Smucker’s Trip Recap + Giveaway!


NOTE:Β  This giveaway is now closed.

The lucky winner is #1327, Lynda M.Β  Congrats Lynda, we’ve emailed you!


So last week while Sara was surfing it up in Hawaii, I had the chance to spend a few days in Ohio to attend the Around the Family Table with Smucker’s event. I had such a fabulous time meeting all the incredibly nice people associated with Smucker’s, other bloggers, and taking a peek behind the scenes.

Right after I arrived, I had time to change my clothes and then we all met in the lobby so we could go to dinner. I was so excited to run into some of my favorite bloggers like Laura from Real Mom Kitchen, Shelley from Cookies and Cups, and Lesley from The Hungry Housewife

(just to name a few!) Dinner was a delicious blur, but there was lots of incredibly delicious food (hello, mozzarella tomato basil cheese bread) and TV talk (hello, fellow Friday Nights Lights fanatics!)

The next morning, we were a chipper bunch when we boarded the bus at 6:45 am. That’s right. We were all delightful. We drove to the Smucker’s store in Orrville, Ohio. So, um, remember my glass jar obsession?

Um, yeah, that’s an entire wall of jars. Shiver me timbers.

Now…I’ve got a little confession to make: I’m kind of a scrooge. The Christmas season stresses me out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas, but usually when I find places have decorated for Christmas a second earlier than the day before Thanksgiving, I feel the need to slip a little Xanax into my system. So it was entirely possible that between the presence of a Pillsbury Doughboy that waved at me when I walked in the door (I’m not big on life-size mascots–they freak me out) and the fact that the Smucker’s store was fully decorated for Christmas, I could have become rather unpleasant to be around. But I found it charming and adorable and I wished they’d decorate my house for Christmas and then take it down for me before 2012 starts.

After a quick breakfast, we headed on all sorts of tours and experiences. I gleaned a plethora of information about coffee, especially for a non-coffee drinker. I even got to be my own barista with Melissa from Stockpiling Moms, and since neither one of us drink coffee, we had lots of fun playing around with the different coffee drinks that were photographed and then poured down the sink. We also got to make this amazing two-ingredient ice cream and add any combination of mix-ins we could think of.

We learned about all sorts of things like viscosity, the differences between jams, jellies, and preserves, and different types of olive oils. We even had the chance to swish and spit different olive oils, which I respectfully declined to do (although I bet the guy sitting next to me on the plane ride home who chewed and spit tobacco into a clear plastic water bottle may have participated). We got to see how Smucker’s products are developed and tested and then we got to make our own pie crusts. Tired yet? Yeah, I was having a lot of fun and also wanted to curl up in the corner and take a nap.

That night, we went to dinner at Fahrenheit in Cleveland, which, apparently, is right around the corner from The Christmas Story house (which caused my mother-in-law to scream. Literally.) The food was awesome and it was great to meet Chef Rocco Whalen.

The next morning, we were up and on the bus super early again. First up (that is, after I spilled a Diet Coke on my lap and kicked a bottle of water over) was meeting Kelsey Nixon from The Next Food Network Star.

She was completely adorable and funny and (I’m totally not sucking up here) meeting her was definitely one of the highlights of this trip.

Especially since she knew who Sara and I were, which was kind of hilarious. Remember the Sloppy Joe post? Yeah, we talked about her serving Sloppy Joes to Martha experience. It was all I imagined it would be (and I’m not being sarcastic here, I completely mean it!)

We also did a really cool food photography seminar where we got to take pics of the pumpkin pies we made the day before.

And then we got to shop in the Smucker’s store. I was very tempted by all the Orchard’s Finest preserves because I am not a store-bought jam fan, but these were deeeeeelicious. I was conservative in my choices (Triple Berry, Cinnamon Apple, and Cherry) because I figured I could buy it at home, but I was wrong and now I am sad. In retrospect, I would have bought more jam. Life lesson: When in doubt, always, always buy more jam.

Everyone else was heading home that night, but because I live in the boondocks, I couldn’t get a late flight into my little airport, so we said our goodbyes and I headed back to the hotel and got to meet one of our sweet readers in the hotel lobby (thankfully she wasn’t a big, scary man that was going to steal my jam). The next morning, I had to (unfortunately) break my never-set-my-alarm-before-4:00 am (it’s actually 5:00 am, so it was very unfortunate!) so I could head home and see my kiddos and the husband. I had such a wonderful time and can’t thank Smucker’s enough for including Our Best Bites around their family table!

But this post isn’t JUST so you guys can wish you could set your alarms for 3:45 am so you can sit next to a nausea-inducing tobacco-spitter–we’ve got a giveaway. I’ve seen this basket in real life and it is huuuuuuuge. Apparently they LITERALLY need two people to carry it.

Wanna know what’s in it? We’ve got…

  • Crisco Baking Sticks (butter-flavored)
  • Crisco extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee (mocha mint)
  • Eagle Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Folgers (small red can)
  • Folgers (stick pack)
  • Hungry Jack Funfetti Pancake Mix
  • Hungry Jack Wildberry Pancake Mix
  • Jif Natural Peanut Butter
  • Jif-to-Go 3-pack
  • Martha White blueberry muffin mix
  • Millstone hazelnut K-cup
  • Natural peanut butter stirrer
  • Pillsbury Easy Frost cream cheese frosting
  • Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookie mix
  • Smucker’s Hot Caramel Topping
  • Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Smucker’s Orange Marmalade
  • Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Strawberry Preserves
  • Uncrustables sandwich keeper
  • Uncrustables VIP coupons (2)
  • White Lily All-Purpose Flour

Wanna win?? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to this holiday season. The giveaway will end next Saturday, 11/19/2011 at 10:00 pm and the winner will be notified by email and announced on Monday’s post. One entry per person, and please be sure to use an email address that you check on a regular basis.

Good luck!


    1. I am so thankful ALL my girls AND their hubbies AND my two
      Adorable grandkids will be home for Christmas! For us, it truly
      Is not about gifts, but about family, Jesus, and food of course!!

  1. This holiday season I have so much to look forward to. I think I’m most excited about all the change! My husband and I both graduate Dec. 16th, after that we might be moving. We’ll enjoy spending this year with our family, since it might be the last time for a while, and we’ll enjoy getting ready for the next stage of our lives.

  2. The thing I am most looking forward to this holiday season, is having my husband home. He is in the Army and was scheduled for a deployment, but it was postponed. Now we get him home for Christmas :).

  3. Baking with my college daughters, and 12 year old son, who will be home. Love the baking more than anything else about all the festivities surrounding the holidays.

  4. This is the first year we are having thanksgiving dinner with my father-n-law. He is too old to drive to us so we are driving to him and I am making him thanksgiving dinner. He has been the dad to me that I never had, I call him Pop. I couldn’t be any more grateful than I am for falling in love with a man whose father loves me like I am his own daughter! I am making 4 pies for just 5 people.

  5. I’m looking forward to either the chance to go to my parent’s house for Christmas or going to Idaho to see my siblings for the first time in a while!

  6. I’m looking forward to seeing the grandchildren open all their gifts and enjoying the wonderful Christmas feast my son and daughter-in-law will be making.

  7. This year we are letting our 2 and 3 yr olds decorate the christmas tree. We will be making salt dough ornaments, stringing up popcorn and making paper chains. I am just looking forward to them being old enough to actually enjoy this time of year.

  8. Oh my when I read your post, I screamed out loud. I live in Wooster, Oh, right next door to the Smucker Store. The thing I am most looking forward to this holiday season is all my family being together.

  9. My Husband is in the Army and was gone (again) last year for the Holidays, and he is HOME this year! So no matter what else, he’s home and that has to be the VERY best thing about this Holiday season!:)

  10. i’m most looking forward to showing my gratitude and appreciation to those around me (having a little instead of a lot last year really changed my perspective on the whole season)…. and christmas break away from my fabulous jr. high students. πŸ™‚

  11. I’m most looking forward to time off in between Christmas and New Years! I’m also planning a lot of baking, so I need to get on my list and checking it twice πŸ™‚

  12. I love taking the kids to see Santa Claus and ride on the little holiday train at the mall. It’s the silly traditions that make the holidays so special!

  13. I am not the biggest fan of Christmas, it stresses me out. This year I have vowed to relax and enjoy how excited my kids are. Get back to what really matters.

  14. The thing I look forward to the most at the Holidays is the Food!!! It is also made wonderful by having all of my family together as well.

  15. I enjoy decorating my house that I will spend time in when entertaining family and friends, my highlight! I love each unique opportunity I get to spend with my friends and family.

  16. celebrating and spending the whole Christmas day with my whole family: 3.5 year son, 6 month old son, husband, my parents, 2 younger brothers, younger sister who just got home from her mission and sister, brother-in-law and adorable nephew!! i cant wait!!!!

  17. I am looking forward to staying home, keeping warm and being lazy. Oh yeah, and taking care of my 11 year old who will have had her tonsils out 3 days before Christmas.

  18. Hoping to go home for Christmas – the first time in 16 years – my kids have never been to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas. Praying we have good weather for the 9 hour trip!!!

  19. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family, taking time to relax, and focusing on the true meaning of the season.

  20. I am a preggo mama of four boys and am looking forward to seeing what kind of baby this one is! (here’s to hoping for a girl for Christmas!)

  21. I can’t wait to sit in the living room in the dark with nothing but the tree lights twinkling…and if I was eating something indulgent at the same time, that would be even better!

