Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house nothing was stirring, not even a mouse, ah a true classic holiday poem. Christmas used to be a time for great traditions and old-fashioned values, but in today’s fast paced world not so much anymore.
Since when did X-Mas become about receiving the latest gizmos and gadgets and splurging on self-indulgence? A few things remain the same but how many of us celebrate a traditional Christmas these days? Here is a brief history of good old festive values through the decades.
Decorating the holiday tree in the mid-1950s is a little different to how we do it these days. Aluminum Foil trees were a huge seller in the 1950s, and with their shiny, metallic appearance there was little need to cover the tree with a string of lights.
Decorations were always over the top and luxurious; forget our modern ways of color matching, anything and everything that sparkled would take place on a 50’s Christmas tree. Why not try to make your own retro holiday decorations this year with the use of tinsel and satin ornaments?
Don’t forget to add a train set which circles the base of your Christmas tree as this will bring in a touch of the big department stores (like Macys) famous scene, which was the epitome of luxury in the mid 50’s. Donning fabulous fashions for the festive period was a big part of December in the 1960s.
Women would make sure they had the perfect outfits for the holiday season with circle dresses being the number one choice. Which is a far cry from today’s style, use your imagination and come up with some DIY ugly Christmas sweater ideas yourself. If you want to really go retro, creating your own ugly sweaters with some ingenuity, glitter and a glue gun can have you being the talk of the party.
Many workplaces started throwing office xmas parties for employees in the 50s and 60s and dressing to impress almost as important as showing up!
The Mrs. Claus outfits were the most dominant clothing choices for the Christmas Party, with red being the most chosen color.
Some women would even choose to add a white fur collar to complete their look. If you’re planning on going to a holiday party this year, why not be inspired by a retro Christmas party? We all know fashion comes and goes but the one thing that always remained the same through the decades was the sparkle and the glamor of noel apparel.
Sending xmas cards almost seems like a thing of the past. With the boom of the internet and all of our 21st-century modernist values, I suppose it’s no wonder why we don’t feel the need to send greeting cards anymore as it’s easier to send a quick Merry Christmas message on social media websites.
In the 1970s, Christmas cards were decorated with beautiful and imaginative character designs depicting things like Santa surrounded by his elves, cute puppy dogs wrapped up in big red bows and Mrs. Claus putting the finishing touches on the tree.
Receiving a handwritten card from friends and loved ones was a way of showing that you were thinking of them over the festive month. Maybe it is still nice to receive a message on a social media site but could it ever beat the excitement of opening a hand-picked and handwritten card? Why not send some holiday greeting cards to your friends this year and keep the tradition alive.
Maybe we should remember the holidays for how they used to be and consider bringing back some good old-fashioned values. Living in this modern age is great for keeping in touch with people and picking which presents we would like to receive, but maybe we should try to switch off a little bit. We should most of all remember that Christmas is a time for sharing and caring for both family and friends.