Designing New Traditions in 2020

There is a sparkly silver lining to adapting to change!

December 15, 2020

Traditions are especially important in uncertain times.  Not only do they give us a sense of stability and connection to the past, but traditions also make the world feel a little more predictable and safe.

One of my favorite traditions is celebrating Christmas Eve with family and friends. The fun would begin at 2:00pm with delicious appetizers and our favorite drinks gathered around the fire.  You could feel the excitement in the air!  A silly gift exchange game was always on the agenda, which resulted in loads of laughter and fun!  Dinner was served at 5:00, and we would finish the evening at our 8:00pm candlelight church service.

Below are some recent full service interior design projects from Hellertown, PA and around the Lehigh Valley that ended our year on a high note!

The celebration would continue through Christmas Day, and then Boxing Day traveling to the homes of our extended family, which made this special time of year even more fun. Of course, leading up to that special evening was a month or so of rushing, rushing, rushing! Gift shopping, attending special events, food shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, attending holiday parties, sharing time with family and friends (whew!) left me exhausted!

With Christmas Eve fast approaching, I have been rethinking our family traditions and what they will look like this year. Although some of our family traditions will remain intact, others will need to be modified.  Instead of feeling sad about the necessary changes, I would rather look for the silver lining.  For me, that is letting go of the busyness and focusing on what matters most – the little things.  I hope you can do the same.

In the spirit of finding the silver lining, we also love finding silver light fixtures! Many vendors have new styles for 2021 (gold too). Please contact us if you need help selecting the right lighting for your home!

Here are some “little things” that may add simplicity to this joyous season:

  • Drive through a local outdoor light show
  • Have a Christmas movie marathon
  • Bake Christmas cookies and deliver them to a friend’s front porch
  • Facetime or Zoom a friend or family member in your Christmas PJs (both parties)
  • Read a wintry book in a bubble bath with Christmas music playing
  • Play holiday-themed trivia online with friends
  • Participate in a toy drive for a local charity
  • Sip homemade mulled wine
  • Bundle up and walk your neighborhood light displays
  • Participate in a Secret Santa and leave your gift on the recipient’s front porch (don’t let them see you!)
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Organize a doorstep drop-off cookie exchange
  • Host a bake-a-thon online with friends or family using your traditional family recipes

Celebrating our traditions this year may be a little challenging, but with a little creativity, you can have a holiday that is safe and fun-filled!  Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

Speaking of NEW! We opened ourselves up to lots of NEW ways to help you this year! For one, our YouTube channel is full of video tutorials from inside our studio and our homes. Bringing our expertise straight to you was a highlight of our year, especially when we couldn’t meet in person. We hope these videos have been helpful to during quarantine, as well as the unique times we have faced since then in 2020. Thanks for subscribing and tuning in!


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