12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Day 8

November 8, 2015 | By | Comments (44)
Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love (or Southern Living!) gave to me, a holiday made colorful. Impress Santa Claus this year by leaving his cookies out on our jolly Santa salad plates. Or, wrap these up with a gold ribbon and give as a happy gift to the ones you love.

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How to Enter: What are your Christmas Eve traditions? Comment your answer below for a chance to win. Official rules here.


  1. Summer Bonner

    Christmas is probably my families most favorite holiday. This past year has been a whirlwind of new experiences for me. One of them was getting engaged a few days before Christmas last year. 🙂 It wasn’t a complete surprise considering we went and picked out the ring. 🙂 But it was still a VERY exciting time for me and my family. Then, a few months ago we were married…at a very pregnant 9 months I might add, AND I became a new mom for the second time in my life on Christmas, so I think Christmas Traditions are everychanging with each new Addition to my Family.

    December 9, 2015 at 12:25 am
  2. Maddie

    My little sister and brother waking me up first at 7 am. Then we all go upstairs and of course Mom is awake making breakfast. But we aren’t allowed to open presents until Dad wakes up, which could be hours. So once Mom is done cooking, we put food on a plate and bring it up to Dad’s room, holding in it front of his face until he smells it and wakes up. Then he eats while we get to open presents!

    December 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm
  3. Cindy Larsen

    Santa elfs bring one pair of pajamas for each girl and boy.

    December 8, 2015 at 9:47 am
  4. Kerri

    REading “The Night Before Christmas” to the kids before bed. No matter how old they are! They are currently 16, 14, 13, 11, 10, 8.

    November 29, 2015 at 7:53 am
  5. Michelle Small

    Gather around with hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies to watch Christmas movies together. And after kids are in bed I get to wrap all the rest of presents.

    November 10, 2015 at 11:16 am
  6. Barbara D

    We make the delicious Christmas Eve Lasagna that was featured in SL a few years ago, and head to Christmas Eve Mass, then come home to read Twas the Night Before Christmas and a Jan Brett Christmas book (have to choose just 1), hang the stockings and tuck ourselves safely in bed.

    November 10, 2015 at 6:11 am
  7. becky evans

    Christmas Eve means Family and Good Food

    November 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm
  8. jene davis

    Christmas Eve means waiting for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. A night with a tour of the lights, a church service and then your favorite holiday soup and desserts.Everything is almost ready for the most wonderful day of the year: decorations, gifts and a dinner with family and friends. Keep it simple and concentrate on the ones who mean so much everyday of the year.

    November 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  9. Sharon Ryder

    Each Christmas Eve, our family comes to our home after the church candlelight services. We have soups and chili’s, along with boundless Christmas goodies both savory and sweet. It’s a multigenerational gathering from my Dad age 85 to granddaughter Madilyn Lee, age 8. The smells, songs, and sights of the season fill our home with joy and laughter as we soak in the special time with those we love so dearly. Food is a special part of our celebration and each person usually has a favorite snack or desert that I’ve prepared. Stocking are hung over the fireplace, even for the adult children, now parents themselves and it always brings smiles to watch their childhood enthusiasm return for a brief few moments as all rush to see what Santa has left them. There’s always a great laugh as our daughter and son always try to see who can give which one the most obnoxious prank gift each year and think its even funnier that I find it so appalling. We exchange gifts and stories and enjoy each others company. At the end of the evening most everyone returns home, except for our daughter and her husband. They don’t have children and to this day she puts on her pi’s and goes upstairs to sleep in her childhood bed, awaiting Santa to visit……and he still does.

    November 9, 2015 at 10:42 am
  10. Cindy Moline

    Last minute details are taken care of during the day. That night, our neighbors always host a wonderful party!

    November 9, 2015 at 9:59 am
  11. maureen

    We enjoy a day together because usually the next day is joining in with family.

    November 9, 2015 at 9:14 am
  12. Janice Gallaway

    We go to my daughter and son-in-law’s house and enjoy tamales and tex-mex food with the four grandchildren. They all get dressed in their warm pajamas anxious for the coming morning to see what Santa brings.

    November 9, 2015 at 8:34 am
  13. amylou61

    We have hors deuvres and wassail, and play board games.

    November 9, 2015 at 5:52 am
  14. Kim G

    The extended family all show at my Mama’s house on Christmas Eve. Pizza, wings and finger foods. Followed by stockings and presents for the kids after sundown. We play board games, eat and laugh. Love this time of the year!