  22. Honestly This year will be a tough holiday for my uber-over the top mommy guilt!! I am scheduled to have surgery dec. 20th and will then spend the next 3 to 6 weeks recovering (mostly in bed). I am looking forward this holiday season to not only (finally) feeling better but having my inlaws here to help with my kids. I too am against the Christmas before Thanksgiving. But this year have already began shopping and cooking (freezing) so that the holiday is the same as it is every year for my boys.

  23. I am looking forward to all the traditions we have in our home, baking cookies together, decorating the Christmas tree, decorating the house, and gathering together on Christmas morning with as many family members as we can to enjoy our day together. Oh. . .and of course my favorite holiday of all, Black Friday! Woohoo!

  24. I’m most excited to see my parents after they return from serving a full time LDS mission. They have had lots of health problems and other trials but it’s been a great experience for us and for my daughter. So after missing them last Christmas we are excited to have them home this year!

  25. As usual, just being with all our family is the best part. Having lost a teenage son a few years ago and this year we lost a niece, we treasure every holiday together.

  26. I am looking forward to a relaxing holiday. We recently moved closer to family and now we won’t feel the need to rush around like crazy people to try to see everyone in two days. Yippee!!

  27. One thing I am most looking forward to this Christmas is having all 6 of our kids home once again. Already have packages wrapped and ready to go under the tree as soon as we get one. Awesome give away!!

  28. I am looking forward to being with my family. The holidays are always so full of memories for, and it wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have all of my family with me during the holidays.

  29. We are hoping to be able to have our son home from Iraq to spend the Holidays with all of us, he’s been deployed 2 times to Iraq and his first deployment was the only Christmas that he wasn’t able to be with us in 31 years (yes that’s how old he is) so it would be TERRIFIC to have this YUMMY basket to share with him. We love having all of our family together.

  30. Hiya! Saw the spread (pun intended) in Facebook and wandered over to check this out! Sounds like a busy few days! Thanks for sharing!

    I am most looking forward to putting a new ornament on my tree in memory o fmy late sister. Each year our family remembers loved ones by buying a new ornament and placing it in a special spot on our tree. Its the best way we know to honor and keep those loved ones that have gone on before close to us during the Holiday Season.

    That said, I will NOT be buying my ornaments until November 25th, thank you very much. HAPPY FALL!

  31. I’m most looking forward to our new baby coming (he’s due December 9th) and seeing the look on my 1 1/2 year old daughter’s face on Christmas morning!

  32. I look forward to watching the albert finney version of scrooge with the fambam at home, while stuffing out faces with christmas goodies! CANT WAIT!

  33. This will be the first holiday that I will be cooking the Christmas Eve dinner. In my 30 something (way too close to 40) years, my grandmother and/or aunt always cooked the family recipes. Due to health issues, it is finally my turn. The secret dressing recipe has officially been passed down!! I am so excited! And nervous! πŸ™‚

  34. I’m really just looking forward to quality time spent with my friends and family πŸ™‚ and getting around to watching the silly animated Christmas movies that I skipped out on last year!

  35. I am looking forward to really doing holiday traditions with my kids now that they are both able to manage more things rather than just observe or participate minimally. We’re just about at that full immersion point where they can do and watch in equal measure. :o)

  36. I love the smells of the holidays from a fresh cut pine tree to the smell of honeyed ham from the kitchen. I also love the smell of a clean warm blanket with hot chocolate and my baby girl city in my lap after bath time. Those memories of smells makes me love the holidays.

  37. Wow! Read your whole story…what a awesome trip and time, even if it was quick and so very full! I love your website..thank you guys for everything you do!
    Ok, what I am most looking forward too…can I be honest??!!
    We just moved to the Portland area…the last couple of years rough…but I knew the Lord had a plan for us!! I am a madly in love Christian…but my wonderful Husband is not and does not attend Church with me…HOWEVER!!! since moving here and God working in our lives…He has said he will be Santa for the Angel Tree Kids program at our Church…they could not find one…what a miracle…and he wants us/so I’ve signed up to volunteer at the homeless shelter…that my Church runs…to help prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner to our sweet homeless people*S* I am so excited and thankful to be giving back…when we have been given so very much…I am so rich in love and blessings*S*S*
    Thank you for this opportunity…this basket is amazing and would be a MAJOR BLESSING for anyone to win!!
    Thanks again and Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving*S*S*
    Kellie Shulruff

  38. I’m looking forward to having my hobby home! He’s been 8 hours away for the last 4 months, but will be home for the holidays!

  39. Love this post Kate, how fun!

    I’m looking forward to my first SNOW in 11 years!! I know the rest of the residents here in my new state wanna throw stones at me, but I don’t care! White Christmas!! Bring it.

  40. Wow, what a fab trip; I’m jealous!! Coffee drinker that I am, I would’ve enjoyed creating a caffeine coma for myself πŸ˜‰ What I am looking forward to though, is simply bringing some stress free joy into my thanksgiving guests lives. A few dont know how to cook, and actually have resorted to take out food on holidays- blech! I look forward to showing them that cooking is fun, doesn’t have to be complicated, and so much healthier!

  41. I am so looking forward to spending our first holiday in our new house. My husband retired and came back from overseas in March 2010. We lived in his VERY tiny house until we finally found our dream home this past May. We love having him home and being in our first house together that’s big enough for the five of us is a wonderful blessing.

  42. I’m most looking forward to seeing the joy and innocent newness on my children’s faces at the simple things that are so for them. Like seeing the first snow, making Christmas goodies together, putting up the tree and putting the Nativity out, going on a Christmas light drive, and opening presents. Everything, as simple as it is and has to be for us, it still makes them so happy, and that makes me so happy.

  43. I’m looking forward to having Christmas dinner here in our new home in Utah with our family. We’ve been traveling with the Air Force for the last 8 years and it is so nice to finally be HOME.

  44. This holiday season, I can not WAIT to spend time with my loving family! We are lucky enough to get to spend a week and a half together off! We love cooking together, playing in the snow, and taking naps!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. My family is quite musical. A holiday favorite is always cozying up with the cousins and warm beverages while singing Christmas Carols around the piano. It really doesn’t get any better (or more cheesy) than that!

  46. All of my Mom’s traditional, Italian, holiday cooking!! The escarole soup! The ice-box cake (that ones not Italian. Just an old tradition from the Italian family)!! And last, but certainly not least, the pizzelles!! It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving and Christmas without those things. Not just because they all taste good:) But because they represent who we are and where we come from, connecting us with family we never knew. People who brought us to where we are, and who we are, today. Isn’t that what holidays are all about? Bringing people and families together!! (This all sounds so cheesy! πŸ™‚ But, it’s true!! Plus, almost anything is better with cheese!!!)

  47. I am looking forward to seeing my sister. She moved out of state 2 years ago and hasn’t been able to.make it home for the holidays, but is making it back this year. It will be awesome!

  48. I’m excited to spend this holiday with my little family. This is the first year we are by ourselves and it’s exciting to make our own traditions. πŸ™‚ And we just moved to a new state, so it will be fun to experience the fun holiday stuff going on around here.

  49. I love making candy and giving them out in gift baskets! I started last holiday season and I’m stoked to do it again this year πŸ™‚ I’m also looking forward to my first snowy Christmas since I was 8! (hopefully πŸ˜‰

  50. -Spending time with family!
    -More snow (preferably snow that does not make the roads icy!)
    -The classic Rudolph claymation!
    -….January. (I work retail so I had to throw in my Scrooge bit! ;))

  51. Hungry Jack Funfetti Pancake Mix of course! Seeing my family and munching on my Grandma’s candy, which she has told me I have to learn to make this year because she will be passing the recipe to me.

  52. I am looking forward to everything!! The general happiness in the air, warm fuzzy feelings, music, giving to others, family, food, and desserts!!

  53. What am I looking forward to this Christmas season? Resting from academic life, taking a break from research, cooking with my mom, enjoying time reconnecting with high school buddies, and being home with my family!

  54. I work retail so my holidays are very hectic. I am excited for all the food and spending thanksgiving and Christmas day with immediate and extended family. We are so lucky to have both sides of the family within 15 miles of us.

  55. After some difficult medical issues (that are finally over!!!), I am just happy to be able to be with my family. Those are all that really matter in the eternal scheme of things. My husband having a few days off work and just spending it snuggling up with him and our two wonderful sons enjoying the Christmas season.

  56. I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes! For real! πŸ™‚ LOVE your blog, cookbook, and hoping for a calendar! πŸ™‚ HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

  57. Being with family….we’ve spent the last two years on the east coast while attending Grad school so we are thrilled to be back on the west coast and able to spend the holidays with the fam!!!…..oh and endless hours of game nights and non-stop laughter with all of them. : )

  58. Our oldest son is away in Philippines, Cebu for 2 years, he left in July. So I’m looking forward to being able to skype with him on Christmas day!!

  59. sounds like a fantastic time! and such an awesome giveaway – I have someone to carry it too πŸ™‚

    I am very much looking forward to the holidays this year – we are taking a much needed vacation between Thanksgiving and Christmas – getting away after a busy and trying year, while being able to enjoy both holidays at home… I always look forward to the family time.

