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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!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - December 16, 2014 - 4:45 pm

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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/ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Kerri - December 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

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

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 <3ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

    • 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.ReplyCancel

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!ReplyCancel

  • Joy - December 12, 2014 - 4:45 am

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

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

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

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

    Awesome! Thanks for all the great gifts!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia - December 12, 2014 - 1:38 pm

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • MizDenise - December 12, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    Thanks so very much for the set of freebies!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • crystalnva - December 12, 2014 - 7:05 pm

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

  • Nancy - December 12, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    Wonderful – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • 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! =)ReplyCancel

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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!!!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

    Waterskiing on Christmas Day!ReplyCancel

  • 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - December 11, 2014 - 2:45 am

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

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

    I love making cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - December 11, 2014 - 3:00 am

    Christmas day gumbo.ReplyCancel

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

    My favorite Christmas tradition is opening stockings on Christmas morning.ReplyCancel

  • 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 xReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • angela - December 11, 2014 - 5:39 am

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - December 11, 2014 - 5:51 am

    We wear new PJs Christmas Eve.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - December 11, 2014 - 6:16 am

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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 :)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 11, 2014 - 6:34 am

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!
    SandraReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    Putting out all our nativities. Love and collect them.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - December 11, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Scones and Christmas oranges before opening gifts Christmas Morning.ReplyCancel

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

    Making cookies with my daughters!ReplyCancel

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

    We always get a birthday cake for baby Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    trimming the tree and even as teenagers they still love helpingReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

    i love making christmas cookies!!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

    Making Christmas cookiesReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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 agoReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - December 11, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Making a gingerbread house with the Grand Children !!!ReplyCancel

  • 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! ThanksReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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. :-)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • Wendy - December 11, 2014 - 7:58 am

    What a great twist on an otherwise traditional shape.ReplyCancel

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

    My favorite tradition is decorating with my collection of elves.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • Susan - December 11, 2014 - 8:06 am

    I love to make Danish Aebleskiver on Christmas morning!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

    Thank you for the lovely gift!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - December 11, 2014 - 8:36 am

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.comReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Mollie - December 11, 2014 - 9:05 am

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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. KateReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Viki - December 11, 2014 - 10:00 am

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

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

    Getting together with family on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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! <3ReplyCancel

  • 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,
    MelittaReplyCancel

  • 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..ReplyCancel

  • Lois - December 11, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Making stockings for everyone.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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! :)ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • PjP - December 11, 2014 - 11:29 am

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Cari - December 11, 2014 - 11:58 am

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

    Baking cookies is my favorite tradition by far!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • SuzannaL - December 11, 2014 - 12:34 pm

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

  • crystalnva - December 11, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    THANK YOU :) …

    Making peanut butter balls & Cookies & messes :)ReplyCancel

  • 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 :)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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 :)ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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…ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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 waitReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.htmReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - December 11, 2014 - 1:32 pm

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

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

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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 !ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • RPomeroy - December 11, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Hosting a caroling party.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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 ;)ReplyCancel

  • 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

    Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and each opening an ornament.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    Drink eggnog while listening to Christmas music.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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 UtahReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Cannycrafter - December 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    Baking mince pies!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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)!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    Great giveaways and freebies. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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,
    kathyReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    Baking with my boys!!!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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 :(ReplyCancel

  • 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! xoxoReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • benessi - December 11, 2014 - 9:26 pm

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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 :)ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    I love to read our collection of Christmas books.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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 celebrateReplyCancel

  • 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 inspriationReplyCancel

  • 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 inspirationReplyCancel

  • 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 :)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    Awesome! Thanks for all the great gifts!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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 yearReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - December 12, 2014 - 12:45 pm

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • Cherri - December 12, 2014 - 5:03 pm

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - December 12, 2014 - 6:29 pm

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

want to be dashing through the snow. I don’t need a one-horse open sleigh…just gimme some snow to dash in, alright? This 50 degree stuff in December is ‘nice’, but I need some snow.

I guess until I get some, I can gaze upon the beauty of this little number by Layle.

Our story begins with narration from Layle herself:

Last December, I told my husband and our boys that all I wanted for Christmas from them was an afternoon of snow shoeing together, and that’s what I got (albeit an early Christmas presents)! Kerri’s Hello December kit of 3×4 cards was perfect for capturing our day ‘pocket page style’ with the red, black & a pop of yellow instead of green, so it wasn’t too Christmasy for what I had in mind.

Layle Koncar Week 24
I cut the word ‘December’ from the On the Calendar kit so it would fit inside the label on one of the Hello December cards.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - date card

 

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! I wanted to include one of my favorite scenery photos from the day with the sun peeking through the trees, but I shot it portrait style and I would have had to crop too much of it off to fit in the pocket page. I solved that by printing the photo 6×8″, then cutting it into two 4×6 photos and inserting them in the pockets. Before I printed the photo, I added the word ‘seriously’, from the Grammar School – The Adverbs kit, to the bottom of the photo in Photoshop.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - left page

 

On the right side of the spread I used the Dashing Through the Snow cut file – Kerri was so awesome to create this for me for this spread, it fits perfectly with the photo of our boys running through the forest with their snow shoes on!

