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Make a New Tradition with Hickory Farms #Giveaway

Christmas time is entertaining time.  If you are like most people at this time, you may have a list of parties you are attending or hosting.  In any case, the common denominator in any of these is food.  In today’s culture, food is what brings us together and this year do it with Hickory Farms.

Whether hosting or doing a potluck, Hickory Farms products have something for everyone.

First they start with quality ingredients that are sure to add wow to any serving tray.  Next they provide unparalleled service that will ensure you will coming back for more.

To start, I would like to talk about their selection of sausages.  With a great tasting sausage like this and with flavors ranging from their traditional Beef Summer Sausage to Turkey Sausage, this is where its at.

Next up is their cheese.  I know first hand that it is hard to get smoked cheese, and especially good smoked cheese.  However, Hickory Farms has me covered there too.  Cheddars, Goudas, and Swiss are all a part of the Hickory Farms family that are sure to make any cracker come to life.

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Some other options for baskets included nuts, fruit and mustards.  These are some of the things that are sure to make a Christmas come to life.

I can remember since I was young, my mom and dad getting platters out for company as we prepared for entertaining in our home.  I can specifically remember seeing all those perfectly laid out snacks and being told not to touch.  I will let you in on a secret…I did take…sorry mom.  And like any parent, I do the same to my children today.  However, I have found that making a “special tray” for my kids has made them feel more a part of the fun and will be a part of my new tradition.

Entertaining has always been a tradition for me when growing up.  What are some of your traditions?

Are you interested in giving back this holiday season?  With the purchase of every Party Planner Gift Box, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to the No Kid Hungry Campaign.  Each Party Planner Gift Box retails for $50 and includes treats like an array of Hickory Farms savory Summer Sausage, smooth and creamy cheeses, fresh nuts and crunchy snack mix.


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  1. Lee-Ann Sleegers says:

    My favourite are putting up decorating the treea dn working on the hints for the advent house.

  2. Angela Mitchell says:

    My dad always hands out presents on Christmas morning and the adults always stuff each others stockings.

  3. I enjoy baking with my family and making latkes at this time of year

  4. we bake cookies on xmas eve :)

  5. we go see the light festival each year for Christmas

  6. We open presents on Christmas Eve.

  7. Non, actually, yet… hope to esteblish some this year, maby next year at the latest.

  8. Some of our Christmas traditions: Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Big lunch on Christmas day with traditional foods, hanging out with family on Boxing Day.

  9. i love baking cookies as a family

  10. Baking and decorating a gingerbread house and gingerbread men.

  11. We decorate the tree 2 days before Christmas.

  12. Anne Taylor says:

    We always go for Japanese on Christmas Eve and we always toast almonds afterwards.

  13. Carole Dube says:

    We have Christmas dinner Christmas eve and open our present.

  14. My children and I bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve

  15. We open 1 gift on Christmas eve to get pumped for the next morning.

  16. debbie jackson says:

    trimming the tree together debbie jackson
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  17. Amanda Stauffer says:

    We go and pick out a Christmas tree and cut it down together. We love to bake cookies too!

  18. Gina Brickell says:

    Watching christmas specials on TV together

  19. Christmas baking has always been a tradition for us

  20. We all trim the tree together and sing Christmas carols.

  21. apple blossom says:

    bake together

  22. Driving around looking at the lights while listening to Christmas carols.

  23. we do uncle norman day the day after christmas

  24. We spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws and Christmas Day with my family. We like to have a quiet Christmas morning breakfast before leaving the house for the day.

  25. Nena Sinclair says:

    My entire family gathers on Christmas eve at the home of one of my family members.

  26. rebeka deleon says:

    we don’t have any. we just have fun together.

  27. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    making christmas cookies together

  28. One night in December we buy Starbucks hot chocolate (this is a treat!) and we drive around and look at all the Christmas lights with the kids while playing Christmas carols.

  29. Silvana Cox says:

    Christmas Eve after supper we check out the lights downtown and later have a fire in the back yard and relax

  30. Belinda McNabb says:

    One of our family traditions is to hop in the car on xmas eve night and ride around looking at all the beautifully lit up houses with all the lights

  31. We put the Christmas tree up and decorate it together while watching a Christmas movie. That’s my favorite tradition. I enjoy talking about all the decorations and sharing memories about the special homemade ones.

