Crochet Holiday Giveaway #3 - Closed


This will be holiday giveaway #3. Giveaway fits better than contest so that is why I have the word change. I will be giving away 5 hats and 2 doilies. The giveaway will run from today through December 7, 2008. I will draw the winner on December 8, 2008. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter. If you are the winner, you are more than welcome to alter the hats in any way by removing the flowers and leaves.

One of my favorite holiday memories is going to the shopping mall when we were kids. Before the mall was enclosed, they had a train that would take people for rides through the center of the mall as Christmas time. My dad would ride with us for hours while my mom shopped. I am not sure who enjoyed the train more, my sister and me or my dad. Along the way, we would stop in to Sears and get a little bag of candy. I always liked the licorice mix with the little beads.
  1. Share a holiday of family memory. Each memory you share will give you an additional chance to win. It can be food, family, friends, children, vacations, places or even work related to name a few.
  2. Comments are open to everyone, including non-members.
  3. In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname, something unique to identify you. With this giveaway, your story will be unique.
  4. I will also accept e-mail submissions. Please include HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY #3 in the subject line.
  5. If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait for two months to re-enter again.

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  1. The memory that sticks out in my mind is where I used to live we had a huge staircase going upstairs to my bedroom. On the day that Santa was to arrive in our town, I was upstairs playing when Mom yelled up that Santa was coming down the street on a fire truck. I got so excited that I ran downstairs and my sock got stuck on the top of the stairs and guess what? I fell down the flight of stairs with the my crayons in my hand and the crayons went flying everywhere!!!!!! All over downstairs and the Christmas tree and all over the stairs. I still made it down to the fire station to see Santa and give him my list!!!!! ;-)

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  2. What a wonderful giveaway. My favorite memory is attending midnight mass as a child. This was the only time all year long that the five of us were allowed to stay up so late. The church was always so beautiful with the candles glowing. Outside was the beautiful glistening snow - so peaceful - so Christmas like.

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  3. Hi Teresa count me in on this drawing too. I just love your Blog and all the crocheting video's. You are awesome :>)Keep up the great crocheting.


    Joan
    E-mail : angelwingscrocheting@yahoo.com

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  5. Thank You Teresa, For all the help you have given to so many of us.
    Count me in on the Give away # 3.
    Happy Holidays To All.
    Selene:
    slimjleo1955@yahoo.com

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  6. One memory I have is of me and my grandparents hunting for a Christmas tree. We used to go out to the country and search for the perfect tree, as deemed by my grandmother. My grandfather would stand by quietly until she made her choice, then chop it down. We carried it home and would decorate it. I was recently looking back at some old photos and saw some of those "perfect" trees and I don't know what my grandmother was thinking. Ha, Ha

    Gayle G
    zaicy1952@yahoo.com

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  7. I have many Christmas memories but the one that I remember the most is when I took a little two year old girl out with me to do some Christmas shopping. I was delighted to see the awe on her tiny face as she looked at all of the Christmas Decorations in the mall. Her face would light up and her tiny mouth would open and she would squeal with delight. Just looking at her sweet innocence and her utter wonderment at what she was seeing filled me with delight. Oh to be a child again and to discover all the wonders of Christmas all over again.

    Brenda
    Paramedicmom
    brendaj1951@nehp.net

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  8. Oh my favorite memory of the holiday (as a child) was going to Castonquay Square to sit on Santa's Lap. The square was always so beautiful with the lights and decorations just whimsical.

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  9. Oh, reading these comments have taken me back to all the family Christmas memories! I miss being close to my extended family, although my parents, sister and nephews live close by. It was always so nice to see all my cousins and my grandparents and all the aunts and uncles every year when the holidays came around. I always miss that!

    Carmen
    dentedhalo.blogspot.com

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  10. hi,
    I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year
    that all your dreams become reality.
    kisses

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  11. I love the hats. Count me in on the drawing also. I enjoy all the crochet videos also.

    B. Hurst

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  12. I have to say it was last year. My father really gave my son, Miles the best christmas ever! Everyday, Dad would come to our house and put on the beard and hat and be popping his head up at the windows, Miles would see Santa and run to the window only to find him gone but a present. My father would say, did you see santa? He just went past me up the road. Then Miles would parade about the house holding up is finds from Santa and very happy. He looked about all the windows to see if he can find Santa. My father did that for the whole of December. I can tell that my son loved Christmas as all this year he would be humming Jingle bells all the time. So this is my happiest memory of christmas so far.

