Snow….Hot cocoa…Gingersnaps….Gift Giving…Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year!
What better way to celebrate it than to have an old fashioned Christmas overflowing with all the wonderful traditions like….
- Singing Carols
- Exchanging Gifts
- Preparing a Christmas Feast
- Filling Stockings
Christmas is full of goodness already, but sometimes, Christmas can get a little complicated with trying to find the perfect gift or even decor that you can afford and hustling here and there trying to get everything finished in time for the big day.
Why not slow down this year and enjoy a good old fashioned Christmas with your family?! Why not make it more about the people instead of all the things? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a simple, old fashioned Christmas?
Here are some ideas on how you can create an old fashioned Christmas in your home this year!
Hand make Christmas gifts
There is something sweet and simple about handmade Christmas gifts. They can be super practical, affordable, and made with lots of love.
Some handmade Christmas gift ideas are…
- Beeswax candles
- Beeswax melts
- An Apron
- Hand towels
- Throw Blankets
- Cloth napkins
- Natural beauty products
Hand making Christmas gifts is a great way to put whatever skills you have to use. It’s also the perfect time to learn to do something new. It doesn’t have to be super crazy. Something simple and practical is always sweet and appreciated.
Bake Christmas desserts from scratch
Store-bought cookies, cakes, and Christmas candy are good, but nothing beats homemade desserts from scratch. What a good time to invite your little ones into the kitchen with you to make messes and memorable moments! You are going to make anyways so why not let them help you make one?!
Some simple Christmas desserts to try this year are…
- Christmas Cookies
- Nut Balls
Carry on a childhood tradition
What’s more old-fashioned then carrying on a tradition? Perhaps you have a Christmas tradition from your childhood, that you really enjoyed and have forgotten about. What a great time to bring it back and pass it on to the next generation!
Some of my favorite childhood traditions were…
- Having cheesecake for Christmas
- Opening a present on Christmas Eve
- Helping my mom in the kitchen and learning how to make all the Christmas foods
Do an advent wreath
You may have heard of an advent calendar, but have you heard of an advent wreath? Not only does it make for a pretty centerpiece or Christmas decoration, it has a life-giving tradition associated with it that you can do throughout the whole Christmas season.
Hand make Christmas Decorations
Making your own Christmas decorations is a good way to save some money but also to be more intentional with your decor and enjoy a little bit of slow living this Christmas.
Some beginner, friendly DIY Christmas decorations are…
- Christmas Wreath
- Advent Wreath
- Advent Calendar
- Cranberry Garland
- Dried Orange Slices
Live by candlelight
Living by candlelight, is cozy and perfect for the Christmas season since the sun goes down earlier this time of year. The dimmer lighting that candles cast is very calming and sets a delightful mood in your home.
If you’re worried about lighting. Candles around small children, lamps work really well too.
Do some needlework
Since the opportunities to go outside are limited, and because this season naturally calls for more sedentary tasks because of the cold weather, Christmas in the winter season is great for doing needlework.
This is also a great time to learn a skill in this area. Some easy types of needlework to get into are…
- Lace Making
Write Christmas Letters
For the family and friends that you won’t see this Christmas season, write and mail a real letter. They probably haven’t seen you in a while, so there will be plenty of stuff to write about.
Listen to Classic Christmas Music
Perhaps more than any other time of the year, the Christmas season cannot go by without us listening to classic Christmas songs and albums.
Here are a few good ones to add to your playlist if you don’t listen to them already…
- Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”
- Handel’s “Messiah”
- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s “Carol to the King”
Christmas is such a delightful time of the year and pursuing an old fashioned approach to it this year can really simplify things and help get rid of the extra stress that it brings. It also gives great opportunities to make some wonderful memories and simply have an enjoyable time with family.
So what do you think? Are you going to be more old fashioned this christmas season and maybe try out a few of these ideas? You won’t regret it, if you do because living old fashioned is very wholesome and rewarding.