  32. we drive around and see lights while drinking hot chocolate

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  33. Stacey Dempsey says:

    we like to do xmas dinner on xmas eve and that way on xmas day we have no cooking , lots of yummy leftovers and just get to have a nice relaxing day, It also is a good way to have friends of the family come over for dinner and then xmas day can just be family

  34. An adult reads the gift tag and one of the kids hands out the presents

  35. We make gingerbread houses together, sing xmas carols, put up the tree together, open books and pj’s together on xmas eve.

  36. Baking cookies and looking at lights is our fav things

  37. We usually attend a Candlelight Christmas Eve service together.

  38. Doris Calvert says:

    Being European we get together with our parents, brothers, sisters on Christmas Eve have dinner and open presents, Christmas Day it’s stockings, skating or skiing and turkey dinner

  39. My family plays every trivia pursuit and boardgame that we own. Followed by egg nog a crackling fireplace love and hugs.

  40. Cheryl Abdelnour says:


  41. susan margaret says:

    We got to church every Christmas Eve and open 1 gift before bed

  42. We always have Pizza on Christmas Eve

  43. Leah Hutchison says:

    I haven’t lived with my parents in years, but somehow its become a tradition that every year I go to there house and decorate their Christmas tree :)

  44. In our family, it would have to be christmas cookie baking with the kids and having freshly made cinnamon buns on Christmas morning.

  45. Huguette E. says:

    Our tradition is watching what use to be my kids are now my sister’s kids play at the live manger on Christmas Eve, then we take our mother-in-law to the midnight mass.

  46. we make cabbage buns and have cabbage buns and beer!

  47. Opening one present on Christmas eve night ,usually pajamas

  48. Victoria Ess says:

    A big dinner

  49. We do a cookie exchange

  50. Decorating the tree with everyone, remembering the past with Grandma’s antique ornaments and just being together :)

  51. Valerie Darsigny says:

    We have an elf who does lot of funny things during the night when the kids are sleeping :)

  52. sandra mitchell says:

    We play the present game on Christmas Eve and sit around the tree with the kids. We play games and get the kids to leave a snack for Santa

  53. family traditions include big delicious meal, talking and laughing, exchanging gifts
    and some play outside with tobogganing or Quads


  54. Karla Sceviour says:

    We always watch Christmas movies together and go for a ride to see all the Christmas lights.

  55. Debbie Bashford says:

    Decorate the tree as a family

  56. We always open one present each at midnight Christmas Eve.

  57. Harvinder ks says:

    We will drive around to look at the Christmas lights and watch movies and have warm milk before going to bed.


    On Christmas Eve, we watch A Christmas Carol and go to Midnight Mass.

  59. Debbie Petch says:

    Opening one present every Christmas Eve!

  60. Going to church together as a family on Christmas Eve and then watching Scrooge on tv before going to bed.

  61. The kids always help me set up the tree and i get them a new ornament each year!

  62. Decorating the tree together and having a great Christmas meal with turkey and stuffing and lots of food.

  63. Visiting Santa at the mall!

  64. judy gardner says:

    drinking eggnog and trimming the tree

  65. Going to church on Christmas eve as a family and then coming home and opening one present each

  66. Christmas goodies are a real tradition in our home – there are always certain things that are made only at Christmas – e.g., my great-grandmother’s shortbread. I save the Christmas baking until everyone is home and then share in the work – and the wonderful time we have together. thanks.

  67. going to the tree farm to cut our tree down

  68. Carol Denny says:

    We get together on Christmas eve.

  69. the family turkey dinner

  70. Colleen C. says:

    We all put something in each other’s stocking from “Santa”

  71. Karin Dollery says:

    As children we would go to church on Christmas Eve….then come home and open presents , as Santa would have been. Then off to bed dreaming of playing with all my wonderful toys and a fabulous Christmas dinner with all the family :)

  72. stockings filled with needs not wants
    friday family movie night

  73. We open one gift on Xmas eve.

  74. We put the tree up in the first week of Nov

  75. Jacquie Hess says:

    Feasting on hors d’oeuvres on Christmas Eve

  76. We have the kids pass out their gifts that are being given. We also get into our pjs for Christmas Eve. We have all different soups, crackers, dips, veggies and shrimp for Christmas Even.

  77. Breakfast Christmas morning is a bigger deal than the dinner. We pull off all the culinary stops for this, and we eat before the gifts are opened.

  78. making my enormous batch of ‘breakfast schwartzies’ tomorrow. and we will be doing baking over the next 2 weeks. Christmas eve the kids get new jammies to wear.

