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When my brother and I were kids, we couldn’t wait for Christmas! Every year in the week leading up to the big day, we’d resort to all manner of tom foolery to deign the contents of the boxes under the tree, first shaking them, then examining the tape for structural integrity (I found a loose corner!), then holding the boxes up to bright lights in an attempt to see through the wrapping paper.

We’d get a little relief on Christmas Eve, when our parents allowed us to open one gift each. Most of the time I’d go for one of the rattlers, the boxes that made the most noise when I shook ’em. I did that one year and opened a box filled with blank Memorex tapes.


Yes, tapes, girl! πŸ™‚ Because back in the day, pirating music meant straight up recording songs off the radio, haha!

My family members still open one gift each on Christmas Eve…except that now mine is usually the gift I’ve gotten myself as a Christmas treat.

Yes, I know that’s cheating.

This year it’s this pair of black feather-and-chain earrings Santa found at Nordstrom for $12. I’d been looking for a pair of feather earrings for a while but kept finding ones that looked too feathery. I didn’t want Tabs attacking my bling, but I’m hoping that the addition of chains and rhinestones in these tells Tabs that no, Mom does not have a bird hanging from her ears.

It being Christmas Eve, what are some of your family’s Christmas (or other holiday) traditions?

That’s just one of the many questions you could answer to enter today’s Sephora eCard giveaway. πŸ™‚

Tabs loves Santa

A Makeup and Beauty Blog Giveaway!

Win a $50 eGift card from Sephora

  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

  • There are two ways to enter, and you can do both of them for two chances to win. First, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, a comment about anything at all, like, how do you feel about fruitcake? When was the last time you had eggnog? What was one of your favorite presents you remember getting as a child? How does your family celebrate the holidays (this or any other time of year)? Is it snowing out where you live? — you get the idea.
  • Second, you can enter by following me on twitter Twitter @karenmbb and retweeting (RT) the following message:
    • Follow @karenmbb and RT to Win a $50 eGift Card from Sephora!

  • The deadline to enter is Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 11:59PM (PT).
  • Entrants must enter using a valid email address and/or Twitter account to win.
  • A maximum of two (2) entries per person — one within the comments at the bottom of this post, and a second entry via Twitter addressed to me @karenmbb.
  • Contest is open to individuals of any country who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws (18 in the United States with these exceptions: Alabama and Nebraska, 19; Mississippi, 21).
  • Sephora eGift Certificates can only be redeemed online and are not valid in stores or available for purchase or redemption in Canada. International winners may opt to substitute the Sephora eGift card prize for $50 sent directly to their email address by PayPal instead.
  • Tabs and I (heretofore referred to as “T-Money and K-Dawg”) will select one (1) winner at random from the entries either left in the comments at the bottom of this blog post or addressed to @karenmbb on Twitter.
  • The winner will be announced here within 48 hours of the deadline.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

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  1. Lauren Sutherland says:

    Merry Chritmas eve Karen! have a grea holiday with you, tabs and el hub!

  2. Katherine says:

    I have never liked eggnog but my favorite holiday flavor is gingerbread — gingerbread cookies, lattes, everything!

  3. d. Talaga says:

    We open our gifts on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day we had “Santa Gifts”. Despite all the grand foods and beverages we have never been an eggnog family and I didn’t even sample any til I got to college LOL.

  4. Denise says:

    Our family gets together for Noche Buena. This year, I made chicken sopas!

  5. tiffany c says:

    Have a wonderful holiday!!

  6. tousledkitten says:

    I quite like fruitcake, tbh. Some are better than others but a good fruitcake is yummy. πŸ™‚

  7. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    Merry Christmas! Tweeted about giveaway:!/kimpcole/status/150602940325965824

  8. aubrie says:

    Yay Christmas Eve! This is my favorite day, all the anticipation, good food and games with the family.

  9. Joy says:

    Latkes rule.

  10. Marivel says:

    I love Christmas! Happy holidays!

  11. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    Our neighbors sent over a fruitcake. Had no idea that people still passed that old thing around. There’s really only 1 fruitcake in the World – people just keep regifting it!
    Γ’Ββ€žΓ’Ββ€žHappy Holidays Γ’Ββ€žΓ’Ββ€ž

  12. Jo E. says:

    Nice, sunny weather in SoCal! No snow here!

  13. marta says:

    I dont like fruitcake at all. I am trying to make flan right now <3.

  14. Hazel says:

    Merry Christmas! πŸ˜€

  15. Rosie says:

    Our family tradition is going to church on Christmas eve and then staying in our pajamas all day Christmas day. we have breakfast, open gifts, then hang out all day playing with our toys πŸ™‚ I wish it was snowing but not yet this winter

  16. Danielle says:

    I think my cat would go crazy for those feather earrings too!

  17. TIna says:

    Fruitcake is disgusting!

  18. Brenda says:

    We keep it very traditional for Christmas….Happy holidays!

  19. Audra says:

    One year when I was either 9 or 10, I actually found a bunch of my Christmas presents in my parents’ closet! Somehow they still managed to surprise me with an expensive collectible doll I’d been saving up for for months!! πŸ˜€

  20. Louise says:

    A family had sent fruitcake last week and I couldn’t stomach it! =X

  21. rainebeaux says:

    I’ve never had this fruitcake or eggnog you speak of. However, my family has always had this tradition of spinning yarns regarding how Santa entered the home to deliver presents. The default story for my six-year-old daughter may involve Santa taking the elevator like everybody else; coming in through the living room window(s), or through the vents.

    When I was her age, things weren’t as complicated: the apartment mom and i lived in had a faux fireplace with mantle. She, my brothers, and our neighbors told me that Santa pushed an invisible button and entered that way–somehow without disturbing the framed photos and bric-a-brac displayed on the mantle. I guess the reindeer were chillin’ on the building’s roof per usual. (._.)

    No snow yet here in Chicago; my daughter WILL have questions if none shows up tomorrow. Meh.

    **enjoy your holiday, Karen and Tabs!! (sprays fake snow)

  22. Cyra says:

    my whole family gets together and we have a delicious breakfast! (usually we have homemade pecan rolls, but this year we’re having caramel baked french toast)

  23. Savannah says:

    One Christmas I put my kitten (a kitten at the time, now a full grown cat!) in my stocking, it was the CUTEST THING EVER. Merry Christmas Tabs, Karen, and el Hubs!


  24. pearl says:

    This is an awesome gift for Christmas. Thanks Karen πŸ™‚

  25. Jennifer says:

    Merry Christmas! love the picture of Tabs with the christmas hat

  26. Carolyn says:

    We always open up one gift n Christmas Eve too, usually right before getting into our pajamas and piling into the car to go look at Christmas lights. Merry Christmas, Karen!
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  27. Nikki M says:

    Our new tradition is to have christmas eve be our christmas! Since our family has grown, we’ve got millions to go to! We also do the chinese christmas, or white elephant game, it’s sooo fun, and since my family is huge, you never know what’s going to happen! I love eggnog, and I’ve never had fruitcake, lol! Merry Christmas to you and Tabs!

