A gift for you

I can’t believe that the end of the year is upon us! How does time go so fast?! I started this little blog in the spring, after much thought and prayer. I had been interested in photography for awhile, but didn’t know if I should pursue it. There was a voice telling me that I’m not good enough at it to take photos for other people, and then another voice saying that I need to step out of my comfort zone, and see what happens 🙂 Stepping out of our comfort zones is not usually what we call fun 🙂 But we grow when we do that. Anyways, I’m still learning a lot, and have so much room for improvement, but this is something I absolutely love! I usually get comments at family gatherings like, ” She’s got that camera out again.” 😉 And it’s true, because I love pictures!

I decided that I would like to give my readers a chance to win a gift from me, to show my appreciation for visiting my blog, and encouraging me. There’s been so many times you leave me a comment, and it just made my day 🙂

This is what I’m giving away…cookie bake, christmas, etc 061A $25 gift card from Darden. It can be used at any Darden connected restaurants in the U.S., including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House, or Red Lobster.

To enter to win, leave a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas tradition is. I will announce the winner on Monday, December 29th.

Happy Monday!

34 thoughts on “A gift for you

  1. We don’t have many traditions, because Christmas can be so different each year since we don’t live near family. Some years are spent at home by ourselves, sometimes we travel to see family, and sometimes local friends will invite us to their home, knowing that we spend the day alone. But one tradition that we do every year when we are home, is watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve and let the kids open one gift (often new PJ’s and stuff to snack on during movie time).
    This year we are staying home. I am looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with Dan and the kids! 🙂 We need this quiet time together this year!

  2. Jen horning says:

    when my family gets together on Christmas day we sing Christmas hymns for an hour before the kiddies open their gifts. I treasure that tradition!

  3. Cheryl says:

    I’m glad you stepped out of your comfort zone! 🙂 As our own little family, we really don’t have a tradition yet, but with my family we always have shrimp for supper…it’s something everyone looks forward to. Merry Christmas to your family! ~Cheryl

  4. Leah says:

    Grew up in Honduras… so I love the nacatamales they make and serve on the 24th and 31st of Dec. That’s what we’re having this year on Christmas day at my sister’s place…{even tho we live in the U.S. now}

  5. Gina Bergey says:

    One of the traditions we started a few years ago is to all camp out together on the living room floor (sometimes Phil and I end up on the sofa and recliner! 😉 – that floor is pretty hard!) on Christmas Eve night, then in the morning, we get up and open presents, and make a big breakfast. That won’t happen that way this year, but we may still have a slumber party w/ the children sometime! 🙂

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  6. Diane H says:

    We always make bread for some of our neighbors, we sing for some, when we deliver it. We have found that traditions do change a bit as the family gets older. We love Christmas morning, drinking coffee/cocca as we have a time of worship, then a very relaxing day after that. Starting a puzzle is often part of that relaxation! Can’t wait for the quietness!!! I must get that bread mixed up!

    I recently found your blog. We have 3 children with cannon rebels, so we love looking at other photography.

  7. I enjoy reading your blog! (And seeing all the pics!)

    My fav tradition is getting together with my family Christmas Eve. We do a light supper (because everyone is tired of big meals with heavy foods!) and exchange gifts. We sisters usually sing a few songs together, and we all take a ton of pictures. Christmas Day Jay & I and now little Z stay home and relax!

  8. My favorite tradition is that we begin december doing random acts of kindness. It was something we did lightly always, but after Sandy Hook we decided to do it in honor of the victims and it just stuck. We buy warm drinks for bell ringers, pay for beverages in drive throughs behind us, take gift cards to cashiers, tape bags of coins to hospital vending machines, leave cocoa and marshmallows on people’s porches, bake for our law enforcement and firemen, take breakfast to teachers, etc… It completely changed the way we honored advent and really the way we viewed the season in general. (In a good way)

  9. I know the feeling of stepping out but not feeling good enough! Glad you gave it a shot. 🙂

    Tradition… not sure if we really have one. My kids think it’s going to Grandma’s for Christmas. 🙂

  10. I LOVE Christmas so much, it is hard for me to narrow down my favorite tradition is!!! But, I suppose my most favorite Christmas tradition of all happens on Christmas Eve when my sweet little family and I gather around to open our gifts and to remember the most precious Gift we have ever been given…the gift of our Savior. How thankful I am to know that He came…that He condescended to become one of us, so He could know how we feel and so He could present Himself a living sacrifice for our sins. I love Him so!! I love every, single thing about celebrating His birth…not only at Christmas, but all through the year! Thank you so much for the giveaway!! How exciting!!!!! 🙂

  11. Mary Ann Mast says:

    A favorite Christmas tradition is spending time with family. When you have extended family not living in the same community it’s very special to be together.

