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A Vintage Christmas Tour

I love to decorate with my vintage Christmas finds, but some things like this vintage Nativity we already had. It’s so fun to take my own Christmas tour of my vintage displays.
A Vintage Christmas Tour

It’s from the 60s I think and it belonged to John’s mother. We keep it in the kitchen china cabinet all year long as a remembrance of her.

A Vintage Christmas Tour

The china cabinet is full of thrifted vintage Christmas goodies.

On the top shelf of the china cabinet is an aluminum tiered stand that holds some vintage glass ornaments.

A Vintage Christmas Tour

A papier mache Santa and Mrs Claus, and these two little cutie pie ceramic figurines.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

On the other side are two ceramic carolers, a plastic and felted Mrs Claus kissing Santa (one of my favourite things), and a hard plastic deer which I’ve had since I was a child.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

The glass ornaments are all vintage and this one with the rose flower in the indent is marked Poland on the cap. The others are a mixture of East Germany and unmarked.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

I have 3 of the silver indented ornaments with the pink centres. They really sparkle. They’re much more beautiful in person than in these crappy photos. The light has been terrible for photo taking lately.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

Here you get a better look at one.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

The second shelf holds some Columbia mercury glass ornaments. The Santa and snowmen are sitting in teacups, and the two carolers are in eggcups.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

There’s a Japan angel with lace wings and a harp, a Holt Howard Santa, and a plastic felted Santa that I put in a brass bathtub because he’s an ornament and doesn’t stand up by himself.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour
The sad looking Santa is from my childhood, and the sweet Holt Howard  girl with the muff is actually an angel. She was in a grab bag of Christmas stuff, and I didn’t notice until I got home that her wings were broken completely off. Somehow that makes me love her more.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

Here’s the china cabinet with my Santas and nutcrakers on the top.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

The Santa arms and head move and he holds a candle that lights up, but it’s impossible to take a pic with it on. (I finally caught a little sunny daylight to get a few pics. What a difference in light).

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

I made the Santa with the wreath on his head years ago, and check our that rather demented looking nutcraker. Stressed much? lol.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

I would collect more Santas and Father Christmasses if I had more room, and nutcrackers too,

 

Here’s a terrible picture of my ceramic trees and a vintage plastic Santa, sleigh and reindeer. Notice Santa isn’t looking at me again, lol, … just like in the Parade a couple of weeks ago.  I didn’t even notice that until I saw my photos on my computer.

 

Okay… that’s better. Still not looking at me, but at least he’s faced the right way.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

 

This is the Christmas corner in the living room. The antique settee, which we bought off of Kijiji a few years back, is the one that got the boot from the master bedroom when I found my dream antique settee set a few weeks back.
We usually have a large tree in here but the room was a little too full this year for that.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

 

I found this Santa and Mrs Claus set this year for $2.50 each. When you press a button Santa snores, and Mrs Claus Fa la las the song Santa Clause Is Coming To Town as she’s knitting. Looks like I caught Leo in the act of something.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

 

Even though we don’t do stockings anymore we still hang our handmade ones along the stairs.
When we only had 2 older cats years ago I used to put artificial pine garland and lights up the bannister. They didn’t care much, and it was really pretty, but it’s just too much temptation for the 4 cats we have now. They can’t resist it, and I really can’t blame them..
A Vintage Christmas Tour
On the other side of the living room is our humungous china cabinet that we got at an auction for $20 years ago because nobody else wanted it. The before was quite hideous I must say… very 70s, and not in a good way.
A Vintage Christmas Tour

 

We keep the Christmas Village in the cabinet all year long. It just became too much work to put everything away and then set it back up every year.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

 

And we do enjoy it year round.

 

A Vintage Christmas Tour

 

Many of the houses, trees, and figures were purchased on road rips here in our province of Ontario and also in the U.S.
A Vintage Christmas Tour
All the houses light up, but for some reason only some of them show up well in the photo.
Memory Christmas Tree

 

The family room is where we put our Memory Tree. It’s full of ornaments from our travels, and also ones with sentimental value. Salty, Leo, and Monkey love to sleep by the fire. Pixie, on the other hand, rarely does. She likes to sleep on top of our Christmas Village china cabinet in the living room. If you look back at the photo you’ll see a cat bed up there. We don’t pamper our cats at all. lol.
Some of the following photos are a little blurry, but there was no time to take new ones.

 

Memory Christmas Tree
we found the Father Christmas tree topper in an amazing Christmas store at the Florida/Georgia border during our 1994 road trip to visit my parents in Florida for Christmas.

