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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Decorations!?!?

I do not know where the the days are going. I see all your wonderful Christmas decorations and I feel sooo  behind, but in my defense I am doing decorations for everybody else and my own home is still quite.......everyday. But, finally  Jim got to bring our tree down.
As you can see I have only gotten to put on the lights. The tree is always the same.  Multi-colored lights, glass balls and ornaments, garland, some new more modern ornaments, but they have a special meaning, and lots of silvery icicles. Boring? No theme?  Nope. Sorry. I put on the ornaments and Jim puts up the village and Christmas train. We love the tradition, the memories, the vintage feel. Here is a look at some of the more unsual ornaments.

This is a 1950-60 plastic beauty. It has a gold color on the outside and reflective inside with a plastic sprig of pine and holly.

 Another 60's find....this gold glass ball with a stencilled duck motif. It reminds me of my Dad's hunting days. I remember the lighters, pocket watches, guncases, and shirts that were available in the same pattern.

Okay my weakness is anything vintage aluminum, so how could I pass up these reflectors 12  for $3!

The little whirly gig of the 40's is my fav. When a lightbulb is close to the opening in the bottom, the aluminum fan turns from the heat, My Grandma gave us one for our first Christmas tree in '93. The other one Jim found at a flea market for .75....yes seventy-five cents!.....the young couple with the booth had it in a box of broken what-nots. They thought a color cellophane filled the openings! Jim explained what it was and they were not impressed. They preferred the mid-century modern.
The little bell I a 1940's wartime find. It's clear glass with a "snow" fleck paint top and bottom with red painted middle.

This 1950-60 reminds me of my Aunt Carolyn..she collects covered bridges. The picture doesn't do it justice. the snow scene is a raised paint effect.
This is my oldest ornament from the 30's. It's German blown glass  with a celluloid Madonna and Child inside. The bottom is accented by silver glass glitter. I keep this out year-round.
I really need to get going. I have a bunch of boxes to get through and then do the outside porch...yes....outside. It might be freezing now, but here in Cincinnati it can still get in the upper 50's. A perfect spot for a snuggly blanket and some hot chocolate. I hope you come back for a tour.


Deb @ Crows on the Cupola said...

Melody... don't feel bad about being behind. I am so far behind that I am not going to be able to put all my decorations out. I have had a tree up and down 3 times at my 3 holiday shows but still not at home! I just love your vintage ornies. I have a tinsel tree and I have a few vintage ornies for and I love it. Thanks for sharing your unusual ornaments!

Shirley said...

Melody, We sometimes feel that we don't have enough hours in a day. I have been working on My Christmas cards. I hope to get them in the mail very shortly. I love the old Christmas ornaments. I trade you weather if you are going to get in the 50's that would be a heat wave. You have to check out my new blog banner if you have the opportunity. Take care. Your Missouri friend, Shirley

KitschKrafts said...

Love all your vintage ornaments! I am inspired....maybe I will post some pics of my collection too.

Have a Merry Christmas!