Blog Candy – 900K

As promised I’m back, albeit late, but back to offer up some blog candy.  As I mentioned, some time over the weekend my statcounter topped the 900,000 mark.  I did a little happy dance because I’m in a place that I never could have imagined 9 months ago.  I’m so thankful that I can dabble in an art that I love and that people even stop in every once in a while to look at it.   

I’m offering a set of Long Rectangle Nestabilities for this blog candy.   You are eligible to win it by leaving a comment on this post telling me about your favorite Christmas tradition and your post should be entered before Monday, December 22 at 9:00am CST.  The winner will be picked by on 12/22 some time in the afternoon.   I won’t be seeking out the winner, but ask that you check back to see if you’ve won.  The prize has to be claimed within  48 hours of the time the winner is announced, or another name is pulled until we have a winner.  One comment per person, please.  Come on now, you may be the lucky winner!

Thank you for helping me reach 900,000!!



  • gailanneDecember 18, 2008 - 1:50 am

    Many traditions play a part in our family’s Christmas. One of my favourite involves the bringing in of the flaming plum pudding at the end of our Christmas dinner. We dim the lights and sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” as the cognac-soaked pudding (made by my elderly mother) is triumphantly carried in, blue flames flickering on top.ReplyCancel

  • Christine BrownlowDecember 18, 2008 - 2:05 am

    One of our traditions is to get up early on Christmas morning, get all wrapped up and go for a walk. Then come back and have hot choc and bacon butties while opening our christmas presents.ReplyCancel

  • SUSIE MCCORMICKDecember 18, 2008 - 2:18 am

    My favorite family tradition is, going out each season and each of us picking out an ornament to put on th tree..It usually pertains to our intrests that year.. It is so neat to pull them out each year and remember all the years past! Growing up, our tree always had red bulbs,straw stars, and lights.. Nothing else was allowed on.. I love pulling out the ones the kids made at preschoo, the ones with the crushed macaroni!


  • CindyDecember 18, 2008 - 2:19 am

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to Zoolights every year. Our local zoo does up a few million lights at the zoo, including some animated moving animals. They have cocoa and snacks. It is fun to get all bundled up and walk through the lit up zoo.ReplyCancel

  • EmiliaDecember 18, 2008 - 2:24 am

    One of my favourite Xmas tradition is to prepare some traditional food that my grandfather, who was a chef, used to prepare when I was a child.
    Becca, your blog is great, your style is so classy and elegant. I love all your cards.ReplyCancel

  • DebiDecember 18, 2008 - 2:30 am

    We so enjoy taking the grandchildren all around as many neighborhoods as possible at night to see the lights on the homes. They love it and you get to see them all again….through a child’s eyes.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family,

  • Lastel/STAMPINSTELDecember 18, 2008 - 2:33 am

    Our favorite Christmas tradition has been to go out and drive around to see Christmas lights and decorations ! Merry Christmas and congrats on the 900k hits !ReplyCancel

  • Linda SlatteryDecember 18, 2008 - 2:44 am

    Congratulations, I do not have a bit of trouble believing your number of hits to your blog site!!! Your work is truly amazing, and what is even more amazing to me is that you so freely share your talent and resources with us “fledglings”. I am truly thankful that you do. I really can’t say that we have any Holiday traditions in our house. We just enjoy the day together and appreciate our love for each other.
    Linda S.ReplyCancel

  • Julie (Joypup on SCS)December 18, 2008 - 2:49 am

    Oh, MY! Such candy! Thanks for the chance not only to win it, but the opportunity to tell you how much we all get already from viewing your blog. Our holiday tradition includes making home-made Chinese food and watching a movie on Christmas — this stems from an East-coast Jewish tradition of going to Chinese food and a movie on Christmas, since that is one of the few things open on the holiday… but here on the West coast, we do it our own way ;^)* We also have a tradition of going to Zoolights, as Cindy does, above, but our Chinese Food and a Movie is one that is truly our own!ReplyCancel

  • LisaDecember 18, 2008 - 2:53 am

    We go to the mountains for a family sleigh ride!
    Enjoy your artwork, thanks for all you share!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn McElroyDecember 18, 2008 - 2:54 am

    My favorite tradition is all being together as a family! Whether money is good or not, we still get together and enjoy each other! Thank you for the possibility of blog candy! I love your site! Your cards have such class and style and glorify our Lord! Thank you for sharing!! Carolyn :o)ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne CampbellDecember 18, 2008 - 2:55 am

    Hi Becca,

    What do you mean, thanking people for checking your site once in a while, I am so hooked I have to come and check out your site everyday! You have so inspired me to try new things, I just adore your cards.

    I have two favorite traditions, our yearly Christmas party get together with my parents, 5 sisters, two brothers, spouses and children. And the other tradition is getting Chinese food on Christmas eve and going to Midnight Mass.

    Thanks for the chance to win the nesties, I love them too!


  • ReneeDecember 18, 2008 - 3:06 am

    We no longer do Christmas, not because we dont believe in Christ, we do…we just want to celebrate his birth and death everyday, not just the one. When we used to do Christmas, it was the reading of the birth of christ out of the bible that we did every year and before we did anything else!
    Thanks for for opportunity for blog candy congrats on your big numbers! I can see why Becca..your super talented.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca EdnieDecember 18, 2008 - 3:28 am

    I actually do not celebrate Christmas therefore no traditions but I hope you will let me enter anyway. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • JosieDecember 18, 2008 - 4:06 am

    Our favorite tradition is the reading of Christmas stories before we retire for the night, even though my children are all grown at least one or two (out of the four), cuddle up with me on the couch to read the stories I read when they were young.ReplyCancel

  • RubyDecember 18, 2008 - 4:13 am

    What a brilliant candy and many congratulations on all those hits! We sing while preparing xmas dinner in our house and it’s so fun to hear who puts their own wording in the songs and of course the tradition is to try and go for a long walk to burn off those calories after the big meal! Happy Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

  • DiannDecember 18, 2008 - 4:13 am

    One of our favorite Christmas traditions is spending time with family over good meals, sharing memories and preparing a gift box for a child that may not have as much as we do. Thanks, Becca, for the opportunity to win your candy! Merry Christmas! DiannReplyCancel

  • Joyce across the pondDecember 18, 2008 - 4:14 am

    Christmas truly starts for me at 3.00 p.m. GMT on Christmas Eve….I turn on BBC radio 4 and will hear a lone choir boy sing the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City…..’ as he and the choir process up the aisle of King’s College Cambridge Chapel. It sends the chill up my spine, it is so emotive. I am usually in the kitchen preparing for the next day but this for me is a lovely time when I listen to old and new carols. I am sure you could tune in if you so wished and share with me the wonder of the Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols. Hope you and all of your readers enjoy a meaningful Christian Christmas this year. Thank you so much for the encouragement and the enjoyment you give all year to those of us who read your blog.ReplyCancel

  • RobinDecember 18, 2008 - 4:22 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is gathering with my family for our “get together.” We usually have cold cuts for sandwiches and other finger foods. It’s my job to make the candy cookies that everyone loves so much! Then, of course, we exchange our gifts during that time.

    This year is different though! Everyone has such hectic schedules with work and other family obligations and some of us would have to travel a bit to get there. So, we are having a nice dinner on Christmas afternoon. I will still be making those cookies, though! lolReplyCancel

  • AlexandraDecember 18, 2008 - 4:23 am

    Wow, congratulations on 900k hits, that is just amazing!
    I am actually from Germany and we celebrate a little differently. One thing is that we exchange presents on christmas eve and our tradition is to go to church for the christmas service and carols on christmas eve at 6pm. It’s always a wonderful service with lots of children involved. The we go home for a nice meal and then the door to the living room is opened after a little bell rings in there. And that is the first time we see the decorated christmas tree! It’s breathtaking every time.
    I now live in the UK and don’t have that same experience anymore but we keep it as close to that as we can!
    Merry christmas to everyone!

  • jami {sgtStamper}December 18, 2008 - 4:34 am

    Congratulations on your 900k hits! WOW!
    Every Christmas Eve we have dinner together as a family, exchange a gift, and then spend time together as a family – playing games or watching Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate.
    Hugs, JamiReplyCancel

  • Lovina FreedDecember 18, 2008 - 4:37 am

    When my children and grandchildren were growing up I kept up a family tradition of having small toys on the trees so that any child visiting our home could pick one from the tree. It was such fun when there were “dime stores” with such good little toys. WIth the dollar stores around
    it would be a good thing to do again, but I don’t have little children around any more.

    Absolutely love your site, In my Top five.ReplyCancel

  • carolhDecember 18, 2008 - 4:40 am

    We are a cookie making family..The grandsons love to make, roll, and decorate them.. But I think what they enjoy doing the most is making the Gingerbread house… Everyone gets involved.. Oh what fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • ChrissieDecember 18, 2008 - 4:45 am

    Well I’m not at all surprised that your blog has had this many hits Becca, you’ve been on my favourite blog lists since I first found you and I really enjoy visiting each day to see your latest work of art.
    I don’t know that we have a ‘tradition’ now that our children are grown, but I love knowing that even if they can’t make Christmas lunch with us and their grandmother, they will still find time to pop in and visit us at some point on that special day.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne BDecember 18, 2008 - 4:48 am

    WOW! 900k – That’s amazing in such a short time.
    Christmas Eve is usually a fondue and Christmas morning (now the children are grown) is orange juice and champagne with the opening of Christmas gifts. This year we’re expecting our first Grandbaby so Mom will only get the orange juice.
    Nova ScotiaReplyCancel

  • CaroleDecember 18, 2008 - 4:50 am

    What wonderful blog candy and congrats on the 900k mark!!
    There really is no special tradition for the holidays. Our family just enjoys being together and spending time with each other.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene LDecember 18, 2008 - 4:58 am

    My favorite family tradition is unwrapping one gift on Christmas Eve. Each year the gift is always the same for my kids–new Christmas pj’s. Even though the kids are much older now, we still do this. And of course everyone is always trying “to guess” what is in their package. In all our Christmas morning pictures everyone looks fabulous!


  • AngelaDecember 18, 2008 - 5:07 am

    Congrats on your 900K!!! That is quite an accomplishment. It speaks highly on your blog.

    My favorite Christmas tradition is getting together with my family and having our family picture taken. Christmas is the only time of the year that everyone can get together. I treasure each family picture that we have. I lost my grandfather 2 years ago right after Christmas so I think that Christmas picture is my favorite because he looked so happy and healthy. We all need to be thankful each day for our family because you never know how long you will have them.

    Thanks for the chance at the awesome blog candy. I love my nestabilities!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky LuDecember 18, 2008 - 5:14 am

    On Christmas Eve, the first one to say “Christmas Eve Gift” gets a gift. You can do it to each member of the family, and it’s fun finding new ways to get them before they get you! Then on Christmas Day, you say “Christmas Gift” and the same thing happens. We don’t really get a gift for being the first one any more. It’s just a family tradition. New to the family? Fair game and watch out!! You’ve been had!ReplyCancel

  • LindaDecember 18, 2008 - 5:14 am

    Happy for your success. Without children and grandchildren close, our traditions ended; but they have begun their own. Even though the holidays are different, we enjoy our quiet home; though we’d love to have our grandson closer.ReplyCancel

  • GerrieDecember 18, 2008 - 5:16 am

    Congrats & Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite tradition is being with family on Christmas Eve. Laughing, hugging, remembering past gatherings, food and gifts. Watching each and every gift being opened and watching the looks on everyones faces. Family is the heart of Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie in NHDecember 18, 2008 - 5:17 am

    We decorate the tree on oldest son’s birthday (Dec 11) and take it down on middle son’s birthday (Jan 5).ReplyCancel

  • JaniceDecember 18, 2008 - 5:18 am

    We really don’t have “traditions” since we have moved so much with jobs. We just enjoy when we are able to be together and sit around the tree enjoying each others company and opening our presents. It is not always on Christmas, but it is within the week of the holiday.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie S.December 18, 2008 - 5:22 am

    Love the inspiration you bring to me thru this site – I’m grateful. My family tradition is one that my father began in 1936, handmaking our holiday cards … that’s 72 years of hand made cards from Dad and now from me. Sort of like a Natalie & Nat King Cole of the art world. Dad started with taking photos, then went to hand drawing and lettering a design. He did get them printed tho, where I’m like most of you (I suppose) handmaking each and every one. It’s a labor of love. Can’t imagine buying a “store bought” card. Cheers,ReplyCancel

  • Sarah LehmanDecember 18, 2008 - 5:28 am

    A tradition we have for extending the holiday is to save our Christmas cards in a basket, draw one at dinnertime, reread it and then pray for that family.

    Have a merry and blessed Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer WoodwardDecember 18, 2008 - 5:30 am

    Congratulations on your fabulous blog! Your artwork is such an inspiration.
    My most treasured memory of and Christmas tradition began when I was a child and one that we passed to my children. Each Christmas eve the children of the family would present to parents and grandparents the story of the nativity, reading scripture and singing carols. The children always wrote up and little program as well as played their own instruments and wrote their “scripts.” It is a treasured Christmas memory of my children as well as remembering how my siblings and I did the same as children.ReplyCancel

  • Deanne BurtonDecember 18, 2008 - 5:31 am

    My fav tradition is Christmas dinner with the family.And then New Year’s dinner with family also!!! Always a happy time!!!ReplyCancel

  • dorisDecember 18, 2008 - 5:31 am

    here in Poland we have a plenty of Christmas traditions, my favourite is special Supper at Christmas Eve called Wigilia, it’s very yummy and we eat it with all family, then we sing Christmas carols, some are very old (like 400-500 years) and than we find our presents under the tree, presents are not from Santa but from Newborn Baby JesusReplyCancel

  • AngeliqueDecember 18, 2008 - 5:32 am

    My grandmother always made up tons of homeade candies for the holidays. Fudges, pecan clusters, martha washingtons, pralines, peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle…..this was my favorite part.

    I am not surprised you have so many hits. you give lots of valuable information on your site.

    Thank you!


  • JudyDecember 18, 2008 - 5:32 am

    Becca ~

    Congratulations on your 900K! I am not surprised one bit!!

    It may sound corny, but my favorite Christmas tradition is to finally relax after a year of constant hustle and bustle and enjoy the special time with my family.


  • SueDecember 18, 2008 - 5:33 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is spending time with family, something I totally cherish. Part of the preparation process I love is to bake cookies and make different candies.

    Becca, thanks so much for a chance to win your blog candy. I don’t have any nesties yet and it would be fun to give them a try. Merry Christmas to you and yours. May you be richly blessed in the coming year.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn SmithDecember 18, 2008 - 5:36 am

    Our Christmas tradition is the gathering together of my family for a huge Christmas Dinner! We usually end up eating too much, but it is day filled with fun and happiness!

    Thanks for the enjoyment and inspiration your blog brings to many paper-crafters Becca! Merry Christmas to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • marcelleschauerDecember 18, 2008 - 5:37 am

    Merry Christmas Becca,

    I am enjoying your creations, especially at night with a hot cup of chocolate, maybe you are starting me on a new Christmas tradition!
    I would love it when the grandparents would come over Christmas morning and the children would wait at the top of the stairs for them to come. When all was ready, we would take pictures of them on the stairs then move out of the way as they rushed down to see what Santa had left.
    We would give everyone their stockings and then sit, hold hands and pray with thanksgiving to the real source of our bounty and the real meaning of why we celebrate Christmas. After, we adults would all get a piece of French pork pie and coffee and watch paper fly and toys assembled. Now that the children are grown and the grandparents no longer are here we still have the children wait on the stairs for the sweet memories and pictures for the album. Time does change some traditions but new ones can always be added. Enjoy your holiday.ReplyCancel

  • t. phillipsDecember 18, 2008 - 5:41 am

    One of my favorite traditions is having my kids pick out their Christmas ornaments every year. When the day comes that they move on their own, they’ll have a nice stash of Christmas decorations.ReplyCancel

  • Sara KovachDecember 18, 2008 - 5:42 am

    The tradition that I enjoyed growing up and have since started with my own children is opening one present on Christmas Eve. It is usually a game or something the whole family can take part in so that we have some family time on Christmas Eve.ReplyCancel

  • Karen from OntarioDecember 18, 2008 - 5:45 am

    One of my favourite traditions is making my Grandma’s peanut brittle. I make quite a bit because so many people love it and I like to include some with their gifts. My Grandma has been gone for years now but when I make it I can see her smiling as she did whenever she gave it away. Thanks for offering such a great prize.

  • BethDecember 18, 2008 - 5:46 am

    My favorite traditions are going to our candlelight service on Christmas Eve, driving home and enjoying the beautiful lights along the way, and spending time with family and friends.
    Congrats on your blogsite….you are so talented!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle JadaaDecember 18, 2008 - 5:54 am

    First let me thank you for blogging,i have only one friend that crafts so reading blogs online gives me inspiration and product reviews:)
    As for christmas traditions ..i think my favourite is making sugar cutout cookies and then making runny icing that the kids can use pastry brushes to paint on they then finish them off with a selection of sprinkles and candy shapes.They love it!ReplyCancel

  • Robin WillisDecember 18, 2008 - 5:56 am

    I have two traditions that I love at Christmas. First, on Christmas Eve, dh, my two daughters and myself all drive around and look at Christmas lights throughout local towns. Then, when we get home, the girls go out and sprinkle magic reindeer food all over the lawn. We make it the weekend before with oatmeal, sugar and glitter. It makes the snow look magical with all the glitter sparkling.
    Congrats on 900,000 hits!! WOW!!!

  • Sandy MayfieldDecember 18, 2008 - 5:57 am

    Congrats on reaching the 900,000 mark. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovely work.
    My favorite Christmas tradition is giving the kids their Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. They are in their 20’s and still want their pajamas.ReplyCancel

  • JaspereDecember 18, 2008 - 6:01 am

    Wow! Congrats to you. My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree. Its so fun to have everyone together, working together and having fun.ReplyCancel

  • Diane GardnerDecember 18, 2008 - 6:02 am

    Wow this is a hard to narrow down as my family has so many traditions. We all just love Christmas. On Christmas eve we all go to church. When we return the grandchildren get to open one present and then we have a magnificent dinner including individual beef wellingtons with our initial on top and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Then on Christmas morning we eat suasage casserole and open presents one at a time for hours. It is a great family time.ReplyCancel

  • nellieDecember 18, 2008 - 6:03 am

    Wow, what an accomplishment. Congratulations. You say every once in a while. I visit every day. Thanks so much. May you have a blessed Christmas and may God our Father be with you and yours in 2009.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki SullivanDecember 18, 2008 - 6:03 am

    My favorite Christmas tratidition is on Christmas Eve, my dad always read the Christmas Story from Luke 2 out of the Bible while we sat in front of the tree with the manger scene. Then he read “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. We put out milk and cookies and went off to bed. We kids and mom gathered at the top of the stairs and waited for Dad to go downstairs and turn the lights on the tree, then we all went downstairs, littlest to oldest. We just found out yesterday that my dad has prostate cancer, so this tradition is all the more precious to me.ReplyCancel

  • MargeDecember 18, 2008 - 6:04 am

    Congratulations Becca, I’m so glad that I found your blog. I truly love your style! I have so many favorite Christmas Traditions, but what I love most is that each of our married children carry on those same traditions as well, mostly time spent with family and friends! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • SueBDecember 18, 2008 - 6:04 am

    One of our fav traditions is packing everyone into the car and heading out on a Christmas lights tour. We have a neighborhood that goes the distance by setting one weekend each December as one where everyone turns off the outside lights except for decorations and set luminaries by the curb. We take in that neighborhood most years and wander around.

    One tradition we let lapse was my DH and I used to set the entire tree and put presents under it after the kids had gone to sleep. When they woke up the living room was transformed on Christmas morning! There were some Christmas Eves we never got to sleep if we hadn’t earlier wrapped all the presents! Glad we saw fit to end that one, LOL!ReplyCancel

  • CarrieDecember 18, 2008 - 6:10 am

    Congrats on 900,00 hits to your blog! I enjoy your blog – you are very talented. My favorite tradition has to be putting up my Snow Village. I have collected Dept 56 “Snow Village” since 1989 and have stopped buying them because I have no more room. I just love it at night when I turn off all the lights except for the Villages – so peaceful and calm.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy KayDecember 18, 2008 - 6:17 am

    Our tradition is to attend church services Christmas Eve and eat party mix and watch The Christmas Story the evening of Christmas. Congrats on your blog count!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy KelsheimerDecember 18, 2008 - 6:17 am

    Hi Becca, Congratulations on the 900,000! That’s very impressive, but it’s easy enough to understand that many of us enjoy your awesome blog! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.
    My favorite Christmas tradition is gathering with the family. I don’t have children, so having the nieces and nephew around is a real treat. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • nancy bDecember 18, 2008 - 6:21 am

    Our favorite Christmas tradition started when our boys were probably 1 and 2. We have these elf ornaments that are about 8 in tall that have bendable wire arms and legs.
    On Thanksgiving weekend they usually show up. And they are in different parts of the house. Hanging from the Christmas tree or a mirror or closet door We put them out of reach and move them around when boys are not in room. Supposedly they are at our home to keep an eye on the boys and each night they report back to Santa! On Christmas eve when Santa comes they go home with him until next year.
    It has been such a fun thing that we all have enjoyed for years. Our boys are now 19 and 20 but they still talk about the elfs. It was one of the magical things and they were always on their best behavior during that time. The tradition has been pasted down to neices and nephews who love it just as much.
    Thank you Becca for sharing your passion for stamping. It is truly a blessing to all who stop by.
    Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!ReplyCancel

  • patti moffettDecember 18, 2008 - 6:21 am

    Wow 900,000 people who visited inspired to release thier own creativity. As mychildren have grown older the little traditions have given way except one…their stockings…one year I made their stockings from a kit with little felt figures on each one (helped me identify who’s whose) When they reached their early 20’s I bought new ones because the old ones were soooooooooooooo ratty looking….much to my surprise they all complained on Christmas Day and I had to go find the old ones and put them up…and so it will be again this year…the old , loved and memory filled stockings will be the center of attention with the “remember when” stories flowing.

  • Peggy AllenDecember 18, 2008 - 6:26 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is gathering the family and reading the true Christmas Story from the Bible. We need to keep Christ in our Christmas.

    I am thankful for your God-given talent of art and always look forward to each new creation. You always amaze me.

    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Mary BethDecember 18, 2008 - 6:28 am

    We decorate our back yard trees and garden with lots of tiny white lights. Then on Christmas Eve, we enjoy dinner and a campfire in the midst of them…very peaceful and beautiful! Merry Christmas and thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • ChristyneDecember 18, 2008 - 6:28 am

    Congrats on reaching 900,000!

