ho, ho, ho, and lots of cheer

December 23, 2009

Comments closed – You guys raised enough for a Hope Basket!! I’m rounding us up to $50!  I’ll make the donation in the morning.  Thanks everyone!!  I really enjoyed reading all the comments, too. :-)

Merry Christmas!!

Nathan Bransford posted today that he will be donating 50 cents per blog post to Heifer International, “an organization that works toxmas fight hunger by giving needy families around the world and in the United States livestock, training, or other assistance that helps improve their livelihood.” 

I’m just a po’ (read that right…it’s po’ not poor…there is a difference) school teacher, but I know that people have it a lot worse off than I do, so I figured I’d join in.  I honestly can’t imagine what some people have to live through and it makes me feel blessed to have what I do.  Even if it’s only a small contribution, I figure every little bit counts.

For every post I get up until 8:00 pm EST, I’ll donate 25 cents $1.00* to Heifer.  If I don’t get enough comments, I’ll still donate as much as I can.  I can’t imagine it will get to this point, but I will have to close it at 400 comments just because I have to still be able to pay my bills this month! : -P

So leave me a comment with:

Your name


You favorite part of Christmas and/or this time of year

*Two hours to go and I thought I’d up the ante!

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45 Responses to “ho, ho, ho, and lots of cheer”

  1. Hooray! Thanks for participating.

    Nathan Bransford
    San Francisco, CA
    I’m a total sucker for Christmas lights

  2. YAY! THis is so good of you Amanda!

    Karla Calalang
    Chicago, IL
    I love the holiday cheer!

  3. I’m loving this.

    Shirin Dubbin
    Washington, DC
    Moravian Cookies, either sugar or spice, (yeah I know) from my hometown Winston-Salem, NC. So good. My brother used to hide a stash in his sock drawer to keep the rest of us away from them.

  4. Amanda Plavich says:

    My son is OBSESSED with Christmas lights. It’s pretty cute. ;-)

    I went to school not to far from Winston-Salem! I’m a UNCC 49er.

    And thanks for commenting!

  5. Becca says:

    Great idea!

    Rebecca Rogers
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    I love holiday treats!! :)

  6. Peggy says:

    Sitting in my living room bundled up by the fire, watching the twinkling lights on the tree.

  7. Jamie B says:

    Jamie Blair
    North Canton, OH
    COOKIES of course! :)

  8. Iman says:

    This is awesome!

    Iman Herzi
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I love how nice everyone gets!

  9. I love Heifer! What an awesome idea.

    May Vanderbilt
    Sunny San Francisco
    My favorite thing this time of year is spending time with my family and sipping my grandmother’s homemade eggnog

  10. Leeann says:

    Leeann Whiffen
    Highland, Utah

    chocolate. And more chocolate.

  11. Anna says:

    Denver, CO
    I love holiday lights

  12. Veronica says:

    This is very cool of you. :-)

    Veronica Roth
    Barrington, Illinois
    And I like singing Christmas carols with my mom. She sings the harmony, so it sounds really awesome.

  13. This is so sweet of you!

    Ami Glazer
    Fountain Valley, California
    I like going to temple and seeing all the menorahs, especially the hand made ones :)

  14. Kath says:

    Atlantic Canada
    Watching the animate intro to National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

  15. Krista Ashe says:

    This is awesome!!! It kinda goes along with the post I’m doing today on Man in the Mirror, and how I want to work for others in 2010! Maybe I’ll do this one too on New Years or something! Awesome!!

  16. Krista Ashe says:

    Okay, I did like the kids and didn’t fully read the directions!


    Krista Ashe
    Canton, GA
    I like being with family and friends, eating, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company!

  17. Sarah says:

    So sweet of everyone to do this!

    I love everything Christmas! Sights, smells, traditions–and songs! I could listen to them all year long, but this time of year makes them seem sparkling and new again!

  18. Sandy Shin says:

    You’re so awesome for doing this!

    Houston, TX
    I love the opportunity to stay at home with my family and not have to worry about school for a few weeks. :>

  19. Matt Heppe says:

    Matt from Pennsylvania. I love the food, friends, and family!

  20. Larissa says:

    You’re awesome! Popped over from Nathan Bransford’s blog!

    Larissa from Orlando, and I love giving to others! :)

  21. Sally F says:

    Thank you, Amanda!

