This week, I’m making DIY Christmas wreaths and garlands from Christmas bulbs. What I love about this project is that it’s a great way to upcycle old bulb ornaments as well as create beautiful, but inexpensive wreaths and garlands. So gather your old Christmas bulbs or scour local garage sales and flea markets and make your own sparkly Christmas ornament wreaths and garlands!
Putting up a Christmas tree during the holidays has a long, rich history. It began as an ancient ritual and is now a worldwide Yuletide tradition. In December, you can see these festive trees everywhere, from shopping plazas and hotel lobbies to government buildings and personal homes. Just like singing Christmas carols door-to-door, this long-standing holiday centerpiece is so ingrained in our Yuletide traditions, and there are a wide variety of species that grow across the globe.
Here’s a breakdown of tree types and the history behind them.
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Christmas carols have always been part of our holiday celebrations. From “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” these songs are so ingrained in our culture that you hear them everywhere–even when it’s not Christmas! Whether it’s a century-old hymn or a light-hearted contemporary carol, these songs have withstood the test of time. In this post, we’ll review the history of Christmas carols and look at how some of the classic ones came about to better appreciate this long-standing tradition.
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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.
Read more to find out how this tradition started, and what it symbolizes to pucker up under this plant come Yuletide season. Continue reading “Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?” →
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.