Monday, December 12, 2011

GIVEAWAY DAY!


Christmas shmishmas!  Who cares about that boring old holiday when there's Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day?!?!  Ok just kidding, but seriously this ranks up there in my book!
So I get that this giveaway is a little late for what it is, but I really love the idea and wanted to share it with you.  It's a felt advent chain countdown to Christmas.  Time was a really hard concept for my now 6 year old to grasp and having this visual representation helped it make more sense to her.  The links are felt with velcro closures, "Merry Christmas" is embroidered on the last solid red link, and I'll send it to you in this cute storage box so you can keep it safe until next year.
Putting the chain together and removing a link every morning has become a family tradition for us.  Want to start a tradition for your family too? Here's how you can win it:
  • One entry for leaving a comment about one of your family's holiday traditions.  It could be any holiday!
  • For a second entry, if you have a sec to look through my blog or if you like this chain idea well enough to want to see what else I'm up to, follow my blog and leave a second comment to let me know.  Existing followers, you get a 2nd entry too!
You have until midnight EST Dec. 16th to enter. I'll pick a winner at random from the comments and email them on Dec. 17th.  (if your email address isn't part of your profile, you'll need to leave it in your comment so I can find you if you win). I'll ship the chain to you within a day or receiving your mailing address.  Contest open to international residents as well. 

Good Luck!





 
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72 comments:

Ana e os Viraventos said...

Actually, one of my favourite traditions is the advent calendar!

deserae said...

I love making gingerbread houses!

deserae said...

I am a follower

Beth said...

We have a "special day" plate that we use on any day worth celebrating...birthdays, dance recital days, first day of school, etc.

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

Cal said...

I really would like to have a tradition in place by now, by this is the third country we have lived in since our oldest has been born, and things change.
The Christmas tree has been a constant, a stocking and Santa also, but other things have changed. This year we will likely be swimming for Christmas.

Carrie said...

I love our advent wreath tradition that we just started last year.
Beautiful project!

testarossa said...

My favourite tradition is waiting until the 24th to put the tree up. It makes christmas feel very contained and special.

melsdaisypatch said...

We make the paper version of this at our house but I think my kids would love this even more. We also decorate "people cookies". Thanks and good luck to all who enter.

Cricket said...

My favorite tradition is putting up the tree. The kids are always so excited, and since we got lazy and go artificial, we put it up for them (prelit!) and let them go at it. Our tree looks crazy every year, but definitely loved. This year they decorated mostly the underside, so they can lie on their backs and look at it.

Jessica Jo said...

Every year for Halloween we get dressed up with a family theme. I'm getting kind of tired of it but my husband loves it!

Cherie said...

I love this idea!

My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve with my boys. They each get to open 2 gifts: the first is a new set of Christmas pj's, the second is a new ornament for the tree so that someday when they're on their own they'll already have a collection for their own tree.

Cherie said...

I'm a follower

Danielle said...

I follow your cute blog!

Danielle said...

We do a Christmas Eve brunch every year. Always so fun!

Anonymous said...

We like to act out the nativity each year. My husband reads the Bible and the kids use the figurines to act it out.
sntbosch@msn.com

Kathy H said...

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to drive through the nearby neighborhoods that put out luminaries on Christmas Eve. It is so peaceful.

Kathy H said...

I am a new follower.

Needled Mom said...

What a cute idea!!!

One of our family traditions is baking Christmas cookies with the granddaughters.

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

My all time favorite holiday tradition is that we stay in our pjs ALL day long on Christmas! It makes for such a comfy, cozy day - I love it! :)
Best,
Michelle
daydreambelievershop {at} gmail {dot} com

Britney said...

On Christmas eve 'the elves' come and they put new pajamas under everyone's pillows -even the grown up children :). The fun part is that this is done when we are at a relatives home for Christmas Eve... oh, so magical! Everyone runs to their bed and says, 'Oh, look, look... the elves came...'

Heather said...

