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JEREMIAH 29:11 (NIV)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CHRISTMAS 2013 PROJECTS FOR HO HO HO BLOG HOP


WELCOME TO THE FARM
HO HO HO
BLOG HOP
(Give-Away at the Bottom)

IT'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY

The Tree and Pinwheel Table-Runner are 2 UFO projects from last year
 that are now on the FINISHED list
 Thanks to the HO HO HO Blog Hop!

Open the Gate...Come On In!!


A Closer Look
What you can't see from this photo is the beautiful cream colored moire fabric on which the ornaments are appliqued. 

I took a Christmas Panel, added borders and...

Quilting...


and More Quilting...
VOILA
"QUILTS IN THE SNOW"
This table runner is going on the new Kitchen Table


Completed Pinwheel Table Runner
"CHRISTMAS CANDY"

Lots of Free Motion Quilting...

The backing is almost as pretty as the top!
I had to add a piece of Blue Christmas Fabric to make it fit.
I'm really in to making scrappy backs for large and small quilt projects.


Metal Office Clips did the job...

The afternoon sun gave the projects a nice *Christmas in July* sparkle.  Plus...the temps yesterday were very "fall like"

Don't worry...I left the latch unlocked just for YOU!!
Otherwise, it would be locked!!!
(Those of you who read my blog know about my robberies and issues with Fear.  
More fencing will be going up in the spring)


 I made this tea cozy today as a future gift
I even lined it.

Tissue Covers...These make terrific little stocking stuffers
Here is a good link to get you started on making your own
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Purse+Size+Tissue+Holder+Pattern&FORM=RESTAB

I hope you enjoyed my early Christmas projects.  I'm looking forward to decorating my tables and kitchen with my completed projects. 

Thank You to Carol for cheering us on to get in our sewing rooms and get busy and for Madame Samm for the VISION

GIVE-AWAY
$25 GIFT CERTIFICATE
FAT QUARTER SHOP
1.  Be a Follower, tell me you are in your comment
2.  Tell me your favorite Christmas Custom
3.  My Grandchildren will pick their top 3 favorite Christmas Customs from YOU and I will choose the #1 winner.  
4.  The #2 and #3 winners will each receive 2 custom tissue covers plus a *surprise* in your package.


BLESSINGS



Please go visit these other creative ladies to get your Ho Ho Ho in gear for 2013!
 BLOG HOP SCHEDULE

 July 31

August 1

August 2


169 comments:

  1. Very pretty. Love the tree. I am a follower ans enjoy seeing all your interesting pieces. I can already tell this is going to be a great hop.

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  2. Oh Jane, I love everything you made! Especially the pinwheel table runner. You will be all decked out for the Holidays!

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  3. I am a follower. Of course the best thing of all is having family around, a noisy house again. When my kids were little, the stockings were my favorite tradition -- I searched all year for the coolest little things and they loved sifting through their treasures. Now every Christmas morning I make beignets for family Christmas breakfast because my first grandchild was born in New Orleans. After we open gifts, we pop open Christmas "crackers" and laugh like crazy over the silly riddles and toys.

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  4. Your projects are lovely. My kids are grown now but they still enjoy the gag gift I give them every Christmas. Last year I started the 12 days of Christmas where on the 12 th day they start opening title gifts. They seem to be enjoying that.

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  5. I am a follower. I love all your Christmas items but the appliqued tree is my favorite. We have always opened our gifts on Christmas Eve but Santa always left gifts for the children to open Christmas morning. Everyone is grown now but they all come to my house for Christmas Eve Dinner and gift opening. After the presents are all opened and everyone who is staying all night is tucked into bed, Santa still visits and leaves gifts for everyone under the tree to open Christmas Morning. The magic of Christmas.

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  6. I've Been a follower for a while

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  7. Our Favorite tradition is picking your Christmas stocking you want for that year....I've made many stocking......we put them on the floor and then pick a name out of a hat and that person gets to pick which stocking they want and so forth....till everyone has a stocking....

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  8. I like all of your Christmas projects but I love your table runner, Christmas Candy! Very nice! I am a follower. For the past twenty some years, our children, grandchildren, neighbor family, their children, and grandchildren, all gather for a fondue dinner on Christmas Day evening. When this started, the children all brought their favorite Christmas gift. Now their children, the grands, bring theirs! ~Jeanne

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  9. I love the way you wrote this post and presented your gorgeous projects. Those table runners are beautiful and the piece with the ornaments on the tree is just so creative (I want to make that!) Thanks for sharing and hopping with us!

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  10. All of your Christmas projects are lovely. Your Christmas tree quilt with the circles is so unusual.

