their stockings even though they are now 22, 20 and 18, He still does it. Even if it is 9am instead of 3am !

Debbie susee - December 11, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Love our late dinner with friends after our Christmas Eve service.

Beth T. - December 11, 2014 - 2:10 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is eating my husband’s chicken dinner on Christmas day. He uses his mother’s recipes to make the baked chicken and dressing.

Peggy W - December 11, 2014 - 2:12 pm

We have special friends that we spend every Christmas Eve with. Our children are now adults and they always say that Christmas Eve is what they look forward to the most. We have definitely been blessed to have such great friends. Thank your for the giveaway. Love your blog and your style. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Traci R. - December 11, 2014 - 2:14 pm

One of our favorite traditions is the advent tree I made and each day the girls love to find what’s been hidden in the boxes…they are 16 and 18 now…and still love it!!

RPomeroy - December 11, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Hosting a caroling party.

Brandy J - December 11, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Mine is that we all read our cards to each other aloud.

rita timmons - December 11, 2014 - 2:28 pm

we host a hayride around our neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. it’s a lot of fun!

Cheryl P - December 11, 2014 - 2:33 pm

My favorite tradition was taking the kids to look at the Christmas lights on Christmas eve. Daddy would always say ‘Go get in the car, I’ll be right there.’

The 3 girls and I would pile in the car, and pretty soon daddy would come out and we’d go for a drive. When we got home, we would discover that Santa had been there delivering gifts…we always ‘just missed’ him ;)

JoAnn Valderama - December 11, 2014 - 2:35 pm

We spend Christmas Eve night at my aunt’s house and there’s someone who dresses up like Santa that gives out Santa presents. It’s awesome because the littlest kids really think he’s real! Awesome tradition. :)

Bev M - December 11, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Our favorite tradition is a gingerbread house making competition…guys against the girls. Lots of good nature “trash” talking and a ton of fun. It has gotten more fun the older the kids have gotten, and is a great way to get the teens in the house involved in some Christmas activities with the family.

Paula R - December 11, 2014 - 2:56 pm

I have to say gathering all the family together on Christmas morning to open presents. Now that we have three grandchildren, that makes it all the special.

Daniela Dobson - December 11, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and each opening an ornament.

Sue A - December 11, 2014 - 3:15 pm

One of my favorite traditions is watching the movie “Christmas Vacation” every Christmas Eve! The whole family looks forward to it! Thanks for the chance to win!

Suze - December 11, 2014 - 3:18 pm

My favourite Christmas tradition is our family time on Christmas eve – we have a traditional hot Christmas dinner (and it’s really hot here in Australia) with the a/c followed by Christmas puddding for dessert. My husband reads “The Night Before Christmas” and we put out treats for Santa. And then we read the account for Jesus birth from Luke and focus on the gift of the Saviour and what we can gift to the Saviour. It’s a special night for our whole family and we all love it.

Kerry - December 11, 2014 - 3:28 pm

I love celebrating the 25 days leading up to Christmas with my mister by giving him a small gift each day. They’re all under the tree in the same paper and sometimes I label them by day with the help of my Silhouette. Such a fun tradition!

Mary Ann Fry - December 11, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Drink eggnog while listening to Christmas music.

Laura E - December 11, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Oh my favorite Christmas tradition is my Hubby and I buy cards for each other (or I make some) and each year we add more and more cards. We really like the funny ones, but always have several mushy cards in the mix. I love that he will fill out each one with a simple but beautiful message.

Carla Hundley - December 11, 2014 - 3:43 pm

We always had a church program
on Christmas Eve and everyone
received a small white candle
with a cardboard ring around
it to keep the hot wax off
your hand. They were lit while
in the church and then we all
tried to get to the car without
the wind blowing then out! Had
to walk so slow sometime!
Carla from Utah

Ruth G - December 11, 2014 - 3:45 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is running around for two days straight visiting as much of our families as we can! Honestly, it’s the best time filled with love and laughter, wonderful food and wonderful memories!
I don’t plan much for the days before or after so that we’re ready for the big event and the kids have grown up with this so they’re OK.
Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Maria - December 11, 2014 - 4:07 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve we open one present- normally new Pjs to sleep in to look good for Santa, lol and then Christmas morning we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and have cake for breakfast!

