Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jolly Holiday Party: Day 5

Kate & I in Central Park
Greetings Friends…I want to tell you just a bit about me.  My name is Leanne Anderson and I own The Whole Country Caboodle.  I love designing, especially for Henry Glass.  They are a great fabric company and have given me some great opportunity.  So I am very grateful to them. 
The most important people in my life are my family…my husband Ed, of almost 32 years.  My three amazing children, Shelby, Taylor and Kaytlyn and their spouses.  My latest loves are my two little grandchildren, Toby and Leighton.  They light up my life and are so special.  And I can’t leave out my little four-legged family members.  Chloe and Georgia are my Boston terrier dogs…we love them too.  So from my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'm excited to show you our holiday project..."Snow-Mats Land"  This fun little table topper can be used all winter.  It's fun and fast!! 
Click HERE to download the free pattern!

1.  What is my favorite holiday food?
I think my favorite holiday food would be frosted sugar cookies.  I remember the days that we would sit around the table and frost cookies…oh how I loved the frosting!!  My least favorite holiday food would have to be FRUITCAKE!!
2.  Favorite Family Tradition:
Christmas Eve service…Candlelight!! Love the service and it has been a tradition since I can remember.
3.  Did I like sitting on Santa’s lap?
Well, wasn’t my favorite thing but it seemed necessary in order to give him my list!!!
4.  Was there a gift I desperately wanted?  Did I get it?
Well, yes it was a pair of crushed velveteen bell-bottoms.  I was in junior high, I knew if I got them I would be the envy of every girl…and yes, I got them and I have to think that I was the envy!!
5.  What’s your favorite holiday movie?
I would have to say “It's a Wonderful Life”…Mary, is it really you!!
6.  Favorite holiday song?
Silent Night
7.  Do I make holiday presents?
I love to make presents.  I have great intentions to get more done than I do, but I love to make small quilt projects and I’m looking forward to making some things for my two new grandchildren.
8.  What kind of tree do I prefer?
I like a Frasier Fir…love the smell.  We love to go out as a family and cut our trees together, it’s so much fun.
9.  Favorite holiday memory?
I love Christmas and I have so many wonderful memories.  As a child it was waiting to see what Santa brought.  My brother and I would get up very early, and I remember how I felt when I saw what was under the tree…it was so exciting!!
10.  Do I like a big family gathering or a small dinner followed by hot chocolate by the fire?
I love my family, and I want to have them around.  Big or small, I just want my family.

I pray this gives you a little more insight into who I am and what Christmas means to me.  The most important reason that I celebrate Christmas is because of the birth of Jesus.  Without Him we would not have anything to celebrate…He is the Reason for the Season!!  Make sure to post your complete list of secret BIG words on the Henry Glass blog from November 20 – 26, 2011.  We will pick a winner of the Grand Prize Giveaway of assorted fabrics and a small gift from each designer.  I will also pick a winner from my comments that are posted.  Share your favorite tradition with me and I will pick a winner from them.
Don't forget to check out Brenda Pinnik today on the Jolly Holiday Party!
Day 6 designers are Janet Nesbitt & Pam Soliday, Buggy Barn www.buggybarnquilts.blogspot.com
Renae Allen, RGA Design LLC www.rgadesignquilt.blogspot.com
Dana Brooks, Lazy Daisy Cottage http://www.lazydaisycottageblogspot.com/

135 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing.My favourite christmas tradition is to bake cookies together with our kids and give them nicely wrapped as gifts to neighbours and other people like mailman etc. Thanks so much for this lovely project. Love it very much! I am a snowmanfan.
    Be blessed
    Martina

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  2. Thankyou for blessing us with the special mat pattern. We share the same excitement about the birth of Christ and the genuine reason for the season! love your blog! xx

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  3. Thanks so much for the mat. Our favorite Christmas tradition is making gingerbread houses with my Grandchildren. We have done that together for over 20 years

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  4. Thank you for sharing the cute table mat. Favorite tradition is one passed thru the generations all the way to our founding fathers - no matter how hard the times - a precious bit of fruit (orange) was tucked in the stocking toe. And my kids (now adults) still dump the stocking to get to the orange first - part of our X-mas breakfast - even the grandsons have learned this.

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  5. Thank you for the free pattern. My favourite tradition is sitting in front of the log fire, feet up watching A Christmas Carol on TV, it doesn't matter which one, anyone will do it means Christmas is here!!!!

