Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas Giveaway!

253 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you too Mary! I look forward to all of your Videos and hope you can continue throughout the new year!

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  2. Mary,
    you are so generous!!! Me and my family just spend the day together watching movies and play christmas music. I hope you and your family have a merry christmas and a happy new year
    Kitty
    casandra.styles@gmail.com

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  3. Great giveaway. On Christmas eve, we make a big reunion with all my mothers family and make a big dinner and we stay up until Christmas day. Thanks for make this giveaway and Merry Cristmas for you and your family.

    Indira
    craftyhomemade7atgmaildotcom

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  4. This looks like such a cute cartridge, great for little girls so I hope to win! Blessings to you this christmas! Kellyjp

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  5. Our fun family tradition is that we go to a local christmas tree farm and find the perfect tree and cut it down. This year was the first year that our son was able to really help. He was a week from his 4th birthday and told us that morning that he was a man and was going to help cut the tree down. When we found the perfect tree and said a special homoly (husband sings this every year) song our son bent down and was ready to start cutting! My husband helped him but he cut the tree pretty much by himself! He was a proud little man that day!! We got really good pictures and some video of him pulling the tree cart up to the tree shaker. We look forward to this tradition every year!! :)

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  6. Now that my husband and I moved to an active retirement community in Florida, a bunch of friends have a GIANT potluck on Christmas Day. I do miss my friends in Chicago, but I think we'll wait and visit in May -- now now!

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  7. What a wonderful thank you gift. I love your videos on You Tube and I love your blog also. Can't get enough of those Cricut Cartridges. LOL TFS Merry Christmas Mary!! Susan
    shanna13@frontiernet.net

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  8. I'm a follower.. Our family tradition is opening present around the tree.. We usually open right after breakfast. we have lots of fun doing that.. Thanks for a great giveaway.. Merry Christmas..
    Theresa
    juicycreations808@gmail.com

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  9. Hi Mary. What we do is drive from Ausitn to Houston, sing songs, talk about the favorite part of the past year and what Santa might bring. We also see if we can name the different cows and such on the way. Merry Christmas
    stephaniewatercolour on youtube

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  10. Merry Christmas to you!!! Thank you so much for this giveaway. I'd love to play with this cart!

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  11. Oh wow!! first comment.....My family tradition is baking with my girls...we love to make all the goodies and we also just love decorating the tree....

    Thanks for a chance to win...

    Leslie Owens aka kbgirlygirl on YT

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  12. Love Love Love your videos. You are so sweet and so creative.
    We all meet over at Mom's house early that morning and cook all morning and then eat and open gifts and remember the "good ole days".
    This year will be different as my older sister and my baby sister have passed away.:( Just me and Mama now and the kids and grandkids of course.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    God bless you and your family with a very Merry and safe Christmas.

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  13. First thanks for a chance to win. Now, we buy 5 items from the dollar store. Know one else know what it is. So on Christmas Eve we each give one another a bag of items. Sometime I always get what I wonted.
    Please check me out athttp://uniquemonique01.blogspot.com/

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  14. Wow..... how sweet!!! We usually give the older children money and hide them on the tree in a fun container. It fun watching them search for their presents.
    Hugs!!
    Crystal

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  15. I just want to take the time to wish you a Merry Christmas, We get together and have a pot luck dinner!!!

    Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to win!

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  16. Thanks for such a sweet giveaway! Our tradition is to make a handmade ornament every year and then put our names and date on the back. we love to look back at all the ones we have made over the years! Have a Wonderful Holiday!

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  17. My husband and I rise early and travel to my mother's house for CHRISTmas a large family gathering where we do a gift exchange and have family dinner

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  18. Hi Mary! Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for all the inspiration I wish you and your family many blessings. Thank you for the gift of you and your videos all year and for the chance to win this generous gift!

    ((((NJ HUGS)))

    -Christine ( my sons iPad)
    Serenityinhim@gmail.com

    Ps wow I'm the first comment woo wee!

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  19. Oops forgot our tradition by boys get one gift to share and they get to talk and come to and agreement this from two brothers 8 years apart 17 and 9 years old.
    Thanks so much Mary I'm using my sons iPad thus the Matthew name it's really Christine.

    Merry Christmas!!!

    -christine

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  20. We use to have a wonderful dinner with our children on Chirstmas eve after church because Christmas day was always so busy going to both sets of grandparents. It was our "special" time. Merry Chirstmas Mary. Thank you for the give away.

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  21. What a gift..... I always make my family their yearly Scrapbook and enjoy how they love all the great pages. We spend our time playing games, eating and remembering what Jesus's Birth is really about. My kids are all gone so I spend my time making homemade gifts to share with them. My husband works in retail so every year I bake and make meals to show them our appreciation. This year I did crafts for all 40 employee's. I love all your videos and can't wait for the next one to post. You have an amazing talent. TFS Kris

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  22. Mmmmm Mary, making cookies and candy tonight!? live in California?
    Thanks for the giveaway! so generous of you!
    My family tradition for years is to open presents right at midnight on the 24th ..(many insist and want to start earlier for children's sleep sake?! but most years, we make it till midnight!!)
    Gaby

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  23. Mary, This is so sweet of you! On Christmas Eve my whole family goes to church and then have a get together at my brothers. Christmas day I hope 2 different partys for both my side and my husbands side of the family. Merry Christmas. Shari (cricutrookie)

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  24. Thanks for this awesome chance to win this really cute cart Mary! My favorite XMAS tradion is to decorate the tre on XMAS DAY. My birthday is DEC 24th and my family puts up the tree with lights only. Only my birthday presents can go under the tree.It is called the birthday tree until the late evening. Then my family decorates the tree and it becomes the XMAS tree and we each open one gift at midnight! Hope you have a great holiday MAry! Thanks for all of your inspiration! Hugs! Pam

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  25. Hi mary. I would I've to share my familys tradition at christmas. Being italian we cook lots of fish and start early morning on christmas eve. Even though my mom and dad are no longer with us in body we know they are with us in spirit enjoying the traditional christmas eve dinner of fish recipes.
    Thank you for your generosity and merry christmas to you and your family.
    Mary

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  26. Thanks Mary for your wonderful videos and ideas. Every year my daughter wears a Santa hat and the tree skirt (like a shawl) while decorating the tree. Now that she is 20 years old it gets funnier every year.

    Merry Christmas, Mary!!!
    Amy, Dakota, mN

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  27. terriebruckman@yahoo.comDecember 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Merry Christmas, My husband, Daughter, Grandson and I like to go to Christmas eve service at daughters church then go home and eat all kinds of goodies and get ready for Christmas day.

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  28. Thanks so much for such a fun giveaway. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is reading the actual Christmas story from the bible. It definitely helps me to keep things in perspective. Merry Christmas Mary!

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  29. My family tradition is to have two christmases. on the 12th we open our store bought gifts and on the 25th we open homemade gifts... its a way to enjoy the stuff we boughtright away and enjoy the time of making things for one another:) happy holidays Mary, Wayne, and Sophie:)

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  30. Mary, love your blog and especially your videos. When my kids were living at home, we opened one package on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas morning, one person would open one gift so everyone could see what the gift was and the expression on their face; then the next person would do the same; after each person opened one gift, then it would start all over again. We wanted to make Christmas last longer.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. awesome giveaway mary!! love watching your vids..love your cards...


    kathy

    felkatz at gmail dot com

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  32. Merry Christmas to you Mary, my dad's side of the family always gets together on Christmas Eve for a big dinner and then we go home and get ready for Santa. I have come to love this because we still get to get all dressed up and celebrate with tons of family and we still get to go home and have a quite Christmas with the kids in our PJ's all day long! Oh yea, we just have to watch a Christmas Story every year.