This is so cute! My favorite Christmas tradition is making gingerbread houses as a family on Christmas Eve.

enbartlett said...

For Christmas, we make lots of cookies and other yummy treats.

Christy said...

I introduced my grandchildren to the advent calendar this year but it was a hard concept for them to follow (at 2 and 4) so I love this link idea!! The Elf on the Shelf is our newest tradition but I love when the entire family gathers by the tree just before present opening time and we just talk about what a beautiful year it has been.
christyd8@bellsouth.net

Christy said...

I'm a new follower... christywins

christyd8@bellsouth.net

Karie said...

Our favorite tradition is the Peppermint Pig :) You can read about it here.

lilbirdsmama@yahoo.com

Karie said...

I follow you :)

Heather said...

I love advent calendars! We have a hand painted one with tiny doors to open each day. The hard thing is finding little gifts that fit inside and are appropriate for little hands...

Heather said...

I love this chain idea!! I would love to win to include it to our little families new traditions. Growing up we always lined up youngest to oldest in the hall before going in the front room to open presents.

Heather738(at)gmail(dot)com

Megan said...

We always listen to the Chipmunks Christmas album on my old Fisher Price record player while decorating the Christmas tree... ever since I can remember! footprint13@gmail.com

sandyandcosmo said...

My two boys would set their alarm clocks earlier and earlier just to be the first one up each day in December to move the mouse in the Avon Advent Calendar! When they married and moved out I searched ebay to make sure they both had the same advent calendar to carry on the tradition!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

We celebrate Chrissy on the Eve and eat til midnight then we open all our presents!! My husband is South American and I love the tradition... no crazy trying to everything ready the night before you do it in the morning and enjoy it the same day... I am Aussie so it's a complete flip to what I grew up with too...

xo Steph

teammckown said...

New Follower! As soon as I opened your blog, I knew I was going to join!

teammckown said...

Now that I have little kids, my favorite tradition is the Advent calendar. I made one with an activity to do daily all the way up til Xmas. Makes me slow down and spend special time with my precious girls!

Lee.w said...

on easter we do a treasure hunt that has the kigs on a wild goosehunt for loot.
this chain is a great idea for the little ones!

Kim @ TatjanaGrace said...

I love making gingerbread houses with the girls. :D

Susan said...

I love decorating the christmas tree while drinking hot chocolate.
mcintoshsusan at hotmail dot com

bassenav said...

We go out for breakfast on Christmas morning as a family. Then we leave an obscenely large tip for the waitress!

Robyn said...

Every year, the Saturday before Christmas, we spend the entire day (like 12+ hours) making candy and sweets. Then we pack it all up in holiday boxes and give it away to friends. Thanks for the giveaway! robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

Jamie said...

My favorite tradition is eating cake for breakfast. One year, my oldest daughter asked Santa for cake and he brings it every year since!

redpen2010 said...

we have a fancy Christmas eve party. We go bowling and then come home and eat specialty crackers, cheeses, sodas, etc. So fun!

Belle + Bee said...

My four year old would flip for this! My fave tradition is our annual holiday lights drive around our town!
beckymac1 at hotmail dot com

Stephanie said...

my favorite tradition is the advent calendar- I am making one for my daughter this year, but this idea is even cuter! thanks for the chance to win :)

Jenna Z said...

We ALWAYS make frosted sugar cookies for Valentine's day and pin up the valentine's we get in the hall mirror.

Skooks said...

Hot chocolate and Christmas movies!

Kristen said...

Making all kinds of yummy Christmas deserts and watching The Santa Clause and Charlie Brown Christmas!!
kphinson@gmail.com

Mirza said...

Opening one gift on Christmas Eve which is usually something I made not bought. Save the purchased stuff for Christmas day.

Anonymous said...

One family tradition we have is sending out real Christmas cards!!

Clever idea with the Advent Chain, I like it. I also like your tutorials, will be making the Garden Aprons soon.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Katina
kjkoukla(athotmail...

