Karen’s Killer Book Bench: A Montana Born Christmas by Jane Porter, Megan Crane, CJ Carmichael, Katherine Garbera, Melissa McClone, Roxanne Snopek, Dani Collins & Alissa Callen

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A MONTANA BORN CHRISTMAS
8 Heartwarming stories
By NY Times, USA Today & International Bestselling Authors
JANE PORTER, CJ CARMICHAEL, MELISSA McCLONE, DANI COLLINS, MEGAN CRANE, KATHERINE GARBERA, ROXANNE SNOPEK & ALISSA CALLEN

Blurb

Ready to two-step under the mistletoe with a hot cowboy? How about a gorgeous tycoon? Spend a white Christmas in Montana with eight heartwarming, contemporary romances. This limited edition collection features sweet and sexy holiday stories from bestselling and award-winning authors. You’ll find eight romantic heroes to fall in love with in A Montana Born Christmas boxed set. And all for less than a dollar! 

Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter

Life has been tough at Copper Mountain Ranch and widower Brock Sheenan’s kids have never had a proper Christmas. His new housekeeper, Harley Diekerhoff, is determined to change that–but she doesn’t count on falling in love with her taciturn boss.

Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane

Christina Grey Cooper has finally given up on her marriage and returned home to Marietta to lick her wounds.  But Dare can’t let the love of his life go, even if what’s standing in the way of a true holiday miracle is himself…  Can the magic of a White Christmas in Montana help him save what he’s nearly lost forever?

A Cowgirl’s Christmas by CJ Carmichael

Betrayed by her father, Callan Carrigan has to decide what matters most to her. Fighting Court McAllister to get back the family ranch, or giving Court what he really wants—her heart.

A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera

Back in Marietta, disgraced, the last person Annie Pruhomme wants to see is hunky Carson Scott. Does he hold a grudge, and why does he still look so hot?

Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone

An instant family isn’t on ranch foreman Tyler Murphy’s Christmas list, but event planner Meg Redstone’s kisses are. Getting her under the mistletoe, however, is going to take a miracle…or help from Santa.

A Sweet Montana Christmas by Roxanne Snopek

A marriage in jeopardy, a decrepit honey farm and an unexpected birth on a dark, snowy night. All they need to rediscover their love is a Christmas miracle.

Blame the Mistletoe by Dani Collins 

Commiseration over being alone for the holidays turns to a holiday fling, making Liz Flowers think Blake Canon is giving her the Best Christmas Ever. But when family secrets are revealed and their children arrive home early, will they be able to keep the season bright?

Her Mistletoe Cowboy by Alissa Callen

Ivy Bishop plans to spend Christmas holed up on an isolated Montana ranch far from the city and her ex-fiancé. But the more time she spends with the workaholic cowboy next door the more she realizes her heart isn’t actually broken – yet.

A MONTANA BORN CHRISTMAS
8 Heartwarming stories
By NY Times, USA Today & International Bestselling Authors,
JANE PORTER, CJ CARMICHAEL, MELISSA McCLONE, DANI COLLINS, MEGAN CRANE, KATHERINE GARBERA, ROXANNE SNOPEK & ALISSA CALLEN

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It might only be October, but we’re getting in the holiday spirit as we countdown to the release of A Montana Born Christmas. The boxed set is currently available for pre-order for 99¢ and features eight Christmas romances set in the small town of Marietta, Montana.

Most small towns have holiday traditions, and Marietta is no different. The Marietta Stroll takes place on a Saturday afternoon in December and features a Christmas lighting ceremony, gingerbread house competition, hay rides, petting zoo and visits with Santa Claus!

We thought it would be fun to tell you about our personal Christmas traditions, so here goes:

Jane Porter

We always do Christmas Eve as a big dinner in our house, attending a midnight Christmas church service, and then on Christmas morning we wake up, have stockings and then I serve my traditional Christmas breakfast/brunch:  Sliced oranges with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, Baked Ham & Swiss Strata, and warm gooey Cinnamon Rolls. After our breakfast is over, we then spend the rest of the morning opening gifts, listening to carols and watching football before meeting up with extended family late in the day for dinner and pie.

Megan Crane

Cinnamon rolls. Lazy Christmas mornings in pajamas with no plans or rush.  Day after Christmas “open house” parties which mostly involve stews and soups and yet more lounging around.  I like it warm and easy!

CJ Carmichael

The most perfect Christmas for me includes skating on the river on Christmas Eve, opening stockings with Mike and my daughters on Christmas morning, and a big family dinner that includes turkey and pumpkin pie.

Katherine Garbera

We set up our nativity on the first Sunday of Advent and then my kids take turns helping the three wisemen journey through our home toward the manager so that they arrive for Epiphany. Baking cookies on the Sunday before Christmas all day long.  Mostly we eat the ones we make as we listen to our favorite songs.

Melissa McClone

We each open one gift on Christmas Eve and it’s always pajamas. We have a dessert buffet on Christmas night that includes chocolate fondue in a fountain and an ice cream cake that says Happy Birthday Jesus. We leave three unopened gifts under the tree until Epiphany. Our tree and decorations don’t come down until after that either.

Roxanne Snopek

We have a very talented local theatre group that does a variety show of music, skits and readings at Christmas called Christmas Presence. I love it and will drag my family to it whenever possible. Shortbread cookies with cherries on top. We simply MUST make these (and eat these) together at Christmas. I have the easiest recipe in the world, too. New pajamas! Love, Actually and The Holiday. These two movies are mandatory, over the holidays!

Dani Collins

For some reason I think the word ‘tradition’ sounds very formal and it’s only when I sit back and just think “What do we do every year?” that I realize these things can be as simple as decorating sugar cookies, which is definitely something the kids still love to do. My daughter is twenty this year and my son seventeen, but you can bet they’ll sit around with the icing and sprinkles for a few hours, laughing and trying to outdo each other with their creative designs.

I also have an old Finnish casserole recipe that my grandmother used to make. It never feels like a proper turkey dinner to me without this carrot/rice dish, which is quite plain, but really holds the gravy so it’s always delish.

Alissa Callen

To put out our collection of golden reindeers. To bake sugar cookies and make trifle. To put out reindeer food Christmas Eve. To swim.

Alissa Callen's Reindeer Food-1

Stockings_2Meet the Authors…

Jane Porter: Jane Porter, the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of 50 romance and women’s fiction titles, is a five time RITA nominee, which Jane won in 2014 for her novella, Take Me, Cowboy.  Jane, her surfer husband and 3 sons call San Clemente, CA home.

Megan Crane: USA Today bestselling, critically-acclaimed, and RITA-nominated author Megan Crane has written more than 50 books from women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels to Harlequin Presents as Caitlin Crews. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

CJ Carmichael: RITA nominated and bestselling author C. J. Carmichael has published over 50 books of romance, family drama and a touch of mystery. An avid hiker, C. J. lives near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary with her partner Mike.

Katherine Garbera: USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 75 books since making her first sale to Harlequin (Silhouette) Desire.  Katherine is known for her sexy heroes, feisty heroines and sensual stories.

Melissa McClone has published over thirty-five contemporary romances and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, and lots of dogs, cats and fish.

Roxanne Snopek: USA Today bestselling Author Roxanne Snopek writes sweet, steamy, satisfying romance with cowboys, billionaires, babies and various four-legged creatures. She lives in British Columbia with her hero of nearly 30 years and three dogs who follow her from room to room wondering who she’s talking to.

Dani Collins: Winner of RT Book Review’s 2013 Best First In Series, Dani Collins writes for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Tule’s Montana Born, and herself. She lives in rural BC, Canada with her high school sweetheart husband and her two mostly grown children.

Alissa Callen: Alissa Callen lives on a small slice of rural Australia. She writes rural and small town fiction for Random House Australia and Tule Publishing.

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Links: Website, blog, books, etc.

A Montana Born Christmas Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amontanabornchristmas

Tule Publishing Group website:
http://tulepublishing.com/books/a-montana-born-christmas/

Available for 99¢ at the following retailers:

Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Montana-Born-Christmas-Jane-Porter-ebook/dp/B014QD2KPO

Nook:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-montana-born-christmas-jane-porter/1122614965?ean=2940152333510

iBooks:
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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jane_Porter_A_Montana_Born_Christmas?id=pQ17CgAAQBAJ&hl=en

 
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Don’t miss the chance to read these stories! Thanks, Jane, Megan, CJ, Katherine, Melissa, Roxanne, Dani and Alissa for sharing your stories with us!

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108 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: A Montana Born Christmas by Jane Porter, Megan Crane, CJ Carmichael, Katherine Garbera, Melissa McClone, Roxanne Snopek, Dani Collins & Alissa Callen

  1. Gretchen says:

    To drink eggnog for one.

  2. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Jane, Megan, CJ, Katherine, Melissa, Roxanne, Dani and Alissa! Welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. What a great box set you’ve created! I can’t wait to read each one. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  3. Rose Arbor says:

    It has always been a Christmas tradition to have the family over on Christmas Eve, have a buffet dinner, and exchange gifts. After everyone leaves and the kids are snug in bed, Santa comes. The presents from him are wrapped in special paper. The kids have to wait for us to get up before they can open them. The kids are grown now and our family has grown (15 kids, spouses, 28 grandchildren, some with spouses, and 2 great grandchildren) and they no longer fit in the house. So we rent a hall and do gifts and a buffet. The highlight of the evening is when we pass out light sticks to all the little kids, turn out the lights and let them run around screaming and waving their light sticks. My family numbers 60 people now.

  4. Linda May says:

    A regular tradition is Me & My Husband open present on Christmas Eve & then we get together Christmas Day with my Son, Daughter-in-Law, Grandsons & the rest of the family for a good meal & open presents together. Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

  5. Saira says:

    My Christmas traditions include christmas eve with my husband’s family with fun games, and everyone brings food. Than open presents early Christmas morning. Than christmas day with my family with more food and a white elephant game.

  6. beth titus says:

    We always go to my Husbands Grandparents on Christmas eve for dinner & gift exchange then we come home change in out Pj’s make Hot Cocoa while enjoying a Christmas movie.

  7. Tricia says:

    Driving to the mountains to snowshoe on Boxing Day to burn off the big Turkey dinner.

  8. Penney Wilfort says:

    I love baking with my daughters!
    Will this be out in paper back? Or just kindle?
    Thanks Penney

  9. Laurie Bergh says:

    Every Christmas since I can remember I have gone to the Christmas eve candlelight service at church.

  10. Teresa Fordice says:

    To make Christmas cookies with the grandbabies helping. Giving them each a dated ornament to hang on the tree. Making Homemade noodles as well!! Then on Christmas Day – Driving to all 3 homes so they can stay home and enjoy the day with the kids!

  11. I love Christmas! We always put up the tree on December 11th, not before that date or after, always on the 11th. I also make homemade cinnamon rolls all from scratch. I bake several dozen to give away to friends. Of course, I keep three batches for Christmas Eve at my parents home and one for Christmas Day for the in-laws. My other brother demands a whole pan for himself.

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  13. jennifer aguero says:

    Getting up at midnight tip toeing in the house to place the gifts under the tree. There is always gifts from Santa and MOMMY&DADDY.

  14. Mary Songer says:

    I have a lot of family Christmas traditions but one of my private traditions is that I like to reread my favorite Christmas books to put me in the Christmas spirit. I have several and every year I look for new ones to add to my collection. I read a lot of different types of books all year long but it is nice at that time of year to read books that generate that warm, happy feeling.

  15. Susan says:

    I love to sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve.

  16. Lori Morgan says:

    My family loves to decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving listening to music. Then we sit in the dark with only the lights on & enjoy, talking about the true reason for the season!

  17. Kelly B. says:

    Mine is listening to the oldies Christmas music….Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis….. When I helped my Dad many, many moons ago, he would always pull out our old vinyl Christmas records to play as we set up and decorated the tree. There is something warm and soothing when I do this.

  18. We start celebrating early in the day, breakfast (with cookies, coffee, tea) and after that it’s a non stop all day cooking feast! Thanks for the chance

  19. Lori Morgan says:

    My family loves to decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving while listening to music. Then that night we sit in the dark with only the tree lights twinkling and enjoy while remembering the true reason for the season! God’s blessings be with you.

  20. Trinitee Mitchell-Dunn says:

    We have a Christmas Eve tradition. It’s from Santa’s Elves. On Christmas Eve we drive around looking at Christmas Lights. When we come home, if everyone was good all year, there will be a gift left for each member of the family. (It’s always festive PJ’s). The Elf gift means everyone was good. Get dressed in your PJ’s and go to bed cause Santa is coming to our house!!!!!

