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Christmas Traditions
Christmas Traditions: True Stories that Celebrate the Spirit of the Season | Helen Szymanski
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Grandmas heirloom ornaments. The family carol singalong. Aunt Millies fruitcake. We all have our special holiday traditions we practice year in and year out. This book not only embraces these old standbys, but also explores unique rituals celebrated the world over. This heartwarming collection evokes the memories of Christmas past with such stories as: Holly Berry Dreams, in which a young girl hangs holly leaves above the doorway as a sign of better times to come while waiting for her father to return from war PJ Presents, featuring a single mom who enlists her neighbor to leave new pajamas on the front porch every Christmas Eve to surprise her children Too Much Christmas, in which a young mother buys up all the leftover tags on the Giving Tree, leaving her with too many tags and too little money Christmas Diaries, featuring a Scottish family who exchanges a diary every Christmas with their extended family in Germany that details the highlights of the past year With touching stories like these, this book is the perfect gift to commemorate old traditions and create new traditionsfor many Christmases to come.
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ElizaMarie
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Our last ornament of the year is a Packer one. Houston has lead us to great Packer Bar that we have been frequenting and is a great new Houston memory for us :)

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️ + 20 points #HolidayTradition = 21 points

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ElizaMarie
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So it‘s almost the end of the year and my husband I picked up 2 more ornaments for our #HolidayTradition

This assignment is in Houston and my hubby and I have enjoyed watching the World Series and became Astros fans (it was a wild ride)

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️+ 20 points #HolidayTradition = 21 points

Running total 3,751

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ElizaMarie
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So I‘m keeping up work my ornament tradition.. we got a new nutcracker tradition from the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker we went to today! Oh and it was magical!!!!

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️ + 20 points #HolidayTradition = 21 points

Running Total 3,590

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JenlovesJT47
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We started a new tradition tonight. I got this adorable Christmas Eve box for Jace that I found on Etsy. It contained a Christmas book, Christmas movie, Christmas stuffie and Christmas pajamas. He quite enjoyed taking everything in and out of the box several times. I should have just gotten him empty boxes for Christmas! 😆

Merry Christmas to my Litsy family! 😘🎄❤️🤗

#WinterGames
#TMSkellington
#SharedHolidayTradition
#Jace

Ericalambbrown What a lovely tradition! 🎄🎁 2mo
Karisa So cute! 😊 2mo
julesG He's such a cute guy! I love the idea of the box. 2mo
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Daisey What a wonderful tradition to start!
Merry Christmas! 🎄
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CarolynM Merry Christmas 🎄 2mo
Tamra Cute! Yes, boxes & laundry baskets are the best! 😆 2mo
Texreader That‘s adorable!! Merry Christmas!!🎁🎄 🎅 2mo
Crimson613 21pts!! 12-25 so cute!! 😂 2mo
Avanders He‘s so stinkin‘ cute 😍😍 2mo
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StayCurious
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#WinterGames Team #ReadNosedReindeer #Sharedholidaytradition Every Christmas Eve my sisters and I would go to Blockbuster and rent a bunch of movies, the Home Alone films included. I still keep up this tradition (ok, sans Blockbuster lol) and watch this every year.

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Kati15
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Pickpick

My Christmas tradition is that I always watch A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day every year and also me and my parents go to Christmas mass on both days of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. #WinterGames, #elfies, @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookwormjillk

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JenlovesJT47
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Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year. We go to the candlelight service at my parents‘ church, then come back to their house and pig out on all of my favorite foods — dips, appetizers, fancy cheeses, shrimp cocktail (and lobster tails this year!) while watching Trading Places. Also, Jace is going to open his Christmas Eve box tonight. ☺️

#WinterGames
#TMSkellington

Crimson613 6pts!! 12-24 2mo
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Jen_Reads
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I cannot remember how long this spark plug has been on our tree. It‘s been probably over 20 years now. My dad put a hook on it one year and put it on the tree as a joke and every year since it has to be put on because our family Christmas tree isn‘t complete without it.

#sharedholidaytradition #wintergames #teamelectricsex

LibrarianRyan that is funny +21 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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My husband and I saw the TransSiberian Orchestra today for his Birthday and of course picked up an ornament for our future tree :)

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️ + 20 points #HolidayTradition = 21 points

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AkashaVampie My hubby loves them. That is so cool that u got to see that! 2mo
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie This was definitely a bucket-list type of item for me. My husband was super surprised at how awesome they were! We were super close to the stage the Fire was nice and toasty! 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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As mentioned in previous posts (and I like to keep explaining myself) my hubby and I collect ornaments from places we visit. We went to a Holocaust museum (okay I know they don‘t celebrate Christmas but we bought a charm we are making into an ornament)

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️ + 20 points #HolidayTradition + 10 #ChristmasTreeScavengerHunt (will explain in comments)