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  33. This will be our first Christmas with a brand new baby. Looking forward to snuggling up with him and our 5-year-old. Thanks for the giveaway! - amymac

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  34. Our family tradition was to attend midnight mass at the local catholic church. Then, we came home and opened presents while my grandmother fixed breakfast for everyone. All the kids would go to sleep so Santa Claus could come....Those were the good days!

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  35. Thank you for the fun giveaway... it is an adorable cartridge! We have a lot of family traditions, but one of my favorites is taking our girls to see the Nutcracker. They are so amazed every year, you would think they had never seen it before! It truly is a sight to see! :)
    Happy Holidays Mary!
    Lori
    http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
    got2bcrafting at gmail dotcom

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  36. Hi Mary...I love visiting your blog. You are such a sweet lady! Our tradition is going to my mom's on Christmas to eat dinner and then let the kids open presents from all the aunts and uncles. I always make some kind of homemade gift for the adults too. This year it was glitter ornaments for the kids and the clear glass ornaments with a Cricut cut in the middle glued to acetate. I am getting ready to make tealight cards tonight too. Merry Christmas Mary and thanks for being so giving this year. Looking forward to visiting often in the new year! tracyg398@yahoo.com

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  37. Merry Christmas Mary. Traditionally we go to my BIL's for Christmas. The kids come here with the grandkids for present opening on Christmas morning then we head there.
    minmaui at gmail dot com

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  38. Hi Mary, Thank you so much for the chance to win this great cartridge. You are so sweet.
    My tradition was started when I was a child. My dad would pile all 5 of us kids into the station wagon and we would drive around to look at the lights and decorations on the homes. To this day, I still love to drive around and look at all the decorated homes.

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  39. Hi Mary, we do not have a tradition. I just like to go to my family and enjoy each one of them

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  40. Merry Xmas to you and your family! My husband & I started a new tradition last year. We pick up our granddaughters and take them to early church on Xmas Eve and then home for dinner and then we sleep over for Xmas! We don't get alot of sleep or rest but we have alot of great fun and memories!

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  41. Thanks for the giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win! My family tradition is to make cookies for Santa on Christmas eve. also go around the neighborhood looking at lights.
    Minta

    mintab@gmail.com

    http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

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  42. Mary,
    I just found your videos last week, then right away came to your blog. I am determined to watch every one of your videos before the end of the year. Your work is just absolutely wonderful, I just love all the things you have made!! I am new at this and have a lot to learn and who better too learn it from than you!

    Our tradition now that my boys are no longer little is on Christmas day sleep in (now I miss them waking me up early, sorta) lol,
    then my family comes over and I prepare dinner for my parents, my sisters family and my boys. After dinner we open gifts then the kids play with there toys and we all hang out together.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win a great cartridge and for sharing all your beautiful ideas.

    Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!

    elainer@cinci.rr.com
    ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

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  43. Our family tradition is we all get together and have a big family dinner and open our presents and just enjoy one another. Thanks for a wonderful thank you gift. Merrry Christmas to you and your family. Anne

    createacard.blogspot.com

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  44. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome cart Mary & A very merry christmas to you and sophie :) My family didn't really have any traditions per say but my brothers & I used to go carolling every year. We were very poor so we did snow shovelling to earn money & carolling at christmas. My brothers were more interested in the money lol I just wanted to sing. They'd be like come on Kathy we need to go to the next house & I'd still be standing there singing LOL.

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  45. Mary,

    You are so very sweet and generous! Most often we unfortunately work on Christmas, but we always watch Christmas movies, a Christmas Story, eat too much, and be grateful for one another.
    Thanks for Sharing!

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  46. Mary thank you for this opportunity to win. We keep things simple and just enjoy the day with each other on Christmas with a wonderful meal and great conversation. Thanks.

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  47. What a great giveaway! One of our family traditions was when the children were living at home the got to open a Christmas gift and it was always a pair of Christmas pj's that they got to wear to bed. When they woke up in the morning everyone was ready to get pictures done while opening up their gifts in their new pj's. Now that I have grandchildren they get a pair of pj's from me for them to wear just like their mommy did.
    Have a Merry Christmas!!
    designsbydebbie.blogspot.com

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  48. Must be the evening for baking. I am just taking a break from doing some myself! Sounds as though you are enjoying the preparations. They are fun, aren't they?
    As a child I was always allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve after supper. When I had a family we let our children do this as well. Now our grandkids follow this tradition as well. It's as much fun deciding which one will be THE Christmas Eve gift as opening the rest the next morning.
    Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family! :o)

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  49. Mary I just wanted to stop by and say
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.. you bring me so much JOY and inspiration I just love your blog ... Wow and if I win this cart I know the perfect person to pay it forward too...
    So my family tradition is to find an ornament that say what that person was involved in for the year... so like my grandson this year love Transformers.. so I found his favorite one

    bumblebee and will glue a little jewelery fastiner to top that allows a hook to put it on the tree... I done this for years... my grown kids have everything from first phone to first car... they get to have their box once married... I keep a few to remember other speical milestones in their lives...
    The Scrapboooking Queen

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  50. Oh my gosh Mary I just love the music on your video!! I may just have to keep playing it over and over!!! First off let me say Merry Christmas!! We have our shopping completed but I just like coming up with some kind of gift holder for my gift cards (got any suggestions hee hee) Anyway, I thought I share a new tradition we have started last year and plan on doing it again this year to! On Christmas Day we go to my parents early in the day so by night time when we get home (and since my son is older now and no toys to play with) we get a little restless. We went last year to the movies and seen Blind Side and this year we are going to pick out another movie that we will all enjoy! We really enjoyed it and decided to make it a new tradition! I would love to win this and thank you sooooo much for the chance!
    Tobusyscrapping at bellsouth dot net

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  51. Thank you for giving your viewers a chance to win such a lovely prize. We usually gather around and recall past good times at Christmas dinner. We always have a fun story to tell.

    barbsmith2536@yahoo.com

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  52. I will b starting my xmas tradition next yr so tht my daughter will be 18 mths....I want the family to start making their own gift :D

    thanks for the chance to win... gk

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  53. Hi Mary, What a great giveaway!!!! How fun.
    On Christmas eve we always open one gift and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas with hot coco and popcorn.
    Isn't the holiday season wonderful!

    Tina
    esau-katina@hotmail.com

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  54. SO much fun!we do a Christmas Eve dinner with the whole family on Christmas Eve with candles and decorate gingerbread houses. Ty for the chance to win! Lori

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  55. Mary,
    Sorry we missed you the last 2 days in Lexington. I do want to meet you someday. We are tired but had a great trip. I shopped most of Monday. I had all my Christmas done and then now I have more to wrap. We trade off days that we open gifts. My husbands family did it on Christmas day and my parents did it on Christmas Eve. Since Dave is gone now we do it on Christmas Eve. One other thing is the cartridge Twinkle Toes reminds me of when I was a child and I use to dance on my dads feet with him. He is now 85 and still dances on occassion. Hope you are doing well and have a "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year". Good luck to everyone and thanks for the giveaway.

