Embracing Vintage Charm For A Timeless Christmas

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Christmas is a time for my family that is about revisiting the traditions and memories that have shaped our holidays over the years. Embracing vintage charm for a timeless Christmas involves using vintage elements in your holiday décor.

These vintage treasures could be items from your childhood, special ornaments from your mother or grandmother, or vintage items collected over the years.

Vase in blue and white with evergreen arrangement and two Belsnickle Santas.

For me, it is about creating a magical and cozy space that is a heartwarming Christmas.

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Beautifully decorated front entry with wreaths, trees and red bows. Introduction to the Christmas Home Tours for 2023.

If you have joined me from Michelle’s blog Thistle Key Lane, welcome! Michelle has a beautiful home. You will love her tips on Christmas decorating with greenery.

Thank you to my friends Anne and AnnMarie at Simply 2 Moms for handling the hosting duties for this week’s tour. A special thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this amazing tour of homes. Be sure to visit the links that have been provided at the end.

Here are some ideas for embracing vintage charm for a timeless Christmas.

Vintage cutting board with a large white texture modern vase filled with fresh greens. A white candle glowing and a vintage looking Santa as a island center piece.

My home was decorated at the beginning of November for the Christmas season. The main reason was due to having a total knee replacement surgery on November 9th. I was given strict doctor orders not to lift anything. Therefore, I got a head start.

This year, I was feeling a sense of nostalgia. What does it mean to feel nostalgic? It is a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.

As we get older, we begin to miss old traditions from our families. Both of my grandmothers have passed on. Yet my Christmas memories of them live on.

My Grandmom would have her small dining room table filled with candies, nuts, cookies, and cakes. There was beautiful ribbon candy on her table. It is the only time I would see this type of candy. A wooden bowl is filled with nuts with silver hand-held nut crackers placed in the center.

My mother would be fussing for us to stay out of the dining room until after dinner. Of course, we were hiding behind the table with little fingers reaching up to grab a sweet treat.

The family would pop in at different times. It was an open door and a cozy place to gather with aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

My Granny who lived next door to me as a child made the most amazing fruit cakes soaked in a lovely brandy. She was not much of a baker, but this was her signature cake. And, this woman could certainly entertain and decorate her home with such beautiful things.

I miss them and the holidays shared. Wonderful memories and things that were theirs such as dishware and a candy dish are brought out during the holidays.

Green vintage scale with old fashion Santa on a white riser with cutting boards and a house in the background.

There’s a magic to blending old and new in my home decor. It sparks creativity and lets me tell my own design story. This vintage green scale with its beautiful patina and timeless color, has become a cherished piece.

Blending new elements with vintage heirlooms infuses your home with a unique charm and provides the perfect opportunity to showcase those special family treasures.

One of the easiest ways to add vintage charm to your holiday decor is to use vintage ornaments on your Christmas tree. You can find vintage ornaments at flea markets, antique stores, and online. Look for ornaments made of glass, wood, or metal. Do not be afraid of using a combination of vintage and new ornaments on the tree.

The dining room tree has newer ornaments with some vintage ones sprinkled throughout the Christmas tree.

Trimming the tree with blue velvet bows, pinecones and blue ornaments.

Use velvet ribbon for a vintage look. A simple knot tie or bow on a branch for a simple yet elegant touch. This ribbon is antique blue and is 3/8 inches wide. The other ribbon that you may see in photos is 2 inches wide.

Another option is to decorate with vintage lights. Look for lights that look like candles with a warm white glow that can be placed on the tree.

Color bulbs are also fun to use. My childhood tree had colorful bubble lights on it. We thought it was so magical. It looks wonderful on family trees with handmade items from the children.

Handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments displayed on a tree with other handmade cranberry garland and ornaments along with vintage items.

This small tree has vintage ornaments from my mother and ones collected over the years. Add some extra vintage charm by making your garland and ornaments.

A garland can be made by stringing cranberries and popcorn using a strong thread and tapestry needle. It will begin to dry and keep from now until Christmas.

You can also create beautiful garlands with wooden or colored beads and jute twine. It is budget-friendly to make your own.

Other options for garland are felt, pom-poms, ribbon, fabric, or burlap garlands for a farmhouse or rustic touch.

Handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments displayed on a tree with other handmade cranberry garland and ornaments along with vintage items.

Dried oranges, cinnamon stick bundles tied with baker’s twine, and handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments adorn this sweet tree. If you would like to make some homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments, you can see my tutorial here.

These items look beautiful on outdoor wreaths and garlands too.