Layle Koncar Week 24 - right page

 

Layle Koncar Week 24 - dashing

 

I cut a few snowflakes from the This and That: Just Winter Shapes kit in different sizes out of American Crafts POW glitter paper – sigh…., I just love that paper! I added a few of the snowflakes to the top of the pocket pages to give a little more added dimension.


Layle Koncar Week 24 - snowflakes

[ Designs | Hello December (3×4 cards) / On The Calendar (december) / Grammar School: The Adverbs (seriously) / This+That: Winter (snowflakes) ]


I don’t even know where to begin because I love everything about this spread! Love the 3×4 cards. Love how Layle incorporated so many handwritten goodies. Love the snowflakes in the POW glitter paper….

It’s all just awesome…absolutely awesome!


And now, if you were needing to do a little dashing through the snow yourself, download this one-day-only freebie and you are set! Okay, maybe snow might be required…and maybe we’ll get it some day ’round these parts.

dashing-through-the-snow


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

  • Sue Walsh - December 10, 2014 - 3:09 am

    What a beautiful layout, I really like the photo of the sun shining through the tree tops it looks amazing here!
    Thanks for the script Kerri, I’d love to dashing through the snow too :)ReplyCancel

  • marcy e - December 10, 2014 - 5:40 am

    what a lovely layout… thank you…ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - December 10, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Thanks for the “cool” cutting file and
    Great project!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Fortune - December 10, 2014 - 7:29 am

    Hi I am having some trouble with the twelves days cut files. I am using a silhouette cameo and studio v.3 and bring to import the SVG file, but am getting the error med that this is an unsupported file type.

    I have used files from you before without issue.

    LouiseReplyCancel

    • Kerri - December 10, 2014 - 7:45 am

      Hey Louise!
      It might be that your setup or browser is reading the free downloaded file–which comes from a different source– differently than when you purchase a file. See what happens if you go to File/Open in the Silhouette software. Also check the Tutorials/Silhouette link for tips on importing and see if that helps.

      Keep me posted.ReplyCancel

  • Megan K. - December 10, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Thank you for the freebies! Love your handwriting :DReplyCancel

  • Leslee - December 10, 2014 - 7:39 am

    Thanks for all the files! We need snow in our part of the woods too. It’s all melted the last couple of days!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - December 10, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Julie C - December 10, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Love the spread and the cut file!ReplyCancel

  • Maribel - December 10, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Love this, thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Pam K - December 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

    What a lovely LO! Love the photo of the sun … Thank you for the day’s freebie; love the sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • crystalnva - December 10, 2014 - 9:23 am

    THANK YOU :) bunches….ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - December 10, 2014 - 9:57 am

    I’m not really a PL scrapper but I’m beginning to like the idea of just breaking down my 12×12 page to fit the pockets and I’m really enjoying it! It gives me more places to hide journaling behind while the photos are the focus! Thanks for more inspiration today and for the freebie!
    Blessings,
    MelittaReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - December 10, 2014 - 10:24 am

    I love the lay-outs. Thank you for sharing! I bought the Hello December cards and this gives me some fabulous ideas on how to incorporate them. I think I’m going to print one as home décor too. =)

    Louise, I’ve had that problem in the past with the Silhouette. It ended up resolving itself when I re-started my Silhouette Software and my computer. I hope that helps. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis B. - December 10, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    One more time…Thanks so very much for the “freebie” file! Love it and love Layle’s layout! Many thanks to both of you!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - December 10, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    As soon as I saw the “Dashing through the Snow” cut file on the first pic, I was hoping that was our freebie…thank you so much I love it!! Awesome PL layout! You sure did have a perfect day!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - December 10, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    I’m feeling a bit silly but I thought the 12 Days card set would be printable without using my Silhouette? Is it possible to use any of the files to take to Staples and have them print? Not really sure about the file extensions. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - December 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm

      PNG files are what you can use to print an image.
      You wouldn’t need Silhouette to do it.
      Hope that helps. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - December 10, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Thanks Kerri – you’re always so good at responding! Off to Staples :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - December 10, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Thank you, Kerri for sharing your talents!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa G - December 10, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Thank you! You’re very generous.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - December 10, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    Thank you! Love the lettering.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Trapp - December 12, 2014 - 6:26 am

    Awesome! Thanks for all the great gifts!ReplyCancel

I feel like Santa came early. Today we have another great giveaway from the ever-so talented and incredibly hip herself, Miss Cathy Zielske!

Apparently Santa’s got a brand new bag…and I think we should check out what’s in it!

czhip


So cool and awesome…and dare I use the word…hip. Leave it to Cathy to make such awesomeness.

This hip little gem can be yours by leaving a comment in this post saying what your coolest or best out-of-the-box gift was for Christmas.

