Saturday, November 19, 2011

November Giveaway

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I am so in love with November. See, I got married in November. November is also the bearer of Thanksgiving, whose job is to essentially roll out the red carpet for Christmas. And we all know how obsessed I am with Christmas.

Speaking of obsessions, I am minorly obsessed with these personalized tumblers. Our dear family friend, Inger Luff, sells these amazing cups and personalizes them however you'd like. Posted above are a few examples, but don't limit Inger. This lady knows her stuff. She's that woman who you secretly envy because she's so fabulous and crafty and talented.

So as a "thank you" to the month of November-and as a little "I love ya'" to all of you readers out there-we're going to give one of these fabulous tumblers away. For free. As in nothing. Not even shipping. I actually own two of these in different designs, and wherever I am, they are. Kinda' like Ruth and Naomi (read your Bible, kids).

Inger's cups are $10 plus shipping, which I can just about promise is less expensive than you'll find in any of these boutiques. So I have to throw in there, this is a perfect Christmas gift for teachers, bosses and friends. Just sayin'. This one's on the house, though.

Okay, so here's the question I need you to answer in the comments section:

Seriously...when do you put up your Christmas tree?

I ask because mine has been up for over a week and I'm looking to absolve the weird guilt that plagues me over this. So make me feel good and maybe say that yours has been up since Halloween. The deadline is Friday, December 2, at midnight. The winner will be chosen randomly.

Good luck!

Love and cups,
Rachael


71 comments:

  1. I have simplified my Christmas tree and literally went with the Charlie Brown tree. In my MAJOR housecleaning today I did manage to put out a snowman candle holder and Christmas table runner. In honor of you, I will venture into the garage, and I will find my tree tomorrow and put it out. Then you won't be alone !! Holly Daub 8-)

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  2. Hi Rachael! This is Katie's sis-in-law Kim. :) I like to follow your blog and just live all of your yummy recipes and cooking tips!

    As for our Christmas tree, it goes up the day after Thanksgiving if we're in town and DEFINITELY by the end of Thanksgiving weekend if we're traveling. I am also majorly obsessed with the Christmas season and look forward to it all year long!! Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway! Those tumblers are adorable!

    Kim@ Little Rays of Sunshine

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  3. Our Christmas tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving while watching "A Muppet Christmas Carol", Peanuts Christmas, and the Grinch. If we need more time to put on all the ornaments (since our boys each have an ornament collection along with all of mine), we move on to classic Christmas movies. I too am a Christmas fanatic - we have two trees and may need to go to three for all the ornaments; last year about half of mine didn't get on either of the trees. Furthermore, I have a snowman collection that stays out all over the house until the end of March.

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  4. Normally our Christmas tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving, however, this year Caleb is coming home from NYC, so we put it up last night so he can enjoy it the whole week he is home. He won't get to be here for Christmas and that's :( So Christmas comes a little early this year and that's :)

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  5. I put it up the day after Thanksgiving to give me a distraction from Black Friday, which is overwhelming because my daughter is not able to go with me. Going alone makes me miss her more, so I put up my tree instead and try not to cry when I get to the three "Baby's First Christmas" ornaments. I also say a soft "thank you" to whoever invented real-looking/artificial trees, so I don't have to watch my precious husband fight with a real one that never really stood up straight. (Bring back any memories, Gigi?)

    :)

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  6. We usually put ours up the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving dinner is held at our house, so I just wouldn't feel right having Christmas decorations up. But as soon as the company leaves, the fall decor is coming down. =0)

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  7. Oh man, I'm sorry I can't make you feel better about your early Christmas tree. Maybe I could just tell you that I keep mine up all year? Would that make you feel better?! I mean, the earlier & longer the better right?
    I actually don't put up a Christmas tree in my home, I am a grad student and only live with 1 roommate. I just wait to see my parents Christmas tree since that is where I am spending the holiday. They usually put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving!

    rg86 at nau dot edu

    http://flyingfarandfree.blogspot.com/2011/11/

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  8. I couldn't believe when Tim was posting about the Christmas tree. I thought it was surely just a bad joke or something! :) But, it wasn't for a day or so later you come on and your tree is all decorated!

