Tuesday, December 9, 2008

12 Days Of Giveaways - Day Seven

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Moving right along....Day Seven is all about Family Traditions. At CWDkids we think of ourselves as a family, and we have enjoyed getting to know our customers and your families through emailed photos over the years, and now from your posts on kidbits.

Tell us a little bit more about your special holiday family traditions. Do you stay up and read stories together? Do you bake cookies on Christmas Eve? Do you open one present and save the the rest for Christmas Day? Comment on this post and one person will be chosen to receive one CWDkids brand outfit!** Click Here to see all CWDkids brand clothing. Remember, you must check back to see if you've been selected as the winner!

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29 comments:

Angie said...

Growing up my family was full of traditions! My daddy would make his traditional Italian Stew with homemade Italian Bread and Egg Nog every Christmas Eve. Then we'd sit around the old upright piano and sing Christmas Carols with only the tree and candles lit all around us. When we were done we'd spend the rest of the night playing games until it was almost midnight. Then off to bed to wake up to Mom's yummy Christmas morning brunch, full stockings, a tree surrounded by gifts and an open Bible on Daddy's lap. What's best about it is how we've incorporated those traditions into our own families as we've grown and married and had children.

Griffith Family said...

We are still in the establishing stages of our traditions as our children are young. We open all gifts on Christmas morning and we read the story about the birth of Christ on Christmas Eve. Each day we work through "What God Wants for Christmas" and we have loads of Nativities. One of our favorites is weeknight rides with hot chocolate, pjs and looking at lights. And we try to always make one of the fantastic parades in our city. We try to make it more about the experience than the material item.

elliem said...

We visit my relatives in Connecticut at Christmas time and have a Polish New Years party the day after Christmas! We invite my elderly aunts and uncles to the condo that we stay at and they bring their polka CDs and all of their leftover Polish food. My children Nolan (6) and Jack (4), as well as my sister's children, love to dance with them to the festive beat and learn some new Polka moves. The children do a little show at the end and initiate a Polish Happy New Years toast. It is adorable, silly and a great way for my children to bond with my family and celebrate my Polish heritage!

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Little*Precious Boutique said...

When I was a little girl my mother (who is an artist) would draw a large Santa face onto a whole sheet of poster board and hang it in the kitchen. She put a calendar page in the middle of his beard. My sister and I would color in the red and then we would adorn the drawing with fluffy cotton for his beard & hat. Every day in December my sister and I took turns gluing a huge cotton ball onto the calendar. It was always so exciting and it wouldn't be Christmas without it. I recently had my mother paint a canvas one for my children; I'm so excited to see that they love it as much as I did when I was a little girl. :)

LA said...

When I was younger we always decorated the Christmas tree together as a family. When my siblings and I were in college that sometimes meant that the tree didn’t get decorated until just a few days before Christmas, but my parents always waited until everyone was home. Also, my Dad always read the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas morning before we opened presents. Then all of the extended family would congregate at my Grandmother’s house for a big family meal. Those are a few of the memories I cherish and the traditions I want to pass on to my children.

Staci said...

We celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with a secret elf gift each morning. The secret elf visits each night and leaves a book and a note somewhere in the house. My son has to look around and see if he can find where it's been hidden. He has a lot of fun with it and gets so excited to search each morning.

Candy said...

Since I have been married, almost 13 years now, we have always had Christmas Eve with my husband's parents. My children love to have a bunch of gifts and fun at night and wake up Christmas morning and head to my family's house..for MORE gifts! So its spread out a little and my kids are not overwhelmed. The best Holiday tradition to me though is my mother's Ham dinner on Christmas Day. Nothing beats it!

Barbara said...

On Christmas Eve day, my five children and I bake cookies together so Santa can have fresh cookies and milk! We have lots of fun decorating the cookies while we listen to holiday songs and drink hot chocolate. Then, on Christmas Eve night, I take my kids to the movies! Yup, I know (and they know) that sleep will be very difficult, so I don't even try to put them to bed early. We go to an evening movie, then come home and set up Santa's plate of cookies and milk, light up the tree, and then finally read "The Night Before Christmas" together before finally going to bed. What a wonderful day!

