Friday, November 12

Christmas Spirit slowly seeping in. . .


I wasn't feeling very Christmassy. . .


stuck in a rather "bah-humbug-
 not-that-time-of-year-again" kinda mood. . .


then I thought I'd better get cracking with my


and found these vintage honeycomb decorations
in the stock room. . .


their simple jollity makes me smile
and feel a little more ho-ho-ho around the edges. . .

I feel simplicity rather than austerity
is the theme
for our Christmas this year
like many others, money is certainly tighter than ever before
and my gifts will either be quirky little vintage finds
or home-baked goodies
given with love

(no last-minute-panic-dash round John Lewis then!!)
xx

23 comments:

Menopausal musing said...

Aren't those adorable? I can remember things like that being brought down from the loft every year when I was a child. I still marvel at the skill utilised in the making of them in terms of gluing the tissue paper. Photographing them against that really white lace was a brilliant idea! My gifts are homemade this year too, crocheting, embroidering and slaving over a hot stove on a daily basis now..............

Vintage Tea Time said...

Oh, they're great - good fun! I remember them from years ago too. I think everyone's trying to cut back on buying - not just for financial reasons, but because so much is wasted - but the shops are going all out to entice us to spend, spend, spend. Some folks have different coloured (new) tree decorations every year!

Andi's English Attic said...

I absolutely hate that 'perfect gift for Christmas' notice in the shops. It's usually something you know will end up forgotten in the back of a cupboard by New Year.
Last year I gave all second hand 'finds' to my family and asked them to do the same for me. I discovered a lot more thought went into the presents. It was very successful and caused much more excitement than socks/aftershave/bubblebath.
Your decorations are lovely and bring back fond memories of my grandparents' places at Christmas. xx

Cheap2Chic said...

John Lewis? BAH..........I've only been to the local one once, beautiful goodies but what prices!

Home-made gifts from me too, as usual!

Ellie said...

Wow - they take me back more years than I care to think about! Quite agree about homemade gifts - am busy sewing multiple robins for friends. (Though I think Ben will require a new squeaky ball which I can't make!)

Rose H (UK) said...

Looks like you've stirred up a whole lot of happy memories here - me included :o)
We came to the conclusion years ago that we weren't buying gifts (except for the children) it's a lot less stress (for everyone I suspect), and folk (including us) don't end up with a whole load of stuff we neither want of need. Just call me Scrooge!

Country Style Living said...

They are lovely, especially the Snowman! I have never thought about Christmas so early as I have this year, I am putting a lot more thought into the gifts I give and buy, I suspect one or two of those will be handmade homemade or vintage...

Autumn Mist said...

My grandmother had that exact one with santa outside the house with snow at the top and bottom, so strange seeing it again like this! I've been a bit bah-humbug myself, but have decided to bite the bullet and get on with it now. As long as it doesn't snow...

Jee said...

Love those decorations - we're a bit bah-humbug here and no longer do decorations but daughter makes up for it at her house! We're definitely going lowkey this Christmas, though husband insists we don't ignore it completely- will he cook I ask?

The English Writer said...

They are brilliant! And I do know what you mean about Christmas. Last week I was a bit annoyed at how quickly things had appeared in the shops, but today I ventured out and felt rather Christmassy and happy! Have a great weekend xxx

Heidi said...

Those are so adorable I'm in the Christmas mood now! loving my coat!

melbatoast68 said...

Those take me straight back to my childhood! Thanks for the lovely reminder!

Sherri B. said...

Usually I don't even like thinking about Christmas before Thanksgiving (USA Nov. 25th this year) but I have been longing to put up decorations now and seeing those nostalgic decorations just add to that feeling.

Have a great weekend.

Sylvia said...

Lovely decorations !
I love the one with the bird and that snowman is so cute !
Enjoy your weekend,
Sylvia

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

bah humbug! :-)

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

I remember those kind of decorations when I was a child. I had some good luck this week a whole box of vintage glass baubles (26 in all) and I only paid £2.50!!! I am going to have a real tree in my new conservatory this year which I will adorn with vintage decs. Sorted!!

Kim said...

Uggh. Do we have to do up Christmas this year at all?
Your little vintage finds sure do help the scrooginess though! Love to Kit and you!

sandiart said...

Oh I do love those, it makes does make you feel a little christmassy.
Hugs Sandi xx

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

Oh how lovely:) I had forgotten all about these kind of decorations, flashback to my childhood days♥ I couldn't help but smile looking at the photos and I especially love the Robin one♥♥ Eh happy days:) Linda xx

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Elaine,
Good plan - simplicity is definitely key...Its vintage goodies for all my friends (again!) this year...chosen with care, of course...

Good luck with your eBay auctions - yours are always the best!
Niki :)

Janet said...

They are gorgeous ! I will be on the hunt now for something similar ! I love vintage -shopping is much more fun -my idea of heaven finding a vintage bargain x

BusyLizzie said...

thank you for the flyers, I have put them in my "shepton basket" for next weekend!

ilovemyhouse said...

That snowman is my favorite. ilove Christmas but every year i'm sooo fed up with it when it's over. It's good that i takes another year before it's Christmas again or else i would never find the strenght again. Jil already fell off the pony of course, but otrher than that they have loads of fun together :))

Have a happy weekend my dear.

XX

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