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Monday, November 23, 2009

Countdown to Christmas with HearthSong

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is that of the advent calendar. Growing up, I looked forward to December 1st, when I could open the first door of my calendar and delight in whatever surprise lay on the other side. Some of my advent calendars revealed chocolates, others pretty pictures, and some even had small toys. This was always so much fun for me and a great way to anticipate the upcoming holiday. One year I even had three advent calendars, which meant three times as much fun!

I have noticed, however, that it's somewhat difficult to find a good variety of advent calendars in stores. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places but I do know of one such place online and that's at HearthSong. HearthSong has a myriad of quality toys in just about every category for children of all ages. Their selection of advent calendars is equally impressive. Here, you can find chocolate calendars, nativity calendars, a Dear Santa sticker calendar, a calendar with biblical verses and many more. I think what impressed me the most was that every single calendar is gorgeous - see for yourself here!

I received the Evergreen Elves Countdown Calendar to review. This oversized calendar is absolutely stunning - the picture doesn't do it justice. The breathtaking winter scene is hand painted by children's illustrator Airlie Anderson, and is full of charming little details. The cute little forest creatures and magical elves immediately make me want to smile. You can reuse it year after year as well, which is probably the best part of all.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive an Evergreen Elves advent calendar from Hearthsong. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, November 30th and tell me your favorite holiday tradition. Please include your email address with your comment. Winner must provide a US mailing address.

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21 comments :

  1. One of our favorite tradition is opening a present on Christmas eve. The kids would get PJs to wear that night. It's helps them get excited for the next morning.

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  2. My favorite tradition is going out to chop down our tree. We get all bundled up and listen to Christmas music. We always underestimate how big the tree actually is and when we get it home, we just laugh as it takes up a huge area of our living room. It's so much fun.

    tutucuteforme(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I love my ritual of baking 25-30 batches of cookies and giving them out to family and friends. I want to win this so much, I forgot to buy my son an Advent calendar this year!


    cdziuba@aol.com

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  4. Actually, advent calendars were always a favorite of mine. And this next one is a little strange, but I loved that my "Santa" always left clementines and nuts in my stocking along with the toys.

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  5. One of our favorite family traditions is to set up two Christmas tree's. One the whole family sets up and the other only our kids set up. We really love doing this. Thanks so much.

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  6. Our tradition is getting together with family on Xmas Eve, everybody brings a dish, we eat and open our gifts.
    lgrieser(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  7. My favorite tradition is all of us opening our Christmas Eve Gift (new PJS) and getting them on and watching A Christmas Story together. Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  8. My favorite tradition is the family getting together Christmas Eve and eating and exchanging gifts.
    lgrieser(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  9. Oh my that is cute! I sued to love doing the advent calender as a kid. My favorite tradition is decorating the tree, my kids are getting to the perfect age to get excited about all of this!

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  10. Someone else has the same tradition, what a coincidence! We always got to open 1 gift on Christmas eve and it was always flannel pajamas for us to sleep in. Heh. These days I live with my in-laws and they are the people who stay up late opening all the presents on Christmas Eve, a bit odd to me.

    hatebear(at)aol.com

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  11. I LOVE Hearthsong!

    My favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas tree with my kids with Christmas music playing in the background!

    onlycancan ta hotmail tod com

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  12. My family plays a silly card game on Christmas eve. I think it's my favorite tradition because it gets us all together around the table and laughing. I have been wanting to get an advent calendar for my little girl, to start our own tradition. shanaleigh70 at yahoo dot com

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  13. We watch Christmas Story all day on Christmas Day!

    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)comi

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  14. Our favorite Holiday tradition is we get together at my parents house every Christmas Eve and each grandchild opens one small present while my dad plays his Bing Crosby Christmas album in the background.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  15. putting up lights on the house and the trees, getting the Christmas tree out so my wife and daughter can hang ornaments on it, opening gifts on Christmas morning

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  16. The kids get to open up one present on Christmas Eve - their new pj's :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  17. Every Thanksgiving after we eat, we get out the tree and decorate it. Its ending one holiday, and preparing for another.


    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  18. My favorite Tration would have to be Having a Christmas dinner the Sunday before Christmas at my Great Grandmas house with all the family we sometime just see once or twice a year. This year we have a new tration for Thanks giving putting up the tree on Thanksgiving after we help with at a place near us give out meals to people who cannot afford THanksgiving meals.

    heatherstamper09@aol.com

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  19. My favorite holiday tradition is selecting and trimming the Christmas tree with the family.

    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  20. My favorite holiday tradition is baking fudge with my family the night before Christmas. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  21. Making Christmas Cookies with my kids :)

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