  60. My favorite thing about the holidays is remembering all of my family members who are watching of my family and I. I have different holiday items to remember them by and putting them out makes me feel like I can hold their memories near and dear through the season. πŸ˜€ I have ornaments painted by my grandmother. I also have my father’s stocking that my grandmother made. As well I have a mini christmas tree i made with my grandparents and put out every year even if I can’t put out the big tree. But most of all I can’t wait to make the yummy food my father taught me how to make. This year makes 5 years he has been gone but this it the first year I can share the recipes with my husband and his family. My husband raves about my fathers’ recipes! My father was a chef for the better part or 23 years and loved it therefore I grew up loving it too. I can’t wait to show my daughter how to make homemade cinnamon rolls as my husband swears they must come from heaven itself. Nothing can be that buttery and sweet and fresh and come from the oven! πŸ˜€

  61. I know it probably sounds really corny, but something I really look forward to at Christmas is apple cinnamon jelly. It’s only available during the holidays and it’s a family favorite. It’s become a family tradition to get jelly for Christmas. It’s the little things that are the most fun! But what I really look forward to the most are the little opportunities out there to help make Christmas a little brighter for someone else. I’ve had so many times where others have made Christmas come alive for my family and it has made me realize that it isn’t Christmas if you haven’t brightened someone else’s along the way!

  62. I’m looking forward to all of the delicious food, but most of all my whole family being together. We always have too much fun for our own good!

  63. Excellent post! I’m about 3 hours away from that place and being wanting to visit, so I think I will now. For the holiday im looking forward to travel back home and spen good quality time wih family and friends that i have not seen for at least 6 months!

    Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

    P.D. I also don’t like decorations at places before thanksgiving, it makes it not special. At home we have the tradition of decorating the day after.

  64. What a great trip!!!
    I am most looking forward to spending Christmas at my parents’ lakeside cottage in Missouri with my hubby, kids, brother and parents!! I live in So. Calif., so it will be really nice tomgo where it has the possibility of a white Christmas!! πŸ˜‰

  65. What I look forward to Every year, spending it with Family. We are a couple hours away from our Family so we always pray the weather is decent to drive there & be with them. Nothing says Holidays like HOME!

  66. A week off of school and work to spend time with my husband!!! And I totally know about the chewing tobacco thing, my boss does it all the time with clear bottles at 6AM and I just want to go into the corner and throw up. eww.

  67. Looking forward to cold, rainy nights when I can snuggle up with a good book or Christmas movie!

    So you’re NOT kidding about the guy sitting next to you spitting his tobacco juice into a water bottle? I really hoped you were…. :/

  68. I’m excited for all the great music I get to hear (and make) this season: Handel’s Messiah, choirs and brass, and my sweet kids singing carols:)

  69. The right thing to say is I’m looking forward to family (which I am) But really I am just looking forward to the holiday food!!!! Swedish meatballs, Mashed potatoes, gravy, lefsa!!! Lemon merguine pie, apple pie! The foods I get to have once or twice a year! Oh and my moms cinnamon braid (a better more fabulous version of a cinnamon roll!)

  70. I’m looking forward to baking and eating my moms chocolate mint cookies. πŸ™‚ And for the look on my kids’ faces when they see that they get bunkbeds!

  71. I am most looking forward to going back home to Idaho to spend the holidays with my family. Christmas just isn’t the same in Arizona, what with the temps still reaching high 70’s and all, and I just love the spirit of Christmas I feel in my hometown!

  72. If I’m being 100% honest, right this very second I’m looking forward to gorging myself on homemade Chex Mix. I only make it once a year because of the whole gorging thing. πŸ˜‰

  73. I am most looking forward to spending the first Christmas with my daughter. Well technically this is her 2nd Christmas but was only 6 months at her 1st and not really aware. I can’t wait to share the magic of the season with her. Crossing myfingers that the santa visit won’t end in tears!
    luckyseattlemom at gmail dot com

  74. I am definitely looking forward to spending time with family this holiday season. Thanksgiving in just a few weeks and then Christmas :). If it weren’t for the snow (okay snow isn’t so bad.. the ice is the worst) this would be my favorite time of year.

  75. I’m excited to be going back home for the holidays. To be with family but mostly for my 1 year old son to experience our holiday traditions with our families. It will be the very first Thanksgiving and Christmas he will remember and I can’t wait to be doing our own family traditions!

  76. I’m looking forward to being home with my parents for the first time in almost two years, and watching my kids become reacquainted with their doppelgΓ€nger cousins!

  77. I get to see my family from Texas about once a year, and I am SO excited to be flying down to see them for Thanksgiving. We have so much fun together! All of our gatherings are centered around food. We joke that if we’re not eating, we’re planning our next meal. Can’t wait!

  78. This holiday season, I’m looking forward to spending time with family and taking time to reflect on the things that are most important to me! Cheers!

  79. Just waiting to see the wonder and amazement from my 2 and 4 year old. Each year they grasp the idea more and this year will be enjoyable to watch

  80. Out of a million ticket requests I scored 4 to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert with Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn. I can’t wait! It will totally get me in the Christmas spirit.

  81. I love all the music (which is already playing during the day at my house! :-p) and the lights. There is little better than snuggling up to my husband in front of a roaring fire and the Christmas tree lit up!

  82. Easily having my family together in our house for Christmas. We travelled last year and that was great, but this year to be at home and see little footprints run down the stairs to experience Christmas morning is going to be precious! I haven’t decided what smell is going to be for breakfast, but bacon and cinnamon are a good start πŸ™‚ here’s to an early Christmas gift!

  83. This summer we(husband+me+4kids) moved back to the cold snowy state that both of our families live in. We had been living in sunny California and have missed holidays with family. So, I am so looking forward to spending time with family, watching my kids playing with their aunts, uncles, and cousins, and taking lots and lots of pictures! So not looking forward to having to drive in the snow!!

  84. I always look forward to decorating the house for Christmas. Now that my boys are getting a little older, it is so much fun to see their eyes light up! It’s fun reliving the excited through my children!

  85. I am mmost looking forward to shopping for my two litte boys, taking them to see Santa, doing our Christmas Eve traditions and seeing their faces light up on Christmas morning!

  86. I’m looking forward to finally going home! Haven’t had a Christmas at home since 2007. Also, we have a new baby’s first Christmas. πŸ™‚

  87. Cookie decorating with my three year old! I am prepared with LOTS of sprinkles this year!

    P.S. Thanks for meeting me Kate! And don’t worry – I’ll send you jam! πŸ™‚

  88. After several years of going out of town to spend the holiday with relatives, we will be enjoying Christmas at home this year, so Santa won’t have to find us while we are out of town πŸ™‚ Much easier for him! Being with family is the best!

  89. Last year and the year before, our Christmas trips to see the family were disrupted by unexpectedly heavy snowfalls. In 2009 we couldn’t even get out of the village to start the journey and last year we spent 14 hours stuck on the road. So this year, I just want to see the family without snow getting in the way! I’m ok with a little decorative sprinkle…

  90. I’m going home to visit my parents for Christmas. My mom goes all out when decorating both the inside and outside of the house and I just find it to be a very magical place at Christmas. I can’t wait!

  91. The thing I’m most looking forward to this holiday season is watching my baby’s reaction to all the lights and sounds and smells of the season. She’s going to be 11 months old on Christmas, so I just wonder what she’ll do with the paper and everything too. It will be great practice for her birthday a month later. =)

  92. OK, sounds lame. I am most looking forward to going back to day shift after 4 1/2 torturous months of night shift. C’mon January 1!!! But Christmas is always special too. I am lucky enough to be blessed EVERY day, though!

  93. Spending time with my husband and 3 girls, but also heading home to see my entire family for a week. We only travel to see them twice a year, so it’s always a treat! πŸ™‚

  94. I love getting together with all the family, my grandchildren are at the fun age where everything is so exciting and they are so full of enthusiasm that it just rubs off on you!

  95. I’m most looking forward to seeing my son maybe start to understand Christmas. He is two this year. Great giveaway!

    mrschristinewilliams at gmail dot com

  96. I’m looking forward to being with family. We are fortunate enough to live within about 30 miles of each other, but because of our “lives” don’t see each other as much as we’d like. We alwsy make time during the holidays to get together and catch up…as it were!

  97. It’s turned into one of our favorite holiday experiences. We host a cookie decorating party every year. This year, if everyone can make it, we will have 10 adults and 15 kids under the age of 9 decorating about 20 dozen cookies that I (and now the neighbor!) bake the weekend before. Everyone brings food to share. It’s totally laidback. Eat some of this, eat some of that. Decorate a bazillion cookies. Send the kids outside to play AFTER sugar high. Make chocolate-dipped everything. THEN, send everyone home with everything we’ve made. It’s a great time to get together, enjoy friends and family, and the kids (and the adults) have a blast!

  98. My husband is deployed to Afghanistan, so I’m most looking forward to having my sister come for Christmas so the kids and I aren’t lonely.

  99. Ohhh the atmosphere! Driving down the road seeing all the lights, the Christmas music in the car, all the delicious food and mostly being with family! Giving gifts to the young ins and watching their faces light up!!! Ohh I love this time of year.

  100. I’m looking forward to family, fun and traditions. And hopefully a jammie day on Christmas Day with some OBB recipes to get us through the day with full tummies! I love those kind of Christmas Days!

  101. This year my boys won’t be home, but my cousin & her husband (living in Germany) are going to be here. Expecting to have 26 people for Christmas eve dinner at my aunts house, maybe more, depending on the weather.
    Looking forward to seeing all of them, even though only 6 are from out of town!

    nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

  102. The thing I’m looking forward to the most is finally having time to sit down and work on my Christmas village project!

  103. I am looking forward to the time when my family is home and we don’t have anything planned. We try really hard to no plan anything during the holidays unless it is a service. It keeps us home together and serving together.

