December 17, 2012

Start your Holidays: Holiday Organization Part 3


The aspect of Christmas that tends to be the most chaotic for me is shopping for and wrapping gifts. I tend to leave it to the last minute and part of that reason why is that I always think I may add just one more item to the gift.

So I wait to wrap it until it's too late, and I end up throwing the whole gift in a bag with tissue paper. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, but my creative side enjoys the wrapping process and I always regret not leaving enough time for it.

I recently shared a few apps and printable sheets to help organize your Christmas shopping list. Those will help me keep all the gifts straight this year, so I'm planning on having plenty of time to wrap. And since I'll be checking off everything on the list, I'll know that the gift is complete.†

I like to shop for gift tags, ribbon and other wrapping accessories at either Hobby Lobby or Target. Both stores have a good variety and their prices are pretty fantastic.


When it comes to ribbon, my mom taught me the quickest way to curl a pile of ribbon.

I used to cut individual pieces and curl each one. Then gather them up and tie them into a bunch.


My mom taught me to cut a long string of ribbon and curl the entire piece until you have a good pile. Then, "fold" it onto itself until you have a center point to tie, and tie it into a bunch!


When you are wrapping your gifts, sometimes less is more. My childhood was filled with trying to tear the impossibly tight ribbon off of a box. My mom would always laugh and hand the pair of scissors my way. A great stocking stuffer would have been a pair of scissors ...to open the rest of the gifts!
I like to add unique pieces to the outside of my gifts. For example, if I'm gifting a hair accessory, I'll attach it to the outside of the box. It distinguishes your gift, and it's a pretty way to creatively wrap.


I also like to use unsuspected items as gift toppers. I made these gold dipped feathers for myself, but thought they would be the perfect gift topper. They were cheap, simple to make, and it's possible the recipient of the gift may use them as well! It's a little more interesting than a bow.†


So while the wrapping can be time consuming, it always pays off to see the eyes of the recipient light up at your beautiful gift. And my favorite part of Christmas is sitting in the circle, with my family, and watching everyone open their gifts.†
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196 comments:

  1. My favorite part is waking up on Christmas morning. It is an exciting time.

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  2. Going to my friends Cookie exchange party and then sharing all the cookies with my fam. :)

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  3. Watching White Christmas with my sister and dancing along to the music!

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  4. Our family reads through the Christmas story in the book of Luke prior to opening presents...and now that the grandkids are getting older, they each take a turn to read several verses!

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  5. Mine relates to wrapping...in an attempt to reduce the expense of Christmas we started a gift exchange last year. However, we wanted the process to still take some time so we could enjoy it so we started a contest surrounding wrapping efforts. There are prizes for: best overall, most formal, best creative use of material, funniest, most improved, etc... Loads of fun and keeps us focused on what the holidays should be about---laughter and celebrating family!

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  6. One of my favorite holiday traditions is to drive around to see Christmas lights with hot chocolate. It is usually quite warm in FL, so we have to have the air conditioner on while the windows are down. :)

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  7. I love going to Christmas in St. Michaels (MD) - its a smalltown celebration that includes a parade, gingerbread house contest, shopping, etc. My boyfriend and I go every year and it really kicks off the holiday season!

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  8. Watching my friends and family open the gifts I've purchased for them is the best part for me!

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  9. Once my siblings and I were too old to get into the whole tree-and-presents thing, our new tradition as a family was to drive to Florida and spend Christmas at a theme park together, usually Universal. We always had a blast and had great pictures for Christmas cards! :)

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  10. My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with friends and family I don't get to see very often.

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  11. I love attending church on Christmas Eve with my family.

    amysisson (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. My favorite is our Christmas Eve services at church.

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  13. My most favorite holiday tradition is a trivia game we play as a family every year called the Elf Christmas Quiz. It is totally bizarre, but always fantastic!

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  14. Watching A Christmas Story on tv and then heading to a movie with my family

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  15. My favorite holiday tradition is going to my grandma's house on Christmas Eve and opening gifts with my cousins. Now that we're grown, it's fun to watch our children open their gifts.

