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Dec 15 2009

Happy 2 Year Stitch it!! Podcast Contest

Published by Meghan at 10:57 am under Uncategorized

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast! i hope that you are still enjoying it, and hope you continue to do so!
so, here’s a contest!
Take a listen to episode 96 to hear the contest, and then post your entry here!
:)
i’ll gather all of the prizes for the drawing, post photos and whatnot here, and i’ll draw the winners names on January 1st.
Woot!!!!

56 responses so far

56 Responses to “Happy 2 Year Stitch it!! Podcast Contest”

  1. Sarahon 15 Dec 2009 at 11:51 am

    Hi Meghan,
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! I’ve been listening since the beginning and I’m enjoying you now as much as I did then. Because of you I have now ordered my first wheel and I can’t wait to get started. I think I’ll have to go back and re-listen to all your excellent Spinning info again. Yippee!!!
    My favourite thing to do at this time of year is to go skating and sledding with my 3 little ones. :)
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Sarah
    knittingbunnymum on Ravelry.

  2. Caitlinon 15 Dec 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Yay for two years! My answer for the contest:

    The time off. A chance to take some time guilt free, time to relax, and time to reflect on what I want to accomplish for next year.

  3. Colleenon 15 Dec 2009 at 3:28 pm

    My favorite thing about this time of year is my Christmas tree. I always put it up the day after Thanksgiving and whenever I am home, the tree is lit… even in the middle of the day when the sun is shining on the tree so you can’t see the lights!And it appears that the tradition will be passed on, because my 4-year-old daughter has started racing me to try to be the first to turn on the tree every time we come home.

    Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary, and happy birthday! I look forward to hearing many more episodes in the future!

  4. Andrea (noricum)on 15 Dec 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Happy birthday, happy podiversary!!! My favourite thing about this time of year is looking at all the pretty decorations, and watching my family unwrap the gifts I give them. :)

  5. Nathalieon 15 Dec 2009 at 8:50 pm

    My favourite thing this time of year is taking walks after dark when it’s gently snowing big, fluffy snowflakes.

    Thanks for podcasting, Meghan. I look forward to every episode!

  6. Keenaon 16 Dec 2009 at 1:03 am

    One of my most favorite things about the holiday season is having EggNog. You can drink it this time of year and when I see it at the market for the first time, I’m like”EGGNOg!!” “Get the Rum!” Something about EggNog and the holiday season just sets it off for me.

  7. emmmson 16 Dec 2009 at 8:17 am

    Oooh, happy anniversary! (Haven’t listened yet, but wanted to get that in there first, haha!) I can’t believe it’s been two years!

  8. Sydneyon 16 Dec 2009 at 8:21 am

    Our biggest family tradition was baking–we always baked lots and lots of cookies. My mom used to call it “making Pillsbury memories”–knowing her, she was probably making fun of a commercial. When we got older, my brother and I made lots of the cookies on our own. Our favorites were chocolate chip and shortbread.

    Now that we are adults, I have some more sophisticated recipes, but I still make lots of chocolate chip and shortread cookies. My brother has picked up a few new recipes of his own. He makes everyone a big tub of one particular awesome cookie each year. He won’t tell us the recipe, even though we’ve been bugging him for years.

    Happy Holidays!
    Sydney

  9. Pattion 16 Dec 2009 at 10:05 am

    Happy Podcasting anniversary! I realy enjoy your podcast. My family celebrates being together in many different ways. We play board games (trivial pursuit, scamble, pictionary are among the favouriates) when we are together. I love the cookies and sweets that we all make to share. Butter tarts are my specialty and yes, people ask when I’m bringing them and for the recipe as well.

    My husband’s family has different traditions, which include campfires with roasting marshmellows (yes, even in the winter at – 30 C, just has to be still!) and of course the kids share the alcohol free beverages and most adults will indulge…….which can lead to dancing around the fire and loud singing! There have been some very funny moments indeed.

    Hope your aniversary cupcake was delicious! Keep up the good work.