  104. I have the same frustration with Christmas before Thanksgiving as you do, but this year I an excited to spend time in the kitchen and try a few new recipes. That trip sounded crazy exhausting!

  105. I am looking forward to spending the time with family as my husband and girls get a lot of time off from work and school. We have three girls under 7, one of them only 4 months old, and am so excited to see the joy on their faces on Christmas. The lights, food, cocoa, and tree lighting are some of our favorites! But through all this, making sure to focus on the true meaning of Christmas is always very important in our house !

  106. I work for a toy company so I pretty much sign my life away to work from Nov-Jan. I can’t wait for Christmas so I can finally relax, get a little sleep, and spend some much-needed time with my son. Christmas mornings when “Santa brings chocolate milk” are always a favorite. Plus he’s getting some really cool toys this year that I want to play with!

  107. This year, I am looking forward to it all; decorating, baking, family, and I am especially looking forward to seeing my 2 1/2 year old’s face on Christmas morning!

  108. Spending time with my family…kids out of school, parents and brother in from out of town. All going to church together on Christmas morning.

  109. I’m most looking forward to and wishing for a happy, peaceful holiday season. After losing my Mom/BFF on Thanksgiving day 4 years ago and my wonderful Dad 9 months later, the last few holiday seasons have been less than joyful. πŸ™ This year, it’s going to be a “put your happy pants on” and enjoy life holiday season! Looking forward to holiday lights, snow ice cream, crafts with the grandkids, Christmas eve church and lots of food made from my Our Best Bites cookbook!

  110. I am most looking forward to my children’s excitement – – about decorations, about wrapping presents, about making cookies, and about Christmas morning. It helps keep me grounded during a hectic time of year.

  111. Really looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying family. Also, excited to watch my two year old open presents.

  112. I am so looking forward to the snow. I love waking up and finding several inches of snow on the ground. It always feels magical, even while scraping it all off the car πŸ™‚

  113. I am looking forward to doing the 12 days of Christmas for our neighbors. It’s always fun to do the doorbell ditch and leave something fun on their doorstep πŸ™‚

  114. It is our first granddaughter’s first Christmas. She won’t have any clue; but we will. And it will be a relatively homemade holiday. With help from responses to your question about an Advent calendar, I have ideas to start a relatively inexpensive/free Advent “calendar” theme for her (and for future grandchildren that we may be fortunate enough to possibly have).
    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

  115. Spending time with families. As my children grow and my parents are getting older each year I’m so thankful to have spent another holiday with them. With ailing parents it really makes you stop and appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the company not so much the commercialism of the season.

  116. I am one of those people who finished decorating for Christmas this week! I am most excited to see how my 2 year old will react to all the new sights, smells and wishes of good cheer that will be around her. We already love going for rides in the car to look at Christmas lights, we sing happy birthday to baby Jesus (she started this on her own when I told her Christmas is about celebrating the birth of baby Jesus) and are planning how we can serve and help others during this time of year! It’s going to be so fun watching how she will react this year, especially because we get to share a lot of time with both sets of Grandparents.

  117. Of course I’m looking forward to baking up some OBB holiday goodies, but I am most thankful that my husband will be home this year – not deployed overseas! It will be our growing family’s first Christmas together, with him and our amazing little 15-month-old. Sooo grateful πŸ™‚

  118. My girls are 4 1/2 and 6 – the perfect ages to create some holiday magic! We have plans to do some baking together, make some kid-friendly holiday crafts, and watch our favorite holida moive, Olive the Other Reindeer.

  119. My college freshman son (who is 1500 miles away) coming home for Christmas. Then just relaxing with the family, and eating great food!

  120. Of course I’m looking forward to all of the usual holiday charms (family etc), but I am also very excited for the influx ofcanned pumpkin at the grocery store. There had been too many months without any. Time to stock up for the year!

  121. We’ve had a crazy fall…I’m looking most forward to spending some time at home with my girls, watching Christmas movies, and snuggling on the couch!

  122. The three Fs are my favorite part…food, family and friends. I enjoy seeing all the decorations and peoples faces when they open their gifts. But eating good food while visiting when wonderful family and fabulous friends…that’s my FAVORITE part. I’m from Ohio…so glad you enjoyed your visit to the buckeye state.

  123. I can’t wait for Christmas lights, quiet snowy evenings, time with family and friends, and of course, delicious food!

  124. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and baking Christmas cookies! My mom is known for going overboard when baking, so there are always tons of cookies at her house!

  125. I look forward to no work, no school for my kiddos and therefore no schedule! I look forward to talking into the wee hours of the morning with my sisters and mom! And cooking until we drop!

  126. I’m most excited this year because my son is at a great age to really enjoy the magic of the holidays. I love seeing things through his eyes!

  127. Being with ALL of my family for the first time in 4 years!! Now that we are all married and spread out across the country we don’t ALL get together very often. My little boy is going to meet two cousins he’s never met before. I just can’t wait to go to Florida this Christmas and see family! So fun!!

  128. Besides the amazing holiday food, I am looking forward to a relaxing Christmas with the in-laws! There are no children on that side yet so we can spend Christmas day sleeping in.

  129. So many things I love about this time of year…Peppermint Mocha’s, Baking with my mom and aunts, driving around and looking at Christmas lights, Watching my kids face on Christmas morning but what I love most of all is just spending time with my family and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ πŸ™‚

  130. Being with family. It’s especially meaningful this year as our 15 year old niece has just been diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. Make every moment count.

  131. I most look forward to baking 30+ varities of cookies and candies with my family and then giving them to friends and family a few days before Christmas. I’ve got a butter stock pile too! πŸ™‚

  132. I am most looking forward to my semester at college coming to an end, before the next semester begins.(and praying I passed) And then spending much needed time with my son and husband. We have a tradition of going to the tree farm and cutting down the perfect christmas tree(I like the full fat ones), and sitting by the bomb fire warming our hands up after taking 3 hrs to pick a tree-lol. Baking sugar cookies with my 6 yr old son. And of course TURKEY! Yummy!

  133. I am looking forward to having Christmas in my daughter’s new home (just moved in yesterday). No longer am I the one who has to stress over when and where the decorations are going and when they have to come down. πŸ™‚

  134. This year we are doing short evening devotionals about Christ’s life. I found the idea on pinterest (from Sew Dang Cute) and I got it mostly put together. It is really easy, with scriptures and pictures and songs. I am really excited to do it for our Scripture study in Dec.

  135. Wow what an expereince..that would truly be awesome. Oh I just love allot about the holidays but the best thing I suppose would be this. I cook every Christmas and Thansgiving and there have been at least 12 to 22 people, always at least 1 person new. For thanksgiving I always make a new tablecloth…Why you may ask if for this reason. We have everyone sign the tablecloth that shares our table with us and then we have already labeled one of the chairs with “winner” written underneath. Now my husband and I even mix up the chairs so we do not even know. At the end of our meal most of the people there already know the tradition but my husband explains it and then whoever is sitting at the winners chair gets to take the thanksgiving table cloth home. For my husband and I it is a wonderful way that starts our Holiday season out right by giving of ourselves and I have never had anyone that did not want a shot at it. Matter of fact I think my brother comes with a new person every year just so he thinks he has a better shot thinking well his girlfriend will not want it and give it to him but you know what…one of his girlfriends did win one year and told him no way this will be her thanksgiving tablecloth from here on out…just a lovely beginning of the reason for the season..I wish you and yours the best….Sharon

  136. I can’t wait for my husband to have holidays (he gets the week of Christmas off) and we can have family time and make great memories with our kids! And oodles of sugar cookies of course!

  137. I’m looking forward to decorating my house and Christmas morning when my daughter, who is now big enough to open gifts, realizes practically everything under the tree is for her!

  138. Looking forward to spending some time with my family; tons of down-time – lounging around in the house in PJ, drinking homemade hot cocoa, watching old movies, and hopefully taking a long leisurely nap while my mom or sister plays with my little daughter πŸ™‚

  139. I just love the general giving/happiness that everyone seems to have. Lol. I’m excited for the food and family. It’s all just so great. πŸ™‚

  140. I am so excited about Christmas morning with my whole family. My hubby and kids, my parents, my sister, her fiance and her kids and my brother and his girlfriend all come over to my house and I make a huge brunch for everyone. It’s great!

  141. I am most looking forward to going home for Christmas, as live on the opposite side of the country from the rest of my family!

  142. So many things that I look forward to – time with the family is number one for sure. I also look forward to baking and cooking with my Christmas music.

  143. This holiday season, I’m most looking forward to December 27. That’s my 10th wedding anniversary to my eternal sweetheart. πŸ™‚

  144. This year I will be lucky enough to celebrate Christmas with my 2 month old great grandson, altho he won’t understand the season, it is so wonderful to see the next generation and the new tradiations that they will start. Loved your blog on Smuckers-jealous I wasn’t there but I have to say by your words kind of felt like I was.

  145. We have a new baby coming any day now! I just want to snuggle! πŸ™‚ I also love your blog and look forward to holiday recipes for my own archives.

  146. Excited to spend it at home for the first time and not travel with two kiddos. Time to start creating my own traditions- holiday food is probably my favorite.

  147. This year I’m looking forward to decorating for Christmas. I don’t usually do it but this year all the decorations are coming out. Thank you!

