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Discussion in 'The Display Case' started by Roving_Bohemian, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. What traditions do you have in your family that are either vintage or vintage related?
    My family usually has a reunion, with between 30-60 of my immediate cousins, aunts, uncles, etc
    We always plays music by Doris Day, Bing Crosby, and all the other greats,
    On my grandfather's old record player.

    My grandmother bakes "oodles" of food, with desserts ranging from pies to cakes to brownies (like these!)

    Swedish Meatballs (My great grandparent's were Swedish)

    And what Christmas is complete without watching Jimmy Stewart's "It's a Wonderful Life"?

    Now show us YOURS!
    What traditions, recipes, or decorations do you still incorporate into your Christmas?
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011
  2. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

    Wot ho everyone

    Just a quick piccie of our latest addition Christmas artefact added to our wartime Christmas collection before it is packed away for another year.

  3. Not being Christian or religious in any way, I hold no special significance to Christmas apart from an excuse to be nice, give presents. Get presents and pig out.

    Hardly golden era, but for the past few years, my family has maintained a tradition of going to my uncle's house each Christmas for dinner. Uncle being a quality cuisine caterer by profession, we always get a great meal. It's the ONE time in the year that I ever eat Caviar.

    RB - Those Swedish Meatballs look delicious!
  4. [video=youtube;9NMrt1H8TYY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NMrt1H8TYY&feature=related[/video]
    Sadly, this is my first Christmas where I won't be having them... I'll have to see if my grandma can teach my wife how to make them, but this year we can't get the needed ingredients... :eusa_doh:
  5. Our Vintage Christmas Tree

    It's a natural tree, cut in the wild, no clipping to shape. All individual ornaments, some handmade, no two alike, no plain balls. Oh - and real candles.

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  6. That tree is beautiful warbaby :)
  7. Well, I suppose no one will be reading this for awhile since Christmas is past, but perhaps you'd share for idea for the coming (2012) Christmas?
  8. Down2BDapper

    Down2BDapper Familiar Face

    Aluminum Christmas tree!

    With the color wheel and everything.
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  9. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

    Fancy a 1940s Christmas dinner? Harry shows a festive meal without a feather in sight

  10. What kind of sausage meat did you use? And I wonder if it can be had in the US?
  11. DiverAdam

    DiverAdam Familiar Face

    Closest thing I have to a vintage tradition is watching A Christmas Story at least once in its entirety.

    Also I ran across this great Christmas morning picture the other day and thought this would be the place to share it

  12. RetroToday

    RetroToday A-List Customer

    My "A Christmas Story" Room

    I always set up all my "A Christmas Story" movie related stuff for the holidays and watch the movie over again (maybe several times) as is the tradition every year.

    Other classic Christmas movies are watched as well, on intermission I play old radio shows and classic Christmas music through the old radio via my iPod. The radio is the exact same model as the one in the movie.

    Merry Christmas everyone! :)

    You can see more of my "A Christmas Story" room here

    My "A Christmas Story" room.

    Scene from the movie in the Parker family's living room.

    My restored 1940 Westinghouse radio, I had the red light added just like the one in the movie.

    I faked Ralphie's written message from Orphan Annie, the decoder pin is genuine.

    A little shrine of vintage movie related items by the leg lamp.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2012
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  13. Gin&Tonics

    Gin&Tonics Practically Family

    Took the words right out of my mouth, Shangas! I practically started drooling when I saw that. I freakin LOVE Sweedish meatballs!
  14. Not overly vintage, but Dad and I do exchange antiques as gifts every year.

  15. Hi All
    Hi Tom- Great idea about exchanging an antique gift with your Dad at Xmas. What a great tradition.
    I like the phone you received, what is your Dads gift? Is that a Boot jack? I can't seem to make it out.
    Also I like your Cardigan sweater, my daughter picked me up a black cardigan at the local goodwill for $6.00 it is in great shape.
    Her and I love to compare getting good deals at the local goodwills or thrifts shops etc. I found her a nice pair of sterling and bakelite earrings for $8.00 she will be pleased.
    Tom, I losted track on the car you were selling on ebay. How did that finally end for you? I hope you received the price you were trying to obtain.
    Best regards and Merry Christmas.
    PS. Tom, your Dad could pass for your older Brother, but don't give him a big head.LOL
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2012
  16. We're both pretty avid collectors, so it keeps things interesting.

    Dad's gift is a flat-top can-opener from Pabst.

    I ended up with a dead-beat buyer on the car, so it's put away 'til spring.

    Trust me, Dad's got a big head already lol He enjoyed the compliment though. By the way, I'm 22 and he'll be 53 in 3 days.

  17. That's always nice to come from a family of collectors. Sadly, as I've said before, I was the first and only collector in my family.
  18. Lionel 3-rail around the tree
  19. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

    As we have little ones in the house, we have not displayed our 1930s Christmas ornaments for many a year, but at the mo in Britain a number of the retailers have caught onto the idea of 'vintage Christmas' thus we have been able to procure reasonable repro (shatter proof) Christmas decorations.

    See image http://twitpic.com/dn537b
    Anyone else been able to source repro Christmas decorations?
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