Friday, December 6, 2013

Naughty Or Nice Holiday Party - Day 6


NOTE: Our post disappeared today. We don't know why but here it is. Thanks for coming back.


Keep coming back because we have one more day left. Don't forget to go to the following posts to enter: Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4 and Day 5. Good luck!

Here are the general guidelines for this party. Each day we will feature the answers of the questions that we posed to the designers. You will find out about their holiday habits and each day you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts. You will be eligible to win a fabulous bundle of fabric. All you have to do is answer the question on the blog [and/or on Facebook] for a chance to win the bundle of fabric of the day. No substitutions. You can enter on the blog and/or Facebook for two chances to win per day. You have until midnight December 9th to enter and all winners must claim their prizes until midnight December 13th or the prize is forfeited and we will announce a new winner.

Thank you for visiting our website, blog and Facebook page. It has been a great year for the Henry Glass designers. They've been busy working on a big project with the folks at Martingale & Co. The book will be released next fall and we know that you are going to love it. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook or sign up for our newsletter to receive news about some exciting announcements in the new year.

For this blog party we asked the designers the following questions:

1. What was your favorite gift? Worst?
2. Early or late shopper? Earliest or latest that you've shopped?
3. Favorite holiday drink? Alcohol or none? Recipe?
4. Are you likely one to return a present or to suck it up and keep it?
5. As a child were you likely to make the naughty or nice list?


Shelly Comiskey of Simply Shelly Designs is the talented designer behind many wonderful fabric lines for Henry Glass. These lines include You Whoo!, Bear Hugs and Honey Bee Mine. Her most recent line is very timely for this party. "Believe" is a beautifully illustrated holiday line that will be on store shelves by next May. You can read all about her life as an illustrator on her blog. She's having a giveaway of her gift bags right now.



1.  Hmmm, it will be hard to pick a favorite, because I have received many favorites, but if I go way way back to when I was about 4 years old, there was one that I treasured!  Santa had brought me Marble the toy pony that I could sit on.  To me he was real.  I can remember brushing him and even feeding him carrots.   As for picking out my worst gift, that would have to be a little radio I received in grammar school for a grab bag and it was broken.



2.  Oh I definitely fall into the late shopper category.  For many years I had made Christmas clay ornaments and it was quite the busy season for me, so shopping was always quite a squeeze to get done.  The latest I have shopped has definitely been Christmas Eve.  I am the WORST at early shopping because when shopping early, I get so excited when I have a fun gift for someone, I would for sure end up giving it to them way before Christmas LOL -  I've been known for that many times over.


3.  Well this is a new drink that I really enjoy.  It is a cranberry mimosa!  And it is so festive looking too!  It really is not much of a recipe but its made with cranberry juice, champagne, and frozen cranberries.  Adjust to your taste and enjoy!!

4.  Definitely suck it up and keep it.

5.  Honestly, I was on that nice list - Santa was watching you know!!


Note from Shelly:  "I am so thankful to be included in such wonderful company and having the privilege to design and do what I truly love! I want to wish Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Happy Hanukkah, and Very Merry Christmas to all!"

Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures has been designing beautiful fabric filled with floral prints for many years. With the arrival of her adorable son Carter she has branched out into the whimsical world of fabric designs influenced by her little guy. She has succeeded with her first line, Here Fishy Fishy. Her blog is full of wonderful stories and photography about life as a designer and mom. 



1.  My favorite gift was probably the stereo system I got when I was a senior in high school.  It was a combination Christmas/birthday/graduation gift, so it was a large gift and quite exciting for me.  It had a 5 disk cd system and huge speakers.  It was back when a 100 watt speaker was 3 feet tall.  I had to have the volume quite loud to hear it over my quilting and sewing machines, so I am sure my parents were forever sorry that they got that for me.  I loved it and got many, many hours of use out of it.  I spent many hours quilting to the music and let's just say that I don't think my hearing is quite what it should be.  My least favorite gift - that I can remember - was a touristy Florida t-shirt with holes in it.

