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  1. Christmas is a time to drink too much hot chocolate while surrounded by family and friends.

  2. Kim Colville Reply

    Be with family you never get to spend time with and relax

  3. Rebecca Brewer Reply

    Christmas is spending the time with my kids and sharing all the memories from when I was a kid.

  4. Christmas to me is the time for spending lots of time with family and friends, sharing food and fun activities.

  5. Christmas and Chanukah are the few hours you set aside all worries and just experience the joy of togetherness and family.

  6. My faith..Christmas carols and church outreach, giving, family, food, decoorating tradions with pizza and cookie making. Charity..football..Love and fellowship..my open house party..cocktails, friends..movies.and so much more
    Vickie

  7. Christmas to me means time with family and to remember those without family and include them in family activities

  8. Sherry Simons Reply

    Christmas means to me our families come from close and far away to celebrate the aroma of traditional foods cooking and gathering our love for this specis l day !!!

  9. Maribel HG Reply

    Christmas is a time to be surrounded by family and friends and have a great time.And to be love and give love to all. Is that time of the year when all looks pretty. Love to see the Christmas trees, love ornaments and remember why they are so special to us.

  10. Renee Duffield Reply

    christmas to me is spending time with family and shwing our love for each other it isnt about a gift it is about something you get in life for free and that is love

  11. Meagan Nelms Reply

    Christmas is about being with family and friends and creating memories that last a lifetime.

  12. betty neale Reply

    Christmas is a joyous time meant to be shared with family and friends.

  13. Tomekia Walker Reply

    Christmas to me means thanking the power of being yourself.

  14. Christmas to me is giving to family, friend’s and strangers. Coming together and creating last memories to share for years to come.

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  16. Cookies, lights, giving to others, presents, sleigh rides, snowflakes, the magic of Santa… these are all fun and nice, but Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, who came to earth to save us all. That’s what Christmas is really about.

  17. Christmas is a time to appreciate our blessings of the past year and remember the reason for the season. Peace, joy and happiness.

  18. Christmas time is a time to get together with the extended family and friends.

  19. Christmas means working time at the ranch for us. The guys have time off their regular jobs, the weather is cooler and we do the heavy work over Christmas holidays.

  20. Jeannie Garcia-Buechele Reply

    Christmas is a time when we see family and friends that we normally wouldn’t get to see all year and talk and reminisce of past Christmas’s.

  21. ClickClick Reply

    It is a day that I don’t have to work. That day and Thanksgiving.

  22. Christmas is about Jesus, family & fattening food!! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  23. Christmas is a time of joy and thankfulness for God’s gift of Christ to the world along with celebrating and sharing His love with family and friends, community. Its one of my favorite times of the year.

  24. Cindy Kane Reply

    Christmas is family and friends and new friends. Old memories and new

  25. We celebrate the birth of the Christ child. We celebrate family. We eat a lot. The children play and the big children loosen their belts and watch movies!

  26. Christmas is a time to gather together as a family and enjoy one another’s company, a time to be generous to others (especially those less fortunate), a time to celebrate the blessings of God.

  27. Terrie Miller Reply

    Christmas is the time to remember and celebrate peace and love in the world.

  28. Stacey Roberson Reply

    Christmas is about Jesus and spending time with the ones you love.

  29. Debra Pashkowsky Reply

    Christmas is a time for reflection, gathering with friends and family. It is a giving season which we should carry in our hearts all year.

  30. I love your prôducts and use them throughout my home. I love bringing the magic of Christmas to my children and grandchildren!!!

  31. A time to spend with family and friends. A time of remembrance of loved ones lost. A time of peace and goodwill towards all others.

  32. Shelley Valentine Reply

    Christmas is a time to celebrate our faith in the birth of the Christ child with the love of our families

  33. Carolyn G. Reply

    Carolyn @ ourmtnest.com

    Rejoicing with friends and family, celebrating the gift of Jesus’ birth. Time together, seasonal music, fabulous food, creating memories.

