Sunday, December 13, 2009

Let there be (Christmas) Lights!

There is nothing like starting the week with Vintage Christmas Monday hosted by our pal Joan. You will be in awe of the wonderful array of treasures showcased by the party bloggers.

Here are some of my holiday goodies, along with a story from my childhood.....

Every Christmas Eve, when I was a toddler, we'd all pile in the staton wagon, and my dad would drive us around the neighborhood so we could see the holiday decorations. This was back in the days when everybody had lights and Santas and angels and menorahs and camels plastered all over their houses and yards. My mom tells me I used to sit in the back seat, in my footed jammies, and say over and over..."Lights, Mama, Lights!" I still adore Christmas lights of all kinds.

This 99 cent beauty was rescued from the Teen Challenge thrift store, Portland, Oregon.

These snowball lights go on our tree every year. I once found 2 huge bags of them at a thrift. I almost had to call 911 on myself.

This candelabra has a little Eiffel Tower thing going on. I told my husband that if he plays his cards right, I'll wear it as a hat to his company Christmas party.

One last thing, it's not too late to join up for a special holiday giveaway. It's something vintage and handmade by yours truly....see details here.


My Grama's Soul said...

Today I have the pleasure of being your first person commenting. You thrift finds are marvelous. I am never that lucky!



Linda said...

Oh I love the lights! When my children were young we went to Grandma's house on Christmas Eve and on the way home we would drive around and look at lights. The kids would look for Santa in the sky. What fun and I love outdoor lights! You got some great treasures!

KarenSue said...

Oh I think you should wear it! Love the snow ball lights. I know the feeling of call 911 when you hit it big. This is so much fun.
Have a great week!

trash talk said...

Are you planning on wearing anything with it? Love it!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

I had the opportunity to adopt one of those eiffel tower light things at an estate sale this summer, but I left it for some other vintage christmas junkie.
xo, suzy

Theresa said...

We always rode around when my daughter (36 years old today) was little. She just recently mentioned that was one of her favorite memories. Not that many people dress their houses up anymore. One house that used to do it stopped because people were stealing their decorations. Pooh, mean people! Oh well, my favorite in this post is the 99cent beauty! Have a blessed day!

glenda said...

Love the red single candle...I am in love with Christmas. I hope you and yours are anticipating the celebration of Christ's birth.
Joy to the world.

~~Carol~~ said...

No one person should have that many awesome lights! I love that candle one especially. Now you know that once you put something in writing, it must be carried out. So we all expect to see a picture of you wearing that Eiffel Tower light hat. Plugged in!
Happy VCM!

Fancy Fodder said...

You've got me cracking up again!
I'd love to see you wearing that Eiffel Tower light as a hat :+D
The string lights are amazing, too.
Happy VCM
~ Franny

Judi said...

We always drove around the different neighborhoods when I was a kid looking at all the lights too, and I must admit, I still do! Calling 911 on yourself, that hilarious!!! Merry Christmas ~ Judi

The Lone Dollier said...

Great finds! You luck girl.


Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Pretty darn cute! Lights, Mama, Lights! xo Joan, your pal and hostess.

Claudia said...

I just found your blog and became a follower. I love all things vintage. When we were kids we had one special family we spent Christmas Eve with. We would drive around and look at the Christmas lights then go back to their house for hot chocolate, fresh coconut and honey cakes. What memories. I love the shadow box you made. Please enter me in your drawing.

Postcardy said...

Where I live they are promoting the recycling of old holiday lights. I wonder whether they are doing this everywhere.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

You are soo cute! I love your treasures, and I can't wait to see you wearing your "Eiffel Tower" to the Christmas party! Bisous... Julie Marie

Heidi said...

Amazing how lights set the mood! Great finds and story!

Emme Toaye said...

Oh my, you are gonna be hot, hot, hot!