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August 30, 2007

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candy bar fundraiser

Christmas Day is one of the biggest days of the year for chocolate and candy sales, it’s rivaled only by Christmas and Easter.So naturally, Christmas Day is a great time to hold a Christmas Day candy sale as a fundraiser

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fundraiscandies

Fundraising refers to the act of collecting money or other gifts in-kind, by seeking donations from individuals, businesses, charitable organisations or governmental institutes. Have you ever wondered why fundraiser candies always seem so popular? Candy bar fundraisers can bring in upwards of a 200% profit. You must keep in mind to strike a balance between cost and quality. For similar information visit the following website..
http://www.fundraisercandies.com/

alicia

One of the best things we do at Christmas is to sponsor a family that is not as blessed as we are in life. We bring them everything from a tree and decorations to gifts, food and TONS of toys. There is nothing better than knowing that for 1 day, you have made a tremendous difference in someones life. We never know who we are going to get until a few weeks before, but it is fun to plan and buy for them. One year we had a family that had 8 kids!!

Pat S.

Hi Heather!
This should get us all in the mood to make Christmas cards :)

One of my favorite Christmas memories is homemade candy. Seems like that is the one time that everybody like to make candy. Who am I to argue :)

Yvette

My favorite Christmas event is on Christmas Eve we sit around the fire with the tree lights on and drink hot chocolate and eggnog and read through our ever growing collection of Christmas stories. To me this is even better than the events of the next day because it is all about family and togetherness and the spirit of Christmas without the comercialism. It makes it even better if it happens to be snowing :o)

Suzy

I make this every Christmas instead of the old rum cake I use Melon liqueur. It makes a very green cake that I decorate with red cherries and sprinkles:
Midori Bundt Cake

Ingredients:
Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
3 oz instant pistachio pudding mix
4 eggs
3/4 cup Midori Liquer (or any brand Honeydew Melon liquer)
1/2 c plain yogurt (do not use non fat)
1/2 c canola Oil
1/2 t coconut flavoring

Midori Glaze
2 c powdered sugar
1/2 c Midori Liquer (or any brand Honeydew Melon liquer)
1/2 c cream cheese
2 T butter
1/2 t coconut flavoring

Optional Decorations
green and/or red sugar sprinkles
Maraschino cherries


Directions:
1. Beat cake ingredients for 4 minutes at medium speed. Pour into well greased and floured Bundt pan.
2. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 F for 50-55 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
3. Cool about 15 minutes in pan, then turn out onto cooling rack.
4. Mix glaze ingredients at high speed until smooth and spreadable. Glaze while cake is slightly warm. When cool, top with green sprinkles and cherry halves.


Angel

I love Christmas and especially my mom's cookies and baked goods. She bakes for weeks prior to Christmas!

Monika Thiessen

Hello, my favourite Christmas memory is... we always had a real Christmas tree, my dad would cut it in the morning of the 24th and then mom would close the living room door and decorate the tree. We always tried to pick through the key hole, ha ha. And of course the tree had real candles! It just feel and smells so festive. I hope one day my girls can experience the real candles too.

Pat S.

Hi Heather!
This should get us all in the mood to make Christmas cards :)

My favorite Christmas memory is back when I was still in grade school. We had a screened-in front porch and thought that would be the perfect place for the Christmas tree.

Come Christmas, my brother and I almost froze our ****** off, running out there to get a gift, and running back inside to open it.

The Christmas resided inside the house after that :)

kristy

my favourite christmas memory so far has to be last christmas morning when ella crawled into the presents and look awe struck at the tree...of course a kodak moment I have scrapped!!

heather  b

OK... my MOST favourite thing about Christmas is that Pete sings "White Christmas" ALL year long, and it's the only time that it's really appropriate. (yes, I KNOW he's weird, but I love him anyway)
My next favourite thing is that all the stores are closed, and there are no distractions to the family time that we get to spend together.
We also have a tradition in our family, with PJ's... here on Christmas Eve, when we're all at church, we get new jammies, and they're always from 'THE CHRISTMAS EVE FAIRY'... the best part is that the kids TOTALLY believe it!!
My mom still makes presents to all of us from Santa's elves, and the reindeer, and all sorts of crazy things, so that they're not all from my parents. I love Christmas day, but really don't like all the hype that goes into preparing for it. Every year, we say we're going to cut back, but I start shopping in January, so by the time December gets here, it's crazy again!!!!
I also love the 'Christmas Chapel' the school puts on... one of the advantages of Christian school... it's always enough to make us cry, the kids do such a great job, and it's always really moving at some point...at others, really funny, like the littlest kids up there looking all over the place, and singing their hearts out!!
OK.. I love Christmas, you get the point!!! Now, I wanna win the candy. ;)

Julie D

My favourite thing about Christmas is making gingerbread houses with my mom. She made them when we were kids for our class to raffle off and one for home and now I have her recipe and learned to ice the house and love it all! We shop for the candies and compare past houses. It's a special time with my mom!

