Breakfast

Get Warm With Amy

Good morning!

Well, this morning I woke up at 5 a.m. with a start and after laying in bed for an hour trying to fall back asleep I just figured it was useless and decided to get an early start to my day. Does that happen to anyone else??! I think I finally caught myself up on sleep and now I’m back to normal.

Had an early breakfast as well!

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My favorite! I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1 small banana, 2 tsp maca, 1/2 scoop protein powder, cinnamon and pumpkin butter….it hit the spot.

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It’s FREEZING outside and what better excuse to give away soup???!

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We love Amy’s over here at ELR and apparently they love y’all. So much so that they have offered to giveaway a gift pack containing three soups to one lucky reader. You’ll get what I’ve been enjoying for the past couple weeks—the chunky tomato bisque, fire roasted veggie and hearty Spanish rice and bean. All three are absolutely delicious!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite holiday tradition πŸ™‚ I’ll pick a random winner tonight when I get home from dinner and post it in the morning.

Tis the season!

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837 Comments

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    Linda
    December 8, 2009 at 7:17 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to cut down the Christmas tree!!

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    adria
    December 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

    every winter during dead week at school my roommates and i do crazy cooking at crazy hours. last year we made green bean casserole in the microwave. this year… sugar cookies at 7am.

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    Elizabeth
    December 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

    My favorite tradition is going to Church on Christmas Eve with my entire family.

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    megan
    December 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

    favorite holiday tradition is biscotti for breakfast on christmas morning with my mom. I just posted about it actually!

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    jenny
    December 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I love making s’mores by the fireplace on Christmas πŸ™‚

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    Fancy
    December 8, 2009 at 7:21 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going around the dinner table with my family taking turns saying what we are all thankful for πŸ™‚

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    brit
    December 8, 2009 at 7:22 am

    church on christmas eve followed by driving around the city looking at xmas lights and then coming home to homemade chili and chicken noodle soup warming on the stove!

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    MoodyFoody
    December 8, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I think my favorite holiday tradition is making and eating bread pudding..mmmm

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    roya
    December 8, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Simply visiting family is my favorite! Christmas is the only time I get to see the extended fam and we certainly have a lot of fun!

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    December 8, 2009 at 7:24 am

    My favorite tradition is watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with my family on Christmas Eve. Just as funny every year!

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    Emily B
    December 8, 2009 at 7:25 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas morning brunch. My absolute favorite meal of the year – and for once, it’s not about the food…it’s about family and the most wonderful time of the year.

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    Sharon Kim
    December 8, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Our favorite holiday tradition is to see a movie together as a family. We do it every year and it’s the one thing that everyone can always agree on.

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    Maggie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Making the secret family recipe Christmas cookies and decorating them! And then eating them, of course πŸ˜‰

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    Ameena
    December 8, 2009 at 7:27 am

    I love making cookies with Maya, its my favorite thing to do!!

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    skinnyrunner
    December 8, 2009 at 7:27 am

    having an easy soup and homemade bread dinner on christmas eve and everyone all excited for the next morning!

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    Abbie Mayo
    December 8, 2009 at 7:27 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making homemade sugar cookies with my mother, and decorating them with icing!! They may not turn out the prettiest, but they sure are good! πŸ™‚

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    Maggie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Making the secret family recipe Christmas cookies and decorating them! And then eating them, of course πŸ˜‰

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 7:28 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree on Christmas Eve with my family.

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    sam
    December 8, 2009 at 7:28 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is seeing a movie with my family on xmas night after everyone is tired from a day full of family, gifts and food!

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    Errign
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Going to get the tree from the National Forest (with a permit!)

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    Emma
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I love decorating the Christmas tree with the whole family while listening to Christmas music and drinking hot cocoa. It’s the best!

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    Jenn
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

    My favorite tradition is my husband I give each other a christmas ornament every year that symbolizes the previous year.

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    Ameena
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Sorry if this posts twice – I love making cookies with my 4-year-old…makes the whole house smell amazing and warm!

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is christmas brunch with my family. there really is nothing like being with the ones you love on christmas.

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    jenna
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

    making a gingerbread house with my family.

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    Julie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Spending time with my family since they live 6 hours away! And my moms cinnamon buns she makes Christmas morning!

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    Ali
    December 8, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Our family always gets together at my Grandparents house on Christmas Eve- the whole family! We have appetizers galore and then do a sweet little gift exchange- giving the little one’s actual presents and the adults- gag gifts πŸ™‚
    My grandpa makes a fire and we all hang out. Every. Single. Time. I smell a wood fire, I think of their house πŸ™‚

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    NM
    December 8, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Watching “A Christmas Story” with my family Christmas Day (TBS plays it for like 24 hours straight). Great movie, it never gets old!

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    Bethany
    December 8, 2009 at 7:31 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas breakfast at my grandparents house!

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    Marcia
    December 8, 2009 at 7:31 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my family. I don’t get to see them much, so our time together is very special πŸ™‚

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    Cara
    December 8, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Oooh I love Amy’s! My favorite tradition is opening ONE present on Christmas Eve, always pajamas!

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    Danielle
    December 8, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Baking sugar cookies with my mom and sister!

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    Jo
    December 8, 2009 at 7:33 am

    My favorite tradition is putting a toy train around our tree when we decorate. It reminds me of my Dad who had one as a kid!

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    Sara
    December 8, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Some of my favorite Christmas traditions are…driving around to see the lights on Christmas Eve after church, opening one gift on Christmas Eve, and warm cinnamon buns for breakfast on Christmas morning.

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    Laila
    December 8, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Putting the tree up the day after Thanksgiving…

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 8, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Christmas Eve with my moms side of the family. Oh – the stories!

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    Erin R.
    December 8, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Our family tradition is every Christmas Eve our entire family watches National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. No matter how many times I’ve seen that movie, it is still hysterical.

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    Melanie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:38 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve with friends and family. We cook spaghetti and consume a lot of wine.

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    Tracy
    December 8, 2009 at 7:39 am

    I love to watch the Grinch Who Stole Christmas!

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    angela
    December 8, 2009 at 7:39 am

    my favorite tradition is making gingerbread houses with my daughter!!!

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Baking for days; pies, cookies, lots of different breads…..that is what I most look forward to at the holidays! Oh, and going to mass on Christmas eve (probably should have put that one first……..)

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    AshleyP
    December 8, 2009 at 7:39 am

    i LOVE aMY’S πŸ™‚

    My favorite tradition…kinda hard because there have been a lot of big changes in the past couple years! I guess I would pick decorating a tree! Or listening to Christmas music and driving around and looking at lights πŸ™‚

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    JessicaE
    December 8, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Without a doubt one of my favorite holiday traditions is the tree! My husband lets me pick out whatever tree i want, then proceeds to happily do the hard work of trimming it, setting it up, and watering it. Then I get to decorate it. No matter what mood I am, just seeing and SMELLING out tree lifts my spirits.

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway. I LOVE Amy’s but some of the products are tough for me to budget in.. so i hope I win πŸ™‚

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    Amy Koch
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    My favorite tradition is putting up the christmas tree, snuggling up next to the ones I love infront of it with a hot cup of apple cider and a good conversation.

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    Jacqueline
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Christmas Eve party with my family. We do a fun gift exchange too!

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    Cyndi
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I love Amy’s soup! I think my favorite holiday tradition is turning on the Christmas tree every night when I get home. It makes the day’s worries disappear!

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    AshinMT
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    My boyfriend and I have started the tradition of going out and getting a Christmas tree (I had a fake one growing up)- this year we didnt have a lot of time to go so we SPOTLIGHTED it at night. It was quite the adventure.

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    Lauren L.
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Christmas Eve Candlelight services!

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    Nora
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Baking Christmas cookies! (which I’m doing tonight!)

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    Mary
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    i love decorating everything the weekend after thanksgiving. the whole month of december feels so magical from the very start!

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    Beth
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I love decorating the Christmas tree. We put on Christmas music, start a fire and spend the day decorating.

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    LisaM
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    My favorite tradition is making my grandmothers sticky rolls for christmas morning. I have been doing it with my sister and cousin every since I can remember, and we continue to do it even now that my grandmother has passed. They are delicious and a great memory of a family member.

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    LadyLara
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I just had the tomato basil the other day and it’s my new favorite! Too bad it’s $4 at my grocery store!

    My favorite holiday tradition is that my mom puts out a “gum drop tree” every year. Basically it’s a plastic tree with points for putting gum drops on it. =)

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    Sarah W.
    December 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is eating Latkes with my family!

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    amber
    December 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Playing liars dice and Chinese checkers on Christmas Eve, while my Gma cooks my family a traditional Czech dinner =)

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    Shandi
    December 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is my whole mom’s side of the family gets together and does a dirty santa gift exchange and then we sing a bunch of christmas songs. At least 6 people on that side of the family play guitar and more than that can sing really well. So we always sit in a big circle for the gift exchange, and then continue with singing πŸ™‚ alll 26 of us!

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    carolyn
    December 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    my mom gives me an angel every year and my brother a nutcracker so i always love setting them up and opening up the new addition. it’s a great tradition that i hope to pass down some day.

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    Michelle
    December 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I love Advent Calendars and setting up the tree with my family!

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    Danielle
    December 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I love Christmas brunch. πŸ™‚

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    a
    December 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Fav tradition is the christmas baking !

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    Michelle
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    We cut our Christmas tree down this year – a first! This may become a tradition. It was fun to hunt for the perfect tree. Also, love to bake cookies!

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    Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is having dinner with my cousins on Christmas Eve. We have DELICIOUS food and do our cousin Secret Santa exchange (the “grownups” do their own Secret Santa at the same time!)

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    Natalie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    My favorite tradition is eating dinner with the family on Christmas Eve and then hopping in the car to go look at Christmas Lights!

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    Callie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Singing Christmas carols with my family! (Which is funny, because it was always the tradition I hated growing up..haha).

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    Rebecca
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is making and eating cheese fondue with my family on Christmas Eve. It’s delicious! Once we eat, we open one (and only one!) present each.

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    My favorite tradition is driving around downtown on Christmas Eve with my family, looking at Christmas lights.

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    Michele
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Favorite Tradition: going to Clifton Mill in Clifton, OH for the HUGE and SPECTACULAR light display.

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    Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    December 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I love Amy’s soups and these flavors sound awesome! My favorite holiday tradition is sitting under the tree on Christmas morning with my family and my husband. We turn on a really bright light for videotaping, and my brother makes a fire in the fireplace, and we play soft Christmas music. The bright light, fire, music, and the twinkling tree lights are such a magical combination — it feels like we’ve been transported to a fantasy world for the day. The best part of all is just sitting there and being together for hours on end as we exchange presents, play games, and play with our pets. How often do families get to just BE TOGETHER . . . FOR HOURS ON END? I love it so much.

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    Jill
    December 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I love making chocolate peppermint bark, yum!, and sending packages of it off to friends.

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    jane
    December 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    all things peppermint!!! yum yum! πŸ˜€

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    stacey
    December 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Since high school, my group of good friends gets together every year for a holiday potluck, usually around Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition that’s continued (even not that we’ve all graduate college) and only gets better every year.

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    tray
    December 8, 2009 at 7:44 am

    holiday tradition: pulling out the fake tree and putting EVERY ornament that me and my sisters have made when we were young on it. and in specific places

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    Debbie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I love Amy’s soups -curried lentil is my favorite. One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation every year since it came out. I used to watch it with my dad and continued the tradition in my adulthood. I love the movie so much that when my husband gave me a cat for Christmas I named him Sparky after Chevy Chase’s character in the movie. It helps that Sparky is a tabby but the poor cat gets mistaken for a dog whenever I am talking about him!

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Driving around to all the houses with outrageous Christmas lights. Gets me in the holiday spirit!!

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    Maggie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:44 am

    My family watches the old cartoon of the How the Grinch Stole Christmas every Christmas Eve. I love that movie!

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    Suzanne
    December 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Every year my best friend and I spend one night in wrapping presents, baking Christmas cookies, and drinking Christmasy cocktails! We find a way to make it happen, even now that we live in different parts of the country!

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    rebecca lustig
    December 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

    LOVEEE Amy’s soup <3

    My favorite holiday tradition definitely has to be driving through a plethora of neighborhoods at night to look at all the holiday lights… you should try it, so fun πŸ™‚

    have a good day!
    bec

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    Heidi
    December 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I actually enjoy an early wake up call every now and then. I feel so accomplished by noon when I get an early start!
    I really enjoy all of our holiday traditions, but our big Christmas breakfast is probably my fave! We have the Disney parade on in the background, my Omah makes her famous Christmas bread and we finally have a good chance to enjoy each other’s company.

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    Laura
    December 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking lots and lots of cookies.

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I love baking christmas cookies, well especially the eating part but I think my favorite is that we always have cheese fondue, a recipe my grandfather brought back from Switzerland.

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    Lanie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:46 am

    my favorite tradition is going to cut a christmas tree with my family!

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    Krista
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    My favorite tradition is singing Christmas Carols at my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve!

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    Beth
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Baking our family’s recipe of peppernuts with my mom – it’s an old Danish cookie recipe that my great-grandfather brought over from Denmark and we don’t celebrate Christmas without them!

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    carin
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is eating way too many cookies! i love amy’s stuff!

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    GRAMMIE2MADDIE
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Definitely – Christmas Eve service – and then Christmas brunch from scratch – with my family.

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    Kati
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the white elephant gift exchange we do every Christmas Eve with my dad’s side of the family. Everyone brings a good or gag πŸ™‚ gift and we each draw a number. You pick a gift in number order and a gift can be stolen 2 times. It’s so much fun!

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    mmmmmmm, I love me some Amy’s soup!

    My favorite holiday tradition spending it with my family…Christmas eve dinner thenwatching THE BISHOPS WIFE (with the ever so handsome Cary Grant) and then going to Midnight mass….and falling asleep with the anticipation of the next morning ( and yes, I am 28 years old! ha)

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    On Christmas morning, after my family opens gifts, we all sit down for a family breakfast. But the best part is when my Mom passes around a holiday gift bag filled with scratch off lotto tickets – it’s very fun and the suspense of what’s to come is the best! Happy Holidays!!

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    Courtney
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Watching my little niece and nephew put out cookies for santa and carrots for the reindeer, then watching my brother-in-law eat them after they go to bed!

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    Rachel in NC
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Every year my mom and I host an appetizer party on Christmas Eve!

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    Jackie @ TritoLose
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to see a play with my family. We usually see “A Christmas Carol”, but there have been a few years where we’ve mixed it up a bit. πŸ™‚

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    Laura Georgina
    December 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    In my family, we have a huge brunch after we open presents, then stay in our pajamas and watch movies together all day while it snows…. It’s an excuse to give each other cozy pajamas and slippers every year!

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    Kelsey
    December 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Favorite Tradition: We have a pickle shaped ornament that we hang on our Christmas tree. One person hides the pickle ornament, while the rest search for it. The first to find it is the winner of a small gift! As adult-themed as this sounds, playing “Hide the Pickle” with my family always signals the start of the holiday season!

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    Mellissa
    December 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    When we were kids we would go look at lights on Christmas eve so Santa could come while we were gone!

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    Erin
    December 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    My favorite tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve.

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    Tricia
    December 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Every year my 6 siblings and I get new PJ’s on Christmas Eve…then we lay around all day on Christmas in them!
    Oh, and each Christmas Eve we have an annual Christmas Eve Beer Chug…not a normal family haha

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    Ellie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Mmm love Amy’s! Baking with my Mom and trimming the tree πŸ™‚

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    Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    December 8, 2009 at 7:50 am

    My favourite holiday tradition is trimming my tree . . . and in fact it’s going to be me and my bf’s first holiday at our house together, so we’re looking to start new holiday traditions . . . I recommended the gym – he didn’t go for it!

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    Melissa
    December 8, 2009 at 7:51 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is lighting the menorah, drinking wine and having dinner with my family πŸ™‚ Now that my brother and I are older, we only exchange a few gifts on the one night we can all get together. It’s tradition for me to recieve a menorah from my parents each year (I have about 20 gorgeous ones in my collection!). I can’t wait for this year!

    And I LOVE Amy’s soups!!!

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    Nina
    December 8, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Hi Jenna! My favorite tradition is listening to “oldie” Christmas music and decorating the tree with my family!! We also make some homemade cookies and hot chocolate and just enjoy each other’s company in the warmth of our living room.

    Thanks for the give-a-way! I LOVE Amy’s, and these soups look delicious!

