Christmas in July and a giveaway!

Welcome to my day in the Modern Holiday Blog Tour!

Modern Holiday is a gorgeous book
filled with beautiful projects!
From cover to cover,
this book will inspire you!
Not only are the quilts, pillows, stockings,
the advent calendar, the tree skirt, and many more, amazing,
but the book itself is one of the pretties quilting books ever!
plus, Amanda’s instructions are clear and easy to follow.

These are some of my favorites…

 …love the appliqued snowflakes…

Don’t you just love these?
…so fresh and modern!
 I already know what fabric I’ll use for my advent calendar…
Yeah, those are little Yo-Yos… love, love!

 …the tree skirt is soooooo pretty… gotta have one too!

When I saw Amanda’s quilts at Market,
I knew I had to make the cover girl, Holiday Forest…
 … you know how much I like trees!
and I had some happy fabric in my stash
that was perfect for this quilt…
The easy to follow, step by step instructions,
made this a fun, easy, and super quick project.

I love it! And have enough leftover fabric 
to make the matching pillows!


Would you like to decorate your home this Christmas
with some of these beautiful projects?
Amanda Murphy and Stash Books have a copy
of Modern Holiday for one of you!
(a hard copy if you are in the US
or a digital for international)

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me
about your favorite Christmas tradition!
You have until Friday, July 26 to enter… good luck!

And don’t forget to visit the other participants in
the Modern Holiday Blog Tour:

Tuesday, July 9th – Sew We Quilt 
Wednesday, July 10th – Sew Sweetness 
Thursday, July 11th – Me and My Sister Design 
Friday, July 12th – Fat Quarterly 
Monday, July 15th – Bernina (We All Sew) 
Wednesday, July 17th – Diary of a Quilter 
Thursday, July 18th – Ellison Lane Quilts 
Friday, July 19th – A Quilting Life 
Monday, July 22nd – Aurifil Threads 
Wednesday, July 24th – Amanda Murphy Design


170 thoughts on “Christmas in July and a giveaway!

  1. usagypsy says:

    Every year I bake special breads. One is a date and nut bread that my grandmother used to bake. And the other is a traditional czech Christmas bread. It wouldn't be Christmas without these treats.

  2. Sharon says:

    Good morning what an absolute wonderful book. I love all the photos and adore the tree quilt oh and the advent calendar and I could just go on. We have a tradition at our house, since I do the Christmas dinner I make a new Christmas table cloth every year. Before everyone gets there my husband & I come up with an inventive way to either mark a certain plate or the chair or a cup something with "merry Christmas" on it and that person takes the table clothe home with them. We have done this for over 10 years now and we have a few that tend to start snooping early and we have had to become inventive with how we mark things so no one finds out where the words are until we sit down to eat. It is just a fun way of showing all my guest a little extra love on this very special holiday. At the end of the dinner everyone who was there signs the back of it and that is it. We usually have anywhere from 14 to 21 people there for our Christmas dinner.

  3. Gill says:

    This looks such a great book!
    Our tradition is to go as a family to the midnight service at our church then back here for mulled wine and mince pies!

  4. JoyceLM says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics from the book. My holiday tradition is to bake lots & lots of cookies. I make several different kinds & always pick out a new recipe to try. They're my basic gift for friends and co-workers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Jane says:

    My favorite tradition as a child was the trek out into the woods to find & cut the perfect tree. The anticipation of the holiday was wonderful. Thanks for the giveway!

  6. Mary says:

    I have made cross stitched, needlepoint, and crewel stockings for every member of my family, including the pets. We hang all the stockings on them mantle, they look beautiful there. A lot of the Christmas celebrations revolve around food — all the family favorites. I make a Denver omelette quiche and cinnamon rolls the day before. We go to church services Christmas eve, on Christmas morning we get up and put the quiche in the oven and then open presents while breakfast is cooking. The whole house smells so inviting.

