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Seven Vintage Christmas Decorations I Love

Updated on October 27, 2016

Vintage Christmas Decorations

I have a warm spot in my heart for vintage holiday decorations; especially in December.

These nostalgic decorations reminds me of the Christmases of my childhood and the good times we had getting the house ready for friends and relatives holiday visits. Bringing down the boxes of blown glass ornaments and Christmas decorations and ornaments was as exciting to me as the day itself.

When we opened the worn cardboard boxes we were visiting old friends. There were the printed holiday linens carefully wrapped in tissue paper, the manger pieces, the Bayberry candles that my mother loves, the candles for the windows (although we wouldn't light them until Christmas Eve), the shiny metallic elves, the Holt Howard Winking Santa Mug, the mouse in the clock house, the singing angel and more.

We knew where each piece went and its history. The mouse in the clock house with the pine cone chimes hung in the kitchen alcove, the elves sat in their spot in the living room windows, the candles were placed in each window of the house (waiting for Christmas Eve) the lights were untangled and the ornaments were carefully unwrapped and placed on the tree. Candles were lit, pine incense was burned and the house started to feel like the holidays. The kneehugger elf dressed in the shiny red metallic suit is gazing out the window in Connecticut.

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Vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments

Remember when Christmas ornaments were made in America? Companies including Shiny Brite and Coby Glass Products mass produced glass Christmas ornaments throughout the 1940's and 1950's. If you are as nostalgic for the Christmases of your past as I am you will love these popular Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Villages

You might be familiar with Department 56 Christmas villages but before Department 56 there were simple made in Japan houses and Germany Putz houses. Some villages were handcrafted. Many families would add a house or accessory every night starting December 1st so that by Christmas Eve their beautiful winter village was complete.

Vintage Elves

There are knee hugger elves that sit in the window, and elf candle huggers, elves dressed in red and green and elves with striped socks. Santa's helpers have a difficult job but they do it with a smile so that every child gets a present at Christmas!

Vintage Christmas Postcards

Vintage Christmas postcards remind us of all the Christmas traditions we love. They highlight the best parts of the holidays including: trimming the tree, caroling, decorating the house, sleigh riding through the snow, opening gifts, seeing Santa, and more.

Pine cone Christmas figures

These pine cone figures usually made with spun cotton and felt were used as place holders and decorations throughout the 1950's and 60's. Often the pine cone elves had pipe cleaner arms and felt bases to keep them standing upright. These pine cone figures look charming posed with your other vintage Christmas decorations.

Candles in the Windows

Putting candles in the windows is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years in the United States and maybe even longer in Europe. The candle a symbol for welcoming and honoring guests were often used at Christmas time.

In Ireland candles were placed in the window on Christmas Eve as a symbol to the Holy Family that they were welcome in the house.

Holt Howard Christmas

Kitchsy, vintage and oh so much fun! Holt Howard became a household name throughout the 50's and 60's by mass-producing different lines including the very popular Christmas line. There are winking Santa's, anthropomorphic tree girls, hot chocolate and coffee pots decorated with holly and holly berries, and fun Christmas candle huggers decorated with snowmen, angels and Santas. Don't forget the many figurines that many of our grandparents decorated their houses with. Most likely you've seen something from Holt Howard's Christmas line at a garage sale, flea market or at online auctions.

© 2011 Writing Nag

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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh yes... vintage all the way. You sure brought back lots of wonderful memories for me. I especially love the candles that go in the windows. Didn't know about the Irish meaning. That makes it even more special. I have long wanted the vintage bubble lights that go on the tree. I remember those from my childhood. You have beautifully conveyed the Christmas spirit here. Thank you for that!

    • mrsclaus411 profile image

      mrsclaus411 

      5 years ago

      I have a few vintage decorations myself.

    • TimothyArends profile image

      Timothy Arends 

      5 years ago from Chicago area

      Wow, that lens really brings back some memories. My grandmother had those little sitting elves all over the place, which I think probably date back to the 1950's!

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