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Win a Gingerbread House Kit - Week 1

Win a Gingerbread House Kit - Week 1

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UPDATE

Wow! You sent us a broad range of stories and we loved reading each one. It was very difficult to select a winner and there were two that were very close. In the end we went with Mel who told us:

"Instead of bringing a plate of food our untraditional tradition is to bring an empty plate and decorate it with memories and milestones for the year with food safe pens and paints! We use the past year’s plates to serve the food. It’s a great way to look back and tell stories, this year will be our 10th year doing it!"

You can read the rest of the entires at the bottom of this page. Thank you to everyone who entered and be sure to have another go in our next contest.

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It's just over 4 weeks until Christmas and now is your chance to win one of our fabulous Gingerbread House Kits. Just tell us some untraditional tradition that you or your family does at Christmas. Do you take your dog to visit Santa? Does your house feature an unusual decoration? Do you skip the turkey and go for something uniquely Australian? Share your story of 100 words or less at the bottom of this page.

  • Entries close midnight AEDST Wednesday 5th December.
  • Chance plays no part in the result. The winner will be the entry that we find the most interesting.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Keep it family friendly.
  • Not all entries will be published.
  • Your email is only used to notify you if you win. You will not be added to our newsletter list (if you want to be notified of future contests and gift ideas, you can join below)
  • You must enter a correct email address in order to be contacted about your prize.
  • Prize can only be sent to an Australian address.
  • If the winner does not respond to our email within one week, Mrs Claus will give the kit to one of Santa's elves.
  • The winner's name will be published here.
  • The winner is ineligible to win another contest in 2018.

24 comments

Dec 07, 2018 • Posted by DIANA O

On Christmas Eve we sneak from house to house, leaving surprise gifts on our neighbours front doorsteps. We’ve been doing it for years, and to date none of them has any idea it’s us. And the neighbour who’s been deemed not nice all year, as nominated by us as a family, we leave them a lump of coal!!!!!!!

Dec 06, 2018 • Posted by Ben

Each year we visit our neighbours place,
And unfailing there’s always been space,
Under their plastic Christmas tree;
A veritable present shopping spree!
After lunch and exchanging pleasantries,
It’s time for us to present these:
Our now traditional yearly gift swap,
(I’d like to think we come out on top!)

Dec 06, 2018 • Posted by Tom Corlis

My girlfriends family has my favourite Christmas tradition. Living in Outback Australia (closest neighbour is 150km away) you can imagine its not always easy to get a Christmas tree. But they’ve never let that deter them! Every year they all get in the Utes and drive around the property looking for the perfect tree. It can take hours, sometimes multiple trips over a couple of days, its always frustrating, fun, exciting and tiring, but oh so rewarding! Something special about finding the perfect Christmas tree in the outback!

Dec 06, 2018 • Posted by Bella

My family play Secret Santa every year, but the catch is you will be assigned someone from the family to decorate a Christmas singlet! On Christmas day, we will exchange each singlet, which must be worn until Christmas lunch!

Dec 06, 2018 • Posted by Diana

Our sadistic version of Kris Kringle, where you can steal someones already opened gift. For a merry, festive season, it truly brings some biffo and feud to the table!! It keeps things interesting, and nice to see how certain family members strategies pan out. Evil, perhaps, fun, absolutely!!!

Dec 06, 2018 • Posted by Malena

We have a dress code theme every Christmas. Last year was tropical, year before that was pajamas. This year is funny tee theme. My tee says “Being related to me is the only gift you need”. Hope I win best dressed.

Dec 05, 2018 • Posted by Linda

Instead of decorating our Christmas tree with baubles, we put up photos of the people and experiences we are grateful for this year. We print out photos and attach a string through them then hang it on the trees with written messages of why we are grateful for each person/experience behind it. It allowed us to reevaluate what we have gone through this year and how grateful we are as well for such people/things.

Dec 05, 2018 • Posted by Will

The busy, noisy, stressful Holiday season,
Gives me the reason,
To take a peaceful stroll,
To the North Pole,
’Cause heaven forbids,
I need a Christmas break away from the wife and kids.

(And when I get back, they expect lots of presents…sheesh!)

Dec 05, 2018 • Posted by Lauren Dean

Every year we theme our Christmas with a different country. Food and decorations are all suited and matched with that country. Its very fun trying something different each year.

Dec 05, 2018 • Posted by Richard Chantra

My Mum hails from Austria and loves a natural Christmas tree but they’re a bit hard to come by here so she insteads bundles together Eucalyptus branches in a vase and places Christmas ornaments and tinsel on that to give it an Australian twist.

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