Holiday Giveaway Bliss! Get Your Jingle On!

Loveys, we're smackdab in the holiday season. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas will be here before you know it! I have to say that I feel like the weeks are flying by and I SO wish everything would slow down a bit. But it never seems to. And things have been busier than ever over here--juggling work projects and doctor appointments and school assemblies and birthday parties and holiday activities. Busier than I expected, to be honest. Miss Lily is cutting teeth and not napping and so there's that. I see Christmas concert flyers and hear about plays and fun things like gingerbread house competitions. I want to do everything but we can only do so much. I suspect I'm not the only one feeling this way.

So here's one thing I want to do for YOU! It's holiday giveaway time! All you have to do is leave a comment here or on Facebook to enter (include your email address so I can contact you.  Or if you don't want to leave your email, simply come back by next Monday to see who the winner is!). Easy peasy. No hoops to jump through. Just come on over and leave a comment. When the winner is chosen, I'll email you for the details so I can ship a little holiday surprise package your way! So leave a comment and you just may win a surprise from me to you, lovey. Join in the fun! I'll promote this all week and then announce the winner next week. It could not be easier. I want all my friends to get their jingle on! Share this blog post on your Facebook page!

I LOVE Christmas. I LOVE being with my family and eating good food and watching Christmas movies and eating Christmas cookies. To me, there's nothing more fun than a cozy night at home with Jeff and the kids, watching Curious George's Christmas special and icing gingerbread cookies. These are the moments I want to remember forever. (I'll be doing a blog about great ways to hold on to those special memories next week so check back in! I'm super excited to share some ideas with you!)

It's been such a delightful, warm fall over here in Colorado. I'm not used to the warm weather lasting this long and I'm loving it. Truly, I'm fine if the snow holds off a while longer. I love brisk mornings and cold nights and warm afternoons. Turkey and dressing and pie are in the very near future and I can just taste it! Black Friday shopping and lots of coffee. Bring it.

I went back and forth with whether I should host a little Christmas gathering this year. When I start these conversations with the Jeffster (granted, every year), he always continues on with whatever he's doing and then finally says, "Bran, you know you love doing this. Just get going on it."

Aaaaaand, he's right. So yesterday I started planning my  Christmas Ornament Exchange party. This makes me SO happy. I cannot wait to have my girlfriends in my home. Christmas music playing, the warm smells of brunch casseroles, clinking glasses with champagne and fruit juice, laughter and rising voices, holiday decorations that twinkle.


Yes, these moments take a little work and planning. But the truth is, once we're all there, these are the moments that, for me, make the holiday season special. The coming together and sharing what we have. It's really become a tradition that I love. If you're wondering whether you should do something similar, lovey--a wine and appetizer night at your house or even at a restaurant, a craft night together, a cookie exchange--try it! It might become a tradition for you and your friends! (Confession: I have always wanted to be invited to a cookie exchange! I might have to try that next year.)

I always think of fall as a season of thankfulness. And as we move past Thanksgiving, we enter a season of giving. We give what we can--ourselves, our love. It doesn't have to be much. We're just thankful for what we've been given, and we come together as friends and family to love each other. Delicious food and beautiful Christmas trees are a bonus.

So let me give you a gift! Leave a comment and let's get going on this beautiful holiday season! Let's decide now that it's going to be our best yet.




65 comments

  1. I LOVE the Christmas season! So much JOY and LOVE in the air. I wish it was this way year round. Keep spreading the cheer! 😍

    Sj6708@yahoo.com

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  2. Happy holidays! Enjoy every second kids grow up too fast!

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  3. Traditions are my favorite part of Christmas. And now I get to pass them on to my son. It makes my heart happy!!

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  4. Love Christmas so much! Love spending time with family and people I love. Jesus' birth is totally something worth celebrating! meaganmaltbie@me.com

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  5. Hello what a generous thing to do hun My favorite holidays is Christmas can't wait to decorated so all my family can't come and enjoy this joyful Christmas with lots of loving and blessings.
    Facebook Yesenia Aguilar
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    Email:aguirreyesenia25@gmail.com follow here by email sweetie thank you for the chance

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  6. Kieratate@gmail.com
    I love the Christmas season, hot cocoa, together with family, singing songs that play every year. I am excited to start new traditions :)

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  7. ashleyciera57@gmail.com

    Thanks for spreading the holiday cheer. I think you may be on to something with this cookie swap idea!