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  56. Mary wow again a giveaway that very nice of you
    Well me we spent our christmas day with my boyfriend familly it been like that for 16 years now we have alot of fun with all of his familly and eat alot
    I to want to wish you a HAPPY HOLIDAY to you and your familly
    Thank you again

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  57. My Christmas tradition is to make gingerbread houses with my grandkids. It started when my 12 yr old grandson was about 3 and has continued with the addition of 3-additional grandchildren. We make a complete day of it and end up decorating sugar cookies too. It's a great tradition for the kids and they totally look forward to it each year. Thanks Mary for this opportunity to win this cartridge. Merry Christmas to you and your family. kadielabadie at live dot com

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  58. We always let all the kids open one gift on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas Day we always have a big dinner. Usually ends up being about 30 of us at one house to eat. It gets loud, it gets crazy....but I wouldnt trade the memories for NOTHING!!

    Thanks for being an inspiration to me and so many others!

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  59. Thanks Mary! You're so thoughtful. We spend time together and usually watch the DVD's that I try to purchase each Christmas.
    Tracey J.

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  60. Our tradition is my husband puts up the lights on the tree, I unwrap the ornaments and the boys put them on the tree. After Christmas I get to take down everything and put them away! Mary thanks for all the videos, look forward to next year's videos. Merry
    Christmas.

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  61. Hi Mary and Merry Christmas. Our Christmas tradition was to get together
    on Christmas Eve as a family with my father (grandfather). We would start
    the evening by eating together and teasing the children by telling them we
    were changing our tradition by opening gifts in the morning. Once we got
    everyone fed, the kids would take their places in the living room and my oldest daughters would pass out gifts. My father would sit back and laugh as
    he watched all his grandchildren laugh. He was always amazed at the gifts
    that were given to him. This year that tradition came to an end with the passing of my father but I am sure we will all be able to hear his laughter and
    forever cherish these memories as we start new family traditions.

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  62. My dad and I usually have little food fight...LOL. Mom sits to my left and he sits to her left. You have to hear her, she is funny, Oh my carpet stop, my carpet. It is fun. Thank you Mary Merry Christmas!!!

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  63. Merry Christmas Mary! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! One of my family's traditions is going to church on Christmas Eve. It is always so magical to be in a place like a church, remembering "the reason for the season" :) Hope you have a fantastic holiday!

    Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"
    scrappinpinkpiglet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. I have a friend that I have known for 30 years. WE celebrate by visiting with her. It started out with my kids, and now my granddaughter and daughter go. Son lives in Fl. so He can't come, but we still celebrate even year and exchange gifts.

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  65. Merry Christmas Mary! Love your blog, I follow it daily. Our Christmas tradition is that we have The Christmas Story on TV on Christmas morning while we open our gifts. We've done this for probably 18 years - we even did this when my husband was in the hospital over Christmas. We took all our gifts and family to his hospital room, turned on The Christmas Story on TV and had our traditional Christmas day.
    I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.
    Jan
    hendu3@comcast.net

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  66. My tradition for my grandchildren is a secret one..
    When my grandchildren write their letters to Santa my daughters gives me their letters and I'm the Santa and I write back to them..SHHHH!
    So when my grandchildren comes over for dinner at my house on Christmas Day there is always present outside on the lawn or stuck in the bushes and these presents come from Santa and they always asked how did Santa know that they were coming to Nana's house...
    I've been doing this for about 9 yrs now and the look on their face when they open the gifts and it's one of the item they put on their list...
    Mary, I've enjoyed every video you have done and all the give-away that you do..
    Thank you for sharing your ideas with all of us..
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..
    sincerely, terrie
    zullu26@aol.com

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  67. Alot of my family traditions have fallen by the wayside since my brother and I are grown and have our own families not...however, one thing we always do is be non-traditional on Christmas. We always have mexican or chinese food...never the traditional Christmas dinner.

    Cheryl
    www.pinkandpaper.blogspot.com

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  68. Hey Mary, Thank you for all the inspiration and talent. I don't have much tradition any more. Most of my kids are grown and gone. I have only one left and he is 16 so not much in getting up at the crack of dawn anymore. I look forward to trying to find a new tradition with my grand kids.

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  69. I guess my family's Christmas tradition is the 3am wakeup that I give my kids. I work really hard for that "oooooo" moment when they 1st see what Santa brings, so in order not to miss it by them sneaking down to peek, I always wake them up around 3am, make them sit at the top of the stairs until good and "awake", then I position myself (and the camera) so that I can see their delight when they see the gifts. to me, thats my "ah-ha moment" and I lvoe it! thanks Mary for everything you do! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  70. My favorite tradition is making goodies with my sister. You have a wonderful Christmas with your family. And thank you for all that you share with all us through the year. Big hugs, Mary

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  71. hi Mary...I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. A tradition that I love is to have tea with my husband while we set out all the gifts after my daughter has gone to sleep on christmas eve;)

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  72. Merry Christmas! Coming from scandinavian heritage, I grew up opening presents on Christmas Eve. My sisters, myself and our families still go over to my parents house on Christmas Eve and open presents from each other. We now play a game where we sit all in a circle with a present and a story is read about Mr. & Mrs. Wright. The way this story goes is everytime the word Wright or right is read we shift our present to the next person on the right. And everytime the word left is used, it is shifted to the left. It gets hysterical after awhile. We then open the present that is left on our lap when the story is finished. This is just one of the many traditions we have.

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  73. Mary, You are just to Sweet. On Christmas morning my husband and I will be waiting for our children and Grandchildren to come.We will then open our presents. There is nothing like seeing Christmas through the eyes of little children. Thank you so much for the chance to win the Twinkle Toes Cartridge. My three year old Grandaughter wants some Ballerina Shoes. So this Cartridge would just be perfect.
    Merry Christmas to you Mary and to your family.Hope to see lots of wonderful Video's from you next year. :0)

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  74. Hi Mary,
    Merry Christmas to you too. What a great giveaway. I would love this to do pages of my granddaughters dance recitals. We always have a big breakfast at my daughters house and watch the kids open their presents. After we make the rounds to other family members. Thanks again! I love all of your videos.

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  75. One of the fun things that happens every year is that DH and our DD try to outdo each other on the crazy way that they wrap their gifts that they give each other! Last year DH used some of those boxes that each one is smaller than the other, wrapped each one and the smallest one had a note in it to start back at the beginning. He had a piece of cardstock cut to fit the inside of the lid and had put money behind it. Soooooo funny!! :)

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  76. Hi Mary!

    Congrats on reaching 1500 subscribers! WooHoo!

    I usually spend Christmas day with my BFF and her family. Most all of my family lives in Louisiana. I usually go there for Easter. Easter has always been the big holiday in our family.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    Love ya!
    Ruthie :)

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  77. What a nice giveaway Mary, thanks for the opportunity to win. Our tradition, we always go out on Christmas Eve and look at Christmas lights then come home and watch Polar Express together as a family.

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  78. Hi Mary and Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for all of your instructive and entertaining videos. As a newbie, I really appreciate all of the help with techniques and styles. I think my favorite Christmas tradition, is hanging the ornaments on the tree. My husband will usually put the lights on, then he sits back and the kids and I put the ornaments on the tree. Most of the ornaments are hand made and we will talk about them as we go.

