A holiday giveaway: Dayspring

by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and is currently traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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Today I’ve got another giveaway for Simple Mom readers, just in time for the holidays.  Dayspring, who runs (in)courage, where I’m a monthly columnist, wants to bless someone with one of their best sellers — this beautiful Nativity Hurricane Trio.

This is a set of three frosted candle luminaries, each set on a wood base, and backlit with metal silhouettes of  shepherds, the three wise men, and the holy family.

I love these because they’re unique but not tacky; simple but creative.  They look great with just about any home decor, and their subtle display of the nativity scene whispers a subtle reverence.

And this week, one of you will win this!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment, telling me — what is your family’s most creative holiday tradition?

2. To get a second entry, tweet about this giveaway — use the “retweet” button at the bottom of the post.

3. To get a third entry, post about this giveaway on your own blog, and make sure you link to this exact post (not the home page, SimpleMom.net), so that it will leave a trackback.

This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. It will end this Friday, December 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST. I hope you win!

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  1. What beautiful candles!

    I am just starting up, with my little family, a tradition that I had in my family as a kid. We hang our stockings early and during the month of December we write every other family member a letter and put it in their stocking. On Christmas Eve we all pull our our letters and read them before we go to bed. It always left me feeling so loved, especially as a teenager, to hear that my siblings did in fact love me!
    .-= Kim N´s last blog ..Lesson Fail =-.

  2. Well, it’s not that creative, but my family always reads the Christmas story on Christmas morning- before opening presents. It was horrible waiting when I was a kid, but now I appreciate being reminded about what Christmas is all about.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog .. =-.

  3. We also read the Christmas story every year after we’ve searched through the house to find the baby Jesus to go in the manger.
    .-= Allyson´s last blog ..Scrappy Fabric Belt =-.

  4. We tweeted

  5. One thing our family has always done is ensure that every single member of the family has some of my Great Aunt’s famous brandy butter to enjoy with their pudding on Christmas day. This has meant little jars being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan for deployed military Nieces, little jars being sent to Africa for missioning Nephews, and little jars packed into suitcases when the family goes to the in-laws for Christmas day. It’s like a little jar of home and love (and brandy, yum!)
    .-= The Accidental Housewife´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

  6. I just love this nativity set!

    Growing up, we would write a letter to Jesus every Christmas season and place it in the wooden manger that my dad had made. It was always fun to read the past letters we’d written each year.

  7. We have a cheese and cracker party on Christmas Eve!
    .-= AlaskaTeacher´s last blog ..Flat Stanley’s Final Adventures =-.

  8. We love to bake together and do crafts together. Not terribly original but certainly precious and a great expression for our creativity!
    .-= Shilo´s last blog ..Bruises Fading, Fears Rising =-.

  9. Not very creative, but growing up we always kept Baby Jesus out of the manger scenes until Christmas, and I have continued that since I got married.

  10. I’m creating a mini album entitled “December Daily” (thanks to the talented Ali Edwards). I’m documenting each day with a photo and journaling. It helps me be more “present and aware” each day rather than focus on all the rush, business and consumerism that I’m easily caught up during this season. I’m lovin’ it and I love those candles :)

  11. We make a gingerbread house, or as my son requested this year – a gingerbread train.

  12. We have finally axed traveling up north in the winter. I love our families, but traveling with bad weather with little ones isn’t worth it. It doesn’t help that we always pick up some illiness for the trip home!

    So, now that we are home for the holidays and not in a hotel, it is much more relaxed. We have been doing Elf on the Shelf and I get a Playmobil Advent calendar.

    I am hoping to do a scavenger hunt for the Santa gifts this year, also.
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Santa Photos =-.

  13. A few years ago we started getting together with my parents and my brother’s family for a movie day just before Christmas, we watch all the old Christmas movies that we used to watch when we were kids (think Charlie Brown and Frosty). It’s a nice way to spend some time together in all the busy-ness of the holidays.

