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First 100 People Get the Redeemed Christmas Countdown Calendar FREE! Plus Willow Tree Nativity Set Giveaway!



The Redeemed Christmas Countdown Calendar by DaySpring


(I can say “ya’ll” because I lived in Georgia for three years. And I might, maybe, someday be moving to Nashville.)

I know, I know, Christmas is still 50 days away. BUT advent begins in less than a month! And so, I have a gift for you. Actually, the generous folks at DaySpring have a gift for you.

Today I am celebrating the re-release of my eBook, More Than Candy – A Christmas Countdown that Counts. I had it available last year, and I’ve decided to give it a spiffy new cover (thanks to Jesse) and make it available yet again! Isn’t it lovely…

Available Monday, November 4th!

Buy Now as a PDF

Buy Now on Kindle

Now for the fun news! The first 100 people to get a copy of the eBook (as a PDF or through Amazon) will get the Redeemed Christmas Countdown Chalkboard for FREE (well, almost free, you have to pay shipping, but that’s only $6.95 and the calendar is $19.99, so I’d say it’s a sweet deal!)!

They are now all gone!


To recap:

  • Buy a copy of More Than Candy for only $4.99 and get (if you’re in the first 100 people) the Redeemed Christmas Chalkboard Countdown for FREE (except shipping) They are all gone!

Buy Now on Kindle

Buy Now as a PDF

One more thing! I have a GIVEAWAY for you!



Today I am giving away The Awe and Wonder – Willow Tree Nativity set from DaySpring. Isn’t it delightful?

To Enter:

Just fill out the form below. (Email readers, click HERE to enter.)
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Well, that’s quite a bit for today. Happiest of Mondays, friends!

Love, Sarah Mae

There are affiliate links in this post, which means that I earn some income when you purchase through me. So, thank you if you decide to! 

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  • Tammy

    My favorite tradition is one my family started as a child. We attend Christmas Eve service together as a family, come home and have appetizers and sparkling cider as our dinner and open up one present. It’s always a special family time. And even though my family lives so far apart, I love continuing this tradition with my own children knowing across the globe somewhere my family is doing the same.

  • Brittany

    I love Christmas and I am looking forward to having my 4yr old and 3 yr old a bit more involved this year! 🙂 And I have always wanted a Williw Tree nativity, but could never justify the cost!

  • Christina

    Love everything about Christmas but I love time with family the most at this time of the year. My favorite tradition is decorating Christmas cookies together on Christmas eve followed by eating them while reading the Christmas story.

  • Maura

    I have always wanted this Nativity set! Thank you!

  • Amy

    I enjoy reading from Luke as a soon as we wake up so we remember the reason we celebrate Christmas.

  • janetb1

    My favorite tradition is to decorate over the weekend after we celebrate Thanksgiving, while the kids are still home from college. We play Christmas carols, sip eggnog, be together. Thanks for the giveaway Sarah!

  • Maura

    One of our favorite traditions has been doing our Advent each year with the kids and each day telling them different parts of the story of Jesus’ Birth.

  • MJ

    Reading “The Christmas Story” with my children on Christmas Eve.

  • Julianne

    This would be ideal for my massage studio. I’ve been searching for just the right Nativity set. It’s so beautiful!

  • BetsyE

    We don’t really have one tradition we do every year, but our family is pretty close, so we just enjoy being with each other , regardless of whose house we meet at, or what actual day we get together (which varies since we have several out of town). Love celebrating Jesus with family. 🙂

  • Gigi

    Breakfast with Santa at the VFD! We haven’t missed a year in 20 years! (Also, it’s y’all, not ya’ll!)

  • Jillian Sims

    waking up early to see whats under the tree

  • Kristen

    We have an advent book we read each day with our kiddos.

  • Shari

    Favorite Christmas tradition is watching The Nativity. Love. Especially the take on Joseph.


  • Lydia

    Picking a tree with my family 🙂

  • Katrina Steele

    The past few years we’ve gone to choose our tree from the farm up the road… because where we live now we can actually do that! We also have Christmas eve food traditions (queso and chips, hot spiced cider), and a certain CD we listen to on Christmas morning (Steve Sensenig’s Christmas piano one).

  • carol

    I love passing on the tradition of doing a Jesse Tree with our Advent each year to the grandkids. Its a lot of work to get together 3 of each for each home every year and as soon as I hear one of the grandkids tell me something new they learned that year it is so worth it:) The Nativity would find a home in one of those homes where it would be loved and talked about for many years to come.

  • Jessica

    I love singing carols around the tree.

  • Amanda Gay

    I love simply being with family! We always get together and eat and just enjoy each other’s company!

  • Beth Williams

    I love this idea for children. It helps them count down to Christmas, but also learn the true meaning of the holiday. I believe that young children have lost the true meaning with all the advertising and “Happy Holidays” crap out there. It is time we as Christians stood up and re told the story of why there is a Christmas.
    One of my favorite new songs is “It’s Called Christmas with a Capital C by Go Fish.

  • Juanita

    My favorite Christmas tradition is after the gifts have been opened, the wrapping paper cleared away and the room is quiet, sitting by the tree and starting to read my new book, listening to a favorite Christmas CD.

  • Valerie

    I love the willow tree figures! I have been watching for a pretty nativity!

  • Karen Kemble McIntire

    Love celebrating christmas with my 1st grade religion class students

  • Karen

    Spending time with family and making Christmas cookies are my favorite Christmas traditions.

  • Zaankali

    Christmas Eve fondue with my kids and husband.

  • Michelle

    My favorite Christmas tradition is getting together on Christmas Eve with our entire extended family, eating my grandmothers traditional rice pudding and singing christmas carols together..

  • Beth

    We always open presents on Christmas Eve, after having a big dinner AND doing dishes. 😉

  • Jenn

    I love doing the countdown to Christmas with my children and having a Birthday Party for Jesus

  • Candace Gamlen

    I have collected Willow Tree figures since we got married and would love to add this to our collection. I also cannot wait to read your new book! My favorite Christmas tradition is reading the Christmas story together on Christmas Eve before we go to bed.

  • Susan Somers

    So many traditions to choose from! Candlelight Christmas eve service is one!