    I typically have many gifts to wrap for work colleagues and volunteers. I wanted a cheaper way to wrap the gifts. I purchased a package of brown paper lunch sacks, decorated them with a Christmas stamp, and tied a cute gift tag with bakers twine. They turned out very cute!

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  16. Having my mom and grandparents come to our house for Christmas breakfast and then watch the kids open their gifts.

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  17. My favorite holiday tradition is actually one that my husband's family celebrates and that I have now become a part of. On Christmas Eve everyone opens 1 present - and it's always an ornament that represents something that happened to the individual that year. Then, once they kids grow up and leave the house, they get to take all of their ornaments to their new tree! We now have ornaments dating back to my husband's first Christmas!

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  18. My favorite holiday tradition is to practically watch the entire 24 hours of repeat "A Christmas Story" on TBS :)

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  19. since my daughter was born 6 years ago, we bake a cake for baby jesus on dec 24th. we might do cupcakes this year! she is quite the baker at 6 years old. merry christmas!

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  20. My favorite traditions is eating nachos on Christmas eve.

    -Michelle
    www.littlehomesandbighearts.com

    p.s. you are so your mothers daughter Kate! :) your moms gift wrapping is legendary!

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  21. My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my parents, brother and sister for Christmas morning breakfast, and opening all of our Christmas cards together.

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  22. My favorite holiday tradition is staying a night in and relaxing with my husband by the fireplace. We'll make hot chocolate and watch the movie, Home Alone.

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  23. My favorite tradition is going to Midnight Mass on Christmas morning.

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  24. My favorite is something my husband and I started with our kids several years ago.. We have a Silly String Fight on Christmas eve.. :0) Love it!

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  25. The gift wrapping is so creative! My favorite Christmas tradition is eating coffee cake and opening gifts at 7 in the morning. We couldn't wait any longer as kids and we still get up early to do so!

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  26. Taking my kids to see the Christmas lights and making Christmas cookies.

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  27. Our family loves going to Christmas Eve. church and then we stop on the way home for hot chocolate and drive around and look at Christmas lights.

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  28. For years my family has drawn names and now my husband joins into that too. I love spending so much focus on making one family member's Christmas morning super special and exciting. =)
    Alesha <3

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  29. Kate, that is my favorite part too! I love sitting in a large circle at my aunt's house and watching everyone open their gifts. The room fills with so much laughter and love! Happy holidays!

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  30. My favorite tradition is midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

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  31. I love my husband reading from the Bible Christmas Eve in front of a fire. All the busy stuff is over and it's just our family and God's gift to us

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  32. I love decorating sugar cookies with all of the little kids. and seeing their faces after Santa comes. Happy Holidays, Kate!

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  34. My holiday tradition is every Christmas Eve my dad and I make a huge lasagna feast of a dinner for our whole family. It's so fun to spend all day in the kitchen prepping the meal, and hanging just the two of all day drinking wine and singing christmas carols!

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  35. Since getting married I have taken on some of his family traditions and my favorite is on Christmas Eve any one older than 12 gets to stay up late and enjoy a giant spread of assorted cheeses,fruits, crackers and sparkling cider. It's a right of passage for the kids as they get old enough to join in on the late night treat.

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  36. I'm loving the Christmas music this year - I think it's driving my boyfriend a little crazy :)

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  37. church+chinese food on Christmas Eve!

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  38. Such a great idea about the ribbon!!

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  39. I love making tamales with my family!

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  40. Love to watched loved ones open gifts given with love!!

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  41. I love Christmas eve church and buying presents for the ones I love!

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  42. One of my absolute favorites is on Christmas Eve night we have "Santa" call and talk to all the kids about making sure they get their rest tonight and listen to their parents before he makes his arrival. Watching their face expressions is PRICELESS.

    I also love the family time that we get to send together with a lovely meal and Christmas music playing :-)


    Merry Christmas!!!

