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  1. by Kathy P

    On December 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Putting up the Christmas Tree has always been a favorite of mine. Looking at all the ornaments that we have collected over the years and the hand made ones. Just being together when we do it.

  2. by RachelJ

    On December 10, 2010 at 10:22 am

    My favorite holiday memory is spending Christmas in New York where it was cold and snowing (rather than in FL) and enjoying the big Italian family that I didn’t often get to see.

  3. by adrienne

    On December 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

    My husband and I have an annual tradition of a gas station Christmas hot dog. Most years of our early marriage we ended up spending part of Christmas on the road between his family and my family.

    There wasn’t much open on those rural drives, so we always ended up eating at least one gas station hot dog (or brat) every Christmas.

    The first year we weren’t driving around, we went to a local mini-mart for a holidog.

  4. by Laura Raucci

    On December 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is when the neighborhood looked like a ghost town because everything was closed. It was wonderful to spend time together as a family and stay in your pj’s all day.

  5. by Tracey

    On December 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    My favorite memory from when I was a kid was sitting on the couch with the whole family watching Christmas specials on TV. We would snuggle under a blanket, watch TV, and drink hot chocolate.

  6. by Go Amie

    On December 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    The first year we cut down our own Christmas tree, at a Christmas tree farm, was really awesome, We ran all over picking our tree from living ones, and then all took turns with the saw, cutting it down. We were so happy and proud!

  7. by Aura

    On December 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    When I was around 9 it was my older sisters first holiday with her soon to be husband. My mother tried really hard to impressed him and spent hours setting up the house, making sure we all had something really nice to wear and preparing a special dish that she heard my BIL likes. After we all sat down with awkward chitchat She brought out the dish on her favorite serving platter with much fanfare and leaned forward to hand it to my bil and… dropped the entire thing on the floor. Now that sounds horrible but it totally broke the ice. We all started laughing and it made everyone so much more comfortable, like a real family.

  8. by Rebecca Verdeja

    On December 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    my favorite memory is when my boys walk down the hall & turn on the lights christmas morning and see all the gifts under the tree. Their joy and excitement is not fit for words & so precious.

  9. by Sara F

    On December 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    My sister waking me up and us running down stairs to see what Santa brought.

  10. by Kara

    On December 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Every year, my mom made a gingerbread house. My brothers and I would decorate it together. Then we each made our own little “gingerbread” houses out of graham crackers. At the end, we had a little village of houses.

  11. by Laura R.

    On December 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Favorite Holiday memory: the entire family getting together to make tamales for Christmas!

  12. by Laura A.

    On December 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I loved running downstairs to see what was under the tree Christmas morning with my sister before the rest of the family was a wake and all was quiet.

  13. by Emily

    On December 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Chinese food and a movie!

  14. by Jen

    On December 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    My favorite memory (or at least the one that I will never forget) was way back when I was about 13 or 14 or so and my brother was around 10. I was a slightly sneaky child… always looking for where my parents hid our gifts. My Dad was asleep (I think anyways) and I talked my brother into helping me find our gifts. Well… this year I had this hunch that they were stored in our attic above our garage… which had a pull down ladder.Being that I was still young, I couldn’t reach the string but I could pull another ladder over to reach the string and pull down the door, and then hoist myself up into the hole. Well, after getting a good look around (and finding gifts I might add), I went to go back to the ladder but my brother had moved it out of the way- so I was left stuck up in the attic, as he laughed at me from below. Unfortunately, my Mom came home as I was getting ready to hang down and jump and I was caught in the act of snooping.

  15. by Rachel

    On December 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Trimming the tree with my mom!

  16. by Cincy Woods

    On December 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    My favorite Holiday memory is watching the excitement on my son’s face as he hung the ornaments on the tree for the first time.

  17. by Joni

    On December 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was the year my dad took one of my presents and hid it. He gave me a piece of paper with a clue on it. I had to keep finding clues (about 10) untill I found my present. I don’t remember what the gift was, probably a toy, and not remembering doesn’t matter, but what has always stuck with me was I thought it was so neat finding all the clues to lead me to my gift.

  18. by Chrissy

    On December 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I loved the Christmas when I had my first child in November. He was too little to need anything, but we showered him in lots of outfits. I remember feeling like we were a real family.

  19. by shirley delp

    On December 13, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I love to see their faces if I’m lucky enough to be down before them.

  20. by Paula

    On December 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

    My favorite holiday memory was trying so hard to stay up with my brother so we could take a peek on the presents! But my mom was always good about hiding them well… and my brother and I always ended up falling asleep anyway! We were so surprised when the gifts were out the next morning! :)

  21. by dora

    On December 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

    putting up the Christmas tree after a big Thanksgiving meal is so much fun!

  22. by Leslie

    On December 13, 2010 at 10:01 am

    When I was young, we would drive two hours to cut down a christmas tree and then go to an ice cream store that was close by and have ice cream!

  23. by Kathy O

    On December 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

    My greatest holiday memory is more of a tradition than anything. On Christmas eve, we gather at my grandmother’s house. I’m grateful to still have her around at age 86. We make eat tamales and give gifts. Her home then turns into an open house where friends and relatives drop by all evening long. Makes me happy to think of it and will be sad and wonder what will happen when she’s gone.

  24. by Lisa O'Leary

    On December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    My favorite holiday memory, has to be my father getting on the roof with jingle bells and walking around to make it sound like Santa and the reindeer on on the roof of the house.

  25. by Samantha Daleo

    On December 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is the 1st year that my daughter was aware of Christmas and Santa and the excitement in her eyes Christmas morning.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
    Jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

  26. by Anita G.

    On December 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Making tons of Christmas Cookies with my mom and then delivery them to family and friends in pretty holiday tins! It was so sweet and fun plus we’d watch Nat’l Lampoons Vacation while we baked:)

  27. by Charlette N

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is mom letting us open 1 gift on Christmas eve

  28. by Kerry

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is when my dad would bust out his holiday pants–polyester fire engine red with a white and black stripe down the side of each leg. I only remember him wearing these on Christmas morning.

  29. by Veronica

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    My favorite holiday memories are always with family. Waking up to my mom’s tamales cooking, my dad trying to hid and build a bike and of course my brothers and I watching all the christmas shows.

  30. by Jules Bollinger

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is receiving pajamas from my grandmother and then all of the grandchildren standing in their new PJ’s in front of the Christmas Tree and singing Christmas songs. It is something that we did until we had children of our own. Now, long after my grandparents are gone, my mother continues the tradition of holiday pajamas and our children sing in front of the Christmas tree. My cousins are spread all over the country, yet every Christmas Eve we use webcams and the kids sing. It is a wonderful tradition!

  31. by Nora

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    My favorite memory is going to cut down our Christmas tree! As a child it was so much fun and it didn’t matter how cold it was because we were going to be coming home with the most beautiful tree on the farm.

