Monday, December 1, 2008

DT Challenge Samples, Dec. Guest Designer and Four $25.00 Give-Aways!

1. DT Christmas Challenge Samples
2. Our Guest Designer Amber Tosh

3. Win 1 of 4 $25.00 Give-Aways!

DT Christmas Challenge
Our design team ladies are all participating in a little challenge hosted by our DT leader Vicki Chrisman to create something using any of our Christmas theme products! Come check out all their fabulous samples by clicking on the links here to their blogs
(which will start Dec 1 at 9 am central time)

Vicki Chrisman
Anna Wight
Lisa Zappa
Pam Hooten
Heidi Blankenship
Marisa Grosson
Vivian Peters
Michele Kovack

Our Guest Designer Amber Tosh!

I’m thrilled to announce that Amber Tosh is our guest designer this month! Amber is a talented scrapbooker and paper crafter who is also on the design team for the wonderful Melissa Frances!

Here is a photo of Amber and her Bio

My name is Amber Tosh and I am living the country life in Nova Scotia with my husband Ray and our five amazing children. I was introduced to scrapbooking about 6 years ago, but have branched out into other paper crafts as well over the past couple of years and am loving it! I have a fondness for all things vintage and I’ve had a ton of fun playing with these beautiful and versatile products from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Collection!

Look at this adorable Christmas decoration Amber created using the little Santa paper doll boy from our Image & Journal Booklet titled 'Little Dolls'. She cut the little boy and tree out and created a backdrop with papers from our Earthy Paper Pad. I love the way she fan folded the red & white paper and created the arch.


Amber whipped up this Christmas tag using an image from our Christmas Vintage Image & Journal Notes on a white tag she punched. The little red button and white twill tie in with the paper perfectly.

On these next two projects Amber got creative and recycled. First, she used an empty jar to created a little candle holder. She wrapped the jar in frayed fabric with an image she stitched on from our Winter Homespun Cotton Scraps.

This little mint tin is so cute painted blue and distressed with a bit of sanding. Amber decorated the inside lid with the birdy image cut from our Winter Homespun Cotton Scraps. she glued on some Spanish moss and a little bird to finish it off.
Amber created this sweet layout of her daughter peeking in a Christmas present using papers from our Classic Paper Pad and the ornaments are a sheet from our HIJ 08 Christmas Image & Journal Notes Booklet. The stamp over the trees is from our SL07 Frame It Stamp set and 'MAGIC' is stamped using our SM 14 Top Hat Alphabet stamp set. I will be sharing more samples from Amber and some other Christmas ideas this Friday.


Four $26.00 Give-Aways!
We are giving away four $25.00 gift certificates this Friday, so put your name in NOW for the random draw and a chance to win! You can spend it on any of our products and we will pay the shipping! Spend it on yourself or use it to buy Christmas presents.

Just leave a comment HERE on the blog and tell us what you love about Christmas to win one of the 4 gift certificates.
I hope you are all starting to feel the Christmas spirit!
Wishing you joy & creativity
Sandy Redburn
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118 comments:

Joyce said...

Oh my, what I love about Christmas...... the list could go on forever, but perhaps my most favorite thing about Christmas is the "love" in the air! It seems you can feel it everywhere, through the whole season really, but most especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. People are just kinder, gentler, and they seem to smile more than usual. It's just a very good feeling for me. You know the song: "If every day could be just like Christmas...what a wonderful world this would be" thanks for letting me share :-)

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas as I'm able to express my feelings for family and friends thru the paper projects I can create for them. Money is tight for everyone right now so making something gives me the chance to create from the heart and everyone enjoys it for years to come. Christmas truly is the best time of the year!

Debbie Kaste said...

Opps! Should have used my name on the last post...Thanks for the chance for your give-away.
Debbie Kaste

Toni K said...

What I love most about Christmas is family. I love the faces of my children on Christmas morning, and now my almost year old grandson. I can't wait!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Linda said...

I love so many things about Christmas...the colors, the music the warmth in people's hearts, family time, presents, cookies, crafting, glitter...oh my, the list could go on for miles!

Anonymous said...

