Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Traditions

A great thing about blogging is looking back through time to see what one was doing over several Christmas Seasons. I took a short visit back in time this week.


The JOY banner is now part of my Christmas decorations, it joins a different display each year.


Every year I hang a Christmas wreath on the front door. I used to make my own.
from wire hangers and found greenery and cones. Now I take the 'easy way'. Life changes.


I loved using blocks in decorations, a simple way to make a statement.


 My sister wrote about her family traditions on a couple of weeks ago. She gave me the Christmas Village many years ago and it is an important part of my traditions. Gingerbread house (sweet memories) and always bulbs that flower in December, good memories.

 Every year I use poinsettia to decorate, adding branches or decorations and using different containers each year.


Lots of bits and pieces collected and mixed up for Christmas.

The Advent Calendar I made as a young mom is a pattern in the 1981 Family Circle. My friend Kathy and I worked together on our calendars while our little boys played, 33 years ago.


Family traditions. 

I am helping DGS with a school project on Christmas Traditions this month. He chose Switzerland because his other dear grandmother was born there. I now know about the Christkindli, more about Advent Calenders, Samichlaus and his sidekick Schmutz and Bells and Trees.

Hope you fondly remember some of your childhood family traditions and are also enjoying adding your own traditions.

Next post will be December 19th.

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19 comments:

  1. I frequently use words in my decorating so I love all the different ways you used words.

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  2. A beautiful post, love all the different Christmas's time does fly it is great to see the younger generation learning new ones. Blessings Rob

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  3. this was fun to view ...I like that Advent Calender too! :)

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  4. Lovely post, I really liked hearing about your Holiday traditions. My sister tries to collect a new house for her village every year, she is starting to lose places to put them but it's fun how much she loves them as presents :-)

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  5. Christmas, traditions and counting our blessings always remain a constant in my home and it looks like in your home, too. It's always a walk down memory lane, like the advent tree you made! I made a "JOY" banner this year and I'm sure it will make the rounds of my home every year!

    Love everything, Joy...great post! Visiting from Cindy's!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. Hi, Joy... I loved seeing all of your special Christmas touches. They are charming!

    xo

    Sheila... Visiting from Brenda's

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  7. Making memories are what the holidays are all about, and you've certainly made some lovely, meaningful ones.

    Blessings to you and your family this season and always

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  8. Oh I love it all. I adore you blocks, they are such a fabulous treasure and so hard to find today. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  9. You have some great traditions. They are important and bring out memories each year because of them. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I love the advent calendar!! My husband grew up with the same one. I decided to make one similar so my kids could enjoy the same tradition! I have it posted on my blog under projects and holiday projects! You should come check it out!! Merry Christmas!!

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  11. I like very much your JOY banner. How appropriate for yor home! And I can see how it could fit into your decorating in many different ways.

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  12. I need to get me some more lettered blocks. I had some awhile back. They look so cute in display. Love all your different containers with the ornaments too. Really lovely. Merry Christmas. I hope your holiday is Merry and Bright. :)

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  13. Loved the look back and the glimpse at your Christmas traditions.
    The things you created are real treasures.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  14. Joy, all your special Christmas touches are lovely! It's fun to look back and see where we were and where we are now. I always mean to get a set of blocks. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post with us at my HOME and have a joyous holiday.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  15. No matter when this Christmas was, it is still very pretty. I enjoyed seeing it.

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  16. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Joy!
    Happy Pink Saturday :) So beautiful and festive :)
    Seasons greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  17. Joy, it is fun looking back and seeing what we have done throughout the years. I like mixing things up each year and try not to do the same thing. Of course the trees are similar because I'm not about to buy new ornaments every year. lol! Enjoyed seeing your traditions! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Have a very joyous holiday!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. Your decorations look so pretty. I especially like the "JOY" banner and the building blocks... so cute. Thanks for linking this to Think Tank Thursday. I hope to see you again today. http://saving4six.com/2014/01/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-62.html

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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