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    Welcome to our Budget101.com Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #1 - Each day we'll be bringing you a new challenge question and giving you the opportunity to win one (or all!) of our fantastic Giveaway Goodies.

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    What 5 things or traditions really make your holiday (be it Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, etc) feel like the real deal to you?


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    What 5 things or traditions really make your holiday (be it Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, etc) feel like the real deal to you?
    I thought I'd start this out myself (even though I don't qualify for the giveaway!) ha

    1. We have a couple of traditions that make Christmas "feel" like christmas in our house, the first one is, we ALWAYS bake holiday cookies together. Each of us picks out 1 type of cookie to bake and we make them and decorate them together and then wrap them up and give them as gifts to our friends and neighbors.

    2. We also decorate the tree and house, although this year we did so minimally.

    3. We try a new EggNog recipe each year, not the drink- an actual recipe. Yesterday I made eggnog muffins which were pretty good.

    4. We have Soup for Christmas Dinner each year with all of our friends. Each year one of our group of friends hosts (changes every year, we rotate) and makes a big crockpot of soup or stew. When it's my turn I pretty much prepare the veggies a day or so ahead and put them in ziplock bags or containers so on Christmas day I can just dump everything in rather than making a big meal.

    5. On Christmas Eve, we track Santa with Norad and play family games together- cards, jenga, whatever. Even though the kids are older, they still seem to enjoy this family time and we usually open a Family "gift" which is a game of some sort for us to all enjoy together. One year it was Jenga, another year, phase10, etc.
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    What 5 things or traditions really make your holiday (be it Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, etc) feel like the real deal to you?

    1. The first Snow on the ground really kicks off the season for us.
    2. Decorating the tree together as a family and making a new homemade decoration for the tree every year.
    3. Baking Goodies and putting together Family Gift Baskets for our friends & family
    4. Listening to Holiday Music, we leave it on all day long with mp3's playing
    5. We watch "The Grinch" together- I don't think there is a single person in the house that doesn't know every line by heart now!

    Neat Question Liss, Thanks!
    Just paying in forward in kindness!

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    every year we add to our traditions, but our 5 favorites are: tracking Santa with norad, going to the Christmas production at church, watching our magical snowmen pick different places/things to do in the house, baking cookies, and having our annual Christmas party.

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    The Christmas traditions I love are going to look at Christmas
    Lights with Christmas music blaring and of course the Christmas
    Tree. Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year

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    1 For me its the change of the weather.
    2. The good food the season brings
    3. Seeing family members you may of not seen all year.
    4. The log in the fireplace.
    5.Most of all the giving and watching everyone open their presents.


    Merry Christmas Everybody.

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    1. Putting up the christmas tree the weekend after thanksgiving.
    2. Volenteering for the multitude of school parties. We have 3 elementary school aged children and 1 still home w me.
    3. Going to christmas eve service .
    4. Driving around to see all the christmas lights.
    5. Making all the food we just have to have during this season. Scotch eggs, cookies, carmel corn and our making a happy birthday Jesus cake.

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    1. Just spending time with my children and husband watching Christmas movies, he is in the service so having him home is a gift in itself!
    2. Baking cookies, well I bake they eat!
    3. Skyping with our family since we do not have family here.
    4. Doing the Elf on the Shelf, a fun activity for the whole family.
    5. Driving around to look at the Christmas lights!

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    1. We build snowpeople as a family after the first decent snowfall. This really gets me ready for the holidays, even if I'm having a grinchy year

    2. We made 5-8 different flavors of Fudge every year to package and give out as gifts.

    3. We hold an annual christmas recipe swap. We get together with friends (8-10 couples in all) and bring a Holiday Dish along with 8 handmade recipe cards with the holiday recipe we shared. The host of the event picks up 10 dollar store photo books and decorates the covers. At the party each of the couples gets a new handmade recipe card to put in their photobook. It's alot of fun and we get a ton of great new recipes for the holidays.

    4. My brother and I have been sharing the same christmas card for the last 20 or so years. It started one year I mailed him a christmas card. The next year, I got the same card back from him. He signed his own name to it and sent it back to me. At the time I kind of thought he was a cheap sob but to be funny I sent it back anyway. Well, fast forward 20 or so years and we've literally shared the same christmas card for over 20 years. I don't know if you'd call that Frugal or just plain old cheap. haha

    5. We eat Pie for Breakfast on Major Holidays- Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why? Well, for starters we usually have such a big family dinner that no one feels like eating dessert afterwards and I like to start the day with a treat. So, we have Pie for breakfast.
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    The holiday traditions for us are:

    1. Black Friday shopping starting around 10 - 11 pm Thanksgiving night. A lot of times we go just to people watch.
    2. Putting the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving and I make homemade hot cocoa.
    3. The elementary school craft bazaar (I've been organizing it for 11 of it's 29 years running).
    4. The snow
    5. Christmas Eve dinner with my parents and my brother, his wife and girls.

    The best part of the holidays is being with family.

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    1. Finding just right Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving.
    2. Setting up and decorating the tree.
    3. Decorating the outside of the house.
    4. Baking of cookies.
    5. Going to the local school to listen to Christmas carols.

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    My five
    1. Family
    2. Friends
    3. Giving
    4. Food
    5. Decorations

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    The five things that make me feel like Christmas start when my grand children come over and help us decorate the house and tree. Then we make Christmas cookies. That really starts the season for me. We also decorate outside with lights to make everything look festive. Once the presents start showing up under the tree, it really starts to get exciting. Lastly, we do a big Christmas brunch while everyone opens their gifts, and we sit around and talk and enjoy the day.

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    We leave a set if dishes on the table in a spot that noone sits at to represent our military that didn't make it home and is overseas serving.

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    1. Putting up the tree is always the beginning of the season for us. I have many ornaments my children have made over the years, some vintage ornaments from my mother and others that have been gifts. It is interesting to see the looks on my grandkids face when they see their parents made that ornament when they were that size.
    2. After the tree, it is time for the tunes.....we love Christmas music! We have it on more than the television and we all sing along. We may not sound great but it really puts us in the spirit of the season.
    3. Celebrating the season of Advent is central for us and the Advent calender is always front and center for Christmas. I have used it since my kids were small and it still is a mainstay at our house. Lighting the candles on the advent wreath, the readings for each day, it means so much to our family.
    4. Giving: Not just presents, but ourselves is something we try to do year round but especially important at Christmas. Each year a different activity is chosen as a family and we all try to participate. We have rang bells for the Salvation Army, collected food for food drives, served food at soup kitchens and wrapped presents and delivered them to those in need. This is the one I find that puts me in the Christmas spirit the most. It is about the giving, not the getting.
    5. Going to church at midnight on Christmas Eve after having the family over for our Christmas that day. As my children got older and had children of their own, I wanted them to start their own traditions and to be in their home on Christmas morning. I started having my Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve day. It is such a wonderful day with my house full of my family, good food and Christmas cheer Midnight Mass is the perfect culmination of the season, I feel wonderful afterwards. I love Christmas!
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