The Magic of Christmas - Give Away

Friday, November 23, 2007

Hi everyone
Well it has been a long week and I am really putting off doing orders today as my room is tidy and I really don't want to mess it up again so I decided I would have a Give Away to start this Christmas season.... For the next week - starting today..... I will give away 1 glass globe ornament to 2 people who write a comment on my blog about WHY they love the holiday season........ At the end of the week I will put your names in a hat and draw out 2 names...... Can't wait to hear from you... I am hopeful of starting to do some Christmas decorating this weekend - Yeah!!!! Can't wait.... Take care Cathy

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35 comments

  1. I love the holiday season because it is the one time of the year ALL the family is together,we have collectively lost a lot of parents,siblings and they are all remembered at this time!We have created simple traditions that our children can carry on hopefully for a long time to come!

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  2. Holiday Season

    For me it's laughter love and memories with family. The smell of roast lamb cooking while everyone huddles around the kitchen talking watching Mum smile having all her children together.

    Making yourself fit in plum pudding & Brandi sauce because you have waited all year for it, but you’re so full from the roast you just ate.

    The feeling of giving your presents out to those you love is a feeling like no other, when I was little I remember running to the tree to see if Santa got that special doll I wrote to him about.

    But the best thing is been so ever grateful that you have someone to share it all with. For those that are no longer with us we always remember YOU!

    I love everything about the holiday season and could write about it forever.

    Always Wendy :)

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  3. I love the decorating, the cozy family time and the special moments of celebration:>)

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  4. Hello Cathy, my name is Shelley ! First of all, I believe Christmas to be one of the most holiest days of the year. The weeks leading up to Christmas day are so full of the spirit of peace and goodwill. People who normally don't take the time to care are suddenly motivated to do think of others and spread good cheer ! It's like the whole world comes to together to celebrate Christ and the day of his birth. I love the cheerfulness of all the decorations and the fellowship of family and friends. Singing the old familiar Christmas carols, lighting the Christmas tree, watching Christmas Classic's like "It's a Wonderful Life " and other's ! I could go on and on about all the wonderful blessings of Christmas and why I love it so. As the song says.... It's the most wonderful time of the year!

    Blessings,Shelley

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  5. Dear Cathy Louise, You know that I have to enter your contest!! I so love your work....and what do I love about the Holidays? I love having my family all pile in my home, hearing them laugh at each other, telling stories on one another and just enjoying being together. Life has a way of keeping you busy and when you look up, months have passed but it seems that during the holidays, for just a little while, time stands still and we can enjoy one another again....xxoo, Dawn

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  6. what do I love about the holiday season?? Having the children home with me and not at school and seeing what little delights they are and continue to be. Having my mad spaniel enjoying having her "pack" home with her. Finding something special for the love of my life for Christmas day (which is no mean feat for someone who wants no more than what he already has).
    Delving into my vintage Christmas decorations and putting them on my feather tree. Helping my children pick out their "real" Christmas tree from the selection at the local scout group. And looking forward to our Summer beach holiday down the coast. Nope it doesnt get any better than this, I love summer holidays!

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  7. I love the holiday season because it brings families together and encourages the spirit of giving.

    Kate

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  8. What a beautiful giveaway!
    I love everything about the Holiday Season ~ the music ...the baking (making family favourites each year)...finding the 'perfect' Christmas tree ...decorating the house - inside & out ...attending the candle light service at our little Church onChristmas Eve, & creating memories with our children.

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  9. Hi!
    You have a lovely blog, what a beutiful picture on top of your blog. I love the holiday beacase i love to be with my family, i love to cook for them and see the happy faces :) Love is the magic word! :)
    Hugs from Beth

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  10. I love the holiday season because we have the chance to engage in family traditions and pass them on to the next generation. We are prompted to connect with the many people that have been in our lives and as the year comes to an end we reflect on what has been offered and on what we have offered in return.

    Thank you for giving us a prompt to reflect on what it means deep down!

    Lisa

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  11. Honestly, I've been quite the "hum-bugger" for several years. This year is turning out different. Not sure why...maybe it's the joy of having another tiny one in the house, my baby will be exactly 6 months old on Christmas day. Maybe it's because I'm planning on making hand-made gifts for the majority of people on my Christmas list. Or maybe it's because our air conditioner quit working in August (which we still have yet to replace!) and I'm just thankful for cooler weather!

    Either way, I'm finally excited about Christmas this year!

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  12. Hello Cathy
    Christmas to me is the celebration of Christ's birth, the gathering of family and friends, the joy and laughter, the giving and receiving, Christmas carols, decorating your house, remembering the loved ones not with you, reaching out to others who spend Christmas alone and being thankful for what you have which includes the friendship of knowing you, Cathy. Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Love, Wendy Wainwright XO

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  13. Hi Cathy, how much fun is this, thankyou x.

    Joy and unselfish love, the gifts of our hearts, and the air thick with laughter, memories, and that fragrance of home, that stays with us where ever we are forever.

    Have a super weekend
    Lynnxx

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  14. What I love about Christmas is the scent of the air...evergreen Christmas trees, my mother's fruitcake baking, cinnimon scented candles burning, snow on the wind, the scent of wood chips as my carpenter husband comes in from his workshop, and the beautiful smell of my grown daughters peacefully at home.

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  15. I remember as I was growing up into a teenager telling my mother that Christmas wasn't as fun anymore. She told me that when I had children of my own it would be once again because I would be living it through them. Well now I have three of my own and she was 100% right! What fun it now is!!!! My mother is no longer with me but I love passing on the traditions and memories that she made for me and my brothers!

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  16. I love the holiday season as it is the one time of year that people focus on someone outside themselves. They focus on making their homes nicer and people are nicer. It is the magic of Christmas that encourages people to experience a childlike play attitude and let go of some of the pain of day to day stress.

