Welcome to the another weekend blog hop. With nearly 200 participating authors there are ALL kinds of chances to win prizes. Check the EVENT PAGE to check out other participating authors and what they’re giving away.

Since nearly everything I own is still in storage, my Christmas is a little out of sync. I missing my Christmas decorations and thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.

1. The kids’ pictures. When they were little they made all kinds of holiday decorations. I hung them with tape … until a few years ago when I decided to take them to a frame store and make them permanent. I love hanging them on the walls.

2. The advent wreath. Yes, I’m Catholic. And yes, it should be sitting on my diningroom table burning each night as a reminder to prepare my heart for the season. Yeah, it’s not there … like you needed to make me feel guilty. Did I mention I was Catholic?

3. Christmas movies. I usually spend a full day just putting them in one after another. But there are three I’m particularly missing Prancer, Miracle on 34th Street (I prefer the 1994 release.) and my all time favorite movie It’s a Wonderful Life.

7. Christmas earrings. I have presents and wreaths and Christmas lights and ornaments and … well, I’m missing every single one of them. Of course they match my socks and sweaters. Hey, I was a teacher. I have enough cheesy clothing to cover a full month of pre-holiday cheer.

8. The little Santa night light in my bathroom. He’s so darn cute.

9. The kid’s Christmas stockings. They may be adults, but there’s nothing I like better than having them hang them out on Christmas Eve and filling them with silly goodies for the morning.

10. Christmas music. Peter, Paul & Mary and Barbra Streisand are my favorites. I put them on repeat and listen to them over and over.

Congratulations to Rain from Finland
who has chosen a copy of “A Touch of Lilly” and
will receive a $10 gift card from EC

So do you have a favorite holiday decoration? Anything sentimental? Anyone leaving a comment between now and Sunday, DECEMBER 18 at 6 pm EST will be entered to win a print copy of Ripe and Ready (for US shipment only. All others will receive a digital book from my releases) and a $10 Gift Card from Ellora’s Cave. One commenter will be chosen at random.


69 Responses to Welcome to Stuff Your Stocking Blog Hop!

  • I honestly love the Christmas candles in the window the best. I enjoy sitting in the dark and have their light shining on me!!!

    • Marie – Oh, I didn’t even think of those. They’re my favorite too! I love walking around the house with just the window and tree lights on. *sigh* Yep, miss those too!

  • I like the tree being up. The kids like putting up the little Christmas village.

  • Victoria – I’m so glad you stopped by today!

  • I have several sentimental favorites: My father loved cardinals, and I have his collection of cardinal ornaments. Also, I collect Santa’s. One small one sits over the edge of a table or mantle, with his knees crossed, hands clasped at his knees – just like my father used to sit.

    • Diane – Oh, the cardinals must look beautiful on the tree. My mother always insisted on having a bird in the tree for luck for the coming year.

      And who wouldn’t love all those Santas around the house!

  • My favorite decorations are the Chirstmas lights. They’re so pretty. My favorite Christmas thing of all time though is my kids excitement. There’s nothing better than seeing their happiness.

    Great giveaway.


    • Jennifer – I love driving the streets and seeing everyone’s lawn decorations are just beautiful. And you’re right, there’s nothing like the joy of a child at Christmas.

  • My favorite Christmas Decorations are the stocking holders I bought when I worked at Winn-Dixie years ago. They are Christmas figurines that have changing lights inside of them. I don’t hang the stockings on them, because the stockings are always too heavy….LOL

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • Michelle – I have some stocking holders, but haven’t had any place to put them for a long while. Mine don’t sound as pretty as yours with lights in them. Merry Christmas.

  • Happy Holidays!
    I have the 3 wise men. I used to put them under the tree but my dog thinks they his toys, so now I put them on the fireplace mantel.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a great prize!
    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  • We have this old family heirloom of Santa and baby Jesus that comes out every year that we put under the tree. And its not so much as a decoration as a food we have this time of year. We always make toffee at Christmas time so theres alway some to munch on. 🙂

    • Amber – Oh I’ve seen statues of Santa and baby Jesus and I think that’s so sweet. A blending of the season that is so nice. And I didn’t even get into my favorite foods this time of year … there are too many to count!

  • I love the white lights. We have a neighborhood that puts up tons of just white lights and it is so beautiful,

    • Helen – there’s definitely something magical about houses decorated with white lights. Every year my family takes a drive around the neighborhoods looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights.

  • I love snowmen! They are my favorite decorations of all. Thank you for the giveaway. Have a safe & happy holiday season!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    • June – Aww, they are adoarable! They have some really cute ones and they all look so sweet. I hope your holidays are magical as well, thank you.

  • I just moved into a new house in the past few weeks. I am still unpacking boxes of regular stuff and haven’t put up any decorations. I’m so sick of unpacking that I may skip decorating for Christmas this year. I miss the twinkle lights most of all.

    • Stacie – Unpacking is such a CHORE! But congratulations on the new house. I hope it means new beginnings for 2012 for you. Yeah, finding the Christmas decorations would be low on my list as well. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  • I love the Christmas tree. And candles. The rest I can do without, but a tree and candles are nice to have during the holidays.