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  6. Yes "Jesus is the Reason for the Season!" thanks for that reminder. One of our favorite family traditions is a chocolate fondue!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your lovely pattern. Our favourite family tradition is having rum balls.

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  8. I would have to say that my favorite Christmas tradition is tree night! We put up the tree, decorate it, listen to Christmas music and eat lots of cookies! I love the mat! Thanks for sharing and the pattern!

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  9. Christmas baking with the family is my favorite tradition. We block off a whole day and bake, bake, bake. Such fun!

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  10. one of my favorites is making hot chocolate and then driving around looking at the lights -- thanks for a chance to win - Laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  11. The table mat is adorable! When we were small my Mom always made a Happy Birthday Jesus cake for Christmas Eve. Mom became a professional cake decorator after retiring from teaching and one year made a beautiful cake - but we finally convinced her that THAT cake needed to be a box yellow cake with marshmallowy frosting. She thought we were nuts - but it was tradition! :0)

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  12. What a cute topper, thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    My favorite tradition..putting on some nice Christmas music and decorating the tree as a family.

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  13. WOW!! Love this little quilt!! Thanks somuch for the pattern!! Like you, my favorite memory is christmas Eve Service...I am a member of our church choir, so the season for us starts early learning new songs and practicing the traditional!!
    Have a wonderful holiday!!
    Ellen S

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  14. Thank you for the pattern...very cute! My favorite tradition is going to the candlelight service at church with my family on Christmas Eve. I also enjoy opening the Christmas stockings on Christmas morning.

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  15. Thanks so much for the cute pattern I love snowmen !

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  16. Hi Leanne!
    Thanks for the great table topper and the giveaway!
    Take care, Leslie

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  17. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season. One of our traditions is to drive to the mountains to choose and cut our Christmas tree. Now our kids are grown and married and going to pick their own trees. We go as a group and it is so much fun.

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  18. Thank you for the cute topper!

    Putting up our tree together while we listen to some Christmas music. My DS is 4 yrs old and he loves putting ornaments on the tree.

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  19. Thank you so much, just adorable!
    I wish you and yours a very merry christmas too!!!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany

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  20. Thank you for the cute table topper! Have a wonderful holiday with you family!

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  21. Christmas Eve candle light service and then Christmas Eve dinner of prime rib. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. Judy C

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  22. There are so many traditions but my favorite was to decorate the tree with my kids. We would string popcorn. I agree with you we need to focus and remember "the reason for the season". Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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  23. Putting up the tree with my son while listening to Christmas music and sipping hot chocolate! Thanks for the cute pattern!!

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  24. My favorite tradition is decorating and saving the tree for last. Hot chocolate, everyone home and It's a Wonderful Life playing in the background. Lots of love and laughter.

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  25. Thank you for the pattern!
    My favourite tradition is going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve with all my family! and as out church is next door to our house there's no excuse for being late!

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  26. Making Christmas cookies with my Grandchildren. We use my Husbands Great Aunts recipe. She has long passed but is still remembered.

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  27. Thank you for such a lovely pattern! so sweet. I love going to services with my family the best. Hearing the holiday choirs and the happiness! Wishing you and yours much over the holidays!

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  28. Love the tabletopper, thanks for the pattern. Oh, and HEY...I have Boston Terriers, too...actually one BT and one BT/Beagle mix, both rescues. I've had BTs almost my whole life- aren't they the BEST?

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  29. This is sooo much fun! I love your patterns and have several of them. Have a wonderful Holiday, and I too Love the family part of Christmas best! Jan

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  30. I can't believe you don't like fruitcake!! :-) Does anyone really like it??? What an adorable table topper. I can't wait to start on it. Thanks so much. Love all your designs, and you find them thru out my house! :-)

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  31. The tabletopper is adorable,thanks for the pattern.
    My best days of xmas is the night before xmas ( I went to my mother in law home to the big supper with all my husband family) and 31 night,( is the night I spent with my family) both days I`m very happy.

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  32. My favorite Christmas tradition is getting the whole family together. We live in different areas but we all come home to spend the holidays with one another. I'm hosting this year and I've already planned the food; the cookies will be started right after Thanksgiving so we will have enough for everyone.

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  33. The table topper is very cute. Thank you for sharing. Holiday traditions at my house are to gather my husband's family usually the weekend before Christmas and then we celebrate Christmas day with my family. Always a good time.

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  34. Love you little snowmen piece, very fun.
    I have always loved candlelight service, and just being with family.
    I love to make presents, for friends and others who do not have family, so trying to get as much as I can so I will have more to give.