  79. We do Christmas baking together, we go to breakfast with Santa every year and put up the Christmas tree.

  80. Michelle B says:

    Baking Christmas eve and after I’m done we eat out later in the evening.

  81. Tara Gauthier says:

    We love baking cookies this time of year and of course eating them!

  82. Love the tradition of baking with my kids

  83. Family dinner on xmas eve and Xmas.

  84. deanna_boocock says:

    It’s funny but when we lived in Nova Scotia we gave my mum a HF basket every christmas. She loved the cheeses.

  85. Anne Derkat says:

    We go some place different every Christmas

  86. A fave tradition at our house/family are Stockings. We fill large stockings with each persons fave treats, small toy/knicknack, an orange/tangerine, a book/magazine/comic, toiletries etc. Some years they are Stocking Sacks because of the unusual sizes/items. My eldest prefers this to presents lol! We do stockings first, than someone is picked to hand out presents 7 someone takes pictures. We have breakfast/brunch after depending on what time everyone is wake. We have a special set of Christmas dishes that we use. i love have traditions for my family!

  87. Watching A Christmas Story
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  88. I make a huge batch of gingerbread cookies. That’s my Christmas tradition.

  89. Lori Bazan says:

    Getting together with my favorite friends and sharing xmas baking

  90. Sandy VanHoey says:

    We like leaving cookies and milk out for Santa and throwing nuts outdoors for his reindeer

  91. Tammy Dalley says:

    New pajamas on christmas eve, and christmas dinner at my parents house with the family!

  92. K.Vassell says:

    Love reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to the kids before setting out all the gifts from Santa while they sleep on X-mas Eve.

  93. Love eating foods from our various heritages such as tourtiere, vinarterta,scottish shortbread, carrot pudding and rumbutter sauce etc. We then remember family stories and share them with the children.

  94. Christmas Morning Breakfast is my favourite tradition!

  95. tree goes up after american thanksgiving, and goes down on my birthday- Jan 11. We also make it a point to read the Christmas story Christmas eve (about Jesus)

  96. Dayle Anderson says:

    Mexican feast on Christmas eve with the in-laws

  97. trimming the Christmas tree

  98. Marjorie L. says:

    decorating the house for Christmas

  99. Christmas dinner with the family

  100. cookie baking day about one week before Christmas we then give the cookies out as gifts.

  101. We spend an afternoon decorating the tree, snacking, listening to carols and drinking egg nog :)

  102. Rhonda W G. says:

    My dad cooks us king shrimp for a snack Christmas Day!!! He’s been doing that for years now…

  103. Florence C says:

    Open one gift each on christmas eve

  104. Megan Willis says:

    a delicious yummy dinner!

  105. we all wake up christmas morning to open presents together and then have a big family dinner!

  106. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    having advents calendars for the children and an advents wreath with 4 candles, one candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent and the 3 Sundays after that another candle is lit until all 4 are burning and then it’s Christmas!

  107. it changes year to year as hubby works six different shifts and many times I am ay home with just my daughter,,but we do try to somehow spend special time togeter

  108. Some of our family traditions are countdown calendars, decorating a real tree, driving around to look at holiday lights, and making a gingerbread house.

  109. we normally put up the tree around my birthday (the 18th). I used to fondue christmas eve with my dad before he passed, something I think I want to start doing again. The kids get to open up one gift christmas eve. i make cinnamon buns for breakfast christmas day, and we watch that silly yule log on tv while the kids open up their gifts

  110. Reading the Christmas story before opening our presents.

  111. We always get together on Christmas Eve for a late dinner or snacks and then a gift exchange between the cousins

  112. Erika Birrell says:

    Christmas turkey dinner, going to zoo lights and opening one present Christmas eve

  113. Fanterra Fisher says:

    skidooing at the family farm not to mention eating way too much…

  114. After what has become our traditional Tourtiere dinner on Christmas Eve, our friends host an annual get together at their house which we make every effort to attend. Christmas Day is spent at home, with a festive brunch and dinner.

  115. For the month of Dec….Wrapping up a bunch of Christmas books and letting the kids choose one to unwrap each night to be their bedtime story!

  116. Angie Andrews says:

    Big turkey dinner on Christmas day

  117. We decorate the tree the first weekend in December and each year the girls get a new ornament engraved with their name and the year to go on the tree! :)

  118. we don’t eat turkey or ham, we bake a small chicken and make a few sides like stuffing, mash potatoes and salad.
    other than that, the younger generation doesn’t care for holiday traditions it’s the older folks that celebrate a bit by making traditional meals.