  32. by Lauren O

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Making Christmas cookies for Santa! Buying toys for Secret Santa! Sliding down the stairs with my brother on XMas morning!!

  33. by Reyna

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Wow! This sounds like one awesome printer! Count me in!

  34. by stephanie

    On December 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    My favorite christmas memory was as a child my family used to always go to Mexico to spend the holidays with our extended family. It is a memory that I will always keep with me.

  35. by Jen R

    On December 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    My sister & I were 4 & 5 & my grandpa had come for a visit before Christmas. During the night I convinced my sister to open all of our presents to see what we had gotten. We would have gotten away with it except Grandpa got up during the night & busted us!

  36. by Melissa

    On December 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    My favorite Christmas memories involve picking out the Christmas tree and also getting ready for Santa.

  37. by michele

    On December 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Christmas 2000, my husband proposed by sneaking my engagment ring into a fortune cookie after spending the day walking around the Washington Mall. Best surprise ever!

  38. by Starz

    On December 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    My favorite holiday memory would be any holiday before 2007.
    My holidays as a kid were filled with a big family, a big tree, a big dinner, my step father, and step brother who had cerebral palsy.
    When my step dad died in 2007 it all came crashing down and everything was gone. See, the ‘lots of family’ part was all of his family, and when he died, they were convinced we had money hidden, they disowned us and took my step brother from the home, not allowing me to see him. He died 2 years later. So now it’s just my mom, my boyfriend, and I.
    I know my story is sad, but I never really had any closure, so I try to find any excuse to tell it to make me feel better. I’m thankful for all those times I had with them and even though, they are the ones who turned on us, I still kind of miss how close everyone was when my step dad was alive.

  39. by Jullee

    On December 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    One year when I was about 13 our 15 foot tall Christmas tree, after days of decorating, fell over and the top 3 or 4 feet broke off. The top was dangling on just attached by the tree lights. My Dad was industrious and using butter knives and duct tape he re-attached the top and we had a bit of a Frankenstein Christmas.

  40. by Autumn

    On December 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    When I was about 8, my family went out to cut down our tree. I didn’t know that a family friend had beat us to the spot. When my dad started chopping down the tree, our friend started screaming. Even though it made no sense, I really thought the tree was in agony.

  41. by Carolyn Hopper

    On December 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was the year we woke up early and went to see the sunrise over the mountains. We came back down and had waffles and my sisters and me went sledding. We came back for hot chocolate and went caroling around the cabins we were staying in. By the time we were done, 7 new friends had joined our group. How amazing it was to not even THINK of presents until after noon!!!

    ((But this year promises to be my new favorite! My daughter is 4 and this is the first year she’s really into the magic. She is asking complete strangers what they want from Santa!! lol))

  42. by Ashley W

    On December 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Every year my younger sister, mom and I go see The Nutcracker. As kids, we would wear lacy tights and patent leather shoes. After the ballet, we joined our family at Grandmas for Christmas Eve. Every year, we would sneak in to the fancy dining room and eat the gingerbread house in our now-torn-to-pieces lacy tights.

  43. by Marina

    On December 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

    My mom always outdid herself to set up the house with christmas ornaments, the christmas tree and everything possible that you could think of, from the soap in the bathroom to wash tour hands to candles and all dinnerwear for christmas holidays. But one december when I was 17, my brother 19 and my sister 21we moved to our new house on Dec. 22nd and she could set everything. So on Christmas eve we still had boxes all around. And after having dinner we took out everything and started setting up the Christmas tree and the house like when we were little. It’s my favorite because I know she enjoyed having help and company of everyone setting the tree together as a family!

  44. by Kat

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

    The christmas when I was 16 that my mom gave me the ring she got for christmas when she was 10 was super amazing! The ring is now over 50 years old and I wear it every day!!

  45. by Naomi

    On December 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    The first Thanksgiving I brought my now-husband to was a total disaster. My parents were at each other’s throats, the garbage disposal flooded the kitchen, it was bitterly cold… but it was awesome because we were together.

  46. by Michelle

    On December 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I will never forget Christmas of 1987..My sister and I were so very excited. Ninento came out and we knew we were going to get it! My sister and I decided to browse through our Aunt’s closet. We opened up a few gifts and tried to rewrap them..We saw the Nintendo! Much to our surprise on Christmas morning my Aunt informed us that she knew what we had done and took back the system..I will never forget that and I hope my children never decide to do anything like that! haha

  47. by Lisa

    On December 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is of me and my sister. As kids we would open our presents from under the tree while our Mom and Dad snoozed nearby. Now that I’m a parent, I understand why they slept. The holidays are so exhausting!

  48. by Brenda

    On December 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    My favorite memory was getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve and getting to select one present from under the tree to open…a tradition we continue now with our son.

  49. by Becky

    On December 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Gross, but it’s making sure my cat didn’t eat the tinsel off of the tree…her nickname during the holidays was always “tinsel-butt”

  50. by Angela

    On December 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    My 3yr old asking if we could make banana bread for Santa. I said that I thought that was a great idea, because Santa gets lots of cookies and would like something special. He then with his head cocked and his I just thought of this grin says ” Maybe he would bring ME something special….mmmm how bought a Grunkel and a Zippleback” (dragon toys he has been asking for for weeks). The smile on his face was amazing, he thought he was so clever figuring out how to schmooze Santa!!!

  51. by Melissa Allison

    On December 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is sitting around with the extended family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day..eating, opening presents, etc. Now that a majority of my extended family has passed away, it’s those memories I will cherish forever!

  52. by Saph @ Frugal Wife Blog

    On December 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    My favorite was growing up in NYC and waking up to find snow outside and going outside to build forts!

  53. by Rhonda B

    On December 15, 2010 at 6:49 am

    My favorite memory was the 1st Christmas with my son because we had waited so long for him to join our family. He is now almost five and this year he is super excited about Christmas making it even more fun for my husband and I:)

  54. by Dan Krueger

    On December 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to think back to some really fun times … my favorite was waking up early Christmas morning and the discovery that Santa had once again brought all these gifts. Having four big brothers the chopped down cedar tree, graced with beautiful decorations, was loaded with some neat presents. (and I still don’t know where my parents hid them).

  55. by j. young

    On December 15, 2010 at 10:56 am

    my favorite has yet to come. i’m pregnant with my first child so my husband and i are eager to start many new holiday traditions for years to come. can’t wait for next year to greet our new baby!

  56. by Jennifer Mendolera

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I have to say my favorite memory was baking all of the holiday cookies with my mom. We made everything from cut-outs to thumb prints and chocolate chip to peanut butter. The house never smelled so good and you just couldn’t wait for them to come out of the oven all warm and gooey. Now, I use all of those “famous” recipes with my two little ones and they love it! Many years from now I hope it becomes a very fond memory for them too. Happy Holidays!