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  43. Those feathers are awesome! My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas morning stockings and cinnamon rolls with my immediate family.

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  44. i like watching the rose bowl parade with my family.

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  45. My favorite is sleeping around the Christmas tree. It started 20 years ago and we are still going strong!

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  46. My favorite tradition is the Christmas Eve service at our church.

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  47. All of my siblings coming to our parents house on Christmas day to open presents. We all are off doing our own thing the rest of the year (plus one of us lives 1,000 miles away in NC, and until 2011 my husband and I lived there too), so it's awesome that all of us can be in one place for a while.

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  48. Being with family and eating homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas Day! :)

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  49. My family really only has one tradition right now and that is getting together on Christmas Eve for an evening of yummy food and a small gift exchange for the children. I hope to begin some new traditions with my little ones.

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  50. Now that I have two little boys, we're making our own traditions. Our new favorite family tradition is heading to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and checking out the lights the night before Christmas Eve. We walk around sipping hot chocolate all bundled up, dance to the holiday music, and just be grateful for each other.

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  51. Now that I have two little boys, we're making our own traditions. Our new favorite family tradition is heading to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and checking out the lights the night before Christmas Eve. We walk around sipping hot chocolate all bundled up, dance to the holiday music, and just be grateful for each other.

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  52. Seeing my children's faces on Christmas morning and remembering Jesus!

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  53. Sitting down next to the lit tree at the end of the day on Christmas and reflecting on what a fun time it was. :)

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  54. Making Christmas candy with my family!

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  55. My most favorite holiday tradition is actually decorating together and remembering the special memories associated with Christmas past.

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  56. Either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Day my father makes a fire in our living room stone fireplace built by my great grandfather. We all sit and enjoy each others company while my sister and I tend the fire and more often, roast marshmallows for s'mores.

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  57. My very favorite holiday tradition is going to see the Nutcracker with my mom and baby sister. It's such a special tradition and I hope to continue it when I'm a mom as well!

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  58. I like decorating the tree!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  59. tweeted:

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  60. My favorite Christmas tradition is all that happens on Christmas morning- cinnamon rolls, stockings, presents, and family!

    loveablelaura13 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  61. Getting together with my whole family on Christmas Eve at my Grandpa's house for dinner and presents!

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  62. I love Christmas mornings watching all my young cousins open presents while enjoying a family brunch!

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  63. My favorite part is on Christmas Eve, my family reads the Christmas Story out of Luke 2!

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  64. We love to open stockings after 7 a.m., eat breakfast, get dressed, and then open presents. It makes for a much more restful, peaceful Christmas day for us and since it's our tradition, our boys don't think/know it's different for so many.

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  65. One of my favorite traditions is the "fake" present. Under a small tree in our entryway we have always had fake presents - except for one. The kids have to find the real one - usually a game for the whole family!

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  66. Putting up my purple tabletop tree.

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  68. I love our tradition of going to my MIL's house on Christmas morning. We bring my little pup over there to play with their lab. They wear each other out running around and playing in the wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons.

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  69. We get a new game every christmas and play games in our pj's all day.

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  70. My favorite part of Christmas is leaving stockings by the bedroom door and opening them very first thing in the morning - stockings are my absolute favorite!

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  71. Making cookies with my family -- and then eating them!

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  72. My family always has the same breakfast and I look forward to it all year - chipped beef on toast + monkey bread!! I'm so excited!!

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  73. Peanut Butter fudge!
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  74. I love shopping for and then watching my children open their ornament I have selected for them each year.

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  75. Tweeted it! https://twitter.com/LeHobbylobbyist/status/280751441361129473

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  76. My favorite holiday tradition is eating a huge breakfast with family on Christmas morning.

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  77. I love the gold dipped feather! So pretty. This is my first year decorating and I think I'm going to love it as a tradition. I've been listening to Christmas music, lighting holiday candles, and enjoying the Christmas tree.

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  78. My favorite Christmas tradition is opening up the gifts: one gift, one person at a time so everyone can see what they got. So lots of thank you's.