  14. my entire family gets together on christmas eve at my grandmothers house. my dad and his 8 brother’s and sisters and all their kids and grandkids. 4 generations! we watch old movies and do a potluck dinner, and we open all of our presents from each other ( we do a secret santa). this will be my daughters first year, i’m so excited!

  15. My family would set up the nativity set, but without Baby Jesus because he “wasn’t born yet.” On Christmas morning we would get out the manger and add it to the scene while reading Luke 2.

  16. Every year we make a great big pan of walnut fantasy fudge, put on It’s a wonderful life and wrap presents. I have done this as long as I can remember and now it is something my children look forward to.

  17. We really enjoy doing Christmas little by little. Kind of like the 12 days of Christmas. We live overseas, so as packages arrive from Nov-Feb we enjoy Christmas for months!! I really like watching the children enjoy each gift and not just throwing it to the side for the next thing! We’ve had 3 Christmas mornings so far this year! Fun!

    Those candles are really beautiful! Very simple, yet elegant~

  18. Our only real “tradition”, I guess, is that our little girls pick a recipe that they share with the whole family at Christmas Eve dinner.

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    TraceySwit says:

    I try to make one thing to add to our Christmas decorations every year. This year I made a table runner, next year I hope to do placemats to go with.

  20. Those are beautiful – I’d love to win!


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    Magdalena P. says:

    We make our own Christmas cards and decorations:)

  22. in lieu of stockings, we make christmas boxes. it goes back to when my grandmother was growing up; each of the 12 children would get one pair of shoes during the year. they saved the shoe box and decorated it with paper, ribbons, whatever they could find. they would wake up christmas morning to find their gifts in their box (usually along the lines of an apple and a shiny penny!). we have carried this tradition on for 4 generations, reminding us not only of our heritage, but to be thankful for the things we have.
    .-= laura´s last blog ..guard your health =-.

  23. tweeted!! (@kyrie24)

  24. This isn’t a “creative tradition,” but a tradition of being creative. I made all six of our family stockings, and I made a new stocking for each new member of the extended family (through marriages and births).
    .-= MomVee´s last blog ..Look out! =-.

  25. With two little boys who love trucks, our most unusual holiday tradition is probably reenacting the nativity scene with additional trucks. The boys generally have Mary fall-off a camel (or manger or creche), then rescue her with large ladder trucks or moving vans. They then return her to baby Jesus and Joseph. The wise men bring everyone matchbox cars (“because baby Jesus likes to play with trucks too”).

  26. I was very fortunate to grow up with a very creative and talented mom. One of the creative traditions I am starting with my own family is that of making many of our Christmas items. This year my 2 year old daughter and I made our Christmas tree ornaments, cookie mixes in a jar as gifts, and of course, Christmas cookies. The time together is more fun than the finished product!

    LOVE the giveaway btw, those are just lovely!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Christmas fun! =-.

  27. These are gorgeous! Our son is only 15 months old, but a creative tradition I enjoyed and plan to continue with him is making Christmas cookies. The creative part comes in decorating the gingerbread men and the different costumes and people they would represent!

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    Jessica Y says:

    Oooooh! I’ve been wanting this! Our most creative(which isn’t really) is that one Friday before Christmas we bake and decorate sugar cookies, load up into the car (with the cookies), stop and pick up some Starbucks, and then go driving around looking at outlandish light displays.

  29. On Christmas Eve each of my boys open 2 gifts, new pajamas and an ornament that will one day be theirs to take and start their own Christmas Trees. We are “paper pregnant”, waiting to be matched with a little girl through adoption. Even though we have not met our little Grace yet, she has an ornament under the tree and a stocking hanging with ours.
    .-= Amy Rainey´s last blog ..Deals and Steals-Free Leap Frog ABC Board Book =-.

  30. The day where we are most creative….

    My girls spend one morning decorating Christmas cookies with their Dad. We have been doing this since my now 6 yrs first Christmas. She was only 5 months old at the time.
    .-= Candy @ SoBella Creations´s last blog ..Etsy It Up =-.

