Holidays over 4 years ago by Liz Adams

2019 Holiday Gift Guide: For the In-Laws

Shop this gift guide: No. 1 Vietri Lastra Holiday Oval Platter // No. 2 Woven Coasters // No. 3 Chef’s Notes // No. 4 Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook // No. 5 Wine Chiller // No. 6 Buffalo Check Throw Blanket // No. 7 Electric Kettle // No. 8 Home for the Holidays Doormat // No. 9 Minted Personalized Photo Calendar // No. 10 Pillow Mist // No. 11 Smart Diffuser // No. 12 Coffee Gift Crate // No. 13 Amazon Echo Show // No. 14 Mini Photo Printer

Every day I tell myself that “this gift guide is my favorite!” I found some realllllly good gifts for your parents, in-laws, grandparents, aunts and uncles and all of your favorite adults who still look after you even though you are an adult (ha, who can relate?!). I feel like anyone, including myself, would appreciate any of these gifts. Great if you’re looking for something for a couples gift, rather than an individual! Here are my favorites…

You all know I make Half Baked Harvest recipes alllll the time and Teighan’s new cookbook is AMAZING

I’ve been raving about our Echo Show and honestly I don’t know what we did without this thing! It’s amazing. Alexa is my new best friend and I’ve already gifted my parents one, too! They are obsessed.

How cute are these chef notes? The perfect gift for the grandmother who loves to cook! My sister makes these calendars for every member of our family and gifts them every Christmas. They are filled with photos and fill my heart with so much joy with every new month.

Ok I’m pretty proud of this gift idea – a photo printer that can print photos from your iPhone! Isn’t this the best gift for in-laws/parents who maybe aren’t super tech savvy? YES.

This tea kettle would get so much use during the cold winter months and I love the sleek design!

Relaxing pillow mist because who wouldn’t want this after a long day?! Pair with a cozy throw!

Williams Sonoma’s gift crates are amazing (the best corporate or professional gift idea, too!) and I love this coffee crate!

VIETRI has quickly become my most favorite place to find beautiful serving pieces and table settings. All of their collections are handcrafted in Italy and have the most beautiful designs. I can’t rave about them enough! I have been longing for their Lastra Holiday collection and am so happy to finally have a few pieces in my home. Use discount code LIZADAMS20 for 20% off + FREE SHIPPING!

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Today we are partnering with VIETRI to gift this beautiful large Lastra Holiday Oval Platter from their holiday collection! Yay! I can’t tell you how beautiful these pieces are and they would make such a perfect gift for your loved ones or keep for yourself to host for the holidays! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your favorite holiday tradition (I can’t wait to read through these!). A winner will be announced tomorrow! xoxo

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    1. My favorite Christmas traditions are watching hallmark movies, making Christmas cookies, and sitting around the tree with family!

  1. This guide is amazing!! My favorite tradition is getting together for a big family dinner at my in-laws house. It’s fun to be around so many people on Christmas, and it makes the special-ness of the whole day last longer!

    1. Such great ideas! My favorite holiday tradition is going downtown (Chicago) the day after Christmas every year to visit a different museum and then go out for drinks and a burger at Millers Pub!

  2. Favorite tradition is watching Home Alone with my sisters and brother in law Thanksgiving weekend! Puts me right in the holiday spirit!

  3. Christmas Eve is my favorite. We sit around the tree with glass bottle of Coke (preferably with the yearly santa design) and talk about the year and what we are grateful for.

  4. We do a family skate with my husband’s family before dinner on Christmas Eve. It made me dust off my skates having not skated in about 25 years!

  5. Everyone opens up matching Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve to wear to bed! Nothing beats everyone running downstairs to see the tree in all our matching PJs, especially the little kiddos.

    1. Still working on our own little family traditions but love seeing family friends on Christmas Eve- we’ve done it as long as I can remember.

  6. My favorite tradition is hosting Christmas Eve. Unfortunately since moving to NYC from Chicago this past summer we won’t be hosting but I plan to cook my infamous appetizers wherever we celebrate Christmas Eve!

  7. Favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve with my family. We get christmas pajamas and read the night before Christmas. I can wait to do this with my son this year.

  8. My favorite holiday tradition is going to my great grandmothers house with my immediate family. Her cooking and home will always be so special to me!

  9. I’m excited to start a new tradition this year in a new city, Washington DC. I’m excited to host my parents here and start new traditions together as they come to my new home.

  10. My favorite holiday tradition is making and decorating cookies on Christmas Eve. The plate would be a perfect place to display them!

  11. We love driving around to see Christmas lights and we have an annual trip to a Chicago before Christmas to kick off the holiday season!

  12. It is hard to narrow down, but I think my most favorite tradition over the holidays is our Christmas Eve. After church and a big meal, the kids get to open one present before leaving cookies for Santa and heading to bed. I set up what they call “the string game”; each child has to follow a piece of yarn all over the basement to find their gift at the end- they love it!

    P.S. The platter is beautiful! I have just begun hosting Christmas at our home and this would be a perfect addition!

  13. My dad still makes my sister and I sit on the stairs Christmas morning in our pjs and take a picture before coming downstairs to open presents

  14. My boys favorite holiday tradition is getting their personal trees put in their bedroom and their special Santa’s set out in the Family Room. Their comments every year are the same, “It looks beautiful” and it’s just a few simple things that mean the most to them. I remember mine used to be a special snowman snowglobe when I was little. So I’m happy to continue something that’s special to them that they will remember. Plus we are patiently awaiting their sisters arrival, due Dec 20!

  15. My family has never been one for traditions, but one thing that did stick is gingerbread house parties! Every since I was in Pre-K, my dad has made gingerbread houses for my class and we hosted these parties until high school. The tradition has now passed down to my nieces and nephews, and my dad makes ~100 gingerbread houses for their classmates every year! He bakes for weeks in advance and it’s really the sweetest thing to see continue for 20+ years. 💛

  16. My favorite tradition is visiting Krohn Conservatory and the Live Nativity Scene in Cincinnati- my mom took us there every year as kids and now I take my kids when we are in town for Christmas!

  17. My family’s Christmas tradition is a large and festive (and often themed) Christmas Eve celebration that rotates between 5 families homes each year. There is great food, games, gift exchanges.. and the kids all have a ball together. Perfect and simple and provide some really special memories. Our family is hosting next year and this platter would be perfect for our spread!

  18. I love this line. I have the small bread plates and cherish them as a fun holiday accent to my place settings. I love my families Christmas Eve tradition. Appetizers/wine at our favorite Italian restaurant downtown Detroit, then church, and finally home for dinner and Secret Santa gift exchange (and more wine) ❤️

  19. My favorite tradition is homemade appetizers for Christmas Eve dinner followed by It’s a Wonderful Life! We love relaxing at home all cozy.

