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My family and I love Christmas. My grandmother goes all out with unique Christmas traditions that are a hit by the whole family. Here are four of our Christmas traditions that are sure to be loved by anyone’s family.
1. Find Your Ornament on the Christmas Tree
This is a Christmas tradition started just before I was born 24 years ago. My grandmother buys everyone an ornament that represents a big accomplishment he/she made during the year. For example, since I got married this year, I will probably get an ornament related to our wedding. My grandmother then hides them on the Christmas tree and one-by-one we take turns looking for our ornament. Her children hide an ornament for her so she isn’t left out.
This tradition is a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and important events. It’s fairly cheap (depending on how big your family is), but stands as a special memento for the recipient. I, personally, had amassed quite an ornament collection by the time I moved out of my mom’s house and had my own tree to decorate.
These ornaments also make for a special Christmas tree if you’re into unique and personal decorations as opposed to traditional ones. I have decorated my tree with a mix of traditional ornaments and the unique ones I’ve received to make a tree that is beautiful and matches my personality/style.
2. Find the Nut
My family doesn’t make a Christmas dinner. Instead, we have a bunch of appetizers to snack on throughout the day. My grandmother sneaks a peanut into a few of these appetizers (about 5 or 6) and if you’re lucky enough to find one, you get to pick out a gift basked filled with treats. You can only win one per Christmas, so if you find another nut, you don’t get to pick out another basket.
This is a fun Christmas tradition that puts people in a good mood. The gift baskets are usually filled with candies, chips, knick-knacks, etc, so there’s something for everyone. My grandmother fronts all of the expenses for this and I imagine it can be a bit pricey. However, you can have multiple people go in on it to reduce the cost of the gift baskets.
3. White Elephant
Most people know the rules of a white elephant exchange; however, my family does things a little differently to ensure everyone gets a good deal. Again, my grandmother provides the gifts. (I told you she likes to go all out for Christmas). She purchases Christmas music boxes for every member of our family (we have a small family), and then buys gift cards of varying prices and locations. On Christmas, she places the gift cards underneath the music box and we each draw a number. Then we proceed with the usual white elephant rules until everyone has a gift card. Finally, my grandmother pulls out an envelope and tells us that we can exchange our gift card for what’s inside the envelope. However, we have no way of knowing what’s inside. Could be better. Could be worse. First person to take the deal, gets it.
I enjoy the tradition, although it has accounted for a few arguments in the past. You can easily change the rules to meet your family’s needs. For example, instead of one person providing the gifts, everyone could bring a gift card instead. It’s a fun little tradition where everyone gets a prize and a good way to engage in some silly banter.
4. Christmas Fudge
This Christmas tradition was started by my great-great-grandmother. She came up with a delicious fudge recipe that has been handed down to the daughters. Currently, my mom makes the fudge, and technically I should be next in line to inherit the recipe, but I am a vegan and don’t eat the fudge anymore. However, this fudge is our Christmas staple. Christmas would not be the same without making fudge and making the fudge any time other than Christmas feels wrong.
So consider adopting making a Christmas treat as a Christmas tradition. It will give family members something to look forward to all year long and can perhaps, provide a bonding opportunity between parents and children.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my family’s Christmas traditions. Please comment below any of your unique traditions!
Happy Blogmas! I’ll see you on Tuesday!
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Olive skin can be somewhat of a challenge to match lipsticks to. With our yellow/golden undertones, it can clash with a lot of typical lipsticks. Here are some of my favorite lipsticks to wear that look great for olive skinned people.
Kat Von D’s Lolita – Neutral/Mauve
I love this lipstick. It is my go to neutral lipstick color because…well…it’s the only neutral lipstick I’ve found that I think looks good on me. This color has been raved by many of Kat von D’s customers and is likely her most favorited Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. The color features a soft mauve/almost pink edging toward the purple/blue side of the color spectrum. For us yellow undertoned people, we want to stay near the blue/purple undertones in lipstick to offset the undertones in our skin.
