Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions

Creating our own family Christmas traditions has been a goal for us even before we started our family.  Holiday traditions become very special because of the memories linked to them.  We loved our family traditions that we had growing up.  But, we were also excited to create our own as a young family with what would work for us.

To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
Chloe is a ballroom dancer and this is her new ornament — ballroom shoe.

My husband Albert and I are from two different worlds.  The saying ‘opposites attract’ is 100% true in our case. He is the salt and I am the pepper.  I am the yin and he is the yang. Get, the drift? So, creating Christmas traditions to embrace our uniqueness and identify us as a new family unit was very important.

To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Traditions
Love my sweet husband! So, glad I was able to convince him to wear matching holiday pajamas! P.S. That random Amazon box is actually a ‘gift-wrapped’ present to me from my sweet boy Elijah!

Albert is a laid back easy going mid-western boy from Iowa (he is from a family of 9) and I am a passionate excitable first generation Cambodian girl born in Virginia and raised in Utah (I am a family from 3). Even though we are polar opposites our differences compliment each other and we have been able to weave our upbringing, life experiences, and expectations well into our married and family life — having 14 years of experience helps a whole lot! And, another key factor is our same love and belief for God.

To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
Be Bright, Be Merry, Be Holy

Whatever your circumstances in life, such as newly married, a blended family, a single parent family, a family that honors more than one religion, etc., — it is never to late to begin creating your own family holiday traditions.  They could center around religious aspects of the holiday season and/or simply be fun!  Albert and I had a great time creating new Christmas traditions for our family.  It doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. In fact, the most simple of traditions have the lasting impact.

Elijah and Percy the Picklepuss (more about him later in the post).

The Savage Family Christmas Traditions

  • My eldest daughter Emi has a birthday on Christmas and we also celebrate her birthday on Christmas day!
  • This year we created a new one where we are wearing matching family pajamas from Target.  Don’t you love our nutcracker pajamas!?!
To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
Reece our newly adopted rescue pup joined us in our family pictures.
  • We have two Christmas trees in our family.  One tree has my fancy ornaments and the other one displays our children’s handmade ornaments.
  • Each Christmas season our kids get a new ornament or they get to select one.
To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
Cambodian Apsaras Nutcracker | The amazing thing about this is I bought the last three at a shop closing down (pre-kids). Isn’t it amazing that there is one for me and the girls! Serendipity!
  • We have two elfies in our home.  A cute red one with a happy face and a scary looking elf wearing all green.
  • We love displaying our nutcrackers on our mantel.  Albert served his church mission in Germany so he has a German boy nutcracker next to his German pyramid.  The girls and I have Cambodian princesses nutcrackers and Elijah has a cute soldier nutcracker.
  • On Christmas day, the first person who find the hidden Percy the Picklepuss stuffed doll in the Christmas tree gets to open the first present.
  • We have had the same Christmas decorations for years and keep adding to the eclectic collection.
To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
Who ever finds Percy the Picklepuss first in the Christmas Tree gets to open a present before anyone else.
  • Christmas cards given to us are taped in our hallway as a Christmas gallery during the holidays.
  • The night before Christmas the kids get to open one present (usually new pjs – exciting for them!).
To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
  • We reenact the nativity scene each year with homemade nativity costumes I sewed…it is so fun!
  •  Each year we participate in a service project and look for anonymous opportunities to serve.
Emi my sweet December birthday girl is turning 13 on Christmas Day!

We just love Christmas here at the Savages!  I hope this post gets you super excited for Christmas and inspires you to create new traditions for your family.  Holiday time is the perfect time to gather as a family and talk about what really matters in life.

To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
Cute little boys can only handle picture taking for so long!
To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
I love this beautiful wooden Nativity set. My favorite!

It is important for Albert and I to teach the kids about the meaning of Christmas with Christ’s birth and offering service (a kind deed, donation, friendship, helping hand, a smile).  Join our family with 25 Ways to #LightTheWord this Christmas by being a light to others with the Savior’s example.

To Thine Own Style Be True | Creating Your Own Family Christmas Traditions
“If a fat man puts you in a red bag at night, don’t worry I told him I wanted you for Christmas!” LOL!

Outfit Details // Family pajamas set from Target.

Photography by Melissa Thomson

“At the H E A R T of every F A M I L Y   T R A D I T I O N

is a meaningful  E X P E R I E N C E.”

Christmas is so much more than attending parties and presents.  It is about memories we create for our families. These memories are held so close to our hearts and passed down from generation to generation.  The best gifts cost little or no money at all.  Set aside time with your families or alone to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  Decide in your life what actions you need to take to shine and be that friend and example to others. Thank you for being a friend to me and supporting my blog! Please comment below and share with me one of your favorite family traditions!!! Love you guys!




    • December 9, 2016 / 9:34 am

      Hi Aliona! Thank you for saying hi! I loved that hair tutorial of yours!

  1. Amanda
    December 9, 2016 / 7:02 am

    Debbie I really enjoyed reading about your family traditions! And I’m so impressed that Albert wore his pjs for the shoot, he’s a good man and clearly loves his family! Such a beautiful family too!! I absolutely love this time of year! The kids come home each day from school excited for that days activity. We craft and bake and leave jungle bells with treats on doorsteps, sing carols, watch Christmas movies, and read from our collection of Christmas books each night. It’s a happy time and busy with good things. One of my favorite things is seeing my children play with the nativities, they love the story of Jesus. Thanks for sharing your family and wonderful ideas for creating great family memories!!

