A Very Kitschy Christmas

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As christmas has been drawing near, I have become more and more interested in vintage Christmas kitsch. Some may call it chintzy and tacky, but I call it cute and charming!

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I am quite fond of vintage ornaments, mostly from the ’40s through ’60s. I bought the vintage Jewel Brite ornaments that you see above, and have plans to do a little something different with it than hang them on a tree. We have three cats, and anyone who has cats knows that they will attack any and every dangly bauble that hangs from its branches.

Here’s a couple ideas:

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I love these ideas – untraditional but unique and fun. And who doesn’t love that?

Speaking of things I love, I am absolutely enamoured with vintage aluminum Christmas trees! I tried to bid on a few on eBay, but even the 2′ ones seem to be going for ridiculous sums! I may have to wait it out for after Christmas and save it for next year.

Check out some of these fabulous trees!

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The one thing I happen to love about Christmastime is that all of the vintage Christmas movies, music, and décor come out to show. I am waiting for the right time to watch my copy of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and to catch “White Christmas” on TCM. It’s the one time of year where I feel I can actually watch these movies without seeming crazy!

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What vintage things do you enjoy most around the holidays?

Christmas, Vintage Style

I know I haven’t been around much, I’ve had a lot going on and a lot of personal circumstances getting in the way. I have been thinking a lot of coming back and what to write about, but never having the opportunity to do so. But here I am!

In the spirit of the season, I have decided to post some good old vintage Christmas pictures! Some are from NYC, some from elsewhere – but all in Christmas cheer!

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Sometimes I very much wish I could transport myself back to these days shown in the photographs and really and truly enjoy the Christmases of old. I have always felt more at home in a vintage dress, watching a vintage film, listening to vintage music, or being in a vintage car or building. Why not a vintage Christmas as well?! 🙂

How is everyone planning to spend their holiday?

Have Yourself A Very Merry Vintage Christmas

A very merry vintage Christmas to one and all.

I wanted to take this time to share some wonderful vintage shots ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s, as well as some vintage holiday traditions from days gone by. I hope you all enjoy and find these as fun to look at as it was as fun to find.

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A common Christmas tree you would find back in the 1950s was decked with hand-blown glass ornaments and beaded chains. My Mom also told me about how when she was growing up that her brother and her would put individual strands of foil tinsel on the tree every year. It would take forever, but she recalls the look was absolutely stunning and well worth the effort. Soon after, foil tinsel was labelled as a “fire hazard”, and then they came out with the crappy plastic type that never looked quite as good.

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This was the London Underground around World War II. If they would only do this in NYC!

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Someone’s always gotta take it literally 😉

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I’d take Cary Grant for Christmas too!

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Whomever came up with this as a tree, I want to marry you.

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How’s that for a retro ‘do, huh?!

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Christmas Parade in L.A. during the late 1930s.

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Miss Louise Brooks.

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Loretta Young in quite the Christmas classic! I finally saw all of “The Bishop’s Wife”. I can’t believe Cary Grant was originally cast as being the Bishop – he definitely had great foresight enough to request the change with David Niven!

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Another shot of an L.A. Christmas parade.

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The lovely Jayne Mansfield.

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I’m sure a lot of men would a prefer a Santa of this nature.

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Another cute 1940s town decoration.

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To be a tree or not to be a tree?

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Imagine being a starlet back then and being forced to do these types of chintzy shoots? I’m sure most of them hated it, but they are pretty cute LOL.

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That cutie Shirley Temple.

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The perpetually glamorous Elizabeth Taylor.

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That cute Brit Diana Dors.

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Might that be a feather tree? Those were rather popular from the 1920s through the 1960s, and they were the first real alternative tree. They were initially made of feathers, but were soon made of other materials because the feathers proved to be very expensive.

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What a better way to end the post than with Marilyn!

I hope each and every one of you has an amazing holiday filled with laughter, love, and lingering memories. What will you be doing for the holidays?