So many aspects of our lives influence the Christmas traditions we bring to our holiday celebrations. Where we grew up, when we grew up, who we grew up with … all play a part. Simple? Extravagant? Quiet? Loud? Since 2020 has been such an unusual year, we thought we’d explore some family Christmas traditions and safe ways to give back this holiday season.
Notably, A Different Time
In fact, if there is one thing that history has shown us, it is the resilience and innovation of mankind to overcome and make the most of difficult times! That is to say, that our Christmases today are largely shaped from traditions birthed in the WWII era.
- Notably, was the growing popularity of artificial trees as lumber was in high demand for the war effort.
- And consequent to material shortages, because ribbon was hard to come by, tree decorating adapted to include things like foraged items from nature (i.e. pinecones etc.). Homemade crafts like newspaper chain garland or ornaments cut out from magazine illustrations were also popular tree decorations.
- Light bulb producer Corning Glass Works converted their machine to produce ornaments on American soil, that up until that time had been largely produced by Germany and Japan.
In particular, if you enjoy the idea of a Vintage Christmas, than our Vintage Christmas post may be a dream-come-true for you, too!
While COVID-19 has brought us many challenges, this Christmas can still be remarkable! Check out these Christmas tradition ideas to see if any might be a fit for you …
Baking Memories Of A Lifetime
Christmas baking may be one of the most popular Christmas traditions! Be it the customary Christmas cookies and treats or family recipes passed down through the generations, spending time in the kitchen has a way of baking memories to last a lifetime!
Come join our Virtual Cookie Exchange!
What better way to “give back” than by filling the “Giving Plate” with treats for contactless delivery?! Opt for treats from a favorite bakery or festive wrapped candies to support local business!
The Giving Plate
This plate is for giving
It belongs to all.
Enjoy the treats upon it,
then fill it with some more.
As you pass it on
the love never ends,
a growing circle of family & friends.
Christmas Light Shows
If you’ve ever been to Bronner’s, you know their love for Christmas runs deep! Every evening from dusk until midnight Bronner’s transforms into a magical de-light as over 100,000 Christmas lights illuminate the 1/2-mile-long, scenic drive. But whether you choose to travel and see light shows from within the safety (and warmth!) of your vehicle, or enjoy your local neighborhood’s displays – the only way to do it is with a mug of hot cocoa to-go and Christmas music!
Christmas Car Parade
On the other hand, why not put a spin on the tradition and start a Christmas car parade?! Decorate your vehicle, while observing legal guidelines in your region, and spread the Christmas cheer!
Honk if you love Christmas!🚗🚗🚗
Moreover, family photos are a picture-perfect Christmas tradition! (If you’re family is like mine, you may have to pull a few arms to make it happen – but trust me when I say it is very much worth it. Especially after the loss of loved ones. Those photos become treasured keepsakes!)
Some families enjoy exchanging seasonal PJ’s on Christmas Eve to cozy up for an evening of favorite Christmas movies; but they are also a super fun way to capture your family photo! (How adorable is this German Shepherd in Bronner’s Road Trip shirt?!)
The Week Of Christmas
Additionally, we love this idea from Abby Manchesky who shared her family’s Christmas tradition for the week of Christmas!
“Stockings are labeled and ready to be filled with goodies! Actually, the elves come every day the week before Christmas and leave a little treat.”
Christmas stockings are one great way to enjoy this fun family tradition! But did you know there are also Christmas countdown calendar boxes that hold small notes or treats for each day of December leading up to Christmas?
Growing up, for many years, my family would travel to celebrate Christmas day with our extended family. My cousin and I always looked forward to this special day because it meant we would be allowed to get out her fancy, miniature tea set! We’d tuck ourselves quietly away from every one, in the back room on the landing of the stairs. Undoubtedly it was for this reason we were able to escape in to our own little world, where without judgement, it was perfectly acceptable to drink Coca-Cola from a tea set (as long as your pinkie was out!) And as a matter of fact, we’d gorge ourselves on little snowball cookies, too!😂
Those years have gone, and in their place have come ladies’ Christmas teas at my church. (No more coca-cola in tea cups for me!) You can imagine my excitement when I recently discovered a recipe for “Mexican Wedding Cookies” in Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites Cookbook – aka, those magical snowball cookies of my childhood! So much so, that I got in touch with my cousin who now lives across the country to ask if we can have a virtual tea party this Christmas!
Despite the circumstances, be it distance or our current world situation, look for creative (and even new) ways to keep those special traditions with loved ones alive and continue making the memories of a lifetime!
Another excellent Christmas tradition idea came to us from our “How Mom Makes/Made Christmas Merry” Mother’s Day contest winner, Sheila Weller:
Whether you choose to hang your popcorn garland outdoors to share the magic of Christmas with all of God’s creation, or to hang it on your Christmas tree for a nostalgic flair – popcorn garland is sure to make your celebrations so much … “butter”😜
Many family Christmas traditions have stood the test of time, while others have sadly faded. Keep your hiSTORY alive with our Christmas Memories Book tracking 20 years of celebrations! Made in the USA, the pages of this beautiful hardbound journal are filled with notes on Christmas traditions and prompts for your memories in nostalgic calligraphy. Hand-drawn illustrations embellish each page and ribbon page marker will keep your place from year to year.
Journaling cues include:
- “Christmas in the year – _________”
- Christmas Eve –
- Holiday Visits and Visitors –
- Christmas Day –
- Christmas Dinner –
- Special Gifts –
- Things we want to remember –
And a place for a “family photograph” and your “favorite Christmas card“.
As a matter of fact, this Christmas Memories Book is sure to become a cherished family heirloom, to pass down, filled with hand-written mementos over the years!
The Gift Of Christmas Traditions + CONTEST!
Here’s another chance to give back! Whether old or new, I’d love to hear what at-home, family traditions are special to you?!
Share your family’s creative Christmas traditions in the comments below to inspire others’ celebrations and be entered in to Bronner’s GIVEAWAY!
**CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED**
Congratulations to our winner, Amy!
Contest ends December 13, 2020 at 12 a.m. EST.
To enter, share a family tradition in the comments below this post – additional entries may be submitted through commenting on Bronner’s Facebook post, and also by tagging @BronnersChristmas on Instagram with a #ChristmasTraditions photo through a public account.
One winner will be selected by our committee to receive our Christmas Memories Book, 2020 annual ornament and a $25 Bronner’s gift certificate. Winner will be contacted via email. Prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest is open to US residents. Void where prohibited. Bronner’s staff and immediate family members not eligible.
Bronner’s reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest at any time.