    My favourite Christmas tradition is Christmas pyjamas! My mom used to do it for my sister and I each year until we left home and now I do it for my kids. I just LOVE picking out Christmas pyjamas for my kids!


  • DianeDecember 18, 2008 - 6:29 am

    Wow…you go girl!!! That is fantastic about the visits, but your blog is one of the very, very best of the best!!! Traditions….well, its just me and my hubby home now, so when the kiddos left, so did some of the best traditions, so this one might be a little goofy, but every year at Christmas Eve I have picked out an entire meal to cook from a magazine that was someone else’s tradional meal, one year it was from Southern Lady, and I made every single item…yummy, and we had unexpected guests, making it even better. Have a safe and pleasant Merry Christmas!!!! http://www.nelliesnest.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • cynthiaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:30 am

    Wow congrats on the hits. I like to think I was a big part of that number.
    My favorite tradition is potato salad and polish sausage for breakfast on Christmas morning. Yum! Were polish can ya tell.

    Peace CynthiaReplyCancel

  • Ellie AugustinDecember 18, 2008 - 6:37 am

    My fav. tradition well I did it yesterday. We went to see Santa and then went to get brand new P.J.’s for Christmas Eve that we put on in the evening and then head over to my MIL’s house and enough a wonderful dinner and music and love and family and we stay up until 12am and we start to open our gifts BUT in order to do so we each have to sing a Christmas song to open it.. It goes from Youngest to oldest as how we open our gifts.. It always so funny because my the time we get to the adults they want to sing a loonng version of the song and the kids start screaming ENNOOUGGHH OPEN ITT!! lol :)ReplyCancel

  • JeanDecember 18, 2008 - 6:38 am

    Congratulations on your 900K hits. It is well deserved. I am always happy to see when you have added some wonderful creation for us to enjoy.
    My children are grown now but I have one little granddaughter who still believes so I go to her house and spend the night waiting for Santa so that I can let him in……childhood dreams are so delightful….
    Thanks for the opportunity to win your blog candy and my best wishes for a blessed holiday season….ReplyCancel

  • Jill W.December 18, 2008 - 6:38 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is taking the kids to breakfast with Santa in our community. I also like hearing the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas Eve. Christmas day is spent with family. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • TrishDecember 18, 2008 - 6:39 am

    Thank you so much for offering these gorgeous rectangles for the wizard. That’s an incredible figure you’ve reached-congratulations Becca, but I’m not surprised as you have a fantastic site. The items you make and the ideas you come up with just take my breath away- thank you for your inspiration.
    I absolutely love hanging the stockings on the mantleplace on christmas eve, each of us has our own special one. Then each have to have the following 3 items every year… a small orange, some chocolate coins and some brand new minted coins, then other bits n pieces!
    Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and a blessed New Year.ReplyCancel

  • ColetteDecember 18, 2008 - 6:40 am

    My Favorite Christmas tradition is watching the movie White Christmas with my sister and my son……. been doing it for years and just love it.

    Thanks for the chance and Happy Holidays to all!ReplyCancel

  • Susan JoyceDecember 18, 2008 - 6:40 am

    Congratulation’s on so many Blog hits Becca.

    My family tradition is to put up the tree and add the decorations on the first weekend in December, and now my daughter’s also follow the same tradition at their homes.

    Thank’s for the opportunity to win some candy. Merry Christmas everyone.ReplyCancel

  • SheriDecember 18, 2008 - 6:48 am

    I am here every day looking at your blog. You are so talented that it is a great inspiration to so many of us. I think my favorite tradition is getting together with family on Christmas eve and sharing a meal, opening presents, catching up with everyones lives, watching the little ones grow, and then topping it all off by going to midnight services at ChurchReplyCancel

  • PatDecember 18, 2008 - 6:49 am

    Congratulations, Becca! You’re blog is wonderful! I love to stop by. One of our favorite traditions is one that my husband has done for many years. He bakes a birthday cake for Jesus. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • PaulaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:49 am

    My favorite family tradition is a simple one: going to church on Christmas Eve. I love the comfy feel of being with friends and family, celebrating the birth of our Lord. Ah, feels me with peace even now, just thinking about it!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen ADecember 18, 2008 - 6:49 am

    Awsome blog candy. Great Blog! My favourite Christmas tradition is having Christmas Pudding with real rum sauce. This desert was always eaten a while after Christmas dinner. My Grandmother always made extra sauce as some didn’t like the Christmas pudding fruit cake. It was always a guess who would find the penny, hidden in the cake.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Pat WangerienDecember 18, 2008 - 6:53 am

    Hi Becca, I can truly believe you’ve had 900,000 hits on your site. I personally check it every day. I miss very few. Love your work.

    My favorite tradition at christmas is the family going caroling on Christmas Eve, then having a family dinner and get together on Christmas Day with all the trimmings. Then everyone opens gifts, and sing Christmas songs by the piano, and tell Christmas stories.

    Thanks Becca and Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • PiaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:57 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition happens on Christmas Eve. We go to church than to my in-laws. All family members gather there for appetizers and to open gifts from Santa (my in-laws). My mother-in-law puts so much work into her Christmas Eve festivities and I appreciate it so much.
    Merry Christmas,

  • Pat in WADecember 18, 2008 - 6:59 am

    Becca – Love yoiur blog!

    Every year since my SO -Steve – and I have been together we have had either a couple homeless people or senior citizens join us for Christmas dinner.ReplyCancel

  • gailDecember 18, 2008 - 7:00 am

    Hello Becca, I do so admire your talent, thank you for sharing. Our favorite holiday tradition is to go around to see all the lights and yard decorations. We stop to get hot chocolate and cookies, sing songs and just enjoy being together. We’ve done this from the time our children were very little and now carry on with the grandchildren. gReplyCancel

  • Cheryl SimsDecember 18, 2008 - 7:02 am

    Wow, Becca, that is alot of hits. We stampers know what beautiful work is, don’t we? Thank you for sharing your talents with us and now you are sharing these dies. Have a wonderful, joyous Christmas.
    Cheryl SimsReplyCancel

  • Pat GarvinDecember 18, 2008 - 7:04 am

    I just love your site. We don’t really have any Christmas traditions but my husband and I received a Christmas ornament for our first Christmas together and we hang that one together first before anything else is put on the tree and we kiss. Been married now 27 years. PatReplyCancel

  • DianeDecember 18, 2008 - 7:08 am

    Great Blog candy.
    900,000 hits FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Favorite holiday tradition…Love looking at lights and peoples yard decorations. Been doing it for years. We even did it when our youngest was 4 days old, 21 years ago.

    Happy Holidays All

  • LindastampsDecember 18, 2008 - 7:10 am

    Wow congrats on all those hits. You must be doing something right :-)

    Christmas traditions change as families grow, age etc. My favorite is a relatively new one for me and my family. Now that my mom is older and alone, a few years ago we started the tradition that we would have our big meal on Christmas eve at our house and my mom would spend the night at our place. This way she is with us Christmas morning and not alone…I love this. Since starting this I also fill a Christmas stocking for her. I remember the first year I gave it to her, she was so thrilled. She hadn’t had a stocking since she was a little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi EvansDecember 18, 2008 - 7:13 am

    I have shown many of my stamping friends your blog and they love it. I got them hooked on it after you shared the technique using a corner punch to create a frame.

    We lived in CA til our children were 11 and 8 and always spent Christmas with my family down in Southern California. BUT in 1996 my husband’s job transferred him to Mechanicsburg, PA and we had to start our own traditions.

    One thing we did that the kids loved was create a Christmas Eve card playing night. We play the same game each Christmas Eve and serve hot cocoa and donuts. The card game is Hand and Foot. It takes about 3 hours to play and when we are done with that, we open our gifts. This allows our kids to sleep in till noon on Christmas day!

    One of the most important things we did for our family after that big move was to create fun family nights. Our “children” are now 21 and 23 and this Christmas Eve tradition is one of their most favorite tradition!


  • GretaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:18 am

    Wow..I was just thinking I could use those! Thanks for the chance to win them!

    My favorite holiday tradition is making cookies with the kids and making a huge mess in the kitchen. It always happens!ReplyCancel

  • KayDecember 18, 2008 - 7:19 am

    There is a reason for 900,000 hits — your cards are BEAUTIFUL!!! I have to “hit” it everyday.

    When our girls were at home, I always made Candy Cane Cookies, not only for us to eat but to fill trays that I would give away. I would also make Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas morning when we opened our presents. Now that the girls have their own homes, I don’t do that so much, but my girls are now carrying on that tradition themselves in their own homes.ReplyCancel

  • Linda EDecember 18, 2008 - 7:20 am

    Wow! 900K! What a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations. I have many holiday traditions that I share with my family. Our newest is a trip to the tree farm where we cut down our own tree. We’ve been doing it for three or four years now and always come home with a beautiful tree and a funny story!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelan PerryDecember 18, 2008 - 7:27 am

    Ican understand why you have reached over 900,000 as our work is awesome,your tut,are so easy to unerstand,keep up the good work

  • kathytDecember 18, 2008 - 7:27 am

    My favorite tradition has to be when our family attends the Christmas Eve church service-when we dim the lights, each light a small candle off of each other and sing Silent Night, it gives me goosebumps!

    Your blog is amazing and your cards are gorgeous and inspiring!!! I would have to say that your blog is “candy” in and of itself!!!ReplyCancel

  • NatalieDecember 18, 2008 - 7:28 am

    My favourite tradition is having a fish dinner Christmas Eve. I love squid!ReplyCancel

  • AngelaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:29 am

    One of my favorite traditions is after all presents are opened Christmas morning we have scones for breakfast with homemade honey butter and homemade jam.

    Love your website! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MistiDecember 18, 2008 - 7:30 am

    I think the only real tradition we have established so far is traveling! Our schedule here at home is always so crazy right before Christmas because we’re getting ready for the Christmas program at church. Usually after that’s done we load of the truck and head to Iowa for a week or so and spend time with all of our family. Presents here at home usually get opened the day before we leave. Kind of a bummer for our own family traditions, but we love spending time with our family too!ReplyCancel

  • PamDecember 18, 2008 - 7:35 am

    Hi Becca, I recently stumbled onto your blog and now you are on my “fav” blog list! I love your work! congrats on the 900,000 and wish you many many more! PamReplyCancel

  • christie parkerDecember 18, 2008 - 7:35 am

    What awesome blog candy!! I don’t have this set yet! My fav Christmas tradition is having all my family over on Christmas Eve. I love that it’s dark out when everyone show up and all the Christmas lights are on. It makes for a very festive time!!! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • LilianDecember 18, 2008 - 7:41 am

    My favourite tradition is pulling christmas crackers with all the family around the christmas dinner table before we eat. Thank you for all your marvellous inspiration, my cards this year were modeled from one using the corner punch around a circle…beautiful. Thanks too for the opportunity to win some candy and for continuing to share your creative abilities. LilianReplyCancel

  • Kim BDecember 18, 2008 - 7:41 am

    OMG! You are so generous for offering such great blog candy! Thanks so much! My favorite part of Christmas is putting up our tree with my boys. They have their favorite ornaments and love seeing how the tree becomes beautiful.

    Love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • SusanDecember 18, 2008 - 7:41 am

    One of my favorite traditions is that my kids all slept together Christmas Eve in the family room since they were very little. No one is allowed to come into the living room until we all do it together. My kids are now grown (28, 24, 21) and they still do this! Last year one of my sons brought their girl friend home for Christmas and he made her sleep in the family room with the rest of them! Traditons are great and very hard to break (thank goodness). Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • DeniseDecember 18, 2008 - 7:46 am

    Who wouldn’t love some nestabilities?!

    The one tradition we simply HAVE to do each year is bake a Birthday cake for Jesus. My children get to pick out the flavors, and then Christmas Day when everyone else usually has pies and such, we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and blow out his candles. Because He is eternal we put one candle on the cake for each person in our family, because He lives in our hearts.

    It’s a newer tradition, it began with me about ten years ago. I’m so glad we have it!ReplyCancel

  • Janet RohdeDecember 18, 2008 - 7:48 am

    When the boys were small, I always made a Christmas tree out of cinnamon rolls for breakfast and put candy canes in their orange juice.

  • Debbie SchubauerDecember 18, 2008 - 7:50 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is when me and my little neighbor girl decorate a tree in the park and hang ornaments in branches along the bike path. Everything is all brown and ugly and then there’s a bright red Christmas ornament and a decorated tree. It is really pretty.
    Debbie SchubauerReplyCancel

  • BarbDecember 18, 2008 - 7:51 am

    Congrats on your fabulous blog and 900K hits! You are soooo talented!!! I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s traditions and have gotten a few new ideas, too ;)! Our favorite Christmas tradition is to enjoy whichever of the kids can make it home and just sit around the fireplace and Christmas tree, play Christmas music, and talk and just enjoy being together. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa E.December 18, 2008 - 7:51 am

    Wow! What a great blog candy! I love your blog and seeing my e-mail updates. :)

    My favorite Christmas tradition that I have been doing since I was a little girl is going to the Christmas Eve Candlelight service. It’s always so beautiful and feeds the soul. A new tradition I started with my family is driving through the city looking at the lights after the candlelight service. We celebrate on Christmas Eve and it helps make it “ours.”ReplyCancel

  • beth bDecember 18, 2008 - 7:52 am

    We love to bake sugar cut out cookies. When they are finished we all sit around the table and decorate the cookies. We have a little contest to see who can come up with the best creation. There is flour and sugar everywhere but it is so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy JDecember 18, 2008 - 7:52 am

    My favorite tradition is to get together with family on Christmas Eve, have dinner and then sing Christmas carols. We really had a great time last year and I hope we can do it again this year too.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy ThomasDecember 18, 2008 - 7:53 am

    My favorite way to start the season is “Black Friday”. My daughter and now granddaughters get up early and do a little shopping. Just for the atmosphere, not our real shopping! Then breakfast out and back home for a nap. Later we go downtown and watch the lighting of the trees and courthouse then home to watch Christmas Vacation and put up the tree.ReplyCancel

  • Karen RoquetDecember 18, 2008 - 7:54 am

    It’s ironic that this is for GREAT blog candy, because my family’s favorite tradition is making Christmas candy together. We used to take in supplies to my parents house & brothers, sisters, in-laws, grandkids….everyone would make huge trays full of candy while having lots of fun & laughs! Then we’d all divide up the goodies & go home with tons of great Holiday treats. My parents are too elderly now to have us all in & in poorer health. However, my son loved the tradition so much that a few years ago, he started inviting his college-age friends (who had never made candy before!) & now they come every year, even though many have graduated & are out in the workforce. This Saturday I may have as many as 12 young adults at my home to make a variety of candies & goodies to share for the Christmas season. It just wouldn’t be Christmas here without it!!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie KDecember 18, 2008 - 7:54 am

    Congrats! Woohoo!!! I enjoy your blog very much. I so enjoy making sugar cookies with my best friend Amy every year. We always schedule a Saturday and just have the best time. I look forward to our time together every year and of course I’m the taste tester. We use her grandmother’s recipe and it’s the best sugar I’ve ever eaten. Happy Holidays! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol W.December 18, 2008 - 7:55 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking an old family recipe – Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies! They are delicious and everyone LOVES them. My co-workers look forward to the holidays because I bring them in, and this year I did it a little differently. I passed out individual small bakery bags (from PTI), filled them with cookies, and then stamped on the outside. They were very cute and my co-wokers were so happy to receive them. One even said the cookies should be illegal because they taste soooo good! :-)ReplyCancel

  • DeanDecember 18, 2008 - 7:56 am

    Our most loved tradition is being with the family. It is a time we all make time to be together. We come from afar and wide to keep that tradition. Christmas is family to us and since God ordained it, we strive to protect it.

    Blessings to you and yoursReplyCancel

  • kristaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:56 am

    what I loved when I was a child that us kids (was Three of us) would have to gather in kitchen then each one got to sneek down stairs one at a time to the basement living room and get our stocking. So when you were down there you got a little peek at what was under the tree. brought a smile to my face every time.ReplyCancel

  • Alison MurrayDecember 18, 2008 - 8:00 am

    We listen to Christmas music while I bake Christmas cookies and the kids decorate the tree.ReplyCancel

  • SonyaDecember 18, 2008 - 8:00 am

    There are so many traditions its hard to pick just one; our local aquarium has a festival of trees during the holidays featuring christmas trees from all countries decorated accordingly, we also love the annual Christmas parade down Main Street, and just appreciating and enjoying the closeness of family and friends at this time of year are some of my favorites. Congrats! You are an incredible artist.ReplyCancel

  • DEE F.December 18, 2008 - 8:01 am

    We have a small family, so we don’t have much traditonal activities.
    Usually, my hubby makes a big breakfast and I make the tradional turkey or ham dinner. The kids are in and out of the house all day eating and hanging out with friends. The weather is so warm this year that I’m considering having a barbeque.ReplyCancel

  • Ann C.December 18, 2008 - 8:06 am

    Congratulations on such a big milestone! When my children were little we would make gingerbread houses on Christmas eve. We used graham crackers for the houses and I put out bowls of candy and gave each of them a bag of decorator frosting to glue on their candy. Then we put them all together into a village scene on the buffet. It was so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl RotnemDecember 18, 2008 - 8:07 am

    I love seeing little children with Santa and the way their eyes just light up. And Christmas morning when they see all those things Santa has left for them!ReplyCancel

  • Janet LeachmanDecember 18, 2008 - 8:08 am

    On Christmas Eve, our church hosts a candlelight service. Since I have been their church organist since 1972, it is one of my favorite services and my favorite Christmas tradition. The quiet twinkling of the many candles in the sanctuary, the blending of the voices of the choir and the time honored story telling of the birth of our Savior all combine to send us into the night filled with the wonder of our Lord. We recently got high speed internet so I’m new to reading these wonderful cardmaking blogs and have been totally engrossed in them! I just love the few Nesties that I have and would love to add the rectangles to my “tools”. Thanks for all your great cards and advice!ReplyCancel

  • jennyDecember 18, 2008 - 8:10 am

    Congrats on 900k hits!!! We have several traditions; however my favorite is making cookies Christmas eve for Santa as well as cupcakes for Jesus. Then Christmas morning we sing happy birthday to Jesus, eat cupcakes and then open stockings!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karyle ByrdDecember 18, 2008 - 8:10 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is hanging the Christmas bell. My Mom bought this bell when I was born (1956) and it starts the Christmas season. After my Mom passed away the I hung the bell for her. When my daughter grew up I passed the bell down to my neice for her children. I now have a 1 year old granddaughter and last week I received a package from my niece and inside was the bell (yes I cried). She returned it to me so my granddaughter will grow up with our Christmas bell and the wonderful memory that we all share.

    Wow! You have 900,000 hits because your cards are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the chance to win this great blog candy! I love your blog and look forward to my email updates.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine McKameyDecember 18, 2008 - 8:11 am

    Wow! 900,000! That’s Amazing! Congratulations!

    Our traditions are family related … on Christmas Eve we have dinner and gifts with my InLaws and then on Christmas Day we have lunch with them and the rest of that side of the family at my husband’s Aunt & Uncles. We have done that every year since we got married. This year we are going to visit my family on the 26th (14 hour car ride) and hopefully starting a new tradition.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtDecember 18, 2008 - 8:12 am

    Christmas is so many traditions all together as one, church and family togetherness….My Mom playing the piano, the smell of Christmas cookies and kids playing and the boys watching football. My family is all spread out in the US, so it is especially a special time for togetherness…….
    Love your blog- you are such an inspiration and have such a talent- we are blessed to have you to share it with us!!!
    Merry Christmas
    Shelly SchmidtReplyCancel

  • DotDecember 18, 2008 - 8:14 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition was started by my Grandma. Every year on Christmas day she would make the home made Cinnimon Rolls for breakfast. I always loved it as a kid and have continued it for my son.ReplyCancel

  • ~michelle~December 18, 2008 - 8:18 am

    our family tradition is to take the week off between Christmas and New Years….I look forward to some family time, all together at home!ReplyCancel

  • Pam SparksDecember 18, 2008 - 8:18 am

    I get your blog updates via RSS feed and I love it! I’m always inspired and challenged and I thank you so much for sharing.
    My DH and I have three married daughters. Christmas Eve day they spend here at our home. This year is going to be especially fun and a day we’ll always remember. It’s the first Christmas in the USA for our new two year old Ukrainian grandson! He is such a blessing and delight and brings our grandchildren count up to seven. Nothing better in this world than grandchildren. We celebrate the birth of our Savior w/a meal and gifts for each other.ReplyCancel

  • Diane LapointeDecember 18, 2008 - 8:21 am

    Congrats on all your hits!!!!
    Our favorite tradition is pulling 2 names on a tree at Walmart for the less fortunate kids. Every year my husband and I pick a girl and a boy which their first name,age and wishes are on the tree. We try to make all their wishes come true. We love to give and help those in need!
    What better time then Christmas,’Til the Season!!!!

    Thanks for a chance at your wonderful candy!ReplyCancel

  • maryDecember 18, 2008 - 8:24 am

    My favorite tradition is playing my large library of Christmas music. I grew up in a house where music was loved and appreciated. My current favorites are Josh Groban and Ronan Tynan’s christmas cds. Just wonderful and there’s nothing better to put you in a christmas mood. Thanks Becca for offering up this wonderful prize. I would love to add to my Nesties collection.


  • Dawn DowneyDecember 18, 2008 - 8:26 am

    Our traditions are what makes Christmas so special. My husband does all the baking! It started when his Grandmother passed away and someone had to keep making the Date cookies. We have a Nativity set that has the baby Jesus separate from the manger, which we leave empty. We put the Christ child in before we go to bed on Christmas eve. On Christmas morning the first thing the kids would do was check to make sure Jesus has come. On Christmas Eve we go to church and then drive around to look at the lights.
    I have really enjoyed your blog and your work is
    so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    God’s Blessings & Merry Christmas,
    Dawn DowneyReplyCancel

  • Sheila WeberDecember 18, 2008 - 8:27 am

    Becca your cards are extraordinary and I can’t wait each day to see what you have created.
    Our favorite Christmas tradition is going to Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. I love singing the Christmas carols. Afterwards we all enjoy a Christmas Dessert Potluck. Everyone brings their favorite dessert and we all share our favorite Christmas stories. I love it!
    Here’s to a blessed New Year for us all.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineDecember 18, 2008 - 8:28 am

    I recently found your blog and have thoroughly enjoyed your amazing art! It is truly ‘eye candy’ and so inspiring! Over the years, I have collected special ornaments for our tree, usually Hallmark ornaments and those purchased while on special vacations. I so enjoy reliving each of those memories as I decorate the tree! Homemade cards and gifts have become my own tradition. This year we can celebrate the arrival of our first grandchild and begin some new traditions! Happy holidays, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy LoganDecember 18, 2008 - 8:31 am

    would love these……very nice Christmas gift.