    Stay warm out there today, girlie! πŸ™‚

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    lora
    December 8, 2009 at 7:51 am

    my favorite holiday tradition are my grandmas Monster Cookies she makes for christmas πŸ™‚

    lo

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    Allison R.
    December 8, 2009 at 7:52 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching Elf Christmas Eve morning with my boyfriend! We make a good breakfast, some coffee, and watch it in our jammies πŸ™‚ This will be our 7th (WOWZA!) time doing it, and it starts of the celebration perfectly!

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 7:52 am

    On Christmas Eve after church my brothers and I all exchange “pollyanna” presents we got for each other. It usually involves a lot of laughter and a lot of surprisingly thoughtful gifts.

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    Daria @ Daria Can Cook
    December 8, 2009 at 7:52 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is eating the chocolate that comes in my stocking for breakfast. πŸ˜‰

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    Niki
    December 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Yum! Love Any’s soup!! My favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve. My family goes to our church’s Christmas Eve service and then we go out to dinner for my birthday (my birthday is on Christmas Day!) We have been doing it for as long as I can remember! And then we come home, start a fire, and turn on the best Christmas movie, The Santa Clause!

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    Lucy
    December 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Decorating the tree!

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    ShutupandRun
    December 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

    My favorite tradition is playing Santa for the kids. Leaving cookies out, pretend calls from Santa, all the gifts, even some reindeer poop on the roof.

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    Whitney
    December 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Drinking wine with my family on Christmas Eve, consuming lots and lots of hors d’Ε“uvre’s, and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation!! πŸ™‚

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    Rachel
    December 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Favorite holiday tradition is Waffles with my moms family! It’s a new(er) tradition, based mostly on my boyfriends picky eating habits, but, it’s a really good one! πŸ™‚

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    Andrea
    December 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is definitely baking! I love to bake all the time but at Christmas my mom makes her famous cinnamon rolls and I love helping her carry on the tradition!

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    Sarah C
    December 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is getting home from a midnight church service on Christmas Eve and each opening one gift that is under the tree. It gets me excited for Christmas morning, and I love to watch the faces of my family members as they open their gifts! πŸ™‚

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    Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    December 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    My mom makes cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning! They make the house smell SO good πŸ™‚

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    Teri
    December 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    ah! I was salivating over their soups last night at The Fresh Market but couldn’t justify the expense since our food budget is SHOT for the month (yes, it’s only the 8th – crap!). Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try them for a long time but still haven’t.

    My favorite tradition is German Pancakes with my family on Christmas morning. Yum!

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    Erin
    December 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Baking cookies with Christmas music playing and while sipping hot chocolate!

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    Lindsey
    December 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve dinner. It always involves homemade meatballs, Christmas music, and family. I can’t wait:)

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    Jenna
    December 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is opening one christmas present on christmas eve πŸ™‚
    jenna

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    KellyB
    December 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    My mom is an amazing cook and she always makes a huge meal for Christmas.

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    Erin
    December 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I love having a sleep over Christmas eve with my family! This year my 3 y.o. nephew is all about Santa so it will be extra fun to see him as he sees the treats Santa has left overnight!

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    Beth G
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Since our family travels for Thanksgiving- and usually are all across the country, we have our “Thanksgiving” dinner on Christmas eve. Another day of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? Yes, please!

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    Freya
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Amy’s soup is the BEST! Every Christmas Eve my family goes to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and then we eat at Carnegie Deli. Even New Yorkers enjoy the touristy stuff!

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    Shannon
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    On Christmas Eve, we load the kids (now teenagers) into the car with some hot cocoa and we drive around residential areas looking at all the Christmas lights, then we come home and watch ELF.

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Even though I’m Jewish and don’t exactly celebrate Christmas, my family eats my mom’s awesome Chili & goes for a walk in the cold every Christmas Eve. I love it!

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    Kristie Lynn
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    My family really hasn’t had any set traditions, but I do love that my hometown’s downtown gets all lit up and decorated – I visit every time I am home!

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    Abby
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    My Fav. holiday tradition is getting together for a big dinner with extended family on christmas eve!

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    Katherine
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    My favorite tradition is the Christmas Eve candlelight service with my family and our cousins- we take up a whole pew. Then we eat dinner afterward, complete with Christmas crackers (the paper kind that pop and have a little charm inside) and everyone gets to open one present πŸ™‚

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    Amisha
    December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Christmas cookies!!

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    Danielle
    December 8, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I love going visiting on Christmas Eve with my family in our neighbourhood πŸ™‚

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    chrissy
    December 8, 2009 at 7:57 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is Wassail Fest, which takes place in the center of my town. All the main street merchants and store owners make and serve free wassail, and the public gets to vote on who makes it best. It’s cozy and delicious, and a great way to see the town and all the people that live in it!

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    BethP
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    One favorite holiday tradition is my dad’s homemade eggnog!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Christmas eve my family and I go to mass and then to a family friend’s house that has a party every year at midnight. This has gotten much more fun the older I am!

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    MyThy
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    My fave xmas tradition is cooking in the kitchen with my mom. We go “untraditional” by making a mixed Vietnamese/American potluck meal ranging from beef & eggroll vermicelli to chicken wings and fudge brownies! The past few years I love playing “White Elephant” with the future in-laws and their friends. Everyone has their way of playing White Elephant but we do a combo old + new gifts.

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    Sara
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I come from a very traditional Italian family and ever since I can remember we have been doing the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Seriously, hands down the best holiday tradition out there. We have everything from baccala, smelts, crab, scallops, shrimp, lobster (yum), and oysters. I was raised on this food. We combined it with red wine, and Sinatra in the background, that is truly the best holiday tradition.

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    Georgia
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I love making ginger cookies during the holidays – they are made with powdered, crystalized and fresh ginger!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    My dad and I pick one Saturday before the holidays to go shopping together. The stores are be crazy at this time of year, but I love spending time with him and checking out all the holiday decorations!

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    Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    December 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I love love love christmas eve. Its all my fave holiday traditions in one day. Baking cookies while drinking eggnog + watching christmas movies, wrapping presents and going out to dinner with my whole fam. Such an amazing time!!

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    Kim
    December 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

    The tree. I love having a lit up tree in the house for weeks, being able to sit next to it and read and drink tea or coffee!

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    Jo
    December 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

    YUM I love Amy’s! My favorite holiday tradition is making lasagna with my family for us to eat on Christmas Eve. We get to sample all of the “fixings”, so delish!

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    Lauren
    December 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Every year, my hubby and I make a big Christmas Eve feast and then watch “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Perfect tradition! πŸ™‚

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Every Christmas my dad’s side of the family gets together to celebrate the Sunday before Christmas. There is a big potluck, sing-a-long, and Santa comes. There is usually over 100 people there. The tradition has been in the family for around 40 years!

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    Corinne
    December 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    My favorite holiday tradition: every Christmas Eve, my family and I bake cookies all day and then in the evening we drive around and look at all the beautiful decorated houses! πŸ™‚

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    ari
    December 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    my favorite holiday tradition isn’t anything special: i just love being together with my whole family and sharing a fabulous meal and good laughs.

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    Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    December 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    My favorite tradition is making HUGE pots of potato soup on Christmas Eve with my dad!

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    Caitlin in MD
    December 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is eating Christmas cookies late on Christmas Eve and opening stockings with my family!

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    Caitlin in MD
    December 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is eating Christmas cookies late on Christmas Eve and opening stockings with my family!

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    Nadia
    December 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    My mom always makes a traditional middle eastern brunch the day after Christmas, which includes parathas (fried quesadillas with spices and some sort of filling, usually potatoes) and the most amazing cholay (chickpeas) ever and I look forward to it all year. Def. my most favorite holiday tradition.

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    Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    December 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is fondue at my in-laws. We do it every year in lieu of a turkey dinner, and it is always ridiculously fun.

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    Erica
    December 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Making homemade pizzas on Christmas Eve with my family. We do it every year!

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    MeredithLeigh
    December 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is last-minute Christmas shopping for my mom, with my dad, on Christmas Eve. Would love to win some soup!

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    Holly
    December 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to midnight mass (although now it is at 10 pm!) on Christmas Eve with my mom! I’m not super religious or spiritual any more, but the mass is beautifully done. And afterward we always drive around looking at a few neighborhoods with spectacular lights.
    Ahh is it Christmas yet?!

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 8:02 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is icing/decorating the cut-out sugar cookies that my mom makes with my brother!

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    Marcie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Baking cookies with my mom and grandma!

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    Pam
    December 8, 2009 at 8:03 am

    When my sis, mom, and nieces get together to make cookies, popcorn balls, fudge, etc.!

    Enjoy!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    I love Amy products – the frozen stuff is great if you are in a rush!

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    heatherfeather
    December 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    my family xmas tradition is to jam pack as many holiday activities as possible into one month. we try to go to as many concerts, plays, tree-lightings, Christmas movies and santa-sightings as possible. i will never be too old to appreciate this special season and its true meaning!

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    Sarah Jayne
    December 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting our tree and picking out a new ornament for the year πŸ™‚

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    april
    December 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my mom!

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    Sam
    December 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    mmm yum!

    my favorite holiday tradition is the post feast stroll – all bundled up, with belts loosened a bit from stuffed tummies and carefully walking around heaps of snow.

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    Christin
    December 8, 2009 at 8:04 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching White Christmas – with a roaring fire and a mug of hot chocolate. πŸ™‚

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    Jessie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:05 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is that each member of my family opens one stocking gift at midnight Christmas Eve after the candlelight church service. I wont get to do it this year because we are spending Christmas with my husbands family.

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    Tammy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I absolutely love my parents and my in-laws and spending time with them is great, but, most of all, I love being with my hubby by myself and hanging out with our pets!

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    Kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Baking and icing SEVERAL batches of sugar cookies. I do it every year!

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    Carol
    December 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

    We each decorate dreidels to give as Hanukkah presents

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    Josie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

    My favorite tradition is singing to Christmas songs while decorating Christmas tree.

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    Ildie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Visiting the folks on Christmas Eve to exhnage presents, drink wine, eat finger foods, play Sorry (yes, I realize the game is for ages 6 and up, HA) and then watching bad Christmas Movies. I also get the pleasure of watching my Papa desperately climb under the tree every year to make sure we got every single last present from under there. The man loves Christmas more then Ralphie loves an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time.

    HAHAHA! I love Christmas!

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    Katherine
    December 8, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I love baking cookies…and eating them πŸ™‚

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    Rita
    December 8, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Nothing better than making Xmas cookies!

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    Liz
    December 8, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I teach middle school French and I always make several
    BUCHE de NOEL’s for my classes. They are so yummy…last year I ending up making them for friends and family as well!

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    Jess
    December 8, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Making and icing the christmas cookies as a family! We still do it, even though my brother and I are all grown up and out of the house!!

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    Katie Marie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Eating shrimp with my entire extended family on Christmas Eve!!! Not sure how this started, but it’s so much fun!

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    Wendy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:08 am

    My favourite tradition is opening our presents one by one on Christmas morning – we start with the youngest family member and work our way up to the eldest and then do it all over again…and again…and again…ok, you get my point.

    (Btw, is the giveaway open to Canadian residents?)

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    Abby
    December 8, 2009 at 8:08 am

    On Christmas morning, the whole family sits at the top of the steps while my dad goes down to the living room to see what mess Santa (or even Rudolph in some years) has left! Sometimes he even finds him sleeping on the couch. It only took a few years for us to realize he was actually eating the cookies. But we’re grown and married now, so the spouses sit with us, too! And we all enjoy the time with family!

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    Christina
    December 8, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Ever since my brother and I were very small, we would get to open 1 present on Christmas Eve, and it would always be a new pair of pajamas! I am in college and will be going home for Christmas break on Friday, so I still have this to look forward to!

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    Meghan
    December 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I really love Christmas Eve Mass. It’s at my hometown church and I see all the kids I grew up with and the music is always fantastic. We have to arrive over an hour early to stake out seats and there’s a trumpeter that plays carols beforehand while we wait.

    Also, do you ever worry about hot things in plastic containers (i.e. oatmeal)? I heard heat causes toxins in the plastic to release but that could be false…?

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    Jenn
    December 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I’m Italian, so my favorite holiday tradition is our seven fish dinner on Christmas Eve. I loooooove seafood, but I also really enjoy helping my parents prepare the foods that my grandma and great-grandma made when I was little. It’s just nice to know that we’re keeping that tradition alive each year!

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    Taysa
    December 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching Scrooged with my family. It’s hilarious! It’s the one holiday movie that everyone enjoys.

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    Audrey
    December 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    making my parents coffee on Christmas morning, even when I was little I loved doing it even though I’m sure my coffee making skills were less than stellar!

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    Rose
    December 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Favorite holiday tradition: opening gifts on Christmas eve. Now it’s even better thanks to some little nieces!

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    kristin
    December 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    christmas eve dinner with the fam πŸ™‚

    have fun at dinner tonight!

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    NJMOM
    December 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    My favorite Hanukkah tradition was making Latka’s with my mom. Now that she has passed – I do it with my kids.

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    NJMOM
    December 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

    My favorite Hanukkah tradition was making Latka’s with my mom. Now that she has passed – I do it with my kids.

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    Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    December 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Our Holiday tradition is going to the Nutcracker – me and my husband. We cannot wait until Baby J gets a little older so he can join and enjoy it with us!

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    Rachel @ Shedding It
    December 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is a new one: instead of doing Christmas dinner, I make a big brunch on Christmas Day to eat in our pajamas after opening presents. It’s way more laid-back and stress free and everyone loooves brunch food!

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    Renee
    December 8, 2009 at 8:13 am

    My favorite tradition is our chili supper by candlelight before we go to Christmas Eve service. It is so beautiful to just have the tree and candles glowing. The food is always wonderful, and having all my family there with me is the best. Thanks for asking this question. Now I’m really excited for Christmas!

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    Garnet
    December 8, 2009 at 8:13 am

    My favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies.

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    ttfn300
    December 8, 2009 at 8:15 am

    baking cookies with mom πŸ™‚

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    Mary
    December 8, 2009 at 8:15 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is the drive out to my in-laws house in Flagstaff, AZ. As we get closer, I love how the landscape changes from desert to snowy (hopefully) wintery wonderland with beautifully tall snow trees and animal foot prints along the road in the snow.

    Yes, it snows in Arizona… ;D

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    Lauryn
    December 8, 2009 at 8:15 am

    My favorite tradition is playing intense board games after dinner, before dessert, on Christmas. It’s always boys versus girls and we get reeeeeally into it! There may or may not even be a champion cup for the winning team…!

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    Maureen
    December 8, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I love everything, but Christmas Eve is filled with so much excitement and love. Our family goes to dinner with our dear family friends, then back home for mulled cider by the fire. Awesome.

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    Kelley
    December 8, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Even though my sisters and I are all in our 20s, we still get giddy when we get our stockings Christmas Morning and take a picture holding them in front of the tree!

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    Hannah Hawley
    December 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is making cinnamon rolls the night before to bake off Christmas morning. They make the whole house smell yummy and are a perfect break between stockings and presents.

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    Sara
    December 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

    My hubby and I are HUGE christmas fanatics. We have 3 trees, and are planning on getting more (i have a dream of putting a tree in every room). We usually cannot make it until after Thanksgiving to decorate. We turn on the christmas tunes, put up the trees, the lights on the porch, and start baking. He loves to make homemade turtles and i’m a peppermint bark fan. My hubby is not a huge cook or baker, but its the one time of year where he joins me in the kitchen. And he gets so excited decorating the house with me! I love it! I just know when we have kids one day it will be a weekend event for us and I can’t wait!

    And I’ve been looking for Amy’s soups in my grocery store. I haven’t found them yet but I will keep looking if I do or don’t win! They sound fabulous!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Christmas morning, Huge brunch, lots of family!

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    Melinda
    December 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Baking holiday cookies with Grandma and Mom!! πŸ™‚

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    amy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve – my family has a traditional seafood dinner, then we go to church. Two sisters on our choir sing “O Holy Night” together – I cry every year and then all the lighted candles….AH! Thank goodness it’s only two weeks away!

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    Whitney
    December 8, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I love going to church with my family for the Christmas Eve service and then going to my ganny’s for family dinner!

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    sals
    December 8, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Love Amy’s soup! My family always goes to a movie on Christmas day.

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    Rachel
    December 8, 2009 at 8:19 am

    My favorite Chirstmas tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve and opening presents with the whole family.

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    Shelley
    December 8, 2009 at 8:20 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going on a search for the tackiest christmas light displays. The tackier the better!!

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    Kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Going to church on xmas eve and singing around all of my family, and then enjoying good food when we get home πŸ™‚

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 8:20 am

    My favourite is exchanging gifts with my siblings on Christmas Eve.