Heather H

Remembering the faces of our daughters on Christmas morning, as they saw what Santa had left.

Janet A.

My family has a very strange but fun tradition every year. We draw names and buy each other a pair of slippers. But they have to be silly slippers or something crazy. We open them Christmas Eve and have so much fun laughing at one another when we wear them on Christmas day:)

Renee

As for many other folks writing here, Christmas is a very special time in our home as well, especially after our family has been preparing for the day all during Advent.

Our immediate family is BIG, and with or without all the married children and grandchildren present, we begin the day with placing baby Jesus in the nativity scene with all the other figures who have roamed the entire house, journeying on their way to Bethlehem this day(and this day he is born). From there, we say a prayer together and head off to church to celebrate the reason for the season. Once home, we like to (put the coffee on!) open our stockings and eat our oranges, eventually sitting down to eat a lovely homemade from scratch kind of brunch. We torture our kids by having sheet music handy so all can sing a few carols between each round of gifts. They love it/hate it and always request it, so it must be a hit after all these years. It takes quite a while, no rush, no hurry, just the peace of the day. The focus is on faith, family and feasting.

At dinner, there's a cake for a Happy Birthday Jesus singsong with younger children, and I happen to share this day as it is also my birthday. No Christmas wrapping allowed on gifts for my birthday! No gifts until after dinner to keep the reason for the season focus! No Christmas yule log cake my mother used to give me any longer, just something "birthday" instead for "the moment". Little ones help blow out the candles.

My husband is so incredibly lucky!

There's always dinner on, including some feasting and merriment, a cake is ready and everyone gathers around. Easy as pie for him! hee hee

Our traditions are many right through to January 6th! Yippee!

Erica T

Gotta make homemade almond bark w/ cranberries, yummy, might have to make some early now that I have been thinking about it :lol:

Melt white chocolate wafers, once melted add almonds and cranberries, spread and cool on wax paper. Break up and enjoy!!

Jules

When I was little, every year my Grandma would pull out a recording of the song "Are My Ears On Straight." She was always so cute and animated when she sang it. As we got older, we were all given a copy of it, my sister, my mom and my aunt. Every year my grandma still requests that no matter where we are, we pull out our recording and listen to it. Every year I do, and I remember the animation of my grandmother and how very blessed I am to have such a wonderful memory.

Heather Leech

Hi Heather! (great name by the way *wink*)
My birthday falls on December 1, so that is our day to decorate our Christmas tree. We LOVE Christmas, and I HATE my birthday, so it's great that my birthday kinda' becomes the start of our Christmas season!! I also love handmade tree ornaments, so I love seeing the old ornaments every year. Lots of fun!!
Thanks for a chance to win!!
Heather L.

doverdi

Now that my DS is 21, I miss the traditions that we had when he was little. He used to go downstairs to the livingroom & grab our stockings and then bring them into my bedroom where we'd sit on my bed and open them. My rule at that time was that he couldn't wake me before 6 am. Sure enough every year he appeared in my room just as my digital clock changed to 6 am. I sure miss that now.

Michele B

I love spending time with my family at Christmas. Unfortunately my brother and his wife and my new niece live in White Dog, which is an hour north of Kenora, by logging road. We won't be able to see her first Christmas, although I can't wait to tell her about getting her daddy to dress up and play Santa a couple of years ago. My little one (now 4 1/2) wasn't too sure of him, and my cousins two girls were quite afraid of Santa....after he left they kept saying it wasn't Santa, until they left and looked at the roof....I guess the pattern of the melting snow looked like sleigh tracks. Too fun!! Can't wait for Christmas this year, as having two little ones to open presents is twice as fun. Cheers all!!

Michele B

I love spending time with my family at Christmas. Unfortunately my brother and his wife and my new niece live in White Dog, which is an hour north of Kenora, by logging road. We won't be able to see her first Christmas, although I can't wait to tell her about getting her daddy to dress up and play Santa a couple of years ago. My little one (now 4 1/2) wasn't too sure of him, and my cousins two girls were quite afraid of Santa....after he left they kept saying it wasn't Santa, until they left and looked at the roof....I guess the pattern of the melting snow looked like sleigh tracks. Too fun!! Can't wait for Christmas this year, as having two little ones to open presents is twice as fun. Cheers all!!

Denise

My favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night...but I LOVE ALL Christmas songs...I play Christmas music all year long...just as my poor hubby and kids!! We have a rule that whoever is driving gets to pick the music...I love that!!!

