Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life’s Changes

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Many of us grew up celebrating holiday traditions that were taught to us by our parents and families. You may remember some time honored traditions such as mailing out Christmas cards, decorating with natural elements, baking from scratch and even making homemade gifts. Even as we’ve grown up and left home many of us have continued to carry on those same holiday traditions we learned as children.

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However, some of these holiday traditions may have changed with time. Whether it was due to a death in the family or a move out of state, many traditions tend to adapt to the needs of our new families and life changes. But what makes these changes special as we shape our new traditions from old ones is the meaning and the stories we keep and carry on throughout the coming years.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Change

Growing up and into early adulthood, my friend Bambi always made sugar cookies with her grandmother to celebrate the season. These cookies in turn were given to friends and family as homemade gifts. Using family sugar cookie and buttercream icing recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Bambi’s new tradition is making and then decorating those same cookies with her closest friends now that her grandmother is gone.

This year was the second year I able to participate in decorating cookies with Bambi as part of her new holiday tradition. That I’m able to be a part of something so meaningful to her, in turn makes it more meaningful to me. And while there was no amount of prodding, poking, coaxing, bribing or begging to convince Bambi to dish and share her recipes (sorry!) I certainly can’t imagine not participating as the years move forward.

Along with this Bambi also gave me one of the best presents she could gift me with this year – a new holiday tradition. So whether you’re looking to start new holiday traditions with your own friends or a new family, decorating Christmas cookies and holiday cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition that I can certainly get behind.

So just how to do you go about planning a cookie decorating party? Keep reading to learn how my friend, Bambi, organizes her cookie decorating parties and for some great links to tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange as well as a few sugar cookie recipes to get you started. Plus learn more about new holiday traditions other people have started and how to deal with holiday celebration overload.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions with Cookies

Prior to hosting her guests, Bambi prepares for her holiday cookie decorating event a few days in advance. She spends about two days baking sugar cookies using her grandmother’s recipe. Then in between the time she makes them and then everyone gets together to decorate them, they are stored in plastic storage containers in the refrigerator.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

A few days later everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand. Typically Bambi also provides some simple appetizers like hummus, crackers and cheese. However, if we “accidentally” break a cookie, it’s like a bonus prize and gets eaten right then and there. But only after it’s been decorated, of course!

The buttercream icing isn’t made until the arrival of all her guests. New batches of icing are then made as we run out.

Annie! No sugar for you!

Posted by Rebecca D. Dillon on Saturday, December 2, 2017

Annie, Bambi’s rescue dog, always manages to walk under “mom” while she’s mixing more icing. Thus we have photos of her two years in a row covered in powdered sugar spots. (My own dog, Jasper, attended this year as well.)

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Once the first batch of icing is ready to go, the icing, cookies and candy decorations are laid out on her dining room table within reach of everyone.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Then we all decorate our cookies on paper plates to keep the colored sugars and candies from making a mad dash for the floor.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

The cookies are then laid out on the table on top of wax paper as each one is completed.

Once all of the cookies are decorated, they are packaged in reusable plastic containers. Bambi then gifts each of her guests a box of cookies and the rest get shipped to her friends and family back home in Wisconsin.

If you’d like to host your own holiday cookie decorating party, The Kitchn has a great article with ten essential tips to know before you begin baking. Additionally, Real Simple also has a great checklist for hosting a holiday cookie exchange that also works for hosting a cookie decorating party. Sugar & Charm as well as Handle the Heat also offer some great tips for hosting a cookie exchange.

Glazed Sugar Cookies Recipe with Buttercream Embroidery via My Name is Yeh Blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

If you’re looking for Christmas cookie decorating ideas, I am head over heels for these glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” from My Name is Yeh. You can find and print the recipe for these cookies here. I also really love the star Christmas cookies recipe from Tell Love and Party.

Printable Christmas Cookie Gift Tags via Cranberry Bush blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

For gifting your homemade holiday cookies, Cranberry Bush has two super cute printable cookie gift tags. You can find more printable gift tags on my Printables Pinterest board. Or discover great gift wrapping ideas on my Pretty Packaging + Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest board.

Starting New Holiday Traditions

I know when I went through my divorce from my first husband and my son inevitably ventured into adulthood, celebrating Christmas lost much of its luster for me. So much so that one of the best Christmases I had after getting separated was ice “skating” in my sneakers on the frozen parking lot of Market Square downtown with a friend. It wasn’t until I started making my own holiday traditions, that some of the magic of the holiday season started to come back for me.

If your old holiday traditions are no longer an option for you, then you may want to consider creating new ones. They don’t need to be religious or even fit into any particular winter holiday. They simply need to be something that brings you joy. Having something to that brings you and your loved ones together during what is typically the most depressing season of the year can definitely make cold days seem a bit warmer.