  7. Ellee says:

    The longest lasting tradition we have had is putting a single string of Christmas lights around the front eaves of our house. We put them up Thanksgiving weekend and take them down the first weekend of January. Maybe that doesn't sound so special to some of you. Well, as a child I always wanted lights and never got them, so as soon as I got my own home I got my lights. Fairly simple, nothing fancy, but oh so pretty. — soparkaveataoldotcom

  8. cherylrf says:

    My fav Christmas tradition is getting out my collection of snowmen and my husband's collection of Santa's. We don't always wait till Thanksgiving though. Sometimes, we just don't put them away!!

  9. Tammy says:

    One of my favorite christmas traditons is going to see this live Nativity at this huge Chirch where we used to live …They recreate the entire town of Betlehem. Everyone is in period costumes. Their are roman soldiers on heal hourses, Their are live camels & sheep. It is absolutly amazeing. but my favorite part is the angels. They are absolutely the most gorgeous things you have ever seen. They look so real. Huge wings wth white feathers…And I'm not talking cheesy costumes either. Everthing is custom made and they are backlit with lights . This is a night time production you drive through the entire things it is about a quarter of a mile to half mile long. The first time I heard about it I was like yea sure it's that fabulous. But to go see it was amazeing. The children weren't the only one awestruck . Traffic backs up through the town the police had to come help with the traffic. Every year it gets bigger and bettter. I sound like I am doing a commercial for them. But seriously it is fabulous and our favorite tradition.

  10. Julie says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is filling the Christmas stockings. They are one of the biggest expenses, but my adult daughters and son-in-law love them. (I think it's the gift cards that are stuffed in them-always a surprise.) My grandchildren love the little things and candy that I find that spark their interest, Our little country church still holds its Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve so the excitement starts early in the day. Gift opening follows church. My husband buys a wonderful tray of assorted Christmas cookies at a charity auction in March that are delivered just in time for Christmas Eve treats so that makes me a happy. I guess I might have a few favorites!

  11. maxzoe says:

    I think my favorite Christmas tradition is the trimming of our Christmas tree. Before I downsized to a smaller house, every room in the house was decorated with a different tree. Each room had a set of ornaments of it's own. Antique quilts in each room complimented the theme used in that room. Now I rotate my ornaments/quilts each year. I may have downsized, but I kept all of my boxes of ornaments, and of course all my quilts! Each year is a surprise for my family to see what theme I've used.

  12. Marjorie's Busy Corner says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh…there are so many; but what I look forward to is having my sons and their families here for dinner…Christmas day is the one day of the year that we are all together for dinner. It happens once in awhile on other occassions….but for sure on this one.

  13. Tessa says:

    Baking Christmas cookies and making candy are my favorite Christmas traditions. Each year we make the same delicious treats my Grandmother made and add one or two new ones. I love your tree quilt!

  14. Lee says:

    Love the book! On Thanksgiving all my children come home…we eat and over the weekend we shop for candy to decorate our gingerbread houses. Friday morning we go to breakfast together and then go to A Southern Season in Chapel Hill to hunt for candy to decorate our houses. Everyone comes up with a theme…..some years we have had some pretty interesting houses. A great time is had by all.

  15. Mhairi says:

    Our favourite thing to do is go to the beach on Christmas Eve and eat hot chips on the beach before having a swim and then heading home for a big sleep. This is such a lovely way to start the holiday celebrations with my family.
    Obviously we have a really hot Christmas!!

  16. Sandy D says:

    When our girls were young they were always allowed to open one gift Christmas Eve.They always knew they were getting PJ's but had fun any way. Today as grown women they still get their PJ's but not always Christmas Eve because they have family of their own or do not live close.

  17. Agnes B. Bullock says:

    My fondest is of Christmas Eve after mass- my dad would read to us from the gospel of St. John, from his King James Bible. (Dad was episcopalian and we were catholic). He wanted to share the Christmas story and to remind us of what the true meaning of Christmas was. My husband carries this tradition on for us, as do several of my siblings. Brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it

  18. CynthiaT59 says:

    One of the first items we set out for Christmas is the Nativity Set. It's not fancy or collector's quality, so the kids were allowed to rearrange the animals and people. Baby Jesus didn't arrive until Christmas morning. In the morning before we opened gifts, one child placed Jesus in His manger. This just gave the kids something to focus on before chaos of the day.

