It really is the most wonderful time of the year…don’t you think? I love an old-fashioned Christmas and all the memories it brings!
This year, I’m super excited to be a part of a holiday blog hop called “Home For the Holidays” that Jenna from Wife In Progress put together featuring many talented bloggers!
Welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share my old-fashioned Christmas with me. I’m honored you are here.
I love using vintage decor that has been passed down in my family to create an old-fashioned feeling in my home. In my opinion, it not only connects my heart to the past but it swells my soul with sweet memories.
What does Christmas mean to you? To me, its memories of being at my grandparent’s house and spending time with family. My grandparents were Christmas tree farmers, so needless to say, we had our choice of hundreds of trees!
Knowing my siblings and I had helped during the summer to trim the trees and ready them for the season added wonderful memories to our old-fashioned Christmases!
In fact, though it was hot and sticky work (literally), it holds some of my most cherished memories. After a hard, but rewarding day trimming trees, we would head down to the lake to cool off and clean up. Gram would give us Ivory soap to wash with because it floated!
Many times, we were treated to a trip to the movies! What’s more, Gram would give us money to buy candy at the little store across the lake. We thought we were something special getting to take the boat out ourselves!
It truly is amazing what memories can be evoked by things like Christmas ornaments and the scent of Ivory soap!
What are some of your favorite Christmas memories? I hope you will take a moment to reflect on those…
Growing up, we usually had our tree selected sometime late in the fall. Each family was given a sturdy tag with their name written on it to tie to their tree. There were lots of trees that were tagged by neighbors and other folks too. Watching those tags flutter in the wind was always pretty!
Thanksgiving was usually held at my grandparent’s home. I loved seeing the tables set up throughout the living room and kitchen all adorned with decorations and pretty place settings. The food was always delicious and was enjoyed by all.
Once the meal was done, all of us would bundle up and head out to cut our Christmas trees! Sometimes snow would be on the ground making it feel magical.
There was a stillness and peace out in those trees that to this day I still find amazing.
Sometimes when I’m at our tree farm I sense that same peace and stillness I experienced nearly 50 years ago. I can’t help but wonder if my grandparents smile down from Heaven at that time.
Once our tree was cut, we headed to the car to tie it to the roof for the trip home! Then the decorating would begin. My Dad would always make sure the lights were put on perfectly. I swear a wire never showed when he did it!
One of the things I loved was setting up the Nativity scene. Most if not all, of the pieces, came from Kmart. To this day, many still have their price tags on the bottom!
Each day as Christmas drew near, my brother and I would move the wise men just a bit closer to the nativity scene. Then finally on Christmas Day, they were added to the nativity scene to bring their gifts to baby Jesus.
Creating memories today.
I’m embarrassed to say, that these days I have an artificial tree. I miss the smell of fresh pine and the hunt for the perfect tree, but I have to admit, that having one that already has the lights on it is super helpful. Eventually, after Mr. Man and I move up to the tree farm, we will have a REAL tree again!
So many of the ornaments I use hold special meaning for me. Whether it is the vintage Nativity scene my Mom collected over a half century ago or the glass ornaments that were passed down, each is a treasure to me.
Growing up, I loved our “elf on the shelf” elves. I still find a special place for them. There is even a tiny saxophone that absolutely has to be on the tree every year. To this day, my daughter still gives it a toot when she finds it on the tree! Just like my brother and I did all those years ago.
If I remember rightly when I started questioning if Santa was real, my brother did his best to keep me believing. He created elf footprints in flour on the kitchen counter to show me that the elves were real. He even told me that if I was really quiet, I could hear the bells on Santa’s sleigh in the middle of the night!
Even though I absolutely swoon over the gorgeous decorations I see adorning other peoples homes, I will continue to create an old-fashioned Christmas in my home with all of my treasures.
Maybe someday, I will have a themed tree, but for now, my old-fashioned Christmas is just perfect, even if I use an artificial tree!
Putting it all together.
Truly, having all these treasured pieces as a part of my holiday decor makes the season so much brighter for me. It not only connects me to the past, it also makes the season special for me.
Whether its special pieces I’ve incorporated on one of my mantels or the vintage Lusterware adorning my dining room table, it all makes my heart sing.
I have metal cookie cutters that were my Mom’s displayed in a vintage colander on my kitchen island. To this day, they are still used them to make my Christmas cookies. I love how shiny they are!
So don’t be afraid to use the special pieces you may have in your own decor! I promise you will enjoy seeing them in your home when they evoke wonderful and warm memories for you!
Want some more gorgeous decor?
Then take a look at these other bloggers homes that were featured in the Home for the Holidays blog hop this week!
As always, thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my Old-Fashioned Christmas.
So what’s next on the blog?
I’m super excited to share with you all the amazing things that have been going on up at the farm. And I hope to have a Pink Sisterhood update! But, we will see what happens the next week or so as to what the next post will be about.
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