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  8. I enjoy all the traditions, foods, movies, and decorations of the Christmas season. It's an exciting time.

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  9. Ryskysmommy at gmail dot com

    How fun! I love the idea of a cookie exchange!!! This is my favorite holiday! Family, friends and fellowship

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  10. I love Christmas so much! I only wish that we could either afford to fly to CA every year to spend it with my family, or afford to fly them here instead. I miss them so much.

    mysticbutterfly37 at yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for sharing. Happy holidays! (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  12. Hey, I have always wanted to do a cookie exchange too! Love your enthusiasm for the holidays. :)
    hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

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  13. One of our holiday traditions is to have a family "Chinese gift exchange". It's so much fun!

    p_halligan@yahoo.com

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  14. What a beautiful table setting and I do love doing a cookie exchange its always so much fun to do.

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  15. I love the holidays, it always starts in the fall, we have an craft making party at Thanksgiving for the kids to give their parents as gifts. They love it and I do too. Then I love baking and wrapping. I love picking out just the right gift for each person. I love matching the gift with something similar to match. Like when I give my Grandkids quilts with themes, I give them the book also. I just love decorating and sitting back and enjoying the tree. I make little gifts through the year and put in a basket beneath the tree for guest that pop in during the season. I guess you can tell how excited I am, I can hardly wait. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

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  16. Happy Holidays! I love to give gifts to my family and co workers! Christmas is my favorite holiday!

    sunflowerally22@aim.com

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  17. I ADORE christmas - and surprise packages in the mail! :) Your photo of the holiday meal table setting is absolutely beautiful. Fingers crossed! marsali(at)byu(dot)net

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  18. I love doing cookie exchanges and I like to add homemade ornament exchange with it.

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  19. Woo-hoo! Thanks for the opportunity! :)
    barb_miller at usa dot com

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  20. I'm looking forward to Christmas even more this year because I have a new granddaughter to celebrate with.

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  21. I just love the chance to spoil our boys and the middle one will be home from college

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  22. Christmas is my favorite! I love spending time with my family and friends! This year, I think it's so important to sit down with your family and discuss what you're thankful for. We sometimes forget that we have so much.
    Mr.andmrs.ktm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I Love the Holidays!
    Having 4 Grand Children make it extra Special!
    lmkay630@gmail.com

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  24. My husband and I area apart for Thanksgiving, so Christmas will be special to be together. I love the warmth of Christmas and how the music brings joy to the house! I hope my sister from China is going to come visit around Christmas - but it might be into January... in which case, I'll leave the decorations up until she comes! She really misses being around family for holidays and living in China, they don't even celebrate Christmas, so it's really isolating for her. wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

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  25. I love the idea of a "Christmas Ornament Exchange". This would be a nice change from a cookie exchange. Oh...I love surprises Too!

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  26. Having strong family traditions are so important to me now that I have three beautiful children! When I think of the holidays growing up, I remember the traditions my family exchanged in and I love being able to pass these on! It really gives us all something to look forward to!

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  27. I'm so excited for the holiday season. Love the feeling of love in the air
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  28. I love Christmas. I love being able to spend time with family and friends, some that I only get to see at Christmas. I love raising my children with the dame traditions I was raised with. I hope to get back and do a cookie exchange this year. My family was unable to do one last year with my dad passing away and my sister getting breast cancer. It was a very hard time last year at this time. Hopefully things will be better this year.

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  29. Is that your holiday table?!? So beautiful! Have a great season!

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  30. We just put our Christmas tree up this weekend. I love the Holiday season. We even got a little snow yesterday! :)
    Merry Christmas!!

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  31. Just going to enjoy my kids this year because they're only little for so long!

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  32. An ornament exchange is briliant! And I've seen a lot of my friends online getting involved in gift exchanges. I love the holidays, too...although I have to admit that Thanksgiving is my fave holiday so I like to get through that before really focusing on Christmas. I think this year we're keeping the holidays simple..and concentrating on the time spent with family.

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  33. I can't wait to celebrate with family and friends this holiday season.
    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  34. My brother passed away 2 years ago. He was my best friend. I ran away for Christmas the last two years because I miss him. This year, I will stay home with my family and make Christmas good again!!