2.  I have done both.  I have probably never done any shopping before Thanksgiving and I can remember doing some last minute shopping.  It usually depends on when I have time to do it.



3.  My favorite holiday drink is probably my MIL's recipe for Christmas Tea.  There is no alcohol involved, but it is still very yummy.


Start by brewing 6 tea bags in 1 quart of boiling water. Set aside.

Simmer Together:

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 orange slices with whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp nutmeg

3 cups cranapple juice

Combine tea and spiced juice.  Serve warm.


4.  I really don't remember returning many gifts.


5.  I would say the nice list.  I don't really have any infamous stories of me being naughty as a child, at the holidays or otherwise.  I do remember getting a bar of soap rubbed on my tongue when I was 5 because I stuck out my tongue at my Mom, but that is about it.  I guess being well behaved is more of a challenge for me now as an adult, then when I was a child!

Linda Lum DeBono has been working with us behind the scenes recently and she hopes to get back to designing fabric in the near future. She has been reworking her website and you can keep up with her news on her blog. She loves designing for the holidays. Little things like place mats and pillows are her favorites. Linda is giving away a copy of her book, "Sew Merry and Bright" on her blog. She's posting some fun free downloads in the next week too.



1.  The best:  I had a large plastic doll that my great uncle and aunt sent to me. It resembled Ginger from Gilligan's Island. She was about 2 ft. high and she had bright red hair. 

The worst: I wouldn't say that it was a bad gift. The reason I list it is because I didn't like it at the time. My sister and I received the same beautiful English wool sweater but she got the "girly" version [soft lavender color] and I got the "mature" version [same design but in yellow and blue].  I was upset because I was a tomboy but I wanted the girly version. Funny thing, I kept the sweater and did wear it when I was much older. 

2. For the most part I am a very early shopper unless it is something that I know that I can get at an even better deal on a big sale weekend. I like to shop through the year and be finished by November so that I can shop at a leisurely level if I need to. 



3.  I love frozen hot chocolate and no, it does not taste the same as chocolate milk. Like Shelly, I love mimosas too but my flavor of choice is mango.

4. I have not returned any gifts though there have been a few gifts that have made me think about taking that action.


5. I tried to be nice but one year my sister and I did try to take a sip of Johnny Walker. Oops. We told on ourselves though because we were thoroughly disgusted by the experience.

Today's featured fabric bundle is Shelly's very own Honey Bee Mine. Tell us about your fondest holiday memory.







Good luck!

-hg







83 comments:

  1. THANK YOU FOR THIS POST!
    SO NEAT! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  2. How nice this is to see the 'human' side of your designers. This bear fabric brings me to mind my most memorable Holiday. I was very young so only remember not knowing who this strange person in a wheel chair was and why he was staying with us on Christmas. It was my Dad, injuried in war and returning home - luckily I got to know, love and appreciate this 'stranger'.

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  3. I can't think of one that stands out among the rest. Each Christmas is lovely in its own way.

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  4. I was wondering what happened to this day. My fondest Christmas memory is when my parents surprised us by showing up for Christmas. They had said they would not be able to make the drive to our state where we lived. They drove up the day before Christmas just as we were packing our car to go to their house and surprise them

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  5. My fondest memory is receiving new flannel pj's from my grandparents every Christmas. We always got to open only that gift on Christmas Eve and then we got to go to bed in soft, cozy new pj's.

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  6. My best Christmas memory is that moment when my brother and I came down the stairs and saw all the gifts that Santa had brought, piled under the tree.

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  7. I always love Christmas Eve. We go to church and it seems every year when we come out it has started to snow. I love how the light makes it look like crystals floating in the air. WE go home and always have a layout of yummy snacks. Afterwards we open our gifts.

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  8. What gorgeous fabric! Thanks Ladies, I enjoyed reading your answers. The year I was 14, we had very little money, a tiny table top tree...but a lot of fun opening small things from the stockings on Moms bed, while she drank her coffee.

