What's in a Tradition? 15 Stories of Holiday Habits

by Amber Dickson
Holiday traditions
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Have you ever wondered why traditions are so prevalent and feel so important around the holidays? As it turns out, traditions reinforce important belief structures. They comfort us with a sense of belonging, and help us express gratitude! Traditions cement existing bonds, and create new ones. If those aren't reason enough for you to hop on board the Tradition Train, consider it this way: traditions usually involve food, and are usually just plain fun.

Christmas traditions vary in their details but the reasons behind them are remarkably similar. Read on for fifteen real-life stories on the importance of tradition, from my community to yours.           

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Have Yourself A Nordic Little Christmas

by Lilybee

Oh Scandinavia. Why you got to be so awesome?

Nordic folks know a thing or two about winter, what with 20 hours of darkness and months of temperatures that will kill you. They manage to say yahboo to the most rubbish of seasons with the best Christmas/winter decorations ever. And now, so can you... in two price ranges!

Ikea Light chain with three lights, $8.99

created on: 11/28/08

Elflugan Light, $201 (ex.tax)

created on: 11/28/08


Scandinavian design star light, $61.17 (ex. tax),

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Maven's Top 5 How-To's of Christmas Past

by DIY Maven

The holidays are all about tradition, which means we end up doing the same stuff every year. Including decorating and crafting. As I perused my posts from the last Christmas season, I picked my top 5 favorites. If you weren’t a member of Curbly then or if you were but need a refresher, here they are.

5) Greeting card gift 'pillows'.

Maven's Top 5 How-To's of Christmas Past

4) Newspaper wrapping paper + pinwheel bow.

3) Clothespin greeting card wreath.


2) Elegant...

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