Celebrate Christmas the Old- Fashioned Way

Maybe this is rosy retrospection, but it seems to me that the manner in which we celebrated Christmas back in the good old days was more wholesome and meaningful than the way we do it. Back then, Christmas was a legitimate opportunity to bring the family together, to really reconnect. Maybe it’s the increased consumerism that has changed things or the modern smartphone that everyone has their eyes glued to, but nowadays, the way Christmas is celebrated feels a tad bit diluted. This article is for people, who like me, want to go back to the old ways. Keep reading for some amazing activities that you could introduce to your Christmas festivities, to bring back the old-fashioned vibe!

Having a Real Christmas Tree

This recommendation reminds me of that scene in Daddy’s Home 2 where Brad cuts a fir tree housing communication hardware to prove his mettle. No, don’t do that! That being said, you don’t have to avoid real trees altogether. Plastic has made our lives easier, but it has taken out a lot of authenticity in many things we do- including Christmas. I mean the phrase “plastic” is used to describe ungenuine people and products! Christmas should be as genuine as the message it embodies. This means that the tree too should be real! I mean, you cannot get the fresh smell of a real fir tree from the plastic variants.

Getting a real Christmas tree provides an opportunity for the entire family to bond. This is something that Christmas in the olden days emphasized. Also, turns out that there are plenty of environmental benefits in promoting real Christmas tree farmers as opposed to buying the plastic imposters!

Making Decorating a Family Affair

We leave in a world where no one has time for the things that really matter, like family and friends. Instead of outsourcing decorating duty, why don’t you turn this chore into a fun affair? Invite family and neighbors to decorate your house. Go ahead and have a small decorating party themed around decorating the house. Not only is this a great way of bonding with family, but its also an amazing way to get to know your neighbors. To give the decorative affair a more old-fashioned vibe, consider using chains of colored popcorn garlands instead of the modern lights. While this may be time intensive, what better way to reconnect with the family?

Making a Traditional Christmas Feast

Traditions have great significance in our lives. They reinforce familial bonds over time. That being said because many people simply don’t have the time, many traditions are slowly dying. This reminds me of the Blackish episode where grandma pretends to make the “Christmas Feast” from traditional recipes passed down over generations, only to outsource the job to a catering service! Oh the travesty! Purpose to make enough time to bring back some intentionality to your Christmas meals. And so what if you don’t have a Christmas food tradition, make your own! Needless to say, this too can be a great opportunity to bring the family together through cooking. It takes time, but it’s completely worth it!

Holiday Best Wishes Card

With instant messaging, social media and email making communication so convenient, few people have kept this tradition going. Remember the days when Christmas Cards were well thought out and planned well before the actual event. Some family’s even used to send specialized cards with a family photo attached. There’s a certain connotation of care and love that is reflected when someone hands you an actual handwritten card. Unlike instant messages, with cards, you have to go out and buy the card, then hand write it. Going back to this amazing tradition is a great way to bring back the love in Christmas.

The Christmas Carols

In the olden days, people looked forward to Christmas carols. They were practiced way in advance in readiness for the big day. This tradition is a rarity nowadays. You don’t need to be a family of crooners and songbirds to enjoy this tradition. Also, you may choose to go door to door or have a more private and warm affair at the comfort of your home. Either way, this is a fun tradition that reinforces family bonds. There are many Christmas carol books available online that may help you prepare for your next old-fashioned Christmas!

Amazing Old-School Christmas Cookie Recipes

A huge part of the Christmas festivities is sharing in amazing food. If you’re looking to have an old-fashioned Christmas party, complete the old-fashioned look with some amazing old-fashioned recipes. This article will share with you some incredible old-fashioned cookie recipes! Keep reading to find out more.

Old-fashioned Gingersnaps

As a desert, gingersnaps go way, way back. In fact, their origin can be traced back to Franconia, Germany where they were invented by Medieval monks. Recipes dating back to the 13th and 14th century have been found in Nuremberg and Ulm. Today we share with you a variant of those recipes, for your old-fashioned Christmas festivities.

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 2 cups of all purpose flour, a large egg, one cup of sugar, a ¾ cup of shortening, half a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, one a half teaspoons of powdered ginger, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a quarter cup of molasses.

The Instructions are as follows: First, preheat your oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Stir the shortening together with the sugar until the mixture is light. Following this, incorporate the egg and molasses. Stir the mixture until all ingredients are properly incorporated.

When that is done, measure equal balls of the mixture and dip one side in sugar. Place the balls onto your baking sheets and bake. They should take approximately minutes in the oven. When cooled pack in a cookie jar!

Delicious Old World Cookies

Like gingersnaps, cookies, in general, have a history that dates back to the 7th century AD, particularly in Persia. Because sugar also originated in the Persian empire, cakes both small and large were common in Persia way back then. When this sugary delights arrived in Europe they became an instant delicacy, so much so that they were incorporated into major festivities, including Christmas. This variation is called the Old World cookie, a round thicker than a usual cookie but nevertheless scrumptious! Here’s how its made:

For this cookie, you will need a teaspoon of powdered cloves, confectioner’s sugar, a cup of ground walnuts, two eggs, a cup of sugar, 1 ½ teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, 1 ½ cups of flour, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and a cup of softened butter.

To make the cookies, first, preheat your oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Combine the butter with sugar, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Incorporate the eggs and nuts and stir. Using a separate bowl, sift the flour together with the powdered cloves and powdered cinnamon. Incorporated these dry ingredients with the first mixture, also adding the vanilla extract. Leave the mixture to cool in the fridge for approximately one hour.

Fill thirty-five muffin tins up to 1/3 of the depth of the tin with the mixture. Spread the dough on the walls of the tin leaving a depression. Bake for 18 minutes then sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar.

Christmassy Wreath Cookies

These delicious cookies remind me of the famous circular Christmas garland. They will definitely contribute to the old-fashioned Christmas mood! Here’s how to make them:

You will need one cup of sugar, a cup of instant oats, two eggs, ¾ cups of softened butter, ½ a teaspoon of allspice, confectioners’ sugar, a jar of your favorite red jam, 1 ½ cups of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, ¾ cup of finely diced walnuts, and a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon.

As with the previous recipes, begin by preheating your oven, this time to 400º Fahrenheit. Mix your softened butter with the sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and stir well. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, allspice and baking powder). Add the dry mixture to the wet one and stir adding the crushed nuts. Leave to cool in the fridge for three hours.

Apply some flour to a clean flat surface. Flatten the dough to an eighth of an inch in thickness. Cut out circular shapes using a 2 ½ in. cookie cutter. Place the cutouts in a baking pan and bake for approximately eight minutes. Once cooled, sandwich two cookies by applying jam on one and placing the other on top. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.