  20. What I love about Christmas is all the traditions! So hard to narrow it down. I love Christmas Eve, from going to church and then a beautiful dinner together and reading the polar express and the grinch to my son in front of the tree before bed.

  21. On Christmas Eve our immediate family does gifts, appetizers, games and too much wine. It’s my favorite day of the year.

  22. A favorite holiday tradition of ours is to get Chinese take out and watch “The Family Stone” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve!

  23. We always exchange Christmas PJs on Christmas Eve so we have new pajamas to wear while opening presents in the morning! 🎄❤️

    1. Since we spend Christmas with my husband’s family, my side of the family designates another day to celebrate. We start with brunch and slowly exchange presents throughout the day, play games, watch movies (including a homemade movie that recaps the year in pictures and short video clips!), etc. Its such a fun and relaxing day.

  24. I love that we always do gifts on Christmas Eve and stockings from Santa on Christmas Day! It always made for such a relaxing day and the fun was solidly spread over two days!

  25. Christmas pajamas with the whole family & we all sleep over at my in-laws house so we still wake up all together for Christmas morning.

  26. Traditions are the best, aren’t they? My favorite is Christmas morning as kids we sat at top of the stairs and waited for my Dad to “check it Santa came” (aka put on the coffee for he and my mom haha) and the signal that he came was he would blast the “Hallelujah Chorus” and we’d all run down screaming. Still do it to this day- all grown up and with kids of our own:)

  27. I love baking Christmas cookies each year with my family, as well as cutting down our fresh tree the day after Thanksgiving!

  28. Every Black Friday we load up the car and drive out to a tree farm to cut our tree and take a sleigh ride! On the way back we always stop at a local burger place! Going on 5 years of this with our three boys

  29. My favorite holiday tradition is going to our Christmas Eve service at church and then coming home and having homemade eggnog as a family before bed! Then we wake up and exchange gifts!

  30. My favorite holiday tradition is our extended family gift exchange! Instead of buying something, we each draw a name earlier in the year and make a gift for that person. It’s so fun watching everyone get creative with their homemade gifts!

  31. Favorite holiday tradition is a Christmas Eve hike with my siblings and the cousins on my dad’s side and one aunt and uncle pair in the Blue Hills, which are in our hometown. Inevitably it ends up with my uncle going off the typical trails and adding at least 1-2 hours to the hike, with setting sun always serving as a threat. It started as a way to get us kids out of the house while my mum prepared the Christmas Eve feast.

  32. A favorite holiday tradition includes buying/opening new pajamas on Christmas Eve and then hopping in the card to drive around and look at Christmas lights! Everyone still wears their Santa hats!

  33. Now that our kids are older I look back on all the “effort” I put into making the holidays special and feel so glad that I did! There are a lot of special memories, but one tradition I treasure is taking our kiddos downtown every Christmas to see all the sights/holiday happenings.

  34. Every year we do a white elephant with the adults with good gifts and it get so competitive and it’s so fun!

  35. Every year Christmas shopping with my mom in Oakbrook until I lost her to cancer almost 3 years ago. She sent me James a year after she passed and I now get to carry the tradition on with my little guy! It’s so special to me!

  36. When we were little we would sleep under the Christmas tree waiting to catch Santa. My parents thought we would grow out of it, but it became a tradition that all four of us continued through college. Now, all the grandkids sleep under the tree. There is something so magical about falling asleep under a lit tree and waking up surrounded by family (and gifts!).

  37. Eating leftover pie for breakfast! Now that my kids are finally getting bigger it seems like a whole new world of traditions is opening up and it’s such a joy to watch them, I have no idea what my new favorite will be with them:)

  38. We love to get a new ornament that represents each year! This year we have two babies first Christmas ornaments for our twin girls!

  39. Making traditional Norwegian Christmas cookies and lefse just like my grandmother did when she was living. Her parents immigrated from Norway and the recipes have been passed down for four generations!

  40. Fav family traditions is going to Christmas Eve mass followed by a delicious dinner that friends and family are all invited to that goes late into the evening ☺️

  41. Last year we started giving a book and pj’s on Christmas Eve and I’m excited to continue this year! Also dying to start baking Christmas cookies as soon as thanksgiving is over

  42. We make cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning. Our funky Christmas tradition that my family does, and we also did when we were kids, was that everyone had to bring a laundry basket down to open presents. All present went in the basket and up to our rooms after we were done! All of our childhood Christmas photos have laundry baskets in them 😂

  43. Every Christmas morning growing up my mom made homemade cinnamon rolls in a Christmas tree shaped pan and now it’s my turn to carry on the tradition!

  44. Taking a trip the week before Christmas. Each year we go somewhere different, selecting destinations that are known for their Christmas lights and markets. It’s great for picking up last minute gifts!

  45. The weekend after thanksgiving the girls in my family get together to start holiday cookie decorating! Every year we try to attempt a new cookie recipe or a new decorating technique.

  46. This guide is great! My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve Church with my family. I’m hoping to start new traditions with my kiddos soon!

  47. Our favorite holiday tradition is we do christmas eve dinner our entire family gathers on Christmas eve and do fun games and open one present before putting all the kiddos to bed! We have been doing this ever since we were small! Love to see all my fam come together!!

  48. My husband writes a “letter from Santa” to our son and daughter every year! He talks about all the good things they did over the course of the year and special memories we made.

  49. I love Xmas morning breakfast before opening gifts! Overnight egg bake and french toast bake, family tradition grandma’s coffee cake, fruit salad, mimosas, coffee. No showers, happy kiddos and grandparents.

  50. Love cinnamon rolls on christmas morning & decorating cookies while watching Hallmark in the afternoon!! Can’t wait for the holidays and SO grateful for all these guides, so helpful for gifts for boyfriend’s family!

  51. My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating cookies. Now that I have a son, I can’t wait for him to be old enough to help out!

  52. We always do a fondu meal on Christmas Eve – cheese, meat, and chocolate… so decadent but such a holiday treat!

  53. My favorite Christmas tradition is when “Santa’s Elves” come sneak into the house during Christmas Eve Mass and leave the kids new Christmas jammies and a book to read before bed! So fun and then kids look cute and match on Christmas morning!

  54. We play poker with the whole family every Christmas Eve night…I don’t gamble usually but it’s so memorable with everyone together (and of course just for fun….we gamble with quarters).

  55. Love these ideas!!!

    We are a young family with 2 toddlers (3.5 and 2!), and we don’t live nearby to grandparents or other cousins. So our favorite tradition is about a week before Christmas, cooking a big fancy lunch and white elephant swap for our local friends. It makes us feel like we have family in these friendships, but doesn’t take away anyone from their nearby families on actual Christmas holidays. Every year the kid chaos just gets better and better!

