Christmas Giveaway – 2016

| December 4, 2016 | 97 Comments

Christmas Giveaway for 2016, on Taste of Southern.
Contest has ended. It’s time to have a little fun here on Taste of Southern. Please take just a moment of your time and enter our 2016 Christmas Giveaway. We’ve got a couple of neat prizes that I think you’ll really enjoy should you be our winner. You can’t win without entering, so keep reading. Best of luck to you.


It's time for some fun. Enter our giveaway.
Taste of Southern 2016 Christmas Giveaway.

This contest ended at midnight on Friday, December 09, 2016.



First Place Prize Winner - Southern Supreme Fruitcake
Southern Supreme Fruitcake Winner:
Congratulations to Martha Pilotti-Gerty.

Dorie’s Cookies Cookbook Winner:
Sadly, this prize was never claimed.

About Our Winners:

All comments posted were given a number. There was no right or wrong answer to our question.

Winners were chosen at random, using the random number generator on the website

Winners are displayed above.

Per the rules, listed below, the above winners have until midnight December 12, 2016 to email me with their Name and shipping address in order to claim their prize.

Winners should use the Contact Page on this site or email me direct to using the @ symbol in the email address as is appropriate.

Prizes will be shipped or mailed as quickly as possible. The name and address of the Southern Supreme Fruitcake winner will be shared with the company in order for them to ship the fruitcake to you.

My special Thanks to everyone that entered. You’re all winners in my book.

Stay tuned for another Giveaway on Taste of Southern… real soon.


How Our Giveaway Started and progressed:

It’s always fun to giveaway a prize or two, so how about we give you not one, but TWO chances to win one of our prizes. They may not be the biggest prizes in the world, but they’re certainly “Delicious.”

Here’s what you have a chance to win.


1lb Southern Supreme Nutty Fruitcake
First Prize:  1lb Southern Supreme Nutty Fruitcake

Photos are the property of their respected owners.

Southern Supreme is just a few minutes up the road from me. I love to go there around Christmas and pick up some special gifts for family and friends.


This is not your ordinary fruitcake by any means. It’s moist, it’s chewy, it’s filled with nuts, it’s the way fruitcake should be. If you’ve never had one, you’ll be in for a real treat if you win.

You can also visit the Southern Supreme website for more information, or to place an order for one of your very own. They aren’t giving me a penny to promote them. I just like them so much, and I’m sure you will too.


Second Prize:  The “Dories Cookies” cookbook of cookies.

This is one more big book, filled with nothing but delicious recipes for some of Dorie Greenspans favorite cookies. You’ll find a great big color photo of each cookie, plus the full recipe for making them.

You may recall that I recently baked the Mary’s Maine Bars cookie recipe from this book, in conjunction with our friends over at OXO Kitchen Gadgets.

You will not only find that recipe in the book, but many others that are bound to become a favorite.

I’ve got this book right here beside me as we type, and I’ll send it to you should you win.

Hopefully, we can get it to you in time to bake some great cookies for Christmas 2016.

Answer this question to enter:

Leave your answer to this question in the Comments section below.

There is no right or wrong answer. We’ll pick two entries by random, using the website.

Just check back, over the weekend following this Friday to see if you have won and to claim your prize. If your name is selected, you must send us an email with your full Name, Address, City, State and Zip Code so we can get your gift right out to you by Christmas.

Here’s the question:

What are your plans for Christmas this year?  

Will you travel to Grandma’s house? Will you be in the Alps skiing? Will you be cooking Christmas dinner for the family? Will you be helping feed the homeless? No answer is right or wrong, we’re just curious about how you plan to spend this upcoming Christmas Day. Let us know below and you’re entered.

Rules, Rules, Rules. You’ve got to have a few. Right?

You must be over 18 to enter.
Open to the lower 48 states only, with apologies to all our other visitors.
Only one entry per person.
Contest ends at midnight Eastern, Friday – December 09, 2016.
Winner will be selected at random, via There is no right or wrong answer.
Winner will be posted Saturday morning, December 10, 2016.
You will be required to submit your full name and address to us should you win.
You must return to Taste of Southern to see if you won, and to claim your prize.
Prizes must be claimed by midnight, December 12, 2016.

