My 2016 Tastemakers Christmas Tree~And a Giveaway

Please enter to win a $150 Balsam Hill Gift Card at the end of this post. 
It's no secret that I love to get an early start on decorating for the holidays. I'm so excited to share my first Christmas post of the year today! Even more excited than usual because it's a special year for one of my favorite companies. A group of bloggers and I are joining in the Balsam Hill Tastemakers Housewalk in honor of their 10th Anniversary Celebration.   

Balsam Hill asked me to decorate a tree in my home using ornaments from one of their new, curated collections of ornaments and trim. Take a look at the tree I created featuring the stunning Silver and Gold Collection...






This tree resides in my Home Office Dining Room. Yes, you read that correctly, this room pulls double duty as a hard working Home Office during the week and an elegant Dining Room for entertaining on the weekends. 







There is nothing more romantic than a full sized tree in the dining room. The glow it casts on a beautifully set table and the festive atmosphere it creates for our holiday dinners is something I look forward to every year.   






My Home Office Dining Room is small, and it's tricky to fit a full sized Christmas tree in this room without crowding the dining table. Balsam Hill to the rescue. The Fifth Ave Flatback tree is the perfect solution. Once the realistic, beautiful tree is decorated, you can hardly tell the back is completely flat. The front is full and lush and the back sits flush against the wall. It gives me the look of a full sized tree while taking up only half of the space. 






When planning the theme for my tree decor, I tapped into my inner child. I drew inspiration from my childhood Christmas memories while I headed to Balsam Hill to view their latest collections. I was enamored by the antiqued gold glass ornaments featured in the Silver and Gold Collection. They have a vintage, Victorian that look creates a sophisticated, elegant theme which is perfect for a formal Dining Room. When I was a child, holiday dinners and entertaining friends and family was a big deal in my home, thinking back on that made the choice of ornaments easy. 







Then something really cool happened, I stumbled upon their Miracle Flame Christmas Tree LED Candles. They instantly took me back to the Christmas trees decorated by my Mom when I was little. She always had real candles (never lit, of course) clipped to the tree. I always loved the way it looked and dreamt of how pretty it would be to see them lit. 





That wish came true when I received the candles from Balsam Hill and placed them on my tree. They are amazing! They are provide a soft moving glow that is incredibly realistic looking, especially at night. They even feature a soft crackling noise that imitates the sound of a real flickering flame. 
The glow of the candles highlights the Gold and Silver Ornament Collection. 





To play up my inner child theme, I placed real, naturally shed, antlers covered in glitter in the branches which provide a whimsical nod towards the childhood magic of Christmas Reindeer. This sense of whimsy is further highlighted by a fun mix of gift wrap and ribbon patterns all in black and white. Mixing polka dots with oversized animal prints is a contemporary twist that contrasts with the vintage inspired ornaments for the perfect combination of old and new. 






A special thanks to Balsam Hill for including me in your Tastemakers Housewalk. I'm honored to help you celebrate your 10 Year Anniversary. 






Thank you for letting me share my first tree of the season with you today. Now, it's time to check out the rest of the gorgeous trees decorated by some of my favorite bloggers also joining in the  Tastemakers Housewalk...

The Idea Room
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
My Sweet Savannah
Bliss at Home



Now, it's your turn to enjoy beautiful Balsam Hill Christmas decor in your home. At the end of this post, please share a childhood Christmas memory for a chance to win a $150 Gift Card to Balsam Hill (please don't forget to leave your email address in your comment so I can contact the winner). This is a single use gift card and can't be used with any other coupons. I will be randomly selecting one lucky winner on 11/25/16. 


For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.
* This is not a sponsored post, however, I received ornaments from Balsam Hill to facilitate this post.








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89 comments:

  1. So pretty! I also love that that tree is flat on the back side, I honestly had never heard of such a thing but it is pure genious!!!!

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  2. Oh wow this is brilliant, just love it.

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  3. My favorite Christmas memory is gathering with my family at my grandmother's on Christmas Eve. When the night got late, Santa would make an appearance outside (secretly it was a relative dressed as Santa). Me and all of my cousins would crowd the window trying to catch a peak. That's when we knew it was time to go home and get to sleep because Santa was already out delivering toys. Now I know it was our parents genius way of corralling anxious children to sleep on Christmas Eve.

    Love the idea of antlers in the tree!

    gentry.tubbs@gmail.com

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  4. That tree looks great! My husband has been trying to get me to consider switching to an artificial tree... maybe we can agree on something like this!