  31. I tweeted!
    .-= Candy @ SoBella Creations´s last blog ..Etsy It Up =-.

  32. I love those candles! I’ve seen them on a couple of sites now and they are calling my name.

    We have so many traditions:
    Advent devotionals/Jesse tree
    Reading of the Christmas Story
    Watching Rudolph and drinking hot chocolate while putting up the Christmas decorations
    Handprints of the children made from construction paper from newborn to 16 years
    Gingerbread house
    Baking Christmas cookies as a family
    Driving through town to see Christmas lights on Christmas Eve
    .-= Southern Gal ´s last blog ..This Man Called Jesus =-.

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    Valerie R. says:

    I wrap all of our Christmas books in Christmas paper, and the kids unwrap one each day during advent and we read them together.

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    Stephanie Cosme says:

    We are a new little family, so we’ve been discussing what holiday traditions we would like to carry over from our childhoods and what new ones we would like to start. One thing we are doing this year is making candy gifts together for our extended family. It’s a big deal for us because my husband rarely steps foot in the kitchen!

  35. We have a tradition called the Elf Christmas Quiz. Once dinner is over the entire family participates in a trivia showdown that my aunt puts together during the year. The questions aren’t particularly grueling, but always have something to do with the biblical story, common hymns, even Danish (our heritage) history. There is also a travelling trophy…. creative or crazy, you decide!

  36. We don’t have many unique traditions…most of them are standards for most families. :) One of my favorites that my mom started with me as a child is making Christmas ornaments for everyone. My daughter is 3 so this year we can continue the tradition!
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..My New Favorite Product & Giveaway: Scentsicles!!! =-.

  37. Last year I started an Advent calendar and planned activities leading up to Christmas. This year my husband is planning the odd days and I’m planning the evens, so there’s an element of surprise! So far we’ve read a sermon by N. T. Wright, received our Christmas pjs (so we can enjoy them all month long), watched Love Actually, and read The Gift of the Magi. I wrote a little rhyme for each of my days, like this:
    While visions of sugarplums dance in your head
    And sheets made of flannel adorn the bed,
    To longer enjoy your wintery style
    Have jammie-time now with a Christmas-time smile!

  38. Not the most creative, but growing up, we would always have crown cake (kind of like monkey bread) on Christmas morning. We could open our stockings before eating breakfast, but then we had to eat the crown cake before opening the presents under the tree.

  39. We read an advent story each evening leading up to Christmas :)

  40. We are still a young family and we have lots of ideas of things we want to do with the children as they get older and can read and write. One thing that we do now is bake together we spend a week baking things up and then we go delivering. This year we will deliver to neighbors and the church staff – they have all been so special to us during this hard year and we want to bless them with a sweet treat.
    .-= Kirstin´s last blog ..Fancy Clipboards =-.

  41. We have “first gift day” on December 8th. It’s my hubby and I’s dating anniversary when we started officially dating when we were sixteen years old. I think it’s creative bc my husband is the one that started the tradition. I have the hardest time waiting to give all the presents I’ve picked out and I always ended up giving him a few early, so he instituted this new tradition abt 9 yrs ago. Now that we have kids they absolutely love the tradition.
    .-= PS~Erin´s last blog ..Photoshoot Flop =-.

  42. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see this giveaway item. I have been pining for that set. We have no nativity set. In fact, my husband and I don’t have holiday traditions of our own yet. We’ve always spent the holiday with one of our families. This year is our first time hosting the holiday, and we’re really just thinking and embracing.
    I look forward to the years to come and the traditions that form.
    Thank you so very much!
    .-= Katie @ Making This Home´s last blog ..Have You Read “A Christmas Carol”? =-.

  43. We always have a present to open Christmas Eve (pajamas) and cinnamon rolls in the morning. My mom started a tradition with buying each child an ornament every year, so that once they leave the nest they have their own ornaments for their first tree. Mine are nativities and I started my son this year with stars.

