Holiday Traditions (Giveaway with Hickory Farms)

by Jessica Shyba on November 30, 2012

in Giveaway,New York,Reviews

Our family traditions during the holidays have really been all very quintessential New York City for the past three years. Starting at Thanksgiving, we get our NYC on by going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, followed closely by the Rockefeller Tree Lighting and a tour around the city’s gorgeous holiday window displays.


The kids eagerly await their annual visit to see Santa at Macy’s Santaland on 34th street, and we try every year to skate at Rockefeller Center’s beautiful ice rink, especially now that Jack and Zoe are old enough.


Our tree is unearthed from under our bed where it is stored next to our Christmas decorations, and decorate almost immediately after Thanksgiving. Buddy, our Elf on the Shelf, makes his appearance every morning in a new spot around our apartment (20 new spots in a teeny apartment? NOT EASY!), and Justin and I embark on the biggest challenge of the season: Storing presents for a full month until the special morning.

Our lives and traditions will change drastically come next year when we’re (hopefully) living in an actual house (with a garage! And storage!), with our extended family near by us. Our family was still pretty new when we moved to New York City, so many of our traditions began when we moved here. One thing that will not change, however, is the magic and love that comes with Christmas, family, and togetherness.


One of the gifts that always seems to make it to our apartment during the holidays is a case of Hickory Farms cheese and sausages. My husband especially always looks forward to this delivery, and I am always happy when someone sends yummy almonds and cheese to our door. It’s just one of those traditions, Hickory Farms will always remind me of the holidays.

For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. Products can be found and purchased online or in one of over 700 holiday stores and kiosks across America.

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I’m giving away a holiday Family Favorites case of Hickory Farms products to one of you!

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Congratulations to Kelly D, chosen totally randomly via And The Winner Is, a WordPress plugin.

Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.


Liene November 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Every year all 12 of my grandmother’s grandkids put together one page, and we combine them for a personalized calendar to give to grandmother on Christmas eve. Now, with great-grandchildren in the mix it’s even more fun to design our pages. I think everyone starts planning their month as soon as the previous one has been opened…

debbie jackson November 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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debbie jackson November 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm
Tanya November 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm

My favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies

Tanya November 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm
Ashley K December 1, 2012 at 2:43 am

I love putting up the outdoor lights!

maureen December 1, 2012 at 3:08 am

making chocolate chip cookies after Midnight Mass for Santa to have warm cookies.

Molly December 1, 2012 at 3:09 am

My favorite tradition is turning on all our lights every night at dusk, and walking past the tree in a quiet house, everything glowing and alive!

Heather December 1, 2012 at 3:49 am

My favorite tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my sisters, their kids, and my family.

Kathy Eyre December 1, 2012 at 4:40 am

We set off small, handmade rockets on christmas morning

Elena Vo December 1, 2012 at 6:19 am

My favorite holiday tradition is to sit by the fireplace as we play “Apples To Apples”.

Megan C December 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is preparing milk and cookies for Santa. My girls are so sweet, setting the table and leaving him notes. :)

Megan C December 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Carolyn G December 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

Every year we make Costa Rican christmas tamales

Kathy S December 2, 2012 at 2:03 am

We love to make Gingerbread Houses. We do it every year.

Lee December 2, 2012 at 2:22 am

One of our holiday traditions is to have breakfast burritos Christmas morning when we visit my family.

Julie December 2, 2012 at 3:00 am

Love Christmas Eve Service and the last night before the big day!

D Schmidt December 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

My favorite is baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve with my sons

Sara December 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

our tradition is summer sausage on christmas day!

Krystal Hurst December 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

We have a 20 month old, so we’re really only now just starting traditions. BH it our new favorite one is staying put on Christmas morning to open presents and eat homemade cinnamon rolls!

Danielle T December 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm

i love decorating the tree with family, my kids get so excited

Meryl December 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

We like watching holiday movies.

Louis December 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

Toasting marshmallows in the fireplace.

Jennai December 3, 2012 at 2:17 am

Our favorite holiday tradition is to go Christmas Caroling together as a family

Jennai December 3, 2012 at 2:19 am
Jennai December 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

I posted on Facebook about this giveaway

Tara F December 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

We open 2 gifts Christmas Eve (new Christmas PJ’s and a new ornament).
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jeannine s December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

sitting with the kids in font of the tree and reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas

jeannine s December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Teh Doll December 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I love going to nana’s and baking cookies.


judy gardner December 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

every year we watch Its A Wonderful Life together

Laura Jacobson December 4, 2012 at 1:25 am

We always go out Christmas Eve and look at all the beautiful Christmas lights in our neighborhood and then drive to church for the midnight service.

Laura Jacobson December 4, 2012 at 1:26 am
June L December 4, 2012 at 4:52 am

I love reading the Christmas story from the Bible with my family.

Kelly D December 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I enjoy our annual Christmas Eve seafood dinner with my husband’s family.

Kelly D December 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Monica December 5, 2012 at 4:55 am

We love going to look at the holiday windows. A quintessential NYC tradition!

Christina Brundick December 5, 2012 at 6:54 am

Our holiday tradition starts with the local electric light parade and then cocoa and cookies with Santa at the local armory. We had to skip it this year since my toddler came down with his first ear infection the day of.

Christina Brundick December 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

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Lesley W December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas Tree :-)

Ashley H December 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

I love making cookies for Santa with the family.

Shawn December 6, 2012 at 12:44 am

My favorite Holiday tradition is to go out on Christmas Eve and see all the Christmas decorations and lights with my family.


Kathy Artis December 7, 2012 at 5:29 am

Favorite holiday tradition is the family stringing popcorn to decorate the Christmas tree.

Kathy Artis December 7, 2012 at 5:35 am

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