    Debbie

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  35. The snowmen are very cute, and I love the snowflakes, too. Thank you for sharing the pattern with us. I just want to be with my children at Christmas, which doesn't always happen since they are all grown up, but the Christmases we were together are my favorite ones!

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  36. He IS the reason! Christmas has always been so full of tradition for my family-- as long as I can remember... Christmas Eve at my Grandma L's house playing with all my tons of cousins, then driving around town on the way home, admiring all the beautiful twinkling lights and singing carols with Mom, Dad and my sisters... Christmas day at my Grandma S's and her oh-so-delicious ham and potatoes... Wish that I could go back in time for those wonderful holidays.. But, we have our first grandchild, now, and are making our own new traditions! Life is GOOD! :-) Thank you for the cute, cute tabletopper pattern, and this fun giveaway! :-)

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  37. Thank you so much for the snowman table topper. I would love to make one for me. My favorite tradition is our Christmas Eve service, candlelight too, at our church. My husband is a pastor so our family never misses this service. We then go home for a simple meal and give our grandchildren and children a gift to open.

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  38. Thanks for the lovely pattern. I love midnight mass on Christmas eve with my family.

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  39. My favorite tradition is going to get our Christmas tree. We go out into a pasture as a family and have a little adventure to pick out our cedar tree:)

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  40. I love the snowman pattern!! I also love the candle lit church at midnight mass and now being able to share it with my grandson.

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  41. Thanks so much for the lovely pattern!! We open our gifts Christmas Eve (Icelandic tradition) and have our big Christmas dinner on Christmas day. Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Paulette

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  42. Thank you for the pattern...I love snowmen! My favorite tradition? The family getting together on Christmas Day.

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  43. Love the snowman topper. Tradition is putting the electric train under the tree. Grandchildren look forward to it.

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  44. I think my favourite tradition is decorating the tree. We buy two new decorations each year to add to the tree so each one means something to us and I love getting them all out every year. This year I hope to add some handmade ones too!

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  45. Thanks, Leanne!! Great post and project!

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  46. I love Christmas lights! We have such fun stringing lights outside our home; that's the first decorating we do after Thanksgiving. Then one night (or more) we'll pick different neighborhoods to drive though and admire their decorations at night.

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  47. Love the snowman. Thanks for the pattern :)

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  48. Thank you for sharing a little about yourself and your family as well as your sweet table topper - perfect for winter!!

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  49. What an adorable pattern! Thank you for sharing it!

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  50. I like baking LOTS of cookies and passing them out to everyone I see at the holidays.

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  51. My favourite Christmas tradition is decorating a gingerbread house with my twin granddaughters. Thank you for the lovely table topper and the giveaway.

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  52. Very cute pattern. Thank you. Our Chritmas tradition is a big get together on Christmas eve. We have about 70 here to celebrate.

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  53. What an awesome pattern, thank you!

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  54. Making the frosted sugar cookies is our tradition as well! I end up eating most of them myself, even after they are frozen! :)

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  55. My favorite tradition is our Trim the Tree Party complete with orange danish rolls, hot chocolate and/or hot apple cider. We do it every year exactly the same the day after Thanksgiving. It wouldn't be Christmas w/o this party!

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  56. LOVE YOUR TABLE TOPPER!
    LOVE CHRISTMAS COOKIES TOO!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  57. Our favorite tradition is to have all our family gather on Christmas Eve! I cook something for us all so everyone doesn't have to cook and then we open presents! I get all the kids and grandchildren to sit on the couch and floor and take a picture of them all. I than leave that picture displayed all year!! So much fun to see how much everyone has changed through the year!! We have one little Boston Terrier named Roxie who does not realize she is a dog! shhh...PLEASE don't tell her!! She is a sweetheart!! Thank you for the sweet table topper!! Snowmen are my FAVORITE!!!!

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  58. Nice Wallhanging.
    My favorite is the Christmas Eve Party with all the family.

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  59. What a cute wallhanging. Our favourite tradition(well mine anyway) is opening our Christmas stockings in bed on the 25th. Our son (now 27!!) joins us in our room as we find out what Santa left us. As I fill all 3 stockings my surprise quotient is low but I always treat myself to something small that I know I want. Last year it was a Dresden ruler.

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  60. I love to play Christmas Music while decorating the tree. We always read the Christmas Story (the real one from Luke) at Christmas too.

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  61. I love Christmas Eve Dinner. Everyone is there and all that you are going to do for Christmas is done so you can simply enjoy friends, family, and have fun!

