Vintage Christmas items seem to be so hot right now. I am not sure if it is the whimsical décor featuring rosy-cheeked Santas, happy felt elves, or snow men on pipe cleaners, or that we all long for the simple, wholesome Christmas that we enjoyed as children.
I enjoy putting out the same decorations that my mom used to use. Santa made from punch cards, a foam tree, and a stuffed, life-size Santa make me happy. I just wish I had the molded plastic carolers and tinsel tree that my parents had when I was little.
Every year when I decorate my tree, I always place a small Christmas corsage that my grandmother wore on her coat somewhere in the greenery. It now adds a bit of nostalgia to my mostly modern tree. It is probably not large enough for anyone to see, but I know it is there!
For some reason, my mom hung on to a few beautifully wrapped boxes, and I still have some vintage gift tags that are too cute to actually use!
If you didn’t inherit vintage Christmas items, you can easily gather items for yourself. EBay, garage sales, and antique stores are great sources of affordable finds. Collect what you enjoy or what you remember from your childhood. You name it; you can find it!!!
If you have vintage Christmas cards, don’t throw them out! They are a treasure trove for crafting. Use them on packages (cut out the pretty motifs from the front) or frame the front of the card for wall hangings.
So here is to the childlike joy that this season brings to mind. Here’s to warm mittens, hot mugs of apple cider, and wonderful old Christmas tunes. I have particularly been enjoying the Christmas songs sung by Elvis!