  28. shusheshe says:

    Happy Holidays to you!

  29. Lydia says:

    I have never had fruitcake. Happy holidays everyone!

  30. Jill says:

    I don’t like fruitcake OR egg nog, but my family always has delicious cookies and pie to chow on at Christmas dinner. I can’t wait!

  31. Farah says:

    Usually in MI it snows like crazy in December, right now there’s barely any snow but MI’s bipolar so you never know! :p

  32. Chris25 says:

    My holiday treat is makeup. I allowed myself a haul, even though money is tight.

  33. christine says:

    We cook together with friends and family!!

  34. We also get to open one present, and we usually bake a small batch of cookies… For Santa, of course!… lol

  35. creep4ward says:

    I had egg nog just last night!
    tweeting @Creep4ward

  36. Joanna says:

    I absolutely love fruit cake..It’s my highlight of the season πŸ™‚

    Happy holidays!!!

  37. Christine says:

    I love baking classic chocolate chip cookies for the holidays!

  38. San D says:

    Happy Holidays!! πŸ™‚

  39. Meredith says:

    I like to relax and eat lasagna or baked eggplant, and watch A Christmas Story with my family. I can quote the whole movie, lol.

    The past few years on Christmas during nightttime, we drive around and look at over-the-top xmas decorations. Always fun πŸ™‚

  40. Madame Chavon James says:

    On of thee BEST childhood Xmas gifts has to be receiving my Barbie DreamHouse!!!=D I thought that was THE best thing ever!! It had multiple rooms, and my parents brought furniture for every single room. I even had a toilet that flushed!!!!! And even now as a woman in her 30’s, I still LOVE Barbie! I cannot wait to introduce my own daughter to that world!!

  41. Grace Vick says:

    We didn’t have a lot if great Christmas memories but since I’ve been married they have started to become so wonderful!

  42. Sara says:

    Finally get to spend christmas with my brother this year! (: (: (:

  43. terry says:


  44. irini says:

    I am in Greece, and after so many years it is snowing in Christmas Eve! Magical! Long awaited white Christmas at last!

  45. Mariee says:

    No snow here πŸ™

  46. Zharlynne says:

    Merry Christmas!!!! Enjoy the holiday =)

  47. Stephanie C says:

    Happy Holidays!! Thank you for always running such an awesome blog!

  48. says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! I love eggnog!

  49. Augusta says:

    Merry Christmas!!! I’m feelin’ like fruit cake right now actually… πŸ™‚

  50. Danielle says:

    I just visited a sephora store in person yesterday. Omg. Total heaven. Anyway, my family always gets together on christmas eve to exchange presents and have dinner at a restaurant.

  51. Katherine says:

    I don’t like fruitcake or eggnog… I guess I’m a Grinch! πŸ™‚

  52. Holly G says:

    When I was about 5 or 6 I got a lovely faux fur coat with a hand muff for Christmas, and it was definitely my favorite gift from my childhood!

  53. RayannaBanana says:

    I wish it would snow here soon! It snowed twice but not much and it’s already melted.

  54. Selina says:

    Merry Christmas!

  55. Alix says:

    Fruitcake: candied fruit and booze? No thank you. Eggnog (non-alcoholic), on the other hand, I love. I could drink it like water.

    My family’s new-ish Christmas tradition is going to our favorite Chinese restaurant for Xmas Eve dinner. And the place is mobbed, so I guess it’s a common tradition!

  56. Crystal says:

    I always thought I hated eggnog because I had only tried that terrible stuff from the grocery store that tastes like liquid bubble gum. But then I tried a homemade nog and it was delicious! So now I get to enjoy it every Christmas! Yay!

  57. Angie says:

    Hubby N I have a blended family (a la Brady Bunch) with 5 kids total and somehow we don’t have any of them tonight, which is when we celebrate xmas. πŸ™ You’ll prob find is at a bar tonight! πŸ˜‰

  58. Michelle says:

    merry christmas karen! to you and your family πŸ™‚

  59. Tara says:

    What’s brown and sticky?

    A stick.

  60. Ami says:

    Now that I’m grown, if I opened one present on Christmas eve that would be all of my gifts!

    Merry Christmas!

  61. Nora says:

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  62. Emilee says:

    A sephora gift card would be a great gift for me, since it would be the only gift I get this year.

  63. DalaLuz says:

    We did not exchange gifts at Christmas, but I do have many fond memories of Christmas. First night mass and than the special meal we had in the middle of the night after night mass, that was so special, even after I myself stopped going to church it was such fun to set up and prepare the table for the family! And I also remember anxiously awaiting with my brothers at the top of the stairs ’till Christmas breakfast was ready, it was such a feast for us πŸ™‚ Breakfast is till my favorite meal of the day πŸ˜€ I miss those Christmasses, we haven’t been all together as a family for over 8 years πŸ™

  64. Liz! says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!!! Getting ready for some family time today πŸ˜€

  65. Cindy G says:

    In my family we exchange Christmas presents and eat all of the yummy food on the night of Christmas Eve since my birthday is on Christmas day and my mom always makes a family dinner to celebrate.

    Merry Christmas to you, Karen!

  66. Natalie says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and to all the readers here!!

  67. chris says:

    Happy holidays! I’ve found that this is the time to try new recipes at the last minute, and basically people have to eat your baking because they’re being nice. LOL. Anyway… beauty-related: I lurve the Hourglass Primer. That stuff is the smoothest magic ever to help me put my makeup on.

  68. Jasmine says:

    My family wait until midnight to open gifts πŸ™‚

  69. Paula says:

    Happy holidays, Karen! I’ve never liked dairy eggnog, but I do like vegan nogs. I currently have Silk soy nog in fridge, & I’ve been wanting to try the new So Delicious coconut nog.

  70. jen says:

    i dont like fruitcake, but i like fruit and cake! Happy Holidays!

  71. denise says:

    Happy Holidays everybody! I love fruit cake but haven’t eaten any in a long time. Today I’m wearing my t-shirt with the bow on the front so I look like a present lol, I live in Florida and its a gorgeous sunny day.Getting ready to stand in line to get the honey baked ham for Christmas dinner. Tonight I’ll make the macaroni and cheese and candied sweet potatoes. Every year I watch the movie Christmas Story over and over again while I make preparations for Christmas day.

  72. Katrina says:

    On Christmas Eve we get to open one present, which is always pajamas so we’ll have cute new jammies for pictures Christmas morning. It’s still a favorite tradition of mine, even at 31, I can’t wait to see what ones I get tonight!

  73. Melissa says:

    My husband is more of a kid than my 7 yr old daughter. Every day this past week he’s been asking for his present. He even let me open one of his in attempt to convince me to let him do the same. Nope, he has to wait. Merry Christmas Karen!

  74. Jocelyn says:

    Celebrating Christmas tonite!!!!!