  • Laura p

    My favorite Christmas tradition is christmas pjs and breakfast with my boys. My hubby works shift work and works most Christmases so we may get up at 5 am or it may be 9 am but we always wait to go in the living room until he gets home.

  • Christian

    The children and I painting cookies, baking kolaches, and listening to old Christmas records spinning on the hi-fi.

  • Nicole Summers Sparling

    Making cookies and getting the Christmas tree from a tree farm! Love the smell!!!!!
    Oh, and the MUSIC!!!!!

  • Heather

    My favorite Christmas tradition is setting up the nativity actually 🙂

  • rachelb

    Baking and more baking with the kids

  • rachaelandnate

    How can I choose just one?! Baking gingerbread cookies with my toddler, listening to Christmas music nonstop throughout the month of December. and writing an end-of-the-year Christmas card letter because it’s fun to relive the best moments of the year.

  • Ren Mikesh

    Favorite Christmas tradition: When we decorate the tree every year, I make my favorite Cinnamon Hot Chocolate (loaded with marshmallows of course!), we put on Christmas music, then dance and decorate together!

  • Gretchen Nelson

    I have the nativity set but would love to win it to give-away! And I just purchased your ebook and am excited to use it this holiday season 🙂

  • becky

    my favorite christmas tradition is baby Jesus birthday cake! 😀

  • Courtney D. Sebastian

    My favorite tradition from growing up is my dad reading the account of Christmas from the Bible before we began opening our gifts.

  • Renda Rapp

    Lovely giveaway! The best thing about Christmas is absolutely being with family.

  • Brooke Shambley

    I love spending Christmas Eve with our extended family. My mother’s cousins and her children and our family all get together for a pre-Christmas dinner and I’ve always looked forward to it every year.

  • Morgan

    Love getting the children to be the ‘postmen’ and hand out the gifts from under the tree.

  • Lauren

    Would love this beautiful nativity! Thank you for your words of encouragement!

  • Elisa Gruss

    being with family and going out to eat for brunch on Christmas Eve

  • tanya

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the advent wreath and reading the story of Jesus and his birth.

  • onesassymama

    My favorite Christmas tradition would have to be the posole and homemade tortillas on Christmas Eve.

  • Selena

    Love the nativity set! My kids and I love decorating our Snoopy themed Christmas tree together 🙂

  • Annette

    I just love everything about Christmas! I love doing a book countdown with the kids.

  • Emilee Stephens

    What a great ebundle! Waiting for 8 am….. 🙂

  • Brenda

    I love watching the boys (4&5) opening gifts…they are so excited about everything @ this age….socks included!

  • Christine Poteet

    My fav Christmas tradition is baking, Christmas music, seeing family, shopping and fellowship, Jesus’ bday!

  • Karissa

    I love Willow Tree! Would love to win this 🙂

  • Nikki B

    Would love this set!

    • Nikki B

      Oops didn’t finish…our favorite is making cinnamon ornaments and plugging in the chirstmas lights for the first time 😀

  • Laureen E.

    Reading the Scripture account on Christmas morning in pjs with hot cocoa and cinnamon rolls to eat, altogether as a family.

  • Christie

    I love bringing out the decorations my kids have made and listening to Christmas music pretty much non-stop.

  • marci

    Such a sweet nativity set! Love it! 🙂

  • joyce

    my favorite christmas tradition is baking cookies to share with our neighbors; i also especially enjoy listening to christmas music and going to our church’s christmas eve service.

  • Lindsey McMullen

    love it!

  • Melissa Kinsey

    I can’t wait to read your book

  • Brenda Veinotte

    I love the Christmas Eve service, taking Christmas card pictures, baking Christmas cookies, etc. So many traditions.

  • Ann W

    I love having a birthday party for Jesus.

  • hollyferrero

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jennifer Hayes

    My favorite thing has to be our family and friends dinner on the Saturday before. It is a great time to share with loved ones.

  • Julie

    christmas carols!

  • Katherine

    I love driving around looking at lights.

  • Alyssa Thiessen

    Love this!

  • Kelly

    Hopping in the car with hot chocolate to look at lights. Celebrating the birth of our Lord !

  • Cassie DeLapp

    Making homemade gifts for family

  • Abby

    Reading a Christmas book each night with my children.

  • Debbie Auen

    One of my favorites although hard to choose just one! Is going out to cut down the tree 🙂

  • Christine S-P

    These are some fantastic bonuses and what a gorgeous set. The thing about nativity scenes is that they really do remind us of the Christ part of Christmas… 🙂

  • Emily

    Love setting up the little people nativity with the kiddos. 🙂

  • Margaret

    Trying to remember the reason for the season and not get distracted by the busy-ness.

  • Jill S.

    We read one of Arnold Ytreeide’s advent books (Jotham’s Journey is the first one he wrote). It’s a wonderful historical fiction story that helps my kids experience the time of Jesus’ birth in history.

  • sarah

    being together with my family on christmas eve

  • christinaburrell

    Decorating with family while listening to Christmas music.

  • lydiajw

    Advent wreath

  • Momma Hunt

    I love all the dayspring items! My kids love any & all Advent calendars. Just ordered your kindle book! 😉

  • Becky Avella

    All of my favorite traditions happen at my mom and dad’s house. So my favorite tradition is traveling to their place every year for the week of Christmas. I’m so grateful that we are able to do this year after year. Sweet celebrating happens the minute we walk in the door.

  • katylynn

    Love the Willow Tree nativity set!

  • Guest

    Decorating with the kids!

  • Apryl Mizener Yoder

    Watching My Kids Open gifts & playing with them!

  • delicatefade

    Making pizza with my family on Christmas Eve.

  • sandra Anker

    Reading the account of Jesus’ birth on Christmas morning, all the kids snuggled up on our bed.

  • Becky B

    The various field trips we take as a family. The zoo, museum center trains, Creation Museum.

  • Karlene


  • Karol

    Waking up Christmas morning with that first cup of coffee, watching the kids faces with excitement about their presents but also the presents they have for us.

  • Kimberly Scales

    Advent activities with my family and family gatherings

  • cassandrasines

    Looking at Christmas lights.

