Steadfast Christmas Traditions


Hi All! Wishing you the happiest of holidays! I hope you are finding your “happy”, wherever you are, with whatever it is that makes your heart filled with joy.

Christmas is my favorite time of year. My early childhood Christmases were magical. As an adult, I have unapologetically created as much Christmas magic in my home as I possibly can each year. 


First off, congratulations to my winner of last month’s blog giveaway – Laurel P.! Laurel, I hope the beautiful tatted wreath pin makes you smile! 

One of the things I love about Christmas is the traditions. Through the years, through generations, many traditions of Christmas have fallen by the wayside. I see less of certain things. (Some, I am okay with…like fruitcake. Ugh, fruitcake. No offense to my mama, who loves it). However, others I hold steadfast to, and hope my daughter someday carries them on.

First off, I love to decorate. I finished my classes this year that I teach earlier than usual, and began doing that “Christmas thing” the day after Thanksgiving! It has taken me me a full six seven, long solid days of decorating inside and out. When you live in a house for almost thirty years, you tend to accumulate lots of decorations for the holidays. That’s okay – the hard decorating “work” makes me happy. Many of our decorations have become traditions – and remind us of wonderful past memories.

Our tree, after 30 years, tells quite a story of past memories!

Our tree, after 30 years, tells quite a story of past memories!

When it comes to Santa, I am steadfast in my opinion. Give me a traditional Santa. Don’t put him in shorts with a surfboard. Don’t make him buff like he has been working out, with a clean-shaven, trimmed up beard. Make him jolly and round, with a long, wild beard and pink, wind-chapped cheeks. Dress him in velvet with a sleigh and reindeer. I love jolly Santas and mischievous looking elves!

A jolly Santa makes ME jolly!

A jolly Santa makes ME jolly!

My favorite 1940s pixie, a gift from friends years back. The photo in the background is my grandpa when he was young.

My favorite 1940s pixie, a gift from friends years back. The photo in the background is my grandpa when he was young.

I miss the days of a “little” , when Santa visited the house. My daughter is an adult now. However, Santa still “visits” the tin dollhouse in the kitchen!

I miss the days of a “little” , when Santa visited the house. My daughter is an adult now. However, Santa still “visits” the tin dollhouse in the kitchen!

Instead of elf on a shelf, it is a pixie in a cup o’ tea!

Instead of elf on a shelf, it’s cup o’ tea pixie!

This old Coca Cola Santa ad graces my kitchen. I love that version of Santa. “Eat Santa, Eat!”

This old Coca Cola Santa ad graces my kitchen. I love that version of Santa. “Eat Santa, Eat!”

I started my Christmas cards this week. I love Christmas cards – real ones, not e-cards. I love glittery, cheerful cards the best, or cards with pictures of friends on vacation or with their children. It’s fun to see how families grow from year to year. Christmas cards are JOY in the mailbox.


I save my cards each year (personal cards, not the commercial ones from the dentist office, for example). Each year’s cards are tied with a ribbon and put away. I always tell my daughter that someday cards from grandparents and other loved ones will be a treasure. You just can’t get that same feeling years later from an e-card sent over the internet! At Christmas, I always remember a dear woman who lived across the street from me as a child. She passed away years ago, well in her 90’s. She loved Christmas as much as a child, and loved to send Christmas cards, always signing them “Love and Blessings”. Isn’t that the best thing any of us can ask for? Love and blessings? What a great “tradition” to sign on a card. 


I keep my holiday DVD collection ready to play! During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is good to pause, relax a bit and enjoy the spirit of the season. One of my favorite traditions is to watch Christmas movies. I have already watched White Christmas, my favorite, twice since Thanksgiving.We snuck out to the cinema recently to go see a movie (also streaming on Apple tv). “Spirited” starring Will Farrell and Ryan Reynolds was so entertaining – we all LOVED it! It is a modern twist on a classic Christmas tale, and while it is a musical, appeals to even Generation Z. Maybe it will become a “new” tradition? If that movie doesn’t fill you with Christmas spirit, nothing will!

