Christmas is a great time to take a stroll down memory lane, perhaps even to older times before you or anyone you know was born. Ways to put this old-fashioned twist on Christmas include scouring antique shops and flea markets for antiques, including ornaments, and mailing vintage Christmas cards. Read on for some ideas to have a proper old Christmas.
To get into the vintage mindset, start with vintage Christmas cards. Tiny Prints enables you to choose from vintage-themed designs, so whether you opt to upload a vintage-flavored photo or not, your card is bound to please. Going from there, you could put on classic music such as Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley. The same idea applies with movies. There is always A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Jug Band Christmas is another good film. Infuse your Christmas gifts with vintage wrapping paper and gift wrap, and bake old-fashioned Christmas cookies.
As the big day nears, you could check out retailers for Christmas tree ornaments and other decorations with a vintage flavor. Customize with your own taste, too. A tree topper from ye olde times can make a huge difference, and so can your hair and wardrobe. For instance, get the entire family together for a fun trip to a hairstylist for a 1950s makeover, and then hit the shops for clothes to match the new hairstyles. If you plan this enough in advance, say, in October or November, you could shoot Christmas cards with this look, too. You might even land an old-fashioned Santa suit.
Other vintage ideas to take advantage of as Christmas nears include gingerbread house decorating parties with prizes for the best vintage looks, caroling, an open house and a cookie swap. Alternatively, Christmas carol karaoke is a great idea for those who prefer not to go caroling door to door.
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