Our Best Christmas Traditions

This is the time of year when memories are made and traditions are passed down from generation to generation. Those special traditions make the holidays even more special. Each of our team members wanted to share their traditions with you. Feel free to adopt any of these for your own family this Christmas season.

Photo from Welch House 1900

Kriste’s Tradition

Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year – getting dressed up, having a formal dinner with my family, and exchanging gifts. It is magical. I love coming up with a gift for everyone. Last year we did 23andme for all of the family members and it was great comparing results.

Ugg Pom Beanie from Nordstrom

Emma’s Tradition

We like to spend one night in December getting hot chocolate, dressing all warm and cozy, and going to the best neighborhoods to view all the beautiful Christmas lights. The beanie above would be perfect for a chilly night.

Get a great recipe for guacamole here

Danielle’s Tradition

Every Christmas Eve our family orders tamales and pairs them with our homemade guacamole while watching The Santa Clause.

Get your own string of advent stockings/bags on Etsy

Crys’s Tradition

I have a string of 25 stockings that I use as an advent calendar for my kids. I buy a bunch of small items and ornaments or candies and stuff a stocking each night. It’s their elf-on-the-shelf treat.

Get the rules to the cellophane game here

Marcie’s Tradition

One of our favorite traditions to play on Christmas Eve is the Saran Wrap ball game. I start collecting a bunch of small, silly gifts (candy, gum, quarters, socks) throughout the year and then roll them in cellophane until it turns into a giant ball.  You can find the game instructions here, but in a nutshell, you put oven mitts on your hands, set a timer, and each person gets 30 seconds to peel off as much cellophane on the ball as they can in hopes of unwrapping as many gifts as possible. It is so funny and a great way to involve both adults and the littles as everyone loves it!

Elsie pumps from J.Crew

Linda’s Tradition

As far back as I can remember growing up, when my dad’s Christmas plaid blazer came out I knew the holidays and fun occasions had arrived! Investing in a a great statement piece of plaid for your wardrobe never goes out of style and you will always have something festive to wear for the holidays. Currently I’m loving my plaid Christmas pumps and a plaid silk blouse (both J.Crew). While I’m not planning to wear them together, these pieces work dressed up or down for the holiday season. And like my dad’s Christmas sport coat of my childhood memories, repeating a classic piece every year might one day invoke fond memories for my own children.

What traditions do you celebrate with your family at Christmas? Let us know in the comments below. Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!