Good Luck

Seriously, you’re going to love this Nutty Fruitcake. I’ve been buying them and giving them as gifts to family and friends for many years. Everyone looks forward to them, and I know you will as well once you get the chance to try it.

I’m totally sponsoring this Giveaway on Taste of Southern, as a way to support one of my favorite North Carolina businesses. (Southern Supreme is not connected with this giveaway.) And, if you’re looking for a special gift for someone on your shopping list, you can order all of the Southern Supreme line of products directly from their website.

The Dories Cookies cookbook was provided to me by OXO in conjunction with my recipe of Mary’s Maine Bars that was posted here on Taste of Southern.


I look forward to reading your replies in the Comment section below. Your Comment may not appear right away, but will be posted just as soon as I can review them and get them posted online. I reserve the right to reject any objectionable comments deemed offensive, rude, or otherwise. But, I know you’re not going to do anything like that.

Remember this: “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

Merry Christmas.

Be Blessed!!!


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Award Winning Food Preservationist, Fisherman, Author of three cookbooks. "From Mama's Big Oval Table, From Mama's Big Oval Table - BOOK TWO and Carolina Christmas Sweets and Appetizers." Online Contributor to Our State Magazine Newsletter.

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  1. Gail Paschal says:

    My siblings with all our families will get together for food and fellowship on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day will be spent with our daughter and children. We will be enjoying good southern cooking both days. God’s blessings for all is my wish.

  2. Linda says:

    Enjoying good food and family!

  3. Doug D. says:

    After opening presents, and having a nice dinner, I’m going to spend the afternoon trying to figure out how to get the CAPTCHA Code part of placing a comment on this website to work. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

  4. Polly B says:

    Not sure of my Christmas plans just yet. Just hope we all have a nice Christmas.

  5. Ruth Hlabse says:

    Christmas will start by thanking God for all the blessing he has given me and my family. Then it is a huge family dinner with all 7 of the kids, their spouses and all the grandchildren. Then it’s time to open presents. After that we get coffee and snack on Christmas cookies while useally playing games with 2 teams. The day ends about 9 or 10 and everyone carries their very sleepy children to the cars. It truely is the best time of the year and I am one very blessed grandma.

  6. Jennifer Blumenberg says:

    This past year has really been hard and trying for myself as a single mother of four, our Christmas plans this year is to simply be grateful for all that we do have. We may not have presents or a lot of lights and excitement but we have each other to celebrate with. Merry Christmas

  7. Alice says:

    I will go to my son’s house for Christmas.

  8. Jennai says:

    Everyone is coming to my house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. It should be a lot of fun!

  9. Sarah McKim says:

    Christmas morning I will go to church, then spend the afternoon at my Mom’s with my two sisters.

  10. Cheryl Sullivan says:

    Merry Christmas Steve!
    On Christmas day, I am going to sleep in late, then spend the day with my daughter, her boyfriend and my sweet fur babies.Later I will go see another daughter and her little family so the children can show me what Santa brought them.
    Then on the 27th, I will welcome my 3rd daughter back home from Colorado for a couple of days.
    Christmas time is beautiful and I am happily blessed!

  11. Alicia Day says:

    I will be cooking a little, going to my mother’s home for lunch, and spending time with my husband and children.

  12. Shonna Slate says:

    Well Steve,
    Our Christmas will be different however we are still so very blessed that I’m not complaining… Finances are an issue of just trying to get together but Lord willing, there will be a way.
    Blessings to you and have a Merry Christmas!!

  13. Deborah Ketterman says:

    We may have our son staying with us, whom we just met 4 years ago. Then having Christmas breakfast at home and dinner with the family on either side. Not sure where yet.
    Traditional supper on my husband’s side and an English Christmas on mine.

  14. Sandra Lowry says:

    Merry Christmas Steve! I hope you have a good Christmas Day with your family. Like you, we have lost so many family members that the holiday festivities are not as joyous as they once were. Christmas Day will be my husband and I only so it will be quiet but I plan to cook a nice ham dinner for us. Perhaps we will see some of our family during the month but we don’t have the big family gathering we used to. Maybe next year! Be careful in your travels and good luck finding some seafood while in SC! Merry Christmas!

