Christmas Traditions – 12 Days of Christmas – Day 6

Here we are at Day 6 in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, and it is my day to share. I have a wonderful collection of Christmas Traditions that I know you and your family will enjoy. Don’t miss a single day — they are all different and promise tons of holiday cheer and inspiration! Enjoy…

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other talented bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1-12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas Ideas rounded up from our best blogging friends around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas Ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. We want you to be surprised! Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

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Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day


It’s Day Six and we’re sharing

12 Christmas Traditions


It is my turn to share with you some of the joys of Christmas. Christmas Traditions are the fabric of holiday memories. Traditions passed down through the generations have made us who we are. They are special, they are meaningful, and we look forward to them each year. Maybe you will find a tradition (or few) that you will want to start in your family.

1. Celebrating St. Nicholas Day

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day from Lorelai at Life With Lorelai


2. Mocha Punch – It’s a Family Tradition!

Mocha Punch – It’s a Family Tradition! from Alli at An Alli Event


3. Advent  Wreath

Advent Wreath – Planning for a Christ-centered Christmas from Jo at Mom’s Party Cafe


4. Candy Cane Legend with Printables

Candy Cane Legend with Printables from Lorelai at Life With Lorelai


5. Swedish Advent Star

DIY Swedish Advent Star from Holly at Borei Design


6. The Christmas Pickle Game

The Christmas Pickle Game from Kelly at My Soulful Home


7. Christmas Music Playlist & Karaoke

Christmas Music Playlist & Karaoke from Lorelai at Life With Lorelai


8. Christmas Advent Calendars

Making Memories: Christmas Advent Calendars from Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable


9. Magical Reindeer Food + Free Printable

Magical Reindeer Food + Free Printable from Lorelai at Life With Lorelai


10. Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf from Alayna at Alayna’s Creations


11. 10 Traditions to Make Your Christmas Memorable

10 Traditions to Make Your Christmas Memorable from Rachel at Smart Mom Smart Ideas


12. The Making of a Christmas Tradition

The Making of a Christmas Tradition from  Lara at Overstuffed


I hope you have enjoyed your adventure through Christmas traditions, and have found some that will help your family celebrate Christmas and the holiday season to the fullest.

Merry Christmas!


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Candy Cane Legend with Printables

There is something wonderful about a sweet treat with a legend behind for the holidays. Make the candy cane legend a Christmas tradition in your family.

 The Legend of the Candy Cane

with special Candy Cane Legend Poem Printables

Reading to and with my children was always a special thing at our house. And every Christmas I would read, The Candymaker’s Gift: A Legend of the Candy Cane by Helen Haidle and David C. Cook. As the title suggests, it is the legend of the candy cane, and I’d like to share it with you.

Following the story, I have made some FREE PRINTABLES for you, just in time for Christmas gift giving. So, read and enjoy…

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Long ago, a candymaker wanted to make a special Christmastime treat that would serve as a witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several symbols into this new candy. Symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus.

He began his candy making with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus. Hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the church. And firm to represent the promise of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the shape of a “J” to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought the shape could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd. The staff with which he reached down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. The stripes would show the scourging Jesus received, by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as the candy cane–a meaningless decoration seen at Christmastime. But the true meaning behind the candy cane is still there for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Isn’t this a wonderful story? I hope you will share this with your family and friends during this Christmas season and all the Christmases to come.

Now, onto those FREE PRINTABLES!

I created a graphic using the Candy Cane Legend Poem. There are three different printables available: Full-size for framing, large gift tags, and small gift tags. They would be great for decorating and gifting. Attach a small tag to a candy cane to hand out to children at school or around the neighborhood, hostess gifts, and more. Come back and check out next Monday’s post for a way to use these printables with a special Adult Gift!

Click below for your FREE Printables:

Candy Cane Legend Poem – Full-size Printable for Framing

Candy Cane Legend Poem – Large Gift Tags Printable

Candy Cane Legend Poem – Small Gift Tags Printable

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The Legend Of The Jack O’Lantern

Legend of the Jack O’Lantern:

A Halloween Tale of Stingy Jack

It was a dark night in Ireland, and the bitter wind whistled through the trees. The moon shone bright in the sky casting eerie shadows through the branches. Along the root-knotted path, the man called Stingy Jack made his way to the local pub. Fallen leaves rustled beneath Jack’s feet. In the deepest darkest part of the wood, Jack met the Devil and invited him to come along to the pub for a drink.

Jack and the Devil entered the pub and found a couple of seats. Living up to his nickname, Stingy Jack did not want to pay for the drinks. He convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to pay the barkeep. The Devil liked the idea of free drinks and did as Jack asked. But once he had done so, Jack decided to keep the coin and placed it in his pocket next to a silver cross.

Stingy Jack caught the Devil. Held next to a cross, the Devil was unable to change back into his original form. Jack eventually struck a bargain with the Devil. Jack freed the Devil under the condition that he would leave Jack in peace and not bother him for one year, and if Jack should die during that year, the Devil could not claim his soul.

A year went by, and Jack met the Devil again, this time in an orchard. Jack asked the Devil to climb an apple tree to pick them some fruit to eat. But again Jack’s intentions were not what they seemed. While the Devil was up the tree picking the fruit, Jack carved the sign of the cross into the tree’s bark, thereby trapping the Devil amidst the branches.

Having tricked the Devil a second time, Jack decided he had better make a larger bargain. He did not allow the Devil to come down until the Devil had promised not to bother Jack for ten more years and, as before, the Devil could not claim Jack’s soul if he should die.

However, Stingy Jack did not live ten more years; he died shortly after. As the legend goes, when Jack arrived at the Pearly Gates, God would not allow such an unsavory character entrance to Heaven. The Devil, upset and twice tricked by Jack, kept his word and did not claim Jack’s soul. He would not allow Jack into Hell. Instead, the Devil doomed Jack to wander the Earth forever looking for a place to rest and sent him out into the dark night.

The Devil, still angry, threw a burning coal from Hell at the man who dared deceive him. Jack placed the coal into a hollowed-out turnip to light his way and began his roaming. The ghostly figure with the glowing light was often seen by the Irish who began to call him, Jack of the Lantern, and then, simply, Jack O’Lantern.

The Irish people began carving their own versions of Jack’s lanterns using turnips and potatoes. They would carve scary faces in them and set them into windows and near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other evil wandering spirits.

The tradition spread to Scotland, and then to England where large beets were carved. Immigrants of these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition to the United States, where they soon discovered that pumpkins, a native fruit to North America, made for a perfect jack o’lantern.

Do you have any favorite Halloween Tales?

Have you ever used a turnip or potato as a jack-o-lantern?

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