Door-buster specials, shopping and stress have folks yearning for simpler times, when Christmas was more about family and less about outdoing your neighbors’ lights. As Charlie Brown learned, Christmas doesn’t have to be an over-commercialized season, and there are plenty of towns and festivals across the United States featuring historical holiday celebrations that evoke the “true meaning of Christmas.”

If you’d like to get your family away from big, shiny, aluminum Christmas trees, neighborhood light contests and midnight shopping extravaganzas, head to these cities across America to step into a simpler holiday season. Because, after all, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”