Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~Washington Irving

All of us at Old Fashioned Living wish you a very Merry Christmas! Please drive safe, stay warm and we hope you make many new memories with your families:)

~Brenda, and the Old Fashioned Living staff

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Modest Christmas Dinner from 1917

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

During World War I times were difficult and it was often hard to keep up spirits, especially around the holidays. I shared an article last week with gift suggestions from the Modern Priscilla magazine, written during 1917. They also shared suggestions for a "modest" Christmas dinner. This is such a fascinating look at how different things were back then. What we consider "modest" now, was sometimes thrifty during that time period. You'll find the article here:

My kids are all home, and we've been baking, decorating and wrapping all weekend.  I hope all of you are enjoying yourselves as well.  Remember to enjoy the Christmas season, even if that means cooking a little less, or resting a bit more!