  15. Bea Weaver says:

    Southern Supreme is the best and closest to Moma’s fruitcake!
    I will spend my day full of memories while I lovingly pray and hope my grandson’s mother will let him call me from IN. That is my one wish! I wish that everyone would accept and acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas and also that the 12 days of Christmas are from December 25th to January 6th (Old Christmas). Maybe if they stopped the rat race pace just long enough to come to grips with this realization, other things might be more peaceful! Merry Christmas everyone

  16. Brian K says:

    I will start the day cooking breakfast for my wife. Then in the afternoon we will go to daughters houses to see grandkids and what they got from santa.

  17. Katie Phelps says:

    Hi Steve,
    Thank you for this opportunity to win a delicious prize. I have a weakness for fruit cake and cookies.My family will join each other at my daughter’s home this Christmas.Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas as well.I enjoy your Taste of Southern Recipes, and your newsletters.Keep up the great work.Thanks again.

  18. Gisele Schaeffer says:

    On Christmas Day, my husband and I will have our daughters, husband, compagnion, granddaughter age 9 and grandson age 3 for our traditional lunch and gifts’ exchange.

  19. Angela James says:

    I will be playing Grandma this year for everyone since both has passed on, everyone is coming to my house so that means I will be cooking Christmas Dinner for the family..hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  20. Bushrod says:

    Will be spending a quiet Christmas day with my beautiful wife.

  21. Karen White says:

    Most of our family is gone now but we are still fortunate to have my 90 year old mother-in-law with us. She is blessed with good health and still enjoys preparing Christmas dinner. We will spend our Christmas day with her and enjoying her traditional Christmas goodies.

  22. Jonathan Cole says:

    I plan to get up that morning and spend the morning with my family. We’ll have a light breakfast and open presents and read the story of Jesus’ birth. Christmas mornings are always very happy and peaceful! It’s a great day!

  23. Will spend Christmas with my husband for the 58th year and with our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gets sweeter every year!!!!

  24. David Lee says:

    Well this Christmas I will be venturing to my grandma’s house in Benson N.C. I will be happy to see my aunt and uncle and the cousins and see how big their kids have gotten. And to welcome a new addition to the family. We will then sit around and catch up while we wait for the food to be finished. I look forward to trying not over eat because I always want to try a little of everything. Then trying a little later to find room for some dessert. We then venture outside if the weather permits and play with some of the toys the kids have already opened. After that we always come back inside drink some hot coco, coffee, or hot cider and get ready to play some new game my cousins have found online to get some laughs and to prove to someone that they are the best or smartest in the room and to gloat through out the rest of the night. Some times it’s not me… believe I am surprised as you are…LOL… To rap things up we all bring a gift of around 25 dollars and wrap it up to play Dirty Santa… If you haven’t ever played its pretty fun as long as you don’t end up with some one’s re-gift… It happens believe me… but it is still a lot of fun. Family and fun is always good medicine. Something I look forward to every year and chocolate pie… Ha Ha… I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

  25. Robbie says:

    Our parents have all passed so we have created a new tradition where my sister and family (including my wonderful nieces) will be visiting my home on Christmas Day. My twin brother will also join us as well as my partner. We’ll sit down for a big meal and after recovery from over stuffing ourselves will gather in the living room to open presents one at a time, so we can all see and enjoy each others gifts. One niece is put in charge of taking the presents, one at a time from under the tree and presenting to their lucky owner. Just a fun, happy day sharing time with family!

  26. Mary Bradshaw says:

    Steve, I so enjoy your wonderful recipes and newsletters every week. This Christmas I will be going to my middle daughter’s new house, an antique, built in 1737! It’s an original Dutch house here in northern New Jersey and I bet it’s seen a lot of Christmases! We’ll have prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, veggies and home made pies, cakes and cookies for dessert. More family will join us in the evening. I hope you enjoy a blessed Christmas and thanks so much for this opportunity.

  27. Geogie Dunn says:

    I am blessed this year to have a home for my family and enough money to keep good food on the table. Our Christmas plans are simply to be together and be thankful.

  28. Al Hayes says:

    On Christmas morning, my wife and I will open presents, then go to church. After church we will go to her niece’s home for Christmas dinner with her large family. After dinner we will play games, converse and just enjoy each others company. Will head home about eight o’clock, have a toddy, then off to bed.