Cannycrafter - December 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Baking mince pies!

Peggy F - December 11, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Lining the driveway with the Luminaries. They are so pretty when the are all lit.
Also, making homemade Tom & Jerry batter. Nothing like a Hot Toddy on a cold Winter’s night.

Melanie A. - December 11, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Stockings are big in our family. We always save them for last. When my niece was born, my mom and dad lived in a different state so we had to do “Christmas” on a day other than 12/25. Well we ALL know Santa fills stocking so we couldn’t of course do stockings after 12/25!! So from then on we traded out stockings for gift bags at my parents house. Same premise, we put all kinds of silly or useful (small gift cards etc.) things in them and we save them for last and have a blast going through them. My niece is now 25 but we never went back. Hubby and I use regular stockings, but I like that we kept our tradition the same at my parents.

Karen P - December 11, 2014 - 4:52 pm

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making sherbet punch on Christmas Eve and snacking on all kinds of goodies.

Debbie Standard - December 11, 2014 - 4:53 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to Christmas Eve services and singing the Christmas hymns, then coming home and letting the kids open one gift. After they have gone to bed we bring out the presents and the Santa gifts. Christmas morning my husband gets up early – puts on Christmas carols, lays out Grandma’s cookies and let the fun begin!

Cassie - December 11, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Favorite family tradition is Christmas Eve cooking and baking before the family party marathon deliveries. I normally cook a Portuguese sausage sweet bread stuffing, butter mochi, lilikoi chiffon pie and a few other desserts to be taken to all the family house parties we have to attend.

Mele Kailikimaka (Merry Christmas)!

Kathy Williams - December 11, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Gathering the family around on Christmas eve, having a nice dinner. Then opening presents with the grandkids and then everyone sitting down and watching Christmas Vacation!

Tammy Davis - December 11, 2014 - 5:08 pm

My favorite tradition is getting the tree out the day after Thanksgiving and getting my (mostly) handmade ornaments out and remembering where they came from! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nancy - December 11, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Love putting out all of the nativities. We have a huge collection and I love every one of them.

Tina Hartung - December 11, 2014 - 5:17 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is the unpacking and decorating of the tree. There is just something magical about seeing your favorite ornaments and sitting back after you’re done gazing at the beautiful lights with a mug of hot cocoa in your hands!

Robin Walston - December 11, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Great giveaways and freebies. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie Sexton - December 11, 2014 - 5:22 pm

I have a Christmas tag making night with my girlfriends. We have lots of fun creating tags and drinking wine! This was our 3rd year.

Misty Morgan - December 11, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Every year we exchange Christmas bags. Each one goes shopping and buys whatever tickles their fancy and places each one wrapped inside of a large black bag. After our family dinner is over we gather around the family room and pick numbers. Starting with #1 each person picks a bag. Then the first person gets to open their bag and so on. After everyone has opened their bags they can trade with each other if they like. Everybody’s happy in the end and they have lots of fun sharing with each other. After that we gather around the table to play a game called Rummikub Lots of fun family time.

Kathy H - December 11, 2014 - 5:36 pm

One of my favorite traditions is our cookie decorating party and swap. We all bring 4 dozen undecorated cookies, spend the day dressing those babies up to their festive best and them go home with 4 dozen assorted beauties for sharing. So much fun!!!

Barbara D. - December 11, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Every year I work with Santa’s Elves to bring St. Nickolas gifts to my grandsons on December 6th. Each package includes a letter from Santa, p.j.s, a book and a Lego Advent calendar.