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  79. My most favorite holiday tradition is being the first one up on Christmas morning so that I can get the traditional cinnamon rolls in the oven - this not only gives me a chance to create something delicious for Christmas morning, but I get to see the smiles and anticipation on the faces of the little ones when they first spy the presents under the tree.

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  80. On Christmas Eve, my family and I have ugly Christmas hat contests. Instead of the sweaters, which has become so popular, we do hats, and we have to make them ourselves. They always turn out hilarious. Then whoever wins gets a prize, and the next year the winner gets the prize for that year. It's so funny to see what everyone comes up with.

    Julienyland14 at yahoo dot com

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  81. My favorite is spending time with family and friends!

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  82. the most beautiful time for me is staying up all night with my mom to wrap presents for my younger sisters and nieces. when we're done and the dawn is peeking through the windows, it is an incredible feeling to see everything under the tree and have this special moment with my mom.

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  83. I love everything about Christmas. My favorite things would be the decorations and food!

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  84. My favorite Christmas tradition is going to look at the Christmas lights!

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  85. Every year, while growing up, my family would attend Christmas Eve services together. On our way home, we would take a leisurely drive home through neighborhoods and enjoy all the Christmas lights. Then, we'd get home and pull out all our best dishes and have a TON of hor d'ouerves and a Christmas movie. And, until the year before my sister married, we would sleep in the same room and let Christmas music play softly in the background. I miss those days like none other!

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  86. This is a great post and very pretty wrapping ideas. I try each year to get better and more creative with wrapping but I get lazy about it too. Anyway my favorite holiday tradition is the one my family has on Christmas Eve (we call it Wigilia). I am 100% Polish and most of our festivities are celebrated on Christmas Eve. We eat dinner when the first star appears in the sky, we share 12 traditional dishes symbolizing the 12 months out of the year and always set an extra place at the table in case someone drops by unexpectedly. We also don't eat meat during this meal. There are lots of little traditions and symbolisms throughout this meal that I love. We also go to midnight mass that evening. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wigilia. Merry Christmas everyone!
    xoxo
    Mags
    http://magsmind22.blogspot.com/

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  87. My favorite holiday tradition is decorating with my mom. I always enjoy it and gets my in the holiday spirit!

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  88. my favorite holiday tradition is gathering with family on Christmas Eve for dinner and our gift exchange then just hanging out, watching a movie or playing games.

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  89. I enjoy Christmas morning breakfast with my family, or brunch if we're not all in the same house =o)

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  90. My favorite Christmas tradition is making cookies with my kids :)

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  91. The joy of my life is getting up on Christmas morning and eating home made cinnamon rolls and listening to my husband read the Christmas story out of the Bible before any presents get opened. It's a magical moment.
    I posted this on my blog... http://mommyishblog.blogspot.com/

    And you can read about this and some other lovely families traditions in a magazine called the Sandbucket. Check it out here: http://thesandbucket.com/

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  92. My favorite Christmas tradition is reading from Luke chapter 2 in my parents' bed before my siblings and I go downstairs to see if Santa came. It helps to put the real reason of Christmas, Jesus Christ, in the front of our minds.

    gdorman94@gmail.com

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  93. Making the kids, 12 and 9 now, wait at the top of the stairs as we make sure Santa stopped by. We rustle things around and start the coffee. The anticipation makes for a burst of excitement as they run down the stairs. Btw, love your wrappings.

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  94. Our favorite tradition is playing James Taylor Christmas CD every morning while the coffee is brewing and baking candy cane cookies, a tradition passed down from my mom! (Sometimes we eat the cookies for breakfast:)

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  95. One of my favorite traditions happens on Christmas Eve. We all get together for dinner and the person hosting hides a almond in the dessert. Whoever gets the almond in his/her dessert gets a gift that has been teasing us through out the night on the dining room table (usually a yummy edible suprise!).

    jnrkaltz@gmail.com

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  96. My favorite part is:

    We have a family tradition that we go to grandma's house on Christmas Eve and after dinner and (massive) desserts we all head to the family room and listen to a story that the oldest grandchild reads. Usually half way through, we all hear jingle bells and the youngest grand kids scream because they know it's Santa! Then he "somehow" leaves little stockings for all the grand kids in the other room and the little ones race to them to see their little surprises! It's the best to see their faces and how excited they get!