  29. libby rouse says:

    I am having all my children and grandchildren at my house on Christmas day, for lots of food, fun and presents! Always look forward to everyone being together and taking time for family, in their busy daily lives! What a great giveaway, love their fruitcakes too!

  30. Sissy Pierce says:

    This Christmas will be very special for our family. As I write this, carpenters are working hard to put final touches on our new home. It is located on the farm where I and my nine siblings were raised. We can’t wait to share it with our whole sprawling, rowdy family. We pray for many good gatherings there, with food, laughter and memories of old times. Our parents are no longer with us, but they always made Christmas special. I think they will be smiling down as we decorate the new house with native cedar, holly, and pine from the land they bought and paid for.

    May God bless everyone this Christmas.

  31. LynneMarie says:

    As of this moment I have no idea what my plans are. Usually several family members gather at my brother’s house, but his mother-in-law broke her pelvis a few days after Thanksgiving, so I don’t know if that’s going to throw a monkey wrench in the plans this year.

  32. Erva Reamsbottom says:

    Hi Steve,
    Yes Christmas is coming fast. And if I get everything done we will open
    Gifts first thing in the morning. I am so excited because I have ordered something for my Sweetheart that he has wanted
    For a long time. Then after all that excitement is over we will have a small breakfast and then probably rest for a while.
    Then later in the day we will have our nice Christmas dinner. Hopefully we will have some of our Children come to enjoy
    It with us. Would love to have you come as well Steve. We love to play board games in the afternoon after dinner so we
    Would love to have you come play with us. I sure love to read all the things you do. Makes me think of some of the good ole days. So thanks and know you have an invite to our house.

    Erva Reamsbottom from Wyoming

  33. Since I am having chemo treatments my sister’s and brother’s families drove 3 hours north on Sat Dec 3 and we had an early Bakersfield style BBQ luncheon! It was the best day ever. I hadn’t seen my family since we drove down to their area last Christmas.
    On Christmas Day we will spend it with our two daughter’s and 2 of 4 of our grandchildren. We will be having ham and scalloped potatoes and
    all the trimmings. Blessings to you on Christmas and throughout the year.

  34. Linda Parks says:

    On Christmas Day I will celebrate by attending my church, then return home to cook dinner for my friend of over 40 years who will be visiting from Cary, NC.

  35. Brad Corn says:

    We will be having a Christmas breakfast with our family on Christmas morning.Looking forward to having our daughter home she will be graduating from Campbell University on Dec 16th as a Doctor of Physical Therapy! Then we will have family time opening gifts and enjoying each others company. Then We will have a Christmas dinner with our extended family and Thank God for Sending his Son Jesus to be virgin born THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD!

  36. Sarah Massey says:

    I’m spending the day with my wonderful family.

  37. Linda G Ferguson says:


  38. Susan Waller says:

    My family will attend church services on Sunday morning, eat lunch and open gifts with my husband’s parents, and then eat supper and open gifts with my parents that evening. We will probably celebrate with my two sons, daughter in-law, and the grandchildren on Monday. It gets crazy, but creates lots of fun memories!

  39. Lizzie says:

    Our Christmas starts with midnight mass then later we open presents and have more of a brunch then dinner because we have our dinner Christmas Eve. We just play games and visit the rest of the time.

  40. Our plans for Christmas are sharing with others through the Angel Tree program at work then heading out of town. We normally spend Christmas day alone since we lost our son to an auto accident several years ago. That gives us time to reflect on the real reason for Christmas.

  41. I will be fixing dinner for our family and a good chance of shoveling the snow off the driveway.m

  42. livivua chandler says:

    I would like to spend Christmas at my own home this Christmas. I have always traveled back home but I want to make and do Christmas Traditions with my own family.

  43. Linda M. says:

    I will be anxiously waiting for our third granddaughter to arrive! Our daughter is due to deliver on December 29. We are very excited!

  44. Dianne Mullinix says:

    I plan to spend Christmas with my family, probably at my brother’s house, eating too much and enjoying everyone’s company. Merry Christmas!

  45. Joyce Moore says:

    We are having an early Christmas with our son and his family since they are going to North Carolina to visit my daughter-in-law’s family.