Sometimes, happy accidents can create new, wonderful Christmas traditions! This year, we went to get our tree. We felt a bit hurried, as they had promised a bad storm later that day (and it was the only day we’d be able to go). Well, when we got home, our tree was too small, too thin, and too short! We think they misunderstood how much we asked to cut off the bottom, or we may have gotten home with the wrong tree! We ended up going back in the middle of a huge rainstorm for a larger tree. Not wanting to waste a beautiful, fresh but small tree, we made lemonade from lemons and stuck it in my lettuce pot on the back porch. We love it! It is such a cozy spot to sit and have hot cocoa, and now we will look for a “Charlie Brown” tree to put on the porch each year (and next year, perhaps find a live tree to plant)!


Our pets bring us such joy, and force us to take pause. Trooper is excited to have his first Christmas in his FUR-EVER home! I can’t wait to spoil him rotten!

I have lots to do in the coming weeks, but I will try to remember that Christmas is meant to be joyful and embrace that! I do like the “busy” that this time of year brings.

We will take an evening to look at Christmas lights, visit the Gingerbread village, and eat some good meals, as we do every holiday season.

This year I am also happy that we will be seeing more friends this season than we have in the last two years. It was a hard couple of years past for our family, but this is one wonderful year that I will look back on fondly, and I wish the same to all of you. I am so grateful for my blessings, my family, my friends, and for YOU, dear readers!


So, don’t stress too much over the holidays! It’s okay to embrace (a lot, or even just a bit) of joy, even when the outside world is seeming so less than joyful. Try to keep some traditions, and do what makes YOU happy. Holidays make our years extra-special, and tie our past, present and future together, like a big, beautiful bow.

C5CC8F6D-E57E-4E79-8B14-76BB09D8E27FFrom my family in New England, to yours, wherever you may be, we are wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Until Next Time, Farmgirl Hugs (and Love and Blessings),



  1. Merry Christmas, to you and your family, have a wonderful holiday.

  2. Lisa says:

    Merry Christmas to you. I love reading your blog. We are almost neighbors.. as I live a couple of small towns over from you.

    I agree with you about loving the old traditions. They say “nothing stays the same”, but that is not true in my house!!

    Thank you for keeping the memories alive.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lisa, Thank you so much! Nice to “meet” you, “Neighbor”! I think we are lucky to live in New England, don’t you? There is so much “classic Christmas” here. When we went to our town’s tree lighting last weekend, it was like being in a real “Hallmark movie”, and everything looks like a Currier and Ives illustration when it is the holidays. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Merry Christmas to you! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Colleen says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, from the great Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
    Our ground is white, the north winds are blowing off of Lake Superior, and we are counting our blessings, as well, that we can finally relax a bit with loved ones again.
    May we all begin the New Year, healthy, happy and helping each other.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Colleen, thank you! Merry Christmas! Sounds lovely at your home. We got snow for the first time last night, and I am LOVING it! I love snow (not ice). Right now, everything looks like a “marshmallow world”. Enjoy your holidays! Happy New Year and Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Nancy Ruth Haberman1 says:

    I was sooo glad to see your story about your friend Judi and her tatting hobby. Its been years(50)since I watched a coworker work on a tatting article. I only worked with her 2vyears and had forgotten about the tatting craft. The wreath pin is absolutely beautiful and would feel priviledged to receive one. Thank you for that lovely article!!! It rought back many happy memories. Marry Christmas and have a very happy New Year!!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Nancy Ruth, isn’t tatting a sort of “forgotten” art? I love that Judi brings it back, with her wonderful modern twist on it. Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Deb says:

    Merry Christmas Nicole to you and your family.

    You have such cute decorations.

    I always dream of living in a Hallmark town and enjoying the decorations, scenery, and music of the season. I have small santa decorations from the 1950’s that I put on a fake tree in my kitchen. It reminds me of childhood and simpler times.

    I always smile when I look for our cat, Fifi. She is sleeping under our artificial tree in the living room. Maybe she is dreaming of a hallmark movie set too.

    Take care

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deb, It sounds so wonderful and cozy at your home with your kitchen 1950’s tree, and Fifi under the larger one. Sounds like you are doing a good job of creating Christmas magic. Enjoy your holidays! Thank you for reading and commenting! Big Farmgirl Hugs to you and yours, Nicole

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