Christmas Traditions

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From Christmas trees to carols, every family has their own Christmas traditions. I shared some of the Dan330 family traditions. Tell us what yours are below in the comments and don’t forget to share this article and follow us!

First, I am starting with a tradition that makes for a good activity all year round; a bonfire.

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Not all Christmas traditions are old, sometimes we start new ones. Here’s one we started a couple years ago. Our kids have fallen in love with the elf on the shelf. His name is Buddy, and every morning my four kiddos walk upstairs and poke around looking for him. For about a month leading up to Christmas, we are woken up by our kids yelling “I found him! He’s over here!” It’s so cute. When the kids go to sleep Buddy seems to get into a little trouble. Here he is enjoying a hot tub with some of the girls’ dolls.


We had to separate them. We put Buddy outside … but it snowed on him and he almost got lost.

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My favorite, and arguably the most famous Christmas tradition is the Christmas tree. Every year, we pick a Christmas tree and we decorate it as a family. I let the kids pick out their favorite ornaments to show you today. Understand that with young kids there is nothing below three feet at our house and hopefully in another five years we can bring out our nice ornaments. Until then, it’s StarWars, Lord Stanley’s Cup, and Surfin’ Santa Clause.

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Another Christmas tradition is the home decor. Here are some fun things we did this year: A Dala Horse, a Tomte (Swedish troll – you might have figured out we are Swedes by now), handblown glass Christmas trees, and colorful bulbs and lights.



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I just love the colors around Christmas. It is such a great contrast to the white winter wonderland we have to live our everyday lives in during late December.

Last but not least, the tastiest Christmas tradition is the food. There was really too much to take pictures of, but here are a couple of samples.

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What are your families Christmas traditions? Please let us know below!



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Chris Ashbach is one of the founders of Dan330. Chris is a pilot and avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, hunting, camping, and exploring. He loves taking kids (especially his own) on trips to share his passion of the outdoors. Chris is also a gardener, volunteers at Let's Go Fishing, and teaches Sunday school. Chris holds a MA in Organizational Leadership and is faculty at a local university in Minnesota; teaching undergraduate business classes.