Cheryl Kelly-Van Domelen

My favorite Christmas memory was my daughter's first Christmas. Having a child made it feel like Christmas. Every year gets better too as I see the joy in her eyes!!

Michele Stavraky

It's taken me many years to enjoy Christmas after my parents passed away - but now that I have a family of my own!!! Favourite memories of when my mother and father were alive - Dot in the kitchen baking and Hugh making his famous hard sauce for all of the neighbours. I have kept up with the tradition of baking - but the hard sauce is my mother-in-law's deal...

My mother had many recipes that she used - all are VERY simple and VERY yummy:

Christmas Bars***

Pre heat oven to 350

1 3/4 Cups of flour
1 Cup of butter
5 tbls brown sugar

Mix together and pu in an 8 inch square pan. Bake in oven for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Mix together
1-1.5 cups of glazed cherries
1/2 cup chupped nuts
1 cup of raisins
3/4 cup of Christmas fruit
1 tin of Eagle Brand Milk
Bake at 300 for 50 minutes until golden on top!

Enjoy!

Eliz. Peters

The part I always love about Christmas is Christmas shopping. I am a people watcher and love watching people out looking for all the bargins and some even get into pushing trying to get the purfect gift. I do not though like spending the money part of Christmas. I would rather spend any extra cash on stampin & scrapin supplies.
Eliz.P.

Paula

My favourite thing about Christmas is FOOD FOOD FOOD!! Always yummy treats at work, at dinner partys and at holiday gatherings. I love that I am preggers this year because I won't have to watch my intake of this yummy food.....well, do I? Nah, the baby will love it all!!
HERE'S TO CHRISTMAS GOODIES.

Heather G

Christmas Traditions:
We usually go to a live Nativity on Christmas Eve and then we always get to open one gift before bed (always PJs). In the morning, we open gifts, one at a time, and then eat a big breakfast.
One other thing that we started last year that I want to keep doing is getting my husband to go outside of my girls' bedroom window when they are trying to fall asleep on C-mas Eve, and have him yell "HO HO HO" and shake the bells to make them think Santa is outside!

Suesy

I love everything about Christmas but the thing I love most about Christmas is snowman. I love that they are cubby and round. As a child we would spend all day outside after it had snowed making snow people. I hope my daughter loves those fat little guys as well!

Marla

My favorite Christmas something is our tree-decorating tradition. We always decorated the tree the first weekend in November, starting with the youngest ones doing the bottom, and all having hot chocolate. My oldest ones are away from home now, but they still talk about the hot chocolate and how they looked forward to 'decorating weekend'.

Tracy

My favourite Christmas tradition is reading the story "Twas the night before christmas". Every year my father would read this book to my brother and I on Christmas Eve. Last year for Christmas I was pregnant with my husband's and my first baby. My parents gave us our own book so that we can continue the tradition with our family. Thanks for the opportunity! No Christmas crafts on the go yet I am waiting for the next Papertrey's release on Sept 15!

Claudia F.

Congratulations! Love your blog. Our favorite easy Christmas treat :
Ting A Lings
Take a bag of chocolate chips, melt in microwave (in a bowl)then add 4 cups of Wheaties cereal. Stir really well and kind of break up the cereal then spoon onto cookie sheets and place in fridge to set. They are addicting!!
Claudia

Susan Girling

I just love Christmas. My favourite Christmas tradition was posted by my sister Brenda B., except I do remember when this tradition started - I was about 10 years old. So I have to say my second favourite Christmas tradition which I have carried on with my kids is cutting down our Christmas tree. Every year my sister, Sheila and her family and mine along with my dad (he likes to deliver the trees) go to a place where you take a tractor ride out to the bush to look for the perfect tree. After carefully selecting our trees we have a cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider to warm ourselves up. I just love the smell of a real tree in the house. Now I'm in the mood to go Christmas shopping!

Susan G.

Ilene B.

A christmas story that I'm sure will be a tradition if not just a great memory is of one granddaughter who is old enough to question a Santa Clause. She wanted an American Girl doll and when she got it she said, now I know there is a Santa because my dad wouldn't spend that much money on a doll! I love your blog and I wish you a wonderful christmas! thank you for the chance at a treat!
Ilene B.

Kathy

There are so many things I love about Christmas, but I do have ONE favourite Christmas song. Last Christmas (specifically sung by George Michael). LOL! Kind of a funny one to pick as a favourite but I just love it.

Kim

Our family's new tradition (two years running so far) is to have a family picture taken on Christmas morning. Mom and Dad in the front row center, my niece and nephew on either side, and me and my sister in the center back row with our husbands on either side. It was great to compare last years with this years to see how much we've all changed. Especially me, my hubby and my nephew. My hubby and I have lost a bunch of weight and my nephew grew a foot or so. I plan on doing this every year. I really love it as does the rest of the family.