  • Marie-PauleDecember 18, 2008 - 8:31 am

    Congratulations you are so talented, you have a beautiful blog and we are so lucky to be able to peruse it.

    Our family tradition is to get together and celebrate as a big family. Every year there is the addition of a new boyfriend of girlfriend, wife or husband and now for the past years a new baby or two. We have a tradional meal with talk, songs, games, jokes and we end the evening with a gift exchange.

    I am wishing and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Marie-PauleReplyCancel

  • Darcie FerreiraDecember 18, 2008 - 8:36 am

    My favorite tradition is the candlelight Christmas Eve service at church,I love that we can come together and focus on what Christmas is really all about.I wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas and New year.

  • HeatherDecember 18, 2008 - 8:36 am

    Congratulations on a fabulous achievement Becca :)

    Dont know if its so much tradition – but we used to take turns every year having Christmas at a different relatives house.

    Know we are grown and the extended family is huge – it usually at one of two houses as where we live is too small.

    Have a fabulous Christmas and New Year :)

  • CrystalDecember 18, 2008 - 8:41 am

    Oh Becca ! I love Nesties and those are sparking my creative juices !May you have a blessed Christmas !ReplyCancel

  • GiovanaDecember 18, 2008 - 8:42 am

    Our Christmas tradition is set up the Christmas tree together as a family, our little daughter gets more involved now and she is always excited about Christmas. We also love to watch Christmas movies and sing carols together!!!

    Congratulations Becca!!!! Your creations always amazing me. You are so talented.

    God bless you very much.
    Merry Christmas


  • DonnaDecember 18, 2008 - 8:43 am

    I did not know they had longer ones like these dies. I would love a chance to find the potential in them! Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • percyDecember 18, 2008 - 8:44 am

    Tradition,….I have a book, I read to my older children when they were little, where there is an explanation of every tradition there is about Christmas, every night we read a story, and shared our thoughts about it.
    Now I do it with my little one (10y/o) I think it is great we can share some time every day, away from the hustle and bustle of shopping and stressing, just sitting down and spending time together.
    Plus it is something they will remember all their lives!ReplyCancel

  • EleanorDecember 18, 2008 - 8:50 am

    Congratulations Becca! You are so talented and am looking forward to seeing all of your creations in 2009. The family tradition that we always did was go to the children’s grandmothers house for Christmas Eve dinner and open presents with the grandparents. Then on Christmas Day everyone came to our house to see what Santa brought the children and have dinner. Now that we are all older and our grandparents are gone we go to my daughter’s house on Christmas Day and play with the grandchildren.ReplyCancel

  • Denise ~ Paper PonderingsDecember 18, 2008 - 8:52 am

    I love Christmas! My favorite tradition we’ve started is all around the Christmas tree…our oldest, now 21, puts on the angel, my son (now 18( puts on the lights), our next one (14 now) puts on the first ornament, and our youngest (now 11) puts the first present under the tree. My 21 yo was so excited that we didn’t start without her. But I love the gingerbread houses and sugar cookies and hot chocolate and movies…all of it. I also love going to the candlelight service at church and singing. Your blog is fantastic…and your blog candy is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Mary EstherDecember 18, 2008 - 8:57 am

    On Christmas Day our entire family reads aloud (many quote from memory) the account of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2. It means more to me every year!ReplyCancel

  • katieDecember 18, 2008 - 9:00 am

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the Christmas evening wind down. We all get in the car, crank up the carols, and drive around looking at the christmas decorations. There is no stress, little if any traffic and we are all together – we have a small family.

    Yesterday I told you you were awesome, today you proved it again. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Susan SandmeyerDecember 18, 2008 - 9:02 am

    Our favorite tradition is to make socks for the homeless. We buy packages of socks and fill a sock with the other to make a pair then we put in a water bottle, chap stick, snacks and other things, we keep them in the car and the week before christmas we drive around the city and pass them out. My son look forward to this and how happy we make the people. Love the blog candy and all your wonderful ideas. Have a wonderful Holiday season.ReplyCancel

  • Wanda HDecember 18, 2008 - 9:03 am

    Congratulations!!! Your art is beautiful and I enjoy it very much. I love Christmas and all the fun stuff, but most of all remembering how awesome God is. A favorite Christmas memory when I was young is that little wrapped gifts would be hidden in the Christmas tree and we would have to carefully look through to be sure we didn’t miss any of our Christmas gifts… lots of fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • Danae FayardDecember 18, 2008 - 9:04 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is new pajamas for my three sons.
    I love them waking up on Christmas morning then coming into our family room in matching pajamas, to start our Christmas day. Now that they are older it is boxers and a t-shirt in their favorite theme but it still fills me with that warm fuzzy feeling.

    Congratulations on your well deserved success.

    God Bless you and your family,


  • Janet Van RossenDecember 18, 2008 - 9:07 am

    Our favourite Christmas tradition is to have a long walk after lunch with the family and dogs.ReplyCancel

  • Janet BDecember 18, 2008 - 9:07 am

    Wow–thanks for the blog candy.I love spellbinders, and I don’t have this one. My favorite tradition is the stockings. I love picking out all the bits and pieces to pop in them, although it does get harder as the kids get older.ReplyCancel

  • CherylDecember 18, 2008 - 9:08 am

    We hide the baby Jesus from the manger in the Christmas tree and on Christmas morning after he is found we read the Christmas story together.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne W.December 18, 2008 - 9:12 am

    I am sooooo excited about your blog candy – Thank You for your blog and for offering up such a great gift! I’d have to say that my favorite Christmas tradition is getting out all the really old ornaments that have been passed down through the generations. It’s so fun to hear all the stories of how they came to be in our collection and to see all the handmade ones. It’s the best thing to be able to carry on that tradition with the younger family members and share the stories with them too!

    Happy Holidays!!


  • Judy JacksonDecember 18, 2008 - 9:14 am

    Christmas and traditions go hand in hand. There are so many it wouldn’t seem Christmas without them. However, times change and children grow up, get married, and start new traditions.

    So here are some of our traditions we have — or have had — in our family:
    1. decorate the tree the day after Thanskgiving while listening to Muppets Chrismtas and other Christmas songs — this has changed after the kids were gone and now we decorate the tree the week after Thanskgiving and it is just me and my hubby doing it. The kids are doing that at their own house. Put out the other decorations including the Nativity set.
    2. baking lots of cookies
    3. church on Christmas Eve
    4. We always took the kids’ picture at the top of the stairs in their jammies before they came down for stockings and breakfast. Open the stockings first on Christmas morning — then breakfast – always fresh cinnamon rolls and fruit, start the meat cooking, start opening gifts
    5. Opening one gift at a time – all the others watch what is received.
    6. Sharing time as a family and getting ready for dinner
    7. Playing games together and enjoying time together as a family. This year this is very important because it will likely be the last Christmas for a while with our daughter, hubby, and little son as they will be leaving for Romania as missionaries in the Spring. So this year time spent with them will be precious indeed. Being with the fmaily is the most important thing and the best tradition of all. Now there are four little grandchildren under the age of 3 (2 are twins) so it will be fun watching and playing them for sure. They just invite fun, and all the grandparents know this for sure!ReplyCancel

  • BettyBeeDecember 18, 2008 - 9:14 am

    Becca, I am fairly new at finding your site, but absolutely love it. You are truly an inspiration to me. I am in awe of the details that you put into your work, and I am striving to add more to mine…

    Our Christmas traditions are many. First is attending Church at 6:00 on Christmas Eve, which marks the end of the preparation “madness” and the spiritual evening is truly one our family enjoys. We read the story of the Savior’s birth, spend quiet time at home, have egg nog, and I have a coloring book that is over 35 years old. I color one page a year, so I do the year’s page, and we read “The Night Before Christmas” and off to bed with the little ones….if any are visiting, now that ours are all grown.

    I’ll have to share Christmas day traditions another time, as this is long.
    Thank you for the opportunity to stop a moment and think forward. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and joyous New Year.

  • TildaDecember 18, 2008 - 9:15 am

    I love stopping by your blog, such great ideas!!!

    Okay favorite Christmas tradition…..Our girls and us make a Happy Birthday Jesus Cake for Christmas day every year. We sing Happy birthday to Jesus as well…they are now 15 and 20 and still love doing this…..I am sure we will be doing this for many more years to come!

    Thank you for offering fabulous blogcandy! Merry CHRIST-mas!ReplyCancel

  • Chris R.December 18, 2008 - 9:21 am

    Congatualtions on all those hits, but we should be the ones thanking you! Your creativity is an inspiration. I appreciate you taking the time to share with us. We have two traditions – making lots of cookies and candy and giving it to friends and relatives. Also, we get the kids a new ornament every year, usually something to do with a special event during the year. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Linda BDecember 18, 2008 - 9:24 am

    Hi and a BIG CONGRATS to you!!!!
    First off I have to tell you I love your cards. They are so wonderful and such a great inspiration. This is really great blog candy you have offered.
    One of our family traditions is that on Christmas eve we have pizza for dinner and then open our gifts while drinking hot chocolate or hot wassil. We have been doing this ever since I can remember….even when I was a child. This has been such a strong tradition that now my boys have this tradition in their families.
    Merry Christmas to all. :)ReplyCancel

  • VonDecember 18, 2008 - 9:25 am

    My most favorite tradition for Christmas is My Mother and I would go to the different churches that would have their Bazaars and the 4-H sponsored a Christmas house and they would sever goodies and great punch. At the houses they would share recipes of the foods and the delicious beverages. We started this tradition when I was very very young and as a teen we got this delicious hot punch that we would have together on Christmas Eve. If we weren’t together which was not often, we would make it whereever we were and call each other and sip our hot punch.ReplyCancel

  • Ms. Crafty If You're NastyDecember 18, 2008 - 9:25 am

    my favourite Christmas tradition is decorating our tree… we always start with the same decoration (a Baby’s First Christmas ornament from my first Christmas)… we put on the Christmas tunes, drink hot chocolate and i obsess over the placement of my favourite ornaments…

    congrats on your huge, huge milestone… and thank you for the opportunity to win!ReplyCancel

  • MarisaDecember 18, 2008 - 9:26 am

    Congratulations on all the hits! You do lovely work and I have enjoyed recently adding you to my blog check :)

    One of our traditions is making gingerbread and sugar cookies. The kids and I decorate them and then take them to our neighbours and to the fire hall up the street. It is a wonderful time to be able to share some love with others.ReplyCancel

  • MiluDecember 18, 2008 - 9:27 am

    Wow Becca 900k!!!
    My favorite tradition is to get together with my dad’s family (over 50 people) and eat all kinds of diferent foods,we are Portuguese…and have the Secret Pal gift exchange until 1 am on Christmas Eve…ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SchmidtDecember 18, 2008 - 9:29 am

    I so love every card you make. You are such an inspiration to me.

    My favorite Christmas tradition is getting together with family – We have the WHOLE family over for dinner and I make my grandmother’s jello salad.

    Bottom layer:
    1 large lime jello
    1 3/4 cup boiling water
    1 3/4 cup cold water

    Middle layer:
    1 small lemon jello
    1 1/2 cup boiling water, stir til dissolved. Add 15 to 17 cut up marshmellows, stir. break up 8 ounce cream cheese and mix in. Drain i small can of crushed pineapple and add to mixture. Fold in1 cup whipped cream with 1 tsp. sugar added.

    Top layer:
    1 large strawberry jello
    1 3/4 cup boiling water
    1 3/4 cup cold water
    Use a 9 x13 cake pan and let each layer set before adding next. Cut and serve – I flip every other one to add color to the table.
    Even tho Grandma has been gone for 18 years her spirit lives on!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Life is good!ReplyCancel

  • SaraDecember 18, 2008 - 9:30 am

    Although my family doesn’t do the holidays, we do get together and spend a lot of time together (wow that was a lot of using the word “together”). We’re a close family so that for us is what means the most just being there with each other.ReplyCancel

  • JenniferDecember 18, 2008 - 9:31 am

    I could see how you would get so many hits…your blog is awesome!!! Our Christmas traditions include going to my parents house (not this year though, the inlaws get us this year) and driving around looking at the lights on people’s homes. Thanks for the opportunity to win these incredible nestibilities.ReplyCancel

  • IdaDecember 18, 2008 - 9:33 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going out to dinner on Christmas Eve and then we drive around to look at the holiday lights and head home to open our stocking gifts. Then it’s up bright and early (usually by 6:00) to open up the other gifts. It’s about the only day of the year I don’t mind getting up early.

    Congrats on all the blog hits.ReplyCancel

  • Karen PallasDecember 18, 2008 - 9:34 am

    My favorite tradition is Christmas morning brunch when all my children and grandchildren come over to see what Santa left for them and have brunch that consists of everyone’s favorite food.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy PareneauDecember 18, 2008 - 9:34 am

    My family’s heritage is French-Canadian, we make a meat (pork) pie that is served with cranberries. It is Grandma’s recipe, have to mix the pie crust with your hands—I hear her voice telling me that. It is so delicious and brings wonderful memories of Grandma and her mother. May the wonderful smells of Christmas evoke memories to warm your heart. Thank you for sharing all year long with me, Becca. You are a gift all year long!ReplyCancel

  • SherylDecember 18, 2008 - 9:34 am

    Thank you for ALL your wonderful ideas!! I am so inspired by your creativity.

    Our most favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas morning food :)

    Now that my kids are older they still love it! My son, now 22 makes an egg caserole and I make pull aparts, nothing special but they love it and demand it every year :)

    Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • MaryDecember 18, 2008 - 9:34 am

    Our favorite christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve we have “appetisers” for supper and just ‘graze’ throughout the evening time. Our children each open one gift that is hanging on the tree – and it’s usually an ornament or christmas p.j.’s. Then off to the Christmas Eve service at church and another year of memories have been made!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy HillDecember 18, 2008 - 9:35 am

    My favorite tradition, which doesn’t happen often enough, is to be surrounded by family. We have a blended family, and my children are in Texas and Oregon while my husbands children are here in Spokane. At least we have a few members to spend Christmas with. I enjoy everything about Christmas, starting with the Christmas Eve service at our church and continuing to worship Christ on Christmas Day.ReplyCancel

  • cplatoDecember 18, 2008 - 9:36 am

    I’ve just started getting your blog, and love it! We have many traditions, but one of my favorite is making lefse (a Scandanavian potato crepe type of thing- I love to roll it with butter and sugar) and rosettes (dusted with powdered sugar), and then during the days leading up to Christmas, we give each other a hard time about leaving some lefse for the rest of us. Another favorite is decorating the tree with ornaments given to me over the years by my students- I have a name/year on each one, so as I hang one I can think about that student – I just had tea with one who is heading off to University next year, and it is so amazing to find out how they and their lives are evolving!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferDecember 18, 2008 - 9:38 am

    I love nesties! My favorite tradition is playing games with my kids after all the chaos is over.

    Jennifer L.

  • YvonneDecember 18, 2008 - 9:42 am

    Congrats on your blog counter stats! That’s very impressive! Our favourite Christmas tradition is reading the story of Christ’s birth from the Bible on Christmas morning before we open gifts. I can’t help but cry every year when I read it aloud to my family.ReplyCancel

  • Becky ElderDecember 18, 2008 - 9:45 am

    Our tradition is fonduing on Christmas eve. It’s a great opportunity for conversation.ReplyCancel

  • Amber DDecember 18, 2008 - 9:46 am

    Congrats, love your blog! One of our traditions on Christmas Eve is for our children to exchange gifts from each other. This started when I was little with my brother and I loved it so made sure we do it too.ReplyCancel

  • Beckie CarlsonDecember 18, 2008 - 9:46 am

    One of our favorite traditions is that we try and do lots of service during December. Instead of giving and getting gifts for the 12 days, we try to serve our neighbors and friends. It keeps us focused!ReplyCancel

  • TheresaDecember 18, 2008 - 9:49 am

    Congratulations! You definitely deserve 900,000 viewings of your blog – you are so talented.

    My favorite Christmas tradition is reading several books with our children on Christmas eve. We always read the story of Christ’s birth from the Bible, The Polar Express, Santa’s Favorite Story (a wonderful book – Santa tells the story of Christ’s birth), and The Night Before Christmas. (By the way, my babies are now 18 and 16 years old and they still love to hear these stories!)ReplyCancel

  • Eilen McCleanDecember 18, 2008 - 9:51 am

    Congratulations, thisis a lovely set of Nestabilitie, thank you for the opportunity to win
    My favourite tradition is baking cookies with the kids as we play music and have lots of fun while baking

  • Mary DinucciDecember 18, 2008 - 9:54 am

    Since we have become grandparents – 11 years ago now – on Christmas Eve my husband – Grandpa – gathers from our 9 grandchildren all who are present, and reads with great animation “The Night Before Christmas”. That has become my favorite Christmas tradition!ReplyCancel

  • BonnieDecember 18, 2008 - 9:54 am

    I’m addicted to your site congrats!!! I wouldn’t be surprised if you hit a million just with this candy. I hope you do!!!!
    Faith Family and Friends!!! One of our favorites is spending the day together on Christmas eve starting with a big brunch and then having a nice dinner around 4:30. After cleaning the kitchen we gather to share the Christmas story in some form (a little different each year) and then open gifts. We usually have a few “non- blood” family with us as well.ReplyCancel

  • crystal joyDecember 18, 2008 - 9:55 am

    Congrats Becca! You always have such great ideas with your blog candy. I have just read all of the entries before mine and it was fun to read all of the traditions. My favourite is the Christmas Eve candelight service and driving through a neighbourhood that goes all out with the lights and decorations after. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • SharonDecember 18, 2008 - 9:58 am

    Congratulations on 900K, Wow. I love to go all out with the Christmas decorations. The tree is a favorite. Lots of special ornaments that have to be in the perfect spot. To finish it off I either put fresh babies breath on the tree or lots of the plastic snow that comes in bags. It gives the house a real winter look.ReplyCancel

  • patonslakeDecember 18, 2008 - 9:59 am

    Our tradition is to cut a tree and hope to make a wreath from the cuttings. After the tree cutting, we have a picnic at the tree farm which usually has tables. At home, we have the big tree and at least 3 miniature fake trees for the tables. All the tree ornaments made by the boys are saved and added to the tree. Yes, it is a loaded tree with lots of memories.

  • Gidget-TrishDecember 18, 2008 - 10:08 am

    Christmas family traditions were much more fun when the kids were younger. We used to line up from oldest to youngest and march downstairs to the tree to see what Santa had brought. I also loved reading the story of Christmas from my bible by the lights of the Christmas tree and saying our prayers before bed by the tree every night. I miss those times but I still carry one the traditions that I can. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and thanks for the opportunity to win a Christmas present!

  • Traci MajorDecember 18, 2008 - 10:08 am

    Hi Becca! Congratulations on reaching this blog post! I love checking in on your lovely creations!
    As the kids were growing up, my favorite was adding a part of the nativity scene to the advent calendar. Now it is probably Christmas Eve service and just having the family together.ReplyCancel

  • Tish SchneiderDecember 18, 2008 - 10:08 am

    Congratulations on the 900,000 hits on your site, but I’m not that surprised to see that. I love visiting your website, your work is so beautiful and inspiring!

    My favorite Christmas tradition is just spending time together as a family. Being a “blended” family, we have ex-spouses, grandparents, step-grandparents, etc. to share the kids with. Plus the kids aren’t little anymore and have other places to be too (girlfriends, friends, etc), and some of the older kids even have families of their own, so it’s getting even harder! But we do somehow manage to get everybody together in one place and at one time. We eat some great food, watch a movie or two, open a few gifts, and just take some time out of the rushing around to be “us” again and be together.

    Another favorite tradition of mine is that my husband and I always have a “Christmas date.” Just the two of us, we go out to a nice dinner, exchange a small gift, and spend some quality one-on-one time together. Just helps us reconnect during a time when we’re usually both rushed and heading in different directions!

    Hope everybody has a blessed holiday, no matter what or how you celebrate!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleDecember 18, 2008 - 10:09 am

    Wow! Congrats! but, it’s not shocking that you have had that many visitors because you are soooo very talented & I visit often!

    My favorite Christmas tradition is: simply spending time with family & friends.ReplyCancel

  • Michele QuirkDecember 18, 2008 - 10:11 am

    We celebrate on Christmas Eve with the entire family and open some gifts and eat. Then on Christmas day it’s just my husband and the girls that spend the day together. Thanks for your ideas and all the awesome cards.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy SnappDecember 18, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Food! That is the tradition that I look forward to with glee. I do not mean the Christmas dinner, which we usually have at 2:00 in the afternoon. I am talkling about breakfast. We get up early and make eggs, pancakes, biscuits, and brown gravy. Oh how I look forward to the gravy that my mother makes. She told me last week that I had better learn to make it this year (for when she is no longer around). The conversation made me sad, but she is right. I would hate to lose that recipe. I enjoy this breakfast more than the main meal. Everyone is still in pajamas and we open gifts after eating. It is truly a family event.ReplyCancel

  • SusanDecember 18, 2008 - 10:20 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is setting out our nativity set. We’ve had it sicne the girls were young and when I got divorced, it’s the one thing that I wanted to keep because setting it up always made the season spiritual for me. It’s the first thing that comes out and no decorating goes on until it’s set up. I love this tradition because it’s one that my girls came up with.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win and congratulations on the 900K hits! You do beautiful work and I look forward to next years inspiration as well!ReplyCancel

  • CherylGDecember 18, 2008 - 10:23 am

    I love making my Christmas cookies every year & this year my little granddaughter will be helping me!!! Your blog is wonderful—& yes please enter me for a chance to win.

