Thursday, December 3, 2009

Up On The Rooftop

It's Advent Calendar day #3, isn't this exciting!! Each day, there will be a winner of an awesome goodie bag from our sweet, generous Santa Summer!! Well, as Susan had said in yesterday's post here in the US there aren't days prior to Christmas that have a Christmas meaning or story to share. With that said, I have a personal story I'd like to share from when I was a child at Christmas time.

Every Christmas eve, I recall my parents telling me to get to bed early or else Santa and the reindeer won't come. So of course I'd listen! As I waited to fall asleep I would try hard to stay awake to hear the sound of the reindeer on the rooftop or the jingling of bells but as I waited, the next thing I knew it was morning.
So when I saw this stamp (Jingle Bells) it reminded me of those nights.
Do you have any stories about reindeer? It could be a dream, or a true story! I'd love to hear it and I'm sure the rest of the DT would too!! In the meantime, be sure to leave a comment to qualify for a chance to win the next goodie bag! Happy Holidays!!

Jodi

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40 comments:

  1. As an adult I had an opportunity to travel into northern Norway. One evening I looked out the window of the hotel and there was a wild reindeer nibbling on some grass just a few feet away. Easily one of the coolest animal encounters I have ever expierenced!

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  2. Not much reindeer stories since it was mainly about Santa and milk and cookies... but ever since we've gotten our dog, 3 years ago, he has the honor of being our reindeer mascot... =D Thanks for sharing your story with us Jodi!! hugs, Kris

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  3. Living in a town, we don't get to see that much wildlife, but into the countryside and into a park where reindeer roam all the time is a treat for us inthe summer, must go in the winter some time, lovely image and beautiful ribbon!

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  4. No,no reindeer stories to share I'm afraid--but I do love your card, it's is so stunning with this precious image!

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  5. Hi Jodi,
    Don't remember any dreams or such like about reindeer I just remember being sooo excited as a child I also tried really hard to stay awake - never did achieve it so I have still not seen the real Santa.......but there's time yet!!!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  6. oh was für ein allerliebster süßer stempel, ich schau mir gern märchenfilme ein, aber von rentieren kann ich keine Geschichte erzählen, hab auch noch keins gesehen, nur geklöppelt hab ich welche, sieht man auf meinen Blog, lach
    lg gila

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  7. I remember when I was a kid hearing Bells outside and for years I believed it was santa!

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  8. Gorgeous stamp. I too as child tried ever so hard to stay up all night but eventually those tired eyes got the better of me.

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  9. I remember seeing my first real live reindeer as a child and crying for hours because he didnt have a big red shiny nose lol
    Mina xxx

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  10. I don't really have a reindeer story but I can tell you that my son (who has just turned 8) thinks its most unfair that Father Christmas gets a mince pie and glass of milk at every house he visits and his reindeer have to share one carrot between them or take it in turns getting the carrot. With this in mind I can safely say our little offering to Father Christmas this Christmas Eve will consist of a mincepie, glass of milk and knowing my son a whole bag of carrots. He's all for equality is my son!!!!!! Fab card btw I love the rich brown ribbon you have used sets it off beautifully and such gorgeous colouring. Have a great day, take care Ann-Marie xxx

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  11. In North Norway we have a lot of reindeer:)

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  13. At the school I used to teach at after Father Christmas had visited we all used to get wrapped up to go outside and see if we could see him setting off on his sleigh.

    Of course the children were never quite quick enough at getting their coats and shoes on, but as it was a very old school we used to point up at the roof and pretend to be very cross about the chips on the roof tiles made by the sleigh and reindeer.
    The children thought it hilarious that Santa and his team had damaged the roof of the school and it was certainly evidence that it was the real Santa and not the school caretaker dressed up.

    Ann xxx

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  14. I don't really have any reindeer stories, but I do have a photograph of a wild reindeer that I saw when I was staying in Sweden on a student exchange programme when I was 14 (OMG that's 22 years ago!!) Will have to go look it out, its a really pretty photo of this huge reindeer with his huge antlers standing by a stream.
    Debz
    xx

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  15. Fantastic card with superb colouring. I don't know if this is something I should share, but here goes. I took my 3 children to see Santa last year at a grotto in a Garden Centre, they were excited until we entered the grotto and were horrified to see a dog with antlers and stood at side of him was a dwarf (midget, not sure which is the right word to use so's not to offend)dressed as Santa. My kids wouldn't go in and my youngest remarked how can he carry all those presents, he's too small.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  16. As a child I was taken with Rudolph. I always felt sorry for him because the other reindeer teased him and made fun of him. It really made me sad for poor old Rudolph!

