October New Release Be Merry DT Dare – Comment to Win

The Design Team and guests were challenged to Be Merry for this month’s Design Team Dare!    

Your challenge is simply to leave a comment and tell us your favorite holiday tradition!   One random comment will be selected as the winner and the person will win a stamp set of their choice.

 Scroll on down to check out the design team and guests take on the Merry challenge, everyone’s creation features October new release items.   When you get to the end leave a comment for a chance to win a YNS stamp set of your choice.   


Leave a comment on this post by October 13th and you will be entered in the draw.   The winner will be announced on October 15th, right here on the YNS blog. 

Scroll on down to see how the guests and team interpreted the challenge, there are so many ways to “Be Merry”. 

Scarlet, October Release Guest

YNS Supplies: Jingle Bells



YNS Supplies:  A Cute Holiday Stack Stamp and die set | Vintage Holiday GumdropsHoliday Joy 6×6 Paper Pad


Sherri, October Guest

YNS Supplies: Jingle Bells



YNS Supplies: Deck The Halls | Stitched Rectangle Die Set


Kate, October Guest

Please leave a comment before you go for your chance to WIN a YNS stamp set of your choice!  Let us know your favorite holiday tradition!

You have until October 13th at midnight EST to leave a comment and be entered in the draw.   The winner will be announced on October 15th.

Thank you so much for stopping by!









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    Instead of exchanging gifts we find a needy family and supply gifts and Christmas dinner for them

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    Debbie Rumpza says:

    Great sets if new holiday stamps!!

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    Windi Duran says:

    So super cute!!!

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    sheron egolf says:

    Love all the YNS stamps. My fave right now is the little hamster with the train. So cute!

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    wow, amazing cars, I love them all!
    My favourite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my kids and give them as a present to friends! And going to many places and seeing all the holiday lights.
    have a great day!

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    Stacey Graves says:

    What a great release, so many wonderful cards. My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas crafts with my children.

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    Janet Wise says:

    I absolutely LOVE all the projects and the YNS stampsets.. I cannot even pick a favorite because they are all just adorable! The design team is doing a FANTABULOUS JOB!!! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to enter!!!

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    JenAA says:

    These are all lovely cards! Thanks for sharing your designs and inspiring us to get creative … perhaps a Christmas Dance will get the creative juices flowing! lol. Christmas is my favourite time of year, I don’t think I can choose just one favourite tradition! I feel so much hope in this season

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    Mindy Eggen says:

    fabulous work by everyone ! love all the inspiration! Favorite tradition …. putting up the tree. Everything is completely mismatched because its ornaments that the kids have made and I absolutely love it !

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    Gilda (McStamper) says:

    Love the fabulous cards. My favorite tradition is being with kids and grand kids on Christmas Eve singing and playing games.

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    Patricia Robinson says:

    Such beautiful cards from everyone! My favorite holiday tradition is trimming the tree. We always did it as a family activity when I was growing up. Now, I join my sister and nieces as they trim their tree. We eat Christmas Trash mix and sing Christmas songs as we trim. Then we settle down to watch While You Were Sleeping, our favorite Christmas movie. A lovely time.

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    Franka M. says:

    Gorgeous cards from the team. Loving the grinning reindeer and other images that were used. My favourite tradition is making Christmas Shepherd’s Pie with my children.

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    Debbie Hallamek says:

    Really cute cards!

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    Marilyn says:

    Awesome cards!! My favorite Christmas tradition is getting together with all of my family.

