Simplify your Christmas

RBC I In such a modern and technology-driven world, nothing can beat celebrating the Christmas season the old-fashioned way. These old-fashioned ideas are simple and economical, but they are also fun and memorable.

Making your own Christmas presents is always a nice sentiment. You can almost guarantee that your gifts will be unique and that nobody will duplicate them.
There is also something special about the time and effort that goes into making your gifts. You may even learn some new skills while making your presents, and the new skills will help you in gift-giving for many years.
Another old-fashioned idea is to create a traditional feel in your home. Pick a night and turn off the computer, television and lights. Sit with your loved ones by candlelight and the glow of the Christmas tree and enjoy hot cider, cookies and other holiday treats.
To further enjoy the Christmas spirit, go outside and sing Christmas carols. Afterwards, come back inside and warm up with some hot chocolate. This will bring a smile to even the biggest Scrooge.
You can also spread the Christmas spirit to your neighbors. Walk around your neighborhood and personally deliver Christmas cards. Give your neighbors a smile and a personal holiday greeting. You can even include a small treat bag with your Christmas cards.
The treat bags would be even nicer if you included your very own homemade goodies. Your neighbors would appreciate your effort, and you might even make their day. The smiles on their faces would be thanks enough.
Even a little bit of technology has made its way into an old-fashioned Christmas. Gather around with your loved ones and watch holiday classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street or A Christmas Story. These great films have aged nicely, and they are still fun to watch year after year. Many youngsters would actually be seeing these classics for the very first time.
Naturally, nothing is more traditional during the Christmas season than thinking of others. You can meet with family and friends and combine as much food as you can. Then, load up the food and take it to a food bank. The food bank would be excited to see such a big donation.