Thanks to everyone who entered this special The Pioneer Woman Cooks Christmas giveaway. I loved reading how each and everyone of you celebrate Christmas. I had every intention of posting the winners Saturday but because of my trip to NYC this was not realistic. In fact I just arrived home about an hour ago from the airport – it’s 2:45 am. Without further ado here are the winners chosen by random.org:
Jennifer Johnson– “After enduring the never-ending adventure of holiday travel, it’s arriving home in Minnesota, driving the few hours to my mom’s home on a lake, surrounded by a mostly undisturbed layer of fluffy snow. My mom, stepdad, brother, brother’s girlfriend and I all commence to brainstorming food plans (aided by a good share of wine) and spend most of the afternoon catching up, sauteeing, chopping, baking, and drinking – all in all, the essence of home to me.”
Andrea – “ Would love a copy of this book! My favorite part, newly refreshed through the eyes of my 2 yr old, is the lights! We have them all over our house.”
Lorrie No -“My husband, Jason is Active Duty for the US Army; we’re based in Fort Campbell, KY. He’s on a two week training and gone till the end of this week. He’s been to Afghanistan once over last year and part of this year. We expect he will be deployed again mid-late next year. This will be our first Christmas as a married couple. The best part about Christmas is being able to celebrate with family. We are not going back to our “hometown” for Christmas because we want to share this Christmas as a new family together with our puppy, Moo. Jason might be deployed next Christmas.”
PS. I love cooking and my husband loves when I cook. I’ve been borrowing cookbooks from the library because it’s free. I would love to have one of my own though.”
Grace – My favorite part is the little extra cheer and kindness people tend to show around this time of the year. Everyone’s just a little less grumpy, a little more compassionate, and a little more friendly. It gives me hope.”
Carolie – “ Favorite part of Christmas? There are so many “favorite parts!” Lots of those favorite parts have to do with music: getting goosebumps when the tenor opens up and sings “FAAAAAAAALL on your KNEEEEEES, oh HEEEEAAR the angel VOOOOOOICES”…getting teary-eyed with my mother during Silent Night…feeling the joy echoing in my heart with the trumpets during Joy to the World at the end of the midnight service on Christmas Eve…but most of all, sitting in the darkness in my husband’s arms, watching the Christmas tree lights while carols play softly on the stereo. There in his arms, more than anywhere else, I’m “home”.
allison – “I love looking at the christmas tree at night when it’s snowing outside and the house is quiet.”
Lacey – “My husband is active duty Air Force and my favorite thing about Christmas is making our own traditions for just our little family. We haven’t been back home for Christmas in 8 years and instead made our own “things”. Such as, we always have a baking weekend and then take goodies to the security forces members that have to work the gate on Christmas Day.”
Samantha in Austin – “Everything! But my very favorite part of the holidays is the food. Lots and lots of baking. This year I’m involved in two Cookie Swaps (with a minimum of 15 dozen cookies); baked goods for 8 teachers, at least 5 school staff teachers and the front office staff; baked goods to be sent to DH’s unit that is currently deployed to Afghanistan; baked goods for various service people (postman, trash pickup and such) and then of course two “adult” Christmas parties and 3 school “winter” parties. Can’t forget the goodies we must have around the house too. Kids would be horrified if everything went else where without any for here. I also usually do up some baked goods and jams for various family members (aunts & uncles).
My DH is currently deployed for the year to Afghanistan and hopefully will be home again right after Christmas. He has been proudly serving in the Army since 1993.”
Donna Shepard – “My favorite part of the Holiday Season is just to see all the good in the world when you see people donate items to goodwill, toys for tots, or even little kids putting change into the red barrels. It’s nice to see even when people are down on their luck that other people are willing to help them out and give them a merry Christmas.”
My husband is in the Air Force, and we are lucky to have him home this year, but next holidays will be different
Emily Gonzalez – “My favorite part of the holidays was always my mom’s yearly fudge making. She has the most amazing chocolate peanut butter budge recipe. When I moved to college and wasn’t home for when she was making the fudge, I decided I would make it myself and share it with friends and co-workers. It is such a hit wherever I take it. My boss at work actually calls it the magic fudge because it made her migraine disappear. I love giving and cooking at Christmas. This fudge just always makes me feel like the holidays are here. “