  46. Karen Miller says:

    Spending a quiet day with my sweetie of 33 years after celebrating our anniversary on Christmas eve.

  47. Sandy Camp says:

    Celebrating the birth of Jesus at home with family! Will not be a big gathering of our loved ones this year for various reasons, but will still be blessed with lots of Southern food and cherished loved ones! Thanks for this giveaway and a very Merry Christmas to you, Steve!

  48. Guy Fitzgerald says:

    Just look forward to being together as a family.

  49. Judy Tolbert says:

    I will be enjoying Christmas with our family–especially our two great grandchildren. Ages 6 and 2.

  50. Lori Dom says:

    Dinner, and enjoying the day with my family. Hopefully a quiet holiday.

  51. Joy Risher says:

    Christmas Day will be wonderful and a little scary. Jan, another handbell ringer, and I will do a four-in-hand duet, with six singers, of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Neither of us has done four-in-hand before, and are practicing hard!

    Our family Christmas celebration will actually take place on Monday when my son-in-law’s brother and sister-in-law can join us, along with their parents, at our apartment for dinner, gift exchange, a few football games and lots of yummy food and laughter. Blessings on your Christmas Day!

  52. Jim Hall says:

    Steve, I hope you are well & your travels are safe! Planning to visit w/ some friends for Christmas

  53. Martha Pilotti-Gerty says:

    I will be hosting our family’s Christmas dinner at our home – always so wonderful to share this special time with family and friends!

  54. wayne smith says:

    my daughter and her family will be at here (Alabama) for Christmas. a
    fruitcake and cookies would be nice.

  55. Judy Myers says:

    2 Great granddaughters will be here for Christmas eating my special cookies made for them.

  56. Kelly D says:

    We are going to my parent’s house for dinner with our extended family.

  57. Marilyn says:

    Love your newsletters and Taste of Southern, I look forward to them both every week. Be careful on all those road trips.
    We spend Christmas Eve and Day with our two sons and one of their spouses, the other goes to her family out of town. Our son joins her the next day. Lots of cooking and eating of once a year delights. Never missed a Christmas with them in 44 years, the age of our oldest.
    Hope your Christmas is a happy and blessed one!

  58. Vicki Terpstra says:

    We will have Christmas at our home as we usually do. I always hope for all our children and their families to return home for the day, but I never know until it’s much closer how many can make it. I know for sure one of them and his family will be here. I always make enough food that I don’t necessarily need to know ahead of time. Heck, I make enough they could each bring two families with them and still have leftovers. LOL

  59. JoyceB says:

    Hello Steve: Sounds like you are pretty busy and enjoying every moment. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year. After an early and brief church service it will be off to see the Grands open their gifts. When they were all under 15 l wrote a very, very simlpe play about the trip to Bethlehem and birth of Baby Jesus. The Grands are in their 20’s now. I am going to see if they remember their lines now. Can’t wait. Thanks for the Give Away and Merry Christmas.

  60. Retha McLamb says:

    My sister passed away Sept.02,2015—So, our family tradition, was to have a big early afternoon Christmas dinner at her house…But, since she isn’t here, I took over the family tradition and had her family, for dinner at my house, last year…I don’t have children, so I have sort of adopted hers. We are having dinner at my house again this year…So, I will be in the kitchen cooking, another big Christmas meal–homemade mac & cheese, candied yams, string beans, greens, mashed potatoes & gravy, rolls and my niece will cook the ham. We will have my homemade Christmas candy, made a few days before. AND—I am going to try to bake a fruitcake this year, it will be made about two weeks before Christmas. We will see how that turns out??? I am looking for a good recipe, without alcohol??? We all love fruitcake, like the one at Southern Supreme.MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

  61. Doris says:

    Helping the homeless,with food,socks,blankets.I am blessed.

  62. Rich M says:

    I will be flying to FL with my mom to be with my kids & grandchildren and her to be with her grandchildren & great grands

  63. Margaret Bell says:

    I will be cooking Christmas dinner at my sister’s home and everyone who comes by is welcome to eat with us. I did the same thing for Thanksgiving, even taking special requests like baking caramel cake, up to the last minute. Expecting a joyous time!

  64. Pamela says:

    I will be working Christmas day. My job is making sure the city utilities are working and to assist the citizens with any emergencies that may happen. Merry Christmas!!

