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.
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.
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 papier mache Santa and Mrs Claus, and these two little cutie pie ceramic figurines.
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.
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.
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.
Here you get a better look at one.
The second shelf holds some Columbia mercury glass ornaments. The Santa and snowmen are sitting in teacups, and the two carolers are in eggcups.
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.
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.
Here’s the china cabinet with my Santas and nutcrakers on the top.
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).
I made the Santa with the wreath on his head years ago, and check our that rather demented looking nutcraker. Stressed much? lol.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
And we do enjoy it year round.
Many of the houses, trees, and figures were purchased on road rips here in our province of Ontario and also in the U.S.
All the houses light up, but for some reason only some of them show up well in the photo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”