In a year marked by cautious optimism, we learned that the opportunity to gather with people we love is a privilege we’ll never take for granted. As we reconnected with friends and family, we hugged everyone a little tighter and found some new perspective along the way. It’s true that the world is changing, but home continues to be more important than ever. As a team, we want you to know that the meaningful work you do is the very reason IDCO Studio exists. We pinch ourselves daily to be surrounded by the spaces you create and to watch your businesses grow from the ground up. We’re convinced the design community is filled with some of the most talented people on earth, and we’re humbled to be a part of it.
As we sign off for a weekend of celebration, we want to express our gratitude to each of you by sharing holiday traditions we think you’ll love. Our team members shared how their families celebrate the holidays, and we hope it inspires you to create new traditions while embracing the old. May this time of rest and reconnection be a season to remember.
“We’re starting a new holiday traditions this year! I’m making homemade clam chowder in homemade sourdough bowls on Christmas Eve. Quinn’s family usually has crab on Christmas Eve before mass, but he doesn’t love crab. This reminds us of home in San Francisco, still feels true to his tradition, and also feels special as something just for us.”
“We have so many traditions, but my favorite is Christmas Eve dinner with our little ones. The four of us put on our Christmas pajamas and set the table with candles, charcuterie, and holiday treats. We dim the lights, play Christmas music, and read the Christmas story together. It’s so near bedtime that the excitement from our toddlers is palpable, and we take time to play games, sing songs, and reflect on the season. In the midst of the very busy holiday season, it is a time we set aside to be unhurried and intentional and together.”
“This year, our family is shaking things up with a tropical Christmas in West Palm Beach. It’s a trip that was originally delayed due to the pandemic, but we couldn’t be more excited to finally make it happen. We’ve decided to skip the pressure of presents and simply enjoy the sunshine, the backyard pool, and the gift of all being together again.”
“At my parent’s home in Marin, CA, the boy scouts sell luminaries to the whole neighborhood. On Christmas Eve, everyone lines the sidewalks to “light the way” for the wise men. After we light our luminaries, we walk through the neighborhood with candy canes in hand, admiring Christmas lights and the unbroken path of lanterns.”
“Every year I make challah bread french toast casserole the night before Christmas. The morning of, I pop it in the oven as we’re opening presents, and it is ready to serve as we wrap things up. Plus, it makes the whole house smell like butter and cinnamon. It’s heavenly. Later that night, our whole family dresses up in cozy Christmas PJs, piles in the car with hot chocolate and our favorite holiday tunes on the radio, and we drive around and be dazzled by lights.”
“Each year, we take our friends and their families to pick out a Christmas tree. What started as offering our truck bed for hauling has become a sweet tradition we all look forward to year after year.
One new tradition I’m excited to start with our son Harry is reading the Nativity of Jesus in scripture on Christmas morning before opening gifts. Although he won’t understand yet, I am excited to start this tradition to remember the true reason of the season.”
“Every year on Christmas Day, I travel to my Nana’s in New Hampshire to see my whole New England family. We have Chinese food for dinner (so my Nana doesn’t have to cook) and do a Secret Santa gift exchange. The day after Christmas, the whole family goes to lunch at our favorite pizza place, then to the movies, and we all hang out at my aunt’s house. It’s always a quick trip but so special and fun to pack in time together!”
“Every year on Christmas Eve, my family all opens two gifts each. The first is pajamas to wear that night. The second is an ornament, something commemorating that year. My mom started this tradition from my birth so that when my sister and I were old enough to move out and have our own trees, they would be full of memories – and we’d already have a little collection of ornaments. Now my husband, sister’s boyfriend, and my son are all included in the tradition, too.“
“On Christmas Eve, my family and I wear our matching pajamas and watch a movie together. It’s so nice to get away from all of the hustle and bustle this season can tend to bring and just relax with my people! This year, my fiancé I also started a new tradition of holding a gingerbread house making competition with a favorite Christmas movie playing in the background.”
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