I have a lot of vintage decorations hanging on my wonderful Christmas tree. Billy wrote a post for me here if you missed me putting it up a few weeks ago. Yesterday was the shortest day of the year and this was how my tree looked twinkling in the evening.
He died many years ago;when I was 13, so I don't remember seeing it on his tree but I am delighted that each year it hangs on my tree. I would guess that it dates from the 1940s or 50s?
My Nan (my Dad's Mum) was alive until I was in my 20s and I do vividly remember her fabulous "kitsch" Christmas decorations hanging on her Christmas tree in the 1960s. She lived in a small flat and always had one of those very artificial silver tinsel trees. It always fascinated me.
I must admit we have always had real trees and again I am delighted that some of her decorations hang on my tree now.
Just how retro is this fun Santa ;0)
and how about this genuine 1960s retro elf. They really do make me smile when I see them. My own Mum has bought me many of my tree decorations over the years. Each one has such a special memory.
There is however one Christmas decoration which I have sorely missed for some years. When I was a little girl my Mum bought a wonderful (to me at the age of around 5!!) Santa on his sleigh. He was a pipe cleaner Santa with a plastic face and little "gifts" on his sleigh. In my childhood mind I used to imagine he was real and thought of all the journeys he made on Christmas Eve.
Some years ago I noticed that my Mum had stopped hanging him on her tree. When I asked where he was she told me that she had thrown him away!!
I was stunned....but realized she could not have possibly known of my childhood memories. She just thought he had got a bit tatty and threw him away after Christmas one year.
Since that day I have put an "Ebay" search on at Christmas time to see if I could find him again. Several have come up but they have either been in really poor repair or have gone for too high a price.
2 weeks ago I found one had been put on Ebay. It looked in good condition and I contacted the seller who said that for a decoration that was 50 years old it was in great vintage condition. It's starting price was £4.99 and I put on a maximum price of £7 and sat back and waited.
The auction finished last Saturday and yes, you guessed it........I won and for just the starting price of £4.99. I eagerly waitied for Mr Postie to deliver him and he arrived a few days ago.
I am just so delighted as he is in wonderful condition. Here he is;
He is just exactly the same as my old Santa and is even carrying his little whip. He is quite fragile so I have sat him on the branches so that he does not rip his hat. Now there is more to the story as the seller not only sent me him but she sent me......a spare!
Now the spare does have a little bit of damage, he no longer carries his whip and one of his feet is missing but the seller said I could have him for "spare parts". Well of course I cannot just use him for spare parts, he will stay with "The Boss".
So after all these years I have found my Santa and he is able to ride his tree again. And who knows maybe he will be missing on Christmas Eve for some time delivering presents ;0) and he even has a one legged friend to help!
My card challenge today just has to be another "vintage/retro" feel card. It is another that I made using an image from the brilliant Joanna Sheen CD I won.
He is a really happy Santa and just so vintage to me. He epitomizes the Santas seen on cards in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Here he is in close up. The backing paper is my home made blended distress inked card using Tim Holtz red and green ink pads. I added Lili of the Valley sentiments and matted everything with very festive red card. The red gingham ribbon was added as a finishing touch.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Joanna Sheen with love at Christmas
Holly Jolly Challenge Vintage Christmas
Card Crafters Circle #54 It's Christmas
Papercrafting Journey Anything goes
Paper shelter #93 anything goes
Charisma cards Santa #50
Woopsi Daisy Traditional Christmas
Whimsy Stamps anything goes at Christmas
Crafts and Me Bumper Christmas challenge
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge anything goes for Christmas #104
There are just 3 days left of my Countdown to Christmas. I will be back on Monday for my very last post. We are off to a family birthday meal tonight and then on Sunday we will be enjoying the carols at Chichester Cathedral with our daughter and son in law. I just have to collect the turkey on Sunday from the local butcher and then I am all set for the family to arrive. I hope you are all getting the finishing touches completed for this magical time. It is certainly not going to be a white Christmas here this year...it just keeps on raining!
I am so glad that I found my Santa again, after all these years Ho Ho Ho ;0)
Back on Christmas Eve for my final post.......how exciting.
Bye for now,