  • Leah Tuten Rollins

    My favorite Christmas tradition takes place on Christmas Eve. We go to my parents’ house, where there is a nice fire burning in the fireplace. We enjoy little Christmas goodies baked by my mom, and drink hot chocolate while my dad reads the account of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2. Then, if it’s not too late for the kids and the weather is good, we all pile into the car and ride around looking at Christmas lights (while Christmas music plays on the radio, of course). Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Alisa

    It is hard for me to choose just one tradition. They are all so intertwined!

  • Kelly Farley Kantola

    My son is 9 so this is likely the last year that he’ll ‘believe’ in Santa Claus…I love being home with him on Christmas morn…he’s already given me quite the list of what he

  • Kate O.

    Making cookies with my children while listening to Christmas music.

  • DawnFay

    Christmas Eve worship by candlelight.

  • Sharon

    My favorite Christmas tradition is going to church Christmas Eve and then coming home to open all our presents before bed.

  • darlene

    cocoa with the kids

  • Jennifer Ilic

    going out and cutting down our own christmas tree as a family

  • Deana

    swimming on Christmas day

  • Stephanie (MomKaboodle)

    Our church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight service, and spending Christmas day with our extended family.

  • Erika

    Our advent tree 🙂

  • Becky

    Watching Christmas movies with the family.

  • Tara H.

    Hanging ornaments on the tree with my boys!

  • Susan in St. Louis

    I used to love sleeping “under” the Christmas tree on Christmas eve…so this year we plan to do that as a family with our littles (assuming baby #4 hasn’t made an appearance by then!).

  • Kimberly Baltzley

    family gatherings!!!

  • taylor98

    spending time with my family

  • amypugmire

    I love our pajama on x-mas eve tradition

  • Kristy Miller

    My husband reading out of Luke after stockings and before gifts.

  • Joyce J.

    Jesus birthday cake on Christmas morning and singing Happy Birthday to HIM….we have done this every year since 1971!

  • bonnie

    We eat blueberry muffins for breakfast Christmas morning ( they are for Jesus birthday)

  • Jessica K

    My daughter is almost a year old so this Christmas will be her first one that she can participate in! I can’t wait to start traditions for her such as hot breakfast while opening stockings on Christmas morning; pjs all day; decorating the tree; and of course, remembering the Reason for the season!

  • Brandi

    Decorating sugar cookies with our neighborhood kids

  • Lisa Fulkerson Kreinbrook

    Setting up our nativity scenes:)

  • Paige Y.

    Peanut butter balls! And nightly Christmas stories

  • Melissa Fields Wallace

    Spending time with family and doing our Advent crafts together.

  • Diane

    Getting up to open presents and having a big Christmas Breakfast afterwards with family.

  • Karla

    When I was very young we would go to my Grandma’s house every Christmas Eve. Usually the cousins got together and acted out the Nativity scene, sang Christmas carols, or played whatever instrument we were learning at the time. I think the adults enjoyed it when we did this. It’s one of my fondest memories now that I’m older.

  • Candi

    Celebrating with family and singing O Holy Night =)

  • Kaylee

    Cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate Christmas morning after opening gifts.

  • Tami Lewis

    Cocoa and scripture the eve before

  • Sarah Doggett Boling

    I love picking out our live Christmas tree!

  • Joy Daugherty

    Spending time with family, being in awe of the beauty and Gods love. I have wanted this nativity set since it came out. What a wonderful giveaway!

  • Shannon

    Christmas Eve candle light service

  • cider

    Putting out our nativity sets while watching the Christmas episode of Mr. Bean, especially where he’s at Harrod’s playing with their nativity set. Cracks us up every time!

  • Bethany

    Favorite Christmas tradition by far is St. Nicholas Day – we live in Canada, so our currency is different from US and we put $1 and $2 coins in our little boys’ stockings and they go Christmas shopping for each other with the money. They are 5, 4, and 2 right now, so this tradition might get modified over the years but for now, I love the delight they have in buying each other gifts!

  • Jennifer Lynn

    So many favorites! The Christmas Eve Candlelight service is at the top of my list!

  • Cindy Fox

    We decorate sugar cookies together (parents, kids, grandkids) and give a prize for the most creative. Then we decorate the tree together, listening to Christmas music. Afterwards, we watch A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott, while drinking hot chocolate and eating our sugar cookies.

  • Mindy Robinson

    Beautiful!! I would to have this to display. 🙂

  • Amy Reasoner

    Decorating the tree!

  • Kaitlin

    MY favorite its opening our stockings in the morning then waiting till later for all the other presents. I’ve resently gotten married so I’m looking forward to starting new traditions with my husband.

  • Jamie Ennett

    My favorite tradition is the decorating of the tree and having hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and of course Christmas music 🙂

  • Randi S

    I really love looking at Christmas lights with my family. My own family hasn’t really started any of our own traditions, though.

  • Courtney Rae

    My favorite tradition is leaving the tree up until MARCH!! 🙂

  • Stephanie W

    We love to travel to Nana and Papa’s and Papa loves to use the nativity to share the Christmas story with the grandkids

  • Lori

    My favorite Christmas tradition is driving around looking at all of the Christmas lights.

  • Brooke M.

    Just being with family. I can’t wait to start new traditions with my little boy. This will be the first year he can really get involved and have more fun. And the first tradition that we’ll start this year is to read the birth of Jesus together on Christmas Eve! Can’t wait!!!

  • Michele G.

    Our favorite Christmas tradition is to watch “Polar Express” in our pj’s, & then jump into the minivan with our warm cocoa’s & drive around looking at Christmas lights in the neighborhood. We print the kids each a ticket that they have to turn in to the “conductor” (AKA, daddy lol) to ride the “express” (AKA, mom’s van). We all love this tradition & I’m praying the kids do it with their own kids someday!

  • Barefoot Hippie Girl

    Appetizers on Christmas Eve with the BFF and her family.

  • Elisa Doolittle

    Attending a living nativity with my family

  • Sarah Shore Leonard

    We make a Jesus birthday cake every year and sing “Happy Birthday” to Him on Christmas morning.

  • Anita

    We look forward to the advent calendar every day. We also wrap one new Christmas book per day to open and read together. After Christmas we put the books away until next year. The little ones love opening them and seeing which one is inside for the daily reading. So much fun!

