Grandma’s Gift Guide: Hickory Farms Giveaway

When my children were very young, maybe two, three, and five years old, I started a tradition that we kept for many many years. They were just too excited to eat dinner on Christmas Eve, so I made an hors d’oeuvres party for them. The girls wore their best frilly dresses, and my son wore his suit and tie. We played the radio and danced. I poured their koolaid and juice in my best wine glasses. But it was never ready until we got our box from Hickory Farms.

I didn’t realize just how much my children loved this tradition until the first year that my son was in the Air Force. He didn’t join until he was 23. Because we didn’t know if he was going to spend Christmas Eve with us or with his girlfriend’s family, I didn’t plan the usual party. The day after Christmas, he sat down with me at breakfast, and said “Mom, you didn’t make a party for us.” I just hope he now carries on the tradition with his own children.

Hickory Farms sent me a Family Favorites Gift Box like the one pictured above. It’s all gluten free except for the crackers, but my husband can eat those. The summer sausage is still just as tasty as it was all those years ago when I danced on Christmas Eve with my children.

One reader can win a Family Favorites Gift Box from Hickory Farms. Just use the Rafflecopter form to enter.

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Karen Eidson is telling the world way too much about her, whether they want to know it or not. She writes about her life of living full time in an RV, eating a gluten free diet, things she does for fun, and things that are important to her. She makes you look at photos of her grandchildren, talk about her husband's survival of oral cancer, and shows you things she has made. You know you want to look.

Comments

  1. What a delightful story and memory. Who doesn’t like Hickory Farms.

  2. Michelle A. says:

    My husband also loves those Hickory Farm gift boxes from his childhood Christmas memories! :0)

  3. Pamela in Louisiana says:

    Yummmm…everything in the box looks good!

  4. sending christmas cards…and nobody does it anymore =o(

  5. My favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree as a family. We always bake cookies and listen to Christmas music; its always a good time.

  6. I adore Hickory Farms! One of our favorite traditions is making a Gingerbread House together. Sure, it’s from a kit but we have done one every year and it usually ends up in giggles and sprinkles all over the kitchen!

  7. angela cunningingham says:

    making cookies

  8. We play board games after dinner πŸ™‚

  9. Katherine says:

    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

  10. We have a Family Christmas Eve service in which we all gather around the fireplace and read stories and poems about the holiday. It’s a quiet, reflective time we spend as a family before the real madness begins!

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  11. I always get the tree on my birthday and we decorate it.

  12. Ann Fantom says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking Christmas cookies with my daughter like I did with my mom and grandmother

  13. Barbara Montag says:

    My sis and I started a new holiday tradition.
    Each year we see a Christmas play – thank you!

  14. ryan minton says:

    my favorite holiday tradition is opening one gift on christmas eve.

    rypm25@aol.com

  15. EMMA L HORTON says:

    THE BIG CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH ALL THE RELATIVES

  16. just getting together on christmas day exchanging gifts and eating dinner

  17. joseph gersch jr says:

    eating pizza on Christmas eve

  18. jules mcnubbin says:

    we make christmas cookies together and decorate them, its an all day thing but we have a blast

  19. Gina Brickell says:

    Watching Christmas Specials on tv together

  20. Going to Christmas light festival each year

  21. Allison (allie lanc on rafflecopter) says:

    Riding around listening to Christmas music and looking at Christmas lights!

  22. My favorite holiday tradition is getting drunk off egg nog.

  23. Baking and eating treats together.

  24. I love singing Christmas carols with my family.

  25. danielle lima says:

    we watch the Hogfather and Nightmare Before Christmas

  26. I have never had a hickory farms gift box, but it sounds delicious…

  27. Ttrockwood says:

    One of our traditions is fresh gingerbread and mimosas for xmas breakfast!

  28. LeAnn Voyer says:

    I love going with the kids to pick out the perfect tree.

  29. Tracy Pryor says:

    We love to go to longwood gardens to see the lights.

  30. judy gardner says:

    we all get together for lunch on Christmas day at my mom’s

  31. Angela Kinder says:

    Every Christmas morning, we have breakfast before we open presents. We’ll eat, and then go to the room (that changes every year, believe it or not) and sit around the tree, opening gifts. And every year, we anoint a “Santa” that passes out gifts!

  32. susan wiener says:

    my family ‘n friends come over Xmas and we bake cookies. It’s a lot of fun and delicious eating πŸ™‚

  33. I like baking cookies for santa.

  34. CΓ‘laeb Temple says:

    favourite holiday tradition is staying up until morning just talking, eating, drinking and laughing.

  35. Linda Lansford says:

    my fave is the family meal

  36. Liz Terek says:

    Watching the kids open presents

  37. WE LOVE TO DECORATE THE TREE WHILE LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC AND DRINKING EGG NOG πŸ™‚

    shebebes@yahoo.com

  38. Penny Snyder says:

    Hiking in the snow! grammypenny@frontier.com

  39. spending time with my family

  40. making christmas cookies!