I know this is going to sound strange, but when I was nine years old I got a rectangular-shaped flashlight and thought that was one of the coolest gifts I ever got. Oh the days when Christmases were simple.

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn and announced Thursday morning.  

And if, by chance, you haven’t followed me on Instagram, you just may be missing out on another giveaway goin’ on over there. It’s giveaways all around!

Oh what fun, right?

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Eight days of one-day-only freebies have passed and we are now on day nine.
Here ya go!

star-ornament


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

  • Sylvia - December 9, 2014 - 1:17 am

    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Sue W - December 9, 2014 - 1:54 am

    OH I’ve been looking at Cathies cool Christmas set. Love it!
    My most memorable Christmas present would have been when I was 12.
    The second eldest of 8 after unwrapping presents I was sent out to the garage with the garbage bag full of ripped of paper to find a brand new bicycle with my name on it…….Fantastic being able to ride to school!ReplyCancel

  • JeanD - December 9, 2014 - 3:00 am

    My coolest present was a tea set when I was really little.ReplyCancel

  • melissa thiede - December 9, 2014 - 4:18 am

    Best Gift ever was an engagement ring…ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie D - December 9, 2014 - 4:38 am

    What a cool set Cathy designed!
    I think one of my favorite memories was getting a Heidi doll and her friend Spunky and brother Herbie. They came in the cutest little carrying cases!ReplyCancel

  • Mirjam - December 9, 2014 - 5:53 am

    Love this kit! My best X-mas present (as a kid) was a pair of figure skates. I love skating!ReplyCancel

  • Susan L - December 9, 2014 - 5:56 am

    One of my favorite presents was the original Lite Bright. I loved creating things with all those colors.ReplyCancel

  • Libby Wiers - December 9, 2014 - 6:06 am

    I had a Ginny doll, and one Christmas I got a wardrobe with tiny hangers that my dad made and new clothes made by my mom. 50+ years later, the wardrobe and well-loved doll are still in the attic. No girls in two generations to pass her on to.

    This CZ collection is on my wish list…ReplyCancel

  • Amber D - December 9, 2014 - 6:18 am

    Love Cathy’s designs – thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Margot Perry - December 9, 2014 - 6:20 am

    One of my favorite gifts when I was a little girl was a Spirograph set with different color ink pens. I could sit and design for hours on end! Perhaps that was which originally sparked my love of graphic design today! P.S. Love both your and Cathy’s designs!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - December 9, 2014 - 6:21 am

    I would have to say when a neighbor of ours who worked in a store gave me an EASY BAKE oven! Oh boy was that a surprise…chocolate cake anyone?ReplyCancel

  • crystalnva - December 9, 2014 - 6:26 am

    THANK YOU :)ReplyCancel

  • Joan - December 9, 2014 - 6:38 am

    I remember a year where I got a set of some kind of history books from my grandparents. They were fancy (for a 10 or 12 year old) and I loved them. I still have the books on a shelf in my living room.ReplyCancel

  • SherriS. - December 9, 2014 - 6:45 am

    When I opened a digital photo frame from my son Brandon about 7 years ago I knew that he understood my love of photography and family. I’ve had lots of cool and thoughtful gifts but that memory is still treasured.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - December 9, 2014 - 6:53 am

    My grade 6 Christmas I was given a guinea pig, which I had been pining over for months. I had borrowed all the books from the library on guinea pigs, caring for them, etc. and I was so excited that I actually got it (we had previously never had a pet). Turns out my mum was deathly allergic to him and we had to sell him within a couple of months, but I thought it was cool that I got to keep the $60!ReplyCancel

  • Britiney Slaughter - December 9, 2014 - 6:54 am

    One year my mom gave me a fairly large Santa for my fireplace mantle that completely freaked my kids out!ReplyCancel

  • LynneB - December 9, 2014 - 6:56 am

    My coolest present as a kid was a doll house. I loved it because my mom and I worked on it together. As an adult, it’s all the handmade things I get from my kids. LOVE THAT!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - December 9, 2014 - 6:58 am

    One Christmas when I was young, my mom won a “fill your shopping cart with as much as you can for free” in a toy store. She had one or two minutes to run through the store and add what she could to her cart. My parents had 5 kids and not tons of money that year. So for my mom it was a dream come true. I remember seeing the presents under the tree that year and being astounded. The funny thing is that by today’s standards it probably just seems normal but to us it was amazing. I got Flintstone Building Blocks (huge styrofoam type of blocks to build with).ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - December 9, 2014 - 7:30 am

    I’m sure there is something else I’m not thinking of as my sister and I love to try and think of unique Christmas gifts…but it is just way too early lol. SO the only one that comes to mind right now as far as unique or not on a wish list, is that she gave me a ticket so she and I could go to Keith Urban together. We ended up getting a hotel room right next to the venue and had a blast.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - December 9, 2014 - 7:39 am

    My most memorable gift was a Strawberry Shortcake house that was fully furnished and the figurine smelled like strawberries.
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Julie C - December 9, 2014 - 7:46 am