Kimberly O. - December 11, 2014 - 5:58 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is relatively new. I love going to my husband’s grandma’s house on Christmas Day. We alternate whose parents get us for the “actual” holiday, and we’ve only been married 9 years. It is pure chaos there with all the kids and whatnot. His grandma makes a wicked homemade wine. Realistically, it’s probably grape flavored moonshine. A little juice glass is enough to put heat in your face. She just turned 96 this past October and still lives on her own. Go Grandma!!

Linda Craig - December 11, 2014 - 6:00 pm

We always have a yule log for Christmas food wise. My husband reads the Christmas story and then we open presents alternating. Love the Christmas lights.

Margot Perry - December 11, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Every Christmas Holiday my family plays Mahjong, as it’s the only time of year we are all together. Now my 7 year old knows how to play, so 3 generations get yo dig together a play for hours!

deb pereira - December 11, 2014 - 6:30 pm

riding the santa train with my kids and now my grandkids!

Julie - December 11, 2014 - 6:33 pm

My kids are all in their twenties. This year has been a crazy one for us because we had son leave on a mission on November 5th, and we’re preparing for another to leave on December 17th. I thought we could skip some of the traditions and keep it very simple this year. My 22 year old (who is still at home) has asked me everyday when we were going to hang the stockings and put up the countdown tree. I guess you never outgrow traditions. Last night I finally gave up and put them up. I’m surprised how excited they all were. We’re trying to make this a Christ centered Christmas, but we evidently still need to bring back childhood memories!

Carol F. - December 11, 2014 - 6:36 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is going out with my family to cut down our Christmas tree.

Susan W - December 11, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Hi – thanks for doing the fun 12 days of Christmas! My fav tradition was driving in the neighborhood to check out the lights on Christmas Eve. My Mom would always have a headache and wouldn’t come, but we went and looked at all the lights and had hot chocolate and a fun time. We couldn’t wait to get back to tell her about it, and when we got home – Santa had been at our house and left presents under the tree and the stockings were full! She would be there explaining while she was resting her heard noise on the roof and it woke her up and when she came down, Santa was just heading up the chimney. We believed her every year – and funny, we didn’t catch on for many years! Miss those special times!

Julie - December 11, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Kerri,
My favorite Christmas tradition is loading everyone in the car and going to look at all the Christmas lights in the neighborhoods. I love watching the wonderful of children and how the light shows their wonder.

Julie

thanks for the chance to win.

vicki - December 11, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Thank you for the awesome files! One of my favorite holiday traditions is opening our home to anyone in our neighborhood who doesn’t have family in town. We usually have at least three families for our Christmas dinner and many more stop in for dessert. I love having a full house on Christmas! And since we live too far away from our own families to go home, it is a gift we give ourselves as well.

Kathy Nelson - December 11, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Thank you for the awesome freebies! We celebrate my oldest son’s birthday on Christmas Eve, watch National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation in the evening and exchange gifts on Christmas Day.

Gilda - December 11, 2014 - 6:43 pm

We have many traditions for Christmas, but I must say I enjoy getting out all the decorations each year. They bring back memories of Christmas past and I love sharing them with my grandkids now.

kathy - December 11, 2014 - 6:49 pm

oh what joy!!! my favorite tradition is having dinner on christmas day with our family. i hope that everyone this year can celebrate at least one tradition that they love.

thanks for this chance!!

merriest to you and yours,
kathy

Amy Coose - December 11, 2014 - 7:12 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is making gingerbread houses with my kids. Thanks for the chance to win!

Melanie S - December 11, 2014 - 7:12 pm

One of my favorite traditions is going to my grandparents house on Christmas Eve. I’ve been going their for 38 years. Through the years some have joined us, some have passed on. It was grandpa, grandma, great grandma, aunts, uncles, mom, dad, brothers, sister and cousins. Now the cousins grew up and they are married and have their own children. Brothers that have married with have children. My own children. There’s usually 40 of us. We make a big meal, open gifts, tell stories, take lots of pictures.

