December Giveaway!

decemberI just love the beginning of a new giveaway.  Everyone is excited, the images are fresh and it’s just fun giving stuff away.

I’ll admit I was a bit of a loss as to what to giveaway for December, but decided that everyone loves money, right? So, I’m giving away a gift card.

An Amazon $30 gift card to be precise.  So, all you need to do is tell me what is something unique or fun that you do or have done for the Holidays.  Let’s share some great holiday fun.

163 thoughts on “December Giveaway!”

  1. karlena liparikarlena lipari

    We always let our daughter pick a child from the angel tree network to buy Christmas presents… she loves going and picking stuff out… She loves giving to others!!!

  2. Corey Day ClancyCorey Day Clancy

    Not sure if it’s unique, but my husband and also get ‘Santa’ presents. We have 3 daughters, 14 yr old, 8 yr old, and a 4 yr old. We keep Santa alive in their hearts until their 10th bday, in which I take her out to eat and tell her the truth about him, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. So, to keep it up Mommy and Daddy need to get gifts too because they have been good all year. We only wrap gifts to each other, and clothes for the kids, and open those Christmas Eve. Then Christmas morning we all have a little setup in the spots we normally sit at in the living room with all of our ‘Santa’ gifts and our stuffed stocking. The years we cannot afford much my husband and I take the hit and say something like we were bad because we didn’t eat our vegetables or clean this or that. And they have a wonderful Christmas dinner, even eating their veggies.

  3. CharletteCharlette

    We have a tradition in our family when all the kids come home for Christmas we take time out and pick one night to all go to the movies. This year we will see another Star Wars movie. Also each family picks some place or someone to donate to at Christmas and then we all tell who or where we donated to on Christmas morning.

  4. RitaRita

    I have gone to our local zoo and adopted an animal for Christmas and bought them Christmas presents.

  5. Debbie ClauerDebbie Clauer

    Each year I make some special treats for my pack of Terrier mixes. Smell like people treats. lol.

  6. Tammy HTammy H

    I make some kind of homemade goodies for my neighbors.

  7. Marsha Kamish VeazeyMarsha Kamish Veazey

    Managed to get along with my brother for his whole visit!

  8. Heather HimmelspachHeather Himmelspach

    I always get brass ornaments & engrave my kids’ names on them each year. When they are adults, they will get all of their ornaments to have for their own tree.

  9. AmandaAmanda

    We always pick out Hallmark ornaments and then decorate our tree together:)

  10. Anita Scott ShofnerAnita Scott Shofner

    <3

  11. DebraDebra

    The first present my tree is Chocolate Covered Cherries for the men in my life!

  12. StellaStella

    I make rumballs for the holidays.

  13. Yaritza SantanaYaritza Santana

    I go to NYC to take pictures at the Rockfeller center and all the store windows.

  14. Elizabeth George TurneyElizabeth George Turney

    Our tradition is a lazy Christmas morning then going out for Chinese for dinner. Lazy all around!

  15. Susan McCollum DoughertySusan McCollum Dougherty

    We would always open gifts from each other on Christmas Eve, which was always new pajamas. Then on Christmas morning, my father would wake us up with his movie camera, which had these two big spotlights on the front. He would then follow us with it into the den to see what Santa brought.

  16. Lori RLori R

    We always have a Christmas Eve buffet. We go to church afterwards and then the kids get to open up one present. If there is a good family movie on we will watch that too.

  17. Nicole ONicole O

    We all get together for Christmas Eve dinner and after dinner one of the adults dress up as Santa and passes out presents and take pictures.

  18. Regina G. PosadasRegina G. Posadas

    When I was young, my siblings and I would go caroling around the village. We would sing one or two Christmas songs per house and our kind and tolerant neighbors would give us some money for our efforts. When we get tired from all the singing and walking, we head home, count our loot, and divide it equally 🙂

  19. TogathMageTogathMage

    Thank you for making this offer. Thinking about making a wall X-mas tree using Sashay yarn and small glass ball tree ornaments, left over single earrings.

  20. sherry fundinsherry fundin

    I go to the beach.

  21. Sue A.Sue A.

    I like to bake cookies and other treats to share with friends and family.