  41. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Our holiday tradition is…. We all cook and bake together as a family.

  42. The youngest person hands out the gifts.

  43. A tradition of ours that I love is driving around looking at Christmas light displays, some pretty and others outrageous.

  44. We love to make Gingerbread houses.

  45. Cheeseburger Soup on Christmas Eve!

  46. Brittney House says:

    Opening present christmas eve

  47. Cookie decorating party:-)

  48. Monique Rizzo says:

    Looking at lights on christmas eve!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  49. getting together

  50. LOIS PAYTON says:

    my mom’s buttermilks fudge, only at christmas, so good, GOD BLESS

  51. We love watching holiday movies and sharing Christmas treats together – but opening presents and emptying stockings on Christmas morning is great, too!

  52. decorating the tree

  53. bake christmas cookies

  54. Charlotte Padgett says:

    stockings (large Christmas bags) for everyone opened after the regular gift exchange.

  55. My favorite tradition is new pajamas on Christmas eve for the whole family!

  56. Going to Midnight Mass.

  57. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    We string popcorn on the tree Christmas Eve

  58. Christmas Eve at my Mom’s — we’ve had the same menu as long as I can remember. It is always so much fun!

  59. Sunshine G says:

    Going on the Christmas train every year in the park.

  60. Theron Willis says:

    Lots of eggnog for the adults and gingerbread cookies for the children.

    Hope to win!

  61. Mary Calabrese says:

    Stockings hung on the fireplace.

  62. We have had a nice steak dinner on Christmas eve for many years now….we always buy either a bone in ribeye or a standing rib roast. we always make it a special time for our little family. Last year I bought a gingerbread house kit and Alan, Stefanie & I put it together and decorated it while Adam stayed in the den and played on his phone (this year, I’ve already told him he has to help). It was a lot of fun and as for Summer Sausage..one of my fave’s πŸ™‚

  63. casey everidge says:

    decorating the christmas tree together

  64. decorating the tree together and the kids are allowed to open one present on christmas eve
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  65. Great giveaway! thanks

  66. My favorite holiday tradition is simply spending time with family.

  67. Decorating the tree.

  68. decorating

  69. Cody Anderson says:

    Our favorite holiday tradition is drinking eggnog by the fire on Christmas Eve with the grandparents.

  70. Samantha F. says:

    Our favorite tradition is watching Love Actually! :o)

  71. Stacey Cockrell says:

    Decorating the Christmas Tree

  72. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Baking Christmas cookies!

  73. Going to my mother inlaws baking.

  74. Stephanie Larison says:

    I love baking cookies with all the family together.

  75. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    making homemade ravioli

  76. The kids get to choose Christmas morning breakfast – one year it was birthday cake!

  77. Kathleen Downes says:

    We make and decorate sugar cookies.

  78. jessica edwards says:

    cmas eve chili dinner

  79. chinese on christmas eve

  80. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Putting up the tree and decorating!

  81. Baking and decorating holiday cookies

  82. randall robison says:

    Our favorite holiday tradition is sitting around on christmas eve watchin lampoons christmas vacation.we do it every year.. thanks

  83. Christmas Dinner

  84. we bake cookies together

  85. My favorite holiday tradition is out Christmas Eve Feast!

  86. Meaghan F. says:

    Spending time with my family at my grandma’s house. We sit in the living room and talk for hours.

  87. Our tradition is fun, we try to out-tape each other with the Christmas presents and make them almost impossible to open. My mom always wins.

  88. Our favorite tradition is to get our tree and spend the day enjoying the other activities at the tree farm.

  89. We love to bake Christmas cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

  90. Decorating the Christmas tree together

  91. I love making Christmas cookies with my mother.

  92. Kayte CookWatts says:

    We always do shrimp cocktails Christmas Eve!

  93. Sonya Morris says:

    Going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

  94. Going to Church on Christmas Eve.

  95. On Christmas morning we put a lit candle in a cupcake then place it in front of the manger and sing Happy Birthday to baby Jesus.

  96. We love decorating, cooking, and be extra thankful. We cherish each and every little thing!

  97. Oh my goodness! Typos are so frustrating sometimes. I meant to say that we we love BEING extra thankful. Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

  98. My last comment had yet another typo! I think that’s a sign for me to go to bed. LOL

  99. The family gathers at my mom’s for Christmas Eve.

  100. Baking cookies with my sister

  101. Molly Bussler says:

    We love to watch Holiday movies and crack nuts.

  102. My favorite tradition is when we decorate the Christmas tree.

  103. Kyl Neusch says:

    baking christmas cookies

  104. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    prayer around the table
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  105. going to my best friends house and seeing the joy and wonder of christmas on the kids faces. You can’t fake that or replace it.

  106. My favorite tradition is making orange rolls christmas morning

  107. Going to local Christmas parades is our tradition.

  108. we are baking special Chrismas cookies together

  109. Christmas eve services

  110. We like to drive around our neighborhood to see holiday lights.

  111. We are still a relatively new family(3 years), so we haven’t established any traditions. Unless you want to count going to the in-laws house all 3 years, which is a tradition I am happy to cease at some point!!!!

