Embrace the attitude and traditions of an earlier generation for old-fashioned holiday fun.
If you’re weary of over-the-top consumerism and crowded shopping malls, step back to a simpler time. Our grandparents didn’t max out their credit cards or shop ’til they dropped. Having an old-fashioned holiday season centers on choosing what really matters to you. “My whole life is about simple living, slowing down and getting away from distractions,” says Melissa Rakes, who blogs at Gracefullittlehoneybee.com. “That’s especially important around the holidays when we have the opportunity to focus more on family, faith and community.”
Here’s how to enjoy the season more like our Grammas and Poppas used to do:
Use cash only
Bake from scratch
Mail holiday cards
Decorate with what you have
Spend time together
Write thank you notes
Part of the joy of the season is reminiscing about what makes your family unique. Ask your parents and grandparents about their holiday customs growing up or what they received as gifts when they were kids. Celebrate what makes you family, especially the silly or quirky traditions. “We have a mouse head ornament that has a long history in our family,” says Revenko. “Sharing stories, traditions, and values defines your family and is a great gift to each other that doesn’t cost a cent.”
Give back to others
Our grandparents shared what they had with neighbors when times were tough. Think about what matters to you and your family and share what you can to reflect your beliefs, says Revenko. Your gifts don’t necessarily have to be monetary. Collect coats for homeless shelters. Help an elderly neighbor put up her tree. Send care packages to military members who are deployed away from home this year. Invite someone who’s single and may not have family nearby to your own holiday dinner.