Sunday, December 19, 2010

A few of my favorite things…

Hello! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We are almost done shopping…but still not one gift wrapped. We LOVE the thrill of last minute. I guess. :)

Tis the season for FUN stuff – I don’t know about you, but I’m a total and complete sucker for anything Christmas-themed or related. If it has snowflakes, I’m hooked. Peppermint swirls, forgetaboutit. Glitter? Gah. I give up.

It’s the one time of the year I give into the stuff – because I have NO self control. And yes, I know STUFF has zero to do with the real meaning of the season, so it’s important to keep it in check.

But I love it, and it’s my blog, so I’m going to share some of my very favorites of this season with YOU. Or more specifically, I’m going to GIVE some of my favorites to one of you. :)

It’s my way of saying Merry Christmas, thank you, I don’t know what I’d do without you, paying it forward, smooches…all that.

So let’s get on to the good stuff, shall we?

If you saw my dining room post, you know I’m quite enamored with Walmart’s ornaments this year. I can’t stand it, they are so stinking cute. So I picked up a couple of the pretty trees:

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Glittery goodness!

Pretty much every single night this time of year, I enjoy a big, fat mug of hot chocolate. So I got a (cute!) big, fat mug for you to enjoy some hot chocolate as well:

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And while I was at it, I remember that I’m a bit obsessed with the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Starbucks. If you have not had it, please, I beg of you…GO NOW. Or as soon as humanly possible. Starbucks is not paying me to say this, but I wish they were.

OH my. It’s so stinkin’ good. So I got a $5 gift card so you can enjoy one and a half of your own Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates:

And then I remembered another hot chocolate I love, and that’s when I add a candy cane Hershey’s kiss to it and let it melt inside. Uhhh…YUM. I told you about these kisses here and I still love them now. And I’m not even a peppermint kind of girl really – but they are YUM:

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This has turned into a hot chocolate post. Moving on…

The folks at Waverly sent me some of their beeeeautiful new holiday party-ware to try out. They have some really pretty plates, napkins and even cups, and I’m IN LOVE with all of it:

We haven’t hosted any holiday parties this year, so I’m going have hubby pry them out of my hands and so I can give them to you. Yes, I know it may be a bit late for you to use them this season too, but maybe next year? Honestly, I kind of think they could be used any time of the year – aren’t they beautiful?

And finally, my very favorite part. I know this one won’t be a big deal to some of you, but I LOVE THIS THING. I found a gift wrap storage thingamabob at True Value a couple of weeks ago:

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And for all that is good…I finally found something that WORKS. For years I’ve had a few rolls in a long, thin storage bin, but it’s too short to hold most of our wrapping. Then last year I got one of those storage jobbies that stands up, but the wrapping was still too long.

I swear to you, I even considered taking my miter saw to them, to make them fit. I kid you not.

But they don’t have to be sacrificed now! This thing is the BOMB. It’s long enough, and holds a bunch of rolls. And instead of the wrapping rolling off our tower of Christmas bins every. time. I walk by – now they are all contained, and that makes me SO happy!

So I went back and got one for you too, because I can’t be the only one with this problem. Am I? Crickets.

It really is the little things. Candy cane kisses and a tall gift wrap tube, and I’m a happy Chick.  :)

Soooo, I’m giving all of these goodies away to one of you! I wish I could give something to every single one of you, I really, really do. I just hope you know how much I’ve appreciated your sweet comments, emails and support throughout this year.

To enter, leave a comment here. Tell us your favorite part/thing/food of the season. I’ll only have this giveaway open through Monday at midnight, so I can get this all mailed off to the lucky one on Tuesday.

For now, I’m off to write 75 Christmas cards:

I’m just hoping everyone gets them before Christmas. :)

Have a wonderful Monday!!

 

*I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.*

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708 comments:

  1. How about me? What a sweet little giveaway! Merry Christmas girl.

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  2. what a great giveaway!! My favorite christmas thing is pumpkin rolls!

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  3. What a great giveaway. I'm gonna have to go to Starbucks tomorrow to get one of those hot chocolates-that sounds unbelievable!

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  4. I love all the food. Fudge, magic squares, chez mix, all of it!!!! I need to go on a diet January 1st....2012. Ha!

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  5. Love special times with family and friends. Merry Christmas!

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  6. My favorite parts of the season are:

    1. decorating the house with the kiddos

    2. making ornaments as a family

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  7. I just started following your blog this week and I'm hooked! So, my favorite part of this season is slow days at work so I can go back and read your archives! Merry Christmas! :)

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  8. This is a great Christmas giveaway! My favorite part about this season is all the beautiful decorations. My favorite food of the season is something I picked up when we were stationed in Germany, hot chocolate mit (with) baileys. YUMMMM! Oh and the Christmas markets!