  10. drMollyon 16 Dec 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Meghan,

    this podcast was by far one of the ones I enjoyed most.
    Due to a head injury I don’t have many memories left of my childhood, or even (& this is the worst) of my own children growing up.
    None-the-less here is one seasonal memory I DO have of when they were young: We lived in a place where there would be many feet of snow, ie. routinely 2-4 feet or sometimes more that would last all winter. My favorite time was right after a snowfall to go outside into the woods – we lived in the middle of the forest; this was the time of our “real-life not in town homesteading”. It was so beautiful & so quite, snow hushed everything and made the trees so beautiful. Full moon nights were the very best!
    Keep up your good work. I do so enjoy your town homesteading tales!

  11. seine1on 16 Dec 2009 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite thing this time of year is going snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the Colorado Rockies on Christmas Day. The trees are frosted with thick snow, the air is crisp and clean and the sun is usually shining too. It’s quiet and sparkly and magical all at the same time. I always say “It doesn’t get any better than this.” My brother said that once and just after he said it, a huge clump of snow fell off a branch and onto his head. We just about died laughing. It’s a great Christmas memory.

  12. Denise/CTon 17 Dec 2009 at 5:42 pm

    One of my most favorite things about this time of year is CHEX mix. We only make it at the holidays and it remains a special treat to all who visit.

  13. BigAshDogon 18 Dec 2009 at 3:50 pm

    My favorite thing about this time of year is hot cocoa after playing in the snow. Not just any hot cocoa but my mom’s recipe. It’s VERY exclusive. It’s Swiss Miss with extra marshmallows and milk. None of that all water malarkey for me. Gotta have some milk in my cocoa. Nothing tastes better after a long while of ice skating, sledding or building snowmen (or if you are one of those people that have actually grown up shoveling).

  14. Cheryl S.on 18 Dec 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Eggnog! Homemade is best, but commercial is fine. Plain or spiked. Even eggnog ice cream or eggnog lattes.

  15. Lisaon 19 Dec 2009 at 12:08 am

    Happy Anniversary Meghan! I love your podcast! My favorite Christmas tradition started when I was a kid. My parents bought yummy finger foods for Christmas Eve dinner, and I’ve continued that tradition with my family. I buy shrimp, smoked salmon, cheeses, crackers, herring, hummus, and whatever else looks good. It’s a little expensive, but it’s Christmas! My teenage boys love it, and I don’t have to cook! Merry Christmas!

  16. Courtneyon 19 Dec 2009 at 10:59 am

    First off hi, and THANKS for your 2 years of podcasts!!! I’ve been listening for about a year, since a little bit before the server switch. :) Whenever that was. Haha. I’m on Rav…Pinkcowgirl…and I’ve listened to every single episode. :) I love your podcast to pieces!!!

    So. Here’s my favorite holiday “thing”. For me it’s my holiday tradition of wrapping Uncle Jimmy’s present.

    Uncle Jimmy and dad always exchange tool-type items. Dad is a retired professor turned contractor, and Jimmy does excavation. Hence the tools.

    So every year at Christmas, dad gets Jimmy a present, and I am in charge of wrapping it. Originally, it was just normal, boring wrapping…but several years ago, Jimmy decided to give me a gag-gift for Christmas. Then the next year it was a present wrapped in layers and layers of paper. Then a present in a box in a box in a box….

    So he really started it. It’s so not my fault.

    And about 5 or 6 years ago, I started getting revenge. :)

    One year the present consisted of layers of paper, layers of duct tape, wall paper, and fireworks.

    Then there was the one that had battery powered christmas lights and barbed wire.

    Then one year it had discs that came off a tractor plow. That year mom threatened to make us keep the presents outside.

    Last year I got a maze that you can put something small in…like a key. So Uncle Jimmy had to un-wrap the maze, which was in multiple boxes…then work the maze to get the key out, and the key then unlocked the padlock and chain that were wrapped around his real present…which had hardened insulation (The stuff in the can, “Great Stuff”) and dryway spackle. Mom…less than amused. Jimmy couldn’t stop laughing.

