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Heartfelt Holiday Traditions
Wednesday Dec 22 2021 by Stacey Beyer

We always adore designing homes, but we feel an extra appreciation this time of year. After all, creating a space where our clients can gather together and make memories is a gift! In that spirit of togetherness, our team at The Black Goose Design is here to share a few of our favorite holiday traditions with you. Perhaps you’ll find a new idea to enjoy with your loved ones!

 ways to make the holidays meaningful


My favorite Christmas tradition is getting together with my whole family on Christmas Eve for our holiday dinner party. After dinner, we give a homemade gift to the person whose name we drew on Thanksgiving. We’ve been doing this for 10 years now, and it’s amazing how creative we have gotten over the years! I love this not only because it’s a very heartfelt way to give, but also because it gives us a chance to see what we’re capable of doing when we give ourselves the time. —Sam Atkinson

family gift exchange ideas

 give the gift of handmade gifts

Every Christmas Eve, after our family dinner, we would drive around the neighborhoods and parks to look at all the lights. My parents would let us sit on their laps (not something we’d get away with these days LOL) and bring hot cocoa. It was a great way to end the night before Christmas! —Rachel Corbett

 things to do at Christmas with family

My favorite Christmas activity is to decorate trees!  It’s a big family tradition accompanied by hot chocolate and popcorn.  And then I decorate clients‘  trees also, just to spread the fun and joy!  So many trees, so little time! —Del Reanne Lucas-Wilson


I’m a coastal at heart, so I love incorporating that seaside vibe into my holiday decorating. Here, you can see that sneaky little elf of ours decided to take a trip on our sailboat one year. He was always a fun tradition. My adult kids still ask about him every year. —Denise Johnson

 elf on the shelf

Growing up, my dad would spend the majority of every December asking my siblings and I what our most memorable moments of the year were. He would then create homemade ornaments out of clay to represent those moments so we could look back and reflect! After Thanksgiving, we would haul up the ornaments from all the previous years and decorate our tree. As we took each one out, we’d reflect on all the memories they held. Once Christmas Eve came around, we would go out to dinner, go home to play cards, and receive our new ornament for that year! —Madi Johnson

handmade ornaments to represent the year

Christmas traditions... So many come to mind! Making gingerbread houses, Nutcracker performances, and ski trips, to name a few. My favorite, though, just happens to overlap with my birthday. I often hear friends tell me how much they dislike celebrating their birthday in December, but I love it!! After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year! On (or near) my birthday, my family and I will go out to dinner to celebrate. We then bundle up and walk Main Street to see the fun Christmas Window displays. We really enjoy Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake; it has the most beautiful Christmas lights and Christmas music playing. And we always stop at the "Giving Machines" to make a donation.  

This meaningful Christmas/birthday tradition has made lasting memories with my family! —Monica Woodland

the giving machine 

downtown salt lake holiday lights

My family’s Christmas tradition is to get a real tree. We have two little girls who are making the tradition more and more fun every year. We let them pick the tree and then take it home and decorate it together as a family. —Georgia Kendall

 tree farms in utah

holiday traditions

Thanks for joining us on this stroll down Memory Lane. Wherever you find yourself this season, we hope you’re enjoying traditions of your own with the ones you love. Happy holidays!


Your friends at The Black Goose Design

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