  • Karen ArthurDecember 18, 2008 - 10:24 am

    Although our traditions have changed within the past few years but looking back, we always got together with family on Christmas Eve. Each year, we had a new food theme and some were very interesting, like fondue. Imagine a snack, main dish and dessert all using fondue – what fun. We would play table games and sing while my dad played the organ.
    I wish you and everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
    I look forward to your posts each day.ReplyCancel

  • JenniferDecember 18, 2008 - 10:25 am

    Wow, congrats for all the hits! My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating a gingerbread house with my daughter. Some years we follow the picture on the box and some years, we come up with our own design, but we always have fun! Thanks for the chance at this wonderful blog candy! Merry Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Barb YurichDecember 18, 2008 - 10:29 am

    I’m glad to be part of your 900,000 hits!! My favorite holiday tradition is decorating our tree. I have ornaments from my trees as a child, handmade ones from our children and grands, yearly family ornaments (which get harder to find as our famiily grows and grows) and the remembrance ornaments for our son, who died in 2001. We decorate to music and laughter. My favorite ornament is one with my Dad’s voice recorded saying a portion of the Christmas story. what a wonderful legacy he left.ReplyCancel

  • JoanDecember 18, 2008 - 10:29 am

    One of my favorite traditions is to have the whole family over on Christmas Eve open gifts, play games eat seafood all night and then go to mass at midnight…this year will be very strange since it will be the first Christmas without my son who is deployed to Iraq. Please say a pray for him that he stays safe..

    Happy Holidays to All

    PS love your blogReplyCancel

  • neenieDecember 18, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Becca, you certainly inspire all of us with your gorgeous designs and work and the sharing of techniques with the world of crafters. You are one of the most giving people I’ve ever encountered.

    At Christmas, the family gathers at our home for Christmas Eve for a holiday meal and our family Christmas tree. With 5 children and 10 grands the gathering is a delight for me – an only child!!! We visit, talk, the grands go down to the playroom and the adults sift through the house and some end up downstairs in the pool room! The girls and I get the food ready and round up the rest of the family. After the meal and before dessert we move into the living room to enjoy the huge tree and mounds of gifts (this year we are adjusting to the economy and the gifts will be fewer but the love greater!!!) My husband insists that only one gift is opened at a time so everyone can watch the recipient’s response. Also cuts down on the chaos! We begin with youngest grand and move all the way to Granddaddy then start another round! It’s a “strain” on the youngest ones to wait!!! Then dessert is served. After all have gone home to wait for Santa, my hubby and I and anyone who has stayed behind head for our church and the candlelight communion service. I’m in charge of the candles for the 11pm service and will assist in serving the communion elements. Hubby and I return home and reflect on the past year.ReplyCancel

  • jamie schnirchDecember 18, 2008 - 10:34 am

    Our favorite tradition is one my husband and I started. Usually 2 nights before Christmas (weather permitting), we bundle up the grandkids and drive around our little town, singing favorite songs, to look at all beautiful displays and lights. The grandkids are getting older, so I don’t know how much longer they will want to do this with us, but I hope forever. Then we come home to cocoa with marshmallows and cookies!
    Merry Christmas Bekka, and thanks for sharing!

  • Karen BarineauDecember 18, 2008 - 10:35 am

    I have a couple of family traditions that I love….the first is buying my daughter a pair of Christmas socks!! I look forward to finding the perfect pair each year.
    My other favorite is inviting people who don’t have any family near to share Christmas with us. I LOVE to feed people, so I am in my element fixing dinner for everyone.

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us and congrats on the blog hits!!! Also, thanks for the chance to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth V.December 18, 2008 - 10:36 am

    Congratulations on your milestone! Two traditions that our family enjoys are walking the neighborhood to view the Christmas lights. We have many neighbors who decorate extensively and it is very fun to see what is new each night on our walk. Our other tradition is Christmas eve services at church, followed by a chili and cornbread supper at home with birthday cake for dessert. We started this when the kids were small and I love to hear their sweet voices singing happy birthday to Jesus!ReplyCancel

  • Judi MarkelDecember 18, 2008 - 10:38 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is to make Christmas cookies with my sons. And I also have a grandson that helps now too, it is so much fun. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Congrats on 900K too.

    Love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S.December 18, 2008 - 10:39 am

    One of my favorites was when we would take a drive and look at all the decorations people had put up. When they got older and we had our first granddaughter we would take her around to different neighborhoods. She would just love the idea of going with her grandpa and grandma.ReplyCancel

  • JeanDecember 18, 2008 - 10:47 am

    I have seen 75 Christmas mornings and my favorite moment is when we light the tree and that beautiful rainbow of lights breaks the morning darkness! The colors reflected in the joyous expectation on the faces of my children. My heart fills to overflowing, even now, at the prospect of what we have been given as a family. God bless us, everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Lana EdwardsDecember 18, 2008 - 10:47 am

    I love your site your creations are fabulous!!My favorite tradition is holding hands in a circle Christmas morning before opening presents and singing “Happy Birthday to Jesus” and then lighting a candle that we keep burning all day in remebrance of all our family members that have gone home to Jesus. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • MaryDecember 18, 2008 - 10:49 am

    My favorite tradition is a new one…for the past two years my husband and I take my niece and nephew to find the perfect tree and then cut it down. We have hot chocolate and sweets at the lodge where we go, then head home and put the tree up! Thanks for the giveaway and your beautiful blog!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy SpicerDecember 18, 2008 - 10:50 am

    WAHOO on your hit-acular achievement! I love visiting your blog and am always inspired to create my own works of art. My favorite Christmas tradition is attending Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. It really grounds me as to the reason I’m celebrating. Singing the hymns by candle light always brings a tear to my eye.

    Cathy SpicerReplyCancel

  • Sylvia JacquotDecember 18, 2008 - 10:51 am

    There’s a reason you have reached 900K !!! We all love your style!
    Thanks so much for sharing….

    Our family tradition is our Christmas Eve meal. My grandmother used to make yeast dumplings with rolladen and red cabbage. Now it’s a meal we all look forward to, even my grandchildren!ReplyCancel

  • Bev SmithDecember 18, 2008 - 10:58 am

    We drive around looking at all the lights while listening to Christmas music. We have a life size nativity scene downtown in our city that we always end up at.ReplyCancel

  • Debmom4caDecember 18, 2008 - 11:04 am

    I am thankful for our tree cutting tradition. For several years now my family has gotten together with another family and gone out into the bush to cut our tree. This year it will be something normal in the midst of a rough year. I guess that is what traditions are for to give you roots when you need stability.ReplyCancel

  • Mary L.December 18, 2008 - 11:08 am

    When last I looked you had 917041 Hits. It will take you a year to read them all. What fun!!
    My Christmas tradition seems to have been making most of my own Christmas cards one way or another, for over 60 years.
    Christmas Blessings now & throughout the New Year to you & yours and all who visit your Blog.
    mary l.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy in AZDecember 18, 2008 - 11:12 am

    Congrats on your milestone. I can see why your site has so many hits. Your cards are elegant and beautiful. I greatly enjoy them. A Christmas tradition I always enjoy is setting up the manger that my dad made. Placing each ceramic statue in just the right place, then plugging in the light for the first time is magical. It’s just beautiful.
    Have a Merry Christmas, and thank you for offering blog candy.ReplyCancel

  • Lavonne (tweetygirl)December 18, 2008 - 11:12 am

    Hi Becca,
    congrats on reaching 900,000! That’s great. I love to come check out your blog since I found you just a few months ago.
    I have a few favorite Christmas traditions. One, every year we get our girls a new ornament. They love it!
    Two, I’ve been trying to get 2 silver picture frame ornaments for our tree every year to put a picture of each girl in. Haven’t found the frames yet this year.
    Another tradition I love is to spend time with all the extended family either Christmas eve or Christmas day. It alternates every year. This year it will be Christmas eve. I’m just sad it won’t be as much time as some years because both my husband and I will be working that day at least until 5 pm. At least we’ll be together later!
    Merry Christmas to you and God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley LeeDecember 18, 2008 - 11:14 am

    We have a lot of Christmas traditions but one of my favorites is having all the neighbors over after the holidays to enjoy our decorations, holiday foods and cheer and each other. When my husband and I were dating, I gave him a heart ornament one year. Now 21 years later we find the perfect heart ornament each year for each other. We have a special tree in our bedroom where they all are displayed. Happy Holidays and congratulations, Becca. Your blog is always a joy to visit.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CAReplyCancel

  • mary anne harmonDecember 18, 2008 - 11:18 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creations. They are very inspiring.

    My favorite family Christmas Tradition is actually a series of traditions. We try and do something everyday until Christmas. One day put out the nativity, another the socks, the third make cookies, put up the tree, make cards, etc.
    some days it’s a big project (usually weekends) somedays its something small – a bedtime story; but everyday is something.ReplyCancel

  • BonnieDecember 18, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Hi Becca,
    Wishing you and all your site fans……Merry Christmas..
    God Bless you all
    Love BonnieReplyCancel

  • CarolenDecember 18, 2008 - 11:20 am

    First, thank you for making your wonderful site available to us!

    One of my family traditions, makes it impossible for me to claim this
    prize should my number be chosen. The 24th and 25th are set aside for family and I will not be on the computer to check in.

    I am not sure what my favourite tradition is. I do look forward to my Mom’s carrot pudding and to watching an old Christmas movie on Christmas Eve.ReplyCancel

  • Abra LeahDecember 18, 2008 - 11:32 am

    How fun! My favorite tradition has to be decorating the tree – hiding the pickle ornament, putting up all the ornaments from when I was a little girl, and looking at all my kids ornaments.ReplyCancel

  • CanneDecember 18, 2008 - 11:33 am

    I think your blog is amazing and love to see what you are up to each day.

    A favourite tradition – family dinner – boardgames after.
    thanks for putting up the blog candy,it is very generous.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila ScottDecember 18, 2008 - 11:35 am

    I just love your cards. My favorite part of Christmas is just being with family. We always had dinner at my home and all the family would come over. As the years have passed, family has moved away and some have passed away. I still cherish time spent with family be it 2 people or 20 for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer HodgeDecember 18, 2008 - 11:42 am

    We do not have any traditions I have to share my kids with other family every year. I think one thing we do over the holdays is go and see all the lights. I do love your blog and have even tried some stuff! Never looks as good as yours though. Thanks for a chance to win and have a safe and happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Jan ButlerDecember 18, 2008 - 11:48 am

    Our tradition is to go to church on Christmas Eve and open family gifts once home. Christmas Day is Santa’s gifts. We also enjoy oyster stew on Christmas Eve, anyway some of us enjoy it. It’s our Danish family thing.
    Going to church is a weekly joy and the Eve service magnifies that joy of freedom.ReplyCancel

  • BeckySDecember 18, 2008 - 11:54 am

    We don’t really have many traditions anymore, the only one I can think of is we eat a delicious breakfast on Christmas morning, usually homemade cinnamon buns or french toast. I plan to have lots of family traditions when I have kids.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy EDecember 18, 2008 - 11:54 am

    I really enjoy my visits to your blog… so many beautiful things to see!

    My favourite Christmas tradition doesn’t happen anymore… my Dad used to read us “The Night Before Christmas” from a book he had as a child, on Christmas Eve. Once we had kids, he would read it to them.

    Now that Dad is gone, we all remember it well, but no one has stepped in to take his place.ReplyCancel

  • EvaDecember 18, 2008 - 11:54 am

    Our tradition used to be going to church on Christmas Eve and by the tiime we came back Santa had been there and brought our gifts. Your art is amazing and thank you for offering this awesome blog candy, I so love all the nestabilities.ReplyCancel

  • Linda wDecember 18, 2008 - 11:55 am

    A favorite tradition for me is having all of my boys over on Christmas Eve and each one of them always asks as they walk in “Mom did you make the shrimp dip?”. Funny the only time they ask for this is on this day. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie BurtonDecember 18, 2008 - 11:57 am

    Your blog is on my list of favourites, I find your work so inspirational, congratulations on your 90,000 hits. Thank you for the chance to win such lovely candy.

    My favourite Christmas tradition is my family get together. We always used to have a huge party at my nans house but sadly so many of the family have passed on now. I try to make it special for my own family now and hope that they will remember our get togethers at Christmas with the same fondness that I remember those of my childhood.ReplyCancel

  • buzzyDecember 18, 2008 - 11:57 am

    My husbands family has a wonderful tradition of reading the story of Jesus birth from Luke before we open gifts. It helps remind us of why we are even exchanging gifts. I love the timber of my father in laws voice and it is something we all look forward to. That and his homemade eggnog!ReplyCancel

  • Melvena A ShawDecember 18, 2008 - 12:00 pm

    Well, this is a first for me – I am so happy to have a chance to enjoy this Nestablitie Long Rectangles. I love mine … but most of all I love your blog. Your are a true artist. Blessings and May your Christmas be filled with the true meaning of Christmas! NenaReplyCancel

  • BobbieDecember 18, 2008 - 12:10 pm

    My Christmas tradition…. We read the Christmas story from the Bible, sing carols and spend time with the family.
    Angel Hugs… Chemo Angel BobbieReplyCancel

  • BarbWDecember 18, 2008 - 12:14 pm

    Hi Becca,

    Congrats on your 900k+ hits! Your artwork is beautiful and always inspiring, it’s no wonder you’ve had so many visits!

    We have many Christmas traditions, but I will share this one. We usually have 8 Christmas trees in our home, each decorated in a different theme. I get up in the morning before I awaken the girls for school and turn the lights on each of the trees and put on soft Christmas music. I’ll also light fires in the fire places and when they get up, the house is warm and festive and it really puts them in a pleasant mood before going out and tackling their day.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win these Nesties. They are on my Wish List.


  • Debi E.December 18, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition was started 21 years ago this Christmas. My baby sister had just had her first child a week earlier and was still not up to much. I came over on Christmas morning to see her family, and found out they really didn’t have any food to make a complete meal with since her husband had been laid off just a few weeks before. In my car, I had lettuce and tomatos for a salad I was making at my parents, I also had a loaf of bread. She had bacon in the freezer….so I took out the bacon, had my B-I-L start thawing and frying and had Esther sit at the table and put bread in the toaster and I cut up the lettuce and tomatoes for BLTs. I still have BLTs for Christmas breakfast every year with my baby sister and her family! My nephew has 2 children and this will be their first Christmas with BLTs for breakfast! I hope this is one tradition we can have for a very long time to come.ReplyCancel

  • AnnelieDecember 18, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    Becca, I love checking your site everyday as you do such beautiful cards. I envy you your talent as I am sure everyone else who visits does as well. We don’t really have a Christmas tradition anymore since our son was killed in a car accident. Everything changed after that and we have a very low-key celebration. This year we don’t even have a tree up, as we have a 7-month old puppy and are afraid she would get into the ornaments. Maybe next year! This is my husband’s retirement puppy and she has been quite a handful, but life would be boring without her. Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Helen VDecember 18, 2008 - 12:20 pm

    I’m glad you’re pleased with your blog count — because we’re sure pleased with your blog! You are a true source of inspiration. Reaching 900,000 is pretty amazing but seems appropriate since I’d have to say you come across as a someone who is a one in a million kind of person! Regarding traditions, there are so many but I’d highlight putting cookies out for santa even though my kids are teenagers, reading from the bible on Christmas Eve, and making goldenrod eggs on Christmas morning. Thanks for sharing your creativity and your faith!
    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • AliciaDecember 18, 2008 - 12:23 pm

    one of my favorite christmas traditions is having 2 breafast. We first have breakfast at our house with my brother in law, we then go next door to my moms for baked chicken wings for breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce MDecember 18, 2008 - 12:25 pm

    I love getting together with family and friends. I love the whole cozy feeling of everyone crammed in one house. The smells of all our favorite foodsReplyCancel

  • Teresa CurtisDecember 18, 2008 - 12:28 pm

    Becca congrats on 900,000 hits! I truly enjoy coming by everyday to see what you have created for us to drol over! Here’s to another 900,000!

    One of our favorite holiday traditions is on Christmas Eve when we all get together and listen to the good classic Christmas carols while we get to open our annual Christmas Eve gift of a new pair of pajamas! We usually have hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles and get our new jammies on and then sometimes we also put in a favorite holiday dvd before the evening news comes on where we can see where Santa is on the weathermans radar, or check it out online if we miss it on the news. Of course by then he is getting close and that means the kids need to get to bed quick!

    Merry Christmas

  • sharonDecember 18, 2008 - 12:29 pm

    When my daughter was little I would give her a box of LifeSavers. One year I didn’t give them to Shannon. Boy did I find out real quick this was required. LOL I now give them to my graddaughter.

  • PattyDecember 18, 2008 - 12:31 pm

    You are just sooooo sweet and generous. My favorite tradition is getting together at my parents house on Christmas Eve. We have our traditional hot dogs & potato salad and then open presents, usually from oldest to youngest. Being the youngest, it was such a killer to wait so long. Now my son is the youngest, at least I can empathize with him! Have a Blessed Holiday!

  • LindaSDecember 18, 2008 - 12:32 pm

    The one tradition that continues even after the children have married is going to the Christmas eve service. Every year it is a very special service that truly reminds you that God gave His Son…and Jesus is the reason for the season.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BluerobotDecember 18, 2008 - 12:33 pm

    Our tradition is that i give out the presents and my husband cooks chrissy Lunch . And spending a quiet day at home. Then visiting my family shortly after the chrissy day to share a late christmas with them (that way we are not spending all day chrismtas in the car travelling)ReplyCancel

  • AnnDecember 18, 2008 - 12:35 pm

    One of my favourite Christmas traditions is that we all open one present on Christmas – usually just small things but I always remember the gift I open then.

    Becca I have put your name forward to be featured in one of our Craft Magazine over here. Don’t know whether anything will come of it but I hope so – you are so talented.

    This is the link..

    Fingers crossed
    Ann xxxReplyCancel

  • Pat MDecember 18, 2008 - 12:41 pm

    When I was young we celebrated Christmas Eve each year with the family going to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our church. As a child, it was mystical and I’ll never forget the warmth I felt. The true meaning of Christmas was so evident. Years passed, times changed and and the tradition was lost. Later I married a wonderful man and the tradition was rekindled. Celebrating this special holiday at our church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is warm and meaningful. The softness of the light and beauty of the music moves my heart and soul. Thank you for letting me share my Christmas tradition with you.ReplyCancel

  • Ann LindDecember 18, 2008 - 12:44 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking. I bake for days and give most of it away as gifts. I enjoy baking but my DH isn’t fond of sweets and I don’t need the extra pounds so Christmas is a special time for baking. Ann LindReplyCancel

  • MonicaDecember 18, 2008 - 12:48 pm

    My favorite family tradition is celebrated on Christmas Eve every year. My mother is German and was born and raised in Germany. So, we have a typical German smorgassboard for our Christmas Eve Dinner. This includes homemade German Potato salad, German ham, and other yummy items! After we eat, we exchange gifts with my parents and my niece. I know that once my mother is no longer here, I will continue this tradition of a German dinner on Christmas Eve! Thanks for the chance to win this blog candy! Merry Christmas to you and your family! God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • GinaDecember 18, 2008 - 12:54 pm

    Hi thanks for sharing, awesome blog! awsesome candy! Our tradition is just get everybody involved in the cooking process and we exchange gifts,so we don’t have to expend a lot money on buying everyone a gift, but everyone gets something nice!…hugs…ginaReplyCancel

  • TracyDecember 18, 2008 - 1:02 pm

    Wow, what generous candy you’re offering up! I’ve loved stopping by your blog since I found it a few months ago. My hubby and I don’t have any traditions of our own, but I’m looking forward to starting some- like baking cookies together or spending Xmas eve with his family.ReplyCancel

  • MaxineDecember 18, 2008 - 1:15 pm

    My favourite Christmas tradition has been to prepare the meal – the menu is similar, traditional, each year… this year we head out to my DD’s, and the main meal will be a BBQ with SIL’s family – something we have not done before.
    Church on Christmas morning has always been part of our celebrations too, here in the Antipodes.

    Thank you for your inspirational blog – absolutely love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Dannie GravesDecember 18, 2008 - 1:21 pm

    Congratulations on your hits. Your blog is fabulous! My favorite holiday tradition is taking all of our children shopping to buy presents for each other. It’s so fun watching them pick out items for each other. Sometimes their presents are so thoughtful. It’s also the one trip to the store when I don’t have them asking for things for themselves. I cherish this every year.ReplyCancel

  • Debi CDecember 18, 2008 - 1:22 pm

    I have fallen in love with Nestabilities after seeing what you have done with them. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and spirit! Have a very merry and blessed Christmas!


  • Debi CDecember 18, 2008 - 1:24 pm

    I forgot our tradition! We always travelled to see our grandparents during Christmas. The Eve was spent on my step-father’s side, and Christmas day with mom’s side. The meals were always prepared first, and then the kids got to open packages.

    Our family is now too distant to do that, so we are looking forward to new traditions with our young family.ReplyCancel

  • EvaDecember 18, 2008 - 1:24 pm

    The tradition our family keeps is reading the Christmas story before we open our gifts to help u remember the real reason for Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Pat TurnerDecember 18, 2008 - 1:26 pm

    Our most favorite holiday Christmas tradition is having all the family including all the grandchildren and neighbors and friends in for a beautiful Christmas Brunch. We include baked ham, Egg & Sausage Casserole, Home Fries, about 7 lbs. of bacon for everyone to pick on and there usually isn’t any left over. We also have a full array of fruit, cookies, pumpkin roll, and chocolate pudding cups topped with fresh whipping cream. Just having the family gathered with all the friends is a blessing to behold.ReplyCancel

  • JulieDecember 18, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    Congrats on hitting 900,000! I can see why! Thanks too for offering such enticing blog candy. I have been using Nestabilities for just a few months and absolutely love them. Our favorite family tradition is the gifting of new jammies for everyone for Christmas. To ensure we are all in our best jammies for Christmas phtos, everyone gets to open one (or whatever it takes) present Christmas Eve. Big surprise what it is…hah! The kids all say it is THE tradition they will take with them to their new families, so I guess it is a ‘hit”.

