Traditional: A Christmas Theme

Even with the recent years’ inundation of colorful holiday decor, there are still people who prefer to deck their halls using the traditional reds and greens of Christmas.  There will always be a place in my own heart reserved just for them… but they have to take their turn.  🙂


There are some favorites of the season that – if left out – would render Christmas “not quite right” in the view of many Traditionalists. Things like:

  • Poinsettias
  • Holly
  • Pine boughs and pinecones
  • Evergreen wreaths–with a single red bow, of course
  • Mistletoe
  • Candles
  • Snowmen
  • Letters to Santa
  • Presents under the tree
  • Stockings
  • Christmas cards
  • Handmade ornaments
  • Family treasures from Christmases past
  • Caroling
  • Candy canes
  • Cut-out Christmas cookies
  • Children’s excitement – and sparkling eyes
  • Christmas Eve worship service


Traditional Xmas


In my view, there’s really only one thing that “makes or breaks” Christmas:

The Baby born in a cattle stall without fanfare or finery.

The Baby… greeted by the first Christmas carolers singing Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, goodwill to all men.

The Baby… God himself in human form.  Emmanuel.  God with us… then and now.  Always.

The Baby… JESUS born – prepared to die – offering each of us the experience of spending eternity in his presence.



I have yet to spend a Christmas in Brazil with the children of Hope Unlimited, but they apparently like the traditional reds and greens, too!  …and delicious sweet breads and beautiful fruits…   Please remember them and other orphans around our world during this Christmas season.


Christmas table


Your prayers and generosity really can provide hope and a future for children who desperately need them, so why not consider giving a gift to them that equals what you’re spending on the other children on your list?


You know… the children and grandchildren who already have hope and a future.  You could give in their honor.


Just a suggestion…


orphan christmas


If you think orphans aren’t our problem, think again.


And if you want proof that you can make a difference in the life of a child, click on the Sharing Hope tab at the top of the page and choose Life Transformations.  Really.  Go ahead… proof.



What “must have/must do” Christmas traditions do you have at your house?

How do you feel about decorating with reds and greens at Christmas?



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  1. I found me here, at this Christmas. I’ll stay here, every day of Christmastime. Loved it! Tugged at my ol’ heart strings! While I love the sea, the beach, the shells and the coral and the sun, a crackling fire in a fireplace, looking out to see snow falling… and not having to go outside in it… yeah, lovely, lovely Christmas.

    The Baby. Jesus is truly the Reason with a capital R. Without Him, there is only -mas. Happy birthday, Jesus!

    Happy highways,

  2. Susan, you are always so good to remind everyone of all the opportunities we have to share. You are a bright light to all.

    More Santas at my house on day three of the tour. You are surprised. Right? hahaha

  3. I too, still love traditional Christmas!
    Blessings, Ginger