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  9. My favorite this season (other than being inspired by new ideas in your blog) is the 25 decorated envelopes we have hung from the mantle. Each one of them has a fun idea we have to do that day. For example, buy a toy and donate it, sing carols to the neighbors, bake cookies, etc... It is fun.

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  10. My favorite part of the season was always looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. Magical as a child, now sentimental :-)

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  11. My favorite Christmas blessing is the joys of having family to be with and share move with.

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  12. I have been checking out your site since I saw it on the Nate Berkus Show. You have given me many neat ideas for Christmas decorating!! My favorite part of Christmas is getting together with our large, extended family...laughing,eating,enjoying everyones company! Merry Christmas to you and your whole family!!
    Can't wait to see your next post!!

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  13. My favorite part is the WHOLE MONTH!!! The cookies, the music, the lights....everything!

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  14. I just did a favorites post too. I love these kinda post. My fav thing right now is caramel creme brulee latte from Starbucks! Yum!

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  15. I picked up several of the glitter ornaments that you had shown on a previous post. Love, love them and all that glitter. Thanks for all the affordable and great ideas!!

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  16. I love the music of Christmas, and all the sparkly things! Such a lovely season... ahh!

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  17. Wow! That all looks fabulous!!! My favorite part of the season is spending more time with family and friends. I also love the lights on all of the houses.

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  18. Merry Christmas! Thanks for spreading the cheer. I love Starbucks Peppermint Mocha...doesn't get better than that! Erin H.

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  19. I saw the salted-caramel thingie today and now I wish I'd have tried it. :(

    My favorite thing is the fact that more people smile during this time of year. I like that a lot.

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  20. I've never heard of that drink at Starbucks but it does sound yummy! I'll be trying it on my next visit.

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  21. Oooh, what great things, Sarah! My favorite thing this time of year is to curl up on my couch with a fleece blanket, my own hot chocolate with a scoop of cool whip AND a giant marshmallow and watch the Christmas movies I love on DVD.

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  22. Great things you found, love them all, I know starting Monday I will be so busy trying to get everyone in for there nails that I will need a Starbucks card ..... LOL so think of me as your wrapping your gifts....

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  23. I love everything about Christmas - the music, the decorating, sending cards, wrapping presents, etc. My favorite right now is the ornaments hanging in our kitchen bay window that I copied from you. My 5 year loves it too!

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  24. So many favorites but one is cranking the rocking Christmas tunes and taking in the super lit up Christmas tree with the family.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  25. I love quality time with my family in that lives over 20 hours away. It beats out the food and presents... Yes, even the desserts are behind the fam on my favorite things list. :)

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  26. Love me a big mug whenever I can wrap my hands around one! Would love this treat! Love your blog---

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  27. So sweet of you! My favorite is Peppermint Mocha coffee. And I recently discovered that Coffemate has a "peppermint mocha" flavor cream, so I get to enjoy my favorite drink for a fraction of the coffee shop price! Yes!

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  28. Gheez... There are so many wonderful things about this time of the year that I enjoy it's really hard to pick. If I must, the most fun for me is spending hours together with my family in our pjs baking, watching movies and eating chocolate!

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  29. Wow, how fun! My favorite Christmas food is peanut butter/coconut balls.

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  30. Yay! Mine would have to be the smells! I love christmasy smells! Yummy!

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  31. What I love about Christmas is being with family and friends and living the joy through the eyes and hearts of children. My favorite cookies are the peanut butter hershey kiss topped ones. And my favorite show of this year is the Nate show which lead me to you my favorite blogger! Keep on inspiring us in the new year!!

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  32. Merry Christmas! I love those kisses...they are yummy. We've had a lot of hot cider in place of hot chocolate the last few weeks. Will have to try it though! Great fav things.

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  33. I love everything about Christmas. Right now I am enjoying curling up on the couch under a soft warm blanket with my little boys. Right now, we are watching The Santa Clause and drinking hot chocolate. The hubby has a fire going and everything is right in the world! :)

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  34. Wow, my favorite thing about Christmas? I don't think it is one specific thing as much as the culmination of a bunch of stuff. I get really excited for the Friday after Thanksgiving when I get to pull all of the decorations out, and have a family get ready for Christmas day!

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  35. My favorite part of the Holidays if the 3-4 days after Christmas. My whole family spends 3 days at my brothers house and it is the best 3 days of the whole year!!!

