Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Giveaway!

Sorry about the lack of upkeep around here. Things have been a little busy and we've been focusing on family time as we near T's next deployment. I've been sewing up a storm making Christmas stockings and a couple gifts for Adam. I'm currently working on a skirt order that I'm pretty excited about; the fabrics are so spunky and girly! Pictures to come soon, I promise.

Last night was the first night of Chanukah. We don't have a menorah and we didn't play dreidel. I guess as far as Jews go I'm pretty lax (in fact there really isn't much I do that is exclusively Jewish or Kosher), but then as far as Christians go, we're not exactly the norm either. Traditions are, usually, good. They help you remember things that enhance your life and help you not to make the mistakes of the past.

So let's do a Christmas/Chanukah giveaway!

How about a set of four glass ornaments, painted by moi with a variety of Christmas song phrases on them. I'll even let you pick the songs you would like represented on the ornaments. Or, if you'd prefer, I can write bits of Chanukah blessings (in English or Hebrew).

Like these; but not, because these are mine.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me a holiday tradition your and your family keep and why  (and a way I can get in touch with you); whether it be what's on the menu Christmas eve, only giving handmade presents, or a special prayer or song, or a special activity your family holds dear, please share!

Make sure to have your entry in by Wednesday, December 8, at 10 PM pacific time.

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion."

May you always be grateful for the breath in your lungs.

PS- I feel really silly- but I totally pulled the winner a day early! Sorry to everyone who would have entered today, but I guess I ended the giveaway early. Tisk tisk on me. Please check back in the future for other fun handmade goodie giveaways and crafty ideas.


Sharon said...

When we were kids my brother, sister, and myself would sneak downstairs at around 2 or 3am and look at all the presents underneath the Christmas tree and find the biggest one and see who it was for. We'd spend a few minutes peaking around, not wanting to wake our parents up, afraid we might get in trouble. We would then tiptoe back upstairs and play games in one of our bedrooms until it was time to open presents. :)

Sharon said...

Forgot to leave a way to get in touch with me...

Sae said...


Well since Stephen and I are still just a brand new little family, we don't have many traditions of our own yet. But one we came up with this year is that we will make a wreath together the day after Thanksgiving, to put on our door. We had a lot of fun doing it this year, and think it will still be something fun to do when kids come into the picture. :)

cbusch said...

We always read the Night Before Christmas and then sprinkle reindeer food outside (a mixture of oats and color sugars)so Santa can find our house. Love the decorations!

Nicole said...

We would also pile in the car with my parents as kids and drive around town looking at all the Christmas lights. I loved it and continue that tradition with my husband and my two kids.
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Audrey said...

We have always put up the tree at the end of November and put the gifts under it shortly after. Because the boys were always so good about leaving them alone, we would let them unwrap the small gifts in their stockings on Christmas Eve in the evening.

They are 19 & 20 this Christmas, and still get excited about the stockings - it's kind of cute :)

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CerenaLeigh said...

absolutely beautiful.
My entire family (there's a lot of us!) always open presents on Christmas Eve at my grandparents' house after we have pre-christmas dinner of pizza! :)


mare said...

We are newly married couple, so we still don't have any traditions.. but, we are dying to make some.. Can't wait this christmas to come, to see what kind of traditions will we make :)
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Jasmine said...

One of the traditions in my family is having a big dinner at my great aunt's home in New Orleans and of course watching It's A Wonderful Life.

MommyWantsToRead said...

Oh this is wonderful! Our family tradition is that my husband reads the poem the night before christmas to the kids every xmas eve. We have my stepdaughter every other year on xmas eve so he'll call and read it to her over the phone. We then turn all the lights off in the house but the tree lights and will sit a drink hot chocolate with a candy cane to dip into it and listen to carols. Best tradition ever!

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