Katrina H - December 11, 2014 - 7:26 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is just spending the day with my family. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kim M. - December 11, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Baking with my boys!!!

Christina C - December 11, 2014 - 7:46 pm

We love to take our children out and get a new Christmas ornament every year. I also love baking Christmas cookies & candies with them!

Kelly H - December 11, 2014 - 7:48 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is that we decorate the tree on my birthday, (today the 11th) and then reading a new or favorite Christmas story on Christmas eve with new pajamas for the kids, and just seeing their smiles on Christmas morning.

Amy Ulen - December 11, 2014 - 7:54 pm

One of my favorite traditions is that the youngest hands out one gift at a time starting with the oldest member of the family. We take turns watching each other open gifts. It takes a long time, but it really allows us to thank the gift giver. I always run out of presents first, but it doesn’t matter, because I so enjoy watching my family open their gifts!

Traci Severson - December 11, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Our Christmas tradition begins on Christmas Eve with homemade pizza (or if there isn’t time, pizza from our fav pizza joint) and the kids open one gift. Christmas morning the kids get us out of bed, we open up our gifts and then we spend the day together gorging ourselves on our fav foods and napping. Our families are all half way across the country and we haven’t spent a Christmas with them in years unfortunately, so this little tradition we have going is one I’m sure the kids will take with them. Merry Christmas! And thank you for the freebies!!!!! They are awesome!

Megan K. - December 11, 2014 - 7:58 pm

My favorite tradition was spending time with family. I miss this more now that I live far away from my family and haven’t spent Christmas with them in four years :(

Justene - December 11, 2014 - 8:37 pm

My favourite Christmas tradition is spending Christmas Eve at home with my family – watching Christmas movies together, and singing Christmas carols while my husband plays guitar. It just doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Merry Christmas! xoxo

alice fuller - December 11, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Our favorite tradition is going to 11pm Christmas Eve service and coming out at midnight with bells ringing.

Torrie - December 11, 2014 - 8:41 pm

My favorite tradition growing up was our family performance of the Nativity. We usually had a younger sibling that could be the baby Jesus and we dressed in our robes and towels on our heads while dad read from the bible. It was awesome.

Karen Peterson - December 11, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Love Christmas pajamas ;) for my kiddos even though they are not so little anymore.

terry - December 11, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Thanks for opportunity to win! A favorite tradition of ours is to put up the nativity and the Little Town of Bethlehem. We love our display of the real reason for the season!

Marcia Dehn-Nix - December 11, 2014 - 9:07 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Would definitely be a sweet Christmas present for myself!!

Lynette Ballard - December 11, 2014 - 9:21 pm

new jammies for Christmas is probably one of my favorites! Oh, and tree hunting with my husband’s family.

benessi - December 11, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Church on Christmas Eve & taking candles to cemetery on Christmas Eve.

Renee T. - December 11, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Giving out a “best decorated house” award with our grandkids at night – usually a bag of holiday m&ms or hershey kisses. We drive around listening to Christmas music, until we decide on the best decorated house. We love this tradition!

Lara Read - December 11, 2014 - 9:49 pm

My favorite tradition is buying a new ornament for the kids each year. then when we decorate the tree they say oh i remember this. I got it cause it reminds me of getting my drivers licence that year or some event in their life. so fun. The darth vader and steve young ornaments are not that cute but the bring back memories :)

barbara santee - December 11, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Making cookies for our yearly cookie exchange. All our close friends get together for dinner and drinks. Then we pass around the cookies we’ve made. Great way to come home with 6 different type of cookies when you only had to make one type. Plus this year I made the “Jingle all the way” picture for all the ladies. Wonderful idea for gift giving. Thanks for all you do. I really appreciate all the wonderful things you create.

Denise Bryant - December 11, 2014 - 9:56 pm

I bake several different kinds of cookies and then deliver to friends and neighbors just before Christmas!

Nita K. - December 11, 2014 - 10:05 pm

I love to read our collection of Christmas books.

sandi m - December 11, 2014 - 10:11 pm

The entire family making sugar cookies and decorating them. It’s an all day affair and the littles love to roll out and decorate their own batches. Merry Christmas!