 

Memory Christmas Tree

Tom Sawyer is from Hannibal, Missouri, and Garfield (who keeps mooning us no matter how many times we turn him around) and the white cat are from Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we lived for almost 6 years.
There are also a few beaded ornaments throughout the tree that John’s mother made way back when.
Memory Christmas Tree

 

The pirate ship is from the Caribbean, the Eiffel Tower ornament from Paris, the totem pole is from Ketchikan, Alaska, and Dean Martin was a gift from me to John years ago and he sings It’s A Marshmallow World.

 

Memory Christmas Tree
The little kitty in the stocking was in a mixed auction box years ago and I adore it. The Finnish flag (my heritage) is from Frankenmuth, Michigan.

 

Memory Christmas Tree

 

Hermey the Elf is from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer hangs quite happily beside Frank Sinatra, who sings Let It Snow (that’s Frank not Hermey). Yukon Cornelius and Rudolph are on the tree too but they didn’t make the pic cut.

 

Memory Christmas Tree
The Nutcracker is from Old Montreal, Santa in the sleigh with his reindeer is from Watkin’s Glen New York, and the mouse in the chair is from somewhere in the mountains in Pennsylvania where we stopped for a garage sale.

 

 

Memory Christmas Tree

 

The Kitty cats on the packages is from the Shenandoah Valley, the drum is from Yorktown New York, and the crystal star was a gift from John’s sister Linda years ago.

 

Memory Christmas Tree

 

Bing Crosby hangs between Dean and Frank… and he sings?  White Christmas.

 

There are so many memories on this tree for us. Many more than I mentioned, but this post was getting too long already. We love to decorate this tree each year and remember where each ornament came from.
We’ve had all the glass ball ornaments for years, some of which we each brought with us into our relationship when we met back in 1986… so they’re definitely vintage.

 

Memory Christmas Tree
Monkey loves to sit under the tree, and sometimes she sleeps there too. I just have to say that since we are pretty much teasing our 4 cats with having 3 trees, they are actually being pretty good.
We didn’t do as much outdoor decorating as we have in past years because the weather in November was pretty terrible on the weekends, but we did get a few things out.
Outdoor Nativity Set

 

Like the large size Nativity set that sits on the side of our shed under and in between two large cedars. We bought in Frankenmuth, Michigan, probably about 10 years ago. It’s one of my favourite decorations.For me Christmas is all about the memories… cherishing the old ones as well as making new ones.

I hope you enjoyed the tour, even with the terrible photos. lol. I decided it’s Christmas, and I wasn’t going to stress it. I’m sticking to my motto of no stress or Christmas craziness allowed.Thanks so much for reading.
If you missed it, check out my Thrifting a Pink Christmas post to see my pink and green themed master bedroom.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

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12 Comments

  1. Wow you are totally Christmas-fied! I love that you have a perpetual Christmas village in a beautiful china cabinet! The Santa in the bathtub made me smile and I have that same Tom Sawyer ornament from Hannibal! LOL! Merry Christmas Tuula!

  2. How lovely! Each and every memory a treasure! Thanks for sharing, girl! I loved it! Dona

  3. I really enjoyed seeing all your Christmas decor — each thing is lovelier than the last. I had a neighbor who used to keep her village in a big breakfront like you do all year long, and I always admired it so.

  4. I wish I coul share my mantle with you…there is nothing but flea and thrift finds and it's gorgeous. I scored 10 old decorated stockings that are pristine! You are a true inspiration Tuula. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I

    1. Thanks so much Julie. Sounds like you have a fabulous mantle going on. There's just something special about thrifting Christmas treasures. Merry Christmas to you Julie. Enjoy!

  5. So many Christmas memories, and I loved reading about them all! Oh how wonderful it is to still possess Christmas pieces from your childhood. I envy you! And your Christmas village is spectacular! I can see why you'd want it up year round! It is truly amazing! Merry Christmas, Tuula!

  6. Oh my word. Tuula, I love all your decorations. I'm so happy to see so many vintage ornaments and decorations displayed. It's so beautiful to think of the care it has taken to keeping them safe all these years and the memories that they hold.

  7. Your vintage decorations tell a story. I felt the history just from their pictures. I had to smile at Leo! His face looks guilty :).

    Merry Christmas Tuula!

  8. Wow! What a wonderful display. I think my mom has a few of the same pieces that are in your small cabinet. The large cabinet is pretty amazing. Any kids who visit must be in total awe. Thank you for linking up at the Make it Monday Party! Join us next week for one last party in 2014.

  9. What a wonderful tour Tuula! I love all of your gorgeous decor but your memory tree really stands out. That is such a wonderful idea. I am going to tell my daughter to start collecting Christmas ornaments when shes away! I wonder if my couch sells ornaments. I am the queen of armchair travelling! Anyways I am kind of working backwards on my emails as we have had guests for the last four days and I am behind, but heres to a wonderful Christmas my friend!

  10. We have one of those ceramic Christmas trees too. I love all of your vintage ornaments! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry