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    I noticed that too. I had a string of bubble lights years ago, and only a few bubbled.
    Just don't make things like they used to.

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    Concerning decorating a tree for a vintage-Christmas look for a stage production, I suggest having a close look at the Christmas tree in "A Christmas Story". The set decorators for that movie did a perfect job of reproducing a 1950's-era Christmas tree. The one in the movie has a number things that are *exactly* what we had on our tree in that time period. That includes the red-outlined star at the top. (I had to check to see that the one I inherited from my parents was still in the box.)
    Agree with the sentiments about bubble lights...

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    I got a lot of ideas for decorating my home for Christmas from my favorite Christmas movies. In Holiday Affair (1949) the heroine's in-laws have strung all their Christmas cards in a thick garland across their mantel. For me, 1949 is just about the tail end of my favorite period, but since the couple in question was in their 50s, I assumed they were carrying on a long-standing tradition. So I copied that in my home, though I have to say I don't get nearly enough cards these days to make the garland look quite as impressive.

    In Remember the Night (1940), which probably my favorite Christmas movie in the world, there's a beautiful, simple, country Christmas tree with popcorn garlands and tinsel. This youtube clip shows a few glimpses of the tree. Caution: I can't watch this scene without welling up.

    There's another Barbara Stanwyck movie, Christmas in Connecticut (1945) that shows what a really fashionable wartime Christmas would have looked like. Barbara plays a Martha-Stewart type of character, so you can get a sense of what was considered stylish and appropriate.


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    When my grandparents passed away I got all of their Christmas things, partly because no one else wanted them (and I really did) and partly because I had always admired them and my grandparents wanted me to have them. I have all of their Christmas tree glass ornaments (sooo fragile) which are heirlooms or purchase in the second half of the 40s (when my grandparents were newly married), and their nativity set from the 50s and all the little houses they collected during their travels which they would display in a "snow" landscape at Christmas.

    I love all of them so I can't really say I have a favourite, but they are so strongly linked to my grandparents in my mind that I always feel like they are present when I unpack them. I even (I admit it's probably weird) have a little chat with my grandparents about life and how much I treasure all this stuff...
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    Aaah glass Christmas ornaments.

    I remember as a child, hanging up those bright Christmas baubles. They were so light, I thought they were made of plastic. In the innocence of childhood, I decided to test this theory by seeing how well they bounced on the floor.

    I tested it once, and never again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Louis View Post
    I got a lot of ideas for decorating my home for Christmas from my favorite Christmas movies. In Holiday Affair (1949) the heroine's in-laws have strung all their Christmas cards in a thick garland across their mantel. For me, 1949 is just about the tail end of my favorite period, but since the couple in question was in their 50s, I assumed they were carrying on a long-standing tradition. So I copied that in my home, though I have to say I don't get nearly enough cards these days to make the garland look quite as impressive.
    I was excited years ago to find a mantle garland that has little clothespins with mittens on them. Unfortunately, since I've gotten it the number of cards we get has decreased down to almost nothing- people who sent cards for years no longer send them.
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    I'll send you one! Seriously, I'm making 1930s and 1940s Christmas cards from vintage images I photocopied, and I am willing to send one to any F-Lounger who is willing to reciprocate.


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    Lead tinsel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Louis View Post
    I'll send you one! Seriously, I'm making 1930s and 1940s Christmas cards from vintage images I photocopied, and I am willing to send one to any F-Lounger who is willing to reciprocate.
    We send New Years cards, although they are not necessarily vintage... (I like sheep themed cards but also anything that catches my eye). Everybody celebrates New Years and we like to be weird.

    If you're interested, PM me.
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    We have a 4ft aluminum feather tree but no color wheel yet. I like to hang vintage glass balls on it (I have one that says "Happy Christmas"), the ones with cardboard around the top. We have one strand of newer bubble lights and we still hang the string across the opening between the kitchen and the living room to hang the cards from. I also have a cellophane Santa head to hang on the wall or window.

    Outside I'm more modern, preferring a mix of icicle lights and blue strands. But I do have several hundred feet of the multi-color strands with the big bulbs along with a large star. The setup had belonged to a friend who's family used to decorate a large evergreen in their yard.

    Matt

    P.S. I'm in Afghanistan right now and somebody thought to put some of those glass ball ornaments into the fountain in the dining hall...

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