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  36. Yay for a fun giveaway :) I love Christmas baking, shopping for presents, decorating for the holidays, sending and receiving Christmas cards and love driving around Christmas Eve in our jammies eating cookies and looking at the holiday lights :)

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  37. I love feeling the Christmas spirit, decorating, eating and being with my family!

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  38. My favorite Christmas meal is our Christmas Eve of fish and pierogi...yum!
    mincalynn28(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. My favorite thing is the ornament my son made me for Christmas while he was in Childrens hospital for 11 months. He had brain cancer and passed away. I hang that ornament with so much love in my heart.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

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  40. Awesome giveaway! The hot chocolate sounds delish!

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  41. I too am obsessed with Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate!! Yummmmmy! I also adore the excited I see everyday in my children, it's magical <3
    Richelle

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  42. Such a sweet giveaway: my FAVORITE food of this year: CANDY CANE KISSES, like you. They are addicting! I'm going to have to stock up because they won't be available much longer!!! :)

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  43. What a great giveaway!! Not sure why I go ga-ga over the Dollar Tree serving pieces this time of year -- maybe it's because they are so darn cute and look much more than $1.00! Moravian cookies and sugar cake (a specialty in our area) are some of my favorite eats!

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  44. I love driving around to check out the decor on porches and the wreathes on front doors. So many cute ideas in my own neighborhood.

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  45. Two of my favorite things of the season are Dreyers Peppermint Stick ice cream. And Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate. Although you have me tempted to try the salted carmel kind. ;)

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  46. Fun! Every year I allow myself one Starbucks Egg Nog Latte (full fat) when out Christmas shopping with my sister in the city. It's decadent, indulgent and worth the wait. I cann't wait to try our recommended treat!

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  47. Very cute. This post reminded me of Oprah's Favorite Things episodes a few weeks ago ;) My favorite thing this season is snuggling with my hubby and pup and watching Christmas movies. Nothing is more special this time of year than family :)

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  48. My favorite thing (well one of the many) is the glow from white Christmas lights in the house. The garland, the trees, they just give off the most warm, cozy feeling light! Love it!

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  49. My favorite is seeing how EXCITED our 3 kids get!

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  50. I'm totally on board with the minty Hershey Kisses - I LOVE them. As for my favorite part of Christmas - well, this year, it's the fact that tomorrow I don't have to face a day for of Christmas-crazed 5 years olds!! And I can finally START my shopping since school is out for a couple of weeks. Hope I can get it all done.

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  51. That is so sweet of you!! I was looking for gift wrapping storage too, that tube is a great idea. Hope to be the lucky one ;)
    I love decorating the house for xmas, and most of all the Christmas Tree.

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  52. I would love to win this! I think I would love and use every single item! My favorite part of the season - aside from the extra time with family - is all of the yummy holiday food (especially egg nog!).

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  53. Candy cane hershey kisses, best ever! Target had 4 bags left, and I bought them all! They even have large size bags.
    Love the salted caramel hot chocolate too.

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  54. love it! finally someone realized the plastic wrapping paper tubs were only meant for midget paper! I too have thought of cutting them in half to make them all fit. And I have not tried the salted caramel hot chocolate so if I win this I promise to use it for one! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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  55. I love getting up before my son to watch his face as he runs into the room to see what Santa has left him. Then we all drink hot cocoa and open gifts while listening to Christmas carols :)

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  56. Yay for awesome presents! What I love most is watching my kids' faces Christmas morning and hearing, "SANTA CAME!!! AHHHHH!!!!" :D

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  57. I think my favorite food are the molasses cookies I make every year. My mom always made them and now I make them, too. They are a crowd pleaser! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Hannah

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  58. I love EVERYTHING about the Christmas season! Like the song says ... "It's the most wonderful time of the year". :-)

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  59. I love all the extra time I get with my family and how excited my kids get for Christmas! I'd be excited if I won this, too! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  60. My favorite part is seeing my kids' excitement! It's definitely contagious!

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  61. My favorite thing is breakfast Christmas AM!

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  62. My favorite thing is breakfast Christmas AM!

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  63. I love your favorite things! I also LOVE the candy cane kisses! I like to melt them inside circle pretzels in the oven and then push a holiday mnm into the center and let the kiss reharden... YUM!!!! I am so putting one into my hot chocolate tonight though... and hitting starbucks in the morning =)

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  64. What an amazingly sweet little giveaway! Can I say that I love everything about the season?! Ok, ok if I had to pick one it's my family's tradition of having an awesome fondue dinner on Christmas Eve, then lighting the fire, reading the Christmas story, and then opening our gifts. Yep, we always got to open them a night before everyone else. :)

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  65. My favorite thing about Christmas is decorating the tree while listening to some Mannheim Steamroller. Then during the rest of the month I love curling up on the couch next to the tree with a good book. This year I have a new baby to share the season with. She is 7 weeks old and just stares at the lights in awe. :)

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  66. Somehow everything Christmas-y I purchased this year was COVERED in glitter. My favorite purchase was a gold glittered high heel ornament for my beautiful tree! Happy Holidays!