    [Just a suggestion, particularly for aging eyes, but could you enlarge your font and/or choose one less wonky. It is EXTREMELY difficult to read. I can’t tell when I type the wrong letter or punctuation and enlarging doesn’t really help either. Just a thought!)ReplyCancel

  • MarshaDecember 18, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    Favorite traditions: sharing Christmas brunch with my church family (a rural church with many generations of families attending), Christmas Eve service at my church, our Christian school Christmas program with the sweet voices of the children singing of Christ’s birth, hanging the “Names of Jesus” ornaments on a special tree with my grandson, laughing and playing games with my family at our Christmas get together. Thanks for your blog – I enjoy visiting.ReplyCancel

  • ChristyDecember 18, 2008 - 1:31 pm

    Wow – congrats on the 900K hits. My favorite Christmas tradition was decorating the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve while growing up. We would pick out the tree the day after Thanksgiving and tag it. The weekend before Christmas would find us cutting down the tree and taking it home. My dad would set it up and put the lights on but we didn’t decorate until Christmas Eve after the candlelight service at church. After the tree was decorated, we’d eat either roast beef sandwiches or meatball sandwiches. Good memories indeed. Thanks for the chance to enter!ReplyCancel

  • Diana CDecember 18, 2008 - 1:37 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is singing with my family on Christmas day. Thanks for the opportunity and the great inspiration you make.ReplyCancel

  • Pat M.December 18, 2008 - 1:54 pm

    Thank you for all of your wonderful inspiration and congratulations on the 900,000 hits. That is just awesome.
    Our favorite Christmas tradition is having a yule log, standing rib and yorkshire, that my DH will cook and serve as well as all of the other foods that go with it.
    We love to go to Christmas eve service. It is so peaceful and serene.
    We have a small family, just one son, but it is beautiful to have him home and enjoy our blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Viki BanaszakDecember 18, 2008 - 2:09 pm

    Well, our family would open presents on Christmas Eve, so Santa had to come early. My sister would take me to my room and shut the door whyle Santa came. I would hear bells jingling and then Santas boots walking across the floor. Then after Santa left we could come out and open presents. Christmas day was spent at Grandmas house. My other memorie is the tree. I loved it and would play barbies in the tree. My dad and I would go to the lot and pick out the perfect one. They smelled so good.ReplyCancel

  • DebbieDecember 18, 2008 - 2:10 pm

    One of my favourite traditions is when we sit around the table for lunch and we crack open our bon bons with the person sitting next to us. Then put on our silly xmas hats from inside the bon bons and wear them throughout lunch, We all look funny and our heads get all sweaty from the hat, because it is alway hot on xmas day here, but its just one of the things we have always done since I was a little girl. I also love singing carols with my family around the tree, singing is so good for the heart.

    Have a great xmas and thanks for all your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Sue KmentDecember 18, 2008 - 2:10 pm

    Wow, you are close to one million…that is so amazing! I love that you share all your talents with us! My favorite tradition is baking and sharing Christmas cookies with family and friends! Everyone looks forward to them!ReplyCancel

  • Gabriela DuclosDecember 18, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    Your blog is amazing, as is this great giveaway!!

    My favorite tradition started after I had kids. It is the excitement of Christmas morning as they run down the stairs and see the presents for the first time.

    In my childhood we opened presents on the 24th at midnight. Although it was very exiting to see the gifts we did not have the tradition of “Santa” himself. Being Spanish we celebrated Christmas more as the “birth of Christ” and then we celebrated the 3 Wise Men Day in January.

    Its just fun to play with the concept of Santa and all that he does for the good boys and girls.

    Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • HorsebroadDecember 18, 2008 - 2:24 pm

    My favorite has been and always will be Christmas Eve church service with the entire family. It is always the most special time during the entire holiday season, and I know we all will ALWAYS remember that Jesus IS the reason for the season! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Linda BandowDecember 18, 2008 - 2:24 pm

    When I was growing up we spent Christmases with my godparents. At their house, the tree was brought and decorated by Santa on Christmas Eve after we were in bed. I could scarcely stand the suspense on Christmas morning waiting for my Mother to tell us that we could go downstairs. The tree stood in their reception hall… 8 feet of total splendor, lit by candles with presents piled underneath. That was the best part, for me anyway….the first glimpse of the tree with its’ flickering candles.ReplyCancel

  • JenDecember 18, 2008 - 2:28 pm

    My favorite tradition is just getting together with family… we all live far apart from each other so any holiday or occasion when we can get together is GREAT!!

    Congrats on the 900K !!! WOW! That’s really wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterDecember 18, 2008 - 2:49 pm

    Congrats on the hits, this is the next set I was hoping to buy!!
    Our Family tradition is to go out and see the Christmas lights at some display sometime during the holidays, in fact we are doing that tonight! Then on Christmas eve we always go to the Christmas eve service at church and then we drive around the neighborhoods on the way home and look at their Christmas lights!ReplyCancel

  • angieDecember 18, 2008 - 2:51 pm

    Congrats on 900,000 hits!!! Wow!!!

    Our tradition is to make cookies together on Christmas eve and then open one present each.

    Thanks for this chance!


  • DianeDecember 18, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    I’m a retired school teacher, and I wish
    I had thought of this tradition while my
    children were little. One of my students
    said the dessert for Christmas dinner is
    a birthday cake. They light candles and
    sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and the
    kids blow out the candles. I think it is
    such a sweet tradition! Thanks!!! DianeReplyCancel

  • SandiDecember 18, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    LOVE your work! Our tradition is to remember to be thankful for all the blessings of the past year. SandiReplyCancel

  • LauraDecember 18, 2008 - 3:23 pm

    Congratulations on your milestone. One of my favorite traditions is going to look at Christmas lights with my family on Christmas eve.ReplyCancel

  • Paola NormanDecember 18, 2008 - 3:24 pm

    Congratulations on your 900, 000 hits.
    One of my fav. holiday traditions is Christamas baking with my 7yr old son. Have a beautiful day!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene S.December 18, 2008 - 3:43 pm

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is wrapping gifts, while listening to Christmas music, with my grown daughters & my husband.ReplyCancel

  • Kim FowlerDecember 18, 2008 - 3:53 pm

    Since our daughters were 8 and 10 (now they are grown with their own children!)
    the four of us have drawn names at Thanksgiving to fill each other’s stockings. Now our sons-in law have been added to the mix and when the grand children are old enough will draw too! This really adds to our family Christmas excitement.ReplyCancel

  • BrendaDecember 18, 2008 - 4:05 pm

    Congrats on 900k hits, that is awesome. I have several favorite traditions, the weekend before Christmas we go as a family and look at some of our favorite houses that are decorated. One other one is my son and I decorate our tree every year, we have been doing this since he could walk and I cherish the time we spend together. Thank you for the chance to win some nesties.ReplyCancel

  • LoriDecember 18, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is to read the Christmas story from the Bible before we begin opening gifts. Then each person opens a gift as everyone else watches so we can share in the experience.

    Our family then attends the Nativity liturgy at our church, which officially starts right before midnight, and concludes around 2AM. It is a beautiful service! Then after sleeping in on Christmas Day, we enjoy a warm breakfast together. Christmas Day is usually very laid back for us since we don’t have extended family that lives nearby for visiting. Sometimes we will visit with church friends later in the day after we have all fully rested!

    I LOVE your blog Becca! Your art is truely inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • TanyaDecember 18, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    Our tradition is going to my MIL’s christmas morning in our new pj’s. Everyone in the family comes dressed this way. We then make breakfast and open gifts. The kids love it!ReplyCancel

  • Mira DavisDecember 18, 2008 - 4:16 pm

    hi, love your blog and looooooooooooove your blog candy!

    Have a blessed Christams and God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle (sf9erfan)December 18, 2008 - 4:16 pm

    Whoa! 900k in less than a year? What an accomplishment, and it speaks volumes to your talent -which is considerable!! My favorite tradition is to chose one present to open on Christmas eve. It’s quite the production, shaking each one, taking care to pick a GOOD one!!

    Hugs, michelleReplyCancel

  • Cindy SDecember 18, 2008 - 4:27 pm

    Our tradition includes opening gifts on Christmas Eve, followed by going to Church, then driving around looking at lights until the kids are practically asleep. Santa then fills the stockings for Christmas morning.ReplyCancel

  • MariaDecember 18, 2008 - 4:31 pm

    Hi, Becca,

    I truly enjoy your blog. Congratulations, 900k hits is an awesome accomplishment, especially in nine months.

    Our Christmas tradition is to trek 150 miles or more every Christmas eve to spend Christmas eve with my family and another 50 miles to spend Christmas day with my hubby’s family. This may not seem like much, but when my husband was active duty it became more and more important to us to spend the holidays with our respective families, so even when we were in Japan, we still made the trip. It has always been worth it. Time with family is more precious than gold.ReplyCancel

  • CherylDecember 18, 2008 - 4:33 pm

    I’ve been visiting your blog for about 3 months now and I’m so in love with your consistently elegant and beautiful designs and helpful tutorials! Congratulations!

    One of my many favorite traditions is to spend a weekend across the Straits in Victoria, BC (I live in Port Angeles, WA.) with my girlfriend shopping and visiting Buchardt Gardens all decked out with Christmas lights. It’s festive and fun!ReplyCancel

  • CherylDecember 18, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    I’ve been visiting your blog for about 3 months now and I’m so in love with your consistently elegant and beautiful designs and helpful tutorials! Congratulations!

    One of my many favorite traditions is to spend a weekend across the Straits in Victoria, BC (I live in Port Angeles, WA.) with my girlfriend shopping and visiting Butchart Gardens all decked out with Christmas lights. It’s festive and fun!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy McGlincheyDecember 18, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    My husband and I love to go out on Christmas Eve and sit and have a coffee somewhere just to soak up the wonderful atmosphere. Carols playing, people bustling around doing their last minute bits and pieces. Everyone smiling and wishing each other well. Then we take our pressies to the Grand children and share in their excitement before retiring home to wind down.

    Love your blog and your Art!ReplyCancel

  • CherylDecember 18, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    I’ve been visiting your blog for about 3 months now and I’m so in love with your consistently elegant and beautiful designs and helpful tutorials! Congratulations!

    One of my many favorite traditions is to spend a weekend across the Straits in Victoria, BC (I live in Port Angeles, WA.) with my girlfriend shopping and visiting Butchart Gardens all decked out with Christmas lights. It’s spectacularly beautiful, festive, and fun!

    May God bless you this sacred season!ReplyCancel

  • Sue DDecember 18, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is our birthday party for Jesus before we head to church on Christmas Eve.ReplyCancel

  • Paper DollDecember 18, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    Traditions! Wow where do I start. The Christmas tree is a must do and like others it is an eclectic collection of ornaments given and bought over the past 38 years – including the original string of popcorn we did the first year we were married. Cards written every year and this year topped out at 108! I just finished writing them today!!! Pizzelles are our traditional Christmas cookie. It is an Italian waffle cookie and this year we are making 5 batches of 7 dozen each! Most recently we have given our adult children half of their gift in the form of a check. They must use the money to make Christmas happen for someone else! Just like you — giving the Nesties to make someone happy at Christmas! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • SamDecember 18, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    oooh, Nestabilities, gimme gimme!!! As the proud owner of erm….none…this would be a lovely addition to my crafting, particularly as I have heard so much about them!!

    Traditions? Well, as far as I can tell, we don’t actually have any unless you consider the general stuff like putting up the tree. But then, the stocking tradition has lasted quite well seeing as I am now 34 ha ha!! This year, Mum said that stockings would not be done this year because they are expensive and I agreed. But then Dad decided that actually we would, so this year, it looks like the stocking tradition lasts one more year!!

    Merry Christmas!!ReplyCancel

  • DebbyDecember 18, 2008 - 5:23 pm

    Our favorite traditon is to have Grandma and Grandpa over to watch movies on Christmas eve. A special dinner with them with no one else. Gives my kids more time with my parents also.
    Angel hugs

  • MoniqueDecember 18, 2008 - 5:28 pm

    Congratulations on your achievement! I wish you many many more hits on your blog because it is absolutely amazing. Our Christmas tradition was to have all the family together on Christmas Eve and have a fondue. After that all of the kids (including myself) would grab a sleeping bag and crash where every we could find room and fall asleep until Santa came. We would get woken up just after midnight as Santa was taking off. Taking off of the roof that is … someone would make all the appropriate noises and we would think that Santa was actually on the roof. I just remember really believing that he was at OUR house!ReplyCancel

  • BethDecember 18, 2008 - 5:32 pm

    Becca I read your blog daily. I love your style.

    My favorite tradition is going out & looking at the Christmas lights. We go for a drive & look at all the pretty displays. When my mother was alive she used to go with us. Afterwards we stop for some ice cream or something.ReplyCancel

  • KellyMBDecember 18, 2008 - 5:35 pm

    My favorite tradition is putting the ornaments on the tree. Our tree is full of ornaments that were given to me growing up, given to DH growing up, and those that we give to our children. I love looking at the tree all lit up and glowing, full of memories.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel HopeDecember 18, 2008 - 5:37 pm

    OOOO, I am crossing my fingers and toes that I win…I NEED those SO BAD!!! ;)

    We always bake lots of cookies and breads the weekend before Christmas and give them to neighbors and friends, I just Love the family all gathered in the kitchen, the kids decorating cookies, etc!ReplyCancel

  • Katy DDecember 18, 2008 - 5:42 pm

    Our family has a table cloth that was started in the ’70s when I was a little girl…each Christmas, my Grandmother would pull it out and use it on the table and everyone would sign it with a date and maybe a picture to commemorate their attendance. My grandparents are now both deceased but we still use this table cloth each year…my children are added as well as my neice and nephew. Looking at all the “entries” brings back such good memories. I only hope that my children hold it as dear as I do.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki JonesDecember 18, 2008 - 5:42 pm

    Because we don’t “do” Santa and I like to make Christmas morning more than an attack on the tree, we started doing treasure hunts. When they were younger, I’d give each of the kids a card with step by step directions to their treasure on Christmas morning. The older ones helped the younger one and it was a fun time.ReplyCancel

  • Sue mDecember 18, 2008 - 5:45 pm

    Hi becca! thanks for the chance to win such awesome blog candy! Well, let’s see……I think our favorite Christmas tradition is getting together on Christmas day at my sister’s house and exchanging gifts and memories. Reminiscing about past Christmas’s and how thankful we are for where we are now. I really enjoy being with my family and are so grateful to have them in my life. What better way to spend Christmas?ReplyCancel

  • Helen ReitersDecember 18, 2008 - 5:50 pm

    Christmas is such a joyous time of the year. One of our traditions is to attend Christmas Eve Mass with my family. We then spend the evening together sharing a meal and reminescing about the year. We awake the next morning to opening our presents and having a wonderful Christmas breakfast. I hope you and your family have a joyful, peaceful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savious Jesus Christ. Helen ReitersReplyCancel

  • MarilynYDecember 18, 2008 - 5:51 pm

    Congrats on your 900,000 hits. It’s a tribute to your fabulous ideas and talent. Growing up in the country, we made most of our christmas ornaments using construction paper to make paper chains, cut-lace snowflakes, paper dolls and balls. We blitzed them out with glitter and ribbons. We did this until we kids were all in Intermediate school. It was fun because we competed with each other to make the most beautiful or bizzare ornaments. Mom kept a lot of the ornaments and gave them to us when we all married. I had mine framed to remind me of the ‘good ol’ days’.ReplyCancel

  • JoaniDecember 18, 2008 - 5:54 pm

    One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to pull out all the Christmas decorations early in the morning and decorate all day. Reliving memories of Christmas’ past and ones who are no longer with us. Then once we are done we jump in the car and go out that night to drive around town and see other house’s outside decorations ~ then come home for some yummy hot chocolate.ReplyCancel

  • valDecember 18, 2008 - 5:57 pm

    Baking cookies. My Mom would start in October and bake/freeze at least 2 kinds every week, I never thought she was crazy then! A few years back I took all her handwritten recipes and preserved them with copies for my collection. I don’t start in October and the selection isn’t as varied but I wont ever let a Christmas go by without baking at least 2 kinds of cookies…I have to, it’s tradition!

    Happiest of Holidays to Everyone,

  • MelindaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:00 pm

    Our Christmas tradition was to get together at my parents house on Christmas eve. Mother would make chili for our hot dogs & we’d have ham sandwiches, sausage balls, potato salad & pecan pies. Now that my parents are older everyone comes to my house for Christmas eve. We don’t have the good food that my mother always made but we enjoy each other’s company & open presents.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleDecember 18, 2008 - 6:00 pm

    First of congrats on hitting 9ook!! that’s awesome!
    My favorite tradition is food related. My mother always made a delicous Christmas Pudding that took forever to make and included ground beef suet. hmmm sounds pretty wierd, huh? Well this is the first year I made it and can’t wait to try it out. I hope it’s as delicous as the last one my mom made.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineCreationsDecember 18, 2008 - 6:00 pm

    Holy cow Becca! 900 000! You go girl! Congratulations!

    And what a nice little bit of candy too !

    A tradition for us before Christmas is to make sugar cookies as a family. Then we ice them…and we always tell the kids to be more generous with the icing! It’s a one to one ratio! The thickness of the cookie should be the thickness of the icing…they think it’s hysterical and love it!

    Christmas Eve is the service at church which is all of our kids favourite part. Then we’re off to my parents for opening presents (this is a German tradition…we’ve never waited till Christmas day)….

    Blessings Becca!ReplyCancel

  • P MyersDecember 18, 2008 - 6:01 pm

    Congratulations on 900K! I so enjoy your blog and you ideas are fabulous. I have so many Christmas traditions that I love, but the one that comes to mind first is buying a special ornament ( or ornaments) for our son. I always get him one with son and the year on it, the others are whatever I think he will enjoy. When he was little it was Sesame Street characters. Now that he is older it may be Indiana Jones or one of the musical instruments he plays. He has had his own little tree since he was two years old, so, you can imagine how many ornaments are on the tree now. Granted, Sesame Street and a few from the early years are packed away and being saved for his children. This was a tradition my mother started for me and I so appreciate those ornaments, especially now since she is no longer with us.ReplyCancel

  • Soraya MejiaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:08 pm

    First off, I love your site. I know that you always have great ideas and wonderful links to share.

    My favorite tradition is making Christmas baubles with my children. we have about 5 or 6 made by my baby daughter and 1 made by my son.

    Happy holidays!


  • DiannaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:08 pm

    I come from a family of 6 children. Christ’s birthday is still celebrated as a family, at mom and dads on Christmas Eve, with many of the family attending midnight mass at the church we were raised in. Hearing all the church psalms, brings back so many wonderful memories of our childhood, and family gatherings.
    Thank you for sharing your talent on your blog.
    Dee (deelite SCS)ReplyCancel

  • Linda EdwardsDecember 18, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    Merry Christmas to you! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is watching “White Christmas” every year. One of my very favorite gifts was when my sister bought me the DVD. Congrats on 900K, but it’s no surprise to me. I feel that we (your readers) should be rewarding YOU! Thanks for sharing your talent with us – and may God bless you and your family in the upcoming year.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon in NEDecember 18, 2008 - 6:12 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition growing up was going with my Dad to “make hospital calls”, as he called it, on the elderly in nursing homes and VA hospitals. He visited the local ones weekly, but those who lived in other parts of the state, we only visited on holidays, particularly Christmas Day. The time spent driving with him and the joy he brought to those sweet senior citizens really made an impact on me. Now, my dad is 90 and in a nursing home himself. You can bet, my daily visits with him are equally precious.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie in OHDecember 18, 2008 - 6:22 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is hanging up all our handmade ornaments on the Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend. We usually make one each year, so some of them are made by my kids, and the other ones are those we received through a swap(from a home school message board). Many of the handmade ornaments represent a picture book like Corduroy, Madeline, Night of the Moonjellies, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Carol HeadsDecember 18, 2008 - 6:27 pm

    My favourite Christmas tradition is singing carols. I belong to two choirs and I have always loved to sing. Music can make you feel very emotional especially at this time of year!
    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • sandie994December 18, 2008 - 6:28 pm

    My favorite tradition is just spending time with family and friends. No matter what else is going on, we all make the time to visit and enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Holly BuchanDecember 18, 2008 - 6:31 pm

    I’m not surprised you’ve reached as high as you have in as short of period. Your work is stunning and you are truly a remarkable artist. Word spreads fast when good inspiration is found. Congratulations.


  • Chris BlanshardDecember 18, 2008 - 6:31 pm

    Our favourite family tradition is to go to our tiny little church in my parents village for the candlelight carol service late on Christmas Eve. It’s a special place for us as DH and I were married there and our DD was baptised there. It’s only the size of a large sitting room but is packed with warmth and light and love.
    Congratulations Becca on passing another milstone!ReplyCancel

  • SusanHDecember 18, 2008 - 6:47 pm

    My favorite tradition is our Happy Birthday Jesus cake we have every year – since my goddaughter was a little girl she has insisted that we have a Happy Birthday Jesus cake at dinner with candles (she blows them out!). She’s 19 now and has already asked about the cake!!ReplyCancel

  • Marie DonnellyDecember 18, 2008 - 6:49 pm

    Wow, Becca! Congrats and thanks for the chance to win these beauties!

    Our family loves to take several ornaments from “giving trees” around town and give thoughtful gifts to the recipients. What ever they “ask” for, we always go a couple of steps further. It’s so much fun, and so gratifying!!!!ReplyCancel

  • MariaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:49 pm

    Every Christmas after we finish opening gifts, we have a solemn moment when we open the very last gift. It is a small box and in it is a long spike and a note as if written by Jesus. We are reminded of the most Precious Gift of all and gives us the proper perspective.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C.December 18, 2008 - 6:49 pm

    Our favorite tradition is to take our granddaughters to church Xmas eve and then drive them around and look at all the neighborhoods all lit up and ready for Xmas. We then take them home and sprinkle reindeer food outside and set up cookies and milk for Santa. Mom & Dad appreciate the extra time they get but my husband and I feel that we have the best deal! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • inny HDecember 18, 2008 - 6:56 pm

    Wow. That is great to have that many hits on your blog. My favorite tradition is midnight mass. We sing in the choir and it is such a wonderful, calm service. It starts Christmas off just right.ReplyCancel

  • DebDecember 18, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    My favorite tradition is sneaking a gift from Santa into a little cardboard train that Santa used for my son’s first gift 21 years ago. That little train is worn now, but somehow Santa finds it, fills it and leaves it under the tree after all these years!!!ReplyCancel

  • WandaDecember 18, 2008 - 6:59 pm

    Oooh, love the pretty candy! I have decided I really ‘need’ some Nestibilities so I hope I win!
    Our favourite traditions (can I add two??) :
    1. Decorating and assembling the gingerbread house (done from a kit now that I have twins, lol)
    2. Church on Christmas Eve. Even if I am away from home I try to find a church for this special service!ReplyCancel

  • Yaneri - Orange County, CaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:04 pm

    Wow! this is so COOL! Thank U for giving this away! Crossing my fingers and wishing on a star for this.
    Traditions in our house is baking cookies on the day of christmas eve evening and having hot coco and watching old movies and snuggling with a warm fire in the fireplace.ReplyCancel

  • barb schramDecember 18, 2008 - 7:06 pm

    My very favorite is going to church, the candleight service on Christmas eve…as all sing silent night, we all light a candle from each other as the sanctuary lights dim…it’s so fitting and beautiful to celebrate the birth of our Lord!ReplyCancel

  • JanDecember 18, 2008 - 7:08 pm

    We always go to church on Christmas Eve and then my immediate family comes over for food and opening gifts with the grandchildren. We visit other family members on Christmas Day.

    Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!ReplyCancel

  • GloriaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:12 pm

    Our most favorite Christmas tradition is the gathering of family to make the Christmas tamales. Then getting all dressed up to go to Midnight Mass and after Mass, coming home with all our family and friends to dig in to the tamales. Such joy and happiness after worshiping our Lord.ReplyCancel

  • PatriciaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:18 pm

    We have four children, all grown now. When they were very young, our family and close friends would gather at our home on Christmas Eve for dinner, church, and then an evening with all children taking part by singing a song, playing an instrument, or reading a poem – what gifts they always brought to us. We would end the evening with my reading “The Christmas Guest” by Helen Steiner Rice, long before it became so popular. We would then have a birthday cake to celebrate the birth of Jesus, with all singing Happy Birthday to Jesus, which we still do today. Our children being grown now do not perform for us, but they always ask me to read “The Christmas Guest,” which still brings tears to the eyes of all and reminds us of how we should live our lives, and then we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. I know this tradition will continue with our children and their children. We are very blessed, and very thankful.

    Have a blessed Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • NANCY RILEYDecember 18, 2008 - 7:21 pm

    CONGRATS on your milestone hits, Becca! Your talent is unique and over the top … that’s why you have so many hits! … plus, you are a super sweet person!

    I don’t normally leave comments in hopes of winning blog candy, but I couldn’t resist a chance at Nestabilities! Can you believe I don’t own a single one?!

    Favorite Christmas tradition … church on Christmas Eve with my family. The evening lighting, the gorgeous traditional music, the love, the pure joy in celebration of Christ’s birth!ReplyCancel

  • Denise SDecember 18, 2008 - 7:46 pm

    I would have to say that my favourite tradition is enjoying our buffet of delicious homemade appetizers and baked goods on Christmas Eve with the family, enjoying our time together, listening to our favourite Christmas music and anticipating Christmas Day to come. Not long now!
    Btw, I just love, love, love your creations, Becca! Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie HughesDecember 18, 2008 - 7:51 pm

    My 2 favorite traditions are cookie swap with my sister. We started when we were young and my mom would let us make and bake. Now that we are 38 and 40 we divide them and do them with our children and get together to make platters. THe other is to make an advent christmas countdown tree with 25 kisses. I did it as a kid and now my 2 daughters do it each year. It’s great to see them change. My 6yo can now do it by herself.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry107December 18, 2008 - 7:52 pm

    Congrat!! Becca!! I am just so verrry glad I found your blog!! Your designs are awesome!! For my family tradition- it would be baking our Christmas sugar cookies-there were three girls-and even though I have no children of my own-our tradtion of baking Christmas sugar cookies has now carried down to my nieces and their children! It is a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • jean michaelDecember 18, 2008 - 8:00 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is having family together and eating non-traditional christmas food.

  • DeniseBDecember 18, 2008 - 8:00 pm

    My favorite memory was going to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. It was such a treat to get to stay up so late! Actually, we took naps early in the evening, then got up in time to go to the church. But it always seemed fun to go out so late at night.

  • Pam SCS-"craftea19"December 18, 2008 - 8:00 pm

    Wow! Rebbeca! What did you say??? once in awhile people may visit your blog??? 900,000! That’s a whole lot of visiting! LOL! I just started blogging and am happy for anyone who takes a peak. Do YOU remember those days? LOL! You are a very talented lady and I appreciate you taking the time to share with me, blog candy or no blog candy. Have a wonderful God Blessed Christmas and New Year.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie CDecember 18, 2008 - 8:09 pm

    Wow, 900,000! We always make homemade cinnamon buns for Christmas morning and share them with friends.ReplyCancel

  • Mary MarshDecember 18, 2008 - 8:17 pm

    Congratulations on so many hits to your blog. It’s not hard to see why-your work is so beautiful. I cased your cuttlebug lace tree for one of my christmas cards this year.
    Our favorite tradition is to have a happy birthday Jesus party after everyone opens their gifts. We have a cake and balloons and sing happy birthday to Jesus. It’s been a part of our celebration for 10 years now.ReplyCancel

  • Mary O.K.December 18, 2008 - 8:18 pm

    Every single “hit” is richly deserved! Your blog is a beautiful and unique addition to the world.
    Christmas Blessings,
    Mary O.K.ReplyCancel

  • NancyDecember 18, 2008 - 8:20 pm

    My favorite tradition is being with my family on Christmas and giving silly gifts along with the “real” gifts. We try to find something funny and make everyone laugh.ReplyCancel

  • cards4uDecember 18, 2008 - 8:23 pm

    Congrats! One of my my favorite traditions is hopping in the car with the family and traveling back home on Christmas day to see our family and hopefully some snow too!ReplyCancel

  • SmilynStefDecember 18, 2008 - 8:29 pm

    I would love to try these out … thanks for the chance to win & congrats on the hits.ReplyCancel

  • CaroleDecember 18, 2008 - 8:36 pm

    My Dad is now 94 years old but still in very good health. As my 3 sons and their families (16 grandchildren) gather around my Dad, he reads the Christmas story from Luke to all of us before we have prayer and open our gifts. This is a tradition that we have done for many years.

    Absolutely love your blog. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t check it. It was through you that I found the website Our Daily Bread. I would buy every one of their sets if I could afford it.ReplyCancel

  • DianeDecember 18, 2008 - 8:49 pm

    This is just one of several traditions. My children always got new PJ’s to wear on Christmas Eve. I have continued this tradition with my grandchildren and give them their new PJ’s the week before Christmas so mommy can get them all washed and ready for the big night.ReplyCancel

  • Krista BDecember 18, 2008 - 8:55 pm

    Your creations are absolutely gorgeous, I’m so very happy I found your blog lots of beautiful eye candy here : ) My fav. Christmas tradition is our Family joke gift swap. It is such a fun time seeing what everyone has bought each other and the reason why! We always laugh so hard the tears start streaming from all the laughter. I love this tradition and can’t wait to see what I get this year! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Louise BrownDecember 18, 2008 - 9:00 pm

    We always do a birthday cake for Jesus. The grandchildren always enjoy this part of our Christmas celebration and it helps us reflect on why we celebrate Christmas. We also do Samaritan Purse Shoeboxes each year with our grandchildren. We always look forward to these times. Thank you Becca for sharing all your knowledge and beautiful creations with us. I look forward to checking in each day.ReplyCancel

  • Linda C.December 18, 2008 - 9:02 pm

    My favorite tradition is opening gifts with my dh on Christmas Eve by the fireplace. Congrats on your huge blog success! Thanks for sharing your God given talent w/us all!!ReplyCancel

  • JeanneDecember 18, 2008 - 9:02 pm

    I am 58 years old. Ever since I was a child, our family has always read the scripture in Luke chapter 2 before any presents were opened.ReplyCancel

  • Louise BrownDecember 18, 2008 - 9:03 pm

    We always do a Happy Birthday Jesus cake at our Christmas celebration. The grandchildren really enjoy this and it helps us to reflect on why we celebrate Christmas. We also make Samaritan Purse Shoeboxes with our grandchildren each year. The grandchildren enjoy being a part of helping someone at Christmas. Becca, thank you for sharing your knowledge and all your beautiful creations with us. Have a blessed Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia LuisaDecember 18, 2008 - 9:03 pm

    900,000? Congratulations for a most stunning success.
    I believe that the best thing I do for myself is to assimilate the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not about the material gifts, but the spritual gift given to us 2000 years ago, with the knowledge of the future to come in 33 short years, yet he was a willing lamb for the sacrifice to come.ReplyCancel

  • Christine RayDecember 18, 2008 - 9:04 pm

    My favorite Christmas Tradition is sleeping one night in the livingroom under the Christmas Tree lights. Of course it started when I was a kid… and now I’m doing it with my grandkids! Thanks for the opportunity to win those lovely Nestability Rectangles! God Bless,

  • JoAnn BurnhamDecember 18, 2008 - 9:06 pm

    Wow, congrats on all the hits. I can see why. You are very talented and creative. Thanks for sharing so much on your blog. I enjoy visiting it each day. The only tradition we have is that all our children and grandchildren (the ones that are able to) come to our house for Christmas dinner. Wishing you a Blessed Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Kitty RodahlDecember 18, 2008 - 9:08 pm

    Becca, I absolutely love your style! So elegant and beautiful! Your blog has become a favorite of mine. Congratulations on 900,000 hits!
    One of our favorite traditions during the Christmas season is to get out our cross country skis and ski around our land and through the wooded areas. When we are lucky enough to have a clear sky and moonlight, it’s beautiful. We have been out when it has dipped to -20 degrees. Church is an important part of family life for us so our Christmas Eve service is a favorite tradition as well. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • ConnieDecember 18, 2008 - 9:13 pm

    My Mom always hid the present that we wanted the most and made these silly little rhymes up as clues. It was originally started to make Christmas last longer-She complained that it took weeks of preparation and in five minutes Christmas was done. I do this with my kids now. My oldest is 16 and still asks that “Santa” leave her a note in her stocking because she likes to look for her gift.ReplyCancel

  • Susan MDecember 18, 2008 - 9:17 pm

    Our family tradition when growing up was we got to open one gift on Christmas eve.ReplyCancel

  • Karen HaysDecember 18, 2008 - 9:21 pm

    Our tradition is a family football game. Everyone has to play, no matter your age.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela C.December 18, 2008 - 9:43 pm


    We always read the Christmas story fromt he Bible that my husband received for Christmas before joining the Air Force. The Bible is falling apart but our grown kids still want it read from that Bible.

    pscole3467 at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • KatherineDecember 18, 2008 - 9:47 pm

    We have several traditions, but Christmas Eve is probably the best time for us. We usually spend the afternoon baking cookies and decorating them. Then in the evening we all go to church together. We come home to warm tamales followed by a cruise around town looking at Christmas lights. It’s wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • AnneDecember 18, 2008 - 9:55 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition, my Mother started many moons ago…I pick one small gift for each of my children and my husband to open later in the day, when all of the gifts have already been open. I wait until they least expect it and say oh I don’t know where this came form or santa forgot to put this under the tree! It is silly but cute, and heart warming at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Janine TitkoDecember 18, 2008 - 10:00 pm

    Our family tradition has gone to pass as the “family” has gotten too large. My mom was the oldest of 8 children. From the eight children, I am #4 of 24 grandchildren. We used to have a family party the Sunday between Christmas and New Year. Now with my 2 children their are 42 great grandkids and we are still growing. Everyone is spread over several states and on each coast. It has only been the last 3 years that all of us have failed to get together in a rented hall to celebrate. I am sad as this year my grandma is turning 85 on Christmas day and there will be no party. At least my family can help her celebrate.ReplyCancel

  • PaulaDecember 18, 2008 - 10:05 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition happens on Thanksgiving. After dinner the dishes are cleared and we gather around the table and do a Christmas craft. One year we (Mom, Dad, Grandma and me) had pulled down grape vines and made wreaths. Everyone had brought stuff to decorate wreaths and we made some beautiful creations. Another year we decorated sweatshirts. Most years the crafts aren’t that large or involved. All ages participate — older ones helping the younger ones and young ones helping the older ones. It is a great opportunity to interact with the kids and each other. I remember one year Roddy was over in the corner asking Shelly to come help him. Shelly was ignoring him. FInally someone said something to Shelly about it and she explained he had tied her shoe strings around the table leg. This year we made foam reindeer ornaments. Simple and easy and was fun and funny trying to figure them out. They still haven’t forgiven me for the angels made with beads and safety pins. I think mine is still partially finished wrapped up in a napkin somewhere. Those suckers were hard! Last year we (mostly the kids) made Christmas cards to send to soldiers in the hospital. One year we tied a quilt for a new baby in the family. Another year we tied two lap quilts for an aunt & uncle who were both going through chemo. Everyone — including the guys — tied a few “love knots”. No matter what we do, it is a wonderful time for interaction with family and friends and we take home a little rememberance or send a little love.ReplyCancel

  • Betz61December 18, 2008 - 10:23 pm

    I think my favorite tradition is the filling of the stockings I fill everyones stockings every year (siblings, children,grandchildren and nieces,nephews) I start at the end of year the day after christmas for the next year picking out treats that I think the recipient would like through the year. Then 2 days before our get together they bring me their stockings to fill. I love to watch their faces when I get something they really like or wanted.ReplyCancel

  • Susie LDecember 18, 2008 - 10:35 pm

    I still put up stockings for hubby and me at our old age, even tho we don’t have a chimney, putting an apple and orange and nuts in them, as my parents did nearly 70 years ago……
    congrats on your awesome blog…….ReplyCancel

  • loreneDecember 18, 2008 - 10:39 pm

    we started this a few years ago. the company my hubby works for has a bus that will fit 25 or so people. we take it out at christmas time to go see all the lights. there are grandparents, great grandparents, children, babies – all ages! we have chili at our home, then into the bus we get! we sing carols and with the little ones – wheels on the bus! afterwards – hot chocloate at our home! LOTS of fun!

    thanks for the chance to win….


  • BrendaDecember 18, 2008 - 10:44 pm

    My favorite tradition involves an advent calendar. It has a little stuffed mouse that the kids would always move from day to day. I remember just a few short years ago my youngest was in her teens and I would smile when I realized the mouse had moved without my prompting. Then we had a couple of years where she wasn’t so interested, and I would have to gently point out that the mouse hadn’t moved.

    Well, this year she went off to college. I thought I probably wouldn’t put up the calendar. But she insisted I HAD to put it up. So now guess who is moving the mouse!

    Lots of memories of that calendar.ReplyCancel

  • Patti CunninghamDecember 18, 2008 - 10:49 pm

    Gathering with family near and far…opening one gift on Christmas Eve and enjoying our day together, dancing off the calories after dinner!!
    Love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • WendyDecember 18, 2008 - 10:54 pm

    We don’t really have a christmas tradition.We just get together and thoroughly enjoy spending time together.Having a great meal together and opening our presents.Since the passing of my oldest son 5 years ago, spending time with family has a whole different meaning now. I cherish family a whole lot more now.ReplyCancel

  • Diane SDecember 18, 2008 - 11:17 pm

    We have several family traditions that we love…Christmas Eve we have lunch with my side of the family and then go to Christmas Eve mass with some of our close friends.
    Afterwards we come home and each of our boys open one Christmas gift before they go to bed. The next morning we open gifts to Christmas music playing, then have a nice breakfast and a wonderful dinner every year at my in-laws.ReplyCancel

  • MayleeDecember 18, 2008 - 11:18 pm

    We get dressed up and take family pictures in front the the tree, drives the kids crazy because they can’t wait to open their presents!ReplyCancel

  • MayleeDecember 18, 2008 - 11:18 pm

    We get dressed up and take family pictures in front the Christmas tree, drives the kids crazy because they can’t wait to open their presents!ReplyCancel

  • MiriamDecember 18, 2008 - 11:21 pm

    Congratulations on reaching 900,000. It is not surprising, as your site is wonderful! We so appreciate your talent, your inspiration, and your Christian witness. As human beings, created in the image of God, we were meant to “create”. You certainly have embraced that concept. Christmas holds many traditions in our family. As our parents have passed away, some traditions have changed. We now enjoy re-lighting all of the advent candles with prayer and scripture before sitting down to Christmas dinner. We share much good food, fellowship and gifts but most of all we share God’s love reflected in our love for each other. Thank you for the wonderful Blog Candy opportunity. Have a blessed Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Peg FDecember 18, 2008 - 11:34 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity – your website is wonderful; it’s no wonder you’ve had so many hits!! Our favorite tradition at Christmas is having chili soup & oyster soup on Christmas eve, followed by church and communion. A wonderful way to celebrate the birth of our Savior!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleHDecember 18, 2008 - 11:40 pm

    We have so many holiday traditions that are all beloved. My very favorite is … on Christmas morning we have Jesus’ birthday cake for breakfast. It is the one day a year the kids are allowed to have just cake for breakfast, which makes it an extra special treat. Not even on their own birthdays do they get this. lol It’s a simple way to remind us all what we are really celebrating. Before opening presents we light the Christ Candle in our Advent wreath and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. I think it brings the focus for them back to Christ rather than ‘what did I get’.ReplyCancel

  • LisaDecember 18, 2008 - 11:58 pm

    But you didn’t tell your favorite Christmas tradition.

    My father always played Christmas music from the 50s, 60s ans 70s. As he is no longer with us, I make sure to listen to Nat King Cole and Mahalia Jackson on Christmas morning.ReplyCancel

  • sehrwunderbarDecember 19, 2008 - 12:36 am

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions we just started. we go to my mother-in-law’s and go to Midnight Mass and then come home for hot chocolate! SOO warm and wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Judith -Overland Park, KSDecember 19, 2008 - 12:36 am

    Love to go to Christmas mass as a family on Christmas Eve and then share stories from past after coming home.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda JDecember 19, 2008 - 1:00 am

    Congratulations – your blog is wonderful!!! Thanks for all you share and the blog candy would be such a great gift! My favorite part of Christmas is getting to be with as many of our family as we can gather together. Sometimes it takes two different days of celebrating to visit with them all.ReplyCancel

  • LysaDecember 19, 2008 - 1:00 am

    I enjoy most all the time I get to spend with my family- and especially seeing all the little ones so excited to open up their presents!ReplyCancel

  • DealbaidaDecember 19, 2008 - 2:43 am

    My favourite time is late on Christmas Eve. With presents wrapped, table laid and prepared veggies in the fridge, I sit in a tree-lit room, drinking coffee, watching the Midnight Service on television and thinking of family and friends who are no longer wish us. I started doing this when our son – now 35 – was a toddler and it’s still the best part of Christmas for me.

    Whatever you are doing this Christmas, may it be happy and blessed for you all.

    Marion, UKReplyCancel

  • JoseDecember 19, 2008 - 2:47 am

    Our Christmas tradition is to go to our 10.30 Christmas morning church service and see many of our friends, and then back home to our Christmas dinner.ReplyCancel

  • cherylDecember 19, 2008 - 3:57 am

    My favorite tradition is getting together with my family Christmas eve, eating, playing totally rediculous games and laughing like crazy and having a yankee gift swap. Becca congrats on the 900,000 hits. I am not surprised, God gave you a triple dose of talent and I am so glad you share it with us.ReplyCancel

  • StellaDecember 19, 2008 - 4:32 am

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions has always been the cookie baking that my kids and I do. When they were little, it was so much fun to watch them carefully choose which cookie cutter to use and just how many sprinkles to put on each cookie. Now that they are older, it means letting them help choose the newest recipe to try. Some of our best conversations happen while watching cookies bake or while nibbling on the the fresh, warm sweets.ReplyCancel

  • LindaSSDecember 19, 2008 - 4:59 am

    It was our tradition when my children were young to wake up on Christmas morning & read from our bibles the true story of why we celebrate this holiday. We always did this prior to opening our presents, so we could focus on our Savior, who is the greatest gift we will ever receive. My children are grown now, but we still enjoy doing this with our young grandchildren. My Christmas dinner this year will include a birthday cake for Jesus, where the grandkids can all take turn blowing out candles and singing Happy Birthday to Him.ReplyCancel

  • HannyDecember 19, 2008 - 5:14 am

    Congratulations on your 900,000 visitors, I love your site and visit it most days myself..

    My Christmas tradition is to first go to Church then spend the day with family and friends..

    thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this fabulous prize.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope you all have a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful NEW YEAR

    hugs HannyReplyCancel

  • ArtyjenDecember 19, 2008 - 5:18 am

    I love to go out to a local spot where there are lots of berry laden bushes. I have a great time cutting a big bunch of greenery and red berry delights and making them into a Christmas bouquet for the front of our house. I find it easier than faffing about with a circular wreath! I’ll be doing that tomorrow (Saturday) so that they last into the New Year.
    Merry Christmas to you and will be looking in and delving onto the history here. You have some great work.ReplyCancel

  • KathyDecember 19, 2008 - 5:20 am

    Congrats on your blog–it’s one of my “every single day” reads! One of our traditions is the kids get to open one package on Christmas eve. It’s always pajamas so that everyone will look good in the Christmas morning pictures! This started when I was a child, continued when my kids were children, and we still do it with the grandchildren. Small traditions made happy memories!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraDecember 19, 2008 - 5:31 am

    Congrates from England, I am pleased to visit your website on a regular daily basis, you are truly a talented young lady, and thanks for the marvellous creative ideas you inspire in us that do not have the talent, but still enjoy trying.

    When our grandsons were tiny we usually had all the family with us, and we used to have our Christmas breakfast of Ham and soft boiled eggs with slices of brown bread, which they always looked forward to, then off for a walk with the new toys, Now being on our own we spend our Christmas with friends as boys now spread around the world.
    Wishing you a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas

  • MarilynDecember 19, 2008 - 5:36 am

    Our favorite Christmas tradition takes place on the night of my children’s Christmas programs. We go and enjoy the Christmas school or church program and then take a s.l.o.w ride through a friends neighborhood to admire the pretty lights. Afterwards we go home for some hot cocoa and a Snoopy Christmas video.
    Lastly, it is off to bed for all of us.
    It’s family centered, slow paced, and a good way to usher in the Spirit of Christmas…

  • sUSAnDecember 19, 2008 - 5:53 am

    There are so many Christmas traditions…but the one I savor the most would be Mom’s home made melt in your mouth sprtiz cookies in S & O shapes… sUSAnReplyCancel

  • Bev J.December 19, 2008 - 6:05 am

    Several traditions through the years and good memories. Now in later years my sister and I look forward to our Christmas shopping trip-usually for each other. The women in our family draw names and we always seem to get each others name-by hook or by crook. (grin)

    Congrats on all the hits and thanks for a chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • AnneDecember 19, 2008 - 6:05 am

    I just love Christmas but the fav thing is putting up the tree and seeing all the lights and baubles twinkling. I love when there are kids to help and the look of wonder on their faces. xxReplyCancel

  • Karen M.December 19, 2008 - 6:19 am

    Congrats on 900K! Your blog is so inspiring, I check it everyday to see what amazing project you have made! We have many Christmas traditions but the most important one to me and all of my family is getting together Christmas Eve for supper, opening gifts and then going to midnight mass. The time with my whole family together is the most treasured gift of all!
    Merry Christmas!
    Karen M.ReplyCancel

  • Kim HolochakDecember 19, 2008 - 6:56 am

    Our tradition is making cookies with my children and my Mom and I do cookies to together. Thanks Kim HolochakReplyCancel

  • Dusty GallowayDecember 19, 2008 - 7:00 am

    Oh Becca!
    My favorite holiday tradition is watching my precious Grandchildren opening their gifts and seeing the sparkle in their eyes! They are one of my greatest gifts and it gives me so much pleasure to bless them!ReplyCancel

  • SherryDecember 19, 2008 - 7:04 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition takes place on Christmas Eve night. My husband and children light the tree and sit around the lit fireplace just talking and enjoying each others company (hot chocolate and other goodies are always present). We purposely decline all holiday invites on Christmas eve so we spend our family time together. Around 10pm the kids will lay out the cookies and milk for Santa and then head off to bed leaving mommy and daddy with some extra quiet time together.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Becca. All the best for 2009!ReplyCancel

  • […] Don ‘t forget, you can enter your name for my blog candy until December 22 at 9:00am CST.    Be sure to tell me about your favorite Christmas tradition on this post HERE. […]ReplyCancel

  • janet rischDecember 19, 2008 - 7:36 am

    My favourite family tradition is simply getting together with our families. Sharing good food and being with people that you love is what makes Christmas as wonderful as it is.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Janet RischReplyCancel

  • shelleyDecember 19, 2008 - 7:36 am

    One of my favorite traditions is giving a special book to each of my children and grandchildren. I enjoy choosing each book and remembering books I’ve chosen for different ones over the years and why I chose them.

