Maryse’s Countdown to Christmas Giveaways – 1 Day (and 16 Minutes? LOL!) ’til Christmas!!

by Maryse on December 23, 2013 · 180 comments

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Today’s “Countdown to Christmas Giveaway” will have TEN winners!! Ten lucky commenters will get a set of TWO books (a signed set from Chelsea M. Cameron of My Sweetest Escape <— this one’s not even released yet!! And a signed copy of book #1: My Favorite Mistake!

Yep. Not only is this a signed set, but one of them isn’t even available yet. Except to TEN of you! And to make things even better? This is open to international!!!


How to enter for a chance to win an awesome signed set? Just leave a comment below and tell me your Holiday plans (staying home, receiving visitors, traveling? Caroling on Christmas morning? You get the idea… ;) ) and by tomorrow by 11pm EST (Tuesday December 23rd 2013), I will randomly select TEN winners. The winners will be contacted and once I receive a response back confirming the address information, I will forward it to the author and she will send your signed books!

NOTE: The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If no response is received, I will randomly select another winner. Make sure to check your email, so you do not lose your chance. THIS is open to INTERNATIONAL!! YAY!!!

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{ 180 comments… read them below or add one }

Jean Pak December 23, 2013 at 11:49 PM

We’re going to church on Christmas morning then family dinner!

Can’t wait to open the presents with the kids Christmas morning :)

Kate December 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

My husband’s family. Then back home to the cats.

Toski Covey December 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

LOTS of travel to celebrate Christmas with family <3 TOnight my kids opened a Merry Christmas Eve Eve gift :) Merry Christmas Maryse!

Jamila C December 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Let’s see… My plans for Christmas is to first workout, then come back home–shower and eat some good food and then snuggle up to my ipad and read a real good book that I’m sure you recommended.

I don’t know how I stumbled on your page but you are a godsend and you leave me with so many books to read…I’m so grateful. I go on your site like a zombie every day to see if anything new is being recommended, even though I still have a bunch of books on standby.

I hope you enjoy your holiday!


Marlena Fein December 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

I am going with a friend to his family’s house for Christmas. Other than that, it is just me and my Kindle for the holidays.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and thanks for the chance at this wonderful giveaway!


Charlene E December 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Tom. we’re visiting in-laws for church, dinner and presents, then Christmas Day with my family.

Cezanne December 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

We’re going to church on Christmas Eve and make cookies. Then we’re doing Christmas brunch at home and going out for dinner.

Melanie Tracey December 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

We are staying in this year, and everyone is coming to us. So there will be 10 in total!!! Thank you for the chance, and hope you have an amazing holiday!!

Tanya Childress December 23, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Home half the day and visiting family with Christmas dinner for the rest of the day!

Michelle dukes December 23, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Home in PJ’s Xmas day

Janie December 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Wow thank you
Spend time with family!!!! Sisters visiting from East Coast. Xmas morning at parents house

Lori LovesBooks December 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Christmas Eve at Grandma’s, then Christmas morning at our house to open Santa’s presents and play all day!

Sammy C. December 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Spending time with my family <3 And hopefully spending a little time with my favorite book characters later on!

Tiffanie December 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Spending time with the grand kids and the family

Sarah Davey December 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

I will be staying home and having Christmas morning with my hubby and kids and then we will be having some of the single soldiers in the barraks come over for Christmas dinner. Everyone needs someone to celebrate with!

Lisa Bolton December 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Celebrating with family, no far off travels here. Thanks for the giveaway and all your awesomeness throughout the year!! Have a very Merry Christmas Maryse!!!

Julie Marko December 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Christmas Eve with my husbands family. There will be 73 of us. So much fun. Then Christmas morning, just our little immediate family. Quiet day but still nice. The son is home from college so it’s nice to hold him hostage for the day. LOL! Our daughter will be there too. It’s nice when the kids grow up into adulthood. Such a different relationship. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Happy reading too!