Becky Evans - December 11, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Getting all dressed up and going the Nutcracker ballet with my girls. Super fun!

Roberta - December 11, 2014 - 10:19 pm

You have been so generous!!! Thank you for a chance to win! I love the pom poms on the stocking. Very sweet!

Bernice J - December 11, 2014 - 10:20 pm

My favourite tradition is to make buckets and buckets of a snack mix called “nuts and bolts’ and give them away as gifts. We also eat more than our fair share!

Tracy - December 11, 2014 - 10:22 pm

My favorite Christmas Tradition has been going to get Santa pictures with the kids. We love looking at all of them and how much they have changed thru the years. Now they are grown so we don’t go each year but still enjoy looking at them and laughing at the ones where the kids were afraid of Santa.

Janice Daquila-Pardo - December 11, 2014 - 10:34 pm

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to gather in front of the tree on Christmas Eve to read a Christmas book or story as a family. In the past, my dad used to read longer stories to us over several evenings, finishing the story on Christmas Eve. Such great memories!

RobinKP - December 11, 2014 - 10:35 pm

I wrap up 25 christmas books and the kids open one each night. We all look forward to bedtime and our book.

Monique Morales - December 11, 2014 - 11:05 pm

It started a few years ago, I love going to church for Christmas Eve service its what we look forward to that night, then we come home eat watch a movie and go to sleep. BEST way to celebrate

Audrey - December 11, 2014 - 11:22 pm

We always wait until the grandchildren come to put up the Christmas Tree – they loved delving into the large pine box at the bottom of the bed and pulling out all the decorations.

Thank you for the freebies and inspriation

Audrey - December 11, 2014 - 11:23 pm

We always wait until the grandchildren come to put up the Christmas Tree – they loved delving into the large pine box at the bottom of the bed and pulling out all the decorations.

Thank you for the freebies and inspiration

Kim Thomas - December 11, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Hi Kerri. This will be my first Christmas without my Mom, so it will be a hard one. I lost her in September. She was Swedish so we’ve always had a Swedish dinner on Christmas Eve. it always made me feel special. We have Swedish meatballs (I have to make 10 lbs.), herring, pickled beets, Silta (pork), rice pudding, and raisin bread. We will continue this tradition to honor our heritage, and maybe feel a little closer to my Mom. Take care, Kim :)

Melanie Sherman - December 12, 2014 - 12:08 am

We don’t celebrate Christmas. We celebrate Hanukkah. I love the ritual of saying the prayers and lighting the candles every night for eight nights. One of our traditions for the holiday is making homemade latkes (potato pancakes) and serving them with sour cream. The smell of the potatoes frying in oil permeates my house for day, but it makes me happy!

Lois - December 12, 2014 - 12:24 am

My favorite tradition is spending relaxed and uninterrupted time with our family! Watching a family favorite Christmas episode of All Creatures Great and Small together, enjoying our version of “Christmas Cake” or simply putting together a puzzle by the crackling fire place as it snows outside – its all just wonderful!

Veronica Miller - December 12, 2014 - 4:26 am

I do a Lego Star Wars advent calendar with my boys every year. THey love it.

Jeannie D - December 12, 2014 - 5:10 am

My favorite tradition is baking the Christmas goodies. It started out with my Mom, then my daughter and hopefully my granddaughter in a year or two!

Chris H - December 12, 2014 - 6:06 am

My favorite tradition is setting up our many nativity sets around our home. Thanks for the free downloads!

Janet Trapp - December 12, 2014 - 6:25 am

Awesome! Thanks for all the great gifts!