  19. Lorna says:

    Our favorite tradition is the midnight candlelit service on Christmas eve. The whole family attends and it is the highlight of our holiday.

  20. Meri says:

    Our traditions involve a baking day of making spritz Christmas tree cookies with lots of sprinkles. Christmas eve we always get a new set of pj's to wear on Christmas morning and after opening gifts we have a special brunch.

  21. Wanda says:

    My favorite would be making tons of cookies and our Gingerbread challenge. Can't call them houses because over the years we've had much more than houses. For example: a lighthouse, an ark, pirate ship, hot rod, castle, and graveyard (!) to name a few.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Growing up my Dad was in the Armed Forces so we never had family around for these special occasions. Ever since my husband and I married we have hosted a family Christmas Eve party. My kids and their spouse and children love it. We play Christmas music and share wonderful goodies. The kids all open a small gift and we end the evening about 7 in the evening so the little ones can all go home to bed at a good time. They all are back at about noon the next day to open gifts and have dinner together.


  23. LeAnne says:

    My sisters and I get together every year and making our favorite cookies from our childhood. Brings back so many memories. Our mom used to buy us a new ornament each year. I've tried to keep up that tradition and get my sisters a new ornament each year because I know how many memories are associated with tree decorating.

  24. Margaret says:

    Every year on Christmas Eve the whole family comes over. We play games and eat finger food. Everyone brings some kind of dish and we get to try new ones each year. After we play for awile my husband gets out his Santa hat and gives out the presents to all the grand children first. We love doing it this way so they get to play with all their new toys while we continue to play family games.

  25. bairdmtn says:

    On Christmas Eve, I always cook a meal for the whole family so that everyone else doesn't have to cook! After we eat, we open presents and visit with each other, admiring everyone's gifts! This is usually the only holiday we actually all get together, because work does get in the way!! These times are so precious and I treasure each and every one of them!

  26. apple blossom says:

    love spending time making Christmas goodies with my girls just us and Christmas music up to our elbows and ears in flour and baking supplies

    thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. Donna Baker says:

    Beautiful quilt! We don't have any. no kids so Christmas is almost just like any other Day (sounds sad and it is). I suppose we need to do something maybe we will start a tradition this year and go on vacation!

  28. Sonja Simmons says:

    We would pick our favorite Christmas card that we received, frame it and hang in our foyer. Each year as we'd decorate for Christmas, we would put up all our previous year's Christmas framed cards and share memories of oh, I remember that one and who sent it.

  29. Donna Baker says:

    Beautiful quilt! We don't have any. no kids so Christmas is almost just like any other Day (sounds sad and it is). I suppose we need to do something maybe we will start a tradition this year and go on vacation!

  30. mvink says:

    Our Christmas tradition is watch Christmas movies on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning we open stockings first then Santa gift then the rest of the presents. Then have a big breakfast…usually waffles and the works. Thank you for offering this gorgeous book as a giveaway!!

  31. Scrapatches says:

    Oh, I love that Christmas Tree skirt! A quilty tree skirt is on my list to make for this year. My favorite family Christmas tradition is our tree gathering and decorating party. My adult children still participate in this. We select our family tree together and than decorate it with a festive decorating party. I love the tree! … 🙂 Pat

  32. Gina S. says:

    My favorite christmas tradition is going to my daughters on christmas eve. Love watching the grandkids open their present that i made for them 🙂

  33. Jacklynn says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition when I was a kid was driving around with dad on Christmas Eve looking at the houses with light, while mom was back at home wrapping gifts.

