Christmas Greetings

I pulled out some vintage Christmas items and set a table to display them. . .

 Cardboard Christmas village houses & churches, known as Putz houses, most old mixed with some new. . .

I’ve used this quilt on my table before~ it’s currently nestled underneath my tree at the lake serving as a tree skirt.

 Christmas Greetings  are sprinkled on the table, most of these are postmarked from Pennsylvania, the one below from 1910~

  I love the messages on these postcards:

“May Christmas with its magic spell, Make all things happy, all thing well.”


 The practice of sending Christmas cards grew out of the Victorian use of decorated calling cards and of printed note paper and envelopes for New Year’s greetings. The card business was really made possible by the advent of the postage stamp and ‘Penny Post’ in England in 1840. Prior to this innovation, postage was based on mileage and paid by the receiver when mail was delivered. Now the sender could bear the postage with a single rate.

The first commercially printed Christmas card is attributed to Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

By the 1850s improved printing techniques allowed the expansion of the card business and cards could be trimmed with a wide variety of cut and embossed papers.


 My chalkware figures are not vintage, but have a vintage charm. . .


Christmas Collectibles  is a fact-filled guide to Christmas collectibles and offers information and full-color photographs of Yuletide items from the Victorian era to the present. Fun to peruse, it is both a catalog of delightful objects and a fascinating investigation of every aspect of Christmas~ from the origins of traditions and festivities, to the technological innovations that affected the manufacture of favorite ornaments.

“One of the first Christmas window decorations was a lighted candle in a window. The candles were placed there to guide ‘special’ travelers, who vary in different countries and cultures, from The Holy Couple, Mary and Joseph, to The Christmas Stranger, or The Christmas Visitor. In time, the reason was forgotten, but the candles had become part of the holiday. Eventually the candles were electrified, allowing greens to be used safely in the windows. Although various arrangements appeared in windows, the most enduring was the wreath made of evergreens and trimmed with pine cones, berries and ribbon. The first artificial wreaths were made of chenille or cellophane and for some reason were mostly red instead of green.”

I love the nostalgia these vintage items evoke~  memories of Christmases of yesteryear. . . a few pieces from my collection of vintage Christmas items~ lights, children’s records, Shiny Brite ornaments, Sparkle Snow. . .

These children’s records were personalized Santa-Grams, with Santa’s 10 Rules for Good Little Boys & Girls. . .

  1. Listen to your Mommy & Daddy

  2. Mind your teacher

  3. Be neat & clean

  4. Go to bed early

  5. Be kind to animals (my favorite one :-)

  6. Brush teeth twice a day

  7. Be careful crossing streets

  8. Don’t be selfish

  9. Be courteous

  10. Go to church

 My vintage Santa punch bowl & mugs are accompanying a plate of Linzer cookies I made for Food for Thought.

 A vintage choice for a cookie :-) based on the same recipe as Linzer torte, created in Linz, Austria in the 17th century. Linzer torte is the oldest known torte recipe and a holiday classic in Austrian, Hungarian, Swiss, German traditions, often eaten at Christmas.

Christmas Collectibles will evoke memories of your own childhood and give you a glimpse of how other generations and other people have celebrated Christmas over the years.

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  35 comments for “Christmas Greetings

  1. December 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Mary.. I love those frosted cardboard houses..I only have a little Easter one..what a joy this post is..So many cute nostalgic things..and I am just about to make Linzers butter is already out..Perfect post timing!

  2. December 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Your dogs are adorable! I, absolutely, love your red Christmas tree transferware… that vintage or new? Thank you for stopping by my blog, Mary, and leaving that kind comment.

  3. December 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I smiled all the way through this post Mary! Wow! Does this bring back memories. Beautiful table and post!

  4. December 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Your photos are just amazing as is your tablesettings, quilt, and decor. I’m going back to have another look. Love your blog!! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!!

  5. December 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Oh so fun and festive! I love the quilt on the table and the little elves peeking from the cup, sweet touch. Have a happy holiday!

  6. Carolyn
    December 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    The little chalkware Santas and figures are divine and they look so at home with the Putz houses. Lovin the matchbooks too. You have a lot of charming “back in the day” Christmas decor. Brings up a lot of happy memories!
    Merry, Merry, Mary! CGE

  7. December 11, 2010 at 12:02 am

    WHAT A GREAT POST!!!!!! The information was wonderful! Your collection divine & I adore you red/white dishes. The vintage Santa punch bowl & mugs adorable. A true pleasure! Your photos are marvelous! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a Happy Holiday & Merry Christmas! Charlene

  8. December 11, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Oh! This brings back such great memories of Christmas’ Past!! I think my mom had those same mugs!! What an interesting book that must be! What an inspiring post! I love coming over here…always leave with a smile! Have a great weekend, Mary!!