  34. donnamichelle Reply

    Its a wonderful time of year when anything seems possible! People seem nicer and friendlier. And the food! And Christmas cookies! Yum!

  35. Donna Goodnow Reply

    Christmas is a time to remember what the holiday is truly about, and to reflect the gift of love, peace and compassion.

  36. A gift, a sense of wonder, a feeling to give to others that are in need, yet to recieve from others to cherish for generations to come. Love, hope happiness, and wonder to be believe in others. The memories of loved ones long gone that handed us family traditions such as making cooking, candies, and other goodies to give to others as the smile with excitement and joy. When I think of snow to me it is like a ritual bath that cleanses the world for a special moment. This moment has been shared by thousands, told throughout time, and felt by most loved us in his realmof Heaven. Merry Christmas !

  37. basketblessed@yahoo.com Reply

    Christmas is the whole season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. It’s childhood memories and family traditions, and it’s a time of extra caring for all humanity. The air is charged with something special, something felt, but undefinable! That’s Christmas for me 🙂
    Smiles, DianeM

  38. Christmas is a wonderful time with family and friends to show gratitude and love to those around you.

  39. Blair Nail Reply

    as a wife to a firefighter, we don’t always get to spend the actual DAY being a family. Christmas to me is celebrating our Lord and being with family. We have our little miracle baby, Hadley to celebrate the season with this year! We were so prayerful for her and are thrilled to be able to show her what Christmas is all about!

  40. Angela saver Reply

    Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! I love celebrating the birth of Jesus with my family with good food & a gift exchange!

  41. basketblessed@yahoo.com Reply

    Christmas is a fun and festive time of year….a whole season of well wishes for the whole world as we all celebrate in our own way, yet all together!

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  43. Karen R. Propes Reply

    Christmas is a peaceful happy time we spend with Family and share with others. The joy in Childrens’ eyes, the midnight service at Church, the power of love that comes from the birth of Jesus.

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  45. Stephanie Phelps Reply

    Christmas to me is the celebration of Jesus Christ and his birth,

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  47. Fred Holmes Reply

    Christmas to me is a time of joy, sharing, and togetherness with loved ones.

  48. Danielle Magee Reply

    Christmas to me is spending time with friends and family and being grateful for what you have.

  49. Christmas is a time for remembering what is important in life, showing kindness to others and trying to spend as much time with family and friends.

  50. Bridget Patterson Reply

    Christmas to me means spending time with family. I love to see everyone eating, talking, and playing games.

  51. Jennifer Hedden Reply

    Christmas is spending time with loved ones and making new memories. It is about being grateful for what you do have and helping those less fortunate. It is also a time of love, magic, and belief.

  52. christmas to me is thinking about others that are less fortunate than yourself and helping those in need and spending quality time with family and friends. It shouldnt be about buying gifts for each other. You can do that throughout the year not just one day a year

  53. For us..it is a traditional southern food centric day. Remember those who have gone on, relishing memories..tell stories..give thanks to God. Then a walk and football
    Vickie

  54. Crystal v Rivera Reply

    Christmas is appreciating time with your family and loved ones!

  55. Saundra Bowers Reply

    Christmas to me is the spirit of giving and the feeling I receive when I have brought joy to someone during the holidays.

  56. Christmas is..all the F’s in our home.
    Family.
    Friends
    Fellowship
    paying it Forward
    Faith
    FOOD..the biggest..as southerners all celebrating is centered around delicious food and tradions
    Football
    Thanks, merry Christmas
    Vickie

  57. Jennifer Essad Reply

    Christmas is “Family” I look forward to us being together, being in the kitchen with my mom, aunts, my daughter and the guys all in the family room waiting for us to get dinner on the table. We quite often all spend the night at Nana and Popi’s

  58. Christmas to me is Jesus Christ’s earthly birthday. Where he was presented by Our Heavenly Father as a gift of grace for all who will receive him into their hearts and lives.

