A Charlie Brown Christmas….Santa Blow Molds….Shiny Brite glass ornaments….sequined felt stockings…..I love every single thing about Vintage Christmas décor, and my love has turned into a hobby. Today I’m giving you a peek at My Vintage Christmas.
I can’t really pinpoint when my collecting got started. I think it was probably when we moved my grandparents out of their home of 40 years and into retirement living, and I took home a few small boxes of Christmas decorations. There was a set of tiny pixie elves that my Ganny put on the small tree they set up in their living room window, and that memory brought back all the yummy feels of growing up very close to my precious grandparents.
From a set of pixie elves, to what has now grown into a massive collection….so big I can’t put it all out every year, I’d say I’m fully in. I collect all year ‘round. You just never know when some dusty flea market bin, or an estate sale down the street is going to yield an entire set of red flocked plastic reindeer.
I have found treasures in NYC, in Massachusetts, in Dallas, in East Texas, in London, in Rome….and most recently in Paris. I shrieked when I found little 1920’s Santas and a delicate paper bowl. I shrieked in French, so it was all good.
Many designers will tell you that collections can be better appreciated when similar objects are grouped together. I hang every bell I can find with red gross grain ribbons from my chandelier. The afore mentioned red flocked reindeer always gather in a herd on my china cabinet, along with a new Santa head I found this year at a local flea market, and a vintage honey comb garland I found on Etsy. (Etsy is A GREAT place for Vintage Christmas by-the-way).
My stair railing is an idea I stole from someone on Instagram. I have all my plastic Santas and sleighs racing down the balustrade.
Always looking for a few more! And my collection of sequined felt stockings and hangings complete the picture. The white stocking was made by my very own Mom for me when I was a baby. I love this!
I like to call my office mantle decorated with only angels, some made by me as a child and some made by my children, the “Angels We Have Heard on High” garland. Those sweet faces make me ridiculously happy!
So if I can’t use it all, why keep looking? Well, because I deeply love Vintage Christmas, and the thought of a 1920’s pipe cleaner Santa ending up in a land fill somewhere makes me feel ill. I’ll bring that little dude home with me and he can chat it up with the tubs and tub and tubs of stuff I have in my garage….and in my warehouse.
Over the years I have learned more about what is “valuable” and what is not. But I absolutely don’t care. My goal is not to amass a valuable collection. My goal is to collect it ALL. Period. I adore the comments I hear from anyone who is in my home over the Holidays. “Oh wow….my grandparents had those.” Or “We had one of those when I was growing up.” Nostalgia all wrapped up in a green and red bow!
I know that for many folks, the idea of decorating for Christmas with old kitchy plastic holly and Vintage Christmas tablecloths that have a stain or two from some other family’s turkey and cranberry sauce is not your style.
No worries. Just call me when you need to unload your parent’s attic. I’ll be MORE than happy to take that stuff right off your hands!
Merry Vintage Christmas, y’all!
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