  75. Karen F says:

    Merry Christmas Eve!!!
    My family does stockings on Christmas Eve. I know I have a few polish lemmings in mine!

  76. I’ve never tried eggnog. But at work I tried an eggnog flavored coffee and almost spit it out all over my desk. Not my thing. I think I’ve entered at least ten of these. Eventually I will win one. Positive thoughts. xo
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  77. Aysha Habib says:

    I actually do enjoy fruitcake and it’s really shocking but it hasn’t snowed in Toronto as yet, like it usually does!

  78. Tiffanie says:

    I’m so excited for Christmas this year! My son is three and it’s going to be such a joy to watch him celebrate.

  79. Tammy says:

    Ugh, no to both fruitcake and eggnog. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  80. Sasha Lopez says:

    We’ll have left over snow for christmas…No pretty new snow for us ;(

  81. gia says:

    merry christmas eve!!

  82. Atifa says:

    One of my favourite Christmas memories is when my mom would bring home this big basket of jams and cheeses that her boss gave her, and we would feast on that and specially letter-shaped pancakes. Nothing extravagant, but it made me smile πŸ™‚

  83. Amanda says:

    Not looking good for snow in Iowa this year–I’m disappointed!

  84. Alexandria says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! I think this is my first time commenting but I’ve been following this blog since the beginning of this year I think. As a fellow cat lady, I love how creative your blog is and I hope you’ll continue blessing your readers with honest reviews and many more beautiful pictures of Tabs.
    Thanks for all the hard work that you do! Γ’β„’Β₯

  85. Vnssa906 says:

    Starting a new tradition this year since the family doesn’t live in the same complex anymore … To big sisters house we go πŸ™‚

  86. Step says:

    All our family traditions went away when my brother graduated from college and moved away, which is kind of a bummer. So I want to start some new traditions. Preferably involving baked goods.

  87. Sylvia says:

    Merry Christmas! I hope the New Year is awesome!

  88. Megan says:

    Love spending time with family at Christmas. Or any other day!
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  89. Victoria says:

    If I win, it’ll be used toward my wishlist for the christmas lemming!

  90. Jessm says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! I love your blog!

  91. nabel says:

    Making tamales!!! My fam and I do it every year πŸ™‚

  92. Alison says:

    I remember when I was 10 or 11, getting a Discman and a bunch of Beatles CDs, and then spending the rest of Christmas vacation listening to the Beatles (who are still my favorite band to this day).

  93. Jessica says:

    Im a recent member (a couple of months now) and I am so grateful for your site and the hard work you do! Thanks so much! Merry Christmas!!

  94. Julia says:

    I’m not a big fan of fruitcake, but I do love pumpkin pie during the holidays.

  95. Roxanna Harris says:

    Merry Christmas y’all!!! Can’t wait to stuff my face tonight! Hehe πŸ™‚

  96. sarah says:

    I’ve done both!
    And i’ve never tried fruitcake.. lol

  97. PS says:

    I LOVE CHRISTMAS, my favorite holiday, yay! I wish everyone a very blessed & Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

  98. Guillermo says:

    Merry Christmas Karen, have a great holiday.

  99. Amy says:

    I just tried eggnog for the first time yesterday, pretty delicious!

  100. Amie F says:

    Love egnog, hate fruitcake.

  101. Joy says:

    I love fruitcake. And it appears from comments I’m not the only one. πŸ™‚

  102. Diana says:

    Happy christmas eve everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. Mary O. says:

    My favorite gift I’ve ever received was from my best friend. One of the things she got me was this pair of HUGE sweatpants from Victoria’s Secret, and even though they aren’t exactly cute, they’re the comfiest pair I’ve ever worn!

  104. Saddy says:

    I helped my mom make fruitcake from scratch last night! I used to not like it as a kid, but now I do. Her’s is very moist and light, not heavy and dark, so I can certainly stomach it now!

    Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

  105. Cristina Zapanta-Regular says:

    Hi Karen,

    This is my first comment, but I have been following your blog for a while – my go to site to help me make quick buy-it-or-not decisions, since you and I have about the same skin tone. I live in Toronto and I love your vast coverage of brands and swatch/sample looks. Thank you!!


  106. Erin says:

    Don’t like eggnog
    A light dusting of snow this morning, but it’s melted already!
    I remember getting the original Nintendo system — kind of wish I had it back!

    Happy Holidays!

  107. Angela says:

    fruitcake is weird….

  108. Tonya says:

    Making Lentil Soup on Christmas Eve, feels kinda like Christmas lol

  109. Anjali says:

    I’ve never tried eggnog …is it good?
    Christmas is delayed a little for our family …until Tuesday when we can all be together πŸ™‚

  110. Jessica says:

    Happy Holidays!!

  111. Sandra says:

    Well I’ve never tasted fruitcake because everyone I know doesn’t not like them so they never bring them around for the holidays. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  112. gabby says:

    Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!! I am getting ready to bake vegan chocolate chip cookies for dessert tonite after we have our vegan tamales. Yum!!!! I getting hungry now. πŸ™‚

  113. maria says:

    Thanks for hosting these awesome giveaways!! I love Sephora!!! Looking forward to turkey dinner tom!

  114. Suzi says:

    I think the best thing about gluten free is not feeling pressured to sample every fruitcake recipe that someone is promising will be the one I’ll actually like.

  115. Kylee says:

    merry xmas!

  116. DD says:

    I don’t care for fruitcake (or most non-chocolate sweets, for that matter) but I recently discovered marzipan stollen and am in love. It’s delicious!

    Happy holiday!

  117. Amy D. says:

    My mom and I just made fudge!

  118. jane says:

    i love your blog! happy holidays!

  119. Mindy M. says:

    I hate egg nog!

  120. Ana says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Have a great Christmas!

  121. Yuri says:

    We celebrate on christmas eve and we stay up until midnight then we open present then go to sleep.. On xmas day we visit

  122. Karen M. says:

    This year Santa brought us a stomach bug!

  123. Reema says:

    I’ve been a good girl all year!

  124. Marian says:

    I don’t care for fruitcake but I used to make killer eggnog. That was before it was so taboo to eat raw eggs. It was so delicious. Eggnog from a store is not the same. My kids and I will go to midnight Mass and then come home, have breakfast and open our gifts. Tomorrow is for sleeping and eating. I’ve got a pie in the oven right now.

  125. Hazel says:

    I love those earrings! I’m not really a feather kind of girl but it looks so nice in black.
    my family and I are going to Daly City tonight to celebrate with my mom’s side of the family. Tomorrow, we’re going to Stockton to celebrate with my dad’s side. We do this every single year. I just wanna stay home!
    I can’t wait to get money! I’m gonna get BF3 and a new PS3 controller. I hate sharing the PS3 with my sister so I’m not gonna let her play with it!! Always copy what I do then if I don’t let her do certain things, she tattletales on me! sucks! Sorry for ranting lol

  126. Lindsay says:

    My brother just came home so I finished helping him wrap his presents (men!) and we’ll go to a Christmas Eve service at our church, then we drive home through some local neighborhoods to see lights. When we get home, we eat dinner and open presents from extended family. Tomorrow we’ll open gifts from the four of us (mom, dad, me and brother) and go see a movie! My parents want to see War Horse and my brother and I are going to see Sherlock Holmes. It’s become a tradition for my bro and I to see a movie so I’m looking forward to it!