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  13. Dear Teresa, Iam not a great storyteller, but i love the crochet videos, for me they are more useful than the written instructions. Thank you for all th efforts you do to help the art lovers. i adore crochet and respect those who share their experience with others. MERRY christmas. Please count me on your giveaway#3 draw.I hope that th ehat will fit to my 4 yrs daughter if i win

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  14. Teresa this is too sweet of you!! You have been a HUGE help for me lately... Thanks for those videos on the granny squares.

    I have a family memory: After I knew Santa wasn't real my uncle always was Santa. So he would always go out the back of the house and come to the front door then we would grab all my little cousins and they would each get a toy from Santa. Well I was the one who had to be the "guard" in one of the bedrooms because he was going to sneak back into the house thru a window! Well I was waiting for him to say bye to the little ones and so I opened the window for him to come back in and change. As I watched him come thru the window I was just laughing with tears. He was STUCK! So of course I had to try and help him get UNstuck... That is a memory we will never forget!

    Ok im in for the Giveaway!

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  15. What a lovely giveaway!

    One of my first Christmas memories was when I was 4 years old. I woke up to NO PRESENTS under the tree on Christmas morning! I went crying to my parents. My memory was that they fell back to sleep but I didn't. Later, when everyone woke back up, Santa had come (I got an inch-worm riding toy and a doll that talked to you on the telephone...) and later I found reindeer pawprints and Santa's bootprints in the snow outside.

    Years later I realized that I had actually cried myself back to sleep and that the "deer" prints were actually where snow clumps had fallen off the rooftop. The boot prints were probably dad's from bringing in firewood.

    Boy, how a child WANTS to believe! I swore to my friends until I was 9 that Santa was real because of that experience.

    What fun to reminisce for entries... Teresa in KY

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  16. Count me in on Giveaway #3. This is very generous of you. I have many memories but will leave a funny one. Every year Santa would visit me and my brother. One year when I was around 7, we had two Santas come! Of course my brother and I were in shock, but my parents were quick in a comeback and informed us that Santa needed a helper. LOL!
    E-mail: etpetrino@verizon.net

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  17. Hi Teresa! What a fun giveaway! A childhood memory of Christmas was our big silver Christmas tree. My parents would shine this light thing on it and it would change the color of the tree. I also remember how long the night seemed waiting for Christmas Day. More recent memories include me making homemade biscuits & sausage for breakfast for my kiddies , Red Velvet cake and Russian tea at my grandma's house. We also play 'Dirty Santa' with my family each year which is hilarious. Call me the 'Orange'.

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  18. One of my greatest memory's was when I started to play Christmas music, it seemed that my handicap daughter new what was happening. She would start to laugh and sing what I call singing for her and she was so happy. She all ways loved the lights and the decorations. She has gone to a happier place now. That is just part of the memory's. There are so many. Linda
    catlady1@frontiernet.net

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  19. Great idea for a giveaway! I love strolling down memory lane... lol

    Okay, memory #1: When I was a youngster, my mom had this revolving tree stand. I would lay on my back underneath the tree for hours while it turned and just be mesmerized by the lights twinkling through the branches and my reflection in the shiny ornaments going by.

    Memory #2: My brother and I always hung our stockings on the railing of the upstairs steps. One year, mom got them mixed up and I was opening combs, pens, playing cards, etc. and my brothers was opening hair notions, perfume, bracelets, etc. He came into my room with a really funny look on his face and we got a big laugh out of it!

    Memory #3: One night my brother (whose room was across the hall from mine) called me and said, "Do you hear that? I hear jingle bells! Yeah! I see Santa!" I jumped out of bed and flew to his room window and yelled, "Where? Where?!" He laughed and said, "I didn't see Santa." I was so mad at him for teasing me like that. LOL

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  20. My fondest Christmas memories are from the last few years we still had my mother. She had such a great sense of humor and you really had to be on your toes around her. I miss her all of the time but most of all this time of year. Thank you for all of your videos as I have learned alot from them and have directed others to them when I can't make them understand. I am left handed and most around me are right handed so you videos are better for them. My email is lalltop@woh.rr.com and thanks for having your generous giveaway and letting everyone enter. Lynn Alltop

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  21. Teresa,
    Thank you so much for this opportunity both to win something beautiful and to relive a family memory.

