Above (and to your right) is a link to a charming Christmas website. With 10 days left until the 25th, I thought it was a good time to remind ourselves that so many of our secular Christmas practices were developed during the Victorian age. At An Old Fashioned Christmas, you can find Victorian Christmas Card, prepare letters from Santa for the Children, and find links to all sorts of holiday goodness.
Now, I am one of those people who resents all the commercialism of this time of year. However, it only needs to be commercial if you want it to be. In my home, we only give handmade gifts (including our own Christmas cards). We do this on very little money and we do not exchange gifts amongst ourselves. Remember, what the images on these cards evoke: family, outdoor activities in the winter, community gatherings, romantic moments, feasting. None of these activities have to be commercialised. You can avoid the malls. You can avoid maxing out your credit cards. The Victorians never did such things. Secular holidays can be full of meaningful ritual. Christianity is not a requirement, just have some faith in your friends and family.
So stop worrying about what other people think or the necessity of expensive electronics for kids who won’t really appreciate the money you’re spending. Keep things intimate, simple, and festive. Check out An Old Fashioned Christmas for some lovely ideas.