    So far this year I haven’t made it home to wrap the present yet, because there is about 16 inches of snow outside and…I can’t drive the hour home because the interstates are shut down. But I have a pile of stuff ready to wrap the present. The pile includes curtain rods, cammo pants, dryer vents, cell phone chargers, cell phones, and bubble wrap. It’s starting to get hard to out-do myself.

    ***I think I have to delete the links to the pictures…it wouldn’t let me post…

    As you can see, my entire family enjoys this tradition. It wouldn’t be Christmas without the “Official Jimmy Walker Christmas Present”. This is my first year living this far away from my family…so coming home to wrap that present is something I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. It’s my favorite part of the holidays, and I prepare for it all year long. I can’t even begin to put in to words how much I love this tradition. It’s more than playing a prank…I really feel like the effort I put in to this present, is equal to how much I love my whole family, and the holidays. :) Now my cousins take the present that their parents get me, and they wrap it in much the same fashion that I wrap their dad’s. Everyone is involved at this point.

    So. That’s my faaaaaaavorite Christmas Thing. :)

  17. Courtneyon 19 Dec 2009 at 10:59 am

    HA! Success.

    I shall now try and attach pictures. If this doesn’t work, I shall email you links.

    Here’s the entire album link, with presents from 2005 to 2008.
    http://s539.photobucket.com/albums/ff354/PinkDsnyPrncess/Jimmys%20Christmas/

  18. Lorri (aka LJWT)on 19 Dec 2009 at 11:57 am

    Am I really the first reponse??? One of the best things about this time of year is the discovery of “found money.” This happens when you pull out the winter coat(s) for the first time of the season and reach in the pockets only to discover coins and perhaps a few bills that were left from last winter. It’s like totally free money and you’re obligated to spend it willy-nilly on whatever catches your fancy. One year I managed to find a $20 bill and it was if I’d won the lottery.

    Lorri (LJWT)

  19. Saraon 19 Dec 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Congrats on 2 AWESOME years of podcasting. I’ve loved every episode! :)

    This time of year one of my faaaavorite things is the crunch that snow only has when it’s really cold. I don’t so much love the cold, but once the snow starts crunching underfoot I’m happy to stomp around outside like a kid. It’s ALMOST as good as crunchy leaves in the fall. Almost.

  20. sillyfruon 19 Dec 2009 at 9:12 pm

    My favorite part of this time of year is the cooler temperatures and the smell of firewood being burnt in the homes by my house.

  21. deliaon 20 Dec 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary Meghan! I have been thrilled to have been with you since day one! I too have a birthday near Christmas, on the 28th, and my favorite memory is being a very little girl getting all dressed up on my birthday and my parents taking my friends and I to see the Radio City Christmas Show and the Rockettes and live Nativity! It just made Christmas so very special to me.

    Now, just being with my family and baking and decorating and cooking means the world to me. I am truly blessed.

  22. Jasminon 20 Dec 2009 at 12:26 pm

    My faaaaaaaavorite thing ( ;) ) about this time of year is spending time with my family and drinking German spiced mulled wine.

  23. Sharonon 20 Dec 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Meghan,

    New listener here! I discovered you through “The Knitmore Girls” and your adventures to Rhinebeck, my neighboring town. I actually met you three during your meet and greet, but I started listening to you after that.

    Happy Anniversary! Your contest made me think a bit, but as I was making cookies today my daughter brought up a very sweet tradition. Now, my daughter is 16. She is a Jr. in HS. However, she reminded me that we need to save a Santa cookie so we can put out milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer on Christmas eve. I think it is awesome that a 16 year old still holds the magic of Christmas in her heart, and I know that she will pass this and many other family traditions down to her own family someday. (She did say she was worried her 14 year old brother would make fun of her, but I’ll bet he’s into it too that night!)

    Take care, and enjoy all of your families’ holiday traditions!

