Those of you who know me know I take the term "vintage" pretty seriously, and at no time is that more evident than Christmas:-)
I wanted to recreate the Christmas I imagine my dad grew up with here in Balsam during the 1940s and 1950s. This is the original house here I write so much about and where all the trims, doors, windows, etc., we are using in our house came from. Can you just imagine Christmas morning here...running down the stairs to the parlor to see what Santa has brought?
But back to the reality of our little cottage...
My great grandmother's chaise was in that parlor along with her end table, the original oil pastel, and the square medallions.
This is one of many windows from the house I have used.
My dad made the wagon wheel table for me, and I decided to put one of the beautiful wreathes made by a friend in Tennessee around the hub accented with Shiny Brite ornaments and pine cones. I can tell you it has now been replaced by a train set as I have a seven-year-old boy:-)
My grandmother made the little pink pillow.
I still love the French provincial couch I found for $50, and we are loving having a large couch again.
We do enjoy watching old Christmas movies and cartoons on DVD during the Christmas season. For those who asked, there is a TV in the armoire. I don't want to see a TV ever...especially if it's off, so I keep it hidden.
Of course the biggest symbol of Christmas past is the scraggly Hemlock tree we got out of the woods here. I have loved that little tree so much and enjoy the odd shape and scraggly branches. My dad loves it too:-)
I wanted to use large colored lights for a true vintage tree, and even though I had some old ones that had never been used, I was wary since this is a real tree and these lights burn really hot. I decided on the colored mini lights I remember from the late 1970s...they have a pink in with the other colors. I also added C7 LED clear lights so I still got the big lights, but not the heat.
I used Shiny Brite and Jewel Brite ornaments from the 1950s and 60s as well as ornaments my mom bought in the early 1980s. My great grandmother's glass beads, crocheted snowflakes, hand cut snowflakes, popcorn and tinsel really bring the past to life.
One thing is for sure, you can really see the ornaments on this tree because there is plenty of space. I really wish I had some tear drop-shaped Shiny Brites, but I didn't find any here and never run across those when I'm out thrifting. Maybe for next year.
Great grandmother's angel is on the top, and we are ready for Santa to arrive:-) Well, I'm actually not, but for the first time ever, there are some gifts wrapped before Christmas Eve!
Brown craft paper with bits of lace and ribbon is used for wrapping presents. I cut snowmen from the printed paper and used them for name tags.
I feel so connected to my family history, especially at Christmas, and being here on this property surrounded by things they used makes that feeling even stronger.
But, as much as I love the cultural traditions we celebrate at Christmas, it's the message of hope I love most. Regardless of how I decorate my tree or wrap my presents, the most important thing is celebrating the birth, death and resurrection of Christ...God's greatest gift to anyone who will receive it:-)
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