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  9. The year my entire family; parents and six kids received red flannel pj's with red polka dot tops made by my Grandmother. We were a sight to behold and the furnace filter was full of red lint for quite some time thereafter! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  10. Thanks for sharing in the Naughty or Nice blog hop - it has been fun!!

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  11. I remember finding Christmas presents under the very bed I slept on. I was on Christmas day and I had no idea until then.

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  12. My fondest holiday memory was being in Disney with all 5 children on Christmas eve 5 years ago. I felt like I was floating I was so happy....a real dream come true.

    Thanks for the wonderful week of blog hopping, this has introduced me to so many new people.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  13. My fondest holiday memory is of my Pappap dressing up as Santa every Christmas Eve. My grandparents wanted us to have those wonderful memories to hold onto as long as possible so when I started to believe that Santa wasn't real one year (after noticing that whenever Santa showed up, Pappap was gone), my Grandma was the one to dress up. Suddenly, Santa was there and so was my Pappap! That got me believing for a couple more years! Lol! It's a story that gets told every Christmas. I miss them so much this time of year!
    Thanks for the opportunity to share (and to win). :)

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  14. My new boyfriend gave me the cutest little bear for christmas one year. (he is now my awesome husband)

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  15. One of my fondest holiday memories was staying up real late and sneaking to unwrap my gifts and then 're-wrapping them before my parents got up! It was almost more exciting than getting the gifts!

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  16. Jennifer with our new Pomeranian Puppy "Gen Gen" in front of the Christmas Tree. We had that dog for 18 years. Merry Christmas, crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  17. I think my favorite holiday memory of childhood was getting a pink 2 wheeler bicycle. totally unexpected and it was a little too big for me but I just loved it.

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  18. Gathering at my aunts house every year with my grandparents. Those are the days I miss, great memories!

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  19. When young my brother and sisters would sing Christmas carols before opening our gifts on xmas eve.

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  20. My best Christmas memory is traveling with my family to Korea to adopt my baby sister.

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  21. I have special memories of my Mom with my son on his first Christmas -- she was over the moon having her first grandchild and wanted to hold him all day! She died unexpectedly when my son was just 2, and I often think of how much joy he brought to her in those 2 short years.

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  22. Thanks for the post on the designers! I have enjoyed the entire week! I love my memories of baking w/ my mom and grandmothers!

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  23. My fondest holiday memory was when I was granted leave to go home and see my parents after basic training in the air force. We were all overjoyed.

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  24. My greatest memories are when my kids were little. There is nothing like the awe and wonder of little kids and Christmas! And being woke up at the crack of dawn with the happy screams that Santa had visited. Now we are enjoying the experience with grandchildren. thanks for the chance.
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  25. My fondest Holiday memory is when I was a little girl, my sister gave me a doll that you could wind up and it would walk. I kept it for the longest time. It was my most treasured gift. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  26. My fondest memories are recent ones. Now that we have 6 grandkids there are new ones every year.I am enjoying the blog hop

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  27. My first Christmas with the love of my life for 30 years now, Steve. He has made my life so much brighter, happier, simpler and loving then I ever imagined a life could be. thank you so much Steve. Yes, I am still madly in love with him.

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  28. I think my fondest Christmas memory was my twin granddaughters' first Christmas. They were both dressed in Santa Suits and they couldn't take their eyes off each other. This memory is etched in my mind. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  29. My fondest holiday memory... Hmm... That's a tough one. When I was a child, my dad was on strike and we had no hope of getting any Christmas presents. We didn't get much any other Christmas anyway, but this year someone left a basket of presents on our front porch. I asked my mom who brought it, and she said, "Santa!" There was a "money tree" in the basket for my dad and mom and my sister and I got Barbie dolls. That was the only Barbie doll I ever got, and I treasured it.

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  30. Being from a large family it was always hard to all the kids and grandkids together fir Christmas Eve. One year it happened! We all took pictures of all the brothers, sisters, family, etc. that was the last Christmas we were all here. I lost a 17 year old brother that spring. Very fond memories of that last Christmas.