    It’s over 50 degrees here in VA where I live (about an hour south of DC) and it really doesn’t feel like Christmas! But I can’t complain about the mild winter we’re having so far.

  127. pantooka says:

    Merry Christmas! Hope you have a good holiday and thanks for a chance at a giveaway!

  128. Heidi says:

    My family has always opened presents on Christmas Eve. Then we can sleep in on Christmas Day and focus on the other activity, EATING!

  129. Lisa says:

    Love the new bling! I’ve been looking for some understated feathers myself…

  130. Supriya Patel says:

    Our family traditions are simple, lay around and eat all day!!

  131. Kelsey says:

    How do you feel about fruitcake?

    When was the last time you had eggnog?
    Last year? I can only drink a few sips before it just starts tasting too rich for me…

    What was one of your favorite presents you remember getting as a child?
    One year my parents got me and my little brother one of those little plastic play kitchens. We loved that thing! Played with it all the time.

    How does your family celebrate the holidays (this or any other time of year)?
    Usually we go to either my aunt and uncle’s house in Connecticut, or just stay home (at my parents’ house).

    Is it snowing out where you live?
    No, and I’m really disappointed. It’s been a warm winter so far. Just doesn’t feel like Xmas without some snow on the ground!

  132. Mary says:

    Merry Christmas!! πŸ™‚

  133. Melissa Carla says:

    Merry Christmas eve! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

  134. kalcedon says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen!
    I don’t even remember having a white Christmas, and I really want one :(…

  135. Katie-Jean says:

    Not a fan of fruitcake but love eggnog!! Merry Christmas!!

  136. elle says:

    No snow here either!

  137. laura says:

    my most favorite christmas gift was a simba stuffed animal my cousin gave me in 1994. i stil have it and take it with me on travels.

  138. steph b says:

    It is 48 degrees and sunny here in our nation’s capitol. I just got back from a long walk. Loving the mild winter.

  139. Julie says:

    This is the first year in my life that I haven’t had a mince pie at Christmas! I simply can’t find them in any stores, so I guess I will have to try and make my own! They are absolutely my favourite holiday treat!

  140. Amber says:

    I wish it was snowing here in Minnesota! We have a brown Christmas this year. It just doesn’t feel the same without snow!

  141. Let says:

    Merry Christmas!

  142. S. Gatson says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!!! My favorite gift as a child was a Polaroid camera. As for fruit cake, I am not a fan; however, I have yet to taste one that was not store bought. Maybe homemade is better.

  143. onegreatsmile says:

    Fruitcake? YUK! But a Sephora gift card? YUMMMO!

  144. FadBurger says:

    I actually like fruitcake, I love candied fruit. BUT, it’s the nuts that get me, bleh πŸ˜›
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  145. Shayla Schipper says:

    I love latkes and Nars!

  146. Sanah says:

    merry christmas eve!!!!

  147. Liz says:

    Fruitcake can be great or it can be horrifying, depending on the source. Hubby and I order it from Collin Street Bakery most years, and it’s fabulous. Moist, flavorful, and stuffed full of pecans and fruit. Homemade is excellent too – a friend of mine made it from Alton Brown’s recipe this year and it ROCKS. Some of the commercial stuff I’ve had in the past, however, could be used to hammer in nails. No thanks!
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  148. Catherine says:

    On Christmas Eve, we gather around the fireplace and eat tons of junk food!

  149. Kelly says:

    Merry Christmas!

  150. Talya says:

    apple pies!!!! πŸ™‚

  151. Hollie says:


  152. Abby says:

    My favorite gift as a child was a VHS tape of matilda :p

  153. nicolle says:

    excited to spend the next few days with family!

  154. Denniesha says:

    I remeber getting a Carwheel Casey love that doll!!! Merry Christmas everyone!!!

  155. JennJenn says:

    Yesterday I had my first eggnog of the season. A spiked eggnog milk shake with captain crunch berry cereal mixed in. Weird but good.

  156. mrsshukra says:

    I miss Harry and David’s traditional fruitcake!

  157. Elizabeth W. says:

    There is at least one good recipe for fruitcake in the universe, because I’ve tasted the results. It helps if you like rum though! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Karen and all! I enjoy the blog very much!

  158. Danielle Ellis says:

    Happy Christmas!!
    I love the family times and the baking goodies with my husband.
    And seeing my baby kitty sleeping in her gingerbread house kitty bed! Adorable!!

  159. rachel says:

    free fruitcake?

  160. Maple says:

    hate fruitcake!
    Merry Christmas!

  161. Krista says:

    My favorite gift was a Barbie 3 piece house.

  162. Melissa says:

    I love shopping for myself, but I love shopping for my family even more! Merry Christmas everybody πŸ™‚

  163. Sally says:

    Merry Christmas from Finland! πŸ™‚

  164. Jana says:

    I can’t wait till Christmas!!

  165. elyse says:

    merry Christmas!

  166. meem says:

    FINALLY finished my christmas shopping. haha!

  167. Veronica says:

    I used to hate fruitcake until i had it homemade. it had bits of marzipan in it. mmm..

  168. BooBooNinja says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen!

  169. lizzym says:

    why are some guys so hard to shop for? iv been trying to shop for my best friend forever

  170. Liz says:

    My family doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, but my close friends and I usually exchange gifts. πŸ™‚ It’s not snowing here in Vancouver yet, but I hope it does soon – at least for a day or two.

  171. Avery Dement says:

    Happy Holidays everyone!

  172. Jean says:

    I’ve been trying to find a pair of feather ones too and I love that pair Santa gave you. πŸ™‚

    As for fruitcakes, I don’t like the traditional kind. But the Italian style fruitcakes (bread?) I find at Trader Joe’s are so good!

  173. alison c says:

    no snow yet!

  174. Katie says:

    Happy Holidays to you, El Hub, and Tabs! I’m a week and a half into my winter break, and I am enjoying it. πŸ™‚

  175. Misty M says:

    I hate eggnogg, but this year I have discovered a new tradition. I love eggnogg cupcakes! Especially with spiced rum buttercream….YUM!

  176. Maria says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!! I think my favorite Christmas present ever was my My Little Pony stable with like 3 pony’s inside. I loved that thing!

  177. VictoriaJane says:

    My mum actually makes a homemade fruitcake that’s really good-no crazy fluorescent fruit in it-just dense with currants, sultanas, raisins, & nuts. And some sort of alcohol, I think!

  178. Stephanie Fabian says:

    I’m having a traditional Hispanic hoilday drink called coquito, it’s like eggnog but definitely spiked up a notch lol. Delicious.