  34. Laura says:

    My favorite tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve. When my boys were little, a friend gave them "Reindeer cookies" in special bags. I've saved those bags and every year put something in the bags to be opened for Christmas Eve. They are adults, now…..ages 25 and 27, and still expect to have something in those bags for Christmas. 🙂

  35. Anonymous says:

    One of my favorite traditions – Staying up late wrapping gifts while watching White Christmas and Holiday Inn…..Thank you Andrea

  36. Siena Van Brabant says:

    I love everything about Christmas. I carry on the tradition of a dutch St. Nikolas December 6th even though my girls are now grown and have men in their lives. I fill up a basket (wooden shoe) with chocolate and licorice goodies and a new ornament or two. Then I get ready for Christmas. I bake, sew, quilt, buy, buy, buy. I love seeing their faces when they open up that special gift picked specially for them

    We also have had Christmas away from home. While not as traditional, we seem to remember them most. This is when we spend a whole week or two together. We still talk about the holidays we have taken together. Almost always we cannot remember the gifts we received in years past.


  37. Deb@asimplelifequilts says:

    Really cute looking book! My favorite tradition is our Christmas Eve gift opening where we go from youngest to oldest and open one gift at a time so we can all ooh and aah and stretch out the fun. Years ago we actually would take a "refreshment" break midway because we had such large extended family gatherings!

  38. Cecilia says:

    When my kids were young we would make Christmas cookies. The two girls would help with the baking and my son would frost the cookies when they were ready. Although grown now,we still make cookies each year and now the grandchildren will be able to help, too. Thanks for te chance to win a copy of Amanda's book. I want to make stockings for the whole family.

  39. Patti says:

    For me, it's always decorating the Christmas tree and bringing out all the precious ornaments from years gone by. Thanks for the giveaway of this wonderful book.

  40. Madame Samm says:

    Good morning Cherry, Amanda's new book is a hit no doubt about it…
    Your spin on her tree quilt is spectacular, love the red trees…wow…
    I am sooo into Christmas for many reasons, i know spend with many globally…it is empowering to say the least…

  41. venita says:

    Our favorite Christmas tradition was having Brunch after all the excitement of the gifts. Another tradition is the Christmas Eve candlelight church service.

  42. Lou says:

    Our favorite tradition started when the kids were little so about 30 years ago. We always string fresh made popcorn every year for the fresh tree. The kids are older and sometimes can't come but the inlaws have helped or we have just done it by ourselves:) SO much fun!!!!

  43. B Greene says:

    I love travelling back home to celebrate with all my family. The drive just makes the anticipation so much more intense. That time with family is precious!!

  44. Kay says:

    I love when all of our extended family is together at Christmas & we do an ornament exchange. This is so much fun for all ages. Love your quilt with the pops of red in it.

  45. Cherold says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is simply being with family and friends. We are a retired military family and spent many Christmas''s with just our immediate family. I cherish every day spent with my children…they are scattered over the United States!

    thank you for this giveaway!
    Cheri Searles

  46. Tamie says:

    Cookie baking tops our list of home Christmas traditions. We try to make many different kinds so there is a favorite for everyone. Thanks for participating in the tour.

  47. Katherine says:

    What gorgeous projects! I love both Amanda's and your version of the tree quilt, Cherry. So beautiful!

    I make a huge batch of special cookies, once a year – only for the holiday season – they are spicy and rich and my family looks forward to having them. Other than that tradition, we keep things simple and just enjoy time together.

  48. VickiT says:

    Before I finally broke down and got an artificial Christmas tree it was a family tradition since I was a baby to go to our local tree farm. I feel so badly that I have killed a tradition that continued for over 50 yrs but I had done it enough with my own children thankfully that they continue it in their own family now. One of them still visits the very same tree farm, owned by the same family all these years and since he was born. So, even though I just can't do it anymore because of health reasons, I can smile knowing my own children will continue with that in their families. I also started making candy each year over 20 yrs ago and while I cannot possibly do the amount I used to, I still do try to get most of our favorites done. I know my family looks forward to having those when they come home during the holidays.

    I very much would love this book. It's on my wish list already so it's coming to my home, one way or another.