  56. My husband and I have been exchanging special ornaments yearly on a Christmas Eve since we met. It was the first tradition we began together.

  57. Ooooo my favorite goldfish tradition growing up (and now) is driving around with my parents AND dog to look T all the holiday decorations in the neighborhoods. We would pop popcorn and fill bags for the trip too!

  58. My favorite holiday tradition is buying matching PJ bottoms for the women at Christmas. Someone in my family has done this for years and I’ve started it with my boyfriends family!

  59. Every year, my entire extended family and I go “hunting” for a Christmas tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving! We go to a tree farm down south and make a whole day out of it- cooking chili, see frying a turkey, football, and adult beverages. It’s my favorite tradition by far and one I can’t wait to carry on with our own kids!

  60. Our favorite holiday tradition is reading The Night Before Christmas. We have a beautiful paper pop-up version that our kids love. And I love doing new festive things each year as my kids get older!

  61. My favorite holiday tradition is our annual Christmas Eve party with my family + family friends – we get to see everyone we love and the group grows every year! Everyone’s favorite night for the past 20 years!

  62. obsessed with the Vietri holiday collection!! My favorite Christmas tradition is watching A Christmas story on repeat for the 24 hours leading up to Christmas. My brother and I can quote the whole dang thing!

  63. So hard to choose just one, but definitely Christmas morning after presents we have a big Christmas breakfast and it’s always just such a happy and thankful time.

  64. My family hosts Christmas Eve with our two very best family friends! It’s my absolute favorite night of the entire year! We’re going on year 27 of hosting! It keeps getting better the older us “kids” get!

  65. On Christmas Eve we make Rueben sandwiches (taken from my late MIL) and the kids now 14, 13, 10 sleep together in my older daughters room. In the morning they wait patiently in the room until we come up to get them after we have turned the tree on, fire going, and Christmas music playing.

  66. We host Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends. Everyone brings something favorite from their own family Christmases. We have some great new dishes to try and fun games.

  67. Favorite holiday tradition is matching socks with my cousins, mom, aunt and grandmother! Always get together at my aunt’s house with my mom’s family! Along with the big breakfast spread – nothing can be omitted because everyone has a favorite dish!

  68. The Half Baked Harvest cookbook is my go to gift this season! So good! One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching all the kids swap stocking candy. It’s a like a mini stock exchange but with higher stakes.

  69. My grandma used to hide a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and whichever grandchild found it got a special gift. Can’t wait to do it with my kids one day!

  70. My favorite holiday tradition is baking their favorite treat with each of my kids. Also love love our yearly viewing of Christmas Vacation! Always funny

  71. My favorite holiday tradition is a gingerbread house decorating contest with my family! We all get very into it and we have a family friend vote on the winners!

  72. My favorite tradition was always waking up super early with my brothers and watching “A Christmas Story” on tv before our parents woke up. We eventually learned how to make them a pot of coffee because they wouldn’t let us open any gifts until they had a hot cup of coffee in hand. Happy holidays to you and your family Liz!

  73. My parents got me and my siblings each an ornament each year (girls got angels, boys got snowmen), and so by the time we moved out of the house we had enough ornaments to fill our own tree ❤️❤️❤️.

  74. Last year was the first year living in the ‘burbs and we vowed to always take a Christmas stroll (in our pjs) after breakfast, before heading to family festivities. Can’t wait to do it again!

  75. Baking/decorating Christmas cookies and driving around at night looking at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music!

  76. In Italian culture there is a (kind of weird but funny) tradition that says if you wear red underwear on Christmas, it will bring you luck and prosperity in the new year. The only catch is that you can’t buy them for yourself! So on Christmas Eve every year my mom gifts us all holiday undies! Definitely a tradition I intend to pass on!

  77. We have many holiday traditions, so here are a few favorites:

    1. Every Thanksgiving morning, my family and I watch “March of the Wooden Soldiers”, just like I have been doing since I was a little one.
    2. I wake up every Christmas morning and make these delicious egg boats (, which I serve with fruit salad.
    3. Before our Christmas meal, we all open Christmas crackers, which are British toy-filled paper goods. I lived in England for 2 years, and this is part of their cultural tradition, so we incorporated it into our family holiday celebration.

    Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful platter!

  78. Favorite holiday tradition is making cinnamon rolls Christmas morning and putting a candle in it to sing happy birthday to Jesus!

  79. I love this, I associate my mothers old school Christmas dinnerware with the holiday as well. Two traditions I love are that we open one gift on Christmas Eve (not sure how this started) and we also do gingerbread houses later in the day on Christmas. It always gave us something to look forward to once the Christmas morning hype wore off. We just had our first baby and cannot wait to create new traditions with him!

  80. Favorite tradition is driving around a neighboring suburb on Christmas Eve night looking at all the luminaria displayed down each street while listening to Christmas classics and drinking hot chocolate!

  81. Favorite holiday tradition growing up was breakfast at my grandparents house on Christmas morning. We have continued this tradition with my own young children and blessed to still be able to have breakfast with my 96 year old grandmother—in her same house that we celebrated in during my childhood!

  82. My favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas tree with my family – we all put our phones away & take turns DJing our favorite holiday music as we put up the tree!

  83. Baking cookies! My grandmother and I would start baking cookies together in November and pack boxes upon boxes of cookies to send out to her neighbors and family 💕

  84. I’ve watched the same random Christmas movies (that my mom videotaped on tv and we’ve since had converted into DVDs) every Christmas Eve for the past 30 years! Even though my sisters and I live in different states now we video chat and all watch the movies “together” each year along with our own kids!

  85. My family has always either gone out to one of our favorite fancy restaurants or cooked a really fun meal together either on Christmas Eve or the day after Christmas. I’ve never been a huge fan of the traditional holiday meals, so having all of our family gathered for our favorite foods is so fun, especially now that we live all over the country.

  86. Fav tradition is the appetizers we have while opening gifts on Christmas Eve. Swedish meatballs, cheese & crackers. Oh, and that we open one present at a time on Christmas Eve so we can see what each person go. Sit in a circle and go around one at a time! Ah! Love 🎅🏼🤶🏻🎄!

  87. My favorite holiday tradition is cooking with the amazing women in my family. The holidays are always consumed with our favorite family recipes!

  88. Christmas is my fave so we go all out on traditions! From watching the Santa Clause on thanksgiving day to kick off the holiday to the getting a new ornament at the Christkindlemarket, to having White Russians at Zoo Lights! I lovvvvee this platter 😍

  89. My favorite holiday tradition is going to my Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve. We watch Christmas movies like Home Alone and Christmas Vacation while she gets dinner ready. We eat dinner, open presents by her tree, and talk about the year and everything we are grateful for.