  57. by Paola Ramirez

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

    My favorite started this tear for us when our two year old is now old enough to go outside to turn on the switch for all the lights to turn on. The excitement on her face says it all once the lights are on. Now that we finally have our tree up, we’ll have her turn on the lights on it as well. Christmas is a lot more fun with your own kids to share it with.

  58. by Debbie Casas

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

    My favorite holiday memory is from when I was about 4 years old. My aunt gave me a plastic cherub ornament. It has white blond hair, bright blue eyes, and wings with pink tips. For some reason became and still is my favorite ornament. My 3 children decorated the tree this year but I hung up my little plastic cherub.

  59. by Marj

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

    There is nothing more memorable than having my first baby on Dec 2005. It was the most happiest time, joy and love is outpouring from within. Now, I am 26weeks pregnant with our second child and can’t wait for him to be in our arms. Have A Blessed Christmas!

  60. by nadine ertel

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

    One of my great memories is when we went from Florida to PA to spend Christmas with family and my daughter got to see and feel snow for the first time. She kept picking it up and throwing it and giggling. It was great! Cold in FL this year but no snow!

  61. by Deb

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

    My favorite memory is when we were snowed in on our farm and my uncle was staying on a visit from the Navy…we had so much fun playing games and eating.

  62. by Carmella H

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

    My most favorite holiday memory has to be when my husband and I spent the 2003 holiday season in London, Munich, Amsterdam and Paris for our honeymoon – Christmas in London and New Year’s in Paris on the Champs Elysees. Everything in between was also wonderful and romantic.

  63. by Brittany

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    My daughters birthday is on the 13 th of december. A few days ofter her 3rd birthday we were driving in the car and i told her “You know christmas is just around the corner.” she got that innocent look of amazment in her eye and said “can we please go see it, i wont tell.” It was so sweet. so now we just like building the memories.

  64. by Tina

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

    my most favorite holiday was when I was about 8 we did not have much for x-mas and we made all the gifts that year me and my mom and made a box for my dads tools out of some old wood that I found he had no clue just the look on his face made everything perfect.

  65. by Lisa

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

    My favorite Christmas memory is baking with my mom and sister when we were younger. We would just spend all day baking up all kinds of goodies for everyone on Christmas Eve. Now that we are older we have started doing it again and our kids now get involved. So much fun!

  66. by Nicole B.

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I cherish Christmas Eve every year. This is the one day that my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. get together to celebrate the holidays. We have great food, lots of singing and dancing. It is the one day out of the year that everyone is stress free and not a worry in the world. This day is extra special to me now that I live far away from my family. And this year I get to celebrate it with my new little one!! Merry Christmas!!

  67. by olivia pelton

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

    My favorite holiday memory is from this year. We went with my boyfriends parents to pick out the christmas tree and my 16 month old son spotted the little tiny trees. He picked the tree up and carried it all the way to the car ( a good 50+ feet away). It was the cutest thing! Everyone was laughinng and taking pictures. He wouldn’t let his dad or papa help him. (And he is tiny himself) then he tried to climb in the back of the car with the tree. It was so cute!

  68. by Jennifer B

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I have many holidays memories but my favorite is just being with family. Everyone is so happy around the holidays and even if there are fights and grudges between people in the family, they seem to disappear for a while. :) Can’t wait!

  69. by Wendy

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

    When I was younger, we had several Christmas traditions that I looked forward to each year. We decorated the tree with our many ornaments collected over the years. Many were ones made by me or my siblings, which brought back memories from years past. Then we made cut-out cookies. We would leave some out on a plate for Santa on Christmas Eve.

  70. by Wendy

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

    When I was younger, we had several Christmas traditions that I looked forward to each year. We decorated the tree with our many ornaments collected over the years. Many were ones made by me or my siblings, which brought back memories from years past. Then we made cut-out cookies. We would leave some out on a plate for Santa on Christmas Eve. Christmas day we woke extremely early to open presents. After presents, my mom made a really good breakfast. The rest of Christmas day was spent visiting other relatives’ homes for more gifts.

  71. by Cheryl Turner

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

    My favorite holiday memory just happened three days ago when I took my 11 month old daughter to see Santa for the first time. She’s going through separation anxiety so I expected her to have a complete meltdown when I put her on Santa’s lap….but she didn’t! To my pleasant surprise, she laughed, giggled and pulled Santa’s beard off….and SMILED for her picture!!! Just priceless!!

  72. by Cheryl

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was when we used to get to my grandmas early on Thanksgiving and eat lunch by 10. All the deer hunters of the family would come out of the woods to eat with us. We’ve lost a few family members since then and sadly things aren’t the same now.

  73. by Desiree

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    My fav holiday memory is when my whole family on my mom’s side get together at my grandparent’s house on christmas eve and then we go to midnight mass. it’s such a special time, then the next morning getting up and seeing all the presents santa brought.

  74. by Alyson

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    My husband and I watch “A Christmas Story” every year. Although my son is only a month old, I can’t wait to share this tradition with him!

  75. by Susan Salamone

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    One of the traditions we started was watching “Love Acually” It is a feel good movies. This year our daughter will be 11 months, so we will start a new tradition on watching all of the old cartoons for her.

  76. by Julie McFarlane

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I grew up on a farm and my Dad worked really hard everyday. It was on Christmas Eve that we would all pitch in to do the dishes, even Dad. The dishes would be done and my sisters and I would gather in front of the tree to hear the Christmas Story then we would enjoy the gifts that tempted us for the last week. This is my favorite memory. The Night Before Christmas at the Frarck House.

  77. by Tobi

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    My favorite holiday is this year, one I will always remember. We are lucky enough to have a son this year to share it with. After two years of waiting (adoption) we now finally have a son and seeing him respond to the lights and sounds are the highlights of our life.

  78. by Sherry Burrows

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    My favorite xmas memories would have to be the past couple years watching my grand daughters faces as we watch xmas cartoons and when they see the xmas lights. The joy and wonder in thier faces touches my soul!

  79. by Kathy

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Immediately after chrismas we always go out to our property in the country to get away and enjoy family without the hustle and bustle!

  80. by Jenn

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite memory is last year, when my two kids were finally old enough to realize who Santa is. When they went down stairs Christmas morning and saw all the presents under the tree from Santa there joy and excitement brought the magic back to the Holiday.

  81. by Jenny Hanson

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    My favorite x-mas of course was last year, my little guy’s first. Although it was very frustrating because we weren’t able to go home and see family members due to the winter storm we got. It was nice however, to have our own family x-mas and celebrate the holiday just us. I just hope the weather cooperates this year! :)

  82. by Ann

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite memories are getting together with the family at my dad’s place in the country.

  83. by Belinda

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    My favorite memorie is when I was about 7 years old, and ALL of my family was in Mexico, it was a simple christmas not many presents or food. BUT we were all together and it was great meeting cousins and great uncles for the first time.

  84. by Chrissy

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Christmas Eve at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house! They would have a big party in the basement and the whole family would come. When we would leave to go to midnight mass, we would look for Rudolph’s nose the whole way there.

