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Welcome to my Christmas Decorating Tour. I have always had a love of Vintage Christmas decorating. It might be because I grew up at a time with the Christmas decorations were all from the 40s and 50s. It was about 20-40 years old then. But it is what I grew up with so it is written upon my Christmas soul.
At Grandma and Grandpa’s house on Christmas Eve, our imaginations would go wild. As we sat by the Christmas tree with twinkling lights and the train going around and around the tree. The train whistle would blow and some how smoke would blow out of the stack.
It was magical and wondrous. Grandpa would play Christmas carols on the piano, the turkey was cooking in the oven and the rolls were rising on the counter.
The vintage pieces that I am drawn to are chippy, worn and colorful. Everything from colorful to faded and torn with some glitter thrown it there too.
Believe it or not, my nativity set is from the late 1970s. I do have the whole set, but I was trying to keep things simple this year, so I opted for just the main three pieces. Mary, Joseph and of course, baby Jesus. I love the idea for them in a crystal wreath with flaked snow around them on my coffee table.
The Christmas tree is a perfect backdrop, don’t you think?
Our Christmas tree is real and the scent is wonderful and reminiscent of Christmas past. The ornaments are vintage and vintage looking style.
This sweet sequin and glittery ornament was made for me by my grandma. She spent hours making them for her tree and my mom’s tree and my tree. I can’t imagine how many hours it took her. She has been gone for 35 years now and each ornament grows that more special every time I pull them out at Christmas time. I feel like a part of her is with me.
The colors and the patterns are vintage styled but brand new this year. Along with the feathers that resemble snow, the ornaments are ideal for the look I was hope for this year.
I brought out my vintage olive bucket again for Christmas. I love this bucket and actually have it out all year long. Whether it is filled with pillows, blankets or tree branches, it is one of my fave accessories.
With the vintage theme going on, I have a sleigh that was a gift from my dad years and years ago. I like to fill it with more goodies from my grandma. She crocheted all of the toys and Santa resting in the Christmas sleigh. The Christmas Elf is from the 1940s and is one of the original elves.
Our Christmas wreath (from Balsam Hill) hangs above our tufted sofa in our living room. I tucked three REAL birds nests in-between the stems. The “eggs” are actually pecans spray painted with silver and gold paint. Don’t they look like real eggs?
My pillows are treasured Christmas pieces in our home. The angel pillow was hand crafted by my niece. It was the first pillow she had ever made. And she gave it to me. I will keep it forever.
The deer pillow is something I have had my eye on for years. It was hand painted by Miss Craftberry Bush. I actually won it as a prize on Instagram. I couldn’t have been more happy!
This Santa and baby Jesus music box was a gift from my mom’s husband. To me it represents all feelings about Christmas. The reason that we give gifts and the birth of our Savior. The music box plays “Away In a Manger”.
Preparing for Christmas in our home always includes my angel from Egypt.
Our daughter and son-in-law lived there about 12 years ago. For them to find anything Christian was very few and far between.
You can see at the handmade details and craftsmanship-it is something I will treasure for a long time. As you can see, she is sitting on a vintage tart tin I found at the thrift store.
The deer is a fun way to add a little glitter and blend in with the other vintage pieces around our home.
I created a wreath from a thrift store find was a perfect way to highlight my thrifted floor grid. The floor grid is from the 1920s and is still found in some homes back east and down south. It is hand made and dove tailed. So unique and lovely hanging on my vintage, and thrifted door. (Can you tell I like thrifting?)
I like this view from my vintage mirror and window frame. You can see my lit up vintage bird cage and more of our home.
My chippy wire basket was another prize on the Instagram contest. I love it filled with vintage ornaments and blue glass insulators.
Having an advent calendar from Balsam Hill with a vintage scene is a fun way to add that old town feel with something new. Oh! Did I mention that this is a music box? Magical and fun for the kiddos.
As part of my Christmas Decorating Tour, I also wanted to add a touch of my love for the beach and ocean. I did this with a drift wood tree and some REAL sand dollars from the central coast of California. Everything looks better under a bell cloche’, doesn’t it?
My French crate was also a thrifted find and is a vintage styled piece. Not a real vintage piece, but a replica. Chippy, worn and ideal for my Christmas Decorating Tour. Filled with blue glittered ornaments, candle sticks and snowball like balls, it lends to having the vintage feel I long for.
Lastly as part of my Christmas Decorating Tour, a small portion of a vintage Christmas village. You can spot the rest of it behind the church. This is another staple for my Christmas Decorating Tour. It sat every year on my grandparents mantel at Christmas. The windows were lit up with Christmas lights and we would imagine who lived there.
Thanks for stopping by and letting me reminisce about my Christmas Decorating Tour and my love of Vintage Christmas decorating.