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  97. Best part of the holidays!
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  98. My family - brothers and sister - celebrates together on Christmas Eve with snacks, fondue and silly gift exchanges. Sometimes we even wear our favorite holiday pjs, too!

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  99. I love preparing a big Christmas morning breakfast for my family

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  100. About 4 years ago, my family started celebrating Advent. The four Sundays before Christmas are spent together, sharing a spiritual thought about Christmas, singing our favorite Christmas songs, and then enjoying a special dessert. This is the first year that we haven't done it (due to conflicting schedules) and I REALLY miss it. It hasn't felt like the Christmas season without Advent. I will definitely be carrying on the tradition next year!

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  101. Love those gold-dipped feathers so much!

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  102. It's hard to pick just one! I think maybe I'll go with Christmas eve service at church. There is something so holy about gathering in the dark and singing Christmas carols. It just solidifies the Reason we celebrate Christmas.
    That and the eating of chocolate with total abandon. :)

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  103. btw, I LOVE your hair tutorials! I've done a couple and always get compliments! I feel like I've finally grown up and am able to do cute things with my hair. That and discovering good product. Thanks so much!

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  104. every year my mom have a west wing marathon. it's tradition

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  105. I love being in Indiana with family. Sadly, this year we are staying in Texas. I haven't quite accepted this fact yet, but I am looking forward to starting new traditions with my husband.

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  106. Watching home alone and drinking hot chocolate.

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  107. Loving the gold feathers!!! I saw the same thing on The Nester a few days ago too - so cute! As far as favorite holiday traditions, I think waking up Christmas morning and opening stockings with my whole family is still my favorite part of the day.

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  108. My favorite part of Christmas is enjoying the morning with my family. My husband reads the Christmas story to us, we pray and then take our time opening our gifts. I make a delicious breakfast we enjoy in the middle of our gift opening. It is such a special family time.

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  109. I love Christmas morning- our whole family comes over, we have a pancake breakfast, read the nativity story in the Bible, and exchange gifts :)

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  110. My parents and siblings get together in our home town a few weeks before Christmas to celebrate together, so that we are then able to spend Christmas with our in-laws or whomever else. It's so special. And it forces me to finish my shopping earlier and be more organized!

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  111. My favorite holiday tradition is gifting and opening new jammies on Christmas eve so everyone has new warm ones to sleep in and wear while opening presents on Christmas morning.

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  112. My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve mass with my family.
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  113. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/280816189234610176
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  114. My favorite tradition is Christmas Day dinner with my parents and family.

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  115. My favorite tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve!

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  116. My favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies and sharing them with friends and family members

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  117. My most recent favorite tradition is the trip that my brother and I take right before Christmas. It brings a whole new meaning to coming home for the holidays! This year we're going to your hometown of Chicago. I also love all the Christmas spirit in the decorations and flavors especially @Starbucks. Merry Christmas!

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  118. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/280836050945990658

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  119. my favorite is opening our stockings at night before bed

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  120. I love going to our in-laws on Christmas Eve for food and presents.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  121. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/280845571793764353

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  122. My favorite tradition is spending Christmas morning with my family especially as I get older and truly appreciate that we are still able to all be together in one place with significant others in the mix and babies on the way. It is a low-key, relaxed morning, and I'm so thankful for it!

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  123. Watching White Christmas....I love Bing Crosby!

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  124. Watching my son open his gift-that's a great thing.

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  125. My favorite tradition is when all my family comes to our house and we open gifts together. I love seeing everyones suprise at what they got.