O’Boy! Organic, who moved away from his family in Michigan over twenty years ago, has a great article on the importance of holiday traditions and how they help to build unity and stability. He also shares his top five new holiday traditions. Number four is baking cookies with his kids.

There’s also a great post on HuffPost with ideas for 15 new traditions for families reclaiming the holidays after a divorce. Shared by their readers on their Facebook page, my favorites are creating a guest list for holiday get togethers to try new things, ditching the chaos of the Christmas tree tradition, taking a trip instead of giving gifts and of course, the best one yet, just finally being happy.

Does Celebrating Holiday Traditions Leave You Feeling overwhelmed?

In the midst of celebrating holiday traditions, both old and new, it’s also important to realize there is such a thing as too much tradition. Reluctant Entertainer touches on this in her post “Traditions: When Is It Time to Change?.” Women especially tend to put extra emphasis on holiday traditions which in turn can often lead to a lot of stress and guilt when they are unable to meet expectations. So this article offers some great insight into being able to say “enough is enough.”

Personally I know how it feels to be on this side of things, as I’m sure many of you do as well. And there were a few years that I especially struggled and therefore made the decision to opt out of holiday gatherings completely. And it is okay to do this. After all, your mental and emotional well being matter more than a dinner regardless of the time of year.

So if celebrating holiday traditions feel more like an obligation, it may be time to simply take time for yourself. After all, you’re not really celebrating holiday traditions if you’re spending much of that time trying to avoid a panic attack.

Additionally, if your head space isn’t where it needs to be to even attend holiday functions, much less embark on a new tradition, then you may be able to gain some insight from the article “Family Change: Don’t Cancel the Holidays!

Are you celebrating holiday traditions this year or starting new ones? I’d love to hear how you enjoy the holiday season in the comments below.

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DIY Holiday Gifts That Look Store Bought

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Do want to give handmade gifts for the holidays this year but have concerns that your gift won’t be appreciated? Not to worry! Making your handmade holiday gifts is a snap with this gorgeous collection of DIY holiday gifts that anyone is sure love.

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While many of these holiday gifts look as if they could be store bought, they are instead lovingly handmade. And each gift idea comes with an easy to replicate recipe or tutorial. What will you make as gifts for the holidays this year?

DIY Holiday Gifts

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These DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Dry Skin make great DIY holiday gifts for anyone who loves bath and beauty products!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! Make this easy 3-ingredient peppermint soap via A Pumpkin & A Princess to gift to friends and loved ones this holiday season!

DIY Peppermint Soap via A Pumpkin & A Princess

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holders has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! These handmade odor neutralizing candles smell great and really neutralize odors! Such a great handmade holiday gift idea!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! This delightful Cocoa and Coffee Soap recipe is fun and easy to make, smells like delicious spiced chocolate and coffee, and it would make a wonderful gift for your loved ones!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter made with lavender and neem oil, both of which are prized for their antiviral and analgesic properties, by visiting Soap Deli News blog for the recipe. And be sure to make extras to give as handmade gifts for Christmas or throughout the year! #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

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DIY Cream Eyeshadows via Soap Deli News

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This natural neem oil body butter recipe is handmade with arnica infused coconut oil and neem oil to help ease the main of minor wounds, help to minimize the appearance of scarring and promote healing. Made with only the finest natural ingredients, this neem oil body butter is sure to become a staple in your bathroom medicine cabinet.

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This palmarosa lime natural body balm recipe helps to protect, soothe and replenish dry chapped skin with natural ingredients like oat butter, hemp seed oil and lanolin.

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This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

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This homemade salve recipe for eczema is made using all natural ingredients including honeybush tea infused pumpkin seed oil. Prized in skin care for it's ability to soothe skin irritation, honeybush tea is a wonderful pantry staple for whole body health both inside and out! Visit Soap Deli News blog now for the recipe and to learn more about the benefits of honeybush tea and pumpkin seed oil that are incorporated into this valuable DIY.

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This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

DIY Foaming Holiday Hand Soap via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! Everyone will love this homemade vanilla spice whipped body butter via Humblebee & Me for their gifts this year!

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DIY Holiday Gifts for Him! This DIY Cedarwood Beard Balm via Fireflies & Mud Pies makes a great homemade holiday gift for men!

DIY Cedarwood Beard Balm via Fireflies & Mud Pies

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For more DIY holiday gifts to make, be sure to visit my collections of DIY ideas and recipes on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me via your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

Deodorizing Holiday Room Spray Recipe with Natural Essential Oils

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This deodorizing holiday room spray recipe with natural rosemary and fir essential oils will have your home smelling fresh no in time. Scented with a simple blend of essential oils that will have you reminiscing over live Christmas trees, this easy and all natural deodorizing room spray is the perfect product for deodorizing both the air and your linens this holiday season.