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  67. What a wonderful give away!! Thank you for continuing to inspire me:) Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family Sarah!!

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  68. What a fun giveaway!! My favorite part of the holidays and this season is just being with family! I don't live near mine, so there's always the traveling but we all love staying in our jammies, playing games, watching movies and going to play in the snow!! Especially with the little kids!!! Even if i don't win, Have a great Christmas Sarah!!!

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  69. My favorites are driving around looking at lights and drinking hot chocolate with my family and baking with my girls.

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  70. I LOVE to decorate my tree! i would have it up all year if the hubby would let me! Merry CHRISTmas!

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  71. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Thanks for thinking of all of us out here and for sharing some of your favs with us! I follow you on FB and stalk your website faithfully...lol. You have such a talent.
    Some of my favorite things about this season: Mamaw's pecan pie. Sausage balls. Christmas lights. My kids' faces on Christmas morning.
    Becky
    becUNDERSCOREclarkATyahoo dot com

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  72. the last minute hustle and bustle for me, too.

    andrea

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  73. My favorite thing is the way my children express such excitement at all the beautiful decorations and twinkling lights. They have such a magical look in their eyes I wish I could bottle it up and keep it forever!

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  74. Totally loving all of these things! Merry Christmas!
    danielleburden (at) gmail (dot) com

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  75. A few of my favorite Christmas things are:

    -baking copious varieties of cookies to give as gifts and share with family

    -wrapping presents with cute bows and ribbon

    -watching the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    -admiring neighborhood houses decked out in lights

    -listening to Christmas music (while baking/wrapping/looking at lights/etc.)

    Thanks for sharing all your crafty ideas and now this giveaway too! Merry Christmas!

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  76. what a fun giveaway. I love hot chocolate!!

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  77. So many things to choose from! One of my favorites is definitely drinking my Christmas morning cup of coffee and watching kids tear into presents!! I know, that makes me sound shallow... maybe what I need is a reminder of what Christmas is all about - like winning this GIVEAWAY!!!!

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  78. Enjoyed your list! I love watching lots of Christmas movies...even my teenagers still want to watch (the original) Grinch, Santa claus is coming to Town, etc. Good times...

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  79. Right this second, my favorite thing is homemade caramels! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  80. One of my favorite things to do is pay for the coffee or groceries of someone standing behind me in line. I can only afford to do it a few times a year, but it's especially fun around the holidays.

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  81. my fav part is singing carols at church and decorating the tree together as a family.

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  82. Great giveaway ideas!!! My favorite indulgence at the holidays is a Starbuck's peppermint mocha, WITH the whipped cream. Why would you leave off the whipped cream?

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  83. My favorite thing is looking at Christmas lights!
    I love the wrapping paper thing. Many of my rolls are too long for my box.

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  84. My favorite thing is teaching my kids about the reason we celebrate Christmas, Christ and giving to others.

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  85. Each of those "favorites" are awesome and I hopehopehope that they can be my "favorites" too!

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  86. I heard about your blog through the Nate Berkus show and am addicted! We just moved into our house from a small apartment and it's really helped me stay focused on not getting overwhelmed by it all at once. I've even started getting a little crafty again after taking a year off since my son was born. love all your ideas and how "doable" they are. Merry Christmas!

    Karen (at) journeymetro (dot) com

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  87. My favorite part is Christmas Break ;) No really, I'm a teacher and I absolutely love Polar Express day with my kiddos...We dress up in our pajamas, watch the movie, and drink Hot Chocolate. Loves it!

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  88. What a great giveaway! My favorite Christmas food is tamales! It's not Christmas without them!

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  89. dont worry sarah youre not the only one...i am usualy a halloween junkie but this year (perhaps because i have a 16 month old whos loving lights and santa) ive been all about christmas!! AND IVE BEEN ESPECIALLY ADDICTED TO ORNAMENTS!! my hubs wants to shoot me cuz i keep buying them :D

    todayimet(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. My fave thing this year is Point and Click Grocery shopping so I can focus on the FUN stuff!

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  91. My favorite thing about Christmas is giving presents and seeing the faces of those who get them. Priceless! Happy holidays! I hope I win!

