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Non-Religious Christmas Traditions

Non-Religious Christmas Traditions

Our Non-Religious Christmas Traditions

No, we’re not religious. Yes, we do celebrate Christmas. Interestingly enough, Christmas is a non-religious holiday for half of Americans. If you’re in that “half” with us, get inspired with our non-religious Christmas traditions to add to your holiday.   

Basically, if you’re looking to relate to someone else who …

  1. “Can’t be bothered” to “go nutty” with tacky Christmas décor;
  2. Celebrates Christmas as a former JW; 
  3. Creates our own meaningful traditions; 
  4. Celebrates Christmas when the majority of your family is dead to you {I’m so not kidding};
  5. Doesn’t “buy into” the bullshit consumerism …

YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!

non-religious Christmas traditions

HOW WE DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS 

It’s very minimal – as in our Christmas décor is limited to one tree. We hate clutter & “Christmas clutter” in every damn room is so NOT our style.  

non-religious christmas traditions include vintage ornaments
Exquisite ornament that my grandmother made.

Our newlywed Christmas tree tradition…

  1. We put our tree up together after Thanksgiving & tear it down after we’re done opening gifts. 
  2. It’s ALWAYS artificial!!!! Buying a new “real” tree every year is such a waste of money & a waste of environmental resources!  
  3. We use the same tree skirt every year. It was a handmade one that was a gift to my grandmother from her sister. I “inherited” the DIY tree skirt after my grandmother’s passing & have been using it ever since. 
tree skirt - our non-religious christmas tradition
Our sentimental vintage Christmas tree skirt.

OUR NON-RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT TRADITION

I literally refuse to have a Christmas tree with “themed” ornaments. Why?? It just looks so damn boring … #sorrynotsorry. 

non-secular Christmas tree
Our tree remains the same – year after year.
sentimental christmas ornament
Although my grandmother is no longer with us, displaying her gorgeous ornaments is like having a piece of her around at Christmas time.

Instead, we display “couples ornaments” & the exquisite vintage ornaments that one of my grandmother’s made. 

vintage yellow beaded ornament
I’m so grateful that I “rescued” these ornaments before they were tossed…

Every year, we either buy a “couples ornament” – {we pick & buy 1 ornament together} OR … We exchange an ornament with each other a few weeks before Christmas.   

newlywed christmas tradition - couples ornament from our honeymoon
Our 1st ornament as a married couple – purchased on our honeymoon… both were paid for by us. 😉

 


 

christmas ornament gift idea for your husband
Weight-lifting ornament I bought my hubby last year & a vintage ornament my granny made.

 

couples Christmas 2017 ornament
The Christmas ornament I bought for hubby this year.

CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT FOR NERDS

We try to watch at least 1 Christmas movie in the month of December. This year Die Hard was hubby’s choice. 

OUR NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO GIFTING

Since we’re not close with any of our family that partakes in celebrating Christmas, we only purchase gifts for one another. {It’s surprisingly budget-friendly!} 

DIY seashell ornament
Vintage ornaments & a DIY seashell ornament from our honeymoon.

This may surprise a lot of people, but we purposely keep the gifting budget SUPER LOW… mainly for 2 reasons. 

  • #1 – By December, we’re “gifted-out” – September, October & November are our birthday & anniversary months. 
  • #2 – We’re what I like to call a “SELF-MADE COUPLE”  – we receive NO financial support from our parents. Thankfully, we’re not in the 75% statistic of adult children that receive financial support from their parents. This means that we don’t go “balls to the wall” with Christmas gifts, because “real” adults still have to pay bills after the holiday season is over. Shocking, I know. 
seashell ornament and vintage green beaded christmas ornament - non-religious christmas traditions
… While cleaning the attic after my grandmother’s passing, my grandfather *almost* tossed these beautiful ornaments into the trash.
OUR GIFTING TRADITIONS: WHAT WE BUY

Our “gifting tradition” changes a bit from year to year, but we ALWAYS gift practical & useful items – no tacky prank gifts. 

Our BEST non-traditional gifting idea EVER!!!

This year, we included a separate gifting budget of $50 for books.

We’ve been so interested in learning that we decided to purchase books for each other on these topics…

  • Finances;
  • Investing;
  • Personal Growth;
  • Business;

BUT… we’re all about maximizing our book budget…

We agreed to only buying second-hand books for 2 reasons…

  1. S t r e t c h i n g  the $50 book-budget & …
  2. It’s an environmentally-friendly option. 

Saying we’re SOOOO excited  about our “new tradition” is an understatement. What better way to start the new year than with a queue of motivational books? Total Bonus Points… We get to swap the books we’ve read with each other. It’s literally the gift that will keep giving. 🙂 

Budget-Bragging…

With my savvy shopping skills, I s t r e t c h e d the $50.00 book budget & bought the hubby 9 books! 

NON-TRADITIONAL & NON-RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS

Odd fact about us … we NEVER celebrate anything on the actual day – this includes ALL holidays, birthdays & anniversaries. We’re always on “hippie time” – we do things when we feel like it. 

vintage DIY yellow snowflake ornament

This Christmas will be the 4th one that the hubby has celebrated in his lifetime. You could imagine that his excitement is that of a 5-year old. So… we usually celebrate & open gifts a few days before the “big day.” 

NON-TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNER…

The only “non-traditional” things about our Christmas dinner is that it’s NEVER on Christmas & we don’t make a shit ton of dishes, since it’s just the 2 of us. 

I try to keep the food as traditional to a Penna. Dutch dinner as possible, to honor my Dutch granny. Our Penna. Dutch Christmas dinner usually consists of:

CELEBRATING A NON-RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS

Non-religious Christmas traditions aside, above all else, we’re so grateful that we survived another year {after so many unexpected trips to the ER} & are grateful that we get to spend another Christmas holiday with one another. 

CHEERS TO A NON-RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS!

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

 

 

 

 

 

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