Rebecca D. December 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Christmas dinner with my sister and her kids, then staying home on Christmas Day and READING! :-) Merry Christmas!

Linda December 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Going to Christmas eve service and then extended family comes to our home for lots of food and conversation. Christmas morning opening gifts and then everyone to my parents for more food, games and opening more presents:-) Merry Christmas to you Maryse and to all the wonderful ladies who have become a part of my daily life!!! Xoxo

Antonella December 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM

My family are coming to have Xmas at my place for a good old Aussie BBQ (yep prawns and snags). And then hopefully the rest of the hols I can just read…..

Shelly Ford December 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Cooking! They’re coming out of the wood works!lol I love this time of the year! Eating, drinking, laughing and reminiscing! Gotta love Christmas!

Norma December 24, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Staying home with family.

Trisha December 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Having Christmas morning at home with our 2 daughters & then off to the grandparents house for an extended family Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tiffany December 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Spending time at my grandmas house With all the family on Christmas eve. Then home for Santa to come! Play with all the gifts Christmas morning then back to grandmas for dinner! Thanks for a chance at all these giveaways and everything you do! :-) Merry Christmas Maryse!! :-)

Diane December 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

We are going out to dinner and then to Christmas eve services. Christmas day we’ll open presents then family is coming to our house for big Christmas dinner and more presents! Merry Christmas everyone.

Jennifer Mattison December 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM

We are staying home. Friday we are heading up north to be with family. Going to make lots of terribly fattening foods and stuff ourselves full.

billie yarick December 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Spending Christmas Eve with my husband and all my grown children and grandchildren. Spending the evening eating and playing games.
Christmas morning I’ll be woke up by my oldest daughter who will drag her family out of bed to arrive at my house by 6 am because she’s to excited to sleep because she cant wait to open gift at our house. Then I’ll make homemade biscuits and gravey 2 lbs. of bacon. Followed by a evening dinner of fettucci alfredo, spinach salad and dessert.
Merry Christmas my fellow readers!

LaurenR December 24, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Lots of time with family :)

Kaitlin December 24, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Tmr (Christmas Eve) we have my husbands family Christmas and then Christmas we will go to my family’s. Family is the best part of the holidays!

Sara December 24, 2013 at 12:15 AM

We are going to my mothers Christmas Eve night so out kids can wake up and have Christmas morning at Grandmas. Out car was broken into yesterday and some jerk stole all of out kids gifts. So, to make the best of the situation.. Off to Grandmas we go where the kids have full stockings waiting and presents galore under her tree.

Tracie December 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM

We had the grand kids ( ages 9,8,7, and 4) over tonight and opened presents. The favorite gift was a karaoke machine as a family gift. We laughed so hard our sides ache. It was a great night.

Michelle M December 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Oh Sara, sorry some Grinch tried to ruin your Christmas. Thank goodness for grandmas.
We’re planning a quiet Christmas day at home with my son and daughter-in-law and my sister and brother-in-law and lots of yummy food and A Christmas Story marathon. :-)

Sarah B December 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM

We are staying home in sunny Arizona, creating memories and continuing family traditions. Merry Christmas!

Carrie Wortham December 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM

I am staying at home with my family and having Christmas dinner. For the last few years we have not been able to afford to have a present exchange or to get the kids’ Christmas presents. So we cook, eat, talk, and watch movies for Christmas.

Melody December 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

My husband and I will be spending our traditional day by the pool and grilling steaks. Only way to spend Christmas in Florida! And of course lots of reading!! Merry Christmas!

Trudy B December 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

We have the “big family” get together Christmas Eve night. We have the immediate family gathering on Christmas Day!

Holley December 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Staying home and enjoying the day with my husband and dog.

Courtney December 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

We have had a tradition every year since I was little, Christmas Eve breakfast. It’s my favorite!! Then to a big family get together in the evening, after church! And to my Granny’s Christmas afternoon, after my kids open all their presents from Santa, and we eat the yummy breakfast I will prepare. Cannot wait! Fun!
Those covers are awesome! Hope I win!

