Our Not-So Traditional Yet Traditional Christmas Tree

On this blog, I’ve explained how we celebrate traditional Christmas and Orthodox Christmas. We keep our tree for a long time, well into January. What might be unusual to others is really the norm for us.

Each year we have our tree, it seems to get better and better. I should probably put myself on a Christmas budget, honestly. I go bananas. Anyway, here are some pics of our new ornaments courtesy of Michael’s, Wal-Mart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, and Crate and Barrel. I also have a special ornament from Shea Moisture, and some traditional Ukrainian ornaments. ย The last post will be our tree! ๐Ÿ™‚



It’s really cool to celebrate my husband’s and son’s heritage. We were planning to get a Ukrainian Christmas tree blanket but we might get that next year.


The snowflakes are courtesy of Target. I’m not sure if they still sell them for I didn’t see them this year (at least at the Target I frequent). The fluffy snowmen are courtesy of Wal-Mart. IMG_5450

The big, round Snowman is from Crate and Barrel. I think that was a low-key theme this year.


My hubby and I are huge Game of Thrones fans so yeah…we had to.


I’ve been to Starbucks so much this month, I really need to buy stock.


The cane and tree are from Crate and Barrel.


Honestly, I don’t remember where I got this one. But it’s cute, isn’t it?


This was a very cool additional gift from Shea Moisture! ๐Ÿ™‚


In honor of the hubby being a photographer. From Michael’s.


I legit think this is how Sushi sees herself. From Wal-Mart.


If you don’t have a Paw Patrol ornament, do you even parent? From CVS.


It’s a running joke inside our home that we don’t have enough soy sauce since I tend to use a lot of it in my cooking dishes. So, we got a soy sauce ornament. From Michael’s.


Bear loves planes and honestly, this was pretty cool. From Wal-Mart.

And finally our tree!


I keep thinking I have too many ornaments but then I see this pic and think I don’t have enough. I’m still on the hunt to have a tree with so many ornaments, you can’t see the greenery.

Anyway, Merry Christmas, everyone! xoxoxo



This is the Good Reason Why Our Christmas Tree is Still Up


Why yes, our Christmas tree is still up on January 4th. And it’ll probably be up until January 31st. And so are our decorations! Our neighbors are used to it, though. In fact, I think they started recognizing Orthodox Christmas as well. Or maybe not.

We celebrate Orthodox Christmas, which is typically a week after traditional Christmas. We don’t give or receive gifts, nor do we still play Christmas music (though I wouldn’t mind listening to Luther Vandross’s Christmas album all year long). It’s more about family gathering and celebrating each other.

I’m not sure how much we’ll go out in terms of celebration this year. I do plan on cooking a rather big feast for friends and family and maybe buy a few more candles. Not sure where I could find straw but I guess I could be creative with some construction paper.

It would be nice to find a church to celebrate in but with a hyperactive preschooler, that might not seem like a good idea. Maybe next year.

Here are some other photos from our Christmas:

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How do you celebrate the holidays?