  85. by Nichole Yingling

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I loved when the star would get put on the top of the tree. It was always the final step, and signified Christmas was on it’s way!

  86. by Renee M.

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is not one my mother would think. One Christmas, I think I was 7 or 8, my older sister decided to show me where all the presents were hidden. My mom was so furious at my sister, and by default me, that on Christmas morning only my older brother got presents. My sister and I were forced to sit and watch my brother open, gloat, and play with his presents. After about an hour, my dad took my brother’s new remote control car and drive it behind the couch that my sister and I were sitting on. Low and behold there wrapped and ready were our presents. My mother then turned to my sister and I and told us that she and my dad did this to teach us a lesson. That when you get older getting Christmas presents does not mean as much as watching the joy when someone else opens a present you spent time and effort to pick out and purchase for them.
    As a parent I have fully learned that lesson.

  87. by Darlene

    On December 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I have many happy memories of Christmases while growing up and later with my own children. One of my favorite memories was when I was seven or eight years old. There were seven of us and money was always tight. The family liked to stretch out Christmas morning by wrapping as many gifts as possible. Pairs of socks and gloves were separated and wrapped individually. That year my brother, who was ten years older than me, wrapped each piece of a Cootie Game. Over 75 tiny gifts! Lots of photo opportunities. Unfortunately, he didn’t give me the box. I thought it was a model kit. I didn’t know Cootie was game until I went Christmas shopping for my own children twenty years later.

  88. by Trinda

    On December 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I grew up in a rural area of Southern Kentucky, and we always did “homemade” Christmas stuff because we didn’t have a lot of money. We went out to the woods around our little house, picked out a small, fluffy tree, chopped it down, and all of us had to help carry it out of the woods and into our living room. We propped it in a bucket full of gravel from our driveway and well water. It sat in the corner as far away from our little woodstove made from a barrel drum as we could get it so that the needles wouldn’t dry out. Mom and I would pick holly leaves and berries from the woods and tie them onto the tree with red yarn. We made paper chains and popped pop-corn to string, and on top of all of that was a shiny tin-foil star. Then, one year when I was probably about 10, we had gone outside for just a few minutes, and while we were out, the family dog, a little fluffy black and white mutt, decided he wanted the popcorn on the tree. He apparently had some trouble getting it, because when we came back into the house, he was tangled in the tree on the floor, with popcorn all in his fur. He looked like a very wriggly, disgruntled Christmas Ornament! LOL As I wrote this, I called my mother to share the memory with her, and she started laughing. She reminded me that we stayed up late that night popping more popcorn, and how the dog didn’t eat another bite of popcorn all winter after that, and he was forever terrified of the Christmas tree! :D

  89. by Melanie B.

    On December 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    One of my fondest holiday memories is my mom or dad always picking me up to put the star on top of our tree.

  90. by Trinda Shepherd

    On December 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I grew up in a very small house in rural Kentucky, and we always had homemade Christmases. We didn’t have money for all the stuff in stores, but we didn’t need it. We went out the woods behind our house, and picked out a small, bushy pine tree to cut and take home. We propped it up in a 5 gallon bucket in the corner away from our woodstove, and filled the bucket with well water and rocks from outside. We made everything that went on that tree. Paper chains, cut out snowflakes, pom-pom yarn ornaments, and lots of popcorn garlands that we would string all over the tree. It was always so pretty! One year, when I was about 10, we had just finished putting the tin-foil star on top of our holiday masterpiece, when we had to leave for a few minutes. We got back to the house about an hour later and found that the family dog, a fluffy black and white mutt, had been tempted into some naughty behavior and was now entangled in our tree with the evidence strewn all over our wooden floor all around him! He looked like a really grumpy Christmas Ornament! LOL I called my mom as I wrote this and we laughed together over that memory. She reminded me that we had to pop a lot more popcorn, but that the dog never ate another piece all winter and was scared to death of Christmas trees after that!

  91. by kim

    On December 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    My brothers opening the presents weeks before Christmas by slitting the tape on the side and then putting new tape on top. Not funny after you figured out you new everything you were getting.

  92. by Melissa R.

    On December 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was last Christmas eve I was 10 months pregnant and my sisters and I gave our Dad the Wii Beatles Rock Band for a gift. We ended up getting stranded at their house do to a lovely WI snow storm. We stayed up all night my dad, my husband, my sisters, and of course myself playing the Beatles. It was alot of fun holding onto a guitar with a big belly let me tell you. But we still talk about that night and now are going to make it tradition.

  93. by Jennifer W

    On December 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is when all us grandkids got together and made a Santa’s beard and eyebrows for my grandpa to wear out of paper towels. We stuck them on him with tape and had him put on the red hat. He then handed out the gifts the family members got for each other. How young and creative we were back them!!!

  94. by tuesday

    On December 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    My favoorite memory is going to my grandparent’s house for xmas eve. We would stay so late we would worry we would miss santa. my dad would always carry us and all of our gifts to the car.
    I miss those days!

  95. by Danielle Love

    On December 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Going to Port Townsend and Fort Worden and staying in the old houses with my entire extended family. We all had a blast and it was such a fun thing…. Back in the day when everyone got along ;)

  96. by Michele

    On December 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    When I was little and got the barbie dream house. Now that I have a daughter I can’t wait till she is old enough to get one so I can see the joy on her face.

  97. by Jenina Bass

    On December 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is my oldest son’s first Christmas. He was really to young to know what it all meant, but we had a ball watching him and helping him open all his presents.

  98. by Eric Hemsath

    On December 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    One year we bought a Wonder Horse for our oldest child. Our “baby”, who we thought was too young to know what was going on, would not go to sleep. We went ahead and put the pony together and he watched the whole proceedings. Upon completion and placing the horse next to the tree, the little tike went over and dragged himself upon the Wonder Horse and went for a ride.

  99. by Marissa

    On December 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was last year when my daughter and all of her cousins spent Christmas morning together. It took a couple of hours to open all of the presents and there was wrapping paper everywhere, but everyone had a blast.

  100. by Donna

    On December 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    My favorite Christmas memories are of baking and cake decorating with my dad. He took the Wilton course, then taught me. I especially loved decorating the Christmas tree cakes.

  101. by Eileen

    On December 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was from 2 years ago. I was exposing the Chinese immigrants in the English class that I taught to some Christmas traditions. It was supposed to be a simple lesson with some snacks and candy canes, but it turned into a party!

  102. by Anthony

    On December 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    My favorite holiday memory has to be last year’s Christmas with our first child. He was born on November 25, 2009 and my wife and I couldn’t have had a better Christmas gift.:-)

  103. by Traci

    On December 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was our daughter’s first Christmas, when she was three weeks short of her first birthday. At that time, she was a huge Elmo fan, and her “big” Christmas gift was the Dance with Me Elmo. When she opened the package, the smile on her face, and the deep, belly laughs that came out of her whenever Elmo sang and danced, will be etched in our memories forever! The pure joy and excitement on her face was worth a million bucks!