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    Carlijn says:

    I love all of the stamp sets! So cute!!!! 😀
    Our favorite tradition is cooking christmas dinner together, with several dishes and lots of laughter and being together. Unfortunately, my parents got divorced, and I do not have my own kids yet, so we will have to wait to make new traditions… But I love making all my christmas cards myself. So fun and relaxing to do (although I need like 50 or so, haha).
    I just ADORE the Hammie Holdiyday 😀

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    Teresa Doyle says:

    WOW ladies, these are ALL AMAZING cards! Oh my goodness I can’t wait to go through each blog to see them in more detail! Just AWESOME!
    One of my absolute fave traditions is when my sister and I get together for a FULL day of “Binge Baking”! We work together and bake the entire day making all the goodies that both of our families love. At the end of the day my HUGE table is covered with decadent goodies. We then both have all we need to get ourselves through Christmas PLUS share a lot with some special people who cannot bake anymore. Oh and the memories we have made… are PRICELESS!

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    Amy Cooley says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is to make a fun day of putting the Christmas tree up with my family. We turn on the holiday music, eat lots of snacks and reminisce as we pull all the special ornaments out of the boxes.

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    Dee Earnshaw says:

    Wow so many gorgeous cards – Love the variety and fun ideas I can now use to inspire me to create….. Love the Holiday season – traditionally we all get together and BAKE!!!!!

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    Konnie Wren says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is on Christmas morning my sisters and Mother start cooking early in the morning! We also start the day with Mimosas and Sopapilla cheesecake….this is the special treat for starting early in the morning! Lots of food, fun and LOVE with our Christmas. We are lucky to still have our Mother and Father (81 and 87 years old). We are thankful everyday for our life, health, freedom and our parents. Thanks for the chance to win one of your lovely and adorable stamp sets.

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    Angela de Leon says:

    Love the new release as always and can’t wait to see my orders in person so I can play with them. My favorite tradition is my whole family going to mass and celebrating on Christmas eve together. It’s always fun laughing and having fun with my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. It’s my favorite holiday. ?

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    BunnyD says:

    Oh these are great! Love that super excited reindeer! One of my favourite holiday traditions is unwrapping and cutting into the homemade plum pudding my father-in-law bakes for us every year!

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    Martha R says:

    Beautiful Christmas cards…my favorite tradition is our extended family lunch. We have around 50 family members (all ages)! Thanks so much.

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    Shelley Parker says:

    Every year my parents bake several hundred Christmas cookies, divide them into bags, and our families all get together and decorate them, taking home the ones we decorate. The grand kids are adults now and make the frosting, and we now have some little ones, so much fun! Oh and before we decorate we all enjoy pizza..

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    Doreen Lesniak says:

    Love baking cookies with my husband and daughter and making small gifts for friends and family. Love your stamp sets.

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    Sharon Stewart says:

    I love these stamps! Especially the stacked animals and “Jingle All The Way”.

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    Madgevt says:

    I love all these little characters. I make cards for my Grands and it is hard to find something cute. I know my big friends will love these as well.

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    I LOVE all these festive cards that are putting me in a holiday mood! My favorite Christmas tradition is . . . not really having a Christmas tradition. We all live so far away, but always try to make it to my Dad’s so my siblings and I can all celebrate together. Sometimes we can’t even make it on Christmas, so we’re together the week before, or the weekend after. None of us have kids so we don’t have all this stuff we do just for them. We all just get together some how and make it happen, between the rides back and forth from the airport, the car rides, the late night arrivals, the hustle and bustle . . .somehow we manage to get together and have some wine and share the holiday. Maybe that’s the tradition!

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    Von Marie Design says:

    Beautiful cards. I love the date challenge. My favorite tradition is taking my kids to see the Christmas lights and baking cookies.

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    Helen Bisesi says:

    These are fabulous cards! My favorite tradition is cookie baking. My daughter and I have a great couple of Saturdays leading up to Christmas baking together 🙂

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    Sue LD says:

    Cute and festive cards.
    Our favorite holiday tradition is to have a birthday party for Jesus.

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    Becca Yahrling says:

    Yay, Christmas is coming! Love everything about Christmas & making cute cards like the team has shown here. My favorite tradition is doing a Chinese Auction. If you want a really fun & silly auction, you buy a $5 gift. that’s usually hilarious to see what everyone comes up with. In the past few years, though, we set a limit of $25. and they’ve been nice gifts. It’s really fun when someone steals a gift from someone else (or not, if it was YOU they stole from! lol).