I love decorating for Christmas. I am so inspired by all the blogs and Christmas images that all the designers have created! Sometimes it is almost too much and I almost have Christmas overload. I appreiate how these designers share their creativity with us.
Diane Gill
Wilmington, NC

PatsyB said...

I love the warm feelings that everyone seems to have at Christmas time! We speak to strangers, show more love to our fellow man! We come together as families in ways that we forget about during the hustle of the rest of the year. OF course, the food(s) don't hurt either!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

cards4u said...

I think what I love most about Christmas is the time I share with family and friends! I also enjoy the opportunity to let others know how much I appreciate them through sharing of gifts and small remembrances Thanks for the chance to play!

Fabulous Finds Studio said...

I have a lot of family that lives near me so I love getting together with my family for the holidays. I also love to decorate and tend to go overboard!
Have a fabulous day!
Julie

Jane said...

I love the atmosphere of love, peace, and friendliness created by Christmas. Making and sharing things - cookies, sewing, knitting, paper goodies - it's all part of the fun! Best of all are the traditions - getting out the old family ornaments, with all the memories, the church services, cards -- it really is the "lovliest time of the year"!
Jane - Jacksonville, Florida

Lastel said...

What I love about Christmas is all the beautiful decorations and the spirit of giving and the feeling excitement and love all around !

Cindy said...

I love it all, but I really love all the decorations and music.

Jessica said...

I love all the decorations and the colors which range from rich and vibrant reds, to sparkly blues and whites. Making Christmas cards while listening to carols is also a highlight! Thanks for the chance to win!

Joella said...

At Christmas I love seeing my family the most. It's wonderful to have everyone together and happy!

Pegg S said...

What gorgeous samples from Amber! Very inspiring projects!
I love Christmas because I get to spend time with family and everyone is in good spirits. This year will be especially wonderful as I will be a new Aunt soon! Thanks!

Sara said...

oh, what do I NOT love about Christmas!! I love it ALL! The lights, the music, family, snow...the list goes on. It's just the coziest time of the year for me. Thanks for the chance to win

MEMORY ARTIST said...

I love the spirit of Christmas - happiness, togetherness, love, friendship, generosity, as well as the beauty of the season. Making gifts for family and friends is another love of mine.

Ami said...

I'm such a pushover for Christmas. I love the snow, the lights all the Nativities I see everywhere and the simple fact that people just become "nicer" to each other for a few weeks. I wish we could do that all year :)

Ami said...

I'm such a pushover for Christmas. I love the snow, the lights all the Nativities I see everywhere and the simple fact that people just become "nicer" to each other for a few weeks. I wish we could do that all year :)

Cheri Mosgrove said...

I love Christmas because we get to teach our kids the real meaning of Christmas and how to live that every day of the year. I love the spirit of giving that comes so easily. And I love music that is so happy it brings a smile to my face!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Hi Sandy ... just wanted to pop in to welcome Amber and say how impressed & inspired I am with her projects you have shared here!!

I really got into the spirit of Christmas when a little CS elf (wink, wink) sent me some wonderful surprises ... yippee new rubah to play with!!

Book Bling said...

I love everything about Christmas. Mostly I like finding the perfect gift for my family and friends. I don't spend much money but I do spend time finding something I hope they will love. I also love Christmas Eve church services. That is what it is all about.

Kelly S. said...

Christmas is all about the sharing...time with friends and family, giving gifts, sharing laughs and food, and memories together...giving of your heart to others who may be in need...isn't sharing what Christmas is all about? PS...thanks for sharing blog candy with all of us, too, hee!

Anonymous said...

I love making and sharing ornaments and food gifts with friends and neighbors. Decorating the packaging is half of the fun!

C Burke

Lyn S said...

The thing I enjoy most about Christmas is spending time and sharing Christmas Dinner with my family. This year will be extra special as it will be my baby grand-daughter's 1st Christmas....I can't wait to see the look of wonder on her beautiful little face!

StampinCathy said...

All the projects are just beautiful. I love Christmas to remember the reason we celebrate. I love making Christmas cards and presents for all my friends and family. I just love to put smiles on their faces. I just love the lights, the smell of a fresh Christmas tree and getting together with family and friends. Ok I could go on and on. Thanks for a chance.

leenda said...