  22. Suz ESuz E

    We go mummering. Its a NL tradition.

  23. Angie FournierAngie Fournier

    One year, my mom decided to take us all caroling. By “us all”, all the kids in our family, she was 1 of 10 children. We practiced every day after school and on Christmas eve, we went walking through our neighborhood singing, and yes, we did knock on some doors to sing for people we knew. We live in Indiana, so yes, it was snowing and we had about a foot already on the ground. I was about 9 then, now at 43 I can still remember it like it was yesterday.

  24. Michelle KingMichelle King

    We have a pickle ornament that Santa hides on our tree when he comes Christmas Eve and the first person to find it Christmas morning gets and extra gift! Everyone in our family has one…my grandparents, my mom, sister, aunts…it’s a fun Christmas morning competition for us!

  25. Terri MerkelTerri Merkel

    One of the best memories I have is waiting for the kids to fall asleep and calling my mom so Santa could bring the presents down. I would sprinkle babypowder on the floor and put big boots on and make Santa footprints in the powder.

  26. Lois ImelLois Imel

    I PJ – One of my memories is caroling, like Angie; I live in Indiana & we usually have snow for Christmas. But, we also went sledding down some awesome hills with the children while the older ones cheer them on. Enjoy the Holidays!!!!

  27. lfhpueblolfhpueblo

    We make Jesus a birthday cake on Christmas Eve and decorate it. Then on Christmas we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Blow out the Candle (we only put one on it) together. Then we say together “We are not blowing out the light of this world, we are taking him into our hearts.”

  28. Crystal BroylesCrystal Broyles

    We like to bake cookies, make fudge and have a sweet exchange.

  29. Nancy BurgessNancy Burgess

    We bake extra cookies and take them to a nursing home each year.

  30. Jaime LongJaime Long

    Every year my son and I decorate the inside of the house while my husband goes all Clark Griswold on the outside. Then, I take my son to the store to pick out a new ornament. We’ve been doing it for probably 5 years now. He gets one new one each year and it is super fun to see what he picks out!

  31. Amber AgAmber Ag

    We decorate the house, watch Christmas movies, and try and guess what the other person got us. My husband is unusually good at this game. lol. Thank you!

  32. Crystal SebringCrystal Sebring

    Nothing too unique about how we celebrate. We usually get a tiny tree, drink hot cocoa and/or egg nog, watch The Grinch (the Jim Carrey version), and go out to look at Christmas lights. We also do a present on Christmas Eve usually (for the years we do more than one present).

  33. Beth Ann TilleyBeth Ann Tilley

    My family likes to take a Christmas vacation together instead of exchanging gifts.

  34. lisalisa

    We’re pretty boring around here. With no kids, and me working just about every holiday, we don’t get out much this time of year. We usually just buy one large present for the 2 of us, instead of trying to figure out what to buy each other.

  35. Virginia IveyVirginia Ivey

    Going Christmas caroling. Piling into the back of a truck and going to see elderly people.

  36. MelanieBMelanieB

    We like to trim the tree together while listening to Christmas music, and bake our own Christmas cookies for our family.

  37. Margaret AppelMargaret Appel

    We like to pile into the car and ride around after dark looking at all the beautiful lights & decorations that folks put up in their yards & on their houses 🙂

  38. Deanna StevensDeanna Stevens

    We enjoy driving around town & looking at all the lights & displays.

  39. ChristineChristine

    I like inviting my friends over to bake gingerbread cookies. We have a lot of fun catching up with each other while decorating the cookies (and laughing at the misshapen ones)!

  40. Corey Day ClancyCorey Day Clancy

    Every year on Christmas Eve we bake cookies all day then have an early dinner. Then we watch Polar Express while eating cookies. Just before bed my husband reads A Cajun Night Before Christmas, in his Cajun accent and it is great. It is a day of family time and I love it.

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    December 15, 2016
  41. ConnieConnie

    My son was born on Christmas Eve. As a child he hated it because no one could come to a birthday party on Christmas Eve, so we chose a day earlier in the month to celebrate with his friends. Now as an adult we have a family dinner on Christmas Eve and celebrate both.