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    Betsy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:21 am

    On Christmas morning when my family opens presents my mom will ring a bell every time a new present it being opened. This way, we only open one present at a time and the bell ensures that everyone is watching and “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing”. She actually uses the very same bell that her father rang when the did this tradition during her childhood. I love this tradition because it makes each and every present special and it elongates the present opening process. It also leaves time for hugs to family members who have given that particular present! I will definitely be passing down this tradition to my children one day!

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making latkes!

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Baking gingerbread houses with my mom and then having all the kids decorate them on Christmas Eve.

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    Tiffany
    December 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Candlelight service at my church Christmas Eve and watching A Christmas Story over and over and over again Christmas Day with the fam!

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    Kathleen
    December 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is reading all of the creative gift tags on packages under my parent’s tree – To: Mrs. Butterworth – with love – Mr. Doughboy, etc. My family doesn’t use our real names, hah!

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    Joanna
    December 8, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Having our family over for Christmas brunch πŸ™‚

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    Krista@CommitmentisLiberating
    December 8, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I live for Amy’s soups – especially in the winter! My favorite holiday tradition is making and eating Lefse (a norwegian treat) with my Mom.

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    Jenny
    December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I love Amy’s soups!!
    My favorite holiday tradition is the order in which my family does things Christmas morning: Santa gifts, breakfast (monkey bread), open presents, cook lunch, and enjoy gifts and family time for the rest of the day!

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    M
    December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Driving back to NY to visit ALL of my family! πŸ™‚

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    Jenny
    December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I love making gingerbred houses. My husband’s family has a competition between the siblings so it gets super competitive and fun!

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    Kara
    December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    a big breakfast on Christmas morning — french toast, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs. delicious.

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    Katalina
    December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating with entire family the Christmas tree and taking lots of pictures!

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    Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)
    December 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is gathering around the tree with my extended family x-mas eve and finding out who our secret santa is =)

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    Sami
    December 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is brunch with my Mom, Dad, Sisters, Godparents, and Grandparents on Christmas Morning πŸ™‚ I also love decorating our Christmas Tree to some Christmas Music, and at the end when my Dad puts the angel on the top and we all ohh and ahhh when it lights up πŸ™‚

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    Tracy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

    going to mass on christmas eve with my family!

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    Katie Frank
    December 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

    My favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve. We all go to the church where we grew up and first watch the Chritmas pagent. We then head home and eat a huge ham dinner. We then head back out and go to the church my Grandmother was raised in. After that service we head out back to the graveyard and place wreaths on my grandparents headstones. We then head back to our church to attend Midnight Mass and listen to some of the most beautiful music. The best part is when the lights are turned down and everyone has a lit candle and we sing Silent Night.

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    Krystle Walker
    December 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is my husband waking me up super early (he NEVER gets up before me) and running down stairs to open gifts. He typically goes right back to bed after that but it is nice to have him awake before the sunrise.

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    Tracey
    December 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

    My favorite tradition is shopping for presents – I just love to get gifts that make people happy and show how much I appreciate them!

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    Bethie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating my family’s church for Christmas. So much fun!

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    Tracey
    December 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

    My favorite tradition is shopping for presents – I just love to get gifts that make people happy and show how much I appreciate them!

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    gretchen
    December 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

    mmm…fave tradition is the smell of mom’s blueberry muffins on christmas morning!

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    Nikita
    December 8, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Getting together with the family on Christmas day and singing christmas carols πŸ™‚
    I’m away from home this year and that is what I’ll miss the most πŸ™

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    Britt - Runnerbelle
    December 8, 2009 at 8:27 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is my father-in-law reading us the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. He reads to us from a copy of a book he got when he was little. Its falling apart a bit and the fuzzy pages are getting a little worn… but it is fun, even though we are all now in our 30’s. I started dating my hubby in high school, I’ve been around for awhile so this has been a tradition for about half my life!

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    Carrie C.
    December 8, 2009 at 8:27 am

    My fave holiday tradition is to make grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch on the snowy days. What a coincidence that SOUP is what you’re giving away!

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    Carolyn
    December 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Making ornaments and decorating the tree!!

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    Linda
    December 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making and decorating Christmas cookies!

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    MaryZ
    December 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Favorite tradition is baking and decorating cookies to give to friends and neighbors.

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    Tasha
    December 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I love cooking for people I love and trying new recipes (good and bad) during the holidays.

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    jen
    December 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    eating a variety of my mom’s christmas cookies, drinking mimosas with the family, and listening the rushmore soundtrack while opening stocking stuffers on xmas morning. heavenly.

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    Sana
    December 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I don’t really celebrate the holidays buttt I still love going to the festival of lights!!!

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    Jory
    December 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Finally someone asks a giveaway question that I know the answer to (despite the fact that it’s a subjective question:P). I have two favorite holidays- New Year’s Day because I love the feeling of new beginnings, I’m one of those people who obsessively makes resolutions and St. Patrick’s Day because I love the color green.

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    Sara
    December 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Every year my fiance and I watch a Christmas movie and drink hot cocoa by the fire… next year it will be at our own place! So excited.

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    Kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to see the festival of lights at Oglebay park with my family. The driving tour is spectacular, and it’s a good way to spend time with them during this hectic time of year!

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    Miranda
    December 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    My favorite tradition is getting the tree from our local fire company and trimming it!!

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    Heather
    December 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I love getting a tree and decorating it with loved one(s). And the smell of the REAL tree is a definate plus!

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Mmm soup! My fave holiday tradition is hanging up the lights. I can’t wait to put them up at my new apt!
    -muffy

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    Hanna
    December 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I like to go snow-shoeing on my lake with my family on Christmas morning, followed by oatmeal with almond butter of course, and gift opening!! Best HOLIDAY ever!!!

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    MaryZ
    December 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

    My favorite tradition is baking and decorating cookies for friends and neighbors.

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    Jory
    December 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Ok double-commenting, sorry about this! I didn’t read the whole question- favorite holiday traditions. Well you didn’t specify which holiday so I think my answer about New Year’s still works.

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    Shari
    December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking lots of cookies and with my sisters on Christmas Eve and then enjoying them with hot chocolate in front of the fireplace!

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    Jess
    December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I love waking up xmas morning and opening gifts with the family!

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    Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    my favorite holiday tradition was when we would all put up the xmas tree and listen to music, like nat king cole and elvis!

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    jds
    December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    trimming the christmas tree… we just did it last night! complete with eggnog and pumpkin pie, of course!

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    Manda
    December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    My family, friends and I just had a huge, annual holiday baking party that spanned an entire day!! It was awesome πŸ˜‰

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    Jenn
    December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    The crackling voice of Nat King Cole, on vinyl, please – and Christmas morning coffee.

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 8:33 am

    My absolute favorite holiday tradition revolves around Thanksgiving. My family and I participate in our city’s Turkey Trot which lets us support our community and get some exercise before sharing the rest of our day with family and friends over my mother’s AMAZING cooking!!

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    Dorothy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I love baking cookies and giving them away…..that’s what I’ll be doing tonight and tomorrow while I’m snowed in!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 8, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Mmm…I love Amy’s!

    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies with my mom and sister πŸ™‚

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Awesome, love those soups!
    My fave Christmas tradition is just being with my family. I live about 6 hours away and it seems as much as I try to create Christmas where I’m at, it doesn’t truly feel like the holiday until I have stepped foot inside my parent’s home.
    I can’t wait to see them this year!

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    Mackenzie @ The College Authentic
    December 8, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I love love love love that my family watches about 9 hours of the 24 hour “A Christmas Story” marathon each year and that we put a DVD of a log fire, so that it looks like we have an actual fireplace. That’s how you get in to the holiday spirit down here in Florida! πŸ™‚ I’m sure you understand, hahaha

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    CATIEDIDIT
    December 8, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Each year, my family goes christmas tree “hunting.” We go to a different chop your own tree each year on really huge farms, so we’ve always called it “hunting.”

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    December 8, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I loveee Amy’s!

    My fav Christmas tradition would have to be our traditional Italian seafood only dinner on Christmas Eve- and I don’t even like fish! I just love the timelessness and family aspect is represents.

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    Ironlady
    December 8, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Our favorite holiday tradition – Karaoke! We don’t have the best voices but it’s so much fun and we love doing it every year! Especially after a glass of egg nog or 2. πŸ˜‰

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    kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Sitting by the fire with a glass of wine looking at the Christmas lights!!

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    Brea
    December 8, 2009 at 8:37 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music. I also like to drink Egg Nog which I haven’t done as of yet, but it’s coming!!

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    Sarah Q
    December 8, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Christmas eve dinner. Yum!

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    Mindy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:38 am

    my favorite holiday pastime is definitely.. going up to Tahoe with my snowboard and some friends for a few days before Christmas, and then going home to family for the rest of winter break <3

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    Bill
    December 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Tons of cookies and decorating!!!!!!

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    Valerie (College Girl Eats)
    December 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    My favorite tradition is having the most amazing beef tenderloin (with mashed potatoes and roasted cherry tomatoes!) for Christmas Eve dinner! It’s the only time all year I indulge in beef tenderloin, so it’s really something I look forward to. And of course, my favorite tradition must revolve around food….

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    Kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going for long car rides and looking at all the houses lit up with Christmas lights.

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    All of the Christmas movies! Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, Elf, Year Without a Santa Claus, Jack Frost, Santa Claus is coming to town. I LOVE Christmas!

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    Shannon
    December 8, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Consuming massive amounts of my grandma’s homemade peanut butter and milk chocolate fudge on Christmas Eve. too.die.for.

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    Karissa
    December 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I am the worst baker in the world, but I make really good Christmas cookies every year!

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    mama
    December 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    my favorite tradition is making a gingerbread house with my husband!! Cool giveaway, I’ve never tried their soups before!

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    Madeleine @ Notes On A Page
    December 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I love making all the special food and desserts we save only for this time of year!

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    sonia
    December 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Fav holiday tradition: 3 generations of family getting together at the dinner table for comfy food. There’s certain recipes made just on that one day such as rum cake with raisins soaked for 6 months! So we all look forward to good food, great conversations and timeless memories.

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    Anne
    December 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

    My favorite tradition is having fondue on Christmas Eve with my whole family. It’s a tradition that requires all of us to share, participate, and give thanks for the time we have together.

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    Jen
    December 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

    On Christmas eve, my family orders Chinese food. We try to make Christmas eve mass (after all, who really wants to leave home on Christmas morning?), and no one wants to cook a big dinner two nights in a row, so we tried Chinese as pure convenience. It’s stuck, and now I look forward to our quirky Christmas eves. πŸ™‚

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    Courtney
    December 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is Turkey and Andouille Sausage on Christmas eve with my family! YUMMMM!!!!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching 24 hours of A Christmas Story on TBS and the HUGE traditional Italian feast my dad makes every Christmas. So insanely delicious.

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    Susan
    December 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I love that we open presents on Christmas Morning after having a breakfast of smoked salmon and champagne!

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    Kate
    December 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I love baking cookies! It’s definitely my favorite holiday tradition, even though sometimes it feels like more of a chore!

    The older I get, the more I find myself awake and unable to fall back asleep. Maybe it’s a sign of aging?! Ha!

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    jen
    December 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

    we make pizza on christmas eve!

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    Liz
    December 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

    It is so cold today- soup sounds delicious. My favorite holiday tradition is baking, and of course decoration, sugar cookies and making fudge with my mom. We always package them up and give them to friends and family.

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    Amy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

    My family continues to gather on the living room couch by the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve to read Twas the Night Before Christmas. My family is very involved in the music ministry at our church, so we don’t get to relax and unwind until very late – after the 11pm service. Even though my siblings and I are all grown-up – ages 24-30 – we still squeeze the whole family – 6 adults – onto the couch and read Christmas stories!! Most fun ever.

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    Kayla
    December 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Jenna-

    First of all, holy cow, I LOVE your blog. If I lived anywhere near you, we’d be instant besties. Jus’ sayin πŸ™‚

    My fave tradition, or one of them, is going each thanksgiving to the local lighting in Kansas City called the Plaza Lighting. There are like a billion lights, everyone is filled with holiday joyousness, and it’s just kiiiiinda magical!! If you’re ever in KC for some reason on TGiving, you gotta check it out!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

    My fave holiday tradition is watching 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” on TBS and the HUGE Italian feast my dad makes every Christmas. So insanely delicious.

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    denise
    December 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Christmas Eve service with my family, followed by a random “whatever’s open” dinner!! I love it πŸ™‚

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    Joy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

    First of all yes that happens to me too (Actually this morning was one of those days)

    And my FAVORITE tradition is – getting up Christmas morning dressing in our bestest clothes and going down to the local Alzheimer clinic and handing out presents!

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    Anamaria
    December 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    My favorite tradition is to get together with my friend from Italy and bake cookies with the recipes that have been passed on to her from her erlatives. The best part is how on the recipe it says that it will take a couple hourse and then my friend and I spent like 2 days in a row baking the one cookie πŸ™‚ The best!

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    chipped nails and all
    December 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    my fave holiday tradition is wrapping presents at home on my mom’s floor the 2 days before x-mas.

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    Alex
    December 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is staying in my PJ’s all day on Christmas and watching “Aladdin” over the phone with my bestie! Clearly, we are still 12 at heart.

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    Becky
    December 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    My favorite tradition is putting on our new Christmas pj’s and opening presents. My favorite are the stockings though!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:46 am

    On Christmas morning my family lines up on the stairs in age-order before we go down and see the tree and presents. It is funny that we do this even though my siblings are all in their 20’s but sometimes it is fun to act like we are kids again. Even my dog joins in!

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    Lauren (Biochemista)
    December 8, 2009 at 8:46 am

    YUM! I love that brand of soups! Do you ever mix them? I like to mix the tomato/veggie ones with the black bean and add some spices πŸ™‚

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    Laura S
    December 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

    My my favorite Christmas Tradition is making christmas cookies and gingerbread house with my family.

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    Erica
    December 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Making Christmas cookies with my family to deliver to the neighbors!

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    Brandi
    December 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    making eggnog …. no healthy substitutes!! I figure it’s only once a year…go all out!

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    Kristen
    December 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Smooching under the mistletoe. Ha!

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    Tracy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    My (Jewish) family always makes potato latkes on Christmas morning, whether it is still Chanukah or not! We then see a movie and eat a Chinese food feast for dinner. It’s a great, albeit unhealthy, day πŸ™‚

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Homemade pizza on Christmas Eve!

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    Terese
    December 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    My favorite tradition is going to mass with my whole family, where we still get dirty looks and shhhed by other people like we did when we were 8. I think at least we’re all still going together when we 20-30 years old.

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    jenny
    December 8, 2009 at 8:49 am

    i love baking cookies and sending them to my friends as christmas presents

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    Jean
    December 8, 2009 at 8:50 am

    So many things have changed over the years. I actually painted my house on Christmas Day 2 years ago! I was getting ready to move in, and we were having our family celebration on a different day (the day that they all helped me move!). But the one constant over the years is spending time w/family. Like one (or more) commented, it’s the one time of the year that you can almost guarantee to see your extended family.

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    Jennifer R
    December 8, 2009 at 8:51 am

    My favorite tradition is going to church with my family on Christmas Eve. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway — we LOVE Amy’s soups!!

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    Sherry
    December 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

    My favorite tradition is having a family gathering on Christmas Eve. It was much more significant that Christmas Day because we were all together, regardless of how far apart we lived, on the 24th.

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    Chrissy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Midnight Mass with my Family on Christmas Eve!

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    JW
    December 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    My favorite tradition is still waking up on christmas morning to see what “Santa” brought. Yes I am 24 and my brother 18, and my parents still put stuff out every year!!

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    Stacie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Our favorite holiday tradition is watching Christmas Vacation! It’s so funny and it makes us feel very competent with our holiday festivities and decorations, lol πŸ™‚

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    Deb
    December 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    My favor holiday tradition is swapping wine with my sister-in-law. We have been gifting the same bottle of wine back and forth between the two of us for about 5 years now!

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    Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    December 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    All these giveaways are really helping with my procrastination techniques. My fav. tradition just started (almost) three years ago.. the bf and I get a special ornament for each other so everyime we decorate the tree, they take up back to a special time.
    Thanks for the goodies!

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    Melinda
    December 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Fave Holiday Tradition would have to be putting up the Christmas Tree and buying Christmas Gifts for my friends & fam! πŸ˜€

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    amanda @ fake ginger
    December 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    My son gets new Christmas PJs on Christmas Eve and now we have baby boy #2 so even more fun!

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    Dara
    December 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I love baking with my sister while the whole family is home together!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Definitely watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special!

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    Leslie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:55 am

    My favorite tradition is going to the candle light service at my church on Christmas eve. We have lived all over the country and attended many different churches but this tradition always keeps us grounded in the true meaning of Christmas.

