Secrets for the merriest Christmas ever.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are a celebrity couple that just seem real. It’s hard to believe anything that reads, “Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us!” because we know they are, in fact, absolutely nothing like us. But Chip and Joanna have so far held onto their sense of self, their love of family, and what seems to be some normalcy. Turns out, they’re pretty similar to us when it comes to the holiday season. Joanna has been open on her blog, Instagram, and in interviews about listening to Christmas music and decorating her home too early, and as eager as we’ve been all year for Christmas, we can relate. As expected, their house is gorgeously decorated for Christmas each year, but they have a couple of sweet Christmas traditions we’d like to steal from them.
Making Christmas Candy
We can’t wait for Joanna’s cookbook, Magnolia Table, to come out in April, but in the meantime, she shared a few Christmas candy recipes that grace her table (and double as gifts!) at Christmastime. She even revealed which ones are Chip and the kids’ favorites. Get Joanna's Christmas candy recipes here.
Appreciating the Little Moments
Every year, Chip and Joanna have multiple Christmas trees in their home. One tree is always reserved as the “family tree,” and it’s filled with “firsts for each of us, many meaningful ornaments, and lots of handmade who knows what,” Joanna wrote on Instagram. We love a sentimental Christmas tree and the power it has to make us stop and enjoy each moment. Joanna feels the same way. “Every one of these colorful ornaments have a story to tell and a memory I hold dear…I’ve been stirred to start looking people in the eye more, to smile at them, talk with them in person, and love them in the old fashioned way. There is a certain richness in today that I may never be around again. I want to choose to enjoy these moments with my family, my friends, and even strangers,” Joanna wrote on Instagram. Some of the little moments that Jo enjoys most are spent decorating the Christmas trees with her girls, Ella and Emme.
Chip and Joanna have a history of helping those in need, and they’ve proven it’s a priority of theirs during the holiday season, too. Chip recently shared a story in the couple’s magazine, The Magnolia Journal, about a time he risked being late to Christmas dinner (and ruffling Joanna’s prompt feathers). Chip and his brother-in-law took their kids to pick out presents that they would deliver to a family in need. Although the group drove around for a while, they stumbled upon a house where three single mothers lived together with multiple kids each who didn’t have much under the tree. They were late to dinner, but it was worth it.
Creating DIY Christmas Cheer
Joanna has shared multiple holiday DIY projects on her blog and Instagram over the years. Even if your crafting skills aren’t Pinterest-worthy, fun projects are a great way to spend time with your family sans iPhones, tablets, and video games. Joanna’s cutest Christmas crafts: DIY Snowballs, DIY Gingerbread Ornaments, DIY Gift Toppers, DIY Mini Christmas Tree Topiaries, and DIY Thoughtful Neighbor Gift.
Having a Pajama Tradition
Many families receive Christmas pajamas each year to wear to bed on Christmas Eve, and they’re often Christmas colors or Christmas-themed. The Gaines family have a pajama tradition of their own, but the pajamas don’t necessarily have snowmen or candy canes on them. They wear onesie pajamas on Christmas Eve, and although it’s mostly for the kids, Chip has a Superman onesie for himself. Ever goofy, that Chip.
WATCH: Here's How Chip and Joanna Gaines Celebrated Their New Target Launch
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially in Chip and Joanna Gaines’ house. Take some tips from our favorite designing couple and remember to slow down and savor the season. It’ll be gone before we know it.