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



Blussian Christmas traditions – New Ornaments

It seems every year we do the same thing just a bit differently. But I love that about our little family – taking something new and putting our own spin on it.

As I’ve explained in the past, we celebrate Christmas pretty much starting from Saint Nick’s until the Orthodox Christmas and New Year in January. We typically have our tree and decor up until February, though I’ve started decorating on November 1st. Yeah, three months of Christmas. I don’t see the problem with that. Fight me.

This year, we collected a few more ornaments for the tree. I keep thinking we have plenty of ornaments and well, no, we never do. I still see a whole lot of green on our tree. But it’s a yearly process so I’m content with it being a marathon and not a sprint.

So, this will be a post broken down in a few parts. Let’s begin with the ornaments!

I just love Target. I was never a Target fan growing up but becoming a mother made it my second-favorite store:


The truck was $3.00 and R2-D2 was $8.00. See them at your local Target.

Next up was Disney:


I was not impressed how I was so careful in making sure Lightning McQueen wouldn’t get broken, only to see he did! Bah humbug!


It seemed Sushi wasn’t amused by Princess Tiana. She will deal.

Both ornaments were on sale for $10.00 each at the Disney Store.


Earlier this year, we went to a Pysanka festival here in L.A., where I picked up these Ukrainian ornaments. In hindsight, we should’ve picked up a few more since they didn’t cost very much. Now I know what to do next year!


This pretty much explains my weakness. #fatgirlproblems. I picked these up at Dylan’s Candy Bar at the Grove. And they’re squishy! $8.00 each.

Of course, Bear had fun picking out the tree for the first time this year:


And it’s so gorgeous! We really love the tree this year:


We also had a few lights from Costco that were OMG, so amazing. We’re going to pick up a few more strands.

And of course, my men had fun:



What are your Christmas traditions?