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  11. Lovely Things you made for Christmas! We really like the pinwheel table runner - it is so cool and pretty.

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  12. Fabulous projects and so beautifully photographed and displayed. My favourite Christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve we go outside once it is dark and wave sparklers and call out to Santa letting him know this is where we are. I stated tis when my first son was born and now he does it with his children. It is really magical.

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  13. Perfect place to photoshoot! I have that panel and now know what to do with it, thank you - a GFC follower.

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  14. I love the tree with the circles!! Our little ones love going outside on Christmas Eve to watch Santa (in a helicopter) fly overhead at a pre destined time.

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  15. Tradition - an orange in the toe of each stocking.

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  16. I am a follower. My favorite Christmas custom is making peanut butter fudge. My Dad always did this on Christmas Eve. It was his Ho Ho Ho time! Thanks for sharing your creations!

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  17. Always a follower !!!
    We love red at Christmas & Snowmen! I always cross stitch ornaments for my tree & we play Christmas music & have treats while decorating... you've done some beautiful work impressive ;)

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  18. Your projects are beautiful. love them. Favorite Christmas tradition is baking with my girls and giving it to others. we especially love making chocolate covered cherries.

    Beautiful giveaway too thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  19. What wonderful Ho Ho projects! Your tree with the appliqued circle ornaments is my favorite! Christmas is quiet here with children and grands scattered around the world. I do make lots of cookies and candy to share with those who are also alone.

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  20. I am a follower and love your Christmas tree - really gorgeous. We live in Indonesia where most people don't celebrate Christmas and one of our traditions is to take Christmas treats (candy canes or home baked goodies) to our friends in the village on Christmas Eve.

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  21. I'm a follower! When my kids were little it was a tradition to take one evening and make sugar cutout cookies. Decorating the cookies was a favorite activity for my kids. I was soon to find out that this tradition was not only a favorite with the kids, but a couple of my girlfriends started making a point to show up every yearon sugar cookie night. The rule was no cookies could be eaten unless they were broken. As a young mother these cookies were given as gifts to teachers and neighbors. Often I heard "oops this one is broke". I would hear the kids giggling and I would know a cookie was dropped "accidently". This tradition went on for years. I miss those evenings when my single girlfriends would become child-like with the help of a few broken cookies and the magic of Christmas.
    usagypsy(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. So many great project to drool over. I love the stocking stuffers.
    It's hard to make a gate look so inviting...but you did and it looks wonderful.

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  23. Love your projects. The ornament tree is cute.

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  24. All your projects turned out gorgeous, but I especially love the Christmas tree! Love the colours. Beautiful. You have been really busy with these projects. Amazing!
    I am a follower (of course)!

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  25. Wow you have made many projects. They are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. I love the x-mas Tree quilt with the decorations! Lovely done!

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  27. Lovely! especially like your table runner. I am from Argentina, and it is hot hot hot at Christmas, so on Christmas day, we generally spend the whole day in the swimming pool, playing games and getting wet! Pretty fun uh?

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  28. Your Christmas tree is so awesome with bright and bold colors. I love it. Thanks for sharing your creativity and for a great giveaway. I have been a follower for a long time. Thanks for sharing your creativity
    Warm Christmas hugs from Sweden

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  29. I think all your projects are great, but the tree out of applique circles is my favorite. I follow you.

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    1. Forgot to tell you, my favorite custom is new PJ's on Christmas eve so we all look good in the pictures on Christmas morning.

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  30. Wow - you have been busy! What great projects - I think my favourite is the pinwheel runner!
    Favourite custom? New whacky knickers for everyone, usually sporting a Father Christmas!!
    I'm a happy follower!

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  31. I love your ornament tree! Such a pretty and fun idea:@)

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  32. Oh, so delightful!! I esp. love the Christmas Tree!! It's so clever, bright, and festive!! What a great post! I'm so glad I am a follower and didn't miss it.~karen

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  33. Love that Christmas tree piece! and the 2 runners are going to make your table pop this season!

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  34. Great job on your projects. The Christmas Tree is so pretty. The runners are lovely. Can't wait until Christmas now!

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  35. I love the runners. Love the design of each of them. I am a follower, but my puter is down and am reading all these on my droid. Ugh! Ty for sharing the tissue covers.

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  36. Making a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Fill a large thermos with the hot chocolate. Grab some napkins, cups, pile in the car and go out and look at all the Christmas lights.

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  37. I am a follower. I believe I met you through my longtime friend Teresa.

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  38. My favorite Christmas custom is singing in our church choir for the midnight service. It is a time when the wonder of the birth of the Christ child is so real and exciting. As the service concludes just after midnight we all shout Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

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  39. I am a follower, new and happy to join.