    However, I can't make you ease your guilty conscience by saying that I put mine up on Halloween. If I did it would be very dead by Christmas. :) So, ours normally would go up the day after Thanksgiving or the night of Thanksgiving. Just depends on how incentive and motivated I am. There year with the lost of my son, I am not sure what anyone is doing. Therefore, we are just taking one step at a time and deciding day by day what we would like to do.

    But I do love your tree and love your Christmas spirit.

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  9. yay for you for getting into the christmas spirit! we wait until the first week of decermber. i'd love to do it sooner, but our cat has a tendency to get up and into the tree...which is a minor headache. :)
    thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. It's not up yet, but will probably happen right after thanksgiving. we love having the tree up, but we sometimes put it up late so we can have it for awhile after christmas.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  11. We usually put it up the day after Thanksgiving, but this year it will be on Saturday... :(

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  12. We always put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving, but many of my neighbors already have theirs up, and their lights! Thanks for the chance.

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  13. We usually but it up the day after Thanksgiving. I know! But it's one of the only days we have off together and I love looking at it.
    Halochanel at gmail dot com

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  14. We don't have a tree because of the pets, but we start decorating right after thanksgiving.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  15. In our family we put the tree up Thanksgiving night! It's a family tradition to eat, relax, then dig the tree out and work on it! :) thanks! amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  16. I know for a fact your not alone. So many people put up their tree early. I have one in my class room at church that has been up since last year. I plug it in every Sunday. LOL! My way of keeping the feeling of Jesus's important birth alive year round. At home I will put it up after Thanksgiving some time. Hubby likes it that way:)

    Thanks for the chance to win! This is on my Christmas list and know I know where to find it if I don't get one from Santa or win it here!!!
    savingmomssanity at gmail dot com

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  17. I've had my trees up for two weeks. I've been married for three years and it's been my tradition to put them up the first week of November. Decorating is so much work, so I really want to enjoy it!

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  18. I always put mine up the weekend after Thanksgiving. That's what my mom did while I was growing up, so I guess I'm just following in her footsteps!

    Thank you for the sweet giveaway. These tumblers are awesome!

    susanaudrey33 at gmail dot com

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  19. We usually put it up the day after Thanksgiving

    monacart32 at hotmail dot com

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  20. We put up our Christmas tree the weekend following Thanksgiving.. though the rule in our house for Christmas music is once the temperature hits the 30's, we can break out the Harry Connick Jr Christmas album.. So that's usually before Thanksgiving! yay! I think the other interesting question would be, how long do you keep your tree up? ;) One year, our tree didn't come down til the middle of March....

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  21. I usually put my Christmas tree up the week after Thanksgiving. The weather is getting cooler than here in MI and plus it gets you in the giving spirit.

    krileong@gmail.com

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  22. Usually after thanksgiving but this year today.
    Flyergal82 AT (yahoo) $dot& /com/

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  23. Mine will probably be going up just after Thanksgiving! :)

    sblake1[at]student[dot]framingham[dot]edu

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  24. I am the opposite from you Rachael. I usually host the Schlarb/Laven/Hallberg/Mathers/Briley (and anyone else who doesn't have a place to go) Thanksgiving dinner, usually to the tune of 30+ people. I am completely exhausted by Thanksgiving night and sometimes for the entire weekend after. I work full time so sometimes my tree doesn't go up until the first week of December. My kids are not so happy about it especially when Thanksgiving falls late in November! I also have a 25 year Snow Village collection that must be put out and that in itself takes a full day to do. Sigh. I do love Thanksgiving and Christmas but my celebration starts a little later than most. I am a "do not listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving" as well. Wow, I just read this and I am sounding like Scrooge.