  148. You were in my neck of the country and ironically last night I took my husband to Lolita – right by Farenheit in Tremont. I just saw the sign last night and then read your post this morning. How fun. I am looking forward to decorating our home with our kiddos who are so totally into making it look so fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

  149. I am fortunate to have the weekends after Thanksgiving and Christmas off work. My boss agreed to my request one extra day off each time. This means more time with family in between the 6-hour drive home. Yeah! And I can’t wait to meet Eli, the newest cousin.

  150. I just love the whole Christmas atmosphere. I even love my drive home from work when it gets dark early, snows just a little, and all the sparkly lights are on! But I love being with family and I’m looking forward to some great holiday food!

  151. I’m looking forward to many things. First this is the first Christmas and Christmas Eve that my husband does not have to work. Second holidays mean cooler weather. Third is spending time with my family and baking goodies to friends and family members. Fourth is Christmas Day we worked hard this year to save money for Christmas presents and I can’t wait for my 3 kids to see their presents. They are finally getting to the point where they understand unwrapping presents and there is more than just a box and paper. I love the spirit of the season and talking to my oldest son about the spirit of Christmas. He told me yesterday at the store that he wanted to help a family this year.

  152. I’m looking forward to watching my eight month old son crawl around Grandma’s house, tear open presents, try to attack the Christmas tree, and experience my favorite holiday for the very first time.

  153. I’m most looking forward to being with the entire family. We haven’t all been together for years and this year we will. We won’t be together again like this for a very long time.

  154. I always look forward to our traditions with our children each year; putting up the tree, making cookies, making goodies for our friends. Just the little things we do each year brings joy to my heart.

  155. I am most looking forward to time with family! We will all be together for a week and I can’t wait! My oldest is a senior so I know these days are numbered:(

  156. I’m looking forward to seeing my entire family this holiday season! I have a couple siblings that moved out of state this year & I cannot wait for them to7 visit!!! : ) I love the holidays!

  157. I am looking forward to the same thing as every year: Days off from school for my kids and husband (who is a teacher) and having tons of family time… just the 5 of us. πŸ™‚

  158. We are hosting thanksgiving for the first time at our house! So excited that my family is coming to see me instead of vice versa. But that also means I’ll be doing the majority of the cooking too. I am excited to make your cornbread stuffing for my family!

  159. Christmas brings out the best in me. I love the songs (Silver Belles is my favorite), the family gatherings, the giving of gifts, and of course the food. Each year I have that one gift that I am so excited to give and this year is no exception. I already bought it (which is totally not like me). While at a local festival with my mother in law and sister in law I found a wooden, eagle head, sling shot for my brother in law. Sounds crazy, right? But his oddly eclectic self will LOVE it and I can’t wait for him to open it. It could only be made better by adding a few gret treats made with the items in this basket…yay…I hope I win!!!!

    Thanks Our Best Bites…I love you blog and have become addicted to it since I first found it.

  160. I’m looking forward to my daughter’s face on Christmas morning. She is 2 and this is the first year she will actually get it. So excited πŸ™‚

  161. I look forward to spending a great time with family! It’s also the first year I think my little girl will be able to enjoy the festivities (she’ll actually know what’s going on)!

  162. I’m looking forward to our first Christmas with just the three of us- no in-laws, etc. Will be so nice and quiet and focused on just our little family!

  163. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite part of the holidays. I love how my children’s excitement brings back my own childhood anticipation. I love family traditions like candy-making day with the girls and Santa visiting at Grandma’s. And of course, the food. OH, the food!

  164. What a fun trip. I had no idea they were in the Midwest! I am so looking forward to having both my kids come to IL for the holidays–one from Boston and one from Houston. That means my almost 3 yo gs will be here too! That’s all I need for the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win some fantastic yummies.

  165. I am so looking forward to my granddaughter, daughter and son-in-law being here for Christmas. There is absolutely nothing better than children at Christmas. Cozy fires, going to look at Christmas lights, visit with Santa. Gonna be a fun week !!

  166. The holiday season is my favorite part of the year! Not only am I looking forward to spending time with family, eating and cooking delicious food, and time off from school, but I am excited to celebrate my 3 year anniversary with my husband on Dec. 26!

  167. It sounds like you had a wonderful adventure. There’s only one thing better than spending time with friends, and that’s spending time with family in the holidays. That’s what I’m looking forward to.

  168. I’m looking forward to the semester being over so I can spend time with my amazing hubby and our little boys, making and wrapping all their presents. It’s the first time my kids will start to understand Christmas, I can’t wait for the excitement and to teach them about their Savior, and the many blessing we have.

  169. I am most looking forward to meeting my niece who was born last February. My sister lives in England and this will be my first chance to meet my very first niece. I cannot wait!!!

  170. just the extra time with family! hot cocoa by our fire pit ( last years christmas gift!)
    cooperkelly4@yahoo dot com

  171. This holiday season I am most looking forward to going home for Christmas and seeing my little sister get married! Yay! And eating all of the delicious food.. since I’m pregnant, it’s almost totally guilt-free this year!

  172. I am most looking forward to the Festival of Trees in my hometown. It is so beautiful and instantly gets me into the Christmas spirit!

  173. I’m looking forward to the excitement in my daughter’s eyes! Every time we see anything Christmas related at the store she gets so happy and has to check everything out. I love it!

  174. Well, besides the obvious holiday goodies, I am most looking forward to just spending time with family and watching DS (who is 18 months) open his presents because I think he might actually get it this time

  175. I’m looking forward to curling up in front of the fire in my new house with a good book and yummy treats before the kids get out of school for the holiday.

  176. I’m looking forward to our first Christmas in our own home. We always travel to family and this year we protested and decided we will stay put. I’m a little nervous, there have been tears, but I’m excited to start traditions and enjoy my little family for the first time in 12 year. πŸ™‚

  177. I’m kind of a Scrooge myself, so I’m looking forward to Christmas Day after all the craziness is done and I’m just laid back in my new pajamas sipping egg nog, eating too much chocolate and snuggling my hubby. Oh so relaxing!

  178. My parents are visiting for my daughter’s baptism in December. Aside from that visit, I won’t be seeing any of my family over the holidays.

  179. Trip to NYC with my hubby while my parents watch the kids for 2 nights and a trip back home to WI to see my parents and 3 brothers over Christmas.

  180. I am looking forward to seeing my sister and her family. They used to live about 2 hours away and earlier this year they moved to SC, which is now a 12 hr drive away! They won’t be home for Thanksgiving this year so I am especially looking forward to seeing them around Christmas.

  181. We’re hosting our first holiday in our new home, so I’m looking forward to having our closest family over to spend time here. πŸ™‚

  182. What am I most excited for this holiday season? Baby number 2! It’s a girl. She is scheduled to arrive December 27th. I have a 2 year old and he was born on Halloween. We didn’t mean to plan it all that way… it just happened! Maybe next time we’ll go for Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  183. I am looking forward to a nice, long visit with my daughter. She is away at college and since she is an RA this year, her trips home have been non-existent. It will be so nice to just hang out, shop, and watch TV together.

  184. My favorite part of the holidays is that my brother is coming home from his mission–he has been gone for 2 years, and now the whole family gets to be together!

  185. Being with family and seeing how excited my kids get on Christmas morning! They are at such a fun age right now! I love the holidays!! πŸ™‚

  186. Wow, what a fun Smuckers experience! I am most looking forward to seeing the sparkle and excitement in my children’s eyes as they anticipate Christmas!!

  187. I am most looking forward to my daughter decking the halls for me instead of me having to do it myself! That leaves me free to bake, bake, bake!
    And how gross is that, that you had to sit next to a tobacco chewer/spitter? Shudder.

  188. Of course all the yummy homemade goodies. But my favorite thing of Christmas is the ballet west nutcracker. I used to go with my grandma when I was a little girl and now I take my two girls. I love it.

  189. Spending time with my family. We’re all spread around the country, so time together at the holidays is so precious.

  190. I am super excited to spend Christmas with my family. We haven’t been home for Christmas in 3 years and I can’t wait!

  191. Christmas shopping! I love shopping but I never get the chance anymore. Plus the food! And neighbor gifts! And skiing! Ok, do I have to pick one?

  192. i’m looking forward to 2 weeks off work so i can spend time with my husband and kids and bake, decorate, sew, etc. thanks for the chance!

  193. Creating magic for my kids! They are still young enough to believe in Santa, but no matter what their age, I like to make things “magical.” I think those memories last a lot longer than the presents!

  194. I am looking forward to enjoying the holidays with my kids. They are 7, 4 and 1 and so full of excitement and wonder. I am looking forward to enjoying Christmas through their eyes!

  195. Christmas movies and music and the always fun task of blending Santa and the Savior when teaching the little ones about the holiday.

  196. That trip sounds like it was a blast!! How fun! My favorite part of the holiday season is partying with family. We always have all kinds of appetizers and treats and we play games like they’re going out of school. Not to mention all of the diet pepsi we go through! I love partying with family!

  197. I am looking forward to just being with my children and husband and doing all the fun activities we have planned, like going and cutting down our Christmas tree.

  198. Cheesballs…. Home made cheesballs with crackers…. I already have friends and neighbors asking for them…. So good

  199. This will be my first Christmas as a retiree, so I’ll have plenty of time to plan fun decor, events with my 2 year old grandchild, and yummy breakfasts for my husband. I’m so looking forward to it!

  200. Gathering all my children together again! The three college co-eds and my two youngest still at home. We love being together as a family and have sooo much fun.

  201. I’m most looking forward to getting moved back to Utah from California before the Holidays start! It will be so nice to be with family again!

  202. I’m most looking forward to hanging out with my kids and all four of their grandparents, especially since my MIL was diagnosed with cancer this year. Fortunately she’s doing better than expected and it will be a lovely Christmas!