  21. Melissa Davison says:

    Our family tradition is to sit in front of the fireplace on Christmas Eve, drinking hot cocoa while i read Twas the Night Before Christmas. Thrn we put out the cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, then off to bed.

  22. Janelle Hamilton says:

    Having Christmas eve supper with family! Then going home and getting to open our new jammies and slippers!

  23. Melissa Morr says:

    Morning Jane, Megan, CJ, Katherine, Melissa, Roxanne, Dani & Alissa. Many years ago I started buying the kids pajamas for Christmas, now every year the expect a pair of pajama bottoms for Christmas, I hate to find out what they would do if one of their presents wasn’t that.

  24. Karen Newman says:

    We get together with my dad’s family Christmas Eve at my Grandmas farmhouse. Go to her small church, eat the best potluck, exchange presents, and take a ton of pictures. Funny how things have changed now that all of us babies now have babies of our own. On Christmas day its a juggling act to fit my family and my husband family in. No one wants to give up Christmas. I stay in my pjs all day, even if we go to a family members house.

  25. Amary Chapman says:

    baking with the grandkids

  26. Pam Lowery says:

    Our family tradition is that Santa comes early on Christmas eve, then we open all of our gifts then. On Christmas day, the rest of the family comes over for dinner and they open the presents we have for them.

  27. Dana Tillack says:

    We open one gift on Christmas Eve. Always pajamas.

  28. Jenelle Reyes says:

    When I was a kid, every year for Christmas me and my family made tamales for Christmas. I was so excited when I was finally old enough to participate! We sat around the kitchen table making tamales and listening to Christmas music! We did it every single year until we were grown up and scattered around the states. When we have the chance to all be together, we will make tamales even if it’s not Christmas since we don’t all get together very often. It’s a special time for my family and it holds a lot of memories!

  29. Pam Alderson says:

    Seems my husband and my life lacks a Christmas tradition. Since we leave Washington State and head to Yuma, Az all family is left behind. It is the time of year I do miss them most. But there is a big event in the Foothills area when 2 streets decorate to the hilt of Christmas Decorations. We will drive thru every year, reminds me of my younger years when with my mom and dad we’d also drive thru the area’s of my hometown that really got into the Christmas spirit and decorated their homes outside.

  30. Lisa Friend says:

    We open our Christmas Eve Boxes the might before Christmas that all have pajamas in them along with other goodies like hot chocolate, popcorn, movies, stuffed animals, blankets etc Then we spend a cozy night as a family chilling in our new jammies watching a movie and having hot coco and snacks.

  31. peggy clayton says:

    A tradition that we have and i had when my children were growing up is that every year they get an ornament. I love ornaments as i grew up in a foster home where we got a tree and it was bare and then they would take the paper route money we earned and buy us things such as 1 year we got a brush and mirror, another we got a bike due to we were using our foster brothers bikes and they were moving out. So when i was let out and i decided that my children would never not have an ornament and that by the time they had their own tree they would have all the ornaments from a baby. Then they could continue on but I remarried and continued this on with his 3 kids and they love it.

  32. amber lee kinnee says:

    We each open one gift on Christmas Eve. It’s a really nice family thing we do together and it leads up to the excitement of Christmas Day. We also do secret santa with our extended family. I love it! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  33. Linda snider says:

    We always have ham and all kinds of finger foods on Christmas Eve Family comes and goes all day.

  34. Ann Mettert says:

    I like to drive around and look at people’s Chritmas Lights.

  35. Linda Stults says:

    Baking for about 4 days and giving all my friends and neighbors gift bags with all the goodies I baked.

  36. Shari says:

    We are in the medical field, so we normally pick Christmas Eve to work. We work night shift. I always make appetizers to eat prior to going in at 7 pm. I then make a plate of cookies that we each bring to our jobs.

  37. Lori Kampman says:

    For years our tradition has been to gather on Christmas Eve. We pick the menu and everyone pitches in on the cooking. We do a white elephant. Last year the gift had to be from something in your home. This was one of our beat. We also play board games and open the presents.

  38. Catherine Maguire says:

    Baking sugar cookies with my mother and sisters. Then eating the sugar cookies after they have been decorated.

  39. Kasey b says:

    Sipping eggnog while the kids opens one gift on Christmas eve

  40. Kate Sparks says:

    After my one sister had children, my mom wanted to just do Santa for them… My other sister and I rebelled on that!! So we still do Santa gifts at Christmas breakfast table!! Those grandchildren are in their 30’s now!!!