  49. Miss Nancy says:

    My favorite family Christmas tradition is for each of us to get a special care for everyone in the family to be opened on Christmas Day! It is just another way to show our love and care for each other. It warms the heart. Thank you for this great giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

  50. Carmen N says:

    My favorite tradition is going to late night Christmas Eve services – even if that now means keeping a little one up later than normal. It's always a nice calm in the midst of a busy day.

  51. Miranda P says:

    I love this book more and more with every "blog stop"!! I just got married last September so I am just looking forward to creating new traditions with my husband and some day our children! Baking cookies will definitely be a part of that! Thanks!!

  52. Emily C says:

    My father would always allow us to open one present on Christmas eve. The family would always get together to open that one present. Ah, such good memories.

  53. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    We have a baking day. The daughters and grandchildren all get together and make all kinds of cookies and candy and breads. This book is awesome!! I really like the stockings. Thanks for sharing..

  54. Jackie says:

    Gorgeous book!! I make meat pies and shortbread cookies every year for my boys. My youngest son has been coming over the last three years and makes them with me and we make a evening of it. Great times.

  55. judy says:

    My parents and siblings came to the US in the 50's. We did not have family here and I never knew grandparents. They sent us packages including calenders with chocolate. My mom made the best cookies with us. They usually had neighbors over who took the role of grandpareants. I try to make cookies with my grandchildren. Tell them family history so my parents and some of my siblinge will be remembered. They use to sing carols in German which were beautiful. I really love the stockings

  56. Judy1522 says:

    Our favorite Christmas tradition is going to an early Christmas Eve service and then coming home for dinner followed by reading the Christmas story and opening presents. During the night stockings are stuffed with candy and gifts along with presents left by the fireplace for Christmas morning when we wake up.

  57. Helen says:

    GLOGG!!!! Ok, we have and had many other wonderful traditions between saffron bread, Lucia, Tomtons, gingerbread cookies, and lots of music. But as I am coming off the beach (in a heat wave) and scanning my favorite blogs–the first thing that popped in my mind is a chilly evening, fully clothed by a fire sipping on some Glogg and to add to this oh-so wonderful day-dream—I am putting binding on a completed Christmas quilt! I think I may have sat on the beach too long!

  58. KT says:

    every christmas when the whole family is together we split up the verses of the 12 days of christmas and try to sing it all the way through without any mess ups!

  59. Darlington Delights says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition dates back to childhood. I was always so anxious to open presents, so about a week before Christmas my mother allowed me to open one small present a day. The presents were probably only a dollar or so, but I loved them all the same!

  60. JudyCinNC says:

    Our favorite tradition is Christmas Eve candlelight service and on Christmas morning we have brunch at 11 am with all the family. Wonderful book and I have loved all the reviews – sure hope I can win one of my own. Thanks you from Judy C in NC

  61. Linda Crosby says:

    My family is a large one with seven brothers and sisters and when we gather at Christmas, the house would be so full of laughter and full filled games with all the granschildren. Very special times.

  62. Margaret says:

    Every year since my kids were very small their stockings have beef jerky from Santa. I bought it one year on a whim hoping to fill these ginormous stockings my husband bought. Now it is required. If I forget I would never hear the end of it.

  63. LJ says:

    Love your little ornament hanging from your Y. 🙂 I find books irresistible but a beautiful book is extra wonderful – even on the internet Amanda's looks gorgeous. There are so many special things about Christmas. One of my favorites is that I make a Christmas stocking for each of my grands. I'm working on 2 right now so they'll be ready for Christmas 2013.

  64. patti says:

    Every Christmas I try to make each of my children a handmade gift. I look for sewing patterns, craft and DIY ideas to make something for each of them!

  65. Jeanne Gwin says:

    I love Amanda, can't wait to see the book win or buy. I love the puffy trees,so fun. My favorite Christmas tradition is all the baking of cookies and breads and the candy making. Thanks for a chance to win Amanda's book.

  66. Vicky P says:

    We have what we call the gift chair. Our tradition is we take turns opening the gifts starting with the youngest to oldest. Sometimes it is hard for the young ones to wait their turn, but it is fun to see the reaction of the person receiving the gift. Thanks for sharing.

