09 December 2009

giveaway: story by mia calendar


today's calendar is simple, chic and absolutely fun. created by story by mia. hers is a hip desktop design to brighten up any space; a calendar both man and wife can agree on!
giving :: one desktop calendar of chairs :: 4.25" X 7.25"
please comment today to enter to win.
tell me your favorite christmastime tradition.

thank you, mia
{don't miss mia's jewelry shop}

thank you for sharing your family traditions. such fun new ideas for my little family. congratulations to tammy, you're our winner! tammy comments, favorite christmas tradition: christmas tea, baking cookies, and tip-toeing around the house with only christmas lights on. :)

66 comments:

Stacey said...

Driving around looking at Christmas lights when the family gets together and hearing the same Christmas CD (and only Christmas CD) my mom has and brings out every year.

Katie H said...

My favorite Christmastime tradition is our annual Christmas treasure hunt. The last present for every child is wrapped up & placed in obscure place in or around the house, and my dad preps the clues. It wasn't unusual to see us in our bathrobes, running in & out of the house on Christmas morning. (Our neighbors would often call & make sure we were all right, until they knew us better.) :)

Now that I'm married, my husband's family celebrates Christmas Eve by having a traditional Jewish feast, lighting candles & reading scriptures. (His mom has Jewish heritage & honors it.) Then we go out in a big van & look at tacky lights & my father in law sings all the wrong words to popular Christmas songs, and we laugh the whole way. It's tons of fun.

Sorry for the long post, but I love Christmastime & traditions! :)

katieharrison13@gmail.com

Katie said...

my favorite tradition is coloring luminaries with my family on christmas eve. we color then fill the white paper bags, then line the front walk and sidewalk of our house with them. a lighted candle is placed in each luminary to (hopefully) burn all night long. come christmas morning, whoever has a luminary still lit is the winner.
now that we are all grown, we still color luminaries. it's like we're kids again, sitting around the counter with our crayons and markers. I love it!

sherlonkahkai said...

Katie, your luminaries sounds lovely. I can envision the delight they bring. I might have to try that with my kiddos.

Our family tradition is only a couple of years old, but one that we will carry on for years I'm sure. Each day, from December 1st through the 24th [minus a few days for special Christmas events], the kiddos make an ornament. They are simple in nature right now as they are five and seven years old. But, they are looooooooovely and a precious treasure.

Love the chair calendar -- too cool. I want each of those chairs, lifesize, for my house.

Liz said...

Hm ... My favorite tradition is unpacking everything and hanging all the decorations. I love the excitement.

Eva and Rik said...

It's a Slovak tradition. Buying a live carp from the market. Letting it swim in your bathtub on Christmas day, and then cooking it up for Christmas Eve dinner.

*eva

LRW said...

My favorite holiday tradition is going to midnight mass on Christmas eve. Even as a kid, I loved staying up that late to go!

jeffrey said...

my mom would always put on the neil diamond christmas album right after thanksgiving. i was resistant at first but then grew to love it. now i do it in my own home.

Mary said...

i love putting up all of the decorations the 2 days after thanksgiving (no crazy black fridays for this girl). it sets the mood for the entire month and we can do it as a family. i love it!

tammy said...

favorite christmas tradition: christmas tea, baking cookies, and tip-toeing around the house with only christmas lights on. :)

great giveaway!

carrie said...

Christmas morning we make breakfast burritos. I love it.

Karen Beth said...

My favorite tradition is buying cinnamon scented pine cones. LOVE THOSE!

Alyssa said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is seeing the Nutcracker every year. I love ballet and seeing the Nutcracker puts me more in the Christmas spirit.

Jenni said...

Reading the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve as a family (a pop-up book of course!)

deidra said...

History of furniture and architecture meets calendar. Love it!

Decorating our Christmas tree, all by myself. I have a set of ornaments given to me by a homeless man I befriended in DC about five years ago. He gave them to me in May, but they couldn't embody the spirit of Christmas anymore. I love putting all the other decorations on the tree, then taking them time to lovingly place each of those special ornaments and reflect on the blessing of reaching out to others.

Missy knits said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is that my family opens our gifts on Christmas morning and everyone has to be there to do so...even my Uncle Bill who sleeps LATE. As a child, this was a true test of patience. Now as an adult, I totally appreciate sleeping past 7:00 a.m....but I also remember how even an hour seemed like an eternity when you are a kid on Christmas morning, so I get up early.

Really great calender--LOVE!

Mel said...