Shai Villanueva December 24, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Merry Christmas! We’re going to my grandma’s house for Christmas eve later. We’d just eat, chat and watch a holiday movie or something. It sounds boring, I know. But we really have no plans. I guess we’d just cross the bridge when we get there. lol xD

Jennifer H December 24, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Our son came home from the Navy, our daughter came home from college and we all went to Phoenix to spend Christmas with my parents. I’ll be reading by the pool!!

Hazel B. December 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

All the family will be gathering at my mom’s house sharing gifts, enjoying delicious food and each others company.

fifi December 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM

My holiday plans would go like this:

6.00 AM: Wake up
7.00 AM: Prepares breakfast
8.00 AM: Breakfast time
9.00 AM: The fun begins
9.00 PM: The fun continues
6.00 AM: The aftereffect begins :D

Amanda December 24, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Home with my family (…& my books! lol)

Kat P. December 24, 2013 at 12:46 AM

My Christmas day will prob start with my husband & me opening our gifts from one another. Than at 12 I have to be at work till 4pm for lunch breaks. When I leave work, I will head over to my parents house to have dinner. It will be an interesting Christmas dinner since all 4 of us kids are home this year. The day will end with my husband & me spending time with one another.(right now we really don’t have much time due to us working opposite hours)

Monique December 24, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Family time

Crystal Rosales Guadarrama December 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I recently arrived to my home town from college, so I’ll just be relaxing with family and eating a lot of Mexican dishes that are only eaten during christmas.

Barb December 24, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Happy holidays. Staying home with the hubby this year!

Melissa December 24, 2013 at 1:08 AM

My husband was relocated from South Tx to Louisiana. We have put our house up for sale and left everything but clothing and moved to Louisiana and in with my in laws. We will stay at her house until we sell ours in TX. In the mean time we have 2 kids that are transferring to new schools. It’s a scarey but exciting adventurous times for us. Christmas will be spent at my inlaws instead of our own home. Adjusting and being grateful for what we have. ;)

Tracie Payne December 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

My family and I will be going to my parents house after my girls open up their presents. We will drink some wine, have some great food and enjoy the day. Merry Christmas!!

Izzy December 24, 2013 at 1:29 AM

I’m making tamales with my mom and sisters! It’s a family tradition!! Merry Christmas!!

Karri Hamilton December 24, 2013 at 1:41 AM

I’m spending the holidays at home with family. Merry Christmas!

bn100 December 24, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Merry Christmas! Eating cookies

Danielle Matlock December 24, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Staying at home this year, just me hubby and the kids. Would go home to see family but money is tight (military family stationed in Nevada) all of our family is east coast we hope to enjoy it though, smiles on the kids faces is all that matters! Have a merry Christmas :)

Kasey December 24, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Watching my munchkin open presents out our place, then to my grandparents house for more gifts and dinner maybe some board games (:
OH! and egg nog lol I feel like Timmy Turners dad when it comes to that stuff (fairly odd parents)

Jessica Mobbs December 24, 2013 at 2:19 AM

I’ll be working Christmas Eve and Christmas. My hubby and I both work at the hospital in xray together, and since we don’t have kids, we offered to work them both so our coworkers could spend time with their kids and family! Thanks for the great giveaway and Merry Christmas!

Rose December 24, 2013 at 2:27 AM

Staying home on Christmas day with just our immediate family. Kids will most likely be playing with all their new stuff, hubby will be watching a game on tv which means mommy(that’s me:) can hopefully burrow in my favorite corner with my Kindle and read, read, read. That’s the ” plan” for now and hope it doesn’t change. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Brandi December 24, 2013 at 2:28 AM

I feel like I should give something to you Maryse! You rule my reading world…and I’ve dragged my friends to the dark side too! Okay, so this year we are making the rounds, as usual as the childless couple, to see all of our family. But I’m so thankful to be off for two weeks and am hoping for lots of reading time!