    Best gift as a kid was when my sister and I got a cat for Christmas…..he got out of his box before we woke up and we had to find him! As an adult, my favorite Christmas gifts have been my Christmas decorations because I get to remember all the Christmas’ past when I pull them out each year.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - December 9, 2014 - 7:46 am

    The coolest gift I received as a child was an Easy Bake Oven! I jumped for joy when I unwrapped it!ReplyCancel

  • Megan K. - December 9, 2014 - 7:51 am

    I remember getting a doll for Christmas that was really life like. I named her Brenda and I still have her…there were so many cherished gifts that Santa left under our tree over the years. Thanks for inspiring a trip down memory lane! And for a chance to win the kit from the Fabulous Miss ZReplyCancel

  • Debbie D - December 9, 2014 - 7:51 am

    The most special gift was a little tiny birdhouse that my husband helped my daughter make for me and she decorated with fine markers, it still sits on my desk today1ReplyCancel

  • marcy e - December 9, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Thank you again for sharing your awesome talents with us… and for the chance to win those “hip” and elegant digi’s…
    Travel, weather, service and job responsibilities have at times kept my adult children from all being together Christmas morning for coffee, muffins and gifts from Santa… I am so happy that they will all be here this year… what a lovely gift that will be…ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - December 9, 2014 - 7:55 am

    One year, my siblings and I received finger nail clippers that had a unique designs on them. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed those until they were lost this year after 20+ years of having them. Now on a search to find some for my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Shawni Reynolds - December 9, 2014 - 8:03 am

    thanks for the giveaway! My favorite most unique gift was from my husband one year. We didn’t have a ton of money so we had decided not to get each other presents. He ended up going to Michael’s, reading up on candle making, finding a cute etched glass jar set and turning them into candles! All by himself! I was so touched that he had gone to all of that trouble :) It was awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Dionne - December 9, 2014 - 8:06 am

    Love Cathy’s designs, thanks for the chance to win.
    Best Christmas gift was the year my husband gave me a new wedding ring because he never liked my other one.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn H. - December 9, 2014 - 8:26 am

    My favourite Christmas gift was the Barbie house that my grandfather made for me. He was an electrician, so he had wired it, and each room had flooring, wallpaper, and lights. It was so much cooler than anything that could be bought. I think that, that year, it was the favourite Christmas gift that anyone in my neighbourhood received as all of my friends loved playing with it as much as I did.ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - December 9, 2014 - 8:30 am

    My best out-of-the-box gift was my Candi head. I learned how to do different hairstyles on it. I self-taught myself to French braid on it. It was awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - December 9, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Definitely the huge barbie house my parents built for me! Fully carpeted, funky lampshades from L’eggs panty hose containers, wallpapered in great 70’s style :)ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Goon - December 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

    My coolest gift was actually my brothers six million dollar man “barbie” You could look through his bionic eye. I took it and played with it way more than he did!ReplyCancel

  • Isabel - December 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

    The best and coolest christmas presents that I receive was a pink panther and a barbie that my godmother gave me.ReplyCancel

  • Renee G - December 9, 2014 - 8:59 am

    When I was 10 I got the most beautiful Madame Alexander doll. She had a blue princess dress and even had pink nylons!ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - December 9, 2014 - 8:59 am

    My Donny & Marie barbie dolls & one of their records!! I played with them for hours and still have the record!! I will always remember them fondly :)

    Thanks for another wonderful prize and for the awesome gift today!
    Blessings,
    MelittaReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 9, 2014 - 9:02 am

    I’m super excited about the cool gift I’m giving my son… Captain Caveman, the complete series, on DVD. I used to love that show and it’s completely what he would think was awesome. He’s a junior in college and loves offbeat stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Dionne J. - December 9, 2014 - 9:09 am

    There are lots of memories of gifts to choose from. One that sticks in my mind from the recent past is the first Christmas with our son my husband gave me a digital camera. He knew how much I loved photography and that this was the perfect gift for me and our family to help us remember all of the special moments we were going to share.ReplyCancel

  • Liz H. - December 9, 2014 - 9:19 am

    The best gift I got was a bionic woman doll.ReplyCancel

  • Julie N - December 9, 2014 - 9:31 am

    When I was eleven my younger brother bought me a Parrot ink pen that was carved out of wood. It dried up years ago but I still have it. It was a super sweet and thoughtful gift.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Evans - December 9, 2014 - 9:31 am

    My coolest gift was a Nikon camera (before digital, back in the ’70s) complete with a zoom lense and a wide angle lense, bag, batteries, tripod, the works. It was wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • kathryn young - December 9, 2014 - 9:37 am

    When I was 10 I got my first Cabbage Patch doll and was so surprised! I loved it! My parents had been telling me all year they couldn’t afford one so it meant that much more that I actually got one!ReplyCancel