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  31. My best memory was the first Christmas in our first house. Our son was only 1 month old but we were in our own home.

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  32. I remember the year my parents packed me and my 3 siblings into the car at 4:00 in the morning and we went to my grandparents's house 4 hours away on Christmas morning. We were allowed to open our presents before we left, so we were able to take our new toys with us. Thanks for the interviews with the designers and the giveaway.

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  33. My fondest holiday memory was being able to bring my son home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. He was 7 weeks premature, and we felt so lucky to have him.

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  34. Happy to find you on Day 6! It's been fun learning about these great designers. Lots of fond holiday memories centered around much loved family and friends.

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  35. My fondest holiday memories center around the kitchen. Baking and eating treats!

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  36. My fondest memories of Christmas involve watching my husband. He truly loves giving gifts at Christmas. His excitement when we open our gifts is a treasure.

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  37. I think my fondest memory is the first time I got to fill my niece and nephew's stockings on Christmas eve.

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  38. My fondest Memory was my First Christmas as a bride. I sent my Husband shopping with my Father. He made a good choice. A BIG jewelry box.

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  39. My fondest Christmas memory... I thought we were done opening presents my boyfriend stopped me from picking up the wrapping paper and sat me back down got in front of me and had me open a gift box as I opened it he got down on his knees and said " You will marry me" I did!

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  40. I am still waiting for Santa to bring me a new car, used to go to bed early so daddy could put things under the tree

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  41. My fondest memories are of Christmas Eves spent at my grandmother's house. It was a no meat meal with many customs. What made it special was all my aunts and uncles and cousins were there and we all sat at a very long table that went the length of two rooms. I surely miss those wonderful days when we all gathered as a family to celebrate the holidays.

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  42. My fondest Christmas memory is getting up before my young daughters, turning on the Christmas tree lights and waiting for them to get up on Christmas morning. The joy and excitement on their faces made the day for me.

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  43. When I was a freshman in college, my Mom said I could choose what she would make for Christmas dinner since I hadn't been home since September. I chose Chinese & everyone loved what she fixed, so my Mom made the same meal each Christmas for years after that. Thanks.

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  44. I would have to say one of my favorite Christmas' had to be when our triplets came home from the hospital right before Christmas (they were born Oct. 29th). Thanks for this fun Naughty or Nice post.

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  45. One of my fondest Christmas memories took place in the hospital. I had been in the hospital for almost six months, it was Christmas time and I was depressed. Back in the 70's everything was kept very sterile which meant a plain boring room that was not conductive to getting better. A dear friend of mine somehow convinced the doctors and hospital to allow him to bring a 3 ft live tree into my room complete with decorations. That was one of the best Christmas gifts I ever received.

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  46. Love these posts! Favorite memories are the big family dinners we had with all my aunts, uncles and cousins on my Dad's side of the family~ noisy, but such fun!

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  47. I always love Christmas Eve Midnight church service and since we lived in Chicago it could be very cold. One year it was 25 below zero. My husband stayed in the car with the engine running while the kids and I went inside just in case. That was 1983 and it was a very cold year.

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  48. My best holiday memories are from my childhood when we went to my grandmothers house and spent time with all my Cousins, Aunts and Uncles.

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  49. When we were little, my brother would come into my room on Christmas Eve when he couldn't stand the anticipation of waiting for Santa. We would read or talk or listen until we fell asleep. I think those times were as much fun as Christmas mornings were.

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  50. I remember being a new bride (married December 16) and spending our first Christmas surrounded by and welcomed by his big loving family. It was my first Christmas away from my family, but I felt so loved and included by all of my husband's relatives. I still love him and them so much.

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  51. I remember the year the whole family was supposed to gather in NY for Christmas, but the CO part of the clan got snowed in at our place. Three little kids and 4 adults had an awesome time! Snowmen, sledding, good food and very excited kids.

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  52. These post have been so much fun to read. All have a common thread - a warm Christmas spirit and love of life and fabric design.