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    Becca Yahrling says:

    Yay, Christmas is coming! Love everything about Christmas & making cute cards like the team has shown here. My favorite tradition is doing a Chinese Auction. If you want a really fun & silly auction, you buy a $5 gift. that’s usually hilarious to see what everyone comes up with. In the past few years, though, we set a limit of $25. and they’ve been nice gifts. It’s really fun when someone steals a gift from someone else (or not, if it was YOU they stole from! lol).

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    Tammy Lever says:

    These cards are so fabulous! I love the diversity! My favorite holiday tradition is to watch Christmas movies while Mom and I decorate the tree. Every year we buy a new ornament for the tree, relating to something from that year!

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    Tammy Lever says:

    These cards are so fabulous! I love the diversity! My favorite holiday tradition is to watch Christmas movies while Mom and I decorate the tree. Every year we buy a new ornament for the tree, relating to something from that year!

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    Shari Leonard says:

    My favorite tradition is baking cookies.

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    sharla~ says:

    Cute cards, I love the reindeer! One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to Santa’s Workshop and the Dickens Festival each year! 🙂

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    Fantastic holiday cards!! Love the inspirations team 🙂 In India, we have a lot of festivals and the general holiday tradition is to visit parents and relatives, spend the happy time with them celebrating the festival 🙂

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    My favorite tradition is driving the neighborhood seeing all of the lights. We used to do that as kids with my dad. and that is when there was only a few houses lit up…. but he would see some from the highway and then we would seek them out. I have done this with my son… I get the eye roll now that he is 17…LOL

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    Carol Godfrey says:

    Love the Christmas stamps and dies pretty cards

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    Oliev says:

    Awesome cards!
    My favorite holiday tradition is food: cooking and eating:-)

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    Krystal S says:

    These are all great. The Happy Holiday Dance card still has me grinning from ear to ear!

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    That holiday stack is just adorable! Also love the chimney and the happy reindeer.

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    Fikreta says:

    so gorgeous cards!
    love them all!

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    Fun and fabulous holiday cards!

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    Christine Piechura says:

    Oh these cards are so adorable! I love the moose, he is a hoot!

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my sister and niece’s to make holiday cookies. It is 2 days of fun, laughter, love, and joy. It used to be getting together with our grandmother, who has since left her amazing Polish favorites for us to carry on.

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    Mary Holshouser says:

    Me and the reindeer would be doing a happy dance together
    if my name is picked.
    I love the weekend after thanksgiving – I get all of my
    Santas out of storage and get to decorate the house.
    I haevn’t seen them in a year so its almost like
    getting a whole new set.

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    These cards are just delightful!
    My favorite holiday tradition is having waffles for Christmas day breakfast!

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    Carey Nusbaum says:

    Cute holiday cards! My favorite holiday tradition is watching the movie, Christmas Vacation, with all of the Christmas decorations up, the Christmas tree lit, and the stockings hung on the mantle on Black Friday!

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    Karen Page says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition was something my hubby and I started when we had our son. Knowing he’d only believe in Santa so many years, we added another feature to the day… something like a surprise treasure hunt. It evolved as he got older and could read and reason clues. A present or two would be hidden, and a clue would be left where he would find it long after presents were opened. When he was small it was picture clues, then word clues through elementary school, and tough clues as a teenager. The clues lead to another clue, and sometimes the clue requires him to wait until a certain time, building excitement. He’s almost 17 and loves that Christmas isn’t over in a flurry of torn wrapping paper on Christmas morning! 🙂

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    Marlyn Rojas says:

    Wow! Great and funny cards! They are all beautiful and this release is spectacular!

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    Beth says:

    Christmas – my favourite time of year to send and receive cards.

