December Pathfinders: An Old-Fashioned Christmas

The Holidays are upon us again. In times of yore, things were different and simpler. This month’s pathfinder will look at some of those past traditions.

Image from: so-rummet.se

Image from: so-rummet.se

This site has a lot of “old-time Christmas” ideas.

http://www.oldfashionedfamilies.com/50-ways-to-have-a-more-old-fashioned-family-christmas/

An old fashion Christmas can also save you some money; here are some ideas to keep the holidays inexpensive.

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Have-Old-Fashioned-Fun-Frugal-Christmas-20787021

This site will provide you with ideas for making your own “old style” Holiday cards. Several are easy enough for the younger people in the family to help.

http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/16-handmade-holiday-cards-pictures

Like in past times, the kids can string popcorn or cranberries for the tree, and here are some other ideas for decorating the tree (some are quick and easy).

http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g1070/easy-to-make-christmas-ornament-crafts/

And this site will show you how to make your own candy canes for the tree (includes pictures) !

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Candy-Cane

While you’re busy doing that, this site has some Christmas stories and videos for the kids. There are different stories for different age groups.

http://www.freekidstories.org/parents/free-christmas-stories-videos-children

For some families, Christmas is a time for singing and caroling. There is a wonderful selection of Christmas carol lyrics at this site.

http://www.bookofcarols.com/

For Families

Check out this site for a list of Christmas activities in the Ellsworth area.

Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce

http://www.ellsworthchamber.org/

Need some inspiration for your Christmas Tree?  Take a look at this site:

Image from: en.wikipedia.org

Image from: en.wikipedia.org

Top 10 Inventive Christmas Tree Themes

http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-inventive-christmas-tree-themes/

Wonder how other countries celebrate the holidays?  Take a trip around the world without ever leaving your kitchen — try these international treats.

25+ Food Traditions from Around the World

http://noshon.it/blog/2013/12/25-christmas-food-traditions-around-world/

If you’re still looking for holiday fun, check out these great activities:

12 Days of Fun (and Cheap!) Christmas Activities for Families

http://fun.familyeducation.com/christmas-activities-and-traditions/73029.html?page=1

How to make your own Christmas Crackers

http://www.squawkfox.com/2010/11/28/christmas-crackers/

Party Games!  Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas

http://www.cdnbiz.net/xmas/games.html

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