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  79. Merry Christmas Mary!! Well my sister lives in Germany so every year I'm in charge of getting all the gifts that everyone buys for her and her children and wrapping them and mailing them. They pick me because I'm the one that gets prepared for Christmas first everyone else do their stuff last minute, but I love it!! TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

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  80. Loved the music on the video (thanks Kevin!!!) Thanks for being so generous. I love coming to check out your blog!! My family only buys one "adult" gift (as there as so many of us) and we play a game on Christmas day where you can steal presents from each other. It's so much fun. The kids think we are crazy--especially when we are all fighting for the silly Shamwow!!!!!!!! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!!!!!
    gaudet5 at rogers dot com

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  81. Hi Mary, I have enjoyed watching your videos all year, and have gotten so many great ideas. Thanks! My two boys and I always spend Christmas Eve making a birthday cake for Jesus. We have done this every year since my oldest boy was 2, he is now 20 and my youngest is 16. It's all about remembering the season. Merry Christmas to you and your family

    Tina

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  82. Merry Christmas to you Mary! You are so sweet to share this with us! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Our favorite family Christmas tradition is to go to the Toledo Zoo for their Lights Before Christmas display! It is so pretty and festive and always puts us in the perfect holiday spirit!

    Melissa
    www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  83. Debbie Kissel (kissall@bellsouth.net)December 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Merry Christmas Mary! Thank you for teaching us and sharing all the great ideas you have! Our Christmas tradition is my husband dressing as Santa and surprising the grandchildren with their own personal visit with him. They range from age 18 months to 8 yrs old and they haven't figured it out yet. It amazes them what Santa knows has been going on in their lives. We hope this continues for many years!

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  84. On Christmas Eve we all go to my brothers house...cuz he has the biggest house and we eat homemade pizza (everyones fav is treyiki(?) chicken with pineapple,onions and greenpeppers)eat goodies and etc...play games...tell stories...watch movies...and open tons of gifts...all day affair...so much fun!!!
    Marnie
    (daisymay8887 on youtube)

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  85. Every year my youngest daughter and I make cut out Christmas cookies. We bake them all on one day and then the next day when my husband comes home from his last day of work before taking off for the holidays we all decorate them. We get a little competitive on how can do the best decorations. So we baked today and tomorrow we decorate! Let the holidays commence!

    jmeyer1@woh.rr.com

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  86. Hello! Merry Christmas and God Bless you Mary. You are such a sweet person! I have three boys, and for Christmas tradition every christmas eve we go to candle-light service and then we spend our time baking cookies and putting out milk for Santa to come! =) We also make a few cookies in honor of baby Jesus having his birthday! =)

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  87. Merry Christmas to you and your family Mary. Thank you so much for all your great videos this last month.
    As for our Christmas tradition we really do not have one in our family other than that we get together over New Years rather than Christmas.

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  88. Love it, our family always makes cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve then my kids puts the magic key on the outside of the door so Santa can get in since we have no chimney. It is how Santa gets into our house each year since the key only works for him. They Christmas Day we all gather at my husbands Grandmothers house and we do potluck dinner over there so she doesn't have to cook anything just enjoy the day.

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  89. Looking back, my favorite tradition was something I really miss {even though I thought it was a bit annoying at the time}. My dad and I always went to his friend's house on Christmas Eve. We'd have dinner and then exchange gifts. This was our little tradition up until Greg's {my dad's friend} sudden death. I would give anything to go back in time and have the Christmas Eve at Greg's house back.

    Merry Christmas everyone! Stay safe!!

    Hugs, Crystal

    CrysTvsky(at)hotmail(dot)com
    (CrysTvsky on YT)

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  90. First of all: I want to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Mary!! You have inspired me so much this year. I am truly looking forward to next years videos!!
    We always have our Christmas on Christmas Eve night now. The kids are all grown with families of their own so they all come over here that night. Then the next day, my husband and I clean up from the night before and just relax. We usually watch A Christmas Story all day long!!
    Merry Christmas!
    Carrie
    carriedan1 at live dot com

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  91. Hi Mary! This is so nice of you to give away a great cartridge! My family always makes tamales a few days before Christmas, so they are ready in time for Christmas dinner.And we always watch 'A Christmas Story'..my favorite movie!

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  92. mary, you're such a sweetie for doing this. i enjoy watching your videos and get inspired from your cards.

    my favorite tradition...just being lucky that i can spend xmas eve with my inlaws, family and on xmas day i can spend with my family. it makes it so easier......to see and spend equal time with both sides

    merry christmas
    lynda in calif
    hipljp at yahoo dot com

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  93. Mary
    Thanks so much for this giveaway. Merry Christmas. Every year on Christmas Eve we go to church and then when we return home we have a Birthday Party for Baby Jesus (the reason for the season)and then the little ones all get a gift to open one gift(their Christmas jammies)because what's a birthday party without presents. This year we will be getting to do this at my Mom in Laws and I get to do this with my granddaugther. God Bless

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  94. Hi Mary,

    Thank you for your generous giveaway. This is actually the first year me and my little family are celebrating Christmas. We recently moved in our own apartment and starting some of our own traditions. So far this year we all decorated the tree as a family, as well as bake hoilday cookies, and we will be going sleigh riding later this week.

    tis_fine_ladie@hotmail.com

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  95. Merry Christmas Mary! I recently found your blog and as a person new to making cards I've learned a lot from your videos! I hope to get a Cricut this Christmas but if I don't I will definitely be getting one sometime in 2011. I am following your blog on Google Reader so I don't miss a thing! :)
    For Christmas we are making new traditions now our boys are grown up. For the last 2 years we go to my sons home to celebrate with him and his new wife!
    By the way the doctors at the hospital called my daughter Twinkle Toes when she was little! She was always tapping away when they wanted to check her lungs! :) She was quite the trouper! :)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Hugs,
    Mary Jane

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  96. Mary I just love your videos. You have really inspired me to make cards.

    We have a big Christmas brunch instead of the traditional dinner. We get up, open some presents, stop and have brunch and enjoy the rest of the day playing games and munching on Christmas goodies. A wonderful time for us all to relax and enjoy the day.

    Have a very Merry Christmas.

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  97. Merry Christmas Mary!!! My families Christmas tradition is to go to my Nanna's house on Christmas Eve and have dinner and presents, we make cookies for santa and its a whole lotta fun!!! Thanks for the giveaway mary!!

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  98. Your so generous Mary :) When we were younger we use to drive around to look at all the Christmas lights. This one house had Where's Waldo and we always had to find him hanging out in a different spot.

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

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  99. Aww Mary! You are the sweetest! My husband was in the military for 20 years and so there were many years in which we could not go "home" for Christmas to be with our extended family. So when our children were little we wanted to do something fun. We decided that we would have only finger foods and we would do it picnic style in our living room. We usually watch some kind of Christmas movie. Once in a while we would invite friends to join us. Even though my children are Young adults and teenagers they still love to help me plan our finger food menu.

    I wish you a very merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!

    ~Hugs
    Saundra
    luvscrappingtogether@gmail.com

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  100. My family tradition for the last 5 years has been to go to my brother's house and watch his kids open their 10000 presents and eat a really great breakfast.