Ellie Augustin - December 12, 2014 - 7:00 am

For us on Christmas eve we all get into our Christmas pajamas and head to my mother in laws house around 8 pm and help finish up the rest of the last bits to get ready for Christmas day. While having Hot cocoa and treats and listening to Christmas music. We all stay up till Midnight and then we all take turns (from youngest to oldest) singing a Christmas song to open one gift. It is SO fun to see the kids singing (although by the end they all end up singing the same song) and then the adults and we know which song each one will sing EVERY year lol… Oh I can’t wait! This will be the first year for our sweet youngest as last year she was too tiny (she was a preemie) for us to venture out late in the evening! So you could say this is going to be her 1st official Christmas with our extended family!! Can’t wait!

Dawn Howells - December 12, 2014 - 7:46 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is the decorating. I love to decorate. Period. But Christmas decorating has always been special. And, this year’s decorating, my first without my husband, has been extra special as I bring out each decoration, remembering how/why/where we got it, etc. Lots of memories…all of them good!

Chris - December 12, 2014 - 8:01 am

My favorite tradition would be putting up the nativity. My mother and grandmother had them when I was younger and I always wanted one of my own. Now I finally have one and look forward to joining the family tradition. It is a true reminder of the reason for the season. Thanks for another outstanding giveaway and fabulous year of your files, Kerri! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Judy R - December 12, 2014 - 8:29 am

A super easy Rum cake one Christmas has turned into a “tradition” and is the most often requested thing ever! I should make two!

Judy Parma - December 12, 2014 - 8:56 am

My daughter works for our local fire department, we spend a full day and sometimes two, baking goodies for her to give to all the firefighters. This has become one of my favorite traditions, just spending time with her and thanking the firefighters for all that they do. Thanks Kari, for all the freebies and the chance to win. Happy Holidays!

Sharee - December 12, 2014 - 9:09 am

Love all of the freebies Kerri but most of all love everything you do. I love your style! Thanks for sharing with me!

LynneB - December 12, 2014 - 9:17 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree. I love the memories all the ornaments bring as we unpack them and put them on the tree.

Alice Wong - December 12, 2014 - 9:51 am

Well Christmas isn’t that huge in our Asian household. We do still do stockings….by a fireplace we don’t really use….but “Santa” always puts in a red pocket (more used around the Chinese New Year Holiday) with a little Christmas money. Gotta love Santa!

kelly thompson - December 12, 2014 - 11:50 am

my fave tradition has yet to be started- I would like to go on a family cruise each year

Rebekah - December 12, 2014 - 12:01 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition (at least for the past 3 years) has to be the daily visit from our Elf on the Shelf. Every day from December 1st to December 24th he appears and each year he gets more and more creative and entertaining! It brings joy to my 2 boys and to my husband and I! Merry Christmas! Thanks for the great freebies and for the chance to win the gift certificate!

Janelle - December 12, 2014 - 12:45 pm

I love baking lots of different types of cookies to leave on a plate for Santa.

Lorinda L - December 12, 2014 - 1:09 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition my parents actually started – and that’s giving me an ornament each and every year. At 50 years young now, that means a lot to have these gifts that give me joy every year, helps me remember special events along the way and to just cherish on my tree!

Tara Mayol - December 12, 2014 - 3:27 pm

We treat ourselves with a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks and ride around looking at Christmas lights.

Cherri - December 12, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Love the tradition of singing carols at church and with the family.

Cathy R - December 12, 2014 - 5:11 pm

My favorite tradition is seeing my ADULT children with their Christmas stockings. This year I gave them the option of getting cash instead. All three of my children, two sons and a daughter, all chose to continue getting a stocking. That did this mama’s heart good! They know good things come in small packages. Now, my daughters-in-law…they want the money! LOL!

Thank you for the freebies and the chance to win! It’s been fun reading about other’s fav traditions, too.

Janelle - December 12, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Drinking hot chocolate while we drive around to look at Christmas lights!

Louise Fortune - December 13, 2014 - 11:00 am

Got to be opening our sticking gifts after a big traditional festive lunch. It extends the gift giving and gives the kids a little more to look forward to. Each member of the family wraps a small gift, one for each stocking except your own.