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    danielle
    December 8, 2009 at 8:57 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is enjoying all the wacky Christmas ornaments my family has amassed over the years – mainly the crazy things my sister and I made when we were little! Some are hideous, some are falling apart, but we love them!

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    Leslie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:57 am

    My favorite tradition is going to the candle light service at my church on Christmas eve. We have lived all over the country and attended many different churches but this tradition always keeps us grounded in the true meaning of Christmas.

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    Rachel S
    December 8, 2009 at 8:57 am

    My favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies! Yum!

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    mel
    December 8, 2009 at 8:58 am

    i just got married and my hubby and I are starting our own traditions this year!! we are baking bread for the family and drinking bourbon/apple cider on x mas eve! haha i’m pumped

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    Natalie
    December 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

    christmas caroling!!!

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    Shannon
    December 8, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I love baking lots of Christmas cookies. There must be more than a dozen recipes that are traditional for my family and HAVE to be baked every year. I also love opening my Advent calendar everyday. πŸ™‚

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    Brittney
    December 8, 2009 at 9:01 am

    My favorite tradition is baking delicious Christmas cookies πŸ™‚

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    Kathryn
    December 8, 2009 at 9:01 am

    My favorite tradition is going to my grandparents for Christmas dinner! so delicious and its great to have everyone together

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    Mary
    December 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my family and decorating them! πŸ™‚

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    Kelly Michelle
    December 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    As long as I can remember my family plays trivial pursuit on Christmas night while we eat Christmas cookies and homemade chex mix. It somehow turned into an annual tradition many many years ago and we have lots of funny stories about playing. It’s also tradition for my Uncle to moan and groan all night about how much he hates the game and doesn’t want to play even though he wouldn’t miss it for the world and then he always answers at least one question for the other team.

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    Amy T.
    December 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I think my favorite would have to be how we give the kids their new jammies the night before and the next morning trek over to my parents in our jammies and wait for my grandparents to come over. The feeling of anticipation….waiting for the family…smells of brunch….ah I can’t wait. πŸ™‚

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    runRedrun
    December 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Favorite holiday tradition? Having the whole family together on Christmas day — unfortunately, this won’t be happening this year.

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    My favorite christmas tradition is opening one present from my parents on christmas eve- my sister and I always get matching pajamas.

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    Blair
    December 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Baking cookies with my mom!

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    Jaclyn
    December 8, 2009 at 9:03 am

    i love making sugar cookies on christmas eve with my little sister.

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    Kristen
    December 8, 2009 at 9:03 am

    My favorite Holiday tradition is going down to a parade here in LOng Beach called the “Belmont Shore Christmas Parade”. We get coffee and cocoa and then after we go and look at house lights in an area called Naples. It is a lot of fun!

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    lauren
    December 8, 2009 at 9:03 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is making short bread cookies! i like making them more than i like eating them ; )

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    Paige
    December 8, 2009 at 9:03 am

    One of my favorite holiday traditions has always been the little chocolate advent calendars that my mom buys my brothers and me. I used to get SO excited to open the little door every day before school during the Christmas season. It’s pretty much the least flavorful chocolate ever, but it’s still so fun!

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    Freja
    December 8, 2009 at 9:03 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is running the local Jingle Bells 5k run with my friends and family! Costumes are encouraged… last year I was an elf, this year I’m gonna be a candy cane.

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    Jen B
    December 8, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I know its lame and everyone says it but baking cookies with my Mum and sister!

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    Jen
    December 8, 2009 at 9:04 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is the “mini” holiday day I have with my husband and son before we hit the road to see our families (which I also love but the “calm before the storm” is just the best!)

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    jen trinque
    December 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Going to the Christmas Tree Farm to cut down our own tree!

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    Allison
    December 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Hey Jenna! My favorite holiday tradition is a unusual one– it’s a German (my family has German roots). Ever since I was little, my parents would hide an ornament that looks like a pickle (yes, a pickle) on the tree and my three siblings and I would race each other to find it. Whomever found it received a small chocolate bar. I think the pickle represents luck for the new year. I always thought it was just my family, but I guess many people do it too (you can look it up online).

    Thanks so much for your blog– as a college student, health nut, and fellow southerner, I find it so inspirational!

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    Lyndsey
    December 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

    My favorite tradition is sitting by the fire and Christmas tree, watching “Christmas Story” while drinking hot wassail/eggnog/wine on Christmas Eve with my family.

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to see all the light shows in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve Day. It’s crowded with people shopping, but it really gets us in the Christmas spirit!

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    Jen
    December 8, 2009 at 9:07 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is the “mini” holiday day I have with my husband and son before we hit the road to see our families (which I also love but the “calm before the storm” is just the best!)

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    megan
    December 8, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I love listening to the Beatles all day on Christmas day as we open up presents and eat meals. It’s something everyone in my family enjoys.

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    Caroline
    December 8, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Definitely the Christmas tree hunt!!

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    JR
    December 8, 2009 at 9:09 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is waking up early to an awesome breakfast on Christmas morning, surrounded by my entire family!

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    denise
    December 8, 2009 at 9:09 am

    my favorite tradition is going to a movie theatre on christmas day.

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    Susan
    December 8, 2009 at 9:09 am

    OMG I lurveeee Amy’s soups!
    As for my fave holiday tradition, it’s gotta be my uncle’s chocolate roll. I only get it once a year, and it basically makes Christmas day for me!

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    We make sourdough pancakes Christmas morning!

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    Mary
    December 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    My favorite is christmas tree πŸ˜€

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    Amy
    December 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    My fave holiday tradition is the walk my family takes together every Christmas!

    I’ve been doing the ‘wake up early’ thing too, except at TWO a.m.!!!! NOTTTT pleasant!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    December 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is throwing bread rolls at the dinner table with my nutty, loosey-goosey family. We bust out mini-food fights like kids in a cafeteria and it’s great. A good laugh is always involved and it feels so warm and wonderful.

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    Heather
    December 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Baking Christmas cookies with my mom! Her cookies are AMAZING……….

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    Kerry
    December 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    my favorite tradition is putting up the tree. I love coming home each night, plugging it in and looking at my work.

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    AshB
    December 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

    i love waking up xmas morning and eating pie for breakfast with my mom and sister.

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 9:11 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making candy with my mom and sister…and our family’s ugly sweater contest!

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    Rachel
    December 8, 2009 at 9:11 am

    My fiance started a new tradition last year that we hope to continue into our marriage and with our kids. We are Jewish, so we give 7 small gifts for the first 7 nights of Hannukah and then a big gift on the 8th night. We light the candles every night together before exchanging gifts. We also started an annual Hannukah party with friends that I hope we host every year. Sometimes it’s intimate and other times it”s more of an open house type.

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    Lauren
    December 8, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Fav. tradition: reading about Jesus’ birth before opening gifts on Christmas morning!

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I love our Polish Christmas Eve tradition, Wigilia – we eat a dinner consisting of 7 foods that everyone must at least have a bite of and there is no meat, only seafood involved (plus veggies, etc too) It’s such a special tradition in our family and this year my boyfriend and I are hosting it at our new house! πŸ™‚

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    Danielle
    December 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is setting up all the decorations with the fam πŸ™‚

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    Jasmine
    December 8, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Watching Trains, Planes and Automobiles with the family.

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    Becca
    December 8, 2009 at 9:14 am

    eating my grandpa’s famous seafood gumbo, going to midnight mass, and then coming home to his amazing homemade pizza! we italians sure know how to eat πŸ™‚

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    Julie
    December 8, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Definitely holiday baking with my mom!!

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    Allison
    December 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

    My family (mom, dad, sister, grandma, and I) always exchange gifts late night on Christmas Eve. We start when the Christmas Eve guests leave my parents’ house around 11, and usually don’t end up going to bed until 1 or 2 am. We’re a little sleepy on Christmas Day, but its a tradition we’ve had since I was little and couldn’t fall asleep from all the excitement!

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    Michelle
    December 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is when my husband’s parents ask for a memory written down instead of a gift. Everyone in the family agrees on a topic and we all write our memories down (grandparents, for example). We make enough copies for everyone, and have an evening where we read them altogether. We’ve done it the past few years, and it has been so special and not commercialized. Love it!

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    Laura T.
    December 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I love drinking egg nog by the fireplance while watching Love Actually with my girls! πŸ™‚

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    Heather
    December 8, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Baking cookies with my mom and then eating them!

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    nichole
    December 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Watching “The Year Without a Santa Claus” cause it always reminds me of my dad who would sing the songs in it.

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    Jess
    December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation on Xmas Eve each year. Still so funny after all these years!

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    Kristen
    December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Decorating Christmas cookies and watching Christmas shows… I am also starting a new one this year for my little (she’s 1) by reading The Night Before Christmas every year on Christmas Eve. It’s neat to be able to start new traditions for someone else!

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    rae
    December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    chinese food take out for dinner on christmas eve!

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    panda
    December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Those soups look TASTY!

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating cookies at my grandmother’s house! I have been doing that for as long as I can remember, and it’s always tons of fun. As a kid I would make a huge mess of frosting and sprinkles… Now I just make a mess for fun πŸ˜€

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    Brooke
    December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I heart Christmas morning breakfast with my family!

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    Kristin
    December 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Watching White Christmas and wrapping presents while a batch of cookies bake in the oven. Pure heaven!

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    Emily Ma
    December 8, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Eating Chinese Hot Pot on Thanksgiving… and watching Elf a million times!

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    Stef
    December 8, 2009 at 9:20 am

    we celebrate on christmas eve… so first we have a lovely dinner, then sit around the christmas tree singing christmas songs with my mom playing the flute, and then we roll dice to figure out the line-up for opening presents πŸ˜‰

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    anne
    December 8, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I love going to my Grandma’s house on Christmas with the whole family there!

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    Lauren
    December 8, 2009 at 9:22 am

    yum! i love amy’s soups they are my favorite!

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    Meg
    December 8, 2009 at 9:22 am

    My fav holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my dad’s family. He has eight brothers and sisters, so I have lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins and Christmas Eve is the one night of the year I get to see a lot of them!

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    Laura
    December 8, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Christmas Eve with my traditional Italian family = feast of seven fishes. I look forward to it every year!

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 9:25 am

    My favorite family tradition is going to the candle light service at church with ALL of my family members (cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother, etc). We then go back to my grandparents and feast on gumbo or some sort of soup. We play a little lotto ticket game and then we crash until the next morning when we are awaken by my grandpa blowing whistles and banging on pans to “get our lazy butts up” and come to breakfast! Oh how I love him! =]

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    maren
    December 8, 2009 at 9:25 am

    fave holiday tradition is probably baking with the family! would love to try the amy’s soups!

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    Kellie
    December 8, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Playing BINGO with the family for some great prizes!

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    Donna
    December 8, 2009 at 9:28 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is hanging up the christmas tree with my family with some good ole Michael Bubble!
    With the fireplace going and stockings and pepermint tea! πŸ™‚

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    Red Head, Yellow Dog
    December 8, 2009 at 9:28 am

    hanging the stars on our tree (one Star of David and one christmas star!!!)

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I love getting together with my entire extended family on Christmas Eve and then going to midnight candlelight mass with my mom. So pretty and festive!

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    Brittany
    December 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I love baking Christmas cookies with my mom!

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    Christie @ Honoring Health
    December 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

    between you and Kath, I totally know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow.

    hhhmmm…before I had to go gluten free, probably the christmas morning cinnamon rolls.

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    Holly
    December 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

    fave holiday tradition? decorating the christmas tree with my family!!! and pumping it out to n sync’s christmas album!

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    Liz
    December 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is the christmas morning ‘ritual’. You wake up, open stockings, have a big breakfast, then pass out all the gifts. We go around in a circle and everyone opens a gift. I’ll be in South Africa this xmas, so i wouldn’t mind if that was a new tradition!!

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making cookies!

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    Coco
    December 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Every Christmas Eve, my mom’s side of the family gets together for a wild night of gift-exchanging, food, wine, and fun!

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    Autumn Tao
    December 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating, especially with my new husband!! We’re newlyweds, but have been putting up a tree together for 2 years prior… This year it was even more special to do it as husband and wife.

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    jenna
    December 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I really love searching out the best gifts for everyone on my list. The hard part is waiting to Christmas to give them their gift πŸ™‚

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    Liz
    December 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I love the midnight Christmas Eve service at my church!!

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    serena
    December 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    kissing my husband on Christmas morning

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    Maura
    December 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I am actually eating Amy’s Lentil Vegetable right now (yumm!). My favorite holiday tradition would have to be ice skating on the “Frog Pond” on the Boston Common. It is such a fun time for my cousins and I who only get to see each other every once and a while.

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    AL
    December 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    wrapping presents creatively: magazine cutouts, cereal boxes, found objects. So fun to make and so fun to watch them opened!

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    Karla
    December 8, 2009 at 9:33 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas dinner since my mom hates cooking. The best part is she cleans it all up πŸ˜›

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    Kimberly
    December 8, 2009 at 9:33 am

    My favorite tradition is to watch Love Actually with my husband.

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    Mariel
    December 8, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Going to the tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree!

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    missmolly
    December 8, 2009 at 9:34 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to church Christmas Eve with my family and then coming home and eating a delicious meal and opening presents!!

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 9:35 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is breakfast on Christmas morning. My mom always makes a delicious egg bake and monkey bread!

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    Sara
    December 8, 2009 at 9:35 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is opening up new PJ’s christmas eve! πŸ™‚

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    Genie
    December 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is drinking entirely too much egg nog with my loved ones! πŸ™‚

    I could go for some hot soup right now. Brrrr!

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    Allison (Eat Clean Live Green)
    December 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Decorating the Christmas tree!

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    Cates
    December 8, 2009 at 9:37 am

    My favorite tradition is Christmas morning breakfast with my family. Coffee and tea, Pannetone, and Grandma’s cookies, in our pajamas!

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    Evan Thomas
    December 8, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Picking out the tree!

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    Kristen @ Simply Savor
    December 8, 2009 at 9:37 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is to watch all of my favorite christmas movies with my family the nights leading up to christmas! thanks for the great giveaway–i could use these soups with the snow coming in tonight! πŸ™‚

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    Brenda
    December 8, 2009 at 9:39 am

    My favorite tradition is attending Christmas Eve service and then driving around to look at the beautiful lights! (And guess what? I’m trying amy’s LF Veggie black bean soup for the first time as I type this – it’s really good!).

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 9:40 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is to make Christmas breakfast with the whole family. Everyone is in the kitchen and cooking. I am IN LOVE with Amy’s everything, their soups, cheese enchilladas, pizza, salsas!!!! Yummm!

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    Julia
    December 8, 2009 at 9:41 am

    My favorite Holiday tradition is just spending time together as a family on Christmas day. Now that I live almost 2,000 miles away from my fiance and my family, that is by far the most important part of holidays for me!

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    Erin
    December 8, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I love waking up early Christmas morning and gathering with my mom and sister by the Christmas tree, next to the fireplace, to open presents and drink mimosas (and coffee!).

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    Gabrielle
    December 8, 2009 at 9:41 am

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting together with my family on Christmas Eve!

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    Lea
    December 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

    i don’t really have a special christmas tradition besides spending time with my family.

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    Gabrielle
    December 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I love to sip hot chocolate stirred with a peppermint candy cane and watch holiday movies!

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    Cait (Cait's Plate)
    December 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is DEFINITELY baking/decorating and eating cookies with my sisters and my mom! Now that my oldest sister has had children, we include them too πŸ™‚

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    Laura Chartrand
    December 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Going to Christmas Day brunch at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO with my very good friends.

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    Arica
    December 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Gingerbread houses with my family! It is so messy, but so fun to play in the frosting and candy, while taking a few bites here and there πŸ™‚

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    Clare
    December 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Since I play the Irish Harp, I always perform during midnight Mass. My brothers always hate having to go, but it’s really peaceful to celebrate at night and leaves the morning free for brunch and presents!

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    Gabrielle
    December 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I love to sip hot chocolate stirred with a peppermint candy cane and watch holiday movies!

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    Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    December 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is driving around and looking at Christmas lights on houses near where I live πŸ™‚ Thanks, I love Amy’s!

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    Christy
    December 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I wait all year just to go to my in-laws and enjoy some fantastic tamales! They only make them at Christmas so we never miss it!

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    Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    December 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is driving around and looking at Christmas lights on houses near where I live πŸ™‚ Thanks, I love Amy’s!

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    cyndie
    December 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is receiving books from my mom on Christmas Eve. After we get our books, we all go cozy up on the couch and read. Last year I got a collection of Henry James’ short stories!

