Have a Retro Christmas from the '70s

Christmas in the '70s was sparkly, glittery and bigger than life, and you can create your own retro Christmas this season.

Foil Christmas trees were popular at this time. Trees were available in a variety of colors, but many were silver. Ornaments were tear-shaped, avocado and blue, accented with muted gold Christmas bulbs. Blue tinsel and blue garland finished off the whole display, and a color wheel transformed the foil tree from silver to blue to red to yellow to orange to green and then back to blue again within minutes.

If grease was the word for the '50s, artificial was the word for the '70s. Everything was artificial with a fake tree, fake garland and plastic all around. A -70s Christmas party might motivate you to clean out those retro items gathering dust in your garage and give them a fond sendoff before donating or giving them away. Use this opportunity to break out lava lamps, shag rugs, beanbags, corduroys and miniskirts.

Create a '70s Christmas Tree
The tree must be made of foil. Colored or silver is fine, but make sure it's fake. The tree skirt must be made of felt. The strings of garland must be foil, also, but any color will do. Toss on a few strands of tiny twinkling lights, or go with the large (now old-fashioned) multicolored big lights. Add a few vintage Match Box cars and a tin lunch pail or two to make the scene as '70s as possible, and wrap all presents with vintage "large" print Christmas wrap. Feel free to set up a train under the tree, but don't let it get in the way of the retro Christmas color-wheel.

Food for a '70s Christmas Party
Fondue was as tasty as it was popular. Ambrosia and Waldorf salads could be found on every table during the '70s. Stuffed celery was also a popular appetizer. Fill celery with peanut butter for the children and cream cheese for the adults.

Gifts During the '70s
If you could embroider it, macramé it or crochet it, it would make a cool gift. Clothing made the person, not the other way around. Knee-highs were the thing to wear with a miniskirt, and clogs were the thing to wear with knee-highs. A great Christmas gift might be a crocheted vest with a matching scarf and mittens or a poncho with matching hat and a pair of knee-highs. A macramé belt and matching choker were perfect complements to a pair of bell-bottom jeans or corduroy hiphuggers. If you'd see it on the Brady Bunch, then it's a perfect -70s gift.

TV Christmas Specials
During the '70s, a variety of Christmas cartoon specials hit the airwaves. Casper's First Christmas and Bugs Bunny's Christmas both came out in 1979. The Carpenters had a Christmas Special in 1977. It was so well received they decided to do it again in 1978. Donny and Marie Osmond came out with at least four Christmas specials during the '70s. John Denver presented John Denver's Rocky Mountain Christmas in 1977 and then John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Special. It seemed everyone got in on the TV Christmas Special experience, including Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, the Flintstones, the Partridge Family, Sonny and Cher and Yogi Bear. But perhaps the most remembered Christmas movie from the '70s is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The '70s had a lot to offer all the way around, from great vintage toys to delicious specialty candy. Colors and tastes and ideas were all being experimented with, and the end results were spectacular.

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