This Holiday Season, Celebrate Your Experiences

In the spirit of Christmas Eve, we would like remind you what the holiday season is truly about-- giving back and making memories that will last a lifetime!


The holidays are full of memorable experiences. Ever since I was little, I’ve been very blessed to spend my holidays surrounded by loving relatives, good friends, and lots of joy. Some of my fondest holiday memories include my big Italian family, where once a year, everyone would join together to enjoy delicious homemade food, with tunes of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra playing throughout the house, lots of laughter, and enough Christmas chaos to last you until the next year (the good type of chaos though). And with the holidays come gift giving, which can be so fun! I love searching and finding that perfect present for the people in your life. Giving them a little reminds them that they mean so much to you.

Although, I find that as I get older, I care less about gifting and more about showing people how much they mean to me by spending quality time together. There are so many people that struggle day-after-day to just keep food on the table and a smile on their face. In addition to myself, my friends and family are all very fortunate people. There isn’t one person that doesn’t deserve the world, of course, but there really isn’t one of us that can complain. The other day, someone asked me what my most favorite gift was. It took me awhile. I sat there scrolling through the records in my mind of the past Christmases, millions of gift opening, and blessed holidays. The truth is, I couldn’t think of one gift that was so meaningful that left an impact in my life. All I could think of was the anticipation of the night before Santa came and the smell of my mom’s spinach quiche the next morning; packing my snowboard, boots, and goggles for our annual ski trip to the mountains; and piling in the car to go visit Aunts, Uncles and cousins a couple hours away. My most memorable gift was the gift of having family and friends around me to share the holiday season with. This year, we are supporting a cause that is embracing the holiday spirit and memorable experiences. And, because we believing in giving back, we are teaming up with BlogHer and offering one $50 VISA Gift Card and a $50 donation on behalf of the winner’s name to Feeding America. To enter do the following:

  • In the comment section below, answer this question: What are your favorite family holiday traditions? *Don’t forget to include your email address
  • Follow @BettyBuzz and @Jamiedanno
  • Tweet us your response and use the hashtags: #FeedingAMillion #KeepGoodGoing

Wanna to take your giving a step further? Us too! Join New York Life’s #KeepGoodGoing movement and share your own special holiday moment or experience! Now and until January 9, 2015, for every moment shared New York Life is donating 25 meals to Feeding America. Amazing! Right?! Here are the ways you can share your moments: 1. Tweet your own holiday tradition or memory to @NewYorkLife, using  #KeepGoodGoing and the charity hashtag #FeedingAMillion. 2. Each tweet with the above two hashtags will trigger a donation of 25 meals from New York Life to Feeding America. 3. Visit New York Life website to share a photo of your favorite holiday experience! *Through 1/9/15, New York Life will donate $2.50 for each approved post, with a minimum of $25K & a maximum of $100K. 
See Terms for details. Find info about Feeding America at


Sweepstakes Rules:


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1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

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3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.


This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.


The Official Rules are available here.


This sweepstakes runs from 12/24/2014 – 12/31/2014.


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47 thoughts on “This Holiday Season, Celebrate Your Experiences

  1. One of our family traditions is the we go to Mass on Christmas eve and meet up with my brother and his family and my Father. We’ve done this for years and after mass, everyone comes to our house for a light dinner.

  2. We take a name from the sharing tree and donate to a child for Christmas. We make Christmas cookies and give to those who don't bake. We open one present on Christmas Eve. We have ham for Christmas dinner.

  3. One of my favorite holiday traditions is when we pack up in the car close to Christmas and drive around town, looking at all the lights and decorations that people have put up 🙂

  4. We usually have our Christmas two to three days early, as our sons travel to other relatives on Christmas Day. My husband and I go out to dinner on Christmas eve.

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