  67. Lee says:

    My favorite tradition is our family exchanging one small gift and having a special breakfast on St. Lucia's Day – Dec. 13 – starts off the holiday in such a nice way! thank you!

  68. Deb says:

    My favorite tradition is listening to our family's Christmas Eve program of songs, scripture, and stories. It's a new version every year, and they've been doing it since they were under 10 years old. They're now 20-somethings!

  69. Lydia says:

    Going into a closet with sleigh bells and ringing them hard so it wakes the the kids up and then jumping into bed and pretending we're asleep. They come running in, mama mama papa papa, santa was here, we heard him, we heard the sleigh! It's a riot as they drag us into the living room where they find the cookies are nothing but crumbs and there are black with soot boot tracks on the carpet. Job well done. Big smiles and laughter all around.

  70. Jodi - usairdoll says:

    Amanda's book is full of so may wonderful items. I'd love to make them all, starting with the cover quilt. Our thing is opening Christmas gifts on Christmas morning. My DH's family always did gifts on Christmas Eve so it always worked out. Now that we are grandparents

    Thank you, Amanda and Stash Books for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  71. Michele says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is actually a sad and newer one…my nephew was killed in a car accident right before Christmas 8 1/2 years ago and I the following year I started giving everyone in our immediately a memorial ornament. Each year now we continue to hunt all year long for just the right ornament to add to the collections. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. FlourishingPalms says:

    Our favorite Christmas tradition is to put out the ceramic nativity set. No matter what else that happens during the month of December, we're reminded of what Christmas is all about – the love of God that He expressed by giving us His Son. Thank you for this giveaway, and the chance to win.

  73. Paula @ Sewy Stuff says:

    So excited for a chance to win this! Our tradition is simply being together on Christmas Eve. Nothing fancy, just a dinner at my moms with everybody there. The only presents are for my great-niece, and this year we have a new baby so that will be fun!

  74. tink's mom says:

    Wow, that's an easy question. Christmas breakfast with the whole family. We try and get together before everyone sets out to see friends and inlaws. We meet at the local diner. We always meet at the same time and we are together for a calm start to a hectic day. It lasts about an hour and a half and then wer're all off in different directions.

  75. dolores says:

    We have a new fav holiday tradition…since the youngest in our extended family is 18 and there are so many of us…we decided we don't need all those presents sooooo…we started doing Secret Santa last year! It was incredibly fun and to allow the grandmas to still get stuff for everyone our stockings got bigger!;)

  76. 9peasMom says:

    My favorite tradition is going to Midnight Mass and then coming home and eating meat pies and cookies. I love Christmas, and would love a chance to win!

  77. Katelyn says:

    My family has SO many traditions at Christmas time. It has gotten more difficult as we (the children) have gotten older, because we all live so far away (and my brothers seem to constantly be deployed at the holidays). But I believe my favorite tradition may be the stockings. We all stay up super late on Christmas Eve (early Christmas morning) and take turns filling stockings (my mother is always last to go). Then we wake up (and have coffee) and sit around the living room in awe of how much can fit into stockings and go through our "Santa" filled stockings laughing the entire time. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  78. Abby says:

    One of my favorite traditions at Christmas is coming home! I live away from my family, and I love opening the door to my childhood home Christmas morning to see my family (and eat their amazing cooking)!

  79. Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] says:

    Favorite Christmas tradition is to make lefse – a Scandinavian treat 🙂 I treasure the memories I have of making it with my parents, my grandma, my cousins and even my inlaws – and I plan to continue making it with my little girl!

  80. Beth Beal @ Old Cedar Knoll Farm says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking the cookies. We always did the baking the weekend before Christmas and back then (the 50's and 60's) we only had regular TV and it was a tradition for one of the channels to have the movie White Christmas on. It was always very magical when they opened the barn at the end and sang White Christmas! To this day, I still bake my cookies the weekend before Christmas!