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  126. Tweet

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/280875833298665472

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  127. I love waking up super early every Christmas morning with the rest of my siblings so we can open our stockings and fall back asleep until my parents wake up! We've done this as long as I can remember and now, as college graduates, we still do it.

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  128. Our favorite tradition is getting in our jammies, stopping for hot chocolate, and driving around looking at Christmas lights!

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  129. My favourite tradition is making Christmas Cookies with my sisters, mom, and Grandma!

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  130. https://twitter.com/mjhutnick1/status/280898995843391489

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  131. My favorite tradition is putting the tree up while Christmas music is playing and we eat cookies and good food!

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  132. My favorite tradition is attending Christmas Eve mass then coming home and cooking a great holiday dinner and spending quality time with family from out of town!

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  133. My favorite tradition is seeing all of my family members between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Usually it was my moms side Christmas Eve and early morning Day and my dad's side the rest of Christmas Day.

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  134. My favorite tradition would have to be my moms homemade sticky buns hot out of the oven. I have now started this tradition with my family! :)

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  135. Watching Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve. Every year, no matter what.

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  136. My favorite tradition is our newest one... Elf on the shelf. My daughters love looking for the elf every morning and I love the huge smile on their faces when they find it. It makes for the perfect morning.

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  137. The feathers are so cute! I wouldn't have thought of Hobby Lobby for wrapping items!

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  138. The stockings are my favorite tradition. We go all out. :)

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  139. My favorite part is taking a couple of days off to just relax and spend time with my family.

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  140. being that I am a full time student and working two jobs, my favorite time of the holidays is taking time off to just relax and spend a lot of time with my family! and the wrapping ideas in this post are adorable! LOVE!

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  141. https://twitter.com/mnm_mcalister/status/281067998704455681

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  142. My favorite tradition is baking up a storm with the kids and then taking plates of cookies to people. The kids love it too!

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  143. Tweeted your sweepstakes! https://twitter.com/Kristinn2006/status/281081686245142528

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  144. My favorite holiday tradition is hunting for the pickle. My grandmother hides the pickle ornament in the Christmas tree. Whoever finds the pickle first gets $50. This game can get pretty rough.

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  145. Our tradition is baking Christmas cookies & decorating a Gingerbread house every year.
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  146. tweet
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  147. My favorite time is the "the veg" after Christmas. I used to get depressed after all the fuss, and my anxiety built up the day that I would fall into a lull after it was all said and done. Now I just bask in the opened boxes and the bags of torn wrapping paper and ribbon for a day or two. I take the time to enjoy the gifts I received or simply sit back and relax while watching Christmas movies and shows in my jammies and slippers. Eventually, I will get up and clean up the piles and put away the gifts, but for just a little while I simply AM!
    This year will be a bit different as my 10 month old granddaughter will dictate a lot of what follows. I am excited at beginning a new tradition of watching my grandchild (and grandchildren to come) experience all the joy Christmas offers.

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  148. My favorite holiday tradition is the baking night I have with my mom and sister-in-law. We get together and make lots of goodies to give out over the holidays.

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  149. my favorite Christmas tradition is that Santa always leaves one unwrapped present, and anything else that says "from Santa" isreally from our Aunt Lori. this stool continues today even though we're all grown up!

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  150. My favorite tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve!

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  151. I love watching peoples faces when opening gifts that I know they'll love!

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  152. My sister and I open our gift to each other the night before Christmas, and everyone opens the rest of the gifts with our whole family the next day.

    Henning.stacey@gmail.com

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  153. Opening gifts together as a family Christmas morning!

    em.babcock(at)gmail(dot)com

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  154. I'm not a US resident, so I can't win the giveaway...but I'm going to comment anyways! My favorite part of Christmas: the Nutcracker!
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  155. Since I don't live close to my family, my favorite part of Christmas is getting to spend time with them.

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  156. My favorite holiday tradition is picking new ornaments for my daughters each year.