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    These designers share so many inspirational cards. So much Merry!

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    Danielle Dietz says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is drinking hot cocoa and driving around to see Christmas lights with my daughter! She is 23 now and we have had some awesome times driving around. Of course now it is Starbucks instead of home made cocoa from past years. 🙂

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    Tracy A says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking and decorating cookies.

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    Sheila Ironside says:

    Loving the new hamster set!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!!

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    Deborah Kaye says:

    These cards are wonderful! Our family does a big dinner get together on Christmas day. It’s been my children and my favorite event each Christmas season.

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    My favorite thing for Christmas is to watch the grands open their presents. It reminds me of when i was a kid and the excitement of opening gifts, you know, BC….before clothes.

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    Eileen R says:

    Love the inspiration here! Our family tradition, since I was a small child, was to have everyone sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

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    Karen Gerek says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is hiding a “pickle” in the tree and having my kids search for it. Now, my “kids” are all of adult age, so it even funnier to see them searching. One year I hid the pickle so well that they all said “we give up!’ and sat down on the floor. This was after they had searched for 20 minutes. It’s because I switched out the regular sized pickle for one that is SUPER tiny!

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    Tina Egan says:

    I love the Christmas Stamps! When my children were young, we started a tradition on Christmas Eve that we would go to the movies and watch a Christmas movie. We helped pass the time and helped calm our excited boys down. We still go and our boys are now adults!

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    stampnk says:

    Your design team always shares the most beautiful cards. I love the pine branches and the sweet little mouse by the chimney. My favorite tradition is making all of my own cards and wrapping paper for Christmas. Each family member has a different color design so we can tell who it belongs to without even reading the tag!

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    Jen P says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is our advent calendar counting down to Christmas each day. I remember doing it as a kid and now get to do it with my kids. We read stories, play games and do little acts of service each day. Love our little moments to enjoy time together!

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    Marjorie Dumontier says:

    I’m just back from the hop and I’ve seen only great merry cards !! Your DT did a great job with this challenge.

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    All these cards are just fabulous. Your designers have done it again! Our family tradition is on the evening of December 23rd, we pile our grand kids into our mini-van and drive around the neighborhoods near us that have beautiful lighted Christmas displays. Then we come back to our house for spiced apple cider and cookies. The two oldest are 20 and 17 so will probably stop doing it soon, but we have two younger ones we can still do it with. I think it’s more for us the grandparents then it is for the kids! LOL

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    Valerie Palmer says:

    So many great ideas. One of our traditions is to collect greenery from the trees in our yard and arrange it on the railings of our porch. Then I add some artificial berry sprays and wrap with some festive holiday ribbon.

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    Carla Hundley says:

    Fun and festive cards!
    I love that reindeer, he’s
    Carla from Utah

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    Nicole says:

    My favorite tradition is sitting around the table with my family laughing and joking during dinner.

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    Valerija says:

    Wonderful cards.
    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmastree and backing cookies with my children.
    Have a great day.
    Valerija xx

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    shartl says:

    That Santa bursting through the card is hilarious!! I always love what your design team comes up with and all of your stamp sets. My favorite Christmas tradition was started by my mom when she let us open one gift a night in the 4 days before Christmas. We were allowed to open a gift that was mailed to us from relatives far away, or small gifts given to us by a neighbor or friend. It helped us be more patient for the actual holiday. I let my two little girls do this now too!

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    Priscilla Thibault says:

    My favorite tradition is singing Christmas carols and listening to Christmas music. I saw the process video for the adorable hammie and already ordered that set because one of my daughters had hamsters when she was younger and the set brings back such good memories.

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    Arianna Barbara says:

    Oh my!!! How cute!!! Beautiful Xmas projects!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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    Amanda Hays says:

    Such adorable stamps!

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    Cindy robinson says:

    OMG!!! I just love the Santa popping out of a package! Great holiday sets!