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  62. The snowmen are so cute, thanks so much! I loved reading about you, too.

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  63. Our favorite Christmas tradition was my Aunt Lu's gift grab game. It started out with her bringing small gifts, mostly useful things like cute kitchen towels, woolly socks or small gadgets like window scrapers for the car. Then we all started pitching in with small presents and it sometimes got silly! This will be our second Christmas without Aunt Lu, but we're keeping the tradition.

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  64. My favorite Christmas tradition is, when my kids were young they got to open one gift on Christmas Eve.

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  65. One of my favorite traditions was making my children new pj's and nightgowns for Christmas. They opened them Christmas Eve, before bedtime. They were thrilled to have something to open early and I was thrilled to have them look good in the pictures on Christmas morning!

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  66. Leanne, what a cute project. I think those snowmen would look great in my house! Thanks for sharing your stories.
    Jill

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  67. great pattern~ My favorite tradition would be making appetizers and cookies with my mom. We take a whole day and just cook our butts off while listening to Christmas music and talking our faces off.

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  68. Thanks for the cute pattern. We are blessed every Christmas to attend Church together as a family.

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  69. We always have our first glass of eggnog as we hang the first ornament on the tree! Thanks for the wonderful pattern

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  70. Thanks for sharing. It's a Wonderful Life is my all time favorite Christmas movie too.

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  71. When I was young we always went to church on Christmas morning. No one does that anymore. Too bad, for I loved that tradition...

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  72. I have a lot of favorite traditions, but making wassail and having it simmer on the stove for days is wonderful. The other is making gingerbread houses with my kids.

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  73. My favorite thing is christmas tree hunting. We load up a couple of pickup trucks with family, friends, food and a couple saws and then head up in the mountains. Finding the perfect (or not so perfect) tree is half the fun!

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  74. oh I struggles to find your word.........I was blind to it.........lol.........I love silent night too.....

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  75. My favorite holiday tradition, coming from a large family, is reminiscing about Christmas past and telling stories about my late funny, wonderful Mother.

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  76. My favorite holiday tradition is going to Christmas Eve candlelight service with my family. Thanks for a sweet Snowman tabletopper. tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  77. we've always had our stockings ... with an orange, a candy cane, a toy or knick-knack.
    cute little mat, perfect for a little gift!

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  78. What a cute pattern. I've been a fan of your designs for many years. But I think I' must be dense - I just can't find your secret word. I hope you'll help me out.

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  79. Thank you for the pattern for the tabletopper - it's so cute!
    My favorite tradition is reading in the Gospel of Luke with the whole family gathered around. Soon we hope to have grandkids to share with, too!

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  80. I love the tabletop runner - it's not Christmasy, which I like!

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  81. Every year we watch "I's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart. Now all of our children are gone, but we still watch it. Thanks for the cute Table Topper!!!!

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  82. My family tradition is my mom makes homemade ravioli's and we eat them for Christmas eve dinner. We're not Italian or anything, it's just such a treat because she doesn't make them often. (They are a lot of work.) When we were younger we always got to pick one gift to open on Christmas eve which was fun.

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  83. Last year was the first year we were able to attend the Christmas Eve service at our church. It was so delightful, and this is going to be our new Christmas tradition. Thanks so much for the adorable pattern.

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  84. My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree. I love the first night when it gets dark and the lights are lit, I'll just sit in a chair and quietly think back on past Christmas times with family. So many wonderful memories. Thanks for the snowman pattern. My daughter calls my house the "snowman house". There's a handmade snowman on every step to the second floor and many, many more throughout the house. I think I need this tabletopper!!

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  85. I love our church's Christmas Eve service and then gathering with family for our traditional Christmas meal. Christmas mornings find us gathering again to see what Santa brought, e3xchange gifts and have brunch together. I love Christmas!

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  86. Almond Bread has become something of a tradition with my lot. Something they look for every Christmas.

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  87. My favourite Christmas tradition is when we get the tree out, and spend time together decorating it.

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  88. I think it's baking the cookies and goodies that I only do at Chrismas time.

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  89. Favorite tradition is going to lunch on Christmas eve and spending the afternoon and evening together.

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  90. My favorite tradition is getting new pyj's to open on Christmas eve. We still do it even though we are grownup's now.

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  91. Thanks for the cute table topper pattern. I love Christmas and the whole season of celebration and what it means as you have reminded us. One of my favorite traditions is going to an early Christmas Eve service at church and then coming home and having dinner and spending the evening together as a family.