  44. We always celebrate both Christmas and Boxing Day (Dec26.) It’s always great fun to have friends over to help finish off any Christmas leftovers!
    .-= MG@Magnolias and Mimosas´s last blog ..Philadelphia Day Two =-.

  45. We have an “I love you” advent calendar, where we write little love notes (kids and parents) for each other and open them each morning. This year we started a new tradition (I found it on the internet): We wrapped all the christmas books in paper and open only one each day.

  46. Hi !
    in our family, we hang the (homemade) advent calendar on the 30th november, and then the kids have actions to do (not chocolate to eat !) : crafting cards and decorations, baking cookies and giving them around (neighbours, shopkeepers), tidying the toys, listening to Christmas songs, reading a Christmas story…
    On the 8th december we put up the tree, and put the decorations a little at a time.
    Every Sunday we lit a candle.
    On Christmas Eve we go for a walk (and try to find mistletoe) and then listen to Xmas carols.
    And baby Jesus arrives in the nativity only on the 25th !

  47. We buy each of our daughters (My husband and I exchange ornaments as well) a new Christmas ornament every year and they get to open it when we decorate our tree. It is the first ornament they put on the tree and we then reminisce about all of the other ornaments as they place them on the tree.

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    Christina says:

    We’re just starting family traditions as our children are only 3, 1.5 and one due the day after Christmas! But I do want to do what we did growing up and make a birthday cake for baby Jesus, read the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve as well as the Bible, and go see Christmas lights some night before Christmas!

  49. Wow—those would be an amazing gift for my sister-in-law.

    Our most creative tradition is probably the chocolate Malt-O-Meal with vanilla ice cream. We have it for breakfast on Christmas. If you haven’t tried it…holy cow. It’s fabulous.
    .-= Kerry´s last blog ..9 Things to Do In Your First Week of Unemployment =-.

  50. On thanksgiving we make a list of all the things we are thankful for and then we make homemade Christmas ornaments, each with one “thankful” thing on them. It started out as a way to decorate our tree when we were newlyweds and had no ornaments. Now it’s a trip down memory lane every year we bring out the old ones.

  51. My Mom’s family gets together for a Christmas Night sleepover. It is a crazy chaotic mix of partying adults, sugar-rush kids and all the after Christmas tiredness. We eat too much, some of us drink too much, and we play games and sing karaoke.
    So much fun!

    I’d love a chance at your giveaway!

  52. We always get the boys new pjs for Christmas Eve. We all get in them early, eat a homemade pizza and watch Christmas movies

    We’ve started doing Advent this year too.
    .-= Cre´s last blog ..A few moments… =-.

  53. We are still creating traditions with our boys, so we don’t really have anything yet, other than getting new ornaments for the boys each year. :)

    .-= terra jones´s last blog ..And we’re back! =-.

  54. I love these ornaments. We are a very small, young family so our holiday traditions are still in the making, but my husband loves movies and we love Christmas – so we collect Christmas movies and watch them all season long starting with the Saturday after Thanksgiving – where we “watch” three or four while we decorate for Christmas.
    .-= Teri´s last blog ..New Year’s Resolutions…yeah I’m a little early =-.

  55. Our best holiday tradition is for New Year’s Eve. Every year we make predictions about the year to come. These are fun things, sometimes silly – who will lose their first tooth, how many soccer goals will be kicked, what the price of gas will be, if our son will pass up our daughter in height… We make predictions for the new year and read the ones we wrote last year. It’s a fun time of reliving family memories and looking forward to building new memories together.
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Gooey Turtle Bars =-.

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    Lynette S says:

    We do a sock count down to Christmas…we have 24 different Christmas socks with numbered clothes pins hanging and the kids get a little surprise in the sock everyday. Yesterday they got hot chocolate because it was our first snowfall of December…And every year baby Jesus disappears and ends up in the last sock so he can go in the manger! We all love it!

