November 17, 2017

$100 Cracker Barrel Breakfast Basket Giveaway (Tasty Tuesday)


The thought of a cozy morning meal sipping coffee next to a huge, roaring fire sounds wonderfully appealing right now.

Nine times out of ten, if my husband asks me where I want to go out to eat, it’s Cracker Barrel. I’ve shared my devotion to that restaurant here on my blog many times, and my love of them runs deep. The memories that our family has from our years of eating there always causes me to smile and sigh.

You see, I am not a fancy, gourmet type, eat out kind of girl.  Just give me a choice of down home goodness any day and I am so very content. Match that with the fact that I can browse the gift shop, and play checkers by that big fire while I wait, and I am more than happy.

I don’t really know why we even look at a menu anymore. Five out of the seven of us chose the same entree each time. Peach pancakes, Uncle Hershel’s Breakfast, Grilled Chicken Tenderloin and lots of Hash-brown Casserole can always be found around our table.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it, and I am so thrilled that one of you is going to experience that as well. Not only will one reader win a $100 Prize pack which includes a $50  Breakfast Gift Basket, but you’ll receive a $50 Gift Card as well.

You all have additional opportunities to win great Cracker Barrel gifts and gift cards by simply visiting and picking the items you’d like to win. Each “pick” enters you in a drawing for the item. It’s that simple! Contestants can play daily to increase their chances of winning, plus earn entries for the grand prize package — a front porch set, $100 Cracker Barrel gift basket and a $1,000 Cracker Barrel gift card– by sharing through social media channels. The sweepstakes hosted at Cracker Barrel runs through January 2, 2013.

Enter to Win: You have five chances to win, but only one entry is necessary.

1) Tell me about one Christmas tradition you enjoy. (If you want some Christmas tradition ideas, browse here.

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5) Subscribe to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam by email or in a reader and stay on top of all of my daily posts! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

(This giveaway will be open for until 12/22.  At that time, I will randomly pick a winner and that winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Unfortunately, the basket will not arrive by Christmas, but what a fun after Christmas treat to enjoy.)

Even though I’d love time off from cooking, it’s that time to be inspired by your wonderful Tasty Tuesday posts? What are you cooking up this week? (Link up to your direct recipe, link back to this post and share 1-2 for us to enjoy.)


  1. Michele Laramay says:

    One tradition I love is Christmas eve at my parents house. There is nothing like going home and being with family.

  2. Michele Laramay says:

    May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas celebrating our dear Savior.
    I subscribe.

  3. One of my favorite holiday traditions is cutting down the Christmas tree!

  4. Michelle A says:

    One tradition I love is going to drive through the neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights with my entire family:) Merry Christmas

  5. I’m a subscriber in Google Reader!

  6. My favorite tradition is my Dad’s Christmas breakfast. He’s not usually the chef in the family, but on Christmas morning he makes made-to-order omelets. 🙂

  7. I’m a subscriber!

  8. We always decorate cookies together with friends and enjoy a cup of Snowman Soup.

  9. One of our traditions is to watch either the Sound of Music or It’s a Wonderful Life.

  10. I subscribe via RSS feed

  11. I love making homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast.

  12. I’m a subscriber.

  13. I love our Happy Birthday Jesus celebrations at home and church.

  14. I subscribe via Google Reader.

  15. I enjoy baking Christmas cookies with my kids.

  16. I follow you on pinterest(Kelly Saver) & pinned your Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe

  17. My kids have started writing and performing a Christmas play with the neighborhood kids. The neighbors all come to watch, and then we eat cookies. It’s cute and fun.

  18. I am an email subscriber.

  19. I Like you both on FB(Kelly D Saver) & shared the giveaway!/KellyDSaver/posts/116289548539299

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  21. I Like the 10 Minute Dinners facebook page. (Kelly D Saver)

  22. My two favorite traditions are making rock candy each year and spending the day downtown in Chicago seeing the lights.

  23. Jennifer T says:

    Favorite christmas tradition is christmas eve dinner at my parents, then going to church for candlelight service

  24. Jennifer T says:

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  25. I enjoy getting together with family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There can be no better tradition for me.

  26. Our big Christmas tradition is going to see A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve followed by a fondue dinner — the last ten years we have done that with another family we are close to. This year we are on opposite sides of the country so we will be doing it on our own.

  27. I have been following you through my Google/Reader since the October daily post challenge.

  28. I followed you on email and liked their page….I LOVE CRACKER BARREL!

  29. I always change the names of the kids on the presents, so they won’t feel and shake their own. Sometimes they are all star wars characters, sometimes Disney characters. I have to hurry and figure out their code names and wrap some presents.

  30. Olivia Spencer says:

    How wonderful this would be to win a gift basket with so many goodies for my family to share at this special time of year!

  31. Facebook follower

  32. pinned your hutch!

  33. I liked your Facebook page and Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page.

  34. I liked your 10 Minute Dinner page.

  35. I subscribe to your email and feeder updates.

  36. i’m just simple ole country girl this basket is filled with my favorite breakfast things would love to win this basket of goodies MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR

  37. jennifer horn says:

    I love baking cookies with my daughters and decorating the tree as a family.

  38. going out looking at Christmas lights

  39. jennifer horn says:

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  40. Our favorite tradition is to spend Christmas Eve with my parents, including a finger food buffet with summer sausage, sauerkraut balls and pecan tarts. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  41. jennifer horn says:

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  42. jennifer horn says:

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  43. jennifer horn says:

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  44. Christmas tradition – having my parents spend the night with us so we are all together bright and early on Christmas morning.

  45. Our tradition is to have a big Christmas eve meal and attend a candlelight service. When we arrive home, the kids are allowed to open one gift. If we happen to be near grandparents and cousins, they get to open the gifts from their grandparents and cousins on Christmas Eve too.

