Have no fear! Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas can be found here!

I love getting ready and having friends and family over for the holidays. Well, as much as I hate to say this, I don’t think my dreams of a felty Christmas are going to come true this year. I had the best of intentions, but itís starting to become†very stressful, and when that happens, I know I need to cool it.

Has this ever happened to you? You got†a really great plan or idea, but you just couldn’t find the time, energy,for money to bring it to life. Such a bummer!

Regardless of how my tree turns out, I am seriously in love with so many ornaments on the market this year! Wow. While Iíve barely even scratched the surface, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you today. Maybe they will inspire a new look for your tree or tie in with the look you already have going.

Take a gander at these wonderful ornaments.

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Beautiful stuff, right? This seriously makes me want to have a tree in every room of my house.  I suspect that by the age of fifty, after going through several Christmas-tree phases, I most likely will. But thereís nothing wrong with that, is there?  As long as I donít end up on that hoarder show as the man with a hundred Christmas trees.

What do you like best about spending time with your family during the holidays? Curious minds want to know!

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  • Teresa at

    Catching up on what’s been happening in everyone’s lives this year.

  • Lori at

    one and nine on the first group of ornaments my favs. Nine already sold out! All I have left is to put up the tree and done! Can relax and enjoy the rest of my shopping. And when I say my shopping, I mean buy one thing for somebody else and then I allways seem to find one thing for me too!

  • Formerly known as Frau at

    Love all the ornaments and Starbucks…I could use a Peppermint Mocha right about now! Happy Monday!

  • Danielle at

    Just enjoying everyones company.

  • Mary at

    Seeing the excitement on the chidren’s faces is the best part of the holiday for me.

  • karen408 at

    I will definitely need some Starbucks to make it through Christmas week- my brother, sister-in-law and four nephews are coming to stay with us!

  • thistlewoodfarm at

    Okay….I need a Starbucks card. But I think I need that deerhead ornament even more! What a fun collection of ornaments! Thanks for inspiring me today!


  • Lindsey at

    I enjoy playing board games and sharing laughs with the family during the holidays !

  • Jules at

    i like having the extra time to simply hang out — watch christmas movies, make coffee, remember good times, eat delicious food. it feels like a luxury to just be together without any set plans 🙂

  • Melane K at

    I just love having time to spend with my family. I live almost nine hours away so holidays are special times to get together to just BE! These last couple years are even more fun now that grandbabies have come along! Christmas through the eyes of a child is wonderful!

  • Anonymous at

    I love to spend time with my family at the holidays because everyone is in a festive mood and thankful for the many blessings that we share

  • theconfidentmom at

    we enjoy watching all the Christmas movies, and I am even getting my kids to watch the older ones too!

  • Amy at

    My family is pretty small. My mom has one sister, she had two kids, and I have my brother. My dad’s family didn’t live in the same town as us, so our family gatherings were usually pretty quiet. So my aunt started the tradition of a big Christmas Eve open house for friends who were like our extended family. My parents took that over about 10 years ago and it turned into an even bigger, crazier party. I now live several states away from my family, so my husband and I have introduced the tradition to our friends. Every year our party gets a little bit bigger, and many of our friends now look forward to it every year. It warms my heart that I am able to carry on our family tradition for so many others!

  • Elisabeth Jones at

    The kids excitement is probably my favorite! And then the traditions that we continue. Pomander balls, cookie baking, special dinners, and we always make those applesauce cinnamon ornaments you posted over the weekend! Just love them!

  • Priscilla Peraza at

    My husband and I live in TX while our entire families live on the east coast. So, during the holidays we really enjoy being able to spend that much needed quality time with those we love and haven’t seen for far too long. Even as adults, my mom buys us all matching Christmas P.J’s (hubbys included) and it’s always a riot.

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  • donnaing at

    Since we all live so far away from each other this is a time to sit and catch up with each other. It’s a great time to talk about what is going on in our lives. We have 4 generations that get together so we have lots to talk about. The females in the family try to schedule an afternoon of shopping too! Lots of fun and family time for young and old.