  • Nerdgrl (Kim S.) - December 9, 2014 - 9:41 am

    My best present, believe it or not, was my Gypsy. Why? Because my husband voluntarily suggested it as my Christmas gift. This is a man not normally known for his enthusiastic endorsement of my SBing activities (other than it gets me out of the house so he can have a “man” night…eating what he wants and watching stupid movies on TV.) He saw an ad on the back of one of the SBing magazines when the Gypsy first came out and asked if I might want one. I practically dragged him out of the house on the spot! And, yes, he wrapped it for me, too.ReplyCancel

  • Joan - December 9, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Just yesterday I got a completely unexpected gift from an associate at a store here in town – a crystal polar bear. VERY COOL! Very unexpected!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle E. - December 9, 2014 - 9:51 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! This best gift I received when I was little was a Baby Brother Tenderlove doll…always received a girl doll but to get a little boy was amazing…still have it to this day in it’s original box…thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy W - December 9, 2014 - 10:00 am

    One year my sister and mom did all off dishes on Christmas Eve and there were a lot of them. That act of service has stayed with me all my life. Thanks for the freebies during your 12 days of Christmas. They are fabulous. so kind. thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy B - December 9, 2014 - 10:21 am

    I’d have to say I am getting the most enjoyment from my Cameo which I gave myself for Christmas last year! A lot of my enjoyment is because I have learned so much from your classes, Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Marshall - December 9, 2014 - 10:25 am

    The gift I remember the most was the vanity my parents made me from two orange crates and a piece of wood for the top. My mom made a pink and white checked skirt to go around it so you couldn’t see the crates. I was just thrilled. It was so special to me because they made it just for me. I was often overlooked as a child and got the leftover gifts.ReplyCancel

  • Karen P - December 9, 2014 - 10:40 am

    My favorite gift was a Smith Corona electric typewriter I got for Christmas as a twelve year old. I was so excited and spent many hours pecking away on it!ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - December 9, 2014 - 10:47 am

    A keurig.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - December 9, 2014 - 11:14 am

    My favorite out of the box gift was actually one I gave – a scavenger hunt gift of sorts that led to scrapbook page “clues” which hinted at the actual gift: a concert in Texas [we’re from Cleveland]. Definitely a favorite!ReplyCancel

  • ruth tacoma - December 9, 2014 - 11:16 am

    When my middle son was about 12 he went Christmas shopping with a friend’s family to a mall. For Christmas that year I got a Boston CD and it was one of my best gifts ever.

    I think mostly because I had not given any indication that I would even want one, but he had paid attention to something I had said somewhere along the line and knew I would love it. Incredibly thoughtful and it was more than a feeling…(I just couldn’t help that one)…ReplyCancel

  • Maiken G - December 9, 2014 - 11:23 am

    This is not the best out-of-the-box moment, but it’s my most surprised moment that I’ve ever had.

    One year my paternal grandmother got me a Joe Cocker CD (I did want that) with a comment that was something like this: “I’m sorry, when I got around to buy your presents I didn’t have any money left.” She wasn’t joking, she meant it, and couldn’t care less. I was around 10 or 12 at the time.

    My sister (my grandmothers favorite out of 5 grandchildren) had gotten all kinds of stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t jealous or anything at her. My parents an expensive potset. Me – who wasn’t a favorite and knew it: a CD.. I still recall my surprise, not disapointment, I was just so surprised by her comment. I don’t remember the rest of the evening. But her a matter of fact comment still stands very clear in my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Kiotegirl - December 9, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Western Barbie doll, when I opened up the box I started crying, because I really wanted one even though I was 16, but I had a niece I played Barbies with all the time. I never asked my parents for one either (the days when kids did not ask for things and they also appreciated what they received no matter what it might me). It made them cry, as well, and they did not tear up much. My dad said it was the best Christmas he had ever had and mentioned in often. I have lost both of my parents now and being able to tell this story brings back a happy memory at Christmas.

    My computer was having issues and/or so was I, so I only have the last three day of your fabulous freebies and appreciate them very much. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanene - December 9, 2014 - 11:51 am

    I have such fond memories of my Barbie Dream House circa 1981. It’s glorious! I still have it and my daughter plays with it.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi F - December 9, 2014 - 11:52 am

    I think my favorite gift was the puppy my sister and I got when we were kids.ReplyCancel

  • Traci - December 9, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    My coolest out of the box gift was when my grandparents gave me a car my senior year in high school …they wrapped up keys in a box that was in a box, etc. I was so surprised!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - December 9, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Probably my first sewing machine! My Barbies were in high fashion from that point on! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • pruttybird - December 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    My hubby gave me a cricut way back when they first came out and that was probably the best gift ever because it started all my crafting fun :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - December 9, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    My favourite memory of a present was a trampoline when I was four.ReplyCancel

  • erin meerzaman - December 9, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    My best every gift was a kreg jig!!ReplyCancel

  • angela - December 9, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Honestly, the best gift was 2 years ago–a gift card to a scrapbooking store that is now closed so I could go and craft once a month! Having a time and space to scrap was so wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • RPomeroy - December 9, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    the dollhouse my dad built for me and we painted together.ReplyCancel