  • Laura Page Atkins Milner

    That is just too hard. I love it all!

  • Lace C.

    Lots of traditions but my favorite it sacrificing (like, really actually sacrificing) to give to a needy community member anonymously.

  • Marie

    I would love to get this nativity set!

  • Rhonda Kramer

    I love this sight and the event calender I missed but love willow tree! Jesus is the reason it is all about him !

  • Heather Johnson

    Christmas stockings 🙂

  • Lisa

    I love, love, love the calendar!!

  • Kelsey

    What a gorgeous nativity set!

  • Erin Ervin

    Each year my family goes to a Christmas tree farm and picks out a tree, brings it home, and decorates the house to Christmas carols. We always make eggnog and appetizers. Its some of my favorite memories!

  • Julie Reynolds

    Love this nativity set, gorgeous!! Hate that the calendar is gone but love the advent idea anyway

  • Jennifer McBroom

    I have been wanting this nativity set for SO long now!!!!!

  • Dawn

    Singing Christmas songs and teaching them to my children

  • Kelly O

    My favorite Christmas tradition is turning on the Christmas tree lights and Christmas music with my toddler every morning! She gets so excited.

  • becca l

    We love our jesse tree ornaments. We open one each day and the ornament is a hint to a bible story. I cant wait for more ideas.

  • Hannah H

    Oh my! I would LOVE to have this nativity set!:)

  • elizabeth

    I love looking at lights with my family

  • Courtney Taylor

    As a kids we have always decorated our Christmas Tree Christmas Eve rather than earlier. This way it is still new and exciting the morning of Christmas because it has not been sitting there decorated for a few weeks. It makes Christmas morning extra special! I am going to continue this tradition with my husband and son! :O)

  • Becky Jones

    Oh how blessed I have been to sit near my Daddy as a child, an adult, and now with my children about us each Christmas Eve and hear him read with such love, Luke 2…the glorious telling of our Savior’s birth…He just turned 67 and I pray for many more years of this privilege…Have a MOST Holy and blessed Christmastime!! Thanks for the lovely giveaway…I have always admired this nativity!

  • Kristina Best

    Would be having French Toast for dinner on Christmas Eve.

  • Amy

    Christmas tradition: being together with family on Christmas Eve. Lots of food, noise, laughter, food, noise, gifts, food, noise. You get the idea. 🙂

  • Melissa

    We have a cake and ing happy birthday to Jesus 🙂

  • Brenda T

    Our birthday cake for Jesus.

  • Suzanne

    For Christmas we celebrate with family the week before then on Christmas Morning it’s just my husband and the kids and I for a few hours.We open one gift before a large breakfast and reading of Luke 2.

    My Mother-in-law loves Willow Tree so the Nativity Set would make a great present. I love your books and encouragement so that is a present for me! I’d say it’s a win-win scenario if I win the Nativity!

  • Heather

    Awesome giveaway! Your website just makes my day!

  • Shelley Sessom Christensen

    I’ve wanted one of these for years!

  • Cora

    I’ve always loved this set! Thanks!

  • C McKnight

    My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve dinner with my family! <3

  • Maria

    We read thru the Jotham’s Journey (or the sequels) every year. Love them!

  • Sue Lim

    Our newly instituted tradition after having kids is to have a simple Christmas morning breakfast, read the Christmas story, and take pictures under the tree before present opening time 🙂

  • C Reeves

    My old favorites have mostly changed as families have grown and moved…not sure about new ones yet…

  • Lisa

    We love Willow Tree and this would be a beautiful addition to our Christmas decor.

  • Christa Gregg

    I can’t wait to dive into the More Than Candy book.

  • Christa Gregg

    Celebrating Jesus’ birthday complete with singing and cake on Christmas morning. Well, I also like make baked goodies for neighbors and friends, decorating and being constantly reminded of my Savior!

  • Christine

    Christmas lights

  • Cathy Grider

    Going to church as a family. Our church has an outstanding service that I look forward to each year.

  • CW

    My kids write and perform a play with the neighbor kids. It’s a lot of work and so much fun!

  • salliehowell

    I love to bake with my children. We have an annual candy making day where we cook and then eat before sharing. Great memories.

  • Andrea

    Thank you for the wonderful Christmas giveaway and ideas. We love this time of year!

  • Verna

    New jammies and a movie on Christmas Eve before bed!

  • Kimberly Stratton

    My favorite tradition has been putting up the Christmas tree with the kids. Last year we didn’t put up a Christmas tree because we had a very curious 16 month old and didn’t want risk both cuts and broken cherished ornaments. This fall my fiancé lost his job. While he quickly found another, it pays less than half of what he used to make. I’m heartbroken at the thought of not being able to get a tree this year again. We’ll have a lovely Christmas, of course, but no tree is kind of the icing on the cake in this very difficult season for us. It’s just gotten harder and harder to keep our chins up. :/

  • Ashley Byer

    We love going to the Lights of Christmas display every year.

  • steph

    my favorite tradition is watching previous year christmas videos of my kids. They just grow so quickly… it is nice to look back on how joyous each morning is/was.

  • Emily Weaver

    If have always loved this nativity set. What a beautiful reminder of why we celebrate.

  • melissa l. j.

    Love your blog! Great giveaway.

  • Charlotte

    My favorite tradition is walking around caroling with my family and any friends who want to join us. We walk through the neighborhood singing as loudly as we can. Most people don’t hear us and we walk by many homes that never know we were there. But the times that someone shows up outside, we stop and serenade the unsuspecting soul. It’s great fun, and brings joy and worship to the neighborhood.

  • Katelyn

    decorating the house

  • Lauren M

    christmas eve service and IHOP with family

  • Kathy

    There are so many things about Christmas that are special. River of Lights, Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting, the Family Christmas Eve service. And most of all spending time with my family!

  • nancy

    table presents the night before

  • Diana C

    I like getting thoughtful gifts for my family and friends.

    Diana C

  • Connie

    Favorite tradition…we wrap up 24 Christmas books from our home collection and unwrap one each day and read it together as a family, as a countdown to Christmas!

  • Jeri Fox

    So many to choose from! But one of my favs is watching the Sound of Music together as a family on Christmas Eve.

