We all have our after-work hobbies and passions that keep us inspired and grounded. And while most of us aren’t fighting crime at night like Mr. Incredible, there’s something inside each one of us that’s hungry to give, serve, build and accomplish things. For Ben and Steph Haywood of Pella, Iowa, that something is house flipping.
Whether it’s making sure the tree is decorated a certain way, or switching up décor every single year, holidays are all about tradition. Here, some of Pella’s best and brightest share their favorite holiday traditions (we’d love to hear about yours in the comments!). We hope these stories inspire you to continue old or start new traditions this year in your home.
My family’s holiday tradition centers around family and memories. The Christmas tree has ornaments that my children made when they were little, and older ornaments that I made as a child with my mother. Every year I love to just look at the ornaments and remember the moments of not only my childhood, but also my (now grown) children’s holiday crafts and projects. The nativity that is on my fireplace is one my father, who passed away when I was young, painted when I was a little girl. The holidays in my home bring the past to life again. –Marilyn Wichhart
I like seeing and appreciate the way other people decorate their homes for Christmas, but personally like to keep things fairly minimal. I’ll have a well-lit Christmas tree and may change-up the table centerpiece and linens, but other than that it’s business as usual around my home. –Alan Pickett
We travel to the Caribbean with my husband’s family every Christmas, but we still do everything we can to make it feel like the special holiday that it is. After making and decorating a tree out of things we find on the beach, we all hang out in the kitchen preparing our usual Christmas dinner feast of prime rib, twice-baked shrimp potatoes, garlic butter green beans and peanut butter Hershey Kiss cookies. –Lauren Gaskill
My favorite part of the holiday season is spending time with family and traditions that I have grown up with. When decorating my home for Christmas, I like to find a few new pieces each year, but I also have those special decorations and family heirlooms that have been passed down that I make sure and incorporate. Whether it’s the ornaments I got from my parents as a kid or the Sinterklaas pictures from my grandma, I love to pull these pieces out every year and think of my family member who gave them to me and memories of us together at Christmas. –Tricia Uitermarkt
Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite parts of the year. My husband and I adventure to cut down a real tree, and rearrange our living room to make the tree the center of our living space. I love that the white lights and evergreen scent from the tree make coming home something amazing every day during the holiday season! –Alicia Henderson