My Christmas Traditions

Every family has their own Christmas traditions. I think it makes the holidays so much more special when your family has their very own ways of celebrating it. I always love to hear what other people do with their families to celebrate Christmas, so today I thought I would share with all of you my very own traditions!

Baking

A big tradition in my house for Christmas time is baking. My mum's the baker in the house so she has always done all of it, but this year I chipped in for the first time to help. Baked Christmas treats are simply the best, aren't they? Favourites in our house are chocolate chip cookies (from my mum's ~secret~ recipe), fudge, and gingerbread men.

Stockings

I'm not sure if it's so common to do stockings anymore? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But in my family, stockings have always been a staple. Until this year, I was the only one who had a stocking filled and placed under the tree. But this year, all four of us are taking part in the tradition which makes it so much more fun! Leading up to Christmas, we leave our stockings up to hang and then Christmas morning, they're put under the tree and it's the very first thing opened before any presents.

Florida

Since 2012, a huge tradition for my family has been visiting our vacation home in Orlando over the winter break. Every year, we leave for Florida after we've finished the festivities of Christmas morning, and stay until just after New Year's Day. I love our Florida tradition. One of the greatest parts of it is that we are able to experience all of what Disney World has to offer during the holiday season. As you all probably know by now, my family are huge Disney fans so it's hugely important to us.

Decorating

Decorating the house for Christmas is a huuuggeeeee part of our traditions. As a family, we love to decorate for the holidays. And especially now that we've moved into our new place, we've got even more areas to decorate! We went crazy with it all this year, but it looks incredible if I do say so myself :) My personal favourite addition is our Disney tree (the tree on the right, below).

The Polar Express

Ever since the film came out, my family has exclusively watched The Polar Express just once per year. It started off as Christmas Eve tradition. We'd come home from my Nonno's (Italian word for grandpa) house after Christmas Eve dinner and we'd put the film on. As the years went by, Christmas Eve dinner went later and later, so we eventually decided we'd watch The Polar Express once we got to Florida on Christmas Day. In the past few years, my boyfriend has been able to partake in the tradition as well which is so amazing. I love that we save watching it for only that night because it makes it so much more special.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Felicia x

Autumnal Decor

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I absolutely love decorating. I always have. Interior design is something I've been interested in for a long time, and picking up little pieces from home decor shops is one of my favourite pasttimes. So, being able to decorate our house for autumn was something I was definitely looking forward to. It's just a little bit of sprucing up that I think makes a big difference to the overall look of our house, on the outside and inside, and since it always puts a smile on my face, I thought I'd share it with you all to give you some home decor inspo!

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Our main focus of decorations inside the house is our mantelpiece, which has been something I've been dying to decorate ever since we saw this house for the first time back in February. In the old house, we had a fireplace but the mantel was quite thin so you could only place photo frames or cards on top of it. But since this one has a lot of space, we've got a lot to work with. It's quite sparse right now, but I'm sure by next year we'll figure out what to do to fill out the space. But for now, we have a few pieces decorating it.  

This side of the mantel is my personal favourite. The plastic fake pumpkin is from Michaels, the craft store, and the "Home is where the haunt is" sign is from Hallmark. They were both decently priced and I like the nod to Halloween (as we all know, I'm a huge fan of the holiday). The itty bitty pumpkin is just so cute, and I think the two pieces really compliment each other.

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On the other end of the mantelpiece, we have a large basket which was gifted to us by our real estate agent who helped sell our old house. It came with a bunch of goodies inside, but now we use it as a flower holder for these fake flowers, which are also from Michaels. There are a few bundles of these flowers inside, that we've mixed up to create an assortment of fall-coloured bouquets. I love how this turned out. It definitely spruces up the room. 

Lastly, in the centre of the mantlepiece, we typically have a candle. Currently, the Bath & Body Works Hello Sugar! Warm Apple Pie candle is in that place. This is my favourite autumnal candle, as it really does smell exactly like the scent of apple pie baking. I love lighting this candle up and cuddling up under a blanket to watch a film, which is how I'm tempted to spend my evening tonight haha.

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On the exterior of our house, we currently have this beautiful autumn wreath hanging from our door. Again, another Michaels' find. Can you tell I spend a lot of time at Michaels?! I love placing wreaths on our front door, as they're a subtle way to decorate for any season, especially the Christmas season (stay tuned for a Christmas decorations post in the next month or so!!). We got this wreath for about 60% off, which was an absolute bargain as it was originally, like, $70.

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Last but not least, we have this adorable little set-up in our front yard. Our yard has this little area, with a stone pathway and bench nearby a miniature waterfall. It was the perfect area to put a bunch of outdoorsy autumn decorations. We bought these hay bales from (no surprise) Michaels, and decorated them with pumpkins that we purchased just from our local grocery store. We didn't want to pick out average-looking pumpkins so we went with some odd looking ones, like this white one on top and the two funky Cinderella pumpkins. We left a space for the pumpkin that we're going to carve, which we plan to do this weekend in preparation for Halloween. We also have this cute little scarecrow guy hanging out in our front yard. At first, we weren't sure if he would be able to sit out front, but we tied him to the short gate which you can see if you look closely behind the bench. I love that the first thing you see when you pull up to my house is our little scaregrow guarding our mini pumpkin patch haha :)

Have you decorated your house for autumn or Halloween?

Felicia x