  104. by jen n.

    On December 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    my favorite christmas memory was hiding in my bedroom as a teenager so that my parents could put all of the gifts under the tree from ‘santa’ and waking up super early the next morning to see all of them.

  105. by Megan

    On December 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    after church on christmas eve. my brothers and i would try to see who could keep their candle lit all the way home, and for years everyone let me believe the flashing red light on a radio tower was rudolph’s nose and we had to hurry get home or santa would beat us there. i can’t wait to create those wonderful memories for our kids.

  106. by carole hagen

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    When my two children opened their Christmas presents the last time they saw each other! She was 15—he was 11! We all decorated the house—the tree—made cookies and sang christmas carols!

  107. by Faydra

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    When I was a kid we often had Christmas sing-a-longs. Two of my dad’s friends brought guitars and we’d just sing and sing. I loved that.

  108. by Shari

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Bringing home our 5 day old twins on Christmas Eve 4 years ago. They came home in Christmas Stockings.

  109. by Regina Bittenbender

    On December 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

    The first year I learned there was no Santa Clause is still my favorite Christmas. I have a brother who is 2 years younger than me. He still believed in Santa Claus. My parents let me stay up Christmas Eve to help put together all the toys and wrap all the presents from “Santa”. I didn’t get to bed until 4am. My brother woke me up at 6am to tell me Santa had been there. The excitement on his face was priceless. Playing Santa for the first time, especially as a child, was one of the greatest thrills of my life.

  110. by Eric M.

    On December 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Both my parents have passed away, but I’ll never forget when we were young that Dad would sneak out and ring a sleigh bell when of course we were wide awake waiting for Santa. And to top it off, the next morning he’d purposefully keep us from coming in until he’d finished several cups of coffee, just to make us all the more excited – it worked.

  111. by Charles Stumpe

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Having lived in Florida all my life and never having a white Christmas, one of my favorite memories was when we moved to Oklahome for a few years and the kids were young and I had my “First” white Christmas and sharing it with my children. It was great.

  112. by Bonnie Ashley

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    My favorite holiday memory will always be the first Christmas with my granddaughter. Her smile looking at the tree and the way she looked at Santa while he held her are forever etched in my mind.

  113. by Mary Henderson

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:10 am

    My last Christmas is always my favorite. Each one had different nuances

  114. by Lori

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    My husband proposed marriage to me on Christmas day.

  115. by Tracy R

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

    My favorite holiday moment was when the kids were younger, I took them for pictures in the Christmas pajamas. It’s my favorite picture to put up every year!

  116. by Kellye McGarrah

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Every year is memorable to me. My kids and I decorate the tree together. We love it!

  117. by greg

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

    My favorite holiday moment was the first one I spent with my new wife and child.

  118. by Maryann Hauswirth

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

    My favorite holiday memory is of the 1937 vintage firetruck arriving every Christmas morning with Santa along for the ride. The truck would drive the hills of Brisbane, CA with Santa and the Brisbane Lions club handing out toys and fruit/candy bags to all who came out. In a small town of about 3000 residents, just south of San Francisco, this was something that happens no where else. to this day,tThis momory is still being made for residents of the small town nestled in the San Bruno Mountain hills….it is a memory that we all, young and old, will carry with us today and forever.

  119. by kathy v

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Baking is my favorite holiday memory – pulling out the old recipes written by family members of the past – helping my mom roll out the dough and tasting (just a little) and waiting while they bake and smelling the delicious aroma of the cookies just waiting for them to be ready and then eating them with a big glass of milk yummy!

  120. by LISA OTTENWELLER

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

    when i found santa hid the presents in mom and dads closet!

  121. by Sandy Bonesteel

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

    My favorite Christmas memory is the Christmas when my son was about 5 years old. My sister’s father-in-law was very, very sick from chemotherapy for leukemia but he still dressed up like Santa and came to our home. The plan was that he would knock on the door at a certain time; and that we would have our 5 year old son out in the living room at that time. The plan included that we not open the door, but wait for Santa to open it and put a Christmas gift just inside the door for our son to see. The plan was that it would happen so quickly that our son not be able to see Santa’s face (and recognize him); but that he would see Santa bring him the gift.
    My sister’s father-in-law did this for our son even though he felt so sick and weak.

  122. by KateyG

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Christmas morning the year I got a doll house hand made by my father.

  123. by Christine

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    My son was born on 12/17…the best early Christmas gift I could have ever wished for!

  124. by Caqte Sparks

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    We would come downstairs to closed doors and have to wait agonizingly while the adults ate breakfast & lingered over coffee.. to be let in to the living room to see what Santa brought us!

  125. by Danny Koyl

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

    My favorite Christmas memory, is watching my mom decorate the tree and prepare to have all us kids and grandkids get together

  126. by Summer Bonner

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEMORYS ARE OF FIXING CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH MY MOTHER AND GRANDMA..I LOVE TO COOK AND I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AS GOOD A COOK AS MY MOTHER, AND I FINALLY AM. I HOPE TO PASS THESE TRADITIONS OF COOKING HOLIDAY DINNERS DOWN TO MY DAUGHTER.

  127. by cindy

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:37 am

    coming home from church, listening to the radio announcing that santa was over the city , “seeing” rudolphs nose and the anticipation and excitement of entering the house, looking for the wonderful surprises. the magic is still there with my grandchild.

  128. by Gary Murphy

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

    My favorite holiday memory was having my first Christmas with my first child.

  129. by cindy

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:45 am

    coming home from church, listening to the radio announcing that santa was sighted over the city, “spotting” rudolphs nose and the exitement of entering the house knowing santa just left! and after 44 years the magic is still there with our kids and grandchild.

  130. by BRENDA GORDINEER

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

    My favorite memories were the pure joy of my children when they woke up Christmas morning and saw all the presents Santa brought while they slept. They are grown now and I really miss those Christmas mornings!

  131. by Euphemia Roecker

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Grand baby falling asleep in my arms while waiting for midnight

  132. by john crain

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Falling off the ladder trying to put up the lights. Which was not funny at the time, but is really funny now.

  133. by Shirley Hodge

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    My favorite holiday memory can be summed up in this poem I wrote for my eldest grandaughter:

    CHRISTMAS 1943 Shirley Hodge

    The men were all gone, far far away
    over the water and into the fray
    fathers and husbands, lovers and sons
    the call to arms took everyone.

    Christmas was coming in this snow laden land
    not war nor death could stay time’s hand,
    the children, not knowing the folly of war
    were growing excited over what was in store.

    Mothers and aunts and sisters galore
    were busy making Christmas once more,
    so up went green trees and colored glass balls
    holly and mistletoe hung in the halls
    but bright shining lights were not to be had
    factories made bullets and bombs instead.