  179. Sunny says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! The earrings are adorable, but remember to keep them away from Tabs! Mine have such a soft spot for anything feathery. AND LOOK AT TABS IN THAT PICTURE! How adorable is it!

  180. Carolyn says:

    Spending this Christmas with my grandma! πŸ™‚

  181. Rose says:

    The last time I had eggnog was in elementary school. I hated it so much that I never tried it again!

  182. Miriam says:

    I hate fruitcake, never had eggnog, and my favorite present was having my whole family come and visit me for Christmas and New years’s last year.

  183. Rosemary says:

    my favorite tradition is we take my uncle, who lives alone and gets very lonely, out to eat. its fun talking to him and a great way to spend the night before christmas πŸ™‚

  184. Angel says:

    My husband is making his annual batch of Lobster Bisque (YUM!!). It’s our tiny family’s tradition. And I love eggnog AND fruitcake. I truly must be the only person on the planet that likes fruitcake LOL!

  185. Lucia says:

    I am from from Peru where the holiday = Christmas and it is during the SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!! and we don’t do the gift thing too much, but we eat LOTS! Now I live in MI and is in depressing winter, it snows (not right now actually), and we still don’t do that much of the gift thing but we do eat.
    I have never tried fruitcake, but I LOVE Panettone, Christmas is not Christmas without it…for me at least.
    Happy Holidays Karen!

  186. Vanessa says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Tabs, and el hub :)!

  187. Mmm. What is this you’re saying about eggnog? (I’m a HUGE ‘nog fan. It’s a little bit [shamefully] ridiculous.)
    Rae // theNotice recently posted … LIP SET WEEK | Korres Cherry-Picked Lipgloss Quad: review, photos, swatches

  188. Lisa S. says:

    Believe it or not fruit cake is ok, eggnog is NOT! Eeee-Yucccck!
    And I just want to add those earrings are SLAMMIN’!

  189. nait says:

    Happy Holidays everyone!

  190. Martje says:

    This tiny little story will make you all jealous….we, in my country, don’t celebrate 1..but 2 xmas days!!! normally only 1 will be filled with gifts, but we get 2 days off as bank holidays and we get to eat good food during those days πŸ˜‰

    thank you very much for organising the **Give-Away**!!!

  191. Janelle says:

    I’ve actually never had fruitcake, so I don’t have an opinion on it.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Karen! Happy holidays!

  192. Alisha says:

    merry christmas!!
    i need to get started wrapping those gifts! D:

  193. Mandy says:

    I am from India where everyone celebrates Christmas traditions with trees and lights even though only 2% of the 1.7 billion population is Christian. Merry Christmas to all.

  194. Mimi Nguyen says:

    opening presents at midnight

  195. Sara P. says:

    I don’t celebrate Christmas, so I am having a nice relaxing weekend!

  196. styleezta says:

    I hate fruitcake love eggnog πŸ˜‰

  197. Dlori says:

    I would like to thank you for a wonderful year of reviews, for introducing me to many new products, to turning me into a hardcore MAC junkie (something I could have done without given my finances, or rather lack thereof, at this time) and all your hard work on creating a wonderful blog and source of fun and entertainment for me and so many others. I know Santa will be very good to you this year for all your caring and generosity. Happy holidays and Good luck to ALL in this giveaway.

    kleimanlaw at aol dot com

  198. Sue C. says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! The best present I got as a child was a big stuffed pink poodle – I kept that guy for way too many years!

  199. Cynira C says:

    I love the holidays! Can’t wait to see my family tomorrow!

  200. Adia says:

    It’s raining instead of snow in Germany, too bad I wish I could see white Christmas.
    Adia recently posted … Christmas makeup tutorial (gold,red,green)

  201. Amber says:

    Merry Christmas! Been loving M&BB for around almost 3 years now, and can’t wait to see what 2011 holds for the blog! xoxo

  202. Dlori says:

    I follow you on twitter and retweeted this contest on my twitter page, @DianeLori, and the link is as follows:!/karenmbb/status/150600832038084609

    kleimanlaw at aol dot com

  203. Stella says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  204. Shana says:

    I’m Jewish, but my favorite Hanukkah present ever was my Pleasant Company Samantha doll (now American Girl). I was seven.

    Yeah, I’m old.

  205. Dee says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! I hope you have a wonderful day with your family.

  206. Courtnie says:

    Merry Christmas Eve!!

  207. Naomi says:

    I can’t wait to see MI:IV; I’ve heard its really good!

  208. Vanessa says:

    Christmas Eve is always the main day for my family’s holiday traditions. We always have a very nice dinner (prime rib and all the yummy British side dishes) and open family presents. Since we are all grown up now, we spend Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas day with my in-laws. So blessed!

  209. Moniquehasana says:

    I hate fruit cake with a nutty passion. Happy holidays

  210. Alanna says:

    My Mom always gets all of us new pajamas, which we open on Christmas Eve and wear to bed! Happy Holidays, Karen!

  211. Diana Thompson says:

    Re: fruitcake, always hated it but a good friend of mine made some from scratch this year with Brandy in it and wow, it was the most wonderful tasting thing ever! Hope you have wonderful holidays and thank you for the giveaway offer! Diana

  212. Solangel says:

    I’ve never had eggnog!

  213. Chrissy (Penny Proud) says:

    Enjoying the Christmas holiday thus far but I lowkey wished we would have gotten some snow (I live in the South) but I am glad that it’s not bitterly cold and I have enjoyed getting out seeing all the families walking around and not looking like their faces are about to freeze off.

  214. Lors says:

    love eggnog, but its so bad for you!

  215. Sara says:

    Happy Christmas Karen! πŸ˜€

  216. Olivia says:

    its a 3-way tie between my first american girl doll, macbook computer && easy-bake oven

  217. Makeupandbeautyjunkie says:

    Fruitcake can kick rocks…

  218. Erin says:

    I just got a Keurig for Christmas :). I love it!
    Erin recently posted … Christmas came early this year…

  219. Shelly says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! =]
    Shelly recently posted … Gray Hollister T-Shirt

  220. Annemarie says:

    One year I got the doll carriage I really wanted. Only, the hood was broken off. My sister, the tomboy, got an identical doll carriage, all in one piece. Mine had a note attached from Santa: that it had fallen off the sleigh and he was terribly sorry. I felt special. After all. how many kids could say that they got a gift that had fallen off Santa’s sleigh? AND a note from Santa? It was until years later, a moody teen, feeling like the world was against me that I realized that I’d been royally ripped off! As a parent now, I realize that we make decisions, which don’t always make sense to everyone, but seem right at the time. Merry Christmas!

  221. Anka says:

    Fruitcake is quite nasty. Thanks for these giveaways!

