Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Traditions

This is one of our newest traditions this year. Last year the kids gave me ornaments from our trip to Disneyland. After realizing that their were to many bulbs to place on the family tree we decided to decorate a new tree. I was going to have it put in my room but the girls insisted that it find a visable place in the house so in the Dining Room it went. (but next year it is going in my bedroom). I picked up all the princess ornaments this year and a couple of extra, Goofy and Donald. Andrea went to Disneyland just prior to Christmas and picked up matching Minnie and Micky so every tree has a representation of the twins on it. There are very few traditions that they are a part of but an ornament on the tree has been one from the first Christmas after their birth.

Christine carefully painting these two ornaments in commemration of Tami and Troy. They have been placed on the family tree for the last 22 years.

This is our Traditional Family Tree. It has pre-school to current ornaments. It is the fun tree. We truly love it.

But most importantly is the star atop the tree. The star was found in a house in Mesquite. While I was growing up the exact start sat on top of our tree. Every year mom would glitter and glue, change light bulbs and get the short in the wire in the right spot so it would stay lit. When I found this star in the tin I knew it was our star for our family tree. It has to be over 55 years old.

aka Anderson Family Star

I would like to share a few more of the traditions we have every Christmas.

I made this probably the 2nd Christmas Darryll and I were married. It was an exact duplicate of the "Merry Christmas" I had growing up. It will continue to hang until it falls apart. I remember it being a long and hard task to make. Now give me a cricuit and the letters are cut out. It has to be easire??? Well maybe not.

These were given to us early in our marriage from Grandma Anderson. This is as close as we like to get to snow during the holiday.

These are our stockings. I made them the first Christmas Paige was born. I started with Darryll, Janet and Paige. Well our next child was BettyJo so I gave her mine. Then Reed recieved Darryll's original. I didn't have to make new ones until Nellie was born and then I redid Darryll's and I. Well last year for Christmas I decided it was time to retire the old and bring in the new since I have 3 grandkids and 3 additional spouses for the kids. Well it didn't set well with the kids. I was informed that the old ones were to always hang at the house. You would be surprised how many Christmas breakfasts were dispensed from those old stockings. Our tradition for the stockings has always been a boxed cereal, hot chocolate, juice, pop tarts, granola, orange, banana, cider and a toothbrush. Well the new stockings didn't hang again this year I may come up with a new tradition for the old ones.

St. Nicholas Day
This is a tradition that stems back to our Dutch Heritage. The children put out their wooden shoes on December 5. That night St. Nicholas comes with a large chocolate letter and hagel. We eat hagel until we are sick. Then it goes away until Christmas next year.

This is the Dutch Tree. It is filled with Delft Blue ornaments from Holland. This is a very formal tree in the entry. I love it every year.

This year we added lighted garland to the front and back stairs. We have always had garland but this year is was so beautiful.

The Christmas dishes was a tradition started long ago. When the kids were little we had Christmas dishes. I have numerous sets now and enjoy each of them. (BettyJo thinks its a great idea, it keeps the clutter off the Dining Room table)

Last but surely not least is the Nativity. I was suprised this year as to how many I have. Here are two of them. The newest is the Fischer Price nativity. I want the grandkids to know they can touch and talk about it.
Then in the entry is the Willow Nativity. I am so grateful for the Savior and all he is and does for me. There is a saying that is next to my nativity that says. "We all decide if there is room for Him"
I always hope to have the needed room in my life for the Savior.


  1. All these traditions feel like home to me because we always used to have a sleepover on Christmas day. Good memories. I remember everyone eating that chocolate stuff on toast and wondering what the deal was with that :)

  2. I love that you are blogging. It's wonderful to see glimpses into your family that I enjoyed for so many years of my youth. I love the Wilowtree nativity too. Tami and Troy's ornaments are simply, beautiful.