  46. I love setting up the tree, pulling out ornaments that you had forgotten about, and instantly thinking of the memories they bring to mind

  47. My favorite tradition is we put on Christmas music, make hot chocolate and decorate the tree together every year!

  48. I already “like” your Beauty and Bedlam fb page.

  49. I’m a GFC subscriber!

  50. I follow you on Pinterest

  51. I like you on facebook.

  52. I pinned your crockpot potato soup recipe on one of my Pinterest boards.

  53. I “liked” your 10 min dinner fb page.

  54. I get your blog posts in my email.

  55. I like 10 Minute Dinners

  56. I subscribe via email

  57. Favorite Xmas tradition – is spending Christmas Day with our family!

  58. I sub through google reader.

  59. I am an email subscriber!

  60. I love Christmas morning in pj’s, homemade breakfast, and twinkly lights on the tree.

  61. I just love getting together with family.

  62. Susan Seeley says:

    Before our first Christmas together as husband and wife we went shopping for a Nativity set that would be our special family treasure for years to come. And so, before we put out the tree or hang one Christmas light, we have a tradition of having a special evening where we sing songs and tell the Nativity story as we put out the separate pieces of the set.

  63. I read your blog every day.

  64. Susan Seeley says:

    I am already a reader subscriber. I really enjoy your site. Thanks for all your work!

  65. Sometime in December we make a point to watch “The Christmas Story” where Ralphie wants a BB Gun. We do this with our grandson. We also like to drive around and see the lights. Of course, worship service is the most important part of the tradition…that is what it is really about!

  66. I have always enjoyed making Christmas cookies. Especially when my siblings and I were younger we would come home from Late Christmas Eve Mass and make a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies for Santa. As we got older it was a time to hear and see what had been going on in each others lives. Now that we are married and have our own families we have all brought this tradition to our own families.

  67. I started a tradition several years ago with my youngest son to have movie and junk food night. We get in our pjs, pick out a Christmas movie and eat popcorn, cookies, candy and drink what I call Grinch Juice (which is nothing more than the pineapple-7up-green sherbert punch).

  68. One Christmas tradition I love is having a big christmas brunch after opening all the presents. I look forward to my aunt’s cheese grits all year.

  69. We watch Christmas movies on Christmas eve and christmas day and watch football and visit relatives

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  73. We have Chinese food for dinner on Christmas Eve. A nice way to relax after a busy day of baking cookies!

  74. Jennifer White says:

    We have homemade cinnamon rolls Christmas Morning

  75. Growing up, we were a farming family and never had a lot of extra money for eating out. so on Christmas morning, Mom would always splurge and bake us Pillsbury apple and cherry turnovers! We thought we were something! Still to this day, some 30 years later, we still love the Pillsbury apple and cherry turnovers!

  76. Jennifer White says:

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  77. christopher sorel says:

    I make the cookies with my daughter for us and the whole family.

  78. Jennifer White says:

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  79. Usually all my children are home by Christmas Eve. For years when my husband was pastoring, we would have our Christmas Eve service and then all come home for soups and usually shrimp and open one gift(usually was a new pair of pj’s. Now that they are older, we still do the Christmas Eve service(either at church or one of our own) and then have soup together as a family.

  80. I am a current subscriber to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and SO glad that i am!

  81. Like you on facebook

  82. Christmas tradtion we enjoy is going to pick out and decorate the tree and going to our citys tree lighting event
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  83. I follow you on facebook

  84. We love cutting down our own Christmas tree — it’s become a tradition.

  85. christopher sorel says:

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  86. email subscriber

  87. Bethany King says:

    On christmas eve we drive around our town and look at christmas lights while siging carols after church. When I was little my dad would suddenly hit the brakes jump out of the car and swear he saw santa int he sky, we would race home and get in bed as quickly as we could.

  88. I have B and B liked on FB.

  89. My favorite Christmas tradition is my husband reading the Christmas story out of the Bible to me and our two boys and praying for the new year before we open gifts and enjoy a breakfast of scrambled eggs and Moravian Sugar Cake. Merry Christmas!!

  90. Our huge light tree out front

  91. christopher sorel says:

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  92. christopher sorel says:

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  93. Melanie Tapp says:

    My Christmas tradition with my husband is to go to the movies on Christmas night, we then go get take out chinese food and go home to eat dinner and open gifts. Pop open a bottle of champagne, eat egg rolls and veg out. It’s the perfect ending to a busy Christmas with our families!

    ** I am also an email subscriber! 🙂

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  95. christopher sorel says:

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  96. I also love going to Cracker Barrel and their wonderful food. I usually do some Christmas shopping there as well.

  97. cher miller says:

    our favorite tradition is decorating the tree together

  98. cher miller says:


  99. My favorite holiday tradition is wrapping presents with Christmas music playing.

  100. cher miller says:

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  101. cher miller says:

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  102. I subscribe by email.

  103. I’m already a subscriber!!

  104. Email subscriber

  105. I like Ten Minute Dinners on Facebook.

  106. A Christmas tradition we enjoy is looking at holiday lights and decorations!

  107. Julie Williams says:

    We have several Christmas traditions that I enjoy, but one of my favorite, and simpliest, is getting together as a large extended family. I have so many wonderful memories over the years of this!

  108. When my children were young, I would make get up and make sausage & Cheese balls for breakfast, wake them up (they never got up on their own), open presents and enjoy breakfast together. Miss those times. We try to do it with our grandchildren when we are at their home for Christmas.

  109. Julie Williams says:

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  110. Love making cookies for the holidays.

  111. Like you both on FB

  112. Like 10 Minutte Dinners on FB

  113. I’m an email subscriber.

  114. We allow our children to open one gift on Christmas Eve – new pjs – and then we go to the 11pm candlelight service at church. I love the quiet, peaceful time of worship and the midnight drive home with sleeping kids. It just sets the tone for Christmas day beautifully!