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    Anne P
    December 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Driving around to look at Christmas lights πŸ™‚

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    Amandamoo
    December 8, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Every year, the husband and I choose a new cookie recipe and take a Saturday afternoon to bake cookies, watch funny movies, and drink eggnog. We hope to continue this when we have kids and make it a family thing someday : )

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    Danielle J
    December 8, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I love sitting around the fire playing board games with the fam. Oh and baking cookies with my sister aint too bad either πŸ˜‰

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    KT
    December 8, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Favorite tradition is Christmas movie night at my parents. We come over in our pajamas, watch a christmas movie, and gorge on sweets!

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    Heather
    December 8, 2009 at 9:46 am

    My fav holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house with my mom and siblings the day after Thanksgiving while listening to Christmas music!!

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    VCK
    December 8, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Gathering all together on Christmas day.

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

    My favorite tradition is watch Christmas Story with my sis and dad when we get home from Thanksgiving dinner. He knows all the words and loves to do imitations!

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    Kim M.
    December 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

    My favorite holiday traditions are reading Wuthering Heights the weeks before Christmas and making Rudolph’s antlers cookies with chow mein noodles.

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    Paige
    December 8, 2009 at 9:48 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is riding around on Christmas Eve looking at Christmas lights and listening to holiday music.

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    Carolyn
    December 8, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Mine is having cinnamon buns and oranges for christmas breakfast!

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    Tay
    December 8, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Gingerbread house making!!!

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I have many favorites for the holidays…but the one I’ll never let go of is on the afternoon of Christmas Eve to visit one of the nine California Mission’s and light a ton of candles for my son’s father/my first boyfriend at age 15 who I married at 17. He died young and his b-day is Christmas Eve. I think of him everyday and especially on his birthday. The church is beautiful, quiet and decorated for Midnight Mass…and looks beautiful with lots of candles lit just for him.

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I have many favorites for the holidays…but the one I’ll never let go of is on the afternoon of Christmas Eve to visit one of the nine California Mission’s and light a ton of candles for my son’s father/my first boyfriend at age 15 who I married at 17. He died young and his b-day is Christmas Eve. I think of him everyday and especially on his birthday. The church is beautiful, quiet and decorated for Midnight Mass…and looks beautiful with lots of candles lit just for him.

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    Julie
    December 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I have too many to choose! If I have to pick just one though, I’d say it would be decorating the Christmas tree with my family, listening to carols and sipping eggnog! And leaving cookies for Santa, I can’t seem to stop doing that πŸ™‚

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    Michelle
    December 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

    My fave holiday tradition is taking the kids out late at night to see all the holiday lights, and magically Santa comes to visit then.

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Candlelight Christmas Eve service!

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    Jessicaguz
    December 8, 2009 at 9:53 am

    My fiancΓ© and I set up the tree with great tubes in the background. After it’s all set up we get dressed up an take our Christmas photos with each other. Christmas morning I always make coffee cake for breakfast. Coffee cake is a holiday tradition from my family that I bring to the family that is just the two of us.

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    Sara
    December 8, 2009 at 9:53 am

    My favorite tradition is sitting around my dining room table playing board games with family next to a roaring fire! So comforting!

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    SarahD
    December 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Putting up the Christmas tree!!

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    AlisonJ
    December 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

    My favorite tradition is opening up stockings first thing Christmas morning – there is always so much excitement in the air!

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    saramariesue
    December 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Putting up the Christmas tree and baking yummy holiday treats. πŸ™‚

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    Deirdre
    December 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making brunch as a family on Christmas morning.

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    Natalie (The Sweets Life)
    December 8, 2009 at 9:57 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is probably family-wide board games on Christmas evening πŸ™‚

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    Erika
    December 8, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Even though my brothers and I are all in our 20’s and 30’s now, we still bake cookies and leave them out for “Santa” on Xmas Eve. Kinda silly, but it just wouldn’t be Christmas without doing this πŸ™‚

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    Blissful Bellas
    December 8, 2009 at 9:57 am

    going out for our roommate dinner gift exchange πŸ˜€ its not about the gifts but the time to relax and enjoy the holidays while at the same time getting excited to give our gifts to each other and see the (hopefully) happy reactions πŸ˜€

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 9:59 am

    My favorite holiday tradition? Well, I was born and raised in southern California. My parents started taking my sisters and I to the beach every Christmas morning when we were really young, and it has stuck. So I would have to say that my favorite holiday tradition is going to beach on Christmas morning with a bag of bread to feed to the seagulls. Then walking along the beach and filling that bag up with trash that has been washed up on the beach. Great way to start the day!

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    Anna
    December 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is attending the local symphony’s Holiday Pops concert and the sing-a-long they always have at the end. This year I was a participant instead of an attendee and had twice as much fun!

    Oh, and I love Amy’s Soups!

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    Cole
    December 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

    My favorite holiday tradition has to be going my aunt’s on Christmas day. There is always lots of great food, conversation, and wine.

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    Laura E
    December 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for the opportunity! My favorite tradition is exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve with my family, and then going to midnight mass!

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    Beth
    December 8, 2009 at 10:02 am

    What a great giveaway! My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve dinner. My family has an italian ‘7 fishes’ seafood feast – mussels, shrimp, calamari, lobster etc. It’s SO good and so fun to prepare with my Mom and aunts.
    Beth

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    Anna
    December 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is attending the local symphony’s Holiday Pops concert and the sing-a-long they have at the end. Thisyear I was a participant instead of an attendee and had twice as much fun!

    Oh, and I love Amy’s Soups!

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    jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I am Sicilian so it is tradition for my family to have the Feast of the 7 Fishes every Christmas Eve. And of course antipasti. I look forward to this day all year!

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    Karla
    December 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

    My fav holiday tradition is watching my nieces and nephews tear into their stockings on Christmas morning. So fun to watch.

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    rebecca
    December 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is having a biiiiig christmas eve dinner with friends and family.

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    Martha
    December 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Because I will always be a kid at heart, every Christmas Eve I force my family to watch “A Muppet Christmas Carol” with me while drinking hot cocoa. It’s just such a nice break from all of the running around that we do over the holidays!

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jenna!

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

    decorating the tree (the obvious fave) and travelling to pittsburgh to visit family!

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    Ella
    December 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is when my grandfather reads the story of Jesus’s birth from the Gospels. All my cousins and aunts and uncles would gather around him to listen, and my grandma would always mouth the words alongside him. He passed away this year so we don’t get to carry on this tradition, but it will always be in my heart.

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    Heather
    December 8, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Make up a batch of peppermint hot chocolate with the family and then pile into the car for a lights tour of the neighborhood.

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    Celiz
    December 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I am in my late 20’s but still love Christmas morning! I just love sitting in my pjs with my family until noon!

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    Chutney
    December 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Special time with family and friends, Christmas carols and sugar cookies!

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    Hallie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

    My favorite tradition is a new one for me…every year on Christmas morning my boyfriend’s mom comes over and we have eggs and sticky buns. And we do presents and hang out, watching movies etc. It’s lovely!

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    Danielle
    December 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

    My favorite tradition is making sugar cookies with the family and we all decorate them together!

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

    definitely baking lots of christmas cookies with my family!

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    Carol @ The Hummusphere
    December 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Being with my entire family, lounging around and eating sweets in our pajamas all Xmas day πŸ™‚

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    Molly @thevegandorm
    December 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

    definitely decorating the tree!
    i love amy’s soup!

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    Christina
    December 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    ah it’s so hard to choose just one but christmas morning for sure!

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    Pearl
    December 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    My favorite tradition is working on a jigsaw puzzle with my family around the holidays. It’s the only time that enough people are together that we can get one done!

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    Nancy B
    December 8, 2009 at 10:13 am

    My annual party the Saturday before Christmas. This year will be the 22nd annual bash! The one time night of the year we manage to get just about EVERYONE together πŸ™‚

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    Laura
    December 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is The Nutcracker ballet… I performed in The Nutcracker from about seventh grade through college and always get nostalgic when I hear the music.

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    AmyJoGo
    December 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Chex mix. I have concocted my own little recipe for it and it’s delicious: buttery, salty and spicy! My family loves it and that’s what makes me love making it so much.

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    Elizabeth
    December 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is my family’s christmas party. πŸ˜€

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Trimming the tree with family then watching Christmas Vacation movie.

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    Liz
    December 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Putting out all of my Xmas decorations: a giant Santa, lights, Xmas plates and cheese spreaders. They just make me happy to look at them.

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    KK
    December 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

    favorite holiday tradition- me and my sister each get to open one gift after we get home from my uncle’s party on xmas eve

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

    baking christmas cookies with my mom an putting up the tree! πŸ™‚

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    Sarah R
    December 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

    My mom always makes her famous cranberry scones to have as we open gifts on Christmas morning. I can’t wait!

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    Abbie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

    My favorite tradition is setting up the nativity with my family while we read the story from the Bible about baby Jesus.

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    Anais
    December 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking things for my friends:) This year, I made marshmallows!!

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    Meghan
    December 8, 2009 at 10:19 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is that no matter how crazy things get around the holiday, my family always makes the effort to all get along, if only for Christmas day which we spend eating amazing home cooked food and opening presents.

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    Jenna
    December 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

    My favorite tradition is Christmas morning.

    We all wake up early, throw on holiday music, get some baked goods into the oven, and open presents in our pj’s!

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:22 am

    My favorite tradition is making sugar cookies with my sister. I can’t wait to bake with her this year πŸ™‚

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    Claire
    December 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    My fave tradition is baking sugar cookies after cutting them out with my mom’s childhood cookie cutters and ‘painting’ them with food coloring!

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    Marie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Waking up early and running to firelplace to see if Santa ate all the cookies and dranks all the milk we left for him.. also seeing what goodies he left for us in our stockings! We’ve been doing this since I can remember.. and i’m 27 now πŸ™‚

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    Ashlee
    December 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    My favorite tradition is snuggling on the couch watching movies with a fire going drinking hot chocolate. My favorite tradition with my mom is making Christmas cookies!

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    Gina
    December 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my mom, and the rest of my family. My mom has a big family, 7 brothers and sisters. My mom and her two sisters always get together on Christmas Eve day and starting making homemade tamales. Everyone gathers in the kitchen to help until the silbings start to good-naturedly elimate those with sub par tamale making skills. The kitchen is quickly filled with the warmth and smells of homemade cooking, and the laughter of my family.

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

    ooh my favorite tradition is watching the grinch and charlie brown’s christmas while drinking hot chocolate and decorating the christmas tree!

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    CArolyn
    December 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching “A Christmas Story” on tv and baking and decorating sugar cookies with family, yum!

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    jeri
    December 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

    When I lived at home, we’d put up the xmas tree, and everyone would get to put up their favorite ornament first. I still do that in my small apartment, with my fave ornament. πŸ™‚

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    Audrey
    December 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

    My favorite tradition is going to pick out the Christmas tree with my family!

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    Abbey M
    December 8, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Baking christmas cookies with all the women in the family

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:29 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching Christmas movies with my husband all December. Everything is cozy and perfect

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    Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    December 8, 2009 at 10:31 am

    WOW lots of entries so far, ha!
    My favorite tradition is hanging out with my family on Christmas Eve. We watch a cheesy holiday movie, such as Love Actually, and my Dad makes us all Tom & Jerry’s (hot toddy type of drink).

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    katherine
    December 8, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I love decorating the tree with my family!

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    Jocelyn
    December 8, 2009 at 10:33 am

    hurray! My favorite holiday tradition is having my grandpa over for christmas eve dinner πŸ™‚

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    Lara (Thinspired)
    December 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is simple, but it can’t be beat: decorating the tree!

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    Sarah S-F
    December 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

    My fave tradition is Christmas baking!

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 10:35 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree with my husband (and now our baby). Each decoration has meaning to us and it’s fun to recall as we light up the tree, and the living room!

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    Rosey Rebecca
    December 8, 2009 at 10:35 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is definitely the dinner I have with my family on Christmas Eve. We call it “walk around the table.” My mom makes a whole bunch of different finger foods and puts them on the table buffet-style. We all walk around the table and then eat in the living room around the Christmas tree while watching Christmas movies. It’s awesome!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Lily
    December 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

    My favorite tradition is going to a cathedral near my house for a choir performance of carols. That or going to see the Nutcracker, which is a tradition I only started last year!

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    Lawilson
    December 8, 2009 at 10:39 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas dinner with the whole family! I love hearing all the humorous stories from the past year!!

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    December 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

    My sister and I always wore footy pajamas on Christmas Eve! I wish I could still do it, but I can’t find adult-sized pajama rompers with feet attached!

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    jenn.
    December 8, 2009 at 10:42 am

    the holidaY FEASTING!! and i do mean featsing..all the holiday dinners with friends and family =)

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    Abby
    December 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I go broke, but Amy’s is always in my kitchen as well, so fun giveaway!
    As for traditions, I am the only grandkid out of 56 that knows how to make my grandma’s Polish Chrusciki and everyone expects them each year. Even though she can’t do it any more, I still roll, twist out, fry and sprinkle with powdered sugar hundreds each December to take on Christmas Eve.
    A lot of work, but worth it just to see my grandma enjoy them (and everyone else, but mostly her).

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    blueberrybabe
    December 8, 2009 at 10:44 am

    decorating the tree to chrsitmas music!!!

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    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    December 8, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Those are actually three Amy’s soups I’ve never tried! I’m a pretty faithful Amy’s Alphabet gal πŸ˜‰

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    Kate
    December 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

    My favorite tradition is picking out a tree with my husband the Sunday after Thanksgiving and having everyone come over to help decorate.

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    Jennie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I love baking for the holidays! Decorating a gingerbread house is my favorite though πŸ™‚

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    Kelsey
    December 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Every Christmas Eve, my family and I eat homemade gingerbread with whipped cream and watch It’s A Wonderful Life. I know that movie backwards and forwards now and it’s something I look forward to every year.

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    crunchy granola gal
    December 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

    holiday tradition: skiing in vermont with my dad on christmas day. we’ve gone to VT for christmas every year for as long as i can remember — the only people out are the snow loving east coast jews like us πŸ˜€

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    Jaime
    December 8, 2009 at 10:48 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is the sweets: cookies, gingerbread, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks….ahh!

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    Jennie
    December 8, 2009 at 10:49 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is actually going to church with my family. It means a lot that we’re all together celebrating the true reason for Christmas. And the anticipation – when the service is finished, we rush home for the fun! Every year!

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Taking a night drive to look at Christmas lights, hot chocolate with whipped cream, my mom’s homemade caramels, playing games with the family, being so thankful for the life we live.

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    Laura
    December 8, 2009 at 10:51 am

    holiday cookies!

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    Bree@beeskneeslife
    December 8, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Spending all of Christmas Eve with just my immediate family. We go to church, have an amazing sit down meal, open presents, and then if it’s nice enough outside we go for a walk around the neighborhood looking at lights!

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    Beth
    December 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is fondue on christmas eve and new this year… Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning!!!

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    Molly
    December 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

    My birthday is Christmas Eve and my favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve having cake with friends and family and then going to Church for the Christmas Eve Service! It is always such a festive day!

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    Renee
    December 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

    baking cookies with my sister and watching the “Santa Clause”!

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    Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    December 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

    My favorite Holiday tradition is shopping with my dad ever year on Black Friday!

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    Haleigh
    December 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Baking sugar cookies with my mom

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    Carly
    December 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking/cooking holiday treats. I try to challenge myself with at least one new exciting recipe a year, 2 years ago it was homemade marshmallows, last year, orange peels, who knows this year?!

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    Ravan
    December 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    my FAVORITE holiday tradition is watching the “christmas story” marathon in my jammies while enjoying hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies!!!! I also love the chocolate advent calendar tradition–i’ve loved these calendars since i was a little girl……..mmmmmmmm chocolate!!!

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    Eleanor
    December 8, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Definitely my favorite personal tradition is spending the day wrapping all my Christmas presents. My favorite family tradition, though, is our big Christmas Tea, and making all the food for it.

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    Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    December 8, 2009 at 10:57 am

    favorite holiday tradition? making homemade pizzas with the family on christmas eve!!!

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    Maria Ann
    December 8, 2009 at 10:59 am

    favorite holiday tradition is St. Nicks day, it is an Italian tradition in which you put your shoes out and “st. Nick” fills them with goodies. Usually sweets or small gifts.

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    Sandy
    December 8, 2009 at 11:02 am

    My boys and I decorate the tree together one evening and enjoy a dinner of their favorite appetizers while we decorate. It’s a special treat each year!

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    Kate
    December 8, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hi Jenna! My favorite holiday tradition is a new one – organizing an annual food drive. Feeding others gives me so much joy, and there are so many less fortunate than I am, so I always give back during the holidays.

