Old Fashioned Christmas Traditions
For the first time in years I am noticing old fashioned Christmas traditions return all around me. The traditions of colors of red, green and gold, followed by rustic where ever I go. It used to be the hustle and bustle of crowds running for sales starting as early as July. I have always found it sorrowful that our traditional holidays were not celebrated one at a time, but that appeared to change this year.
Taking time to personally view all that’s happening in several malls, and shopping haunts like Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sacs, and Niemen’s I noted many were not decorated till right before thanksgiving or right after. Even Target appeared to start later this year, and we all know how I love me some target!
Walking through the stores, you can see people are carefully choosing gifts that fit each person on their list, personal but not too expensive. Practical gifts of clothing, or house hold goods are everywhere this season. As I wonder through the malls, I heard many conversations amongst friends and families chatting about less expensive, homemade decorations (like this one below on Martha Stewart), and repurposed gifts being purchased. From what I could tell, the greatest gift this year will be a great dinner table filled with wonderful people to spend time with instead of large gift giving.
Is it the sign of the times? Or is it truly people everywhere simplifying their lives? Whichever choice, it seems to have brought a new perspective on what is important, FAMILY. You see Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, not because of the gifts we can purchase one another, but because of the birth of Christ and the time we all get to spend together sharing our favorite old times and making new memories.
Bloggers, you all have a hand in this revolution. During my time watching people and over hearing conversations I hear many people mention the very blogs I have the honor of blogging with daily. The conversations are filled with how great it is to learn how to repurpose old pieces, and the overall way you all blog DIY encouragement that empowers people to want to give DIY a try. It’s the blogs and HGTV and DIY that have people buzzing with excitement this year. You should all feel proud that you are the very people helping to return families everywhere to a simpler life.
Teaching people to re-purpose their old items, encouraging them to give re-purposed pieces a second look, or just plain providing that DIY encouragement is helping to keep people where the want to be – with family 🙂 And after all isn’t this the reason we all blog?
So, my blogger friends, it’s an honor to stand beside each of you as we help the revolution of re-purpose and reusing come back to the life of homes everywhere. The Grinch said it the best, “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
May you and you’re families have a blessed holiday season!