  115. Christina Z says:

    Making Christmas cookies with my daughters is a fave holiday tradition. We spend the weekend before after wrapping gifts listening to Christmas songs laughing and baking.

  116. I follow you on pinterest and pinned the coffee filter flowers.

  117. Currently a subscriber!

  118. I like both on fb.

  119. Linda Shifflett says:

    Every year when my grandparents were alive , the whole family woulde gather at their home to celebrate and open presents. They were up in age and never left their home except to buy groceries. So it was nice to just sit and visit. Then the next day we would visit the rest of the family at their homes for dinner and celebrations.

  120. Linda Shifflett says:

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  121. I now like Ten Minute Dinners on fb. Can’t wait to check this out!!

  122. Linda Shifflett says:

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  123. Christina Z says:

    I am now following on Pinterest and pinned

  124. I love making Christmas cookies with my family — and then eating them up!!

  125. Linda Shifflett says:

    I am already a subscriber by email.

  126. We have an annual Christmas caroling party. Everyone comes and brings cookies to share. We provide the hot chocolate, coffee and cider. We bundle up and have a hayride around the countryside under the crisp, clear stars, stopping at neighbor’s homes to sing and drop off baggies of goodies. Then we gather together in our house and eat and fellowship and enjoy the beauty of the season!

  127. Christina Z says:

    I follow your page on facebook and Cracker Barrel also.

  128. Christina Z says:

    I am a email subscriber

  129. My favorite tradition is opening presents one by one to see what everyone gets!

  130. Christina Z says:

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  131. Christmas tradition the whole family enjoys is that we all go to the radio city christmas spectacular ever year for the last 10 years!(in New York City)

  132. Emily Adams says:

    We love driving around and looking at all the Christmas lights, my daughter really enjoys this!

  133. I follow you on Pinterest, and repinned one of your posts this morning!

  134. My holiday-baking repertoire is one of my favorite holiday traditions.

  135. We have a cookie party and bake all day ~ about 10 of us. It is fun, messy and talked about all year long.

  136. I follow you on pinterest and pinned

  137. I like BBB on FB, and Cracker Barrel on FB.

  138. I liked the 10 min dinner FB page.

  139. I follow you both on FB and posted this giveaway

  140. Aaaaaand I follow you thru google reader!

  141. already Subscribe to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam by email

  142. I liked your ten minute dinners FB page as Rust Hawk.

  143. I am one of your email subscribers.

  144. Emily Adams says:

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned

  145. I subscribe via email. Thanks!

  146. Emily Adams says:

    I follow you on FB & Cracker Barrel!

  147. My favorite tradition is Christmas breakfast with my parents and my brother. They come over Christmas morning and we open gifts and I feed everyone.

  148. Emily Adams says:

    I also like your 10 minute dinner FB page!

  149. Our favorite Christmas tradition happens on Christmas Eve. I am of Polish decent and we always fix Holy Night Supper the night before. It consists of Polish foods and no meat. This is a tradition that my family has carried down for years and years:)

  150. Emily Adams says:

    I am a daily subscriber!

  151. I subscribe to your emails:)

  152. Santa’s footsteps are left on the carpet coming from the fireplace. Even though the kids are much older now, this tradition still lives on in our home!

  153. I am a daily subscriber.

  154. Tara Liebing says:

    For one of our Christmas Tradition’s we choose a day before Thanksgiving to put up our tree and we watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation while we decorate. And we usually have some little smokies in the crockpot and some hot cider to get us in the Christmas Spirit!

  155. Amanda Yoder says:

    We love pinch me cake/monkey bread on Christmas morning

  156. Amanda Yoder says:

    I’m a FB fan

  157. Amanda Yoder says:

    I’m an email subscriber

  158. My favorite tradition is spending time with our extended family.

  159. Tara Liebing says:

    I repinned your White Chocolate Peppermint M Cookies

  160. Tara Liebing says:

    I like you and The Cracker Barrell on facebook

  161. Tara Liebing says:

    I like your 10 minute dinners page on facebook

  162. I’d have to say my favorite tradition is our son waking up WAY early to see what Santa brought him! It’s usually 3 or 4 in the morning – and he’s now 12. Just loving and living those moments!

    I love Cracker Barrel – just cozy comfy goodness. In fact, was just at the country store yesterday buying the “portable” checker set for my son from Santa! 🙂 It’s even made in the USA! 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  163. Tara Liebing says:

    I am an email subscriber

  164. Our tradition is watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. That is a favorite around here!!

  165. Our city has Santa riding the streets on Christmas Eve on the city fire truck. It started when my son was young and now his children wait anxiously in their Christmas pajamas at the end of the driveway for that glimpse of Santa before bed time.

  166. I follow you on Pinterest.

  167. Emily Lyons says:

    We have several traditions, making. gingerbread house, driving around looking at lights, and Christmas program at church.

  168. I follow you on FB

  169. I like your 10 minute dinners page 🙂

  170. Our favorite tradition is riding around looking at all the Christmas decorations.

  171. Dina Speirs says:

    ONe of our family CHRISTmas traditions is to stay in our jammies all day and bake cookies and make fudge and watch movies. We also like to go to the snow to sled, build snowmen and have snowball fights. :o)

  172. Laurie Geuther says:

    A Christmas tradition my 12 year old son wants to start is to deliver thank-you notes to the people that decorate their yards/homes with lights for Christmas. I think he has a great idea. 🙂

  173. wendie owen says:

    Merry Christmas! I follow you on facebook 🙂

  174. I am one of your Pinterest followers and I repinned the Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza Puffs recipe

  175. My favorite new tradition is having my parents come to our house on Christmas morning to watch as their grandchildren open gifts. We then have breakfast together.

