Monday, December 1, 2008

Welcome to the Wishes and Kisses Christmas Blogfest!!

I want to start by Wishing all of you the merriest of Holidays with lots of family, friendship and fun!! Speaking of friends, I have some special ones joining in the celebration all month long so pop by often for great holiday books gift ideas , special Christmas treats and giveaways! Every other day will be a new blogpost celebrating the wishes and kisses of the holidays and of each author. And keep your eye on each post in order to be eligible for a special gift at the end of the blogfest—contest details at the top of the page.

Christmas has always been a HUGE event in my family, from decorating to Christmas baking, to a big Christmas Even get together. As we all grew up, we added more traditions both with everyone and our own families. This year, I plan to add a new one—making a Gingerbread House with the children on Christmas Eve day—should be fun and more than likely lopsided and a big mess I’m sure LOL—wish me luck!

What are some of your family traditions?

Here’s an unusual one that you might find amusing....

Christmas in Noelle...where love and laughter are always at the top of Santa's list!

Reindeer Games

The annual Reindeer Games between the Holloran and the Nickles families is legendary in their little town of Noelle, Alberta. This year, however, the competition gets kicked up a notch when Jess Holloran discovers winning the games may just mean losing her heart.

Available Now from The Wild Rose Press

Click HERE to read reviews and an excerpt!

I know my friends all brought gifts and I’ve a few of my own to give away....starting now!
Comment about your own family traditions here and I’ll be choosing TWO names to receive the gift of fun! Each will get a Fun-Stuffed Envelope filled with lots of little surprises from myself and participating authors!


  1. Happy Holidays Stacy! I love celebrating the holidays. One tradition in our family is that all of the women in my family meet at my house the first weekend of December for a Christmas shopping weekend. That's going to be this weekend and I am looking forward to it. We are going to decorate this week in preparation for the weekend. Great blog! I'm in a festive spirit now. :)

  2. Wishing you a happy holiday season! You've certainly begun mine on a high note, thanks. :)

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is the advent candle. We keep it right on the dining room table where we see it all the time. It's one of the first things to be unpacked each year.

  3. Happy holidays, Stacy!

    One of my favourite holiday traditions is our baking weekend. Every year a bunch of family members and friends get together at my place to make chocolates one day and cookies and other goodies the next day. While we do this, the kids decorate our christmas trees.

  4. For me and my family there's always quite many the same Christmas traditions every year. First going to the graveyard with candles to our dear ones, then coming home to drink something warm and eat gingerbreads, and in the evening, on Christmas eve, have the big dinner for relatives, with ham and other Christmas food. The the next day in the early morning, going to the church, singing Christmas carols and such. A very happy Christmas time to you and everyone elsen here!

  5. Hi Stacy,

    When I was growing up, my mom's side of the family had a fun Christmas tradition. Our famiy and her brother Bob's family would head to their oldest brother's house and after eating, we'd all play charades. They'd save the TV Guides from the WHOLE year and we'd get some serious playing going on. THEN the following week on New Year's Eve, we'd head to my Uncle Bob's to continue the game.

    After my Uncle got sick, we stopped playing. But lately, I've been thinking about starting it up again. Everyone already comes to my house on Christmas and we usually go to my father's brother's on New Years Eve. It would be cool to continue the tradition, even if it would be with the opposite side of the family.

    Best of luck with the Gingerbread house. I can't wait to hear how you make out!


  6. Happy Holidays everyone!! Thank you all for joining in!

    I just love hearing about the traditions and most, you know are simple and those are usually the best and the ones most people look forward to.

    Mom has always given out "Stockings" of her own, just like my Grandmother did. I love going over about a week before Christmas and helping her wrap them because she finds the funniest little things to put in everyone's.

  7. Our tradition all my life has been the whole family get together on Christmas Eve and open our presents, eat our goodies and have a drink or two. We laugh, talk, tell stories of what happened all year, play with the little ones!! Then we all go to our individual homes and Santa comes for the children Christmas morning!!

  8. Our family tradition is the whole family gets together
    christmas Eve and eats a big meal, opens gifts and then we all pile up together in our vehicles and go around looking at Christmas lights.
    On Christmas morning we all go to my parents in our pajamas where she has made a big breakfast. I love the holidays!!!!!

  9. Hi Stacy! My two sisters, me (all in Green Bay, WI area) and my two cousins from Milwaukee, WI, get together a weekend before Christmas to bake cookies. Christmas Eve is my family's night to celebrate, and we take turns at each other's house. Every turn at my house, I get a small gift for everyone and hide them for a 'Gift Hunt'. My BIL groans, so now there's no way I'd quit doing it, just to annoy him (with love, of course). :)

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  10. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season.

  11. LOLOL Stacey!

    You all are making me hungry with the food traditions LOL. My mom usually did a big fingerfood type thing on Christmas Eve.

  12. We have a lot of traditions at my house. The first is the baking of cookies and giving them away to friends and family. I bake enough cookies to feed an army and then just give them away to whomever I want.
    The second tradition would be the feeding of the animals. The day before Christmas Eve we drive out to a forest preserve and put out food for the animals as well as feed the animals in our back yard. It's a way of saying we don't forget them on Christmas.
    Then on Christmas Eve I cook and bake and give food out to people who could use it. Sometimes at shelters, sometimes to neighbors I know who will be spending Christmas alone, those in need, etc.
    After Christmas my family I go out shopping at the sales of course but another thing we do also is buy an ornament for the year. So that when we put up the tree next year, we put up the new ornament in rememberance of the following year.
    Happy Holidays to one and all.

  13. My second son was born on Christmas Day but we always celebrate his birthday on Christmas Eve so that he feels like he had a birthday and it doesn't get lost in all the Christmas fun. Also my side of the family always gets together at my parents house on the Sunday before Christmas. I love the holiday season and being with my family. I hope that everyone has a fantastic holiday season.

  14. LadyVampire...what an absolutely wonderful tradition for both you and the community both human and non. Good for you.

  15. We have a Christmas Wreath that we place special ornaments on.It is hung on the wall of the dining room every Christmas.Some ornaments are bought and some are made.All are very special.