Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Very Vintage Christmas

Here is a sneak peek at my Christmas decor which is loaded with vintage family items and mid-century American-made treasures. Christmas was so much fun to put together.  So -- let's take a trip back in time...

My grandfather sent this doll from Paris to my mom during WWII.  The 1965 Ford Falcon was my dad's. 

This collection of American-made decor from the 1950s-60s is all on my tree now...except for the lights! I had to draw the line at vintage lights, even though these have not been used, I would not want to leave them on very long. 

The "box" is dressing the dining table all ready for family dinners. I filled it with a variety of pines, pine cones and Shiny Brite ornaments.

My grandfather's bell rests next to a yule log we made from birch. 

             Bubble lights with Shiny Brite indents and vintage tinsel.

This is part of a Hansel and Gretel set I brought from Germany for my mom several years ago.

We had these Jewel Brite angels when I was a child...

What's a vintage tree without icicles?

Vintage Coke carrier from the store...

My grandmother is holding my mom in the photo as my grandfather was away in Germany. This is her hymnal:-)

Vintage vinegar bottles from the store hold white pines with crocheted snowflakes and Shiny Brite ornaments.

These are just a few vignettes that I will share more in detail as we go through the season.  

Thanks so much for stopping by:-) If you have questions or just want to chat, please come by Far Above Rubies on facebook, and don't forget to check out my etsy shop, Knight's Store for unique handmade linens, etc. 


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  1. I will be your biggest fan with your vintage Christmas theme. I love the old toys soooo much. Your Charlie Brown bottle tree is adorable, Anita.

  2. Love it all! Vintage is the way to go -- since I've been married for 54 years, just about everything we have is vintage including us!!! Sally

  3. I love your vintage Christmas decorations. Icicles bring back very fond childhood memories for me. They are hard to find recently. I have a good many shiny brite ornaments and loved them before they came back in style. I remember my grandparents tree with bubble lights so fondly. Seeing your photos make me wish I still had my mother's garland.

    Your tree, ornaments, childhood vintage items , centerpieces and great pictures have inspired me today and taken me back to some of my memories. Thank you.

  4. Anita, I love seeing all of your vintage decor. This has been quite a treat. Just beautiful!

  5. We've been waiting for your Christmas touches, so loved the preview! Just knowing that so much of your decor is tied up with family memories and keepsakes makes it even more enjoyable. I expect every post will be worth waiting for.

  6. Everything looks gorgeous, I love the vinegar bottles with the branches and crochet snowflakes. The photo of your grandmother and mom is so precious. Lovely memories here. xo

  7. You are so blessed and fortunate to have these treasures....love your decor!!

  8. Love your blog. love your vignettes! So beautiful and nostalgic. Looking forward to the rest.

  9. Anita, I love all of your vintage Christmas displays! I have a bunch of old ornaments that my MIL sent me. I love to display them in a silver bowl. Beautiful work!

  10. What a beautiful vintage Christmas you have there, Anita. It is just lovely- xo Diana

  11. Anita, I love the long narrow wooden box on your table with greenery, candles and pine cones. You made it look so pretty! Lovely vintage look and oh so welcoming!

    It seems that the first of the month happens and next thing I know 2 weeks has passed.....I am going to have to deliberately sit and get quiet before the Lord and soak the season in.

    God bless you and may you have a delightful Christmas Season!

  12. Hello Anita! I love your vintage Christmas.
    Everything is perfect but that little angel...so sweet!
    I keep waiting for more.
    Besos, Silvina

  13. Hi Anita! Oh, everything looks wonderful! Love the olden things and the snap of your grandmother holding your mom is so sweet.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. All you need now is a Red Ryder BB gun!!! Love it all, especially the bubble lights. Reminds me of friends from very long ago.

  15. Oh Anita, I just love seeing all of your wonderful treasures! They are truly priceless. I so love"the box". How did you get such good night time shots???? It doesn't look like you used a flash? XO, Pinky

  16. How fitting to have a vintage Christmas theme. After all, all hearts come home for Christmas, don't they, so why not have reminders of days gone by? Absolutely lovely!

  17. Enjoyed this special tour so much,our "old" treasures are the best. Thank you for sharing and giving is all great new ways to decorate with our heirlooms!Love it all :)

  18. Such a beautiful vintage tree! I love the tinsel. I haven't put any on my dining room tree yet, but I may have to after seeing your photos!

  19. This is all gorgeous Anita! I love icicles! it reminds me of the decorations I had on the tree as a child. Beautifully done!