12.12.2009

giveaway time is here!

Due to the kindness of my good friend and cil (cousin-in-law), Dee,
I am giving away a copy of Junko Okawa's sewing book (in English).
If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment about your favorite holiday tradition and then check back on Wednesday to see if you won.
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On Wednesday I will announce the winner and then await your email with your snail mail info.
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yea! a giveaway!

9 comments:

  1. My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with the family. I love the atmosphere of the holidays and when family gets together whether it's for a huge meal or a walk in downtown Seattle or coffee at Starbucks, I love it!

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  2. Oh what a fabulous book!

    My favourite holiday tradition is going to our friend Meaghan's place where her mother prepares the most fantastic meal for a large crowd of friends. It's always such a happy event!

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  3. I think my new favorite thing is decorating gingerbread houses. Now that we have a child who can be involved, it's just that much more fun!

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  4. One of my favorite christmas traditions is sharing the holday festivities with a Bateman or two - and , alas, this year that will not happen! So sad! g

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  5. So sad indeed. What is Christmas with out a Bateman or two? My not so favorite holiday memory is having Nicole wake me up so early Christmas morning one year. My favorite tradition is singing Christmas carols before opening presents one by one and taking hours. OH i just love Christmas.

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  6. My favorite memories surround my dad cooking and baking. He had his mother's recipe for sweet rolls and he would only make them in the winter. After the dough would rise, he'd section it, roll it into ropes and circle them around, sprinkle the tops with cinnamon/sugar and after another rise, bake them. Boy were they good, especially with the homemade jam he and mom made every year. Another of his holiday dishes was really good peanut brittle. And mom would make homemade fudge -- See's fudge was what the recipe was called but who knows if it really was See's recipe. Mom and Dad would make their own recipe of stuffing, always with lots of sage and after the turkey was done, grind up the giblets and add it to the gravy. Creamed onions, corn pudding, baked yams...... and then the pies -- pumpkin, pecan, apple --- They're both gone now but the fragrant memories live on!

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  7. My favourite tradition is on Christmas eve we all squeeze into the family Christingle service at church. Its 4pm but very dark outside, the church is decorated with lights, garlands and trees.

    The building shakes with singing carols. All the children are given a christingle, while all the parents make sure that nothing catches on fire.

    The to finish the day all round to mum's for mincepies and mulled wine. Ahh perfect.

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  8. I have so many favorites but most of them are from Christmas morning which is filled with traditions that can not be broken... My aunt's sticky buns must be made for breakfast (Seattle Times recipe circa 1972, no variations), gifts are opened one at a time in order from youngest to oldest, new PJs are the only early gift opened on Christmas Eve, Handel's Messiah is played while we decorate the tree..... My brother would say you ruined Christmas if any of our rituals weren't followed.

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  9. my favorite holiday tradition: every christmas that we are with my immediate family, we start with our own family worship service led by the kids-my one brother reads the christmas story in luke and has an impromptu 'sermon", my sister and i pick songs and we sing a few christmas hymns, and my brother aaron collects the offering (which used to just be a joke, but then in recent years we actually started collecting money for non-profits). we are all in our pj's and it is very laid back, but it is one of my favorite traditions that hasnt died as we became adults.

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