Growing up we always read the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas morning before opening the gifts. My husband and I have continued that tradition with our 8 and 10-year-old. It helps us remember why we are celebrating Christmas.

debby said...

as i thought about it, i realized that all of my favorite christmastime traditions center around food. is that bad? prime rib on christmas, caramel pull-aparts for breakfast christmas morning, the cookies made throughout the season. of course, all of these foods are special as they are shared with family and friends... my true favorite tradition.

tarable said...

Another beautiful calendar!

One of my favorite traditions is the tree. I love decorating it with my husband and sons and I love what the white lights do to the ambience of our family room. I insist on leaving the lights on 24 hrs, regardless of the fire hazard. And I love the Martha Stewart fake tree that I finally splurged on a couple years ago.

lindsey said...

Ooo I would love this for my desk!

One of my new fave traditions is my stuffed stocking exchange with my Husband. We're newly married and I love that we can make fun little traditions mean so much more.

Amanda said...

Gathering with my family around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

hannah said...

christmas eve dinner with all the extended family. we are getting to be quite the large group now, and can barely fit into the same house.

cute, cute calendar.

H Yoho said...

fav tradition: I think we may have just started one this year. We took my daughter for the first time on the Polar Express in Heber and loved it! I also enjoy choosing a fmaily to annonymously do the 12 days for.

gina bina said...

My mom turns out all the lights except the Christmas Tree and we listen in silence to Manheim's Silent Night and think of Christ.

Andria said...

My mom makes Swedish meatballs each Christmas Eve and they are wonderful. :)

pen.ny said...

hanging the stockings!!

Lena said...

That is a cute calendar and would look fun on my husband's serious desk at work.
Growing up, we didn't have many traditions. The one thing that always happened, and I will always thank my mom for it, was stockings for Saint Nicholas. I was always excited for it and happy for something different.

Catherine Williams Photography said...

Every Year on Christmas Eve we have "dinner in the stable" - my mom makes a big dinner consisting of things that everyone who was there on the first Christmas would have eaten - meatballs and hummus for the wisemen, pita for the shepherds, pasta with pesto sauce (looks like hay) for the animals, even warm milk with honey for what baby Jesus would have had! It sounds a little weird but it has been my favorite thing ever! And after we eat we always go sledding in our backyard.

chelle said...

making and hanging new photo ornaments out of the latest family photo

~S~ said...

Hi Marta! I would love to win this calendar for my new office! Favorite Christmas tradition...when my brother and I were younger my parents used to give us our presents from Santa by placing them above our heads while we were sleeping. We would wake up and look on top of the pillow and there it was! For the longest time I believed this to be the tradition and didn't fully understand the whole running to the Christmas tree. I just thought those presents were from people you knew, but not Santa. =D

Anneliese said...

going over to my grandparents house on christmas eve with the whole family. eating, reading the christmas story, & opening stockings. we have been doing it for as long as i can remember...

saltbox girl said...

We've been eating the same meal on Christmas Eve in our family for over 150 years. We have a traditional Swedish dish called dup. We eat rice pudding for dessert, but before we can dig in, we have to recite poems, made up on the spot, no pens, no paper. This is something that has become more dear to me as the years go by. I love thinking of my whole family, all over the country (the world, really) participating in something my great grandparents started in Sweden so long ago.

Kate said...

Making tapas-style snacks with my family after opening presents. mmm delish.

lovely calendar!
kate.ghezzi@gmail.com

Tracy said...

Right now it's flying home to see my family. Living so far away can be unbearable at times and Christmas is the time of year where I get a week filled with my family and loved ones!

meg day said...

when we were little, my sister & i used to sing & play christmas carols on the piano that sat directly under our parents' bedroom until they woke up and came downstairs. we would have (bad) coffee brewing and bowls of cheerios for them for breakfast.

since we've grown, we've taught our younger cousins to do it when everyone stays over on christmas eve!

Jeff and Robin said...

My favourite tradition is getting together with all my sisters, brother-in-law, and the babies at my parents' home on Christmas Eve after the Christmas Eve Service. We eat, open stockings, exchange gifts, and sing together. Then mum sends us all home with enough ham to make our own traditional Canadian breakfast - "Wifesaver." It really is a wife-saver. Easiest Christmas morning breakfast ever. But... we only get to eat it once a year. So yummy.

caitlin said...

Fave tradition is sleeping over at my parents house on Christmas Eve and waking up to mini boxes of cereal.

Jeanne said...

My favorite is reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" before bed on Christmas Eve. My Dad used to read it to us when we were little and now he reads it to his grandchildren.

KK said...

Oh, if there was a calendar I wanted more than anything, it would be this one. I have been in love with those chairs for years...

