Last month, we brought you the Buckeye Bling Team’s Top 10 Things to Make Life Easier. This month, we are gearing up for the holidays –Thanksgiving, Christmas…and Black Friday! Plunder will be having jewelry specials throughout the remainder of 2017 and have particularly incredible deals planned for Black Friday. Contact any of the team to stay in the loop and grab them while you can!
All this puts us in the holiday spirit so here are the Buckeye Bling Team’s Top 10 Favorite Holiday Traditions.
THE TOP 10
Christmas movies – We love holiday movies. From the nostalgic It’s a Wonderful Life (which team member Danica Gordon watches every year with her mama) to the neglected-tree-finds-love Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, we love watching holiday classics with our families. And we thank TBS for the 24-year marathon of A Christmas Story on Christmas day because watching Ralphie’s joy when he finally gets a Red Ryder BB gun never gets old. Nor does his dad’s prize lamp.
Food – Like most families, our holiday traditions often revolve around food. From turkey and fixins’ in November to Hope Young’s “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner on Christmas Eve, we enjoy lots of great family food. Kelly Wynns has Baked Potato Soup on Christmas Eve, Team Leader Shannon Geyer’s hubby makes his “famous” breakfast casserole every Christmas morning (recipe here), and Sherry Johnson and her hubby get up early on Christmas morning to eat breakfast at Denny’s. Our food traditions are varied and wonderful. Just like our team.
Baking –Holiday baking is more than food. It’s getting together with friends and family to make memories. Stacie Van Rhee Fulford gets together with her best friend to bake all day and Katie Dalton meets up with the females and children in her family to bake enough goodies for everyone. Dawn Watkins makes her son’s favorite Candy Cane Danish every year (recipe here). Pies, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, pumpkin rolls …it’s beginning to smell a lot like the holidays in here!
Holiday Lights – We love them. And not just the ones we put up inside and outside our own homes. We love to visit lights festivals or to drive by that one house in the area that synchronized their lights to music. For others, it is a beautiful Menorah lit as their families celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah. No matter how old we get, we still “ooh” and “aww” at things that light up our holiday nights.
Gifting – From the typical family exchange of gifts, to grab bags, to gifting items to those in need. We delight simply in giving. And then there’s the rambunctious white elephant gift exchange at Beth Flack-Slattery’s where every year one crazy gift just keeps showing up looking for a forever home. Any way you slice it, the pleasure of giving outweighs receiving any day.
Pajamas – We love pajamas during the holidays! Some put their kids in their pj’s for that last drive around town on Christmas Eve to look at lights, while that same night, Cate Hinton’s children get to open one present which is always pj’s and a book. Jan Ault’s family made matching pajamas in prior years but now do t-shirts instead—but t-shirts count as pj’s, don’t they? One team member and her hubby stay in their jammies all day to prolong keep that warm, snuggley, comfy feeling that Christmas day brings. Sounds great to us.
Decorating – Many of the team start decorating early and go all out. We say more power to them! Mechelle Rafferty’s house is transformed into a Christmas wonderland each year with every room—from shower curtains to bedding to rugs-decorated for the season. Kristin Burns decorates the inside while hubby adorns the outside and sets the lights to music so friends can see AND hear the holiday spirit at their home. The day Stephanie Goetz-Miller’s family puts their tree up, she takes her children to pick out their own Hallmark ornament to put on the tree. We like our decorating.
Family –Some of us celebrate with large, boisterous families, while others gather in small groups or their own immediate families. We play board games or dreidel, we sing and we reminisce. Melanie Weekley put it this way, “We do Christmas Eve at grandma’s with 20 people packed in a small house full of love!” And Alyx Vissing offered another example of the power of family, “Ever since my dad’s youngest brother moved out of my grandparents’ house, my mom couldn’t bear the thought of my grandmother waking up to an empty home on Christmas morning, with no little kids to open gifts. So we drive the three hours every Christmas Eve, and spend Christmas morning with my grandparents as well.” No matter large or small, family time is the best time
We Remember the Reason – Many of us attend holiday services in churches, tabernacles, synagogues and community gatherings. We sing in choirs or go door-to-door caroling. And many of our families set aside time on Christmas Eve to read the long-ago story of the baby in Bethlehem. Our families understand the importance of celebrating the reason for the Christmas season.
We know many of these traditions are not unique to the Buckeye Bling Team and likely mirror your own. Mechelle Rafferty said, “I really love the whole season, all of the traditions, food, family, friends, lights. The spirit of the holiday season makes me have all the feels.” And we all agree completely.