  • CINDY - December 9, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    My Nikon d80!ReplyCancel

  • Marina - December 9, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    It’s my first time here, and for sure not the last one!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - December 9, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    I absolutely loved my gerber baby doll. I still have her. Thanks for the giveaway! I think a rectangle flashlight would be way cool, by the way!ReplyCancel

  • Patti T - December 9, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    This will definitely age me but….my Tessie doll whose hair grew!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - December 9, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    I got cannon camera!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - December 9, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    My camera–it has brought me so much joy to be able to capture those special moments of my children.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - December 9, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    My best Christmas gift was my shiny red bicycle.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - December 9, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    I thought I was getting a new coat. Did I say I love to shake packages? Anyway, the gift from my husband was samples of carpet and linoleum (dating myself)! It was awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Bonita Norris - December 9, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    I’d have to say my best Christmas gift was my Nikon camera a few years ago from my sweet hubby. The nicest camera I’ve ever had. Not the fanciest camera out there but the best I’ve ever had. It’s bumped my photos for memory keeping on up there :)ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa babin - December 9, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    As a child my sister and I loved our Barbie clothes that were lovingly made by my mom. She made the prettiest clothes so our Barbies were the best dress dolls in the area! :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Cummings - December 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Probably the best was the year my parents gave me a dollhouse. I was 10 and had always wanted one but we didn’t have the money. Turns out my step dad (and no he and my mom had only been together a year then) spent a month with his friends putting this together every night after work. I’d hoped to pass that dollhouse to my own daughter, but sadly, the years of sitting in a shed took their toll on it. She got to see it, but it was not in shape for playing. At least I have the memories.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Valley - December 9, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Best present as a kid: GE portable record player, light blue, and it only played records when you closed the lid. LOL, Records, aging myself there. It was pretty “hip” if I do say so myself. Best present as an adult: A copy of my favorite children’s book, “Never Tease a Weasel”. I guess I am still a kid at heart. Thanks for the chance to win, but more importantly thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)ReplyCancel

  • Judy - December 9, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    I was 50 years old and got my first Christmas puppy. We drove 3.5 hours to Ogallala, NE, to pick her up. We barely made it home in time to make dinner! Let me just tell you…the magic of a Christmas puppy is not lost on us old people!ReplyCancel

  • Pam K - December 9, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    First I want to thank you for today’s gift; love the star!
    The coolest gift I’ve received would be the year when my husband gave me my first laptop. I had been wanting one, but my husband isn’t one to get all the latest technology devises. We already had a couple of desktop computers, so I figured I would never get a laptop. Surprise!ReplyCancel

  • ArlaMo (Michelle) - December 9, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    Definitely my cello. And my camera :)ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Dehn-Nix - December 9, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    Cathy’s work is always amazing as is yours Kerri! Thanks for the freebie. Best Christmas present is anything from my hubby. He only makes the effort every 5 years or so, but when he does it is always amazing. He bought me a Silhouette 2 years ago :)ReplyCancel

  • Trish - December 9, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Thank you Kerri for the star ornament cut file. It is my most favorite, and they are all really good. My most precious gift under the tree was my Tiny Tears doll and she is still precious to me knowing what it took for my parents to afford it!ReplyCancel

  • bdaiss - December 9, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    One of my mist cherished Christmas gifts was the heritage book my mom made of her family. Her parents both died when she was in high school so I never knew them. She gave me the book nearly 10 years ago and I still look at it all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - December 9, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    When I was about 13 my mom’s best friend bought me a phone for my room. Knowing that my parents wouldn’t rush to pay for the jack to be installed she paid for the phone company to come out and install the jack in my room to connect the phone to our house line.ReplyCancel

  • 3kidmama - December 9, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    I was an American kid raised in a rural 3rd world country because my parents were expat teachers. I returned to the USA when it came time for college but every yr for CHristmas, my parents made sure to fly my siblings and I “Home” so we could spend Christmas together as a family even if we were in separate counties during the rest of the yr! It wasn’t easy financially during those yrs, but I cherish those memories of KNOWING that we would always spend Christmas together! That was the best gift!ReplyCancel

  • traci severson - December 9, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    oh what fun digital goodies! I don’t recall any gift that I could say was out of the box, which is quite sad when compared to the awesome flashlight you received! Boo to that. :(ReplyCancel

  • Carol F. - December 9, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    I loved my Easy Bake Oven. It’s what got me started with my current love for baking. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Debra - December 9, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    My best memory was a little ironing board and iron! I loved it!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - December 9, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Love the kit! My Thumbelina doll, I loved dolls!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie L. - December 9, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Cathy has really fabulous stuff! I own quite a lot of it, but not this kit–yet! My coolest gift was actually for my birthday, which is the week before Christmas. My husband went ahead of time to the restaurant we were going to eat at that evening and gave them a beautiful crystal vase with roses in it, so they could put it at our table. When we got there, it took me a while, but slowly I realized that our centerpiece was different from everyone else’s. He doesn’t usually try to surprise me because I usually am too much of a control freak to like surprises, but that one was the best one ever!!!ReplyCancel

