Joanna Gaines Shares a Christmas Video and Fans Love Her Magical Surprise for the Gaines Kids

Chip and Joanna Gaines made the Christmas holiday special for their kids, as evidenced by a short video montage Joanna shared on her Instagram account. Fans loved seeing one special surprise in the mix and many of her followers said they shared the fun tradition.

Chip and Joanna Gaines smile at the Build Series at Build Studio, with Chip wearing a sportcoat and Joanna in a black dress
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Joanna Gaines gave fans a glimpse at the Gaines family Christmas

Joanna took to Instagram on Dec. 25 to show just a peek at the calm before the Christmas storm. Gaines captioned the video “‘Twas the night before Christmas.”

Her followers could see some of the elements of their holiday decorations, with candles, a brightly lit Christmas tree decked out with silver ornaments, and garland greenery draped along the banister.

Gaines also showed a holiday Santa photo, one of the kids nestled in bed asleep, her son Crew’s tree with reindeer ornaments (she wrote about it on the Magnolia website), a collection of tiny houses on the fireplace mantle, and a fun retro TV set toy on their piano.

Finally, she panned across the dining room and some fans noticed something interesting — the doorway was covered in wrapping paper to keep her kids from seeing the living room! Joanna walked a little closer to the wide doorway to give a closer look before showing off the festive room with another big decorated Christmas tree and stockings hung with care.

Joanna Gaines’ fans loved the element of surprise for their kids

Chip and Joanna’s special element of surprise was a hit with many of their fans, who loved the idea for the Gaines kids. One follower shared their own memory of gift wrap blocking their view of the Christmas tree.

“What the!! I have never seen or heard of someone else putting wrapping paper up over an entryway,” they wrote. “My parents have always done that since I was a child so we can’t see the gifts in the morning and then we all run through it and see everything at the same time. Love to see someone else does that!”

Others shared their own version of obstructing the view of presents. “It used to be a tradition in my family to hang a blanket across the doorway to the living room on Christmas morning too!” one fan noted.

“So beautiful! I love how you wrap the opening into the room for the kids. Such a wonderful tradition!,” another follower wrote. “You will have to continue the tradition even when they are older. Wishing you and your family a blessed and joyous holiday season. Merry Christmas!”

Some fans appreciated the explanation since they weren’t familiar with the idea. “Thank you for clarifying that! I have never seen or heard of it!” one follower wrote.

Fans adored catching a glimpse at the Gaines’ calm Christmas Eve

Many of Chip and Joanna’s fans were loving this intimate peek inside their home and adored her simple decor for the holiday season. “So gorgeous and relaxing at the same time,” one fan wrote. Another follower commented, “So special, warm, inviting in every way.”

Other fans left comments like, “So very beautiful and peaceful. Merry Christmas,” “Your home looks Lovely! “Beautiful décor,” and “So so pretty and simple!”

One follower noted, “Simplicity is key. Your place is beautiful. Happy Holidays to you all, and joy, health, and prosperity in the coming year.”

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