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CyberMonday Giveaway! {Baltimore Newborn Photography}

I will be giving away 1 FREE MINI-SESSION today only!

The mini-session will take place during my Spring Mini-Session weekend – April 28-29 (rain dates are May 5-6). The time of the session will be scheduled in the Spring. The Mini-Session is 45 minutes and includes 10 high-resolution digital images. The session will take place at my outdoor Mini-Session location in Owings Mills, Maryland. Mini-sessions are for immediate family only and are not appropriate for newborns or very small babies.

So this is what you need to do to enter …

Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite Christmas tradition is – it can be anything you want! Make sure to leave your name AND an email address for me to contact you. If I cannot get in touch with you, you can’t win! Next, go tell all of your Facebook friends that you entered a giveaway to win a free mini-session with me – make your status “I just entered to win a free mini-session with @Nicole Renee Photography and you can too!” Please use the little “@” symbol to link to my Facebook page. (You must be a fan to use that feature.) Blog comments may be made on CyberMonday only – November 28th – from 12:00am – 11:59pm. Comments made before or after the timeframe will be disqualified. One entry per person. Comments made on my Facebook page will NOT be entered in the drawing – all comments must be here on the blog. One winner will be randomly drawn and notified on Tuesday.


bf939fde-1982-11e1-9296-000bcdcb471e - November 28, 2011 - 5:35 am

Amy Doyle

My favorite Christmas tradition is my Dad would always read Twas The Night Before Christmas to my sister, brother and me when we were little. He now reads it too his grandkids and us (adults still listen to it) before everyone goes home on Christmas Eve. He has even read it over the phone to those who couldn't be with us.

Gina Bukowski - November 28, 2011 - 5:47 am

My favorite tradition actually takes place on Christmas Eve. Trying to get the kids settled down from all of the nights activities, we set out the milk and cookies for Santa on a special plate and read Twas The Night Before Christmas. You can see how anxious they are to get to sleep so morning will come ~ Truly precious every year <3

hollyg - November 28, 2011 - 6:46 am

Every year at Christmas, my husband and I would make it a point to get back from relatives early enough on Christmas eve to have our own time in front of tree. Grab a glass of wine, open gifts and talk about our year and how we are truly thankful. Over the years it's become more important to us to have this time together versus it being about the gift giving. This year that rings true more than any since we have two new little ones to celebrate and give thanks. New and old traditions will continue..we have a lot to be thankful for this year and for years to come. We hope to always have the quality time as a family on Christmas eve, time spent together in our Christmas pjs, giving thanks and enjoying being a family.

Holly - November 28, 2011 - 12:06 pm

When I was growing up my grandmother would always buy me a new of Christmas pjs to wear on Christmas Eve. Now that I have my own little ones I have continued the tradition. I think it is so cute to see all of the kids dressed in their new Christmas phs opening presents on Christmas morning.

Chrissie Tryon - November 28, 2011 - 1:10 pm

My favorite tradition is the Elf on the Shelf. I love to watch my girls every morning looking for the elf. On Christams eve, we usually go out to families house, when we return home, the elf is gone but he always leaves the family new christmas Pajamas to wear on Christmas morning while opening presents.

PixieMommy - November 28, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Listening to my Dad read Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.


Melanie - November 28, 2011 - 1:38 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is waking up the day after Thanksgiving to a nice big breakfast and Christmas music playing while we decorate the house and put up the tree. The kids have the best time reminiscing with each and every decoration and ornament. It warms my heart.

Kathryn - November 28, 2011 - 1:43 pm

Turkey sandwiches on Christmas night, yum!


Mary - November 28, 2011 - 2:24 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is my and my husband's annual "Christmas Lights Date Night," usually around the 17th of the month. We go out on Saturday afternoon/early evening, get a hot chocolate for himself and a coffee for me, and we drive around Perry Hall, Bradshaw, Parkville and the Joppa areas looking at Christmas lights for hours. We have a little path we always follow, and this year, we get to share it with our 16.5 m/o little girl. This is something we started doing when we were just dating, and is probably my favorite night out of the whole entire year! It makes it feel like people put those gorgeous lights out just for us.

