Vintage holidays

Old-fashioned holidays and traditional celebrations

Take a step back in time and revisit these vintage articles and authentic guides to old-fashioned holidays and traditions from celebrations of the past! We have hundreds of classic holiday recipes, plus home decor, party plans, photos and much more!

You can easily browse recipes, articles and more by your favorite old-fashioned holidays — Christmas, ThanksgivingHalloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter — by event, such as birthdays, weddings — or by season: springsummer, winter & fall.

Cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes (1896)
Old-fashioned cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes

You can think of these Victorian chocolate and coffee frappe recipes as precursors to Starbucks’ Frappuccino. You can even combine a couple and make an icy mocha frap of your own, courtesy of these recipes from the 19th century!

Antique 4th of July postcard c1900s
How Americans celebrated July 4th long ago

How was Independence Day celebrated in the past? It varied a lot over the decades, but early on, there was cannon fire, great communal feasts in the village green, and all kinds of noisemakers and thundering sounds.