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Christmas Traditions

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During Christmas, we all have certain things that we have grown accustomed to doing. Whether it is decorating your yards with lighted decorations, opening a present daily, or everyone helping with the tree, there's always a spot for new genealogy. In our generation, we have been granted electricity. It's used everywhere, but have you ever stopped to think about what Christmas may have been like if there wasn't any electricity?

My local library decided to hold an event to teach children and parents how Christmas was celebrated years ago. We decorated the tree with native plants that you could find growing around town, dried fruits, popcorn strings, and more. It turned out beautiful. After doing so, we learned about Father Christmas and his sidekick, Krampus, sung songs, and ate foods that were a regular about 100 years ago.

This year, we have decided to create our tree the way we were taught just days before. Of course, a few lights will be added on the tree for nighttime, and presents will be wrapped in the traditional way; colorful wrapping paper and bows. You can do the same by just listening to the tips below.

For popcorn strings, make sure the popcorn is a few days stale (to prevent a messy situation.) Adding cranberries to the popcorn strings can create a nice combination. You can dry out slices of oranges, poke a hole through the top, and tie it to a string to substitute for ornaments. This also works for apples. Pine cones go great, as well, and some mistletoe for the top. To add a pop, random flowers go perfect with everything. You can get all of this for less than $20!

Remember, these are just ideas. Get creative this year! You can use whatever you think would go best. Make the most of the end of this year. It's all up to you. Here's how the tree turned out!

Author's Note: Faces have been drawn out and the picture's quality has been lowered.


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