    Then Mr. Warner, who lived on our street
    went door-to-door with a plan they could meet,
    he collected the bulbs left from last year
    and promised to call with words of good cheer.

    At five AM that white Christmas morning
    they woke all the children from innocent dreaming
    bundled them up against winter’s cold blast
    then took them outdoors before the night past.

    Amid the strains of Silent Night
    Mr. Warner’s big pine tree lit up so bright
    the children cried out in startled delight.

    Now I look back on the long ago day
    and think of the children far, far away
    who spent that day in unspeakable fear
    who only knew terror with death so near
    they died in misery and we did not know
    the monsters who killed them did not let it show.

    On that Christmas day we did not know the cost
    nor the horrible knowledge of what we had lost..

  134. by Helen Keeler

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Having my son come home unexpectly for Christmas.

  135. by Cathy Spears

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    My favorite memory of Christmas has to be when I was around 12 years old. I wanted to learn to play the organ more than anything. When Christmas day arrived, there in the living room was a brand new Hammond organ of my very own. I will never remember that day. Couldn’t have gotten a better present!

  136. by Jen Patterson

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    love when my kids use to get up at 5:00am every Christmas to see what Santa brought… i wont see them this year that they will be with their dad for the first time…. i will miss seeing those faces!

  137. by Marci Cornelius

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    My favorite memory is when I was 6, My family would go out of town to visit my grandparents. We would have a great Christmas dinner, go to church services and come home and open presents.

  138. by lace

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Eating a big family breakfast before exchanging gifts on Christmas morning

  139. by Talex

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    When I was a child, Christmas was so exciting. There was not all the hype that we see now. We didn’t see a Christmas tree until Christmas morning when it seemed to appear like magic overnight with decorations and presents for everyone. It was truly awe-inspiring and a lot for our young eyes to take in.

  140. by Courtney

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    snugglin’ up to the fire watching Frosty the Snowman

  141. by Barbara Sies

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    My favorite memory is when my entire family had a reunion over the holiday. It was nice to see people we hadn’t seen in years

  142. by marlene schmitt

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Watching my children open presents. When they
    were young they just seemed to rip open every
    present so that they could get to the next one.
    They didn’t realize what they had until they
    were done opening all their gifts.

  143. by Barry Crist

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Opening birthday gifts on Christmas.

  144. by Barbara Nolan

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    My favorite memory from my childhood is getting up on Christmas morning and finding that “Santa” had left me the skates I wanted so much!

  145. by Scott Hobson

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Going to a Christmas tree lot on Christmas eve.

  146. by Ginger

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is driving around the neighborhood at night with my grandmother and looking at all the houses with their beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Simple joy.

  147. by Mary Ronan

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Making cookies with the children and not caring about the mess.

  148. by Rick Campbell

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    My favotite holiday memory is having the entire family together for Christmas dinner

  149. by Margaret Konczal

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is at my great grandparents farm in New Hampshire. I liked the antique decorations in the old drawing room and the way the electric globe lights made the tinsel sparkle. Just being with family in the comfort of the holiday spirit.

  150. by Jess

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite/funniest Christmas memory was coming back from Church and our lab puppy had ripped open half the presents.

  151. by Teresa Pritchard

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory is frosting cookies with my Nana!

  152. by lok

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    egg nog and chestnuts

  153. by Maja Meza

    On December 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    i liked it when my dad would dress up as santa and bring presents

  154. by Pamela Arbour

    On December 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I used to love baking cookies with my mom and grandmother

  155. by Joshua

    On December 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    My brother and I had difficulties waking up in the morning Christmas Day when we were little as the gifts weren’t the first thing on the list, but as we got older we truly learned the spirit of the season from our parents. We would get up and head to a local pond to ducks that hadn’t migrated South for the season with 20 pounds of cracked corn. I’ve looked for a similar pond on the West Coast ever since moving here more than a decade ago.

  156. by Mary DePompa

    On December 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    going into the woods and finding a tree and cutting it down for christmas

  157. by Harry Scholpp

    On December 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    walking outside on christmas morning and seeing a giant bow on top of my brand new car!!!

  158. by Ashley Gatewood

    On December 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Fave holiday memory is everyone packing into my great grandmothers nursing home apartment for Christmas supper. We had about 25-30 people in one small 1 bedroom apartment. The other neighbors wern’t happy about it but hey we had fun!

  159. by Jean Jackson

    On December 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was the year 1953. I was five years old, and I was not expecting to get any gifts because my parents had just gotten a divorce. But my mother and grandmother gave me a beautiful doll with a wardrobe that had been painstakingly hand-sewn. I treasured that doll, but even more, I treasured her wonderful, unique dresses that had been made with love by mom & grandma.

  160. by carrie rizzo

    On December 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    as a kid, waiting up to hear santa bells on his sleigh. Baking and eating christmas cookies

  161. by Sharon Shirlen

    On December 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    When I was about 5 years old, I woke up on Christmas Eve night because I heard a jingle bell ringing downstairs! I was so convinced that Santa was in the living room putting out my toys.

  162. by Jessica Brainerd

    On December 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was the year that our family (which had always had a wreath making business) started selling Christmas trees as well. Going outside was like walking into a winter wonderland – it was beautiful and perfect.

  163. by Leah Graves

    On December 16, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is the year I got my pink bicycle. I was 7 years that Christmas and my mom had me convinced that I wasn’t going to get the bike I wanted because they were sold out everywhere. I was totally surprised on Christmas morning when I woke up to see the bike by the tree with a giant red bow on it! I will never forget that Christmas!

  164. by wcc

    On December 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is playing the SNES with my father on Christmas morning. He has since passed away so those memories with him are so precious to me.

  165. by Lisa

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is watching movies with family.

  166. by Sandra Lassen

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I love to bake all the old family recipes.

  167. by Michelle Patterson

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    My greatest holiday memory actually happens every year on Christmas Eve. My parents have a Christmas party and all of my closest relatives come and we eat, drink, sing and reminisce about the past. It is the most important place I have to be in the entire year.

  168. by jenny hebert

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    great sweeps

  169. by Kevin Voigt

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    What’s my favorite holiday memory?

    When I used to be able to donate my time at the Salvation Army helping people less fortunate during Christmas time.

    We made holiday baskets, which were banana boxes filled with a turkey, ham and all the fixings.

    We also collected and handed out toys for kids and fed everyone well on Christmas day.

    It was a great experience and feeling.

    (thanks for the chance to win!)

  170. by william stanger

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    great

  171. by Rita Baldwin

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Spending time with our grandson Austin.

  172. by Russell M

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    My favorite holiday memory repeats itself every year: car doors slamming outside, the dog barking, running feet, the back door flying open, and three voices yelling,”Merry Christmas, Grandpa!!”, as my grandkids tackle me to the floor. I really dread when they think they’re to old for this.