  90. My favorite family tradition, something we have done every year since I was three years old, is setting up Christmas village at my grandma’s house. Also, my little boys will be my helpers this year as we set up the traditional Christmas village.

  91. Post opening presents on Christmas Eve, going to watch Christmas movies at the movie theaters with some sneaked in red wine 😂

  92. I love opening one special gift on Christmas Eve with my kids! It’s usually special holiday pajamas and I’ve already found some for this Christmas!

  93. when my husband and i got married we started hosting thanksgiving at our house! it has been so much fun to start this new tradition🤗

  94. My favorite Christmas tradition is opening one gift after Mass on Christmas Eve (pajamas)! We’ve been doing it since I was little and now we’re continuing it with our children!

  95. My favorite holiday tradition is reading The Polar Express to my son on Christmas Eve. We also watch Home Alone which is his favorite.

  96. Love the platter! My favorite tradition is kicking off the holidays shopping on Black Friday with my mom and sister!

  97. My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my dads side of the family Christmas night and all singing Christmas carols together

  98. My husband and I love Christmas Eve! We go for late afternoon cocktails, then an early evening Mass, and home to decorate ginger bread houses along with charcuterie & wine! We get pretty competitive on whose is better! Can’t wait to continue this tradition do with our kids someday!

  99. Reading The Polar Express under the tree before bed Christmas Eve! Can’t wait to do it with my own kids this year!

  100. Every year we switch between a traditional Christmas Eve dinner, and on the alternate years we do Feliz Navidad, and we have handmade tamales, fresh squeezed margs, and other amazing Mexican food! It’s fun to have a tradition that perfectly balances old and new!

  101. Making a huge paella with my parents and brother while drinking wine from my grandmothers wine glasses on Christmas Eve!

  102. I’m obsessed with these pieces! My favorite tradition is making Christmas cookies with my mom and sister. It ends up being my mom and I making the cookies and my sister puts on the movie Elf. Always makes me so happy!

  103. So far my favourite holiday tradition has been our Christmas dinner at my parents. It’s always so special and I get so emotional every single year.

  104. I am a traditionalist, so all Holiday traditions are so important to me!! If I had to pick just one favorite, it would be listening to my dad read the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve! Even though we are all grown now (I’m 28 for context) it is still a tradition my siblings, parents and I all cherish. Now that I am married and can’t always be there for Christmas Eve, I still FaceTime in for that part!

    Happy Holidays and thank you for all that you do with your blog!

  105. My husband and I have two under two and are so looking forward to creating our own family traditions as a newly-minted family of 4! Looking forward to reading the comments for inspiration!

  106. We have several different holiday plate sets from crate and barrel over the years and we each pick a set to use on Christmas morning. An extension of a the same tradition at my grandmother’s house (though hers was all fine china tea sets from England)

  107. On Christmas Eve we always watch Miracle on 34th St with hot cocoa and kettle corn!! Christmas morning we go to church and then celebrate with my moms signature Christmas quiche! My mom would love a platter like this one to add to her holiday collection!

  108. My favorite Christmas tradition is going to the Christmas Eve service with my family, which always ends with the congregation singing Joy to World. Every sings with so much jubilee that you can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the love, hope, and excitement radiating through room.

  109. My favorite holiday tradition is not one we do often anymore since my siblings and I are all adults, but as kids every Christmas morning, our parents would make us sit at the top of our staircase before going downstairs to open gifts. We’d sit up their anxious to see the presents and my mom would videotape us every time, asking us what we thought Santa brought. A tradition that we’ll definitely pass on to our kids!

  110. We go to the Festival of Lights parade the night after thanksgiving. Santa comes to town and it is the perfect transition to the Christmas season!!

  111. I live for the holidays!! My favorite tradition would be our day after Thanksgiving – new Christmas PJs, going to get our tree (although everything else is already up!), cookie decorating and a Christmas book!

  112. Candlelight Service Christmas Eve and just spending time with my siblings (8 out of 9) and their families on Christmas.

  113. My favorite holiday tradition is a giant Christmas morning breakfast at my parents with all my siblings, followed by presents, and a day of lounging, playing games, and movies. Pajamas required.

  114. Favorite holiday tradition is breakfast with my husband and son while watching The Christmas Story. Peaceful and relaxing start to the day.

  115. Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved setting out milk and cookies for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph on special Christmas plates before reading “The Night Before Christmas”. Now we do the same with our boys – 3 and 4 months (excited for his first Christmas!)

  116. Each year we pick a few special ornaments together that remind us of the year: vacation, fave activities, food obsession etc. We have so much fun reminiscing!!

  117. My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve. We have dinner at my parent’s house and then go home and put out cookies and milk for Santa. My kids are now at the perfect age where they really understand the magic about Christmas Eve when Santa comes. Their innocence and excitement is truly the most special thing ever!
    That platter is everything!

  118. Favorite holiday tradition growing up was getting together with my big Italian family , Feast of the 7 fishes and going to midnight mass!

  119. Favorite holiday traditions are cookie baking, Christmas Eve celebrations, and a trip to NYC every year to see the tree and go to Rolfs! Thanks for the awesome gift guide!

  120. My sisters, Mom, aunts, cousins and Grandma get together at one persons house to bake cookies all day. We each bring a dough to bake and decorate together. We’ve made up to 500 cookies in a day that we split to take home.

  121. We always go to the movies Christmas night and it’s a nice way to end the special day, especially since it is the only time the whole family goes to see a movie together!

  122. Favorite holiday tradition is decorating our tree. We exchanging christmas ornaments each year represeting something significant that happened that year. Makes decorating the tree special and it’s fun to reminisce on past years together.

  123. My husband and I have so many, but my favorite is giving our dogs their stockings first thing Christmas morning. They are always so excited and watching them enjoy their treats brings us so much joy. It’ll be bittersweet this year; one of our dogs passed away suddenly a couple months ago and though we just adopted another pup and it’ll be nice to introduce her to the tradition, it’ll be really hard wishing our girl were here to open hers too.

  124. My family’s favorite tradition is watching Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve. We know all the words and shout out our favorite lines. Despite knowing it by heart, we still laugh until we cry

  125. My favorite tradition growing up was my dad reading ‘‘twas the night before Christmas every Christmas Eve to me and my siblings!

  126. I feel like am in process of building favorite family traditions. This sounds odd but I feel like I lost what were my family traditions. I got married this year and I am excited for the new traditions my husband and I are beginning.

  127. Every year I host a Letters to Santa party for all my nieces and nephews, its definitely became one of our new favorite family traditions! Kiddos get to get creative, decorate cookies and make their wish list to Santa!