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  40. My favorite custom to make an advent centerpiece with blue candles and fresh xmas garland.

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  41. I am a longtime follower....thank you for this chance. Your projects are lovely.

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  42. Christmas tradition is the baking...I have to make the shortbread and peanut butter balls that the boys loved when they were home.

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  43. I am a Follower. More importantly, your table runners are lovely. You will have beautiful Christmas tables.

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  44. My favorite Christmas custom. Filling Christmas Stockings and the phone calls to family far away.

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  45. So many cute projects love the inspiration.

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  46. What wonderful projects Jane, as usual! And I'm thrilled to see your fencing, a bit envious too. :) At my house our favorite custom is that I give each grandchild three Christmas presents - Jesus got three presents at His birth and since they are so special to me they each get three. One is for the gold, a symbol of wealth, something they want and not that they need. The next is for Frankincense which was a perfume used in sacrifices; that gift represents a gift from the heart...something handmade. The third is for Myrrh, a perfume for embalming and purification; that gift is something useful, something needed. blessings, marlene

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  47. I am a follower and have enjoyed your projects this morning! Thanks for the holiday inspiration!

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  48. I've been following you for a long time!!!

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  49. Our family Christmas Custom is to drive around town at night time during the holidays to check out the Christmas lights and decorations! It is extra special when some homes have snow sculptures!!

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  50. A devoted follower of your blogg who loves Christmas - with all kids married and families of their own, we celebrate with them by having Christmas Brunch very late so all the kiddies have time to enjoy and play with Santa's gifts before coming to Gramm's house. Love all of your projects done with love. Judy C in NC

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  51. We have a candlelight family dinner on Christmas Eve. I use the nice dishes and try to make it special.

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  52. All your projects are lovely as usual, Gmama Jane. You did a wonderful job. I really like the ornament tree.(Going on my to-do list) I am a follower and my favorite Christmas custom is decorating my tree with my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing your projects and for a great giveaway.

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  53. Love the tree! It is so fun. I've been a follower for a while. Hmm... Christmas custom...we have a family recipe for monkey bread from scratch that is a staple of Christmas morning and a beaded spider ornament that is put at the top of the tree for the tinsel story. (My mother made the ornament.)

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  54. Great job on all your projects!!! :)

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  55. Your ornament tree is beautiful! One of my favorite traditions is filling up the Christmas stockings for every family member, from the youngest to the oldest!... I'm a happy follower °Ü°

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  56. I love the tree! I think I need to make one for my daughter( who just moved out!)

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  57. Goodness! you have been very busy creating some great Christmas projects.
    I am a follower.
    One of my favorite traditions is driving to our beautiful NC mountains to choose and cut our Christmas trees. Both of my daughter-in-laws have never done that before. So their first Christmas being married to my sons we took them to the mountains. It was fun. On the way home we stop and eat at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

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  58. OH Jane, I found you again! My computer was hacked, and I lost everything! I am slowly getting all my favorite blogs back. My favorite Christmas coustom use to be the big family gathering on Christmas eve, all 67 of us. Sadly, everyone is now too scattered to gather, so we facebook :). Love your Tree, really ,all your projects. And thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. I follow via email. Your projects are great. Thanks for sharing.
    Christmas tradition: dark & light fruit cakes, steamed pudding and family supper at my house.

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  60. Beautiful creations. I love the pinwheel runner. Pieced backs are a great use of fabric.

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  61. I am a new follower. Love your Ho Ho Ho projects. A Christmas custom - We have a tradition that starts on Thanksgiving night. We always watch the movie Christmas Vacation. My family can recite this movie almost word for word. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  62. Your projects are lovely! I especially like the tea cozy. I wish I could be so "together" and have my Christmas gifts started. (I have started thinking about what to make! LOL)

    One of our favorite traditions is putting out the manger scene in parts. We try to put out the pieces on a timeline. The animals show up first, then The Lord Jesus isn't in the manger until Christmas morning, next the shepherds arrive and the wise men don't show up for a few days after Christmas. The holy event takes on an excitement for all of us.

    I'm already a follower!

    Thanks!

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  63. Your table runners are beautiful! One my favorite traditions is our family gets together the Saturday after Thanksgiving and bakes cookies all day. (my four sisters and all of the nieces and even some of the nephews) We have a blast baking and making candy all day!

    (I also follow)

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  64. Wow! You've been busy! All of your projects are beautiful and wonderful!
    My favorite Christmas custom in our house is the gumdrop tree. I have a little plastic tree that gumdrops stick on. We keep it filled with gumdrops all season, so that if anyone touches one and it disappears (what my uncle told me when I was little), we can put a new one on. We've had a gumdrop tree since I was a little girl.