I like the music, the lights, the candy, giving gifts, the kids' faces of surprise & so much more!

LeAnne said...

I love just about everything to do with Christmas....I find myself reminiscing about my childhood Christmases a lot lately! Cookies, wrapping, crafts, the music, celebrating Christ's birth...it is all such a joyous time!
LeAnne

Dragonlady said...

I love being with family at Christmas time...I will get to travel to NC to spend a couple of weeks with them..
thanks for a chance to enter your great giveaway..
Brenda

jeneaevan said...

I love Christmas because I get to be with family!

Rhonda said...

I love all the lights,crative projects and baking and the wonderful decorations.... It makes ne truly thankful for all the blessings in my life,
Rhonda
rhondalou72@yahoo.com

Wendy said...

I love Christmas because it is a time for giving. I delight to see the enjoyment of our children, and now grandchildren as they open their gifts... how they gaze with wonder at the decorations on the tree and listen to their favorite Christmas songs and stories. Thanks, and blessings to you!

Theresa said...

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas! I think the main reason I love it is all the glitter and sparkle!!! And the way people behave - so much more kind and patient. I just LOVE the season!!!!

Sue Feher said...

I love Santa's with real beards, when it snows for Christmas, & when I was little, heck even now, sitting in the dark with the tree all lit up & squinting at the lights, & real trees w/ real smell.And children of all ages who still BELEIVE...

Amy Johnson said...

My favorite part about Christmas are all the beautiful lights and decorations. Everything is just so beautiful this time of the year. I love it!

Terry said...

I love many things about Christmas but I really love the smell. The smell of snow right before it starts falling; the smell of the Christmas tree; the smell of the turkey cooking; and the smell of various Christmas candles I have around the house. Terry

cinmfoster said...

The best part of Christmas is getting to spend the time with Family and Friends.

Cindy F

Lori Washburn said...

I love seeing the excitement my kids feel at Christmas. They love to choose, wrap and give Grama and Grampa the "Perfect" gift. Last year they made gifts and took them to Santa~ "We think people forget him" was their thinking. So sweet.

Lori Washburn aka Lucy

Debra said...

To me christmas is the joy of giving of ones self as much as preasants! many people forget that and get cought up seeing how many preasants they can recieve or give. Many only want the latest gadgets! however my son has taught me a valuable lesson every one should learn. It's not how many or if it's the best, be happy with what you have and peace and joy will be yours even in hard times.Debra ~ mystic_fairy42@yahoo.com

Roxy said...

One thing I love about Christmas....Is how my kids, now 20- 25 STILL love to get up early Christmas morning, ( I mean like 5:30- 6:00), to open presents. ANd still to this day, I wait until the kids go to bed Christmas Eve before putting presents under the tree.

DebbyG said...

I love how Christmas draws us to visit with family and friends - with parties, dinners, cards, gifts, phone calls.

Lori T. said...

Besides the time with family and friends, it's the anticipation of my kids getting up Christmas morning to open presents that gives me a mushy feeling...so much fun to watch their faces:)

Vicki C said...

Oh.. all Ambers Projects are just beautiful! She is one talented girl!

Anonymous said...

What I love about Christmas is the chance to reconnect with Christmas memories...ornaments that hung on my childhood tree, pictures of my favorite gift as a child, traditions handed down from generation to generation, the warmth that comes from sharing this special time with your family...and to pass this on to my children and grandchildren.

Carol
caroljilg@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love spending time with my family.
TFS
ang@todybran.com

One4Joy said...

Ilove that for one day it seems the world shuts down and all is peaceful. It does my heart good.

Carol said...

What I love about Christmas is the chance to imitate God's generosity with our little loving gifts!

Pax et bonum,

Carol
thelen dot carol at gmail.com

Cindy said...

I just love the magic in the air. The fond memories of Christmases past and creating new ones for my little guy.

Cindy said...

I just love the magic in the air. The fond memories of Christmases past and creating new ones for my little guy.

java_jenny said...

Wow - you gals have such wonderful & very inspiring projects!

