Joanna Gaines Shares Sweet Family Christmas Tradition You’ll Want to Adopt This Holiday Season

As Christmas rapidly approaches, and we frantically begin decking the halls and dressing the trees, who better to turn to for some holiday decorating advice than our favorite gal-pal, Joanna Gaines.

I mean, the girl has a GIFT, and she obviously knows what she’s doing because the Gaineses have not one, but TWO trees every Christmas!


The design-mind behind all things Magnolia and America’s love for shiplap took to the Magnolia blog this week to share one of her favorite Christmas traditions—one that started fifteen years ago with her mother-in-law.

“Chip’s mom started a fun tradition when we first got married, where she would give all of us an ornament at Thanksgiving. I loved it so much that I started something similar,” Joanna wrote.


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“Every holiday season, I get Chip and the kids an ornament that goes along with a memory from that year. I write their name and the date on the bottom, so as they get older, each one of them has a little collection that’s all their own.”

Joanna says the family re-lives those sweet memories every year when it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree, and her kids are always so excited to hang up their own “personal collections,” along with several handmade ornaments they’ve created over the years.

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“The colors, stories and ornaments that go on the family tree are snapshots of the life that we’ve shared over 15 years.”

This year, baby Crew got his very first holiday ornament—a handprint mold from the year he was born!

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Joanna says she was worried that their new addition might affect the dynamics of holiday traditions for the kids. But luckily, as babies often do, Crew has only enhanced their love for the season.

“I love how Crew has given us all fresh eyes to see the wonder in our yearly traditions.”


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“Wherever you find yourself this season, whether amidst change or right in the center of your same beloved family traditions, I hope you’ll embrace it all with renewed perspective. Merry Christmas!”

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