Andreah said...

We always incorporate the entire family in putting up the Christmas tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Even the cats "help!"

My sons and I bake cookies together on Christmas Eve for Santa. They love it!

Tammybug71 said...

I start buying cute ornaments as soon as they come out. I wrap them up and start letting my little girl (2 1/2) open one each day as soon as the tree is up and hang it as we do the count down to Santa's visit.

goldensone said...

My children learned about Christmas elves from their cousins when my daughter was 4 and my son was an infant. To get their elves (Cela & Schaeffer) to visit, the children must leave a potato in one of their shoes on the front porch around Thanksgiving. The elves appear the next morning and stay until Christmas Eve when they go home with Santa. The elves look like stuffed toys during the day but every night while we are asleep they play and get into mischief. Sometimes they leave presents (so far this year we have received two Advent calendars, plush reindeer, and light-up Christmas socks!). The first morning after the elves had arrived we found them in the freezer because they missed the weather at the North Pole! One morning last year we couldn't find them until we saw a note from which we learned they "hope your Nannie doesn't mind that we borrowed her sleigh." My mother was visiting and the elves had made a trip to Walmart in her car to shop for more ornaments for the tree. The children love their elves and will say a tearful goodbye on Christmas Eve.

Tonya said...

Our family is full of Christmas traditions ... some of our favorites are viewing the Christmas lights in the neighborhoods that go all out; one house even has Santa in their front yard and gives out candy canes! We also love doing an Advent wreath and celebrating the entire month of December.
Thanks for a great giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

We open one gift on Christmas Eve. It's always pajamas and the kids know that but it helps calm their excitement by getting to open a present without waiting a whole few more hours. The next morning everyone is wearing new pajamas in the pictures we take,
traymona[at]aol.com

Laura C said...

We bring a bit of travel home for our tradition. Every Christmas morning, we eat crab puffs, country ham biscuits, and make Beignets from New Orleans.
Great memories of the children helping Dad in the kitche.

Jill said...

We have several traditions that we do on Christmas Eve. We bake cookies for Santa, make and put reindeer dust out for Santa's reindeer, and our oldest daughter writes the Christmas story of Jesus' birth in her own words and reads it to the family. Of course, I scrapbook all these traditions to remember for years to come.

nanja said...

The final week before Christmas is a bust time Wrapping gits, grocery shopping and a lot of baking Christmas Eve we all get together for a huge dinner (no gift exchanges) We sing carols and play a lot of games. Christmas day is more relaxed, gift opening and we then visit friends

Krista said...

We don't really have many traditions yet... other than visiting lots and lots of family! I'd like to open one present on Christmas Eve, I enjoyed that when I was a kid! Choosing which one was the hardest part!

kathg said...

We have an large Advent calendar with 24 pockets (for Dec. 1-24th) that hangs on our family room wall. For each day of December leading up to Christmas, I leave a little piece of paper in each pocket. On the paper my husband or I write down something special we are going to get or give. For example on the days we get something, it may be that we bake cookies, get a new DVD, drive around looking at Christmas lights while eating a fast food dinner or read a Christmas story. On the other papers that have something to give we may write to make a card for someone, call a relative who may need cheering up, make something to take to a neighbor, or any number of things that are giving in nature. Our six children love this and look forward to the little Advent papers each year.

We also have a homemade Christmas tree skirt that I created. Each year all of the children paint either their hands or feet and put their mark on the skirt. We love watching the prints get bigger as they grow and compare previous years.

remembering... said...

We have been building Christmas traditions for nearly 20 years.Each year our children ,(all 4 of them), have each added their own unique and irreplacable part of our Christmas tradition. Drinking hot chocolate and listening to Christmas carols while we trim the tree... eating bacon on Christmas morning...making a new ornament every year to put on the tree...burning pinon pine in the fire place on Christmas eve when we open presents(we always go to colorado on vacation in the summer and bring some pine home just for Christmas eve)....baking sugar cookies for santa and never forgetting the carrots for Rudolph. These are just a few of the things that we truly cherish.I think mainly its the memories of our children as they were growing up..their heartwarming innocence and the love of being a family and building something so special together. Two of our children died when they were little. To me... they will always be a very special part of our Christmases with their irreplacable additions.So you see...tradition in our family isnt hard at all to describe... Love..and creating memories that we will always cherish.