  59. Edward Reinholtz Reply

    Christmas is Family and friends getting together to share the Birth of Christ .

  60. Christmas is about family and friends, joy and love, giving and community and celebrating the birth of Jesus.

  61. Cherie Johnson Reply

    Christmas is the wonder in my children’s eyes, love of family and friends and giving back

  62. Laura Scrogham Reply

    Christmas is about spending time with friends and family.

  63. It is all about the family and the one time of the year we can all be in one room together.

  64. Theresa Ellis Reply

    christmas is my favorite time of year the lights trees decorations family and friends

  65. How I love Advent Calendars! We have been using them in our family for years. Our tradition is buying a new one each season that we can use with all the others for years and years passing them down through the family.

  66. Christmas is the love we share as humanity, the peace we bring to those around us, and the care we give to everyone.

  67. toonces1989 Reply

    Giving, sharing and loving not only with friendsand family byt with those who are less fortunate

  68. Xmas is the 2nd most important feast in the Christian calendar-marking the incarnation

  69. Linda Douglas Reply

    CHRISTMAS means a great deal to us, as it is the Birthday of our Savior ! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

  70. Christmas is a time to spend with family and celebrate the entire year! It is a great time to make new memories, and cherish those memories already made.

  71. Christmas is spending time with family and taking stock of what has happened in the past year – good and bad – while designing your plan of happiness for the coming year.

  72. Karen R. Propes Reply

    Christmas is sharing love and happiness with family and friends. A time to tell others you care and you miss them. Sharing memories,making new memories.

  73. Madeline Lonergan Reply

    Christmas is celebrating with family and also the birth of Jesus.

  74. deborahstinson Reply

    Christmas is family and presents and good food with a day off!

  75. A time for family and friends and appreciating each other and what God has given us.

  76. Christmas is love and magic and all about the family and helping others.

  77. Christmas is about remembering. .. remembering our loved ones who are no longer with us and keeping their spirit alive while making new family memeories! Christmas is about giving… Giving to those in need but remembering to always be aware that needs are a year round. Christmas is a day of celebration. .. the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Merry Christmas!

  78. anita leibert Reply

    Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is by far the best holiday of the year!

  79. Angela Krout Reply

    Christmas to me is another opportunity to make memories with my family. To renew family ties. We get busy in our lives and forget about family so it is a chance to get together and catch up. I think it helps us to remember that we are connected to wonderful amazing people that we love even though we don’t always have the time to see them.

  80. Diana Gorski Reply

    Christmas is the Joy the Birth of Christ,. Sharing it with family and friends

  81. Christmas is about Jesus, friends and family. It’s a time of togetherness.

  82. Kristin Jones Reply

    Christmas is celebrating Jesus’s birth by spending time with family

  83. Tracy Cotton Pickin Cute Reply

    Christmas is a chance for our family to really remember what’s important in life. We celebrate the birth of our Savior and remember that family is the one thing that we can always count on and that no matter what we are there for each other. On this day we share our joy.

  84. Christmas is about helping the people that need help, friends, family, and fun

  85. Carly Williams Reply

    Christmas is slowing down to enjoy the little things and spending time with family.

  86. April Gray Reply

    Christmas means family and love. It’s not about the presents-it’s about Christ.

  87. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is the celebration with family and friends. It is a time when the world most feels the spirit of love and giving and remembers those less fortunate and actually helps others.

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  89. Michelle DiFlorio Coles Reply

    Christmas is all about making memories with my family!

  90. Anne Mostella Reply

    A time for remembering what we are celebrating, and wonderful times with family and friends.

  91. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. It is a time to show the people you love how much you appreciate them by giving them gifts much like the Maji gave gifts to the Messiah.