  • stacie d - December 9, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    I think it would be the surprise trip to Hawaii my husband planned. Totally unexpected and just what I needed that year!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - December 9, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    I like a clean window and when I was finishing up college in Buffalo, NY my friend gave me a case of windshield wiper fluid! My windows were clean and I could see amongst all that snow.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - December 9, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Coolest out of the box was my Macbook Pro (a bit early and with substitute teaching money ;)ReplyCancel

  • bernice j - December 9, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    As a child, I always got a new pair of handmade pajamas every year, which I always thought was so boring. But one year I got a paint-by-number kit of a horse’s head. I still have it to this day, some forty or so years later!ReplyCancel

  • Bev - December 9, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    Best out of the box gift that I have given was Google Chrome. My husband absolutely loved it! I also gave him 3 months of Hulu and Netflix. Won’t be able to top that this year. Thank you for the awesome files.

    Happy Holidays to all.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Brooks - December 9, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    The coolest gift I ever got was a photo album put together by my Dad He included family photos from the time he and my Mom married up till that Christmas, so it includes photos of when my oldest son was born.ReplyCancel

  • Lara Read - December 9, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    My Grandma would give me a Madam Alexander doll every year. I loved just looking at all the detail. I still get one once in a while but they are way more expensive now.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Matt - December 9, 2014 - 10:14 pm

    The KEYBOARD! I was in my early teens, and wanted to just become the cool that is assoicated with playing on an electric keyboard as opposed to the piano. My parents didn’t ahve a lot of money so I really didn’t think I was going to get it and when I opened it…..I can still feel the bliss! Christmas=JoyReplyCancel

  • Barbara - December 9, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    Cathy is so awesome and has some cool designs. I did already purchase this so I’m not leaving a note for the giveaway. I spent the evening working on my cookies for the cookie exchange and crocheting on my daughter’s Christmas gift – less than two weeks before she comes home from College. I went to bed late and was laying there and all of the sudden, I remembered I forgot to visit your site and get my freebie! Whew! Thankfully I remember – Thank you for all the cool freebies!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - December 9, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    Thank you so very much for all of the freebies! They are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 9, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    When I was 12 years old, we had no money for gifts or a Christmas meal, but on Christmas Eve a local church brought a box of food and one wrapped gift for each of us kids. Mine was a calculator. I loved it, mostly because of the thought that people who didn’t know us wanted to help. What a great memory of people loving people.ReplyCancel

  • mitchmac - December 9, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    My best Christmas present ever was a Silhouette Cameo. I bought it wrapped it and put it under the tree for me and gave my husband the bill!ReplyCancel

  • Leslee - December 9, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    Best gift ever was my Silhouette. Bought it and gave it to my husband to wrap and put under the tree!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri S - December 9, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    My parents bought me a reel to reel tape recorder when I was 12 – they had fun on christmas even recording messages to me (which I heard) and was puzzled as I was in bed!! It all clicked on christmas morning when I heard the same messages!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - December 10, 2014 - 12:12 am

    When we were little, If any of us were naughty, my mother would threaten that we would get for Christmas the same presents as one of the neighbouring families. Every year the neighbour’s children would receive an orange and a new baby. As a family of ten children, we were suitably scared by that idea. Not exactly a present for me, but certainly one out-of-the-box!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Freeman - December 10, 2014 - 2:11 am

    A kitten. I named him twinkle toes I was 10 years old and so so happy.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - December 10, 2014 - 8:31 am

    When I was about 7 my aunt made me a crocheted purse that converts into a small doll cradle for Christmas. I loved that purse and my little red-headed doll. Last year (at age 52)I was looking thru my sentimental treasure box and found it. In bad shape, with no hope of repairing it I had to throw it away. But i will never forget my cherished doll purse.ReplyCancel

  • jules m. - December 10, 2014 - 11:39 am

    i got a himalayan salt lamp :)ReplyCancel

  • Brandi H - December 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    My best gift was a homemade “cabbage patch” doll the year they came out and it was so hard to get one. My mom didn’t want to disappoint us, so she found a local person to make a doll that looked just like a cabbage patch. I still have her. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenell - December 10, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    I think the coolest present ever was the year my parents surprised my sister, brother and me with our first ever brand new puppy! We screamed so loud when we got to open our eyes that the puppy cried! That was a wonderful present!ReplyCancel

  • Shirlee C. - December 11, 2014 - 2:26 am

    Thank you so much! My favorite out of the box Christmas Gift was my Hippity-Hop! Yeah my parents bought 5 of them for us and we went wild in the basement playing with these crazy things. It was one of those gifts that my parents my have regretted buying after the fact gifts! lol It seemed like all our friends got them too. Spring was a blast that next year with the whole neighborhood hopping around. Gotta love the memories!ReplyCancel

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It’s been hard getting into the Christmas groove, in large part due to the fact that it’s been in the 50s here in Utah. As in, I even open my window from time to time.

That’s just plain crazy.