Nicole Shepherd - November 28, 2011 - 2:26 pm

My favorite tradition is getting a personalized ornament. My husband and I have purchased one each year. We get one with the two of us and then maybe antoerh if something special has happened in our lives. It is so neat to look back at the ornaments and see where we added another little figure to it, we have one for our first home, our first dog, our first baby, etc. It is a fun tradition and we hope to add lots more little figures to these ornaments soon!

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Megan Jones:
Breakfast for dinner Christmas Eve night!

Ang @ Taking a Sunday Drive - November 28, 2011 - 2:45 pm

My favorite tradition, although it may sound silly happens in the wee hours of Christmas morning. (1-2am)This is when I pull out all of the presents from Santa, and the special wrapping paper only used by him, and start to wrap and arrange all of the presents under the tree and in the stockings. I usually do this alone,(since my husband works nights) with a bottle of wine, while watching "A Christmas Story" over and over again.

Katie Justus - November 28, 2011 - 2:58 pm

My favorite tradition is spending the night at my parents hous Christmas Eve and having Chinese food for dinner! We always get to open one gift that night, and somehow it is always new pjs so we look nice for Christmas morning photos πŸ™‚
Katie Justus

Aubrey - November 28, 2011 - 3:22 pm

We will be starting a new one this year…cutting down our own tree. Can't wait to watch Kellan grow up each year through the pictures we take!!
Aubrey breen

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Our family tradition is making Italian cookies as a family. Since we have been reunited with other family members the last couple of years they are so happy to be apart of this tradition and this year will be a little different since my cousin is away in afhanastan. We will be sending him some cookies this year to share with some other troops. We also collect toys and coats for the homeless at work. I hope everyone has a nice holiday and be safe to all our troops. Good lick to everyone who enters the mini session contest. Angel Hindle at or Thanks

Julie - November 28, 2011 - 3:28 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up our tree while sipping sparkling apple cider out of wine glasses and listening to Christmas music. The kids love it and so do I:)
Julie Mohr

meghan - November 28, 2011 - 3:37 pm

I have two holiday favorites- searching for the perfect tree at a local farm and visiting 34th st in hampden to see the lights!

Cheryl - November 28, 2011 - 4:12 pm

We are grandparents to 3 adorable children who have all had sessions with you. Our tradition with our children when they were young was to go to a tree farm with animals, hot chocolate, music, wagon rides and cut down our tree. The tree farm unfortunately is a new home development now, but my children go elsewhere with the grandkids to find the "perfect Christmas tree". My wall is full of photos of my kids, grandkids taken by you… but none of my husband and I with them. I would love to add our pictures to the Nicole Renee wall πŸ™‚
Cheryl Loftus

Donna - November 28, 2011 - 4:15 pm

My favorite tradition during the holidays is decorating the Christmas tree. It's always too big or too fat or too skinny but it's always perfect once we all have spent an evening together putting the lights and ornaments in just the right place.

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Every year my sister and I make homemade sugar cookies and decorate them for Christmas. She lives out of town, so we work around when she'll be here. Sometimes we make them Thanksgiving weekend, and sometimes it'll be Christmas Eve!

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 4:49 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition with my daughter is setting up the Little People nativity. She loves it when I pull it out of storage and knows that we only keep it out for about a month during this special time of year. She has a lot of fun playing with the nativity and it helps her to remember the real meaning of Christmas.
Alyssa Bourne

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 5:07 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is just being with my family; when i get to my parents' house on Christmas Day, everyone is there, the tree is light, music is playing; it feels like home. i live in VA so i cherish these moments so much.

Heather - November 28, 2011 - 5:22 pm

Ooops…Forgot my email address above…


Brandi L - November 28, 2011 - 5:32 pm

I forgot my email address above too! Brandi L

Tara S. - November 28, 2011 - 6:06 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition, now that we have kids, is watching The Polar Express the day after Thanksgiving. We make hot chocolate and sing the "Hot Chocolate" song. It signifies the beginning of the Christmas season for us.

