Friday, November 15, 2013

a homemade year book giveaway!

giveaway closed, congrats to lauriai! email me to claim your book! 

"let a homemade year inspire you to discover new and creative ways to experience the rhythm of god's story in your home, with your family and friends, through fun, colorful crafts, party ideas, and recipes. divided into seasons, a homemade year is filled with celebrations that you already observe and some you may never have heard of. may this book be a jumping-off point for creating joy and lasting memories through the church year."


friends, i'm so happy to share with you today, a homemade year
darling jerusalem greer is the creative author and storyteller responsible for this beautiful book. 


i 'met' jerusalem when we were both a part of beautifully rooted. she is a delight and so gifted with words and an eye for seeing the beauty in all things. i love her. 

in her wonderful book you'll find stories, recipes and projects to share with your loved ones, all according to the liturgical calendar! these traditions along with the beautiful photos are sure to inspire you to celebrate year round with your family and friends.

with the glorious season of advent fast approaching, this is a perfect time to add this to your family library!

and jerusalem has a copy for one of you!


giveaway closed, congrats to lauriai! email me to claim your book! 
to enter, leave a comment sharing a favorite holiday tradition
for additional entries, 
subscribe to jerusalem's blog
social share this giveaway on twitter/instagram/facebook, leave separate comment for each
giveaway open to usa readers and ends 11/19

42 comments:

  1. My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas blankets and PJs. The kids in the family have always gotten to open pajamas christmas eve and as I've gotten older, I've instituted Christmas blankets too. It sweet to see the kids AND ADULTS get excited to see what's been picked out for them each year. And I love that even as the young ones grow up, they're still excited to open something picked especially for them!

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  2. We alternate Christmas between NM & MI, and our years in New Mexico, we go to Old Town on Christmas Eve & get cocoa and walk around looking at all the pretty luminarias. I'm hoping we get to continue this year with our little one!

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  3. My favorite holiday tradition is playing "Catch Phrase" or other games really really late with my family!

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  4. I also follow on twitter (jahorn12820)

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  5. My favorite holiday tradition were the coded gifts under the tree. I use to snoop, so my parents started putting different codes each year (the older we got, the harder they were to crack). Once adults, my parents offered $50 to the first person who could break the code. It made Christmas that much more special and something more to look forward to.

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  6. in my family we always took turns opening gifts. we go around in a circle and everyone opens one gift and then we move on and on. it's silly but i love that we take the time to really appreciate gifts. my mama is an excellent gift picker outer and i think that's where it really began. there's nothing like watching someone open a gift you thought and planned for out of love. and maybe this isn't really a tradition but i love how it kept us close and hunkered together on Christmas mornings.

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  7. One of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. Growing up, on that day, every year, we would crank up the music, pull out the boxes of ornaments and lights, and get to it. There was always a lot of laughter and silly, as well as bonding times. Such fond memories :)

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  8. The book looks awesome!! I love watching Miracle on 34th Street every Thanksgiving (or any time in November) - and in recent years Elf has become the must watch Christmas movie in our home! As a child my dad would pour us heaping bowls of cereal that we HAD to finish before running to our stockings Christmas morning - he's so cruel...but we secretly loved the tradition : )

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  9. my favorite holiday tradition is christmas eve. my dad's side of the family gathers in my grandparent's basement to sing christmas carols and various christmas hymns. =) the uncles used to be in charge of singing "We Three Kings"....then the tradition moved to the male cousins...and just last year they changed it to "We Three Queens". that meaning all of us girl cousins were to sing it. it really is a glorious time.

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  10. My favorite holiday tradition to date (my daughter is only four) is cutting down our Christmas tree in the forest each year. We've done it the last three years and I look forward to it. It is always a bit of an adventure and now that she is getting older, she is more able to participate in the process. It seems old fashioned and natural and not-ever-perfect (not the tree nor the process it seems) - and that makes is special.

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  11. I subscribe to her blog- love it!

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  12. I subscribe to her blog via feedly!

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  13. Oops sorry- think I entered two entries about subscribing...My favorite holiday tradition is Elf on the Shelf with my girls!

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  14. One holiday tradition we do is when we travel during the year, we find Christmas ornaments that we save to give our two daughters. Their trees (and mine too) remind all of us where we have been! This year we traveled to India and shhhh, don't tell them but I found neat camel ones!

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  15. My favorite Christmas tradition is joining with all the extended family at my parents home and sitting on Christmas Eve listening to my Papa read from Luke as I look around at the faces that are so, so dear to me...especially with all of the serious health issues so many have had- it will be extra special this year..thanks :) Becky j abcjones@comcast.net

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  16. I subscribe to Jerusalem's blog- thanks!! Becky J abcjones@comcast.net

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  17. nog and decorating the tree. Wrapping presents with my husband. And watching classic Christmas movies.

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  18. Advent calendar and devotions, baking Christmas cookies, constructing gingerbread houses, watching the classics, and taking the annual Christmas photo are all fun, but my favorite is when my husband reads Luke on Christmas Eve and we each open one gift. It's a time when we focus on Christ, family and the love we have for each other. Thanks for the chance.

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  19. I'm looking forward to the start of new traditions for my little family. I'm planning on special pajamas for Christmas eve, family time and reading of the Christmas story.

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  20. I subscribed to Jerusalem's blog.

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  21. One of my favorite holiday traditions is our Christmas Eve - we always go to the Christmas Eve service at church and then have a random take out meal (two years ago we couldn't decide so we did Oklahoma Joe's AND Chinese), hang out, and read The Polar Express before bed.

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  22. I followed Jerusalem on twitter.

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  23. I shared the giveaway on twitter

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  24. We each get an ornament every year and it stays in our own box. I got all mine from childhood when I got married. Now my kids get one each year and will get to take them to start their own trees someday.

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  25. I feel like we are still in process of really creating our own special family traditions...but I do really love gathering at the dinner table on Christmas eve and sharing that meal together...and really there is something so special about just being together with family!!

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  26. I follow Jerusalem on Twitter- @storehousegirl

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  27. Family traditions include Christmas Eve with the kids's paternal great grandmother and family, then breakfast at my in-laws, naps at home, afternoon/dinner with my parents. The very best is that night with the glow over the sleeping babes and we can collect our thoughts and take a collective breathe :)

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  28. The night before Thanksgiving, my family heads to my aunt and uncle's log home on a creek in the woods. The ladies spend the evening cooking, baking pies, and enjoying each other. In the morning we do some more prep and then the rest of the family comes over. We eat soup, go on a winter walk (complete with a face washing in the icy water- so cold and refreshing), and then relax for the big dinner meal, all sharing what we are thankful for. Last time, some tributes were shared about specific people gathered around the table- very touching.

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  29. We are starting new family traditions this year with my Brooks family. We are doing a family "talent" show that could include sharing something happening in your life right now or playing an instrument.

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  30. I love taking my daughter to see the Nutcracker. I always cry.

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