If you are looking for vintage Christmas decorations to adorn your tree this festive season a good idea is to start at your Grandmothers house, but failing that retro decorations especially the later years from about the1960′s onwards can often be picked up at garage sales or thrift shops and of course on line auction sites. If you are looking for vintage style Christmas decorations however most mainstream stores have some excellent reproductions you can buy quite cheaply. A classic vintage Christmas decoration has to be door wreathes which can always be reproduced easily especially if you are lucky enough to be creative or have a traditional florist nearby.

Ideas for Ideas!

For ideas on vintage Christmas decorating, look on line or get some old books or magazines of the era, often childrens book have the best illustrations for this kind of thing. Remember getting the box of decorations out of the attic, the old brightly colored crepe paper garlands that we used to twist and hang from the corners of the room? Then along came the expanding bells and hanging paper lanterns, all carefully put away year after year. If only we have all saved those beautiful glass baubles they would now be vintage Christmas tree decorations. In those days though everything was so fragile and we did not have central heating and other modern luxuries that help to keep the ornaments and other delicate items in tip top condition.

There are many collectors of antique decorations and these can really be quite costly and often need such care to retain the perfect condition they are in it is not practical to dangle them from the branches, they can however be carefully presented in cabinets or glass cases on the sideboards or shelves of your home. Christmas tree toppers can usually be found with relative ease as can some glass baubles, but when it comes to candy boxes and paper mache they can deteriorate quickly if not stored and handled with great care.


You may not connect lights with being particularly vintage as if you are older you can probably remember the first set the family ever purchased and the trauma of finding which bulb needed replacing every year. Vintage Christmas lights are still around however though you may want to get an electrical contractor to check them out or even to totally rewire them, as the dangers of faulty tree lights and older outdoor string lights are known to the older generation as fire hazards. You may find it easier to buy some 1950′s style reproduction lights or go for the Victorian look and have Christmas candle effect lights. There are so many styles of lights available nowadays everyone can have the style they require with a little searching.

The Next Generation

To ensure the next generations have some vintage Christmas greetings to remind them of generations past invest in a few classic Christmas ornaments or decorations in bone china, glass or crystal and hand them out as Xmas gifts or cherish them through the years before passing them down to loved ones.

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