I’ve heard that people back in the day used whatever they had on hand to decorate for Christmas. Like popcorn for garland, dried fruit, nuts, pine cones, kitchen gadgets, sewing notions, rope twine…and things made with their hands. Each gift was a labor of love.
For my old tyme Christmas table, I pulled out everything vintage that remind me of things from back in the day.
The small kitchen tree has decorations from the kitchen to the sewing room. Old gadgets, cookie cutters and presses, and beautiful lace PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave to me.
This is a fairly new old-style Santa cookie jar. Aren’t re-creations nice when you don’t have the old?
Old styled cupcake papers – new from Home Goods.
Old Christmas ornaments with warn finishes. Don’t we all have at least a few of those lying around?
I brought items from more recent days to the table, in plate patterns by Better Homes and Gardens – The Heritage Collection. (Circa 2014, Wal-Mart. Ha!)
Seats along table sides have plates with a scene of bringing home the Christmas tree by horse-drawn sleigh.
End settings get the Christmas snow scene with deer, branches, and red bird.
Improvisation with settings of four is necessary on a table set for six. Runner settings offer an opportunity for transitions to other plate and flatware patterns.
The painted thrift store silver platter offers a message in chalk. Don’t get anxious and try to write too soon. Give it a few days after painting the charcoal-toned chalk paint. (How do I know this? Lesson learned….)
Home for the Holidays (208Park) brings comfort of being home with family gathered around.
Trees on Cars brought wonderful clearance plates at Tuesday Morning after Christmas last year.
One of the four patterns flank each plate stack.
My favorites are the Volkswagon beetle and bug. What’s your favorite?
Painted blocks from Christmases past are white-washed this year.
PAM painted these around fifty years ago. (Uh-oh. I’m telling both of our ages!)
I thought a little tweak was worth a try – with the white paint smudged around the edges for a sort of chippy look. I may sand the edges later so the green is slightly revealed from beneath.
I added fresh Magnolia leaves to the light fixture – as they would have used things from nature back in the day.
The dangling ornaments are a regular each year.
What looks like popcorn garland isn’t popcorn at all.
It’s my grandmother’s needlework. PAM removed the crochet from old sheets and pillowcases saved from years gone by.
No use wasting those hours of my grandmother’s labor of love!
PAM’s old cookie cutters make the best Christmas tree ornaments, too.
Use it all. Never waste a thing.
What old things are you adding to your tree this year?
What will you be adding to your Christmas table? Anything old or new?