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Enter here to WIN both of these Cookbooks - there may be a surprise for the winner as I am still waiting to hear if we have one more item to add to the set. =D So, you may just want to use up all the entries available - and there are a lot of them! LOL

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Holy Stable ~ Book Review

Holy Stable - Celebrate the Miracle
Holy Stable
Celebrate the Miracle
by Heidi Hanseen
ISBN-13: 978-0578063157
Publisher: Brigham Distributing

About the Book:
Celebrate the Miracle restores the tender joys of the season! Discover how sharing the gift of Jesus' love blesses relationships, as you enjoy the magic of children's narration, original music and song. Mary and Joseph's devotion to God and sublime caring for each other will bring you to experience the story of Baby Jesus' birth as never before.

Exclusively illustrated gift set with mailing envelope also includes: the listening and pageant background CD which makes it easier than ever to celebrate your own Nativity Play with the downloadable bonus script.

My Thoughts:

Holy Stable is a wonderful little book in a 2 piece set. There's the book that has the nativity story in verse and song that can be used as part of a pageant, a children's play or as part of your family's Advent Tradition. The accompanying narrated CD includes several different tracks opening with the pageant vocals and instrumentals (harp, violin and wooden flute) and ending with the instruments only which you can use during the pageant itself, during readings and rehearsals.

I was just thinking it would be neat to break it up for an evening service at church. You could have the women read the angels portions and men reading the human parts - or you could include parts from scripture with Mary and Joseph reading those aloud and the congregation splitting parts between the men and women. 

This little book would be great as a hostess gift or as a gift for teachers, pastors, families or to put in a gift basket or Christmas card to share the Christmas story.

One other thing I wanted to comment on is the beautiful illustrations in the book. The illustrations compliment the story itself and the details really stand out to show the care and importance in the Christmas Story and the tremendous gift God gave us in the birth of Jesus.

You can purchase the Holy Stable book and CD online on Amazon for $13.46. It comes with a nice little clear package that's filled with an envelope for giving to family and friends.

The giveaway for The Holy Stable ends today! If you'd like a chance to win  CLICK HERE and enter my Family Night Gift Package.


FREE Cookbook by Land-o-Lakes & Holiday Baking

merry and BRIGHT New recipes to brighten up your holiday. Get your brochure now!

Land-o-Lakes has 2 new FREE cookbooks out right now. It's actually the same book - one is just Gluten Free (isn't that awesome?). Just click on the picture above and it will lead you to the page where you can choose which you want. It's available as a PDF and also as a brochure mailed to you (it takes 3-4 wks to arrive). If you are already thinking about all the holiday baking you have to do - I'd just use the PDF. =D

Celebrate with HERSHEY's
Hershey's beautiful website has a nice collection of chocolate treats such as hot chocolate, cookies & even some main dishes using my favorite ingredient ~ Chocolate! I was looking through some of the crafts they have listed - isn't this wreath gorgeous? I may just have to try it. I just don't know if I'd end up with enough candies to make it.

HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolates Wreath  


Giving to Others ~ Donating Toys

This year I'm trying to focus a little more on Giving Opportunities that you and your family can participate in - no matter where you live. Each week starting November 27th I will be featuring at least 1 charity or program you can participate in.

One of the things I got to thinking about today was that everyone is participating in the Black Friday & Cyber Monday events - there are so many sales and specials right now and we receive wonderful discounts. Why not buy a toy or two for someone in need at the same time? You can have it shipped with your items and save a little on shipping too!

I was visiting with Heather Weiss whom I met online recently and she is a Discovery Toys Independent Consultant who likes to use her business to help out others.  She very generously offered 3 of the Story Stackers to review and GIVE to our local Open Door Mission for their annual toy drive. Thank you so much Heather!

The Story Stackers is a 9 piece stacking system that encourages  eye-hand coordination, sequencing, thinking skills, numeration, colors, geometric shapes and size relativity. Best of all toddlers love the bright colors and the FUN of playing with it. It's sturdy, made of wood, comes with the stand, colored discs and 3 wooden heads (a chicken, a pig and a cow).

There are many other toys through Discovery Toys that you can purchase for your children to play with - or if your kid's are to old for Discovery Toys you can donate a few toys to your local mission, children's hospital, church (they have families they know who have needs.) There are so many ways you can give - just ask around and I'm sure someone can give you some direction.

You may be interested in:
The Open Door Mission (how you can help)

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Let's Go Caroling! Family Gift Basket Giveaway

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting Holiday Traditions and Gift Ideas during our 2nd annual Caroling Party & the 12 Days of Christmas event. This is going to be a lot of FUN! Be sure to enter my giveaway and then visit the Kudzoon Grand Prize page to enter to WIN there too. The link is on Rafflecopter below.

I am giving away a Family Gift Basket of FUN for one of my lucky winners. Some of the items in the basket are for younger children and would be perfect for a family night of stories and movies. What's in this basket? How about...


Value: $35


Let's Go Caroling! Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd annual Caroling Party Blog Hop! I have several blogs joining me this year with a cookie recipe exchange and some of us have giveaways too! It's not too late to join us ~

snowmen singing family

I want this to be really easy. Only a couple of rules ~

Blog Hop is Linky is #1
(no giveaways here)

Share the linky on your blog if you'd like:
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Giveaway Linky is #2


Sante Nuts ~ Celebrate Life Every Day

Garlic Almonds
Nuts seem to add a crunchy, meaty taste to so many different kinds of dishes. You can add them to breads, cakes, as a crust or in stuffing. You can even add them to jello. My favorite is adding walnuts to banana bread or even that cranberry pretzel salad that's so good. I also enjoy just eating them out of the package and keep walnuts on hand just for a quick snack at work.

Sante Nuts sent me 4 packages of nuts recently to try and they were wonderful, fresh and flavorful. I received the Candied pecans, candied walnuts, the garlic almonds and roasted salted pecans.

I definitely enjoyed the garlic almonds and roasted salted pecans. The garlic almonds were a bit spicy for me but I had a hard time not eating them. The flavor is very garlicy but not overmuch so - the spiciness comes later and after a while I found my mouth and throat were stinging. I'm not sure what made them so spicy - I'd love to try just plain garlic almonds minus the spiciness.Anyone that loves garlic and spicy foods will love these.



With only 2 more days to sign up for the 2nd annual Caroling Party hosted by Holiday Traditions & Gift Ideas I'm leaving a reminder. Last year was so much fun I decided to do it again! I am looking for bloggers to sign up - details: 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to leave a comment below so I can follow you back if you follow me on GFC, FB or Twitter. Thanks! Tina "The book Lady"

Giveaways ending tomorrow and this week:

Seven Miles to Freedom Cocoa-Latte Cappuccino, Hot Cocoa,and Latte Machine

WIN The Magic Warble (Kids Fantasy), 11/23, US

7 Miles to Freedom Bk Giveaway 4 Kids!, 11/22, US

This weeks featured blog hop & giveaway linky:

Tots and Me

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