Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love blog about what wonderful traditions I passed on to my children.

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Christmas is a special time in my house. I have five children with three in the military so I rejoice when I get a chance to have them home during the holidays.   

When they were small we had a few traditions that were past down from my Grandparents. We would always decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving and then get the advent wreath out and vote on who got to light which candle. Then the big vote came down. The one who was to put baby Jesus in the manger after midnight mass. That was one that they would always fight over. 

I also passed down a few traditions my children loved. We would celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. Our stockings were hung out on December 6th. when we woke up they were filled with small items like fruit, candies, coloring books, crayons and small games. Then we celebrated Christmas and the birth of Christ. On Christmas day we always had a birthday cake for Jesus. The last part of our holiday is that we would leave our tree up until January 6th. to celebrate The feast of the Three Kings, also known as the feast of the Epiphany. The night before we would place our shoes under the tree and they would get filled with small toys and gifts as a celebration for the journey the wise men made. My children always thought we had a month of celebrating, and not just one day. It is fun to see my sons passing the same traditions on to my grandchildren. 

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  1. Hanging stockings. We never had a fireplace so Mom had to get inventive about how to hang them.

    dmburton72 @

  2. We don't have any traditions because we don't celebrate Christmas, but I am following the blog hop and would love a chance to win something :). delectably_sweet AT yahoo.

  3. We always hung stockings.

  4. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

  5. thanks for the great blog and wonderful giveaway

  6. When I was growing up my mom always cooked an amazing dinner on Christmas Eve that we ate as a family. I don't have children yet, but I hope to do the same thing when that time comes. Thanks for participating in the hop!


  7. My favorite traditions are decorating, baking, & spending time with the family :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. I don't have children, but I have nieces and nephews. We bake and listen to Christmas music! Thanks for the hop.

    Happy Holidays,

    mslasha at gmail dot com

  9. One of my favorite traditions when I was younger, is we would always go to my grandparents on Christmas eve, spending the evening with them , had dinner and opened up some presents that night. Then my parents would let me open one on Christmas Eve.

    Dawna N.


  10. Opening one gift on christmas eve that is a puzzle or game that the whole family can enjoy together

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  11. I don't have kids, but my whole family cooks and bakes together!

    Beccaboo97200 at att dot net

  12. We always fix a breakfast casserole and watch a christmas movie after opeing gifts, also we always opened up gifts one at a time starting from the youngest person to the oldest!
    Thanksf for the chance to win a great giveaway!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  13. WE have a count down calendar it is a cloth calendar with pockets and a little mouse you move it down I remember doing it and my parents still have it and it is hanging on the wall now I would say it's about 33 years old. Thanks for the great giveaway and Merry Christmas

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  14. My family eat dessert after Christmas eve mass.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  15. Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Merry Christmas and May your new year be filled with books.

    flip at ida dot net

  17. Hope you and yours have a great holiday... I need to start collecting holiday themed books for next year. I have a couple in my to be read pile but I haven' been in the mood this year.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  18. I don't have any kids but I would hope to pass on spending time together while baking Christmas goodies. Thanks for the giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  19. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    My fav thing about the holidays are the awesome sparkly lights! We drive around on Christmas Eve and see them all while singing along with carols on the radio! It is a tradition my grandfather started!

  20. I created my own traditions with my daughters.My family tradition that I started with my daughters is that we take turns reading the Polar Express together.
    Happy Holidays

  21. Happy Holidays! Great giveaway! We keep the same stockings each year and we all buy gifts to fill them.


  22. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  23. Hello, thanks for the giveaway! I love everything about the Christmas holiday!

  24. Every Christmas Eve we go out to dinner and come home to watch the movie Elf.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy Holidays!

  25. When we were little we did a live nativity type thing with the dogs as our cattle and sheep..but that one sadly didnt stay. We get new jammies on Christmas eve we do stocking in the morning before any presents, we have a nice ham dinner, we try to put our tree up weekend after Thanksgiving because Mommy loves the lights, smilz We watch holiday movies all month,

  26. we also put up the christmas tree the day after thanksgiving and on christmas eve we would get to open one present
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  27. When my kids were little, we had an advent calendar they loved! Now they're carrying that on with their kids!

  28. Getting together with family and friends every year and exchanging gifts!

  29. Opening presents and making sugar cookies.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  30. I hope all your children get to be home for Christmas. Thank them from me for serving our country! The only tradition I really passed onto my daughter was the whole milk and cookies for Christmas. I was always dieting when she was little so I loved the excuse to force myself to have to eat the cookies. Santa didn't like milk so most of that got poured down the drain. :)

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the great giveaway.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family,

  31. I have the stocking that I used when I was growing up and I made the same stockings for my kids. We always had a big breakfast on Christmas morning that my dad cooked when I was growing up. We go out to my parents' house on Christmas morning and still have a big breakfast and then open presents out there after we finish opening presents at home.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. don't have any kids, Happy holidays and thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  33. I don't have kids, but I'd like to pass to them the tradition of writing letters for Santa.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  34. Oh, I guess we have some similar traditions. :) I came from a big Catholic family and I still do it everything with my kids as it was done with me. :)
    We start decorating our Christmas tree and our house really the day after Thanksgiving.
    Also, from December 1st until the 24th, each day, one of us in the house must add a "gift" for baby Jesus.
    My kids have a little tree with 24 drawers and each day they get a treat there from St. Nicholas.
    We also take off the decorations on January 6th (Kings day).

    It's really my favorite time of the year, a really big bonding time with my kids. :)

    Happy Holidays!

  35. Happy Holidays!

  36. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve.


  37. We also open a gift on Christmas Eve, it was ALWAYS PJs, for us to look nice in the morning my kids laugh and say..lets open our PJs

    Merry Christmas !

  38. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  39. I like to think I passed down to my children the real meaning of Christmas...still they like their presents!

    Thank you for the chance to win some goodies.


  40. I showed my nephew how to make popcorn garland, it was too funny.


  41. My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  42. I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

  43. I will be spending the Holidays on the road visiting children and grandchildren. I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales.
    Tee Hee. Thanks for being part of the Holiday Blog Hop. Great blog.

  44. I don't have kids yet, but there are several traditions I hope to pass on: baking goodies, staying Christmas Eve at the grandparents, Christmas Eve pajamas, etc.

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com