I was looking at photos from this time last year. Hello snow and cold. It definitely felt like Christmas with the proper weather. And I always find it fascinating for those that have sunny weather at this time of year or all my friends ‘down under’ where Santa can be found in bermuda shorts. At this rate, our Santa will be in the same attire in this neck of the woods.

We still have a couple weeks to dream of a white Christmas. Hopefully it will happen soon. In the meantime, I think we are dreaming here today with some real snow of the paper kind.

Like from a fabulous new friend that’s visiting for the holidays.

Everyone say hello to Paige Evans!

Paige and I had a mutual friend respond to our Instagram comments at the same time a few weeks ago. A quick peek at her lovely creations and I knew I needed her to come visit for the holidays. (Isn’t this electronic world wonderful?) She has such an amazing way of creating little works of art. I also have to admit, I am now living vicariously–and jealously–through her Instagram posts of her time living in Europe. I know it’s not always easy being a military wife, but sometimes, it has its perks. ;)

So let’s see what ‘wintery weather’ Paige has brought to us today!

Baby It
Baby It

[ Designs | December Additions:  The Pages (snowflake background) / Black+White Christmas (it’s cold outside) ]


When I saw this page I was in awe. I would never have thought to create a middle section of snowflakes using the December Additions Pages.

Hello???  Brilliant!

How gorgeous is that?

And backed with that fun paper?

divine.


Here’s what Paige has to say:

When I saw these snowflakes I immediately knew what I wanted to create! And then when I was picking a collection to use I saw the Brighton Pier collection by Studio Calico and thought it’d be fun to branch out from the traditional red and green.

To create it:

  1. Die cut the snowflake background found in the December Additions: The Pages from white cardstock using your digital craft cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo).
  2. Back the open spaces of the snowflakes with colorful papers from the Brighton Pier collection by Studio Calico.
  3. Back the layout with a white patterned transparency followed by white cardstock and staple a few of the snowflakes in the center.
  4. Adhere two photos on the left side and tuck a mask under the edge.
  5. Stitch through a wood veneer word with black floss and place it under the photos.
  6. Die cut the “Baby it’s cold outside” phrase found in the Black+White Christmas set from black cardstock and glue just the “it’s cold outside” above the photos.
  7. Stitch silver foil Thickers at the top to complete the title.
  8. Place a few pink sentiment stickers around the layout and apply a few silver star rub ons as well.
  9. Journal on the top right corner with a black pen and stamp the date below in black ink.
  10. Drop black India ink around the layout to finish.

Journaling reads: It’s so fun to see Fox be the protective big brother. When Jane ran away in the parking lot Fox immediately went after her and hugged her until we could grab her.


I’m dying to make a page like that now! Thanks so much for visiting us here at KBS for the holidays Paige. It was so much fun having you here.

Now my question to you is, where are we going to next in Europe? ;)


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Now since we’re all thinking about walking in a winter wonderland,
I thought it only appropriate to bring  you this little lacy number today.

snowflake2
This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.


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One last thing.
The winner of the Tallulah Boutique fingerprint necklace is SueinMtVernon.
I have emailed you, so keep an eye out for it.
Congratulations!

  • Nicky H - December 8, 2014 - 4:22 am

    That is a cute page! Great idea with the snowflakes as a background!
    Thank you for the lovely freebies!ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - December 8, 2014 - 6:01 am

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial Paige & to Kerri for introducing us! Love the snowflake Kerri!
    Blessings,
    MelittaReplyCancel

  • crystalnva - December 8, 2014 - 7:15 am

    THANK YOU :) bunches…ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - December 8, 2014 - 8:10 am

    I just do not have the ability to think outside the box like that. I SO wish I could. I LOVE that page but never would have envisioned that when looking at that set! When I see clever things like that it always make me wonder what else I’m missing. Love the snowflake, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia - December 8, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Thanks a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - December 8, 2014 - 9:24 am

    I love snowflakes (most likely because I live where it never snows!) … so thank you for today’s gift; beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Smith - December 8, 2014 - 10:10 am

    That layout is too awesome! I really have to get a Silhouette and your classes soon!! Thanks for today’s freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - December 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Thanks!! Wow I LOVE that page! What an awesome ideaReplyCancel

  • kathy - December 8, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    Thank you for the lovely snowflake :)
    Love the cute page too!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - December 8, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    Thanks Kerri for the beautifully lacy snowflake. It might be the only kind we get here in Tennessee this Christmas season! Those precious little ones on Paige’s page are perfect with your beautiful cut files!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - December 8, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    adorable! Thank you for the snowflake and the cool idea for using it.ReplyCancel

  • Sue W - December 8, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    Ahh I’m thinking cool Christmas looking at this sweet LO!
    Nothing like the 30+ degrees and severe storm warnings here :)

    Thanks for the beautiful snowflake Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy - December 9, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    My dad gave a HUGE HUGE weather balloon to my brothers and me. It took forever to blow up but was so fun. I have no idea where he got it.ReplyCancel