Handcrafted Christmas Ornament GIVEAWAY

November 29, 2011

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Christmas GIVEAWAY of the Week: Two Handcrafted Star Ornaments made by Buck Pottery in Gruene, Texas

A melted glass marble created the unique sparkling glaze of these one-of-a-kind ornaments. The cracked glass of the marble twinkles in the lights of the Christmas tree. They are just lovely.

Last Christmas, I shared the details of how I stole my sister Jennifer’s tradition of giving each of the children a special Christmas ornament in their stocking each year. When I began this tradition, I had no idea how much the children would adore their ornaments. Each year as we decorate our Christmas tree, the children admire their ornaments and ask me to tell them the story behind each one.

On December 6th, our German St. Nicholas will visit our home. The children will leave their letters to Santa in their stocking and in exchange, St. Nicholas will stuff the children’s stockings with little treats, fruits and yes, a special ornament for each.

This Christmas, St. Nicholas is giving the children ornaments made by local artists at Buck Pottery. St. Nicholas always picks the ornaments carefully and they always reflect a special memory from the  year.

Each year, our family attends the Texas Clay Festival hosted by Buck Pottery. It’s fabulous family fun. The children get to make their own clay creations. If you’re in Texas in October, you really should come!

Back in October, the kiddos and I popped into Buck Pottery to admire their beautiful artwork. The owners were too kind to give each of the children an adorable bird whistle.

They also sent each of the children home with their own clay! What creative FUN!

While we were admiring the artwork at Buck Pottery, I saw this fish ornament and knew St. Nicholas had found this year’s ornaments! MacGyver enjoys catching and releasing tiny fish at Aunt Joyce’s river and even bigger fish at the beach. He will absolutely love this! It’s artsy and fishy all at the same time. Perfect!

For Miss Enigma, St. Nicholas picked a beautiful “girly” heart. The design of the melted marble is gorgeous. Miss Enigma is sugar and spice (as in one big SPICY personality) all rolled into one. This heart will appeal to her sugary side. I can already hear her exclaiming, “I love it!”

Someday, when the children fly the nest and move to the far flung corners of the world, I’ll have a great big cry, and then I’ll send them their special package of Christmas ornaments. Buck Pottery will be a long lasting memory from their very own hometown!

Life with Jeannine

We’re GIVING AWAY Two Handcrafted Star Ornaments made by Buck Pottery in Gruene, Texas.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

St. Nicholas is a German tradition that our family still celebrates. What is a special tradition that your family enjoys? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Monday, December 5, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Tuesday, December 6, 2011. (The children will be checking their stocking that morning!)

Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

Just in case you’d like to steal the Christmas Ornament Tradition: Ornament Christmas Tradition for children

We’re also GIVING AWAY the Book and CD Set: The Night Before Christmas Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary

 

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Katy November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

My grandmother always gave us ornaments and when she passed away my mom carried on the tradition!

Iris November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hmm, my family’s not too Christmas-spirited, so we rarely do anything fun for the holidays. But this year, I persuaded my parents to get a Christmas tree! It’s rather tiny since our house isn’t too big, but it’s pretty bare right now. I’d love to create a new tradition of decorating trees together, so I hope to make this year’s tree very memorable with tons of beautiful ornaments!

Tara November 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

My mom always bought me a special ornament each year. I have continued that with my boys. We get all 5 of them a special ornament that they get to pick out themselves. It’s so much fun getting them out each year and remembering what each boy liked each year.
These pottery ornaments are beautiful!

Robin November 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

We also celebrate St. Nicholas tag. Every year I buy my children a special ornament that I carefully pick. We also put the pickle on the tree.

Brandy November 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

We do a special ornament for each child as well, but what my children love is making the cinnamon applesauce ornaments. It never gets old to them. One other thing: they adore going to Nana’s to make their daddy an enormous amount of the Christmas sugar cookies that he loves (tree shaped with green icing and multicolored ball sprinkles..LOL), the same ones his mom made with him, and her mom made with her. Nothing like being covered head to toe in flour, munching on cookie dough, and licking icing off your fingers!

Stasia November 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

I buy my children a special ornament every year or my mom buys it depending on who comes across the perfect one first. The kids enjoy it every year and I reflect on how much the ornaments we put on the tree have changed over the years.

Sennie November 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Beautiful ornaments!!

Kayla Arrowood December 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

We enjoy making a Christmas Cake for Jesus!! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

Anissa December 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

Wow, we also do a Birthday Cake for Jesus on 12/24, then read the nativity in Luke 2 and we have the cake for breakfast with a big glass of egg nog on Christmas morning. Gets that great base of sugar in for a fun filled day. I love starting Christmas with a reminder of the real reason for the season.

Sarah Bailey December 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Reading the True Christmas story and The Night Before Christmas with only the Christmas tree lit up on Christmas Eve before everyone heads to bed.

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Natalie December 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm

We celebrate German Nicholas as well, and I like the idea of a special ornament! Brilliant. I hope we will win :)

Amanda December 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

We do the ornament too and St. Nick. This will be the first year Maddie may actually get into the whole stocking thing.

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