    November 9, 2015 at 4:52 am
  15. Dawn Katzoff

    huge family gathering to open presents and eat appetizers

    November 9, 2015 at 4:25 am
  16. Lisa Christopher Grimes

    Christmas dinner with immediate family and evening of talk and sharing.

    November 9, 2015 at 1:53 am
  17. AngelaS

    It is quaint, some think crazy making but came about because of necessity. Our tree goes up and is decorated on Christmas Eve. When our parents were young their parents had to wait until the last moment when prices were slashed to be able to afford a tree. The family gathering for dinner, kids giddy with excitement in holiday pajamas waiting to decorate the tree on Christmas Eve has become our family tradition. Saving dollars is not what motivates us now. It just makes waiting for our far flung family members to make it home for the holidays easier and keeps the tradition going. After a meal of take out Chinese food, a more recent addition to our holidation tradition, we head out for the candlelight service at church.

    November 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm
  18. Steve

    Being of Italian ancestory, we have the typical Christmas Eve dinner which includes many fish and seafood dishes, as well as pasta and antipasto with the whole family. For desert, we have Italian pastries and delicies. Then we celebrate religious mass, the birth of Christ, at midnight for those still awake.

    November 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm
  19. Mike

    My wife and are in the final year of our 3 year/1,000 mile long distance relationship and typically only see each other every 6 weeks. She loves sending and receiving Christmas cards. Piles and piles of Christmas cards arrive at our house where I’m currently living without her. My favorite new tradition is saving them and opening together when she arrives on Christmas Eve. It helps me to open them with her so I can be reminded how we know all these people. We alternate opening the cards and I love watching her joyfully read how everyone is doing and admire how the kids have all changed since last year.

    November 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm
  20. Samantha Fornshell

    We usually run to one of the liquor stores, and buy 2 mix and match 6 packs, and we always get winter lagers and ciders! and then we go home, make sugar cookies, and watch movies like Elf & Jingle All The Way!

    November 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm
  21. Tana McCraw

    Last minute checking on Christmas prep but then settling in for hot chocolate and snuggling up to watch old favorite Christmas movies with my daughter.

    November 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm
  22. Kathryn Games

    We celebrate eve by going to look at lights.

    November 8, 2015 at 8:14 pm
  23. Janice

    My favorite Christmas Eve tradition has always been listening to my dad play the flute church. My dad played in General MacArthur’s Army band during WWII and played his flute at any opportunity that presented itself. My five siblings and I also all played the flute and joined him during the Christmas Eve service when we were old (and skilled) enough. My dad was thrilled when my daughter was able to add a 3rd generation to our family flute ensemble. Our family flute choir will always be my favorite Christmas Eve tradition!

    November 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm
  24. Ashley

    My family’s Christmas Eve traditions have been pretty much the same ever since I was a child. After I got married and had a family of my own, we have kept our traditions with our kids which start out that morning with a huge home cooked breakfast by my dad! He whips up delicious pancakes, biscuits, scrambled eggs, smoked ham, grits and the thickest bacon you’ve ever put in your mouth from our local meat market!! My mom makes fresh squeezed orange juice with her juicer too! I look forward to that breakfast all year long! I, my mom and my sisters usually make a quick run to our local discount store to pick up last minute ingredients for our Christmas lunch and batteries for any of the presents that require them. It’s never a good idea to give a child a gift that requires batteries and you’re all out of that size on the one day of the year that all the stores are closed. Every year for dinner before the Christmas Eve service my mom makes her delicious chicken/sausage/crab meat/shrimp gumbo. YUM!!! We usually eat it again for leftovers on Christmas evening along with the leftover turkey and fixings. Our entire family gathers together at our childhood church that my parents are still members of for the most beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service. It’s so fun to see all the complete families of friends that we all grew up with and be reminded how truly blessed we all are. After the church service we all gather back at my parents’ home for cherries jubilee. Then we all go to our own homes to put the kids to bed so that Santa can arrive in the night. I hope everyone reading this has a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    November 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm
  25. Vickie

    By Christmas Eve I get to my parents early in the afternoon. We always get busy in the kitchen for our huge family meal. Christmas isn’t complete or the same if we aren’t together slicing, dicing, chopping..prepping everything. Giggles are heard and belly laughs too. Momma always says Vic taste this I think it needs something..salt or sage. But, of course it never needs anything it is always perfect and delicious.
    We have old timey Christmas music playing and the baking is done along with the candy making for all the folks that will drop by tonight.
    Around midnight we will each open one gift.
    Dinner that night is typically take out pizza or what ever the guys pick up because this is one night we have all the ovens going for tomorrow’s dinner.
    The night is spent watching Christian movies if there are any on..during our break. We try to get to bed early as we need to be up again by 6a.m. To get back to it.
    Getting to bed early seems to never happen
    It is a lot of work, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything..it is priceless time for me.
    And, along the way I have learned to cook and bake almost as well as mom.