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    December 15, 2016
  42. CorkroseCorkrose

    We immigrated from Ireland just before my Son was born and so on Christmas Eve, Santa used to deliver PJs on his way to Ireland as a message that he would be back. Kids were delighted & the tradition still continues…even though they are grown up!! Anyone in the house Xmas Eve receives PJs from Santa 🙂

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    December 15, 2016
  43. CoreneCorene

    When the kids were little, they had more fun with the boxes and wrapping paper than they did the gifts. They had such an imagination as to what they could use the boxes for but they came up with a train. Coloring the boxes and sitting in them was so cute.

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    December 15, 2016
  44. Deanna StevensDeanna Stevens

    hmmm. didn’t get an entry in the Dec. giveaway..
    We enjoy getting together on Christmas Eve to open gifts!

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    December 15, 2016
  45. Mary Margaret DevineMary Margaret Devine

    Thank you for the giveaway. Every year, my grandchildren and I make ornaments that they can take home and put on the tree. I did this with my children as well and they still have and use them.

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    December 15, 2016
  46. Helen PiconeHelen Picone

    There is a walk to Bethlehem. It starts when ‘Mary’ rides her horse up the hill from the nearby stable. She and Joseph procede down the street, stopping at the 4 churches along the way. There are carols sung with the church choir or high school chorus, a sermon by the priest or minister at each stop, the 2nd stop adds shepherds, the third Magi, the fourth serves refreshments afterwards.

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    December 16, 2016
  47. Margaret AppelMargaret Appel

    We always pile everyone in the car & drive around after dark admiring all the Christmas lights & decorations in people’s yards.

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    December 18, 2016
  48. Stanislava IvanovaStanislava Ivanova

    Christmas used to be a family holiday, but after my father died it’s not the same. Now I always go to a new place for Christmas. Last year it was Vietnam, this year it will be Iceland. I can’t wait.

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    December 18, 2016
  49. Jo LawlessJo Lawless

    We hang a stocking for Jesus that thru the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve get’s filled with notes about things we are thankful for or wishes we have not for ourselves but someone else for the new year and on Christmas Eve after dinner we sit down and read the notes as a family.

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    December 19, 2016
  50. GlendaGlenda

    We always have Yorkshire pudding and pull crackers after eating. We also have mincemeat pies and plum pudding with custard many years. My mother in law is British and like to have some of the traditions she grew up with.

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    December 22, 2016
  51. Cheryl Ryan PompiliiCheryl Ryan Pompilii

    Back in the day (as kids today say) it was customary for parents to name their newborns after saints. On the saint’s feast day a special meal was made for the child bearing the saint’s name. My husband’s special day falls on New Year’s eve so every year I prepare gnocchi and sausage for him. Sadly this custom has disappeared over time.

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    December 22, 2016
  52. Patricia B HawesPatricia B Hawes

    We no longer have any special things we do at Christmas. We celebrate Jesus,but except when Christmas falls on Sunday,it’s pretty much just another day.

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    December 22, 2016
  53. Helen PiconeHelen Picone

    Baking cookies today with my daughter, my niece and my sister. Double recipes for gingerbread cookies, springerlis, and peppermint meringue. Yes, 4 women, one kitchen, roll and cut men. Roll press and cut then airdry 8 hours, roll/crush candy canes, whip and fold.

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    December 23, 2016
  54. Rhonda GothierRhonda Gothier

    Just enjoyed Christmas!

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    December 25, 2016
  55. Robin Hiatt VandiverRobin Hiatt Vandiver

    My Mom always made pecan rolls that were so good. We would make about 10 dozen and give them as gifts.

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    December 29, 2016
  56. Bonnie HilligossBonnie Hilligoss

    We are huge Disney fans, so every Dec. we spend some time in Disney World, view the decorations, watch the Candleight Procession, then go spend Christmas with my daughters in Tampa.

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    December 29, 2016
  57. Denise CouncilDenise Council

    My niece is 3, so we thought we’do try new traditions with her and went to Disneyland for the holiday season. She loves Christmas so it was even more exciting when she saw all her favorite characters wearing Christmas outfits.

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    December 29, 2016
  58. Emily EndrizziEmily Endrizzi

    We started a new tradition of chopping down a real tree a couple years ago. Not exactly unique, but it’s special to us.