  176. A Christmas tradition is to light candles on Christmas eve in memory of deceased loved ones. And as kids a tradition was to color in coloring books until late in the night, while we were too wired up to go to sleep.

  177. I subscribe to your blog via email.

  178. I like your BB&B facebook page and also Cracker Barrel’s page

  179. I like your 10MD page on facebook

  180. I am a subscriber to your blog via Reader. I really enjoy all your posts, but especially your Frugal Fashionista posts!

  181. One Christmas tradition I love is on Christmas Eve we’d always watch a movie together and wear our new PJs. Sometimes we’ll have party type food, sometimes we’ll have a traditional holiday meal, sometimes we’ll have breakfast food 🙂

  182. going to christmas eve service at midnight

  183. I follow you on Pinterest 🙂

  184. Cracker Barrel is alot like my Mother’s cooking and it brings about alot of memories.

  185. i follow you on pinterest

  186. I am an email subscriber

  187. I follow/promoted on FB 🙂

  188. I like your 10 minute dinners page 🙂

  189. I subscribe through Google Reader 🙂

  190. Kristen Stabler says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition growing up was getting a new ornament to put on the tree each year. I’m now continuing that tradition with my son. It’s his 2nd Christmas this year!

  191. Jessica Shuman says:

    Christmas morning is about family – our tradition is breakfast together before gathering with parents, grandparents and siblings. Every year we have waffles and orange juice to start our Christmas day.

  192. Our Christmas tradition is baking cookies with our daughter and grandchildren. One grandchild was adopted this past November. A special Christmas this will be. We will spend Christmas day with our daughter and family.

  193. I subscribe by email.

  194. Taking a walk and looking at all of the decorations and lights.

  195. I’m an email subscriber.

  196. My favorite tradition is allowing my kids to open up a new pair of pjs on Christmas Eve. They look forward to it every year.

  197. I am an email subscriber.

  198. Tamela Camp says:

    Being able to be home all day with my kids and not having to travel anywhere. We also have milkshakes for breakfast! Once a year thing!

  199. Tamela Camp says:

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  200. Early Christmas Breakfast is always one of my favorites. When we were kids the whole family came over to see what Santa brought. Now that my sister has kids we go to her house to see what santa brought there.

  201. One Christmas tradition we enjoy is decorating the Christmas tree together as a family while listening to Christmas music. Now that my grandson is old enough to place ornaments on the tree, it’s even more fun!

  202. I follow you on pinterest and pinned – Janet Watson

  203. I like you both on facebook – Janet Watson

  204. My family gets together two weeks before Christmas, so that on Christmas we are free to go to our in-laws. I love it – – kicks off the festivities early, forces me to get organized and finish shopping early, then when Christmas comes I can relax. Such a great tradition.

  205. I subscribe to your emails.

  206. I follow you on pinterest and pinned some recipes.

  207. I like BB&B and Cracker Barrel on fb.

  208. I like your 10 minute dinners on fb

  209. I subscribe to you through google reader.

  210. We enjoy Christmas by traveling to all of the families homes on Christmas Day. We start around 9:00 a.m. and finish around 9 p.m. Makes for a very tiring, enjoyable day!
    I read your blog daily and LOVE it! I would love to express my thanks for taking a break on Monday. Many of our hearts are with the families in Connecticut.

  211. One of our favorite traditions, continuing what my mother used to do, serve her yummy cinnamon rolls (I have not make them now as she is no longer with us) and fruit salad for Christmas breakfast.

  212. One of our traditons, is to get the tree on my birthday and decorate it.

  213. My favorite Christmas tradition is driving through my parents neighbor and looking at all of the beautiful Christmas lights.

  214. Sherril N. says:

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned your Homemade Granola Bars

  215. Sherril N. says:

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  216. Sherril N. says:

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  217. Robin Quick says:

    One Christmas tradition I enjoy is piling up in the car & riding around looking at the beautiful Christmas lights. There are only a few to look at now & thats sad. When I was a child we would ride around for hours looking at the lights!

  218. Sherril N. says:

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  219. A new-to-me (introduced by my in-laws) Christmas tradition…on Christmas morning, reading the beautiful birth story while lounging in our pajamas and sipping homemade egg nog.

  220. I like you on FB

  221. I am subscribed to you by email.

  222. My favorite Chistmas tradition is watching A Christmas Story over and over on Christmas Day! 🙂

  223. I liked 10 minute dinners on FB

  224. Robin Quick says:

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  225. Pick up and decorate trees with my family

  226. Mary O'Connor says:

    One I’ve kept is having a family holiday party on Christmas Eve. Christmas music and fancy finger food, dancing and laughter.

  227. Subscribe to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

  228. “Like” Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Facebook Fan page , Cracker Barrel’s page

  229. Mary O'Connor says:

    I receive your emails and like you on DB.

  230. Dina Speirs says:

    I “like” your 10 minute dinners…. I really do!!!!

  231. One tradition we have is opening up stockings filled with little treats on Christmas morning. My grandparents always wrapped the gifts that they put next to the stocking in white tissue paper and said they were from “Santa.” (though we always knew better:)

  232. Mary O'Connor says:

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  233. One tradition I enjoy is Christmas dinner with extended family.

  234. I am an RSS feed reader.

  235. we get together on Christmas eve and watch movies, eat, and play games

  236. One of our favorite Christmas traditions is finding different churches and attending at least 4 Christmas programs that they put on. It is fun to visit new places, be refreshed hearing the Christmas story in new ways, meeting new people and then having desert afterwards. It also forces us at least 4 times during the season to stop and have a family evening. With all adult children and a grandma still around, that is a good thing to do rather than just on one day.

  237. Dee in OKC says:

    Being with family and playing Dirty Santa. such fun and loads of laughter for all ages.

  238. I follow you on pinterest &

  239. google reader subscriber

  240. I like you and Cracker Barrel on facebook

  241. Jessica B. says:

    We have a tradition of giving everyone a new pair of pajamas each Christmas Eve.

