One thing on my holiday checklist is getting new ornaments for the kids every year.

My parents are building a house this year so I got them these cute ornaments as a memory!


When I was a kid, my stepmom would always get me a new ornament every Christmas – something to represent my year, big milestones, hobbies, or whatever I was into at that point. We’ve continued the same tradition with our kids – both with new ornaments and painting/DIY our own ornaments. We dress up in matching holiday PJs and put up the trees. We have a tree we set up in the living room and then another kids’ tree with all the ornaments we’ve made and collected throughout the years and every year it’s like a walk down memory lane! My hope is when the kids grow up and have families of their own I’ll give them a special box of all their ornaments through the years. I will always treasure traditions passed down from generation to generation, but also love trying out new activities, so I wanted to put together a list of some holiday checklist with tradition ideas, old and new:

  1. Decorate for the holidays
  2. Buy/make new Christmas ornaments
  3. Curl up with Christmas books
  4. Teach the kids to ski/ski trip
  5. Explore some hot springs
  6. Go night-sledding
  7. Make cinnamon rolls
  8. Gingerbread houses
  9. Make/paint Christmas mugs (great gift idea!)
  10. Have a wrapping party
  11. Rent a cabin in the mountains
  12. Build a fort & watch Christmas movies
  13. Advent calendars
  14. Make & deliver neighbor gifts
  15. Try snow-shoeing
  16. Take family Christmas pictures
  17. Make a holiday playlist, hot cocoa, & go on a lights-seeing tour to look at Christmas lights
  18. Give back (donating, service projects, etc.)
  19. Write letters to Santa Claus
  20. Set up Zooms or FaceTime family that live far away
  21. Bake & decorate Christmas cookies together
  22. Set out gifts for the delivery drivers
  23. Random acts of kindness

This year Zulily is celebrating all the Mrs. Clauses out there – the ones behind the scenes creating new memories, passing down traditions new and old. I’ll be working with them throughout the season sharing some favorites items. You can get so much of your shopping done all in one place! I’ll be giving you some ideas of fun activities to do as a family, and also we’ll be doing some giveaways for your Mrs. Claus to be able to treat herself. We’re kicking off the campaign with a huge giveaway: over $1300 worth of toys and prizes for the fam including a $500 gift card for mom to treat herself. To enter, share what the Mrs. Claus in your family is busy doing this season – whether that be you, your mom, grandmother, a friend, your kids’ babysitter, a single dad – this is the time to celebrate the people working hard behind the scenes to make this season more magical than ever! Aside from the grand prize winner, there will be 10 bonus winners who will win a $100 Zulily gift card. (Full giveaway details listed here!) Giveaway ends 11/30!

What are some of your favorite family traditions to add to our holiday checklist? Don’t forget to check out my shop on Zulily. I curated my faves for me and my family. This is live until the 11/26 so don’t miss out.

Xx, Christine

*In collaboration with Zulily.




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  1. Kathy Hanson

    Mrs. Claus (me) is busy trying to get the shopping done, house decorated, and all of the other wonderful things all while working full time as a teacher and doing the normal household/family stuff. It’s exhausting but I love it!

    1. Omg I can only imagine how hectic that is! So amazing you can keep a good attitude while juggling it all!

  2. Keyanna Suddreth

    I absolutely adore y’alls matching pajamas and slippers! So cute!
    This holiday checklist is full of amazing ideas for this time of the year. Thanks so much for sharing!


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