  222. Lindsey says:

    We finally chipped in and bought my dad a snow blower for our street that doesn’t get plowed (don’t worry he’s not reading a beauty blog, I can spill the beans) and there has not been a single snowflake this year. We were practically snowed in the last two years. I’m on the fence about whether I want him to be able to test it out or not though…

  223. Cassandra says:

    Well, my parents had me in their 40s and my Dad was totally smitten with me (my parents love story was epic) so when he was able to have time off to fully decorate the tree he would and during my first year it was also his first year working a new job. The day he finally had off was Christmas eve and he decorated the tree with me sitting in a baby carrier underneath. Lights went on and I supposedly I was intrigued. Every year this was a ritual we carried out Dad and I lights and ornaments no Mom allowed! Dad passed away in 2006, and every year I put up the tree in the order we always did, talking to him along the way, no Mom allowed!

  224. Arabelle says:

    my family isn’t very festive πŸ™

  225. Zoey says:

    I like potato latkes!

  226. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you.

  227. Stephanie says:

    It’s not snowing but it’s pouring where I am in Houston. Traditionally we do lots of cooking on Christmas eve for Christmas day so I’ve tried to start another tradition… In and Out for dinner the night before Christmas.

  228. Yao says:

    Not a fan of either fruitcake or eggnog, but bring on the gingerbread and peppermint lattes!

  229. Samantha says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

  230. Antithesis says:

    i had egg nog this afternoon. i much prefer the spiked version tho

  231. Angela G. says:

    I’m with Stephanie on this one. It’s a wet & chilly 44 degrees here in Houston. It’s been raining all day. For the holidays my family usually starts cooking on Christmas Eve. Our traditional Mexican dishes consist of a soup called Pozole (made w/pork, hominy, garlic, onion, chili peppers, cilantro & broth). Then if we aren’t stuffed enough with that , we proceed to make fresh hot chicken tamales! We try to stay up past mid-night for Christmas Day (that’s unless we haven’t fell into a food coma). As for egg nog, I’d have to say the Southern Comfort brand they sell at the supermarket is the bomb-diggity. LOL

  232. Claire Pan says:

    I’ve never tried eggnog before…

  233. Debbie says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  234. Becca says:

    Um, does anyone really like fruitcake? Maybe…but in my family, we do the whole “pass the fruitcake on” dance, regifting to friends and family who probably do the same thing! Oh, and I’ve never had eggnog-but I’ve been curious to try it lately. Merry Christmas!


  235. Ann Thomas says:

    Our family is just enjoying all the yummy food and drinks and gaining a pound every 2 hours haha,. we’ll be going to midnight mass tonight, love listening to the choir and remembering the true meaning of Christmas!! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

  236. Jennifer A. says:

    Waiting for dinner!

  237. Jessica says:

    In Texas, a lot of people have tamales at Christmas. So today my family had chicken tamales topped with homemade chili. Yum!! Hope you have a merry Christmas, Karen!

  238. Sophie says:

    My favorite part is seeing my family and friends during the holiday times.

  239. loofah says:

    Merry christmas!

  240. Stephanie Yates says:

    Merry Xmas!

  241. Jessica says:

    I’ve been hitting the Eggnog pretty hard this year: I only just had some a few minutes ago!

    Merry Christmas!
    Γ’β„’Β₯ Jessica
    Jessica recently posted … Visions of Sugar Plums: Face Atelier Plum Glaze

  242. Amy says:

    Living in the Northeast, we have snow sometimes for Christmas. From the time my son was 2 or 3, we started using skiis to make Santa’s sleigh tracks leading up to the house. It always looks pretty convincing. It’s also pretty comical to try and make sleigh tracks at 1 AM, after a few eggnogs, without making footprints, and wide enough apart. Hopefully this, along with many other traditions made my son’s holiday memories.

  243. Missy M says:

    we also get to open one present

  244. MJ says:

    Merry Christmas! Just finished decorating the tree, and now wrapping presents. Eating peppermint bark cookies for energy!

  245. Jaa Maurer says:

    I ve never tried eggnog before =)
    I wish it would snow here!!!

  246. Ginelle says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy holidays everyone πŸ™‚

  247. Terri B says:

    Eggnog, YES!!! Fruitcake, not so much.

  248. Theresa says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! I’ve always heard about the connection between fruitcake and Christmas, but I’ve never once had fruitcake. I am a big fan of cake in general, so I’m sure I’d like fruitcake too. =)

  249. Anna says:

    Merry Christmas!

  250. Aimey says:

    I’m currently on a family vacation in Orlando, but I can’t wait to go back home to Georgia because I’m looking forward to making cookies! I’ll get home on Christmas and won’t be able to bake until the days afterward, but I’ll still be poppin them gingerbread cookies out! πŸ˜› I hope you have a merry Christmas!

  251. Abs says:

    To be honest, I’ve never had eggnog. The though of all that cream and raw egg makes my stomach churn. I worked at Starbucks one holiday, and I remember we could only heat the eggnog lattes to 140 degrees, or they would curdle. Eew. haha

  252. Lily N says:

    Those earrings are just gorgeous!

  253. PDubbz says:

    I <3 Eggnog a la rum!!! *~ Yum Yum!! πŸ˜€

  254. kamala says:

    fruitcake + eggnog = NO
    makeup + cats = HELL YES

  255. Kim says:

    Karen, I hope you and El Hub and Tabs have a very, very Merry Christmas! We used to open one gift on Christmas Eve, too. Now, with the kids, it’s my parents’ house and a total exchange. Then just us on Christmas day. The Hubs and his Dad are doing a little Santa work as I type! πŸ™‚ Enjoy your day tomorrow!!! Oh, and my mom and sis got me Sephora gift cards this year. I have my eye on that clarisonic!

  256. Tania says:

    Love your family stories πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy the holidays!
    It is not snowing yet where we are. Last year was the first white Christmas that I can remember. This year it’s just cold and sunny πŸ™‚

  257. Jess says:

    love your blog, i read it everyday! πŸ™‚

  258. Jess says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays, Karen!

  259. Phoebe says:

    Never had fruitcake!

  260. Amy B. says:

    I love making sugar cookies for the holidays

  261. Jennifer says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

  262. Karen K says:

    Merry Christmas! One of our traditions is that we have a certain breakfast casserole for breakfast every Christmas morning before opening gifts. I’ve already made the casserole and will pop it in the oven tomorrow morning. I’ll make hashbrowns with it and have some fresh fruit on the side. Mmm.

  263. Tana says:

    Karen, where is your earring holder from?
    It is so gorgeous!

  264. Lily says:

    I miss the snow, but love xmas anyway.

  265. Audrey says:

    Merry Christmas! I hope you have a awesome holiday!

  266. Kickback says:

    Dear Target gift card, there is a bottle of Tocca Cleopatra with your name on it, please and thanks.


  267. Martha says:

    We open presents at midnight on x-mas eve.

  268. maomao says:

    Happy Holidays, Karen! I’ve been lovin’ your blog for yet another year and hopefully for many more years to come! πŸ˜€

  269. Paula says:

    Merry Christmas!!

  270. Emily says:

    I LOVE Christmastime, and I’m so excited for tomorrow!