Esther December 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

I’ll be working Christmas Eve and Christmas.Thanks for the great giveaway and Merry Christmas!

Shirley December 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Christmas Dinner with the family, open gifts, spending time together…then when everyone leaves, reading time!!

Kerrie December 24, 2013 at 2:43 AM

I have to work day shift at the hospital, then it’s off to Christmas dinner with my inlaws.

Stephanie December 24, 2013 at 2:52 AM

We are staying local and making the rounds. I’m especially excited BC my 3 year old actually understands Christmas and its the baby’s first Christmas!

maria I December 24, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Church and then dinner out with husband and kids on Xmas eve then hosting Christmas day for 20 family members.hope all my fellow readers enjoy the holiday!!:)

Jennifer December 24, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Staying home, drinking wine, and hopefully getting some reading in….perfect day!

Jeannette December 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM

We’re staying home and only having immediate family for Christmas. I’ll be baking pies and other goodies. I’m hoping to spend the evening trying out my new iPad.

Diana Doan December 24, 2013 at 3:19 AM

I’m staying in town. Have to make an appearance at work for Secret Santa, then return home to cook. Church at 8:00pm and then big feast afterwards :)

Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas Maryse! <3

Triva December 24, 2013 at 3:25 AM

Having18 people at my house for dinner. I’ll be doing all of the cooking too. Thank you!

Suzy clark December 24, 2013 at 3:40 AM

With family at my mums :)

Susan Behan December 24, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Going to dinner with family

Kashaf Memon December 24, 2013 at 4:36 AM

Staying home probably.

Catherine December 24, 2013 at 4:39 AM

I was going to go to my moms for Christmas but now I have to work:( so u guess I’ll be staying home all week!

Emma December 24, 2013 at 4:52 AM

Open presents here with hubbie and kids then over to my father in laws to laze in the pool all day to get away from the heat ( expected high of 33′)
Got to love Australian summer!!

Stephanie Gibson December 24, 2013 at 4:55 AM

I am spending Christmas with my sister and her family who just moved near me this summer. It’s only the second time in 7 years that I have spent Christmas with family.

Peju Garraway December 24, 2013 at 5:03 AM

For Xmas wee are going to my Aunts house for breakfast and then having dinner with my massive extended family over 60 people

Nathalie December 24, 2013 at 5:17 AM

I’m going to my granmother’s house to celebrate Christmas with her and my uncles.

Nicole Ash. December 24, 2013 at 5:21 AM

I will be spending Christmas at my MIL’S. Thank you for the giveaway! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Maryse.

Maria Theresa Santos December 24, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Celebrating mass on Christmas Eve and on the 25th im staying in the house beacuse my nieces and nephews are coming i will give them a gift

Elle December 24, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Home to my parents for a week. Happy Christmas holidays Maryse !

Ann Edwards December 24, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Mostly family time, and a small party with the neighbors. Merry Christmas!

Michelle December 24, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Unfortunately for me, I’ll be working this Christmas, which sucks. I do hope you have an enjoyable Christmas.

Malia December 24, 2013 at 5:52 AM

Headed to Cali to visit family. First time in 8 years we’ll be spending Christmas together.

Kristie Qualls Meyer December 24, 2013 at 6:25 AM

My two kids and I are meeting aunts,uncles, and cousins to see Frozen this morning! Then we will be going house to house to have Christmas with everyone :) . Merry Christmas to you!

Sharon Betts December 24, 2013 at 6:38 AM

We have Christmas eve nativity at our church later. That’s always the start of Christmas for me. Lunch with my mother in law tomorrow after the kids have opened presents. Then whatever film is on in the afternoon, and a chill out eve. Boxing day will be chill out at home, and them my side of the family the 27th.

Hope December 24, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Hey maryse and fellow readers. Just read through this blog. Amazing how many different and how many similar ways people all over the world spend Christmas.