  41. Heather smith says:

    I love to let the kids open one gift and their stocking on Christmas eve!

  42. Sherri Frye says:

    A tradition my mom started with me and my brother and I have continued with my son, is that he gets to open one present on Christmas Eve.

    I have an idea for a new Christmas tradition. My son loves to read, so I am thinking about buying 24 small books and wrap them individually. Each night for the month of December, he gets to pick one book, and we snuggle up to read it. I think he will enjoy it, it will give him a bigger selection of books to read, and I get some quality snuggle time 🙂

  43. amanda says:

    A tradition that we have is follow santa tracker night before and Lay out cookies and milk and reindeer food On the day we go to My mum and dads who always Makes a lovely meal .Then after we open gifts and in the time we play board Games and watch Christmas Movies .x

  44. Tanya Phillips says:

    We open our presents one by one watching each other after lunch. Also we go to the Pantomime every year.

  45. dawn schlauderaff says:

    One of our favorite Christmas traditions is celebrating and opening it up to friends that might not have a place to go. Makes it feel that much more special

  46. Kim Stein says:

    We open 1 gift on Christmas eve after our traditional dinner of
    Fish, homemade periogi oyster stew and broccoli rice casserole.

  47. Vicki G. says:

    We always put up the tree and decorate it while having cookies and eggnog/hot chocolate and listening to Christmas music. We also started reading a Christmas themed book every night in the 25 days before Christmas.

  48. Ramona Koon says:

    I love making home made treats with the kids and delivering them to our neighbors every year. ?

  49. Connie Fischer says:

    Our sons are older with old married and one still single. The single guy lives fairly close so he comes for Christmas, whereas our older son lives a distance away and has children. Since our younger son has everything he needs, it’s hard to come up with gifts. So, we have started a little tradition where we take a small Christmas tree and tuck different denominations of cash, gift cards, and lotto scratch off cards all around the tree. Believe it or not, this delights him more than anything and it’s a total hoot to watch him checking out all of the goodies.

  50. denise says:

    we usually open one gift on Christmas eve–an ornament. We read A Visit From St. Nicholas, and leave milk and cookies for Santa.

  51. Carrie E. says:

    We have Christmas at my in -laws, then spend the evening playing games with the family at the motel and sometimes swimming.

  52. Brenda Lee Dickson says:

    For me, it is baking and making all of the holiday desserts which include many different types of cookies, candies, cheesecakes, pies and cakes. I share all of this with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers each year. I love doing this so much.

  53. Decorate the tree Christmas Eve, while listening to Charles Dickens Scrooge….then I fill the stockings for everyone-after they’ve gone, of course, and hang them from the mantle. Mass in the morning, then brunch with the family, then the presents with stockings coming last as we wind down from a lovely day.

  54. Bette Hansen says:

    We have the huge family gathering on Christmas Eve which is fun but Christmas morning breakfast with the immediate family is my favorite time of the holiday. It’s nice now that my kids are grown and we gather at a different home each year.

  55. Judy Pflueger says:

    Making homemade cheesecake for dessert.

  56. Denina Bateman says:

    We always open one gift with our kids on Christmas Eve. Our first grandchild will be 7 months old this Christmas! I am looking forward to some new traditions with him!!

  57. Diana Tidlund says:

    go to moms every year on christmas day I’m a mama’s girl… (except last year cause of my strokes I wasn’t let out of the hospital till christmas eve after weeks)… christmas eve at ex MIL’s house and hubbys family whenever I can fit it in with them.. they tell me wha to bring that year and I bring it to each place… usually a dessert

  58. Becky VanGinkel says:

    one of our Christmas traditions is buying each of our children a new ornament or decoration each year! We do this so that when our kids grow up and move out, they will each take their decorations and have a great start to decorating their own first home/tree and still have memories and ornaments with sentimental meaning?

    Babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

  59. It’s Montana Born and it’s guaranteed to be good…not a bad author in the bunch…love all the vignettes…

  60. Tracy Melhinch (Shafer) says:

    My favorite tradtion is having a huge potluck with my family on Christmas Eve. It’s just my parents, sisters, and nieces, nephews and husbands. We all make 3 or so dishes each, and there is always tons of great food! We do a white elephant drawing first, which we started after my Dad passed away(to help keep our spirits up) We eat, open gifts and play board games. We switch every year between the sisters at whose house the party will be…but they usually let me have it, since I love to decorate and have everyone over. This will be my first year not being with my family for Christmas, as I have moved…it will be very hard for me.