  242. Jessica B. says:

    I follow on pinterest jbeard25

  243. Jessica B. says:

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  244. We go to a live nativity each year. It helps us celebrate and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

  245. I liked 10 min dinners on fb (Moey Shay)

  246. I follow your posts via email

  247. I love getting the Christmas tree and decorating it on my birthday and making Christmas cookies after 🙂

  248. I have so many……but I really love when we get into our pj’s and drive around looking at the Christmas decorations.

  249. making a birthday cake for baby Jesus on Christmas eve!

  250. We always go out for a special dessert on Christmas Eve, then walk around downtown admiring all the Christmas decorations in the store windows.

  251. I subscribe to your site in my Google reader.

  252. Stephanie G says:

    I love baking with my sweethearts!

  253. Robin Quick says:

    Like Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Facebook Fan page & Cracker Barrel’s page . Shared this contest on my page.

  254. Robin Quick says:

    I like your 10 minute dinner FB page.

  255. Robin Quick says:

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  256. my favorite tradition is going to look at strange and interesting Xmas lights – like the people who really went overboard and we get a chuckle out out their lights.

  257. My favorite Christmas tradition is driving through the neighborhoods looking at lights with my family!

  258. I Subscribe to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam by email.

  259. I like the Christmas cookies and treats that we usually don’t get at other times during the year.

  260. Denise Wilson says:

    We enjoy popping popcorn and making hot chocolate, putting on our pajamas, and driving around looking at Christmas lights. 🙂

  261. Denise Wilson says:

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  263. We have our family over for Christmas breakfast, then read the Christmas story. Then we start opening gifts. Early afternoon, we load up and drive an hour or so to my sister’s house for a beautiful and delicious Christmas dinner.

  264. Every year we celebrate Christmas Eve with my inlaws!

  265. Email subscriber!

  266. shannon oelrich says:

    Christmas Eve morning breakfast with my parents and my brother and his family.

  267. shannon oelrich says:

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  268. shannon oelrich says:

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  269. I love your Balancing Beauty and Bedlam by email! One of our favorite traditions is frosting sugar cookies with our grandchildren! And of course reading the real reason of Christmas!
    Cracker Barrel is our favorite eating place – no place like it!

  270. A silly tradition that we have fun with is scratch-off’s in the stockings. We have some more serious traditions also, but this one has been fun.

  271. One of our fairly new traditions as a family is to get yummy milkshakes and then drive around and look at Christmas lights–no one complains anymore!!!

  272. Sandra Mosolgo says:

    With married daughters, we have to be flexible but gifts are opened on Christmas morning,breakfast is eaten and then stockings are explored.

  273. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to wake up on Christmas morning with all our kids here.. We take a Christmas morning photo, all of us wearing antlers, Santa hats, elf ears, or some other cute Christmas topping and we usually use it for next years Christmas card.

  274. Church on Christmas Eve.

  275. I already follow you on Pinterest & I already have lots of your pins on my boards! 🙂

  276. I’m already a fan ~ thanks!

  277. One of our favorite traditions is driving through Hartwood Acres which is decorated beautifully for Christmas then onto the Model Railroad Museum exhibit.

  278. Fave Christmas tradition is driving around looking at Christmas lights!

  279. One of my favorite traditions started when my oldest was very little. We love to bundle into the van, load up on hot chocolate and cookies, and drive around looking at Christmas lights. While we enjoy the large displays, we enjoy just driving through neighborhoods.

  280. I am an email subscriber!

  281. Christmas Eve service, then snacks with my family!

  282. I follow you both on fb

  283. One of our Christmas traditions is watching “Nestor the Long-eared Donkey”. You have to pass the “Nestor test” to become part of the family!

  284. Our annual Christmas tradition is spending Christmas with my parents. My father will play the piano & we all gather around and sing christmas carols – corny, but I wouldn’t change it!

  285. We love to fill and then hide our stockings. The kids hide the momma and the daddy stocking and the momma and the daddy hide the kids’ stockings.

  286. Christmas eve service with longtime friends is one of our favorite traditions!

  287. We wait in our rooms until everyone is awake (and everyone sleeps in). Then, the kids file in age order down the stairs to open presents – one at a time from youngest to oldest. Watching someone’s joy at opening a present is the best part.

  288. charlene b. payne says:

    we always went out to breakfast on Christmas Eve morning. This was a rare treat and made the day a very special one.

  289. tracey byram says:

    My favorite tradition is opening one gift each on Christmas Eve and it’s always pajamas.

  290. one of my favorite traditions is to read the CHRISTmas story from the book of Luke on CHRISTmas morning with all of our little, and not so little any more, blessing around us!
    Also our town has a CHRISTmas lights trolley tour and we so enjoy doing that every year

  291. I subscribe via email.

  292. We love to look at Christmas lights as a family. Also, always a Christmas Eve service….

  293. I’m an email subscriber

  294. One of our family traditions is opening Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eveand wearing them all day on Christmas.

  295. Hannah Reid says:

    I like the times of the day when the only lights on in the living room are the tree lights. My mom always did this and now I enjoy doing it at my house also. It is so peaceful.

  296. I make Christmas cookies and candies with my children before Christmas. They love helping me and we enjoy them on Christmas Eve Day (not before except for those who sneek them). Thanks for the chance to enter.

  297. Hannah Reid says:

    I am already subscribed by email and loving it!

  298. I liked both FB pages…

  299. I “liked” the 10 minute dinners page…can’t believe I hadn’t already!

  300. I am a facebook fan of both. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  301. I am a subscriber…. oh I LOVE cracker barrel!

  302. I am a pinterest follower of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  303. I am a facebook fan of 10 Minute Dinners. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  304. I am an email subscriber of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  305. I love making and decorating Christmas cookies with my kids on Christmas eve.

