Everybody loves a good Christmas tradition! These yearly activities tend to be the parts of the season that we look forward to the most. They allow for extra wallowing in all things Christmas. We invited four bloggers to share their own crafty Christmas traditions. With cake-making, holiday recipes, and sweet, sentimental decorating ideas, these classic, annual events give us another excuse to celebrate the holidays.See More
After gifts are opened, sit down to a delicious Christmas brunch the whole family will love. These delicious brunch recipes, including Christmas breakfast casseroles, cinnamon rolls, and pastries, are sure to make your Christmas morning memorable. Bonus: Almost all of these breakfast recipes are easy to make ahead.View Slideshow
Draw red, white, and blue decorating ideas for the Fourth of July from this country home's patriotic sense of style.
Bringing the patriotic spirit into your home is as easy as hanging an American flag. Complement Old Glory with red accents, such as potted geraniums, a vintage cooler, and red-and-white linens.
Give your home a touch of Americana with vintage (or reproduction) enamelware, such as the red-and-white canisters shown here next to the sink. Even the canned tomatoes, shown behind glass-front cabinet doors, add to the patriotic flavor of the room.
Put your collection of blue-and-white dishes on display to celebrate the Fourth of July. For another nod to nostalgia, dress your table in linens from bygone eras -- especially if they feature patterns in red, white, and blue.
Old-fashioned milk bottles with red logos turn bright red flowers into a fresh centerpiece.
Red chairs pop against a plain white wall -- upon which an old stove top becomes a unique "candy bar" (featuring firecracker-red sweets, of course).
Decorative pillows with red, white, and blue covers add instant Americana to a living room. Look for ones with patriotic motifs, such as flags, stars, or stripes.
Create temporary vignettes with red, white, and blue objects to update any room for the Fourth of July. Here a red teacart is topped with blue-and-white transferware, red-and-white linens, and a sunny geranium. Above, a red-and-white dishtowel adds flair to the window.
Create artwork with an Americana vibe with red, white, and blue county-fair ribbons. Add colorful flower arrangements to vintage trophies. Use an old quilt to top an easy chair.
Adorn a fireplace mantel with collectibles in red and white (such as these antique ceramic roosters).
Replace an existing lampshade with one that is decorated with the spirit of Independence Day, such as blue-and-white gingham. Strips of blue-and-white ticking can be repurposed as drawer handles or used to tie a timepiece to the headboard.
For a DIY shade, scout out an old wire lampshade frame. Cut narrow strips of different patterned fabric in coordinating colors. Starting at the top, wrap a strip of fabric around one of the metal spines, then stretch it over to the next one, working your way around the frame. Simply knot one strip to another as needed. Continue down to the base of the frame, securing strips with hot glue.
Create a cozy outdoor seating area with red-painted chairs, a white table, a vintage tablecloth, and a blue splatterware bucket doubling as a planter.
Use an oblong blue splatterware metal container as a window flower box for bright red geraniums.
Repurpose an old red pump as a fountain by combining it with a washboard and laundry tub.
Hang rustic red, white, and blue watering cans for a fun outdoor decoration. Install screw eyes to hang the cans from sturdy hooks.