There are so many little things that make Christmas special to me...I love the lights, the hustle and bustle, the smells of pine trees, cinnamon, and fresh baked goods, the excitement that lights up the faces of children...But I think my favorite thing about Christmas is showing love and kindness to others - on my part as well as on other's parts. I can't help but get all teary eyed when I see strangers treating eachother with kindness. I wish we all remembered to treat each other with such kindness all year round.

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

I love making gifts for others at Christmas. This has to be one of my favorite thing about the holidays.

Karen L said...

The thing I love most about Christmas is the excitement and wonder of little children. My children are grown now but I can still remember how they looked forward to every part of the holiday tradition...the tree, the gifts, Santa, baking cookies, decorating etc.

SHartl said...

Thanks for this chance for a great prize! My favorite thing about Christmas is all the decorations and the smell of the Christmas tree! This year will be my first year married and so it'll be a very special holiday. My mom always made a handmade ornament for me each year and I'll get them all to decorate my very own tree this year!

Jinglesmom said...

I love all the lights at Christmas! I love to drive around the different neighborhoods and see all the lighted decorations people have up. It just makes me smile!

Rachel Hope said...

I love everything about Christmas, the warmth of family, the chill of winter, the smell of pine trees and cinnamon, of cookies baking and candy cooling. Christmas is such a wonderful time to tell everyone in your life that you love them and you are thankful they are in your life.

Sharon in NE said...

There is definitely a sparkle in the air at Christmas. People walk a little lighter, cheery music playing, more smiling. Even if one has to cut back financially, doing the smaller and homemade items is just as wonderful.

Zgirl said...

There are so many things I love about Christmas. I love shopping for gifts for people--especially when you buy the perfect gift and then you see them opening it on xmas day. I also love the cold days sipping hot chocolate. I just love the whole season. Thanks. Naz

Michelle said...

I love that people seem to take an extra minute to be just a bit kinder to each other and to smile a bit more. The really good cookies are a bonus too - LOL...

Kyla said...

I totally love the whole spirit of Christmas. Everything is festive and just seems a little brighter.

harrahx2 said...

What I love about Christmas in general is people. They smile more, seem friendlier and even a little happier. You believe that good things can happen and they do. Also, this is my first full year of reading several of my blog friends and they are wonderful. They bring smiles and pleasure to my life every day. They are great friends.

Gail S. said...

I love Christmas!! I love the decorating, the music and shopping! I love getting together with family, sending/receiving cards and sparkly lights. I love remembering why we are all celebrating. Thank you for a chance to win!!

Estelle said...

I love the extra time I spend with the kids making decorations, baking yummy goodies, and spreading the spirit by carolling with our Cub Scout Pack....

Tink said...

I love all the new stamp sets that are released, and the time I can spend crafting with my 3 year old daughter!

Valonda L. said...

Most of all I love Jesus...the reason we celebrate in the first place.
I love the excitement in the air. I love how everything is a little bit brighter, more shiny and sparkly. I love cozy fires, hot chocolate, extended time with family and friends, and yummy treats.

Sharon C said...

I love celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is the most special time of the year. If only people would continue to share the spirit and happiness all through the year.

Shawn said...

Christmas is just the best time of the year. I love everything from decorating, to crafting and just seeing my daughters eyes light up when she sees Santa.

Erin Glee said...

Right now I am LOVING the lights! My DH strung them on the house and tree in our front yard~ so pretty!
I love all of Amber Toshs' creations. She is very talented!
Thank you for a chance to win!

Lisa M. said...

My favorite thing about this time of year is the SMELLS! Everywhere you go the scent of the holiday is in the air. The fresh trees. Gingerbread. Candy Canes. Mmmm....

Bunny B said...

I love the spirit of Christmas! Everything seems so cheerful and jolly and fun! :))
bunnybx at gmail . com

Elaine said...

Hello Sandy!
I love the projects that Amber made. The accordian folded paper on the arch is a cool way to accent the focal image. They're all darling and sweet~

Oh yes, love the chance that it will snow at Christmas...that's one thing that I love...among so many others~ :)

Miriam said...

Jesus IS the reason for the season. The Father showed us His love by sending His Son. We, in turn, share that love with others. At Christmas, more than any other time of year, the spirit of loving and giving prevails. I can get caught up in the festivites, the decorations, the gifts, and the excitement, but never want to forget the true meaning of the holiday. It warms my heart to see people giving of themselves to make others happy.
Thank you for a chance to win this blog candy. Have a blessed Christmas!