    My favorite childhood Christmas memories involve being with our extended family. It was great to have all of the cousins together, especially since we only saw each other a few times per year. We always had a big meal (similar to thanksgiving) and oodles of Christmas cookies. Yum!

    My email is Emilyryan02@gmail.com

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  5. What a gorgeous tree! My fondest childhood Christmas memory stems from the hand-made ornaments my grandmother made. I remember adding them to the tree each year and thinking how much they reminded me of her.

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  6. My favorite memory is baking cookies with my mom and sister to put out for Santa. My mom had this adorable plate with a spot for carrots for the reindeer and matching mug for milk :)

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  7. Gorgeous tree. The first Christmas memory that is popping up is the year I went into the basement despite my mom telling us kids not to! I saw my presents and had to act surprised on Christmas day. It really taught me the value of appreciating the anticipation of an event and the surprises it contains. email: beckmoyer@gmail.com

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  8. I remember the Christmas Village under our tree and the large bulb multi=color lights on the tree.

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  9. We used to go caroling to all the widows in the neighborhood. I remember most of the older women loving us coming by so much that they would be crying by the end. And sometime me too.

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  10. I remember going christmas caroling to all the older widows in the neighborhood. Many of us would be crying by the end. Super fun!
    jansanderson70@gmail.com

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  11. What a beautiful tree! I have so many fond memories of Christmas as a child. We always had a live tree that didn't get put up until Christmas Eve, fast forward a few years and I recall our first artificial tree was a silver tinsel tree with a rotating color light wheel. Well I guess I just aged myself didn't I? My favorite Christmas Eve would have to be when I got my first puppy, a Shepard Chow mix named Teddy Bear!

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  12. As a child my mother would leave out a glass of beer & cookies for Santa & hay for the reindeer. When I awoke Christmas morning it was all gone & I believed Santa had made a visit. apikula.aussie18@gmail.com

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  13. I'll never forget when I got my first bicycle! I spent the whole rest of the day riding it around our cul-de-sac!

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  14. One of my favorite memories is hanging a framed cross-stitched Christmas tree on our wall each year. My grandmother, who died 20 years ago, hand made it and I've always loved it. Now that I have my own home and family, that picture makes its return each year, and I always look forward to seeing it.

    Heather
    Hbingham789456@yahoo.com

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  15. My parents once put a reindeer hoof print on a note I had written to Santa asking for proof that he was real. It was actually a dog's paw but as kids we didn't figure it out. �� Christy_manar@hotmail.com

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous, I am ready to decorate for Christmas NOW :) One of my favorite memories is going downtown to the L.S. Ayers department store where we could ride the train to visit santa, decorate cookies, and listen to children's stories in the kids clothing department. bmattson@callcarpenter.com - Brooke

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  17. What a gorgeous tree and love that leopard wrap. Growing up I loved the huge Christmas Eve we had with my family and a seafood dinner, then the kids would go to sleep and my Grandma would wake us around 2am telling us Santa just came and we could open our presents, was always so much fun.

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  18. I loved dancing out in the yard at night when Dad had Christmas lights on the house. It always felt so magical! guildgal@gmail.com

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  19. I loved thinking back on past Christmases...I still remember being very little and responsible for putting the silver strands of "icicles" on the tree. It just made the tree shimmer as the light reflected or you walked past.

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  20. Such a beautiful dining room and Christmas tree! My childhood Christmas was very simply, we didn't have a lot. One memory was my mom hanging 3 large pinecones from a red ribbon and putting them on our front door every year at the start of the season. The pinecones are are at least 75 years old! Luckily I still have them and put them in the dining room every year.

    Kathy
    ctwhalens@aol.com

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  21. I remember my grandma's tree, fresh cut,covered in tinsel placed one piece at a time!

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  22. My Mother always rode my siblings and I around on Christmas Eve and see if we could see Santa...a wonderful Christmas memory that I also do with my children.
    gcurrin@myway.com

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  23. I always went to church on Christmas Eve growing up and the beauty of the candles and the complete peace that Silent Night makes was and will always be a cherished memory.gcurrin@myway.com

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous! Looks perfect in your dining room.

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  25. We knew that some neighbors had been struggling financially so we bought lots of groceries and loaded them on plastic sleds and left them on their porch on Christmas Eve. We had lots of snow that year and I will never forget running to hide in the nearby orchard after ringing the doorbell.