  24. LuAnneon 21 Dec 2009 at 8:58 am

    Listening to your podcast made me so reminiscent. I am the oldest of 6 and we too were so excited both Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Christmas Eve we would eat oyster stew- everyone had to eat it even if you didn’t like it- I did not. Then we trundled into the car to go check out Christmas light. Oohs and aahs were required. Then back to the house- Dad went in anc checked to see if Santa was there. Lo and behold- he had been. You know he had so many houses to stop at he just started at ours. Take turns giving out the presents and then off to bed. In the morning we would wait at the top of the stairs until Mom & Dad were up then the gallumphing group down the stairs to get our pressies from Mom and Dad. Too grand. Dad would make pancakes and then off to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. The family is much smaller now- I miss and remember everyone that is gone. Merry Christmas. You bring brightness with every podcast. Glad to hear the beginnings of gardening talk!!

  25. Melindaon 21 Dec 2009 at 11:02 am

    Happy 2nd year Stitch It! :) I love the podcast! My favorite holiday tradition is really one that involves just me. Every year, on Christmas Eve, we leave the tree lit all night. I usually wake up about 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. on Christmas Day (probably because of excitement!) and go out and look at the pretty tree with all of the lovely presents under it. It’s really quiet because no one else is awake, and it’s time for me to reflect on the season, Christmas spirit, and how much I appreciate the year that is finishing up. It gets me all giddy inside! I then go back to bed for a few more hours until we get up and do presents. I love the anticipation of waiting until Christmas Day to open gifts, and I love that quiet moment Christmas morning, where I have time to myself to appreciate the beauty. I don’t know how long I’ve done this, and I think that any of my family know that I do this every year, but that’s ok with me :) Other than that, I love white Christmases, all of the smells of Christmas, Christmas carols, and wrapping presents. Merry Christmas to all!

  26. Jenniferon 21 Dec 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Happy anniversary. I’ve enjoyed hearing your adventures in spinning & you’ve got me talked into it if I can figure out how to get around some physical difficulties. I’ve passed on some of your recipes & just general knowledge that I’ve picked up from your homesteading & gardening. The gardening did not work too great because our tomatoes came with a blight! However…it’s been fun.

    What I enjoy about this time of year is curling up on the couch with a good book or knitting. Homemade hot chocolate beside me & big snowflakes coming down outside. Of course, family has to come stomping in & the cold takes your breath away! Right now, winter is my favorite time of year. We have an old house that has big windows to show off the snow covered trees behind the house. The cardinals & chickadees out at the bird feeder show up so brightly against the stark white snow. Plus, when it’s this cold, we can keep our refridgerated groceries either on the porch or deck & have icy beverages without taking up fridge space.

    Have a blessed holiday season. Jennifer

  27. Mrs. Pivecon 22 Dec 2009 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for two wonderful years, Meghan! :)

    So here are a few of my favorite things: singing in or going to see choirs, all the big band//WWII /post-WWII music that gets played this time of year (Bing Crosby, etc.), lying under my Christmas tree as a child and looking up at the lights, candles and pretty lights in the darkness.

    Some funny memories:

    As a child we’d have Christmas with my cousins at my Grandma’s house every Christmas Eve. One of my cousins would get so excited that she’d throw up ( a couple of years in a row for that one). Santa Claus would visit her house (often wearing black, horn-rimmed glasses) and hand out stockings that always had an orange and peanut brittle in them. One year one of my cousins ran to the door after Santa left and called out, “Hey, Santa’s driving away in a station wagon!!”

    One year, when I was 20, I was living in a house with a number of other young adults. We’d planned to go sledding. I was new to the house and the group (and didn’t know that some of my housemates were… well, mean) and wanted to fit in and have a good time. There was a guy who was a co-worker and friends with some in the house and I was told he was interested in me. So, we all went to a big, city golf course to sled on the big hills. The snow was too fresh though, and I wound up with a face full of snow – wet and freezing! We decided to head over to the place where the guys worked to warm up and dry off. This took about twenty minutes or so to get over there and I had been talking and visiting with everyone in the meantime. They showed me around the work place a bit too – since it was a screenprinting shop – when we got there and then I asked to use the bathroom. When I went in and looked in the mirror, I had black mascara streaks all down my face from the snow. All that time NO ONE said a thing! I’m sure the guy was too embarassed, but you’d think maybe my housemates would have helped me out, but I learned (after some further incedents) that they’d rather I be the butt of a joke… Needless to say, I didn’t stay there much longer! I can look back and laugh now, but then, it was pretty embarassing!