  119. One tradition I will miss this year is Reveillon with my family. We go to Midnight Mass, then come home to open gifts and have our Christmas dinner, in the middle of the night. It makes Christmas feel so magical!

  120. church service christmas eve

  121. Every year, we would have “tree night” – the night we decorated the tree. We’d each get a gift, and then we’d all sleep in the living room “under” the tree.

  122. Lisa White says:

    No matter what our other plans are we visit my husband’s grandmother on Christmas Day.

  123. Michelle B says:

    Our big holiday tradition is to all go out together as a family to pick the perfect ree at a tree farm. Then we have hot chocolate a sleigh ride, lunch and bring the tree home. Visit with family and friends that come along then one they are gone we begin to decorate the tree with christmas carols in the background or a christmas movie.

  124. Christmas morning – I always wake up first. Ready the quiche to put in the oven, make coffee, set up the rest of the breakfast buffet and when I turn on the Christmas music and lights everyone comes in to the great room. I love the looks on their faces and take lots of pictures. Gifts are opened and then we have a family breakfast.

  125. Kristi Renout says:

    We get Chinese food Christmas eve.

  126. smoking the turkey

  127. Baking cookies together as a family

  128. Leanne Silverthorne says:

    We always have quite the spread (different dips, baked goods,appetizers etc) every Christmas Eve for close family and friends.

  129. On Christmas Eve my entire family gathers at my sister’s house for a big meal and then we just sit around talking and telling stories and playing with the kids. It’s my favorite night of the entire year :)

  130. Baking baking & more baking!

  131. Open one gift on Christmas Eve

  132. We all decorate the tree and sing carols

  133. We decorate the tree December 1 while having some hot chocolate and marshmellows and listening/singing Christmas carols

  134. nicolthepickle says:

    Lots and lots of baking. And we all watch Sister Act together…

  135. Christmas Eve Mass is our family favourite tradition, then coming home to eggnog and we open one gift.

  136. My husbands B-Day is on Christmas. He would love this for one of his gifts!

  137. Barbara Montag says:

    Favorite tradition – each year my sis and I see a Christmas play!
    Thank you.

  138. Valerie Godin says:

    WE love watching movies together as a family during the Holidays and also going out and seeing the lights at the park. Those are 2 of our traditions so far

  139. we make perogies and cabbage rolls I make the sweets we all go to my parents house for christmas breakfast open the gifts clean up and then go to visit others beforew going back for dinner. My sis and \I switch up so my parents are never alone

  140. Dim sum with the family

  141. it’s tradition to stay up really late on x-mas eve to doing all of the very last-minute gift wrapping together and watching movies – happens every year!

  142. we open one gift christmas eve

  143. Perogie night on Christmas eve

  144. Lee-Ann Jeffrey says:

    Lighting candles on Christmas Eve for those we have lost.

  145. Kimberly schotz says:

    We have Chinese take out on Christmas Eve

  146. susan wiener says:

    We always have family ‘n friends over on Xmas day.

  147. we decorate the tree together, have christmas diner together and everyone gets to open one present on christmas eve

  148. some of our traditions include going to the lighting of the lights at the park and having everyone over for Christmas dinner

  149. Chris MacDonald says:

    One of our family traditions is to have Christmas dinner together, starting with a cabbage soup that I make from scratch!

  150. Jennifer L. says:

    We always have pancakes Christmas morning after opening stockings and gifts.

  151. Christine W says:

    Decorating the Christmas tree together

  152. julie_bolduc says:

    spending the day with family on the 26th

  153. One of my family traditions was to open Christmas Crackers at Christmas dinner each year. Usually us kids would get silly cheesy toys and a paper hat but it was always fun all the same.

  154. taking the trolley and seeing the Christams lights in our local park.

  155. We watch Love Actually while decorating our tree every year, watch lots of holiday movies, have a huge turkey dinner on Christmas Eve, and watch a new movie at the theatre on Christmas Day.

  156. Christina Ferguson says:

    One of our traditions I love the most is when we start off with a potluck dinner with family and friends, then drive around to look at the lights. When we get back to the house we decorate the tree and feast on Christmas cookies.

  157. Singing carols!

  158. touring the neighborhoods for christmas lights

  159. kids open their gifts on christmas morning…then we have dinner with family :)

  160. We open some gifts on Christmas eve and then finish rapping any gifts

  161. We Get together and make lots of Christmas cookies!

  162. gathering around the christmas tree with my brother-in-law acting as santa

  163. InezbyDesign says:

    Our family tradition continues with stocking gifts for everyone. We love the fun and silly things that you can buy or make for stocking stuffers.