  306. I am a facebook fan of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

  307. I am an email subscriber.

  308. I liked your 10 Minute Dinners on Facebook!

  309. My family loves Cracker Barrel! Hope to win!

  310. Jennifer M says:

    At Christmas, I love being able to see all of my family.

  311. Jennifer M says:

    I subscribe via email.

  312. Jennifer M says:

    I follow you on pinterest and pinned this recipe:

  313. Jennifer M says:

    I like your page and Cracker Barrel’s page on fb.

  314. Jennifer M says:

    I like your 10 minute dinner fb page.

  315. Jennifer D. says:

    One tradition I enjoy is making treats for friends, teachers, neighbors, etc. and then delivering them. My kids have loved getting involved the last few years.

  316. Jennifer D. says:

    I follow Balancing Beauty and Bedlam by e-mail.

  317. Cyndy Bunn says:

    I follow you via Google Reader

  318. Cyndy Bunn says:

    I follow on Pinterest too and repinned your chocolate peanut butter ball recipe.

  319. Christmas eve at my Mom’s house 🙂

  320. I like your page on FB

  321. Making Christmas cookies and decorating the house.

  322. kelly sullivan says:

    we have christmas eve at our home every year, its a bit stressful but i love it.

  323. kelly sullivan says:

    I am a sUbscriber.

  324. Jessica Rockwell says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is to take my kids outside on Christmas Eve and have them look up at the night sky to see if they can spot Santa’s sleigh! Almost every year they see a shooting star and their faces just light up! It’s Santa!

  325. Jessica Rockwell says:

    I am currently a subscriber 🙂

  326. We have an advent calendar that includes gifts and things to do. When my kids were younger we weren’t so organized, but now that they are older and all over the country I send out my boxes and get to celebrate Christmas with them near or far. It’s just my husband and I now at home so most of our advent countdown is full of things to do. 🙂

  327. I love the traditions of being with extended family we rarely see. Going to look at Christmas lights is one of my favorite things as well…

  328. Jennifer Jones says:

    I love to make rolled sugar cookies with my kids. 🙂

  329. Jennifer Jones says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  330. Jennifer Jones says:

    I subscribe to your emails.

  331. Jennifer Jones says:

    I follow you on fb

  332. I have already liked your Pinterest page, 10 Minute Dinners Page, and have been an email subscriber for a long time. Today I liked your regular Facebook page as well as Cracker Barrel…one of our family’s faves!

  333. Jennifer Jones says:

    I like 10 min dinners on fb

  334. Our tradition of riding around as a family looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite traditions. We started it a few years ago when we moved away from family and didn’t have many gatherings to attend. Now, we enjoy doing it each year just because.

  335. I subscribed to your blog. Don’t know why I hadn’t done that already 🙂

  336. This is so stupid, but I hang Candy Canes on the Chandelier every year. It’s cheap and it makes me happy.

  337. We always sing happy birthday to Jesus before we eat breakfast!

  338. Liked on facebook!

  339. We actually go to Cracker Barrell every Christmas Eve for breakfast and then enjoy some shopping and family.
    I follow on email.

  340. I love reading the Christmas Story and reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas!!

  341. In addition to lots of good food, the very best tradition that anyone can have is the time spent with family and friends. That cannot be bought or replaced!

  342. One of my favorite traditions is the whole family going around to pick out the best tree for our house at a local family Christmas tree lot or driving to the NC mountains to pick out & cut down a Christmas tree. Have a Merry Christmas!! Love your page.

  343. Jennifer V says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating our 25 foot pine tree in our front yard!

  344. Jennifer V says:

    I’m a subscriber by email.

  345. Our tradition is to get a new game for Christmas and all sit around Christmas afternoon playing it.

  346. I follow you on Pinterest and pinned your post..Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree: Best 10 Minute Craft.

  347. We make a Christmas chain links and cut one off for each day so we will know how many days are left until Christmas!

  348. I follow you both on FB and shared the giveaway.

  349. Another tradition my family does is the whole family goes to pick out the family Christmas tree together. Then coming home and decorating the tree while listening to Christmas music.

  350. I like your 10 min. Dinner page.

  351. I subscribe to your emails.

  352. I subscribe email

  353. We always go see the gingerbread houses at Grove park and eat at Fuddruckers.

  354. I follow on pintrest too

  355. I like 10 minute meals too, don’t we all?

  356. Wendy McBride says:

    One of our Christmas Traditions is just watching movies, playing games and enjoying family together.

    wendym at cableone dot net

  357. Wendy McBride says:

    I like Balancing Beauty and Bedlam on fb. Wendy McBride

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  358. Wendy McBride says:

    I like Cracker Barrel’s page. Wendy McBride

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  359. Wendy McBride says:

    I like 10 Minute Meals on fb. Wendy McBride

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  360. Christmas breakfast after opening presents.

  361. I’m an email subscriber – thank you!

  362. Our special Christmas dinner and 24hr Christmas story movie marathon

  363. My favorite tradition is our Christmas Eve service out doors in a large amphitheater filled with white lights and Christmas trees singing praises and worshipping our Lord Jesus! At the end people go forward and give there lives to Jesus and get baptized! It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas!!

  364. Rochelle Phillips says:

    Wow! A lot of comments!! We love to go to Cracker Barrel on Saturday mornings for breakfast. My favorite tradition is decorating the tree and house…it always looks so plain after we take them down:0)

  365. We always save Christmas Eve for just our family.

  366. Liked B and B on FB.

  367. Liked 10 Minute Dinner’s on FB.

  368. kelly downs says:

    The children have always gotten to open one present on Christmas eve

  369. One of my favorite traditions is gingerbread waffles — they are so delicious!

  370. I like you & Cracker Barrel on FB. 🙂

  371. I subscribe to Beauty and Bedlam on a reader! Thanks for all your hard work!

  372. LOVE baking with my kiddos!!!

  373. I get your emails !

  374. Laura Combs says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is driving around with my sons looking at the Christmas lights.

