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Christmas Memories Expressed: A Balsam Hill Giveaway

Balsam Hill celebrates its 2nd annual Countdown to Christmas, where 13 of our blogger friends share their favorite Christmas memory along with their decorated homes this season.

2nd annual Countdown to Christmas

We’re kicking things off with a special giveaway, where you can share your own holiday story and get a chance to win a $150 shopping spree. Read on to find out how you can become one of the 12 lucky winners!


Joining is easy with no purchase necessary. Simply sign up through the Gleam app below:

Balsam Hill’s 2nd Annual Countdown to Christmas

Complete and submit the entry form, and accomplish the actions listed below via the Gleam app to earn additional entries:

  • Enter using the Gleam app located on the official Balsam Hill blog (+1 entry)
  • In the comments section of the Countdown to Christmas blog post, comment and share your favorite Christmas memory (+5 entries)
  • Sign up for the Balsam Hill electronic newsletter (+3 entries)
  • Visit the Balsam Hill website (+3 entries)
  • Visit the official Balsam Hill Facebook page (+1 entry)
  • Visit Balsam Hill on Pinterest (+2 entries)
  • Visit Balsam Hill on Instagram (+2 entries)
  • Follow Balsam Hill on Twitter (+2 entries)


Entry submissions for the giveaway are valid from 9:00 AM PST on November 28, 2016, until 8:59 PM PST on December 24, 2016.

On December 25th at 9:00 AM PST, the twelve (12) lucky winners will be announced on the Balsam Hill blog.

Celebrate and countdown the days with us until Christmas by joining the sweepstakes. Visit our Facebook page for more information.

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  • Natasha Dickinson-medford

    my favorite christmas memory was when my daughter was 4 and she opened her gift from santa and she had a mean look on her face it was cute but she loved her other gifts just the look on her face ill never forget

  • Stefanie Bishop

    My favorite is my now husband proposing to me 14 years ago!

  • Diana Cote

    My favorite Christmas memory was when I turned 13 and was able to spend Christmas with my parents. 🙂

  • Jacqui

    Love the giveaway!

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  • Erin Walsh

    I just loved coming down and seeing the tree all decorated and lit up with the presents under it when I was little.

  • Lisa Coomer Queen

    My favorite Christmas memory was packing up and going to spend it with my cousins.

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  • sandra

    having my son squeal with delight when he opened his gifts

  • starrmo

    My daughter just bought the slightly frosted tree I told her about on Courtney’s blog, French Country Farmhouse. It is stunning and we all love it.

  • Verna Miller

    The year my first son was born and we started our own family traditions!

  • Cheryl Blackwell

    One of my favorite Christmas memories was visiting my grandparents house on Christmas Eve. Back then television programs signed off early. There were no video games or a mass of toys to entertain the children. I was surrounded by my parents, grandparents, siblings, 7 aunts and uncles and their spouses, and 32 cousins . We enjoyed delicious food prepared by my grandmother, and each other’s company. I can still hear the Christmas Carols being sung by everyone at the table before we would head to church. It was the most beautiful celebration of love and family.

  • Stacy Chubbuck

    My favorite Christmas memory was caroling with members from church. We walked all over town to carol with our friends. It was magical! It saddens me to know that this is not common any longer

  • Stacey

    Driving around to see the Christmas lights

  • Barbara Law

    My favorite memory as a young girl, is when our school classroom went to the radio station to sing Christmas Carols, every year.

  • lisa

    I enjoy seeing the houses all lit up.That’s about it.

  • Marilyn

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is when my children were young and participated in the community Living Nativity put on by our church. When I was little, my mom would make chocolate peanut butter fudge–yum!

  • We celebrated our 30th anniversary this year with a gift to ourselves, Balsam Hill’s nativity set.
    My husband made a manger scene out of leftover pallets, and decorated it with birch trunks and branches from our yard, and fir cast-offs from local Christmas tree stands. He had so much fun building it, and I had so much fun lighting it. Next year we hope to add more pieces.

  • As a gift for our 30th anniversary, my husband and I treated ourselves to Balsam Hill’s nativity set. On a blizzardy Sunday afternoon, my husband built a crèche scene using up-cycled pallets and the trunk and branches from a birch tree we lost last year. He added cast-off fir branches that I scavenged from local Christmas tree stands
    And I lit it up so he can see it when he comes home from work every day.

    Hope to add more pieces next year!

  • My favorite Christmas memory was waking up early with my brothers to see what Santa left us on Christmas morning.

  • Carmen Garcia

    It would have to be when my oldest was about 12 and he wanted a PlayStation. His younger brother and sister wanted a Nintendo and dad said we were only getting one. My oldest said it was all right if it made the younger ones happy. So I got a part time job and we bought him his PlayStation. We pulled a Christmas Story on him and hid it behind the tree. He was cleaning up all the wrappings when he found it. He was over the moon. I’ll never forget that look he gave us or the smile from ear the ear. He is in his late 20’s and still has it. I don’t know if it works but he’s kept it. I know it’s silly but one of my favorite memories.

  • Yvonne

    My favorite memory is drinking hot chocolate & playing Christmas music while we decorated our tree

  • Michael Jones

    when my brother wanted a bike and came downstairs christmas morning and santa hid the bikes in the kitchen, he was in tears.

  • wmcd

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is when I was younger and we would go door to door and sing Christmas Carols.

  • Shannon Goldschmidt

    Making biscuits and homemade country sausage gravy for Christmas morning while singing along to Christmas songs. However, Christmas hasn’t been the same since mom passed away and this year is even harder. Not only is the 29th the anniversary of mom’s death, I wasn’t even able to afford to buy a Christmas present for my brother who means the world to me and is the most important person in my life. So I’ve been really down this Holiday season.

  • Brandi H

    I saw Rudolph in the sky one Christmas, as we were driving around looking at Christmas lights, just as the radio announced that Santa was arriving soon. It was so exciting for my 5 year old self I told my dad we had to go home NOW before he missed our house! 😉

  • Angela Kern

    My favorite memory is being allowed to open one gift Christmas Eve. It was a beautiful doll in a red dress. I loved that doll.

  • Jennifer Q.

    My favorite Christmas was the one when my son was born just a couple days prior to Christmas.

  • jennifer j

    I loved opening our gifts after midnight mass.

  • Dan Lafferty

    Waking up on Christmas Day when I was about 10 years old. Upon opening my presents, I peeked outside in the front yard to notice the Christmas Wish List, that I probably had re-written over about 50 times, laying in the yard. This completely freaked me out becuase I knew then that Santa Claus and looked it over and actually had it in his hands.
    He didn’t seem to eat the cookies and drink any milk…, I thought it was cool but, strange.

  • kristenhendricks

    My favorite Christmas memory is when my family members and I in addition to some of my other relatives would get together almost every year for Christmas at my grandmother’s house. We had such a good time celebrating the holiday together and eating my grandmother’s Christmas dinners, especially since she was such a great cook! Thanks for the fantastic opportunity to win!

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