Christmas Favorites

green Christmas tree Ornament

Many of us are already in Christmas mode with decorating, shopping for gifts, and preparing for festivities.

There are also traditions that are kept year after year; generation after generation, and I started thinking…our family doesn’t have any traditions.

We don’t have traditional holiday meals or engage in the same holiday activities every year. Also, our family has grown and changed so much that we don’t spend the holidays with the same group we used to anymore.

But all these thoughts did not make me feel sad. On the contrary, it warms my heart to think back on all the wonderful and fun things we have taken part of and where our family is now because of it.

As a result of not having traditions, we are open to explore and experiment with new things every holiday season.

The lovely Steph from Scale Simple tagged me for the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge and as I started thinking of Day 1 (Favorite Christmas Things) and Day 2 (Favorite Christmas Tradition) I figured I would combine the two and compile a list of the favorite things my family has taken part in during the holidays.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Favorite Times of Christmas Past

Making a gingerbread house: We did not make it from scratch and instead purchased a kit from Big Lots, but it was still a lot of fun! You may also find various kits on Amazon, but they are a bit pricier.

Here is a really cute one:

Gingerbread Train Kit
Gingerbread Train Kit pic from Amazon. Click on image for Amazon link.

Road Trips for Christmas Time: We live in Miami, Florida and although many places deck out with Christmas décor we do not experience cold, crisp weather during the holidays that often, much less a white Christmas. LOL
We have not experienced a white Christmas yet, but we have gone to Disney World and to North Carolina during Christmas time and it was so beautiful to experience a change in weather and scenery.

Christmas time in Charlotte, North Carolina:

Family posing in front of a Christmas tree in Charlotte, NC.
Family posing in front of a Christmas tree in Charlotte, NC.
Family posing in front of a Christmas parrot in Charlotte, NC
Posing in front of what looks like a Christmas Parrot LOL Hot drinks in hand 😛

BTW, the photographer was my hubby 😉 He was my boyfriend at the time.

Baking Christmas cookies with grandma: We had a streak of a few years when we got together with grandma to make all types of cookies to display during our Christmas gathering and although the tradition has fizzled away, I still have warm memories about it 🙂

Food experimenting: Because we don’t have any traditional foods for the holidays we are constantly trying new recipes and we enjoy being creative.

Here are some of the things I made last Christmas:


Christmas Fruit and Cheese Tree
Attempted to make a tree out of fruits and cheese…this was half-eaten already LOL
Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
I made a pumpkin cheesecake dip for the fruit. Check out my friend Amber’s recent recipe here.
Appetizer Christmas Trees made with pita, hummus, and pretzel stick as the trunk. Sprinkled with cilantro and red pepper flakes
Appetizer Christmas Trees made with pita, hummus, and a pretzel stick as the trunk. Sprinkled with cilantro and red pepper flakes.

Joining families: My most favorite part of Christmas is not the presents, the food, and the decorations, but it is the joining of my family with my husband’s family.

My husband and I dated for 7 years before we got married and for most of that time we split the holidays between our families. Being from a divorced family, it was challenging and a bit stressful to find time to spend with his family, my mom, and then my dad, all on separate occasions.

As we got closer to marriage, we both decided to encourage all the families to come together.

Now that we have a home together it has become the central location for celebrations and we are able to bring all the families together in one place.

Whether there are traditions or not, or gatherings that are big or small, as we come to the end of another year we can look back and recall the joyous memories or make an effort to create some.

What are some of your Christmas favorites? Feel free to take part on the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge and remember to link back to Scale Simple 🙂

Much Love and Happy Holidays,


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37 Comments on Christmas Favorites

  1. Lovely pics, Nena! You have a beautiful family! Was that your family or hubbys family in the first two pics? I couldn’t tell but would guess those are his. I can’t believe you haven’t had a white Christmas yet…but I guess that’s something FL, TX and CA have in common. I’m not sure if even the Midwest is going to have one this year or not!

    • Thank you, Tasha! That was my family:) It is hard to tell because I don’t look like most in my family LOL When Miami has a white Christmas many will think it is the end of times! lol But I might just experience it one day;)

  2. Ha! I’ve been to Charlotte and I know exactly where that sparkly parrot is. What a pretty city. I got to go there for a conference a couple of years back. We aren’t a big tradition family either, and what traditions we have are funky and offbeat, like the boys hiding action figures and plastic spiders in the Christmas tree. But that’s OK, we’re an offbeat bunch o’ folks.

    • How funny that we’re both familiar with the parrot:p Offbeat is my favorite kind of folk;) You never know what you’re going to get but you know you will always have fun!

  3. Recently I read a gingerbread recipe on Sarah’s site. I had never seen Christmas parrot before 😀

    Pictures are lovely. Everyone together look so good. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Love and light <3

    Anand 🙂

  4. Everyone looks so happy as the pictures reflect wonderful memories for you. BTW- next time you and your family head to Charlotte, NC feel free to notify me. I live here! Wishing you and your family all the joy possible during the holiday season.

    • Oh, how awesome!! Charlotte is truly one of the most beautiful and clean cities I have witnessed thus far. Looks like a wonderful place to live and next time we’re up there it would be great to have a “meet and greet” in person:)

  5. I loved your pictures! Looks like a lot of fun, it must be nice to have a big family to gather together every Christmas. Well it seems big to me, seeing how I am an only child. Also it’s pretty cool that you can take road trips like that. I am stuck on a very cold large island it would take me 2 days to drive to another province which would be very much the same weather wise. So you are lucky in your location to be able to take advantage of that. Thanks again for sharing! Cheers!

    • Thank you, Steph, for having me appreciate what I have even more:) From what I have seen in your posts, you also have wonderful experiences that are unique:)


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