Deodorizing Holiday Room Spray Recipe with Natural Essential Oils! This deodorizing holiday room spray recipe with natural rosemary and fir essential oils will have your home smelling fresh no in time. Scented with a simple blend of essential oils that will have you reminiscing over live Christmas trees, this easy and all natural deodorizing room spray is the perfect product for deodorizing both the air and your linens this holiday season.

If you’re hung up on stocking stuffers and homemade Christmas gifts for teachers and neighbors, you can easily You can make multiples of this deodorizing holiday room spray by doubling the recipe as needed. This deodorizing spray is also great as part of a gift basket for homemade holiday or winter themed gifts.

Deodorizing Holiday Room Spray Recipe with Natural Essential Oils! This deodorizing holiday room spray recipe with natural rosemary and fir essential oils will have your home smelling fresh no in time. Scented with a simple blend of essential oils that will have you reminiscing over live Christmas trees, this easy and all natural deodorizing room spray is the perfect product for deodorizing both the air and your linens this holiday season.

Deodorizing Holiday Room Spray Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.8 oz. distilled water
.1 oz. Polysorbate 20
1.5 ml fir needle essential oil
.5 ml rosemary essential oil
.5 ml cedar + sage essential oil blend (or .25 ml cedarwood eo and .25 ml sage eo)

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the distilled water and use a funnel to pour it into a 2 oz. glass bottle. Next weigh out and add the Polysorbate 20.

Polysorbate 20 is a solubilizer that is used to keep the oil and water mixed together as without it the oil and water will separate.

Deodorizing Holiday Room Spray Recipe with Natural Essential Oils! This deodorizing holiday room spray recipe with natural rosemary and fir essential oils will have your home smelling fresh no in time. Scented with a simple blend of essential oils that will have you reminiscing over live Christmas trees, this easy and all natural deodorizing room spray is the perfect product for deodorizing both the air and your linens this holiday season.

Now, using a clean graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils, measure out and add the essential oils to the bottle. Screw on a fingertip mister and shake well to combine all the ingredients.

To use your deodorizing holiday room spray, simply mist wherever you want a burst of freshness!

If you like my deodorizing holiday room spray recipe, then you may also enjoy my DIY pumpkin spice room spray, my natural deodorizing lavender linen spray, my DIY odor neutralizing candles and my guest post on how to make a holiday foaming peppermint sugar scrub recipe for gift giving.

For more great ideas and recipes, be sure to check out my boards on Pinterest. You can also follow me via all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

Santa’s Lump of Coal Soap Recipe

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Create your own DIY Santa's lump of coal soap with this easy homemade soap recipe to gift as a homemade gag stocking stuffer gift this Christmas.

Looking for a fun DIY gag gift for Christmas? Give this tutorial for Santa’s lump of coal soap recipe a try! It’s made with real charCOAL and combines both clear and white melt and pour soap bases for natural color changes that you don’t have to work hard to achieve. I also added a touch of 24K gold mica to mine for extra flair, however this is completely optional.

Learn how to make this DIY Christmas gag gift for Santa's lump of coal soap! This easy homemade soap recipe and tutorial is fun and easy to make and sure to please.

Santa’s Lump of Coal Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.4 oz. white/opaque melt and pour soap base
4.2 oz. clear/transparent melt and
2 teaspoons activated charcoal powder
pinch or two of 24K gold sparkle mica or similar, optional
.22 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

For my Santa’s lump of coal soap recipe I used the same Tovolo King Silicone Ice Cube Tray I used for my DIY penguin Christmas ornaments. You can fill the cavities for this recipe to the top, half way or even 3/4 of the way depending on the size you want to use. Each cavity will hold approximately 3.8 oz. of melt and pour soap base. Therefore this recipe will completely fill two cavities in your mold.

Using a digital scale, weigh out your white and clear soap bases in the weights indicated in two separate glass Pyrex measuring cups. These will melt quickly in the microwave so watch them carefully to avoid overheating the soap to boiling.

Using a teaspoon measure, measure out one teaspoon of activated charcoal for each container of soap. Whisk into the soap using a fork. Now weigh out and add the fragrance oil you’re using if desired. You can use up to .12 oz. of fragrance oil for the 4.2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base and up to .1 oz. of fragrance oil by weight for the white melt and pour soap base.

Whisk again to fully incorporate.

Make this Santa's Lump of Coal Soap Recipe as an easy and fun DIY gag gift for Christmas!

You’re now ready to pour the soap. Pour the containers of soap into the molds alternately which soap you are pouring. So if you want four lump of coal soaps, you would pour part of the charcoal colored clear melt and pour soap base into four of the mold cavities. Follow with some of the charcoal colored white melt and pour soap based immediately on top of the soap you just poured. Repeat until you’ve poured all of the soap base.