Tara Soth

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 6:16 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition growing up was that my parents and I exchanged ornaments based on what happened that year. When I got my first house, I already had a fully loaded tree to start my first Christmas! I love remembering each experience as I grew up when I decorate the tree. I'm doing this with my kids as well.
Now, my daughter Faith and I have started a tradition of making a bunch of different kinds of cookies to give to friends, teachers, etc.
Stephanie Day
sday4400 at hotmail dot com

daniellebressner - November 28, 2011 - 6:19 pm

We have so many….but a favorite of mine is that we have hot cocoa by candlelight in front of the fire on Christmas eve. My husband reads "twas the night before Christmas" to the boys and we talk about jesus' birth.
Danielle Bressner

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 6:36 pm

We have a few, but we love Elf on the Shelf. So much fun to see the boys come downstairs and try to find him. We also have to leave cookies out for Santa and read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" the night before.


Ashley Tudor - November 28, 2011 - 7:20 pm

My favorite christmas tradition is christmas eve santa always stops in to remind our son to go to bed early.. Pictures taken with santa in front of our own tree always turn out great!

Ashley Tudor

Nicole Gray - November 28, 2011 - 7:22 pm

We attend Christmas eve services and drive around on the way home to look at lights, open up one gift each (new pjs) and enjoy a movie together. Christmas day we celebrate Jesus' birthday and eat cake!

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 7:39 pm

Growing up my favorite Christmas tradition was my mom making homemade orange rolls for breakfast. After opening presents, my family would enjoy these delicious treats!

Deana Putterman

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 7:44 pm

Christmas morning after all the presents are open we have my husband's family over for a big breakfast all in our pjs!

Amanda Bush

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 7:51 pm

My favortie Christmas Tradition has to be the Christmas Tree! I love to put on Christmas music and drink hot chocolate and decorate the tree. I love that my daughter is old enough now to help. I love the smell so much!
Kayla Harris

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 7:56 pm

It's hard to pick just one, but I have always loved going with my family to pick out a Christmas tree.That is one of my favorite childhood memories, and one that I hope my children will always remember.
Amie Bean

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 8:02 pm

We have several traditions throughout the Christmas season, but my favorite family tradition is giving each other a special ornament each year that represents something about that person that occurred during the year. For example, last year my youngest daughter's special ornament was shoes, because she loves, loves, loves shoes. This year, I am making her a mosaic tile ornament in the shape of a question mark because of all the questions she asks. My oldest daughter loves art and drawing, and she is getting a Crayola crayon ornament. My plan is for my daughters to be able to have these ornaments for their own tree when they are grown, and I hope they carry the tradition forward with their own families.

Kelly Balchunas (

Johanna - November 28, 2011 - 8:09 pm

my favorite tradition is taking the kiddies shopping for each other (secret santas) and for their grandparents!
…and opening the sibling gifts on Christmas eve!

Oh, and I also LOVE picking out our family ornament together!

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 8:10 pm

We have so many it's hard to choose a favorite, but I love seeing my kids faces when they run down the stairs to see if Santa has come and eaten the cookies that they had left for him.

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 8:27 pm

We let the kids open one gift on Christmas eve, which is Christmas PJ's and then we get the cookies Ann milk out for Santa and carrots out for the raindeer… we read Twas the night for Christmas…;-)

Louise Emerick

Kelly F. - November 28, 2011 - 8:31 pm

Growing up we were made to wait on the steps while my parents set up the music, coffee, fireplace etc… We couldn't see the tree from our spot on the stairs and the anticipation was a killer but also wonderful in the way it stretched out the big moment πŸ™‚ Now my kids rooms are upstairs while ours is on the main level and they would have to come past the gifts to wake us in the morning so we have sleepovers in one of their rooms so that we can make them wait on the stairs too- even if it is only long enough for a picture!

Ellen - November 28, 2011 - 9:34 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting my kids matching, fleece pajamas – they are SO cute together and so snuggly on those cold winter nights! Ellen Bitler

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 10:04 pm

Visiting every family member in baltimore on christmas eve! πŸ™‚

The Proud Parents - November 28, 2011 - 10:24 pm

My family buys matching pj's for all the kids(cousins) and hides them on the porch to be found by our kids after we return from church. The kids get SO excited and love to wear them to bed that night. They love their "special early gift" from Santa. πŸ™‚
Jessica Stahl

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 10:30 pm

We go to Kenilworth Mall to see the trains and then to Valley View Farm to see the trees. We have started to kick off the holiday season by going to the Festival of Trees.

