Holiday Lessons We Learn from “Christmas Vacation”

We all know and love “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. To get us in the holiday spirit, I’ve put together another fun .GIF post! These are holiday lessons we learned from Clark Griswold & gang!

Though they smell nice, there’s a downside to real trees


If this is your first time hosting, practice cooking the main course…


Decorating the exterior is hard work, but so worth it when you see it…


Assuming you’ve done it properly…


There’s always one guest…


There Will Be Times You Just Want to Sleep!


And there’s a 2 year period where kids don’t think your Christmas spirit is within reason…


But they’ll come around…


And you’ll all have the BEST Christmas ever….


Hopefully we’ve inspired you to curl up with pajamas and a huge bowl of popcorn for this infamous Christmas movie. If you don’t have time right now and can’t wait, check out this gif. Someone put the entire movie into a quick clip! Thank you, whoever you are!


How To Measure & Understand Wreath Sizing

Wreath DepthOnce you determine the size wreath you need, you should understand exactly what the measurements mean and how they apply to your needs. For example, if you need a 24” wreath, you may want to shop for 22” inch wreaths. It all depends on a few factors and how wreaths are properly measured. We’ll cover everything you need to know in the 2 helpful tips below.


The main number you’ll see on wreaths is the diameter. Most wreaths are available in sizes from 10 inches to 72 inches. The size you should look for depends on your setting and how much space you want on either side of the wreath. As stated above, you may want to leave an extra inch or two for sprays and florals that extend beyond the edge. If you’re looking at one of our 24” wreaths, this means it is 24” inches from one end to the other, if measured diagonally.

Wreath Depth

Once you know the diameter, you’ll want to understand the depth of your wreath. This is especially important if you’re displaying the wreath between the inside door and a glass door. Having a wreath with the right depth will prevent a cramped or smashed look. Measure the very front of the wreath to the back, including the base. To be sure, measure the distance between doors to determine how much space you have to work with.



Beautiful Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is just as special as the morning that follows. While the morning is mostly about the presents, Christmas Eve is usually spent with family sharing and making happy memories. The traditions you start with your kids will hopefully fill them with memories so cherished, they carry them on to their new family as adults. Many of you might recognize these traditions from your own life, and you may even have your own unique Christmas.

New Holiday PJ’s!

Many families do this, including mine. It was always one of my favorite parts of the holiday. Kids unwrap one special gift on Christmas Eve. Some people say the reindeer drop off gifts early because they were planning a route for others. My mom always gave them to us from her and my dad, which I loved. Although I love the idea of reindeer giving gifts, I loved that my parents let us open one of their gifts a night early. Having new Christmas pajamas while you wait for Santa is the best. There’s nothing quite like being cozy AND excited.

Baking Cookies

Santa deserves fresh cookies! Of course if your day is too busy you could make them on the 23rd, but it makes Christmas Eve that much more special.  You can kill a lot of time and curb excitement by baking Santa’s cookies!

Make Reindeer Food

Don’t forget the reindeer! Make a special blend of carrots, celery, and oats for the reindeer. Kids love this! I remember going outside to see crumbs and chewed pieces of celery. As I got older I thought it was my parents doing it, but they told me the real deer and foxes in our area were eating the food!

Christmas Movie Night with Special Hot Cocoa

Pick your favorite holiday movie, make some specially flavored cocoa (white chocolate, peppermint, etc.), and get cozy for special holiday features.

Track Santa before Bed

Visit to track Santa’s whereabouts before putting everyone to bed!