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  17. dear friends, it is so lovely to read all these beautiful comments... Thank you so very much for taking the time to drop by my blog, I really appreciate it... Love Cathy

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  18. Love of the holiday season in a word ~ memories!~Tradition's!~Ok, that's two words..:D It's a magical time, makes you feel as if anything is possible, I think in a way, we all become children again!! And the joy of giving! Your new photo is beautiful! Christmas is Magic!!
    Cat

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  19. I love the holiday season because it becomes this magical way of linking all the years in your life. As you hang a certain ornament or eat a certain food or participate in traditions that have spanned the years ... it brings them all together to THIS year. Children who are grown are young once again and everyone around you becomes a sum of all those memories.

    I love the holiday season because my storehouse of memories is just bursting at the seams. Bringing them into the light brings clarity into my life.

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  20. i love the holiday season because sitting around the fireplace with cozy socks on and hot cider and warm conversation if the very best time of the year

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  21. Well..Christmas is a celebration of birth..of salvation and life...
    of family and friends...traditions past and presant and future..of love..and joy and peace...

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  24. I love the Christmas season because it's the one time of year that we can all get together as a family and not worry that someone has to rush off to do something. There's nothing more I love than watching my boy's when they open their gifts!! It brings me great joy! Happy Holidays, Theresa

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  25. Christmas is a Holy and Wonderful time. It is a time where anything is possible! Any dream can come true and there is magical special quality filling the air. You can taste it in the peppermint hot chocolate, smell it in the cold breeze of the wind and warm yourself with it by the fire! But I think it is felt the deepest when we bend our heads to pray together and thank our Father in heaven for the most precious gift we have… His son Jesus.

    Hugs!
    Hugs, Nancy

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  26. The joy of putting together gifts for people I love and enjoying spending time with them. Spending time in the kitchen preparing special once a year food for my family to enjoy. Enjoying my little girl and seeing the Magic of Christmas through her beautiful eyes.

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  27. Oh I love Christmas! It is a season of Joy and Happiness. Spending time with your love ones is for me essential and the most important part of it.With lots of love, comfort, jummy food and candle lights it makes it all so cosy. I also love decorating in true Scandinavian style, making my own decorations for the Christmas tree, baking cookies and spend time making our table as beautiful as i can. I do miss the Norwegian climate during the Christmas days. Cold and snowy with days spent outside making snowman and having snowball fights. So fun!! Making beautiful memories is for me a good description of The Christmas Days.

    I hope you are doing fine Cathy and are enjoying your days :)
    Aina

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  28. My love for my family and giving makes the holiday season so special to me. It is also a time to reflect on the real reason for Christmas and to stroll down memory lane with my two wonderful sisters about our childhood memories of the holidays!! I love to see smiles on everyones faces and thank God for a wonderful life!!

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  29. I love the christmas lights and candles. Where I live its the darkest time of the year around christmas
    The lights and candles brightens up the winter

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  30. Just found your site - LOVE it! (And it is a Christmas present to ME!) What I love about the holidays? Just about everything - family, love, the smells of Christmas trees, fires in the fireplace, sounds of the family singing carols, the aroma of cookies, apple pies, but mostly - I love the creative juices that overtake me around Thanksgiving to make just the perfect gifts for family members - sewing, painting, candlemaking, etc. No malls for me, no sirree! Thanks for making making me reflect on this - I don't do it nearly enough as time passes - taking the time to "smell the fir trees" as it were!
    Wanda in NH

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  31. Oh my! I just have to get in on this fun!! For me - part of the joy is seeing everyone's gorgeous decorations and wonderful crafty things. Yours are always at the top of my list :)
    Sarah

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  32. This is a good time to express how I enjoy your blog. Gorgeous pictures. I also admire your work and would be honored to own something you're made.....
    I look forward to the beautiful, time-honored, reverent music of Christmas. I especially love Christmas hymns and carols at church on Christmas eve. Candlelight. Seeing friends new and old. Holding hands with my husband and children and singing about Jesus who came as a Baby in a manger.
    Annie

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  33. Preparing Christmas is the most enjoyable part of the holiday season. What a great loss it would be if I had to accept a ready made Christmas! For me the funniest part of Holidays is just the preparing - making some decorations and christmas arrangements, baking something traditional but maybe something new, experimental too, reading beautiful season mags and books and get inspired by them, coming together with friends and enjoying something christmassy goodies... and wait I forgot the candles... The list could be endless. But it's also important to not to become stressed, because, well, then nothing feels good if you HAVE to catch all the things you have decided to make. So, Cathy Louise, have a lovely, inspiring and peaceful preparing time for the Christmas!

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  34. What do I love about the holidays? I really like the carrying on of all the family traditions. We do the same thing practically every year and I like the consistency of that. We gather with extended family members on Christmas Eve for a dinner full of Scandinavian traditions. Then on Christmas morning it is just our immediate family and we open our gifts to each other along with the gifts left by Santa in our stockings. The traditional foods and routines keep the memories of our ancestors and Christmas's past alive.

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  35. I love the holiday season because we are together the hole family. We have almost 2 weeks of free time.

    I love to cook and bake together with our children. Even if the cleaning of the house can be hard it gives me such a wonderful feeling when it´s done and everything smells fresh and clean. The decorations are in place, the candles, the food.

    Christmas means so much moore when we have small children in the house. To see their glittering eyes when they wait and wait for Santa Calus to come!

    My best moment is late at the night before Christmas Eve when everything is ready and I sit down (with aking feet!)with some "glögg" (almost like gluhwein)and listen to "O Helga Natt", sung by the great Jussi Björling, ...That is a holy moment!

    Liisa

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