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  157. I make Christmas pajamas for my 3 boys every year that they get to open on Christmas Eve and wear all day on Christmas Day. That is, without hesitation, my favorite tradition. I know I won't be able to dress them myself forever, so I definitely cherish it!

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  158. My favorite tradition is watching the kids open their gifts under the tree.


    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  159. https://twitter.com/leedhowell/status/281568777043316737

    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  160. My most favorite holiday tradition is having all the families of my siblings gather together in NYC.


    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  161. tweet
    https://twitter.com/wizardewu/status/281569731738234880

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  162. I love being around the tree with the fire going, got chocolate, and the family!

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  163. My favorite tradition was sitting at the top of the stairs with my brothers on Christmas morning, waiting for my father to set up the camera so we could finally go downstairs to see what Santa brought.

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  164. Simply having one day a year that I know I'll see my parents and grandparents in the same day. My family and I live in a different town so I don't often see them all in one trip!

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  165. Reading the Christmas story from Luke on Christmas Eve together as a family. Thats what its all about.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  166. My favorite holiday tradition is our annual football game with all of the family!

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  167. My most favorite holiday tradition is to pick up and decorate tree together.

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  168. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/281640010585882624

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  169. Where can you buy that brown wrapping paper?

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  170. My favorite is baking Christmas cookies. I'm giving them out this year, even if everyone is claiming to be on a "diet".

    https://twitter.com/grey_dient/status/281830114931646464

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  171. My favorite tradition is the cookie baking marathon my mom and I always have and then the joy of delivering them to friends and family.

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  172. My favorite is also my mom's cookie marathon! When I'm not working, I love to help with the thousands (2400 this year) of cookies she makes!!

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  173. My favorite tradition is simple: getting the whole family together. We all live in different states so we are never together at the same time. But on Christmas, I can count on us all being together and it just warms my heart and puts a smile on my daughters face, and that's also the best gift. :)

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  174. I love cooking with my mom and hanging out with my family.

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  175. Over the last couple of years, I have really become a scrooge about Christmas - the amount of work involved has just left me not wanting to do any of it. Period. And this year is even harder as I unexpectedly (isn't that how God works) lost my dad 4 months ago. So I think I need to find a new niche. (next year :) BUT I do love having bruch at my brother's every Christmas morning. Being with family. Celebrating the Birth of our Savior. Peppermint White Mochas. Time off from work.

    Merry Christmas!

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  176. We like to go to the Christmas Eve service and then drive around and look at Christmas lights on the way home..

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  177. We like to go to the Christmas Eve service and then drive around and look at Christmas lights on the way home..

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  178. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/282635229565419520

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  179. I love playing board games with my family!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  180. My parents and I make spring rolls and dumplings together for holidays. We also play games and watch shows together. Thanks for the giveaway!
    songyueyu at gmail

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  181. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/282734860781629440
    songyueyu at gmail

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  182. My favorite holiday tradition is helping the kids put out milk and cookies for Santa.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  183. Twtte
    https://twitter.com/MsCarolsueA/status/283075972041936897
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  184. My most favorite holiday tradition is hosting a gingerbread decorating party for my daughter and her friends and a cookie decorating party for my son and his friends. So fun to see my making memories with dear friends every year.

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  185. I love decorating the christmas tree.
    MCantu1019(at)aol(dot)com

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  186. I love having fondue on xmas eve and making a note and cookies for santa.
    cgies25 at hotmail

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  187. My favorite tradition is watching everyone open their gifts one by one. ahogan820(at) yahoo(dot)com

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  188. My favorite tradition is driving around looking at Christmas lights in our pajamas with hot chocolate or apple cider in hand, while listening to Christmas music.

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  189. Opening presents on Christmas Eve!


    rawrms at gmail dot com

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  190. baking gingerbread house with the kids

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  191. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/284797135461961728
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  192. My favorite tradition is simple but it means a lot. My extended family gets together on Christmas eve and does our gift exchange and goes to mass. Christmas day is reserved for everyone to be with their immediate family, and although that's fun, our Christmas eve traditions are what gets the holiday started.

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