Is it just me or is the build up to Christmas better than the actual day? I’m not at all religious, so the holiday doesn’t take on any religious significance for me, but it does ignite feelings of snowy nights, warm fires in the fireplace, decorating the house with my family, and twinkling lights all over the neighborhood. The entire month of December is one big cozy hug for me. So when the actual day comes and goes, I’m left feeling a little…empty. Anyone else?

Either way, I’m going to continue on with my Christmastime is Awesome Time until I crash and burn December 26. So with that, I present you with my latest holiday-themed post. I was sitting here, laptop on lap, with my Christmas tree staring me square in the face, when I thought…I want to see how people of yesterday decorated their trees! I love looking at old photographs, especially of the 40s and 50s. So here are a bunch of cat vomit-inducing tinsel trees coming at ya!

1940s Christmas tree

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A Christmas Story

The ultimate humilation


My husband would strongly disagree, but I think the BEST Christmas movie out there is A Christmas Story, hands down. I watch it every year (sometimes more than once) and the Christmas season wouldn’t be the same for me without it. I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is that makes it so amazing. The story takes place in the 1940s and that’s one of the hooks for me. That shouldn’t be surprising. I run a vintage shop, afterall. Of course I’d gravitate toward a movie that takes place back from where my clothes originated!

Besides that, the story is really charming. I love movies that are narrated. Ralphie, the main character who’s a young boy, narrates the story as an adult. He is someone everyone can identify with. He’s adorable, and young, and crafty. He gives us a glimpse into his life for a short period of time during the Christmas season. If not for the story, the clothing, home decor, and outside shots are authentic and charmingly vintage.

Below are some screenshots of the best scenes!

“I double dog dare you!”

A christmas story





“Fra-gee-lay.” It must be Italian.”

A christmas story


“Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf!”

 A christmas story



“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

A christmas story

“Deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra.”

A christmas story

A christmas story

A christmas story

If you’re one of the few that haven’t seen this movie, you MUST see it. It’s charming and silly and such a crowd favorite!

Happy holidays!