  12. Elaine says:

    We have what I call a Christmas party. I make elegant, fun food mostly appetizers with a teaparty feel, small danties 🙂 then open gifts ! The girls each receive a new dress , I buy material( n hope they like) & give them a finished dress that they never saw before. It has always been a hit. keep up the photography, and have an amazing Christmas!! Elaine

  13. Melinda says:

    We always get together with my family at my parents. ( Not always on Christmas Day) We have dinner, sing some carols and exchange gifts. We play games and relax, then have shrimp and salad for supper. We usually have hot dogs for the lil ones, and anyone else who doesn’t care for shrimp:)

  14. Christina says:

    Being with family and friends, eating tons of food!Christmas eve. our family opens presents!It’s always fun to watch the children’s faces when they open up their gifts, and yes it’s very loud!We are blessed!

  15. Crystal Zeiset says:

    One of our favorite tradition is going Christmas Caroling with a horse and wagon. My whole family meet at my parents and sing for some of their neighbors. Then we come back to Mom’s house for hot chocolate and snack. We even got to do it this year right before my parents left for the Philippines for 2 months. Crystal Zeiset

  16. My new favorite tradition is Christmas with my husbands family. Its usually an all day affair starting with a full lunch and includes games, walks, talking, gift giving, poem reciting, singing and then a huge snack to which is proceedes by more talking, walks and games 🙂

  17. Our family often has other things going on Christmas Day, and we don’t really have any traditions surrounding Christmas, but we have a few for New Year’s Day. We enjoy giving each other gifts, spending the day together, sleeping in, making candy, playing games, and just having a good, quality family day. Happy 2015 to you…(even tho I don’t know you and just found your blog but enjoyed what I read so far!)

  18. Coleen Brubaker says:

    My family carries the tradition of always having a shrimp dinner. Part of our dessert is a birthday cake for Jesus. Family has grown so important to me since our mother died 2 yrs ago. It’s so special to keep the traditions she started!

  19. Karen Wenger says:

    We started a family tradition with our children, singing favorite Christmas songs (the children get to pick the songs) then open gifts! We also enjoy filling plates of Homemade Christmas cookies and candies to give too teachers & neighbors!

  20. I have quite a few traditions that I cherish .I love getting together with my Mom and sisters to exchange cookies and make all kinds of yummy candy !!!! I would say my most favorite though would be spending time with those I love ! Things will be a bit different this year since we are in Haiti but, I can still celebrate Jesus birth and spread His love to those around me ! Miss you Sis !!! Looking forward to seeing you in January !!!

  21. Alexa Martin says:

    A Christmas tradition that we’ve had ever since I remember is that Grandma and Grandpa give us grandchildrien the gift of time. In the summer they take us and our cousins that are our age to different fun places. Some of the fun things we do are shopping, camping, biking, and going to the zoo. We always look forward to a day with Grandma and Grandpa.

  22. What a great gift! There are so many things we do every year that I enjoy, but mainly seeing our families. Also, I wouldn’t call it a tradition but seeing the surprise and wonder on my son’s face as he matures each year and discovers new facets of our precious holiday is the highlight of my celebration.

  23. Sharon Horst says:

    Think my favorite is getting together with family and lots of yummy food. I also enjoy our day together with mom n sisters to exchange our cookies n make candy. May we all remember the real meaning of Christmas- Jesus. Merry Christmas n Happy New Year!!

  24. Marian says:

    We don’t really have any traditions as of yet but we especially
    enjoy times with friends & family.Thanks for a chance to win!

  25. Annie says:

    When my family gets together for Christmas, my dad always reads the Christmas story. The children sit around him and he asks them questions about what he read. It’s a great way to teach them that Christmas isn’t just about getting new toys!!

  26. Ruth says:

    Not too many traditions yet but hoping to start ours next year with the arrival of our tiny one in April!
    We love times with family though! Cookie exchange and caroling!

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