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Friday, December 18, 2009

PINK SATURDAY, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION....

Sweet BEVERLY at HOW SWEET THE SOUND is hosting, once again, the most PINKEST of days...
HOWEVER....since it is the CHRISTMS season, she has chosen some themed postings for us...
and, TODAY, it is...
YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION/S
and.....
since RED is the mother of PINK...
and it is CHRISTMAS TIME...
REDS ARE ALLOWED....
WOO HOO !
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FIRST, before starting on the traditions around my cottage, I wanted to share this idea...
from BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, a cute way to display cards...
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A pretty ribbon or jute twine, such as I have used..
(this IS the year of jute twine and burlap....don'tchaloveit !!
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I also wanted to share this ADORABLE cookbook that I won from Barb at BELLA VISTA..
It's a GOOSEBERRY COZY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS...
It is FULL of wonderful, down home recipes and I just can't WAIT to try some of them.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, BARB...
I LOVE IT !
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NOW...for the traditions around SWEET NOTHING during our beautiful CHRISTMAS season....
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" ...the stockings are hung by the chimney with care......"
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STOCKINGS are a HUGE family CHRISTMAS time tradition....
We have one for every single member of our family....
EIGHTEEN...!!!
am i blessed or WHAT !!

SIX hang on these pretty holders on each side of the wood burning stove...
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SIX more hang from the mantel....
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Everyone puts a little "something" in each stocking and we have as much
CHRISTMAS fun "opening" our stockings as we do with the gifts under the tree...
We have had our entire family with us on CHRISTMAS EVE always...
IT'S A FAMILY TRADITION !!!
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another DELICIOUS tradition is our CANDY CANE cookies that I have shown you before.
I started making these the first CHRISTMAS our DAVID was born and have had them every CHRISTMAS since.
He is 45 now so that's a long time to make the same CHRISTMAS cookies but....
IT'S A FAMILY TRADITION !!!
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OOO....and look at this CHRISTMAS card I received in my mail this morning....
IT'S A C.A.T.E. CHRISTMAS CARD...
VERY SPECIAL INDEED...
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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND LOVE TO ALL......
I AM ALSO LINKING WITH

44 comments:

Tardevil said...

Love reading about your family's traditions. Like the idea of jingle bells on the bottom of the stockings. I've never seen that before! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve together! Merry Christmas!

Kathy said...

I love the Christmas card display idea and the darling stockings, BJ. It sounds like you all have much fun surprising each other with fun little gifts. Precious baby!
Merry Christmas...Kathy

pinkkandy said...

Love your traditions ...we open our stockings too
Merry Pink Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kandy

Susie Jefferson said...

Wow, that is certainly some stocking collection - love it! What a fun idea. My post this week is my mother's Lethal Sherry Trifle recipe (it has an awful lot of sherry in it) which we have had every single year since I was 15 (I'm 57 now!).

Have a very Happy Pink Saturday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love this, BJ! I am a stocking nut, and this is a fun tradition. And eighteen family members! You are truly blessed! :-)

This year we will be celebrating with friends who are family to us, and I have been a busy bee trying to get stocking stuffers together. It's been fun!

And how much do I love that picture of Cate??? She is a little Christmas angel.

Happy Pink Saturday, BJ!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Midlife Mom said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog BJ, you always have such nice things to look at and ideas to share! I too love Christmas stockings and have made many over the years. I think I will add some jingle bells to them now!

Also your post on your table setting is lovely. Soooooooo many wonderful ideas to make Christmas dinner so festive and special! I must dig out my Christmas dishes today and get going!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration and have a blessed Christmas!! xoxox

Southern Lady said...

I love your stockings, BJ ... you are truly blessed to have such a large family. And Cate is absolutely adorable -- what a precious little Christmas doll.

Best wishes to all of you for the happiest Christmas ever!

Sage said...

Great picure! Love you card display; used to do this but haven't done it that way in years.Now I am loking for something to hang thme on;maybe a red ribbon. Love all your traditions!
Rita

My name is PJ. said...

Eighteen stockings?! WOW! Now THAT sounds like a party to me!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful way to display the Christmas cards. The Christmas cards all hung up looks like the banners lots of these talented bloggers are making:) That Cate is so darn cute, and a bunch of Cates is even better on a card. AND traditions are so important with me. The stockings sound like a wonderful tradition with your family. Have a blessed day Dear B.J.! Stay safe and warm!

Couture de Papier said...

Beautiful..HPS Happy Holidays

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning BJ...
Happy Pink Saturday, and I so love this post. Your stockings are so precious. I love the way they are hanging, and I like the way that everyone puts a little something in each one. Here I do it all.

I so love those candy cane cookies. I think I'll have just one. Oh my gosh they are just delish. Thank you for sharing this morning BJ. It is just what I needed. So wonderful.

Please stop over and let me share my pink post with you.

Country hugs...Sherry

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

What a fabulous post! Love stockings!



~ Gabriela ~

Katie said...

Oh that little Cate, what a dollbaby! Love your stockings, they are so festive!

Your table is just wonderful! Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas!

arkie said...

Such cute stockings! How blessed you are with such a sweet family!

Justine said...

Oh, look at sweet Cate! That baby is just too beautiful for words.