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    December 29, 2016
  59. Teresa CoxTeresa Cox

    We allow the kids to open one small gift Christmas Eve and my husband makes this punch also with Ginger Ale, sherbet ice cream and Hawaiian Punch.

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    December 29, 2016
  60. Nicole WoodwardNicole Woodward

    My husband’s mother used to make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning, now that she is gone, I’ve started doing that.

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    December 29, 2016
  61. Gale D. SroelovGale D. Sroelov

    We don’t have traditions anymore but as a kid we’d get together with ALL our cousins, aunts, uncles and have a blast. These days, it’s just the hubs and I so things are quiet…not a bad thing, just different!

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    December 29, 2016
  62. Debbie KolinsDebbie Kolins

    Shared on FB, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!! 🙂 🙂

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    December 29, 2016
  63. Barbara HackelBarbara Hackel

    Every Christmas Eve my grandmother would hold an open house supper. That meant from 5 to 10pm anyone was welcome to come by and would find the table full of delicious foods from potato salad to chicken spread to ham and home made biscuits and fruits and vegetables, and don’t forget the cookies! She came over from Germany as a little girl, and still made Springerle cookies, lace cookies, kringlas, and other cookies from her native country. This was a time family and friends looked forward to and would sit and eat and talk for hours. All of my married life I have tried to have a Christmas Eve dinner and invite family, friends, and any “strays” I knew of that didn’t have any place to go and celebrate that evening. The most important dessert on her table and mine is always a pound cake made in a ring with a candle in the center- Baby Jesus’ birthday cake.

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    December 29, 2016
  64. Kathleen CostaKathleen Costa

    This Christmas was a bit lite, since many family members were not local or out of state, but it was delightful. Christmas Eve at our favorite restaurant, McDonalds and Starbucks for Christmas morning, opening presents with my husband, and a visit from my niece. My husband was so sweet, too. He found a coffee mug with “I Love You More” on it…his favorite saying, and a painting from my favorite contemporary artist…Red Grapes! The perfect subject for wine country. It was a happy Christmas!

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    December 29, 2016
  65. Martina Luella ArguijoMartina Luella Arguijo

    Spent Christmas eve making tamales by myself, lol. Not something I have done on my own before.

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    December 29, 2016
  66. Timberlee RamseyTimberlee Ramsey

    The whole family cooks. I go from house to house helping my family cook. I love spending time with my Mom, nephews, aunt & cousin during this time. This year I couldn’t do it because my aunt had a heart attack. Christmas didn’t feel right. But she’s fine & I was able to make her dish she brings on Christmas because I go & help her every year. This made her very happy!!!! We also play games which is a lot of fun!

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    December 29, 2016
  67. Sarah HarmonSarah Harmon

    We always have a Jesus’s birthday party on Christmas Eve. My Mom started it when we were babies and we still do it together every year.

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    December 29, 2016
  68. Leslie RodriguezLeslie Rodriguez

    Thank you! Cooking, baking, decorating the tree with kiddos, and making ornaments.

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    December 29, 2016
  69. yvonneyvonne

    I love inviting family, friends and neighbors for mini “soirees”. That way my Techie Guy and I can really enjoy the group. It makes me happy.

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    December 29, 2016
  70. Jo-Anne BenwareJo-Anne Benware

    Hi, I’m sad. It would not take my entry. But I shared.

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    December 29, 2016
  71. CillaCilla

    Thank you and Happy New Year!!!

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    December 29, 2016
  72. Destiny Ann BridwellDestiny Ann Bridwell

    My family is not big on going out or throwing parties. So we make snacks and get sodas and pick movies and sit around watching together.

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    December 29, 2016
  73. Jeannie HuffmanJeannie Huffman

    Favorite part of Christmas? Being together with our kids & now our grandsons. One is 3 & the other will be 10 weeks tomorrow.

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    December 30, 2016
  74. Michelle Sams HarrisMichelle Sams Harris

    On Christmas Eve we open a gift that has hot cocoa mix, popcorn, Christmas pjs, Christmas movie and a Christmas book in it. Then we snuggle up together with our goodies and new pjs and spend some quality time together.

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    December 31, 2016

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