Saturday, December 12, 2009

Around the House Saturdays: Vintage Christmas Edition

As many of you know, I was raised in a home that was filled with the appreciation of vintage and antique items...and Christmas items were no exception. My Grandpa (my Dad's Dad) was really big on antique Christmas decor. He had all kinds of beautiful "treasures" from all over the world and each Christmas he would pull out all the stops to decorate his home with beautiful decorations.
It was at his house that I began to really appreciate vintage and retro Christmas items. After he passed away, my parents inherited many of his ornaments and decorations and each Christmas they would dedicate one of their Christmas trees to him and call it "Grandpa's Tree."

Now that I'm grown up and have a home of my own to decorate, I've been able to kindle this love of delicate vintage Christmas trimmings. For the past year, I've been collecting various vintage Christmas decorations...everything from ornaments to knick-knacks.

Each item I see has a special place in my heart and it's almost like a piece of Grandpa is a part of our house. (This is the point of the post where my parents are probably tearing up). I absolutely love the character that each of these items has and how they tell their own little Christmas tale.I was so excited when I found this angel. We had one just like this on our tree when I was growing up. Even though my parents have a new tree-topper, they still put her out every year.
Collecting and reading Christmas books are also a tradition that my Mom instilled in me. I've found some really great antique books with illustrations that have such character. I was so lucky to find a First Edition of "Miracle on 34th Street." It's absolutely fabulous.
What kinds of Christmas traditions have you carried on in your family?


heather said...

Such a sweet post... what a fabulous collection you have. We love our vintage Christmas tree ornaments passed on to us from my husband's grandparents. It such a warm and wonderful thing to know that they've been decorating family Christmas trees for so long!

Anonymous said...

As parents, you hope that your children will grow and love traditions!! How blessed we are that you do!!! And the tears began at the first picture!!! We will use the angel on top of the tree with you and Nick's ornaments!
Love, Mumma

Kristin said...

It seems like just yesterday we were looking at all your new treasures on your parents floor in front of the fire. can't wait to see you both again :) lovely photos as always!

emily ruth said...

what a sweet post! i love it...

we just decorated our tree with lots of ornaments that were my moms & i love telling my kids 'this was grandma susan's' :)

one of our christmas traditions is 'pizza picnic by the tree', lit only with the christmas tree lights...
& then at some point one of the kids tells the christmas story, accurate or inaccurate, it's always fun to see how they think it goes :)

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