Saturday, December 7, 2013


We've spent this week decorating for Christmas.  And after 55 years of marriage, it is so fun to relive Christmases Past as we unpack each decoration.  Below, are some of the vintage decorations that we have picked up over the years while out antiquing and some that belonged to my parents.  My mother always decorated so beautifully for Christmas -- it was a magical time!
 I'm particularly partial to the balls that are indented in design and the ones from WWII that have the cardboard hangers
                      INDENTED ORNAMENTS                             WWII ORNAMENTS                               
                                    GLASS TREE TOPPERS                   GLASS BALL ROPING                                      
On a future post, I'll show you the two trees decorated with more vintage ornaments.

 But now, something vintage with a story -- you probably know we have a story about almost everything in our home!
In 1971 the week before Christmas, our then 3-year old son and I were out doing errands, and we stopped by the dry cleaners to pick up the cleaning.  Why the cleaners was selling Santa Clauses, I don't know; but they were and our son (the Prince of Tantrumland) latched on to one.
 When time to leave, he wasn't about to put Santa down and proceeded to throw a doozy of a tantrum.  I don't know what the child psychologists of today say about tantrums, but my mode of operation then was to get him out of the situation in anyway available.
So, I did what any panicky mother would do -- I paid for the Santa and the dry cleaning and got the screaming kid with a death grip on Santa out of there!!!!
 No harm done, I guess, as I now have a vintage Santa apparently worth more than the $3.00 I paid plus the priceless memory ----

and, our son learned how to behave eventually.

In celebration of this wonderful season, I'm joining the following:
Organized Clutter for Vintage Christmas on 12/7
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks
Sunday View for Vintage View Sunday
So Much Better with Age for Give Me the Goods Monday
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Vintage Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
No Minimalist Here for Thursday Open House
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday


Susie Q said...

What a sweet memory Sally! And such dear ornaments. I take each of ours out and immediately remember the year we bought it, who we were with & where it was. Some of those memories are painful but most are sweet. It's a joy!
Hoping your Christmas season is going well and and that you are enjoying each day!

Marilyn said...

I enjoyed the story about your boy, and knowing him today makes the story even better. Well, I know him as well as an elementary teacher knows a high school colleague. My brother has a similar Santa, but I think his must be about 15-20 years older! I always loved it and wished it were mine.♥♫

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

That Santa is a lot like mine with the plastic face. Cute! I love old ornaments too. I don't remember the rope ones. Thanks for joining the party!

Jill said...

I loved your fun memory of your son and the Santa! You're right, those are worth more than $3 now!

The old shiny brites are the best, I decorated our tree with a lot of them today!

bj said...

Hi, Sally fun is your collection of beautiful Christmas ornaments. I remember so many of this kind on my mother's tree. Over the years, most were broken and discarded.
I came over from Carlene's party...:)
Thanks so much for sharing...and....
stay warm.

Jann Olson said...

Sally, what a beautiful display! I love the red transferware mixed in with your vintage treasures. I especially love the indented ornaments also. Not fortunate enough to find any with cardboard hangers yet. You tree topper collection is stunning! Love the vintage Santa and the story behind it! Thanks for linking to 'Creating Christmas'

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hi there, Sally! What a fun? memory! Ha-ha! I only had one temper tantrum child but he only had them at home- thankfully! ♥

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have a doggie brooch my dad bought for me at a shoe store. Don't know why I had to have it. It was probably 50 cents...but I am thrilled I have it now!

That was a sweet story.

Shelia said...

LOL! Hi Sally and I love that story. I've had a few incidents with my children that are very similar. I love that little ole Santie and how in the world have you kept him so clean!? I guess your little son didn't play with him much when he got home! ;)
I love your pretty hutch display too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Laura Turner said...

I smiled as I read your Christmas memories. It's so nice when our decorations do more than just look pretty! Congratulations also on being married 55 years. I've been married for 29, and I so glad. Merry Christmas!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I enjoyed this...we had a tree topper like one of yours when I was young and then when my boys were young I purchased one similar to it because it brought back the memories :)

Tea in Texas said...

I love your vintage Christmas ornaments! The story about your son at the dry cleaners is one of those family stories we love to remember. Your Santa is very cute and worth more in memories therefore is priceless! Have fun decorating and remembering!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a great post and precious memories. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Marie Blackburn said...

Oh my gosh did this post bring back memories! My grandmother had that very same Santa and when it appeared on the fireplace hearth you knew it was Christmas. A few years ago I started collecting finials and yours are beautiful! The one on the far right brought back memories as it stood at the top of our Christmas trees growing up. Thanks for posting at the Give Me The Goods party and for the trip down memory lane!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Loved looking at your vintage treasures...and the story behind Santa!

Jeannie Marie said...

I'm like you, with 44+ years of marriage behind us, we have stories about everything! I loved your story about the Santa (I'm glad you bought him..he is a treasure!) and all your vintage items. I'm your newest follower!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Loved seeing all your vintage beautiful. But the best of all was the Santa cute and so typical. Loved it. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
Hugs, Gayle.

Sue said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again...You have the BEST stuff....I love that vintage Santa...

Laura Turner said...

Hi Sally,
Wanted to let you know that I featured your post today on Inspired Sunday.