• Do-It-Together: Orange and Apple Pomanders

    We read the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder when we were little.  Little House in the Big Woods was a special favorite, with the home life of the Ingalls family described in great sensory detail, particularly harvest time.  Remember the description of their attic draped with peppers and onions and […]

  • Christmas Stockings

    A little stocking message from the Traditions team When the kids were little, Mom lovingly made a special Christmas stocking for each member of the family from the same homemade pattern.  She used quilted fabric and gold rick rack and each stocking had the child’s name on the side and a jingle bell on the […]

  • Our Advent Tradition

      The word “Advent” comes from the Latin “adventus” and refers to the “coming” or “appearance.”  Christians all over the world have long celebrated Advent during Christmas time.  The nativity and Christ’s coming to the world as an infant are remembered as well as the hope of Christ’s second coming to the world as a […]

  • Our Jerusalem Dinner

    Our Jerusalem Dinner  Every year I looked forward to this dinner, my family’s “Jerusalem Dinner” held on Christmas Eve.  Amidst the magic and wonder of Santa and gifts and lights and excitement, this dinner was centering.  The table was set with Mom’s simple stoneware plates and cups, reminiscent of the humble dishes probably used at meals […]