  • Julie

    enjoying watching family members take turns opening presents; just being together for the holidays, and yummy food!

  • Ashlee

    We love our Jesse Tree. I wrote a devotional to go along withe ornament for each day and our little ones love going through it each day!

  • Lyn

    Going to church together as a family on Christmas Eve and coming home to homemade clam chowder

  • Karen G

    Christmas eve with the family. First caroling in our town square and watching the locals act out the Christmas story. Then coming home and reading the Christmas story from the Bible and then opening gifts.

  • Crystelle Carrick

    My favorite tradition is exchanging one gift to open on Christmas eve.

  • Teresa Manucy

    My favorite Christmas tradition is centered around Christmas eve. Dressing up, going to church, eating a traditional Icelandic smoked lamb, rutabagas, potatoes in white sauce, and peas. Then each family member opening only one gift from under the tree. It was such a special time for me as a child, even the luminaries were a visual reminder of Christ’s birth.

  • Beth Starr

    I have so many-reading the Christmas story, singing carols, eating Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, opening gifts on Christmas Eve…

  • Janelle Hancock

    My favorites are the Christmas Eve traditions my family began years ago! Every Christmas Eve we would all sit together in the living room, sign Christmas carols and then listen as our Dad read the story of the first Christmas from Luke. (Bonus: then we all got to choose one gift to open the night before…)

  • Heidi

    Going to candlelight service on Christmas Eve!

  • Carol

    My favorite Christmas tradition is wrapping up new pjs for my kids to open on Christmas eve.

  • Sheila

    How do I know if I was one of the first 100 people to buy the ebook? I bought around 5:30 am EST and the offer was still up at that point.

  • Jenni Purser

    Christmas Eve service 🙂

  • Kelly

    Attending Christmas Eve service and spending the evening with my family.

  • Sarah G

    Favorite Christmas tradition? I’d have to say, it would be reading the Luke account of Christ’s birth BEFORE diving into the presents under the tree. It certainly keeps things in perspective. 😉

  • Sarah Pabody

    Caroling with kids to friends who long for family. 🙂

  • purplesquirrel90

    Oh, I don’t know~ so many favorites~ but I’d have to say that one of them is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, ending on Jan 6. The kids don’t have the crazy “flurry” of present-opening, and we extend the “conversation of Christmas” beyond the 25th.

  • Melissa Ann

    The girls unwrapping one piece of the manger set every few days of advent. Right now it’s the Fisher Price one… one day maybe a more pretty one 🙂

  • Marcie

    So many favorite Christmas traditions…but breakfast burritos is close to the top!

  • Amanda

    walking through the park looking at all the lights

  • Joanna Branson

    My favorite Christmas tradition is sitting next to the lit Christmas tree with a hot drink and a good book each evening throughout the season.

  • Nikki Shoemaker

    Having one of the children place Baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas morning BEFORE we open gifts.

  • Natalie

    Beautiful nativity. My kids love all of ours…from the breakable to their own “Little People” set.

  • Paper Idea

    Thanks for the great giveaway! It’ll be wonderful to have this set in my classroom! God Blessings!

  • Lindsay

    I love this nativity set and have had my eye on it for a while. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lillian

    My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up our Christmas Tree and all decorations the day after Thanksgiving, so that we can enjoy it for over a month. My favorite time of the year…Christmas!!!

  • Michelle

    Oh…there are so many…but probably Christmas eve midnight service. It’s the only time the whole world seems like it has quit moving and is at peace.

  • kelly

    I enjoy listening to Christmas music all month!

  • Joy

    Favorite Christmas tradition – Lighting the Advent candles and listening to my dad read parts of the Christmas story each Sunday leading up to the holiday.

  • L Hart

    I enjoy Christmas Eve… my husband and I sitting quietly, looking at the tree and reflecting on all that God has done throughout the year… the highs and lows He has walked us through.

  • LindseyBell

    I love making a birthday cake for Jesus every year:)

  • irelandsunshine

    Our family reads the Christmas story on Christmas morning before opening presents. We also take a family picture by our Christmas tree while we are all still wearing our pjs. It has been a neat memory to have.

  • Crystal Blomgren

    Our Christmas Eve together of just us as the family, having oyster soup and red velvet cake for dinner, reading the Christmas story with hot chocolate and sending the girls to bed late so hopefully they aren’t up way too early on Christmas morning. Though, that last one typically backfires for some reason…

  • Tami Montgomery

    My favorite Christmas ‘tradition’ isn’t so much a tradition, but it’s special to me. It is when we don’t travel for the holiday… so I spend Christmas morning together with my husband and our two daughters, sitting in front of the fireplace. Opening gifts, having fun, listening to Christmas music, all the while thanking God for all of his blessings. It’s even better when it’s snowing on Christmas morning…which doesn’t always happen, so it’s an extra-special treat. 🙂

  • Tanya W

    So many to choose from! One of our favourites is hot chocolate in new mugs and listening to Radio Theatre’s A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. Another is our Advent readings and activities….they make the lead up to Christmas truly meaningful.

  • Melissa

    On Christmas Day we have a birthday party for Jesus, we make a cake and sing happy birthday to Him. My family always did this growing up and I love doing it with my own kids!

  • Carmen T.

    We make gingerbread cookies every year. And read the Christmas story Christmas morning.

  • kasmith03

    I love Christmas and we started the tradition of opening a book a day for the kids – all of the related to the true meaning of Christmas. A fun way to prepare their hearts and celebrate the entire month!

  • Jennifer D.

    I love hot chocolate on Christmas morning. And quiet nights snuggling by the light of the Christmas tree.

  • tiffy2two

    On Christmas eve we have our family dinner and on Christmas morning it is just our little family and we spend the day in our new PJs and enjoy the time together!!

  • Lori P

    We see the Christmas program at church every year and do some baking.

  • punkinmama

    I love driving around & looking at lights together.

  • Cindy D

    My favorite Christmas tradition is making a Jesse Tree- a verse and an ornament every day to remember the path through the Bible up to the birth of our Messiah.

  • Katie

    Caroling to our neighbors with family.

  • Sarah

    Singing in my church’s Christmas choir is one of my favorite things about Advent.