  • Diana Berns-Zylstra at

    Love baking cookies with my kiddos over the holidays and sharing with friends. ( Starbucks goes great with X-mas cookies! )

  • slip4 at

    I love best the days when we don’t have plans and can sit and read or play games. This week is NOT one that will have much time for relaxing. I have 30-some people coming to my house this Saturday and I am feeling a little pressure 🙂

  • jam at

    My favorite thing about spending time with my family around the holidays is actually decorating the tree together. My mom kept all of our ornaments from our childhood (gifts or ones we created) and we still hang them all up on the tree. Some years when we have a smaller tree, it gets tough to fit everything! But, it’s great to just reminisce as you hang each one (and of course sing Christmas carols!).

  • Elizabeth at

    I look forward to catching up on everyone’s lives from the previous year.

  • Erin Kaven at

    Mochachino, Latte, Chai Tea, Light,
    Starbucks makes the holidays bright.
    We don’t have relatives that are close but when they do come I appreciate it for my children. I want my children to have that history in their lives.

  • Mami2jcn at

    I like relaxing with my family without having to rush off anywhere. We can take our time and don’t have anything scheduled.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • Elle at

    I love visiting and eating family favorites that are only made during the holidays.

  • Whitney M at

    Like you, I have the best intentions for all of my decorating. But, my one and three year olds make that difficult! My favorite thing at this stage in my life is sitting with my kids, listening to Christmas music, and reading Christmas books.

  • Patricia Bell at

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  • Kara at

    I love visiting with family, talking and playing games with each other! And don’t forget about eating with everyone too!,

  • Patricia Bell at

    the time has come the walrus said to talk of many things of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot and whether PIGS HAVE WINGS. Love the pigs with wings ornament and Lewis Carroll. Oh and maybe an Alice in wonderland tree? Love the ornaments, your blog and your trees!

  • Dead Flowers at

    I can’t wait to start new traditions this year with my spouse and our brand new baby!

  • Jodi at

    I love having some time to relax and catch up with old friends. Living so far from my hometown can be hard, and the holidays are a great reason to get together.

  • heatherp626 at

    I just like being together playing games and eating some great food.

  • rachel at

    I love eating with my family. Lasagna, turkey, cut-out cookies…I’m drooling just thinking of it all!

  • Elena at

    I like that we have time to relax, enjoy quality family time and create wonderful memories


  • Erin C. Young at

    what i like most is watching xmas movies with my family 🙂
    erincyoung (at) yahoo.com

  • Cassie Malone at

    What I like most about spending time with family is just that. Spending time with them. My family and I live several hours away from our respective families, so when we do get together, it is always special!

  • Melissa C at

    What I love best is being all together. With family being out of town/state it isn’t always easy to get together but when we do for the Holidays it always calls for a fun time with lots of memories being shared and love all around.

  • Sarah at

    Nothing in particular, I just love spending time with them and telling stories/reminiscing.

  • Donna at

    The thing I like best is just being together. Everyone lives away from each other and its great to see everyone and wonderful to watch the girls interact with each other, too.

  • Anonymous at

    I love the memories and the feelings of fondly remebering those who are no longer with us. As the years go by, those memories become more and more precious.

  • Jeane Kennedy at

    I love best visiting and sharing with the entire family, all of whom lead such busy lives, but still make time to gather together to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Jeane

  • kimmysue at

    I like sitting around the kitchen table after dinner, talking and/or playing Scrabble, while indulging in leftover Christmas goodies.

  • April was in CT now CA at

    I love relaxing with my sweetie for the day with nothing on the agenda to do.

  • MerMarty at

    Everything. This year I’m especially looking forward to my mom and grandmother’s cooking! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kerry at

    Hanging out with family we only see a few times a year and playing cards and catching up on things.

  • Ashley at

    I just love the time that we spend together. It is so special to me.

  • Denise at

    My family is very small (my sister and I are the only grandchildren on both sides!) and we all live in the same town, so we always see lots of each other all year long.
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Jane S. at

    I love playing board games and laughing — my sister makes me laugh so hard I cry!

  • Colleen at

    Now that my siblings and I are all grown up, I love that Christmas is a time for us all to get together and feel like we’re still kids.

  • DawnMarie at

    My family is like WikiLeaks when they get together. There is always some story that comes out regardless if you really wanted to know this information or not. But it is fun, full of laughs and allows me to know I am not the crazy one in the family.

