5 New Holiday Traditions We’re Starting This Year

Sweet, Memorable Traditions to Look Forward to Every Year
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After talking with our friend Anna recently about thoughtful holiday traditions for the family, we got to thinking about a few new memories we can make this year to commemorate the holiday season.  Anna introduced us to St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6) where her kids leave out their shoes for St. Nick to fill them up with candies and goodies, and both MKR and I just loved that.  The tradition immediately made me think of Three Kings Day (Jan. 6 aka Epiphany), a holiday we celebrated in southern Spain when I lived there for a few years as a little girl.  It was always a delight waking up to find chocolate coins and taffy in our shoes! 

Does your family partake in any cherished holiday traditions this time of year?  Do you set up an Advent Calendar or watch the same marathon of Christmas movies with holiday hot chocolate?  As the team sets out to start their own holiday traditions this year, we’d love to hear about any you do to add to our list!  And these aren’t just for the little ones..we included our new favorite southern cream liqueur in the mix…proof that kids of all ages can have a little fun with these new holiday traditions!  Cheers, Kat

Celebrate St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6

Santa & Tree Foiled Chocolate, $16.95

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There are old Christian traditions surrounding St. Nicholas’ feast day on December 6; kids leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits like tangerines, candies like chocolate coins and taffy, as well as other small gifts and treats.

We especially love this tradition for kids of all ages (hence the Jackson Morgan southern cream liqueur!).  And if you have little ones at home, encourage them to leave carrots or hay in their shoes St. Nicholas’ donkey to eat too. St. Nicholas will replace it with treats to enjoy in the morning! 

Don’t forget treats for your furry friends, too! 

Set Up an Advent Calendar

3D Village Advent Calendar, $20

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An advent calendar is a fun and easy way to signify the countdown to Christmas Day. While advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes these days, the original advent calendar can be traced back to the 19th century, when religious families made a chalk line for every day in December until Christmas Eve. 

Fill your advent calendar with small chocolates and treats to keep the excitement of the season alive for all. 

Pick Out an Annual Ornament

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We love the idea of adding one special ornament to the tree each year to commemorate times spent with family and friends. Plan a trip to pick out your ornaments together, or have them ordered by the time you decorate the tree. It will be such a treat to pull them out each year and remember the memories tied to them! 

Shop our memory-worthy ornaments here. 

Open One Present on Christmas Eve

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Opening just one gift on Christmas Eve is a fun tradition to do in eager anticipation for Santa Claus to arrive the following day. Invite your family to share this memory as you settle in after the presents are opened, reading holiday stories and cozying up with holiday hot chocolate

To find our top gift ideas this year, visit the Holiday Headquarters

Celebrate Three Kings' Day on Jan. 6

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Three Kings Day, aka“Feast of the Epiphany,” on Jan. 6 marks the day on the Christian calendar when the three kings brought gifts to baby Jesus (and also the last day of the 12 days of Christmas).  The traditions originated in Spain and Latin American countries, though many in the US celebrate it now too.  The tradition goes: children line their shoes outside the front door, in which the three kings leave candies and small gifts. Many people leave a box of hay or grass too, for the camels of course! 


Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

As pictured: boots | kilim boots | black heels | chocolate Santa and chocolate treechocolate Santa coins | peppermint wafer rolls | gummy starsJackson Morgan southern cream liqueur | Cinnamon glazed pecans | Candy cane taffy & chocolate coins 

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  • Kelli Brown / 12.04.2018

    Love these ideas! Would love to know where the multi colored shoes in the middle of the basket are from. Happy Holidays!

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 12.05.2018

    They’re from a brand called Res Ispa!

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