Njeri said...

I love receiving letters and cards.

All Things Beautiful said...

we take the kids to pick ornaments every year.

PirateMama said...

I love going to the movies in our jammies on Christmas day. After all of the family leaves our house and the kids have played with their new stuff, we go with just our family of 5...its my favorite part!

jenshapiro said...

My favorite holiday tradition is watching "A Christmas Story" all day on Christmas day. We also go to the parade of lights every year and have since I was a baby.

jenshapiro said...

I am a new follower of yours as well.

Tamster said...

what a great tradition! My boys are small so we don't have many tradtions yet. However, this year, we have been visited by "Fairy Blue" (I couldnt find an elf-on-the-shelf but I found a blue boy fairy) Every morning Fairy Blue is hiding somewhere in the house and has a note from Father Christmas. My 2 & 4 yr olds really believe that he becomes "real" at night.

Kimberly said...

We always do an advent calendar I made with chocolates inside.

strandkorbtraum said...

a tradition my mum and I have is finishing the picture puzzle from the advent calendar during the nights 24/25/26 - I don't remember when it started, but one year my mum decided to put a few parts of a puzzle in each bag instead of a goodie, it's really a chanllenge to do a puzzle if you don't knwo what it looks like and you only get a few pieces at a time.

principeta said...

This is clever idea,lovely box too,thanks for chance to win it.We love to decorate tree,watch movies on tv and enjoying fireworks on New Year's eve>

Happy holidays!!

hwscutie said...

Caroling and taking a treat to families on the first Monday of December is a family tradition I passed to my kids from my family.

hwscutie said...

I am now a follower of your blog, I used the networked blog follow link

Jodi said...

What a lovely idea. I may have to make one of these if I don't win. Every year for the first weekend in Advent all of my family get together at Mum and Dads. We put up the tree and lights together, eat good food and relax and enjoy each others company for a few days. It is a great way to start the Christmas season.

mframe said...

My favorite tradition is reading the birth of Jesus before opening the presents
mframe00@gmail.com

Jessica Helen said...

Our favourite Christmas tradition is decorating our tree together while listening to Christmas carols and being fun and silly as a family!

littlebitty said...

On Christmas eve we go to the candlelight service with the kids grandparents, and on Christmas the kids look for a new ornament on the tree! dvdenter (at) gci (dot) net

heidila said...

I have been wanting to make a countdown chain for quite some time! This is wonderful. My favorite Christmas tradition comes from Germany. On December 5th we would leave a boot on the front porch and the next morning St. Nicolas had come and left us treats and goodies in our boots. One year, trying to be tricky, I put out my dads fishing waders instead!

thehappycrochetchic said...

This is too cute! I love having the kids write letters to santa, then we go downtown to put the letters in Santa's mailbox and to look at the lights on monument circle. so nice:)


thehappycrochetchic@yahoo.com

Jessica said...

I am german, so we do an advent calendar, boots out on the 6th no stockings, well for decor we do, and christmas at night on the 24th, that means we get to sleep in without being woken up early.

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I love your blog, I am a follower via gfc

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Cinnamon said...

I think our current favorite holiday tradition is hosting my brothers for Thanksgiving. My children cannot get enough of their uncles and I love seeing them all interact together.
scarletteandcinnamon(at)gmail(dot)com

Joyce said...

Favorite holiday tradition is making gingerbread houses with my granddaughter. Love your blog!

Carmen said...

We're just starting our own traditions (my little girl just turned one), but as for a personal one - I take a vacation day a week or two before Christmas, get up early and bake all day. I end up exhausted, but all my baking is complete.

Lori said...

Great giveaway--thanks for the chance! My favorite Christmas tradition is having pizza for Christmas Eve dinner. :)

Katie said...

My favorite family tradition is piling in the car and going around the neighborhood looking at christmas lights while singing christmas songs.

Katie said...

And now I'm a follower!

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