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Our Top Simple Products to Enhance Your Family's Christmas (That are not elf on the shelf!)

The following products are tried and true. We use them every year and they transform our Christmas!


We don’t know about you guys, but anything to simplify the Christmas hustle and bustle is our go-to! We have enough going on between Christmas parties, programs, work, and school activities that it can make our season feel overwhelming and busy. 


After several years, we have landed on a few things we always go back to. A few things that always bring simplicity and simple joy, thus remain our all-time favorite things!



1. Lighted Birch Tree


Embracing the magic of the holiday season, the Jesse Tree has become a cherished tradition in our home. This blog post explores how we integrate it into our festive celebrations and extend its charm beyond Christmas.

The Jesse Tree Unveiled: At the core of our festivities is the Jesse Tree, a timeless tradition that visually traces Jesus's lineage through meaningful symbols. It creates anticipation and reflection as we approach Christmas.

Advent Book Companionship: Paired with an advent book, the Jesse Tree's narrative deepens our understanding of the season's significance, engaging both young and old in a dynamic journey of togetherness.

Ornament Magic: Special ornaments on the Jesse Tree tell unique stories, creating a personalized display that extends joy throughout the winter season.

A Tree for All Seasons: Our Jesse Tree transforms into a winter wonder adorned with enchanting decorations, offering a delightful solution to the post-holiday lull. It becomes a reminder that joy can be found in every season.

Beyond Christmas: Creativity knows no bounds as we repurpose the Jesse Tree throughout the year. In fall, vibrant autumn leaves represent gratitude, turning our tree into a symbol of reflection beyond traditional holiday decor.

Conclusion: Incorporating the Jesse Tree adds depth and meaning to our celebrations. Its seamless transition from a Christmas centerpiece to a winter wonder inspires new ideas for festive traditions, making holidays more memorable and meaningful.



2. Ann Voskamps 

     Unwrapping The Greatest Gift


This is by far one of the sweetest, most treasured traditions we do. It comes with ornaments you can print out, but the book as a stand-alone is perfect as is. We have done this for ten years, and my family still looks forward to it. It is perfect for all ages, and we can not recommend this sweet addition to your Christmas traditions.



3. The Christmas Pickle ornament

This is such a fun tradition and one the kids will look forward to each year. The family always has such a fun time hunting for the pickle. Even, the teens get into this one!






4.  Battery Operated string lights




Be sure to grab these! Such a fun addition to your car for Christmas light night!! These are easy to string up and use, and last for a long time!



5. Indoor twinkle lights projector



If you want to up your indoor light decor, grab this! Makes for the BEST Christmas dance parties. Although you'll use it for Christmas, this can be used all year long to enhance all of your get togethers and parties!!!






6. Advent Kits for Kids


Advent kits are one of our time favorite things to do each December. There are so many fun ones to choose from, and it just adds to the Christmas season! Here are a few of our favorites!







 Great for Teens:




And that's a wrap! We hope these simple little additions enhance the magic of your Christmas season. May your holiday be adorned with twinkling lights, the aroma of festive scents, and the joy of discovering your own simple treasures. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a new year filled with hope and happiness!


The Whimsy Gals

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