    Beautiful giveaway!!!

  57. I’m currently trying to make my own traditions for my bf and I – we’re a new little family! I plan to make a new decoration for the tree each year, and also try and make one for my Mum’s tree, my Dad’s tree and my little sister’s tree.
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..Joy to the World! =-.

  58. We don’t have any creative traditions yet, but we started a Jesse Tree this year! I have a 21 month old and I babysit a 2 year old and a 9 month old, so we created a paper tree on the wall and are using paper ornaments with the Jesse Tree symbols on them. :-)

  59. This year has been exciting for my husband and I because our children are actually talking about some of the traditions we’ve been creating for our family. This year they anticipated us all going out and cutting down our own tree. Another thing they can’t wait for is to attend our Christmas Eve service and then come home for family worship, open stockings, and watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special before we go to bed.
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..Our Advent Chain =-.

  60. My family and I have a Christmas brunch. The table spread is FULL of the most wonderful breakfast foods. It’s my favorite! We also have the traditional pjs for Christmas Eve, we get a family board game Christmas Eve, and we always read the birth of Jesus before opening our presents.

  61. My family’s most creative tradition is Christmas Eve – we have a HUGE party, with often 50+ people, celebrating Grandpa’s birthday and Christmas, all rolled into one. It’s hard to describe without paragraphs what makes it unique, but it’s ours and I love it.

  62. I retweeted!

  63. What a beautiful way to display the nativity. We’re just beginning to develop our family traditions but we’ve started with an advent calendar this year that I made and includes lots of Christmas craft projects, activities and little gifts. Last night we made paper snowflakes to decorate the windows.

  64. The most creative Christmas Tradition that I had was doing a craft project with my youngest sister (14 years my junior) every season. It varied each year-we’ve made snow globes, gingerbread houses, cards, pasta ornaments, wreaths made from cedar and decorated cookies together.

    I love this giveaway-it is beautiful.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Where Caramel Meets Pound Cake =-.

  65. Beautiful hurricanes!

    We have some traditions that focus on family fun, others which focus on our faith and spirituality, and others which focus on giving to those in need. For example, each year we make brown bag lunches to donate to the local soup kitchen–everyone decorates the bags and we all help to fill them, then we deliver them.

    Another tradition–on Christmas day we bake a birthday cake for Jesus, sing happy birthday to him, and enjoy the cake as our dessert with Christmas dinner.

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    Rachel Addison says:

    We had a pickle ornament in the tree. The first one to find it gets an extra present.

  67. With 4 boys who have a hard time with the wait, we do lots of count down activities. Advent calendars, count down on the fridge shows how many days are left. We are working hard this year to be more mindful of why we celebrate Christmas and to spend family time together – less hustle and bustle.

  68. Oh, my goodness – those are gorgeous!! We made a paper chain yesterday to count down to Christmas and on each chain wrote a blessing of this season that we will talk about when we take that chain off.
    .-= stephanie´s last blog ..Hello, my dears! =-.

  69. OOoh, I would love to win this! I don’t know how “creative” it is, but our family tradtion is to sleep all together on Christmas Eve, in the same bed and/or room. Then we wake up together and go down in our pjs to open stockings.

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    Katie Kerr says:

    One of my favourite things we do isn’t creative but special. Ever since I started dating my husband my wonderful mother-in-law invited my family to spend Christmas eve over for appetizers and simple gifts. It was a great way for Jeff and I to spend some special time with both of our families. It also made it a great way for our families to spend time together and not have to compete with each other for our time. I am glad we stepped out of the box.