    Finally, just a note on my confusing cultural heritage. My grandmother lived in Florida all my childhood years and we’d visit from time to time at Christmas. My mom was born in Trinidad (her great-grandparents were colonists from the UK), lived there until she was two, and then moved to Venezuela, because her dad worked for Mobil Oil and they had an American base down there. My mom has 4 brothers, all of whom now live in the states, but at the time, she still had one brother in Caracas and another who had been temporarily working in Guatemala for his company. He (the one in Guatemala) had recently returned and was celbrating Christmas with us.

    So, up in the condo, my mom and her brother are speaking Spanish to each other. My uncle gives us some outfits from Guatemala and then we all went down to the parking garage below and broke a Christmas pinata. Then we all went upstairs and had tea and scones and crumpets and fruitcake and all sorts of other traditional British foods for our meal. Needless to say, it has taken me a number of years to figure out just what kind of cultural traditions were actually ours to pass down to my children! We are definitely European mutts!

    Have a wonderful holiday!
    Nicole

  28. Karenon 22 Dec 2009 at 10:46 am

    Happy Anniversary Meghan! Thanks for two years of wonderful podcasts.
    My favorite thing about this time of year is cooking all the traditional foods. We always have double chocolate cookies and apple pie. For Christmas dinner there is prime rib. I always bake treats for the mailman and neighbors. There was a time when I made my grandmother’s fruit cake but sadly I am the only one who likes it so it’s only made every few years.

  29. bethanygon 22 Dec 2009 at 1:26 pm

    2 years! It’s been wonderful having you in my life weekly. Thank you, again.

    My favorite thing this time of the year? Twinkly things. Lights, sparkly snow, glitter, lipgloss, jewels and treasures. I see lots of it with the girls around and it just makes things so special. I never was drawn to it in a “girly” sort of way, but now, just seeing that bit of sparkle here and there is making me ridiculously happy.

    That and gingerbread. In any form. mmmm

    And good memories, and I thank you for sharing yours and helping me make more.

  30. Robin Bon 22 Dec 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I live in the Rocky Mountains here in Utah and love the early snows that come this time of year. Winter is new, the snow is wonderful. At 6200 feet above sea level, when the snow does come our neighborhood feels like a remote little village in the Swiss alps. No traffic noise, no loud noises of any kind. It is so peacefull. The oak trees are all covered in snow and the walking trails in the area turn into snow shoe paths. I needed to let my dog out this morning at about 3:00 am and there was a mule deer doe standing in the front yard. When my dog barked at her she hopped through the foot of snow as if her legs where spring loaded. It’s snowing even as I type this and it’s a wonderful place to sit in my studio spinning, weaving, or knitting and listening to “stitch it’ or one of the other podcasts or books that I enjoy listening to. Thanks for the podcast, I look forward to hearing about each new adventure in fiber and in raising a little man.
    Merry Christmas

  31. Virginiaon 22 Dec 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Favorite thing about this time of year – Sitting by a cracklin’ fire with DH, curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn listening to podcasts and audiobooks while watching it rain, knitting anything warm, celebrating our wedding anniversary, but most of all celebrating the birthday of Him – the Reason for the Season.

  32. Debon 22 Dec 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Happy Blogiversary–I feel like I know you and I have to tell you that when I see you’ve posted a new episode, I feel like I have to listen at once to find out what’s been going on!
    We celebrate Chanukah, so I have to say that one of my favorite holiday memories that continues to this day is the feeling of relaxation I have on Christmas day. Stores aren’t open, there’s no work and no school, and in this day and age, there aren’t even many Blog updates to read! So it’s a day I can enjoy with family, reading, listening to music, cooking…just feeling peaceful.
    Another more recent tradition is our small cul-du-sac’s annual New Year’s Eve Party. Each of the four families on our block alternates hosting the party each year, and the host usually invites some additional friends so we’ve all come to know our neighbor’s friends. It’s great to have a festive place to go without driving, and it’s always fun to look back and see how the kids on our block have grown up each year.
    Happy Holidays!

