20 fun christmas traditions to try

 
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since i was a little girl, i dreamt about the christmas traditions my future family would have one day. there’s something so steadying about yearly rhythms. i feel like the consistency is good (& rejuvenating) for our souls! & it makes the christmas season feel so magical.

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here are the Green Fam christmas traditions:

  1. cut down our christmas tree right after thanksgiving // in Colorado you just pay $20 for a permit & then get to go into the forest & pick out the one you want! we usually get coffee & pastries beforehand, to snack on during the drive.

  2. scatter simple greenery + garland around the house! i usually make citrus garland with friends. & then take cuttings of the tree & place them in every room of the house. this year i also strung it along our bed frame! feels so, so cozy.

  3. make shrimp + potato chowder on christmas eve. this one’s a recipe from kyle’s family & it’s the most delicious, warming soup. we legit ONLY make it once a year on 12/24! keeps it special.

  4. christmas music always playing. always. kyle usually takes care of this one

  5. last but DEF not least…we bring our bed out to the living room right next to the tree & watch endless amounts of christmas movies. i usually make a list & we work through them! it’s the best.

if you follow me on instagram, you’ve probs heard me rave about our new Nectar bed. i’m obsessed with it. we both are.

a) it’s a king. enough said. this means i get to snuggle with my husbands & 2 dogs without falling off hahah!

b) it’s a cloud. like an actual cloud. so fluffy (but not too fluffy). the past couple weeks have been the BEST sleep of our life. we both move a lot in our sleep but the memory foam makes it so that we can’t feel each other’s tossing & turning!

c) it arrived at our doorstep & was outrageously easy to set up.

nectar does a 365 night trial! soooo—low pressure purchase. you get the chance to return it if you don’t absolutely love it (but you will!) right now they’re having an amazing Holiday Sale! $125 off any mattress, plus 2 free pillows! & those pillows are a dreaaaam too! click here to get your own mattress & majorly up your sleep game! i’m already so excited to swap out all the other mattresses in our house!

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we wanted to add a few more traditions to our list this year so i polled you guys on Instagram asking for your family’s favorites. here are some of the ones i loved most. you guys have the best ideas!

+ collect mistletoe

+ christmas eve bonfire

+ make homemade soup as a fam

+ compete in an ugly gingerbread competition

+ wear matching PJs to bed on christmas eve

+ write cards to the elderly

+ check the santa tracker (um, so fun!)

+ receive a book on christmas eve & spend the night reading it in bed

+ christmas day breakfast

+ put mattress in front of fire place on christmas eve & sleep by the fire

+ give four gifts : a want, a need, something to wear & something to read

+ make a birthday cake for jesus & sing to him (so fun & sweet!)

+ buy or make a new ornament every year & write the date on it

+ chinese takeout on christmas eve (i’m here for this!)

+ drive around to look at christmas lights with coffee or hot chocolate or tea

+ read the christmas story together on christmas morning

+ write a letter to yourself & put it in stocking to read the next year

+ make homemade cinnamon rolls on christmas eve & eat them christmas morning

+ support a local ballet & see the nut cracker

okay friends - i hope you feel inspired! if you try any of these out, tag me because i would love love love to see! this post was graciously sponsored by Nectar!


before & after haus tour

 
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we bought our house on Olive Street 4 years ago. funny story - it was the only house we looked at before putting an offer in!

normallll people search for weeks or months to find what they’re looking for, but not us lol we walked in, saw the potential, & that was that! before we moved in we painted everyyyyything white. the rest of the updates & renovations were spread out over the following years. mostly sparked when i would get the urge for change! we did everything ourselves (with the help of amazing friends!) this home was so important to us. if these walls could talk, ohhhh the stories they would tell. stories that are good, bad, beautiful, hilarious, redemptive. these walls hold the stories of the hardest season of marriage, which led to the best season yet. i thought i would be sadder to leave it (we just moved into a new home just 5 min away!) but honestly, it felt like a sweet closing of a chapter. a tad bittersweet, but more sweet than bitter. we both just feel so grateful for the life that happened there & equally as excited for what’s ahead.

so today, i am so excited to do a haus tour & share our before & afters with you! let’s get right into it.

here was the eating area when we moved in - creamsicle walls, big ole ceiling fan, & a lot of unused space. the way the house is laid out, this area becomes a focal point of the house so i wanted to make it cozy, practical, & bright.

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a few details about the nook:

- the bench seating is all plywood! built into the wall.
- the table was an IKEA refresh. we took the original tabletop off & replaced it with a lighter wood, to match the benches. for simplicity + budget sake, we kept the frame! i love the two-tone vibe.
- cushions are IKEA outdoor chair cushions, covered with drop cloths AKA cheap linen ;) 
- the large pillows are from IKEA, the smaller ones are from TJ Maxx & Once Was Lost

i did a full blog post on the DIY nook here: http://www.abigailmarygreen.com/blog/diy-cozy-nook

okayyyy ready for the kitchen?! probably the biggest transformation of all!

we changed the tile, countertops, backsplash & paint!

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okay next up is the bedrooms!

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i never knew i could love a bathroom so much until this house, haha! that window right there is south-facing so the tiny bathroom flooded with natural light all. day. long. the best!

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  • swapped out the floor + shower tiling

  • added a vintage mirror that i thrifted

  • changed out the light sconce

  • made our own copper shower curtain rod. click here for the DIY tutorial!

  • & last but not least…added LOTSA plants to make it into a jungle shower!

anybody who stayed with us would always say “i can’t wait to use your magical shower!”

here’s a few more tips on how to affordably spruce up your bathroom!

movin’ on to the living room—we repainted, added shelves, & curtains, but honestly we kept this space pretty minimal + open. i like the look of it but also, we have a great dane so functionally, we wanted him to have some space to move around since the rest of the house were pretty tight quarters/hallways.

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all of the blinds are from blinds.com! the curtains are sheer white curtains with leather tabs added to them.

here’s the tutorial, along with a few others!

+ DIY leather curtain tabs tutorial
+ blinds tutorial
+ cozy outdoor curtains

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autumn playlist

 

instagram can be the worstttt (& the best). in this case, it’s the best ;)

welcome to a collaborative autumn playlist, all of our most-favorite fall-ish songs. little bitta cozy, whole lotta nostalgia. hope it gives you allll the autumn feels <3

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