  173. by Mil

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    When I was a kid, we wore out the Sears-Roebuck Christmas Catalog looking at potential gifts. Actually, our gifts were very few. One year, my youngest sister really wanted a Saucy Walker doll. I convinced Mom & Dad to buy one for her. I was so pleased that they did so that I told all the students in our one-room school (22 students in all 8 grades) that she would receive the doll. The other students didn’t believe me, but unfortunately, my telling them decreased the pleasure that my sister had in telling them about the doll after Christmas because they already knew
    that she was receiving it.

  174. by cliford lewis

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Waking up to a house full of love. On the wood burning fireplace, I would find my cap-gun, one of each fruit and a handful of nuts. My three older brothers usually shared this same bounty. Being older, one or two may have moved up to B-B guns. Please don’t see any of this as criticism. Those times are irreplaceable.

    Thanks for allowing me this forum to vent those beautiful moments, Cliford Lewis

  175. by John Sweeney

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    a fireplace glowing on a snowy winter day with family and friends around

  176. by Cynthia Green

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    My favorite memory is when my husband and I were first married and did not own a car so we bought a Christmas tree and carried it home on the city bus! We got a lot of smiles and good wishes from the other riders!

  177. by maria kelly

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    December 24, 2008, the 445th unit out of Independence, MO, returned home from a year of duty in Afghanistan. I could never ask for a better gift then to have my 23 year old son/soldier to be home for christmas!!

  178. by Tammy Kennedy

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    My best holiday memory is the Christmas before my brother and sister in law passed away due to a car accident(they left behind 5 children)
    It was at my Mothers house and all 7 of us kids along with our spouses and kids, our grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousins were there we exchanged gifts, ate, played games, told stories of the past
    that was the last Christmas we all got together

    Thank you so very much for giving me a chance to be a winner
    Thank you for all your time, effort and hard work
    camper223[at]live[dot]com

  179. by David Birmingham

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Waking up christmas morning as a child to the faint unmistakable sound of a lionel train whistle!

  180. by Dolores Olsen

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    My favorite rememberance was after the tree had all of its ornaments, it ws then Dad’t turn to step in and one at a time hang the tinsel on the tree. took him forever and then the one foot high white picket fence that he made went around the bottom to keep out the pets and crawl ing babies out from under the tree.

  181. by bonnie

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    going ice skating on the lake with my dad and mom

  182. by Doug Elston

    On December 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Going out and chopping down our tree every year!

  183. by Kathy

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    My favorite memory is my father reading “The Night Before Christmas” every Christmas Eve.

  184. by Terra

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    The advent calendar leading up for Christmas!!

  185. by T

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Spending time with all the family. It’s quite large and loud. ^_^

  186. by Kerri

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    My favorite memories are decorating the Christmas tree and baking Christmas goodies!

  187. by Jeanette Karneth

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is from when I was just a child. I remember we were very poor and my mother would cry almost everyday wishing she could give us a christmas. That year, and I don’t know how she did it, but we woke up in the morning to a tree overflowing with presents!

  188. by K Topf

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was Christmas Eve. Couldn’t fall asleep thinking about Santa. And then getting up Christmas morning and running to the tree to see what he brought. Fond, fond memories!

  189. by J Poteet

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is picking out our tree at a local tree farm. I now share this tradition with my children. The girls pick the tree and run through the field of trees while daddy cuts the tree down. The girls love to watch the men shake the tree and bale it. We then proceed to the barn to see Santa! He even has a real beard! After the wishes have been told we go to the snack barn for some hot chocolate. The are a great number of photo opportunities and I take advantage of them.

  190. by Connie Richards

    On December 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    As a child of about 8, sharing a room with a sibling, my father came in to tuck us in bed on Christmas Eve. Wondering if there really was a Santa we ask him, as he told us gently that if we believed, then Santa was, we were being assured of a childhood wish and dream. Just then a sound on the roof was heard, sitting up in bed, eyes widening now, could it be? Santa? As our father put his one finger over his mounth, as to say be very quiet – whispering if Santa knows your still awake he will not leave presents. With that we lay down and covered up, smiling and giggling to ourselves, he is real, he’s here. Sure enough next morning the proof, Santa had indeed come, we shared our story of hearing Santa on the roof with the rest of our family. A very special memory that will live as long as a child believes.

  191. by Terri Gray

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:03 am

    My favorite memory is spending Christmas Eve at my gramma and grampa’s house with all of my cousins.

  192. by JC Mendocha

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:06 am

    this will be a real time saver

  193. by John Trocki

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:11 am

    My favorite holiday memory is spending it with my family and laughing about all the things we do as kids.

  194. by kathy flanagan

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Living in a rural area in mississipp and a property owner makes it a pleasure to cut a tree each year. this is my favorite part of christmas.spending several hours in the woods looking for just the right tree. this has been a family outing all my 56 years.

  195. by laureni

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:35 am

    My father was a firefighter so every year when my sisters and I were young, he would have Santa come to our house on the top of firetruck, blowing the horns and sirens blaring. Santa would stop and come in the house with some of his Elvs and ask us what we wanted for Christmas. It was really cool.

  196. by SUSAN KENNEDY

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:46 am

    My favorite holiday memory is staying up all night with my sister because we were too excited to sleep, and getting our parents up at the crack of dawn.

  197. by Barbara Corbett

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Christmas holidays were never so special to me since both my parents died when I was 14 years old. For 18 years , Christmas was just another day. But on December 24, 1998, I got the best Christmas present ever. I gave birth to my first daughter, and now the holidays are the most blessed time of year for me.

  198. by Carol Wells

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:52 am

    My favorite Christmas memory is of my Dad playing with the train he bought by younger brothers for Christmas. We asked him ” Are you sure you bought those for the boys?” Dad laughed and said Yes,they are for the boys Santa gets them tonight” LOL we all laughed at him, Then we went to play cards ,

  199. by Brad Bergeron

    On December 17, 2010 at 1:01 am

    the cat climbed inside the tree…and down it came!! lol

  200. by Dick Douglas

    On December 17, 2010 at 1:06 am

    My favorite Christmas memory is of Christmas at our home in the Panama Canal Zone…some 50 years back.

  201. by Jackie Tweed

    On December 17, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Always being able to open ONE present on Christmas Eve. Starting as a child I was allowed to do that and I have continued that memory & tradition with my children and my grandchildren.

  202. by Dorothy W

    On December 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Helping my Mom put the ornaments on the tree.

  203. by John Ray

    On December 17, 2010 at 4:04 am

    My favorite memory – My elderly grandfather swore he’d never fly in a plane. I gave him round trip tickets for 2 from Louisville to Lexington. We boarded him & Granny in Louisville, then drove to Lexington, met the plane, took him to supper w/my aunt & uncle, and boarded them to fly back to Louisville, where my parents received them and got them home. My grandparents took turns sitting in the window seats. They loved their 1st & only flights.

  204. by Melvin Ray

    On December 17, 2010 at 4:05 am

    My first Christmas in the US; (I’m an immigrant).