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  35. I love Christmas, watching the kids faces light up and all the laughter.
    Happy Holidays

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  36. i LOVE THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THE BAKING AD THE FAMILY GATHERINGS

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  37. I love Christmas it is my favorite holiday! All the kids and grand-kids come over and we have so much fun!

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  38. I love the idea of an ornament exchange!I'm going to talk to friends and family about it. Happy Holidays!
    liese1235@gmail.com

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  39. I love this HOliday season..being with my family..watching the joy on the kids faces getting their favorite toy. And the food..so yummy KMillheim609@aol.com

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  40. I have had an ornament exchange in the past is was lots of fun with beautiful new ornaments to hang on the tree. My neighbor does a cookie swap and then gives some cookies to some older people on our street.

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  41. I just love your Holiday Table Setting!! It is beautiful and I am going to try something like this at our Family Christmas Dinner to make it the best yet!! lindsayhess84atyahoodotcom

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  42. The Christmas Ornament Exchange party sounds so interesting! I love it :)
    Happy Thanksgiving :)
    Thank You

    Fiona N
    iceyogurt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I love the Christmas season. I enjoy the smells, the beauty of all the decorations, and it also seems to be the time of year when people help others the most. Our favorite tradition is driving around late on Christmas night looking at all the Christmas lights. It is such a peaceful night to be out.
    JonesFD(at)aol(dot)com

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  44. I have had to learn to love Christmas all over the past 8 years. My father passed away near Christmas and I went through a horrific divorce earlier that year. Learning to appreciate tradition and blessings of this time has been an enlightening period for me and my children.
    Sherri J

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  45. forgot the email
    Sherri J
    savvyblog(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Tis the season of family and food ♡♡

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  47. The holiday season is so much better when it's spent with family. I am blessed that I can afford to fly and visit them this year.

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  48. I love the idea of an ornament exchange party. I actually have never heard of one before but how nice to have a memento that you can look at every Christmas.
    Kking(at)law(dot)gwu(dot)com

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  49. A beautifully decorated table adds so much to a special occasion and meal.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. I love the holiday season. I love all of the festiveness, the friendliness, the decorations, the lights, and the giving. Most of all though, I love that it is a time where people really seem to put aside selfishness and help each other. Most of all this year though I am thrilled because my son who is in the military, his wife, and my 3 year old granddaughter will get to spend Thanksgiving with us for the first time since my granddaughter has been born.

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  51. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway! This year we are having Thanksgiving here. I need to clean. My niece was in the hospital but getting better and the health of my family is what I'm most thankful for this year. In years past I took that for granted. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  52. Merry Christmas! May your lights not have any burned out bulbs lol

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  53. I love Christmas! It has a wonderful meaning for us, celebrating the birth of Jesus. The most important part to me is spending time with my family!

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  54. Happy Holidays! This is my favorite time of year. glindathegood@bellsouth.net

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  55. This is so exciting I'd love to win a surprise thank you
    Amy williams sethandtjay@yahoo.com

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  56. I love this season. I think it is something with the wonder of it all, the special moments before the kids open their gifts, their expressions when they do, simple things like the moment the candles are lit at church at the Midnight Service... I love the wonder of it all! The email I check most often is fossil316@aol.com

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  57. I enjoy all the traditions, foods, movies,

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  58. I love the holidays. From the movies to traditions and family time it really is the happiest time of the year.

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  59. I love Thanksgiving because I have so much to be thankful for.Christmas is my most favorite holiday.I love helping the homeless all yr but even more during the holidays.Its so rewarding to give.Acts of kindness is a good way to give back. Thank you for the chance 😀
    sue-hull64(at)comcast(dot)net

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  60. I am so looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday with my entire family and three year old grandson this year. So thankful for them all.

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  61. Christmas is my favorite time of year for many reasons! I love being with my family and spending time together. I love decorating for the holidays with my little ones. I love the reason for the season and Im thankful for getting more time with my family.

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  62. Love the memories and traditions and excitement.

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  63. We are getting ready to decorate for Christmas... our family traditionally puts up the tree on Black Friday, instead of going shopping. (This may actually be the first year in 10 years that we go shopping, because we can get a couple of good deals for my daughter, who is preparing for college.)

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  64. Great giveaway! Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving!

    mysticbutterfly37 at yahoo.com

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