By: Jennifer Murray

Creating a Simple Christmas {Giveaway}

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Photo Credit: keibr

We were able to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family last weekend.  Growing up I always treasured the simple things that made Christmas special – attending church together on the weekend of Christmas, singing carols with my mom, fixing cookies and milk for my dad to eat when he came home from midnight shift, gazing at the Christmas tree in the dark, reading the Christmas story from Luke 2, watching A Charlie Brown Christmas year after year.

Once again it wasn’t the extraordinary gifts or gestures; It’s the simple things I treasure most.

So how are YOU simplifying things this Christmas?

Are you cutting back your budget and making it a more financially responsible Christmas?

Are you taking the stress out of decorating?

Are you making homemade DIY Christmas gifts instead of fighting the crowds?

Are you filling your holiday with less stuff and more purpose?

Are you limiting activities and instead giving to others and building traditions?

Are you making the holiday menu more simple by easy recipes or even ordering in a meal?

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Bob Evans has a Farmhouse Feast Holiday Meal To Go that includes a slow-roasted turkey or boneless ham, four delicious sides, pumpkin bread, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie for $74.99., which feeds 6-8 people.  We ordered a hearty delicious meal recently and enjoyed a night off in the kitchen with an easy clean up!

Along with feeding my family, they’ve provided a $25 gift card to offer one of my readers.

Leave a comment about how you are simplifying your holiday season to enter.

(If you are reading this post in an email or reader you must click over to 4tunate.net to enter.)

This giveaway ends December 28, 2010.

Additional entries: (Enter a comment for each)

~“Like” Bob Evans on Facebook

~ Follow Bob Evans on Twitter

~“Like” 4tunate on Facebook

~ Follow me on Twitter

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88 Responses to “Creating a Simple Christmas {Giveaway}”

  1. leah
    December 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    we’re simplifying by making as many of our Christmas gifts as possible…not as many as last year, but still a few!

  2. leah
    December 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    i follow you on facebook!

  3. Michele
    December 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    I simplified Christmas by spending less and using gift cards I’ve saved year round. I did less decorating than previous years but made my home feel festive with homemade decorations.

  4. Samantha D
    December 26, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    I simplified our holidays but not caring this year about the little things (like has the floor been mopped anytime recently!!)

    Samantha D

  5. Samantha
    December 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    I follow Bob Evans on twitter

    @giveaway_queen

    Samantha D

  6. Samantha
    December 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    I follow you on twitter

    @giveaway_queen

    Samantha D

  7. Claire
    December 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    Making a list before going to stores. Saves so much time from just wandering around or standing there wondering, “What was I getting again?? Did I get everything??”

  8. MarilynsMoney
    December 27, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I’m simplifing by staying home and doing a home cooked meal and just celebrating with family!

  9. MarilynsMoney
    December 27, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    I now follow you on twitter, marilynjaegly

  10. MarilynsMoney
    December 27, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    Following Bob Evans on twitter,

  11. MarilynsMoney
    December 27, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Liked you on facebook

  12. sue
    December 27, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I don’t have kids of my own, but I guess the most simplifying I did, was by giving everyone just 2 gifts. Not necessarily 2 things, but 2 gifts, so I didn’t have a lot of presents to lug around. It was so much easier!

  13. sue
    December 27, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I like Bob Evans on Facebook

  14. sue
    December 27, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I like Bob Evans on Facebook

  15. Janine
    December 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    I shopped sales with coupons etc to get stuff for very cheap/free plus we didn’t do many gifts… those we had to do for church memebers I got tins for 50c at the Dollar tree on Sale after Christmas, and I filled them with homemade cookies 🙂

  16. Janine
    December 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    I shopped sales with coupons etc to get stuff for very cheap/free plus we didn’t do many gifts… those we had to do for church memebers I got tins for 50c at the Dollar tree on Sale after Christmas, and I filled them with homemade cookies 🙂

  17. Vickie
    December 28, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    Just taking time to enjoy the fresh snow and laugh a lot.
    vickie

  18. Steph S
    December 28, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    We are simplifying by cutting back on spending.

    ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

  19. Steph S
    December 28, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    We are simplifying by cutting back on spending.

    ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

  20. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    we simplified this year by not putting up a tree, and having just a few decorations

  21. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    we simplified this year by not putting up a tree, and having just a few decorations

  22. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    i like Bob Evans on FB

  23. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    i like Bob Evans on FB

  24. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    i follow bob evans on twitter

  25. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    i follow bob evans on twitter

  26. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    i follow u on twitter

  27. amber p
    December 28, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    i follow u on twitter

  28. Laura
    December 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I simplified by reminding myself Christmas is about spending time with family, not about the gifts. i did as much online shopping as possible to save on shipping, and bought thoughtful gifts, even though they might not have cost much.

    Laura

    laurasu82 at yahoo.com

  29. marci h
    December 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    to make things easier–i shop online, use coupons and plan ahead as much as i can 🙂

  30. marci h
    December 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    “Like” 4tunate on Facebook 🙂

  31. marci h
    December 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    “Like” Bob Evans on Facebook 🙂

  32. Felicia B
    December 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    I am simplifying just by taking things slowly and not trying to do “too much” which I have a habit of doing!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    tigpooh1516{at}yahoo{dot}com

  33. Felicia B
    December 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    I “like” Bob Evans on FB

    Felicia B

    tigpooh1516{at}yahoo{dot}com

  34. Felicia B
    December 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    I am following Bob Evans on Twitter
    @tigpooh1516

    tigpooh1516{at}yahoo{dot}com

  35. Felicia B
    December 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    I “like” 4tunate on FB
    Felicia B

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  36. Felicia B
    December 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    I am following you on Twitter
    @tigpooh1516

    tigpooh1516{at}yahoo{dot}com

  37. Paula Cornell
    December 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Hi! I had almost no choice in simplifying this Christmas because our fourth child was born on the 15th of Dec! So, we did minimal traveling, had family come to our house for the most part, and for the big family meals, I volunteered to cook the ham and turkey – and everyone else did sides! This really helped out so I didn’t go crazy! Thanks! Paula

  38. Pat
    December 29, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    I simplified by shopping online instead of going to the stores.