    I usually take my dogs on a nice walk... and then we watch THE CHRISTMAS STORY for the 802nd time! :)

    Thank you Mary for your generosity and making the season festive!!
    Hugs,
    N
    WWW.SCRAPPINGINAZOO.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  101. My mom's side of the family is German so every Christmas we hide a pickle ornament in the tree and the first one to find it get's a special gift. My little brother is only 13 so we always let him find it first :-) It's always something fun we've done. Unfortunately we live 12 hours away and haven't gotten to spend the last few Christmas's with family, so this time of year is really hard :-(

    I hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Sounds like you are having fun baking and getting ready. I haven't done too much but did make my hubby some cookies to give to the guys at his work.

    Thanks for sharing the blog candy!!! -Sam :-)

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  102. Hi Mary!
    Thank you for the chance to win your generous giveaway. It is so sweet of you to do this for us. Growing up my favorite tradition was opening a gift on Christmas Eve. My parents let us pick one and it was always so exciting. Someday when I have a family of my own, I will have the same tradition. Thanks again! -Nicole :)

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  103. hey mary,

    you are so kind and i always love coming to visit you on your site because you have such wonderful cardmaking ideas!


    One christmas tradition that we have is every christmas eve we get to open one christmas present, and would you believe that christmas present are always our christmas pajamas. taht we we all look nice and matching on christmas morning. this was something we always used to do when i was little, and now that i have a family on my own I look foward to having our own matching chritmas pajamas

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  104. Hi Mary!! :) My Christmas traditions are simple. On Christmas Eve, my kiddos get to open one present and then we head over to Great-Grandma's house (my hubby's side of the family). There we have snacky stuff and all the kids open presents from the extended family. On Christmas Day, my kids open the rest of their presents from their Dad and me. We have a huge family dinner with my side of the family and open more presents. We spend tons of time with extended family members but fit in time for family movie night and Christmas stories too... and lots of holiday crafting and baking also! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win,
    Cheryl @ CardsbyCG.blogspot.com
    cplamond@hotmail.com

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  105. How very generous of you!!!

    Our favorite family tradition is sitting together in our pjs to watch Miracle on 34th Street!!!! I love this show.... and I'm so very thankful that my boys (Luke 15 & Zach 10) still enjoy doing this with ol' mom & dad!!! It's precious memories that I will always cherish!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com
    zloe.blogspot.com

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  106. Mary you are such a treasure. I just love your videos. Would love to get to meet you one day. Our Christmas tradition is to get together with family and friends for our Jammie/Christmas movie marathon. Everyone meets at our house and brings Jammies and robes. After dinner we all change into our PJs and watch all sorts of Christmas movies. Our favorites are White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation.

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  107. O I love that Cart it is so cute.. My family like to play jokes on one another I think I have them BEAT this year I made a PET Rock out of my Brother In law..:O)
    Merry Christmas MARY!!
    HUGS

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  108. Hi Mary, thanks for all the great cards & gifts!! Our tradition is putting the kids to bed,(so santa can come) then my parents & inlaws come over & we decorate the tree,put the presents out ,then wake up the kids...& we all have a ball opening our presents & taking pictures,with lots of snacks!!! that is our Christmas eve!!!Another tradition I have is letting the kids open 1 present a day from 12 days before Christmas out of their stocking ,just little things ,but it builds the excitement!!! Merry Christmas Jean

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  109. We go to my sister's house to exchange gifts and give out presents. I hope you have a very Happy and Merry Christmas.

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  110. How much fun this has been reading everyone's comments! Enjoyed the Christmas music too....:O) We have a very unusal tradition in our family started by my husband's family. When Christmas Eve day comes upon us the family calls each other and say Christmas Eve Gift. You want to be the first one to say it and you have to call everyone! It is so much fun! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

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  111. Merry Christmas Mary!! For our Christmas we bake tons of Christmas cookies, make homemade pierogies, and share the Christmas story with our kids. We also open on present (pjs) on Christmas Eve. It's soo much fun!

    Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas!!

    Shawnee

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  112. Hi Mary, Merry Christmas!!!! I started a new tradition this year. I have six sisters. I love to scrapbook and many other crafts. I had them all over this past weekend to Christmas craft together. Some friends joined in too. We had a great time. I told them all about the helpful videos and wonderful ideas of yours and others on you tube. My teenage daughters joined us and it was just a great evening. I cant wait to get together for another craft party. Thanks for all your great videos and helpful advise. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Jackie

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  113. We are starting a new Tradition this year. I am hosting our Xmas gathering at my apt, I decorated Disney xmas and I cant wait to see what my family thinks.

    I hope to start a ton of traditions this year. Thank you Mary this would be a wonderful gift.

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  114. Merry Christmas Mary!!!
    The only tradition that my family does is putting up the tree and decorations on DECEMBER 2nd every Year. My Grandma Vivian's Birthday is on that day and she passed away on Christmas Day when I was only 3 months old. My 1st born daughter (12yrs) was named Vivian after her and to honor her we "DO" the decorating on her Birthday.
    Thanks for the Chance to win a cart on my LONG wish list.
    BLESSINGS,
    Valerie Martin
    jeffnval@hotmail.com

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  115. Merry Christmas to you Mary!! Thanks for sharing all that you do with us. My favorite Christmas tradition is when my whole family gets together at my parents house on Christmas Eve to play games, eat, and have a good time before the big day.

    Hugs,
    Amy ♥
    http://www.scrappingmommy.com

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  116. I'm a follower and we have several Christmas traditions. We drive around with popcorn and snacks and view all the Christmas lights around town. Plus we have a Christmas Eve party and a Christmas breakfast with our whole extended family. Christmas is so much fun. I love your cards and even made your z cards this year for gift card holders. They turned out great! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and Merry Christmas to you!

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  117. My kids & grandchildren come to my house and we open presents, eat & watch movies. Later in the day we play games & eat again. One year they got snowed in for 2 days at my house.
    We lived in our jamies!
    patti park

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  118. HI Mary. We don't have many traditions anymore now that the kids have moved away. We play each year as they come. But something fun and good always happens. Merry chirstmas to you and your family. Wishing you all a safe and wonderful season. Hugs, Debi

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  119. Happy Holidays Mary! Our fun little traditions:
    On Christmas morning, we drink homemade hot chocolate, while opening our stockings. Then put on A Charlie Brown Christmas, while opening presents. Im really excited. Merry Christmas!

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  120. Hi Mary,one tradition that we have is to get together at my mother-in-law's house. The kids decorate cookies and wait for santa to pass our street to get a chance to take photos with Santa. We continue the fun with crafts and drinking hot cocoa/coffee and eat the decorated cookies!!! Happy Holidays Mary!!!

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  121. So sweet of you to offer such a great present.

    My family has always enjoyed drinking wine so we save all the corks throughout the year and put them in a big glass jar that was my grandmothers. When the whole family is together Christmas eve we try and guess how many corks there are. Whoever is closest gets a prize. It is a lot of fun.

    Thanks again,

    Kate

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  122. Mary what a great holiday treat from you. For the past few years our new tradition is all of my husbands family 65+ people gathering at my sister in laws. They bought an elementary school and live there so there is tons of room for all the family. She puts up tables in the school hallway to hold all the food and goodies. the kids can play in the gymnasium and we all gather in the huge huge kindergarten room to visit and eat. Now the room across the hall has a pool table so the guys gather there and shoot pool and the breeze. What a fun time we have to look forward too. Bless you for sharing all of your ideas in 2010 and so look forward to many more in the new year. Blessings to you and your family and give Sophie a woof woof hug from all of us she is so darn cute.

