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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

 

 

It happens every year. The holidays come ringing in and my fingers start singing for some festivity of their own. I can go the entire year with bare, natural nails. But once it starts to smell like winter, it is party time on my fingertips. I am one of those ladies that swoons when she finds nail polish in her stocking. True story. It is the one gift I have always loved since I was small. The one thing that has changed is my level of taste. Gone are the days of cheap, toxic polish that doesn't last. I am much more particular and aware of the brands I support and much prefer quantity over quality.

Scotch Naturals has become a new favorite, to be sure. Offering an eco-friendly alternative to the toxic nail polish we're all used to, Scotch Naturals is water-based and free of all toxic chemicals. Don't be fooled by their feel good approach to nail polish; their palette is vibrant and varied and you will find the perfect shades for yourself or that special someone in your life who loves to celebrate their nails as much as the next person. And by 'next person', I mean me.

Scotch Naturals is giving away one Cocktail Trio  (including three WaterColors, Top Coat and Base Coat) to one lucky reader. To enter to win, please answer the following question by Tuesday, December 20th.

What is your absolute favorite holiday tradition?
Please begin checking the winners box on December 22, 2011 to see if you've won. Good luck!
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    Emma says:

    My absolute favorite holiday tradition is the Saint Lucia procession on December 13. It is a very strongly Swedish tradition (in spite of the saint being Catholic!) and everyone, young and old, come together on that day to watch the light-bringer parade with lit candles and rosy cheeks, singing all the old, traditional Swedish holiday songs. For a country that spends several months in almost complete darkness, those lights and that song truly make the long, hard winter magical.

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    Kristen says:

    the m&m cookies my mom and i make every year. simple, easy, and not that glamorous, but it’s not christmas without them.

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    Kersey says:

    Favorite holiday tradition is making cookies while listening to Christmas music. Makes my heart happy!

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    Erin says:

    I still love doing the Advent calendar!

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    Kari says:

    My mom, sister, our girls and I always spend a whole day making Buckeyes and cookies for Christmas sharing. Christmas morning tradition for over 50 years in my family is having turnovers :) yummy!

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    Heather says:

    we always have cinnamon rolls for christmas morning

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    Courtney says:

    Pie. I rarely have the chance to enjoy pie during the rest of the year. We always have pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, and strawberry rhubarb or apple pie during Christmas.

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    Susan says:

    we have a cookie contest every year. we get to judge each others baking and then vote for the best one. its a great tradition, everyone gets involved!

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    Kim says:

    My parents always let my sister and me open one small gift Christmas Eve before bed. I hope to continue that tradition when I marry my fiance next year!

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    Katherine says:

    Opening stockings on Christmas morning with my family!

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    Becky says:

    Making popcorn and cranberry garlands for the tree!

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    Lauren says:

    I’ve always been the one to hand out the presents on Christmas morning. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday, creating little arrangements of presents around each of my family members. Then sitting down next to my pile with a blanket to watch everyone open their gifts.

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    Jessica says:

    Boiled Custard out of santa shaped mugs! (If you aren’t from the South you have to try it, it’s way better than eggnog! Homeade is always best, but storebought tastes just dandy too!)

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    Sophie says:

    eggnog and mistletoe :)

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    Julie Hsieh says:

    trimming the tree with my family!

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    COCO_BURNS says:

    We love making puppy chow and watching Christmas vacation in pajamas. We all snuggle up and gorge on junk.

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    Catherine says:

    We haven’t done it for a few years, but my family and our close family friends wit whom we always spent Christmas have a great tradition of singing The Twelve Days of Christmas in groups, with each group getting a few days to sing (and act out!). I can’t wait until we can all be together for Christmas again someday.

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    Erin says:

    Making “Christmas candy” with Mom to give out to friends and family!

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    Lyndsay says:

    I love driving (or walking!) along our local Christmas tree lane. So much fun and even more fun now that we have our daughter. She’s two and the light of our lives. AND she’s already loving nail polish. I’d love to win this giveaway so I wouldn’t have to worry about what kinds of toxic nail polish I’m putting on her toes. We could share and having matching nails would be super cute. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Katherine says:

    The Christmas eve candle light service, singing Silent Night while the glow spreads through the church.

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    Melody says:

    I love making my own Christmas ornaments.

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    Jacqueline says:

    The Christmas party I have with my best friends from high school. We started it while juniors when three of us met for dinner and to watch the local boat parade. The next year it was 7 of us and has been the 7 of us + a few friends/significant others ever since. Usually, we have a themed pot luck and always a secret santa gift exchange. Even as we’ve gone off to school, moved away, gotten married, we always manage to find one day to come together and celebrate our friendship. We will be hosting our 12th party this year and I hope to continue this tradition for the for 12×12 years to come.

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    Lola James says:

    My family is far from traditional, but there is one thing that we do every Christmas morning without fail. One word. Bacon. With tomatoes and lots of butter on toasted bread. Even now as a vegetarian, the traditions lives on with soy bacon! I’m dreaming of a green Christmas.

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    LilyBiscuit says:

    At the Christmas Eve dinner table, before we eat, each person gives an individual wish to others seated at the table. It’s really nice.

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    Louise says:

    My favorite is the traditional French-Canadian tourtiere (meat pie). In Quebec, the French-Canadians would make these for Christmas Eve. During the reveillon after Midnight Mass all would gather and eat and drink! I learned how to make them from my mother. Since I have introduced this savory pie to my friends in South Carolina, I get requests during the holidays to make them!

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    Andi says:

    Even though I’m a fierce believer in change, I will always hold onto certain family traditions. One that I am quite fond of is opening family presents on Christmas Eve and Santa presents on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve we sit around the fire with our German homemade cookies and champagne and take our time opening each of the presents and giving thanks.