My husband two young children and I drive north each year from Florida to spend Christmas with my in laws. Mother on law makes it special with special dishes and drinks that each person likes. Children light luminaries down the drive, we take a family picture in front of the tree. Christmas Eve church service, then home for a big meal. Presents exchange in front of a tree with thoughtfully selected ornament for each person representing our year. We set out food for raindeer and cookies for santa. The children write him a note. Then the children and grandparents go to bed and our parent work begins. Wine in hand we set out Santas stash. It’s a beautiful holiday and I thank you for asking. Sometimes I forget how nice something is until I sit and write about it.

Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you all find peace wherever you are.

Sherry S December 24, 2013 at 6:48 AM

First thing I do every morning is check this site for the latest and greatest review.

Arika December 24, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Early morning presents with my husband then off to my parents for breakfast and his grandparents for dinner. Merry Christmas! :)

Kim Ervin December 24, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Yay….CHRISTMAS EVE…off to visit family tonight and friends in the town then our traditional Christmas breakfast. Country ham, grits, etc. so excited. MERRY CHRISTMAS ;)

Carina December 24, 2013 at 6:56 AM

I am spending Christmas with my family. My grandmother cooks for everyone and we exchange gifts.

Merry Christmas!

dianne December 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

I’m gonna spend my Christmas eve with my family! Then by Christmas day, i’m off to work, taking care of babies in the hospital. I’m a nurse :) MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Kim Thomas December 24, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Receiving visitors

Barb December 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Going to my sister’s and then to my in-law’s.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Laura December 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Staying home with family!!!

Nancy Parken December 24, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Attend candle light service on Christmas eve.

Laura December 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM

We will be spending Christmas at home with our two teenage boys as one of them has the flu. :-( Praying it is contained to just one. On the upside, this gives mom plenty of time to read! Would love to win the books! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Felicia December 24, 2013 at 7:38 AM

I’ll be at work.

Doris December 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Staying home this year! Reading books and watching movies hopefully. Trying to recover from a sinus inection.

Missy Byrne December 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Spending the day with family, then heading to the mountains of PA for New Years!! Merry Christmas!!

Debra D December 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

OMG I loved My Favorite mistake! What an awesome giveaway! I am spending a week and half in upstate New York with my kids and husband with few visitors as well! Unfortunely no snow only rain but it is nice to have a change of scenery!

Pam December 24, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Christmas eve is at my brothers and christmas day is at my mother-in-laws :-)

Karen December 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Staying home tomorrow! Merry Christmas!

Andrea December 24, 2013 at 8:09 AM

My family is all close by so I don’t have to travel too far.

Andrea December 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

We have a busy day. First my husbands family is coming over for breakfast. Then off to the other grandparents. Then to our friends annual christa,s party. I am already tired! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Jenny S December 24, 2013 at 8:26 AM

We are staying at home and then having family over for lunch :) Thanks for the chance Maryse!

Sarah December 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I will be taking care of patients for Christmas:)
Will be watching the kids open gifts…….thank you, FaceTime!!!!
Then, home and in our favorite pjs for a day or 2;)

Melissa December 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Staying home Christmas Day in our PJ’S!

Lauren December 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Staying hone and hopefully relaxing.

Lisa Darnall December 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Staying home!

Lindsay December 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I’m planning on staying in TX, but my kids are getting picked up by their dad as a surprise. They’ll be so excited! And I need a break dang it! :)

Rachel December 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

I will be staying home and enjoying my family this year.

Jennifer Viau December 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

My family is going to mass & spending it at home. Just spending my holidays with the ones I love! ♥

Mae December 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

We’re staying in this christmas. I’m cooking like a mad woman today for family dinner tonight c”,) Merry Christmas Maryse!

ClaudiaF December 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Christmas morning with boys home from college. Just like when they were little.

Kim U December 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM

We will be spending time with family for the next two days, then we will be spending a few days on vacation before New Years Eve. Merry Christmas Maryse!

Tina December 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Watching A Christmas Story and Lampoons Christmas tonight and tomorrow going to my parents.