  112. Favorite holiday tradition is making stuffing out of jiffy corn bread with lots of onions & celery.

  113. Shirley Hicks says:

    Our tradition is for All my kids..grown and the ones at home……spend at least part of the day at my house………..

  114. Debra Hall says:

    making breads and cookies

  115. Putting up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day!!!

  116. Nicole Larsen says:

    Decorating our christmas tree!

  117. Kristy Thiel says:

    I love putting out cookies and milk for santa!

  118. Desiree Dunbar says:

    Exchanging ornaments with my husband every year.

  119. Mary Cloud says:

    Meeting at my Grandma’s on Christmas Eve to open presents
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  120. cookie baking

  121. bakeing πŸ™‚

  122. Driving around looking at the lights

  123. Tracy Allen says:

    Our favorite is a Christmas Eve buffet of snacks and all the treats we’ve made

  124. Melanie Montgomery says:

    We love spending time together as a family.

  125. i love making desserts with my family

  126. Reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

  127. eating snowball cookies while opening presents

  128. Kathy Artis says:

    Favorite tradition is the family stringing popcorn for the christmas tree.

  129. Jennifer R says:

    We love our Christmas Eve Soup and Snack supper with a holiday movie afterwards. Hickory Farms would be a great addition to that.

  130. Baking cookies together.

  131. We always get together on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts, eat, and play games

  132. john mains says:

    we go to midnight mass

  133. We exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and have a great dinner on Christmas Day.

  134. we all ride around and look at the christmas light then go to midnight mass and then on to breakfast

  135. Watching the fur babies open their presents

  136. I love decorating the christmas tree with the kids!

  137. Mary Somerville says:

    Our Family’s get together to bake for the Holidays.

  138. Brenda Elsner says:

    We go out on Christmas eve and look at all the holiday lights!!

  139. Putting up the christmas tree

  140. Brad Merrell says:

    Putting ornaments on the tree together

  141. Jaque Richards says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas eve dinner. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  142. Jay Daugherty says:

    I love making holiday food with my sister.

  143. Julie Jones says:

    Christmas at my mother in laws on Dec 23rd

  144. diane Baum says:

    We ,love to light Chanukah candles

  145. Amy DeLong says:

    we watch christmas movies christmas eve and eat goodies
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  146. Rich Hicks says:

    big breakfast on xmas day and invite grandparents over to watch kids open gifts

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  147. decorate the Christmas tree.

  148. Brandy Leigh Farmer says:

    Decorating the tree.

  149. Gaines Simmons says:

    Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. Gathering the nuts for the baked goods.

  150. My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my nieces and nephews at Christmas time.

  151. Nicole Lancaster says:

    All the children in my family get together right before Christmas and decorate Gingerbread houses which we display at our Christmas eve party.

  152. mary gardner says:

    all of the kids in our family get together every year to decorate my mom’s tree

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  153. jessica schueler says:

    Our tradition is making the kids eat Breakfast before opening gifts lol they don’t want to eat!
    Oatmeal and orange juice

  154. Ed Nemmers says:

    We prepare all of the cookie doughs at the early part of the week, then bake them all in one long assembly night session!

  155. Making cookies together.

  156. Padma Miller says:

    Going to Grandma’s

  157. baking cookies for neighbors

  158. kathy pease says:

    we love to bake goodie baskets for friends and family on christmas eve πŸ™‚

  159. Vikki Billings says:

    Our tradition is that my mom buys a new ornament for us each year, I look forward to seeing what my new ornament will be.

  160. Going to Disney World!

  161. Decorating the christmas tree together while listening to Christmas music πŸ™‚

  162. Caitlin McClure says:

    Chex mix!

  163. Shirley Zolenski says:

    Everybody coming to my house for Christmas

  164. Susan Smith says:

    We drive around looking at Christmas light on Christmas Eve

  165. my parents and brothers come over for thanksgiving and christmas every year and we pig out lol

  166. Leah Shumack says:

    everyone gets christmas pjs with pictures in front of the tree

  167. Shea Balentine says:

    Adults getting together to play bingo

  168. Opening one present on Christmas Eve

  169. baking cookies

  170. Michelle Tucker says:

    Our favorite tradition is going to starbucks and getting a pumpkin spiced latte and then going to look at the Christmas lights. We’ve been doing it for 11 years now.

  171. spending time with friends

  172. Lisa Garner says:

    We get all the granchildren together before Christmas each year at my mothers house to bake and decorate Christmas cookies together.

  173. i live far away so talking to my parents on the phone every christmas is my favorite tradition. πŸ™‚

  174. Carolyn Daley says:

    Baking snickerdoodles cookies while listening to Christmas music

  175. Beth Hargett says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is getting together with all the family at my parents house, going to midnight service on Christmas Eve, and dedicating a whole day the beginning of December to decorate, bake, drink hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music.

  176. like drinking hot chocolate with my family

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