Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Candace Cameron Bure)
Welcome to my 12th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Years ago I had an idea that has grown into a fun annual tradition. For 12 days in December I share an idea, recipe, or tip for the holidays and also have a friend of mine offer a fun giveaway for the day.
Entering to win the daily prizes is simple. Each day I will give a “quick question” of the day. Simply answer it in a short comment and you will be entered. Easy!
This year our Grand Prize is worth over $150! It includes a $75 Amazon gift card, and two admission tickets (with meet-and-greet) to a concert with award-winning country music artist, Granger Smith. Want to be entered to win this stellar prize package? Comment each day AND also share each day’s giveaway on the social platform of your choice.
Now, this year for day one, we are kicking off the festivities with the queen of Christmas herself, Candace Cameron Bure. I mean, it just isn’t Christmas without one of her Hallmark Christmas movies, right? To get our series started this year, Candace is gifting one of you with something special from her Dayspring Simply Christmas collection.
But first, here is the idea of the day!
Day 1: The 3 Gift Tradition
When Todd and I became parents over 25 years ago we began the tradition of giving our kids just three gifts for Christmas. Yep…. that is not a typo. I said three. That is all baby Jesus received—remember gold, frankincense and myrrh? In fact, each of them received a gold gift, a frankincense present, and a myrrh package. Here is the concept:
This, like gold, is a highly desired item; precious; maybe even pricey. A big ticket item like a toy, an electronic gadget, tickets to a professional sporting event, or a fancy coffee maker for our adult daughter.
Because the real frankincense was burned during prayer and arose heavenward, the gift in this category is something that will draw them closer to God. Perhaps a new Bible, a book series, a leather journal and fancy pen, or tickets to an event or concert.
This is a burial spice used to cover the whole body. So the myrrh gift does the same thing. It goes on the body. In past years this has been leather boots and a new coat for our daughter, a warm thermal jumpsuit and camo boots for our son who loves to hunt and eat venison, or maybe a favorite professional sports team jersey or pair of tennis shoes a child really wanted.
Since our kids knew the number of items was limited, they didn’t expect oodles of gifts—just three. And we also included them when we shopped for a less-fortunate family we adopted each year. We also took them along when we delivered the gifts to the family. It was good for them to see that we used some of the money we would have spent on more gifts for them to purchase for a family who might not be able to afford any gifts.
The three gift tradition. Try it out this year!
And now, here’s Candace’s fabulous giveaway!
Day 1 Giveaway
Candace is giving away a Geometric Holiday + Every Day Countdown from Dayspring. It’s a beautiful accent piece to start counting down to the next holiday, special occasion, and other days (big and small) you look forward to celebrating.
Giveaway rules are listed below. Enjoy!
Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, beloved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, inspirational speaker, and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist, is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as a role model to women of all ages. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children.
12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Rules
- U.S. Addresses only please.
- You can comment on all 12 days (once per person) up until midnight Pacific time, Sunday, December 22. Each day will be linked below for easy reference.
- One daily winner will be chosen from each day’s comments.
- To enter to win the Grand Prize (worth over $150 and includes a $75 Amazon gift card, and two admission tickets (with meet-and-greet) to a concert with award-winning country music artist, Granger Smith, comment on, and share all 12 posts You can use the share buttons below or repost and share on Instagram (my fave!) and tag me @karenehman.
- All winners (including Grand Prize) will be announced here on the blog on Monday, December 23, and contacted via email. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your prizes.
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Day 1 Giveaway Question:
Any traditional gift you get your kids or friends each year? Any clever gift idea you’d like to share?
Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered in today’s giveaway. Remember, if you want to enter to win the grand prize, comment on and also share all twelve days.
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Day 7 with Phylicia Masonheimer
We love to get our kiddos board games or something they can build with their own hands.
I buy 2 ornaments just alike, 1 goes on my tree, 1 goes in a box I have for my daughter, when she gets married, it will be a start to her and her husbands 1st Christmas tree. We love doing this together, pulling them out every yr, looking at the dates on the back, and remembering, where we made or why we bought this particular ornament.
It’s not a gift so much as a tradition but my husband and I do not have children of our own, so every year we have my niece and nephew over on the 23rd. We bake cookies for Santa and stay up late watching Christmas movies together. We call it the eve of Christmas Eve and it’s one of our favorite nights of the year!
Home made item or craft
I love gifting pajamas to my daughter to open Christmas Eve. She looks forward to it every year and the surprise design they have.
Every year I get my dad red licorice and malted milk balls. It was all I could afford as a kid but he would make such a big deal out of it. You would have thought I bought him a new set of power tools. Now, I just love the tradition and I think he does too.
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My traditional gift is one I recieve Each year is an almanac from my uncle. He has been giving one to all ” the kids” for 20+ years. We look forward to it so much. I am now a mom and know some day I’ll be giving all “the kids” almanacs.
My boyfriends family has a tradition of buying his mother a new Christmas ornament that reminds her of each of them. I think it’s a precious way to see how they reflect on themselves and remind his mother of each individual kid.
How exciting!! Thank you for this. Merry Christmas ??
We let the kids pick out a ornament that best represents them for the year
I alway got my PJ’s and slippers and 1 special gift from Santa. Now that they are older and on there own. I give them each a super large gift bag full of all kinds of little things that they can use throughout the year.
One year I made ornaments out of these cute little trophies we had won on a cruise that summer. It was a great way to remember the cruise.
We always get scratch-off lottery tickets in our stockings.
I get my mother in law Bit O Honey each year for Christmas or Hot Tamales.
As a grammie I started the Christmas Eve jammies. So fun!
Each year we give our children German lebkuchen aka gingerbread. We also bake cookies from my Oma’s recipe book. I grew up in Germany so it’s in some small way passing on a Christmas tradition from my own childhood. ?
I like to get my husband a new ornament for our tree each year. It could be a character from a movie, cartoon, comic book or just something that I think he would like.
I get the kids new devotional for the upcoming new year?
Ornaments each year for Christmas
We do four gifts for our children. Something they can wear, share, want, and need. This way we are intentional with what we give and they still remember the reason of the season.
My dad collects Santas and my mom collects Precious Moments figurines, so I get them one for Christmas each year!
We do stockings the same way every year you get a giant peppermint stick at Tootsie roll Bank lifesaver storybook and some Hershey’s kisses but you also get little trinkets that are special to you for each person.
I’m excited for the Christmas giveaway
I give the teachers and staff that I work with a gift of the nut cups that I bake. I put a dozen in holiday containers along with the recipe. They all love it. The gift hardly makes it home for them to share with their loved ones because they eat them all up. The nut cups are baked in mini muffin tins and are eaten in one bite. They just live them??
Christmas PJs for the kids, cookies and stories on xmas eve :)