Five Creative Christmas Traditions You Can Start Now

Now that I have reflected on our Christmas tree tradition, I have been thinking a lot about the magic of family traditions. The Christmas tree itself is a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. But this day in age, Christmas so often seems to revolve around ads and messages to buy things. Christmas traditions, however, revolve around fun, quality time — the most special thing and the best gift we can give our loved ones. With that sentiment in mind, here are a few creative Christmas traditions that should cost you close to nothing.

First, here’s a peek at our Christmas tree this year! My favorite part is the angel we got last year from Amazon. It is ceramic and has a glittery halo. The picture doesn’t really do it justice.

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Creative Christmas Traditions

  1. Hiding a special ornament. Have a designated, special ornament on your tree. Then, on Christmas Eve, hide the ornament from your family members. The first to spot the ornament on Christmas morning gets to open their gifts first. This idea stems from a Wide Open Country article about pickle ornaments. Have you heard of these?!
  2. Lighting the tree on Christmas Eve. One friend told me that growing up their tree was never lit until Christmas Eve. Every year she waited in anticipation to see how beautiful it was. A different family member got to plug in the tree each year too. How fun is that?
  3. Reading the Christmas Story before placing any gifts under the tree. If you are religious, this may be a nice way to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. You can also do read the Christmas Story around the tree on Christmas Eve.
  4. Making or picking out ornaments for each other. Whether for spouses or siblings, getting a hand-picked or handmade ornament from someone you love is special. You can do an exchange of the ornaments to kickoff the decorating of the tree too. Have you ever made an ornament for someone?
  5. Enjoy the twelve days of Christmas. Historically, the twelve days of Christmas last from Christmas Day until January 6th. So, you can leave your Christmas tree up until then or even save a present for the 12th day of Christmas.

In addition to going to our annual Christmas Tree Farm trip to cut down our tree, there are a few other things I do every Christmas. I always bake seasoned crackers, following my grandmother’s recipe, and give them to friends. I also love watching certain Christmas movies every year. Every Christmas Eve, I go to a candlelight church service and have dinner with my family.

Since I am getting married next year, I have started thinking about which childhood Christmas traditions I should continue and which things I would like to do differently.

Are there any traditions you carried over from your childhood? Are there any that are brand new that you will know you will be doing for years? Do you have any creative Christmas Traditions that don’t cost anything?

I would love to hear all about the little things you do with your family every Christmas.

Cheers the happiest of holidays!

Sarah Camille

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A Christmas Tree Tradition in the Making

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Christmas traditions are like the special ingredients to someone’s holiday season. They are the big, little and most importantly memorable rituals we do. Personally, I love traditions that emphasize family time and connecting with each other. Will and I have created a Christmas Tree Tradition that stems from our first Christmas together. With Christmas so close, I figure it is the perfect time to share our Christmas tree tradition and share a few traditions you can start in your home.

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Our Christmas Tree Tradition

At the beginning of this December, for the third year in a row, Will and I travel west to chop down our Christmas tree together. This year, our new Christmas tree tradition felt extra special because it is the first year we are living together. So, we didn’t have to do “rock, paper, scissors” to see where the tree would end up! And never again will we need to – woohoo!!

On the first Saturday of December, we headed west for our mini road trip to the Christmas tree farm. Thanks to Toyota, we were hooked up with a Land Cruiser to help get us there in style! It was the perfect vehicle to tackle gravel roads, some off-roading, and of course transporting our seven-foot tree home. My favorite feature of this SUV is the bird’s-eye view, which you can see pictured below. I love how it shows your position when you are parking or stopped at an intersection.

Our trip to the Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm is the first step we take to get ready for Christmas. With holiday music playing as we drove into the countryside, venturing to get a Christmas tree feels exciting, but also kind of premature. Every year I have questioned, “How it is already time to do this again!?” Nonetheless, this year we had beautiful weather and we were excited to be keeping the Christmas tree tradition alive.

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Once we got there, we travelled all over the farm for the perfect tree. Ironically, but maybe not surprisingly, this is my favorite part and Will’s least favorite part. So, since the first time we did this, Will has found it necessary to joke about how long it takes me to find the “right” tree. I come up with silly ways of marking them, so I do not forget them, too. This year I put trimmings at the top of trees I liked, which had the advantage of making other tree browsers think “my” trees were defective! Does anyone else do such silly things?!

After scouring through the whole farm, we found a perfectly full and beautiful tree. It was time to cut it down! Just imagine Will cheering, “Finally!!” Once we cut the tree down, we took it away in our buggy to be wrapped up before placing it on our car.

We drove off in our sweet ride and headed home, anticipating all the Christmas to-dos, and all the wonderful quality time to come during the holiday season.

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I hope this is a tradition we will be able to continue for years to come. It is such a lovely way to get enjoy the countryside and kick off the Christmas season. Now that I have shared our new tradition, I would love to know about your holiday traditions.

Do you have a Christmas or holiday tradition that involves traveling somewhere special? Do you have any traditions with your Christmas tree? 

If you don’t have any Christmas tree traditions yet, stay tuned. Tomorrow I will share a few affordable traditions you can start this year.

Thank you again to Toyota for offering us a sweet ride for our mini road trip.

Cheers and happy holidays!

Sarah Camille

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25 Affordable Christmas Gifts & Stocking Stuffers – $25 or Less!