  271. Jackie Craig says:

    It’s been in the 70’s here all month, so I have been obsessively making wreaths and ornaments for weeks. For the past four days I have made about 10 dozen cookies. . . I think I have convinced myself it might actually be a winter wonderland out there LOL!!!! Happy Holidays everyone πŸ™‚

  272. Deanna G. says:

    I love fruit cake! πŸ™‚

  273. hazakaza says:

    The last time I had eggnog was with a good friend who put rum in it! Very tasty stuff.

  274. Carol says:

    Merry Christmas!
    I hate the candied fruit pieces in fruitcake but I like the actual spiced, liquor soaked cake, so I always take the time to pull those bright green & red pieces of fruit out of the cake before I eat it πŸ˜›

  275. kaitlinanne says:

    i lovee eggnog last time i had it was this past summer!!!!

  276. Amanda G says:

    Me! Me! Me!

  277. shellie says:

    merry christmas!!! we never get snow for christmas but that’s alright. thanks for the wonderful giveaway! πŸ™‚

  278. Mireya says:

    Merry Christmas! I’ve already gotten an early Sephora gift card from a friend, so this is already a good Christmas. πŸ˜€

  279. sweeks1980 says:

    I hope Santa brings Tabs some gravy too! Merry Christmas :D!

  280. Rebecca says:

    Not only is it not snowing here, I was actually sitting outside in the back yard reading this afternoon. Love the earrings btw. πŸ™‚

  281. Jenn says:

    I just had egg nog frozen yogurt the other day–yum!

  282. Danielle F says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! (and Tabs, ok and El Hub) I don’t care for fruit cake or eggnog…bring me chocolate anything and I’m pretty happy.

  283. Ana says:

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  284. Marisa Payne says:

    Spending my Christmas Eve washing makeup brushes and packing my traincase for family makeovers tomorrow!

  285. Madelynn says:

    I’ve never had fruitcake!

  286. Sharon says:

    Have a great Christmas!

  287. Ruchita says:

    Merry Christmas!

  288. Claire says:

    fruitcake is gross!!!

  289. ashleigh says:

    After Christmas I’m going shopping for a clarisonic:)

  290. Lisa says:

    I’ve actually never had fruitcake or eggnog! I usually prefer pie and hot cocoa – topped with whipped cream of course – for the holidays.

  291. katie says:

    i live in iowa… there is no snow. what?!

  292. Nikki says:

    Merry Christmas! When I was 6 or 7,I got the My Little Pony waterfall set, I was so happy and shocked I started crying (we were dirt poor, I *never* expected to get it, it was my “dream” item on my xmas list). I had it up until high school just for the happy memory, when it got lost in one of our many moves. I still get happy just thinking about it – it even came with a rubber ducky for the pony!

  293. Dominique D says:

    The last time I had eggnog was Thanksgiving weekend. Though I must say I’ve never had homemade eggnog.

  294. Stephanie says:

    I had too many glasses of mulled wine. Now it’s time to pass out before Santa gets here! Merry Christmas!

  295. Christina Tran says:

    This year, I MADE all of my Christmas cards! Phew….

  296. julie says:


  297. Kristin says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!

  298. Kristina says:

    So excited for Christmas! Only a few more hours.

  299. Monika says:

    Never liked eggnog… ur earrings.

  300. Kate & Zena says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen!

    Katie and the Zeebster!

  301. Christine says:

    No snow here, I wish there was though!

  302. Christy O says:

    Wish I had not had so much pie earlier. Also hope that foot traffic tomorrow isn’t too insane.

  303. marisol says:

    I think that my favorite present as a kid was when Santa delivered Barbies at different locations. I got a total of 8 Barbies one year. Insanity!

  304. Esther says:

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  305. Amy C. says:

    Merry Christmas! My favorite present ever was an Easy Bake Oven – it started my love of baking!

  306. Dawn says:

    I’m fussy about fruitcake: it can’t be too cakey, or too dry, or have too much currants. And it must have halved or whole glacé cherries. And it’s best when it’s been fed for a month with either brandy or whisky!

  307. Flora Novak says:

    My favourite gift was my first make up set! Merry Christmas! Xoxo

  308. Cyn Uehara says:

    Love these giveaways that you have. Thanks.

  309. et says:

    Merry Christmas!

  310. Bonnie says:

    I’m not a fan of eggnog…

    P.S. Merry Christmas!

  311. Carol says:

    Merry Christmas! I wish my hubby had the day off. Oh well, at least he has a job.

  312. ola says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

  313. Phi says:

    I LOVE feathers! They’re a quick way to spice up your outfit!

  314. Sharon S says:

    I too remember Memorex tapes! Still have some lying around somewhere.

  315. Lily says:

    The last time I had eggnog was at my friend’s Christmas party on Saturday. What nobody told me was that there had been brandy added to it, and my friend’s parents drank nearly half the bowl of eggnog that had been set out for the party. Needless to say, my friend ended up being the designated driver for the night.

  316. Tran says:

    Merry Christmas!! I have never tried fruitcake either

  317. Christine says:

    I have never had fruitcake before! We always eat too much of the entree to get to dessert anyway.

  318. Nina says:

    Merry christmas!

  319. BeckBeck says:

    Christmas hugs to you and Tabs!

  320. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t remember the last time I had eggnog. I never cared for it. I do remember taping music off the radio!!!

  321. nuriz says:

    HO HO HO,Merry Christmas!

  322. richa says:

    Merry X’mas to all!!! Its the best time of the year…..

  323. Julianna says:

    Fruitcake scares me! The fruit looks like it was exposed to radio active materials. Give me the eggnog and a pie please!

  324. Izzy says:

    Merry Christmas! I just finished watching one of my favorite childhood christmas cartoons: christmas comes but once a year! it’s super old, from like the 30’s

  325. Denise says:

    For me it’s the foods of Christmas that remind me of my childhood traditions. Cookies and cakes, the house filled with all those baking aromas. There’s nothing better than a vanilla-smelling kitchen. πŸ™‚

  326. Valerie says:

    Hi, Karen! It’s not snowing in South Texas.

    My favorite tradition is eating holiday ham with my family. Its the one time of year that I eat ham.

    Hope you’re having a great Christmas!

  327. Beverly says:

    Childhood Christmas makes me warm just thinking about it!!! My mother would cook and bake the most wonderful food…sweet potato pies, peach cobbler, turkey and dressing, and if we were lucky, daddy would make oh-so-delicious gumbo and french garlic bread to go with it…my brothers and I would listen to the Christmas carol records by Firestone Tire Co., and help my dad put up the Christmas lights…we would go to the freight yard in downtown Los Angeles and get a tree fresh off the train, have the stand put on and watch it get flocked…oh, I miss being a little girl and having such wonderful Christmases, but I have sweet, sweet memories…

  328. Stephanie R says:

    Merry Christmas! And just for the record….I can’t stand eggnog. Yes, I know, it’s sacreligious. I think it’s the fact that there’s generally TWELVE eggs in it. The texture….yuck.

