12-13-17 The Story of Stuff (Part 2 of 3) Christmas Themed
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The Story of Stuff
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Does The Creepy Old Man That Has Been Secretly Watching Your Children Really Visit Every Child in The World?
Does all the different countries celebrate Christmas? Does Santa Claus bring presents from Walmart and Target to all the children in the world? No he sure doesn't! America is unique in a lot of ways! Christmas time is definitely different here than in many other parts of the world.
Here is a blog post about how different countries celebrate Christmas. Some of these seem really strange so I would research them more to see if they are really true.
When did people start celebrating Christmas?
According to this video that I mentioned above, Christmas as we know it started being celebrated in the 1800's. If you think about it that is only 217 years ago! Wow, that was not that long ago.
Old Fashion American Christmas
Here is a list of 5 ways to have a old fashioned Christmas.
- Use Cash Only- According to Britannica credit cards were created in 1950. Oh man! Could you imagine a world without them?! Man, that would have been nice! There would be so much less debt in our country and around the world. People would only buy what they could with the money they had. There would be ALOT less plastic stuff bought from big box stores like Walmart and Target.
- Bake From Scratch- I don't think anyone in the world doesn't enjoy a Christmas cookie. We are a family that really tries to limit our refined sugar intake. Did you know sugar feeds cancer? It's true. So here is a recipe for healthy sugar cookies. Do you want to see gluten-free frosted sugar cookies ? I linked a blog post by Ancestral Nutrition there. My sister in law found us this recipe. Thanks!
- Christmas Cards- People would give Christmas cards to one another because they were not on social media. What? Yep. Grandma didn't have Instagram and Facebook to catch up with her gal pals.
- Decorate Simple- People would use things they already had in there home or find things around there home to decorate with. Common things to decorate trees were pinecones, oranges, cranberries and popcorn. Wouldn't it be sweet to string popcorn and cranberries on your tree this year? We plan on doing that very soon!
- Homemade Gifts- Like I had mentioned in Monday's podcast, people didn't have much money during the Christmas's of our grandparents. Therefore, if they wanted to show someone they loved that they care about them with a physical gift it was likely to be handmade. These handmade gifts were created with care and often people spent a good about of time created these special gifts. I have received many handmade blankets in my lifetime, dolls, and things like that and they are truly much more special than anything Target has to offer.
Here is the blog post I found from Country Living that inspired these 5 American Christmas traditions.
What was Christmas like 100 years ago?
Well like I mentioned before credit cards were only created in the 1950's so people were using cash. People had less money back then so they would not be purchasing a whole lot of gifts. Christmas was more of a time to gather together and spend quality time with the people you cared about. Christmas baking was also popular and preparing a nice meal for Christmas dinner.
Here is a great blog post about What Christmas was like 100 years ago.
What about Christmas lights? Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879 but electricity was not used for the consumers until. In the 1920's and 1930's it became more common for people to use electricity for their homes. But that doesn't mean everyone one was using it or using it often. So back 100 years ago people didn't have their homes covered in 1000's of tiny lights to celebrate Christmas. Most people didn't have Christmas lights on their trees either. People would have little candles for their tree's to shine light on them.
What was Christmas like 200 - 300 years ago?
Christmas must have been very different 200 years ago. Depending on which country you lived in and if your family believed in Jesus or not. Each country has its own traditions and holidays. As a Christian we believe that Jesus was born into this world and we celebrate his birth on December 25th. We don't know when Jesus was really born but as a Christian community they decided to celebrate in during this part of the year.
There were many of non religious parties happening during this time of year as well. Most of their non religious parties involved drinking and all the other things that do along with heavy drinking. I saw a blog post that compared the non-Christmas celebrations that were happening during this time to Mardi Gras. But this is new to me so I do not know for sure. I don't believe most things I read on the internet.
What is a modern American Christmas anyway?
Christmas was about Jesus's birth for Christians. Today in America so many people do not see it was a Christian holiday. There have been so many stories of Santa and his reindeers. Here is a great blog post by History Channel of how Santa Claus has changed over the years.
With the increasing about of advertisement we are exposed to they have created a holiday based on giving expensive gifts. We have truly lost the true spirit of Christmas with no fault of our own. It is true that the big corporations has changed our lives. We now work, go home, watch TV, shop and then do it all over again. If you see that pattern in your and your families life people leave a comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts on how big companies have changed the American family.
Please Come Back Friday!
Please join me again for the last part of this podcast series. We will be talking about the true spirit of Christmas and how we can bring back the simple pleasures of Christmas time that our grandparents and great grandparents knew and loved. We can fight a battle for what is right and what is wrong in this world. Stand up for what you believe is right, I'm here with ya sister.
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