Bunny B said...

We love baking cookies during the holidays!! The kids love to help during cardmaking too :) They'll color out the images - very cute!

bunnybx at gmail . com

sammiebell said...

We read a Christmas themed book each night prior to Christmas eve. We read the story about the birth of Christ on Christmas eve. We love riding around and looking at Christmas lights. We go to parades also that are held in our area. We open all of out gifts on Christmas day.
Thanks for the opportunity.

CarrieCae said...

Most of our Christmas traditions revolve around food! My family would make french cookies, patiza (the italian version of povatica), coconut balls and iced sugar cookies.

Now my girls like to take a link off their paper chain every night, and of course help mom in the kitchen.

(Our thanksgiving tradition is the best - we always make a turkey pinata!)

Nieka Apell said...

We drive around town wearing our pjs on Christmas Eve to look at the lights. We always eat homemade frosted cookies before bed in the dark while sitting by the tree. We leave some out for Santa, too. We always read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" (my husband's old pop-up version!) together. On Christmas morning, we eat homemade coffeecake while we leisurely open gifts. We tear into stockings first, but do the rest more slowly.

kray said...

In addition to the baking of dozens of cookies, the annual Family Portrait, and of course new Christmas PJ's for all, we have a family tradition that my husband & I started a few years after our last child (of five) was born...about 30 years ago... that is now part of my grandchildren‘s lives. For as long as I can remember, Christmas Eve is spent with our large extended family over a delicious feast with the evening ending in a sea of unwrapped toys & gifts. Christmas Day is customarily spent at home with our immediate family for a day revolving around Faith, food, and togetherness, A day rich in celebration, ending in yet another large pile of opened gifts. One Christmas afternoon, after cleaning up the gift wrap and bows, I asked my husband just how many gifts does a child need? Do they really appreciate all of this we wondered? It was then we decided that next Christmas would be different. The following year as Christmas approached we started talking to our kids about sharing with those less fortunate and came up with several ways on how they could do it. The discussion ended in a land slide vote. They decided to donate one wrapped Christmas gift to needy children through our church. It was amazing to see the thoughtfulness that went into their “selections” as they each put aside a wrapped gift from under the trees that was meant for them. Before leaving for church, they removed the original gift tag and we asked them to mark Boy or Girl on a new tag to avoid any confusuion. Some went a little further, writing thoughtful personal messages. The happiness and I think pride they displayed that first year while handing over a large box of mystery gifts is something we will never forget. As the years went on, it became a focal point of our children’s Christmas Day. Today my grandchildren happily take part in this form of “re-gifting”. Some shake the gifts, some smell the gifts, but all are extremely proud once their final choice of giving is made.

Kaci Keech said...

When I was a child, my mother always made apple cider on Christmas morning. We drank it while we opened gifts. When she passed away, I knew it was something I would keep going for my duaghter.

Jodi said...

We always pick a charity with our kids to give some of our Christmas money to. We spend lots of time researching and letting the kids pick out issues that mean a lot to them. It helps us remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Sirena1124 said...

When I was growing up, my mom always worked Christmas Day as a nurse so we would open our gifts on Christmas Eve and then open our stockings in the morning. It was great fun every year to decorate the tree as a family and reminisce about all of the ornaments on the tree that we made in school or that had sentimental value.

Jen said...

One of our traditions involves wrapping paper. Each year I order tons of wrap from Current Catalog the day after Christmas. When it comes the kids are so excited digging through and making wishes for the next year already. Then before Christmas my husband and I decide which wrapping paper will be for each child and wrap all of their presents in that wrap, leaving the names off the presents. We cut a small snippet of paper, write their name on it and then tuck them away until Christmas Eve. We place the presents under the tree as we have them wrapped, but no names. They guess as to which wrapping is theirs for the year. Then on Christmas Eve we hide the snippets around the house. They have to search out their piece of wrapping and once they find it they run screaming to the tree to grab their presents. This is super fun because we have five children, grandma and mom and dad all participating in this.