    Your site is an inspiration and I appreciate the time and effort it takes for you to share your gifts.


  • DonnaDecember 19, 2008 - 7:41 am

    I’ll be brief- hubby is in the hospital. One of my fav’s is the family getting together for a wonderful meal, catching up on each other’s lives, and exchanging gifts (usually just small items, esp. humorous personallized gifts). I love my family! Thanks for the chance. I so love your style!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy F (lefsegirl)December 19, 2008 - 8:02 am

    Becca ~ I just want to let you know that your cards always AMAZE me!! My favorite Christmas tradition would be the cookie making. I have been doing the cookies since I was in elementary school. My Mother would always plan the ‘big’ meal, and she left the cookie making up to me. Even though they don’t say it, I think my Siblings enjoy my cookie making also. :)ReplyCancel

  • MARYDecember 19, 2008 - 8:03 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree and listening to holiday music.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - MichiganDecember 19, 2008 - 8:23 am

    I just recently found your blog and I sure do enjoy coming each day to see what beautiful you card you have created. We don’t have a lot of traditions but my kids open 1 gift on Christmas Eve and it’s always a new pair of Christmas jammies for them to wear to bed so when we video and take pictures the next morning they have on their matching jammies. Thanks for sharing all your talents.

    PS – I LOVE nestabilities but I don’t have the long rectangle yet!ReplyCancel

  • Linda RaithelDecember 19, 2008 - 8:29 am

    My favorite tradition is the Christmas stockings. My two sons now 21 and 27 still have their stockings which are ugly commercially knitted ones that I purchased because they were cheap and I couldn’t find ones that I liked that year. The boys were allowed on Christmas morning to get into their stockings before they woke us up and have something to play with before 7 am!! At 7 they were allowed to wake us up for breakfast and opening presents from Santa. Otherwise we were sometimes up by 5 am!! I had planned to replace the stocking with nicer ones but anytime I mentioned it both boys were adament that they always remain the same so they have. They still enjoy the stockings but getting up at 5 am to see what is inside is no longer a problem!ReplyCancel

  • maggie fellowDecember 19, 2008 - 9:05 am

    Congratulations! I love reading Luke 2 together on Christmas Eve.ReplyCancel

  • Heather xDecember 19, 2008 - 9:11 am

    Hi Becca, what wonderful candy you are offering and thankyou for the chance to win :)
    Our favourite xmas tradition is to take the children to our local Co-op to visit Santa Clause, I like seeing the little ones faces light up when the meet him :0)
    We also enjoy going to see the xmas lights being switched on for the first time in the town centre.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful christmas and all the best for 2009!
    **Hugs** Heather xReplyCancel

  • ArielDecember 19, 2008 - 9:11 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating our Christmas tree. My husband & I have several ornaments from childhood and many more new ones since we’ve been married. Each year, we get to think about the person that gave us the ornament, or the event that ornament represented (such as vacation). We take our time, put in the DVD “A Christmas Story” for background, and have a good time reminscing and enjoying each other.ReplyCancel

  • Sue StrozykDecember 19, 2008 - 9:22 am

    Thanks Becca for such a generous blog candy, and Congratulations!!!!! This may sound funny, but i just love eating my grandmothers anise cutouts!!! She makes them with LARD, but they are so crispy and yummy!!ReplyCancel

  • Connie GDecember 19, 2008 - 9:28 am

    Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment!! Your blog inspires me daily. I love your work. My favorite holiday tradition is having my husband read The Night before Christmas to our children on Christmas Eve.

    Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • KarenDecember 19, 2008 - 9:30 am

    Thank you for your wonderful idea asking us for our favorite traditions. As I read your blog and thought about my favorites I got totally lost in my memories of all my family and the years of special times together. For several decades I have made an ornament each year for family and friends.

    May you and yours have a very special holiday season.ReplyCancel

  • Judi GDecember 19, 2008 - 10:04 am

    We love to drive through the neighborhood looking at the beautiful lights. However, with last night’s storm, and the next two moving in, we may need to postpone it a day or so.

    Thank you for your wonderful blog–it’s great that you have “a few” friends stopping by to check it out. Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gail S.December 19, 2008 - 10:23 am

    Becca – Congratulations on your many posts! I love visiting your blog and seeing what you have new to share with us. You have so many beautiful an creative ideas!
    We have many traditions but one that has caught on the past few years (now my kids expect it!!) is we have a game on Christmas Eve. I go to the dollar store and purchase simple, inexpensive gifts and wrap them up. Everyone picks a gift and I read a story about the “Wright” family and whenever I say right, you pass the gift to the right and when I say left, you got it, you pass the gift to the left!! When the story ends, you get the package you end up with! It gets to be pretty funny! They love it!ReplyCancel

  • Christine BoyleDecember 19, 2008 - 10:34 am

    I go to Christmas Eve service with my family and then we come home to a appetizer buffet and open presents.ReplyCancel

  • KimDecember 19, 2008 - 11:18 am

    Becca~ What an awesome candy you are giving away! CONGRATS on getting so many hits….that is amazing!! What a great accomplishment! Your work is always so inspiring and so stunning!!! WOW!!!!! I am in awe everyday I come to visit your artistic page! Thank you for the awesome chance to win!

    My favorite Christmas tradition is on the 23rd my sibiling and I go to my parent’s house and we have our immediate family Christmas! It is so much fun and relaxing, and I love being with my family! It’s my favorite Christmas tradition!
    Hugs~ KimReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanDecember 19, 2008 - 11:22 am

    My favourite tradition is Christmas baking with my daughter.ReplyCancel

  • VioletDecember 19, 2008 - 11:29 am

    Congratulations, Becca on your succesful and very popular blog site. I know I check on your activites every day!
    My favourite Christmas tradition is the visiting and renewing friendships with family members who are scattered around the country and busy with their lives. It’s a time to stop and talk and catch up with everyone.ReplyCancel

  • shelly wDecember 19, 2008 - 12:23 pm

    My fav tradition would be cooking a christmas dinner together and spending time together. Time goes by too fast lately, it is nice to slow down and spend time enjoying each others company! Merry Christmas and I LOVE your blog! Beautiful work! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bridget FariaDecember 19, 2008 - 12:50 pm


    I am so happy for you. I am a little jealous that you get to play so often :) but I just love your work. Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Jo-AnneDecember 19, 2008 - 12:52 pm

    I am from South Africa, so we always had a WARM Christmas ;) Our family tradition was to have a watermelon “fight” on Christmas day. We would always be around the pool and our Christmas lunch would be a huge BBQ. After lunch when everyone was relaxing and letting their tummies rest, my grandmother would sneak up behind someone and rub a slice of watermelon in their face. And that would start the watermelon fight ;) with everyone running around the pool trying to squish watermelon on as many faces as possible.
    Those are such fond memories for me.

    Now that I’ve been living in Canada for 7 years, we like to go around the neighborhood a day or 2 before Christmas and have a look at how people have decorated their houses (which was completely new to us when we moved here, as South African’s do not decorate the outside of their houses, only the insides).

    Thank you for the chance to win these nesties – and congrats on your 900k mark! I love coming to visit your blog as your cards are STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)December 19, 2008 - 1:18 pm


    My favorite Christmas tradition is watching my daughter open her Christmas presents.

    Lisa A.ReplyCancel

  • Jane AnnDecember 19, 2008 - 1:43 pm

    We have so many traditions – first being selecting the tree – then my husband hangs the first ornament – the Polar Express Bell – the first gift of Christmas – then the last ornament is the Angel for the top – he puts her on last…..In between there are so many others. The stockings always have a walnut, tangerine, apple and animal crackers. I decided I had better write down all the traditions we have so the children and grandchildren will remember when we are gone….The children and grandchildren seem to remember only their favorites.. Merry Christmas to All!ReplyCancel

  • PatriciaDecember 19, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    Becca: Your work is so beautiful, I can see why spellbinders would request you to join their design team. Keep up the wonderful creative work, you are a real blessing to all of our creative imaginations. Happy holidays to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • PatriciaDecember 19, 2008 - 1:53 pm

    Becca: Your work is so beautiful, I can see why spellbinders would request you to join their design team. Keep up the wonderful creative work, you are a real blessing to all of our creative imaginations. Happy holidays to you and yours. My favorite holiday tradition was from my childhood many years ago, we would pile into the cars and drive around and see Christmas lights on Christmas Eve when we arrived home, Santa and his elves had set up our tree and left all our presents, then we would go to midnight mass and come home and have an early morning breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • MelissaDecember 19, 2008 - 2:14 pm

    One of our family traditions is going to the Christmas Eve service. Any of us who in the area go, the fist one there gets to save a pew or two so we all can sit together. It is a bonding, heartwarming time. The year my Dad was very sick (he passed on the 28th) our whole pew sat there and cried during Silent Night. Then we did the same last year – the first year without my Mom. It begins the Christmas celebration with the true meaning of Christmas, and also reinforces the importance of family and family memories.ReplyCancel

  • AmyDecember 19, 2008 - 3:45 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is when my family opens presents. We choose someone to start. We watch that person open their gift. Then the next person picks one gift to open. And we watch them open the gift. I just love the fact that you have time to see the joy on everyone’s face as they open their gift. And we know what everyone received.ReplyCancel

  • ValDecember 19, 2008 - 3:47 pm

    Wow Becca, that’s a lot of people visiting your blog! It doesn’t surprise me though, because you do such beautiful work. Your blog has been in my list of favorites to visit for quite some time now.
    One of our traditions has been to go to the 11:00 candle light service on Christmas Eve at our church. Everyone has a candle which is lit just before the last song, by passing the flame from one candle to the next in the pew. The last song of the service is always Silent Night sung acappella. It is so awesome to stand in the glow of the candles, with just the sound of our voices, singing that song. It brings tears to your eyes.
    Something we do for gift-giving started years ago as a joke, but has become a tradition now. Every year we’d give our children socks as a little add-on to their present. In their early years, they were looked upon by them as an “unwanted gift,” but as they got older, they started looking forward to those silly, ole socks. This year we’ve all decided not to give gifts, but just get together and enjoy the day/evening together. I just couldn’t let go of the sock tradition though, so I will be surprising them all with their Christmas socks again this year.ReplyCancel

  • SherylDecember 19, 2008 - 3:55 pm

    One of our favorite traditions is going to our Christmas Eve service at church at 7:00. After the service we come home and have some fun snacks, let the kids open up one present and then while they sleep, we put out the rest of them so that in the morning everything magically appears! I love starting out with the true meaning of Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • NikiDecember 19, 2008 - 3:57 pm

    My favorite tradition is to have s light supper with family and friends, then attend our candelight Christmas Eve service together. We live only 2 blocks from our church, and parking is at a premium on Christmas Eve. So, we have fun trooping along to the church, conserve a few parking spots for those living farther away and celebrate our Lord’s birth together.ReplyCancel

  • MarieDecember 19, 2008 - 4:16 pm

    My favorite tradition is on Christmas morning we sing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus, before we open any gifts. Afterall, that is what Christmas is all about. Our Lord Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • EricaDecember 19, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    I love your work! Thank you for having a blog for us to get inspired.
    Christmas is a time when I love to bring out the board games and play with eberyone. Weather we just came back from sledding or after the turkey, even after breakie I love to play any card or board game. This is something the whole family can do or one on one.ReplyCancel

  • DawnDecember 19, 2008 - 5:03 pm

    Gosh Becca 900 000 visitors – unbelievable and so deserved.
    I love the tradition of being with loved ones and family – nothing better and the smell of the turkey cooking on Xmas Day!


  • StephenieDecember 19, 2008 - 5:15 pm

    Becca, 900,000 hits! That is amazing. I cannot even imagine but you are so deserving. My favorite Christmas tradition is to attend the candlelight service at midnight and then come home and each one of my boy’s gets to open a present that I choose. I always pick the new PJ’s so they look wonderful in the morning for the pictures.
    Thanks so much Becca for always having something beautiful to share.

  • barb911December 19, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    I have a large family and over the years we have gotten huge.
    So for the last 6 years we have started a new tradition.
    We rent a hall and my sisters, brothers and their families come for pot luck Christmas dinner. We usually have around 75 people. Santa , he looks a lot like my brother, comes to visit and the children love it. He passes out candy canes and and listens to what they want for Christmas .
    My job is do make the craft to put their picture in after they talk to Santa. We donate baskets to raffle for the hall. We all have a great time.
    Thank you for your wonderful gifts.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
    barb911 S/e MIReplyCancel

  • kimDecember 19, 2008 - 6:13 pm

    Thanks Becca,

    My favorite Christmas tradition has always been having all my family with me……

    Did I miss reading about your favorite tradition?ReplyCancel

  • annemarie hockingDecember 19, 2008 - 6:31 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is receiving homemade cookies that my brother and his family make. They live in Colorado and I live in Illinois. It brings us alittle closer during the Holiday.ReplyCancel

  • BeverlyDecember 19, 2008 - 6:37 pm

    Our Christmas starts on Christmas Eve by all going to church together. Then we come back to our house for food–lots of nibbles, meatballs, etc. We each open one gift (unless the grandkids talk us into letting them open another one!). We play board games until we all go to bed. In the morning the first person up wakes everyone else and we open our gifts. Later we have a huge meal together and late afternoon everyone packs up and goes home.ReplyCancel

  • DonnaBDecember 19, 2008 - 6:41 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS of reaching 900,000! What an accomplishment!
    My mom and dad (bless their souls) always gave my brother and I a Storybook of Lifesavers candies on Christmas. I have carried this tradition to my niece and nephew (brother’s children) and every year for the past 19 years they have received their Storybook Lifesavers. My huband evern asked them last year if they wanted something different or if they were too old for the candies. “NO” they replied, ‘we want our Lifesavers. So the tradition continues. It makes me smile.
    THanks for asking and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • LianaDecember 19, 2008 - 7:14 pm

    wow! 9k? really? how cool! I’ve recently discovered that we DON’T have any christmas traditions. I know weird huh? 10 years married and no traditions. So we’re starting this year. DH and I (since we don’t have kids yet.) not entirely sure WHAT that tradition will be, but I’m sure we’ll know it when it happens! ;)ReplyCancel

  • SitaDecember 19, 2008 - 7:37 pm

    Congrats on your Hits!!! Your work is always awesome!!!
    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies with my girls! Lots of mess but well wort it….
    Happy Holidays!!!ReplyCancel

  • CammyVDecember 19, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    Our favorite Christmas/holiday tradition is decorating the tree together. Then have apple cider and hot cocoa afterwards.

  • Valarie FlorerDecember 19, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    Congratulations on your blog success! I would have to say that my favorite Christmas tradition is when my dh and I get together with his family and sing a little song that they have done, each singing a part, since they were kids and bring out the “horn”…a little toy horn that his Dad used to use in his part of the song.ReplyCancel

  • BeckyDecember 19, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    Our family tradition is buying food for those in need. We are up to 11 families this year after starting 12 years ago.

    Thanks so much for a great blog candy give awayReplyCancel

  • AnneDecember 19, 2008 - 9:48 pm

    My favorite memories of a tradition that I had with my kids when they were little is putting candles on a cake filling the house with balloons and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. They are grown and gone now in different states but my daughter still does this with my granddaughters. Thanks for the chance to win and congratulations on 9000000

  • MarianneDecember 19, 2008 - 11:15 pm

    I just discovered your blog and your work is awesome! My favorite tradition is taking the kids’ ornaments out and telling stories about what they were like then and letting them hang them on the tree. Congratulations on your success!ReplyCancel

  • Judy RozemaDecember 19, 2008 - 11:17 pm

    Wow! I think I am #431! That is a LOT of responses!! Congratulations again on your milestone — that is AMAZING! :)

    I love your blue card – the frame and ribbon is really so neat!

    Our favorite tradition is to go to church Christmas Eve, come home and watch Charlie Brown Christmas, and then each person can open one present. The we sleep in for awhile Christmas Day (now that the kids are older!), have a nice breakfast together, and open the rest of the gifts.

    Merry Christmas to you!!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne FermaniukDecember 20, 2008 - 12:12 am

    My favorite tradition is getting the tree. It’s not like we go out to the woods and get one. We usually just go to Home Depot or someplace like that. But it’s like a game of chance cuz the trees are wrapped up like sausages, so you never really know what you’re going to get. Then we watch my husband struggle to cut it get it in the stand and hope it stays standing. Then, of course, the cat has to come and have a sniff and even climb in there. My daughter loves to decorate it, so I do the lights and she does the rest. It’s fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angji PruenteDecember 20, 2008 - 12:15 am

    Your cards are so beautiful. It is no surprise to me that you have had so many visits! I know I come here every day to see what new gorgeous creation you have come up with. Here’s to 900k more visits!ReplyCancel

  • Gwen HurstDecember 20, 2008 - 12:41 am

    I am so proud of you to reach 900,000-what an accomplishment!

    My family’s tradition is to have everyone together for Christmas dinner, open gifts and go looking at lights in the evening.

    We really enjoy each other being blessed with God’s grace.

    Merry Christmas and do enjoy your family.ReplyCancel

  • Linda SimpsonDecember 20, 2008 - 1:10 am

    Your cards are beautiful and I have certainly enjoyed viewing them.
    Congratulations on your 900,000 milestone!
    My favorite Christmas tradition is the entire family spending Christmas Day with my parents. After a wonderful meal we gather around the tree and open presents. It is a great day and we feel so blessed to be able to be together on this special day.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Donna HDecember 20, 2008 - 2:22 am

    We don’t have a lot of traditions. Our family is mostly 1200 miles away from us. When my husband isn’t working (which is rare) and now I usually work Christmas too, but when we aren’t working, we make sure to make cookies. We’ll make way too many and then we give them away. We’ll take a basket of cookies to the sheriff’s office or the local fire fighters. We’ve given them to the toll takers on the toll road to work. Jus someone stuck working to make their day a bit better. Thanks for the chance for the nesties. They are on my holiday wish list.

    D in FL :DReplyCancel

  • ColleenDecember 20, 2008 - 2:59 am

    My favourite thing to do was to leave a small present on the end of my little ones beds on Xmas eve for them to open when they got up sooooo early in the morning hoping that would keep them happy for a while. It never worked LOL. They would open it and then come wake me up for more but I was always awake anyway waiting for them.
    My kids are grown up now and I have to drag them out of bed so I miss those times and am looking forward to grandchildren!ReplyCancel

  • CherylDecember 20, 2008 - 6:01 am

    Wow! Congrats on the posts, you so deserve them! Your work is truly inspiring. I look forward to every one of your posts to see what you’ve come up with next, each is more beautiful than the next!

    Our favorite tradition is getting the kids all bundled up (if it’s cold – we live in FL) and go out looking for the yards with the best light displays. We pack cocoa or eggnog and cookies and just drive around, talking about why there is Christmas and instilling the real Christmas Story to the kids. They are older now, but it’s still just as much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Emma O.December 20, 2008 - 6:42 am

    First I wanted to say thanks for sharing your beautiful talent & an opportunity for some great nesties!

    On Christmas Eve we got to mass, come home open one gift, and the kids (after setting up the traditional cookies, carrots, & milk for santa and his reindeer) get a ride from grandpa up the stairs to bed. Christmas morning we open gifts one at a time in a circle with everyone sharing a warm drink (coffee & hot cocoa).

    Again, thank you for sharing your beautiful talent & have a wonderful Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • BetsyDecember 20, 2008 - 7:37 am

    My favourite Christmas tradition is the Chocolate initials that we all get on Christmas Day. This was started in my family before I was born, so it has continued for over 50 years. My parents are of Dutch decent and this is something they have always done. I continued the tradition with my children and my grandson as well as my children’s spouses. Next Christmas I get to buy another initial for my newest grandchild.
    Another little thing that has become a tradition is the baking of a Cherry Bundt cake. My daughter says I “must” bake one every year.

    Your cards are beautiful and you have such a talent. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon GrassDecember 20, 2008 - 9:36 am

    All of my sisters are all fairly crafty and years ago (probably 15 yrs now) we decided to make ornaments to share at Christmas. Over the years nieces have joined us and we’ve expanded to include any type of holiday decoration. The fun thing about this is that this is truly a present we do not have an idea of what we are getting … and I often am truly amazed by their creativity. This year my gift will be a set of stamped holiday coasters using the ceramic tiles. Thank you for providing much inspiration this past year.ReplyCancel

  • LynneDecember 20, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Well, Jesus is the reason for the season, and the Christmas Eve candlelight service and communion always make my heart get so full and I get those lovely tingles on the back of my neck. How special is that? I am thrilled that this service includes communion, because being invited to go up to the altar and kneel at the rail while celebrating Christ’s birth is just amazing!

    Second favorite tradition: Hot mulled wine! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn B...December 20, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Midnight Mass, to celebrate the birth of Jesus, with my family is my favorite tradition.
    My second favorite Christmas tradition is this… we go in order of youngest to oldest… and each open one present at a time while everyone else watches and enjoys the surprise.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations and congrats on 900K!ReplyCancel

  • CarinDecember 20, 2008 - 10:54 am

    Congrats on the 900,000 hits… just love your cards… I think you use “trick” photography! *Ü*

    My favorite tradition is the peaceful time alone early Christmas morning with my hubby… we have a fire, Christmas music, devotions, & gifts… it has always been so special.