Kat Von D’s Damned – Dark Brown/Black
Lipsticks with brown undertones, or just plain brown themselves, look great on olive skin. Olive skin is flattered by autumn colors, so don’t shy away from chestnut colors. While this particular lipstick is quite dark (because I’m a dark lipstick junkie), it still holds to the autumn colors spectrum. If you’re feeling bold, dark brown lipsticks are a great choice to make.
Kat Von D’s Exorcism – Deep Purple
Are we noticing a pattern yet? It’s true, I admit, I love Kat von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. In this picture, I’m wearing the color Exorcism, which features a deep purple that leans to the blue side of the color spectrum. As I mentioned before, colors that lean towards blue or brown are colors that will most likely look fabulous on us.
Smashbox’s Witchy – Bold Red
This used to be my go to lipstick, but I have since grown bored with this color and have moved on; however, the color is still a fantastic choice for olive skin. If you’re looking for a bold red to wear on your next hot date, this color is great. It leans toward the orange side of the color spectrum as opposed to pink. Orange fits in with the autumn color scheme; therefore, making this color very wearable.
Long story short, look for colors that lean towards blue/purple and brown/orange. These are the colors that will look the best on us. Colors that lean toward pink usually are the worst choices for olive skin so avoid those.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you on Sunday! Blogmas start this Friday so look forward to a post every day from the writers of Inbetween Thoughts up until Christmas!
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Having been vegetarian/vegan for only two months now, this will be my official Thanksgiving as a vegan. To say the least, it’s very daunting. My family and in laws live in Texas, which we all know is BBQ country. Vegans and vegetarians alike are frowned upon there and I am extremely nervous about having to defend myself to family whom I know will harass me about my dietary preferences. So I’ve etched out a game plan in dealing with this meat eaters’ holiday.
Bring a Vegan Side Dish
This one is probably obvious especially if it’s traditional in your family for everyone to bring a Thanksgiving dish. So make yours vegan. There are plenty of hearty vegan dishes that everyone will love. Personally, I am bringing vegan macaroni and cheese using this recipe. You could bring mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, just to name a few. Pinterest is loaded with vegan dish ideas, so spend some time surfing recipes there. Make sure to prepare a bunch of it, that way you can have a sizable portion in case none of the other dishes are vegan.
On that same note, you may want to pack a bunch of vegan easy-to-eat foods in case you’re spending more than just Thursday with the family. Having meals already made will make your life easier in figuring out what to eat.
Brace Yourself for the Inevitable Debates
I sincerely hope you don’t have someone in your family who will criticize you or try to prove your lifestyle wrong, but unfortunately, there is usually one. You need to make the decision before you go, on whether or not you want to engage in these debates. If so, then be prepared. Study up on common omni debate points and their rebuttals. Remember not to attack anyone and to provide the facts in a logical way. Will you convert them? Probably not, but if you are educated and can stump their criticisms, they might just leave you alone. Might.
If you choose not to engage in the debates (which is what I recommend), prepare a short sentence for if someone criticizes your lifestyle. It’s good to have for those who don’t or may not understand the lifestyle (like my uber religious in-laws). Something simple and to the point is all you need. “I’ve put a lot of research into veganism and have decided this lifestyle is right for me. If it’s not for you, that’s okay, but I’d like to keep dinner topics light-hearted and away from my lifestyle choices.”
Don’t Be Ashamed to Go Veggie/Omni During the Holiday
I may get a lot of flack for this from other vegans, but I truly believe you come first before the animals. If the holiday is stressing you out and you’re experiencing unnecessary anxiety over food, then don’t feel bad about eating veggie/omni for the holiday. You’re mental sanity is more important than the food that goes into your body for a few days. If you have family that you know will give you a hard time and you don’t want to deal with it, that’s fine. It doesn’t make you a lesser person. You are already doing so much good for the environment and for animal welfare 300+ days of the year. Don’t let one holiday take away from that fact.
With these three tips, you’ll be set for the holiday. Don’t engage in rude remarks pertaining to veganism, but do answer sincere questions. Remember that Thanksgiving is not your time to advocate for veganism. It’s too late to save any turkeys and you can easily sour the mood. So enjoy the time with your family and try not to worry too much about being vegan and what they think of you.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll see you next Wednesday!
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