  81. Carol Sc says:

    The Saturday before Thanksgiving, I get together with two other friends, our daughters and grandchildren and we spend the day making rock candy. Sometimes our sons show up to sneak some sweets. We make over 100 pounds — it is an all day affair. We split up the "product" and it becomes Christmas gifts for our families and friends. We have been doing this since 1968 — guess that qualifies as a tradition!

  82. Suzanne says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is making tamales with friends and family. We gather at someone's house, create an assembly line and make dozens of tamales while chatting, drinks margaritas, and being merry.

  83. Lisa says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is a full breakfast on Christmas morning before we open presents! Such a great meal and good conversation with the family!

  84. JudyQT says:

    Our favorite Christmas tradition is snowshoeing up to the top of Mt Spokane early in the morning and contemplating the reason for the season in the quiet solitude. ( no one else is crazy enough to do this!) then returning home for coffee, coco and cinnamon buns as we open that special gift from Santa- Lego blocks for everyone! We depend the rest of the day playing!

  85. Judith says:

    Trimming the tree and sitting by the fire remembering all of the wonderful Christmases we've had as a family is my favorite tradition. Of course eating homemade cookies and snuggling under quilts can't be beat!

  86. Josie McRazie says:

    Truth be told my favorite came to an end last year. The last of my grandparents passed when I was 4 and we had always spent Christmas eve with my Aunt and Uncle. We ate Chili and clam chowder and uncle Bob always tried to get me to eat an oyster! (Yuck) my aunt decided last year she was just to old! So we spent the evening with inlaws. Not quite the same! I wonder what this year will bring!

  87. Alexis says:

    My favorite tradition was my parents putting up a sheet in the doorway so the kids couldn't see what Santa brought. They'd go in and say things like, "Wow, look at this!" to get us all excited. We'd then line up with the youngest going in first and they'd be waiting with the camcorder. This year the youngest is 18 and they didn't put the sheet up…until we all got after them for not doing so. We love it.

  88. Thumper says:

    Our favorite tradition is when the family is all together Christmas morning and Papa wakes the little ones up early (before the parents) to see what Santa brought! There's nothing better than seeing Christmas through the eyes of children.

  89. Julie says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is making spritz cookies with too many sprinkles! Thanks for the chance. I am looking for a little Christmas inspiration and this would be wonderful.

  90. ozone3 says:

    Favorite tradition is making fruitcake for my mother. I know…fruitcake….but it's more like a pecan nut cake with a little fruit in it. She absolutely loves it and when she could no longer make it due to arthritis, I took over the tradition.

  91. Julia says:

    My mother, my aunt (her twin sister) myself, and now my two girls, spend the day making 5 pounds of Italian Cookies. We only make them at Christmas so they are a really special treat! And it's a great time in the kitchen with three generations laughing and squealing and finding common ground!

  92. June D says:

    My favorite tradition is to have family over for the holidays. When I was little my mom's brothers would come with their families and we would have the same wonderful turkey dinner for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was great fun and I treasure those memories.

    Thanks for putting my name in the hat for the drawing!

  93. Pattij says:

    My favorite tradition is to make the 8 or 9 different cookies and make tons of cookie plates to give away to family and neighbors!
    Evin5 at aol dot com

  94. Teresa Stanulis says:

    On Christmas morning, we look in our stockings and then have a wonderful breakfast on our Christmas dishes before opening presents. The family rule is, the dishes must be done before presents are open which usually means mom gets to enjoy another cup of coffee while dad and the kids get the dishes done quickly!

  95. Ruth S. says:

    We open one gift on Christmas eve. It makes the children really focus on the one gift as there are not others to distract them (for a short period of time).

  96. Carla G says:

    We love to take the kids to see Candy Cane Lane every year – it is an area of our city that every house is decorated & lit up, there are even lights across the street hanging from tree to tree. The kids love to see it all and look forward to it every year. 🙂

  97. Deb says:

    It's a toss-up – making a traditional family treat with my daughter or our candle-lit Christmas eve dinner. No electric lights allowed!