I love how you have your cards hanging. Mine I tape to the kitchen cabinets and the pantry door. I actually love the way it looks, and I can look at them over and over again.

Are those candy cane cookies mint, or sugar? I once made twisted candy canes and boy was that a pita!!!!

Justine :o )

The Lone Star Queen said...

I love that you have a stocking for each family member at your house. Have a very Merry Christmas!

sissie said...

Hi BJ!
Thanks for sharing your family traditions on this Pink Saturday Christmas! I love the stockings, sounds like that's the most fun part of all.
Your little grandchild's picture is so precious.
Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

hugs~~ Sissie

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Happy Pink Saturday, BJ! Love all your Christmas cards and decor! Very fun and festive. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

Its So Very Cheri said...

What a sweet heart-she will make Christmas SPECIAL and each year from here on out.
I have had so many Google problems-and it isn't over-Google has no idea how to solve the problem.
Sorry I haven't been by much-I decided after weeks and weeks of non-stop Google issues, I am throwing my hands up and making much needed visits.
I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and hope you can come by for a visit.
Cheri

Marydon Ford said...

What lovely traditions ... but that BABY is the best present of all!

Merry Christmas,
TTFN~ Marydon
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Elizabeth said...

We always insist on the traditional cookies, too. Now that my mom is older w/ no kids in the house, she just makes 1 kind each for my sister and I by request. I picked chocolate crackles this year.

Blondie's Journal said...

BJ~~~~

You really do have a houseful on Christmas Eve and I can feel the love!!

And I love how you have hung the Christmas cards...yes, jute, burlap and all thing 'rough' are big right now! lol!!

I have made the candy cane cookies, so fun and colorful!! And the stocking tradition is so neat. I see how many you have! :-)

Love the picture of the babe. She didn't seem to mind the pretty flower!

Happy holidays, sweet lady! :-)

xoxo
Janie

The Muse said...

Hello!
Looks like I made it in the nick of time to see your blog all dressed out in Christmas beauty!
I bet your home is a festive sight~

May all the blessings of Christmas be yours!

Kathleen Grace said...

Now THAT is a cute card:>)Your stockings are wonderful BJ. We always have fun opening our stockings at breakfast. I look all year for little things to go inside them. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Betty said...

I love the care displaying idea, also like the stocking tradition. The baby is so precious.

g said...

How sweet she is! Love her little pompom!

Happy Pink SAturday!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas to you and your family, dear friend.

Seeing all of those stocking my your fireplace gives me a big smile. I can imagine all of the love contained in each one.

And, your little Christmas Cate is a sugarplum.

Amisha said...

Thank you for sharing such loveliness!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

What a lovely tradition and you are indeed blessed that you can all be together every year!

Merry Christmas

Tea Time and Roses said...

Simply beautiful BJ! A lovely post indeed. Wishing you and your family the most beautiful Christmas ever!

Smiles...

Beverly

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I still send Christmas cards because I love to hang them as decorations too!

Sarah said...

Such fun, BJ. Stockings are my favorite. I posted about our stockings today as well. Thanks for sharing this little peek into your Christmas traditions. Hope you have time to stop by for a visit. ~ Happy Pink Holidays! ~ Sarah

Our Back Porch said...

I think stockings are a big tradition for a lot of us. Hope you can come by for a visit. Merry Christmas and Happy Pink Saturday!
Back Porch Blessings,
Rebecca

Cottage Rose said...

HI BJ; I really enjoyed reading your Family Christmas tradition's. I too have stocking's for all my Children, an my 11 grand kids... and your Christmas card is so very cute.... love it..... Happy Pink Saturday..

Merry Christmas to you all;

Hugs;
Alaura

salmagundi said...

Stockings are a big thing here, too; but we only have 7. I always thought I would have a big family, but it just didn't happen. I'm thankful for what I have. Miss Cate is adorable! Hope you and yours have a joyous Christmas. Sally

Julie Harward said...

Hi there..thanks for the visit to my blog...I love all your traditions..so fun! And that great gran daughter...oh, how precious is that?! We also have a great due any moment! Aren't they the best thing in life? I love the blogging thing too....Come say hi any time :D

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

great traditions.. Merry Merry Christmas!

Anne Fannie said...

I love the way the Christmas Cards are displayed and I can't believe 18 stockings you have to fill!! Bless your heart!
Happy Pink Saturday
Hugs,Ann

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

the cards are wonderful, my aunt used to display her cards like that and I have always loved that...pop over and see your candy canes, I think you will like them....

Picket said...

I loved this BJ!!!! I think it is glorious to have such beautiful family traditions and yes you are indeed blessed with such 'treasures' but then again you are the one who is a treasure to all of them....Merry Christmas to you and yours sweet friend...love ya ~Picket~

Debra from Bungalow said...

Merry Christmas!

I love your red Christmas table...it's so festive.... the decorations, stockings, family pictures will all make wonderful Christmas memories for you and your family.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

And I though 6 stockings were a lot to fill! Your stockings and holders look so pretty. Have a wonderful Christmas dear lady.
Blessings,
Marcia

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi BJ....so glad you got your book and I do hope you enjoy it. Thank you for posting about it....that was soooo thoughtful of you.

Your post is delightful....love all of it.

Merry Christmas and many blessings,
Barb ♥