Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

It's Vintage Christmas Monday, so don't forget to visit Anything Goes Here and see the rest of Vintage Christmas out there in Blogland.

This week I decided to share some very vintage photos of Christmas when I was growing up. They aren't the best photos, but they are the only one's I have, so here goes.....

I am the oldest of the 3 of us--the redhead. The blonde is my younger sister Rhonda and the baby is my brother Greg. This would be 1966. I was 5 years old, we lived in Capistrano Beach, Calif and these would be our Christmas outfits for 1966, purchased with Green Stamps. Does anyone remember Green Stamps and also Blue Chip stamps? I remember my mom used to collect them--I think they "earned" them at the grocery store by how much they spent each trip and the little stamps would go into books that you then turned in at their stores to purchase things.

Here we are in about 1967/1968. I was 7 or 8 years old and we lived in Escondido, Calif, where I spent the rest of my growing up years. Don't you just love the ugly tv on the even uglier tv stand. It was black and white and no one had heard of remote control. That's what kids were for! LOL! Oh and that lovely non-descript tan carpet was later replaced with just as ugly new and fashionable green shag carpet--the kind you had to use a special rake to run through it. Thank goodness it is now the future. LOL!

This would be that same Christmas on Christmas morning, still lots of presents to be opened. The lady in the white suit is my Aunt Barbara, next is my mother, me, my sister, brother, Grandma Long and my dad fixing something. Notice the lovely pole lamp in this photo. Thankfully my mothers taste of decor improved greatly later on! LOL!

The year is 1971 and I am 10 years old and my sister and I are wearing matching dresses that my mother made us of swiss polka dot, with bell sleeves. Very stylish for back then! We are at my Aunt Debbie's house and since she had twins that were crawling she put the tree in a playpen that year.

Christmas eve 1972 modeling our new Christmas jammies in the living room--the room no one was allowed in except for special occasions-which was ok, because it was ugly--again with decor for the time--red shag carpet, gold velvet furniture with a mediteranean style--a couple more years down the road yet before mom finally got some good decorating taste--she eventually went antiques and victorian and has stayed that way ever since.

Can you see the white tree on the table top--it's made out of toothpicks poked into styrofoam balls and sprayed with the fake canned snow. I remember it came out of the Family Circle or Women's Day magazine and I remember the three of us kids helping to poke the gazillion toothpicks into those styrofoam balls--ouch! Boy am I glad we are in the future! Hey some vintage is just meant to stay in it's own time! LOL!

And last but not least is a picture that finally had it's mystery solved for me this year thanks to Aunt Barbara--who I need to email and no I haven't forgotten you--just keep getting sidetracked. Anyway this is about 1967, so I would be 6 years old. I knew there was a photo of Aunt Barbara modeling a bathroom rug--why I had no clue. My mom kept telling me that couldn't be so, but here it is--Aunt Barbara modeling a bathroom rug and shower cap. How chic! LOL! She said my sister and I had gotten matching stoles that year--I'm wearing mine as you can see and so she decided to model her new bathroom rug just to be silly. I knew my memory wasn't off. LOL!

A little different for Vintage Christmas Monday, but that's how my vintage Christmases were in sunny, southern California way back when.

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Julie said...

Hi Cathy,
I remember the green stamps. It was so much fun looking through the catalog to find something to get. Love your pictures. I think I will get some of my old Christmas pics out. The good old days!! Have a blessed Christmas.

The French Bear said...

Gosh those pictures bring back a lot of memories, unfortunately I don't have pictures to share. I am so glad you can show a time when life was simple and carefree!! Lovely pictures, they make me smile and laugh, yes I remember the shag rug too!!!!
Margaret B

Jeanette said...

Thanks for the pictures! I have one's of my brother and sister and I that look just about like those!! I remember those blue and green stamps, too. Merry Christmas!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

love the photos...and loved the trip down memory lane..I remember S&H stamps..we used to lick them and put them in the mom always kept the book in the cabinet above the stove..tell Aunt Barbara she looks fab in her bath ensamble..:)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

You're a red head! One of our grands is a red head!

Yes, I remember green stamps, black & white tv's, ugly tv stands, pole lamps......... OK, I'll stop there. -giggles-

And your Aunt Barbara must have been so much fun! Modeling a bathroom rug and shower cap! :-)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love your Christmas photos Cathy. We grew up around the same time. I'm about a year older. I think everyone had a tv on a stand like that. My mom worked part-time at the blue chip stamp store when I was in grade school. We got lots of things from there. I remember green stamps too. These were wonderful photos.

Rebecca said...

What a great idea--showing some of your holiday pictures from the past.

~~Carol~~ said...

Ahhh, there's nothing like old family photos from that era! I especially love the one of Aunt Barbara modeling the rug and shower cap! Sounds like your Auntie is a real fun gal!
Happy VCM!

June said...

Oh My Gosh Cathy...this could be my life...these could be my pictures!!! You made me smile today. Thank you for sharing your sweet 'vintage'? photos today.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

What fun shots of you and your family while you were growing up! xo Joan, your hostess

Miss Paula said...

Oh my goodness, when I saw your picture with the nightie it was like looking in a mirror. It looks like that same gown I had and you look like me and my daughter. Wow!!!
That was weird! A good weird!

Miss Paula said...

Actually it's your sister the blonde!!