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

    My Favorite holiday tradition is defiantly spending the night at my parent’s house and waking up there on Christmas morning to a tree full of presents and spending hours with my family to open all of those presents one by one!

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

    My favorite is going to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. It’s so quiet out and church is so peaceful. I love singing the Christmas Carols as well. It’s especially moving when it’s snowing outside.

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    Crystal
    December 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Making pierogies (I have no idea how to spell that) with my dad and brother. They’re so awful for you, but sooooo tasty.

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

    My Favorite holiday tradition is defiantly spending the night at my parent’s house and waking up there on Christmas morning to a tree full of presents!

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    Angela
    December 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Baking all kinds of yummy goodies for friends, family, and of course, me!

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    Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    December 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

    My favorite Christmas tradition is making Christmas cookies with my Mom. It’s almost the only time of year she bakes, but she pulls out all the stops: Ginigerbread cookies, Molasses cookies, Russian Teacakes, Pizzelles, Fudge and of course good old fashioned iced sugar cookies.

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    Darcie
    December 8, 2009 at 11:12 am

    My favorite tradition is our “Christmas pickle.” Every year Santa hides a pickle in the tree and the first one to find it wins! My brother and I still pretend to get really into it, it’s fun.

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    Maria
    December 8, 2009 at 11:12 am

    My favorite tradition is getting together with my whole family (20-25 of us) together and singing karaoke πŸ˜‰

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    Tania @ Moment Anew
    December 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    My fave tradition is our huge Christmas lunch. It is 8 courses and take over 4 hours to complete πŸ™‚

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    ariana
    December 8, 2009 at 11:16 am

    my mom and i make tamales on christmas eve. it’s so much work, but so fun at the same time.

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    Lenore
    December 8, 2009 at 11:16 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is relatively new: With all the food sensitivities in my family, it often takes a long time and some real creativity to figure out what on earth to eat on the Big Day. When we find the perfect dishes — and the process of getting there — that is my favorite holiday tradition.
    To give you an idea of what we *can’t* eat: gluten, rice, dairy, eggs, peanuts, meat.
    Always a challenge — but always delicious in the end!

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    Lindsay
    December 8, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Baking cookies (and eating insane amounts of said cookies) and watching Elf!

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    Steph
    December 8, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Baking cookies is my favorite holiday tradition.

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    Tina O.
    December 8, 2009 at 11:18 am

    My favorite tradition we have is making an elaborate dinner with my husband for just us & our kids on Christmas Eve then putting on our pajamas to watch “Its a Wonderful Life”.

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    Meg @ Be Fit Be Full
    December 8, 2009 at 11:19 am

    On Christmas Eve my family still watches The Grinch, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Claymation Christmas. We’ve been doing that ever since I can remember and I’m 30 now and still look forward to it πŸ™‚

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    Kristin Point
    December 8, 2009 at 11:23 am

    i’m 23, the oldest of 7 and our parents still make us wait at the top of the steps til they come down in the morning to open presents from “santa”.

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    Laura
    December 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

    My grandma who is 100% Italian very rarely showcases her skills in the kitchen for a crowd…BUT on Christmas eve she pulls out the stops making all kinds of fish, homemade mac and cheese, stuffed shells, 7 layer bars, icebox cake, etc etc… She must start a week in advance- i eat so much!

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    Caryn
    December 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

    My favorite tradition is going to the mall on Christmas Eve day with my Grandpa and my cousins. He started taking us when we were little to get us out of our parents’ hair, but now we just do it for fun! πŸ™‚

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    Lindsay
    December 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

    helping make but mostly eating latkas on hanukkah

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    Angie All The Way
    December 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Being able to just “be” with my family after the hustle and bustle of the “pre” xmas preparation is over and to see my father’s bright and smiling face in appreciation for absolutely any gift in the world, a set of tea towels would appease his beautiful spirit πŸ™‚

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    Caroline
    December 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I used to prance around in my parents’ Christmas tree skirt and sit on the back of the couch pretending I was Laura Ingles Wilder while they decorated the tree (it was red and green plaid and had the wonderful circle cut going on). I haven’t been able to fit into the skirt since I was about five, but I still have very fond memories!

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    Rachel
    December 8, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Baking cookies!

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    Margaret
    December 8, 2009 at 11:30 am

    My family makes the same cookies every year. Several of the recipes have been in the family for over a hundred years. I know that I can make them anytime of year but they never taste as special as they do at Christmas.

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    Candi
    December 8, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I always ask my mom to make us latkes for Christmas Eve dinner — Hanukkah’s over by that point and we aren’t even Jewish, it’s still a tradition nonetheless.

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Cookie Sunday with my mom’s family. We all go over to my grandparents’ house the Sunday before Christmas and decorate and frost the gingerbread and sugar cut-out cookies my grandma makes. All of my mom’s 7 siblings bring 2-3 cookies/desserts of their own and you pick out whatever you want. The cookie decorating is followed by take-out pizza. A glorious way to start Christmas week!

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    Amelia
    December 8, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I love wrapping presents with my family the night before Christmas! πŸ™‚

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 11:39 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making gingerbread houses!!

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    Jenna
    December 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is baking Christmas cookies on Christmas eve day and then going to the candlelight service with my family! then we come home to a yummy dinner and open presents! love it πŸ™‚

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    Amber
    December 8, 2009 at 11:43 am

    My favorite Christmas traditions are baking Christmas cookies w my mother-in-law and having another cookie bake w my good friends. Decorating the Christmas Tree and talking about all the ornaments w my husband is also my favorite! We bought a house this year too, so the new tradition is putting lights up outside right after Thanksgiving!

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 11:44 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is opening gifts on Christmas morning with my mom and sister (and my hubby / her fiance in the past couple years)… then having a really yummy and decadent breakfast!

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    Justy2003
    December 8, 2009 at 11:44 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve with my family. For as long as I can remember, we only get to open one present on Christmas Eve and it’s always a new pair of PJs that we get to sleep in that night and open all of our presents in the next day. It’s definitely a tradition that I’ll be passing along when I have kids!

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    Nadia
    December 8, 2009 at 11:44 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my mom!

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    Kristen
    December 8, 2009 at 11:44 am

    My favorite tradition is sipping eggnog after decorating the tree.

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    Mallory
    December 8, 2009 at 11:45 am

    baking sugar cookies while listening to christmas music πŸ™‚

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    Jenna
    December 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

    My favorite tradition is putting together holiday packages for my friends and family…lots of cookies and other goodies for them to enjoy (& a cheap alternative to buying gifts)!

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    Joanna
    December 8, 2009 at 11:48 am

    decorating the Christmas tree with my family. Music on, all other distractions off, memories abound!

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    Julie @savvyeats
    December 8, 2009 at 11:50 am

    My fave Christmas tradition is decorating the tree while watching White Christmas!

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    KatieMoo
    December 8, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Making snowmen and decorating my tree!

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    MMiller
    December 8, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I think mine would be having snack night and movies with the kids on Christmas eve! They both agreed to be home this year, even though they already have their own places!

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    Aileen
    December 8, 2009 at 11:56 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating my Christmas tree with my husband!

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    DAISY
    December 8, 2009 at 11:57 am

    making kiffles with mom with the yule log on tv.

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    Rosalie
    December 8, 2009 at 11:58 am

    We always go vacation somewhere warm(er) with my cousin’s family πŸ™‚ …this year, we’re going to las vegas and the grand canyon!

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    Kaitlin
    December 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition… okay, I have two: decorating the tree and baking my famous Christmas cookies for everyone. πŸ™‚

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    Teisha
    December 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    my holiday tradition is getting together with all my family, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, brother, on Christmas Eve to open presents and EAT!!

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    kristi (sweet cheeks)
    December 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    fav tradition: putting decorations on the Christmas tree!

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    courtney
    December 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Mmm, it is freezing here and I am eating Amy’s for lunch! Just have to decide between Tuscan Bean & Rice and Lentil Vegetable… tough call! Anyway, my favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas Day get together! A bunch of us smaller families get together and have appetizers and wine and dinner and take pictures in front of the Christmas tree wearing those paper hats you get from holiday poppers (the kind where you pull on both ends and it cracks and you get a toy too). Everyone is so happy and silly. It’s the best!

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    Valentina
    December 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Baking cookies…and then baking some more!

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    Kristie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Starting off Christmas morning early while it’s still DARK out with a hot pot of coffee and opening stockings!

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    Annalisa
    December 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    opening a christmas present on christmas eve πŸ˜‰

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I’m 30, and haven’t lived at home for years, I still go upstairs and wait for my dad to say Merry Christmas before I go to the tree and start ripping open presents. We aren’t allowed by the tree until dear dad gives us the ok πŸ™‚

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    junghwa
    December 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    just being with family and watching holiday movies!

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    Danica
    December 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Christmas dinner and baking cookies!

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    junghwa
    December 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    being with family and watching holiday movies!

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    Jerilynne
    December 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve dinner with my family! That and driving around with mom looking at Christmas lights =).

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    Caitlin
    December 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    my favorite holiday tradition is watching “Its a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve and then leaving cookies for santa and carrots for the reindeer on the kitchen table…still lol

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    Leslie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is wearing an ugly sweater… just for the amusement of my family members.

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    Francesca
    December 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is putting our christmas tree up on thanksgiving night and baking cookies!

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    Mama J
    December 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is making homemade jarred gifts with my husband… our own special peanut/ginger and BBQ sauce blends are a fave. I love hanging out with him in a steamy warm kitchen, and the satisfying “pop!” of the jars… and the delicious results we get to share with our friends and fam!

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    Kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I bake cookies with my mom and sister every year the day after Thanksgiving. We bake out 10 different cookies and our husbands go golfing!

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    Winnie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is singing Christmas carols with my family and going to midnight mass.

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    Lauren
    December 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Watching a movie with my family with the fire going and eating Christmas cookies or this amazing Christmas mix with chex, cheerios, pretzels, m&ms, & peanuts all covered in white chocolate.

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    Jennyh
    December 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    My favorite tradition is definitley picking out the tree and putting it up and decorating it with all my special ornaments. I had knee surgery recently so my Hubby had to do all the work but i still insisted on going to pick out the tree, crutches and all.

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    Claire
    December 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I really love it when it’s Christmas afternoon and my brother’s family( 4 daughters) and I head to Mom’s house.the girls are a mess opening up presents.My stepdad sneaks ham for a pre dinner snack(ok… so does my brother and I).My step family comes a little later for din din and a lot of laughter:-)

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    kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    My husband and I started a tradition– Starting 12 days before Christmas we watch a Chritmas movie every night up until C-mas eve πŸ™‚

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    Kara
    December 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    My favorite holiday traditions are eating gumbo the day after Thanksgiving and eating tamales on Christmas Eve! I guess I love any tradition that has to do with food!

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    Caitlin
    December 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is waking up my whole family at 4am to open presents! Until I no longer sleep at my parent’s house on Christmas Eve, this tradition will never die! I am 24 – my sister is 21 – and both of my parents are in their late 50s – and this year my 25 year old husband will have the pleasure of my early morning wakeup call too!

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    Natalie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Cutting down the Christmas tree and having lunch with my family is definitely my favorite holiday tradition. Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

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    Andrea
    December 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    My favorite tradition is making Christmas cookies and attending the Christmas cookie exchange.

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    Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    December 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is that every Christmas eve, my mom gets my sister and I Christmas pajamas. They aren’t themed, although they were when we were little. It’s just always something to look forward to and it’s one I want to pass down to my children whenever I become a mom. πŸ™‚

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    Jaclyn
    December 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I love tree decorating with my family! And finding mistletoe ;)!

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I love watching Christmas Muppet movies!!!

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    eliza
    December 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I love to go look at Christmas lights at night when its snowing!! So fun! Or play in the snow (Im a Maine-Ahhhhh) πŸ™‚

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    Mary
    December 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Yum πŸ™‚ I’ve been eyeing up Amy’s soups for the longest time– they look so delish! My favorite holiday tradition is a German one my family has been doing for years. My mom (of course, when we were little it was Santa!) hides a blown glass pickle ornament in our family Christmas tree on Christmas eve & Christmas morning, whoever found it first got an extra present! It was always so much fun, I can’t wait to do the same when I have kids!

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    Kim
    December 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    As I get older, I’m all about traditions and family. I started a tradition last year, where I host a Christmas Eve Open House and have all sorts of goodies. The open house is for friends and family and anyone who may not have anywhere to spend Christmas Eve. This will be my second year and I can’t wait. We also try and have a cake celebrating Jesus’ birthday.

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    Kathleen
    December 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    My favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree while listening to Christmas songs and drinking hot apple cider or tea…I seriously adore putting up my special ornaments that my parents have bought for me since I was young and cherishing the memories that go along with them πŸ™‚

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I love going to my Aunt’s house on Christmas Eve before church and eating delicious food with my family!

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    Nicole
    December 8, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Getting new christmas pjs and opening one gift on Christmas eve:)

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    Michaela
    December 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    My friends and I like to drink what we call “Christmas.” Rumplemintz and hot chocolate. Yum!

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    beth
    December 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Since I’m from the East coast, but live out West I have started new traditions with friends when i can’t make it home for the holidays due to time constraints, money, etc. So I host a white elephant gift exchange and gourmet champagne brunch! Always a hilarious time!

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    Katie B.
    December 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    the advent wreah we make and light as a family! Keeps it all in perspective!

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    Jodi
    December 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I love to go to the children’s Christmas program on Christmas Eve at our church, then come home and eat a nice meal and play games until way late.

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    Heather
    December 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is cozying up by the fire with my family with a great, healthy dinner and watching old school Christmas movies ALL NIGHT LONG! [:

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    Liesl
    December 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    One holiday tradition that I just love is our family always does a fondue dinner together! It is yummy, complete with chocolate for dessert. It’s also relaxing and gives us all the chance to catch up with one another.

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    Laurie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Eating homemade pizza on Christmas Eve!

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    ***andrea***
    December 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    We decorate a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve with our three kids who are 5,4,2. It is so much fun!

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    Kristin
    December 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is putting up my Nativity scene!

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    Lizzy
    December 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    i’ve never tried amy’s soups before so this would be so awesome to win! my favorite tradition of the holiday’s is watching “A Christmas Story” 24 hours on our local TV station!!! it never fails that each year i catch tid bits of the movie throughout the 24 hours that its on!

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    Tiffany S.
    December 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I just love the extra effort everyone makes to get together! That’s really my favorite holiday tradition.

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    My favorite Holiday tradition is reading the Christmas story before opening presents!

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    Julie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I love going to Christmas Eve service and then driving around to look at lights after. And of course cinnamon rolls Christmas morning!

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    carolinebee
    December 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Definitely decorating the tree with my momma!! I just moved across the country (like someone else! πŸ™‚ So I’m missing it this year πŸ™ But maybe she’ll save a few for me to put up!

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    Patty
    December 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree, cranking up the music, starting a fire in the fireplace and sipping on hot cocoa…all at the same time!

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    Kristi
    December 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    My 3 daughters and I always have swiss cheese fondue, sparkling cider and homemade christmas cookies while we decorate our tree and watch the old claymation holiday shows!

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    My mom and I have always made Christmas cookies. I now do the same thing with my daughters. It is a great time to bond and laugh.

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    Patty
    December 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Decorating the tree, starting a warm fire, cranking up the holiday tunes and sipping on hot cocoa…all at the sme time!

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    Steph
    December 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    My family always opens one gift from under the tree on Christmas Eve.

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    My favorite Holiday tradition is having tacos with my family Christmas Eve. We all make one part then enjoy them around the coffee table!

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    Ariel
    December 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is lighting candles for Hannukah with my whole family together. This is my first year living on my own away from home, and I can’t wait to go home for the holidays.

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    Courtney
    December 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is playing Dirty Santa with my entire family when we celebrate Christmas together.

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    Andrea
    December 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Going to pick out the Christmas tree!

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    KZ
    December 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I love making fruitcake with my mom. We spend hours chopping real dried fruit (no neon for us) and nuts and have to use a basin to stir the batter! Its a lot of fun and messy too πŸ™‚

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    Bekah
    December 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    fave tradition? the family always goes to thai food+ a movie on christmas eve. a quiet and quaint but totally fun evening. πŸ™‚

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Amy’s soups are the only ones I eat! My fav tradition is baking cookies (eating them of course) & building gingerbread houses

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    ErinE
    December 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    My fav holiday tradition is going to chop down a christmas tree and then getting a new unique ornament each year at the place we get our christmas tree at πŸ™‚

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    Anna Jones
    December 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    My favorite tradition is getting together with my parents and brother on christmas eve to have dinner and exchange one gift which is always an ornament for the tree. I love the quality time I get with my family at that time!