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  123. Mary-
    My kids are little but I'm working on"making" our Family traditions for X-mas... We go out one night after dinner and shower (on pajama) to see all the decorations around our nice neighborhood. We together decorate the x-mas tree that all picked up from the tree farm. I hope to have more traditions with the years to come. Merry X-mas to you and to your family ;o)

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  124. What a great Giveaway! My family is hispanic and our tradition is to open presents at Midnight on Christmas Eve. Christmas day is just the day to recover from all the food & dancing & celebrating we did the night before. Our children love that the family is all together having fun.
    Cathie www.creativecutter.org

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  125. We celebrate on Christmas Eve and we always have Rice pudding with Cherry sauce on top. But the special treat is that inside on of the bowls for the adults and one of the bowls for the children there is a whole almond and whoever finds it wins a special gift. This is a Danish tradition that we continued to do even after we moved to Canada and our kids really enjoy it (even though they are now adults). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your Family!!

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  126. Great giveaway, Mary. Thanks for giving us a chance to win an awesome goodie. Well me and my family always have a party on christmas eve and at midnight we do our exchange gift and after that we play bingo.

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  127. Each year From my first christmas I would recieve an ornament from my godmother and so now Every year we pull the ornaments out and I put them up on the tree. Remembering each one as I pull it out and talk about it or just think about the hours that went into making it.

    I love this time of year.

    agraywolfe gmail

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  128. i love watching this site. such useful info at christmas every year since my son was born (38 yrs.) we make at least one new ornament we date them and sign them, now i do it with neice and nephew and granddaughter. hope your family has a merry christmas

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  129. Awesome give away!!!
    My family really doesn't have any traditions, we just all get together for a family dinner and exchange gifts.

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  130. Merry Christmas Mary! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! One of our traditions is as a family is we all pick a night and watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. We love that movie and laugh at all the mis-happenings of the Griswald family! Thanks again!
    booger1 at tds.net

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  131. Our Christmas tradition is just spending the day with our family and enjoying the day. I fix a big breakfast cause normally the kids are going elsewhere later on then I make a ham and other favorite dish for whomever is here.

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  132. Hi Mary,
    I have watched your videos for the past year and have enjoyed all of them. Thanks for all you do. Our family tradition is to just enjoy the holiday and reflect on what we already have. My twins are back from college, and the eldest daughter is visiting from NYC. We will start early Christmas morning and enjoy the day in our jammies! have a wonderful holiday!

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  133. Merry Christmas to You too, Mary!! Thanks for such a wonderful opportunity to win this adorable cart!! We go to midnight mass as a family on Christmas Eve, then after church we drive around and look at all the Christmas lights!!

    debpaint16@aol.com

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  134. what a great giveaway, thank you so much Mary for all that you do and give to us,so many ideas and inspirational , all these thoughts are in my mind, i will need to start right after Christmas to finish by next Christmas
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  135. Merry Christmas to you :-)
    thank you for another year of great video's and wonderful projects.
    When my kids were small we would make cookies on christmas eve and then put on our christmas pj's and watch tv for the rest of the day. Now that I have 2 grandkids I make cookies with them and sit around in our christmas pj's watch tv and play games.
    Barbara
    ladynj33@aol.com

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  136. Our family is doing a cookie swap dozen and dozen each person make a dozenof cookie for each member participating.Fun Merry Xmas Gi

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  137. Thank you for the chance to win a lovely cartridge. Our family tradition is to go out and cut our own tree. We trek all over the field to find just the right one to take home. We then have hot cocoa and talk about our great find. Its always the best tree ever. I would like to thank you Mary, for all that you have done throughout the year to inspire us all, and to wish you and your family the Merriest of Holidays and the best of New Years. Thanks again Mary, you are the best.

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  138. Every Christmas Eve all my relatives on my dad's side go to my grandma's house for dinner, picture taking and gift exchanging. It's been a tradition since before I was born.

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  139. Thanks Mary, love your videos. we go to my mother in laws for christmas eve and we go to the childrens christmas svc at five oclock and we still go even though they are not children anymore and then we exchange gifts with my husbands side of the family and then on christmas day they all come to our house with some of my family. It is always exciting.

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  140. Great giveaway. Thanks for being so generous. My Christmas tradition is that my daughter, granddaughter and son in law come to my house Christmas eve day and we exchange gifts. The reason this is so special is that I only see them about 6 times a year and this is a very special day for us. Have a great Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

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  141. Merry Christ Mary. Thank you so much for a chance to win this awesome gift, you are so generous & I love your videos. Our family tradition is to take a family photo which I scrpbook and make extra copies for the rest of the family. Last year my daughter wanted to duplicate a picture of her and her bother when they were little with her 2 children, this is now her favorite picture. So our tradition involves a camera and after Christmas picture gifts for all.~Suz

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  142. My children are all grown ups (in their 20"s), so they all want to spend time with friends; but before that I make a typical x-mas dinner: pork, pasteles and rice w/pigeon peas and we sit down, listen to music and eat together.
    Thanks for sharing your love for card making.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  143. Mary,
    Happy Holidays!!!
    Wow, what a nice gift for someone. Hope it's me. LOL I wish everyone the best of luck. Enjoy some time with your loved ones this Christmas - along with the cookies.
    We vary our Christmas meal every year to represent another country. Our tradition is based on the many different ethnic roots in our history, we find time to celebrate each one by choosing a meal based on that country. This year is Scotland. And no we won't have Haggis!!
    Oh what fun.
    Sue

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  144. Our family has 3 people in the health care field. We never knew who would be working on Christmas so every year we have celebrated on Christmas eve. It is always at my mom's house. It is a big celebration of food, family,faith, and fun. All the kids are so hyped up and can't wait to open gifts. We read the story of Jesus' birth and sing carols. We just enjoy the evening so much. I got my daughters a new ornament every year since they were born. The year my eldest daughter moved away I packed all her ornaments and gave them to her as a gift. Was the hardest gift I ever wrapped. Cried my eyes out. Now she has all "her" ornaments on her own tree. Merry Christmas, Mary.Best wishes for a wonderful 2011. Kgrin

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  145. Merry Christmas Mary, We do a Chinese Christmas as we are all blessed as far as material things and just swap until we are worn out. Then we have the Christmas Story and thats a quiet time.

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  146. G'day from Australia, I make the christmas pudding every year with the old shillings ect in it, and every year no matter how hard we all try my eldest brother finds the big one in his piece! One day mayby someone else will get it!!LOL! Merry Christmas to all from Down Under
    Cheers Jendewar at optusnet.com.au

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  147. Mary,
    I just love watching your videos. Our family tradition
    is a simple one. My daughter and i have always
    watched the Christmas shows together the carroon
    ones like frosty the snowman and a Charlie brown
    Christmas we have them on DVD now so we just spend
    a day watching them curled up on the couch eating
    popcorn. She is now 20 bit we still look forward this
    time together.

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  148. You made me laugh when you said that you were 'finally' in the Christmas spirit ... judging by your videos, I would have thought that you were in the spirit of the season, the first week of December!