Kim December 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I’m spending Christmas Eve with friends and will spend Christmas Day with my family. Merry Christmas Maryse! Thank you so much for all the awesome recommendations, the gift that keeps on giving!!

Laura December 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Family at my house for Christmas Eve & Day. Merry Christmas Maryse!

Nicole December 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Spending Christmas Day with my kids and going to eat dinner at my parents

Renee December 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Going to my Dads Christmas Eve …Christmas Day the hubby starts graveyard Christmas Eve so he’ll be in bed while my daughter and I wait patiently for him to get up so she can open presents It a not get out of your PJs kind of day

Trisha Reads December 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Its a whole lot of visiting the inlaws and family! Merry Christmas Maryse!

Sarah December 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I go to morning mass, then spend the rest of the day with my family.
Merry Christmas :)

Patricia December 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Our family is staying home on Christmas Eve and visiting friends on Christmas.

Thalia December 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM

We are traveling to see my Dad and sisters. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

Jeannie Smith December 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Spending the day with the family and the new puppy I somehow got talked into getting – to keep company with our other dog, cat and rabbit. Yeah, I’m nuts! But the kids will be very happy…

Cheryl V December 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Merry Christmas! Well my hubby is off work for the first time in YEARS! So we are enjoying lights, love and laughter together! And I’m sneaking some Kindle time shhh…. :)

Pamela December 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

We traveled to Mexico and will be spending our holiday here wiyh my husbands family feeling really excited about to make the turkey

Carrie Haley December 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I’m staying home..kind of a bummer year for Christmas, but gonna get some reading done after talking to the family on the phone :)

Tracey Schramm December 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Tonight my son will be with his Youth Group running the Children’s service at Church. Tomorrow we will travel home to visit with family — most we haven’t seen since last Christmas!

Merry Christmas to You!!

Stacy P. December 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

My husband and I will spend Christmas morning with our two children opening gifts and then we will go to my mother-in-law’s to visit. After that we will travel to my parents house to exchange gifts with them and have Christmas dinner.

Mellisa December 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM


I’ll be woken up before its light out!! LOL!! This happens EVERY year!! I think it’s FUN!! I LOVE that part of Christmas and try to enjoy it!! I’ll only have 1 maybe 2 more years left of this, my sons 9 & still believes in SANTA!! My kids & I eat a light breakfast, usually homemade crepes. This year I’ll have my daughters BFF with us in the morning & afternoon, then her Mom picks the girls up about 5 & they do Christmas at her BFF’s fsmily party. This year she’s staying the night with her BFF.

Then between 1pm & 2pm everyone arrives at my sisters house. Our family Christmas is a mix match of close friends & family. Every year its the same group of family friends as it was when I was growing up!!

We let the kids open their presents about 2:30.

Our family has a traditional holiday dinner at Thanksgiving. On Christmas we pick a theme. Last year was Mexican food. This year it’s Italian food!” We all bring over food to cook (we love cooking in Sis’s gourmet kitchen!!). All us girls finish off dinner. Its Pasta & Meatballs, Fettucini Carbonara, Meatball Subs, Mini Personalized Pizza, Italian Mixed Salad, Classic Lasagna and Spinach Lasagna in Creamy Red Sauce. Desserts.are homemade Tiramasu and Fresh Cream Puffs. There’s a mix & match group of 22 people EVERY Yr.

Christmas night is Mom & Son night (since my girl is with her BFF). We do movies, crafts, games, snacks and of.course stay up late!!


Michelle December 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Christmas is at my mom’s house. First year my little brother won’t be there…he’s overseas but we get to Skype tomorrow.

Amy December 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

We’re staying home for the holidays

Marsha Shew December 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Christmas Day will be spent at home with the family :) Merry Christmas!

Ashley December 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Having the entire family over to my new place for dinner. Wish me luck!

Betul Erikci December 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I don’t celebrate Christmas so I won’t be doing anything special. I’ll probably just watch some Christmas movies

Shelly W December 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM

We have family coming in from out of town. We will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day with family.