Nicole R.

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 10:50 pm

My very favorite Christmas tradition is making loads of Christmas cookies with my Gramcracker (who is in heaven now), my Mom and now my Daughter πŸ™‚

Judi G

Anonymous - November 28, 2011 - 11:05 pm

When my husband and I were dating/living together while engaged, we would make a "nest" on the floor by the Christmas tree. All the lights out, except the tree lights–so romantic! We would have the best conversations about what our life would be like. Now, we make a nest for the kids to just lay on the floor and just have family time. Not quite as romantic as it used to be…but it'll do for awhile!


Megan Jackson - November 28, 2011 - 11:33 pm

MEGAN JACKSON- I forgot my email it is

Julie - November 28, 2011 - 11:38 pm

Julie Grove….sorry I forgot

Tiffany - November 29, 2011 - 12:03 am

My family's tradition is to wake everyone up, take a picture of the siblings on the stairs holding our Christmas stockings (this was such a blast when we started to become teenagers…don't quite fit as easily on the teeny stairs of an 1800s house, nor were we thrilled with having our picture taken just rolling out of bed). Then we get to open our stockings, everyone eats breakfast and gets ready for the day, then we open our presents under the tree one-by-one. That way everyone gets to see everyone open their gifts πŸ™‚ The "Santa" that passed out the presents from under the tree would change every year, and usually whichever kid was learning to read so they could read the tags. I'm looking forward to creating new traditions now that we have a little one of our own πŸ™‚
tiffanyosheal AT ballstate DOT bsu DOT edu

Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 12:13 am

When my mom was little her family didn't have a lot of money so my grandmother could not afford to take all 6 of her children out for Christmas. She would buy little Christmas decorations each year saving them one year to the next in hopes of making home look beautiful at Christmas time. She took a lot of time and care in her decorating. My grandfather (who has now died) was a very well respected man in the community and as his business grew her decorations got nicer and nicer. By the time my cousins and I were born her house looked like a professionally decorated winter wonderland. We used to love to go to gram and pops and sit by the HUGE fire with the perfect tree and the train going around. Everywhere you looked you saw Christmas! I think of her every year as I put out my decorations. This year I'm stuggling. I just gave birth to a premature son. He can't leave the house (just like gram and her kids) but I just am so tired and so down I don't know where to start. I know it will get done…it has to for my other 2 precious kids. It's our tradition.

Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 1:21 am

Putting out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer Is the one tradition we never miss!


Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 1:24 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is that our entire family all go to my sisters house or my house and we all have dinner together and open up new pajamas for everyone and put them on and play games all night and watch home videos from when we were little. Once the kids go to bed, we play more games and hang out by the fire while we're assembling a few things for Christmas. We put on our pajamas again on Christmas night and drive around and look at the lights. LOVE Christmas!

Katie Dascanio

Ashley - November 29, 2011 - 1:35 am

We always go to my dad's (even now!) in the morning. He has to have everything as he wants it: fire on (it's gas now:), coffee made, lights on, music on. We aren't allowed to enter the room until it is all ready. This year we will be having our first Christmas with our 1 year old with the same tradition at his house!


Mary Bullinger - November 29, 2011 - 1:37 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is the Christmas tree. Jay and I grew up both with getting real trees with our families so we carry out the tradition in our household as well. We pick a date (this year Jay had to use vacation because he doesn't have weekends off) and go to a tree farm. We do all the fun activities there, pick a tree, and daddy chops it down! We come home and attempt to put it up. It usually takes half the day just to get it in the stand and straight! Good thing we are not perfectionists! We then set up our video camera and have the girls help us put them up. No tv, no phones, just us, the tree, and of course christmas music. I am so thankful to have TONS of childhood ornaments of mine, and I've already started collecting the girls personal ones as well. Poor Jay doesn't have any childhood ones, so we started daddy's too! But, seriously…what a wonderful quality time it is to spend with the people who are most dearest to me…my husband and girls.

Mary Bullinger

Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 1:41 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is every year my father would play the music from the Nutcracker and my sister and I knew it was time to come down and open the gifts!!! Every time I hear the music I light up inside and I feel like a little girl again!!!
Happy holidays,
Kim Hall,

Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 1:41 am

My favorite Christmas tradition growing up was spending Christmas Eve at grandma's and making up silly dances with my cousin to perform for our family!