Now scrape any remaining melt and pour soap base that has started to solidify and stuck to the sides of your Pyrex measuring cups using a fork. Drop these scrapings into the soap you’ve poured. If desired add a tiny pinch of gold or silver mica to each soap filled cavity to suit. Alternately you could also add a pinch of fine jet black, gold or silver glitter. Allow the soap to cool and solidify.

Learn how to make this DIY Christmas gag gift for Santa's lump of coal soap! This easy homemade soap recipe and tutorial is fun and easy to make and sure to please.

Once your soaps have solidified unmold from the ice cube tray. Now using a potato peeler carve the squared off edges around the soap as desired. And there you go!

If desired you can also take your shavings and place them in a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for a few seconds then mold the slightly sticky, but not completely melted, soap shavings into oval shapes for more lumps of coal soap!

Now package the soaps as desired and then tuck them inside the recipients’ stockings on Christmas Eve.

It is important to note that these soaps can stain washcloths and other fabrics.

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. You can also follow my boards on Pinterest to discover some of my favorite homemade soap recipes, beauty DIY’s and holiday craft projects from around the web. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

DIY Penguin Christmas Ornaments

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Craft these fun DIY penguin Christmas ornaments for your tree this year! This is a wonderful project the whole family can enjoy.

These cute DIY penguin Christmas ornaments are lots of fun to make. They can easily be crafted over a weekend and the entire family can join in on the fun! Keep reading to learn how to make these little ornaments that feature penguins sitting on their own little icebergs.

These cute DIY penguin Christmas ornaments featuring penguins perched on icebergs are fun to make and can easily be crafted over a weekend with the family.

DIY Penguin Christmas Ornaments

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need:

Tovolo King Silicone Ice Cube Tray
plastic toy penguins
Clover Straight Tailors Awl
Woodland Scenics Scene-A-Rama Casting Plaster
Martha Stewart Crafts Fine Glitter
Original Gloss Mod Podge
baker’s twine
E6000 Glue/Craft Adhesive
Clear Spray Acrylic Sealer (matte or gloss)
glitter snow
small eye screws
foam brush

What you do:

Learn how to make super cute DIY Penguin Christmas Ornaments for your tree or other home decor.

Begin by using the tailor’s awl to pierce a starter hole in the head of each penguin you’d like to make an ornament with. Then screw an eye hook into each hole.

DIY Penguin Christmas Ornaments

Now using a small foam brush coat the penguins you’d like to have glittered with Mod Podge. Hold on to the eye screw so you are able to coat the entire penguin except for the bottoms of this feet. Sprinkle the penguin with glitter until he is fully coated. Set aside to dry. Repeat for each penguin.

DIY Penguin Christmas Ornaments

While the penguins are drying you can make their icebergs. You will use the casting plaster for this step. Start with six tablespoons of plaster in a glass bowl. Add two tablespoons of water and whisk with a fork to mix well. (For blue icebergs try adding a pinch of blue ultramarine pigment powder!) Now sprinkle glitter snow into a cavity of the ice cube mold then follow with the plaster. Press the plaster down into the mold firmly. Six tablespoons of the plaster will fill one ice cube cavity. Or use it to fill two cavities half way. Repeat until you have an iceberg for each penguin. Allow to set up for at least 40 minutes.

While the plaster is hardening go back over your glittered penguins with another layer of Mod Podge to keep the glitter from flaking off. You may add more glitter to any spots you missed at this time. Allow to dry.

How to make fun homemade Christmas ornaments with the kids featuring penguins on icebergs!

After your plaster cubes have set up or at least 40 minutes have passed gently unmold them. Now use the E6000 to glue the penguins onto the tops of each of your plaster cubes.

Seal your DIY penguin Christmas ornaments with a clear acrylic sealer.

Allow the glue to dry overnight. This will also allow the plaster to finish curing. The next day you will then seal your DIY penguin Christmas ornaments with a clear acrylic sealer. Apply two coats to all sides allowing each coat to dry fully.

Add baker's twine to hang your DIY penguin Christmas ornaments.

Now add baker’s twine to each of your penguin Christmas ornaments by looping it through the eye screw and tying into a knot or bow.

Learn how to make these cute DIY Penguin Christmas Ornaments for your Christmas tree this year! Step by step tutorial the entire family can join in on.

And you’re done! All that’s left now is to hang your new DIY penguin Christmas ornaments onto your tree!

For more DIY Christmas ornament ideas and tutorials check out my For the Tree Pinterest board. Follow all of my Pinterest boards for homemade Christmas gift ideas, dessert recipes, holiday DIY’s, homemade soap recipe, beauty DIY’s and more. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.