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  26. Our Christmas tree goes up the first weekend of december! It's a tradition to go to a tree farm then back home for chili and decorate the tree!

    passions0123@yahoo.com

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  27. I say if you feel a chill in the air and you already want to put up your Christmas decorations...then go ahead! lol. This is only my second married Christmas, but we usually put up our tree after Thanksgiving. This year we are getting a real tree, so we don't want to put it up too soon in hopes it will not die before Christmas.

    Love the tumblers! Thanks for the giveaway!

    christauf4(at)gmail.com

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  28. We always get live Christmas tree and we go cut it down sometime over Thanksgiving weekend. So, it always gets put up the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of that weekend.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  29. I put up our tree the week after thanksgiving and leave it up until after New Years! Never long enough in my opinion.

    I know Inger and would love one of her adorable cups!

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  30. I actually decorate for Thanksgiving, so I don't put up the tree until at least the day after it.

    kathiedp75atyahoo.com

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  31. Ours is put up within a week after Thanksgiving.


    serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. The first week of December, if we get a tree.

    kjmillionie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. We put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but I know plenty of people with a year round tree. They just change the decorations around to reflect the holiday or season!! :)

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  34. We get a tree either at the beginning of December or the beginning of Advent (since it starts in Nov. this year!) I have a hard time taking it down, though :(

    elizabethglassturner (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. We put up our christmas tree either the 1st or 2nd weekend of december depending on how busy we are.

    coolwhip715 at hotmail dot com

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  36. My fiance and I usually put our Christmas tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. However, this year we wont be home at Christmas, so we aren't putting up a tree. And ironically, we were feeling Christmas-y early this year. So we decorated our apartment a few weeks ago!

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  37. We put ours up before Halloween - feel better yet :0)
    Seriously we put ours up the first week of December
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  38. I put my christmas tree up usually about the 2nd week into december. I would usually put it up the first week but I have a toddler and an 8 month old that crawls so...

    megnate at telus dot net

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  39. I wait horribly late because I do my tree with my mom, who lives on the other side of the country. I usually don't get there till mid December, but when I do, we schlep out into the bush and find the PERFECT spruce each year. I can't wait!

    vaverine at gmail dot com

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  40. We wait until after Thanksgiving, but not immediately after because the shopping and traffic is horrendous on Black Friday!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  41. Usually the week after thanksgiving

    lane dot family at yahoo dot com

    Happy Thanksgiving
    Laura Lane

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  42. Our family tradition is going to Cashiers, NC to cut down our tree, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We've gone to the same tree farm since I was a kid! Now, we are continuing the same tradition with our family. I usually get the tree up the week after Thanksgiving!

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  43. We put ours up the week after Halloween. I love how festive it makes the whole house feel.

    I followed, also :) Lovely blog


    jeanacasady(at)gmail.com

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  44. honestly, we didn't put up our tree last year. :-( I'm hoping to get one next weekend. hugsfromtrina@hotmail.com

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  45. I always put ours up on Black Friday--hate the chaos of shopping, this is a better spin on the day.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    --Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  46. Thanksgiving.
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  47. Those are adorable! We put our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving

    thebookharlot(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. The day after Thanksgiving. This year we went and "stalked and killed" our own tree. Its still not decorated or anything but hey, at least its there! lol I brought up my ornaments from the basement today so maybe tomorrow I'll put them up!

    Shannon F.
    shannybakes @ hotmail .com

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  49. I normally put mine up the weekend before Thanksgiving because I like it to be up when we come back from traveling.

    navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  50. We usually put ours up the weekend after Thanksgiving. We decorate the whole house and put up the tree while playing Christmas music! This year, we are going to put it up this week.

