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December 01, 2014

holiday traditions fit for farm livin' with New York Life's Keep Good Going campaign


hi. my name is karli and i'm addicted to the holidays.

i can't help it...and i know i'm not the only one, so it makes it easier to accept.

i mean, i'm that girl that put up most of her christmas decorations before thanksgiving.

but really, it's something about the decorations, the traditions, cozy clothing, delicious food and treats...but above and beyond these goodies...i'm particularly thankful that i have two daughters this holiday season to start making memories and establishing traditions with.

my farmer and i have been talking about family traditions before we even thought about having children; and now that they are both here...well...let the memory-making begin.

as a young gal, holidays were a big deal full of family, food, and fun...

several weeks before christmas my parents would crank the garth brooks christmas album in the tape player and we would decorate our tree while munching on appetizers.

every christmas eve my sister and i would put on some sort of matching holiday dress and we would head to christmas eve mass. after mass we would make our way back to the house where we were allowed to open one present.

and every christmas we enjoyed monkey bread for breakfast. then, as a family, each of us would take turns opening one gift at a time in a systematic order. stockings were always opened last.

traditions. these are traditions i'll never forget and give me the warm-fuzzies.

as i was saying...i'm beyond excited to start establishing these traditions with my two best gals and my farmer. my farmer who works so hard during the warm months for us so we can enjoy his time off during the cold ones.

have i mentioned how thankful i am for my farmer? he makes our family's world go 'round.

and now that our family of two has expanded to a family of four, we can only hope that the traditions and memories we make over the coming years stick in our girl's memories and encourage them to carry on the warmth and love the holidays bring to our lives each year.


i'm partnering with New York Life's Keep Good Going campaign in hopes that you will share a photo promoting the good things in life. are you baking something delicious for your family for the holidays? are you going to go look at christmas lights? did you have a family photo session for your christmas card? share the good in life!

we can also participate in the New York Life Keep Good Going campaign by tweeting a holiday tradition or memory. just use the hastags #KeepGoodGoing and #FeedingAMillion. each tweet with the above two hashtags will trigger a donation of 25 meals from New York Life to Feeding America! this is amazing people! spread the word!

through 1.09.2015, New York Life will donate $2.50 for each approved post, with a minimum of $25K and a maximum of $100K. see terms for details. find info about Feeding America at feedingamerica.org.

we also have the amazing chance to win not only a $50 VISA gift card, but also a $50 donation on behalf of BlogHer in the winner's name to Feeding America!

to get entered - what is your family's favorite holiday activity that you do together?

now get busy! tweet your holiday tradition or memory using #KeepGoodGoing and #FeedingAMillion. and don't forget to upload your photo to New York Life's Celebrating Good campaign!


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131 comments on "holiday traditions fit for farm livin' with New York Life's Keep Good Going campaign"
  1. For some reason, this post makes me want to cry (hormones?) But in a good way. In a cozy, happy way. I have such wonderful memories from holidays when my sister and I were little - I can only hope to recreate them to some degree for my own kids. Kaye and Sawyer are sure to have great memories with amazing parents like you guys! :)

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  2. we love to decorate the tree and go to a Christmas production at a local church as well as Christmas dinner at my grandmas!

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  3. Love these charitable Christmas posts - really is the season to be giving! I've started our own advent calendar this year - such fun to be able to pick a fun activity or treats each day - our little SJ is so excited for it x

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  4. Miss Karli, these photos are pure magic! You are so blessed, and it's wonderful to hear about your family traditions growing up. Christmas music by The Carpenters and Elvis (on tape, naturally! ) always bring me back to childhood. I hope you're enjoying the first few days of the holiday season!

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  5. I am loving all of these pictures, great memories! We love decorating our tree together and last year started a new one where we ride around the neighborhood and check out the Christmas lights.

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  6. I know it sounds silly, but one of my favorite Christmas traditions is going for Chinese food on Christmas Day!

    P.S. I work for a Food Bank so I love that this is benefiting Feeding America! :)

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  7. Our traditions growing up were similar. My sister and I didn't wear matching dresses but we did get to open one present on the Eve. Then we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and took turns opening presents - only we opened our stockings first!!!

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  8. We love decorating the tree together.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  9. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/539575698201911296

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  10. Christmas Eve is my favorite tradition filled with cousin gift exchange, egg nog, lots of food, and laughter!

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  11. We like to bake holiday cookies and share them with friends and family

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  12. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/539601851469942785

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  13. My family's favorite holiday activity that we do together is baking holiday goodies.

