Christmas is near if not upon us and I am ready to make the most of this season with a few old fashioned Christmas ideas. When I think of having an old-fashioned Christmas, I think of…
- Baked Goods
One more thing that we probably don’t think of when it comes to creating a festive home is the skill that it takes to make it happen. All the things we do are made up of little skills that we have learned over the years. There are a lot of skills that go into giving your family an old fashioned Christmas, and this is also a great time to work on mastering the skills that we already know.
So let’s get into these old fashioned Christmas ideas so that you can enjoy truly enjoy this holiday season!
Create a Tradition
It doesn’t have to be something new. Maybe there is a tradition from your childhood that your Family would love. It might be something you would still enjoy since we are all big kids anyways.
Sometimes it’s hard to find new traditions. All the lists online or similar if not the same and I tend to get board reading the same thing over and over again in search of something new….
This year, I want to try a new approach. Instead of boring myself with the same old same old, I’m going to try something new and choose something ordinary, and make it extraordinary.
A few ideas that are floating around in my head are…
- Choose a random Saturday (i.e. The third Saturday in December) and treating my family to a feast for breakfast
- Make a pie completely from scratch
- Let my little ones playing with bells while we sing carols
- Make ice cream with snow
If you’re wanting to introduce tradition into your home this Christmas season, but none of the typical Christmas traditions seem very festive or perhaps you already do them, then think outside of the box and start a new tradition in your home.
Make an old-fashioned Decoration
Something I always see in Christmas scenes in old movies is a popcorn garland. They are fun and so whimsical! I have never made one before so I can’t wait to make one this season!
Most likely half the popcorn will get eaten in the process, but it still sounds like fun.
Another idea I have seen is to add cranberries to a popcorn, garland, or make a garland with just cranberries. I love the idea of adding this deep red! It will be a beautiful contrast to the creamy white of the popcorn.
Christmas is when I listen to music the most. It helps get me into the christmas spirit, but I also find it to be dramatically beautiful. Songs like…
- O Holy Night
- What Child is This
- We Three Kings of Orient Are
make me want to take voice lessons. They inspire me to pursue beauty in a way that I don’t really think about the rest of the year.
Right now my two year old loves songs so I am excited to sing carols with him for the first time (where he can actually sing with me). There is nothing like showing a child something for the first time and watching them fall in love with it.
Bake from Scratch
Baking is so cozy in the winter. While having the oven on warms the house, having some baked goods on hand warms the soul.
Since winter is a slower season, this is a great time to learn how to bake things completely from scratch. Yes, it is a lot more work, but the experience and the wonderful feeling of knowing that you made this from raw ingredients is so satisfying! It taste so much better and it is a lot more enjoyable because it is healthier for you.
If you already baked from scratch, you can go a step further and learn about the quality of the ingredients that you were using. Old-fashioned homemakers connected health with food and unfortunately we have to wade through a lot of stuff nowadays to figure out what good food is.
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It is not a diet in the sense of a quick fix for all your health problems, but it’s like a gateway, especially for those of us who have been in the diet world for years to come out of the diet world, and into a more balanced life where we can enjoy food again.
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Master a Skill
Since winter time is naturally a slower season, there is a lot of extra time for us to master a skill that we have already started cultivating. In my post, where I talk about how to have an old-fashioned Christmas, I mentioned learning new skills. Although this is a great time to learn something new, it is also the perfect time to go deeper into something that you already have started.
We are really good at dabbling in things here and there, especially if you’re an experimenter like I am, but there’s something good about learning how to do something well.
Is there something that you enjoy doing that you could learn more about? Are you curious about a certain aspect or how to do something related to skill you already have?
When I say skill, I’m not just talking about big things that we do. Honestly, as homemakers, our job description is made up of a lot of different little skills, like doing laundry, dishes, cooking food, etc. I don’t just mean gardening, canning, or dressmaking.
Perhaps there’s an area of your life that doesn’t run smoothly or there is something small that just annoys you about it. Winter is a great time to give a little extra time and effort to polishing or becoming more skilled in a specific area of homemaking.
For example, doing dishes was taking a lot of my time so I decided to give some extra time into working through and thinking through the nitty-gritty of just washing dishes. I asked myself questions like is there a better way to do this? Is there a better time to do this? Are there things that I could get that would improve my skill of washing dishes?
You could definitely master a more interesting skill, but it might improve the quality of our lives, if we choose to master a more nitty-gritty skill that we have to use every day.
Besides, getting really good at washing dishes comes in handy during the holidays.
One of the things about old fashion homemakers that stands out to me is that they were more skilled than we are and winter is a great time to learn, and catch up on the things we don’t know and need to know in order to create a place for our family to flourish.
What better way to spend the extra time during the holidays than learning how to be a more productive homemaker so that we can help our families have a quality life?!
OK, friends! I hope y’all learned something or were inspired here today. What better way to spend the holidays than giving your family the gift of an old fashioned Christmas?!
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