  71. When I was younger, every Christmas morning we all had to wait at the top of the stairs for the “Christmas morning picture.” We hated waiting but looking back on the pictures is certainly entertaining! So, of course, I’m carrying on that tradition! :)

  72. One of the traditions we have as a family is making homemade ornaments to give as gifts for family and friends. We have done many different ones such as Santa in an airplane, used metallic paints to make a swirling effect on the inside of plastic ball ornaments and this year we are doing Snowmen and Nativity ornaments. We also enjoy, of course, decorating the Christmas tree and house, going “Christmas Lights” hunting, baking and decorating cookies, reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to our son on Christmas Eve, the opening of a new pair of Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and leaving out the milk and cookies for Santa and the carrots for the reindeer. We don’t have a fireplace or chimney, so it’s always a big deal for our son to put out the “magic key” (a dressed up old skeleton key) so that Santa can get in the house. This year we made orange pomanders and hung them…wow, do they smell good!!! I think this will be a new tradition to add!
    Love the Nativity candles! What a great opportunity…thank you!

  73. This is gorgeous and I want it so bad!!! I also love reading everyone’s Christmas traditions. We are part Swedish so we had a Santa Lucia dinner every year sometime in the beginning of December. The Swedish tradition is for Santa Lucia to serve coffee & buns very very early in the morning, but we adapted it and had Santa Lucia (my sister and I, dressed in white with red sashes and wearing a candle crown on our heads) serve dinner. We had traditional Swedish foods – meatballs, flatbread, lingonberries, pepperkakor, and a stand-in for lutefisk.

  74. it’s sad, but we never really had any holiday traditions, other than eating lasagna on Christmas day. my husband and i are trying to make traditions with our new baby.

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    Rachel Morales says:

    I’ve been married just over three years and our daughter will turn one the day after Christmas. So we are still getting our feet with establishing our own traditions! I am going to start working on making handmade Jesse Tree ornaments and beginning next year, we will do the Jesse Tree devotions everyday of the Advent season. I grew up with this meaningful tradition! And my Mom’s Jesse Tree ornaments were beautiful, creative and made from whatever she had on hand. She is so resourceful! I also have Norwegian grandparents and have several Norwegian holiday recipes passed down that I make.

  76. We don’t do anything really creative, but always open our gifts on Christmas Eve after a big dinner of tons of great appetizer style foods & after reading the Christmas story. It’s great to have traditions!

  77. Each year I make a treat for our neighbours and package it up nicely. Then one night we all bundle up and load up the baby sleigh and go and play “Santa” and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I didn’t intend for this, but now, many of them have a little package of treats for us and our children when we get there!

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    Trudy Garvey says:

    My family has several traditions – some creative, some not so much. One of the more creative I started several years ago when my daughters moved out of the house is each year I will bake several different types of holiday cookies, box them up in creative tins, boxes, etc and give them to my daughters and thier families Christmas morning. They really seem to enjoy it and it is a bonus for me as I am able to have a variety of cookies for my husband and myself without having an overload of cookies in my home that I feel I have to eat or will go to waste.

  79. Oh my! I’ve seen these all over blog land lately! Most creative tradition, don’t know that we have one! I started a new advent tradition this year though! We’re doing fun things each day. (I know that isn’t creative, got the idea from blog land, lol, but it’s the best I can do!) We actually go to CHRISTmas tree farm and chop down our own tree, again, not terribly creative, but we’re the only people we know personally that do this.

  80. My mom’s birthday is on Christmas day, so every year, along with our opening presents, we all pitched in and cooked my mom a big Christmas brunch and birthday cake. It was a great time of family togetherness, AND it made my mom happy to be able to relax on that day.

  81. We would always read the Christmas story before opening presents growing up. This is a tradition I would like to continue with my kids. Reminds us of what Christmas is all about!

  82. Our most creative tradition is our Advent Activity countdown. The whole thing was home made and each year, I get a chance to be creative with the daily activities! Thanks for a chance to win!
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..~ The Power of Modeling ~ =-.

  83. I’m not sure if this qualifies as creative, but each year we cut down our own tree. This has become one of our most treasured traditions. The children decorate the tree and hide a small pair of Dutch shoes for everyone to find. In January our tree gets relocated to the garden where we decorate it for the birds.