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  17. I love your card Jodi! Gorgeous!! No stories about reindeer here other than the usual. Although I can remember one year when my younger sister insisted she heard the reindeer on our roof and then saw Santa fall off the roof. She was insistent she had seen. She was pretty little at the time and it was super cute!!

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  18. Ah bless what a lovely story. I don't have a story of my own but of a friends little boy. When he was 3 years old their had been a house fire and although he and his mum survived his older brother aged 7 died. Following this he was sent to Lapland by a childrens charity for an xmas treat and whilst there one of the reindeers took his hat off his head and that was the last he saw of it, but he never forgot. The following xmas and for the next two or three he waited and waited for the reindeers to bring his hat back, not at all worried about presents only his hat. Funny how even at that age he did not forget what that reindeer had done.
    Kim xXx

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  19. Not much reindeer here where I live either, but my youngest likes the picture of it in his book. His sister calls it a moose. :P

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  20. My daughters love reindeer, we are going to get our tree this weekend, and the place has living reindeer that they can feed. They always remind me to leave a carrot for Rudolph, not just cookies and milk for Santa.
    Hugs
    Tanya

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  21. I don't have any good reindeer stories -- my parents did the same thing to us. We had to fall asleep or Santa wouldn't come. Now I take my three little ones outside on Christmas eve and we throw oatmeal around for the reindeer and the kids get a kick out of that.

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  22. Two fun reindeer memories: watching our girls sprinkle 'magic reindeer food' (oatmeal with a touch of glitter) on the lawn on Christmas Eve while in their PJs and being able to pet the live version last year at a local nursery!

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  23. I remember when I was about 9 or 10 being with my dad and step-mother for a Christmas celebration. We were all in the back room waiting and all of a sudden we hear a big thump on the roof---Santa and his reindeer landing to bring us some toys. Both my and my step-mother jumped. We joked after that that we were just trying to go meet the reindeer.

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  24. Oh this is super sweet! I love your coloring and the bow is wonderful!

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  25. This image reminds me of making Reindeer food with my kids and sprinkling it all over the lawn for them :)

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  26. No reindeer memories for me, but now that I have kids, we like to sprinkle "reindeer food" on the front yard so they can find our house a little easier...hehehe!

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  27. As a child we always left carrots and a bucket of water out on the porch for the reindeer. Of course (having actually grown up in the north) the water was a solid block of ice in the morning. Now my son and I watch Santa and his reindeer travel around the world each year on the computer. :)

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  28. Gorgeous card! I love the ribbon :) and about reindeers the only story I can remember is being in YellowStone park and being able to feed one :)
    Hugs
    Hazel

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  29. No wild reindeers here in Belgium, but my mom once made a really sweet one as Christmas decoration. We didn't decorate our house yet, but I'll try to think of taking a picture of Rudolph and post it on my blog. Thanks for a chance to win! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

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  30. Hi Jodi ~ I can just see you all snuggled up in your bed trying to NOT fall asleep! Heehee! Love your beautiful card and the bows! I don't have any reindeer stories from my childhood, but we did tell Ryan the age old story that if he didn't go to sleep early on Christmas Eve, Santa and his reindeer wouldn't be able to deliver his gifts. He always went straight to bed and went to sleep. Heehee! Thanks Santa Summer, for a chance to win! Hugs, Linda

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  31. When my husband and I were dating, (way back in the 80's) we went to a petting zoo where they had reindeer. One smaller reindeer decided that he loved my hubby, and followed him around making the funniest noise I had ever heard. We still joke about the reindeer games that one wanted to play with him!
    What can I say, he just has animal magnetism!
    I loved your card. I picked up this stamp(along with most of the others!)and I just stamped my cardstock to get ready to make some wonderful cards for the season! Your card is an inspiration!

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  32. No reindeer stories to relate, but I do love that image and the card is fabulous.
    Marion

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  33. This is so cute! Again love your coloring - and that double bow is so beautiful. I think every child knows those nights - waiting for Santa to come to finally be able to see him. And I am sure this will never change!
    Big hugs to you!
    Kathrin aka Kruemel

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  34. I remember hearing the "reindeer" bells when sitting in the hall at primary school, then Santa arrived!! Of course it was the "real" one!!
    hugs Angela x

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  35. Living in Germany, I don't have a good reindeer story to share, but at least I can say that I love your reindeer card! :)

    Greetings from Munich,
    Birgit

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  36. no reindeer story but deer. In park in the evening i meet 13 deers at the same time. That was so magical. I can almost touch them.
    Suzie

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  37. I would just like to say that I have never seen a live reindeer but I sure would like to.

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  38. Beautiful card Jodi! No reindeer story, other than Grandma got Run-Over....ahem. LOL! ;D

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