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    Kjen
    December 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Yikes, talk about slim odds.

    Anyway, I love how my family always waited until everyone was up on Christmas Day before starting to open presents. That way everyone is together to see how their gift is received. Also helped that parents would see that the toy came out of the box not working and that you did not break it while playing with it. LOL

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    jamie
    December 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    opening one gift on christmas eve!

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    Libby
    December 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    We spend every Chirstmas and new years eve in Utah skiing with the family! SO MUCH FUN! Now that we are older and all live in different cities, it is so nice to still come together and do something so familiar.

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    amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching A Christmas Story. A bonus was the fact I got it on Blu-ray last year.

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    Carrie H
    December 8, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I love Christmas Eve at my mama’s … she puts out a bunch of buffet-style foods and we all sit around the fireplace and go to midnight mass … I won’t make it this year, but I LOVE it and will be there in 2010!

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    Beth G
    December 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Things are all weird this year since I got married and don’t live near home anymore and it will be the first Christmas since my dad died. So all our traditions feel kind of up in the air. I used to love going to midnight mass with my dad & sister though

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    Still Life in South America
    December 8, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking and decorating sugar cookies with my mom.

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    tess
    December 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    We go to church on Christmas eve and then a nice supper and then back to grandma and grandpa’s house to hang stockings by the fireplace and hear “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    My favorite tradition is Christmas dinner (and more importantly, desserts!) with my entire extended family.

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    Brittany V
    December 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is reading The Polar Express and The Nativity Story with my mama on xmas eve by the fire πŸ™‚

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    Liza
    December 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Making my annual Christmas Banner for our entry hallway. I am 22 and have been doing it for like 12 years.

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    JJ
    December 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite tradition is putting up the christmas tree ofcourse!

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    Kristy
    December 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Just spending time with family is always great!

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    December 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I love Christmas eve – watching the Christmas carols with my family πŸ™‚ Oh and drinking eggnog of course πŸ™‚

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    Sue
    December 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    My 92yr old grandfather was born on Christmas so it’s always fun to celebrate his birthday on the holiday.

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    kf
    December 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is making and opening stockings for everyone on christmas morning!

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    astrid
    December 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    our christmas sleepover movie marathon with my husband! we set up the living room like a slumber party- air matress on the floor- lots of pillows and blankets….a case of beer watching…ice cream…take out…watching Elf, A Christmas Story, The Holiday….all the full holiday favorites πŸ™‚

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    woman&warrior
    December 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is a toss up: i love making tomato jam for our friends and family (and keeping my family away from pot of jam so there will be enough for everyone) and I love wrapping gifts with my dear friend. We bring Christmas wrap and use some of each others and catch on our lives. Its a great–we get things done and spend some time together.

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    Jenna
    December 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I love spending time with my family on Christmas Day.

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    katey
    December 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    my fav. holiday tradition is brunch on christmas at my grandparents!!! they have EVERYTHING πŸ™‚

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    Kruti
    December 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I absolutely love waking up early Christmas morning and helping my mother cook a nice hearty meal with baked cinnamon oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and of course chocolate chip waffles!
    its delicious πŸ™‚
    oh and of course decorating the tree !

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    Rachel
    December 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Secret Santa with my 8 closet girlfriends!

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    sam
    December 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    To be honest my favourite holiday tradition is competing to not get any carols stuck in my head!

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    Sara
    December 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Baking yummy treats for my family and friends! πŸ™‚

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    Julia
    December 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Mmm soup!
    My fav tradition is called otoshidama; it’s a Japanese tradition where kids get money from family on new years day. I mean…. its wayyy better than presents! πŸ™‚

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    Amy
    December 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Making Christmukkah cookies!

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    Jenn
    December 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to Christmas Eve service with my family and reading the Christmas Story out of the Bible with my kids before bed:)
    Jenn

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    Heather
    December 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition has to be the Make-A-Gift my family started about 15 years ago. We all pick someone else’s name and have to make them a gift. It’s always so much fun to see how creative everyone gets and they really put thought into what the person receiving the gift would like. This year I’m making 3-4 different kinds of edible cookie doughs. Who doesn’t like to eat the dough before you bake the cookies… it’s my fav!

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    Marianna
    December 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Playing cards with my family after Christmas dinner.

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    Holly
    December 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Making Christmas cookies with my mum πŸ™‚

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    Paige
    December 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    My mom always gives my sister and I a pair of Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. So we have a fancy new pair to open our presents in the next morning!

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    LP
    December 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    driving to the middle of nowhere to go to a rural tree farm to pick out the perfect xmas tree and cutting it down ourselves!

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Decorating my grandmother’s tree on Christmas Eve, with our giant family! It’s the only time we’re all together. πŸ™‚

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    Deirdre
    December 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve, then begging Mom and Dad to open “just one” present before bed. We would get so excited when they handed us one, even though we always knew, just some fancy new matching flannel xmas jams so we look cute the next morning for pictures.

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I would say eating and baking Christmas cookies or Christmas morning oooh i just love it all!!

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    Mastering Public Health
    December 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I am possibly the biggest Amy’s Kitchen fan on earth… no joke. Without them I might starve. Love the holiday traditions of posing in front of the most decked-out holiday houses around and watching “Christmas Vacation” as much as possible, all the while knowing every word.

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    mrs. smith
    December 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I LOVE Amy’s!! Yum!

    Okay – fave holiday tradition is Christmas Eve with my family. My sister and parents have done the same series of events for as long as I can remember – a special dinner (the same one every year), opening gifts to each other (“Santa” gifts are for Christmas morning), and watching the b&w version of Miracle on 34th Street.

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    Alison
    December 8, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway! I love laying on the floor in front of the christmas tree in the dark while the christmas tree lights are on. It’s so pretty!

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    tiffany
    December 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    my fav holiday tradition is putting up the tree with my family. we decorate it to the nines… and then four months later we take it down πŸ™‚

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    Dawn
    December 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Amy’s products are oh so wonderful and tasty! Thanks for this opportunity. :]

    My favorite holiday tradition started last year, but I think it has since become an annual one. We do Christmas with both sides of my boyfriend’s family on Christmas Eve (night), then with the other side on Christmas Day. After the second get together, we take a trip somewhere together for a long weekend of relaxing, shopping, eating and love for each other. This way, we get to spend it with our family as well as get alone time for ourselves. This year we’re going to Portland, and I’m so looking forward to it. :]

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    katie
    December 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    my favorite holiday tradition is going to the christmas even service with my family and eating steaks afterward for dinner!

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    My favorite hoiday tradition is to make my green and red m&m cookies.

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    Molly
    December 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is just being able to spend quality time with my family. Everyone is so busy and Christmas is a great time to hang out with them…oh, and eat lots of yummy food! πŸ™‚

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    Gina G
    December 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    eatting crab on Christmas year! =)

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    Angie (Losing It and Loving It)
    December 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Favorite holiday tradition is our Dec. trip to Jamaica! Ahhh can’t wait, next week can’t come soon enough. Oh and another tradition for New Year’s Eve is we celebrate our anniversary that day with a dinner at Beni Hana’s every year!

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    Jen
    December 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Baking cut-out sugar cookies in fun shapes πŸ™‚

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    Brooke
    December 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    my fav holiday tradition is my mom’s creamy maryland crab soup. she makes it every christmas eve. it’s a caloric nightmare but so worth it!! πŸ™‚

    i LOVE amy’s soups. so yummy.

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    Eileen
    December 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Having big mugs of hot cocoa after playing in the snow with my daughter.

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    my favorite holiday tradition is my grandmother’s homemade biscuits and gravy! we all wait in anticipation as the biscuits bake! yum!

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    Courtney Keeney
    December 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    My favorite tradition is going to my grandparents Christmas Eve and having a Crab and Sushi Feast!

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    sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    my favorite tradition is baking sugar cookies and decorating them on christmas eve!

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    Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty
    December 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I can’t remember if I posted BUT my favorite tradition is stockings!! I love them, I don’t even care what’s in them, they are just so fun (I think it was because I was allowed to open it before anyone woke up!!)

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    Dana
    December 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I enjoy being with all of my family and everyone reminiscing about past holiday stories and events that have happened and everyone experiencing laughter til you cry! There is nothing better! Well, that and eggnog πŸ˜‰ Whats a holiday without some eggnog! xo happy holidays!

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    J
    December 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    BAKING!!! NEED i SAY MORE?

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    Krissy - Single Serving
    December 8, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I love Christmas day with all my mom’s family. My uncle and now my cousins (his sons) play Santa and hand out gifts. Then we usually play something silly like a party game or something like American Idol on the Wii. It’s always a fun time.

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    Diane
    December 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is eating shrimp and calamari on Christmas Eve. And then heading over to the church to watch the little kids perform the Nativity Scene play. It’s great!

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    Katie S
    December 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is one I have with my sister: every thanksgiving we end the day by going to see the new Christmas movie out in theaters! It is my favorite thing to do and I look forward to it every year!

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is making date and pecan bites. You spread the batter on a sheet pan, and then as soon as it comes out of the oven you have to roll spoonfuls of it into balls while still hot. Those sugary dates burn like crazy,but the results are so worth it!

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    Kay
    December 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Decorating gingerbread houses while listening to Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate!

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    Lauren
    December 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    putting up a REAL Christmas tree πŸ˜›

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    Caitlin
    December 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    the amazing Christmas lights my dad puts up on her house every year!

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    Liz
    December 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    My favorite tradition is a once a year family christmas, where all of my family, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins….get together and hang out around the holidays. I rarely see them, so it’s always so much fun to catch up!

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    Jess R
    December 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Baking molasses cookies while watching Home Alone! We do it every year!

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    Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    December 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    baking cookies with my family!

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    kate
    December 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    baking cookies with my mom & drinking egg nog!

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    Applesauce
    December 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    When I go home for Christmas, we get together as a family and walk downtown to the live Nativity scene, complete with goats and sheep and even a donkey! Some one always burns there tongue on the hot chocolate…we have even started taking bets on who it’s gonna be!

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    Tracy
    December 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Going to Christmas Eve service with my family and having a special dinner afterwards.

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    Rachel
    December 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Favorite holiday tradition: baking & decorating holiday cookies with the family!

    mm mm Amy’s soups! I just had the split pea soup earlier with lunch today!

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    Christie
    December 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I love Christmas baking. I pour over recipes all through October, November, and December looking for new stuff and I make some of my families favorites. Tonight I’m making sugar cookies!

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    My family’s cheeseball – the first Christmas my parents were together, my mom flipped through her trusty Betty Crocker cookbook and found the recipe and made it, and it’s been a part of our Christmas every single year since.

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    Joseline
    December 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Being able to spend quality time with my family. That and all the delicious food!

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    Ashby
    December 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    EVERY Christmas my parents come to decorate cookies with my class!

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    joan
    December 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    my fave tradition is putting up the Christmas tree with all the ornaments my family has collected and made over the years! And I looove Amy’s too!

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    katie
    December 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    my favorite holiday tradition is probably our christmas eve dinner, which consists of a variety of appetizers and no real main course. i love that it’s such a relaxed atmosphere, and usually just my immediate family. after dinner we go to mass, where is turns into a mini-reunion of sorts from my high school – it’s nice to see the same faces year after year there.

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    Carissa (Fit To Indulge)
    December 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    First off, I cannot believe I’m the 693rd person to leave a comment on today’s post!! Yikes. Me + new blogger = excited about getting 1 comment. Ha..
    Anywho, my favorite Christmas tradition is baking chocolate cranberry biscotti and watching the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It just doens’t get any better than that! πŸ™‚

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    Carissa (Fit To Indulge)
    December 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Scratch that.. 700th!!

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    Alyssa
    December 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Lighting the Chanukah menorah πŸ™‚

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    Taylor
    December 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    every year for christmas dinner my mom makes beef tenderloin and crab legs…i wait all year for that dinner!!

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Its my third year in a row going on vacation for Christmas. Two years ago was Guatemala, last year was Puerto Vallarta Mexico and this year, I’m booked for Dec 21 -25 for PV Mexico again πŸ™‚

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    Tracy
    December 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Oh yum Jenna I have been wanting to try your soup flavors but I can’t find them anywhere!!!!!! My fav tradition is Polar Express day in my kindergarten class. We all wear pajamas to school!!!!!

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    Stacey
    December 8, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the huge Christmas Eve party my parents have every year, where dozens of relatives come over and eat and gab and exchange gifts – we even have someone dress up as Santa for the kids! I haven’t been able to go to this party for a few years, so I’m excited to be able to go this year!

    Those soups sound delicious! I want them!

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    Katie R
    December 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is my family’s Christmas Eve routine.When I was growing up, we would go to church on Christmas Eve, and after returning home, every one would get to open 1 gift from under the tree (always PJs for the kids and a family movie for all). Then we’d watch a movie together before falling asleep with ‘visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads’.

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    Althea
    December 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is having pizza and watching movies with my family on Christmas Eve.

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    Nicole
    December 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    baking and eating with my family!

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    kristina
    December 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Despite being 27 one of my favorite things is spending the night at my parents house and opening our Christmas Eve gift of Pjs and then spending the evening playing games, watching Christmas movies and getting excited for Christmas Day together.

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    megan
    December 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    baking gingerbread cookies with my mom!

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Every Christmas no fail, we watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and my dad always bursts out laughing at the squirrel part like it’s the first time he’s seen it, instead of the 25th time..

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    Leah
    December 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is my family Christmas Eve gift exchange. We do it every year, and it doesnt feel like Christmas until then. Its with my moms side of the family, she has 3 sisters and 2 brothers, all of which have at least 2 kids and of course husbands and wives. Its big and loud and everyone brings something yummy! I love it!

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    Lee
    December 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    My mom has invited my Aunt, Uncle and cousins over each year to make cookies for Hanukkah. My parents got divorced when I was three (this is my dad’s side of the family) but my mom still has them over every year still 28 years later!

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    Augusta_John
    December 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Every Christmas we always make bags of fruit and candy. I didn’t get the concept when i was younger (a bag of fruit couldn’t compare to an official Ghostbuster’s ghost trap). My father told me that was the base of what they got every Christmas, sometimes more but never less growing up in rural North Carolina.

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    Kristy Du
    December 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    At the end of my street, this guy sets up a train track set that is completely decked out. It’s so cute. When my relatives come over for the holiday, i like taking the little ones down the street to admire the train track.

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    Ilene
    December 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I love putting up theChristmas tree!

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    jenn
    December 8, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    My favorite tradition is just spending time with my family πŸ™‚

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    Jennie
    December 8, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    My tradition consists mostly of things in my head that I wish I had time to do like bake cookie for all of my friends. However, all I manage to do each year is barely get a tree decorated, race to get all of the presents wrapped, and forget some key ingredient at the grocery store which forces me to find a “substitution” in the pantry…luckily, that part usually works out quite well!

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Christmas morning brunch with my family: pancakes, bacon, canadian bacon, real maple syrup…delicious!

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    vegfiguresk8er
    December 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    going out for a walk at night and looking at the Christmas lights on other peoples houses πŸ™‚

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    Judy
    December 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Being Jewish, it’s probably latkes (potato pancakes, but you probably already knew that). And lighting the menorah.

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    Trisha
    December 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I love the trip to my Grandma’s house Christmas morning and the anticipation every year of “Will is be a white Christmas?”

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    Laura
    December 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    We always have homemade French onion soup from one of Julia Child’s cookbooks. The main entre may change, but never the soup!

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    maggie b
    December 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    baking pecan pie!

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    Jenn
    December 8, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    My favorite tradition is our annual Christmas dinner. It doesn’t matter that our family lives all over the country. On December 25th, we all gather at home in Massachusetts and eat ourselves silly!

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    SV Beek
    December 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Making christmas cookies with my bff and trying not to eat every last one of them!

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    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats)
    December 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    My fav tradition is driving around on Christmas Eve looking at lights!! πŸ™‚

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    Coley
    December 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Everyone is probably going to think I am crazy, but its studying for finals with friends in my favorite cafe by the fireplace with christmas music, snow outside and a peppermint latte!! Did that all day today… I just love being a student!!

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    Ali
    December 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    my family is huge on tradition but my favorite is staying up until midnight with my sister on Christmas eve and then going out side to sing silent night before exchanging our gifts and going to bed.

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    Megan
    December 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    My favorite family tradition is baking Christmas cookies and then giving them as gifts to our neighbors πŸ™‚

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    Cathy
    December 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I love decorating the Christmas tree with my whole family.