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  26. One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was when my parents allowed me to completely take over decorating w Christmas tree. I choose to flick it and cover it with white lights and icicles. It was something totally different for us.
    Joypursued@gmail.com

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  27. I remember the full size manger scene that my dad would put up...only thing is that sometimes it stayed up until Easter. kathybadams@gmail.com

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  28. One of me favorite Christmas memory - stocking full of fruit and the peppermints that we only received at that time of year.
    kathybadams@gmail.com

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  29. Every year someone opened the wrong present. The best of them all was my little brother, then about age 6, opening a shirt (size large) meant for my dad, holding it up for the camera and screaming "THANKS SANTA!" mtdonaldson@gmail.com

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  30. As a kid we'd always go up to visit our family in Ohio--grandparents, aunts and uncles. Many are still there. My paternal grandma and grandpa, neither of whom are with us anymore, would let us stay with them because they had a nice full basement. They didn't have much space in their sunken living room for a big Christmas tree, so instead they had one of those little ceramic Christmas trees with the lights in it. Something like this: http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/67028
    I loved that little thing! Now I totally want one of my own haha

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  31. My favorite Christmas memory is of decorating the tree... especially hearing the stories of some of the special family ornaments and hanging the tinsel icicles. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. In 1976, when I was five years old, my family lived on a remote island off of Alaska. Every night it was my ritual to put my two Barbies in their beds that occupied my mid-century nightstand, place a blanket over each of them and then go to bed myself. One morning a week before Christmas, I woke up and made a startling discovery. Both of my Barbies were naked! I redressed them quickly and went about my day. Later that night, I made certain they were dressed before I went to sleep.

    The second morning, I woke up and discovered to my horror that my Barbies were once again naked! Again, I made certain that I put them to bed dressed, before I fell asleep. The third morning I woke up to find that not only were the Barbies naked, but they were sleeping in the wrong bed!

    Paranoia consumed me! What was going on? I had no siblings, so who or what could be undressing my precious dolls? On my favorite show, Scooby Doo, the guilty party was usually the mayor or some other person who had easy access. Over a bowl of cereal, I eyed my mother suspiciously. When I was done eating, I confronted her. "Are you playing with my Barbies?" I demanded to known. My mother gave me a confused look and I explained that someone or something was taking my Barbie's clothes off while I slept at night. My mother hastily suggested I had forgotten to dress them and went back to washing dishes. Later that night, I did my best to stay awake to see who was sneaking into my room, but I soon fell asleep.

    The fourth morning I awoke only to discover that my Barbies still dressed and in the same place I left them the night before. Relief washed over me! A few days later on Christmas morning, I opened a box to find it filled with Barbie clothes for every occasion! On closer inspection, I recognized some of the fabric and realized that my mother had meticulously hand sewn each outfit. My mother smiled at me and then admitted that night after night, she had waited until I was sound asleep before she borrowed the Barbies to make sure that her creations fit properly. Exhausted, she would put the naked Barbies back in my room and then hide all the evidence.

    Those Barbie clothes were one of the best gifts that I have ever received and to this day, they are lovingly stored in a box in my basement.

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  33. I always remember hearing my parents bringing in our gifts in large black trash bags so if we did wake up, we would not know what it was until it was time to open our presents very late at night and setting things up such as bikes.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  34. When I was a child I remember going to my grandmothers and we spent the night. Well me and my three brothers decided to sneak into the living room were all the gifts were and the room we had not been allowed to go into. Well as we crept towards it and opened the door who was sitting there waiting everyone lol . They knew we would try it! my4boysand1 at gmail.com

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  35. I remember one year my brother and I got up before my very hard working, single mom and opened every single gift under the tree including gifts four our grandparents, cousins etc. I will never understand how my mom stayed so very calm and just sorted our gifts and just let us enjoy the morning with our gifts.