  205. by Laura Warren

    On December 17, 2010 at 4:46 am

    My favorite Christmas memory is always decorating the tree, reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to my kids under the tree on Christmas Eve, and seeing them when they got to open that special gift they desperately wante.

  206. by Samantha

    On December 17, 2010 at 5:53 am

    My favorite holiday memory is the first time my daughter saw Santa. The grin was HUGE! We expected tears – we got smiles.

  207. by Mary

    On December 17, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I loved going to pick out the Christmas tree with my mom. The smell of pine trees still reminds me of the trips.

  208. by Betty Shoemaker

    On December 17, 2010 at 7:21 am

    My favorite memory was my first christmas for my children with their grandparents. they were so excited and grandma and grandpa could not be more delighted

  209. by margie gilbert

    On December 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

    my favorite memory of Christmas was “camping” out in the living room Christmas eve night with my Dad in order to see Santa but falling asleep before he arrived!

  210. by Molly Joiner

    On December 17, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I love family photo, this is great.

  211. by Kristen Hendricks

    On December 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

    My favorite holiday memory is having Christmas dinner at my grandmother’s house practically every year when she was alive with my family and some of my other relatives. We had such a great time together at my grandmother’s Christmas dinners and I will never forget those dinners for the rest of my life especially since my grandmother was such a great cook and loved Christmas so much.

  212. by Racjaa Menti

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

    a tech savvy friend deserves a tech savvy gift. This printer seems to know it all so this would be a great gift

  213. by racjaa Menti

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

    My favorite holdiday memory is the day I got a kitten as a present. The cat would live with me for 14 more years and five me years of pleasure and happiness. Lots of homeless kittens are sitting in shelters just waiting for a good home.

  214. by Denise B.

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Lighting the Advent candles.

  215. by Jeralinn Roche

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:45 am

    when we got our puppy

  216. by kristen

    On December 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

    When “Santa” made a scavenger hunt! He left the first clue taped to the bottom of the cookie plate. The last present was a bike that year!

  217. by Debra Quintana

    On December 17, 2010 at 9:36 am

    just what the pc doc ordered.

  218. by JoAnn Zimmerman

    On December 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

    When I was little we would always go drive around and look at christmas lights. Well, my Mom would always forget something and have to go back into the house to get whatever it was. When we would get home, Santa would have been there and we would open our presents. It took me for years to figure out how the presents got there.

  219. by Charlotte Padgett

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

    We used to have “stockings” (which were actually large gift bags) for everyone in the family. These contained all the small stuff accumulated while shopping for the other wrapped gifts all season. No wrapping all the little stuff.

  220. by Timmy

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I got a baby sister!

  221. by Teresa

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    getting together with friends and family

  222. by staymo

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Waking to another beautiful day.

  223. by Cindy Flores

    On December 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

    My best memory was when my daughter was born on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, the nurse brought her to our room wrapped in a big Christmas stocking.

  224. by Nat Stevens

    On December 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    As a child (many years back) our whole family would go to my grandparents house where they had a spiral staircase that wrapped around a very big Christmas tree. The tree was always trimmed beautifully and we all got plenty of “family time” before we sat down to a magnificent dinner.

  225. by ronnie aldon

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Tree trimmed, daily clutter still out, and having the kids fall asleep on the couch around me thinking how absolutely wonderful it was…..

  226. by Gloria Dornin

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    All 7 of us waiting at the top of the stairs to race down and open Christmas presents

  227. by Dawn

    On December 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Teaching my children Christmas carols and singing them together all season. It has been so fun sharing something I love with my children!

  228. by judy quinn

    On December 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I love my tree. We have ornaments from all our travels!

  229. by Beverly Wilson

    On December 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    My favorite Christmas memory was last Christmas. It was the last Christmas that our family was able to spend with my husband. He passed away from Cancer this year.

  230. by CHRIS CONANAN

    On December 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    My memory is as a family we used to decorate the tree and then my dad would lift me up to put the star on the top of the tree.

  231. by linda elston

    On December 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Putting the handmade paper angel on the top of our tree. Our duaghter made it when she was 5 and 30 years later it still is the only topper we use.

  232. by Darryl T

    On December 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    my favorite holiday memory is my son’s first christmas

  233. by Ed

    On December 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was watching our three year old granddaughter help decorate the Christmas tree. Seeing her eyes light up when she got her very own ornament to hang with the others was priceless.

  234. by Dawn

    On December 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    When Santa came to our house on a fire engine and brought lots of presents!

  235. by Connie R.

    On December 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    The surprise in everyone’s eyes when they open something they did not expect.

  236. by Linda Hildebrand

    On December 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Baking holiday cookies and having our whole family around the table decorating them is a wonderful memory for me

  237. by tanya sicina

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Opening one gift on Christmas Eve is a favorite memory of mine

  238. by J Karakis

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Pulling the tree down by accident

  239. by Brenda Cushman

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    First of all i love the HP Printer it is super wish i had one.We use to make snow out of soap to put on the Christmas it looked just like the real thing we lived where it hardley ever snowed.Now i can’t remember how we did it but it is a cherished memory of my Mother who went to heaven a long time ago.

  240. by Jessie Oslan

    On December 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Ever since my daughter was little, we would work together to decorate the house and tree. Christmas has always been an extra special time in our home. My birthday is 8 days before Christmas (today actually;-) and my daughter’s birthday is 8 days after Christmas. We also listen to Christmas music while baking cookies!

  241. by Shawn H.

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Sneaking my grandmas extra homemade favorite Christmas cookies from the pretty round tins she kept them in. They were kept in one little room in the basement that she thought was a great hiding spot from little fingers…not!

  242. by Eva M Mack

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    extra time

  243. by McDuffy

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Favorite holiday memory is time with family during the holidays.

  244. by Pamela White

    On December 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    My favorite memory is driving through the snow to see family and being the only car on the road. Singing Christmas carols all the way.

  245. by Tamara Shurling

    On December 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Making Christmas cookies with my mom and going caroling

  246. by Deborah Switz

    On December 17, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Before my parents were aware that I needed glasses, my blurry vision made the Christmas tree look magical. It had a fairytale glow to it.

  247. by Holly Walker

    On December 17, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    My favorite holiday memory it the night before Christmas Eve night, my parents would let my sister and I sleep under the Christmas tree. We would have our heads underneath and our feet out so that we could look up at the glimmering lights while we talked into the night about everything!

  248. by Kim Allmon

    On December 18, 2010 at 2:47 am

    My favorite holiday memory would be the huge Christmas Eve parties that my family would have – including aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Each year, the party would be held at a different house where each person would bring a dish to share & a dessert. Santa would even make an appearance to hand out all of the presents to everyone and no one escaped having to sit on Santa’s lap for a photo!

  249. by nicole marcone

    On December 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Waiting to “catch” santa whn i was little! I never was able to…