    We go to a Christmas Eve service every year to enjoy the music and messages. On the way home, we drive around town, enjoying the many homes and parks that are lit with Christmas lights and displays. At home, we gather around the Christmas tree and each of us opens one gift. Now that our 'little guy' is 21, the gift opening is not quite so exciting! In the end, we are all so thankful that our little family is able to spend Christmas together.

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  149. Well, our family tradition used to be that we got together with my husbands family always on Christmas eve and had a big supper and then after the kitchen was cleaned up we'd gather in the living room and open up presents. Now that my own kids are grown we are now having our get together at our house on Christmas eve and our kids and 2 Granddaughters come for supper and then gather in the family room and open up presents. We also watch some movies. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas Mary!

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  150. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!!
    We always have Grandma Laura's chocolate pie for Christmas dinner. And lots of other stuff of course!!
    Jaylene

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  151. Thanks Mary for the chance to win. I appreciate you as well. Your videos have inspired me so much. Our Christmas tradition is we go out to eat before the restaurants close on Christmas eve and then we go look at lights. When we get home...we open one gift and then watch National Lampoons Christmas vacation. Merry Christmas. Susan
    facebook and others67 at yahoo dot com

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  152. Our Christmas tradition is to set all the presents out under the tree and then take lots of pictures. Then we drag ourselves out to the dining room to eat dinner together. Then, we all gather out in the living room with the presents. Someone always plays Santa and hands out the presents, one at a time, and we must open them one at a time as well. Its great fun! Thanks for the chance to win this, Mary. And, thanks for your cooking videos, too! Kelly

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  153. Hi Mary...my girls and I set the Saturday before Christmas aside to make cookies. They use these cookies as gifts for friends. It's a nice way to spend the day together and make a few gifts.

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  154. We open gifts from my family on Christmas Eve. Then both sides of family come to our house for brunch. Then we spend time back at my parents for Christmas day.
    Have a very merry Christmas and happy new year,
    Michelle
    tanner9868@gmail.com

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  155. Merry Christmas. Thank you for the gifts all year long. I look forward to your videos, cards and tutorials
    Christmas Eve we all get 1 gift to open (pjs) and either a game or movie. Then we play or watch the movie and after the kids go to bed and we prepare for Christmas Morn. We have munchies all day long and watch Christmas movies and play with our new toys. I love this time of year

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  156. i spend time with my little boys making baked goodies for xmas day feast and also for gifting to our friends.
    we make gingerbread and decorate it and we make rum balls, apricot balls and fruitcakes. sometimes we have to make extra batches as they are so yummy they get eaten before the day. my boys looks super cute in their aprons and enjoy eating the lolly decorations as well as the mixing cutting out and baking. it also gets them trying things they wouldnt normaly taste as they are dont like spices much but slowly getting them won over
    thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway
    merry christmas
    i am sewsweet08 on youtube!

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  157. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. Our tradition starts with Mass on Christmas Eve night. Presents are opened Christmas morning in several shifts as family members arrive. The rest of the day is spent relaxing and preparing the big feast for dinner with Christmas music constantly playing in the background. Traditional dinner that night with several tables of family members throughout the dining room, kitchen and den. Production line clean up follows and the evening is finished with some wonderful baked items, coffee, etc....

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  158. Merry Christmas to you too, Mary!

    Our family tradition used to be getting together at my Mom's Christmas Eve. All us kids would invite our friends and we would eat Tortierre Pie (french meat pie) and Seafood Chowder, plus all the goodies my Mom would bake. Such wonderful memories I have to cherish. Since my Mom passed away, I have started our own tradition of doing the same thing with our friends and our son's friends.

    May you be blessed with love, peace and joy throughout the New Year.

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  159. Oh we have soooo many traditions....decorating the tree each year each of us get a new ornament signifying the past year. As we are putting on the decorations we get to look back.

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  160. Mary,

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the chance to win! My favorite tradition is waking up Christmas morning with my sisters and taking our gifts into my parents room and sharing what we received :)

    Genesis

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  161. Our family tradition is to celebrate and open gifts on Christmas Eve. My parents are from Belgium and Christmas Eve is the day that is celebrated. Family gets together, a wonderful mean is prepared, and gifts are opened. I have carried that tradition on with my own family and we love it.
    Merry Christmas Mary!! Thank you so much for your wonderful videos! I love them all.....including the cooking videos!! Yuuummmmmyyyy!!!
    Diane
    msdiane90@yahoo.com

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  162. Thanks Mary for a chance to win! On Christmas Eve, we go to Church and then we visit my in-laws and exchange gifts with them and then on Christmas Day, we go to my families' homes and exchange gifts with them. My parents are divorced so it takes all day! lol But of course my favorite part is watching my grandchildren open their gifts and watching their eyes light up when they get what they really want! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  163. Merry Christmas! Our tradition is to have our Pastor and his wife over after Christmas Eve service. They have no family in town so it has been an open invitation to join our family.I have just found your blog recently and am so inspired! Thank you. I am a fairly new Cricut user so winning this would be a thrill. kaffykaffy3@gmail.com

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  164. Hi Mary!
    Merry Christmas!! We used to have the tradition of buying our little schnauzer, Reggie, several gifts each Christmas. At first we would wrap his gifts and put them under the tree with all of the other gifts, but he had the keen ability to "sniff out" his gifts and he immediately opened them (leaving all of the other gifts alone), so we had to put his gifts up until gift opening time. Sadly, this is our first year without Reggie. We had severe diabetes and had to be put to sleep last January. We'll miss his fun Christmas spirit this year.
    Give Sophie a hug for me!
    suebella4u@hotmail.com

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  165. My favorite holidy tradition was going to my mother-in-laws on Christmas for her traditional dinner of oyster stew.
    Thanks Mary for your wonderful blogs I follow them both.
    Caorl

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  166. Thank you so much Mary, have a great Christmas, you bring so much joy with your super fun ideas, you are so creative!!!
    We have a big, fun party on Christmas Eve, we invite all our friends and family, play games sing and eat to much,haha, we look forward to this party all year long.

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  167. Merry Christmas! Every year we all get together at m sister's house for christmas dinner then we all do a gift exchange.

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  168. Wow you have a lot of comments. I just love your cards and all your videos. Keep up the good work next year. Pick me to win

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  169. Hello Mary, well 20 years ago there were only two grandkids. My daughter and my middle sister's daughter. They would sleep over my mom's house Christmas Eve to wake up to all the presents Santa would leave them. Now as time come alone we've grown. I have two daughters, my younger sister has two children and my middle sister is due to deliver her 9th child this month. Yes I said NINTH child. So now we have to meet at my mothers house on the 25th. My mother is 71 years old and she CAN NOT handle a sleep over as big as this. So with that said we could never get to my mom's at the same time. It's to funny once all the kids are there. It is CRAZY but we love it. Merry Christmas to you all!

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  170. Mary,
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. I have enjoyed your videos and the wonderful ideas you share. Christmas Eve is a family time we spend playing games and Christmas day is phoning those who are unable to make it home for Christmas.