  61. Carla wood says:

    My favourite tradition is a dance party Christmas eve / Christmas morning with the family ? time depends on shifts as I work in health sector but we do it every year. We open presents then have some breakie then into the games and lego building. Family time is so special and of course we must not forget the Queens speech ?

  62. Janine says:

    I buy gifts for my cats because they are my children

  63. Belinda M says:

    Christmas Eve is our time for holiday snacks/treats instead of dinner along with a Christmas themed movie.

  64. Jane Nelson says:

    In my small city the police dept. along with a few other agency’s decorate one of our big park with Christmas lights and other Christmas displays and they call it “Lights in the Park”. They open it up to people about 3week before Christmas and people give a donation and they can walk through the park looking at all the beautiful Christmas displays. Every year I go with my parents in the evening and we walk through the park. There are always new displays every year so it’s a new experience for everybody.

  65. June Rivera says:

    Our Christmas tradition, to hide one gift in the stockings a week before Christmas. Have a lot of holiday cookies and sweets for a day with out big meal.

  66. Karen B says:

    My mother had a set of Christmas dishes and glasses that were given to her by her bridge club back in the 40s. The holiday season began by bringing them out and using them. Eventually they were passed on to me and then to my middle son. Now I pick up a plate or mug for my own use as I find one that appeals to me. Brings back so many fond memories.

  67. Anita S. says:

    We love to go driving around the neighborhoods looking at all of the Christmas decorations. There is one house over in the next county that has their whole yard and their trees and bushes decorated with lights. Always lots of fun looking at all of the lights.

    When I was growing up, we would drive to downtown Washington, D.C. to look at the store windows all decorated for Christmas.

    We would also drive to downtown Richmond, Virginia and look at Thalhimers and Miller & Rhoads store windows decorated for Christmas. We would go to The Tea Room on the fifth floor at Miller & Rhoads and get a snack and then go up to see Santa Claus.

    I didn’t mind riding up on the escalator, but I hated going down because I was scared of heights. I couldn’t look around at the view as we rode down the escalator.

    I found this blogspot called the Department Store Museum http://departmentstoremuseum.blogspot.com

    It has some great information and wonderful memories!

  68. Linda Phillips says:

    Stockings for everyone no matter how old they are. We put things people can use (such as lip balm) as well as silly or unique little gifts).

  69. Martha Luketich says:

    Even though my “kids” are in their mid-30s and one has a kid of his own, there are still a few traditions that I have to do (and I’m asked to do them). I have to make my holiday punch (kool-aid, ginger ale and pineapple juice) which I have made for many, many years now. We used to drink it while everyone decorated the tree. Also I have to bake my candy cane bread which never lasts very long! I’ve started making and decorating cookies again now that I have a young grandson.

  70. Kirsten says:

    My husband, daughter and I make a large Christmas brunch for Christmas day: Ham and cheese strata, oven baked french toast, crockpot cocoa, homemade peppermint whipped topping, Cream Cheese Crumb Cake (my granddaughter BEGS me to make this) and something new every year. My other daughter and her family come over and anyone else that wants to drop in. We stay in our pajamas all day and just rest, watch Christmas movies.

  71. Shelly K says:

    We always open gifts and eat finger foods Christmas Eve.

  72. Teresa G says:

    My son and I love to bake sugar cookies together.

  73. Chancey Combs says:

    I started a new tradition once I had children, I started making Christmas Eve boxes! I make one for each kid as well as me & my husband. We open them on Christmas Eve then we make the hot chocolate & watch the new movies from our boxes. The kids love it!

  74. Marcy Shuler says:

    Christmas stockings are a big deal in my family. My mother made them for each of us and when she passed away I took over the job for each new spouse/child. We line them up on the couch by age and family group because they’re so stuffed they’re too heavy to hang. We open them up Christmas morning while drinking coffee and having a breakfast of cookies and holiday treats. LOL

  75. Sandra Trunick says:

    We all get together on Christmas eve a our parents house and have dinner and open our presents to each other . Then we would go home and you had to sprinkle reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer and leave cookies and milk for Santa. Christmas morning we would get up and the kids would see what Santa brought. Then we have a our special Christmas pancakes .

