Christmas is a time for my family is all about revisiting the traditions and memories that have shaped our holidays over the years. Embracing vintage charm for a timeless Christmas involved using vintage elements into your holiday décor.
These vintage treasure could be items from your childhood, special ornaments from your mother or grandmother or vintage items collected over the years.
For me, it is about creating a magical and cozy space that is a heartwarming Christmas.
Christmas Home Tours 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.
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Embracing Vintage Charm For A Timeless Christmas
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 a 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 item during the holidays. And, this woman could certainly entertain and decorate her home with such beautiful things.
I miss them and holidays shared together. Wonderful memories and things that were theirs such as dishware and a candy dish are brought out during the holidays.
Mixing The Old With The New
One of my favorite ways to decorate my home for any season is mixing the old with the new. There is something about it that gives you the creativity to design in your own way. This vintage green scale has been a favorite of mine. I love the color and the patina of this piece.
A home with a balance of the old sprinkled in with the new is a great way to incorporate some of those treasured family heirlooms.
You can set a festive table by using vintage dishes mixed with your everyday white pottery, glassware, and silverware for your Christmas dinner.
This year, I am not hosting a Christmas dinner. Therefore, I did not set the table like past years. Instead, a soft gray and white table plaid runner adorns the center of the table. A centerpiece of fresh greenery and candles with white Poinsettias sit on top an antique Belgium crate. The crate has been flipped upside down to use as a riser. This vintage crate, I purchased it a couple years of ago from Dreamy Whites. It has been a staple item in creating many different centerpieces for my tables.
Let’s Not Forget About The Tree
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.
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 inch wide.
Another option is to a 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 the colorful bubble lights on it. We thought it was so magical. It looks wonderful on family trees with handmade items from the children.
Make Your Garland & Ornaments
This small tree has vintage ornaments from my mother and ones collected over the years. Add some extra vintage charm by making your own garland and ornaments.
A garland can be made by stringing cranberries and/or popcorns using a strong thread and tapestry needle. It will begin to dry and keep from now and until Christmas.
You can also create beautiful garlands with wooden or color 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.
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 garland too.
Create A Vintage Inspired Wreath
I found this wreath made with antique gelatin molds at a local vintage market. You can easily recreate it. In fact, I will be sharing a tutorial before Christmas how to make one.
It can be used for the various seasons. You simply change out the bow. What I love about this wreath is the unique look of it. A great addition to the kitchen.
It would make a lovely gift. My bow is antique blue velvet ribbon, 2 inches wide.
Vintage Display or Collections
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 together 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.
Here inside my large white cabinet, I have my small collection of vintage putz houses mixed in with other items, Santas, bottle brush trees and modern items.
Don’t shy away from mix and match vintage and modern decorations. This can create a unique and eye-catching look.
On top of an antique dresser that sits 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.
Hope you got a few tips from this post that is helpful. The important take away is don’t be afraid to experiment and rearrange your items. Honestly, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating to achieve that vintage charm. You should have fun with it and be creative.
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2023 Christmas Home Tours
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.
Happy Holidays, sweet friend!
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