    Each year from birth to actually just a few years ago, my entire family would gather at my parents house and each family would bring either a dish or paper plates, pop, something. Well this one year when my children were young one of my daughters got a pretty but large doll. As she opened the doll my oldest son, who was maybe 6 said "oh, just what we always wanted". Well everyone had a good laugh and my son & daughters called the doll Shirley because my son had an invisible friend named Shirley and my son had lots of details about her and what she liked to do. Now that son is 32 and a Doctor, wonder what his patients would think about this story. (LMHO)

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  22. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway and to go back down memory lane.
    The one Christmas that has always stuck out in my mind was when I was 8 years old, and back then that innocence was still there for me. My father was a carpentar and we lived in the north and he had been out of work for nearly two months due to bad weather and all work was outside at the time. We were living basically on beans and potatoes. My parents explained to my brother and I that because of no money we weren't basically going to have Christmas that year, no tree and no presents. I was heart broken, cause I had made some presents for my family. Remember making cookie canister out of oatmeal canister, wraping construction paper around it and drawing on it? Well that was one of my several homemade gifts, and I just didn't know how I was going to be able to display my wrapped gifts (wrapped in cartoon newspaper)if there was going to be no tree. One night my parents went next door to visit. I stayed home and I went to the attic and got down the Christmas decorations. We had an old Muntz tv with this lamp that had several layers in it's shade. And, I decided to decorate that tv and lamp with the Christmas decorations. I did and I was soooo proud when my parent came home and saw my makeshift Muntz tv Christmas tree with all (three but seemed like a million) wrapped presents proudly sitting under the Christmas tree/tv. My presents were a hit, and to this day my brother talks about how that was his and it is my favorite Christmas. Cause we learned the real meaning of Christmas that year, which was love and a little imagination can make for a beautiful, heartwarming Christmas.

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  23. One of my memeories that I would like to share is one when I was a teenager and my youngest brother was 8. I took him shopping to purchase gifts for christmas. I was Paying, and not having much money, I showed him the small $1 gifts. When it was time for him to buy me a gift, I told him that it was ok, and maybe one of our other brothers would take him shopping. He was so sweet and I had so much fun. On christmas day everyone opened their presents from him and ooohed and aaahed. He was so happy. Well when it came time to open my present from him, lo and behold, I was in shock. it was a dinosaur. I was very happy and told him so. He said "San, I got this for you and when you can't be here, I will play with it for you". I cried. My brother Chuck told me later that our little brother insisted that it had to be the dinosaur because it would always remind us both of all the times I sat and played dinosaurs, trucks, etc.

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  24. wwbaucom@hotmail.comDecember 2, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is the year my parents decided I was old enough to help with my little sister's Christmas. I got to help pick out her bicycle and decorate it for her. Then Christmas morning I don't who was more excited, my sister or myself.

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  25. My last Christmas with my Dad was 14 years ago. My whole Family got together with my Mom and Dad. We opened presents and ate Gumbo. My Dad wanted a pair of sneakers, which I bought him. When he opened his present, his eyes lit up. I will never forget that moment. He was so happy and smiling. I didn't get to see my Dad smile much. He was a sick Man. I will CHERISH those memories forever.--gayle4god

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  26. The Night I found out there was no Santa.
    I was about 10 years old. Every Christmas Eve, my siblings and I had to go to bed early so Santa could pass. Well, I fell asleep and woke up to the sound of talking and bags rustling around. I layed in bed trying to figure out what was going on in the living room. I layed quietly and realized my Mom and Dad was putting our gifts together from Santa. I was quite disappointed when I found out the truth. It took the fun away. Oh well, I was bound to find out sooner or later. I played it off, and pretended that Santa is the one who brought our gifts.

