Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?

Kissing under the mistletoe

Mistletoe has been associated with American and European Christmas traditions for decades. Linked with the practice of two people having to kiss when caught underneath it, millions honor the Christmas tradition by hanging sprigs of mistletoe above their doorways each year.

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Make Your Own DIY Advent Calendar

Christmas is just around the corner, and in preparation for this beloved holiday, many families love to count down the days before December 25th using an Advent calendar. It’s a tradition that dates back centuries but is still practiced today. Often times, these calendars take the form of rectangular cards with windows that open to reveal an image, gift, or treat.

But at the Lutz house, we like to mix it up. A few years ago, good friends introduced me to the idea of wrapping and reading Christmas books as part of our Advent tradition. As soon as I heard the idea, I was sold! It had family time, Advent, tradition, and good books—everything you need for a memory-filled holiday season. Gather your favorite books and create your own DIY Advent calendar with these simple steps.

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Christmas Trees: When to Put Up & Take Down

When should you put up your Christmas tree?

The Christmas tree has become an integral part of celebrating the season of giving; seeing decorated trees all around serves as a reminder that the most wonderful time of the year is here. However, you might ask: when do you put up a Christmas tree? The answers to this question will vary—some answers are deeply rooted in Christmas traditions, while others are a result of modernization. Take a look at the most common timeline for keeping your Christmas tree up in this post from Tree Classics. Continue reading “Christmas Trees: When to Put Up & Take Down”

What are the Colors of Christmas?


Christmas has rich traditions that vary among cultures and families, and one of the most unanimous Christmas staples are the Christmas colors. Every year, we faithfully festoon our homes with evergreens and colorful decorations. Christmas colors are as entrenched in our celebrations as Christmas carols and nativity plays. They hark back to the Middle Ages—a time full of ancient rituals and rich symbolisms.

What are the colors of Christmas and how did they come to represent one of Christianity’s most important yearly celebrations? Keep reading to find out more.

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How to Fluff Your Artificial Christmas Wreaths and Garlands

Whether garnished with embellishments or simple and undecorated, artificial wreaths and garlands are beautiful to look at when they are shaped to their perfect form. Fluffing this foliage is fairly easy, but there are proven methods to make it look truly spectacular. Here are some of Tree Classics’ tips on how to fluff your artificial Christmas wreaths and garlands.

Tree Classic's Kennedy Fir Harvest Wreath fluffed to stunning effect.
Tree Classic’s Kennedy Fir Harvest Wreath fluffed to stunning effect.

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