Kitchen decorated for Christmas with new items and antique items for vintage charm.

I found this wreath made with antique gelatin molds at a local vintage market. You can easily recreate it.

Vintage Jell-O molds used to create a wreath. A 2-inch blue velvet bow is added at the top.

It can be used for the various seasons. You change the bow with each season. What I love about this wreath is the unique look of it. It is a great addition to the kitchen.

It would make a lovely gift. My bow is an antique blue velvet ribbon, 2 inches wide.

A vintage Christmas display can be a focal point in your home during the holidays. Use vintage ornaments in a bowl. My neighbor does a display of villages on top of her cabinets. When she built their home, outlets were strategically placed near the upper cabinet tops to plug in her little collection of villages. It is beautiful at night.

Try grouping ceramic or glittery houses with bottle brush trees to create a display that is both festive and nostalgic.

You can display a collection on the mantel, console table, buffet, fireplace hearth, kitchen island, on top of a cabinet, along the center of your dining room table, inside a cabinet, etc.

Inside my large white cabinet, I have my small collection of vintage Putz houses mixed in with other items, Santa collection, bottle brush trees, and modern items.

Don’t shy away from mixing and matching vintage and modern decorations. This can create a unique and eye-catching look.

Wreath with gold bells and bottle brush trees

On top of an antique dresser in my entry is a collection of reproduction Belsnickel Santas and bottle brush trees. The brush trees are made with new and vintage jewelry. I have a tutorial on how to make them here.

If you are new to my blog, here are my previous Christmas home tours: Warm & Cozy Christmas Home Tour 2022; and my 2021 Beautiful Holiday Home Tour.

Family room with decorated for the holidays with four naked trees, mantel adored with garland.

This week I’m joining thirty talented and creative bloggers to share our holiday decorating for our 2023 Christmas Home Tours. I hope you enjoy all their beautiful ideas and inspiration! I especially want to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this tour of homes. You can visit each Christmassy home tour by clicking the links below.

Checkout my friend Lynne, My Family Thyme. She has some wonderful tips on creating a festive home for Christmas.

Monday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Monday blog hop participants.

Simply2Moms | Worthing Court Blog | Midwest Life and Style

DIY Beautify | Peacock Ridge Farm | The Stonybrook House

Tuesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Tuesday blog hop participants.

Our Southern Home | Calypso in the Country | Chalking Up Success

Pink Peppermint Design | The House on Silverado | Lyndale Drive

Wednesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Wednesday blog hop participants.

Southern Home and Hospitality | A Pretty Life in the Suburbs | Whispering Pines Homestead

She Gave it a Go | Decor to Adore | Eleanor Rose Home

Thursday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Thursday blog hop participants.

County Road 407 | Thistle Key Lane | White Lilac Farmhouse

My Family Thyme | Southern Hospitality Blog | Clean and Scentsible | Bungalow 47

Friday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Friday blog hop participants.

Shiplap and Shells | It All Started With Paint | White Arrows Home

This is Our Bliss | Thrifty and Chic | Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Hope found a few tips from this post that are helpful. The important takeaway is don’t be afraid to experiment and rearrange your items. Honestly, there are no hard and fast rules for decorating to achieve that vintage charm. You should have fun with it and be creative.

Happy Holidays, sweet friend!

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25 Comments

  1. Everything is so beautiful, Tammy. You know I adore vintage, so I love you mixed some old pieces with some new.

    My favorite are your 2 trees…they are so pretty!

    Happy to be touring with you this week. Merry Christmas!

  2. What a fun tour. Your nostalgic pieces are darling and your wreath is amazing. I love how you’ve mixed the old with the new to create a welcoming home. Great touring with you today. Merry Christmas!

  3. Tammy, your Christmas decorations truly are timeless. The vintage pieces are beautiful and help make your home feel so warm and inviting! Great to tour with you!
    Cheers! – Shelley

  4. Thanks for the lovely vintage tour, Tammy. I felt very nostalgic reading your post, thinking of my childhood Christmases. We had those colored pinecone tree ornaments on our tree when I was kid.

  5. It all looks so cozy and inviting. I especially love your vintage tree! I hope your surgery went well and you can now relax and enjoy your home while you recover. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season.

  6. Your home looks beautiful Tammy! I too am feeling nostalgic this year…I love to bring out my favourite ornaments and decor pieces, it just feels right this time of year! I hope you’re healing well from your surgery. Merry Christmas!

  7. Tammy, your vintage ideas are so charming! I’m in love with that vintage mold wreath and all your homespun details! Merry Christmas, always fun to tour with you!!

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