    • December 9, 2016 / 9:35 am

      Hi Amanda! I love your family Christmas traditions too! They sounds so much fun! There is something just magical about the month of December and I love seeing the joy in my children’s’ eyes!

  2. December 9, 2016 / 10:56 am

    So so cute! I love this post! Family time is more valuable than any gift you can give!

    • December 9, 2016 / 11:11 am

      Hi Tiffany! Thank you so much! I agree with this more than ever as the kids are growing up so fast!

    • December 9, 2016 / 11:37 am

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! So, glad I got the family to do this!

  3. December 9, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    You guys look so cute and I love your traditions! Xo

  4. December 9, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    Wow, Debbie. I loved reading about all of your traditions with your family. The service projects, family pajamas, and recreating the Nativity scene are all things they will remember forever.

    One of our traditions is to eat chili on Christmas eve. My grandma started it, and now that she has past, makes it even dearer to my heart. That is something I will carry on to my family one day.

    Thanks for making this post so sentimental and heart felt. It made me feel connected to my own family a little bit more.


  5. December 9, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    So fun! Your family is beautiful! I’d love to do this with my family some day 🙂

    • December 9, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Hi Vanessa! Thank you for visiting my blog!!! Thank you for the sweet compliment! xo

  6. December 9, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Your family is so beautiful! Love that you were able to talk your hubby into matching pajamas with the rest of the family. He’s the man! Lol. I agree with you on creating your own traditions in your family. It’s a great way for you to implement togetherness with your kids. They will appreciate it when they become adults. Thanks for sharing beautiful. Xo

    P.S. Happy Early Birthday Emi!

    • December 9, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Hi Pentene! Awww…thank you so much! Ha ha – it is always fun to try to convince the man in your life to join in on a cheesey pic! Ha ha! I am so excited for Christmas break and all the uninterrupted time we will have together as a family! xoxo

  7. December 9, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    These are such great traditions. I just got married and am excited to start some new family traditions as well. We do the Christmas pajamas too and it’s so much fun. Thank you for sharing!

    Cheers, J

    • December 9, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Hi J! Thank you so much for saying hi! Congratulations on your marriage! What an exciting time in your life right now!!! xoxo

    • December 10, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Hi Josipa! Thank you so much love!

    • December 10, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Hi Federica! Thank you for visiting my blog! I am heading over to check you out!

  8. December 10, 2016 / 5:46 am

    I like how you’re being authentic with a traditional celebration
    It’s great to add your own touch to things sometimes
    Winnie xxx
    My blog:
    Instagram: @itsjustwinnie1

    • December 10, 2016 / 12:55 pm

      Hi Winfred! Thank you! I am so glad you dropped by to say hi. It is so important to make the necessary changes to celebrate you and your family’s individuality!

  9. Claire Talks Beauty
    December 10, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    love the pictures ! what a beautiful celebration 🙂

    • December 10, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Hi Claire! Thank you so much! Thanks for saying hi! xoxo

  10. December 10, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! What a BEAUTIFUULLL family! Looks like you guys are always having soo much fun. Your girls are gorgeous, Debbie.They take after their beautiful momma. That’s for sure!
    Thanks for sharing darling! Have a blessed weekend!
    Much love, Len

    • December 10, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Hi Sweet Len! Aww…thank you so much! We have a ton of fun together! There is always laughter, chatter, screaming, playing, crying — going on in our household! Thank you soo much! xoxo

  11. December 11, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Such a beautiful family!!!! Loved reading this post!

    Wish you and your family all the best!!!!


    • December 11, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Hi Daria! Thank you so much for dropping by and saying hi!

    December 11, 2016 / 11:43 am

    I love the style and clasd you have!

  13. December 11, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    I love this post. This was so nice to read about how your family has tried to blend family traditions, it’s always tricky but it sounds like you have really merged both nicely. Creating new traditions as well is important and I love hearing all the ways you have done that, I’m still adding in a few as I go so it’s always fun to see what other people do! I love that you have two trees, growing up my family did the same thing and it’s nice to have one “fancy” tree and then one for all the silly, fun and sweet ornaments. I love this Debbie, wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Hi Kristina! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I am so happy we were able to blend and create new ones too! So, great you grew up with two trees! I am glad we aren’t the only ones!

  14. December 13, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    I love your family traditions!! We add a nutcracker to our collection each year and we always wear cute oilers pjs (husband is obsessed with hockey) but I would love to have the kids pick their own ornament each year. That’s so special!

    • December 13, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Thank you Jen!!! I love the nutcracker add — how many do you guys have? Love the cute pajamas idea — I want to see it!

  15. December 16, 2016 / 11:51 am

    You have such a beautiful family!!!

  16. presteage
    December 19, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I love this post! Now that I have a little family of my own (my daughter is 18 months) I’m excited about starting our own family Christmas traditions. I also want her to know the real reason for the season… Jesus!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • December 19, 2016 / 5:15 pm

      Hi Love! Yes, the true meaning is Jesus. I am so excited for you! Your baby is 18 months such a fun and beautiful age and it only gets better and better~ Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Merry Christmas!

      • presteage
        December 19, 2016 / 7:55 pm

        Thank you so much!! I’m looking forward to it! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well!

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