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  92. You should totally pick me! My favorite food this year is cheesecake and each slice decorated as a christmas tree. I'm a sucker, too. And I got an all white tree for my bedroom this year all decked out in all silver. Lurver. Shatterproof ornaments are DA BOMB!!

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  93. Would looooove to win this giveaway! It feels so special since it is filled with things that are special to you - very heartwarming! Thanks for giving us the scoop on each of them. <3

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  94. If I don't win, I will DEF be heading out to True Value to find that wrapping paper holder! I have the same issue with the box I bought being too SHORT! So awesome!

    My fav part of the holidays is simply hearing Christmas songs on the local radio. Hearing people sing about Jesus is AWESOME! I wish everyone could hear Hark the herald angels sing all year round. God must love it too! Much better than songs about getting it on. *rolls eyes* hehe

    Merry CHRISTmas and thank you for your great blog!

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  95. I would love to win this. My favorite thing about the season is the lights. I LOVE the white lights everywhere!

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  96. Oh, what a cool giveaway! You rock girl! Thanks for such a great blog! Hope

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  97. I love reading your blog and in fact I am making that amazing peanut butter pie for my office pitch in on wed...What I love about Christmas is watching our grandkids open gifts, which reminds me of when our kids were little, which are the greatest memories...and I LOVE going to church on Christmas Eve and the candle lite service...so special!

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  98. What a fun giveaway! I love looking at Christmas lights and spending time with family and friends. Happy Holidays to all!

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  99. My favorite thing is surprising other people. Doing the things that they don't expect. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  100. This time of year of love Christmas lights and creating our web-based interactive newsletter. I just finished it and making it is a great way to reflect over the year past.

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  101. My favorite thing this time of year is the Christmas Eve service at my church!

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  102. Woohoo... a holiday give away... LOVE it! I sooo understand the struggles with storing wrapping paper. I too have tried several things only to cry and swear when the next greatest thing doesnt work. I swear the storage and wrapping paper companies must get together and scheme! ;-)

    Thanks for the chance to win and for always keeping me entertained!

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  103. My favorite part of the season is that my kids are home with me for two weeks. Nothing better!

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  104. I love everything about Christmas...really I do! One of my favorites is seeing Christmas through my children's sparkling eyes. ;)

    Fun giveaway!

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  105. I love Christmas eve when we make all the little kids do the Christmas pageant and perform a talent. And I love all the food songs and old timey movies!!

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  106. Great giveaway.

    My favorite things are Christmas music and cinnamon rolls.

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  107. I love that it's the one holiday that everyone in the country gets into. The stores and streets are decorated and I love it!

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  108. Man now I WANT one of those starbucks hot chocolates too!!! There might be a rush order on them today....ha ha! Love your blog and all you do!

    Thanks!
    Kathy

    caplingers 2002 @ yahoo . com

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  109. Wow,what a generous giveaway!
    I love hearing from family and old friends who do not live nearby, and spending time with those who are near.

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  110. Wow,what a generous giveaway!
    I love hearing from family and old friends who do not live nearby, and spending time with those who are near.

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  111. Oooh, love all these things! Merry Christmas and thank you for all your cheery posts and wonderful ideas! :)

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  112. Thank you for sharing! :) Merry Christmas

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  113. I love the food and the music! Something about Elvis singing Christmas music gets me every time!

    Keep up the great work in 2011! I am so looking forward to it!

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  114. You have no idea (ok, maybe you do from your post) how teed off I was when i finally bought a wrapping paper storage thingy and it was too short. Seriously! It's like it's designed to only fit those tiny rolls you can buy at walmart, you know, the ones that only hold enough to wrap one present? If that's all I'm buying, why would I need a holder for it!

    Grr.

    ANYWAY. My favorite part is the lights. We started a tradition of driving around and looking at lights on Christmas eve. everything just looks so welcoming and cheery!

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  115. How do I pick just ONE favorite thing for this time of year? Our church's Christmas Eve service is at the top tho. Sets the stage really well for waking up the next morning. Love your blog and ideas, hope I win these fun treats!!!

    plgmeyer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. What a great give-a-away! Thank you for sharing this!

    My favorite "part" of the season is the feeling I get, the 'nesting' and 'home grounded' feeling of family, coziness, atmosphere, etc.

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  117. What a wonderful giveaway. Yes, I have that wrapping paper issue and no TV around.

    Christi
    keenerfamily at gmail dot com

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  118. What an awesome giveaway! I love everything about Christmas! The music, the sparkle, the feeling in the air, snow, anything chocolate,Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes, decorations, and staying inside being cozy with my family! Guess I don't have just one favorite thing about it! Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway!:-)
    Janae

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  119. I love baking for the holidays. It's so fun to share my creations with everyone.