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  27. My fondest Christmas gift: Years ago, my Mother's engagement ring was smashed (by a toilet lid - but that is another story) and had to be cut off her hand. Mom & Dad replaced the ring with a band and never repaired the original ring. The same year Dad had his first heart attack, for Christmas, they gave me a necklace made from the center stone. My sister got a pair of earrings from the next size diamonds and my 3 brothers got Tie Tacs made from the 3 remaining diamonds. We each got a special piece of our parents symbol of love.
    Peace! Linda

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  28. I have another Christmas memory to share. When my oldest daughter was 13 I wanted to do something very special for each of my two girls. Now we all know teenage girls are hard to do speccial things for. I bought her a stero system and it was too big to wrap. so I left it in the trunk of my car and decided that I would make her search for it. I created 13 clues, (13 for her age) and the first clue was in an envelope on the tree. This was the last gift for her to open so the scavanger hunt was on. each slip of paper had a four line poem, telling where each of the next clue was to be found. I remember one of the clues was "go to the place, where we put on our face, look for gentle beige, and inside you will find the page". this was the bathroom, in the draw where the makeup was kept, and inside the face powder. Needless to say, it was the most fun we all had that year, trying to figure the clues and find her last gift. The funniest part was the end. It went something like this, "go through the door, and look for the red thing we ride, open one of the three doors, and find your surprise". now the door was in our laundry room which attatched the garage. yes the red thing was the car, three doors, was a 2 door car with a trunk. that clue took the longest as she couldn't grasp 3 doors. I kept the poem so that she could have it to show to her children and maybe carry on the tradition and do something similar. I will never forget the smiles on all of our faces. it was the best year we ever had.

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  29. I like to reminisce about our family trips to the tree farm, we all get together, have chili, hot dogs and cocoa before a horse pulled wagon ride to pick that perfect tree, if we're luck we get to have a snowball fight during the search, one perticular year while I perused the ornament section my son and his girlfriend told us that they were getting married. What a nice surprise! - Your items are gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

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  30. I absolutely love your crochet videos! I have made your hobo bag, beanie cap x 2, beanie cap that you turn into a bag, snowflake # 2, and daffodilly flower. My favorite memory of Christmas is when I was little I would sit at the kitchen table with my grandma singing Santa Claus is coming to town and coloring. I was enjoyed making christmas cookies with my mom and decorating them. My favorite about this Christmas season is crocheting with my mom. We have made 14 of snowflake # 2 to put on Christmas packages and the Christmas tree. Thank you so much for your wonderful patterns and videos! With your help I am finally learning how to read patterns and I am so excited!

    Kara from Kansas

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  31. One of my most recent and memorable Christmas was last year. My Daughter's Dad had cancer. 2weeks before Christmas, he called me and wanted a Family Christmas Party. I made some food and goodies and my Daughter and I went over. He (Tom) wanted to put up his Christmas Tree and listen to Christmas music. He was too weak to help, so he watched and gave directions. We knew this was his last Christmas. I took lot's of picture's with him and our Daughter. I labeled them, Our Family Christmas Party. The 3 of us spent Christmas Day together, and again I took lot's of picture's of him and our Daughter. After Christmas, he started talking about a Family Picnic in the park. Hospice said, he didn't have long to live. I planned The Family Picnic for the following Saturday. I picked him up and left for the park. I stopped and got lunch on the way. We had a great time.After 1 hour, he said he needed to go home. From there he went down hill and passed away 2 weeks later. I will never forget those wonderful memories.

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  32. This is funny. On Christmas Eve, my Daughter and I open presents. Well, I made the mistake in wrapping her presents from me, and presents from Santa in the exact same wrapping paper. On Christmas morning, I woke her up and said, Wake up, Santa passed!. She hurried out of bed, looked at the presents, and said, YOU wrapped my presents in that exact paper. I got NUMB! LOL! I played it off and said, Santa must of used OUR wrapping paper.Kid's aren't dumb! LOL!

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  33. dewittnancy:
    Hi Teresa... I think my most memorable holiday was the year we went to Az for Christmas with our son and family... it was special as we don't get to do that often... but of course I do take my crocheting with me wherever we go... they have a very small house and I was sitting in the kitchen at the table with my big knitting /crochet bag beside me with all my yarn in it ... we also had at that time a small 4 lb yorkie and he loved being on my lap or very close by me .. well with the yarn in the bag and it being soft .. he crawled in that bag and went to sleep.. I looked down and it was so precious.... I went to get the camera to get a picture and he didn't even move.. so I guess with us being there for the holiday and me getting pictures of my little yorkie in my yarn bag was my most memorable one...

