Christmas time at Betsy's house! Posted on 21 Dec 16:44 , 2 comments

 

When I was growing up My mom always made our house so pretty for Christmas. I couldn't wait until I was old enough to decorate my own house for Christmas. I have been collecting Christmas ornaments and decorations my whole life!  Some of them were gifts, some I found at thrift stores, on-line and garage sales. I LOVE the decorations and old toys from the 40's and 50's because they remind me of my childhood and they are all so charming and adorable. 

It all starts the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when we go get the tree. It stays in the garage in a bucket drinking water until I'm ready. Then the night of Thanksgiving, after we've eaten turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, we come home and my husband, my son and I get all my Christmas decorations down from the attic.  The house is a total wreck for a few days.

It takes me about 3 or 4 days and then it starts to come together. Everything gets Christmas-fied!

I'll start with my fireplace. I love the big cardboard drugstore Santa and my pretty garland with vintage red Shiny Brite ornaments and the bells have lights that blink on and off.

 I have my 1929 vintage Mickey Mouse doll and two light up Santa's on either side!

Now for the tree.  This year we got a Frasier Fir. I love it. It looks so old fashioned!  It's covered with lots of beautiful vintage ornaments.  Most are Shiny Brite's made in America before WWII.  I hang vintage lead tinsel and finish the tree with a shooting star tree topper. And don't you just love my vintage Lionel train around the bottom! It works too!

 Here are my most precious ornaments, they are the ones my kids made in school! Adorable right?

My banister and my angel collection are over here...

 These angels are special to me. I've had a few of them ever since I was a little kid.  The rest I purchased or were gifts. The picture is of my niece Charlotte, when she was 4. Isn't she precious!

Now this little angel belonged to someone's Grandma Nichols. Now I don't know who Grandma Nicols is, but I'm sure she is happy knowing I have her angel on display! 

On the bottom of that angel it says Grandma Nichols birthday was 12-7-16. Next year she's going to be 100 years old!

My friend Pam gave me the little red angel. Isn't she so sweet!

My cute Christmas piano decorated with all my vintage toys.

I found this book and I put out every year! I mean it's perfect right!!

 I had a Christmas tree music box like this one when I was little. You turn it and it plays Silent Night.

 This little guy belonged to my grandma.

Also on my piano I display a locket I found years ago.

It was to Tecky from Arnold, 12-25-1938.

Here is the picture inside.  I put it out every year. I just know they love it.

Merry Christmas Tecky & Arnold!

Now this tree is so cool. It features all my favorite vintage ornaments. Some belonged to my friend Kathy's late mother in law. They are all so beautiful!

My vintage Nativity from the 1940's. It's a beauty.

 

My kitchen table and my snowman collection. Christmas dishes and silverware are all ready to go!

This little guy in the middle was the start of my collection! And the red card on the right was from my Great Aunt Tressie. We loved her so much!

These three amigos were handmade by my childhood neighbor, Joan Gates. She gave them to me and the kids in 1978! Love those googley eyes!

 My Christmas cookie area...

 

These are my vintage Christmas cookie decorations!

This is a Christmas Cookie mix that my friend Kath gave me. Isn't that a cute idea! And my cute little toy mixer my sister gave me for Christmas one year fits perfect here!

 

 I always get out all my Christmas records. My favorites are Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Beach Boys and of course the Christmas album my mom played every Christmas morning growing up. That's the red one on the left with Santa on the cover.

 Little red metal table in my living room all set up for the grandkids to play .

 

This is the Nice & Naughty list made by my friend Huck. It was on the script cover of one of our Christmas shows.  Of course I'm on the nice list!

This is also where I keep my special Christmas cards. This is one I got from my Uncle Tim when I was 5! It was full of dimes! Hey that was a lot of money for a 5 year old!

This is one of our family Christmas cards that I display every year.

From my brother, me, our dog Tina and my mom and dad! So special!

 

This is my little snow covered village.

  

Family room, more Santa's and my collection of old Christmas trees.

 

This is my stocking that my Aunt Evelyn made me when I was 2 years old. Santa's beard is fuzzy!

 

  My Santa collection. My son made that crazy Santa hanging on the door when he was 6 years old! Looks like he's got good some moves!

My mom got that big Santa at Moskatels in 1969. I know that because she wrote it on the bottom of his foot!

Don't you love the Santa made out of a baby food jar and felt?

 My friend Carolyn gave me these little pinecone men that were hers growing up. She thinks they are creepy. But they are right up my alley!

 

 My front porch is all decorated like a Winter Wonderland. Old sleds and ice skates. And my vintage Noel lights. Twinkling snow flakes too!

And even some wooden skis propped up in the corner!

All topped off with a Santa and Rudolph on the roof, a giant wreath and more twinkling snowflakes on the lawn.

I hope you enjoyed Christmas at Betsy's house. If you're in the area stop by for some hot chocolate!! May you all have a very Merry Christmas with your family and loved ones!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love Betsy

 P.S. I hope Santa is good to you this year!