This post is sponsored by James Avery. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Christmas is less than two weeks away! Where did the time go? I swear I just got done with Thanksgiving dinner. As much as I would like to give the girls and my family everything they want, I want them to understand the real meaning of Christmas. We’re still working on what our family Christmas tradition looks like. With the help of James Avery, I wanted to share a Christmas story from my childhood, plans for future traditions and a James Avery giveaway.
Christmas with my mom was centered around shopping. I remember when I was around 10 years old, my mom took me and my niece mall with her to buy Christmas presents. She gave me about $100 cash. That’s a lot of cash back then for a 10-year-old. That was in the olden days (as Peyton says) before credit cards.
Since I was balling out of control, I was on a mission to get everyone I could, the BIGGEST gift I could find. Christmas at that time for me meant the biggest boxes, had to be the best gifts. Luckily our mall had some kind of convenience type of store with items I could afford.
While cruising this budget-friendly store, I found pot in a box. SCORE! I grabbed the box. Then I saw a large soldier nutcracker. It also came in a big box. I found some multi-colored knee-hi socks in a tube that was as long as a roll of wrapping paper. Who wouldn’t love a tube of knee-hi socks this big? Talk about throwing money down the drain…. I spent $100 buying a bunch of junk that I couldn’t carry around the mall.
I went home and wrapped my gifts. My mom looked at the pot and said thanks. The nutcracker broke immediately because I tried to crack a real nut with it. Not only did this make me sharpen up my shopping skills, but I also learned the size of the gift is not what matters.
Gifts from the heart are really what Christmas is about. Sentimental gifts can come small boxes, like my James Avery sterling silver Christmas Tree charm and bracelet. I want to teach my girls to think of more personal and heartfelt gifts like my adorned Christmas tree that reminds me of my early holiday shopping adventures. James Avery Artisan Jewelry is committed to making memories and telling stories. I encourage you to make this a Christmas to remember with a special holiday piece from James Avery and share your own stories using #MyJamesAvery and #ACharmedChristmas. Click HERE to check out more beautiful pieces from James Avery.
James Avery has been so gracious as to gift one on my readers with this beautiful sterling silver Christmas tree charm and bracelet. Use the widget below to enter. Open to US shipping addresses only. Must be over 18 to enter. Giveaway will end on Sunday at 11:59 pm. Winner will be contacted immediately and will have 24 hrs to respond. Not responsible for lost or damaged packages. Item is not eligible for returns or exchanges. Good luck!
CarissaDecember 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm
This bracelet is beautiful! I love gifting my parents they do so much for us I wish there was something I could really do to repay them for everything but they know whatever I get it’s from my heart
DanyelleDecember 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm
I love James Avery. It is my daughter’s first piece of real jewelry. I also love the lesson you shared. Sentimental gifts mean so much more than size. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Kim Pincombe-ColeDecember 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm
My mom loves angels & would go crazy over the Seraphina Angel Pendant charm. It is stunning!!
Madelin IrvinDecember 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm
I love your story… I would love to start a tradition with my daughter. I like the mother’s love in silver pendant.
Cynthia GaarderDecember 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm
I love my kitties
CANDICEDecember 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm
I love James Avery. I buy my nieces charms all the time. The charms are so cool and they have one for everything you want to celebrate.
LeimomDecember 12, 2017 at 8:35 am
It is just me and my daughter and she is turning into a lovely little lady. She is all things tomboy but loves the jewels and dangly items. She would love this!!
Kim HenrichsDecember 12, 2017 at 9:58 am
I would love to give the Eiffel Tower to my friend who loves Paris!!
CurviebirdieDecember 12, 2017 at 10:33 am
Yes! I miss those days. The whole family getting together to unwrap gifts is my fondest memory as a child.
NickieDecember 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm
I like the queen of hearts charm. It reminds me of Alice and wonderland and I love that book
Sharon RooneyDecember 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm
So many beautiful charms that it is hard to choose just one. If I won I would choose the Enamel Christmas Tree Charm for my daughter.
Kenia PeralezDecember 12, 2017 at 10:06 pm
I love James Avery. I like the “Very Special Daughter” charm. I would gift it to my daughter.
ChrystalDecember 13, 2017 at 8:37 am
James Avery is the perfect place to get gifts that are sentimental. This Christmas, I would like to gift my daughter with a Deep in the Heart of Texas charm necklace to remind her of home when she’s homesick while away at college in Kansas.
Michele OliverDecember 13, 2017 at 10:37 am
I love your story! I remember gifting my daughter with a first Brighton Christmas charm bracelet a few years ago. She brings it out every season to wear. I’d love to give her something from James Avery, she’ll be 15 this year, just 3 days after Christmas. Thanks for the chance.
Daphne ChannelDecember 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm
Christmas always included tons of presents under the tree for my childhood. Growing up like this also made me do the same for my son and plus I love buying gifts for people. But the last couple years I have scaled back and I am trying to really instill in my son the meaning of Christmas. Also helping those in needs.
ElleDecember 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
I would give the wise owl pendant to a friend who collects things with owls.
EdyeDecember 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm
I like the nutcracker charm! 🙂
Lesheika HayesDecember 14, 2017 at 10:52 am
I love the coffee charm. A girl loves her coffee! 🙂
greentopiariesDecember 14, 2017 at 9:54 pm
I would love to get the Enamel Retro Mixer Charm for my Mother because she is an amazing baker. Thank you for the chance! 🙂
Erin MDecember 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm
I love the queen of hearts charm but I would be greedy and get it for myself.
SamDecember 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm
I love the enduring faith cross necklace. I think it is absolutely beautiful ! I would love to get myself and my mother one !!
Kayla KlontzDecember 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm
I would love to get my daughter an angel pendant, because to me, she’s an angel.
Jenny HamDecember 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm
I would like the Christmas tree charm
melissa cDecember 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm
My grandmother loves anything Santa I would love to gift her the Santa charm!
kelly woodsDecember 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm
the cross- thank you
Denise HauerDecember 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm
Seraphina Angel Pendant charm for my Mama. We have an angel watching over us (my son) and this would mean a lot to her <3
Anita JudeDecember 17, 2017 at 11:48 pm
You are always in my heart charm is my favorite
Juanita MayDecember 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm
I would love the Seraphina Angel Pendant charm for my bracelet, in memory of my angel son in heaven.
Leigh NicholsDecember 17, 2017 at 11:56 pm
I love the Eiffel Tower charm