  76. Priscilla Pomeroy says:

    Every year my kids and I each choose out 3 or 4 recipes. Then we bake them together and distribute to family, friends, neighbors, and of course, ourselves.

  77. Jean Boehmke says:

    Midnight mass and tons of Christmas cookies

  78. Glenda says:

    Christmas Eve at the in-laws for the big family get together. Christmas morning at our house. Christmas Eve the kids (now young adults) get to open one present from us — Surprise, it’s winter PJs. 😉

  79. Lourie Staib says:

    I realize in todays world between emails, tweets, texts, facebook, etc. we don’t use snail mail any more. I love sending & receiving Christmas cards (even better if they have letters included). I’ve been friends with some people for years that I only communicate with during the holidays.
    Keep the Christmas card tradition alive is my motto!

  80. Tina Hairston says:

    I stay up until after Midnight on Christmas Eve and just sit watching the lights on the tree and drinking a cup of hot apple cider 🙂

  81. catslady says:

    We have a tree trimming party every year – lots of laughter, food, drink and fun and my tree gets decorated. This year my mom will be the oldest at 93 and my nephew’s son will be 3.

  82. Cathy Truman says:

    We go to midnight Mass and come home and the best
    Hot Chocolate and Sugar Cookies. We open one present.

  83. Annie says:

    Watch either “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street” with a bowl of ice cream!

  84. AmandaS says:

    I always bake Christmas desserts with my mom every year to put out on Christmas day for my big family. 🙂

  85. Shann Andrews says:

    Two days before Christmas Eve, my two lovely daughters come together and bake Christmas cup cakes & cookies with me?

  86. Anita Jude says:

    my favorite is we always have a small party for the family on Christmas eve and we all eat and open our present up….we all have a GREAt time just being with the family and enjoy each other!!!

  87. Barbara R. says:

    My tradition is Christmas brunch with pals.

  88. Sheri Secord says:

    Making cookies and chocolate covered cherries

  89. Audra Holtwick says:

    The kids get to open one present on Christmas Eve.

  90. Maria Proctor says:

    We make a special dinner for ourselves, complete with yummy finger food & our decadent mash potatoes. We have a few glasses of wine with it all!

  91. Linda Henderson says:

    After we open presents in the morning and eat a big meal we play games all afternoon and into the evening. Our family is very competitive. My sister likes to play games like Pictionary, taboo, and games like that.

  92. Kim M says:

    As a family our Christmas tradition is to watch a Christmas themed movie on Christmas Eve. Then the kids get to open one present. The present is ALWAYS Christmas pjs.

  93. Bridget Taylor says:

    I make some of the same baked goods every year. Cookies and chocolate chip quick bread.

  94. Tina M says:

    We always get together and bake cookies than on Christmas eve we get together and have a big party than go to Christmas eve mass!!

  95. Michele Hayes says:

    Our Christmas tradition has everyone “opening” their stockings from Santa first before finding the tree and opening the gifts underneath.

  96. Diane Blaser says:

    We do stockings on Christmas Eve, Gifts on Christmas morning, have a Sausage Strata for brunch, snacks during the afternoon while watching movies and a traditional Polish Christmas dinner! I love Christmas!

  97. Jennifer bernard says:

    When we were young our parents always gave us a new pair of pj’s on Christmas Eve a tradition that I have continued with my kids.

  98. JoAnn Todero says:

    Cookie exchange with all the aunts and cousins!

  99. Samantha Lundergn says:

    Opening a present Xmas eve is one of out biggest traditions

  100. Lisa Sherrington says:

    Our Christmas Tradition is to wake up Christmas Morning with our matching PJS and drink flavored hot cocoa together and ready Jeus Story of BIrth!

  101. Cristina delacruz says:

    eggnog and putting up the lights

  102. Ashley Poteet says:

    Dirty Santa is one of my favorite Christmas traditions

  103. Bonnie Gonzales says:

    We don’t deliver our presents to the kids and grandkids they all come to our house and open them here,while I take pictures or video tape the kids.

  104. bn100 says:

    decorating together

  105. Pam Lowery says:

    Our family tradition is that we have ham sandwiches, then Santa comes early on Christmas eve, then we open all of our presents. On Christmas day, the rest of the family comes over and we have a huge dinner and they open the gifts for them.

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