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  92. We always celebrate on Christmas Eve with my husband's family. Then on Christmas morning, we celebrate with my family. I agree that Jesus is the real reason to celebrate Christmas.

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  93. Thank you Leanne for the Snowman table topper pattern. Snowmen have always been a favorite of mine.
    Decorating the house is my favorite tradition. About 40 years ago, my aunt made a small snowmen vignette. Every year I assemble the pieces and remember her and my mom (her sister). These two ladies were my inspiration to start quilting. Both are gone now, but their memory lives on.

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  94. I love watching christmas movies with my three daughters (16, 18, & 21) and my husband. We cuddle up onto the sectional with lots of quilts. We drink Mayfield eggnog or coffee with special creamers. We laugh and giggle until our sides hurt. Life is good!

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  95. Each year we host a tree trimming party to decorate our Christmas tree. I think we have done it for 30 years now. Friends come and put decorations on the tree and have some snacks. It is always a grand time. Thanks for participating in the Henry Glass blog hop. It is a lot of fun seeing all the lovely designs and meeting the designers.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  96. Favorite tradition - Christmas Dinner: Standing rib roast and Yorkshire pudding. Thanks!

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  97. My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve with all my extended family, the women all go to church then later we gather at my brother's house for the rest of the evening and exchange our gifts, we all bring our favorite foods, snacks and desserts and visit with everyone and open our gifts. We've been doing this for over 28 years, it wouldn't be Christmas with out it.

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  98. My favorite tradition is attending Christmas Eve candlelight services and then driving around to look at the lights around town.

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  99. Thank you for the great little table topper. Such a cute pattern with the snowman on there.

    I think the tradition that I love the most about Christmas is heading out to the local tree farm. My parents took us to the same tree farm which is still owned by the very same family as that has passed down through each generation as they years have gone by. My first trip to this tree farm was way back in 1960 and when I had my own children, I continued the same tradition with them. For their entire childhood we also went to the same tree farm I have gone to my entire life. It's just not the holidays without that trip out there. This farm has grown since my childhood and now has a huge fireplace you can sit in front of while playing with the Golden Retrieverss they raise who are always running around and always that time of the year there are puppies too. They have huge Draft horses pulling the wagons to take everyone out to the field if you want to cut your own tree down. It's such a festive place to visit with their homemade fudge and gift shop where they sell handmade ornaments from all over the world with many of them giving back to the countries they came from because each sold is also a donation to those who made each ornament. I just got my yearly newsletter yesterday in the mail which is always fun to read as it tells about their replanting they habe done this past year and all sorts of things they've had happen. Two years ago the entire family went overseas to help those in need and took donations for them which come from a portion of the Christmas tree sales. It's a great family and farm to go every year.

    Now that I've written all that I'll add very quickly one more thing that's a tradition around my house. I've been making candies every year for the past 15 years now. Everyone looks forward to those and it's so much fun making them all.
    Thank you again for the adorable table topper.

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  100. Setting up the nativity scene music box to greet visitors at our front door. I love being the first to wind it up and hear Silent Night. Then, greeting family and friends as they stop by.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the lovely pattern.

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  101. Delightful Snow-mats Land table topper to use throughout the winter months. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  102. I love the annual Christmas Cantata at church. My hubby conducts the full orchestra (yep - even have a harp!) and the choir. I direct the drama/narrations and we love that it is the big Christmas event in our small city!

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  103. My favorite tradition? The Christmas tree. Sweet memories are unwrapped with each ornament.

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  104. One of my favorite traditions is all of our family playing board games after we unwrap gifts. We have so much fun!

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  105. My favorite Christmas tradition is to have grandparents our house for Christmas. What fun they bring to our family. We play games, eat good food, and talk over old times.

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  106. My favorite Christmas tradition is buying our tree on Christmas Eve-sometimes it is a Charlie Brown tree or a such a deal tree! Thanks for a chance to win. esterling1923 at gmail dot com

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  107. It's lovely to read about your Christmas thoughts. Thanks for the lovely pattern. Cheers.

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  108. Cute table topper could be made and used in January which is a good thing as the days are now being numbered.

    Judy T

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  109. My favourite tradition is to pull out each year a snowman made by my nan. She has been gone for a few years but it keeps her memory alive for me. Family is my tradition, together, celebrating.

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  110. Thanks for the cute table topper pattern! It's wonderful-and can be used all winter!