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  36. I'm from a family of 6 children and the thing I enjoyed the most at Christmas was how my mom would let us kids decorate the tree. Yes, it was gaudy and quite hideous, but us kids were so proud of it every year.
    jendantuma@gmail.com

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  37. my dad dressed up as santa and made sure he woke us up and said stay in bed you have been very good i heard some noise and after a while i heard hohohoho and thanks for the cookies i was like o goodness 4 or 5 ccntx@live.com

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  38. I remember as a child I loved to sit near the tree on the floor and gaze at the ornaments as they reflected the Christmas lights and colors of the tree, and since I have had my own children they sleep under the Christmas tree once it is decorated and I hope they feel the same warm, happy, fond feelings I had as a child. My second favorite Christmas memory is that new doll smell, there is nothing like it in the world! cindyshaffer56@gmail.com

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  39. A favorite memory is having hot chocolate on Christmas Eve in Santa mugs by the lighted Christmas tree. smward51@hotmail.com

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  40. We always listened to Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" album (actual record, not CD) while we were decorating the Christmas tree. Now I do the same with my kids, but we have it on the iPod/Stereo. :) steeplechaser29 at yahoo

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  41. A fond memory is decorating the Christmas Tree with the family. I loved the old ornaments and would stare at myself in the round bulbs and pretend it was a girl from Christmas Land staring back at me!

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  42. Loved decorating the tree and drinking hot chocolate singing Christmas carols as a child, I now do that with my kids.

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  43. Beeeautiful tree! One of my favorite Christmas memories is caroling through our friend's neighborhood while on a hay ride. Some people would decorate their horses, we were quite a spectacle! I remember a nice lady giving us baked goods as we passed her house :). leahjean18{at}gmail.com

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  44. My grandmother had this ornament that chirped like a bird. I loved that ornament. She would put it up every year on her Christmas tree. When she passed away, I kept that particular ornament to remind me of her and I put it on my Christmas tree for my kids every year until it broke. It always felt like my grandma was with me at Christmas with her ornament.
    Tamika
    trekenjosh@@aol.com

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  45. My favorite Christmas memory is when "Santa" accidentally put a present behind the couch. We didn't find it for months after! My brother felt better then, because he hadn't gotten the same number of gifts as my sister and I. My parents felt much better as well! :) trisca@charter.net

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  46. Best memories are making and decorating cookies with my mom and grandma.

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  47. My grandmother sent us her special Croatian nut roll (povitica) at Christmastime and now I make it for my family.

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  48. I remember watching my grandmother cook all her traditional holiday recipes and all my aunts and uncles gathering in my aunts tiny apartment to celebrate her visit.

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  49. Best Christmas Memory - When I was 6 years old, we moved from Japan to the U.S. On Christmas Eve, we flew from Okinawa to Louisville, KY and surprised our grandparents. My Grandma was so surprised and wouldn't stop hugging my little sisters and me. Then she ran out to the store to shop to make sure treasures were under the tree (she had shipped our gifts to Japan). She was the best! I still miss her!
    Michele (mrosenbaum3 at yahoo.com)

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  50. I remember being surprised to get a Barbie dream house with an elevator

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  51. My best memory of Christmas is decorating the tree & having hot cocoa. Many more wonderful memories, but I love thinking about my childhood Christmas tree.

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  52. I loved to bake cookies with my mother and sisters...dozens and dozens...and eating them of course! laurammann0722@gmail.com

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  53. You did an amazing job! Love your tree and how cool to have a flat back! My favorite Christmas memory was my Dad putting so many Christmas lights up that we had rows of cars circling our cultasac! My sisters and I would rollerblade around dressed as elfs and pass out candy canes to all the people driving by! We had an angle flying over our house, a papermache Santa my mom made, frosty the snow man made out of flocked tumbleweed, oh I could go on and on it was a magical time of year thanks to my moms hard work designing and my Dads hard work making it his third job come November!

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  54. Our family moved into a new house Dec 1963, just before Christmas. I can remember hearing the needles falling onto the gifts under the tree in the living room. The whole family got the giggles listening to our very own "Charlie Brown" tree raining down the hall! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. Your tree is gorgeous! I have many Christmas memories. .my fave is the year my brother & I woke up to Snow outside! & Santa brought us drumsets!!

    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Joey

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  56. Oops..forgot my email address lol
    Sorry!
    joeycanwin@gmail.com

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  57. My two cousins and I would go back to my grandparents' house on Christmas Eve and draw straws to see where they would go first the next day, It was aways the highlight of our Christmas to have our grandparents with us. They would sit with us while we opened presents and eat cookies that my little Italian Aunt made for us and have the best time.

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  58. One year my parents tucked brochures for Disney World into the top of our stockings - it would be our first trip (and last) to see Disney over Spring Break. Loved that idea!

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  59. My favorite memory is making goodie boxes for the elderly neighbors with my grandma. I loved spending the quality time with her and listening to her stories of Christmas' past.