Karrie O. said...

I love watching others open their gifts, especially my kids!! Thank You and Merry Christmas!

Cheryl Lynn Hirzel said...

I love the memories of Christmases Past, when I was young. I cherish the Christmas of the Present with as many possible of those I love around me, and realize next year may be so different. I also reflect the Hope of Christmas as I remember and celebrate Jesus' foretold birth that would lead to the only hope this world had for God's salvation plan.

julialynn said...

I love Christmas! I love all the lights, the decorations, the smells of all the wonderful baking things, all of it :) It is just my favorite time of the year!

kathy said...

Christmas is my favorite time of the year -- It truly points the way to God -and brings to my heart the joy of his blessings -
The decorating part is so special and magical - things that glow twinkle and make you smile - But one of the great parts is the magic expression in the eyes of a child when you mention Christmas -
I love to create art at Christmas ,
and love your site and designers
Kathy -ga
countrychintz.blogspot.com

Susan said...

First, thanks for the chance to win! I too love Christmas - the music and the lights make everything warmer (this means much more to me now in Omaha than it did growing up in Houston!). I encourage everyone to embrace the season of Advent and celebrate the hopeful anticipation of the birth of Christ ... that's THE best part of Christmas!

lynnfrompgh said...

My favorite part of Christmas would be the midnight church service with lighted candles! Reminds me of the TRUE meaning of Christ...mas!

Love this site!!!!!

Annie said...

I love spending time with my family, Christmas Carols, creating wonderful gifts and memories, and the food. Of course the food!

Carla said...

I love all of it! The music, the decorations, especially the lights and sparkle! I love the food (a little too much), I love the presents! Most of all, I love celebrating my Savior's birthday!

julialynn said...

I love the "magic" of christmas! It seems that this time of year, everyone is a little kinder, more patient, and just better, humanity really shines at Christmastime, everyone gets into the joy of the season, and I just love that :)
I also love the decorations, Santa figurines popping up everywhere in my home, it makes me happy:)

julialynn said...

I thought of another Christmas favorite, and I thought I would share...my favorite thing about Christmas is the wonder and awe in the eyes of my children, all children get that gleam at the thought of magic and Santa Claus, this jolly guy who goes down their chimney to leave them gifts, it is like a fairy tale to them, but they believe in it and it makes it so special, I really enjoy helping my kids write out their letters to Santa, taking them to the special mailbox that goes directly to the N.Pole, and then we get a response back! It is wonderful. Going to visit Santa @ the mall is a magical experience also, and of course, baking Christmas cookies to leave for the big man on Christmas Eve, and carrots for the reindeer, these things that are mostly for my kids really make my Christmas very special and memorable.

Staci said...

There are so many things I love about Christmas...the sights, the sounds and the music. I love to watch my children open their gifts on Christmas morning. I love to go to Midnight Mass at church. Unfortunately for my waist I also love all the Christmas goodies that everyone shares.

Anonymous said...

Well, there are many things that I love about Christmas. The very thing that makes my Christmas special is my kids. They are waiting so patiently and then when they wake up, after sleeping in the livingroom waiting for Santa, their eyes just glow with all the gifts under the tree and the cookies and milk gone. Everyone is so happy on this day.

Georgia said...

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love the colors, smell, and especially the decorations-everything looks dressed-up! Its also a time when my work starts to slow down and we can all stop pushing so hard.

Anonymous said...

What I love about Christmas? Our Christmas Eve dinner w/ family and friends, snuggle-time on the couch in front of the fire, and quiet talks looking at the tree w/ all the lights out.

boopfan57 said...

I love the festive spirit, the "waiting" and the music!

Marian

Scrapbook Junkie said...

I love all the pretty decorations and especially your vintage projects.

Probably the best thing is that feel good factor of everyone being a little more kind to one another. Merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

The thing I love most about Christmas are the traditions. The sparkle in my child's eye when he see's my homemade cinnamon rolls. The church service with age old hymns. The old family ornaments- each with a story. And the feeling that everything is exactly as it should be.
swolf@q.com

Anonymous said...