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    laci
    December 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    One of my favorite christmas traditions: on a crisp saturday afternoon, turning on christmas music and baking cookies for friends with my mother! πŸ™‚

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    Catie
    December 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Baking lots of cookies with my mom:)

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    Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    December 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Such a great giveaway! My favorite holiday tradition is driving the 8-10 hours to St. Louis to visit family (depending on where I live!).

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I love amys!

    also, for the holidays I love making pierogies for christmas eve dinner with my parents and (old school Polish) grandmother! yum yum.

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    Meghan
    December 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Mine is baking cookies with girlfriends from middle and high school — this year makes #9!

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    bridget
    December 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    drinking hot toddies on christmas eve while looking at the stars in new england!

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    Danielle
    December 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I love making latkes with my family!

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    Emily
    December 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I love spending time with family, since my husband and I live away from both our families. It’s so nice to relax and share special moments together. Thank you!

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    Stephanie
    December 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    super excited about this giveaway…thank you! my favorite tradition is going to see a movie on christmas eve and then coming home to open just one present!

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    Kathleen
    December 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition…oh so many! But hands down eating Christmas cookies for breakfast….the one day of the year when eating cookies for breakfast is ok!!!

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Decorating the tree πŸ™‚

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    Emily H
    December 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    waking up wayyy to early on christmas morning πŸ™‚

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    Jessica
    December 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Yum, I love Amy’s!! One of my favorite holiday traditions is making fudge to give as gifts. My grandmother started the tradition and I continue it today.

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    Kristen
    December 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Love your blog, Jenna! I’ve never tried Amy’s soups, I am just now venturing into a really healthy and mostly (hopefully!) organic way of eating. I’ll have to test them out!!

    We have TONS of holiday traditions in my family…my sister and I have decorated the tree with tons of homemade ornaments since we were old enough, my parents and sister and I icing a table full of sugar cookies, watching White Christmas and Holiday Inn, The Santa Claus and The Grinch on the days before xmas (our own little countdown!) and then A Christmas Story the day of…We have a little Advent calendar that has little “toys” you take from each box and hang on the day every day of December and then the “star” on Christmas Eve…candelight Mass with the children’s choir singing Silent Night, chicken and spinach christmas eve dinner and croissant, egg, sausage and cheese casserole christmas morning, pb christmas trees in our stockings! The list goes on!! My favorite has to be everyone taking naps on the couch after the “totally exhausting” Christmas morning ordeal of opening presents and eating tons of food!

    Have a great holiday and keep up the great work on your blog! you definitely have a new reader!!!

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    Kristen
    December 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Oh, and listening to the Muppet’s Christmas CD!

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    SP
    December 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Shoveling snow with my dad!

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    Emily G
    December 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Oh my favorite holiday tradition has to be coming home from school to be with the family AND making latkas with my mom!

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    Cara
    December 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    My favorite tradition would have to be split between buying kids presents for the giving tree and baking holiday cookies with friends. I know that might sound a bit goodie two-shoes, but I really love buying gifts for kids, knowing they will have something to open Christmas morning (plus, buying kids toys is fun!).

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    Megan @ Healthy Hoggin
    December 8, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    My favorite tradition is baking cookies for my friends and family! πŸ™‚

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    jsr
    December 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    baking with my niece and nephews πŸ™‚

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    Meagan
    December 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I love Christmas Eve mass “Silent Night”… Its so beautiful!!
    Soup is my favorite food in the world!!!

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    Carolyn
    December 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    This year my favorite tradition is getting new jammies on Christmas Eve. We open one jammie gift and then you look good in the morning for all those pictures… Prescreening by the jammie receiver is mandatory..

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    Elizabeth
    December 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    DH & I exchange PJs on Christmas Eve. It’s my favorite!

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    Kim
    December 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Making Christmas cookies with my family (used to be my Mom & sis, growing up, now my own kids).

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    JL
    December 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Baking and decorating spritz cookies:)

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    Lauren
    December 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t think of a favorite, I love them all. If I had to pick it would be making Christmas cookies and having Christmas morning breakfast with the family.

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    Steph
    December 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is cutting down a gigantic Christmas tree with my family in the Santa Cruz Mountains. So fun!

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    LisaR
    December 8, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    A new holiday tradition for my hubby and I…Drinking tea while listening to Christmas music!!

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    Chaley
    December 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Decorating the tree with my boys. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Alex
    December 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is making chocolate chips cookies and horizon organic eggnog:).

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    Kyleigh
    December 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    watching national lampoon’s Christmas vacation!!!

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    diana(mymarble rye)
    December 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    my favorite holiday tradition is being AT home. I’m always away (college, work, bf’s family) that being at the dinner tablet AT HOME with my familly is ah-mazing.

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    Jennifer Voisinet
    December 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Our family’s favorite tradition is that the kids drink Welch’s sparkling grape juice. We only get it on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve so that it is special. We put it in fancy glasses, and the kids can’t wait every year to drink it!

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    Keri
    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    watching A Christmas Story when it comes on for 24 straight hours!;)

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    Molly
    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    As a family we always sit around the christmas tree with yummy food, tell stories and reflect over the past year, sing carols (dogs howling in the background :)) and read the Christmas story from the bible. I love family time!!!

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    Lindsey
    December 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    It’s a holiday tradition in my family to decorate the christmas tree while blaring cheesy holiday music

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    Light Delight with TouTou
    December 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Holiday tradition is having a big table for dinner and watching all the fireworks πŸ˜€

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    emily
    December 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Getting new cozy Christmas jammies to wear on Christmas Eve.

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    susanj72
    December 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Going to pick out a tree with my sister, my niece, dad & stepmom. It really is just a trip to the home depot but we do it every year.

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    Kelly
    December 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    My favourite holiday tradition is to play games with my family on Christmas Eve…it’s something we always do and it’s so fun!

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    Kayla
    December 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Favorite holiday tradition?! Celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve (= sleeping in on Christmas day!)

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    Nan
    December 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I love making individual gingerbread houses…milk cartons coverred with icing and graham crackers!

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    Patricia
    December 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    My favorite tradition is singing Christmas carols on Christmas eve.

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    Janelle
    December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    We do “rounds” every Christmas morning – hopping from house to house, eating, drinking, visiting, and admiring everyone’s fun new gifts. great times!

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    hemp jogger
    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    my dad STILL reads us ‘the night before christmas’ after my siblings and i exchange our gifts on christmas eve. we’re all over 18, but its still so fun! then we hang our stockings. the perfect family night : )

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    monica
    December 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    watching a christmas story:) (AGAIN)

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    my favorite thing to do around Christmas is to drive around and look at all of the Christmas lights and decorations. it is so fun to see when people get so into it!

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    Amy
    December 8, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Watching my girls open presents on Christmas morning and then making pancakes, bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls!!

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    going to church christmas eve then coming home to have tea/hot chocolate by the fire πŸ™‚

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    Marie
    December 8, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Eating chinese food, opening presents the night before, drinking too much red wine and watching really bad horror movies.

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    theresa
    December 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    my favorite christmas tradition is to make dinner (and dessert) with my mom and sister the day of and catch up on life since we’re all in different states πŸ™‚ it’s going to be a white christmas this year too! 14 inches of the white stuff tomorrow. yay wisconsin!

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    Ashley
    December 8, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Making breakfast xmas morning for the whole family!

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    Sarah
    December 8, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    When the kids were all at home, we would start the Christmas season by going to the tree lighting downtown in our little town of 1500. The town band would play and people would stand and sing carols on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Our tree would be chosen from a tree farm and we would all go and cut it down together, usually throwing snowballs as we went. One memorable year the tree slid of the top of the van as we drove it home! After Dad got the lights on the tree (which was not the fun part), The kids would take the angel topper out and give her a kiss and then one child would put her on top with Dad’s help. The the ornaments would be spread out on the table and we would all decorate the tree together with old fashions for the adults and cider or hot chocolate for the kids. The kids always had favorite ornaments to place and Christmas music would play all through the process. The final decoration was always the popcorn that had been strung years before and saved carefully. Fun times.

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    Katherine
    December 8, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking and decorating sugar cookies in Christmas shapes!!

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    Kara
    December 8, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas breakfast. We wake up early and do presents. But then we have a long, leisurely “breakfast” complete with homemade waffles, scones, muffins and fruits. Everyone contributes something that they love and there is so much baking love in that kitchen!

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    Liz
    December 8, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    my favorite holiday tradition is baking mexican wedding cakes with my mom!

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    Kelsey
    December 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    gahhh! i love amy’s soups. the alphabet and minestrone are my favs. πŸ˜€
    my favorite tradition is opening one present on christmas eve with my sister!

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    ann
    December 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking with my daughters.

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    lz
    December 8, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Jenna, thank you for hosting this giveaway! Amy’s soups are so warm and comforting, and they have a particularly delicate balance of flavors that combine so well!
    My favorite holiday tradition is going on road trips with my family–we really get to relax during the long drives and take in the scenery.

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    tieghan
    December 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    watching christmas movies with my mom!

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    Jessica Joy
    December 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    My fav holiday tradition is watching the old Bing Crosby movie White Christmas after decorating the Christmas tree! MMM makes me happy!

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    Audrey
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    After the Christmas Eve service at church, we head to a friend’s house where we have burgers, purple holiday punch, exchange gag gifts and sing the 12 days of Christmas! Lots of smiles and laughter!! It’s the highlight of my holiday!!

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    Ann-Margaret
    December 8, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    As a professed daddy’s girl, I must admit my daddy owns much of my heart. That being said, one of my favorite holiday traditions is Christmas morning brunch prepared by Chef Dad.

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    Audrey
    December 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    oh! and of course Santa shows up every year too – but he’s not allowed to talk b/c the southern accent would give him away πŸ˜‰

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    Rachel
    December 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Watching It’s A Wonderful Life after Christmas Eve Service!

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    Meg
    December 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I love the Christmas eve prep of the Christmas morning breakfast..always my Mom’s egg casserole and Monkey Bread…I think I look forward to that more than gifts…my how things change as we get older.

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    December 8, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    My favourite holiday tradition is picking a day each year with my hubby when we watch Christmas movies all day, and eat junk, and get in to the Christmas mood.

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    Katie
    December 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Homemade hot chocolate by the fireplace πŸ™‚

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    s
    December 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    whoa there are a lot of comments on here. my favorite thing to do is bake during the holidays πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer K.
    December 8, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Snuggling in bed with cocoa.

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    Jordan
    December 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Watching Elf with my husband and stepson while we decorate the tree!

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    Macrae
    December 8, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to the ‘midnight’ service on Christmas Eve (it’s really at 11pm), then coming home and drinking egg nog with my family in the living room in front of the lit tree into the early morning hours of Christmas Day!

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    Erika
    December 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is when my dad and I get up before everyone else in the house and go run the neighborhoods looking at all the christmas lights. It is peaceful and quiet and refreshing. It is nice getting a workout bright an early, but even better is that it is an hour’s worth of great father daughter time and we can spend the rest of the day enjoying the time with the family.

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    Erika
    December 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    p.s. forgot to mention we do this on xmas morning πŸ™‚

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    eatmovelove
    December 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I’m starting a new one this year as I am away from former friends and family again and trying to find my way in life. That is to be thankful to the Lord for giving me what I have and not to covet what my ‘neighbor’ has. We are all unique individuals and should be thankful everyday for the riches we do have. Namaste Jenna.

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    Amy
    December 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is setting up the tree on Black Friday and watching the confused look on my cats’ faces! I swear, every year on tree set-up day, they question my sanity.

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    Jill
    December 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    ahh buying presents and then wrapping them while listening to Christmas music and sipping on some hot chocolate!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    December 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Amy’s is honestly the only soup I eat! I just love the healthy varieties and delicious flavors!

    My favorite holiday tradition has to be putting up the Christmas tree every year. I love stringing the lights and hanging ornaments with my family. It always feels like Christmas once it’s up!

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    Nicole
    December 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    My fav holiday tradition is on christmas morning, going to my grandmas for her famous home made cinnamon buns, the yummiest thing in the world!

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    Tiffany
    December 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is putting on christmas music and decorating the tree and eating cookies shaped like snowmen.

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    Elise
    December 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    My family and I drink eggnog and watch “Christmas Vacation” (the Chevy Chase movie) while decorating our tree. I miss it so much now that I’ve moved away.

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    Tami Merritt
    December 8, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is having my kids pick out a new ornament for the tree. (When they leave the house I will give all the ornaments back to them! πŸ™‚ )

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    Esther
    December 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Shopping for my loved ones! πŸ™‚

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    Whole Body Love
    December 8, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I love to bake so it’s no surprise that Christmas baking is my favorite holiday tradition. From childhood through college I would go to my Grandma’s house and we would bake cookies all day. We made sugar cookies, chocolate drops, maple logs and everything in between! I like to continue the tradition now even though I am far away from my hometown.

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    Erin
    December 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    ooh, I love Amy’s soup! it’s currently snowing like crazy here in MN so I’m craving yummy soup!

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching Charlie Brown Christmas over and over…I always put it on while I’m wrapping gifts and decorating!

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    Nina
    December 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    My favorite tradition is shopping and baking lots and lots of treats.

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    Carly
    December 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    My family and I have a tradition of making an amazing gourmet dinner (Prime Rib) with lots of wine!!! We normally have neighbors over and we go talk about what we are Thankful for in our lives πŸ™‚

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    Renee
    December 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is a toss up between 1. Going to the Christmas Tree Farm to cut our Christmas tree (hot chocolate and all) 2. Making homemade teacakes with my mom and sister on Christmas Eve and then decorating them with royal icing with the whole family that night!
    So many wonderful memories.
    =)

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    lindsey
    December 9, 2009 at 4:23 am

    my favorite holiday is decorating the christmas tree while listening to christmas music!

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    Casper
    December 9, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Holiday baking with my Mom.

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    EL
    December 9, 2009 at 4:44 am

    Christmas morning we always make German pancakes for breakfast. It takes a while to make enough for everyone, but it is worth it.

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    Olivia
    December 9, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Favorite holiday tradition is counting down the days with my felt crafty advent calendar my grandmother made for me when I was little.

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    Julie
    December 9, 2009 at 5:56 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is…eating. When food is involved, everything else seems to fall into place.

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    Brittany
    December 9, 2009 at 5:59 am

    My favorite tradition is making traditional fudge at home with my mother, and giving it away to all of our family and friends on Christmas Eve πŸ™‚

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    Nicole
    December 9, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Watching the kids open one gift on Christmas evening. My sister’s and I did it when we were younger so its great to watch the tradition continue to the next group.

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    Dawn
    December 9, 2009 at 6:12 am

    On Christmas morning, after looking through our stockings, my mom cooks up a breakfast of (in my case vegetarian) sausage gravy and biscuits. So freakin’ good – hands down the best breakfast of the year.

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    Laura
    December 9, 2009 at 6:18 am

    being with my family on christmas eve and christmas! can’t forget the delicious christmas brunch!

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    Bonnie
    December 9, 2009 at 6:39 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is to make “copycat” Cinnabon Buns for Christmas morning!

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    Kelly B
    December 9, 2009 at 6:40 am

    My favorite tradition is making my mother’s homemade apple cake. She passed away almost 2 years ago, but this tradition keeps her alive in my heart. Love them baked apples!

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    Kate
    December 9, 2009 at 7:37 am

    My favorit tradition is baking cookies and eating the batter with my mom.

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    Kristine
    December 9, 2009 at 8:08 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is making russian tea cakes!!! Delicious πŸ™‚

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    amelia
    December 9, 2009 at 8:09 am

    my favorite holiday tradition is the party we have every christmas eve with some close relatives. we bake lots of amazing appetizers all day while listening to christmas music. after we get home from church, the party begins and we eat the amazing spread, laugh, and play games. that day is just as special as christmas to me and after we have amazing leftovers for the rest of the week!

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    Valerie
    December 9, 2009 at 8:24 am

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to Candy Cane Lane. It’s a few blocks of houses here in a suburb of Milwaukee where all the homes are elaborately decorated for the holidays. Traffic moves very slowly through the blocks, but it’s great because it supports cancer research. There is a Santa in the middle accepting donations and giving out candy canes!

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    Jessica
    December 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Christmas tree decorating!!! Although I never get to partake in that tradition when i’m away at school πŸ™

    But I still love coming home to the decorated casa even if I didn’t have anything to do with it!

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    Lauren
    December 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Hello! I just came across your blog and love the feel of it.
    I want to add you to my blog roll and look forward to following your entries.
    I just started my own blog at diaryofanutritionist.com and! just wrote a little blurb about almond butter. I see that you have a lovely picture of almond butter… please feel free to comment your favorite almond butter recipe. I’d love that.

    oh. and favorite tradition… cooking and inviting guests and family to share in my new recipes and wine… oh! and the best part… the funny recaps of the year.

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