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  65. Hi, I am now following you :) Your table runners are very nice! Thanks for sharing the tissue cover link. I need to make some of those for quick gifts. My favorite custome is getting together with my family to celebrate the birth of Jesus and having a wonderful Christmas dinner.

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  66. Lovely Christmas projects, Jane! Good that they could be put into use for the hop and hooray for finishes! You have been busy on your giveaway projects and holiday gift giving as well. THX for the opportunity. I am a follower from a previous blog hop. Favorite custom? We as a family always drew names among the 6 of us kids. My dad being a pastor we were not Santa believers so we usually opened presents on Christmas Eve. Then we would play with whatever new toy we got and stay out of Mom's hair so she could cook the holiday dinner. Of course as I got older I helped.

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  67. Ohhh I love all of your projects!!! I am a follower of your blog. My favorite Christmas custom when our children were little were putting the tree up as a family. We always had a great time deciding which decorations to use and how to arrange them. Then getting up on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought the children.

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  68. I am an email follower at louster388atyahoodotcom:)

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  69. Our favorite Christmas tradition is putting up the fresh tree and then popping popcorn and stringing it each year. Sometimes it's just hubby and me but sometimes it's the whole family:) Lots of laughter, popcorn and fun mess:)

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  70. What adorable projects you have there. I just love the tree. What a great idea. Stunning!!

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  71. Now if you don't have the best dressed gate on the planet! Especially for July! LOL!! What wonderful projects. You house will be the talk of the town this holiday!

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  72. Every Monday night in December we all watch a Christmas film together and have special treats, even the teenagers join in. Thank you for a fun giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  73. Those quilts look great on your gate. Such a nice backdrop for your photos. What a nice tea cozy too. I've made dozens and dozens of those pocket tissue holders for gifts several years ago.

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  74. I forgot to say that I am already a follower.

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  75. My father always let us open one present on christmas eve.

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  76. Very fun and festive! I have been wanting to make a pinwheel table runner. Thanks for the inspiration and the fun giveaway. Who doesn't love the Fat Quarter shop! I am already a follower by email. Janita

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  77. Following via Bloglovin. My favorite is to go to this huge chrurch tha tputs on a live nativity they do it nightly for one week. They recreate toe city of Bethlehem and Nativity. It isa absolutely gorgeous. Lots of live animlas. Yes they even have live camels..Roman soldiers mounted on horses...it is just amazeing. My favorite is all the angels they are all back lit so their wings and them shine and they really stand out. Their costumes are absolutely amazeing. I love their huge wings. And yes the babe in teh manger is a live baby and often times his Moma is holding him.......This has been our traditon since I first learned of it 10 years ago.

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  78. Candy Canes on the Christmas tree To remind us of Jesus and the reason he came. He is our Shepherd and Savior. Merry Christmas in July!!!
    Janita

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  79. I am a follower! we always have breakfast together. that way, I can hear what all the grands received, and if they have to go to other places on Christmas day we still get some time. we always have Mrs Claus breakfast Casserole, pancakes, juice and biscuits. yum!!! oh and hot chocolate.

    we just started making gingerbread houses together. that was a lot of fun too!

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  80. HAPPY TO FOLLOW>GFC
    THANKS FOR A REALLY NEAT POST+GIVEAWAY TOO!
    WE LOVE JUMPING OUT OF BED ON CHRISTMAS MORNING PRAISING JESUS+HAVING CINNAMON ROLLS+MILK+COFFEE AND OPENING OUR GIFTS FROM EACH OTHER ♥

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  81. I love the appliqué tree! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  82. I am a follower. My favorite Christmas custom is attending Christmas Eve service as a family. I love the singing and the reading from the Bible. The Christmas message helps to focus on the reason for the season.

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  83. Love your projects- especially the tea cozy! I am a follower
    Every year since my 11yo niece was 2yo, I take the kidlets caroling to my neighbors, (I now have 1 niece and 3 nephews that come) and we sing a few songs and hand out homemade goodies. The kidlets look forward to it every year. Afterward we have hot chocolate and cookies for supper.

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  84. Love all your projects, especially the tree quilt. Our Christmas customs are exchanging handmade ornaments and leaving cookies, milk, and a carrot forSanta and Rudolph.

    I am a follower. :-)

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  85. I'm a follower, too. My favorite Christmas Tradition is Christmas cards. I love getting family letters and pictures from friends and family that are spread out. Since I rarely see them in person it is extra special to be able to "visit" with everyone during the holiday season.

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  86. I just became a follower! My favourite Christmas custom is to bake cookies with my grandsons and package them up to deliver to our neighbours !