  92. Christmas is about family, and watching how much our kids enjoy it!

  93. Michelle Small Reply

    Christmas is about sharing compassion, caring for others than ourselves, spending time with those we love making beautiful memories.

  94. Amber Gohardorgohome Knickman Reply

    Christmas is about being with the ones your love, even if you can’t be with them physically, they are always in your heart and mind. Merry Christmas to our service men and women who are deployed away from their loved ones for the holidays. Happy holidays and stay safe!

  95. Christmas is the special time of year we honor the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It involves a lot sharing and love in various ways. Gifts, spending time with the family, and enjoy yummy foods.

  96. Angela Carter-Beverly Reply

    Christmas to me means the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and goodwill toward All men!

  97. Kimberly Snyder Reply

    It’s a time to share, enjoy friends and family and be thankful for all the blessings in my life.

  98. Lisa FortyNiners Mccloud Reply

    Christmas is about sharing with our new grandbaby☺

  99. Rhonda Grisham Reply

    Christmas is the birth of Jesus first and foremost. Christmas is spending time with your loved ones. Christmas is FUN!

  100. Christmas is spending quality time with family and friends you don’t see all year long.

  101. Christmas is a celebration of birth of Jesus. A time to share and give to all.

  102. Christmas is the gift of Jesus. It is also a time of family and friends.

  103. Christmas is about the birth of Christ & sharing the celebration with family

  104. Celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with family and friends, and decorating with trees, baking, and sharing the beauty of the season.

  105. Linda Davidson-Poplees Reply

    Christmas means love and joy to me. It is a time of hope and miracles when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

  106. A time when we honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s Birth.

  107. To me, Christmas is all about celebrating Christ’s birth and how He still lives with in each of us today, showing His love and forgiveness in every moment.

  108. Christmas to me is about giving. Not just to loved ones, but to those who truly need some Christmas and a smile in their lives.

  109. I love all the Advent calendars I’ve been seeing featured & hope I win!

  110. Christmas is a time for reflection, a time for giving and a time for refreshing. We reflect upon our family traditions, on our personal religious beliefs and upon those things that make us who we are. We need to give out of the generosity of our hearts, try to be a blessing to someone in need and most importantly expect nothing in return. And finally, a time for refreshing is important in making changes for the better in our lives for the upcoming year. Weed out the things that are negative and no longer needed for a full and happy upcoming year and you will see a wonderful difference in your countenance in the days to come. Merry Christmas!

  111. Allyson Bossie Reply

    Christmas to me is spending time with family. Appreciating the blessings in life. Cleansing for a new year, great new things, etc.

  112. Christmas is a chance for our family to really remember what’s important in life. On this day we share our joy.

  113. Christmas means family, charity and staying humble throughout the year

  114. Mary Vantil Reply

    Christmas means time to spend with family and praise the lord

  115. Jerri Grissom Long Reply

    Christmas is about being with family, it is also about sharing and helping others. It isn’t about what is under the tree Christmas morning, it’s who is around it.

  116. Peggy Detweiler Reply

    Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, our first gift.

  117. Mare Schmitz Williams Reply

    To me, Christmas is another special time of year to remember loved ones who you are lucky enough to still have with you, as well as celebrate the birth of Jesus.

  118. Kathleen Ashton Reply

    Christmas is celebrating Jesus’ birth and spending time with family.

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  120. I think Christmas is all about our Savior, who selflessly came to give us the ultimate gift of all time.

  121. Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus! and being with family

  122. Bryan Back Reply

    Christmas is a frame of mind for giving an spiritual pleasures.

  123. Christmas is about spending time with family…and eating lots of cookies! 🙂

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  125. Christmas is bringing everyone together to share the love in many things. It’s not about gifts, although that’s a fun part of the celebration.

  126. Cindy Ziliak Reply

    We are starting a new tradition this year! I found a Christmas Light scavenger hunt online! We are taking out two granddaughters tonight!

