You watch Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper, read about her family on her personal blog and copy her farmhouse chic decorating style. But do you know how Jo celebrates the holidays?
She recently shared her most-loved Christmas traditions in her magazine, Magnolia Journal. Here’s a sneak peek at what Joanna does during the holidays:
She Reflects on Memories
Instead of a tree decorated with matching ornaments or curated pieces, the Gaines family opts for incorporating memories into their Christmas centerpiece.
In her essay in Magnolia Journal, Joanna mentions that there are special ornaments commemorating things like first Christmases and lost teeth. She also has handmade ornaments from her children on the tree, “…while the Popsicle-stick picture frames have cracked over the years, and the photos within them have faded—it only makes me love them all the more,” she says.
She Keeps It Simple
Joanna took to Instagram to explain more sentimental thoughts about how she decks her Christmas tree: “Every one of these colorful ornaments have a story to tell and a memory I hold dear.”
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Today the kids and I had a sweet time talking about all the ornaments on this tree. Every one of these colorful ornaments have a story to tell and a memory I hold dear. These are the moments. For the month of December I want to try and put my phone down more often, and by down I mean leave it in the car, put it in a locked box, or under the mattress. I’ve been stirred to start looking people in the eye more, to smile at them, talk with them in person, and love them the old fashioned way. There is a certain richness in today that may never be around again. I want to choose to enjoy these moments with my family, my friends, and even strangers. ‘Tis this season… ❤️
She also uses the Insta post to describe taking things slow and simple during the holiday season. Jo prefers to put her cell phone away and love people “the old fashioned way.” How cute is that?
Psst… Chip and Joanna also like to keep things simple in the kitchen. Here are 10 cooking shortcuts the Gaines family uses!
She Avoids Trends
Just like her classic and comfortable style, Joanna doesn’t go for anything too flashy when cooking or decorating.
On Instagram, she showed that she makes Christmas treats so easy, even kids can help! But that’s not the only way Joanna likes to keep it classic in the kitchen for the holiday season. (P.S. Her homemade biscuits are so simple, too.)
“It’s rare for me to get excited about a new holiday recipe or trendy ideas for decorating the tree,” Gaines says. “I’m not looking for ways to reinvent this season. Instead, all I want is to gather the same ingredients for the same beloved cinnamon rolls that I’ve baked on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.”
You can cook like Chip and Joanna at your holiday get-together. Just use recipes inspired by the family’s restaurant, Magnolia Table.