  33. Kathyon 22 Dec 2009 at 9:47 pm

    AS a kid growing up in Iowa, I remember sledding down Caulkins’ hill. Our town closed a street and everyone went sledding there. We also went ice skating on the Iowa River, Doc B. would go down to the park, walk on the ice and jump up and down to test it to see if it was safe(he was a big man, the local vet). He never fell through. We would then grab our snow shoves and skates walk to to river and commence clearing off the ice. After we shoveled we could skate! Crack the whip was popular, even thought there were only about 4 – 10 kids. We also carried thermos’ of hot cocoa or tea with lots of milk and sugar and started a fire in the warming house. We would spend the better part of the afternoon there. When we went home, there was usually a pot of soup to share.

    Christmas morning found my brother and I up very early!!! About 6 am the neighbor boys (Doc B’s 2 youngest sons) would call or show up to see what we scored for Christmas, they opened presents on Christmas Eve. We would play, maybe go sledding and wait for the relatives to arrive for dinner. My grandparents were usually at our house ( my Dad would go and get them on Christmas Eve as neither was able to drive). Many of the relatives would show up throughout the day, sometimes later as my Mom was a nurse at the local hospital and had to work. We would get a few more presents, eat a lot, our Aunt who lived with us baked lots of sweets and they were unlimited on Christmas day. Lots of great memories.

    I wish my boys had some of those types of memories, but due to the fact that we moved often, they never were able to form those long lasting friendships. We also always traveled and sometimes that was an adventure – We got their first dog the day after Christmas, during a blizzard in Ill on our way back to IN. Had to get a motel with a puppy who had separation anxiety from his mom!

  34. Peg, i.e., Irishcorpon 23 Dec 2009 at 9:34 am

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing your time with us.

    The season brings great memories for me. My favorites are extra time with family, music and goopy Christmas movies. My husband is ready to watch stations other than the Hallmark channel.

  35. Cindyon 23 Dec 2009 at 10:43 am

    My favorite winter thing is hot soup. My dad always said it was too hot for soup except during winter. During the winter we enjoyed potato soup, tomato soup, beef stew and chili – yum. We eat our soups here in the southern Appalachians with hot cornbread.

    Happy Anniversary!

    Cindy

  36. Margieon 23 Dec 2009 at 11:00 am

    Congrats on sticking it out for 2 years! I’ve only been listening for a month or so, but am enjoying your podcast immensely. You have a wonderful, clear and very amiable speaking voice. It feels like I know you after only hearing a few podcasts.

    My favorite part of this season is spending December 31st baking with my grandmother and sister all day long. We make pummelschens, a German donut that’s filled with homemade plum jam and then deep fried and rolled in sugar, only without the hole. It so much work, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

    Happy holidays!

  37. KarmaKnitson 23 Dec 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Congrats on 2 years of podcasting! You do an awesome job and I love hearing about what’s going on in your life with fiber, town homesteading, little man and Ry, etc.

    My favorite memories for this time of year include making an insane amount of goodies and then dividing them into trays and delivering them to neighbors and friends, listening to Christmas music, and putting up the Christmas decorations. Mom would always turn on the Christmas tree lights as soon as it got dark and I loved sitting in the living room and just staring at the twinkling lights and all the ornaments. Another favorite memory is traveling to my grandparents’ house in S. Dakota. There would always be snow and we’d all be bundled up in the car for hours. We’d play games, sing, play a game my dad made up of counting the number of hawks we could see (we’d keep score, so it was competitive), and eating sunflower seeds to stay awake. Then we’d get to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in the middle of the night and they’d come rushing to the door to welcome us with warm hugs. We’d be put into our jammies and grandma would bring out food to eat before going to bed and we’d take turns standing over the furnace vent to warm up. Grandpa would go down in the basement to shovel more coal into the furnace to help us warm up. And finally, after we’d warmed up and been fed and made over, we’d head up to the upstairs bedroom to go to sleep in a feather bed with feather pillows and a great big feather comforter, knowing we’d wake up to more snow and a vacation on Grandma and Grandpa’s farm.