  128. I left this on your blog last year and you share it, but hands down it’s my family’s Christmas Eve tradition that we have been doing since I was 5. We visit the cemetery, say a prayer and sing a different version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to our loved ones who are celebrating Christmas in heaven.. all while sipping on mimosas!

  129. I love that I get a Hallmark ornament every year. This tradition was started by my grandma when we were born, and my mom (and aunts) continued it after she passed. It makes the tree decorating even more fun to remember why each ornament was picked each year.

  130. One of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating the Christmas tree with the whole family! We always have Christmas music playing and everyone has their favorite holiday mug with hot chocolate! It’s always so fun and so special!

  131. we are ending a tradition this year – each of our kids gets a trip to nyc when they are young to see Christmas in the city. Going on our last trip this year with the family for our last baby who is 2.

  132. We always head to a Christmas tree farm the day after thanksgiving with friends and pick the jolliest tree we can find 🙂

  133. Going to 3p Christmas Eve mass, driving around different towns looking at lights afterwards, heading to parents house to have dinner and gift exchange and finally leaving reindeer food out on the lawn before “heading to bed”. And then staying up another 3-4 hours getting the gifts out and putting the toys together.

  134. I love this guide! My favorite tradition is a new one I’ve made with my nieces – baking cookies together with our grandmother’s vintage cookie gun. They’re almost old enough to figure it out themselves, haha – soon!

  135. This is great!! My favorite tradition is our Christmas Eve candle light service at our church. They turn all of the lights off and we all sing silent night by candle light. It is magical.

  136. I love gifting platters to my MIL! My favorite tradition from when I was a child was watching my dad burn all the wrapping paper in the fireplace after we opened gifts, including a couple of firecrackers for good measure. He always got the biggest eye rolls from my mom. Can’t wait to start coming up with our own traditions as our son gets older and his sister joins us soon!

  137. We have a brunch on Christmas Eve morning for family and friends—a tradition I borrowed from my mother who always hosted one growing up!

  138. My Dad grew up in Louisiana and reads the Cajun Night Before Christmas in his Cajun accent he normally hides, right after we all open our Christmas pjs on Christmas eve

  139. Swiping up and getting those mugs!!! How beautiful and one of my favorite companies and I didn’t know they did Holiday!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  140. Our favorite Holiday Tradition is cutting down a fresh tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a family. Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, Ohio. AMAZING furniture store & lunch spot in an old barn in the country. Beautiful

  141. My favorite tradition for the holidays is so simple. Taking a family photo in front of the christmas tree. Ever since I had kids of my own, it is even more exciting to see how we have changed from year to year. This year will be tough since my dad passed over the summer from a tough and short battle with cancer. But I am determined to keep the tradition going a d know that he will be so proud. ❤ Love following you, Liz, and I love that you are nostalgic like me! Happy Holidays!

  142. My favorite holiday tradition is that we host a full Christmas Day meal And everyone has to be in Christmas pjs. Always a game of charades too.

  143. Every Christmas morning we have mimosas, egg casserole, grits, and Kringle. We sit around the table and do “poppers” those pull things that have toys inside. We always have paper crowns in them and we all sit around with our crowns on and open stockings !

  144. A scavenger hunt for our “big” present on Christmas morning. My parents always did it for us when we were kids, and we’re continuing the tradition with our boys 🥰🎄💫

  145. My favorite holiday tradition is when my family makes eggs Benedict together for Christmas morning! As a newly wed, my husband and I are having our first married Christmas just us and can’t wait to continue this tradition as we start our family traditions!

  146. Our favorite tradition is homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee around the tree after exchanging gifts Christmas morning.

  147. Christmas eve service with the whole family! The hymns, all of the friends and family all together, and the readson we’re the is di special. This year, our family is lighting the advent wreath and my 8 year old daughter is doing the reading. I can’t wait!

  148. I love all the traditions, but the last few years my teenage daughter as I have gone to a local glass blower and made blown glass ornaments. We will do it again in a couple weeks and I can’t wait!

  149. my husband and I got engaged at the Kris Kringle market downtown and every year we go to spend a day there and now bring our kids!

  150. Every year for Christmas Eve we go to church then have friends over to play euchre! We have shrimp, roast beef, so much good food it’s so much fun!

  151. My favorite tradition when I was younger was to have a sleepover with all my siblings Christmas Eve night . We would always try and stay awake to hear Santa’s sleigh. Can’t wait until my girls can do the same!

  152. Definitely gifting Super Simple this year! Thanks for the idea! My favorite tradition is on Christmas morning, my mom makes homemade cinnamon rolls and goetta (a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky breakfast meat) every year. It’s become super special to us and I can’t wait to continue it with my family.

  153. My favorite holiday tradition is after running between family gatherings, my husband and i come home, curl up with the dog on the sofa and hot chocolate, and watch love actually. We’ve done this for 6 years and counting! It’s the perfect ending to a fun day!

  154. Favorite holiday tradition is going for a walk around the neighborhood after dinner, when all the Christmas lights are on, and your stomach is so full, and you need a stretch, but also don’t want to miss out on any conversations, so you make the whole family come for the walk!!

  155. Love this! I’m struggling to find gifts for my in laws. My favorite holiday tradition is secret Santa with my family!

  156. I think my favorite is the little decor pieces that come out at all my family’s houses over the holidays. My moms a twin and their family and 3 kids grew up a mile from our family and 3 kids, and we’re all just a few months apart from one of our cousins. Anyway, my parents have the most classic beautiful red Christmas tree plates, these special Irish coffee mugs and egg nog glasses we use during the holidays. My aunt has a whole Christmas village from when all the parents lived in st. Thomas in the 70s and it’s amazing. We’re from fort Myers beach so it’s hot and we all dance around to calypso Christmas music on Christmas Eve with our egg nog glasses and it’s great. Now we’re all adults with families of our own and some how all our kids favorite songs are their calypso record haha the tradition lives on!

  157. My husband and I went to the town of Vietri, it’s an amazing place, so much pottery! I am so sad that the large bowl we bought there broke a while after we got it home, I would love to have this platter to replace that sentimental item!
    As for traditions, my favorite is that my family shotguns a can of Old Style every Christmas Eve :). Not everyone’s favorite beverage, but it’s tradition!

  158. Love those mugs you shared in stories! My favorite tradition is fried turkey and turkey spaghetti for dinner with all of our family and then poker or dominoes to end the night! I also love that my mom has gifted us a Snow Baby ornament each year so I’d love to do something similar with my kids.

  159. I love going to midnight mass with my family. It’s a beautiful tradition and then we go home and get right into bed!

  160. My mom always make seafood gumbo for Christmas. We go to mass Christmas Eve then come home for gumbo and cocktails. It’s such a good tradition!