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    Kimberly says:

    My family eats a great big breakfast on Christmas morning before we open presents. This was torture when we were kids, but now that we are older it’s such a special and fun time!

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    Jennifer says:

    The holidays are the best time in my family. We begin decorating trees before thanksgiving and put one up in each room. I love how the home just comes to life filled with lights and ornaments, christmas carols, scents of baking. We go all out! The time leading up to our yearly Noche Buena (12/24) pig roast (we’re cuban so this is a huge cultural tradition) is just as important as the night itself!

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    Toni says:

    My absolute favorite holiday tradition is putting up and decorating the Christmas tree!

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    dddd89 says:

    The Christmas Eve gift exchange game we do every year!

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    Nicole says:

    I love driving around and viewing all of the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. I loved it as a kid and it is still just as magical as an adult.

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    Shannon says:

    There are so many things my family has always done during the holidays, but somehow my favorite is Christmas breakfast Caramel Rolls!!! Oh my goodness they’re so amazing! Christmas can’t begin until I have a belly full of caramel rolls!

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    Meg says:

    Putting up the tree, sending out Christmas cards, going to parties, and gift exchanges are all wonderful, but fairly stressful for me. But there is one thing we do every year that is pure joy. We load up our three little kids, head out for some hot chocolate and simply drive around looking at Christmas lights. The children are snugly belted in their seats; squealing at the sights and I just get to sit there, drink my hot chocolate and soak it in.

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    Ana says:

    Having my boys wear their new pajamas on Christmas Eve-they love it!!

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    Deneen says:

    My favorite holiday tradition began when I was dating my soon-to-be husband. When I mentioned getting a Christmas tree, he was a little bah-humbuggy about it. So one afternoon while he was out playing golf… I went out and bought a tree, brought it home, decorated it and had the house lit up by the time he got home. Even he couldn’t deny the magic! So every year since, I do the same thing… he never knows when it might be, but guaranteed – he’ll come home one evening and the house will have been transformed! Now our 9 year old daughter is my partner in crime!

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    Ivy says:

    Decorating our Douglas Fir tree on Christmas Eve. This has been a tradition in my family since I was a little girl….I’m 53.

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    Kate says:

    Every year the women of my family get together for a weekend of good eats, yummy drinks and a bit of shopping. My aunts come from as far as Florida and Las Vegas to mid Michigan. I can always count on this to be a good time with lots and lots of laughter and even more love.

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    Beth says:

    My absolute favorite family tradition is Christmas breakfast. My dad makes an amazing eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce, and we drink mimosas and tell jokes and indulge in the tastiest meal of the year. Even since I was a toddler, it’s the one time every year where ever single person at the table is happy and positive.

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    Jenee' says:

    I know it sounds a little isolated… but my favorite tradition is running off with my big sister to see a movie, usually a cheesy one. It’s sort of our time.

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    Cathy Franck says:

    Drinking my Mom’s homemade Irish cream liquor (MUCH better than Baileys). She only makes it during the holidays. We all call it “recipe” as in “Would you like some recipe?”. We got this name from the little old ladies on the old Waltons TV show. They used a still to make liquor and called their brew “recipe”.

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    Jessica Perelle says:

    Decorating the tree while listening to The Nutcracker. My family isn’t very traditional, nor do we have many traditions, but Tree + Nutcracker = Instant Classic Christmas! I just moved to California from New York, so I’m looking especially forward to Christmastime back East with my family this year.

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    Natalie says:

    Sitting in front of a warm, crackling fire while sipping herbal tea, and eating bagels with my family is something we’ve been doing on Christmas morning my whole life. I hope the tradition continues on throughout my lifetime and beyond.

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    Lauren says:

    Every year for as long as I can remember, my mom and I have stationed ourselves in our small kitchen to cook, talk, and sing along to the Carpenters Christmas album. My mom’s favorite song (and mine as well) is Merry Christmas, Darling because she listened to it repeatedly the first year she and my dad were dating and he was away in the Navy during the holidays. I like to imagine my mom young and in love. Plus it’s fun to see her dance around the kitchen in her sweatpants and socks, rolling pin in hand.

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    Meggan says:

    My family started “Family Olympics” on Christmas Day 5 years ago and it has really stuck events vary but may include: snowshoe race, skillet toss, sledding relay with rum shots (that one’s a gut buster), top chef challenge, pyramids and general horsing about. It is such a spectacle that the neighbors come to spectate.

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    Hanna says:

    visiting family

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    cindy says:

    Christmas donuts and coffee!

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    Lindsay-Jean Hard says:

    My family gathers on Christmas afternoon and we spend the rest of the evening slowly opening presents and enjoying a buffet of everyone’s favorite junk foods. I look forward to it all year long!

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    samantha michelmore says:

    Falling asleep next to the Christmas tree where all you can see is the tree all lit up. The fire is going and the smells from the tree and the fire place just feel homey to me.

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    Jennifer says:

    When my brother and I were kids, we would wake up at 3 in the morning and sneak a peek in our Christmas Stockings and then everything back as we found it until we were able to wake everyone up at 6. This led my mom to the ingenious idea of hiding our stockings so we would wait. The tradition carries on as my nieces and nephews search the house looking for their stockings. My mom still doesn’t put the names on the presents either so we won’t sneak a peak :)

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    Melanie says:

    reading Luke 2 on Christmas morning, before opening presents. It’s just nice to take a breather, to be quiet before the onslaught of gifts and sugar, and remember that we’re really there to celebrate a gift of peace and hope.

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