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Christmas tree decorating traditions you may want to try out!

Christmas tree decorating traditions you may want to try out!

Decorating a tree is a tradition most families practice when celebrating Christmas, but every family does this tradition a little differently. It's what makes each family's celebration special. Are you looking to add to your family traditions this holiday season? Here are three fun Christmas tree decorating traditions you may want to try out!

Hiding the pickle 

Although each family may do it differently, Country Living describes it as one family member secretly hanging an ornament shaped like a pickle on the tree the night before Christmas. The first family member to find the pickle on Christmas morning wins a special gift, treat, or surprise! This tradition that some speculate originated from Germany is a fun one for the family to enjoy.

Everyone gets a new ornament each year. 

This is one of those traditions that can be done in many ways. Country Living suggests these ornaments could represent a milestone in each family member's life. For example, if someone in your family recently got into a new sport over the past year, you can get something that represents that! Our selection contains a wide variety of sports-themed ornaments, from basketball to fishing to golf! Another example could be a new pet! Tree Buddees offers one of the best ornaments for new cat owners poking fun at a cat's tendency to knock down the Christmas tree.

Ugly ornament exchange 

Similar to a gag gift, the Ugly ornament exchange is something for the family's adults to get a laugh out of. Some of our most popular ornaments for gag gift exchanges include our naked Santa ornament and our mooning Santa ornament! The goal of this tradition is that everyone involved gets a good laugh out of it. The Weekend Housewife suggests that ornaments only be purchased during the current Christmas season to avoid stockpiling ugly Christmas ornaments, taking the fun out of this tradition. 

Whether it's hiding a pickle ornament, personalized decorations, or ugly ornaments, traditions are what make the holiday season that much more special. Which of these traditions do you think you and your family will try out this year? 

 

Have You Heard of the Halloween Tree Trend?

Have You Heard of the Halloween Tree Trend?

Halloween trees are a relatively new trend, but a fun one! Although Halloween decorations are traditionally done outside your home, these spooky trees will bring the Halloween spirit inside this year!

Where did Halloween Trees come from?

The origin of the Halloween tree is relatively unknown, but there are some speculations about its beginning. According to the article History & Heritage: The Legend of the Halloween Tree, the inspiration for decorating a tree for Halloween may have come from how Disney World decorates the big oak tree in Frontierland every year around Halloween. The idea to decorate this tree with glowing orange lights and hand-painted jack-o’-lanterns was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1972 fantasy novel The Halloween Tree. Bradbury was reportedly a lifelong Disney fan, and after meeting with Walt Disney in 1964, he helped develop several attractions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. Others speculate it began as an Instagram trend taking flight around 2016, according to The Latest Holiday Trend: Halloween Christmas Trees. While we don’t know precisely where Halloween-inspired Christmas trees originated from, we are sure happy they came to be!

What kind of Halloween tree should I get?

There are so many different Halloween trees to choose from today! Sizes can range anywhere from 7ft to 3ft tall and come in many different shapes and sizes! You will see many solid color trees such as black, white, purple, or orange filled with creepy decorations. You will also see more unique trees, such as our 3ft and 4ft candy corn colored Halloween trees!

This elaborate Halloween setup utilizes our 4ft Candy Corn Halloween Tree. This creator used the candy corn tree to add to the “carnival candy corn forest” idea she had in mind when creating this beautiful vignette! Check out the creator of this post on Instagram @leatherandjade 

How should I decorate my Halloween tree? 

Decorating your Halloween tree should be like decorating a Christmas tree, except spooky! You can choose to go with a theme for your tree like the blogger Spooky Little Halloween did with her Beetlejuice-inspired & Frankenstein-inspired Halloween trees! If themes aren’t your thing, you can find tons of unique and spooky ornaments right here on our website. 

So what do you think? Will you be hopping on this trend this Halloween season???

Christmas In July

Christmas In July

Ever had a holly jolly July? Imagine all the things you love about Christmas without Jack Frost nipping at your nose. We have all heard the term Christmas in July, but did you know many families across the southern United States celebrate this unconventional holiday?

Where did Christmas in July come from?
Legend suggests that Christmas in July started at Keystone Camp in 1933, a girls' summer camp located in Brevard, North Carolina, and takes place on July 24th and 25th. This celebration consists of all your favorite Christmas traditions, such as decorating a tree, gift exchanges, and more! Southern Living and Country Living outlines more information regarding the origin of this Southern American tradition.
This unofficial holiday was also originally an opportunity for those living in the southern hemisphere to celebrate Christmas during what is considered to be winter in their part of the world. Pub For all Seasons highlights some countries where Christmas in July is celebrated, such as Australia, where the food associated with the Christmas holiday is the star of the show! Companies in Australia also celebrate with offers of holiday discounts. The UK, New Zealand, and South Africa are also some other countries that celebrate Christmas in July and many states in the US!
       
Why Celebrate Christmas in July?
During the winter months of 2020, families had to give up important aspects of a traditional Christmas celebration, such as large family gatherings, to keep loved ones safe due to the spike in cases attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, at the time of writing this 47.89% of the US population has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, making large family gatherings safer than they were in December of 2020. The CDC has even lifted indoor mask mandates for fully vaccinated people.
The CDC still suggests that outdoor gatherings are the safest option for you and your family and the warm month of July makes this possible! With social interactions becoming increasingly safer due to vaccine role out, and warmer weather bringing social gatherings outdoors, Christmas in July may be a perfect opportunity for your family to experiment with new traditions while also making up for lost time during the holiday season.

How to celebrate Christmas in July.
One of the best things about this holiday is marrying Christmas cheer with the things we love most about summer! As Real Sample points out, you don't have to dig up all your festive décor from storage. There are so many ways to put a summer twist on the most wonderful time of the year!

A sunny spin on decorations.
Arguably, one of the best and most unique parts about Christmas is how we tailor the environment around us to emulate Christmas Joy through decorations. Putting a fun summer spin on traditional Christmas décor is one of the best ways to celebrate! Fill your tree with uniquely summer-themed ornaments full of bright colors that embody that summer vibe. With the warm weather of July bringing the celebration outside, bring this tradition with it by decorating your backyard plants like you would a Christmas tree with summery ornaments and fairy lights!

Chestnuts roasting on an open bonfire.
Instead of a roast for Christmas dinner, why not a burger on the BBQ? Instead of decorating gingerbread cookies in the shape of reindeer and snowmen, substitute sugar cookies in the shape of sunglasses, flip-flops, or pineapples! Put a marshmallow on top of chocolate and a graham cracker, and use mini chocolate chips to make two eyes and a mouth for a melted snowman look! Or use your Christmas cookie stencils on fruit like watermelon or pineapple.
 
Their are so many ways to get creative with this holiday! And after the year we all had in 2020, we could all use some more family time.