  98. Sherry says:

    Buying or making ornaments for my kids and grandkids and then giving them to them on Christmas Eve after the candlelight service at our church.

  99. Deb C. says:

    We love to watch the kids decorate the tree while listening to Christmas music. Some years, we get overly excited and put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving.

  100. Anita says:

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is waiting until Christmas morning to open presents and filling their stockings with goodies 🙂

  101. Kathie says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is having all my adult children and families home for Christmas dinner. Our daughter-in-law introduced us to Christmas Krackers that we pop open, read our joke and then wear our crowns for dinner!

  102. Maxine says:

    Baking sugar cookies with my 8 year old granddaughter..and having our early Christmas brunch…It's all about family. Thanks for the chance to win

  103. DuAnne says:

    My newest tradition is sending around a Christmas Applique Wall Hanging from one child to another each year. The oldest gets it this year, she gives it to next daughter, then next year it goes to the son and the back to me. I thought I might try a new piece this year and continue the exchange!

  104. martinmosaics says:

    My entire family's favorite tradition for Christmas is eating "Grandmom's" famous cinnamon rolls. We have had them for every Easter and Christmas since I was married to my husband 25 years ago. Grandmom is no longer able to make the rolls but my oldest daughter has perfected the rolls so that they turn out just like my MIL's cinnamon rolls! They are delicate and oh-so-yummy! We also love other types of baking at this time of year and love to share the baked goods with the many elderly and single friends we have around us in our neighborhood and at church.

  105. sue says:

    I think my biggest and best tradition is that I have spent every Christmas (50+years) with my sister and brother. We are fortunate to live close enough to each other and we just know we get together on Christmas. book looks great- especially the Christmas tree skirt.

  106. Julie Beard says:

    My favourite christmas tradition is I believe is putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it! I live alone and yes despite this I still put up my christmas tree and remember happier family times at christmas especially when I was young. Now my parents are both gone and my siblings no longer participate in my life.So when christmas is almost apon me my heart is alway very heavy and sad but I alway remember the fun times we I had despite our differences and heartaches. Julie

  107. Anonymous says:

    One of our holiday traditions when my grandparents were alive was that we spent Christmas Eve with my dad's family & Christmas Day with my mom's family since they all lived so close to us. ll_gee at

  108. Beth says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is giving books to the kids in our extended family every year. When I was growing up, we always received at least one book at Christmas, and I am really happy to carry on that tradition. It is great to have a book to settle in with to wind down from the holiday hoopla.

  109. Reb Thack says:

    We have family story night that starts after thanksgiving. The four of us cuddle under quilts, even on school nights, and read a Christmas story in front of the fire. It is super fun, the kids love it and the hubs and I take turn reading aloud. To make it even more fun, all the books are wrapped up and one of the kids pick the book "present" and the other unwraps – so we never know what we're going to read!

  110. Aggiequilter says:

    Our favorite tradition here in Texas is having tamales and lots of sides for a Southwestern Christmas Eve dinner. We always have our solo friends join us along with family, and then we enjoy a holiday movie, usually It's a Wonderful Life.
    Thanks for the chance to win !

  111. Carolyn in Kentucky says:

    My favorite. Christmas tradition is having eggnog before bed on Christmas Eve while my son reads the story of the birth of Christ from the gospel of Luke aloud. This helps us all slow down from the hustle and reminds us of the reason for the celebration.
    Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this lovely book.

  112. Carolyn in Kentucky says:

    My favorite. Christmas tradition is having eggnog before bed on Christmas Eve while my son reads the story of the birth of Christ from the gospel of Luke aloud. This helps us all slow down from the hustle and reminds us of the reason for the celebration.
    Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this lovely book.

  113. Lynne says:

    My favorite tradition is when the family: parents, siblings and all of our children spend the day on the mountain cutting our Christmas trees.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  114. Brandy Pettit says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the fact that we have Lasagne Dinner with my entire family on Christmas Eve, we usually have ~30 people over and it's so much fun. I love the sense of family our group has, and am very thankful. Thank you for the giveaway!
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