    Dallas, TX
    Wrapping presents!

  22. Alicia A says:

    Alicia A
    SE Texas
    The joy of giving

  23. Audrianna says:



    My favorite part of this time of year is the local electric light parade that we participate in. It’s two weeks of hard working building our float, and then we get to share it with the rest of the city. It really helps to kick off the holiday season.

  24. Jennifer Hubbard says:

    Happy holidays and bless you for contributing!

  25. Name: E.D. Lindquist and Aron Christensen
    Location: Folsom, CA
    Xmas love: Christmas lights and the smell of pine sap!

    (We’re participating, too! Come by and leave a comment: http://www.looseleafstories.com/2009/12/season-of-giving/)

    Happy holidays!

  26. I’m a former teacher, so I know all too well how tightly our money is stretched. Hope you get lots of comments. If you have a minute, please stop by my blog, as I’ve pledged to donate as well. Thanks.


  27. Kathryn says:

    Kathryn Jankowski
    Central Valley, CA
    Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

    I’m participating too, so please visit my blog at http://kjankowski.blogspot.com. Thanks!

  28. Susan Quinn says:

    I’m helping out with Nathan’s drive, too, so I had to stop by! Good for you!

    My favorite part of Christmas: all the kids dressed as angels or shepards at Christmas Eve Mass.

    I love that you are a teacher! You may be interested in my blog Ink Spells – it’s all about connecting advanced readers to great books.

    Happy Holidays!

  29. Amanda Plavich says:

    Thanks, I’ll check it out!

  30. Chanelle says:

    Your name: Chanelle

    Location: London

    You favorite part of Christmas and/or this time of year: The food! And then the presents.

  31. Regan Leigh says:

    Regan Leigh
    Atlanta, Ga
    My fav? Hm, I guess it would be my tradition of eating Indian food take out on Christmas Eve. :)

  32. Regan Leigh says:

    Btw, I’m doing it too! Click my link!

  33. Stephanie says:

    Huntsville, AL
    Favorite part of Christmas is seeing my babies eyes light up when they get to open presents!

  34. houndrat says:

    Mmmmm…Christmas cookies….yum. ‘Course, the mulled wine and eggnog isn’t bad, either. :)

    Awesome, Amanda!

    Debra Driza
    San Diego, CA

  35. Leah says:

    This is an amazing thing you are doing, Amanda!

    Oakhurst, CA
    Favorite part of the season is being with family, seeing all the pretty lights, and being able to wrap myself in various scarves, gloves, and jackets–not to mention drinking coffee, tea, and cocoa :)

  36. AnotherGuy says:

    I really do wish that I could do the same thing with my blog. No money right now, though. Maybe when I do get some extra, I can do this same sort of fundraiser for other causes. Thanks for the idea, Amanda!

    Tim Stiffler-Dean
    Dayton, OH
    I love the time I get to spend with those that I love. :-)

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  38. Robin Mullet says:

    Wow, this is growing so fast, my head is spinning with little reindeer…Robin from Ohio, here. I love baking cookies with my daughters and grandkids. Thanks for commenting on my blog for a beehive.

  39. Mags says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I’m Mags. It’s nice to meet you!

    I’m from Boston, and honestly, my favorite thing about the holiday season is stuff like this.

    Horray for you.


  40. KD says:

    KD Crotwell
    Tucson, AZ

    I love taking my daughter to see Christmas lights. And the cookies!

  41. Jodi says:

    Jodi from PA

    My favorite thing is homemade gifts from 5 year olds!

  42. Brian says:

    Brian Spadora

    Jersey City, NJ

    I love Christmas music, especially when it’s playing in a room lit only by the lights on a Christmas tree!

  43. Wendy Peterson says:

    Hi, Amanda! What a lovely blog :)
    I’m not sure of the time difference, but I hope I’ve posted within the time frame.

    I love the reason for the season. Yay for Jesus!.

  44. amanda kennedy says:

    Cleveland TN

    Being out of school without kids constantly saying “Mrs. Kennedy” and asking a million questions a day is the best :)

    Also visiting with all the friends and family.

  45. Kathy says:

    Kathy Bradey

    Sydney, Australia

    Summer holidays, the beach, the weather, the excitement and the Christmas lights!! :)

    Great idea Amanda! Go the school teachers!! xx

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