    My favorite food for Christmas is also fruticake! I make several loaves-and my 90 year old dad and I eat the most!

    For traditons, we always read the Christmas story from Luke. And now we have decided to do away with gift giving (except for stockings), and we give to charities what we would have spent on each other. It is better to give to those who have nothing, than just lavish on each other, who already have much.

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  111. Love the snowman pattern! My favorite tradition is opening presents. When my children were little I would act as crazy excited as they did and they loved it. Now they just think mom is goofy but if I don't act like that they get upset because they think I don't like the present. I know I make a fool of myself but it makes everyone laugh!

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  112. My favorite Christmas tradition is trimming of the tree! And not so much the putting it away part! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Linda
    http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/

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  113. Favorite family tradition - attending Christmas Eve candlelight service. We always went to the early ones when the kids were young. Now that they're grown and all in different places we don't always get to be together. Now we go to the Midnight service - and it seems the most special of all.
    Thanks for the cute topper pattern & Happy Holidays!

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  114. Thanks for the cute table topper. I love making them as gifts for family and friends. Fruitcake is awful but sugar cookies ...yummy. Happy Holidays to all and may God Bless.

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  115. I agree with you -- we watch It's a Wonderful Life every year! It's the best!

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  116. I like to stay home on Black Friday and get my tree up adn all my decorations out. Take a nap, eat a turkey, cranberry, gravey standwich (on white very lightly toasted bread) with stuffing on the side. Avoid the crazy shoppers.

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  117. Thank you for your table topper pattern. Love Fruitcake, and agree that there is a real reason for the Season. Favourite family tradition is letting the little grandchildren jump under the sprinkler after lunch, and of course backyard cricket. (Aussie style). Enjoy Christmas

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  118. Favorite tradition is sending my grandchildren a twelve days of Christmas box. Small gifts to be opened everyday.

    Judy T

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  119. My favorite tradition is Christmas Day itself. Being with my family, and going around the room opening gifts - youngest to oldest. Around and around. :) Also, putting my nativity sets out. My new one is an outdoor set from a thrift store. So excited!

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  120. I always watch the movie The Gathering sometime during the holiday season.

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  121. Oh I love this blog hop - such talented people out there

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  122. My family used to have a tradition where we would hide a pickle ornament in the tree. The first kid to find it would get a special prize, sometimes money sometimes a cool gift. I have yet to find a pickle ornament to do this in my own house, it is on my list to find!! Thank you for the chance!

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  123. Bellbottoms really bring me back to the day, although I don't remember any other than jean material. Thank you for the pattern. Traditionally on Christmas morning we play a movie and have a lovely breakfast together near the tree.

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  124. I love your project. Our favorite family tradition is to open 1 gift on Christmas Eve.

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  126. Thanks for the lovely pattern!
    I like to see the light in the children's eyes when they discover the gifts under the tree !

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  127. Thanks for the cute snowman table topper pattern. I'm loving the colors you used.
    We always have champagne and orange juice for our Xmas brunch .

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  128. I like your pattern. Thanks for allowing us to download it. My favorite Christmas tradition is to go to the Vigil Service on Christmas Eve and then come home to eat Italian Beef on rolls with chips and dip followed by Christmas cookies. Then after our granddaughter is in bed and asleep we put out all the gifts under the tree.

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  129. Wonderful table topper, my favorite tradition is spending time with family.

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  130. Thanks so much for your snowman tabletopper pattern. Too cute! I love getting together with family, some who we only see a few times a year. My Dad's side of the family gets together on Christmas Eve and we all give out and open gifts. After we go to midnight Mass. My Mom always wanted Christmas morning with my brother and I so we open our family gifts Christmas morning. Thanks for your giveaway .

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  131. What a cute pattern. Thanks so much.

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  132. Thanks for the pattern for the cute table mat. I love a quick pattern that looks great too.

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  133. Well thank-you for your table-topper fun, I love the friendly look of it. Just yesterday I was using a thermos to take some tea to my husband in hospital that my family gave us a few years ago and it reminded me of our giving tradition. We have a fairly large family so exchanging gifts could be a financial burden. In order to still be able to bless each other we decided to limit our gifts to just one. We put a cap on the value, say $30 and pulled names from a hat as to who gave what to whom. When we got together we each had a gift and it has always been something highly regarded. My hubby and I love to take our picnic pack and it has gone with us on train trips and outing for years. Another time a little portable fridge means (again only $30) has meant my husband has been able to keep his lunch fresh at work and has done for years. It is a blessing all year round!

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