Sunday, December 20, 2009

Postcards, Ornaments and Milkglass--Vintage Christmas Monday

I know that this is a busy time for everyone. This is the final week of Vintage Christmas Monday at Anything Goes Here. Thank you so much for hosting this event Joan. It was the first event I've participated in and it's been so much fun.
Like so many others, my Christmas decorating is a combination of new items, vintage items, and things passed down in our family. Our tree is a prime example of that. Our first Christmas tree when we married was just a few balls, purchased at a local store. Then our first son was born, and I made a little ornament for him. The next year we had another baby and another ornament, and so a tradition began. Of course, when we started it, I didn't realize that getting a new ornament for each child each year would make for such a heavy tree, but six kids later, it is ornament heavy and they put them all on each year. When they start families of their own, they will have plenty or ornaments to take. Here is the ornament that started it all.
Our tree and a couple more ornaments. I made the bows when I was about 16, and we just keep putting them back on each year.I shared in a previous post that I have several nativity sets. I picked this one up at a thrift store quite a few years ago. It looks like those from the 60's when I was little. The music box still works.The pillow is new from Target, but the yo-yo tree with bells on it is one that my mom made years ago. I just pinned it on for the holidays.I guess you call this milk glass, and it's been in my parent's house for as long as I can remember. This year my mom gave it to me. Thank you Mom!A close-up of a couple of my postcards, along with the one at the top of the post.Some of my Christmas dishes.
I want to wish everyone a very Blessed Christmas. Thanks so much for stopping by. You've all made me feel so welcome in blogland.
Blessings,
Marcia


33 comments:

Julie Harward said...

IT'S LOOKING CHRISTMASY AT YOUR HOUSE..I TOO LOVE BOWS ON A TREE, I HAVE HUNG BOWS AND PINE CONES ON NEARLY EVERY YEAR! HAVE A GREAT WEEK, I KNOW YOU WILL. Come say hi :D

Christine said...

What special and beautiful Christmas ornaments for your tree! I've enjoyed visiting to share these things with you. Thanks so much for your kind comments.
Wishing you and your lovely family the best and most blessed Christmas,
Christine

My name is PJ. said...

These photos were charming, Marcia. My favorite one was your mom's yoyo tree pinned to your pillow. Great idea!

pinkfairygran said...

I have started the tradition of giving our granddaughter a new ornament for the family tree at Christmas. I just have to hope that they are kept safe for her... her parents aren't really into such things as home made and so on, so I am buying the ornaments, against my better judgement, but figuring they may have more chance of being kept safe, until she is at least old enough to appreciate the thought.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, it has been lovely looking at the latest posting - I always look though don't always leave a comment - as seeing how others celebrate the festive season is always interesting.

Postcardy said...

The cross-stitch ornament reminds me of the cross-stitching I did for Christmas in 1988. I made a sampler plus a bunch of ornaments. It was so hard on my hands that I haven't done any cross-stitch since then.

I love the way your tree looks. The bows really "tie" everything together.

Shirley... said...

Your tree is so beautiful, Marcia!! I love all of your beautiful decorations. Thanks for sharing them....

We do the new ornament each year, too!! It's fun, and like you said, our kiddos will have plenty to take with them and start their own tree.

Merry Christmas!!!

Andrea said...

Merry Christmas and GOD BLESS!

Libby said...

My mom had the same Nativity *s*

LLJ said...

I have really enjoyed your vintage Christmas posts! They always make me SMILE! Thanks for sharing them. Your house is so beautifully decorated for this wonderful celebration! Merry Christmas, Marcia!
Leanne

koralee said...

What a lovely cozy Christmas home...sending you much Joy for this Christmas week.

Torie Jayne said...

What beautiful ornaments, Have a sweet day!

Kelli said...

I think that you and I think much alike when it comes to Christmas. Decorating the tree is a trip down memory lane...each ornament has a story behind it. :) Love it! I also love the yoyo tree. I am a yoyo maker, too.
Hope you have a wonderfully blessed Christmas! :)

Dawn said...

What a wonderful family you have! They all look so happy.

I love vintage postcards. Thanks for sharing yours. The tree looks lovely with all the sentimental ornaments, they're the best kind!
Have a wonderful Christmas,
Dawn

Short and Sweet said...

I really enjoyed reading and viewing your post today. The milk glass dish is wonderful as are your postcards and handmade ornaments.
Thank you for sharing.
Loretta

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Marcia, your tree is beautiful with all the personal family ornaments. I divided ours up several years ago, between our daughters to get them started at their homes. Your vintage postcards are gorgeous, especially the one with the children, I love the raised images! A music box with the nativity is so precious. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas!
blessings,
Debra

Denise said...

Wonderful memories and beautiful ornaments. I especially love the milk glass basket. You will treasure it for years to come.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Everything is so pretty, I love all the reds and greens... handmade ornaments are so precious... Merry Christmas! Julie Marie

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

i love the new and old all together. When my daughter got married I gave her all of the handmade ornament for her tree.

Thank you so much for participating in Vintage Christmas Mondays this year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. xo Joan, your hostess

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas Marcia. Thank you for sharing some of your home with us.

julie said...

Your tree is so warm and beautiful. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas...julie

Mimi Sue said...

Everything is wonderful Love those dishes. Have a great week and a joyous Christmas. Mimi

Becky K. said...

It is so much fun to see what everyone is using to brighten up their homes. I love your dishes and
nativity.

Merry Christmas!

Becky K.

Sylvia said...

Merry Christmas, your home and family all look very happy and festive. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, that is a milk glass, very beautiful piece.

Marie said...

Thanks for sharing your decorations. They are beautiful! I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.
Love,
Marie

Karen said...

All of your decorations are so pretty. I love the red bows on your tree. Wishing you and your family a very, Merry Christmas!! Karen

Heidi said...

I love your tradition of making your kids an ornament each year. I am sure they will be very much treasured when they leave home and have their own tree. They will become true heirlooms.

I can see you smile as you write about the milk glass that your mother gave you this year. It is beautiful and fun to have something special from our mothers.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Amber said...

Your Christmas decorations are really pretty! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Amber

Sarah said...

What a beautiful family you have! My hats off to you for taking on the responsibility of home schooling six children. Your family tree is wonderful. ~ Sarah

Sylvia said...

Merry Christmas...thanks for stopping by my blog..you asked if it was candy garland..Yes it is, plastic candy garland. :D

Dragonfly Treasure said...

All your ornamnets are so warm. I especially love the yoyo tree on the pillow!

Wishing you a magical memory making Merry Christmas!!

*hugs*deb

Sharon said...

How beautiful Marcia!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I would also like to thank you for being encouraging to me Marcia :)

I pray that you and your family have a most Blessed and Merry CHRISTmas filled with the blessings that come from knowing Him!

Love,
Sharon

Anne~fiona and twig said...

I just love all your family treasures! How special to have the one from 1988.
Your family is just beautiful!

Wishing you and yours a very blessed and Merry Christmas!
Anne

Micaela said...

Marcia, i love personal christmas touches, ornaments that mean something sentimental. yours were my favourite decorations for sure.

so glad to meet you! :) keep in touch? xoxo