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  87. I thought I was a follower and I am for sure now. We grew pine trees to stop the soil erosion on the hills of WV and so we always had a home grown pine tree for a Christmas tree. I remember my dad planting the trees in sections on the hill behind and beside our home. Some years when the trees were small enough, we sold trees for extra Christmas money. We always left cookies and milk from our own dairy for Santa and his reindeer. They enjoyed them.

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  88. Love the pinwheel table runner! And my favorite tradition is making lefse with family!

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  89. Just joined your blog! What great ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers, and your quilts turned out great. Christmas custom... staying up past midnight on Christmas eve so we can open the gifts!!!

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  90. Love your runners!! Christmas is in the air (except for the hot weather here in AZ.) My favorite is to have a baking day. All my children and grandchildren come over and we spend the day baking cookies and candy and even bread for Christmas. I am a follower.

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  91. Beautiful quilts today! Love your work, especially those awesome circles!

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  92. I am a long time follower of yours. Loved all of the projects, It sure looks like Christmas at your home. My favorite custom is opening presents the night before Christmas!

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  93. I love all three of your projects. The runners are lovely and the Christmas tree, I may have to have one of my own, but my favorite of all is the tea cozy! I would love to get some of that fabric. Would you mind sharing where you got yours? Thanks so much for allowing us a glimpse of your creativity.

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  94. I'm a long-time follower, too....I am in love with your pinwheel runner! Our fav Christmas custom is opening a window each day on our special advent calendar. I brought it home long ago, from Germany when I was on my high school graduation trip. LOL The scenes are so sweet....kittens sleeping by the fire, children hanging stockings, mommies baking. Then on Christmas eve we open the largest window showing the manger scene with Baby Jesus, and we read the Christmas story from Luke. Good memories!

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  95. I am a new follower and I especially love the Christmas tree! And what a clever way to hang projects to photograph them. My family has had 2 traditions that are favorites of mine - my boys always helped their Nanna (grandmother) make fudge before Christmas and we always make a birthday cake so that we could remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Thanks for your beautiful projects.

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  96. Hiya Jane!!! What lovelies!!! I can't get enough of Christmas, so I really love the idea of Christmas in July (and August too). Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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    1. Sorry forgot my favorite custom---just getting together with my sister, daughters and other family members. The love is the most important part of Christmas. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

      pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  97. I am a new follower, I like your table run with the Christmas tree. We have lots of customs. First we get presents at the Christmas Eve. In the morning we go to the cemetery to be with our father, then the nieces decorate the christmas tree as our child has a cerebral palsy and cannot do it himself, so he enjoys that this alternative way. In the evening we join with my brother's family to celebrate this special evening when Jesus was born together that is my best moment as I love when family is together. That became ours customs. We have lots of them during the dinner when lots of stuff we do and eat has its meaning. One of them is that we cut the apples across to see if there is a star or a cross in. STar means good health.

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  98. Hi Jane I love all your quilts especially the one with the round circles....very nice...can' have to much Christmas! Yes I follow you well now by email. Our favorite tradition is I make a tablecloth every Christmas for the Christmas dinner. Then everyone who has shared our dinner signs the back of it and it is already pre marked somewhere either under a plate or a chair on under the table itself on who gets to take the tablecloth home with them this year. Since I always do the dinner we have been doing this for about 14 years now and it is just something my DH and I like to do...I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday....

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  99. I am a follower and I just love that tree quilt, it is beautiful. My fave custom is having a big dinner with family and having lots of dessert after. lol

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  100. Cute Projects ! Thanks for sharing

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  101. great job on getting your UFO's done.... sure wish I thought of that too. oh well I am working on the binding for my project for the hop.
    Thanks for sharing with us today
    in stitches

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  102. You have inspired me to bring out the Holiday UFOs and get busy. It is our family tradition to read the Christmas Story from the Bible on Christmas eve.

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  103. Love all your projects and admire that you completed some UFOs. I'm not yet ready to do Christmas-too many other things to do before then! Thanks for sharing.

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  104. Really neat quilts. Great colors and well photographed. Cute tea cozy too.

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  105. Wonderful projects, I really love the tree! I'm a follower and no special Christmas traditions other than we do a White Elephant for the extended family.....we each bring a gift, draw a number and then pick a gift which can be "stolen" by the next person.

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  106. I follow via email. We have a pretty ordinary custom. Our family gets together (about 20-30) of us and we split up and "try" to sing the twelve days of christmas. We have yet to have a year where someone doesn't forget whose turn it is or if its 10 lords a leaping or drummers drumming. We finally had to buy the books for each family...somehow we still mess it up. Its a great laugh each year. after this fun we move on to the gift exchange/steal which ia always a laugh.

