Category: Christmas Family Traditions

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10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

We all know that the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. A helping hand here and there can definitely lighten the holiday spirit when preparing for special occasions.

That’s why we’ve come up with a list just for you to help ease your stress and keep you organized, letting you focus less on the prepping and more on the love and family sharing! To help start the holiday season with a bang, we have prepared some helpful tips that we hope will inspire you!

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O Come All Ye Shameful

O Come All Ye Shameful

Let’s be honest. As fun and joyful as the holidays can be, they are also a very busy and sometimes stressful time of year. Expectations are so high that things sometimes don’t go according to plan. And being surrounded by family means there is ample opportunity for embarrassment in front of your nearest and dearest.

Have you ever done anything foolish in front of your loved ones? These women sure have! Below are five funny stories about mishaps and a little mayhem at Christmas time.

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Santa Wears Cowboy Boots

We’ve heard the stories and songs a thousand times, about a big man in a red suit surrounded by ice and falling snow. Advertisements show families drinking hot chocolate and gathering ‘round a fire to warm their frosty toes. Children pray for a white Christmas like the ones Bing Crosby used to know.

Santa Wears Cowboy Boots

That’s all well and good, but as I gaze up at a starry sky and wrap up in my light jacket in late December, I know there’s no better place to spend Christmas than in the Lone Star State. We may not have the crisp snowfall or outdoor ice rinks, but what we lack in winter weather, we make up for in Southern hospitality.

Embrace your Texas spirit with easy custom Christmas cards from Pear Tree this year. You don’t need to bundle up in sweaters to pose for unique Christmas cards. Just come as you are, hat and all.

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Family Christmas Ideas: 10 ways to make the most of the season

Make the most of the moment and create new traditions this season. Here are 10 of our favorite family Christmas ideas to help make the most of the holidays.

1.  Lift your spirits by being active. Family Christmas ideas usually involve delicious (but not-always-healthy) treats. Stay active with your entire family by having a classic snowball fight, visiting you local ice rink, or doing a little cross country skiing. You’re kids will love trying something new this season!
Family Christmas Ideas

2.  Send a holiday card (or New Year’s card, if you prefer). Not only will you spread cheer to friends and family, but your kids will love helping you stuff & stamp them!

3.  Put your Christmas cards on display. There’s no better way to decorate your house for the holidays than with your friends and family’s seasonal photos. Check out some of our Christmas card display ideas on Pinterest and have your family help create a unique card display.
Family Christmas Ideas

4.  Find the best Christmas lights ever. Hop in the car and hunt for the best Christmas light display. Your child’s face will light up when you find the most decked-out house in town!

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6 Easy Holiday Food Ideas

Holiday Food Ideas

Happy Holidays! You know what that means? It’s time to adorn the tree, decorate the house, hang up the lights, shop for gifts, order your Christmas cards and feed 20 guests for Christmas dinner. Eeek! We’ve put our heads together and found 6 easy holiday sweets & snacks that will make your to-do list a little easier.

Rudolph’s Rice Krispie Treats
Simply dip pre-made or homemade Rice Krispie bars in melted chocolate. We used chocolate flavored candy melts in red and cocoa colors. Just melt them in a small bowl and start dipping! To finish them off, add sprinkles or peppermint candies to give your treats a more festive look. This treat is one of the easiest holiday food ideas for kids (or Rudolph) because they’re easy to grab.

Holiday Food Ideas - Rudolph's Rice Crispie Treats

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Working at the Pear Tree “Boutique”

Here’s one of the things I love about working at Pear Tree: I know what every single one of us is doing for Christmas.

As a customer I’ve always loved the boutique shopping experience. Don’t get me wrong—I wouldn’t be able to function without Target and Trader Joe’s to keep us provisioned, and if there wasn’t a Home Depot nearby, our house would still be quite the fixer-upper.Pear Tree team picture 2014

But boutique shopping is different, as anyone who’s browsed our site or bought a wedding dress or splurged on that expensive baby crib (Hey, safety and comfort matter!) knows. The employee walking through the kids’ section at Target while I’m Christmas shopping may be friendly, but he’s got the contents of an entire store to memorize and dozens of customers to help. How’s he supposed to know what my particular four year old might like? How can I expect him to listen for ten (or even two) minutes to a description of my son and the toys he likes playing with?

Boutiques are great because we do have the time, or, at any rate, are committed to making the time. For us, whether or not our customers are satisfied is the central question. Regardless of whether the site is effective and easy to use (it is) or whether or not we get the product to our customers on time (trust me, we will), if they’re not satisfied with what we give them, we’ve failed. And we take that seriously.