The Christmas Spirit. I love EVERYTHING about Christmas: the lights, decorations, food, crafting Christmas things, giving gifts, decorating the tree. Most of all I love sharing it with family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Christmas is the best time of the year. I love hearing familiar carols and occasionally savoring a new song with the age-old message of Christmas. Wreaths, trees, colorful poinsettias . . . all put me in a good mood. And of course the delicious Christmas treats are enjoyed so much.

Anonymous said...

I love spending time with family the most I think, but I love the music, the lights, the warm feelings that abound, sitting in the dark with dh with the tree lit listening to Christmas music, watching our grandson's Christmas program, and everything else associated with the season. ~Bev P~

Marianne said...

Spending relaxing time with family. Seeing my daughter's expression on Christmas morning. I feel truly blessed.

Pearl said...

Watching my two Grandchildren opening Christmas presents on the 25th morning!! Such joy in their eyes to see what Santa brought to them. One is 4yrs. & the other is 2yrs. Being a Grand Mom is the best!

Amy said...

Oh my, just one? That's tough. I think what I love most of all is the Christmas music!

dclouser said...

There's something about baking cookies for Christmas that I just love! I put on Christmas music, tie on my Christmas apron, and get to work. I make many kinds to put in attractive containers and give to friends or take to Christmas parties.

Calia Yang said...

Amber is so full of creativity! I loved all the altered items and cards and layout you showed! She's extremely talented! What I love the most about christmas is getting up in the morning and making hot cocoa for our little family and then sit down by the fireplace to have story time with my children and tell them the story of Jesus. Then opening gifts and seeing the big smiles on their face (or them playing with the wrapping paper - for my 1 year old) LOL ^_^

Cynthia said...

Lovely job Amber. I love Christmas because of the unity and peace it brings. For a brief moment the world pauses and celebrates the birth of Jesus. The lights are one of my favorite things. I could sit and look at them for hours, they bring such a sense of beauty and peace. They remind me that Jesus came to be the light of the world and to bring peace. Through Him everyday can be Christmas. Cynthia

Oralia said...

I love Christmas because there is more kindness, compassion,and love than any other time of year. I think that's what the magic is all about. Of course, the colors, smells, and music don't hurt either! =)

Mary Jo said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas! Decorations are so beautiful and exciting! Kind of takes your mind off the cold! Christmas is such a family time! You spend time with family you sometimes don't see enough of, and you get to let them know that no matter how busy everyone is nowadays, you love them deeply! Christmas is also a reflection of times past. That's why you make new memories every year-so you can keep them with you forever. Everyone have a wonderful and safe Christmas season!

Sophia said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday! I love getting out all the decorations and the feeling of transformation that it brings out. Getting together with family and friends and just feeling blessed.

jules p said...

i just love that our family slows down, long enough, to be together. We are so busy the other parts of the year. And the cookies-baking-decorations. Well, I just love too much about this holiday to mention. ;)

julialynn said...

I love Christmas, one of my favorite things is being with all of my family, eating good food, watching all the kids get so excited about opening their gifts, sharing the joy of the season with the ones I love and cherish. :)

Shannon said...

I love everything about Christmas. The cooking, spending time with family and I love the lights. I love sitting in my dark livingroom and the only light is from the Christmas tree. I could write a book on all the things I love about Christmas. It is the best time of year!!

Barb said...

What I love about christmas
is the decorating, putting up the tree, visiting with friend, and of course baking cookies. Barb

Deb Plapp said...

I love all the decorations, and living in Illinois I enjoy the snow, well at least for Christmas. After Christmas it can all melt and come back next Dec.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing the wonder and joy in my children's faces. I love seeing my husband act so loving in trying to make the best christmas possible for our family. I love seeing everyone i meet act a little cheerier and friendlier to everybody. It's a time to remember what matters most in life.

A Robin's Nest said...

What I love about Christmas is the joy of giving handmade items that truly come from the heart. No matter what the creative medium, the heartfelt sentiment that went into the creation is always beautiful!

pattyp said...