Michele F.

MO & TDO - November 29, 2011 - 1:52 am

PS that was me, Maria

Beth Popp - November 29, 2011 - 2:07 am

I have started the tradition with my sons of buying an ornament each year for them based on the theme we chose for their first Christmas. My oldest son gets a moose ornament and my younger son gets a truck. It is fun picking out these ornaments every year. When the are ready to have a tree of their own, I will give them the collection.

Beth Popp,

Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 2:08 am

Driving around and looking at Christmas lights on the 23rd…it's my birthday. πŸ™‚

Shannon Griggs - November 29, 2011 - 2:18 am

My favorite Christmas tradition with my family happens on Christmas Eve. We are all allowed to chose one present to open. I love to see the excitement on the girls faced and how intently the look over the couple of presents we allow them to choose from. Then my husband reads them Twas The Night Before Christmas. We then send them to before and we set up the tree and u husband works on pugging things together and making sure they all have batteries πŸ™‚ I love to see their faces and hear their expressions on Christmas morning!!

Shannon Griggs
661-350-8784them (cell)

Kelly R - November 29, 2011 - 2:39 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is watching and listening to our oldest son read "Twas the night before Christmas" to his little brother and sister. This year we will not get to celebrate this tradition as our son is deployed to Afghanistan and will not be back until mid May….we plan on having Christmas in May and you bet your bottom dollar he will be reading to the little ones then!!!!

Kelly Riddle

Cia Webber - November 29, 2011 - 2:44 am

my favorite holiday tradition since i became a mom is reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to my children on Christmas Eve and then setting a plate for santa filled with cookies for him and carrots for the reindeer! And a glass of milk of course! Last year my son who was in second grade decided to read it to us and he was so proud so i think now we have a slightly new tradition!!!

Cia Webber

Kathleen - November 29, 2011 - 2:50 am

My most favorite tradition is after we get home from church and we each get one gift to open. We all act like we don't know what it is but… we do. We all get new Christmas PJ's. We read the Night Before Christmas and Santa Mouse. We sit out milk, cookies and a piece of cheese for Santa Mouse. I just love it! Can't wait to share it all with Lauren this year!

Kathleen Pahls

Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 2:58 am

My favorite christmas tradition is going out looking at all of the lights. As a family we pile into the car, van, or vehicles get some hot chocolate and drive around looking and talking about the lights. We also listen to christmas music. Then when we finish we make cookies at home. Its lots of fun.

Stephanie Cunningham

Anonymous - November 29, 2011 - 3:06 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is probably the countdown to Christmas when I was a child. My grandmother made us a fabric countdown calendar that was a Christmas tree and there were 25 ornaments, culminating in the angel that goes on the top of the tree. My sister and I would fight every night over who got to put that day's ornament on, but it was so much fun to see the tree fill up with ornaments.

Kathryn Tice

alycedailey - November 29, 2011 - 3:16 am

My favorite Christmas tradition is our Elf on the Shelf who magically arrives each year. Karissa named him "Cooper." He shows up in a different spot each day (after Thanksgiving) and watches the kids' behavior and reports back to Santa each night. Gets some good behavior for at least a few weeks out of the year! πŸ™‚

Alyce Dailey

Heidi Aikins - November 29, 2011 - 3:34 am

This will be our second year to carry on this tradition. Its giving 3 gifts (like the wise men) to our children. Each gift means a specific thing. The gift of gold is the gift of anything they desire the most(within reason), the gift of Francensinse is a gift of clothing and Myrh is a gift of something educational. We also give a gift from Ryan and I and….a gift from Santa just to make it fun!

Melanie - November 29, 2011 - 3:53 am

My favorite christmas tradition is spending a whole day…or two…with the kids, baking all of our favorite cookies. A close second is decorating the tree with the kids, then we sit in the dark and just look at it.

Melanie Crouse

Kelly the Overthinker - November 29, 2011 - 3:54 am

Curling up on the couch on Christmas Eve when the children are in bed and watching an old Christmas movie with my husband. That's one of my faves. πŸ™‚ Look at all your entries! Lots of peeps want you to photograph them! Such a great giveaway!