  203. This year we are spending Christmas with my husbands family back in the country! So excited to see all of our in-laws and the nieces and nephews!

  204. My oldest is two and gets excited and is starting to understand more about the holidays, so I’m excited to see the fun he has this year!

  205. Oh all the baking especially the tradition we have of decorating the christmas tree while drinking homemade hot cocoa with caramel and whipped cream and you named it earlier…watching A Christmas Story while doing it all.

  206. I love to be with my siblings, doesn’t happen all that often anymore. Family favorite recipes that don’t come till Christmas: sweet bacon, slush, Christmas cookies.

  207. I’m most excited about visiting family in Utah! Last holiday season we didn’t get to visit any family (we’re in the military) because it was too hard to travel, so I’m excited to see everyone this year!! πŸ™‚

  208. I’m looking forward to seeing the magic in my kid’s eyes this year. My oldest is 4 and she’s just getting old enough to totally get the joy and anticipation and fun of it all.

    owensgirl (@) gmail (dot) com

  209. I am so excited for the Christmas season this year! We are going to be doing our own version of the Elf on a Shelf… but he is not a sit around elf. He gets bored at night while we are asleep and creates all kinds of mischief around the house! Although my kiddos are getting older, it will still be magical and so fun!

  210. I’m looking forward to seeing my one year-old daughter enjoy the holidays. She was so tiny last year and I think she will be such a delight to watch this year!

  211. I’m looking forward to visiting family in both Idaho and Colorado.. Also it’s my baby girl’s first Christmas so I’m excited for that too!

  212. I look forward to the holiday season in particular the holiday chick flicks! We love The Holiday & The Family Stone. Smuckers would be fun :o)

  213. I’m ready for lots of family time this holiday season! We don’t need to be doing anything, just being together.

  214. i’m looking forward to visiting family across the country (not looking forward to the 18 hr drive with a 10 mo old that hates the car seat)

  215. I am looking forward to my toddler making s full recovery from his recent major surgery this holiday season. He should be well enough that he can start being around other people and leaving the house around Christmas.

  216. The traditional family Christmas cookies (pepper nuts and spritz) . I’m hoping for MAYBE one snow day (rather than a snowed in week:)) or a trip to the mountain (mt. Hood) to play in the snow. Nothing on schedules, just taking it easy.

  217. A day creating Santa’s cookie with my granddaughters, sugar sprinkles and powder sugar everywhere..singing I What a Hippotamus for Christmas. Putting the star on top of the tree to remind them the reson for the seaon.

  218. I’m looking forward to seeing all my family. Especially my niece! (She’ll be 9 months old by the time I get back. I’ve only met her once (3 months old) so I’m expecting to be shocked by the changes!)

  219. We are headed up to the cabin in the hills, next to the stream and large Black Hills Spruce trees…we’ll light a fire in the wood stove, and begin roasting the turkey, peeling the potatoes and baking the veggies. We are looking forward to the smell, sights and sounds of this thankful holiday. We will also miss the family members who can not be with us this year.

  220. Family, family, and more family. Oh yeah and eating lots of food without feeling guilty. Because, hey, it’s the holidays!

  221. Having a family of my own, this may sound silly, but I look forward to the Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt my mom does every year. We all know that in the end we get pajamas, but I get to hang out with my brothers and our spouses. We never know what the hunt will include: one year we had to drive around town to different places and take pictures, but mostly it is just at home. I can’t wait until my kiddos get old enought to understand and join in!

  222. I can’t wait to be with some of my family. Half of them are spread around the country but some are close…including 3 of the younger grandchildren! I have the week after Christmas off to enjoy them.

  223. I am really looking forward to trying some new recipes and taking my girls to see the “real” Santa Claus in the actual North Pole in Alaska. πŸ˜€

  224. I so look forward to meeting and catching up with friends and family – some that we only see at Christmas (they live in Ireland – it is on list to visit them instead one day!).

  225. just spending time with family and eating as much as I want. I’m still fairly young and have only lived on my own a few years so I appreciate home cooking and not having to fork out the expense! Also, I haven’t seen my brother in 2 years because he lives in Korea, but he will be here for the holidays so I will get to spend time with him as well!

  226. I’m looking forward to being with family. I’ve been working non-stop lately, and I can’t wait for a little time with them.

  227. I am looking forward to having my husband home! We have had so many deployments because of the military, that it will be wonderful just having him home and knowing that we have no separations coming up for a while!

  228. I’m thrilled to just be able to spend time with my family. My hubby’s work schedule is annoying and so we squeeze fun holiday to-do into every spare second. πŸ™‚

  229. We are moving to another state 11 days before Christmas. This will be the first year we are away from family for Christmas. I am just hoping to be able to move in a home and decorate a little for the kids to make it “magical” for them.

  230. This year our daughter is three and is finally really getting into the whole Santa thing. We’ll leave Reindeer food out front and cookies and milk next to the tree for Santa. I can’t wait to see the look on her face on Christmas morning when she sees gifts from Santa waiting for her under the tree!

  231. My high-schoolers are receiving their letterman jackets for Christmas. I can’t wait to see their reaction!

  232. I am looking forward to spending quality time with my husband, my family, and to have a much needed break from school! I am also looking forward to all the good food, fun music, beautiful lights, and cheerful hearts that the holiday brings.

  233. I always love the music and the whole holiday spirit everyone gets into. What I’m most looking forward to though is the excitement of my kids – even my teenager who can’t wait for Christmas because he wants more fishing stuff. πŸ™‚ Cracks me up that he can be so childlike in his excitement.

  234. I am looking forward to spending time with family and my annual role as pie maker. Each year I make all the pies for Thanksgiving and since we split our years with my family and my husbands family the number of pies ranges from 3-15 every other year. This year I only get to make 3 which makes it so hard to choose.

  235. I’m most looking forward spending time with my family. We all live within 20 miles of each other, but with all of our hectic lives & schedules, we don’t see each other as nearly as we’d like too. And, I’m also looking forward to my 3 1/2 year old daughters reaction to all the lights, sounds & food. Every year her reaction to Christmas gets better & better πŸ˜€

  236. Wait a minute! You were 20 minutes from me and I didn’t know it?! I should have read your posts more carefully. :-/ However, your post just gave us a great idea for where to take our Christmas pictures this year: the Smuckers Cafe & Store! πŸ™‚

    I am most looking forward to Christmas baking. Mmmmm! I love the smells of Christmas-y foods baking.

  237. I am most looking forward to my 2 1/2 year old’s joy on Christmas morning when he sees all of his gifts from Santa, his parents, grandparents, and others.

  238. I’m excited for my 2 year old to experience his first “Snow!” We’re going to make snow-angels, snowmen, go sledding and have snow ball fights! All the while enjoying our family and good food!! Then after the new year we’ll come back home to defrost!! πŸ™‚

  239. I am looking forward to heading home for Christmas. My husband and I will be heading to my hometown and celebrating with my family. We are expecting our first child in March so it will be a celebration of that as well. Additionally, we will be finding out in the next 2 weeks if we will be selected to adopt two adorable little boys. So my greatest hope is that this Christmas after 5 years of trying and waiting we will be celebrating Christmas with two little ones that we are able to give forever home.

  240. I live in the West with all four children within 4 hours. This may be the last Christmas for a while where that will be the case. Two hope to head to the east coast to graduate school, another leaves for the Navy in April, and another graduates from college in the spring, who knows where he will be. Just being together this year will be wonderful!

  241. I LOVE Christmas. Pretty much everything about it. However, I am most looking forward to the Saturday in early December where my mom and I craft our homemade gifts all day! Its the best!

  242. I am looking forward to Festival of Trees, a benefit for Primary Children’s Medical Center. Every year it is the thing that starts out the Christmas season for me and always puts me in the right mood.

  243. Hey Kate,
    My husband works at Smucker’s headquarters in Orrville. If you ever need any Jam I can send it to you.
    On a side note, my husband talked to Cody Adams and he said that he would introduce me to you at the Smucker’s store on Thursday. On my way out of the house to meet you I grabbed milk dud’s (healthy, I know) to treat on the way and broke my crown. My dentist said I had to come in right away and I missed meeting you. So next time you are in town, I have learned my lesson and will stay way from milk dud’s.

  244. I am most looking forward to spending time with my family. This will be the last holiday season that we will be a family of 2 as we are expecting our first baby in January.

  245. I am SO looking forward to cooking, eating, doing some shopping and spending time with family. I hope my mom gets to come this way so that we can do our yearly tradition of baking cookies.

  246. Christmas eve is usually the only time of year we get to see our WHOLE family together on my parent’s side. That is my very favorite day of the year! I love family time!!!

  247. I’m most looking forward to baking and decorating up a storm this holiday season. This is the first year that one of my children is old enough to really “get into” Christmas. The Little People’s Nativity is ready to go out for her to play with, I’ve got applesauce cinnamon decorations made, etc. I hope the holidays are good this year as the year, in general, has been pretty cruddy :).

  248. I’m definitely looking forward to relaxing…once Christmas is finally here, that is! I feel like every year it is a huge exhausting rush to get to Christmas day and then I finally get to relax that whole week until New Year’s. I love it!

  249. I’m most looking forward to seeing every Christmas tradition and experience FRESH through the eyes of my two year old son.

  250. Celebrating the birth of the Savior and being reminded how grateful I am for His life. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas! (but not before the day after Thanksgiving, I’m a stickler too)

  251. I’m looking forward to spending the holiday evenings with my family and the people I love, surrounded by delicious food and decadent desserts!