My favorite tradition is the candle-lit feast we have on Christmas eve.

kim said...

I love putting up the tree & getting out all our Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. My other favorite part of Christmas is seeing all the extended family we don't see any other time of year. I have tons of cousins & now we all have our own kids - it's a riotous mess, but I love it.

molly said...

watching the boys decorate the tree together. i just sit back, watch and smile.

Alisha Stamper | Photographer said...

Hi marta! this is a new tradition for me since being married, but my husband's family has a special ornament for each person that they put up on christmas eve and they each bear their testimonies of the Savior. I love that! It really centers us on the meaning of the season, and gives a family forum for true feelings about the gospel.

Jaclyn said...

Definitely Christmas Eve Chinese food and fresh PJs (I just turned 30 and I still get them every Christmas Eve). I love it! Thanks for the chance :)

Jaimie said...

favorite christmas tradition is definitely waking up early with the bf to do stockings for each other and waiting for the little guy to wake up. though this is only our 2nd year doing it, i remember loving it so much last year.

erin said...

so cute! our tradition has been really just gathering with family, but we are excited to start our own traditions now that we have a little peanut to share the holiday with!

ellen said...

I'd love to win it.

Lisa said...

My family watches Christmas Vacation every Christmas Eve. It really is dorky, but it's my favorite thing every year.

melissa kaye said...

One of our family's holiday traditions is making sausage balls on Christmas Day while unwrapping gifts and enjoying the Disney parade on tv. :)

Carol said...

It has to be my mothers christmas day dinner. Even when I worked abroad my mother would have my christmas dinner for me 6 days after christmas

Donna said...

Christmas Eve dinner then going to midnight mass. All the amazing carols move me every year.

Ksenia said...

Oh how I love them! My favorite Christmas time tradition is Christmas eve dinner with my family (husband, son, parents, and sisters) It is Ukrainian style, vegetarian, and includes 12 dishes (one for each apostle).

Miss E said...

Our advent calendar that my Grandma made us. Each day, we put another felt ornament on the tree. So special.

Whit said...

what a beautiful, fun calendar. i just love me some great chairs - always classy and fun!
one of my favorite christmastime traditions is sitting on my parents porch late at night watching the snowflakes fall from the sky. it's quiet, but oh, how i love it!

leah charbonneau said...

how cute! My favorite christmastime tradition is our christmas eve fondue dinner. It's always an adventure with hot oil and cheese!

Anna said...

oh I love this calendar! So simple and lovely.

My favorite christmas tradition is decorating and listening to holiday music. There is nothing better to get me into the spirit!

Krissa said...

lovely!
well since we just did it i would say going to get our real christmas tree...we all have to go and agree on one together..then we come home and decorate it...so fun to do with family!

holly-lynn said...

my mom always use to buy my brother & i retro movies for christmas eve. we fell in love with her favorites from her childhood every year!

middleofthetable said...

my favorite christmas tradition is coffee on the couch while opening presents in our PJs with my immediate family :)

xo,
sarah

Janssen said...

I love our Christmas Eve shepherds meal - bread bowls with soup and sparkling cider, sitting on the floor, dressed in robes and towel headdresses. Delightful.

Fernanda said...

Decorating the Christmas tree - and it's double the fun when kids are around!

Karen said...

My favorite tradidtion is to get 1 new christmas picture book each year. I'll stop when I have 25 and I'll have a new story for each day of December until Christmas. (My favorite so far: Wombat Divine by Mem Fox)

Anonymous said...

favorite--going to church on Christmas eve....
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whitney said...

favorite christmas tradition is the christmas eve party at my aunt jeanie's house. also, making a million batches of english toffee to give to all our friends and family. and i eat some, too. yum. speaking of... maybe i should go make some right now. :)

PDX Bride said...

My favorite Christmastime tradition is decorating the Christmas Tree. My mom has collected so many ornaments over the years that it is so much fun to see all the ornaments every year and remember stories from past Christmases

Anonymous said...

Hello Sweet Marta -

Oh my! Favorite Tradition? It must be O's Winter Festival - especially taking O & E to the pinata store to choose the pinata. It was a treasure to see them walking out hand in hand after having selected their pinata and hearing O say to E, "No one is luckier than we are, because we have a pink unicorn pinata." Can't wait to see B at this year's festival!

Happy Christmas Sweet Marta!

Love - M

jen byard said...

since we're new to san diego, we started a family tradition last year...an afternoon & evening on Coronado Island...cocoa, tree viewing & ice skating by the beach at the hotel del coronado and dinner by the boardwalk. Fun!

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