A Classic Christmas

on December 25 | in Friends & Family, Holidays, Home, Lifestyle | by | with 4 Comments

A Classic Christmas // vintage toys

It’s not uncommon these days to find Christmas merchandise sneaking into displays the day after Labor Day. By October, it’s the first thing you see walking into major department stores. Your Christmas shopping list is longer than your grocery list. The expectation you have to meet for each family member drives your Christmas budget through the roof. Of course we love surprising our loved ones with gifts that surpass their expectations, and in doing so, we are showing them how much we love and care for them.

A Classic Christmas // Vintage Toys
But I often think about the “good ol’ days” when no one had “wish lists”, Arnold would get a scarf from his wife, and Christmas was more about the kids than anything. I notice how in old movies they shopped on Christmas Eve instead of Black Friday. Those were the days, the days when there wasn’t so much pressure…and Christmas was more about a good meal and games with the family than who got the most expensive present.
A Classic Christmas // vintage toys
Many still remember Christmas over 50 years ago. Most families didn’t have the budget to buy gifts for extended family, and so many didn’t have money to buy gifts at all. Yet, Christmas was so very special for them. For some, Christmas was the only day of the year they got to eat poultry. Puddings were prepared weeks in advance, adding to the children’s anticipation for the special day.

A Classic Christmas // vintage toys

Little boys typically wished for Jax, a tin of Dominoes, or maybe an electric train set. For girls, Ginny Dolls and Barbie dolls were popular. Many mothers would be busy for weeks before Christmas sewing pajamas and special Christmas outfits.

A Classic Christmas // vintage toys

A Classic Christmas // Vintage Toys

Remembering how our parents and grandparents spent Christmas can help us appreciate how blessed we are nowadays. I think incorporating some of the old traditions could make Christmas even more special for your family. Whether you find a dish to cook only at Christmas time, or give the kids a new set of pajamas to wake up in on Christmas day, these can be memories that your family will cherish and maybe even carry on through generations to come.

A Classic Christmas // Vintage Toys

 

 Do you and your family already have time-honored traditions? What are you celebrating today? Merry Christmas from FOLK!!
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4 Responses to A Classic Christmas

  1. Mary Ann says:

    This Christmas is an end to a tradition for me. For 53 years, every Christmas Day was spent with most of my nine siblings. With the death of my father two years ago, we haven’t been able to continue that tradition. But I am grateful for having my husband and sons with me today, so we’ll see if we can start something new.

  2. Lynne says:

    this is our 46th christmas together as husband and wife. we decided early on before the first of our eight kids was born, that Christmas would not be about money and debt and commercialism. this year even our church advocated for a “spend less,give more”christmas. it is much more difficult with the children having spouses and their families, but Himself and I keep the tradition going.lol. this year i made a donation to an orphanage in China for his gift and for my gift he donated money to purchase 2 rabbits to be gifted to a family in the Sudan. Our traditions are food,board games and creative gifts. ie/a tin of tea given with the note, ” hope we can share a cuppa soon” its all about relationships in my opinion. I have added a new one this year/the sat after Christmas “cousin Christmas” 16 grands and a chance to pass on our tradition of giving more and spending less and promoting family. hoping to make a memory.

  3. I hope everyone had a very blessed Chirstmas! Thank you for your incredible Inspiration!

  4. carrie schei says:

    love this! is that a moulin roty bear!

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