Kristene getz December 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Relaxing at home with family and friends.

Mary December 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

We are going to my sisters house. I will be very happy to be spending it with my sons (4) my daughterinlaw and my granddaughter. This will be the last one where we will all be together. So it’s a happy and a sad day combined. I wish you the best this holiday season, I really love your blog.

Dianna December 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I am staying home with my family and enjoying a day where we do nothing but be together!

kerry K December 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

spending the day with the parents and kids having an early dinner then just enjoying the company. this year my sister fell from a fifteen foot ladder and is in the hospital with a shattered wrist and broken ankle and my dad broke his ankle coming home getting off the plane. so no excitement this year. :( but still will be nice :)

Suzanne December 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

We’ll spend Xmas with my side of the family

Dawn M. December 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I’m visiting my parents in Florida for Christmas. Love the sunny weather and time spent with loved ones.

Laura A December 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

5:00 mass today, then the big fish dinner with the family and a surprise visit from Santa! Tomorrow, open house all day here at home with tons of holiday visitors. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Maryse!

Jennifer December 24, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Staying local to Hickory, NC…all our family is at the most a 30 minute drive. It should be a nice warm one… :-)

Denice B December 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I will stay home with my four boys. One of which is home in Tennessee for Christmas from Seattle.

Jacque December 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I will be cooking dinner for the family and taking them to look at Christmas lights in the park.

Jen C. December 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Helping my kids put together all their new toys, watching the Christmas Story at least once, and staying in my jammies all day. ;)
Merry Christmas!

Bridget December 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I wake up and open gifts with my boyfriend and then we go to my sisters for lunch. I love to watch my nieces get so excited on Christmas Day.

Tracie December 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I will be spending today (Christmas Eve) at my Parent’s house with my whole family for a nice Christmas Dinner. I will then be spending Christmas Day at work, taking care of tiny miracles!!! However I will be waking my kids up at 5am to open presents before I have to be at work at 7am!!! Merry Christmas and thank you!!!

Shaunteé H December 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

My tradition is to wake up and make breakfast for my two daughters and husband. We then like to play some random Christmas movie while we open gifts. We will continue to lounge all day eating and preparing our dinner for just the four of us and our two dogs lol! We just like to keep it small and simple!

Tracy December 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Christmas Eve involves a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles and Polish food – pierogi and kolaczki as well as cookies, nut cups.

Loretta December 24, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I have to work a 1/2 day today :( then tonight and tomorrow will be spent at my parents with family :) and next week we are heading out to the desert to spend New Year’s off roading!!!

Patty R. December 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I have 11 brothers and sisters….we all go with our spouses/significant others and kids to one of my sisters and have a chaotic Christmas…about 40 ish give or take and sibling or kid…..But I wouldn’t have it any other way !!!! Xmas Eve I go to a friends house…I call it the Quiet before the storm. Happy Holidays to all !!

Teresa H. December 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Work and then getting together with the family for dinner, opening presents, and game night. Merry Christmas! Great giveaway!!

Lynne December 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Merry Merry Christmas Maryse!!

Christmas Eve is with my Husband’s side of the family & Christmas Day is at my house with my side. :)

Linda December 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Christmas Eve dinner with my children, grand children, sister and her family. Christmas day kind of layed back and then our big dinner will be on the 27th as some of my children have to work on Christmas and our son-in law is home from Afghanistan

Feifei December 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Merry Christmas Maryse! I’m probably just going to hang out and relax with family and open presents LOL!

Aleksandra A December 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I can’t wait for Christmas dinner. Well it’s more a family dinner. It doesn’t matter where we all live. We aleays get together for Christmas <3

Thank you for the giveaway! Happy Holidays <3

Jamie December 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Woohhhooooo !!!!! Merry Christmas Maryse !!