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  34. As far as memories go, one of my favorite Christmas memories is of the first time i sang in the choir at midnight mass. Our choir master didn't care if you could read music or not, only if you could pick it up from the people singing around you. Luckily I was able to "pick it up" and I loved the beauty of the mass and the joyful noise the choir made.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Donna Martin

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  35. Neither of my parents, when growing up, ever had a Santa visit; they were lucky to get a piece of fruit and hard candy for Christmas. But together they always created a magical Christmas for us kids. The six of us always went together to select a tree; Daddy put it up with no fussing or cussing, while Mama and we kids dragged out the decorations and made paper chains to put on it. We always had hot chocolate and cookies, even when, in south GA, it was too warm for hot chocolate.

    We always went to ride around to see the Christmas lights and decorations. The Christmas parade was a big deal every year and we all went together to see it and to see Santa to tell him what we wanted. We didn't always get everything we wanted, but we always got enough.

    Santa always came to see everyone in our house, not just the kids. We kids would ask Daddy what he wanted and he would say something like, 'Well, you know, this year, I think I'd like some new socks, and a new screwdriver and a red convertible.' And that's exactly what he would get in his stocking, socks, a screwdriver, and a tiny, little, plastic red convertible. Mama would get new potholders, an apron, and lipstick, etc. My aunt, who lived with us for years, would get new white gloves, bookmarks, and lipstick. Even folks who showed up at the last minute, to spend the night on Christmas Eve, got something in a stocking at our house on Christmas morning. It was magical!!

    Daddy's collection of red convertibles was distributed among his children and grandchildren after he died. My son, who was born after my Dad died, has the last one he received, on his dresser with a picture of my dad with the large ugly plastic red convertible. A lot of wonderful memories in those red convertibles in a lot of houses now.

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  36. "Fondest X-MAS Memory"

    I am one of 8 children and when I think back the thing that warms my heart is christmas eve. A family tradition that our family shared was we would be allowed to chose a present and open it before we went to bed. And we would all gather watch "It a wonderful Life" and we would have popcorn that my mom popped on the stove. Jiffy Pop was to expensive when you had 8 kids. My brothers and I would stay up all night whispering with excitment. Did I mention I am the only girl....yes, I would have to beg to sleep in my brothers room so, I would be alone with my excitment. And boys will be boys, I can remember one year my eldest brother kept sneaking out of the bedroom and peeking; he would come back and tell us about all the present we had which in his imagination where life size.
    Today I still keep my family tradition alive. My brothers and I have 23 children between us and we all gather for christmas eve. My family comes from near and far and we gather to celebrate our family tradition and mostly because it is to expensive to exchange gifts. We pick names and my mom and I have been crocheting like crazy woman to give everyone something homemade.

    Happy Holidays to All!

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  37. One of my absolutely favorite holiday memories from when I was a kid was going to my Auntie Nita's house before Christmas. She would spend days wrapping the most elaborate, and most beautiful gifts I'd ever seen. There would be big, sparkly ribbons, or chocolates cleverly attached to the packages. She would buy me My Little Ponies and wrap them in ribbons on the front of wrapped gifts.

    They were always so beautiful, I hated to open them. Even as a child, I just wanted to stare at them all night!

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  38. I have another holiday memory that's sort of sad, but happy!

    When I was a little girl, I was staying at my Dad's girlfriends house (after my parents split). It was Christmas Eve and I suddenly woke up in the middle of the night, and promptly vomited all over myself, the bed, and the floor.

    I was so upset and I started to go downstairs to tell my Dad, crying. It was then that I noticed that they were putting presents under the tree!!! That's the day I found out Santa wasn't real.

    But it's okay, because once my Dad cleaned me up, he sat me in front of the fire with some hot cocoa and my favorite Christmas story :)

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  39. Please pick me~ Beautiful work.

    My favorite memory of Christmas was opening my new PJ's each Christmas Eve.

    I have included a post about our families traditions at http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/our-advent-season/

    Thanks for the generous give a way!

    Jill
    http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com

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  40. Holiday memories...so many to pick a couple. One of my favorite memories was the Christmas that we were having everyone over to our house for Christmas (having lots of aunts and uncles makes our get togethers rather large.) Well, my favorite cousin wasn't going to be able to come, and I remember being incredibly bummed. Well, Christmas Eve night, I was snug in my bed, when my cousin Bonnie came in and woke me up. I couldn't believe she had made it! The whole Christmas was full of family and fun.

