Light Drive: A Christmas Tradition

Light Drive: A Christmas Tradition

Mariah: I’ll never forget going with some college friends to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and witnessing the moment all the Christmas lights were switched on. It was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen, the dreary evening suddenly bursting into color and glow. Christmas lights enhance the magic of the season, […]

Family Name Drawing: A Christmas Tradition

Family Name Drawing: A Christmas Tradition

Most of you have probably done some version of a Christmas Name Drawing before, whether it is with your friends, your family, or a Secret Santa setup. The basic principle is everyone’s names are put into a hat and each person draws one name. Whoever they draw out of the hat is the person they […]

Snow Ice Cream

Snow Ice Cream

So they tell you not to eat the yellow snow….(that’s some good advice right there!) But what about the other snow? I remember always playing in the snow with my siblings, building snowmen and forts, and making snow angels. However, there’s a lot less excitement for me now, especially because I was just hired on […]

Elf Yourself

Elf Yourself

Elf Yourself brings a good laugh into our home in December. Elf Yourself is a website owned by Office Depot. You upload pictures of yourself (and your family, friends, co-workers, dog) and the faces ends up as one of the dancers’ faces in a short, comedic musical video. You can have up to five faces […]

Gingerbread Houses: A Christmas Tradition

Gingerbread Houses: A Christmas Tradition

Gingerbread houses are one of the iconic parts of modern day Christmas. Most cities have gingerbread house decorating contests and many malls use elaborate gingerbread houses as decor for window displays. There is something so festive about the little homes frosted and draped in candies! Not to mention the cute little gingerbread people who they […]

Make a New Christmas Recipe

Make a New Christmas Recipe

You may have noticed by now that we Crouch girls love to bake. It’s a family thing. 🙂 Christmas is the perfect excuse to try out new recipes! There are parties, potlucks, family get-togethers, and all kinds of fun holiday get-togethers that revolve around food. I always make my favorites but also love trying new […]

Read a Christmas Carol: A Christmas Tradition

Read a Christmas Carol: A Christmas Tradition

Holidays are so exciting your first year of marriage. You get to choose traditions for a whole new family! My husband Joey and I received inspiration for one of my favorite Christmas traditions while we watched our first Christmas Devotional together 10 years ago. In that devotional, one of the speakers mentioned that President Thomas […]

Try a New Cocoa Flavor

Try a New Cocoa Flavor

***This Post contains affiliate links. I may get a small commission based on your purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting This Blue Dress!  First of all, are you a hot chocolate fanatic like us? If so, don’t miss MaLee’s awesome list of 31 hot chocolate flavors and mix-ins! Keep reading for […]

Bethlehem Marketplace

Bethlehem Marketplace

Last year, my family attended a special Christmas event at a nearby Southeast Baptist Church called Bethlehem Marketplace. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful and impactful interfaith experiences I’ve ever had. The church set up a giant tent-like facility where visitors would walk through to experience what it may have looked […]

Nightly Christmas Stories: A Christmas Tradition

Nightly Christmas Stories: A Christmas Tradition

There are so many beautiful stories and books centered on Christmastime! Today we’re sharing two traditions to help you enjoy some Christmas stories with your family and loved ones! Reading Christmas Stories Each Night by Candlelight My family hasn’t done this tradition, but I experienced it once with another family and it has always stuck […]

Christmas 2017 Bucket List

Christmas 2017 Bucket List

We had so much fun crossing things off of our Fall Bucket List that we decided to make it a seasonal thing! This time we just made a running list because there was so much overlap. We’ll be sharing lots of posts about these activities–check back at this post for more details throughout the month! […]