CHRISTMAS: Celebrate Old-School Style

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Posted: December 6, 2021 at 9:06 am

People are always out hunting tor the latest trend, but when it comes to Christmas, sometimes older is better.

Southern Living has some ideas for throwback traditions that are primed to return, like:

Tinsel Trees: Live trees have a lot of charm and a great scent, but they don’t shimmer quite like lab-grown silver aluminum ones. They were introduced in the 1950s and peaked in popularity a decade later, but are experiencing a revival.

Christmas Crackers: Not food, but plenty of fun. Christmas crackers livened up meals in the 19th century, when folks placed the brightly-colored tubes at the holiday table. When opened, they’d make a big “crack” noise and split apart to reveal a small toy or paper crown. And who doesn’t like a surprise?

Flocked Spruces: Look at vintage photos from the ’50s and ’60s, and you’ll see trees with “flocking” — or a dusting of artificial snow that clings to the branches (and everything else). It’s inspired by the trees of the 1800s, which were often decorated with sprinkles of flour.

The Yule Log: No, not the one you watch on TV on Christmas morning, the one you eat after dinner. Yule Logs, made of sponge cake and rolled to resemble the rings of a tree, were once one of the most popular holiday desserts. They deserve a comeback!