  65. jadip says:

    I will be enjoying Xmas with family and hopefully watching it snow!

  66. Kathleen says:

    I will be spending Christmas with a friend that is and will be in and Nursing Home over Christmas. I do not want her to be alone, we’re both widows now and our children are away. Every visit, I bring holiday decorations to help make her room feel cozy. We’re seventy-two and seventy-eight.

  67. Karen M. says:

    I plan to go to church, cook a special dinner for two, and truly enjoy the day.

  68. Anita Woody says:

    We will spend the day with family.
    Merry Christmas to all.

  69. Laura Parton says:

    What are your plans for Christmas this year?
    I always cook Christmas dinner for my husband and two of my brothers that never married. I deliver their dinner to them then we go spend the afternoon with my oldest brother and his wife. I take food to add to the food she had cooked. We always eat too much then we exchange gifts and then watch a movie. Not so exciting but its comfortable.

  70. Leigh Anne Ellis says:

    We spend a relaxed Christmas morning since our kids are grown, then a quick lunch,and then Christmas dinner with my family. Since we have a large family and everyone is eating all day, we do just finger foods and desserts for dinner and just enjoy spending time together.

  71. joyce Petrichek says:

    My family will be celebrating Jesus’ birthday by getting together, remembering past christmases, eating delicious foods that all will bring, exchanging gifts, and being thankful for all of God’s blessings through the year.

  72. Tony Clay says:

    My ex-wife and I are going to my (ex-) in-laws home to spend Christmas with them as a family. Though we divorced in Jan 2010 we were together 10 years and married 8 of them. We’ve never stopped being family even though we divorced. Christmas has always been something that we’ve grown accustomed to sharing with each other.

  73. CIndy Snipes says:

    I plan to spend time with my Mama and my boyfriend’s sisters and their families. I sing a solo on the 11th

  74. Donna says:

    Our plans are to attend church and have a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus with our family and friends.

  75. Sylvia Miller says:

    I will be with my parents and sisters for singing Christmas carols, the reading of the Christmas story from the Bible, and present opening. Afterwards, we will eat Christmas dinner. A family friend will join us for dinner.

  76. Robin says:

    Over the past several years, my son and I have had several devastating losses. So, Christmas is a time for us to be thankful for each other and enjoy the time together. We will be home wishing everyone a good holiday.

  77. Kim O'Hara says:

    On Christmas Day we have our family over for gift giving and food!

  78. Mary says:

    Gathering with family to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We’ll have plenty of good food and gifts. Remembering past Christmases while making new memories.

  79. Lisa Stana says:

    I will be going to mass in the morning as my son is in the youth choir. And then I will be cooking Christmas dinner and spending the rest of the day with family.

  80. Doris Smith says:

    Hi! I am very excited to be going home for Christmas. It’s been a long while since I have seen all five of my brother’s and one sister.Happy Holidays!!!!!

  81. Pat Nelson says:

    I will be cooking for us and our daughter & her husband this year. She only lives 42 miles away, but she works so many hours(70+ in 7 days) that I only get to see her once or twice a year. When they go home, I send about 90% of the food with them so she does not have to worry about cooking for a few days.
    I wish each and everyone Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. If you do not celebrate Christmas, then I wish you Happy Holidays. May we all have a peaceful season. Prayers to all who have lost loved ones, this year and years past. PatN

  82. Pamela Moore says:

    I’ll begin Christmas day in worship with my church family. Annual brunch with family and then visiting the youngest family members to see what Santa brought.

  83. Shirley Nemeth says:

    I plan to go to my son’s house which is only a short drive from here. He and his wife have a newborn grandson which is their first and makes me a first-time great grandma! Also, their son will be home from FSU for the holidays. The wanted our family get-together to be at their house since it is larger and they have duplicates of baby furniture, etc. we’re all celebrating the birth of this healthy baby because my granddaughter (baby’s Mother) has a medical condition caused by brain damage when she was born. We are very thankful she has a healthy baby. Happy holidays to you and all your family and to all your readers. I look forward to your newsletter and recipe each week. P

  84. Betsy Whitehead says:

    Going to church, gifting, cooking, serving, eating, washing, and crashing!