  • Emily M.

    I love helping and blessing others as a family during the christmas season.

  • Jules

    Spending time with family & makin goody baskets for others.

  • Lori Turner

    baking!!! :0)

  • Felisha

    My favorite things about Christmas include buying 3 very intentional gifts for my son and teaching him about Jesus’ birthday. We since “Happy Birthday, Jesus” before we open presents.

  • Amy Lucas

    My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the candlelight Christmas Eve service

  • Emily

    The Advent ebooks looks great! I can’t wait to read it.

  • Megan

    Spending time with family and friends is my favorite!

  • Alicia

    Reading Christmas books with the family while drinking hot cocoa!

  • Katie Poppy

    Probably going to our Christmas Eve service followed by a drive out to this country church that does a fabulous drive-through nativity.

  • Cynthia Kraft

    Since my grandmother was Swedish, we have always celebrated an Americanized version of Saint Lucia’s Day. It involves music and family and lots of homemade donuts using Grandma’s recipe, as well as gifts and a crown of lights for the oldest daughter to wear. We look forward to it all year.

  • Jen

    I think our favorite Christmas tradition is having sleepovers at the grandparents houses! so much fun

  • tammy cordery

    We have the normal tradition the Christmas tree and the nativity

  • Tara S.

    Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, then home to open one present and watch a Christmas movie on TV.

  • Christiana RS Greene

    Advent Sundays, decorating, cards, movies…then Xmas eve we would open one gift, go to service, and have a delicious traditional supper, and in the am open stockings, traditional breakfast, open gifts, and then the big dinner.

  • Jaime

    loving you blog! Just found it via “I take Joy.” Excited to see all the Lord is doing here. Blessings, Jaime

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  • Judy Russi

    I love Christmas eve dinner with the family where we have all sorts of seafood and spend time together.

  • Dawnita

    I love willow tree. How nice!

  • Debbie

    Instead of giving gifts to each other, my husband and I choose items from the World Vision catalog to “give” to each other and bless others instead.

  • Karen Woodward

    My three kids and I make Christmas cookies every year. Well, the past few years it’s just been the two girls and I . My 22 year old son likes eating them more than decorating them. 🙂

  • Kali

    Decorating the tree together! And at night, after everyone else is in bed, having a little quiet time to sit nearby with all the lights off except for the ones on the tree – simply magical.

  • Kristy

    Our Advent traditions and counting down. That right focus on the holidays.

  • Lee Ann Kaplan

    Reading the Christmas Story and Decorating our tree together.

  • Jami

    Favorite Christmas Tradition-picking out a tree and decorating together, telling stories about all of our special ornaments.

  • Rebecca

    Making treats, doing our Christmas countdown, reading books together.

  • Christine Kirschner

    I love our family drive to look at lights. The kids are always so excited.

  • Rhoda

    We love decorating the tree together. I guess making and handing out treat bags for the neighbors rates pretty high too.

  • Phyllis

    Christmas night we get together with my husbands brothers and their families. Everyone brings some leftovers and goodies and we talk and play games for hours. Such a relaxing time of fellowship.

  • Gabrielle Erway

    We watch the Charlie Brown Christmas Special together as a family every year.

  • Sonja Z

    My favorite tradition is going to a candlelight Christmas Eve service.

  • Everly

    I will be giving this to my mom for Christmas if I win, so a private announcement might me nice! 🙂

  • JessiAnn

    Christmas Eve Candle Light Service!

  • tammy cordery

    I like Christmas always

  • Sarah

    Going to see the live Nativity in our town!

  • Danielle Hull

    Our entire family being in the live nativity on our courthouse square. Some of our kids have been baby Jesus, then shepherds or angels.

  • Leah

    My favorite? Goodness, that’s a difficult question – my family has so many Christmas traditions! I guess one of my top favorites would have to be the candlelight service at my church. Thanks for this giveaway, I *love* Willow tree and have been wanting this set for a long time! 🙂

  • Laura G

    Wow, that’s a hard one since my mom and grandma have passed down so many and just a love for the season. One of my favorites is setting up the Christmas tree the weekend after thanksgiving and the many carols sung or played throughout the season.

  • Erin

    My favorite Christmas traditions are reading the night before Christmas and completing the advent calendar and wreath every Sunday!

  • Jessica A

    The night before Christmas, we gather around the tree, open up new pjs for everyone to wear to bed that night. We leave the tree lit all night long, and enjoy the soft warm glow.

  • Brooke

    I love sleeping under the Christmas Tree with my 4 kids.

  • Jenny

    Baking Christmas sugar cookies and watching Christmas movies!

  • Trudi

    Lighting our Advent Wreath and saying prayers and thoughts!

  • Emily Plemons

    Fave tradition was to watch the living nativity on Christmas Eve! We just moved so we will have to find another 🙁

  • Naomi

    OOoh it would be our first nativity!

    • Naomi

      Oh, and my favorite tradition is opening one gift on christmas eve

  • jjb

    I love Willow Tree products, especially their nativity. I would love to have a nativity for every room.

  • Banana Banana

    I wish I had a nativity set! It’s summer time at Christmas and we like to stroll through the town and check out all the lights before church at midnight.

  • Sarah C

    favorite tradition…so many of them! One favorite is our family cookie exchange.

  • AmyB.

    Watching White Christmas w/my husband.

  • Michelle R

    I love this nativity!

  • Rae Ann Boecker

    Celebrating Jesus with a birthday cake for him!

  • Amy K.

    What a beautiful nativity!

  • Becca

    I’ve wanted this nativity set for awhile now. So beautiful!

  • Stephanie @ Housewife Mama

    I simply love getting together with family!

  • MekaM

    I need a nativity set desperately !

  • MekaM

    Spending time with family is the best!

  • Jen

    Traveling to stay with family!

  • Amy

    My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the tree farm to pick out & cut down our tree.

  • MaryMartha Homemaker

    My favorite Christmas tradition is getting together with my Mom’s side of the family and having a surprise visit from Santa. (Which was my Mom dressed up as Santa for most of my childhood. Super funny to see Santa with eye make-up and cotton ball eye brows. :-))

  • greta

    LOVE Willow Tree!