Jamie December 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I got so excited I forgot to include that we had Christmas back hom ein Oklahoma (not to far from J Mcguire) with my parents and Cmas day we will be home with our 3 year old opening gifts from Santa since she made the nice list this year :)

Corinne December 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Enjoying having my two boys home for the holidays. Eating good food, playing board games and opening our presents. Merry Christmas, Maryse.

Kim L December 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Going to Church around 6am then we’re having breakfast at my house then dinner at my parents.

Have a Merry Christmas to you and your family Maryse

Brenda December 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Christmas eve we spend with my husband’s family. Christmas day we spend with my family.

Have a very Merry Christmas, Maryse (and your family too).

Megan Stietz December 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM

We always open presents at home then bundle up and head out to two sets of grandparents houses. We have lots of family that lives close so it is usually a busy day spent visiting many loved ones!

Thank you Maryse and Chelsea for such an awesome giveaway!!

Merry Christmas Maryse!! I hope you have an amazing holiday with your loved ones!! ♥♥♥

Robyn B December 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Early X-mas dinner at my sister’s. Then I shall watch Doctor Who!

Annie December 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Already finished with all of the family get togethers. Now it’s just me and the hubby. The rest of the week is up in the air. Could be fun.

Dena December 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The children get me up at 4 in the morning then I start to make breakfast like a huge one then start making dinner. Always something to do and cook I absolutely love Christmas. Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Carol M. December 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Spending Christmas Eve and Christmas day with family. Cleaning up and then hibernating with all the bargain books I’ve bought. Seriously can’t wait!

Melissa December 24, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Going to my parents in ohio for yummy yummy food!!!!

heather c December 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Christmas is at home this wake up early to unwrap gifts then we eat Christmas dinner later in the day and of course try out all the toys the kids got..Merry Christmas!!

Kiva December 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Making dinner for my family at home.

Alex Margaret December 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

My plans for the holiday are the same as every year. I stay up half the night wrapping and trying to fall asleep, then I get up around 10am and have brunch with my family. Then we open presents, and after that more family comes over and we all get together at MY house for dinner. It sounds weird but its lots of fun to see family we only get to see once a year.

Tricia December 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Staying home and traveling to MI the 26th to visit family.

Nikki mears December 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

First of all Thank You for a chance at your prizes!!! On Christmas Eve we turn the lights off all of us grab a candle. We then seat around while my dad explains the Christmas Story about Jesus!! My dad is holding the Bethlehem candle he got from Israel. After he finishes we all light the Bethlehem candle as one!! We then sing Happy Birthday Jesus!!& our other favorite Christmas songs. I’s our own special time together!!!

misty December 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Having dinner with mom dad and brother at my parents house cooking tons of stuff now. Thanks for keeping us updated on the best books.

Isadora December 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Merry Christmas Maryse!!!
We will spend Christmas day with my husband’s family… the kids will open gifts from Santa at home in the morning and then we will head out there.
Right now we just had a very relaxing diiner here and my husband is playing Christmas song on the piano..

trish December 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

trying to spend time with family but very sick and possibly spending the day in the hospital (ugh!) but I did get dinner fixed and hopefully there really is a santa cause we have no money for presents this year but God is with us and we have each other so I’m hoping that is all that matters to them….

Jenn December 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Family… .my Christmas is normally a three day event.

Angie Pastor December 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Having our big tradional family dinner with my side of the family & in-laws on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day my husband, son & I spend the morning visiting my son’s grave.

Alison December 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Big famly dinner with my husbands family for Christmas Eve. We all reconvene in the morning for breakfast and presents. Perfect crazy loud family Christmas with tons of kids going crazy.

Courtney Harris December 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

My original family plans were to go see my dad’s side of the family, which sadly didn’t happen this year. But luckily I got to see my uncle for the first time in 3 years and get to spend tomorrow with my momma’s side of the family! We always have this tradition where we meet up with my aunt and we play retro video games and stuff up on holiday cookies! :) I can’t wait!

Erica Mills December 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Spending the holidays with my family in Bismarck, ND. Always a white Christmas here!! Very cold nights to curl up with a good book or two!! :0)

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