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  53. Decorating the tree as a child unwrapping all of the beautiful ornaments every year was magical

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  54. It's funny my husband and I were talking about Christmas memories this week, and something I always remember is sitting in between my Mum and Dad in their bed and opening my presents,I can still feel the excitement all this years later, it happened every year but it is one of my fondest childhood memories of Christmas.

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  55. I remember my sister trying so hard to wait up on Christmas Eve to catch a glimpse of Santa! We never succeeded!!

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  56. Waking up at 3:30 on Christmas morning and having to stay in bed until my parents decided to get up. Absolute killer!!!

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  57. My fondest memories are when we were kids, all 5 us were home with our parents. Now we are spread out across the country.

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  58. Thanks so much for sharing. great memories.

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  59. Decorating parties with my children. As a child, our tree was something Santa Brought, we never decorated it. Decorating the tree (and the house) was great family together time at my house.

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  60. Growing up in Tampa, my parents would take us kids to see Christmas Card Lane on Bayshore Boulevard...meanwhile, Santa would visit, and we'd come home to a pile of goodies!

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  61. My best memory is going to Hawaii for Christmas. I remember there was a flash flood. It was so pretty and just a different feeling there.

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  62. Seeing my mom wrapped in the quilt that I made for her. It was her last Christmas.

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  63. Love Heather Peterson's designs! I've enjoyed the blog hop questions and answers!

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  64. Loved the picture with the rocking horse! We had one of those when I was growing up. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. My favorite Christmas was the year I got a huge doll for Christmas. She was almost as tall as I was.

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  66. when we got hamsters for christmas

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  67. Any holiday memory with my parents since they are no longer living.

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  68. Probably my daughters first Christmas. She was almost 1, and seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is so enchanting.

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  69. My favorite memory is when Santa knocked on the door and surprised my sons when they were little. To this day, we have no idea who it really was!

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  70. My fondest Christmas memory was going to midnight Christmas Eve service at church with my Mom. It was one of the few times our church held a Christmas Eve service. It was special to both of us.

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  71. Christmas as a child with my parents. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  72. I love this fabric! Thanks for the introduction to some great designers, too.

    My fondest memory is going caroling when I was in grade school. We went to the local nursing home and walked the hallways singing away. Some of the patients came out and walked along with us, others just sang from their beds. It was so much fun!
    Sandy A

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  73. My fondest Christmas memories are watching the little ones open their packages...they get so excited over the littlest things.

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  74. Perhaps my favourite Christmas would be the first one we had once we became parents. Although Mitchell was only 6 months old and didn't know what was going on, I just loved playing Santa for the first time.

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  75. My fondest holiday memories are of taking the kids and viewing the neighborhood Christmas light displays. People are so creative with their lights!

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  76. On Christmas morning my siblings and I were not allowed to go into the living room where the tree, gifts, and stockings were until our parents were up. We would come down the stairs to where the wall ended on the living room side and sit there (all 5 of us crowded together), whisper, and wait for our parents to get up.

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  77. My fondest Christmas memory is putting cookies and milk out for santa and water and carrots for his reindeer each year.

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  78. When my grandparents were still alive and everyone would go over every Christmas eve.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  79. So many great memories. I think one of my fondest was a couple of years ago when all of our children and grandchildren were together for Christmas. It was chaos but wonderful.

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  80. My fondest holiday memory is breakfast with Santa with my nephews, when they were 3 and 5. So sweet!

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  81. My best Christmas was when my second child was 2 1/2 weeks old. I had done all my shopping etc. early so all there was to do was enjoy the holiday. We still put her first gift, a roly poly Santa, under the tree every year. She is 43 now!

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  82. We don't live in snow country, so one year my husband and I rented a cabin and enjoyed the snow and Christmas fun at a lodge for three days.

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  83. Fondest memory is after Christmas midnight mass My brother & sisters had my younger brother hide in the bedroom so Santa Claus could come. We heard Santa (Mom & Dad)arrival. He enjoyed his sled. Merry Christmas. Happy Quilter:) Email smivany@gmail.com

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