Karlynn

Our favorite Christmas thing in the advent calendar...we try to make a new one each year...soooo love doing this with my daughter and glad I take to time to do this!!!
Karlynn

Wendy

Our newest tradition with our children is to make gingerbread houses. We buy the kit at Costco, but it is still a special memory and makes the cutest pictures & scrapbook pages!

jodene

My favorite Christmas thing is my family all get toghether on Christmas eve (there are about 60 of us) we open a gift early every year. It was something I looked forward to as a child and now as an adult.

Patti

One of my favorite activities at Christmas is gathering around the tree with our children during advent. We use Adornaments (by Family Life) to focus on an attribute of our Savior, we sing a hymn and share a time of prayer. It's wonderful.

Dale

I love to bake! Christmas is the only time that I do bake a lot of cookies and squares - an assortment that only seems to be made at Christmas. Of coarse I make up tins of cookies to give away because there are so many. My children's favourites are gingerbread cookies and Peanut Butter Balls.

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup beanut butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. butter

Mis together the above ingredients in bowl and form into 1 inch balls. Place on a wax paper lines cookie sheet and refridgerate until chilled and firm.
In the meantime, melt 3 semi sweet chocolate squares in double boiler or microwave.
Dip the chilled peanut butter balls into the chocolate and place back on to the cookie sheet.
Refridgerate.

** I make this recipe times four. They freeze well also.


Rolled Gingerbread Cookies

1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup water

3 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

In mixing bowl cream margarine ans sugar together. Add molasses and water.

Mis in remaining ingredients. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into gingerbread men or other shape. Arrange on a greased or parchment paper line cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 8 to 10 minutes.

Decorate as desired.

Dale

I love to bake! Christmas is the only time that I do bake a lot of cookies and squares - an assortment that only seems to be made at Christmas. Of coarse I make up tins of cookies to give away because there are so many. My children's favourites are gingerbread cookies and Peanut Butter Balls.

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup beanut butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. butter

Mis together the above ingredients in bowl and form into 1 inch balls. Place on a wax paper lines cookie sheet and refridgerate until chilled and firm.
In the meantime, melt 3 semi sweet chocolate squares in double boiler or microwave.
Dip the chilled peanut butter balls into the chocolate and place back on to the cookie sheet.
Refridgerate.

** I make this recipe times four. They freeze well also.


Rolled Gingerbread Cookies

1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup water

3 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

In mixing bowl cream margarine ans sugar together. Add molasses and water.

Mis in remaining ingredients. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into gingerbread men or other shape. Arrange on a greased or parchment paper line cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 8 to 10 minutes.

Decorate as desired.

lois lane

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is our family gets together Christmas Eve for a party and gift exchange. I look forward to it every year! My sisters and I start talking about what we are going to bring to eat a couple of months before it gets here. We always try to find something new to bring.

Elaine

It's not really a tradition but I just love decorating our house and decorating cookies for Christmas.

Elaine

It's not really a tradition but I just love decorating our house and decorating cookies for Christmas.

Jan

Something my gramma made was mashed rutabaga and I loved it then and still always make it. My kids HATE it so it just leaves more for me. Nothing fancy, just rutabaga boiled, add some butter and a little parsley and season to taste-mash chunky style. now I am hungry.

Becky Kwan

Thank you for sharing your creative work! I always love getting together with family for Christmas. Simple & sweet.

Pattyjo

Our family would all go to my Grandma & Grandpas for Christmas eve dinner. We would all have dinner with aunts, uncles and our cousins. Then Grandma & Grandpa would give us each one gift. It was always some wonderful big gift, like a doll that my Grandma had dressed just beautiful with her sewing skills. They have all passed on but the memories they shared live on in our hearts.

Alexandra Hobson

I love our family traditions of Christmas. My mother is German and so Xmas Eve is very special. We have a traditional German meal of potato salad, cold cuts, and some kind of wurst (depending). Then, I read my kids the Twas the Night Before Christmas just like my mom used to read to me and my sister (they are always with us for Xmas so the reading circle has grown.) Even my 18-year old sat perched on the arm of my chair as I read. Then, everyone opens one gift (jammies of course!) and we leave out the cookies and milk. This year will be extra special because we will be home in CA where my husband's whole family and mine live. Plus, my oldest son will be home from the Naval Academy - I miss him terribly! Thanks for the great question Heather - made me think of the happy times ahead! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Vicki Morris

I love waiting for Christmas cookies to come in the mail. First it was my husband's grandmother and now that she's gone, his mother sends us a big batch of cookies. They don't last long!

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