    Another of my favorites was last year. My brother who lives in Hawaii came and my son who was getting ready to turn 2 was really getting into opening presents. We went sledding and opened presents. It was just really special to have all of us together for Christmas.

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  41. Memory #2 - My grandparent's silver Christmas tree, all lit up and casting disco-ball-like shadows on the wall. It's the only Christmas decor I ever remember them having in their little country house. They always set it on a table in their bedroom so it could be seen from the road. I would leave the company of family and go lie on the bed just to stare at the tree. And to escape the intense heat of their woodstove burning in the next room!
    Teresa in KY

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  42. My favorite memory as a child was my brothers and I getting awake at 12:00 midnight, looking at the tree, go back to bed because Santa had not come, the tree wasn't finished and the cookies were still there, get up at 2am, still there, 3:30 am still there, again at 5 am but being stopped by my parents before getting to the tree, 6 am, stopped again, and finally somewhere between 6:30 and 7 we couldn't take it anymore, but SANTA had arrived, next we had to go wake up my parents! Yikes! what was the matter with them? FINALLY we had Christmas...it was wonderful actually to have to wait, but we never did Catch Santa! :o) Imppie

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  43. When I was growing up, every year my Dad decorated the outside of the house with tons of beautiful lights. The house was covered with lights. We also had Christmas music playing outside. The cars were lined up all the way down the road just to see our home. It was like a winter wonderland. I'll always remember that.

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  44. My Aunt Lillian used to make the best Christmas candy and send us tins every year. Toffee, fudge, peanut brittle. Yummm. We lived hundreds of miles from any relatives and only saw them once a year so that made these gifts of love all the sweeter.

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  45. e of the greatest memories i have from years past of the holiday season is my grandmother baking cookies ofr Christmas. She would start like 2 weeks beforehand and just bake TONS of cookies. Us kids would get ot ice the sugar cookies and of course sneak in for cookies here and there. It would be a game to see who got caught first :)

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  46. other holiday memory I had was another one with my family. My grandparents would host Christmas Eve at their house. It was a time when my 7 aunts and uncles and all their kids (there were at least 10 of us grandkids) would get together and just have fun. It was the one time of the year when our family could get together and it was a full house.

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  47. My favorite holiday memory is that we would go to midnight mass and afterward, we would go to my sister's best friends house. They had twelve children. It was the most amazing thing to have all these people in one house. Their father would cook a big breakfast for everyone and then they would all open their gifts. Being such a large family, they just go each kid one big gift. It was chaos and comfort and always seemed so warm and exciting at the same time. I could barely keep my eyes open once I got home, but it was well worth it. I always felt like I had just been in a TV show Christmas episode!

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  48. I just remember how magical christmas was when I was a child. My family was very poor and there were 7 children. Anything that we got was special to us even an apple,orange or some candy.

    betty
    bgdroddy@camtel.net

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  49. One of my fonest and funniest memory was when my sister and I decided to make different kinds of Christmas candy. It was early in the morning when we started. We ate more candy than we put away for Christmas Day. Mid morning, we both developed a bad stomach ache. She layed on one side of the couch, and I layed on the other side. We were both SOOOO sick! LOL! We were moaning like we were dying! LOL! Needless to say, we've never done that again!

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  50. Last year, my 9 year old Grandson wanted to make a Gingerbread house. I have never made one before. I bought the kit, and we proceeded to make it. It looked so easy on the box. Let me tell you, it WAS a challenge! We were both covered in white icing, and the Gingerbread house was lop sided! LOL! He brought it home, and was so proud of it. We both had a great time making it, and it was also quality time together. I will cherish that night with my Grandson.

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  51. Christmas memory #3:
    My granny and pappaw's children would all gather at my aunt's house. I had nearly 20 cousins at the time! We had all drawn names at Thanksgiving so we each knew we would receive one gift.

    It's my most memorable gift: a plastic cooking set. But unlike the normal, brightly colored sets that most girls played with, this one was from my Granny herself. It was black, plastic "cast iron!" Out of the box came small skillets with lids, a dutch oven, and a small coffee pot like the cowboys had!