  161. Every year for Christmas Eve, “Eve” comes to give us new Christmas jammies. We are all grown, and the youngest of my siblings and I is 25. But my mom still acts like it’s a huge surprise that we come home from church to new jammies from the infamous “Eve”. 😂

  162. My favorite tradition is going to midnight mass with my family and then coming home and watching Christmas carol before bed on Christmas Eve

  163. My favorite holiday tradition is wearing matching pjs with my sisters on Christmas Eve! (Yes, we are all in our late 20s 😂)

  164. We do our big fancy dinner on Christmas Eve, then open family gifts which always includes new pj’s. Now that I have kids I love getting up early on Christmas to see what Santa got them 🙂

  165. Our favorite tradition is to have a simple Swedish Christmas celebration with traditional Swedish peasant food! My moms family is Swedish and we used to do this for Christmas Eve. Now we do it a few days early with extended family. It’s the best!

  166. My absolute favorite Christmas tradition has always been with my parents. On Christmas Eve, my mom makes hot chocolate in to go cups and we go drive through our county fairgrounds which is decorated with lights. No matter how any of us is feeling, it’s always such a wonderful time.

  167. Every year, my daughters and I make Christmas cookies together.About 16 years ago I bought matching Christmas aprons to wear while we make them. My daughters, who are now 23 and 20 years old, and I still wear these aprons! It is so much fun to see them in them ( a little shorter and smaller- but still just as precious!)

  168. My mom’s holiday plate that Santa’s cookies always were served on made me so happy around this time of year. Even though we are all grown up, she will pulls it out and puts her Christmas cookies out for everyone who comes by to help themselves. It’s the best tradition and we always served “Santa’s favorite Greek cookie” haha. I just got married and I cannot already wait to have my own Santa plate for our family. Your post hit the nail with me about traditions and that nostalgic feeling this time of year and I smiled reading it – right there with you! Happy Holidays! Xx

  169. Favorite Christmas tradition is matching festive pajamas – even the dog gets a new Christmas jammie every year 😂 – Adding a Christmas food tradition if I win the serving plate!

  170. I’m sharing a Thanksgiving tradition – for the week of Thanksgiving, every day we have to say at least one thing that we are thankful for. It turns into many things each day and reminds of us how lucky we are, even for the little things that we sometimes take for granted.

  171. My favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas Eve party with friends and family and also Christmas breakfast with my family! Oh and baking Christmas cookies!

  172. Hoping to start new traditions this year since we have a new baby. For sure jammies and a Christmas movie for Christmas Eve but trying to decide on the others.

  173. Special ‘Christmas morning pancakes’ eaten in the living room, while we watch the cats and kids play with the wrapping paper that is now all over the place!

    2nd best is driving around the neighborhood Christmas Eve to see everyone’s lights!

  174. My family is from Maryland and even though we don’t live there anymore, every Christmas eve we make crabcakes for a little taste of home. 🙂 Looooove the Vietri pieces!!

  175. Stockings are one of our favorites – they are always filled with the best little things and we open them before all the gifts!

  176. Each year we receive an ornament that reflects a significant event of accomplishment from the year. I love that now, as mom,I get to give the ornaments!

  177. Mexican fiesta on Christmas morning! Tamales, eggs, margaritas and a cactus with colorful Christmas lights 🌵🌮🎄

  178. Great gift ideas! One of my favorite holiday traditions was making gingerbread houses from scratch with my grandfather – it was an all day event! After he passed we stopped, but I think we’ll revive the tradition when my son is older and tell him all about this fun man 😊

  179. love vietri! we travel for the holidays, this year to mexico, puts the focus on spending time with family and off gifts.

  180. My favorite holiday tradition is getting up on Christmas morning and reading the Christmas story from the Bible. I love the reminder of the simple truth before we get into the craziness of the day.

  181. My family has been doing matching Christmas jammies for as long as I can remember! My husband even proposed on Christmas Eve (2011) by having special PJs and an ornament made. Now that my siblings and I are all married and having our own babies, our Christmas Eve photo shoots are even more precious! I would be so appreciative to have this beautiful platter for this year’s festivities.

  182. My favorite tradition is watching White Christmas after Thanksgiving dinner to officially kick off the Christmas season. ❤️

  183. Every year my family opens matching pajamas on Christmas Eve and then wears them all day Christmas! Even though we are older now we continue this tradition and it’s amazing!

  184. Christmas relaxed morning and opening gifts is my favorite. I never relax in the morning so its special and cozy and good quality time.

  185. My favorite holiday tradition is watching Christmas movies by the tree with a fire going! All the Christmas vibes ☺️ Such a great guide! Excited to take some inspiration for my in-laws

  186. While spending time with family is most important and fills me with so much joy / every holiday season, my girlfriends and I get all dressed up and enjoy an evening or laughter, tears, wine and pasta. Each year, we rotate houses/hosts. We reminisce over the last year, highs/lows, fears/hopes, and just enjoy each other’s company and general merriment. It makes heading home to your loved ones even more special.

  187. My favorite holiday tradition will be new this year! Opening gifts with our almost 1 year old puppy and going for a family walk before starting all the house hopping to our families houses!

  188. I grew up making a traditional Swedish cookie with my grandma every year for Xmas. we didn’t make them any other time of the year but at the holiday! The recipe has been passed down. I have so many special memories making cookies with her over the years. Even when she passed away my mom would make them with us and now I make them with my daughters!

  189. Every holiday season my mom and sisters go to the Peninsula for holiday tea. They have the most beautiful Christmas tree and it sets the tone for a great holiday season.

  190. My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve at my parents house. Every year for as long as I can remember we go to a family friend’s party and come home and sip hot chocolate by the fire in our PJs while my dad reads the Christmas story from the Bible. It’s stood the test of time and is always my favorite night of the year with just my siblings and my parents.

  191. Love this gift guide! Great ideas! I love with young kids that we are starting new traditions and get to do all the fun holiday things but my favorite one is simple… decorating the Christmas tree and remembering all the ornaments we have collected together over the years – we try to remember to get one on every trip and vacation of all the places we’ve traveled!

  192. My favorite holiday tradition (for Christmas!) is making homemade sugar cookies with my family. We use my great-grandmother’s original recipe and make different Christmas cutout cookie shapes. We homemake the icing in 10+ colors and really get to work being creative all together! We don’t ever miss a year! Would absolutely LOVE to win this platter to display our best cookies on Christmas Day!

  193. One of our favorite holiday traditions includes staying up super late on Christmas Eve and opening our family presents then. After the hectic-ness of dinner, there is no timeline and it is perfect. The platter would be perfect a perfect addition to a Christmas feast.