Hi friends! Can you believe how quickly Christmas is approaching? Personally, I CANNOT wait. Opening stockings on Christmas morning is a tradition I have always enjoyed. It is a fun way to kickoff the Christmas Day festivities together. Just as fun for me, is picking out the contents of the stockings. I love finding cute, little items that suit a family member’s personality or offer a practical purpose. Since Christmas is approaching fast, I am sharing 25 affordable Christmas gifts and stocking stuffer ideas. They are all $25 or less! I selected various practical and fun gifts that are sure to suit a wide range of personalities, too.

Affordable Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

    1. Rifle Paper Co. Mermaid Notebooks, $14 — These are so cute and fun, and there are several more fun designs by the Rifle Paper Co. Notebooks like this are perfect for those who are organized and those who try to be (like me)!
    2. Bath Bombs Gift Set, $17 — Bath bombs are a fun stocking stuffer for kids, teens, men and women. Seriously. Have you met someone who doesn’t like these?!
    3. Cable Knit Pom Pom Beanie$15 — This beanie is a super cute way to keep your head warm this winter.
    4. Eco-Friendly Loofah, 6 for $11 —  These are great for anyone, but especially for those who enjoy relaxing in the shower or tub.
    5. The Body Shop Bath Foam, $13 — Bath Foams like this are perfect for your friend who loves baths. I love this Vanilla Chai scent too!
    6. KitchenAid Spatula, $11 — Perfect for the cook in your family, this KitchenAid one is such a pretty color to add to your kitchen utensils.
    7. Tweezerman Nail Rescue Kit$18 — This kit is one of my favorite things. It’s perfect for traveling, and it is one of those things everyone can use.
    8. Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $24 — If you know someone who loves singing in the shower or listening to podcasts while cooking, this is a great gift.
    9. 2018 Animal Memes Calendar$6 — This is a great gift for your silliest friend or family member. Just think, it will have them smiling all next year!
    10. Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil $13 — This stuff normally sells for $32, so the $13 price tag makes it quite a steal. It is a perfect stocking stuffer for that person in your life who could use a little relaxation and pampering.
    11. That’s What She Said Game$25 — Perfect for friends who love to throw parties, this game will definitely get people laughing.
    12. Anker PowerCore+ Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger$20 — This is a gift that’s perfect for someone who travels regularly, or that person who is regularly glued to their phone!
    13. PopSocket Stand$10 — This nifty and cute product is perfect for holding up your phone on a table while you watch or read something. It also helps you hold onto your phone.
    14. Retro Rewind Classic Sunglasses$11 — These Ray Ban knock offs are a steal at $10. Of course you can get fancy ones too.
    15. Zmart Funny Saying Socks, $10 — For men and women, these socks come with all different types of sayings and are sure to bring some laughs to your home!
    16. HD Phone Camera Lens Kit$19 — If you know someone who loves taking photos with their phone, they’ll love trying out these different lenses.
    17. Ban.do Floral Thermal Mug$14 — Travel mugs are perfect for people on the go and coffee lovers. This floral print will be pretty in your hands all year-long, too!
    18. Faux Fur Lined Suede Slippers$25 — These suede lined slippers are thick enough to wear outside. Plus, these are also made for men.
    19. NEST Fragrances Votive Candle$16 — NEST candles are on the pricier side, but the scent of this Holiday votive is simply divine.
    20. Foldable Headphones with Mic$15 — These gold headphones are beautiful, right?! Best of all, they fold easily for traveling.
    21. Fur Pompom Keychain and Bag Charm$18 — For anyone who wants a little fun and fun in hand, this key chain is the way to go. The large pompom makes keys easy to find in your purse too.
    22. Burt’s Bee Moisturizing Lip Shimmer$5 — I absolutely love this product and the caramel hue makes my lips look like rose gold.
    23. ITraveller Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag, $14 — This toiletry bag comes in several designs for men and women. It is a perfect size for travelers and the compartments inside are perfect for keeping your products separate.
    24. Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream$6 — Winter can really dry out our skin, so this is something that is sure to be used by everyone. I like to keep one of these in my purse and at my desk.
    25. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set$24 – This gift set has three beautiful nail polishes, perfect for your most polished and put-together friend or family member.

Establishing Christmas Traditions

On Christmas Day with my family, everyone takes a turn going through their stocking. Before any Christmas gifts are opened, we go one by one and item by item. As little kids, gifts from Santa were not wrapped, but were instead displayed with our stocking. Seeing everything from Santa displayed together was always super exciting.

Now, I know it may sound like torture to refrain from opening gifts. But, having that time together to go through our stockings is absolutely one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Similar to the affordable Christmas gifts I have shared with you, our stockings have a mix of candy, beauty products and small items that are just for us. Take a look at my stocking from last year, below.

Affordable Christmas and Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Since I am getting married next year, this Christmas will be the last time my family does the stockings all together. While we will have many future Christmases together, the dynamic will change. Will and I will pass along this tradition to our family. I think carrying on traditions like these can be a meaningful way to stay connected to those you love.

Now, I would love to know about your traditions and your favorite affordable Christmas gifts. Do you have a favorite tradition in your family or did you continue one from your childhood? What do you like to give and receive during the holidays?  Are there any go-to, affordable Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers that you love? Also, stay tuned for the story of my newest Christmas tradition.

Cheers & Happy Holidays!

Sarah Camille

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