  127. Christmas is spending time with dear friends and family and celebrating the birth of Jesus!

  128. It is spending time with family and celebrating the birth of Jesus,

  129. Christmas means everything to me – a time for people to take a pause in their lives to gather together and celebrate a very special time of year.

  130. Lisa Balmoos-Stover Reply

    Christmas is so many things. I have great memories of Christmas time from my childhood. It is a time for family and friends. A time to be thankful for all of your blessings.

  131. Christmas is celebrating Jesus’ birth; enjoying family and friends; and eating LOTS of good food and treats!!!

  132. Christmas is a special time too share with friends & family. Yet spread joy to others in need. It is not all about the gifts being together sharing time.

  133. Sharon Haas Reply

    I love to unpack my holiday decorations each year. It’s like opening a magic box of memories.

  134. Heather Hollands Reply

    Celebrating the birth of Jesus and spending time with family.

  135. Tamra Phelps Reply

    Hmm, Christmas is both wonderful & stressful, lol. I think you have to let go of the things that make it stressful, accept it will not be one of those TV Perfect Christmases, & just let it be fun.

  136. Emily McCollough Lindsey Reply

    Christmas is celebrating Jesus and being with family!

  137. Christmas is all about Christ and his birth and spending time with family.

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  139. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and spending special time with family.

  140. Christmas is spending time with family and stopping to remember what the real meaning of Christmas is!

  141. Sheri Newell Anderson Reply

    Christmas means Jesus came to the Earth to save us from our sins, hallelujah!

  142. Christmas to me is that time of year where everyone has joy in their hearts & for just a period of time the world is a much nicer place!

  143. Time with the family and to bring joy to the people around you

  144. Tee Trimble Reply

    Christmas is tradition and letting it be magical for the kids.

  145. Christmas is my deeply held southern traditions. Love, faith, family and food. Football too. Sharing, charity and goodwill. Singing and decorating the Christmas tree with friends at our annual party. Many beautiful things.
    Vickie
    floridagld at yahoo dot com

  146. Marla Jones Reply

    Christmas means to me is Jesus Christ our dear lord and savior

  147. Katie Scalmato Reply

    Christmas is a time for family and celebration of the birth of Christ. Happy holidays!!

  148. southernnights1 Reply

    Christmas is spiritual, magic, love, joy, peace and family.

  149. Princess Sophie Reply

    Christmas is anticipation and celebration of traditions past & present…

  150. Princess Sophie Reply

    Christmas is anticipation and celebration of traditions past & present…

  151. wildflower00 Reply

    It is about celebrating Jesus’s birth. a time for loved ones to get together and create memories

  152. Linda Gawthrop Reply

    Christmas Eve and family arriving today – the house is decorated and food is ready! Merry Christmas everyone – enjoy this special season of hope and peace.

  153. Christmas is a time of celebrating Christ’s birth and life and his love that we share with others.

  154. Christmas is so many thing to so many people. The birth of Jesus, the celebration of this birth……………. Santa for the kids, time with family and friend for the adults

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  156. Jeri Shelby Reply

    Every year we try to make Christmas special. My mom lost her sister and family on December 23. They were traveling home for Christmas. My mom is 87. She is an amazing lady. FightIng cancer and the loss of my dad and brother.
    We host “Reindeer Games” the weekend after Thanksgiving. Of course this means I start decorating the first of November. This will be our 4 th year. This tradition start in 2014. My dad loved family and play board games. He passed away before our first party. From that time on the kids have convinced me to continue the tradition in his memory. Last year we added Toys tot Tots to the tradition. The circle of family and friends go above and behind.
    This is my favorite time of year. I start the count Dow on 12/26. My friends on fb tag me on anything to do with Hallmark and Christmas.
    If chosen I want to share this gift with the assisted where my mom lives. I would love to see the residents enjoy Christmas as much as I do.
    Merry Christmas!
    Jeri Shelby

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