    And you're not the only one with the wrapping paper problem. It drives me crazy!

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  120. My favorite part of Christmas is the JOY!

    Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

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  121. I'm new to your blog & I am loving it! Awesome giveaway!

    My favorite part of Christmas? I love my family's Christmas morning routine..vodka fizzes and stocking stuffers and then I sort all of the presents so after breakfast we just go and sit next to our stack and commence the opening!

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  122. Oh my gosh, those candy cane kisses are EVIL. They are so so so so good... And I really need a gift wrap storage container. They are such a good idea and for some reason I still do not have one. Not good.

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  123. My favorite part of the season is giving presents. I wish I could give even more.

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  124. My favorite part is spending more time with my family. And decorating the house with my husband - he does the outside lights and I take care of the inside.

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  125. aww fun stuff!! Well, my oldest is just in kindergarten this year but I miss her terribly--so right now, my favorite thing is having her home for 2 whole weeks! I love spending time with the family!!!

    sarah8914 at gmail dot com

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  126. I love making huge cinnamon rolls for christmas morning...and I love me some hot chocolate!
    Esther

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  127. WOO! I would love to win these!

    My favorite part of the season is just sitting on the couch with my husband, with a fire going and the Christmas tree all lit up.

    catelinden@gmail.com

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  128. My favorite part of the season is being with my family, especially my boys, and remembering how magical it all was when I was little. Love it! davidson.k@hotmail.com

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  129. I love that there is one day out of the year that I can sit in my pajamas, watch movies and not feel pressured to go or doing anything. I love being with my family and giving to others. It's better than anything I could ever get.
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  130. apparently my favorite thing is the cookie dough. i keep eating more than I am baking!!!! pick me~

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  131. Cool stuff!!

    I just made my favorite fudge recipe--my mom's--and everyone here in my house helped, from hubby to the 2 year old. Lots of fun!

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  132. Kimberly berly02 at hotmail dot comDecember 19, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    My favorite thing about the season is spending time with my family! We live about 3 hours from my parents and siblings, and we don't spend enough time with them.

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  133. My favorite part of Christmas is picking out just the perfect ornament for our kids for our tree. Each year we search for a unique ornament to symbolize what they like. It's amazing to take them out in November and talk about who's ornament it is, when we added to the tree, and why. Currently we are waiting for our second miracle to join our family through the beautiful adoption process and we've added an ornament for him/her for the past 2 years. We hope and pray that next year this time he/she will be home with us for the holiday season!!!

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  134. This would be awesome! This past year some of my favorite wrapping paper was ruined because of lack of a good storage solution. :(
    But on a happier note- my favorite part of Christmas is singing all of the joyous Christmas songs!!!
    Thanks! kateallred (at) gmail (dot) come

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  135. I love everything Christmas decor. I love it all. I see whimsical decor and I think "It's perfect!" I see traditional, I think it's perfect too. I love seeing what everyone else comes up with every year. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  136. What a cool thing to do! LOVE it! My favorite part is curling up by the Christmas tree at night with all other lights off and enjoying a good cup of hot chocolate!

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  137. Cooking for all my kids and NOW their kids is my favorite thing about the holidays. It's a great excuse to make all those goodies!

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  138. I just took over my garage this fall so I am all about storage. Plus, my anniversary is Dec 30th, could use the plates, etc!
    My favorite part is the Christmas decorations, tree and looking at lights in my town.
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Merry Christmas!!


    Sharie847@comcast.net

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  139. This year my favorite thing is my daughter coming home from school on Tuesday for a whole month! Can't wait! Merry Christmas.

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  140. Okay so I love baking cookies, and eating the cookie dough. :)

    I like making everything so sparkly too!

    Awesome giveaway...I am off to starbucks now!

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  141. My favorite thing is all the family gatherings! It seems the best time for everyone to get together and we all have a blast! Love it!

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  142. What a chocolatey great giveaway! My favorite food is a carmel corn mix I make every year. It isn't Christmas without it.

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  143. I love all of the new Walmart ornaments too! I bought a ton this year!

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  144. Wonderful giveaway. I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months. Thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us and for the great giveaway.

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  145. My favorite part of the season is just slowing down and taking time to enjoy everything!

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  146. What a great giveaway...that peppermint candy is my fav. I have three bags hidden away as I type!

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  147. I love all the Christmas candy and food, the decorations and the festive mood, the gatherings and the snow. Love hot chocolate after a cold walk outside. I love everything about Christmas!