    November 8, 2015 at 7:53 pm
  26. Kirsten

    We let the kids open one small gift each.

    November 8, 2015 at 7:18 pm
  27. Phyllis Sears

    It is a Christmas Eve tradition to go to the Christmas Nativity at a church and then attend services at my church; I just love the Christmas story and we have been doing this since I was really young

    November 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm
  28. Katie

    We spend Christmas Eve at my husbands parents home in Nashville. Each family member makes their own appetizer and at dinner time we all dig in…with a glass of red wine of course!

    November 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm
  29. Anna Robertson

    My Christmas Eve tradition is to go to the midnight church service after an evening of cook for the next day. The service is in candlelight in a small one room church and very tranquil and filled with love. I sleep the best all year after a day of cooking and some meditative time at service.

    November 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  30. Matthew Bennett

    I like things to be as quiet as possible on Christmas Eve. My favorite Christmas Eve was spent with just myself and my girlfriend drinking coffee before we each left for our respective families for the evening. It is the most restful day of the year for me.

    November 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm
  31. jamanis

    We spend the day baking as a family. Just before bed we ready the Night before Christmas and set cookies out for Santa

    November 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm
  32. Diana Barnes

    We load up the kids and go to Grandma’s house for dinner. My kids are CARRAZY the entire day and they can barely make it through dinner at the kids table before it is time to open gifts. They keep their eye on the sky all the way home and so far we have the easiest time all year getting them into bed. Bless the day they are no longer small and filled with magic on Christmas.

    November 8, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  33. Anna Bennett

    Christmas Eve for us is the one time during the holidays that is just for us and our small family. We make cheese fondu and go for walks after dark. When the children were babies we bundled them up in the stroller and went out to experience snow on our first white Christmas! (We live in Georgia). Now the babies are 5 and three but we still stay home and bake and cook simple food and listen to fun music and remind the kids and ourselves that Christmas is a time to stop and enjoy life!

    November 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm
  34. Claudine Farrar

    We gather around the piano with cocktails and family and sing everything from Jazz to Country to “Oh Holy Night”. It is a festive evening to celebrate the adults who work so hard to make Christmas morning happen for the kids.

    November 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm
  35. Faye Garrett

    We host all the grandkids at our house on the farm. For us Christmas Eve is the big day. the kids are all grown and need to rush home for Christmas morning but the night of Christmas Eve is for us to hand out gifts, feed the family and relish in the holiday.

    November 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm
  36. Craig Garrett

    The local Pizza tavern in our town opens its doors each Christmas Eve with free Pizza and Beer (good beer) fome noon to 3 PM as a customer appreciation. All the workers in the area flock there to kick off the holidays. Last year we actually saw SANTA at the BAR! The waitstaff packaged his up to go because …Naturally….

    November 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm
  37. Hannah Pye

    Christmas Eve is also my mom’s birthday. So we put aside the tree and the tinsel for a moment to celebrate mom and all of the love she gives us each year.

    November 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm
  38. karen s

    Our Christmas Eve tradition is helping the kids bake cookies for Santa, followed by opening one gift each. The gifts are always matching pajamas so we will be camera morning the next morning!

    November 8, 2015 at 4:52 pm
  39. Laura

    Christmas Eve church service, dinner, watch a Christmas movie while cozying up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa, read a story to the kids and remind them about the real reason for the holiday

    November 8, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  40. clmdukes

    My spouse and I usually go out for a nice dinner and then come home and open 1 gift.

    November 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm
  41. gmcl

    We go to the Christmas Eve service at our church, then begin to prepare things for Christmas Day when we come home.

    November 8, 2015 at 11:36 am
  42. turpentinequeen48

    I meant to say our first Christmas Eve.

    November 8, 2015 at 11:34 am
  43. Jackie Casey

    We always go over to Mom and Dad’s place enjoy wonderful conversation, have finger foods and open gifts. This will be our Christmas Eve without Dad we lost him in May to cancer, so it will be a bittersweet night of memories this year.

    November 8, 2015 at 11:33 am
  44. Lizana

    My husband and I crack a bottle of champagne under the Xmas tree, and open one gift each. ‘A great start for a fab holiday.

    November 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

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