Preparing for the Holidays…(& Dayspring Giveaway!!)

My husband’s birthday is December 2nd, and it’s a perfect time to also pull out the Christmas decorations and start getting ready, especially since our “Christmas Countdown” is stored with the Christmas stuff, and that starts on December 1st.

My boys LOVE our candy-filled Christmas countdown calendar.  I made it back in my scrapbooking days, and they really look forward to a daily treat.

This year, in addition to our countdown, we’ll also have this beautiful Advent Calendar from Dayspring.  Each day includes a verse, describing a promise that Jesus fulfilled in coming, along with discussion questions. I can’t wait to get started and go through it with my husband and our boys.

Isn’t that glass just beautiful?  It’s a drinking glass, but Jessica Heights gave me the inspiration to turn it into a candle holder.  Beautiful!

Finally, since we were getting into the Christmas spirit, we had to do some baking. This beautiful plate from the Dayspring Love Came Down collection was just begging for some cookies!

And my boys were happy to oblige…

And, the finished product…my favorite cookies ever.  We even shared some with the neighbors.

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The best part!!!  Dayspring is generously allowing me to give away a set to one of my readers!!!  So, one of you will receive the Love Came Down plate, and glasses (set of 4) you see in this post!  How cool is that?!?

All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment with your favorite Christmas tradition :)  There are some other ways to earn extra entries as well:

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What is your favorite holiday tradition?


  1. says

    Merry Christmas, Crystal! My favorite tradition is singing happy birthday to Jesus. My youngest daughter was born on Christmas day, so she shares her birthday cake with baby Jesus. (Love those dishes, btw!)

  2. Robin S says

    My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up the Christmas decorations–lights, wreaths, ribbons and bows–all over the house. I also like watching my husband and kids put up and decorate the tree. :)

  3. Robin Murphy says

    My favorite Christmas Tradition is making homemade hot cocoa and driving around Christmas Eve and looking at lights!

  4. says

    My favorite tradition is the 25 books of Christmas. Every morning we open up one Christmas book and read it throughout the day. Its a great way to bring the Christmas spirit into the house each morning!

  5. says

    We put up the tree on black Friday morning. We blast Christmas music, dance around the living room, and have a lot of fun. Each kid picks out a new ornament every year from the store so they love looking back over all “their” ornaments and putting each one in a special place on the tree.

  6. Sarah G says

    One of my faorite traditions is to make candy and cookies for my neighbors,friends, and family and have my kids help pass them out.

    • Crystal says

      Sarah, that was one of my favorite things to do as a child with my mom! We carry on the same tradition with our boys as well :)

  7. says

    I love writing my Christmas cards out and receiving/displaying ones from others as well! Your cookies look so chocolatey and wonderful-mmmm!

  8. Lori Coupons says

    I have so many, but my most favorite is on Christmas Eve before we all go to bed, reading the story of Baby Jesus.

  9. Sue D says

    Favorite holiday tradition is a birthday party for Jesus before we head to church on Christmas Eve.
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  10. Janet says

    My favorite tradition is to put up the Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving, playing Christmas carols, and sipping eggnog. The kids are home from college and we decorate together :) It is a special day!

  11. says

    My favorite new tradition is making a birthday cake for Christ’s birth; if not for His birth there would not have been a life of teaching and a death and ressurection. Our cake this year is red velvet: red represents His blood shed for our sins and vanilla cream icing for the purity of His birth and the covering of our sins.

  12. says

    Christmas is special because we get together with family and friends. Here in the Philippines we have a lot of parties and get togethers. Then there is Simbang Gabi, masses at dawn, about 4am, starting from December 16 to the 24th. After the mass we eat bbingka and puto bumbong. Yummmm! patsy

  13. Angela Baker says

    I am looking to add to my Love Came down at Christmas collection. I am looking for 4 more glasses and serving pieces (serving plates, bowls… that there may be. I have the salt and pepper, candle sticks, butter dish and dinner plates. Any ideas?

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