    I've been looking for a wrapping paper storage-thing. At least now I know where I can find one - THANKS!
    cjpeters(at)zoho(dot)com

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  148. I love spending time with my family and especially my nieces...I love your blog, I am a new follower and enjoy reading all your posts. Merry Christmas!!

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  149. Hi!!

    My favorite part of the holiday season is the random generosity that I see, the extra volunteering efforts and the additional fundraising that goes on. Warms my heart!

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  150. My NEW favorite thing this season is MAKING Salted Caramels. http://allkindsofgoodiesdotcom.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/sugar-and-butter-and-cheese-oh-my/

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  151. My favorite part of xmas is spending time with my hubby & children, and making cookies & decorating the tree. We love to take a drive an look at the lights too!

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  152. My favorite thing at Christmas is the Christmas tree. I just love to turn the lights on & enjoy while I'm all alone. Very magical to me.

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  153. So much I love...
    1)Making goodies w/ my family
    2)Christmas music!
    3)reading all the fun Christmas blogs
    Merry Christmas!

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  154. The downtown Christmas lighting. It's at the old historical courthouse and they block off the streets and there are kids singing on the steps with intervals of the Real Christmas story. At the end they light everything up. It's magical every year.

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  155. I TOTALLY understand your wrapping paper storage issues. I bought what looked like the _perfect_ storage from Avon and it was way too short! I literally did cut my rolls of wrapping paper down by about 6 inches. Now when I buy wrapping paper I look at it and wonder if it's too dang long! Oh and those Hershey's kisses are a staple around my house. I pour them into a short, glass vase so they act as decor as well. (I do that all year. Thank you M&Ms and Kisses!)
    -Jenny psych1983@gmail.com

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  156. My favorite part of the season is watching Christmas unfold through the eyes of a child. My kids are almost grown, but I have several new nieces and nephews. I love to watch them as they count down the number of sleeps until Santa comes.

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  157. Oh, yum, hot chocolate. One of my new favorite (and MUST have for those with fake Christmas trees) things is the fresh balsam scented candles at Bath and Body Works. They seriously smell like the real deal! And another must have - Southern Comfort egg nog. Oh yummity sweet goodness.....

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  158. THANK YOU for showing the gift wrap tube - I will have to keep an eye out for that! My favorite holiday food is divinity. It's not really Christmas until I make a batch :)

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  159. My favorite part of the season is Christmas break! Single mom, teacher here who LOVES spending the 2 weeks off with my lovely children!! all 3 of them :) NOTHING beats that

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  160. My favorite part of the season is watching my son & husband's faces light up as they open their gifts on Christmas morning. I'm so thankful and blessed by God to be alive to be able to witness this.

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  161. My favorite part of the season is getting to spend time with my family. I am a teacher so I always have the time off from Christmas Eve until January 2nd and I spend time with my kids and catch up with family I don't get to see often. Oh and the all the awesome food doesn't hurt! :)

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  162. i LOVE those walmart ornaments too! i bought a bunch for myself and for gifts. did you see the little birds and the church?? love them! my fave part of Christmas now is teaching my 2 yo son the true meaning of Christmas. I had a wrap party last night and one of the girls brought that handy container you have-- i forgot to ask where she got it.

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  163. I love the excitement of my little grandchildren and the cute little gifts and crafts they make for me. The pure love and innocence they have is a gift from God. Everything in your giveaway sounds awesome! Will have to get to Starbucks this week! And what a find, a wrapping paper container that actually holds the longer tubes!

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  164. You're so sweet! Oh, and now I must try a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate *thanks alot* :).
    This time of year I love making what will become family traditions and baking (I'm not much of a baker the rest of the year).
    -Aaron

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  165. My favorite part of the season (besides EVERYTHING!) is the wintery wonderland town that my family trots off to for a few days around Christmas. It has everything I love about the season (snow, christmas lights, music, laughing children).

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  166. My fav part of the season is getting together with family and enjoying the holidays!! Oh, and eating roast goose Christmas Day! :-)

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  167. My favorite thing is spending time with my family!

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  168. my favorite thing of the year is looking at christmas lights and watching christmas programs at different churches around town! :) spending time w/ my family is a given though.

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  169. My favorite Christmas thing. . . I can't narrow it down. Hot chocolate, Christmas trees, having Santa to "make" my kids behave, seeing how excited my children get about Christmas. . . I could go on and on! Merry Christmas!

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  170. My favorite thing is to make and eat ollibollen and croquettes. It's a dutch Christmas and New years tradition. Hugs, Nellie.

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  171. Oh my goooooodnessss......I LURVE those candy cane kisses. Sooooooo much.