  • Melanie

    Our children love to get out & set up/play with their Little People Nativity set. We also have a magnetic Nativity advent scene they take turns opening the doors and rearranging the scene.

  • Christine

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite Christmas tradition. I love decorating the tree while listening to Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate. I love watching Jack Frost and Rudolph (the 2 movies that I HAVE to watch every year). I love the Christmas Eve service at my parents’ church. The best part of it is at the end, when we sing Silent Night and everyone lights a candle. It is absolutely beautiful.

  • Marcy

    My favorite tradition we had when I was growing up was to have a fondue meal on Christmas Eve. So delicious, and we just took our time and sat around the table and chatted and enjoyed each other. I miss that so much!

  • Lisa Grace

    I can’t wait to read the Jesse Tree each night with the kids. It is our favorite tradition!

  • Kela

    Favorite tradition is simply traveling home to be with both sides of our families! Grandparents get to love on the grandkids and I get to eat my Momma’s cooking!

  • Tina

    Dressing up in jammies, drinking hot chocolate and driving around lookind at Christmas lights while listening to KLove!

  • billie

    I am not going to lie–Presents! Also love how everyone in the city is just so stinking nice to everyone. 🙂

  • Rebecca P

    We love celebrating Advent 🙂

  • cj

    I have for many years now celebrated Advent with a wreath and candles on our table. The practice goes back to my early days and time in the local Methodist Church which is also where my husband and I were married and that will be 43 years in January 2014. As evening comes the lighting of the candles reminds me of why we celebrate Christmas and it calms me and slows me down in the busyness of the holiday season to think on Who is truly the reason for this special season of celebration. Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel ~ God is with us!

  • kberrong

    I love cooking Christmas Day dinner for my family.

  • Maria A. Malaveci

    Making Greek Christmas Cookies with my kids and mom.

  • shana

    Candle light service!

  • Brittany

    Favorite Christmas tradition is definitely making sausage balls and chocolate fudge with my family.

  • emily

    idk yet, this is my first christmas with my husband, hes from honduras, so im sure ill love mashing our traditions together!

  • Mary Beth

    Our Christmas tradition is to go get a live Christmas tree together.

  • Kiersten

    My kids and I LOVE decorating for Christmas. Daddy helps us with the tree…but we do the rest : ) WE love putting on music, with mug of hot cocoa in hand, and just do it! Our favorite part is looking over the ornaments we have collected over the years….then we bake our special Italian cookie (Pizzale). This waffle like wonder is the mark that this Christmas season of joy and love has begun!

  • Lauren

    Picking out a live tree together.

  • Amy E

    I have lots of favorites, but I’d say the most favorite new one is putting everyone in pjs, grabbing travel mugs with hot cocoa, and pile in the minivan for a trip around the area looking at Christmas lights the Friday before Christmas.

  • Elisia

    getting our own christmas tree!

  • Thrifty Frugal Mom

    I love our Christmas tradition of spending an evening or day over Christmas watching movies and just enjoying each other and things like homemade hot cocoa and homemade cookies. We watch very few movies throughout the year so our children think this is the best!

  • Sonya Morris

    Our favorite tradition is going to the Christmas Midnight Mass.

  • Okaasan

    Just the down time with family. Can’t ask for more.

  • Chloe

    My favorite tradition is going with my family to cut down our Christmas tree. We’ve been going to the same place since I was a little girl, and still go now with my own babies in tow.

  • Sadie B

    I love our tradition of adding an ornament every year. By the time my kids are grown, they will have a collection to start their own tree with their family.

  • Krystal Pena

    my favorite tradition is opening up one present on christmas eve

  • Brooke

    Sooo many fun traditions to choose from, but I think at this season in life, my favorite is the Christmas countdown we do with our kids each year. One activity/project/adventure each day of advent. They love it so much!

  • Pamela Brown Jablonski

    my husband reading the Christmas story from Luke and praying before we open presents

  • Lisa F.

    We move Mary and Joseph (from a wooden Nativity set) around our house, closer to the stable (from the wooden Nativity set and is set up in the living room), a little bit each day until Christmas! Love this tradition passed on from my mom!

  • Tamara

    Doing Operation Christmas Child:)

  • Julie Wilson

    making Christmas cutouts with the kids!!!

  • Jen

    Driving around, looking at Christmas lights.

  • Lani – the flowerlady

    We have had our first snow…so the Christmas music has begun and my sweet girl wants to put the tree up!

  • Jennifer

    Planning on making many new traditions this year! I’m really excited about my daughter and I having Christmas in our new apartment (been here 6 mos now).

  • April R.

    i love doing christmas art projects with my son while talking about Jesus!

  • Everly

    Celebrating Saint Lucia’s Day! It kicks off the 12 Days of Christmas and reminds me of my Swedish heritage. 🙂

  • Deborah Bradley

    we love doing a family activity every day of December. From reading/games to baking and giving to others

  • Melissa

    Beautiful set!

  • Janice

    Christmas Caroling with my church

  • Myah

    I love the feeling of the season.

  • Liz733

    I love setting up the Christmas train around our tree with my boys.

  • Stephanie Pruiett

    My husband’s family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve so that his sisters can have Christmas Day with their in-laws. When we had children, we started celebrating on Christmas Eve with my family so that the kids would have this tradition as sometimes we are at our home for Christmas, and some years we go back home for Christmas.

  • Stephanie H.

    Our favorite family tradition is that we pick a family member’s name from a hat then you get to buy that persons stocking stuffers gifts. We don’t do Santa in our house but we keep this a surprise until Christmas morning. After my husbands reads the Nativity story from the Bible, we open our stocking gifts from each other and its always a delight to see the childrens faces, both from the giver and receiver!

  • Jennifer

    Footie pajamas to open and wear Christmas eve!

  • Marty Larson

    i think my favorite Christmas tradition currently involves our “Names of Jesus” tree. We have 25 ornaments along with a Scripture page listing for each. We read the bit and then hang the ornament. It is one of many Advent calendars I have collected over the years, but this brings Jesus straight to our minds and hearts in the midst of the season.

  • Leah

    We have several but one of my favorites is reading the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke with a cup of hot chocolate right after we decorate for Christmas and again before opening presents. Now that our kids can read, they beg to take turns reading it! Our family has done this since we were babies – helps keep Christ in Christmas!!