  375. Laura Combs says:

    I get your emails.

  376. Something our children enjoy doing together is to decorate the tree for Christmas. It happens right after Thanksgiving. Thanks for the chance to win!

  377. I’m also subscribed via e-mail! Thanks~

  378. My favorite tradition is having Christmas Eve at my Parents house. We have a huge Italian feast!!!

  379. One of our traditions that is a favorite of mine is that each year we all get in the car, go and buy milkshakes, then ride around listening and singing Christmas carols while looking at all of the lights around town.

  380. I follow you on pinterest

    I pinned

  381. Follow you on email! Frosting Sugar Cookies with our grandchildren is one of our favorite traditions! Also love eating at Cracker Barrel!

  382. I like both on FB
    Dana J Valle


  383. I Liked your 10 Minute Dinners facebook page.
    Dana J Valle

  384. I am a current email subscriber.

  385. I enjoy family gift exchanges even if they are only $5 useful or edible gifts. It saves us money and we still have the fun.

  386. One of my favorite Christmas Traditions is watching my kids open their new pajamas on Christmas Eve!

  387. I follow you on pinterest

  388. I subscribed to your emails

  389. Baking and decorating cookies with kids and their friends, also doing the advent calendar (which involves a different activity or service each day)are my 2 favorite traditions

  390. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    A favorite tradition of mine is to go to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show and also a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” I love music!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  391. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I like you both on Facebook and shared your giveaway post

  392. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    already a subscriber

  393. Donna McConnell says:

    Making/receiving a new ornament each year for each family member. When the kids are grown, they get their ornaments for their tree.

  394. Donna McConnell says:

    I follow on Pinterest and pinned this:

  395. Donna McConnell says:

    liked Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Facebook Fan page , Cracker Barrel’s page, and 10 minute dinners page.

  396. Donna McConnell says:

    I am a currently a subscriber by email.

  397. I like our tradition of 25 Books of Christmas. the kids unwrap a “present” every night and then I read it to them.

  398. I subscribe via reader.

  399. I liked your Ten Minute Dinners FB page.

  400. My favorite is my husband makes everyone a special candy plate for Christmas morning. It is just a fun goodie plate stacked with special things that that person likes. 🙂

  401. I subscribe in a reader!

  402. Sherry Lochner says:

    My favorite CHRISTmas tradition is reading the CHRISTmas story from Luke 2.

  403. Sherry Lochner says:

    Already follow you on Pinterest. Pinned –

  404. Sherry Lochner says:

    Like both on Facebook and promoted on my page.

  405. Sherry Lochner says:

    Like Ten Minute Dinners.

  406. Sherry Lochner says:

    I am a current subscriber – sherry717 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  407. I subscribe.

  408. My favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies with the kids. Everyone gets to pick two favorites to bake.

    A newer tradition for us is driving around to look at Christmas lights in PJs. We haven’t gotten out this year in our jammies, yet.

  409. One of my favorite traditions is my family always sings the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” We aren’t the best singers, but that is part of the fun.

  410. I subscribe

  411. I love Christmas with family!

  412. I love decorating the tree together while having popcorn & hot chocolate. We also always go look at Christmas light together and seeing or little guys expressions are priceless!

  413. One of our favorite traditions on Christmas eve is one of the kids reading from Luke about the birth of Jesus. I am an email & facebook subscriber.

  414. I love watching my favorite Christmas specials with my kids, especially The Little Drummer Boy and Charlie Brown Christmas.

  415. I subscribe via google reader!

  416. as a newlywed my husband and I had to make some new traditions! so i really enjoy Christmas mornings when we sleep in, make some breakfast, and watch a movie while drinking coffee. It is so relaxing and it’s just the two of us!

  417. Dawnette Thomas says:

    Reading the birth of Jesus CHRISTmas morning is one of my favorite traditions.

  418. Dawnette Thomas says:

    I’m a fan on FB.

  419. Dawnette Thomas says:

    I follow you on Reader.

  420. Andrea Williams says:

    Liked both pages on facebook.

  421. Andrea Williams says:

    Subscribe via email.

  422. our fave Christmas traditions is appetizers and sweets on Christmas eve, and then watching A Christmas Story over and over while we visit


    follow u on pitnerest as mmmmdonut / Amber . . .and repinned your cauliflour pizza bites

  424. i’m already a current subscriber!

  425. Reading the Christmas Story with my kids.

  426. We attend the Midnight Candle light Service at church since the kids have gotten older. It has been such a wonderful way to literally ring in the day!

  427. We always take a few nights out to see Christmas lights. Leaving cookies for Santa and reindeer food are still done (kids are 20 and 23 now) “)

  428. Karla Schmidt says:

    Our Christmas tradition is staying up late and playing cards on Christmas eve

  429. Karla Schmidt says:

    I liked both pages on facebook

  430. Making christmas cookies with my kids.

  431. I’m an email subscriber.

  432. Hosting an open house for friends with lots of food that I make!

  433. April was in CT now CA says:

    My husband making Christmas morning waffles before we open gifts!!

  434. April was in CT now CA says:

    I follow your blog via RSS.

  435. Iam an email subscriber.

  436. I like you on facebook

  437. We always like to make big batches of sugar cookies.

  438. I love marking off the advent calendar with the kids every day!

  439. Tricia Andrews says:

    We love going to pick out a freshly cut Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving! We don’t start any Christmas music, decorating, shopping until after Turkey Day!

  440. Tricia Andrews says:

    I liked both Beauty & Bedlam and Cracker Barrel on FB – Tricia Gatte Andrews

  441. Tricia Andrews says:

    I liked Ten minute Dinners on FB – Tricia Gatte Andrews! What a great FB page! I am going to try the sesame chicken tenders tonight! My husband is getting bored with baked chicken breasts!