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  107. I am a new follower with GFC I just love your tree what a wonderful idea! My favorite Christmas custom is watching my grands who live 3000 miles away open
    their gifts on the web cam, it is not the same as being there but at least I get toshare in the fun thanks to the computer age

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  108. neenajack@sbcglobal.net
    I love to string popcorn and cranberries. It always looks so pretty and the birds love it after christmas. neena

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  109. I'm following. One of my favorite Christmas customs is to go to the Festival of Lights at a town nearby. Before the lights are turned on we gather at the life size manger, say some prayers and then watch for the lights. I've attended so many times but I still gasp at the sight. It's beautiful and always fills me with joy. After I get a hot chocolate or hot cider and tour the displays. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful projects.

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  110. I am already a follower via email and Bloglovin'

    vburr at charter dot net

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  111. I have a few traditions in my family and the one that means the most to me is going with the entire family to the Christmas Tree Farm near our home to pick out our tree every year. My parents took me and our family to the very same tree farm since I was a baby and that continued throughout my entire childhood and into adulthood. I continued that tradition with my own 3 children. They looked forward to going each and every year to the same tree farm because the family who owns it is the same as when I was a child although it is now run by the 4th generation. They thought that was pretty cool and the owners children running it became friends with my children since they knew me and allowed my children once in awhile to drive the wagon taking visitors out to the field to pick out their own tree. They have these huge horses puling their wagons so my kids thought that was so much fun. Anyway, this could get long because there are so many years of things I could say but my children are grown and now have their own children who they are continuing the tradition with them now too. That means my family is now in it's 4th generation of family going to the same tree farm owned by the same family too. That's a very strong tradition when you think that spans over 50 years (we won't say HOW MANY years past that though K?) when so many times a business is not open that many years, much less owned by the same family that long. I can't wait till this Christmas because one of my boys and his family is living with us right now. Last year we went out there with them and our Granddaughter (my son's daughter) who was a baby then. Now she's 1 yr old and so much fun. She's going to be super fun to watch this year when she sees Santa out there and all the Christmas pretties everywhere.

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  112. Wonderful projects! I love the snow scene table runner. Lovely work. And that Tea Cozy! love it.
    My favorite Christmas custom is setting up the Nativity in front of the window, the first Sunday in Advent. Its been in our family for over 5 years.
    And love baking cookies for the neighbors too.
    I am a follower.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  113. Apologies for being at the end of your day....I had to be out today but not without seeing all of the projects before I left. OHHH sweet Jane....your photos, your runners, your quilt, your everything...truly inspiring me to be in the Christmas sprit...sooooo glad you were here

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  114. I really love your tree quilt. Such pretty colours and design. Great work!

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  115. Great set of projects! You've been busy!

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  116. First I'd like to say hi neighbor - I am in Georgia! I just forund you rblog and I am a new follower. I loved all your projects but the ornament tree is my favorite!
    One of our Christmas customs : When I was little my father would go outside and stomp around on the roof to get us to go to bed the night before xmas. My hubby used to do the same when our daughter was little and I can't wait to have grandchildren so I can do the same.
    We also decorate a tree outside with orange and apple slices, peanut butter dipped in birdseed and tiny bits of yarn for the birds. Then we all wait by the window and see how many different birds come to visit!
    It is very nice to find your blog. xo jan@sewandsaowfarm

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  117. love the tree project! thanks for sharing!

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  118. I love your beautiful projects. It is such a great feeling to complete UFO's. I love to go Christmas caroling. This has been a great Christmas tradition from the time I was in grade school, and that was a long time ago! I am a follower.

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  119. Your Christmas projects are beautiful, I especially love the Christmas tree and your other projects are wonderful too.you did well sweetie. I am really happy to see that gate up to. Be safe dear friend. Blessings

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  120. I am a follower! My favorite Christmas tradition is to have homemade cinnamon rolls dripping with cinnamon and brown sugar after we have finished opening our gifts. It just wouldn't be Christmas without them!

    Beautiful projects btw...love the idea of using up what you have for the back. I like to do that too when I can.

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  121. So pretty. I love the tree the most.

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  122. Beautiful projects ... I really like the christmas tree quilt with the bright colored ornaments. I'm a new follower via email. My favorite Christmas tradition when growing up was getting together with the family and baking Christmas cookies. I think the best part of the day was when it was time to eat some of the cookies with a glass of milk or hot chocolate.

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  123. Now following! Glad I found you.

    My favorite tradition is one my mom started. She always gave me a box of chocolate covered cherries for Christmas, and she always wrapped them up even though I knew what they were. After she passed away in 1997, my son started doing the same thing. The first year he did it, I had to shed a few tears as it touched my heart so much that he knew how special that little gift was to me.