  9. December 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    good morning, its fft time and that makes me very happy! i adore this table… and the bowls are so darn cute with santa soup :) this truly is my favorite kind of table, old world charm~ from the fresh green glasses to the paper accents, it is just enchanting to my soul…

    the setting is so pretty, and your wonderful chair has a snowflake pillow and blanket is so perfect for reading the afternoon away after a scrumptious holiday meal al fresco.

    what a great book! i love how you have SO many collectibles! its so fun to watch it all scroll by, you must have had so much fun sharing all these great pieces! i am in holiday awe :)

    and then we get linzers too, oh my the santa mug shots are beyond cute! we had those mugs growing up, filled it hot chocolate and left for santa…

    oh that was such a perfect holiday visit with you, its like peace and contentment wrapped up in a pretty red bow. than you so much for sharing, i loved it!

  10. December 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    OH…I love this post…just beautiful! Hopped over from Vintage Inspiration Friday and just love your blog, we have many common interests! I can’t wait to read more!

  11. December 12, 2010 at 1:25 am

    What a wonderful post!!

  12. December 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Mary, what wonderful photos of all these darling vintage Christmas delights. You never miss a detail! Love the Santa mugs. My mom had one for each of us when we were children. And that quilt! It is perfect for Christmas table or all the year long. Do you know the name of the pattern? Thanks for sharing this book. It looks like one I’d like.
    Have a beautiful day! ~ Sarah

  13. December 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    A most beautiful and festive table full of the sweetest vintage items. Love how you put it all together incorporating the Putz houses and the vintage postcards among the dishes, Santa’s and greenery. Gorgeous on the quilt too!

  14. December 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Love this — beautiful — love all the little surprises on your table. Everything looks all ready for a visit from Santa. Thanks for your sweet comments on my grandgirls — always a joy for a Nana to see.

  15. December 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Your decoration are astonishing for me, your post are always extroordinairy. What a nice person is behind that all!! ;-)

  16. December 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    great post! Love all the little houses and cards. I didn’t see my favorite Christmas book in your pile (a Cup of Christmas Tea)…Happy Holidays!

  17. Ann
    December 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Great post…loved everything! Always like to see how people use their postcards!

  18. December 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Oh wow I love your vintage table pieces. Great collection.

  19. December 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    You have a nice variety of vintage Christmas things.

  20. Pam
    December 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    You have quite the collection of vintage Christmas. My favorites are the putz house of course. Gotta love a good putz house.

  21. December 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Your table is amazing! Simply amazing!

  22. December 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    What a sweet, special and very informative post. Your table is beautiful and evokes that sweet nostalgia. I adore those bowls you have everything so lovingly nestled in or propped up on. Now maybe I read too fast, but where are those from? They are charming! You have some wonderful and colorful treasures!

    Thank you so much and I hope I can be invited back again next year!

  23. December 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Christmas table!!!

  24. December 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Your putz is pretty darned cool. I love the chalkware figurines too. Thanks so much for sharing all the vintage goodies. Your table rocks!!

  25. Pat
    December 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Absolutely drawn to this table. So much detail with all the little houses, very nice. Red transferware is my favorite! Great setting for it. Thanks!


  26. December 16, 2010 at 11:44 am

    You have quite a collection of vintage Christmas decorations. I love your red transferware dishes the best though. I loved looking at all your photos. Merry Christmas!

  27. December 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    What an amazing post…I love all that vintage goodness

  28. December 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    You have so many pretty things–I think the houses are my favorites, though!
    Merry Christmas!

  29. December 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    You have some incredible Christmas goodies. This is a terrific post, very interesting and such lovely eye candy. Of course, the cards are my favorite. Merry Christmas!!

  30. December 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Your table is pure magic…it is stunning!

  31. December 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    This may be my favorite post ever … well, number two after your charming doggie chalkware one! :) What a wonderful collection you have and such a great eye!

    Happy VTT and Merry Christmas,

  32. QMM
    December 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Now that is a real holiday collections of pretty vintage thingies. I love the greenery and berries in the bouquets. Be glad when I can get out and get some to decorate with. There is solid ice all around my house right now. Nice linens and dishes. Great post. Thanks and Christmas blessings to you and your family.

  33. December 17, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Thank you for sharing your marvelous selection of Christmas collections. They are amazing! Cherry Kay

  34. December 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    OH I just love those transferware dishes, the bowls especially. What a beautiful setting.
    I like the quilt for the table cloth also.
    My friend thought I had lost it when I used a quilt on the table some people just aren’t into doing cool things LOL

    I am on the outlook for some bowls like yours


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