  38. KnittyBarbon 24 Dec 2009 at 11:04 am

    Hi Meghan and congratulations on your 2-year podcastaversary!!

    Besides my family (who I adore and am lucky enough to live near, including a son and his family, and a daughter and her family – they are AWESOME), one of my favorite things about this time of year is good cheer. For instance: I went to the grocery store yesterday (12/23) and it was packed. But shoppers and employees alike were smiling, laughing and just seemed to be filled with the “good will towards men(&women)” spirit. It was terrific!!

    Have a great Christmas with your family…
    Barb

  39. Jackieon 24 Dec 2009 at 1:06 pm

    My favorite thing from Thanksgiving to the New Year is all the food I get to eat and sometimes cook. Sweet potato casserole, stuffing, green bean casserole, pies, fudge, etc!

  40. Brendaon 24 Dec 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks so much for your wonderful podcast Meghan, I look forward to each and every episode! I was so inspired by all the Christmas memories that you talked about that I did a whole blog post on my own memories, so hope you will consider this link to my blog post as my contest entry:
    http://brenda.typepad.com/close_to_my_heart/2009/12/christmas-memories.html

  41. Katie Oon 24 Dec 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I love decorating my house and being a major baker this time of year… really the only time of year I really bake up a storm!!

  42. Carolineon 24 Dec 2009 at 11:42 pm

    My favorite thing to do this time of year is to wrap presents. Yes, I am crazy. :)

  43. Valerieon 25 Dec 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I have two favorites for this time of the year:

    The first is how magical the world becomes for my kids. I just love it how they believe in Santa, and magic, and all the good things in the the world. I think at this point they’re believing “just in case” and are really questioning in the magic of it all (“really Mom, that just looks like regular glitter and regular oatmeal… how is it magic reindeer food?”), but if this is the last year, I’ll take what I can get!

    My second favorite for this time of the year is playing games as a family. I don’t care if it’s a board game, or a Wii game, we tend to play more games together as a family during the winter months when it’s too cold to go outside to play without making a big production of it!

  44. Jenon 25 Dec 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!

    My favorite thing is snow storms! As long as everybody is safe and sound at home and not having to travel anywhere.

  45. Paton 26 Dec 2009 at 5:55 am

    Happy Anniversary! My favorite thing about this time of year is visiting my dad and stepmom. I have not missed a Christmas with my dad since I was born 50 years ago! My dad just turned 90 and had to be hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer due to medicine from a stroke 2 years ago. He had emergency surgery and almost died during surgery so we feel very blessed that he is still with us. He was released from the hospital on Dec. 23rd and we had our traditional gift exchange on Christmas eve. This time of year is very special to me!

  46. Jenniferon 26 Dec 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Meghan- I so love your podcast. I have enjoyed it since I discovered you! Thanks for sharing your life with us!!! One of my Christmas memories would be receiving the game Connect 4 for Christmas, a shared gift with my older brother. After bring gone to my grandparents house all day we got home to a very cold house. While we waited for the fire to start and the house to warm up, my brother and I sat on his bed in our coats playing our new game. (One of the rare times we got along) When I grew up and moved from home, my dad gave me the game. I now play it with my girls. Just looking at the old box reminds me of that first time we played it.
    Thanks for sharing your stories with us. It made me remember all of the fun Christmas was as a kid!!!

  47. Crazy For Yarn In Alabamaon 26 Dec 2009 at 7:38 pm

    My favorite thing about Christmas is a tradition started for my great-niece when she was just a little thing…..(now 14).