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  124. Your projects are beautiful. I love your Christmas Tree. Our favorite Christmas tradition is to ride around and look at the Christmas lights and decorations the week before Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  125. Your projects look wonderful! My favourite Christmas tradition is to pick one gift to open on Christmas eve. My Mom would have some gifts under the tree for us to choose from just before bedtime on Christmas eve. I know she held back the 'big' gifts. I carried on this tradition with my daughter and now she does the same thing for my grandkids.

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  126. Thanks for sharing your lovely Christmas projects. My favorite Christmas tradition was my Mom making Chinese food for Christmas dinner - yum! I'm a GFC follower. Thanks.

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  127. Lovely projects! I love the circle tree. Very creative.

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  128. Great looking runners but WOW OH WOW that tree quilt is the best!!!

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  129. Wonderful I love the tree, I have been wanting to make one of them !

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  130. Beautiful projects...your table will look wonderful come this Christmas! Since my husband is from Norway, we have a lot of Scandinavian traditions...my favorite is making the traditional Kransekake cake and eating it too!

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  131. Love the beautiful tree!! What a great display the gate made!!

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  132. When I was growing up we always made tamales for Christmas. We would stay up late on Christmas Eve to accomplish this and have a feast in the morning after church. My mom always put a black olive in her tamales. I don't know why or when this started but not many people do this. So now it isn't a tamale unless it has that black olive in it! I follow you on email now!

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  133. 1. I'm a new follower and looking forward to more fun. Love your projects.

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  134. 2. Our Christmas custom is to hang an ornament of a Christmas pickle on the tree and the first grand child who finds it on the tree gets a special treat.

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  135. I'm now a follower!
    I get up and go to my grandchildrens house at 6:30am and watch them open up what Santa has brought them.

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  136. I love the tree! I just love it!! Thanks for sharing!

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  137. I am in love with the tree. You are very talented.

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  138. Love all of your projects, especially the tree. I am a follower. As for favorite memories, my mom and dad always gave gag gifts to my 2 sons every year and mom has continued to do this after dad passed away 7 years ago. Also she has to make homemade fudge every year for all of us. She is 87 now and it takes her awhile, but we still get our fudge. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  139. Hi Grandma,
    I am a long time follower of your blog.I love your tree made with the circles. Our family loves Christmas trees. One of our most important customs is welcoming the Christmas season with a tree trimming party. We invite our friends to come and decorate a real tree with lights and ornaments. The ornaments are eclectic and have lots of stories with many of them. There is a stork for our son who is now grown while others are musical, astronomical and teacher related objects. Our guest list always includes our close friends and often includes our single friends who do not have family close by to share the holiday season. I always make a table filled with our favorite snacks and appetizers. It includes a savory concoction called Nuts and Bolts. This recipe is made with mixed nuts and a variety of crackers,cheezies, pretzels, wasabi peas, and cereals( Life, Cheerios, Oat bran and wheat Chex) The nuts and bolts have a sauce made of oil, garlic and celery salt and tabasco,worchestershire flavoring that is poured over it and baked in a low temperature oven. It is always a hit and enjoyed by all. The party has been held at different times in December - sometimes as late as December 23 and other times earlier to kick off the season. There is always lots of music and fun times with friends. It is the camaradery and fun times spent with friends and family that make the season special.
    I am a kindergarten teacher and have lots of fun making things with my students. However, a special event is held at Christmas that involves my students writing letters to Santa. My students have been fortunate for the last number of years and Santa has come to visit complete with a present( often the one that was requested) These Santas give me the greatest gift of all- seeing my students experience the joy and wonderment little children experience when the magic of Santa is part of Christmas. Many of my students come from families with very limited incomes so it is indeed special. My part is small- we make sure our kids write letters( with help) and write thank you letters.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

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  140. .I love your tree made with the circles.FOLLOWER

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  141. I host an annual cookie decorating party for my grandkids and friends, all the sprinkles and icing is for little fingers to decorate their cookies as they please. I always make each child a homemade gift, I have made aprons, hats, cookie bags, this yr is mug rugs for Santa's letters and a few cookies. They love it.

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  142. I call my tradition, "Just one Daddy PLEASE!!!" Every year growing up we would beg my dad to open just one present on Christmas Eve. We would start asking about noon, and keep asking off and on through out the afternoon and evening. Now my dad has passed on, and my sister and I have a Christmas Eve celebration, and sometime in the middle of it, we look at each other and it comes out "Just one Daddy Please!!!", it makes us laugh, it brings back such great memories and always leads to opening at least one present.