    This was the year that I became confused about eggnog. Why did the grown-ups seem panicked but then laughed when they realized my cousin and I had been "cooking" eggnog in my new coffee pot and serving it around?

    teresa

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  52. One of my favorite holiday memories is from my childhood(which some would say wasn't that long ago). When my sister and I were preteens we knew our mom would buy and wrap presents ahead of time and we would always search the house to find them. This wasn't that hard as we lived in a small single-wide mobile home. Finding the presents was fun because we kind of knew what to expect come Christmas day. Now I am the one hiding the gifts!

    Shawnasie
    shawnasieshear@yahoo.com

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  53. Oh what memories! (smiling)
    Every year on Christmas Eve, my Dad would go overboard buying Fireworks. We would open presents, eat delicious gumbo, then everyone would go outside and light up the sky with fireworks! Oh how beautiful to see all the different colors in the sky! Our neighbors would come outside just to watch. We had our own fireworks display. That was the good ole days.

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  54. Where is all the Christmas Spirit?
    When I was growing up, every year, the kids in the neighborhood would all get together and we'd go Caroling in our neighborhood. We'd go from house to house and stand at their door and sing Christmas Carols. They'd open the door when the'd hear us singing, and their smile would bring such joy to my heart. People don't go Caroling any more. Times sure have changed.

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  55. I love Christmas! My daughter and I love to crochet with you! My favorite Christmas memory now is to crochet snowflakes. You have made our Christmas special this year. Thanks for showing us how to stifen them because we will be using them on our Christmas tree.Thanks again, Jill from Kansas.

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  56. Every year on the night of December 5, aka St. Nicholas Night, as children my brother and I always put our best pair of shoes outside our door when we went to bed. If we were good children that year, we would wake up to candy treats in our shoes. If we needed to straighten up a bit still before Christmas for Santa to come, we would be reminded by finding some onion peels or coals in our shoes as well!

    Now, my own 6 and 7 year children do the same. They were thrilled this morning to find chocolates in their shoes!

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  57. This year I received a most amazing gift. I was in desperate need of my 15th surgery, a procedure to lengthen my life. The only surgeons who will treat me (due to a rare connective tissue disorder that makes me a high liability) refused to take me back as a surgical patient due to how poorly my insurance paid them. They would do the surgery half-price for $10,000. This was as likely to happen as me finding the proverbial gold at the end of the rainbow.

    We received a knock at the door. Our church did a fundraiser without telling us, and handed over a check for the full $10,000. They said it was to do with as we wished, and that if I did not want to have the surgery they would respect that, but it should be because I did not WANT it, not because I did not even have the choice because of money.

    I recently had the successful surgery, and am thankful to be enjoying this Christmas with my children.

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  58. I still giggle when I think about the time when I was about 12 years old. My Mom and Dad would go and visit relatives, and my younger brother, sister, and I would always want to stay home. One would watch out of the window while the other 2 would CAREFULLY unwrap their present and wrap it back. We would take turns doing that. Til this day, no one ever found out. LOL!

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  59. I remember the day my Daughter told me there was no Santa. I was taking a bath, when she came and sat on the step of the bath tub. She was 10. She looked at me and said, Mom, there's no Santa Clause. My heart fell. I asked her who told her that? She said her Friends Mom told her. I was so hurt and upset. It's like the fun was over. I did speak to the Woman, and asked her why she told my Daughter. She did it because she was upset with me for buying my Daughter the same gift she bought her Daughter. I feel that was no reason to do what she did. Some People are so hateful, and she was one of them.

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  60. One of my favorite things to do around Christmas is to go into a store and pick a name off the Christmas tree and buy a gift. These names are the Children who's Parent's cannot afford to buy Christmas presents. It makes my heart happy to be able to give an under priviledged Child a Christmas. Praise God!

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  61. This was so much fun! When my Daughter was little, every year, Santa one come with his sleigh. There was a train hooked to it. All the Children and their Parents would ride. It was FREE. Yes, Free! Nothing is free these days. We'd ride and sing Christmas songs. I couldn't help but SMILE watching these Children have a WONDERFUL time with Santa. Oh, what fun!

