Christmas Traditions – New & Old

by Her Happy Balance on December 16, 2014

Christmas is my holiday. I look forward to its arrival each and every year with elf-like enthusiasm. My parents still like to tell people that as a kid I used to play Christmas carols on the piano in August. I like to think of myself as having a tad more patience now, and I wait until at least October before I start cranking out the holiday jams 😉 I call that progress, people. In any case, one of the reasons I love Christmas so much is because with it comes tons and tons of wonderful family traditions.

For instance, my parents Christmas tree is a family antique that is much older than I am. I think it’s circa late 1960s/early 1970s and it makes a come back in our living room each December. I still spend hours hanging individual tinsel lights on the branches. Prelit trees ain’t got nothin’ on this family relic, yo.

Family Christmas tree

Each year my brother and I receive collectible gifts. He gets the annual Hess truck and I get Holiday Barbie. When I end up having my own house, I’ll have an entire room dedicated to my Barbie collection. Just kidding, that would be creepy. But! Those dolls will be worth money some day, I think I swear. Check out the little lady I’m adding to my collection this year…

holiday barbie 2014


One of my family’s quirkier holiday traditions is our Christmas morning breakfast. Some families have cinnamon buns or french toast casserole, but my fam opts for something a little bit different. We eat what most people would consider to be Jewish food – lox and bagels. Nothing quite says Christmas like having the nice, Jewish guy at the deli slice up some brined salmon for a feast. To follow up our delicious meal, we all scratch off lottery tickets. Again, nothing better celebrates the birth of Jesus like a little gambling 😉 All kidding aside though, Christmas morning in my house is kind of the bee’s knees. 

lox and bagels

There really is nothing more comforting than holiday traditions. When the manfriend moved into his apartment, I knew I wanted to spread some Christmas cheer there, too. His place isn’t quite big enough for a huge Christmas tree, but I wanted to make sure he had a tree that was of high quality so he could put it up in his apartment, and someday house, years and years from now. I insisted on buying this tree from Balsam hill when he first moved in about three years ago. And since then, I’ve made it a new tradition to purchase a Christmas ornament to adorn it with each year. This year he has a new ornament from our trip to Disney World when we were celebrating a friend’s wedding this past May.

Disney 2014 ornament


When Balsam Hill learned that we were working on adding to our decor, they were gracious enough to send us a set of snowflake ornaments to add to our collection. Manfriend’s tree is only 4.5 feet tall though, and each of these ornaments has a 6+ inch diameter, so instead of hanging them on the tree, we hung them from the ceiling.

Balsam Hill Snowflake Ornaments

These clear glass, crystal flakes are the perfect touch of winter elegance to add to his decor. And because I liked the snowflakes so much, I’m thinking that one of our new traditions will be adding a new snowflake or winter hanging piece to his decorations collection each year.

Hanging snowflake ornaments

Who knows, maybe one of these Christmas morning breakfasts I’ll get a winning lottery ticket, and then I’ll be able to splurge on as many decorations, ornaments, and collector’s sets as my little heart desires! A girl can dream 😉 Until then, I like our tradition of slowly adding onto our holiday regalia each year.

What do you eat for Christmas morning breakfast?
Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
Do you collect any ornaments or decorations?

FTC: I received a set of snowflake ornaments from Balsam Hill for review purposes only. No other compensation was provided, and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie December 16, 2014 at 8:25 am

I used to collect Barbies at Christmas! Then I was like, ‘eh, I’d rather get some clothes please.’ But I still have a crateful of (very valuable, I’m sure) collector Barbies up in my attic.

Nicole @ Simply Nicole December 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

Love Jim’s little tree! We’re FINALLY putting up our ornaments tonight. (We’ve had our tree for almost 2 weeks now). Gotta love holiday traditions!

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