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  60. Back when I was child, we were lucky to get one gift. There were twelve of us kids, and I still visualize mom's long, cotton stockings hanging all the way up to the stairway, just waiting to be filled by Santa. At five in the morning, we were up and ready to open up our one gift, but the most important thing was the fruit, ribbon candy, nuts, and box of Life Savers--all colors of the rainbow--in our Christmas stockings!

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  61. Absolutely LOVE your design sense... probably the only blogger that I come back to time and time again for inspiration in my own home. Not sure if the contest is open to Canadians, but my fav memory is from when I was about 5, stockings were kept on our bed. I felt my stocking at the end of my bed, it was still empty. Santa hadn't been yet. Fell asleep, and as I woke up, I saw my bedroom door close. I felt down for my now full stocking and was absolutely stunned that I had caught a glimpse of Santa leaving my room. That feeling of believing stayed with me for a long time!

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  62. My Best Christmas memory is the tree and smell. I host the Holiday now for a very large family and it takes me weeks to decorate to make sure my family and guests get that holiday magic!!!


    wayneschwab@yahoo.com

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  63. From the time I was little I have loved all the activities leading up to the holidays! The stores getting ready with beautiful decor, shopping for friends and family, baking all the holiday cookies and pies, and of course decorating every nook and cranny of our home with our own holiday decorations. My favorite memory is whenever mom would look at dad and ask him to bring down the decorations from the attic. It always unleashed the excitement of decorating the tree, untangling the lights, and having the house look so magical each season!

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  64. One of my favorite Christmas memories is how my Mom always took the time to arrange each child a section of gifts from "Santa" on Christmas morning. I have four siblings and she made us all a beautiful display of gifts, some wrapped and some unwrapped. Still don't know how she did it, but thankful for a loving Mom! ctdoan@aol.com

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  65. My favorite Christmas memories are playing cards after dinner with all the relatives, my grandma and I were card sharks and always accused of passing cards under the table - we didn't! And, especially the year we got stuck in a snow drift out on their road and my grandpa came to carry me into the house, my brother and sister were older and had to walk themselves. Later that night, our grandparents fired up their old record player and put on their old 78's, big band music and taught us kids how to waltz- it was magical and I miss them dearly!

    Thank you for asking the question, this definitely warmed my heart this morning!

    mindiperson@gmail.com

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  66. Every year I looked forward to the day designated by my mom for making candy and baking cookies. We were in the kitchen all day, mixing, rolling and cutting out cookies then baking and decorating and starting on the next batch! And what scrumptious candies: Martha Washington candy, fudge, pralines, and so much more. To this day I try to carry some of that forward with my own grandchildren. Kathy at turnerkathy57@gmail.com

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  67. My favorite Christmas memory is spending the better part of the morning opening up gifts, eating leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner and staying in our pajamas all day. However, my favorite memory as a mother was when 'santa' left one of his sleigh bells for my daughter next to the cookie plate with a note. She still talks about it! Email: leslie_703@hotmail.com

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  68. I was so young that I barely remember this one Christmas we went to family in Montana & I will always just remember the snow!!! craig25becky @ yahoo

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  69. I always looked forward to making the Christmas cookies with my mom- icing, sprinkles, the works. Now, I look forward every year to repeating the tradition with my kids! dandskeefe at msn.com

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  70. When I was a young girl, we spent Christmas as out lake house. I was so distraught that Santa would leave my presents at the house, but my dad reassured me that he'd know where I was. I was pretty stressed until Christmas day when all my gifts were there. :) waytoomanycats at gmail dot com

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  71. My Christmas memory is going to church on Christmas Eve, then coming home to have hot chocolate and homemade cookies by the fire. Then we would put on our Christmas pajamas and take our annual photo.
    liese1235@gmail.com

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  72. Growing up my Mom would do 2 Christmas trees, the fake one was all white and the real one was colored. She liked tons of lights, so I would have to wrap and wrap and wrap colored lights around each little branch of the real tree. It was time consuming, but looked amazing when done.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Amy Hertoolbelt at Gmail dot com

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  73. Every year since I became a mom (7 years ago) my husband and I started a tradition the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. We make our own Check Mix, get in Christmas pajamas and watch The Polar Express. It kicks off our holiday season and the kids (now 4 of them) love it! Who needs to go out on the Biggest bar night of the year! �� We all love this night and count down as soon as Halloween is over until our Polar Express Night! Then, Friday we all decorate the house for Xmas together.