  • I did have a few favorite holiday decorations, but I lost them all when I lost my home in the EF5 tornado that hit my hometown back in May. So I’m starting over again with everything. My years of book collections, bookmark collection, all my lighthouse postcards and everything else I owned. We all made it out alive so I can’t complain too much. I think the saddest part of losing my decorations are the ones the kids made for me over the years, I really miss them.

    seriousreader at live dot com

    • Linda – Oh, I don’t even know what to say. The memories that are lost when something that devastating happens are the most difficult. And though it’s true, you are all safe, it’s hard not to grieve the small things that you can’t replace. I hope you have a very blessed Christmas and you find new “favorites” to decorate your tree and your home.

  • Being Jewish, I have the electric menorah in
    my window. I always liked seeing that when I was young & now I have it for my kids


  • I love when people have candles in their windows. Always makes the homes look warm and inviting. Thanks for the giveaway.


  • My favorites are the lights in the windows 🙂

    Happy Holidays!


  • We had this bell that we hung in the hallway that had a string to pull & it would play Jingle Bells. I now have that & it still works. I remember having my dad pick me up to pull the string. Thanks for the giveaway!

    geschumann at live dot com

  • My fav decotation is my stocking because my mother knitted it for me when I was born. It’s a santa face with the beard and other white done in angora yarn so it’s fuzzy. I love it. Happy Holidays!

  • I don’t have a favorite Christmas decorations right now, but as a little girl I loved one paper chain where each ring showed different pattern. I invented some kind of logical/storytelling game and play with myself for hours :D.

  • I love all those home made decorations that my boy’s made in school and proudly display them every year. Even though my boys are now out of house, I still fill their stockings with goodies for them to enjoy on Christmas day.

    Happy Holiday Nina

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    • Cathy – I’m glad I’m not the only one who does the whole stocking thing. I love filling them for my kids even though, like yours, mine our adults.

  • Angels decorations for my Christmas tree.

    Happy Holidays!


  • holiday decoration? definitely the christmas tree… as i get to have it once a year in the house… but this year we cant get the christmas tree as it’s over our budget… =D but it’s my favourite christmas decoration of all…


    • Jessica – Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you’ve been able to enjoy the trees at the mall. They’re always so beautiful. It’s what I’m doing to get my fill of holiday decorations this year.

  • We have the tree and then fresh pine ornaments everywhere. Love it.


  • The Nutcracker. I love all the Nutcrackers! I was once a dancer and this was my favorite to dance!

    Have a Happy Holiday, Nina!


    • Kaye – Oh, I got to see the Nutcracker and just loved it. I can’t imagine dancing it. That really must have been a challenge! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Hi Nina…thank you for sharing <3

    My favorite has to be stockings. I collect them and have them hanging everywhere. More places to stick surprises :0)

    Merry Christmas!!1

    stacey siferd

  • My favorites are the decorations that my son has made over the years. Especially the ones with his picture. You can see how much he’s changed over the years.

    • Kim – Oh, I do love the picture trinkets that the kids have made over the years it makes me so sentimental as I display them. Thanks so much for stopping over.

  • My favorite decoration is my little tree that I have on a table in my bedroom. It is covered with miniature ornaments that I have collected from around the world.

    • Nancy – Awww, I love the idea of all the little ornaments especially if you’ve collected them from different places you’ve visited. Merry Christmas!

  • What a great giveaway thank you very much!
    My favorite is my christmas village I love lights so
    always have them everywhere!
    Happy Holidays to you!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  • Although I’m not a Christian, I still put up a Christmas tree every year. I mean, what’s not to love about Christmas? And my favourite is the Christmas lights. I love the slow twinkling type and just watching them in my darkened living room makes me relax and at peace.
    Happy holdiays!

    • Tamsyn – Oh, I do the same with the Christmas tree lights. Just sit the dark with a glass of wine and stare at them with Christmas music playing. It’s so relaxing.

  • I love decorating the tree with my family
    and I can remember where every single
    decoration came from – which is pretty amazing really
    as I can’t remember some of the places I put things last week. lol
    Happy Holidays.

    • Judith – I love strolling down memory lane while I’m decorating the tree! Some of those ornaments are pretty special. Merry Christmas to you!

  • I love christmas trees in the window and driving down the road and the houses being decorated outside with all of the lights. Its so pretty!! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! Happy holidays!

    • Shadow – I’ve never had a home where I could put the tree in the window, but I do love getting a peek of them through the windows of other people’s homes.

  • My favorites are the silly little ornaments my kids have made over the years–some of them are starting to lose their glitter, but they’re still precious to me 😉
    Thanks, Nina!
    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  • My favorite holiday decorations are the ornaments my son makes every year, I love having the tree filled with them. My other favorite decoration is my willow Tree Navity scene that I recieved from some dear friends as a wedding present.

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

    • Anne – Oh, willow tree, I have no doubt that nativity set is beautiful. But really, children’s ornaments have that beat hands down in the sentimental heart category! LOL!

  • I don’t decorate that much because I don’t have a lot of storage room, so I keep it simple. I put up my tree and some wreaths outside. My tree is my favorite decoration.

    Hope to win something while blog hopping.

  • Nothing more special than a beautifully decorated christmas tree!


  • Hi Nina,
    thank you so much for the chance at such a great giveaway. i hope you and your family have a very
    Happy Holiday Season.


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