  194. In-laws done! Thanks, Liz!! Would love this Vietri platter as part of our family traditions going forward! I love all of our traditions from putting up the decor, daily advent calendar, dancing to Xmas tunes, family meals, cookie baking, lots of cuddles, and cheesy holiday movies

  195. My sisters in law and I set aside an entire day (seriously like 14 hours) and we make dozens of Christmas 🎄 cookies

  196. Love this! Favorite tradition, waking up Christmas morning with all our family under one roof in matching jammies having Christmas breakfast and opening gifts together.

  197. Favorite Christmas Eve tradition is we always have a theme and everyone has to dress up and play their part. Then Dad reads “The Night Before Christmas” before bed. It’s the best!

  198. My favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve my parents always gave us Christmas pajamas and a game to play after church. We always put in our pajamas, made pop corn, and played a game. I have continued the tradition with my kids!

  199. I love the excitement about picking out a the “perfect” tree and getting it decorated. It is a vivid childhood memory that I look forward to recreating with my boys each year.

  200. We bowl the night before thanksgiving and I Love it! Every year! We have turkey bowls shirts and everything 🙂

  201. Fav holiday tradition are the mugs we drink eggnog out of every year ❤️ (I promise I’m not stealing your fav holiday tradition Liz 😆)
    Thanks for this great list!!

  202. My favorite holiday tradition is that my family cooks 7 fish dishes on Christmas Eve. It’s an Italian tradition. My mom hosts my dad’s side of the family and it is the best day of the year. My grandma used to host until she became too sick with ovarian cancer and then passed away. Once my mom started hosting, my sister and I became more involved in helping her plan and cook. Each year we pick 1 recipe to rotate out and 1 new recipe to try! She would love this platter to serve one of her 7 fishes!!

  203. We head to the Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving to cut down our family Christmas tree. When we get home we make a fresh cut on the tree to keep as a nostalgic memory. Then we put Christmas vacation on and get decorating! Wine and Whiskey are always welcome!

  204. The season kicks off with watching Die Hard (we’ve already watched it this year). Closer to Christmas, my family goes to our local symphony’s holiday show and has dinner after. We do a secret santa and it’s always such a fun day. I love everything about this time of year.

  205. Every year with my family, we each get to open one gift on Christmas Eve… but someone else picks which one for you! It’s a fun surprise we look forward to every time 🙂

  206. Making homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning and going on a long family walk in the woods after opening presents.

  207. My favorite tradition is one we picked up from when my family lived in Germany. All my siblings and I have our own Dutch wooden shoes, and on December 6th we celebrate St. Nicholas Day! We would wake up in the mornings and St. Nicholas would have left us gold chocolate coins in our wooden shoes. I’ve started this tradition with my son and I love how happy he is when he sees them!

  208. Some of my favorite family holiday traditions are staying up late playing family board games and morning walk/run to get coffee after gifts!

  209. I have so many! I love starting it all off by watching Elf on thanksgiving after we are all in our jammies and stuffed and happy.

  210. We go to catholic mass on Christmas Eve, then come home to play board games in our Christmas jammies while eating a big dinner of appetizers! Each family member makes a new recipe and we all vote on the favorite!

  211. Making Christmas cookies with kids (crazy bc they are little), matching funny family pjs. As a kid, we (kids) religiously played a fiesty game of monopoly Christmas morning with my Dad after he made us all breakfast. Treasure that memory the most.

  212. It’s so hard to answer this because I immediately go to my childhood memories of traditions, but now I have two little girls and we’re trying to make our own traditions! But I’d say the past few years I have loved putting cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve. It’s so simple but special, it was one of my absolute favorite things as a kid and now doing it with my daughter is even more special! Ok I’m done talking now 🤪.

  213. Our favorite holiday tradition is going to cut down our Christmas tree the day after thanksgiving. Yes it may be so hectic but it is so fun.

  214. Favorite Holiday tradition is kicking off Christmas by watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with the whole family the night of Thanksgiving (we can recite the whole thing at this point, but we look forward to it every year and laugh just as hard)!

  215. This platter is gorgeous!! We’re starting a new tradition this year where we’re going to gift our kids Christmas pjs and a Christmas book the day we get our Christmas tree! This way we can read the books and wear the pjs all the way up until Christmas. Also, baking Christmas cookies! I just love the holidays!

  216. One of my favorite (and rather new) small holiday tradition is taking a day with my sister and enjoying all the holiday things the city has to offer! Our mom (who passed away 2 years ago) loved Christmas and it’s an awesome way to feel more connected to her. 💗

  217. Love this guide! Hands down nothing is more special to me than decorating the Christmas tree. Pulling the ornaments out of the attic and reminiscing about family vacations and stages of life from where the ornaments were sourced makes me all warm and fuzzy.

  218. It’s so hard to choose! If I had to narrow, I’d say one of my favorite holiday traditions is our annual family barefoot snow race. This was started by my great aunt and has continued on. No matter the weather, we take our socks and shoes off and race around my grandparents house- all of us, my siblings, aunts, uncles, parents and cousins! Sometimes there’s just a sprinkle of snow.. other times it’s 3 feet high! It’s such a random but fun tradition!

  219. Always such great ideas, Liz! My favorite holiday tradition is watching The Polar Express and drinking hot chocolate out of our Polar Express mugs 🙂

  220. Our favorite Christmas tradition actually happens Thanksgiving weekend. We grab our real tree and stay in all weekend to decorate and get festive.

  221. My favorite holiday tradition is decorating sugar cookies with my mom. The serving platter would be perfect for them! ❤️

  222. My sister and I exchange a new Christmas book each year. We now respectively have a library of books for Christmas Eve, each with a note inside. I look forward to passing them down to our kids.

    Oh, and mimosas on Christmas morning 🙂

  223. I love watching love actually on the 24th in the morning and then in the evening dressing up and meeting with my family (grandmother, godparents, aunt, uncle, cousins, mom, dad, sister etc) to eat, sing christmas carols and having a good meal together 😍 after dinner we unwrap the presents (unlike the US I guess!) 🥰🎁

  224. 🎄I’m Italian so there are so many traditions but Christmas Eve of course is huge 🇮🇹 with feast of the seven fishes😋🐙🦑🦐🦞🦀🐟🐡 & my mother in law soaking the fish in the bathtub for a week is hilarious😉☺️ & then off to Midnight Mass 🙏🏻💒🎄

  225. I love watching hallmark Christmas movies with all the girls in my family as we prepare thanksgiving dinner together. So much fun and so many good memories.

  226. My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve – after church and dinner with family we would come home to open 3 gifts: pajamas to wear that night, a book, and a special Christmas decoration, while watching It’s a Wonderful Life ❤️.

    Each of us had one ‘theme’ for the decoration our whole lives. I always got an Angel, my brother always got a nutcracker and my sister always got a Santa Claus. Now as an adult, I get to decorate my home with those angels and I’ve started my daughter with Santa Claus!

