Ah, there’s nothing quite like the charm of yesteryears’ Christmas and that Vintage Christmas Decor. The air was filled with the sweet scent of cinnamon and nostalgia. As I sit here, sipping on a cup of warm cocoa, memories of tinsel-covered trees and classic carols flood my mind.
In an attempt to recreate the magic of those cherished holidays, I’ve adorned my home with vintage ornaments passed down through generations. There’s something about the warm glow of antique fairy lights that transports me back to simpler times.
Instead of flashy, modern decorations, I’ve opted for handmade crafts reminiscent of the homemade treasures that once adorned our family tree.
The crackling sound of a vinyl record playing Bing Crosby’s timeless tunes adds the perfect touch to our festive ambiance.
This year, I’ve even dusted off my grandmother’s cherished recipe book to bake gingerbread cookies and fruitcakes, filling the house with the familiar scent of holiday treats.
In a world that’s ever-changing, there’s solace in the timeless traditions that make Christmas feel like a cozy embrace from the past.
My Blue Bird Old Christmas Tree
Growing up my family didn’t have a ton of traditions. But Christmas was always the time I looked forward to all year because of the things my family did to make it special. I grew up in a large extended family.
Christmas was mostly at our house. Not only was my mom the best hostess ever but there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and for the kids to find a place to hang out.
I remember my dad would mix drinks in the basement and my cousin Karen and I would be the waitresses passing out the drinks and sipping some peach schnapps on the way to the recipient.
Playing retro Games
We also would play games as a big group. The one I remember the most was called “fruit basket”. We would all choose a fruit and then there was a person in the middle holding a plush bat.
You would have to name your fruit and then name the fruit of another player before the person in the middle could bop you in the head with the plush bat. The kids loved it, including me!
Now that I am older and have my own kids I now look at Christmas through the eyes of my kids, wondering what they will remember when they grow up.
Anyway…back the point of this post. Holiday decorating.
I have only one piece of Christmas decoration from my childhood in my house.
Let’s be honest my mom tried to give me more but this is the only thing I deemed worthy.
It is this ceramic white Christmas tree with blue birds on it.
I remember it sitting in the bay window in my living room every year. It was my very favorite decoration because I loved the little birds sitting on the branches all lit up.
I thought it was so beautiful. I still do.
And I have found it still exists in Amazon!
Some Vintage Christmas Decor
But, if you are not so lucky to have these jewels from your ancestors…don’t worry! Nowadays there is choice to go back to the retro vibe and with Prime delivery haha
These Wooden Ornaments Christmas Tree Vintage Farmhouse are fabulous! It makes you feel so cozy!
These glass ornaments have that old feel that I miss so much!
This banner is probably my favorite of all. It makes me think of the movie “Little Women”!
How To Get The Retro Vibe at Christmas?
Infusing your Christmas decor with a retro vibe is all about capturing the classic elements and styles reminiscent of bygone eras.
Here are some ideas to help you achieve that nostalgic atmosphere:
Look for classic glass ornaments in traditional shapes and colors. Balls, bells, and icicles in hues like deep reds, greens, golds, and silvers evoke a retro feel.
Tinsel and Garland:
Embrace the shimmering allure of tinsel. Silver or gold tinsel draped on the tree or around the house adds a touch of old-world glamour. Likewise, classic paper or popcorn garlands contribute to a timeless aesthetic.
Choose warm white or multicolored string lights with larger bulbs reminiscent of those used in the mid-20th century. Consider bubble lights or vintage-style ceramic lights for an authentic touch.
Opt for stockings with a vintage design or knit your own with classic patterns. Personalize them with names or initials for an extra nostalgic touch.
Vintage-inspired Wrapping Paper:
Seek out wrapping paper with retro designs or motifs. Think about using brown kraft paper and embellishing it with classic ribbon and twine for a homemade touch.
Hunt for vintage decorations at thrift stores or antique shops. Items like old Santas, wooden nutcrackers, or ceramic figurines can add a nostalgic touch to your decor.
Mid-century Nativity Sets:
Consider displaying a nativity set from the mid-20th century for a classic and timeless Christmas tradition.
Classic Christmas Cards:
Send or display holiday cards that feature vintage illustrations or designs. You can find reproductions or actual vintage cards online or in specialty stores.
Create or purchase wreaths with a classic look. Opt for natural materials like pinecones, holly, and red berries for a timeless touch.
Throwback Tree Topper:
Choose a tree topper that harkens back to the past, such as an angel or a retro-inspired star. Look for options with a handmade or traditional feel.
Remember, the key is to mix and match these elements to create a cohesive theme that resonates with the era you find most nostalgic.
Personal touches and a commitment to authenticity will transport your space to a bygone Christmas era.