    Thanks for the chance, I follow you with bloglovin

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  143. Well we leave cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer, and we watch the local news channel because they give us updates on where Santa has been spotted so everyone can be in bed before he arrives.

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  144. Well we leave cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer, and we watch the local news channel because they give us updates on where Santa has been spotted so everyone can be in bed before he arrives.

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  145. I love the holiday colors in the bright sunshine! You work looks wonderful...and so does your new fencing. Sorry it had to come to that, but I think you are wise. Our favorite tradition begins Christmas Eve...we make all of our Elfie deliveries, make gingerbread houses (which we began so we didn't have to answer the question "When can we...." a million times), the Pilot Man reads three stories...Yes, Virginia there is a Santa, The Night Before Christmas, and the King James version of the Christmas story... the kids take their stockings down and place them in "Their" spots, open one present if they choose and we all retire. And then while everyone sleeps, the head elf wraps like crazy ;0) !!

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  146. Your quilts are positively joyful, especially the tree! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm following your blog via Bloglovin. My favorite Christmas custom is building a gingerbread house. I used to do it with my children and now I do it with my three-year old granddaughter. Lots of messy frosting and candy and sparkles - what fun!

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  147. I love your cristmas projects, those hops are always a great reason to finisch old ufos. My favorit is the tree, so beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance to win, I do follow you and we use to dance around the christmastree on christmaseve, hope the your grandchrildren like our christmas custom.
    Bente

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  148. Great work! And good job on tacking UFOs.

    My favourite custom was spending the day with my grandmother. When I was a girl she would always stay over at our house, and we wouldn't be allowed into the living room until 8AM once Gram and Poppa were up and had their morning coffee... We continued this even after my Poppa passed away until 2010... In 2011 my grandmother was in the hospital for Christmas so after opening our presents at home, we all headed into see her before lunch. Unfortunately that was our last Christmas with her. But I do continue the 8AM start with my kids.... and they are good about it, just like my brother and I -- opening our stockings as a family.

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  149. I am a happy follower. Our favorite Christmas tradition is driving through the neighborhoods that put out luminaries on Christmas Eve. We put Christmas carols on the radio and it is so beautiful and peaceful to drive through.I love those tissue holders and the table runners are so pretty. I love the pinwheels. I could have them for every season in every color. So much fun.

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  150. I signed up to follow by email. I like all the things you made, espcially the tree made with ornaments.

    My favorite custom is playing my violin &/or handbells at the Christmas Eve service.

    My second favorite custom is one my extended family adopted when several of us were unemployed and could not afford to buy gifts. We call it our garage sale gift exchange (rather than white elephant). Each person finds something around the house that they would put in a garage sale and wrap it. Particiipation is not mandatory and any age can participate. When the majority of my nieces and nephews were a lot younger, we allowed them to choose to participate in the adult drawing or the kids exchange. We draw numbers and then #1 starts and selects one of the wrapped gifts and opens it. #2 goes next and may take what # 1 had or choose an unwrapped gift and open it. #3 can opt to take what either #1 or #2 has or choose an unwrapped gift and open it. This continues around the circle. If a person takes what someone else has, that person gets to take what any other person has or select from the unwrapped pile. When the last person has taken their turn, then #1 gets to choose to keep what he/she has or take from anyone else and that person gets what #1 had. There is sometimes a lot of swapping afterwards. There is no "value" limit other than it has to be nice (no dirty tennis shoes). We have also added another round of exchanging something you make yourself. Again, participation is not mandatory, but only those that choose to participate get to be in the exchange.

    senstrings (at) yahooo dot com

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  151. I am a new follower. Can't wait to peruse your website.

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  152. One of our favorite Christmas Traditions is to all plan on getting together at the same time. Both sides of our family. It is a feat, but everyone makes it a priority for all of us to get together at one time if only for a little while.

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  153. I love your ornament quilt. Our favorite Christmas custom is going to church
    on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  154. I am a happy follower!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  156. I am a follower! My favorite Christmas custom is on Christmas Eve I always wrap a present that I give my son at the end of our Christmas Eve party after everyone has left. He knows that that gift will always be a new pair of flannel holiday cozy pajamas! But who doesn't LOVE new PJ's! Then once we are all cozied up we drink hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie!

    NyRoraback@gmail.com

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  157. I'm a follower. My favorite Christmas custom is driving around town looking at Christmas lights.

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  158. gfc follower: nicolesender
    My favorite Christmas custom is to spend Christmas morning with my grandsons. We have a special brunch after all the presents are opened. What fun!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  159. I follow you! I live spending the couple days leading up to Christmas at my Grandma's house. We always open up a gift the night before :)

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