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Keeping Christmas Traditions Throughout the Years

Keeping Christmas Traditions Throughout the Years

Growing up, Christmas was one of the most magical times of the year. It was when my family from near and far came together at my grandparent’s house. We gathered around a fresh spruce tree that my granddaddy and I cut from the forest. It was decorated with much loved ornaments, each with their own stories. To this day, the smell of a Christmas tree has the power to take me back to those days with my granddaddy, walking together through the forest, looking for just the right tree. That’s why I have Pine-Sol on my holiday shopping list; to fill my home with the scent of Christmas and set the holiday mood. Stockings were hung for every member of the family no matter how young or old. The presents under the tree weren’t plentiful but they were special and well thought out.

Fast forward to today where I am a mom and stepmom to my own family. We live far away from my childhood home of Alabama but I have worked tirelessly to ensure that we keep some of the traditions from my childhood as well as make some new traditions of our own.

Cottage Christmas - Merry About Town

One look at our Christmas tree will show you one of the traditions I hold nearest and dearest to my heart. Each ornament has a story. Many have been purchased on our travels or because it is special for a member of the family. Some are even from my childhood. I have a salt dough ornament that I was given by my Girl Scout leader in high school. It is over 20 years old! While Christmas trees that are all one color are popular in magazines, I’ll take our mish mash Christmas tree any day.


Another throwback from my childhood is stockings. Everyone gets one, even the dog. If we have visitors for Christmas, they get a stocking too. Each are filled with little trinkets specific to each person. Gift cards, candy, lip balm and the like. It’s not a huge gift but it’s fun. Plus it is the only thing that gets opened before everyone is out of bed on Christmas morning. All of the presents under the tree have to wait.

While I love handed down traditions, I also like to start traditions of my own.

Cookie Stealing Elf - Merry About Town

Two traditions that we’ve developed over the years are building a gingerbread house together and Kevin the Elf visiting for the month of December. While the belief in Santa has left our house, I think Kevin will keep appearing each December. Each evening he moves to a different spot in the house, often making mischief and occasionally bringing a small gift.

Merry Christmas

All of these traditions have come together to make Christmas something special to us. Christmas will morph and change in the years to come, I am sure of it, but the love and tradition behind it will stay the same…traditions built on love and the magic of the season.

This post is sponsored by Pine-Sol. With a strong heritage and long legacy, Pine-Sol is a long-standing tradition in many Canadian homes. Apart from the classic pine scent, Pine-Sol is also available in a variety of long-lasting scents – mandarin sunrise, lavender, lemon and sparkling wave. You can use different scents throughout your home to change the mood.

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Kelly @ City Mom

Friday 13th of November 2015

I love Christmas and holiday traditions so much! What a great topic. Like you, I have carried a few traditions forward to my family. One of them being small but fun. In our home, Santa always left our stockings filled, outside of our bedroom doors. When we woke up in the morning, we would grab them and run to our parents bed and open them up in bed while the "came to".

Now, we do this with our daughter and I think it is the most favourite part of Christmas for all of us!


Thursday 12th of November 2015

We have so many traditions that I love SO much. My kids love their Elf on the Shelf (Jingles). He looks a lot like your elf. I absolutely love the holidays. Its the best time to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends.


Thursday 12th of November 2015

We have many traditions with our family at Christmas that carry over from my childhood. It is so great being able to relive the memories

Wanda Tracey

Thursday 12th of November 2015

I love your family Christmas traditions.It sounds like you had some dream t Christmases as a child.I love the Elf on The Shelf you have.I can relate to Pine-sol scent too but in a different way because my grandma and I used to clean her cottages at the lake that she rented out in the summer to tourists and the scent takes me back to all the wonderful days we shared together cleaning. LOL :)


Thursday 12th of November 2015

Merry, your traditional Christmas from the past sounds so much like mine. Things have changed as our family has changed but I like to keep a few old traditions along with our new ones. I love Christmas! Oh and the stockings, the best part! My kids love them. Pinesol original is what I use, and will always use. It's what my mom uses, so it's a family tradition too! Have a wonderful Christmas Merry!