  252. Being near family for the first time in 3 years. And snuggling my new baby- if he would ever make his grand debut. And not to forget punky pie and hot cocoa!

  253. I am most looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our first baby who will be 9-months old! We waited a LONG time to get him, and can’t wait to have our first Christmas together & see everything through his eyes for the first time.

  254. One of our family traditions is to ride the local train’s version of the Polar Express. It is my favorite because I love seeig how magical it is to my kids.

  255. Sometime in December we’ll be able to bring home the little boy we’re adopting from Korea. It’s not really holiday related, but there isn’t anything between now and the end of the holiday season that I’m looking forward to more.

  256. I’m looking forward to not working on Christmas Day. I work at a large hospital, so usually end up working many holidays, so it’s a big deal to get to stay home all day long with my dh & kids!

  257. I’m looking forward to having my husband home who travels weekly for work. The thought of having him home for a whole week is so exciting!!! I can’t wait!

  258. I am looking forward to pretty much everything! But one of my most favorite things is that I go over to my mother-in-laws and help her make delicious treats for everyone! Candies and cookies and cakes! Mmmhmmm. It snows quite a bit here, and everyone always seems to be dreading the snow, but I absolutely love it. It actually snowed yesterday, and I told my husband that it looked like Christmas already!

  259. I’m looking forward to my new camera! Mine broke in April and I haven’t had a single picture of my kids in that time. It’s tragic.

  260. I’m looking forward to watching my nephew and niece open their presents on Christmas. It’s so cute and hilarious at the same time. Upon opening a pack of underwear last year, my then 3-year-old nephew said “Ugh!!!” and flopped backward onto his beanbag chair. Kids can be so funny.

  261. I’m most looking forward to spending time with those I love over the dinner table eating, laughing, and than staying up all night playing cards!

  262. I am most excited to spend this holiday season with my husband because we just got married in August and it will be our first holiday season together and we are both so busy with work and school we will actually be able to spend time together!

  263. I am looking forward to reflecting upon all the blessing in my life as we celebrate these upcoming holidays. It is a great time of year that allows you to focus on all the beauty the world has to offer and to just be greatful for all the blessing which you have. I look forward to spending time with my family and seeing all those who I don’t see often. I look forward to serving those around me andsharing yummy treats with my friends and neighbors. Of cousre I look forward to all the yummy food! But most of all I look forward to giving thanks to those who serve and love me and to my savior who makes it all possible!

  264. Visiting family & decorating/eating Grandma’s secret recipe sugar cookies(with her, of course)! Also, my first Christmas with my husband as a married couple. πŸ™‚

  265. I’m looking forward to making goodies to take to all the neighbors, spending time with family, and watching my babies open presents now that they finally understand how!

  266. I am looking forward to seeing my brother, sis-in-law, and brand new nephew who I haven’t met yet (just born a few months ago) who will be traveling here. They live in China so we don’t get to see them very often!

  267. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I grew up not to far from the Smucker’s plant in Orrvile. Sadly I’ve never been there. Looks like I definitely need to make a stop on my next trip home! I love Christmas and usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. This year we will be moving from Georgia to New York the beginning of December, so I can’t wait to get settled so I can start decorating!

  268. I’m so thankful that I’ll get to see my family this Christmas. After moving a thousand miles away for work, it is a much needed an welcomed holiday season.

  269. I’m looking forward to seeing my family! We moved to 2000 miles away last year and haven’t been home since summer.

  270. I am looking forward to seeing my California cousin here in Iowa and, hopefully having my family together again for a couple of days. I have a 2 year old grandson and a 4 year old granddaughter who live about 200 miles away. Their Dad works in the restaurant business so it gets very had to get together on holidays. My younger son, who was diagnosed with cancer 3 years ago, will be home and it is more important than ever for us all to be together.

  271. What I am looking forward to the MOST is having my husband home!!!!!!!! He’s been deployed since March and (HOpefully) is coming home in a weekish!!!! YAY!

  272. I’m looking most forward to school being out. My husband works for our school district, so he gets the same vacation as our son (we only have one school-age kid)! I always want more time with my husband. πŸ™‚

  273. I’m looking forward to my father’s pies. As a tradition he and my brothers were in charge of the holidays. We always looked forward to what they had in store for us. This year will be the first year in 11 yrs that I’ll get to have my dad’s pies. yum. That and getting to listen to a song my grandfather sang to me as a kid (he’s passed now). πŸ˜€

  274. I’m looking forward to sitting together with my family and making tamales. We usually stay up until we’ve made about 15 dozen…so until 2am. We snack while we spread masa and fold them up, good times!

  275. This holiday season marks 5 years since I finished all my treatments for breast cancer. 5 years cancer free. I’m looking forward to celebrating my health with my family.

  276. My Husband and I live about 8 hours from our family and one thing I love about this time of year is that we make a point to travel so we can be with our entire family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Family is so important and I only have 1 grandparent left alive so we do our best to make sure that the kids to spend quality time with their Cousins, Aunt, Uncles, and Great Grandfather. We go up a few days before and stay a few days after so we can soak up the family time. Plus I LOVE baking and I get to do a lot of that around the Holidays. That way it can be eaten by everyone else and not just me lol. I’m actually making your Layered Pumpkin Pie Toffee Cheesecake for Thanksgiving! Thanks! You girls ROCK!

  277. We are looking forward to all our fun family traditions with our 2 girls, and family time with extended family as well on Christmas Eve and Day. So many memories being made! And hopefully nobody gets sick on Christmas Eve or Day this year….they did last year, so hopefully we are safe this year!

  278. As much as I would really love to win that basket, I would just as much love to win and give it to the food bank for all those who could use it.
    So nice of you to give this away.

  279. This holiday season I am most looking forward to being settled in my new job and new apartment and then coming back home to visit my family. It’ll be the last trip I make to see them for a long time, so it’ll be a biggie.

  280. I just moved into my own place after living with roommates for a long time, so I am very much looking forward to decorating my home just the way I want.

  281. I’m looking forward to Christmas with our daughter. She was only 3 months old for her official first Christmas but she didn’t really do anything. This year she’ll be 15 months and has the personality to go with it! She loves opening boxes and is such a busy body. I can’t wait to see her eyes light up at the Christmas tree and the lights and to spend time with the family. Thanks for the giveaway!

  282. I love being able to threaten *ahem, I mean encourage* my children with the “Santa’s watching!…he’s not gonna bring you any gifts if you’re naughty!”

  283. I am looking forward to seeing my sons and their girlfriends and to seeing if I can make pumpkin pie in my stand alone double oven. Hope it works. Thank you for this giveaway.

    Have a super great day.

  284. I can’t wait to have everything done in November so I can totally relax and enjoy the Christmas spirit in December! Wish me luck on getting the to-do list DONE!

  285. I love everything about Christmas and can’t wait for it all. I am, however, with you on the starting Christmas too early. What happened to Thanksgiving?

  286. Our family is more of a “last minute” planning type of family. Right now my son is in South America working for a few weeks and my daughter-in-law is in Colorado, my husband’s family is in Missouri and my family is in Illinois with me. I am really hoping we can meet somewhere, if not, there’s always January.

  287. spending time with dear friends and family! i can’t wait to snuggle up to a fire, watch our favorite movies, eat way too much food and just celebrate being together!

  288. Well, I’m due in early December with our 2nd child, so I’m really excited about having a new little in the house as well as all the yummy food I’m planning on making!! Unless of course, I deliver late and am still on bed rest at Christmas time. And if that happens, then I guess Christmas dinner will have to be pizza take-out! haha

  289. I am looking forward to having new friends over this holiday season. My husband has new co-workers that have moved here from the Czech Republic and Russia and we are looking forward to opening our home to them and their families and sharing our American holiday traditions with them. I look forward to cooking them a traditional American thanksgiving and they are so excited to be able to try our traditional foods. I can’t wait to share our traditions with them and learn more about theirs!

  290. can hardly wait for my daughter, sil, and 6 of my grandchildren to come visit for a week. so fun to spend Christmas with those precious people. thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

  291. Looking forward to being with my kids and grandkids and just spending time together. Also Christmas Eve candlelight communion service at church.

  292. I haven’t spent Christmas with my family for the past 6 years (going to college overseas, mission). This year, even though I still won’t be spending it with my parents, at least my 2 sisters are here with me in the States and I am very very very much looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving AND Christmas (bonus!) with them πŸ™‚

  293. I am looking forward to sharing this holiday season and Christmas as a married woman. I have the most absolute husband and cannot wait to start making new traditions that we will share with our family someday.

  294. I am really looking forward to all my family that is coming to town for the holidays. Getting to see them and visit with them is the best present of all. Sharing homemade candies and goodies will be fun too. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful basket of goodies.

  295. Awesome Post Kate, so much fun to get a little glimpse πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to the holiday for lots of little things, but I love seeing the Christmas lights …

  296. Hopefully health will be with us as we join for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love to spend time with my young nieces and nephews and see the delight in their eyes during the holidays. I love seeing my parents enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

  297. I love baking and taking all the goodies to friends and family!! I can’t wait to start. The day after Thanksgiving the Christmas tree goes up and the baking begins!!

  298. What a great post about your trip. I enjoyed sharing it with you. πŸ™‚ Smuckers is such a lovely brand.

    I’m looking forward to celebrating the Reason for the season. What an amazing gift given to man!