The memories of my childhood when my sisters and I were able to spend Christmas Eve at Grandpa's with at least 30 cousins (our Mother came from a family of 15)and the special dinner cooked by our Mom and her sisters, all singing Christmas Carols while doing the dishes and the great anticipation of the front parlor being opened to display the tree and all the many presents underneath. Even though we lived 10 blocks away we got to spend the night and slept 4 or 5 to a bed and all attened church together on Christmas morning.

Trudi said...

I like remembering Christmas past....how nice our house was decorated with homemade items, and all the tradtion that went with it...

I like Christmas present....my children sooooo excited about all that the season brings...

I like to think that Christmas future will always be full of holiday spirit....I like planning for the future holidays with my craftmaking....

And finally, number 4...I like to keep in mind what the true meaning of Christmas is...as much as I like the fun stuff...I feel comforted knowing I have a full understanding of what Christmas truly is all about...

Trudi

Robin said...

What I love about Christmas:
** Potato Soup on Christmas Eve
** Burning all the paper & Boxes in a Roaring fire on Christmas morning
** The kids are home from School on Holiday Break
** Chocolate Star Cookies
** The opportunity to sing "Santa Baby" everyday for a month!!

Lyneen said...

I love the Christmas Eve Candlelight service...
I really enjoy our big turkey dinner. Love all the Christmas cards & letter I get from everyone.

Thanks for sharing...

Sena said...

Everything just seems better in December! People are jollier, more giving and nice :) Plus, Christmas songs are so much fun!!
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I love the feelings of good will and love thinking of and making handmade gifts for family and friends.....the anticipation of their enjoyment gives me a great deal of pleasure. MollyK.

Marcy said...

What I love about Christmas is sharing old traditions & creating new traditions with our children. Both my husband and I grew up here, and it's fun to see the kids experience the same wonderful things we did as children - the Christmas parade, the decorated shop windows, the candlelight services at church - it's such a comforting feeling.

Tammy said...

Christmas just has a magical feeling in the air that puts a smile on my heart. Even though I do not like the winter weather I like the crisp air, the beautiful lights, and the smile I receive from the people ringing the Salvation Army Bells when I am running in and out of stores shopping for "The special gift". I love watching the feathery like snowflakes coming down on Christmas morning with the yummy smells of baking goodies while listening to the Christmas songs. I love the squeels from my girls when they see Santa and the twinkle in their eyes on Christmas morning when they open their presents. And oh how they ring jingle bells when we sing carols around the tree! I love the hugs and kisses when my grandkids give me the special present they made for me from daycare. I love writing those special letters to family members that I send in the Christmas cards and receiving cards back from someone I have not heard from in a long time. I miss the simplier times from when I was younger and I miss loved ones that have passed on but we reminisce during the holidays. I enjoy watching the Holiday shows while cuddling on the couch with my hubby and kids eating popcorn. The children love hearing the story of baby Jesus and The Night before Christmas while I rub their backs goodnight. I could go on but the just the season of Christmas makes the whole world a little brighter and makes the beliefs a little stronger !

jillhill said...

What I love about Christmas is the warm and fuzzy feelings that emit from almost everyone. It's the time of year that the music has you singing with joy, the festive decorations reflect a the brilliance of the season and most people are somewhat filled with the spirit of love. It's a time of reflection of past years, a time to connect with family, and a time to put aside feelings that might be darkening parts of the heart. It's childrens laughter, smiles when seeing Santa and the celebration of the greatest birth on earth. Christmas in every way is the most special day of the year!

Jeanie said...

What I love most about Christmas--over and above it being Jesus' birth celebration--is sending Christmas cards! I love this way of connecting with people in my life, some who I now only hear from at Christmastime year after year.

Long before I began making my own cards, I loved selecting cards, writing an annual update letter, addressing the envelopes, making return address labels, enjoying the year's postage stamp(s), and mailing cards all over the world. Receiving cards in return is also a true joy.

Now that I'm a cardmaker, I love sending as many handmade cards as I can manage. Even if I don't have the same number cards made as I do recipients, I still remember the long list of folks from my past and present with some sort of festive card and our newsy letter. For me: this is the highlight of the season!

Christina Gambell said...

I love Christmas music, Christmas decorations and lights, but most of all I love my church's services and the time with family and friends.. oh and the kids thrill when going to see Santa and on Chritmas morning.