Christmas Tree Traditions

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This is our 17th Christmas together… I can’t believe that! It seems longer, but at the same time nowhere close to 17 years! Over these years Pete and I have created some family traditions, including our Christmas Tree tradition. Thank you to International Delight for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine..

christmas tree traditions

I love Christmas parades and tree lighting ceremonies. 

Really I love everything about Christmas, but if I had to pick a couple moments that kick off the season that I totally love, it would be those two things. There is just something about seeing everyone all excited for a parade (and to see Santa) and the moment when the tree lights up with Christmas joy!

That is why we do our own little tree lighting ceremony each night. 

decorating the tree

Emmy’s job is to actually turn the tree on… while I make myself a Nog Latte!

This is another one of my non-recipes. I just take half freshly brewed coffee and half International Delight Vanilla Nog that I warm up in the microwave for a minute. Top with fresh whipped cream and stir with a cinnamon stick… and enjoy! 

Because it’s later at night I use decaf coffee, instead of my usual half-caff because I really don’t want to be up all night! But it would be perfect as a morning drink too!

egg nog

Emmy spends this special time rearranging the ornaments while I sip my latte.

We talk about so many things during this time of night. From planning our Christmas Eve party to ways we can help others and just how our day was. She says some pretty funny things and each night I remind myself to write them down later… and each night I forget, but that’s okay because I am also enjoying the moment and my heart is all filled up with love after these talks.


Most nights Pete and my older girls join in. And some nights we even rock the holiday music and dance through the kitchen and into the family room. Emmy and I love that time, the cats not so much!

tree decorating

I’m loving my Nog Lattes so much that I’m planning to add them to my Christmas Eve party! I’m going to keep the Nog warm in the slow cooker and then have some fresh brewed coffee standing by! 

christmas tree

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Do you have any Christmas Tree Traditions?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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