Thank you to all who participated in my Christmas Traditions blog hop. There were so many good ideas, I can't wait till next Christmas! :)
Here's a little recap...
Jessica had several ideas on her blog including planning what your goals are for Christmas and what are the most important items you really want to get done (Christmas is a busy time and if you don't have a plan, it probably won't get done), her post here has the ideas they planned to use this year, a recipe for snowman floats is available here, a foil "stained-glass" ornament craft is here, and a neat idea for a gingerbread cookie advent countdown is here.
My cousin Tammi posted a new tradition they started this year, inspired by her giving-minded daughters! They sold some of their old toys and used the money to buy animals for poor people - such a fun/sweet adventure it was, check out the post for details. It helps that it gets rid of some clutter too :)
My sister Andrea posted about Operation Christmas Child - I love that organization!
Cherry Blossom posted about purchasing ornaments for their kids every year and making it applicable to the year just past.
Maggie posted about doing thing with her kids - making ornaments and baking (recipes included!).
And Pam posted about their Christmas Eve tradition of everyone in the family making their own pizzas - yummy, having a "stay in your pyjamas" day, playing a family game, and a fun stocking tradition.
On another blog I found a neat tradition - AnnMarie makes a new ornament for their tree out of the previous year's Christmas picture card - what a great idea!
I found numerous ideas for Advent countdowns - Cherry Blossom had a neat mitten garland countdown, I found a magnetic advent calendar using a mini muffin tin, and an advent calendar where each day has a gift for Jesus, something you can do for Jesus (also info on creating a Jesse tree on that link).
Chelsea posted about the Jesse Tree she made this year, she has several samples of the daily symbols they used.
I also found a neat idea for your own little family Christmas candlelight drama on the Focus on the Family site - it's got detailed instructions if you're interested in doing this yourself.
I think that's about it!
Oh - except for the winner of course :)
There were 6 commenters on my giveaway post, and the winner was .....
entry number 6! Pam!! Good thing you made that last minute entry Pam - woohoo! Email me and let me know which of the 3 cd's you would like to have. Seeds of Praise, Seeds of Purpose or The Power of Encouragement).
And a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Christmas Traditions Blog Hop - so many great ideas!!