    Thank you for the chance to win the basket of goodies!

  299. this is the most wonderful time of the year!!My whole family (26 plus one more on the way!) will spend Christmas together, what a treat!

  300. Christmas is a wonderful, special occasion, and I love all of the decorating, baking and family get-togethers, but what I really look forward to is going to Midnight Mass with my family. We have done that since I was a little girl, and it always brings back wonderful, childhood memories. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  301. I look forward to doing lots of Christmas baking to send to my kids and share with friends who don’t bake. Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous basket of goodies. Ann Lind

  302. I love out having the Christmas tree all decorate and lit. It always looks so beasutiful. Each ornament has a special memory.

  303. I am looking forward to having a happy, peaceful, stress free holiday.
    No arguing, yelling or drama. Yes I have kids and they are teenagers!

  304. The thing I look forward to every holiday is spending time with family but this year we have a new family member – my first niece!- and I can’t wait to celebrate with her. She is the love of my life and I’m bursting with love for her.

  305. I am most looking forward to spending the holidays with my mother-in-law and also a very good friend, who because of cancer diagnoses this year, will probably not be with us next Christmas. As sad as this could be, I am trying to make this years holiday meaningful.

  306. I’m looking forward to my kids’ holiday vacation from school so that we can bake together and sit around watching holiday movies…not worrying about making any deadlines. We can all use the down time. πŸ™‚

  307. What a cool trip! πŸ™‚

    I am most looking forward to going home to see my family! My husband and I just moved 15 hours away from both our families and I am dying to get back home!!

    And we just got married in June, so this will be our First Christmas together!

  308. i’m looking forward to a lit-up christmas tree at night, hot drinks by the fire, and making yummy treats with my kiddos.

  309. I’m looking forward to making Christmas cookies with my kids this year. Our Christmas vacation starts a week before Christmas for the first time ever, so we’ll have time to bake for a change!

  310. I love this time of year to be with family sharing time baking, shopping & visiting.
    Doing extra service for others is always a BIG plus. For some reason it’s easy to think of others in need.

  311. I make two desserts only during the holidays – Oreo dessert ( with homemade fudge!) and what my family calls Fluffy Jello (jello salad with cream cheese and coolwhip). Because I only make them for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I splurge and use full fat ingredients instead of my usual low fat/fat free. So indulgent!

    I’m salivating now, lol!

  312. I am looking forward to welcoming my new little son the day after Thanksgiving, and spend time with him and my daughter for the Christmas season!

  313. For the first time in 66 years I won’t be with any family this Christmas as my children will both be gone on trips. I will have to be thankful for the quiet and serenity this year. I believe I liked the holidays better when my children were small. πŸ™‚

  314. I’m looking forward to experiencing everything with my almost 3 year old. She is finally getting old enough to really appreciate the holidays the way we do. And missing my Minnesota roots, those General Mills products are lovely! πŸ™‚

  315. I teach preschool three days a week. I am most looking forward to having a break from preschool and having my four school age kids home from school as well. I love just being home and having down time as a family. Also getting together with my side of the family as well as my husbands side of the family. The older you get you realize time together is the best gift of all. Memories last a lifetime, presents each year will soon be forgotten. I love the true spirit of Christmas!!

  316. i’m really looking forward to the 24hour marathon of A Christmas Story on TV. Somehow it’s just not the same on DVD

  317. I am over the moon to be taking the red eye tonight into Boston, where I will be driving to Cape Cod to spend Thanksgiving with my sister. After first enjoying over a week of just us!! My husband and the rest of the family will arrive Wednesday and the locals Thursday morning.
    And Christmas this year in the absolute best spot for Christmas, Leavenworth WA!!!!!

  318. I am looking forward to spending the Holidays with our family. It is my sons last year in college and he most likely will not be living in the area next year. Helen Ernst

  319. While I’m not looking forward to working this THanksgiving, we always have a great pot luck dinner at work! Everyone brings their best dish!

  320. I am thankful that I will have all my family all together. My son has been deployed for just about every Thanksgiving and Christmas since he joined the Army over the last five years. It will be wonderful having them all together around the table laughing. We will take many pictures and hold dear what memories are made before he goes again in the New Year.

  321. I am most looking forward to being with my family.
    I don’t care too much about gifts. Family is really what Christmas is all about for me.

  322. I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on the table. I am blessed to be surrounded by loving family and friends and look forward to decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love watching the holidays through the eyes of my kids.

  323. sounds like you gals had lots of fun. what am i most looking forward too over the holidays? decorating the house, lots of baking and lots of good food and get togethers with friends. reading ‘advent’ books with the kids and watching snow fall!!!!!

  324. I’m looking forward to holiday baking and crafting. And then trimming the tree (not bringing it in though!) That’s my favorite part of the holidays. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

  325. I’m looking forward to hosting Christmas this year! I’ve always been at other people’s houses for Christmas, but this year I get to make it my own! I’m so excited!

  326. I am most looking forward to spending time with family this holiday season and going carolling and passing out all the goodies we make. πŸ™‚

  327. Wow! Tks for sharing your Smuckers experience! How neat! My husband and I are looking forward to sharing the holidays with family and friends. The friends part usually includes “Winter Texans”. We also invite a few military folks who aren’t able to make it home for the holidays!

  328. First and foremost, remembering the reason for Christmas in the first place – the birth of Christ. I like to keep the holiday simple, no stress, no commercialism. I look forward to baking the week up to Christmas Eve. Then waking up Christmas morning praising God for the gift he gave to us, and take the morning to reflect on my life with Christ in it. Enjoying the meal with family and having a great time together.

  329. I am so looking forward to the holidays this year. I have lots of plans for a homemade Christmas with loads of goodies and gifts.

  330. I am most looking forward to seeing my girls faces when they come downstairs on Christmas morning! This is the first year that they will be old enough to really get it. Love seeing how happy they are!

  331. honestly? I look forward to making all the candies that I make once a year, fudge, oreo fudge, toffee, caramels … YUM!!!

  332. I’m looking forward to cooking, eating and most of all being together with my kids and extended family. Both my kids don’t live at home anymore, one is still in college, so I treasure these holidays that we still can all be together.

  333. I think what I am looking forward to is simply the time to just be with my family. I haven’t been with my daughter for the past 18 months (yea she is home now) and just last week I said good bye to my son for 2 years. I am most looking forward to being with my other kids and that wonderful phone call when I get to hear my son’s voice!

  334. This time of year I love to make things and give things away…for me I call it my giving season. I love picking out a local organization that offers help to others and make a bunch of homemade items for them to give to others…it makes me happy! Our whole family really gets into the spirit of giving.

  335. My family will all be home from war – I’m going got cook up a storm, give loads of presents, and have the best Christmas ever!

  336. I am a bit selfish when it comes to the holidays. I like decorating and celebrating, but with just hubs & kids. All the extended family stuff just stresses me out. I like it festively low key…

  337. When I think of what I look forward to most during the holidays, my mind scatters over all the things that take place. Mostly it is the time with family, but I also really take value in the enjoyment in preparing meals and goodies in the kitchen for the people I love <3

  338. I most look forward to seeing my family this Christmas. We live in PA for grade school, and it makes it hard to see family often. So Christmas is our time to go back to Utah to see some of our family. Merry Christmas!

  339. I am most looking forward to just being with my kiddos. I love that peaceful feeling the holidays bring. Glad you got to go on such a cool trip!

  340. It may sound simple, but I am excited to try out making our own egg nog – dairy free style. But, if it doesn’t work out, we have Choffy and our homemade hot chocolate.

  341. Giving presents! I love to be thoughtful in my gift giving, and it is so satisfying to see a loved one receive a gift that they truly love. I love that!

  342. My baby turns 1 on December 14th so I am super excited for his birthday and then having a wonderful Christmas with the rest of the family!!

  343. No question, the thing I am most looking forward to is my grandson (one and only) moving from Toronto to Texas … along with Mom and Dad, of course!

  344. I’m most looking forward to having my baby! It’ll be my second little boy, and I can expect him any time between now and New Years (although he’s due just before Christmas). I’m so excited to meet him!

  345. I look forward the most to my mom’s pumpkin pie, my son’s birthday (11/27 so sometimes it falls on Thanksgiving!), and stockings on Christmas morning.

  346. Even though my grandkids are 8 & 9 now, I get such a thrill out of watching them rip into their gifts on Christmas morning. Then we all get ready to go to my Moms house to see them do it all again! I love to read about all your great adventures.

  347. The best part of the holidays is getting to spend time with family and friends. I love baking cookies and my daughter and new daughter in law are planning to come over to bake with me.

  348. I’m most looking forward to seeing family because every single one of them live out of state. Our holidays are always a bit crazy trying to see as many people as possible, but it’s always fun!

  349. The thing I am looking forward to the most this Christmas is spending it with my once-splintered family. I have spent the last 2 Christmases without my sister because of a misunderstanding that we could not get through. She is 15 years older than me and our relationship was always a strained mother-daughter type of relationship. She had a scary bout with cancer a couple of years ago and I could not be with her and it just about killed me. We had a chance earlier this year (thanks to my wonderful husband) to heal and renew our “sisters” relationship and our lives are much richer because of it. So, that is what I’m looking forward to the most (as well as my annual baking frenzy). Love you guys!

  350. I’m looking forward to hosting Christmas for my family again this year. Maybe it’s just my controlling nature, but the most stress free Christmas times for me are the ones where I host my family in our home! We love sharing our modest space and bringing the Christmas spirit and love of family into our home πŸ™‚