Heartwarming Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas has always been a time for cherishing family traditions and building memories around the Christmas tree. Here are some traditions that have stood the test of time.

old-2066_640The holidays are always the most opportune time for the family to bond and instill new traditions. As the years pass, simple family customs are cemented into our lives – and those who once established such traditions begin to hold a special place in our collective memory. Here are a few Christmas tree traditions with heartwarming beginnings.

The Wessler Christmas Tree

While stationed in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1963, Bob Wessler, his wife Anne and sons Tony and Jim wanted to honor the holiday tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in their home. But the lack of traditional evergreens in Ecuador at that time made it nearly impossible to set one up. Since Ann Wessler did not want to adopt the local custom of attaching painted sticks to a base, she decided to have an artificial tree sent to their home.

After 49 years, this same tree still stands strong and has now been adopted by Tony and his wife Beth. They have been continuing the tradition of decorating this family treasure. In 2012, the couple decided to share this tradition with their community by putting the tree up in their office in Sullivan, Montana.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

When you talk about Christmas trees immersed in tradition, you can be sure the Rockefeller Christmas tree is among them. First displayed during the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was once just a small, unadorned tree set up by construction workers.

In 1933, the tree was replaced with a lighted one, and it has since become grander each year. More than 80 years later, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree remains an icon of New York City.

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The Oldest Christmas Tree

Do you have a family heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation? For the Parker family, one of their greatest treasures is their 126-year-old Christmas tree. Measuring only 14 inches tall and bought in 1886 for a mere sixpence, this diminutive masterpiece has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest known artificial Christmas tree in the world. It now has a value of £1,000 or about $1,500.

For Paul Parker, the third generation owner of this incredible tree, the miniature ornamental Christmas tree is priceless.

Family traditions truly leave an imprint on our individual lives, and Christmas is the perfect season for strengthening these bonds. For one family, Christmas traditions may involve prepping the tree and the family feast. For another, it may be the opening of gifts on Christmas morning. One thing is for certain: time-honored family traditions live on.

We would love to hear from you. What are the Christmas traditions of your family?

Top 5 Christmas Finds on Pinterest

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Blogger Feature: Rhoda M. Vickers of Southern Hospitality

A GRITS (girl raised in the South) who loves decorating and thrifting, Rhoda began her blog, Southern Hospitality, in early 2007. What started out as something ‘for fun’ became Rhoda’s personal journal as she faced drastic changes in her life, from a failed marriage to financial breakdown. In her journey, Rhoda shares her life’s ups and downs and her ideas on how to make a house into a home. A collector who loves giving old objects a new lease on life, she hopes to inspire others through her adventures in establishing a beautiful home without spending a fortune by unleashing inner creativity. Read on and learn about this steel magnolia and her heartwarming passions.


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Q: You chronicle your home renovation journeys so well in your blog. Readers are involved with your step-by-step narration and the helpful advice that comes with it. Do tell us what it is about home decorating that triggers you to share your experiences with your readers.

A: I have loved decorating ever since I moved in my first house back in 1985. The decorating process is so personal and such a big part of my life that sharing online became a natural outpouring of that creativity. I’ve been online since the internet began and loved hanging out on decorating boards way before blogs began. Blogging was the next step and sharing with my readers has changed my life in so many ways. I’m so blessed that I have such a loyal following of readers who love to watch my home renovation and enjoy seeing all the decorating shared too. I love keeping up with new ideas and staying fresh with my home decor too.

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Blogger Feature: Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room

Since July 2007, Melissa has been inspiring thousands of readers by sharing her ideas on how to create an authentic life and home. A pastor’s wife and a mom of three, she has extended her personal journey and embarked on a mission to motivate women to do the same. In just five years, her home decorating and interior design blog, The Inspired Room, has earned a readership of 300,000 unique readers each month. Read on and find out more about Melissa and her passion about stress-free and budget-friendly DIY decorating that leaves time to appreciate life’s little wonders.


Quick and Easy Wreath Centerpiece by Melissa Michaels

Q: When did your interest in DIY decorating begin, and how do you think your taste has evolved since then?

A: I’ve been interested in DIY decorating since I was very little. I used to decorate cardboard boxes for houses for my Barbies, so it was definitely an interest from an early age. My style has always evolved with the times and yet my taste has always tended to be a mix of old and new.

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I See You

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…” The song’s on loop in our minds and the following images of holiday love are making us more and more excited for the Christmas season. From merry-go-rounds to gumdrops, these delightful pictures are sure to put anyone in the mood for Christmas.

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Holiday Decorating Tips – 10 Easy DIY Projects

The holidays can be a major strain on your wallet, which only adds to the stress of an endless to-do list. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will allow you to check more things off of your to-do list, save money, and even bring you closer together with friends and family. The following list of do-it-yourself projects provides all of this and more, so you can have a more creative Christmas this year.

1. Ornament Wreath

Want a shiny new wreath that lasts longer than a single season? You can complement your artificial Christmas tree with an artificial wreath or you can make your own ornament wreath for a fun and festive touch. First, collect different colors and sizes of ornaments and purchase a Styrofoam wreath. Remove all of the hangers from the ornaments and then use a hot glue gun to apply them in a style that suits you. Continue reading