  227. We’ve only been married for 2 years so our “traditions” are in their infancy 😊. One thing my cousins have started is a get together Christmas night full of leftover cookies, frozen pizzas, and copious amounts of alcohol that evolve into a family tournament of flip cup 😂🤦🏽‍♀️. Not a lot to do in the U.P. But we make the most of it lol

  228. What a great gift guide!! I think in-laws are always the hardest to buy for and you’ve just given me lots of great ideas! Thanks Liz! My favorite holiday tradition is breakfast with mimosas at my mom’s. She always makes quiche and has a Moravian sugar loaf, so good!

  229. My favorite holiday tradition is a new one I’m starting with my family. On Christmas Eve, we all open one present which is a new pair of pjs that we wear on Christmas morning.

  230. My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree! I am doing that with my little ones this week and can’t wait to see them help and ask about the ornaments. Most of the ornaments have a sentimental reason for being on our tree. ❤️❤️❤️.

  231. My favorite tradition is making Christmas cookies. I made them with my mom when I was little and now I can include my daughter as well.

  232. My favorite holiday tradition is going to Ohio to visit all my family and friends. We all get together and it is so special!

  233. My favorite Holiday tradition growing up was when we visited my Grandma and all my cousins, aunts and uncles picked a number out of a bowl and that was your part when we sang the 12 days of Christmas! It’s so special to me because my Grandma recently passed away and she was the glue to the family.. I hope to share this fun little tradition with my kids one day. <3

  234. My favorite holiday tradition is reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. My siblings and I are all in our late twenties and we still read it out loud together every year before everyone goes off to bed. It’s a little silly now but immediately makes me giddy with excitement. I just can not wait to continue the tradition once we have little ones in the family again.

  235. That platter is beautiful, I’m buying it immediately for my parents. 🙂 I want the whole set.
    Favorite tradition is cutting down our own Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Living in New England we never know what type of weather we are going to get, but it just starts the holidays off in such a special way!

  236. My favorite tradition is decorating our tree with my 3 kids. It is a night of just us, music, hot chocolate and discussing every special ornament every year. Can’t wait!❤️🎄 FYI Liz, we have special glassware for holidays too and I love getting it out each year. This beautiful platter would be an amazing addition.

  237. We clip our holiday cards together every year and I love getting them all out each year and seeing the cards from years past!

  238. Your gift guides are so unique and thorough, Liz! I’ve loved going through them. My favorite holiday tradition is wrapping up a huge Thanksgiving meal with my family, and us all bundling up and piling into our car(s) to head to the local Christmas light show at our community park! It is MASSIVE, interactive, and such a magical sight! We usually blast Christmas music while we make a couple laps, and then stop for s’mores afterwords. I can’t imagine a year where we don’t experience this tradition, it’s just too good! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

  239. My favorite holiday tradition is still busting out the old camcorder and recording every Christmas morning!

  240. Favorite holiday tradition: we host a Christmas Tree party the weekend after Thanksgiving at my parent’s blue ridge parkway cabin. We have brunch and cocktails and then go to the Christmas tree farm to cut down our trees. Each year there is another baby added to the mix and it is chaotic and fun and we have new memories each year. It’s the best! This Vietri platter would be the perfect addition to our spread!!

  241. My absolute favorite family tradition is baking the scratch-made pies that my mom and her mother made before me! My mom passed away a few years ago, and continuing this tradition in her footsteps always makes me feel so close to her. ❤️❤️

  242. First of all, that platter is on my wish list this year! And my favorite holiday tradition is cinnamon rolls in the morning. 🙂

  243. We do a french toast casserole and a english muffin casserole every year for Christmas after we open presents. I look forward to them all year!

  244. My favorite holiday tradition is making the scratch-made pies my mom and her mom made before me. My mom passed away a few years ago, and continuing this tradition in her footsteps always makes me feel so close to her!

  245. My favorite holiday tradition is waking up early with the kids opening gifts on Christmas Day and watching Disney’s Christmas Day parade on television. ❤️🎄🌟❄️

  246. My favorite traditions are making cookies and watching Hallmark movies! & new this year is celebrating our first wedding anniversary- December 29th! 🙂

  247. Now that we have children of our own, we host Christmas dinner and I make a big Italian meal with fresh pasta and lots of other goodies for everyone to enjoy at the table!

  248. My favorite holiday tradition is pulling out all the old school 90’s Christmas music like Amy Grant and blasting it while we all go back to my parents house to decorate their tree!

  249. My favorite tradition is that every Christmas my dad makes a scavenger hunt for our last present. My sister and I hide in the bathroom while he hides clues throughout the house. Then we get the fist clue and it leads us to the next one and so on. It’s so fun! He still does it even though we are adults now.

  250. My family is crazy for stocking stuffers – we have managed to make stockings into a major Christmas event over the years and we actually stuff ladies’ pantyhose. It’s so fun to find the perfect little item for everyone’s stockings and then take turns opening/watch everyone else enjoy their stockings. It’s more about the process than the gifts and I’ve always loved this tradition.

  251. Every year for the Holidays, my family and I would go into New York to see the tree, all of the beautiful Christmas shop windows, and then warm up at the Pig and Whistle (our fave pub) with dinner and drinks! My mom and I recently moved to Chicagoland, so we can’t follow this tradition anymore. Miss it so much, but looking forward to creating new traditions in our new great city!

  252. The VIETRI pieces are beautiful! My favorite holiday tradition was baking cookies with my mother and grandmother and now my daughter (which would look beautiful displayed on that pretty platter!).

  253. I love holiday traditions! I think my most favorite is decorating my parents house with the whole family the day after Thanksgiving. Cozy clothes, Christmas music blaring, fire burning. A close second is hand-making my Nonie’s tortellacci – an Italian tradition.

  254. Making Christmas Eve dinner with my family, and then enjoying a drink by our Christmas tree, watching home videos from when my sisters and I were young! So many laughs and good memories!

  255. Omg, love this platter. We registered for some of their pieces and they are the best. As a newlywed, we saved so many champagne corks from our engagement and first-year married (our first anniversary is this coming weekend!). We wrote on the corks what we were celebrating and bought hooks so we can hang them on our Christmas tree. Such a fun way to display some of the happiest memories.

  256. My family every year does a gingerbread house contest. We all come home and spend 4-5 hours making a house. Whenever my parents have their friends over, they all vote for their favorite. winner gets a prize!

  257. Loveeeee these ideas! It’s been so much fun following a fellow Chicago girl ♥️ Literally getting all the ideas from you!

  258. My favorite Christmas tradition is making up in our matching pajamas that we were gifted the night before while opening gifts