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  172. My favorite part of the season is watching my children get excited about seeing their breath outside on the first chilly day...really, just being with my girls no matter the season makes me happy.

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  173. Some of my favorite "things" (not the virtues and meanings of the holiday, but the actual material goods) are: 1) my big fat Santa ornament on the tree; 2) the awesome crystal icicle ornaments which always make the tree look classy and elegant and sparkly; and 3) I finally got a pickle ornament! Love that tradition. For those of you who don't know, its a German thing; you put the pickle ornament on the tree last (while no one is looking, and right before the presents are opened) and whomever finds the pickle ornament gets an extra gift. It encourages children (or adults too, I suppose) to really look at and enjoy the tree and its ornaments instead of just tearing into the presents.

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  174. I love, Love, LOVE all the eating, especially those Candy Cane Kisses you included on here--one of my faves! Which probably explains the extra pounds...

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  175. What a great giveaway! My favorite "thing" at Christmas is sitting with my family in front of the Christmas tree. I feel so calm and at peace.

    Thank you for the sweet giveaway =)

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  176. My favorite thing about Christmas is all the snowmen. I love snowmen so much and would have them out all year if I could. I love all the glitter and decorations as well.

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  177. My favorite Christmas thing (besides Christmas itself) is probably having an excuse to make fudge.

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  178. My favorite Christmas tradition is making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

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  179. I love all things Christmas too~! My favorite drink would have to be Apple Cider with a dash of cinammon. Yum.
    And the music, oh the music, it starts the day after Thanksgiving and runs non-stop until Christmas Day.

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  180. one of my favorite things is enjoying all of the Christmas lights...so peaceful

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  181. My favorite thing about the season is the Joy of the Season! I'm off to write my Christmas cards too! Love ya! Cynthia

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  182. My favorite part about Christmas is the music- Oh Holy Night- we sang it at church today and i almost started crying. Love that song.

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  183. My favorite thing is all the FABULOUS food at my stepmom's house on December 23rd, the night our family always celebrates Christmas together!!! You have a great list of "favorite things"!

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  184. I enjoy the decorating part...it is work - but the enjoyment afterwards is worth it.

    For the past several years my husband and I have given gifts to a family (some times two families) in need...as pointed out to us through our pastor. The Lord has blessed us and we try to pass on what we can to others.

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  185. My favorite thing is experiencing Christmas as a child again through my boys' eyes. I love establishing both meaningful and just plain fun traditions with them, that I hope they will carry in their hearts and memories forever.

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  186. i love christmas! the lights, the smells, the sounds...everything!

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  187. It's really impossible to pick a favorite - but one is enjoying the evenings after the kids have gone to bed and the house is quiet and just glows with the twinkle lights from the tree and banister....love. it. And another is now getting to see the kids excitement and seeing the "magic" through their eyes.
    (Seriously, what is the DEAL with the too short wrapping paper holders?? Mine makes me batty!)

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  188. Love this season too!! I just love the feeling that comes with it, gathering with family, decorations, it's the best! I've never even heard of the candy cane kisses, I'm going to have to try them!

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  189. I love Christmas music and I love watching my family open the gifts that I picked out for them.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  190. My favorite thing about Christmas is getting together with family and playing games. And I love baking (and eating) cookies!

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  191. My favorite part about Christmas is making memories and creating traditions with my hubby and sweet daughter. Wait, that's true every day of the year--but especially so at Christmas!

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  192. My favorite holiday item has to be peppermint bark. I make it in several different types of chocolate for everyone!

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  193. My fave Christmas thing is white chocolate candy cane bark!
    rees_bk@hotmail.com

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  194. My favorite things about Christmas is time spent with the WHOLE family, going to the school Christmas concerts, and playing games while listening to Christmas music in the background! Our eldest is a junior in high school so I know we won't have many more years of this!!

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  195. My favorite part about Christmas will be Christmas morning with my one year old opening presents. I can't wait to see his face!

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  196. My favorite part is definitely the extra time spent with family and friends, but there really isn't anything I dislike about Christmas! I love the food, the decorating, the shopping, the giving, the carols, and the list goes on...

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  197. My favorite time is watching the kids open their stockings Christmas morning. They are in their mid twenties but still their favorite part. And I try to put something homemade in them every year.
    LOVED the Santa Hats project (and my Secret Santa appreciated them to).
    Happy holidays and look forward to more great ideas from you in the new year.
    Jo-Ann

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  198. Such fun stuff!! Thanks for thinking of us!! Family is hands down the best part of Christmas for me. Being with my hubby and little girl, traveling to see our immediate family, and just being surrounded by those who love you and who you love most!!

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