It's funny; one day images seem contemporary and then what feels like just a few years later, they're called vintage. That probably has more to do with the swift passage of time than the way images are classified. At least that's the way it seems now that I'm getting into vintage territory myself.
These vintage Christmas images seem very familiar to me. Even though I grew up in the sixties (I told you I was vintage), a lot of the Christmas images we had back then had this Victorian look too. The cardboard Christmas decorations we stood up in the windowsills and taped to the windows were of old fashioned Santas and other Christmas images. No matter how we packed the Christmas ornaments away the year before, they all seemed to be covered with the flocking we used to create the look of snow on our Christmas tree. Somehow anything connected to Christmas had at least a little of that snow stuff on it and felt slightly fuzzy. And just as the vintage Christmas images on this page are getting a new life, apparently so is tree flocking. I just saw a display of blue and pink flocked Christmas trees at Michael's craft store the other day.
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It makes me happy to share these vintage Christmas images because it gives me a chance to relive days that were so much simpler. I didn't have to put up the Christmas tree or even pay for it. Nor did I have to decorate the rest of the house or clean it to get ready for holiday company.
My jobs were 1.) to decorate holiday deviled eggs with various designs resembling faces by using vegetable pieces, 2.) to try not to break too many low-hanging glass ornaments on the Christmas tree and 3.) to not let my mom catch me opening presents and re-wrapping them before Christmas. I don't think I was very good at this last job. By the time I was 10, my mom threatened to give all my presents to the Goodwill if I didn't stop messing with them. It's not that I was a bad child; I just had an out-of-control combination of impatience and curiosity.
My poor mother eventually resorted to lying to keep me from touching the really important presents. (I think she gave up on the rest.) One Christmas, I was getting a much begged-for bicycle. I'm not sure where she hid that, because that truly was a surprise when I got it. But she did wrap the white and yellow basket that was to be attached to the bike. As she put the over-sized puffy-looking package on the fireplace hearth, she told me I wasn't allowed to touch it under any circumstances because it was glass and highly fragile. Her fib worked, because even though I did poke at it a few times, I didn't attempt my usual unwrapping and re-wrapping routine.
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Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 21, 2009:
You're welcome, Mymy, and happy holidays to you too. :-)
Mymy on December 21, 2009:
Thank you very much and happy holidays
RTalloni on October 17, 2009:
Thanks so much for sharing the vintage art images - but, as they are so inspiring, I MUST go paint something! First though, I have to check out ornamentswithlove...
Thanks for sharing in your hub as well. Would love to see you develop the concept of not understanding your mom until you were older :)
Prosperity66 on November 30, 2008:
Thanks for sharing these nice pictures! I love vintage items!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 27, 2008:
Cheers to you, too, ajcor -- and happy holidays!
ajcor from NSW. Australia on November 27, 2008:
Thanks Wordplay - this will be most helpful....cheers.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 20, 2008:
Thanks, dalkay52! :-)
darlkay52 on November 19, 2008:
Great hub! I like "vintage", too! Great story!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 13, 2008:
You're lucky to have snow to play in, Melissa! The closest we get to snow here in South Florida is when we see it on TV.
melissa kirkham on November 13, 2008:
I THINK CHRISTMAS IS A FUN TIME OF YEAR. I INJOY BEING OUTSIDE WITH MY GRANDKIDS PLAYING IN THE SNOW.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 12, 2008:
Thanks, aisobrian. I do a lot of online shopping too. I love it when the boxes arrive!
aisobrien from Dublin on November 12, 2008:
Really enjoyed your hub - I love christmas but I try to get the shopping done early and where possible buy on-line - It gets delivered to my door and leaves me free to sit back and enjoy the season. it is a great time for reminiscing.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 11, 2008:
You're welcome, G-ma. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! :-)
Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on November 11, 2008:
Thank you I just love these...and a great hub...G-ma :o) hugs
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 11, 2008:
Thanks, Eve. I saw on TV the other day that Target has a Christmas gift bag with a motion-activated alarm. So I guess there must be a lot of kids who open their presents and rewrap them. My mother would have loved that bag!
evemurphy from Ottawa on November 11, 2008:
love your Christmas memories...:)
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 10, 2008:
You're welcome, cflynn. I just love these vintage images!
cflynn from Ireland on November 10, 2008:
thanks for the vintage christmas pictures the holly is just lovely
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 09, 2008:
Thanks, Hendrika. I agree. It's easy to get caught up in the stress of buying presents and decorating, and forget what the holiday is all about -- whatever that means for each person.
Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on November 09, 2008:
Nice Hub, I enjoyed it. I think we lose so much of the Christmas spirit as we grow up.