  442. Tricia Andrews says:

    I subscribe to your email newsletter.

  443. Our tradition is fixing sausage and gravy on Christmas morning 🙂

  444. I like beautyandbedlam and cracker barrel on FB

  445. I like 10 Minute Dinners FB page

  446. I follow you on Pinterest

  447. I subscribe to your email newsletter

  448. shirley whitley says:

    It has been our family tradition since our childern were born to attend the Candlelite Service at our church on Christmas Eve. We always have 3 services and our childern always want to attend all 3! We will stay for 2 and that usually satisfys. Merry Christmas to all!

  449. We try to take a long weekend trip early in December to somewhere new that is known to have a great Christmas spirit whether it be old fashioned or a great light show/parade. We look forward to it every year. We make sure that we do things even if we think they might be a little hokey, and they usually turn out to be the most fun. 🙂

  450. driving around looking at lights

  451. like both on FB Cynthia R

  452. Like 10 min on FB Cynthia R

  453. Our tradition is that on Christmas Day we stay home and don’t run around anymore

  454. one of our traditions is to open up a wrapped Christmas book every night before bed and read it together with the family.

  455. Ttrockwood says:

    I love our tradition of watching “a christmas story” while baking on xmas eve together as a family

  456. Ttrockwood says:

    Liked you and cracker barrel on fb (teri)

  457. Ttrockwood says:

    Liked 10minute dinners on fb (teri)

  458. DARLENE EPPS says:


  459. We bake Christmas cookies every year and let the kids decorate them. They love it.

  460. I enjoy giving the kids new jammies on Christmas Eve to wear

  461. I like both pages on facebook

  462. like 10 minute dinner on fb – deborah t

  463. I subscribe to emails

  464. current email subscriber

  465. like you and cracker barrel on fb – deborah t

  466. I love sleeping on the couch in front of the lit tree on Christmas Eve.

  467. I already follow you on Pinterest and I repinned a yeast bread post.

  468. I “like” you and Cracker Barrel on Facebook.

  469. I “liked” the 10 Minutes Dinner page on Facebook.

  470. I subscribe in a blog reader.

  471. One of my favorite traditions is going to Christmas Eve service and at the end they hand out candles to everyone. but the flame is passed on from one to another . Then sing Silent night with the overheard lights off. I cry every time. So heart filling!

  472. I follow your 10 minute dinners on facebook
    Eileen Richter

  473. I get your email news! email is in the form


  474. I do follow both your blog and Cracker Barrel on Facebook

    Eileen Richter

  475. I follow you on Pinterest as mammablestx6 and pinned your 50 uses for baking soda pinpost


  476. Debbie Welchert says:

    Our Christmas Tradition is making cookie cut-outs and letting all the kids frost them.

  477. Debbie Welchert says:

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this post.

  478. Debbie Welchert says:

    I already follow you and Cracker Barrel on Faceback. I shared giveaway on Facebook.

  479. Debbie Welchert says:

    I liked your 10 Minute Dinners on Facebook/Debbie Welchert

  480. Debbie Welchert says:

    I subscribe via email.

  481. My favorite Christmas tradition is to bathe my soul in Christmas music the entire month of December. I play Christmas CDs nonstop at home, and I have my car radio tuned to an all-Christmas music station.

  482. We make tamales every year for Christmas and we give them away to friends and family

  483. Follow 10 minute dinners on FB: carolyn gonzalez

  484. Like on Pinterest: carolyn gonzalez

  485. We always bake cookies when the clock strikes midnight Christmas morning

  486. followed you on pinterest and pinned a post

  487. I like both you and cracker barrel facebook page. evelyn d

  488. liked your 10 minute dinner page , evelyn d

  489. subscribed via google reader

  490. A tradition my husband and I have is to drive around on Christmas Eve through the neighborhoods near us and look at the lights. There are some awesome houses near us that have the lights synchronized to music when you turn your radio on a certain channel. It is really cool and definitely puts us in the spirit. 🙂

  491. I love our 24 days of Christmas, a devotional every Dec. night.

  492. I am a FB fan!

  493. I am also an email subscriber

  494. I am also an email subscriber.

  495. Liked your 10 minute dinner page!

  496. My favourite Christmas tradition is having a nice dinner with my family and then staying up to play games, then going to line up for boxing day!

  497. I enjoy making sausage balls with my husband! (And trying not to eat the whole batch!)

  498. We take a ride Christmas Eve and look at all the lights and decorations, then come home for hot cocoa and open 1 gift from under the tree.

  499. We have a Christmas tradition of making gingerbread houses.

  500. I follow you on Facebook.

  501. My favorite tradition is before my Mom passed away she would have drawings of all the kids & grand & great grandchildren. Then she would write a note about each one ..where she got the item the year, etc. It was awesome. We still do the drawings but without the notes. Still cool to get pieces that you grew up with.

  502. Favorite tradition started when my son was 3, he is 29 this Christmas. He received a Chia Pet from Santa, before he realized it & before the day was over the Chia Pet was out of site & stored away. Next Christmas and every Christmas since he has received the very same Chia Pet wrapped in Santa paper from Santa. Feb 2011 he & his wife blessed me with my 1st grandson who last Christmas received his own Chia Pet from Santa, and Santa will give him the same exact one Tue.

  503. Mary-Frances C. says:

    I love decorating the Christmas tree with my girls every year.

  504. I have subscribed & will be following you each place. Thank you!!

  505. Kathy Artis says:

    A Christmas tradition i enjoy is the family stringing popcorn together.

  506. Kathy Artis says:

    Follow on Pinterest / Rose A

  507. Kathy Artis says:

    “Like” my Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Facebook Fan page / coupon artis

  508. Kathy Artis says:

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