  85. Kathleen says:

    I plan to be with my children and grandchildren who live nearby and hopefully at least talk on the phone with the six other children who live out of state.
    And if I’m lucky, enjoy some fruitcake and eggnog.

  86. Autumn Arthur says:

    Hi Steve! Love your newsletters. On Christmas Day, my kids will wake my husband and I up wayyyyy too early to see what Santa brought them. Then we’ll open all the presents and eat breakfast and head to my in-laws house for a Christmas dinner. I have ALL the presents bought AND wrapped, all including those adhesive bows that my kids had a blast putting on each gift. 🙂 Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  87. Ruby Lewis says:

    On Christmas Day I am going to my son & daughter-in-law’s for dinner. They are expecting their first baby and we will find out that day if it is a boy or girl. I am soooooooooo excited. The day after Christmas, I am having my whole family for dinner. My son and his wife are coming with our “first” grandchild, who was born this past summer in Florida. Can’t wait to spend some time with them,
    since they live 900 miles away.

    Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.

  88. Beverly says:

    I will be spending the day with family. Hopefully most of the cooking and baking will be done the day before so I don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. I have three grandchildren who will be so excited to see that Santa came to see them. Mid afternoon, we will visit with my mother and family of about 65 people including sisters and brothers and extended family with food and fellowship. This year Christmas Day is on Sunday, so we attend church and then on the road to mom’s house. A busy day to be held. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and safe travels.

  89. Anita Davis says:

    This year we experienced a “prodigal child” moment and couldn’t be happier! Our daughter left home 4 1/2 years ago and with much prayer has returned home! This mother’s heart is so happy because the entire family will be together this year! Time to kill the fatted calf (or as this is..the ham)…haha….of course, not in our timing but His! We are looking so forward to a happy day of rejoicing, sharing His love and a hug or two around the neck….plenty of kitchen time too! Merry Christmas Blessings Steve!

  90. Joanne Childs says:

    I’ll be spending time with family.

  91. Janice Robinson says:

    Our Christmas will be quiet. We will attend candlelight service at church, open gifts and have a light dinner! All the children and grand kids are far away so it will be just my husband and me and the dog! Merry Christmastime!

  92. Angie says:

    On Christmas day we wake up (start the coffee!) and open presents and see what goodies Santa might have dropped off. After gifts and time to enjoy the afterglow, I set to work getting breakfast ready. The grandparents and other family members come for a big breakfast and to exchange gifts.
    After all that excitement is over and everyonme has gone home, my husband and daughters usually go back to bed. I clean up the kitchen and put on a pot of Cincinnati Chili (the recipe came off of a postcard I bought while in the Cincinnati airport – LOL). Anyway, this can sit on the stovetop all day and as people regain consciousness that afternoon and evening, they can help themselves to something delicious and decidedly “un-Christmas” after eating “meat & 3” type meals for days. Then, when it’s quiet in the house again, it’s time to reflect on all our blessings and give thanks for the birth of our Saviour. The reason for the season.

  93. George Hollomon says:

    Pack our Christmas dinner contribution. Trek over to Garner to watch the grandkids tear away our carefully wrapped presents. Enjoy a second cup of coffee with cinnamon bun. Continue to eat too much, play with the toys, reflect on the joys of Christmas and possibly fall asleep watching a ball game. /G

  94. Mary Jackson says:

    On Christmas Day we will go to a pot-luck dinner at friend’s home. Always lots of family and friends. I will take my famous German Chocolate cake.

  95. fran heinzer says:

    will have Christmas Dinner with friends.

  96. Ann Turner says:

    I love to celebrate the whole month long! I began this past weekend with a show (Rudy Theater) and dinner (Becky’s Log Cabin) with my friends. I am having a Cookie Exchange this Wednesday, and will continue participating in anything festive the whole month long. I will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with family. Most of all I will give thanks to my Lord Jesus Christ for his sacrifice for all of us. Merry Christmas everyone!

  97. Tiffany Kelly says:

    We had some really hard losses to bear in our family over the last couple years, so Christmas isn’t quite the same. I have decided that I will take my children on a trip to our nation’s capitol, Washington DC for Christmas this year. It will certainly be beautiful, and
    I want to let them know how wonderful our country is, its history, and remind myself that we are still the United States of America. Merry Christmas!

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