  • Lori L

    Lovely – what a gift.

  • Melissa

    we wrap up 25 Christmas books for the kids and each of the 25 nights leading up to Christmas, they pick one and we open and read it

  • Amy

    I have a nativity set on my Christmas wish list!

  • Everly

    All of my siblings and I get together to decorate the tree. We have certain songs that we always listen to during this time and it’s full of laughter and goofing off, especially when we fight to get the angel on first. 🙂

  • Sara

    This year is the 2nd time I’ve not been with my family (of origin) for Christmas. The first time I was pregnant and this year we moved to Texas. I hope to start new traditions this year!

  • Elisabeth

    As a child, I loved that each of us 8 kids gave something (no matter how small) to each of our siblings. The plotting and the giving was so much fun! As an adult, I love going to a carol sing on Christmas Eve. I

  • Joyce (and Norm)

    Buying a new ornament each year to represent our year.

  • Julie

    Opening a present on Christmas Eve

  • B. White

    Too many favorite Christmas traditions to count! One of my favorite is Christmas caroling.

  • Jennifer C.

    Putting up the Nativity Scene.

  • chawksgirl4ever

    Christmas light viewing. The story of advent

  • Renee Henson

    Hot cocoa and a birthday cake for Jesus!

  • Jill

    I love baking at Christmas.

  • Sarah Wood Isley

    Love cutting a fresh tree as a family!

  • MrsSwann

    Being with Family!

  • Amy

    When we go out to pick out our Christmas tree!

  • Maria

    Love looking at all the houses decorated in lights as a family!

  • Heather

    Love the nativity

  • Lis

    Reading the birth story of Jesus from Luke every Christmas morning!

  • Jen

    We Watch White Christmas & It’s A Wonderful Life Every Year

  • Christy S

    I love doing the Advent wreath as a family.

  • Cheryl Verver

    baking cookies with my kids and reading the Christmas story

  • Carol White

    Going to church with our family on Christmas Eve and singing “Silent Night” by candlelight.

  • Paula

    Warm cinnamon rolls for breakfast, reading the Christmas story from Luke before opening our presents.

  • Megan

    I love drinking hot cocoa while we decorate the tree. Been doing it all my life.

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  • ANH

    Bringing the family all together and they way even strangers are happier during this time of the year. Also, remembering the remembering the true meaning and gift of the season.

  • Kimberly Gardner Rugh

    Our advent calendar. The kids are already asking about it.

  • Alysha C

    Putting baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas morning.

  • April Allgood Kelly

    Spending time with family on Christmas day.

  • Sheila

    Driving around and looking at the Christmas lights with my family.

  • NeKisha Rowe

    My favorite tradition is having a huge snacking feast on Christmas Eve…all sorts of finger foods while we listen to music and hang out in our PJs

  • Cassandra Eastman

    Reading the story of Jesus and opening christmas pj’s on Christmas Eve!

  • heidimhunter

    Sharing it with my 1 and 3 y/o kids and teaching them about the story of Jesus. The best part is getting to watch my 3 y/o really start to “get it.”

  • Elizabeth Holt

    I love nativity scenes and have had my eye on this one by Willow Tree for some time.
    Christian Advent Calendars and Nativity scenes – my favorite Christmas decorations!

  • Faith Benson

    I love willow tree! This is so pretty!

  • Barbara

    my favorite Christmas tradition is hard to say; I love so much about the season. Walking to midnight mass with my family is one. Driving around to see the holiday light displays is another. Spending a day gift wrapping is another.

  • Jennifer Moeller

    My favorite Christmas tradition was celebrating with my husband a few nights before Christmas when the insanity of traveling to see family would ensue. This will be his first year celebrating Christmas in Heaven and my son and I will develop new traditions.

  • Sarah E

    Our Christmas traditions are ever evolving with my young children. We do enjoy our food and our time together on Christmas. All the lovely aromas making your mouth water and the squeals of excitement when the kids see what is cooking and baking for them. Cuddling on the couch reading Christmas story after Christmas story. Seeing the Zoo lights together.

  • Vicky

    One of my favourite traditions is picking up the tree on Dec 1st. It’s the kick off of christmas music and decorating, and snuggling near the lights and reading great Christmas books…but I also love making cinnamon buns to hand to our neighbours with an invite to our church program tucked in…and ok, I can’t forget our cheese fondue followed by chocolate fondue followed by a christmas movie tradition either….

  • Lindsey

    We wrap 25 Christmas-themed books for the kids and put them under the tree on December 1st, then unwrap and read a book together each night in December. 🙂

  • Crystal Abel

    We have roasted chestnuts from a local roaster.

  • cnuland

    Taking a day of vacation and spending the whole day baking.

  • Rachel

    Beautiful nativity, I’d love to win! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  • MomsBandB

    Doing a different advent observance every year.

  • Rachel D.

    Oh, how I’d LOVE to win this! Who wouldn’t?!? Thank you for such a wonderful chance! :o)

  • Mary Jo Murch

    Favorite Christmas tradition…I always loved going to Christmas Eve service and then coming home and opening one present.

    Our family is still really young, so we’re working on figuring out our own traditions.

  • Laura Shepherd

    Favorite Christmas tradition is traveling to Grandma’s house.

  • Kathleen

    My Favorite Christmas Tradition is of course all the time I get to be with Family, and my Favroite part of Christmas is in the morning when my Husband, the Children and I gather together and read and reflect on the Birth of Christ. It is just such a special time of year all around. The Snow, the Lights, the Decorations, so many things that just get you in to the Spirit of why we Celebrate this wonderful day, and a time for Giving! 🙂

  • grace

    open christmas presents on christmas day after we do our christmas devotion and breakfast.

  • janelle

    seeing the lights during the holiday season and coming back to hot chocolate and warm blankets. Christmas Eve, we decorate the tree and eat warm, straight-from-the-oven cookies, and then change into new, cozy jammies for a new bedtime story in anticipation of the day.

  • Jessica Voges Thomas

    so cute

  • Tracee

    I’m so excited to read your “More than candy” and I got my bundle through you’re page 🙂

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