  329. Michelle says:

    If you can believe it, my mom makes a wonderful fruitcake! I can’t wait to have some tonight after dinner.

  330. Mai says:

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  331. Carolyn says:

    My favorite tradition is going to midnight services and then having a bunch of people back to our house for a party. We’d be up until 3 or 4 AM. Then my Dad would wake us up between 6 and 7 AM- popping champagne corks- bellowing “get up Santa has been here- get up!”

  332. Gala says:

    Happy holidays!

  333. Melessa says:

    we go to our friends of the family on xmas eve and to my grandmas afterwards. we open gifts on xmas morning before we go to my moms side of the family (we rotate houses). thats pretty much it.. havent made xmas cookies in years
    hope you and tabs and el hub have a great christmas! πŸ™‚

  334. ShannonW says:

    Chili for dinner on Christmas Eve (so that Mom has the kitchen free for a big dinner the next day) and midnight mass.

    Merry Christmas!

  335. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Unfortunately it doesn’t look as though we’ll have a white Christmas here in upper New York state this year!

  336. heidi says:

    I live in AZ which is a desert so I’ve never had a white christmas.

  337. Lee says:

    I was really sad that there hasn’t been any snow here in Toronto…. so my brother bought me a snow cone machine… and now I have three little snow balls and a miniature snow man in my freezer

  338. Cass says:

    My favorite presents as a child were always in my stocking. I have this strange pen fetish and my mother would always get me really cool pens and lip products that went in my stocking. It was always my favorite part!

  339. christina says:

    I wish it was snowing! Here in San Antonio, Tx it is barely cool πŸ™ I love the cold weather!

  340. Giang says:

    I wish it snows here in Philadelphia! I tried eggnog before but it’s not my thing..

  341. Laurenica says:

    merrry christmas!

  342. J says:

    No snow… a nice Florida high 70s

  343. kb says:

    I miss the excitement I had as a child for Christmas. I still love this time of the year as an adult and that’s because I know the true meaning of Christmas, however, I do miss that feeling you got on Christmas Eve when you knew it was time to go to sleep!!!!

  344. Jasmine says:

    I don’t think I have ever actually HAD fruitcake – so no opinion! However I would love a sephora giftcard to spice up my make-up wardrobe before New Years πŸ™‚

  345. Coral says:

    Come Christmas morning I realize the down side to getting your presents early. Nothing to open!

  346. Nancy says:

    Merry Christmas!!

  347. Gail says:

    Merry Christmas – I can never find 12 dollar earrings at Nordies – found some feather white ones at Anthro but my friend took them – oh well – will keep looking – Maybe tomorrow?

  348. Ashley says:

    Favorite Christmas memory had to be when me and my little brother were younger, my dad placed a red piece of yarn in the fireplace. When we came down Christmas morning to open our presents, my dad went “Look! Santa must have ripped his pants when he was going back up! Guess Mrs. Claus is having to sew his pants back together!” We lost our minds. We were like Elf “SANTAAAAAAAA!!!!!”

  349. Marilyn says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!!!! And Tabs of course!

  350. quimerula says:

    Merry Christmas!

  351. Inday says:

    Fruit cake – NAY! Lol

  352. Tiffany says:

    I want to buy le metier de beaute goodies but they’re not available in Canada =(

  353. Liene says:

    Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

  354. Maca says:

    Tomorrow’s my birthday!!! =D

  355. Eloize says:

    Merry christmas, Karen!

  356. XicanaQueen says:

    We open our gifts at midnight so early Christmas day… We want to start new traditions as we are maturing, no longer partying it up all night lol

  357. Grace says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen and Tabs!

  358. Kat says:

    After all the Christmas stress, I am just happy to be home and unwind with the Kardashians on my TV. I can’t help it – they are my ultimate guilty pleasure!

  359. Mary Catherine Allen says:

    I do not like fruitcake, nor do I like eggnog. But’s it been a great Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

  360. Janet says:

    I’ve actually never had fruitcake…

  361. Cassandra Tso says:

    I love just spending time with my entire family during Christmas! We all have very busy lives so it’s very rare that we get to sit together for dinner!

  362. Kimberly says:

    merry christmas!

  363. Melitina says:

    Hey Karen! Hope you had a merry Christmas πŸ™‚ No snow here near the Equator πŸ˜‰

  364. Kristie Win says:

    Last night I was going to make eggnog cheesecake…and then I read the directions….then I bought a premade cheesecake instead.

  365. Holman says:

    Merry Christmas!!! I don’t think I’ve ever had eggnog, or maybe I just blocked it out.

  366. Lisa says:

    My family sits around the Christmas tree (decked with unintentially kitschy, nostalgic baby photos) and take turns opening gifts. It’s traditional and fun–especially because about half the gifts are fun gag gifts.

  367. Joe says:

    Merry Xmas -need more presents for my wife

  368. EWWWWWWWW on the fruit cake lol.

  369. Eliza says:

    I’ve never tried fruitcake, although I’m intrigued.

  370. Julia says:

    My favorite present is my chi straightener!

  371. Kelsey says:

    I think fruitcake could work? It’s been so long since I’ve eaten it!

  372. Jody says:

    Merry Christmas!

  373. Barbara says:

    Does a McDonald’s eggnog shake count? If so two weeks ago. I also love a good fruitcake. My aunt used to make a fantastic one.

  374. Heather says:

    I love fruitcake – but it seems as though nearly everyone else I know loathes it, so it’s never around for me to enjoy! Maybe I’ll see if a coffee shop in my neighborhood has some this week …

  375. Jenny says:

    Ohmigosh! Just got homee!

  376. Melissa says:

    Merry Christmas! I hope that Santa was very good to you! I only recently found your blog and I look forward to reading it in 2012!

  377. Jennifer says:

    We always get together to exchange gift, enjoy dinner, and make new memories on Christmas Eve :).

  378. Harmony says:

    Oh Merry Christmas that would be lovely

  379. Natalie says:

    From one Bay Area girl to another, Happy Holidays!

  380. Rochelle says:

    I had a wonderful Christmas with my mom’s side of the family. We had a delicious dinner then opened gifts. I got body wash (from Bath & Body Works) and a makeup palette from Nordstroms πŸ™‚

  381. Molly SC says:

    Happy Xmas, dear!

  382. kaela says:

    merry christmas to everyone–had a wet and rainy one here

  383. magda says:

    eat too many cookies, my belly hurts and can’t sleep but I still love Christmass!!!

  384. Amanda says:

    I don’t like fruitcake or eggnog, although I had eggnog panna cotta and fell in love with it! Mele Kalikimaka!!!

  385. Lisa says:

    My grandma made the best fruitcake. No one believes me about how good it is!

  386. Becca says:

    weeee wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!

  387. Stephanie says:

    Slept in today after a long night of hanging out with the family. This holiday has been excellent.

  388. elisia says:

    i ate way too much πŸ™

  389. Mylie says:

    Last time I had eggnog was in a Starbucks drink… I think? πŸ™‚

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