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    Christine W says:

    Great cards! My favorite tradition growing up was putting the Christmas tree up on Christmas Eve and opening one present that night.

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    Pam L says:

    Thanks for sharing all the Christmas card ideas. I don’t have a tradition for Christmas. Every year we seem to do something different, or nothing but put up the tree.

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    Louise says:

    Fabulous cards. My favorite holiday tradition is making donuts.

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    Julie Haedtke says:

    OMG – those teeth on that deer – I’m in love!

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    Margo Smith says:

    My favourite holiday tradition is having our huge meal on Christmas Eve, so that we can relax all day on Christmas Day?

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    Marilyn Webb says:

    Another great release filled with great stamps and projects! Our favourite tradition is putting up the tree and adding our new ornaments each year!

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    Cynthia says:

    Adorable inspiration from the team. My favorite tradition – family getting together and fabulous food!

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    Lisa Stolp says:

    Such great cards from “traditional ” looking card to cute or hilarious! So great to see everyone’s creations.

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    Barb Reeves says:

    I love the jolly reindeer, so cute

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    Such super cute cards! My favorite holiday tradition is to get the kids in the car with some hot cocoa in hand (and thankfully they are a bit older and don’t tend to spill it anymore) driving around to see all of the decorations in the neighborhood.

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    FD91354 says:

    Our tradition is getting our holiday cards out before the first one comes to us :). We also have a family traditional dinner of ethnic food.

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    Mary-Anne V. says:

    Baking christmas cookies is my favourite holiday tradition. Great cards with these fun images.

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    Melanie Amaya says:

    Love these cards and the new release. So great.

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    Alicia says:

    In my family we participate in a traditional Polish tradition where each member of he family exchanges greetings and well wishes to each other member of the family. It can be anything from “good health in the new year” to “I hope you do well on your college entrance exam”

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    Ali says:

    Lovely cards!! Me wish list for YNS is growing daily!!! Our most favorite holiday tradition is heading down the beach on Christmas Day and Boxing Day often to play beach cricket!!! Yes, it’s usually stinking hot here in Aus and everyone hits the beach!!! ☀️☀️☀️

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    Tricia T says:

    Such cute cards! My favorite holiday tradition is to get up early Christmas morning and open our stockings before breakfast. 🙂

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    Helen says:

    What a great set of cards to showcase this new release! Thanks for sharing it all.

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    Catharina Worthington says:

    Favorite tradition is everybody bringing one dish to the dinner then we usually play a series of board games until the night.

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    These are all so adorable!! I love Lisa’s simple cards with the ornaments and the bright colors! So fun!! My favorite tradition is opening stocking gifts before we go to our Christmas morning service at church. We have to get up a little early, but who’s sleeping anyway?!

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    Denise Bryant says:

    Favorite holiday tradition… baking several kinds of cookies and delivering them to friends and neighbors!

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    Ana says:

    Love Santa popping out of the card! Had to order that set! This release is so cute!

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    karenladd says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is making a handmade ornament every year for my kids, and now for my granddaughters. I’ve cross-stitched, quilted, painted, paper-crafted, sewn, glued with felt, even made a wire ornament one year. When my kids grew up and left home, I gave them their ornaments and they are now hanging on their own trees!

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    Maria says:

    I lovemaking gingerbread cookies each year

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    ionabunny says:

    That happy reindeer is just so fun. What a happy chappie. Hugz

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    franki says:

    Our holiday tradition is making sure everyone gets an ornament of their ‘own’ to put on the tree. Either they made it or someone made it for them or it was purchased. The idea is your ‘stash’ of ornaments is building so when you have your own home/tree/family you can remember each person and memory behind each ornament.

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    Carina says:

    Favorite Holiday tradition for me happens before the holiday. I spend a day at my parents house setting up their North Pole village. It usually take all day, we add roads, trees bushes, hidden elves and snow to everything. I have helped since college and every year it turns out different. Can’t wait for this year!

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