    Miriam Spalding
    mejernigan@liberty.edu

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  51. mine comes out the first weekend in December! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  52. I prefer to decorate for Christmas as soon after Thanksgiving as possible. But with traveling to see family and how busy life has been, it hasn't been happening as quickly as I would like. So we leave it up way past Christmas so we all can get full enjoyment out of it. :o)

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  53. We always get a cut Frasier Fir so it goes up about 3 weeks before Christmas. Everything else goes up right after Thanksgiving though!

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  54. I put mine up right after Thanksgiving. I view that as the traditional time to do it.

    My email is on my blog:
    Born To Be Styled

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  55. We put ours up the day after Thanksgiving! I love it up early too!

    Thanks!
    katierox4you@yahoo.com

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  56. Im DYING to put my tree up!
    Honestly this year-- we adopted two
    kittens .. and I cant put my tree up until about a week before Christmas or the cats will tear it down.

    Last year I came home and my eldest cat had it knocked in the floor when I got home from work... NOT taking chances this year with the addition to the family!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Ashley
    shopjinx@gmail.com
    jinxspinx.blogspot.com

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  57. krisj_27@hotmail.com

    We normally decorate the house and put up the Christmas tree the first Sat of Dec, it is a wonderful time! The whole family is here and we play Christmas music and have a roast and then when all is said and done we watch a Christmas movie together!

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  58. We usually wait til about 3 weeks before christmas, when the kids were young it ALWAYS went up on Dec. 1st

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  59. Later and later as the years go by and my kids get older; they are 18 and 21 now. Mine mow goes up about a week or so before Christmas, and it is especially important not to have it in the house with a live tree, which we frequently do.
    robinlscott4 at hotmail dot com

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  60. The first of December usually. The last years have been later though

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  61. I had off on Veteran's Day this year (Nov 11th) and decided I wanted to enjoy the holiday season longer so we put our decor out and tree earlier this year. BUT typically we will put it up a few days before Thanksgiving.

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  62. We ALWAYS go and get our tree the day after Thanksgiving. The entire Childers clan goes (cousins, aunts, uncles, even my parents go, and they're from Florida!) We look at various live trees, sometimes going from lot to lot... and always end up buying from the last lot.

    We then go to a Mexican restaurant for lunch before heading home and setting up the tree. We then decorate it over the next couple of days.

    I'm happy to report that as of Dec. 1, the house has been lit, the tree lit and decorated, and there are many gifts under the tree waiting for someone to open them!

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!
    Cheryl
    cheryl@hand-made-hugs.com

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  63. New to your site and loved looking around! These tumblers are so cute!! I put my Christmas tree up on Black Friday after growing up in a house where we had to wait until my sister's birthday (Dec. 12th) to put one up. I seriously will keep it up until the end of January too! :D

    Early.Erica@gmail.com

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  64. We put up our tree about mid December. But you have to take into account that we get a real tree every year and if we got it any earlier, it'd be dead by christmas day...

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  65. Usually Thanksgiving or the day after but this year idk how we are going to even afford one. *sigh*
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  66. My family puts ours up a week or two before Christmas, but that's because, like Amy a few posts up, we get a live tree and we want it to still look alive on Christmas. I was in Hungary last year, and they don't put theirs up until Christmas Eve! I definitely didn't wait THAT long.

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  67. :) kinda embarrassing but I usually put mine up the night of Halloween haha after all or the trick or treaters come of course :D

    Amber Harlow

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  68. Last year, we put our tiny tree up on Black Friday after shopping, but I am embarrassed to say ours is STILL not up! I loooove Christmas and would leave the tree up all year if we could.

    walindeman@gmail.com

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  69. Our tree goes up on December 1st every year!

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  70. We usually try to wait until December 1. I like to let one holiday pass before diving into another one. Lol.

    Echo
    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

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  71. I could not wait to get the halloween decor down, so the next day...Nov. 1st Christmas Decor was out and ready to put up!

    It was probably a little soon, but I was so anxious!


    Love the giveaway, fingers crossed!

    Taylorgketchum@gmail.com

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