ElizaMarie =31 points. Running Total 2,930. So the museum (and thusly the ornament) reminds me of my grandfather. We arent Jewish. But he is Polish and he fled Poland during this time. His family couldnt all afford to leave and most were murdered in concentration camps. Growung up he would tell me about his childhood in Poland and this museum had a lot of survivor testimonies. It was an amazing place. 2mo
Bookworm54 Sounds like an interesting museum! And a beautiful choice of ornament as a reminder of your grandfather :) 2mo
ElizaMarie @Bookworm54 the museum was beautiful. I must have cried off and on for like 3 hours. It had a lot of survivor stories in their own voices so it was especially moving. 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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Special ornament from the ZooLights for our #HolidayTradition of having an ornament from new places we visit in the Month of December :)

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️ + 20 points #HolidayTradition = 21 points

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ElizaMarie
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Super excited for tonight‘s holiday traditions! Will probably post a bunch of pics on my instagram (demonkitty28) tomorrow :)

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️ + 20 points #HolidayTradition Zoo Lights = 21 points

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mdm139 We used to go to the national zoo for their lights every year when we lived near D.c. 2mo
ElizaMarie @mdm139 I bet that was amazing! 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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We went to see the #Nutcracker (which will be a start of a #holidaytradition — it was the first time my husband ever saw it!!!) but anyway #HolidayTradition of the ornament :)
Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation + 20 points #HolidayTraditions + 10 points #ChristmasScavengerHunt (ornament with Animal) = 31

Running total: 2,522 (edit play/book)

Linsy 😍 2mo
Bookworm54 The ballet? ☺️ 2mo
ElizaMarie He loved the Houston Ballets performance so much, that he got us tickets to the Russian Ballet one that is happening right after Christmas (so it‘s now gonna gonna be a holiday season tradition ❤️) 2mo
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ElizaMarie @Bookworm54 yes. Last night we went to the Houston Ballet Nutcracker. 2mo
Bookworm54 Lovely! We are saying holiday plays count as holiday movies point wise and a ballet is in the same vein, so I‘m going to give you 10 more points for the ballet and being based on a book too ☺️ 2mo
ElizaMarie @Bookworm54 oooo yay! Im also super excited that we are gonna see it again on the 28th :) —- I‘m editing my points now :) 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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Last year was our first year as a married couple so we formed traditions for our holidays. Because I‘m a travel nurse and we didn‘t think we would be spending the holidays at home for a the next few years we said that in December we would collect ornaments from our travels this is our first one from this year :) Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation + 20 points #HolidayTraditions

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ElizaMarie So my husband and I found this cool Japanese market in town and bought the ornament. He bought me a tea set for graduation present and we bought a bunch of snacks :) 2mo
Bookworm54 I saw the tea set on Instagram. It‘s gorgeous ☺️ as is this little ornament! 2mo
ElizaMarie @Bookworm54 thank you so much! He got me some Pocky too and some chips (sea weed flavor) I‘m so glad he is so adventurous:) 2mo
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wanderinglynn
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SquidgetsRoom
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Putting up the tree was always a family #HolidayTradition Hubby & I just moved back to my home town this summer after being away for 10 years so this was great. We are not putting up a tree of our own (for multiple reasons) but we helped mom do hers. I hope I can use this as my #XmasTreeContest entry (if not, it‘s still pretty tri look at 😉🥰). Go #TeamNutcracker 📚💖🎶🎄

Bookworm54 You helped put it up so I don‘t see why it wouldn‘t count! 20pts tradition, 10pts Christmas tree contest and 1 pt participation. 31 points total for post :) 3mo
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SauerPatch
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@jfalkens Apparently what your husband meant as a joke last year has now become a Christmas tradition in my house. My husband gifted four books this year and wrapped all of the hardbacks this way, and I did his as well. 😂🤓

GypsyKat Haha! Love it! 13mo
Tanisha_A Oh how sweet! 13mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Oh yes , there will be a family box, wrapped in red paper, under the tree , but this custom selected pound is mine all mine!🍫 #Seeslove

Susannah 😍😍😍 14mo
DarcysMom What do you fill a custom pound with? I would go for caramels. 🤩 14mo
Leftcoastzen @DarcysMom Chocolate filled butter creams both light and dark , light and dark walnut,California brittle....I like that weird orange cream hardly anyone likes... 14mo
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DarcysMom Sounds decadent and lovely! 14mo
AlaMich Oooohhh, I miss Sees!! I grew up in CA but now live in Chicago. You can order, but it‘s not the same. (edited) 14mo
AlaMich And I too love the buttercreams. Also the Bordeaux! 14mo
Leftcoastzen @AlaMich I meant to get a Bordeaux or two! I‘m in Az.now , they have a few stores here, I used to drive past the plant! 14mo
AlaMich @Leftcoastzen The mother ship!! 🙇‍♀️ 14mo
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