Christmas In the House

The house is decorated, but not very tidy, so I thought I’d show some highlights of my very favorite things around the house.

Spencer is super excited about his advent calendar (from target!). I like the idea of it, but he starts asking for the candy the second he gets up in the morning.

Growing up it was my job to turn on this tree every night. My grandmother made it (in the late 60s, I believe) and I don’t remember a Christmas without it. It is missing a bulb though, if any vintage lovers know where I might acquire one. I can tuck the bare spot to the back, but I would like to try and fix it if possible.

I try to decorate things I have out normally rather than doing a full swap of things in the house. This decorative piece sits on the credenza in our dining room. Last year I tried sticking the christmas cards on the posts and have them held up by the circles, but they fell out all the time. This year I was going to go with the tried and true, my mantra: all else fails, glitter ball it; but Spencer insisted on the snowflakes and stars. Looks cute! He has excellent ornament all the things skills.

The shelf got finished off with Spite Angel and a new frame. I love the striped frame with the branch ribbon – total happy accident.

Sadly, we have no mantle. Bannister stockings are the best I can do. Some years I do greenery and balls on the stairs, this year I tried out just ribbon.

Spencer insisted on having this stocking he made last year in school hanging somewhere. I went with his room.


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16 Responses to “Christmas In the House”

  1. Audrey says:

    I’m not sure you need vintage lights, My mom has one or two of those and both of my grandparent sets have one or two of those. One of those ceramic crafty things people used to do when I was a kid – I remember going with her once and it was like a huge archive of raw ceramic pieces just waiting for you to pick one, clean it and paint it. :D I think the lights are readily available, it just depends on the size you need. I’ll talk to my mom and see where she thinks you might find them. I’m pretty sure she has extras so if it does turn out to be something hard to find I can I’ll just mail you one after I visit her in January (if you can wait that long).


  2. Audrey says:

    It does look like they have them on Etsy, but 3.50/light is a bit much.


    Amy Reply:

    Thanks for looking for this! I’ll poke around a bit more and see if I can find the missing one. I don’t remember it being missing last year and maybe it is in the attic.
    (Also, I think my comment reply notification might be broken. If you get an email from this, can you tell me? Thanks!!)


  3. Rebecca says:

    My grandma has/had the same tree!!!


    Amy Reply:

    I think it was a kit? I don’t know. I just know all the seasonal light-up pottery we have (there is also a pumpkin and was a bunny) is from the year my mom moved back in with her parents when my dad went to Vietnam.


  4. OT and ET says:

    We are doing a little $2 advent from Target this year and every morning the first thing out of Otto’s mouth “can I have my chocolate?” luckily for me he says it like this choc-oh-lut so I’m all charmed and also usually super groggy and it’s like, “absolutely yeah yep”. I love your little vintage tree. We used to have a very similar one in my house growing up; although I don’t know the story behind ours. But my mom very unceremoniously got rid of so much awesome holiday stuff at some point when I was in high school and it’s long gone now. Boo. Your house is great, in close up :) xo


    Amy Reply:

    I was going to do the 99 cent Trader Joe’s advent calendar, but they sold out the day before I thought to go get one. I ended up really liking this little tree one. It’s nice and simple. So many advents are super fussy!


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