Joyous Christmas Traditions

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev’ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be

On your own front door.” ~ Johnny Mathis

I love December because it looks, feels and smells just like Christmas. Beautiful Christmas lights are strung across storefront windows, fragrant holly wreaths adorn every door and the sweet, cozy aromas of peppermint-infused lattes and pastries tickle your nose as you walk past coffee shops and bakeries. Every year, my family and I officially ring in the holiday season with a very special Christmas tradition: the decorating of our Christmas tree! We use ornaments that are laced with our family memories mixed in with the fun ones we’ve collected over the years, like snow-globes, candy canes, snowflakes, and my favorites, homemade ornaments lovingly crafted by the kids. This year, we’re making these adorable dangling snowmen ornaments to embellish our tree, and I’m definitely excited to see how they turn out. What are some of your favorite family holiday traditions?

Forest Fir

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I fondly look back on my childhood memories of walking through the local Christmas tree farms, picking out our family holiday tree and selecting the fresh greenery for the wreath Lynn always hung at our front door. Nothing was better or more inspiring than smelling the resin of the tree on our hands and then the tradition of enjoying some hot cocoa once we got back home. This brilliant, clean and crisp scent is inspired by the ancient Fir trees of Sweden—the oldest living trees in the world. Long used to perfume homes, the fir tree was also believed to be the home of fairies and was brought into the house to frighten away evil spirits.

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