So what in the world are mincemeat and mince pies?

Ever wonder how serving mince pie for dessert became a Christmas tradition?  Now granted, it’s probably not as popular in America as it once was.  But since this site is about celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas . . . I had to cover this topic. This tradition is clearly linked to an old-fashioned Christmas: Food historians date […]

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A grand holiday centered on gratitude … Thanksgiving

I know. This is a Christmas website but folks, Thanksgiving is a MAJOR holiday and it too deserves attention. In fact, more families travel to be together at Thanksgiving than they do at Christmas. And besides, there is a strong link between the two: The Christmas season “officially” starts AFTER Thanksgiving. This is a short […]

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Kids and Christmas Crafts – Wrapping Gifts

Do you have young children (or maybe not so young)? Grandchildren? Do you enjoy special moments together and creating unique memories? Here’s a craft idea that’s not difficult and has room for plenty of creativity: Wrapping Christmas packages. Say what? Wrapping packages is a craft? It can be. First the paper: • My favorites are wrapping […]

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A tradition from the 14th Century … Christmas markets

Let’s face it. Nearly every American Christmas tradition can be traced back to Europe. But here’s one from Germany that hasn’t made its way to the New World (at least not as far as I know): Christmas Markets – Weihnachtsmärkte. I’ve discovered that they can be traced back to at least the 14th century. This […]

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Merry Christmas to our Armed Forces

Today is Veterans Day. A tradition that began in 1919 at the end of World War I. It’s a day set aside to honor ALL veterans who have served and are currently serving. “What does that have to do with Christmas?” you ask. Simple. You can’t wait until the last minute to send Christmas care […]

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Christmas is the childrens’ time

I do and I do not agree with the title. This is because I love Christmas perhaps now more than as a child. Well, at least I love it in a different way than I did as a little girl. In any event, if you have little children or grandchildren then do all you can to […]

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Make your own Christmas cards for a memorable holiday craft

If there’s anything that brings out the creative urge in us, it’s Christmas. And one of the best things about Christmas are the special memories. One way to satisfy the urge to create something AND to have a special memory is to make your own Christmas cards. It’s also a marvelous way to keep alive a […]

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas Party

Want to host a genuine old-fashioned Christmas party? Today’s post is an excerpt from the December 1903 issue of the Ladies’ Home Journal. It describes a delightful party for young children. However, unless you live in a region guaranteed to have snow at Christmas … you’ll need to find alternate transportation for Santa Claus. Perhaps […]

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Holiday dinner recipes for an Old-Fashioned Christmas

These two recipes are packed with flavor that simply can’t be found in a can. And although you’ll spend a bit more time preparing these Christmas dinner recipes … you and your family will be happy you did. Christmas is about the memories we create as much as anything. And taking a few extra minutes […]

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