    Merry Christmas to you!ReplyCancel

  • Mary BDecember 20, 2008 - 11:10 am


    I discovered your blog in the last several months and visit it daily. You are an amazing woman and crafter.

    I just spent way more time than I needed to reading all the traditions. I guess mine is pretty similar. Just going to my mom’s on Christmas Eve for dinner (or supper, as we in the south say) and gifts. Very light and breezy supper, usually homemade pork sandwiches with chips and TONS of my mom’s homemade goodies. My mom is older now, so the goodie making falls to me and my sister. But we set up at my mom’s and let her “help”.

    Thank you for your wonderful work. Keep it up and many blessing to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene H.December 20, 2008 - 11:35 am

    Well, I’m not surprised that you have reached 900K. You have a wonderful blog and a great talent. I love stopping by to see what beautiful things you have created. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • sallymiDecember 20, 2008 - 11:43 am

    My favorite memory is putting up the tree on December 14, which is my twin son’s birthday, it became a tradition the year they were l we put the tree up and every year since we have put the tree up on the 14th,ReplyCancel

  • Linda CrowderDecember 20, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    I love your site and the latest card is truly wonderful. You are an inspiration to all who visit and from the number of folks that have already commented today, you have a wonderful “fan club”. Do you feel like a rock star? My new favorite Christmas tradition is being ABLE to finally make and send handmade Christmas cards, even though it was only 4.. I enjoyed everyone of them and as I made them, I thought of and took the time to email and thank the kind folks that had generously donated stamps and paper so I could have my hobby again. I lost my entire collection from a robbery in 2007. I had collected for years, both fine arts, decorative painting, and rubberstamping. I have really reallly enjoyed this Christmas! Thanks to God too for all my blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Sharron / SharrahugDecember 20, 2008 - 3:53 pm

    A family tradition that we enjoy is every year I buy the whole family a special gift………….a “game” that we all play together on Christmas Eve! We all join in the fun! This year it’s Cranium Wow (my 18 yr old granddaughter wanted it)!

    Thanks so much for offering the blog candy……..yummy!

    I love visiting your beautiful site & seeing your latest lovely creation!

    Have a blessed Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • TRDecember 20, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    What a great site!
    I can’t believe you’ve only had this going for 9 months.
    It’s been a part of my surfing, it seems, for MUCH longer than that!

    Congratulations, TRReplyCancel

  • Lynne P.-D.December 20, 2008 - 6:24 pm

    One of my most favorite family traditions is the ‘table gift’. When we sit down to eat our turkey dinner, each person has a small gift at their place setting to open at the end of dinner. This tradition was started by my grandmother back when my mother was a little girl in the 1930’s and has lasted through 3 generations of our family.

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

    It is no wonder that your blog has had over 900k viewers as your creations are amazingly beautiful.

    Wishing you a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.ReplyCancel

  • JeanDecember 20, 2008 - 6:40 pm

    My favourite tradition was walking out Christmas morning with my dad( at 5.30 am) , we would wait until we had see a fallen star before we returned home,the we all sat for breakfast & discussed our previous years of doing this,sadly my dad passed away on Christmas eve 8 years ago.My husband continues the tradition with our chrildren & grandchild.


  • Lisa NDecember 20, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    Congratulations! I love your work and your great techniques!

    We have so many Christmas traditions, but the one I love best is going to church Christmas Eve with my family…come to think of it…it’s my oldest tradition too! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • DawnWDecember 20, 2008 - 8:14 pm

    I love seeing all your gorgeous cards. NESTIES are my favorite toys.

    MY favorite Christmas tradition is going out to see the lights on Christmas Eve after church. We have so many fabulous light shows in our area, it is a wonder to see. The kids loved it so much when they were little and they still enjoy it as middle teens.


  • Liz in MODecember 20, 2008 - 9:07 pm

    My favorite tradition in our household is my mama coming over and staying at our house on Christmas Eve and being there with us on Christmas morning. Even now when our kids are older they will sneak into her room and stay in there until we wake up. Liz in MOReplyCancel

  • Karen BDecember 20, 2008 - 11:02 pm

    Congratulations on your outstanding number of hits. Your blog is incredible. For the past few years, we have been attending Christmas Eve service and then heading over to a friends house for FONDUE. It is wonderful. We eat and then play some type of trivial pursuit game. On Christmas Day we go to my brother’s to eat Christmas Dinner. I love spending the holidays with friends and family.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy EDecember 20, 2008 - 11:44 pm

    On Christmas night, we go to my parents house for dinner. Before we eat, my Dad reads the story of Christmas from the bible. We’ve done this for probably 15 years now. It means so much for us all just to be quiet and here that simple, yet profound, story at such a busy time. I love your blog and thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Nichole JensenDecember 21, 2008 - 12:02 am

    I love your blog! Your work is so beautiful. My favorite Christmas tradition is an Advent Calendar I do with my kids. It’s filled with scriptures about Jesus on each day, and then an activity for us to do as a family like light looking, sledding, making cookies, decorating a gingerbread house etc.

  • KarlieDecember 21, 2008 - 12:25 am

    Congratulations on this great milestone and for the chance to win this fab blog candy. Our Christmas tradition is that my boys and I hang their “first 5” ornaments. I collected a special ornament for each year until they were 5 yrs old. We tell them funny stories about them when they were little and go through photo albums. Merry Christmas to you.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie in MNDecember 21, 2008 - 2:41 am

    Congratulations on 900,000 visits to your blog.

    Our traditions are simple. Church Christmas Eve, afterward, return home and eat supper (ham or lamb and all the fixings) then open gifts, saving one for Christmas Day.

    When our daughter was three, she asked Santa for a pink cake. Every year, we eat cake for breakfast after singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • KrenDecember 21, 2008 - 6:21 am

    We are lucky enough to live near a wildlife park and they do a festival of lights that is quite lovely. Your artwork is so wonderful and truly inspiring. kren kReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackDecember 21, 2008 - 6:30 am

    Our traditions are simple. Our daughter always hands out the gifts on Christmas morning. We open one at a time so we can all enjoy watching how the recipient likes it. Christmas Eve we always have a snack of Lil’ Smokies, cheese, crackers, etc. Simple but ours.ReplyCancel

  • NorineDecember 21, 2008 - 6:49 am

    we go to see this big tree at a local bank they have ice skating and hot coco and they light the tree when it gets dark so much fun
    thanks so much for doing this

  • BarbDecember 21, 2008 - 7:04 am

    Our favorite family tradition started a few years ago as our children moved out on their own one by one. Each Christmas Eve they all come home and spend the night. It’s my husband’s and mine favorite day to wake up every Christmas morning with all of us under one roof again. To see the kids all camped out on the living room floor in sleeping bags and blankets. There is nothing like waking up to a house full of children :D.

    Our other traditions include Christmas Eve. I have trays of veggies, beef summer sausage, slices of different cheeses, crackers, punch, several kinds of home baked cookies and home made candy out and the kids snack away most of the night and stay up and play games and watch movies until they can’t stay awake anymore, lol!

    On Christmas morning, they are up at the crack of dawn. We pass out the presents and then complete mayhem begins as wrapping paper quickly covers the floor- I love it! We clean up the mess and then hang out together until I begin making dinner. We have a huge dinner in the afternoon and the kids stay until late in the night on Christmas day. It truly is our favorite day of the year as we celebrate family together and remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Who made us part of God’s family.

    This Christmas will be bittersweet for our family this year because our 23 year old daughter’s fiance’ is being deployed mid-January for Iraq and he will not be home for Christmas next year because his tour is for one year. Even though they are waiting until his service is done to our country to get married, he has been and is such a part of our family and we will all miss him very much. I know that when his leave is up at the beginning of January that there are going to be lots of tears being shed in this family. Our prayers go with him as they do each day and each day for all of our service men and women. God bless our military men and women who are serving away from family and friends this Christmas day. I pray that the joy of the announcement of the birth of Christ those many years ago will fill their hearts with all the gladness and peace they can hold. This Christmas is certainly special for our family this year- we have to fit two Christmases into one day for our soldier, but I know as hard as it will be to see him leave for a whole year, it will be even more so a joyous day and celebration when he returns home.ReplyCancel

  • Rita NavarreDecember 21, 2008 - 7:10 am

    We enjoy spending time with family at Christmas. When our children were little, we would drive through our town and enjoy all the pretty lights. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • LeeDecember 21, 2008 - 7:41 am

    I am enjoying reading about everyone’s traditions. Mine is about food. I grew up in a family of 7 kids and Christmas day was always a flurry of toys and excitement and not much in the mood for eating. So my mother started cooking the big Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and we would pick on the left-overs on Christmas day. My mother made enough goodies to feed 7 families, so being able to just eat dessert on Christmas day was heaven to me. Of course there was the open face turkey sandwiches, which are my favorite. I’ve carried this tradition to my own family. Happy Holidays to all of you.

  • LindaDecember 21, 2008 - 7:50 am

    Hello Becca –

    I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your talent. I subscribed to your blog and now look forward to receiving your email with your new creations.

    We are very lucky to have a lot of family nearby, so we don’t need to travel very far to see everyone on holidays. My favorite tradition is the Polish Christmas Eve celebration called Wigilia (pronounced Vah-lee-a). We get together at my husband’s aunt’s house, where we start the meal by breaking the Oplatek (Wafer) ans wishing everyone good luck and Merry Christmas, etc. Everyone at the table breaks off a piece and eats it as a symbol of their unity with Christ. Then we have a great meal and sing Christmas songs.

    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Patti CunninghamDecember 21, 2008 - 8:09 am

    Tamales and posole on Christmas eve….yeah!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiDecember 21, 2008 - 8:18 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating my tree. Every ornament is hand made, many by the loving hands of my grandmother and my mother who are with me now only in spirit. I think of the many hours that went into Grandma’s beaded ornaments. Mom’s creations were sometimes quite off the wall, but the outcome was always lovely. Her ornaments included scenes in L’eggs Eggs, a ribbon case from a long ago typewriter, and a melted down plastic tumbler with flowers and beads. I also like to use Mom’s crystal, Grandma’s silverware and my mother-in-law’s china for our holiday meal. It makes it seem like they’re all still with us.

    Becca, thanks for your creativity. I recently discovered your blog and I’m really enjoying it.ReplyCancel

  • HelenDecember 21, 2008 - 8:32 am

    A tradition of many years is to phone my family in Australia at midnight on Christmas Eve, which is mid afternoon on Christmas Day in Australia.ReplyCancel

  • PatDecember 21, 2008 - 8:47 am

    Our tradition is having a brunch the kids are grown, all have children, and some of the children have children. They all manage to come to Gramma’s and Bumpa’s house even though some travel over 3 hours to get here. We are truly blessedReplyCancel

  • Merrily SchulzDecember 21, 2008 - 8:57 am

    I don’t really have tradition.
    When my kids were home we made candy and took it to our friends. My kids favorite things at Christmas was the stocking. They still put more thouoght into what they are going to do for everyone. Stockings arethe most favoirte to open at Christmas time.ReplyCancel

  • sandyh50December 21, 2008 - 9:03 am

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the singing of Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. We always close with Silent NIght before we open our gifts. We often sing again the next day! It’s fun!ReplyCancel

  • Pam BrownDecember 21, 2008 - 9:10 am

    Our tradition is going out to breakfast with a friend & his family from school then heading Downtown to shop & see the lights. We always eat at the same restaraunt for dinner & we treat ourselves to those expensive mall cookies. We have been doing this for probably 20 yrs. but were unable to this year as my dear friend has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and wasn’t up to going. When the kids were little we also visited Santa there. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • KristinDecember 21, 2008 - 9:35 am

    My favorite tradition is attending the Candles and Carols Christmas Eve service and then driving around to see all the lights on our way home.ReplyCancel

  • FoxieDecember 21, 2008 - 10:46 am

    Hi Becca……One of my favorite traditions is going to my only brothers house on Christmas day, sitting around talking with his family (kids and grandkids) having a wonderful family dinner and then watching all the little grandkids opening their presents and getting so excited…….The adults stopped giving each other gifts years ago and just buy for the kids…..It is so much fun to see the smiles and hear the laughter as they tear off the wrapping to get inside the presents….Thank you for the present you give to each of us every day of the year…I love your site and your wonderful cards and projects…You are truly a blessing to all of us……
    Merry Christmas

  • marv dennisDecember 21, 2008 - 11:57 am

    Each Christmas Eve we go to my mother’s house and celebrate with her home made candy cane cookies and shrimp dip.
    I am so thankful my children live close enough to continue this tradition. It is such a delight to have all the family here for the holidays.

    I really enjoy your cards and ideas. The little birds are so cute.

  • MaeDecember 21, 2008 - 12:16 pm

    My husband and I live far away from our families so we don’t always get the opportunity to see everyone at Christimas time. A couple of years ago, we got webcams so now we get to visit with one another whenever we want. It’s especially comforting during the holidays.

    Thanks for the chance to win some awesome blog candy.

    Mae in FloridaReplyCancel

  • ChristarDecember 21, 2008 - 12:32 pm

    Congrats Becca! Absolutely love your creations!! In evening, sitting in dark with just tree lights on, glass of wine and listening to Christmas music. Reflecting on the wonders of the season. Happy Holidays to All!!ReplyCancel

  • PatMDecember 21, 2008 - 2:09 pm

    Hi Becca,

    My son is now a young man planning to get married in March 2009, but as a young boy, he was always too anxious to wait until Christmas morning to open his gifts and would not go to bed. My family would get dressed for bed, pj’s, etc., stay up late Christmas eve and wait until 12:01 and we would all open our gifts and then try
    to go to bed. Most times we would just sit around through Christmas day and make up the sleep on Christmas night!ReplyCancel

  • Angela AresDecember 21, 2008 - 4:54 pm

    Hi Becca,

    Thanks for all your wonderful ideas you share with us each time. I absolutely drool over your work.

    My favorite thing about our Christmas time together is on Christmas Eve when the children usually do a little “show” for us, we sing/play music and then someone reads the story of Jesus’ birth from Matthew. Then everybody gets to open one “Reindeer” present (not sure why we call it that really other than the reindeer “food” is put out on Christmas Eve). Of course, those presents are hand-picked by me and contain new “jammies” for everyone so I will have a chance of getting a “decent picture” on Christmas morning!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity and have a Merry, Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • KayDecember 21, 2008 - 5:10 pm

    The most meaningful Christmas tradition we have is candlelight church service on Christmas Eve with our children, our family, and our neighbors. After the hub-bub of pre-Christmas activities and shopping and baking, it just brings everything into clear focus just in time for Christmas Day!ReplyCancel

  • Jean FitchDecember 21, 2008 - 5:16 pm

    Congratulations Becca! Couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Wonderful of you to share so generously. Personally I find blessings everytime I open your lovely blog. Such a gift you are to the stamping community.

    Two traditions to share. My late husband Stephen and I had our first date at the Midnight Mass on New Years Eve. I used to tease him that if he had gotten his nerve up sooner we could have started out on Christmas Eve (can you imagine the sex in the city girls accepting a first date to a Mass – lol). Loving man that he was he said he wanted us to start out the New Year together but that we could make a tradition of Christmas Midnight Mass and if I wanted we could tell our children that was our first date! Well the kids never happened though we were together for 19 years before Stephen died and now 11 years after that I’ve almost convinced myself that was our first date (amazing how pliable the mind can be!). So Midnight Mass was our first tradition and the second…..

    Since I married into a large Catholic family of varying income levels instead of giving presents not everyone can afford we draw names for stockings instead. Then on Christmas morning (occasionally Christmas Eve) we open them one by one and try to guess who filled who’s stocking. Everyone gets three guesses and lots of hilarity ensues. Amazingly there always seems to be an annual theme even though no one tells anyone else what they’ve been shopping for. One year it was candles, another funny socks, Pez dispensers and so on. Lots of goofy dollar store bits, handmade items and of course candy lots and lots of candy. Lately all the nieces and nephews, grandkids, etc. have gotten into the act and play Santa’s elf adding bits to everyone’s stocking thus making the guessing even funnier. Lots of love and lessons learned(humility when consistently guessing wrong comes to mind for this one) fill our hearts and give us a solid footing for depending on one another and bearing with one another throughout the rest of the year. The Christmas jokes tend to hang around for the year as well to give us lighter hearts (and the occasional score to settle next Christmas – lol).

    Thanks for asking us to share. I won’t be making it home for Christmas this year but it did my heart good to remember and join in spirit all the love from past years and the love that will continue for years to come. – JeanReplyCancel

  • Mary AnnDecember 21, 2008 - 5:29 pm

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this wonderful prize. One of our
    favorite traditions is getting together with all our family. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best for your blog in the coming new year.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa KindDecember 21, 2008 - 6:30 pm

    OMGosh, I’m #486! I don’t think that’s a winning number, but here goes: My favorite Christmas tradition is our Polish Christmas Eve dinner. We start with sharing the “opwatke” (this is a phonetic spelling!), which is a wafer, then we eat a meatless dinner. For dessert, we have my Grandma’s cheesecake that I now make since she’s no longer with us. I miss all the people that are no longer with us…our family is shrinking, but still look forward to this evening dinner. Thanks for offering the blog candy (I NEED those nesties!), and congrats on 900,000 hits! Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • JulieDecember 21, 2008 - 7:30 pm

    You’re a talented artist, Becca! Thank you for sharing your designs and techniques!

    My FIL is full Norwegian and one of our favorite holiday traditions is going to my in-laws home for a fabulous meal that includes some Norwegian dishes… lutefisk, lefse, kotbullar and gomme. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Linda RuDecember 21, 2008 - 7:56 pm

    Thanks Becca for all the inspiration this year, Congrats on 900K!!!.
    My favorite Christmas tradition is always eating my parents house, we always have Pierogies, peel n eat shrimp, potatoe salad, coleslaw and Cool Lime Jello Salad (its green of course) best meal of the year IMO. Of course we then chase it all down with egg nog & cookies(wink*) Thanks for the blog candy………….Merry ChristmasReplyCancel

  • CharlotteDecember 21, 2008 - 8:30 pm

    Every year, my mom makes a standing rib roast for Christmas dinner. We like to call it ‘roast beast’ like in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!ReplyCancel

  • DebDecember 21, 2008 - 8:58 pm

    I have made my gramma’s nut coffee cake since the kids were little, so for the past 24 years. ( wow time flies) We save it for Christmas morning and we it has become Jesus’ Birthday Cake. It is one of my favorite traditions.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy NDecember 21, 2008 - 11:33 pm

    I think one of the traditons that I enjoy the most is on Christmas Eve we all pile in the car and go view luminaries that neighbors in a rural road line their roads and properties with, all the cars have their lights off and it is just awesome!ReplyCancel

  • TerriDecember 22, 2008 - 12:02 am

    Our favorite traditon was to open one gift a week before Christmas. This was always a new Christmas outfit to wear to the Christmas program. The kids knew it was clothes but they were still excited to be able to open a gift. We always traveled on the holidays, so we opened gifts early, cooked homemade pizza and made cookies and punch. We knew we would have plenty of turkey and ham so the pizza was a favorite choice for all of us.

    Your site has so much inspiration keep up the great work and congratulations!


  • BonnieDecember 22, 2008 - 7:16 am

    Going to the Christmas Eve service at our church is the wonderful opportunity that we seize every year.
    Christ the Saviour has been born. Hope and love that we so desperately need.
    Merry Christmas everyone

  • Linda PlettDecember 22, 2008 - 9:23 am

    Hopefully, I’m not too late.

    I love going to our candlelight service on Christmas Eve. It’s a quiet, simple service, but beautiful nevertheless.


  • Kathy RobitailleDecember 22, 2008 - 11:16 am

    Hi Becca
    You are a very talented artist and an angel with all of your wonderful human interactions with us all week after week!! Thank God for you. Blessed Be!
    One of our cherished traditions is to make and share a awesome old “french canadian” recipe that has been passed down by paternal grandparents. We do this on Christmas Eve and everyone who is coming makes sure to be “home” in time to share this meal together. We love the food and sharing a meal together just like when we were kids. We always bring up some of our lasting memories of family members no longer with us in person and we bring them into our warm, and festive circle during this time. As I recall our years of doing this tradition it brings smiles and tears all at once. Thank you Becca for this experience.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn WagnerDecember 22, 2008 - 11:37 am

    My very favorite time of years is Christmas and remembering reason for the season. We attend Church and are so blessed by the music and words from the Pastor telling us of the birth of Jesus. May all Americans feel as blessed as I do and thankful that we live in a free America where we can worship the Lord.This is my tradition spending time with family , friends and the Lord.ReplyCancel

  • LaurieDecember 22, 2008 - 12:36 pm

    A very merry Christmas to you, Becca! Been busy at work lately so haven’t been able to stop by as much. Your projects have been as beautiful as ever! We have a tradition that my mom started with her four children and I have continued with my four. I came to my marriage with a box of Christmas ornaments as a result, so now ever since my first child was born, we’ve always purchased a new ornament every year, and every child gets the same one. They all have a card in their ornament box, with the date and description of the ornament, and if we’ve collected the ornament on vacation, where we purchased the ornament. I’ve also noted other gifts of ornaments on their cards, since the children have received ornaments from others as well. They will leave home with ornaments to decorate their first trees, too. And they will have good memories as they decorate their Christmas trees and tell the stories to their future spouses. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cheri HowardDecember 22, 2008 - 12:45 pm

    I just found your blog, and I love it! You’ve got some amazing things here to see.

    My favorite Christmas tradition is to have warm cinnamon rolls and colffee on Christmas morning while we unwrap our gifts.ReplyCancel

  • Delores HarrisDecember 22, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    I just love your blog. You are sooooo creative. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

    Your crafting friend,
    Delores in VAReplyCancel

  • KarenBDecember 14, 2009 - 6:05 am

    Happy Christmas to you and your family Becca, and thank you so much for sharing your amazing creations.

    My favourite family Christmas tradition is my parents arriving at our house for breakfast and to share in the gift-giving on Christmas morning. My daughter was their first grandchild and she has brought us closer together.ReplyCancel

  • Gill AllardiceNovember 30, 2010 - 12:05 pm

    Our Christmas tradition is to get up early and visit our grandchildren so that we can breakfast together and watch them open their presents. The atmosphere is always happy with excitement and starts our day beautifully every year.

    Well done in achieving a wonderful website that every card crafter looks forward to visiting! xxxReplyCancel