We are officially one week into December and the hustle and bustle of the season is heading into full swing. The store windows are a glow with festive decorations and the streets are a bustling with shoppers with their pink frost pinched cheeks and their hands full of overflowing bags.
Some of us have even started planning and packing for our yearly trek home for the holidays. How have holiday traditions changed as compared to years past? Do they stay the same from year to year, evolve as our families grow and change or are new ones created each year?
Tales from the Crib has been lucky this season to be able to take a sneak peek into the homes and lives of some special families from across the U.S. and Canada who share with us their holiday traditions 2015.
There is something especially magical about being able to hear why families decide to deck their halls the way they do. Whether it be based in age-old family traditions, the creation of new traditions due to the blending of families and faiths, or simply because they like to keep up with the current holiday trends. Whatever the reason, spending the holidays with special family and friends, fondly remembering loved ones who have passed or visiting and reminiscing with old friends – is the best holiday gift of all.
Grab yourself a cup of hot cider and a mouth-watering gingerbread cookie and take a seat as we take you on a magical holiday journey across North America.
1. Wendy Esponge
Hi, My name is Wendy Esponge. I am from Lockport, LA. If you are wondering where that is, its about 45 miles South East of New Orleans, La. My favorite time of the year is Christmas and I want to share my cozy Christmas corner with you. My inspiration for this little corner was originally inspired from an old building my husband and I tore down, and used the 100 year old lumber through out our home.
I was inspired to decorate this tree with some of my favorite homemade ornaments. The two snowmen that are featured, were made by my great aunt. They have been a part of our family for years and have been passed down for generations. I just love the warmth, that this corner brings. The doll that you see by the North Pole sack, was also homemade by my great aunt, and will be cherished for generations to come. The candy canes were made by myself and the wooden basket was bought at a local flea market, for $8.00! I just love shopping for vintage goodies.
I hope that you enjoy my cozy Christmas corner, as much as I do!
2. Sarah Blumenfeld,
As part of an interfaith marriage, I would get depressed during the holidays as everyone else it seemed was joining in this frenzy of decorating, baking, buying and celebrating. After our family began to grow, I wanted to be able to celebrate alongside others without alienating or discrediting my Children’s Jewish traditions as well. Our Holiday Display grew slowly, as a way to blend both Christmas and Hanukkah without over emphasizing one or the other.
Now my children and I look forward to our hodgepodge of festive decor.
3. Ashley Cole
Lake Kiowa, TX.
I lost 50 years of Christmas decorations in a bad business deal. I finally stopped kicking myself for losing my kids memories as well as a special ornament that had belonged to my Mom who had passed away 3 years before.
I moved into a new community in July and met a new friend. She wanted to help me with the pain of losing such important keepsakes so she secretly told a few friends that I needed silver and gold ornaments and the donations came pouring in. They cannot replace what I had but it has touched me deeply that people will come together when someone is in need. I feel so blessed and will make new memories starting with the ones from this Christmas, thanks to all of those wonderful people.
4. Courtnee Garr
This year I chose to decorate the tree in a more neutral color palette of ivory and various mixed metallics. I added wooden ornaments from Michael’s accented with copper spray paint to the glass ornaments we’ve collected over the years. I also re-purposed some of the glass ornaments by wrapping them in yarn to give the tree more texture (and to toddler proof them a bit!). There are gorgeous trees all over Pinterest featuring making bold graphic statements. The chipboard letters were $1 a piece so I thought I’d give it try. I love them!! Finally, I added the feathers I used from my son’s first birthday party.
I’m in love with the way everything turned out!
5. Carlaa Wallig
Saint Peter, MN
Christmas time at the Alsaker/Emmers household is full of joy and love! This year will be a little different and a lot harder for our family as we all are still grieving the loss of a very beloved young man. Derek got sick in August of 2015, he spent 3 weeks in Children’s Hospital was hooked up to different kinds of machines to help him breath. The morning of August 25, he went in for a MRI and they found a tumor… Surgery was was set for 6 pm, My sweet Nephew Derek didn’t make through surgery.
Derek loved Christmas time, loved setting up the Christmas tree and making cookies with all the family! Derek was a very loved young man and always had a smile on his face! Derek was the only child. And loved by so many and missed so dearly. Our hearts ache and are torn, he hugged that Christmas tree from Heaven as his Mom set their Christmas tree up!
We love you Derek ♡
Although the fast pace can get the better of us at this time of year, I encourage you all to stop periodically to take a look around. We tend to get swept away with the commercialized and superficial ideas of what the holidays are and we forget about what really matters most.
I would like to thank the 5 terrific women that allowed us into their homes and into their hearts this holiday season by sharing their very special and personal stories with me.
Wishing all the best to you and your families over the holiday season and thank you for stopping by and sharing this very special post with me.