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  171. Hey Mary! Merry Christmas to you and yours. Our family gets together on Christmas Eve at my cousin's house to play the white elephant game, then a few of them (without small children) come to my house Christmas morning for a HUGE breakfast. We have been doing it for years and so look forward to slowing down and enjoying each other's company. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  172. There isn't a tradition that we've been doing for very long. Family moving around and such. Now that I have my own little ones I'm hoping to get some started. We're making gingerbread houses this year, and I hope that sticks. I'm also hoping to celebrate with just the 4 of us on Christmas Eve and have the kids open gifts and such then before the rushing around starts on Christmas Day. xosparklesxo03@hotmail.com

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  173. Merry Christmas, Mary. I love your site and all of your wonderful videos. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. All of our family gets together at our daughter's home and has a Christmas Eve family party. We have so much fun. Lots of yummy food and presents for all. We always act out the nativity scene. Everyone looks forward to it all year long.

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  174. We bake pizzelles for Santa every year... open our gifts Christmas morning... very low-key and we just enjoy each other's company. :) Have a Merry Christmas Mary!

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  175. Merry Christmas Mary! Thanks for the chance to win. Our tradition that is so much fun is to open one present from under the tree on Christmas Eve. Trick is, you don't get to pick, someone else picks for you!

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  176. I picked this up at Wal-mart and said that I would love to own it.
    Mary
    Cornell299@sbcglobal.net

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  177. Mary I have so many family traditions and they all have special memories attached to them. The one that my husband and I still carry on is to slow down on Christmas Eve to enjoy going to church and then it is home for munchies(that my husband prepares and sets out)and a movie, usually A Christmas Carol. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season.
    Cathy S
    seashore@telus.net

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  178. Merry Christmas Mary, have really enjoyed your videos.
    Our only tradition is to have a secret santa among our family of around 25 people. We each spend about $5-$10 on the one person you picked from the hat and then all gifts are placed under the tree. You then have to guess who brought the gift for you and if you can't guess correctly you have to donate it to the local hospital charity fund. It is just a bit of fun and a lovely way to send some gifts to people who spend the season in hospital or alone.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    kimthompson68(at)sky(dot)com.
    Kim xXx

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  179. Merry Christmas, Mary. Thansk for the chance to win the cart. My grandmother used to dress up as Santa on Christmas Eve. All the children would dress as elves and deliver the presents to the adults. the "elves" then chose one gift to open. That left Christmas morning free for everone to enjoy the children and play with them. This has continued into the next two generations.

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  180. What a very nice thing for you to do, I enjoy your videos. Christmas Eve we have the tradition of going to the Candlelight Service at our church(where I get to play my violin as part of the service.) For Christmas we have a tradition of homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, watching football, munching on goodies and hanging out with family.

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  181. We spend several hours Christmas Eve playing games, eating and opening gifts with my husbands family (about 30 of us total). Christmas day is spent with my extended family, cousins and all. We have a wonderful time both days.
    Merry Christmas Mary! Thank you for all the inspiration you give us during the year.

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  182. Mary, what a nice giveaway. I always enjoy your videos ans cards. Our tradition is to celebrate both Xmas and Hanukah. So we have 2 big family dinners to celebrate each one with present opening and good food and fun!
    Kim
    kjl571 at yahoo dot com

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  183. Our tradition when opening presents is to sit in a circle and open present one by one. When the kids and grandkids were little you could just see them shaking with excitement anxiously waiting for their turn. It was so cute. Now they are teens and still get excited for their turn.
    Merry Christmas Mary, I've really enjoyed your blog all year. Hope you keep it up.
    Mary Ann
    mahuntington@wavecable.com

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  184. How thoughtful of you to give away the cartridge. I love your blog and your videos. They are so inspirational. Can't wait to see what the new year brings. When my daughter was small, her excitement was amazing on Christmas Eve. To help her maintain, we would open our Christmas stockings. She is now 28 years old, and we still hold to that tradition on Christmas Eve. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  185. My Christmas tradition. I make ornaments or buy one for my grandchildren each year. I starting making ornaments for the people that worked on my line in the factory, back in 1978 and did this until I quit working there.

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  186. On Christmas morning at my house my children and hubby and I open gifts, Not sure who is up first the hubby or kids. They wake me up and we open our gifts. And later that morning we go to my parents house and open gifts there and have dinner,I pray we don't have turkey but it never fails we do. And than we lay around full and watch movies or just watch the kids playing with their gifts, I love christmas
    thanks for the chance to win
    maria

    marial302003@yahoo.com

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  187. OH Mary,
    You are oh so kind to be giving away this adorable cartridge. Thank you so much for the chance. I love going to this once community in my city that is called Candy Cane Lane. It's all these homes that are decorated and collect donations for the local food bank. It was one of the first date place that myself and my boyfriend went to =)
    Alice
    alicewong at telusplanet dot net

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  188. Nice of you to play Santa for us, Mary.
    Looks like a cute cartridge. Thanks for the chance to win it!
    One family Christmas tradition for me is to watch the "Scrooge" musical with Albert Finney. My husband took me to see the movie ages ago at Radio City Music Hall. I liked it so much he bought me the album and then the video...now dvd. It isn't officially Christmas in my house until I've seen it.
    PJ(Jessie Adams)baseballclayfun@yahoo.com

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  189. Since my children were small I gave them a christmas orniment and it has carried on now to the grandchildren. They love to look at the tree and try to remember what year they got each orniment. It is so much fun!

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  190. My Christmas tradition is not really much of a tradition as much as it is a brief moment of sanity on Christmas Eve, usually the kids get themselves in such a tizzy over the presents that I have to let them open 1 gift on Christmas Eve but the catch is they all have to stay up until midnight, which they usually do and then i get a few more hours of shut eye on Christmas morning hehehe. Thanks Laura.

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  191. Merry Christmas, Mary! Love your videos and you are so sweet to do a give-away!
    On Christmas Day we open our stockings, then we eat Lemon Puff Pancakes for breakfast before we open presents.
    Have a great week!
    Southernmrs
    at verizon dot net

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  192. My Christmas tradition - On Christmas eve the kids would work themselves up into such a tizzy over the presents that I would let them open one presnt, the catch was they would have to stay up until midnight in order to open their present, this usually allowed my some extra shut eye Christmas morning hehehe. Thanks Laura.

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  193. Wow... my dear granddaughter just started tap and ballet classes. This cart looks like it would be great for her recital cards! Our Christmas tradition is to make everyone wait and open their gifts one at a time so we can all see (drives them all crazy)

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  194. I don't know if is a tradition but the part we most enjoy is when we decorate our tree, we have some ornaments that are very special for us.

    Love your videos, thanks for the giveaway!!!

    tereyadolfo@hotmail.com

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  195. We enjoy sitting around eating after we all have cooked the food together! thanks for the chance to win! slnewby@gmail.com

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  196. Merry Christmas everyone! Living in SW Florida our tradition is a low land country boil for Christmas dinner. Lots of yummy veggies and shrimp and crab. This year we are adding lobster to the pot.
    Thanks for the videos, Mary I love them!

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  197. Our traditions have been changing because of the changing family dynamics but when our girls were little we used to drive around on Christmas Eve looking at all of the pretty lights.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday and thanks for sharing all of your talents with us.

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  198. Mary

    Our favorite traditions are eating all our favorite foods Christmas Eve and Christmas
    Day. Nice giveaway.
    Merry Christmas,
    Kathy
    kals@zoominternet.net

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  199. Spending as much time with family as we can!! Just chillin and visiting!!

    Thanks for all your inspiration over the year!!

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  200. Hi Mary, We bake cookies and make candy to exchange with friends for our family get togethers. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for the chance to win the Twinkle Toes cartridge!
    lyn
    blply05 at yahoo dot com

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