Does your holiday decorating deserve a prize?

by Susan

With your Thanksgiving turkey making its way to your oven, it’s almost time to pull out the Christmas decorations.

And so we thought you’d like to know about a fun nationwide holiday decorating contest sponsored by Swiffer®.

Check out the prizes…

  • Grand Prize Winner: $3,500 toward a home makeover
  • 25 First Prize Winners: A Swiffer WetJet
  • 6 Weekly Winners: A year’s supply of Swiffer Products

Here’s what you do:

  1. Get your family together and get creative decorating the inside of your house.
  2. Take a picture showing off your brilliant holiday decorations.
  3. Submit your photo.
  4. And cross your fingers that you’ll be selected in the random draw for the $3,500 home makeover or the Swiffer product prizes. (Also, remember to check back each week to see if your picture is selected as the “favorite home of the week”.)

Psst… shhh… don’t tell…
But actually if you want to skip the photo submission part, you can still submit your name into the random draw for all the prizes.

Sound like fun?

So before you run off and start decorating, tell us…

When do you put up your Christmas decorations? Do you put up a ‘real’ tree or use an artificial one? Do you set out any Christmas presents under the tree before Christmas Eve or do you wait and let them all pile up during the night for a big surprise on Christmas morning?

When we were kids, our family would set up our tree in the beginning of December. For many years we had an artificial tree that we had to piece together like a gigantic puzzle. The branches had color-coded tips that plugged into the trunk of the tree. We complained like crazy that we wanted a real tree, but the fun of putting together our puzzle tree usually quieted us down.

Then our parents would gradually put a few presents under the tree during the days leading up to Christmas and we’d lightly lift and shake each to try and guess the contents. And of course on Christmas Eve while we slept, tons of gifts found their way under the tree and into our stockings.

Now that we have our own families, Janice and I follow similar traditions. And on Christmas morning we all gather at Janice’s house, so Julia and Jackson can open their gifts together.

Christmas Morning 2005

Ahhh… just thinking about it brings a smile to my face.



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Adventures in Babywearing November 22, 2006 at 5:32 pm

We usually put the Christmas decor & tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but this year the boys were begging and so we put everything up yesterday!! I am glad to have it done!

We were sent one of those great Swiffer Carpet Flicks, too, and I’ll post about mine this weekend!

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2 Aimee November 22, 2006 at 7:32 pm

I start to decorate the day or so after Thanksgiving. :)

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3 Rona November 22, 2006 at 10:26 pm

Thanks for posting the contest. I immediately went to the website and entered.

We try to decorate by December 1.

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4 e-Mom November 23, 2006 at 2:02 am

Thanks for thinking about your American friends… I know you’ve already had your turkey. (We do two!) We decorate about two weeks before Christmas, and try to leave it all up until New Year’s.

BTW, I like your fireplace mantle… we’re going to be remodelling and I’m looking for ideas!

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5 Tasra Dawson November 23, 2006 at 1:23 pm

Entered the drawing…didn’t upload a photo. I am definitely not the best decorator, but I love the holidays. We’re usually slower than usual in getting decorations up. Possibly because we have a little one who will run around and pull everything down. Need to find a childproof way to decorate!

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