  84. I love reading all these traditions!

    We are not very creative. But our favorite tradition is drinking hot chocolate and reading Christmas stories throughout the month. We let the kids pick out their own mug at the store.

  85. we cut out little wooden hearts and paint them blue or red and add a year to them every christmas. this was started when i was a baby and has carried on since.

  86. Not super creative, but we like to collect Christmas ornaments as souvenirs on our vacations. It makes decorating the tree fun as we remember the times we have enjoyed together on family vacations.

  87. The kids painted ornaments for the Christmas tree this year and I see this becoming one of their favorite things to do every year.
    .-= MamaAcorn´s last blog ..Handmade Christmas =-.

  88. I have had my eye on these lovely hurricanes for awhile – love them!! One of our traditions is delivering freshly baked cookies to our local fire and rescue house on Christmas Eve. Not real creative, but one that we love as we show appreciation to those who are working while we are celebrating.

  89. We have a yule log that we set on the dining room table. Every year the candle wax drips down onto the bark. My Grandfather said that if a family doesn’t have traditions then they need to start some!
    My Grandfather and Grandmother were married for 64 years. I have inherited their yule log and it is beautiful to see all the candle wax because it reminds me of the happy Christmas times of years gone by.
    .-= Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home´s last blog ..Christmas Video…with a surprise =-.

  90. We have been given the Little People Nativity and drummer boy play sets. We wrap 24 of the people and creatures and my kids take turns unwrapping during Advent. As they play with the nativity they are learning and experiencing the Christmas story in a very age appropriate way for 2 and 4 year olds (including visits of school buses and airplanes!). We wait to unwrap baby Jesus until Christmas Eve.

  91. Not very creative, but our favorite is our evening Advent devotionals with the candles lit, lights down, and a Christmas carol. The kids love it!

  92. Because stockings are the most fun to open, we have started the tradition of contributing something under $10 to each person’s stocking rather than a larger gift.

  93. I tweeted!
    As far as traditions go, we have a few. Beginning when my husband and I were first married, I would send him, by email, a goofy invitation to a Christmas Decorating Extravaganza for the day after Thanksgiving, which he and the dogs, and now my girls, would have to RSVP to. We get pizza, watch Christmas movies, and decorate the house. Also, since the girls have been able to, we’ve been making a gingerbread house and baking cookies and making candy for our friends, neighbors and family. Finally, our new tradition will be Elf on a Shelf and reading the Christmas story to the girls on Christmas Eve.
    .-= mommabean´s last blog ..Grape Stuff =-.

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    Penny Murray says:

    The candles are lovely!

    I loved getting hot chocolate and driving around looking at Christmas ligths with my family!

  95. Maybe not super creative, but we have an annual caroling party and it’s great fun. The candles are beautiful!
    .-= minnesota:madre´s last blog ..patent leather =-.

  96. This is our daughter’s second Christmas, so we’ve decided to stay at our own house for Christmas morning from now on. We are going to start a new tradition of Skyping with the grandparents who live in another state on Christmas morning.

  97. Love to win! Beautiful candle holders.

  98. Wow, I love these candles. Candles are my favorite holiday decoration.

    Well, I’ve only been married for 2 1/2 years, so we are still working on our traditions, but as a kid, my parents were big ornament collectors. My dad’s mother gave all of us ornaments each year until she died, and then my mom sort of kept up the tradition. But when we decorated the tree as a family, my dad always put on the first ornament: it was the first one given to them when they were married and had the year stamped on it.

  99. Just tweeted and did a post: http://www.heaveninthehome.com/2009/12/09/dayspring-sales-and-a-giveaway/
    .-= Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home´s last blog ..Christmas Video…with a surprise =-.

  100. I get an ornament for each of our children, and an ornament for my husband and myself…each ornament has something to do with the previous year. not an extremely original idea, but the children LOVE each of their ornaments, and it’s fun to look for something for my husband and me. :)
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..keep breathing. =-.