5 Real-Life Christmas Traditions We Love

Rediscover these creative, cute, and classic Christmas traditions you don't want to miss this year, including hosting a gingerbread house party and picking a holiday theme song.

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1. Salt Dough Ornaments

Kitchen Living with Coryanne

One of the oldest traditions of Christmas decorating is creating salt dough ornaments. Your children will most likely remember this from art class, and you might even have memories of creating salt dough ornaments from your childhood. Setting aside a night this holiday season to create salt dough ornaments together is one way to create fun memories for years to come. Learn more about the tradition and my family recipe at Kitchen Living with Coryanne.

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2. Host a Gingerbread Party

With so many holiday parties to go to this year, and so many holiday projects to complete, why not combine them both? Everyone loves a beautifully decorated gingerbread house, but not everyone has the time to build one -- which is why we love the idea of hosting a gingerbread house party! Haeley, the blogger behind Design Improvised, hosts an annual gingerbread decorating party every year for her friends and family.

3. 12 Days of Cookies

Today's Nest

Nearly as traditional as trimming the tree, cookie exchanges are quickly becoming the best way to spread cheer to friends and neighbors. These Cinnamon-Orange Palmiers will elevate your cookie game this year. Sam Henderson from Today's Nest shares his recipe here.

4. DIY Mistletoe

Everyone loves that seasonal kiss under the mistletoe, so why not get creative by designing a festive ball that makes a statement rather than hides quietly under the hallway arches? You can create a ball of mistletoe around your holiday decor -- try adding in twinkly LED lights, dried German Statice, and delicate ribbons -- that not only embraces this tradition but adds to the holiday spirit.

5. Find Your Holiday Theme Song

Admittedly this is not a classic tradition. But caroling is, and who doesn't love a good theme song? This is the perfect year to find out which carol best suits your personality, or that of your family. Take the Better Homes and Gardens quiz, "Which Christmas Carol Are You?", then practice your new holiday theme song in time to dazzle your Christmas dinner guests.

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