Nostalgia. That’s why vintage Christmas decor is so appealing. They invoke the awe and excitement we experienced as children, waiting for the celebration of baby Jesus or the arrival of Santa with presents. As a child, everything about Christmas seemed magical.
Remember when decorating with teddy bears was the trend – especially at Christmas time? It seemed like everyone had one in their home somewhere. Tuck one in a stocking or place one in a chair with a Christmas pillow.
Shiny Bright ornaments immediately recall holidays gone by. You can find new ones at stores like Menards, or gather the real deal at flea markets.
Do you have any old ornaments that you no longer hang on your tree but you hate to part with them? Create a fun retro shadow box and put them back on display!
Or take an old drawer, paint it, and fill it with a Christmas scene. This is a great way to corral some of your mismatched holiday items.
When it comes to vintage Christmas decor, I can’t resist a Santa or two – or three or four. I think this stems from the fact that my parents didn’t encourage belief in Santa. They felt it detracted from the birth of Christ. So I never experienced the awful let-down of finding out that Santa Claus was just a fantasy.
Speaking of Santa, a few years back I found a beautiful vintage Santa ribbon for my Christmas tree. I developed my entire theme around that ribbon.
Another year I made a paper chain with vintage stock paper. Assembling it immediately took me down memory lane with images of creating red and green construction paper chains for our school classroom.
Do you remember back in grade school and studying the ways different countries celebrated Christmas? The Dutch put out their wooden shoes for Santa to fill. I was envious of Mexico that filled the entire month with celebrations and pinata parties! See? Vintage Christmas decor always gets me reminiscing back to childhood days.
How about decorating an old sled with greens, bells, and ribbons?
Who’s a fan of putz houses – also known as glitter houses? I created an entire vintage mantel with them one year.
And who’s a fan of bottle brush trees? I have more than I know what to do with, but I always love these holiday flea market finds. I bought this one from Jennifer Rizzo, my fellow blogging friend who hosts our holiday home tour every year!
My favorite vintage Christmas decor is this Victorian style tree that was the first tree I ever featured on my blog. It caught the eye of Country Sampler magazine and led to my first magazine feature. You can read how I trimmed the branches to give it a sparse look.
Tell me what vintage Christmas decor you like to use in your home!