  • Judy B. at

    We don’t have to do anything special — just being together is precious. But, I do like to watch a Christmas movie together or go look at Christmas lites.

  • Anonymous at

    I like sharing the Christmas eve meal with our family. My mother is a wonderful cook. teresagann@hotmail.com

  • Mattea Foy at

    I wish my house looked more like Christmas. Your decorations are amazing. One day, I hope will accumulate enough to turn my whole house into a winter wonderland.

  • Katie Miller at

    Reminicing on past times and making new memories!

  • Allison at

    I enjoy the looks on my girls’ faces when they see the lights in the neighborhoods. I’m also working on showing them that giving is just as good, if not better, than receiving.

  • Cheryl at

    We play board games and card games and laugh more than we have all year!

  • Becky N. at

    I love being with family on the holidays because everyone seems to have set aside work, cleaning, etc to be together and enjoy playing games, baking, doing crafts with the kids. It is always so much fun!

  • Chelsey - The Paper Mama at

    Spending time with family, during the holidays, is just a bit more fun. It’s all the magic in the air. 😉

  • Auntie Ann at

    The smiles and squeals of my grandkids

  • Anonymous at

    Love time with family all the time . But Holidays seems like everyone is more jolly and the children are so much fun.

  • Anonymous at

    I like to get a glass, pour it 3/4 of the way full and then add a little champagne to the top and after a while I am relaxed and enjoying every moment!


  • jhl at

    I love baking cookies with the kids, and delivering them together to people we love! We even bring some to shelters.
    justine dot h dot levine (at) gmail

  • Emily at

    Hooray, a Starbucks card!!! I love watching the Nutcracker Ballet marathon on the Ovation channel on Christmas Eve with my mom and little sister (dad skips out, lol). We have been doing it for the past few years, and it never gets old! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jackie at

    Laughing with my sisters

  • Susan White at

    Baking holiday cookies and treats!

  • cw at

    I love seeing my parents and my daughter spend time together. They don’t get to that often, so it is extra sweet to see it during the holidays. Love making traditions too!

  • JC at

    I like baking and watching movies with my family during holidays.

  • Gina Wildorchid at

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Gina Wildorchid at

    I love the fun conversations and laughter.

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Olivia R at

    I like that we are old enough now to appreciate doing nothing together and know that that is just enough

    Oliviatheservicedog at hotmail dot com

  • Unknown at

    Since i live far away i love to just spend time with them and make dinner and eat by the fireplace

  • Julie at

    Going to college definitely makes me appreciate being with my family even more. I just love being around people who I always have fun with

  • Donna at

    My family and I always have a great time when we’re together. I love being able to do traditional things like making old recipes

  • mijulin at

    I love being with my family during the holidays because we always do fun things

  • Dee at

    I love baking with them and going caroling!

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  • Carmen Nuland at

    We’ll be missing a few at Christmas this year – some are traveling to Texas and some have left us for good. It’s good to get us all together whenever possible as the kids grow up too fast, and we don’t spend enough time together outside of the holidays.

  • Jan R at

    Baking for sure.

  • Anonymous at

    Laughing and catching up on family news.

    maynekitty at live dot com

  • sy at

    I love spending time with my family, talk about what we did in the past year, and seeing my little cousins grow bigger and bigger. We play games and visit city attractions.
    songyueyu at gmail

  • MCantu1019 at

    I like all the memories we are sharing.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • Janice at

    I love the laughs and fun with the family at my grandmother’s and spending time with my 2 yr old niece. Ir’s always a blast

  • Jessica at

    Playing games and talking!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • Stacy at

    This is one of the few times a year that we get to visit my fiance’s family. So it’s great just to be able to spend a week with them and catch up!

  • kellyr78 at

    I enjoy seeing my kids happy as they interact with their grandparents, aunts & uncles

  • wizardewu at

    What I like best about spending time with siblings and families during the holidays is I never see them the rest of the year!

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  • ♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ at

    I like spending time with my family during the holidays because it’s the only time of year that we all get together.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • Lynn at

    Catching up with family I haven’t seen all year!

    rawrms at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia at

    Watching Christmas movies with the kids

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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