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  14. I tweeted here - https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/539607266089902080

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  15. My kids and I like to decorate the Christmas tree together.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  16. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/539622818934046720

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  17. We love to go and pick out our perfect Christmas tree together at a Tree Farm and come home and decorate it all together. We also make homemade craft ornaments for the tree every year!

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/539790473037365248

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Hi. My name is Katie and I don't like to decorate. Please, please come over and decorate my house as pretty as your farm. Oh, and your family is like the cutest thing I've ever seen.

    That is all.

    xo

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  20. Growing up, after any big dinner at my grandmother's house, we would always make homemade pizza for dinner. Her logic was, "Well what crazy person would want the same meal twice in one day!?" Where my mother's logic was, "What crazy person wants to prepare two meals in one day?" Although i see where my ma is coming from (don't tell her that), i love it and have kept it going.

    If you're still really pushing the leftovers, make a thanksgiving pizza with gravy, turkey, mashed potatoes, and some cranberry sauce for that sweet and salty combo...wow...that sounds terrible!

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  21. We love picking out a real Christmas tree each year and decorating it while listening to Christmas music. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

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  22. tweet https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/540201185404526592 yarbr012 at gmail dot com

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  23. Our family holiday traditions are to decorate the house and outside the house.also to bake a lot of Christmas cookies.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  24. Tweeted! #KeepGoodGoing #FeedingAMillion nyl.co/celebratinggood pic.twitter.com/sL1UKzgv9G (https://twitter.com/simonbob15/status/540354424863219712?s=17)
    My favorite tradition is our big turkey bow, good food and up at dawn for Black Friday shopping!

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  25. We always get dressed up and go to a show each year....a play or a choral performance or the Nutcracker.

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  26. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/540434211702722561

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  27. Our traditions include getting out the Christmas tree a little early, singing lots of Christmas songs, and baking cookies! Love it all.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Picking out Christmas trees at a local farm and cutting them down together.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  29. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/540677668027793408
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  30. Our daughter's b-day is in December, so right after her party, after family and friends leave, we always decorate the house together for Christmas.

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  31. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/541321242356117506
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  32. We have a sweet family gift exchange -- just our little family before heading out to the craziness of our extended family.

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  33. Decorate the tree is my family's favorite holiday activity that we do together.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  34. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/541795633879736320

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  35. We LOVE to pick our tree out together!

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  36. We like to bake holiday cookies and decorate the Christmas tree.

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  37. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/542361113334018049

    s2s2 at cox net dot

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  38. My kids love going sledding on their Christmas break!

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  39. I like picking out our Christmas tree

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  40. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/542706030044397568

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  41. we decorate gingerbread men cookies and string popcorn for the tree
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  42. i tweeted https://twitter.com/thepryfamily2/status/542805474303688705 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  43. we play board games and wii!
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  44. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/543104955054190593

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  45. Our favorite holiday tradition is to make Christmas cookies together while listening to Christmas music.
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  46. tweeted https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/544251977136230400
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  47. We love making homemade popcorn balls from Grandma Nonies recipe in a big aluminum dishpan and going to midnight mass together. mkkauf@zoominternet.net

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  48. PICKING PUMPKINS AROUND HALLOWEEN =) afjackly@oakland.edu

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  49. TWEETED TOO! https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/545345336571473921 afjackly@oakland.edu

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  50. We love baking together!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  51. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/545709244541317120

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  52. Opening our socks on Christmas morning while cinnamon rolls are baking and holiday music plays!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. Doing the gift wrapping together is fun.
    bingomamanorma at gmail dot com

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  54. We bake and bake and bake!!! I love spending time cooking with the christmas music on and everyone around! truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

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  55. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/547839192135262208 truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/548589834571628545

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  57. We love visiting local train gardens together!!
    Shiebs24 at gmail dot com

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  58. https://mobile.twitter.com/shiebs24b/status/548688327054852099

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  59. We bake Christmas cookies and decorate the tree.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  60. I don't have traditions right now, no kids, just my husband and i. we do have a nice christmas dinner for two :)

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  61. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/549236423140720642

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  62. Now my Christmas music is Bing Crosby singing White Christmas. Otherwise, similar activities involve baking cookies and opening a single gift on Christmas Eve.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  63. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/549276936329887744

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  64. We always attend our church service on Christmas Eve.