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  74. My favorite memor growing up has to be every year we would decorate as a family while we played our favorite Christmas records. Once everything was done and cleaned up, we would order pizza to eat in the living room and turn off all the lights while we watched a Christmas movie together. Now with a young family of my own, I set up the tree the night before Thanksgiving (since my little ones don't have the patience for the assembly and light stringing) and we wake up Thanksgiving morning and decorate the tree while we watch the parade :) crawyeaters at gmail.com

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  75. My favorite Christmas memory is the year I wanted a certain Bratz doll set, but they were sold out everywhere. When I opened my presents that Christmas, I was shocked to see the sold out Bratz doll. I knew in that moment Santa had to be real. :) tarahf7@gmail.com

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  76. My favorite Christmas memory is making tree garland using Froot Loops. That was the only time of year that my mom would buy them and I think I ate more "garland" than I made. ��
    Dmcarter4@bellsouth.net

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  77. My favorite memory is making garland with Froot Loops. This is the only time that my mom would buy them so it was a treat. I think I ate more "garland" than I made. 😉
    Dmcarter4@bellsouth.net

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  78. Gifts from Santa were never wrapped as a child. When we went to bed there were only a few wrapped gifts under the tree. One morning, I woke up early and slowly crept out to the living room. I was trying to be so, so quiet not to wake anyone up. When I reached the living room it was only lit up from the glow of the Christmas tree lights and beautiful, wonderful items were left by SANTA!!!! I stood there in amazement. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Santa Claus had come to our house! That feeling returns to me every single year. I absolutely LOVE Christmas and the spirit it brings. Not only is it filled with love, but there is truly something magical. My hope is that everyone is able to experience that feeling at least once in their lifetime. Wishing you an absolutely wonderful and MAGICAL Holiday season!

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  79. I forgot to leave my email...smellysewer@yahoo.com

    Thank you again.

    Kelli Rohloff

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  80. Every year, we would put candles (electric ones) in each window of the house. When we would return from Christmas even church service the house would be a glow with candlelight as we pulled into the driveway... I couldn't wait for Santa to come then! kcharnley@gmail.com

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  81. Every year my entire family gets together the week before Christmas for our annual "Tree Party." It's been a tradition for over 50 years. We all (30+ people) go to the local tree farm, toast the trees with a cheap brandy who will never get cut down because of their appearance, and cut down a 22 foot tree to bring back to the house to decorate. This house is the house my dad and his 5 other brother and sisters grew up in. This huge tree is put up in the middle of the house and decorated with all of the ornaments from my dads childhood.

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  82. Hello, I'm Clarice. I don't recall any Christmas memories with my family growing up; which is why I go above and beyond now that I have my own family. Just to name a few, we bake cookies for Santa, wear matching family pajamas, and watch Home Alone 2 every year. Cbailey428@gmail.com

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  83. I remember going to see Santa by climbing up this huge metal staircase while Santa sat in his Christmas parade float. It was terrifying climbing up there, but quite memorable!!

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  84. My favorite memory during Christmas is my dad's train set under the Christmas tree. It would smoke and the smell would fill the house. I can still smell it when I imagine it. Jcgies11@gmail.com

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  85. One Christmas day the was ice cold and snowy outside. My grandfather was in a wheelchair and my parents were determined to have him join is for Christmas. When they arrived, my dad and uncle had to wrap him up in blankets and carry him into the house. Wheelchair and all. This was one of great Christmas as our family was all together. This happened about 40 years ago and it still seems like yesterday. chrisjamie0212@gmail.com

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  86. One Christmas day it was ice cold and snowy outside. My grandfather was in a wheelchair and didn't think he was going to join us. My parents were still determined to pick him up. When they arrived, my dad and uncle wrapped him up in blankets and carried him into the house. Wheelchair and all. This was one great Christmas has our family was together. This was about 40 years ago. chrisjamie0212@gmail.com

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  87. Love decorating my home for the holidays! I get the music on, fireplace and candoes lit and take time to reflect on my blessings and true meaning of the season. Such a magical season!!

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  88. Love decorating my home for the holidays! I get the music on, fireplace and candoes lit and take time to reflect on my blessings and true meaning of the season. When I was young, my brother and I would get up early, turn the lights on and sing Christmas songs. Such a magical season!!

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