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  62. FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER BEFORE I MOVED TO THE TOWN I LIVE IN NOW. WHEN I WAS LITTLE WE ALWAYS HAD A SORT OF TRADITION HABIT WHICH WAS ALWAYS FUN. OF COURSE MOM AND DAD ALWAYS KEPT OUR HOPES UP OF SANTA BEING REAL SO WHEN IT CAME TIME TO GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WE WOULD ALWAYS GO TO MY GRANDMAS HOUSE WHILE MOM AND DAD WENT TO SEE SANTA TO GIVE HIM OUR CHRISTMAS LISTS AND TELL HIM IF WE WERE GOOD OR BAD LOL. WE WOULD HAVE SO MUCH FUN JUST BAKING COOKIES OR WHATEVER ELSE SHE HAD TO BAKE AND OR DECORATE OR PLAY WITH MY COUSINS AND WATCH CHRISTMAS MOVIES. THEN WHEN CHRISTMAS EVE CAME WE WOULD ALL GET DRESSED UP AND GO TO EITHER MY GRANDMAS OR MY AUNTS FOR OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY WHERE THE WHOLE FAMILY GOT TOGETHER AND PLAYED GAMES AND TALKED, LISTENED TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC AND THEN WE WOULD EAT AND OPEN PRESENTS. THEN WE WOULD GO HOME FOR A WHILE AND WATCH MORE CHRISTMAS CARTOONS LIKE FROSTY AND RUDOLPH TILL IT WAS TIME TO GO TO MIDNIGHT MASS AT THE CHURCH WHERE WE WOULD SING SONGS AND JUST WELL YOU KNOW WORSHIP GOD IN MOST PEOPLES WORDS THEN WHEN IT WAS OVER AND WE ALL GOT HOME THE KIDS GOT TO OPEN ONE PRESENT (COULDNT BE A BIG ONE LOL) AND THEN WE WENT TO SLEEP TO WAIT FOR SANTA TO COME WINK WINK. EVERY YEAR I WAS ALWAYS THE FIRST ONE AWAKE SO I HAD THIS FEDISH WHERE I COULDNT LOOK AT THE TREE AND THE PRESENTS UNDER IT UNTIL EVERYONE WAS AWAKE AND IN THE LIVING ROOM AROUND THE TREE WITH ME SO I WOULD TRY TO MAKE MY DADS COFFEE FOR HIM, PUT IN A CHRISTMAS CARTOON OR CD AND THEN WAKE EVERYONE UP AS FAST AS I COULD THEN WE WOULD ALL GATHER AROUND AND EACH YEAR THE KIDS TOOK TURNS PLAYING SANTA AND HANDING OUT THE PRESENTS THEN WE WOULD OPEN THE FIRST TWO OR THREE SLOWLY FOR PICTURES AND DIG INTO THE REST. AFTER WE HAD EVERYTHING OPENED AND MOM WAS DONE TAKING PICTURES WE WOULD ALL PLAY WITH OUR TOYS WHILE MOM AND DAD STARTED MAKING CHRISTMAS DINNER. IM NOT REALLY SURE WHAT TIME IT WAS WHEN MY OTHER GRANDMA CAME OVER BUT SHE WOULD COME AND BRING US MORE PRESENTS SO WHILE THE FOOD WAS COOKING WE ALL GATHERED AROUND FOR MORE GIFT EXCHANGES AND OPENED PRESENTS WITH HER THEN SHE WOULD HELP MY MOM IN THE KITCHEN WHILE US KIDS GOT DRESSED AND THEN WHEN THE FOOD WAS DONE WE WOULD ALL SIT AT THE TABLE AND SHE WOULD SAY A PRAYER AND WE WOULD EAT. AFTER THAT SHE WOULD USUALLY GO HOME FOR THE NIGHT AND WE WOULD ALL PICK OUR FAVORITE TOY TO GO SHOW OFF TO OUR COUSINS AND GO TO MY OTHER GRANDMAS HOUSE TO SPEND TIME WITH OUR OTHER FAMILY AND EAT MORE FOOD. YOU COULD SAY WE WERE WELL FED AND TIRED AT THE END OF THE DAY BUT THAT WAS USUALLY HOW CHRISTMAS WENT FOR US EVERY YEAR SINCE I COULD REMEMBER UNTIL WE MOVED TO WHERE WE LIVE NOW. WE DONT HAVE FAMILY HERE LIKE WE DO THERE SO WE SORTA DEVELOPED OUR OWN NEW TRADITIONS BUT I DONT THINK I COULD EVER FORGET HOW FUN IT WAS WHEN I WAS LITTLE. AND I HOPE I CAN GIVE THE SAME TO MY OWN CHILDREN.

    SINCERELY
    ASHLEY

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