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  65. We love all the extra baking around Christmas. One of our special holidays treats is to make muddy buddies. :)
    westiemks5 at yahoo dot com

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  66. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/549795186315120641

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  67. My favorite tradition/activity we do together is having a treasure hunt on Christmas morning for the kids. We leave clues around the house they follow to find their big gift.

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  68. https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/550028251565797376
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  69. Our family a tradition of letting the youngest child place the baby Jesus in the Nativity Scene on Christmas Eve. dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  70. tweet https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/550049789182611458

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  71. We like to build gingerbread houses.

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

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  72. Walk door to door delivering Christmas cookies after we've made a batch.

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  73. https://twitter.com/Attea2d/status/550062586574938112

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  74. I love baking sugar cookies with my girls every Christmas!

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  75. We go out for a Denny's dinner after mass on Christmas Eve.

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  76. going out to look at the lights.

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  77. decorating the tree together - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  78. we bake Christmas cookies together on Christmas eve

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  79. We heart baking cookies!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  80. We bake a lot of cookies, and of course decorating the tree together too!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  81. Tweet: https://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/550103618125176832

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  82. We watch a bunch of movies.

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  83. We go to my grandmothers house for Christmas dinner and we all open presents with the family after dinner
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/550147329458593792
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  85. We watch old family movies together Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  86. we always enjoy having a traditional christmas dinner together

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  87. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rosannepm/status/550151597058424832 Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  88. i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/550151882358788098

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  89. One of the special things we do is see a Christmas show or play every holiday season.
    thank you

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  90. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/550152483360632832

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  91. We make and decorate Christmas cookies.
    austma7@aol.com

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  92. We enjoy watching movies and cutting a Christmas tree in the woods.

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  93. Baking with the kids and decorating the tree together.
    letessha@yahoo dot com

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  94. Our favorite holiday activity is baking cookies together

    JOE GERSCH
    JOEBISSY@MAIL.com

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  95. On Christmas morning, we put a lit candle in a cupcake and we place it in front of the manger and sing Happy Birthday to baby Jesus.

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  96. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/550233244025634816

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  97. Family shares no holiday activity =/

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  98. We love going to the church program at church.

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  99. We have a yankee swap on Christmas Eve!
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  100. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/550316940443807744
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  101. One of my favorite holiday traditions is when we pack up in the car close to Christmas and drive around town, looking at all the lights and decorations that people have put up :)
    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  102. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/550320919759970304
    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  103. My hubby and I do so many wonderful things during the holiday season but one of my fav things that we do multiple times over the course of the months is cooking some of our favorite foods that we only cook this time of year. We cook them all from scratch and together. It is delicious and a great way to bond.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  104. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/550327763605803008
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  105. We bake cookies on Christmas Eve and watch Christmas movies.

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  106. We usually have our Christmas two to three days early, as our sons travel to other relatives on Christmas Day. My husband and I go out to dinner on Christmas eve.

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  107. Every year we go over to my grandmothers house and eat and hang out and exchange gifts. My grandmother is in her 80's and having this time with her is special.

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  108. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/MelissaShirley2/status/550343387950247936

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  109. we love spending time and baking

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  110. We love to go to this park near us that is full with light displays and take the walk tour ending with hot chocolate and a trip to see Santa.

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  111. We go shopping on black friday after spending thanksgiving with family and playing board games, we put up the tree the saturday after thanksgiving and take it down on new years day.

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  112. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/550368451806511104

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  113. We like decorating the tree and looking at the ornaments

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  114. My favorite tradition is going to Christmas Eve Candelight service together.

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  115. We love to bake Christmas cookies every year.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  116. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/550382796259078146

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  117. We like baking Christmas cookies together.

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  118. Our favorite activity is getting together for a holiday dinner.

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  119. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/550385909489614849

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  120. Baking Christmas cookies and decorating the tree.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  121. Eating chinese food and decorating the tree

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  122. Tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/550396949430407168

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  123. Superb photos! Our family tradition is decorating the tree. Simple, yet fun, nonetheless.


    SeasideMermaid@twc.com

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  124. We love to decorate the tree and house together

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  125. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/550400291510571008

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  126. We like to get names from the Angel Tree and purchased clothes and toys for the
    names of the Angels we take.

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  127. We all get together and eat. Thankyou

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  128. our favorite family time is getting toegther for a big family meal

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  129. Going to Christmas Eve service, coming home to hot chocolate and opening one present.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  130. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/550448477163900930

    slehan at juno dot com

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