  164. we love to get together and play board games

  165. Ice skating on Christmas eve is one of our traditions

  166. we have a huge dinner party for friends and family on christmas eve

  167. ONe of my fave traditions is making our annual ornament! I take a pic of the kids, and then we make a homemade ornament with the pic on it. It’s fun to look back and see how much the kids have grown since we started!

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  168. Whipped shortbread is a must every year, and a little piece of candied cherry or those little silver balls, you know the ones lol, they’re a must, too!

  169. jenny divalicous says:

    Making pastelles and arroz con dulce is a big tradition here at home.

  170. Leanne Renouf says:

    Drive and look at lights and have hot chocolate

  171. I love Christmas morning present opening. Always did, always will. :-)

  172. To be able to get into your stockings Christmas morning even if no one was up. It always has chocolate and money in the bottom. But my dd isn’t a chocolate person so she gets Skittles.

  173. Dena Sablotny says:

    Leave a blog post comment telling me what are some of your family traditions? popcorn soda and a christmas story. opening one gift on christmas eve, big breakfast xmas morning.

  174. Baking together, playing together and just having FUN!

  175. Have a get together with all the family on Christmas Eve and watch Christmas Vacation, eat and play games… then open presents Xmas day…


  177. CHristmas morning we have breakfast and fizzy drink in my grandmother’s special glasses. It is the only time we use them

  178. @lizzysdarcy says:

    Drink “Grinch” floats while watching the namesake movie.

  179. Making popcorn garlands with the kids!

  180. Lori Sexton says:

    Chinese Take-out on New Year’s.

  181. I always bake cookies with my kids on the weekends in december -so we can share with family and friends

  182. We have all of my family over for dinner and a gift exchange a day or two before Christmas. We always have lasagna, salad and garlic toast and when I have suggested a change to the menu, I get told not to mess with the tradition. Tomorrow night is the night this year.

  183. Mary Somerville says:

    We have a family get together for baking, and one on Christmas eve to exchange gifts. Then we have Christmas day at home with just our immediate family.

  184. Cooking together is a must and of course decorating the house together :)

  185. We pull out the German pickle tree ornament and hide it in the Christmas tree. The first one to find it Christmas morning will have good luck.

  186. @torlonias says:

    Receiving a Cadbury Advent calendar from my gran every.single.year.

  187. Karen HIll says:

    Baking Christmas cookies and watching TV specials. Going to Midnight Mass and hearing carol singers going house to house.

  188. our favorite tradition is getting together and eating a big meal

  189. Baking, decorating, eating pizza on Christmas eve.

  190. new p.j.s on christmas eve, opening out stockings on christmas morning and a house full of people with good food

  191. Our favorite Christmas tradition is opening stockings. We put them in the kids’ bed before they wake up Christmas morning then they open them on their bed and then bring them to our bed and open dump the contents out again! Double excitement from the stocking and then they end up looking more at what they got.

  192. Priscilla Benavides says:

    We have Family Pot Lucks on the Holidays!
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  193. Katherine Williams says:

    We have a tradition that we are each allowed to open ONE gift of our choosing on Christmas Eve. I started that tradition because our little ones were so excited when they went to bed that they couldn’t sleep. Opening one gift worked; it gave them something to play with and calmed them so they could sleep! :)

  194. Watching EVERY holiday movie, driving around looking at Christmas lights, baking treats with my son.

  195. Susan Harder says:

    gather with family on the 24th

  196. Girls get to pick one gift for the other to open on Christmas Eve. During the holidays, we have a pajama day where we stay in our jammies, eat whatever we want whenever we want and watch movies all day.

  197. Christy Martin says:

    Food wise, a decent cheese tray. This prize would make a killer cheese & meat tray! Yum!

  198. My husband and I always go to his parents on Christmas Eve to spend time with the family that we don’t see much throughout the year. It’s a really special time.

  199. My ex husband and I take turns going to each others house for Christmas day breakfast and then we all open presents.

  200. We decorate Christmas cookies every year and have Christmas Eve Dinner with the family

  201. Baking Christmas cookies with my daughter. Getting a tree from our property, and decorating it. And we have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve.

  202. jeanette sheets says:

    we decorate the house and yard go to midnight services ,and we all bake

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