    A few nights before Christmas my husband and I load up the car with blankets, thermos of hot chocolate and tune the radio to a station playing Christmas carols.

    Once Princess Cupcake and I are safely tucked in the back seat, my husband will roll down all the windows and play the roll of “chauffeur”, taking instructions from Princess Cupcake as to which houses we stop and look at and how long, all while we are singing carols at the top of our lungs!! I think the fact that she was allowed to call all the shots was part of the appeal when she was younger.

    My husband and I have no children of our own, so this is a precious tradition for us….time goes by so very, very fast.

  48. Roueon 27 Dec 2009 at 11:36 am

    My favorite thing during the holiday season is baking and listen to Christmas music with my mom! Every year as long as I can remember, usually starting the day after Thanksgiving, my mom and I start baking! We make cookies, candies, breads and snack mixes! My favorite thing to make is Cranberry Orange Apricot bread, because it is also my favorite thing to eat! I never feel like the holidays are here until we start cooking and rocking out to Christmas music!

  49. Bethon 27 Dec 2009 at 12:22 pm

    My favorite thing this time of year is to think about the changes in our lives and look forward to the new adventures that my kids and I will have. As my kids get older I see the need for traditions to change and that we keep some of the old ones and make new ones too. This year due to my job and having to be at work at 6am on Christmas we waited until after I got off work to open gifts and begin Christmas. I know it was hard for my girls to wait but I am glad they were able to wait patiently and without whining.

  50. Debbie (fiberfriend)on 28 Dec 2009 at 1:46 am

    Thanks and Congrats on your 2 year podaversary Meghan!
    I have been there for all of them and since I’m unemployed now I’m not as on time as I used to be, but I try to always make time for my favorites :)
    So when I was a little girl in Ohio, my parents always had a Huge adult Christmas party every year in OUR creatively decorated basement…haha.., and when that night came I was always so excited even though I was promptly put to bed when guests arrived….and ya know why????
    Because we had floor registers…and I laid on the floor all evening and listened and peeked through the cracks of the heating pipes…to all the people laughing and talking about their exchange presents which were also usually funny but adult presents….I really thought I was something even though it took me years to figure out why the little frogs were called girl & boy :)
    Happy Holidays everybody!

  51. Terrion 28 Dec 2009 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite thing to do this time of year…bringing out a Christmas puzzle…everyone who comes by during the holiday adds a piece or two, or many. My daughter and I spend hours working on it while visiting with each other and sipping tea.

    Happy Anniversary and Birthday!

  52. Julianneon 29 Dec 2009 at 7:08 am

    My faaaavorite thing about this time of year is having some real family time. Not the running from parent’s houses to inlaws and back again. We gave up on that 2 years ago when I had my daughter. Now DH takes 2 weeks off around the holidays and we just hang out together with babycakes. No plans, no shuttling back and forth, just hanging out together. I love it!!

  53. Vivon 30 Dec 2009 at 9:11 am

    I not only love this time of year but the fall that leads into all this excitement and cold air and bright colored lights and sleigh bells and balsam fir tree aroma and mulled cider and, of course, presents. I guess the fellowship and kindness shown during the month of December makes this time of year especially wonderful. I love it all. Looking at all my old Christmas ornaments that I’ve collected over the years from many places I’ve travelled to and pulling out old favorite recipes and trying new ones as well. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

  54. Heatheron 31 Dec 2009 at 10:32 am

    Happy Podiversary!!! Heres to another 2 years!!!!!

    My favorite thing about this time of the years is the ANTICIPATION! Anticiaption of all the goodies, the family time together, giving gifts, and just relaxing after the big day.

    Happy New Year to all!

  55. Anneon 31 Dec 2009 at 11:49 am

    Happy 2 years!

    My favorite thing about this time of year is the first big snow. Sure people forget how to drive in it but everything looks so nice on that first morning. I just love how snow blankets everything and how the noises are all muffled. A snow covered forest can be so calming.

  56. Taraon 31 Dec 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    My favorite thing is having a Christmas tree and getting to see all the ornaments that I have collected over the years.