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18 Awesome Vintage Christmas Decorations

Oh, how times have changed! Do you remember any of these popular vintage Christmas ornaments?

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Vintage Christmas Bells

It turns out vintage Christmas ornaments are having a tough time finding a home, according to reports. That’s too bad because they hold a certain charm from being passed down generation to generation. In the past Christmas bells like these adorned opulent trees but now minimalism seems all the rage. Get inspired with these Christmas ideas that will make your holiday merry and bright.

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Watching Bubble-Lites back in the day could be like watching the yule log for a while. Bubble-Lites remained popular for a few decades but they had to be used cautiously since the fluid inside was frequently methylene chloride, which can cause poisoning if inhaled, swallowed or spilled on the skin, according to

Check out what Christmas looked like the year you were born.

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Indented Teardrop Glass Ornaments

These ornaments will take you back to a time where you worried about handling them so they wouldn’t fall from your fingertips and break. Sometimes the delicate handling ornaments required made the act of decorating Christmas trees more than a tradition.

Take a look at these edible ornaments you’ll want to make ASAP.

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Shiny Brite Ornaments

At one time Shiny Brite produced the most popular Christmas ornaments in the U.S. but faded out after the 1960s due to a variety of reasons. If there’s ever a time to get nostalgic, Christmas would be it and vintage ornaments like these can bring back memories. If those special ornaments won’t fit perfectly into the box anymore, you’ll want to know this one tip to store ornaments safely.

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Movie Star Ornaments

Who knew that movie star ornaments were once a thing? Neither did we but vintage movie star ornaments are available on Etsy. The movie stars include Bette Davis, Carmen Miranda, Hedy Lamarr, Claudette Colbert, Alice Faye and Sonja Henie. It’d be hard to imagine people hanging cardboard cutouts of movie stars on their tree these days though. What we can picture are these food-shaped Christmas ornaments.

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Drum Set and Guitar

Christmas ornaments come in all shapes and sizes but drum sets seem to be rare finds on pine needles these days. These drums look great and make for one of these 100 incredible Christmas tree decorating ideas.

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Pine Cones

Don’t have pine cones in your area? Get the next best thing with these vintage pine cone ornaments. If you do have pine cones where you live, make this snowy pinecone cookie recipe.

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Glass Ornaments

You can almost smell the memories that waft from this box of vintage Christmas ornaments. The patina is kind of the physical evidence of those Christmas past reminisces. Check out these Christmas traditions from year’s past that deserve a comeback.

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Yes it’s messy and yes it’s a pain to pick up but it used to be a Christmas tree staple. It started to fade from Christmas trees because some tinsel contained lead and pets tend to chew on it. Here is how to pet proof your home.

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Needlepoint Stockings

Needlepoint stockings make Christmas a little more special because they’re handmade and provide yet another tradition. Keep your stockings safe this season with these holiday home safety tips.

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Paper Chains

Paper chains are totally easy to make and always look great on a Christmas tree. You can try these 14 amazing DIY décor ideas too!

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Rocking Horse

Rocking horses have long been symbols of Christmas, perhaps in part because it was a popular children’s toy and at one time a sort of status symbol. Having a vintage rocking horse ornament is a neat connect to the history of Christmas. If you love rocking horses, take a look at this adorable rocking horse cookie recipe.

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Cutout Ornaments

Paper cutout ornaments on a tree usually indicate childhood since so many of them get made either at school or home before finding a place on the tree. They’re a fun reminder of growing up and how you don’t always get to escape your childhood around family. Read the legend of the Christmas spider you might see on a tree or learn the surprising truth about the Christmas pickle.

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Nutcracker Ornaments

People will display nutcrackers in their home as standalone decorations but some people have nutcracker ornaments on their tree. Vintage nutcracker ornaments in any shape or size always look good on trees. Check out these Christmas traditions from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

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Needlepoint Ornaments

Needlepoint ornaments have that added sentimental feeling because more often than not someone sat down and spent time delicately working on it. Those types of ornaments usually have a story behind them and sharing stories is all part of the Christmas experience. This year, add one of these classic Christmas traditions we learned from grandma to your holiday celebration.

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Popcorn String

Time intensive? Sure, but a popcorn string Christmas tree decoration is a great family activity that goes back a long way. From popping the corn to stringing it together, it can be a cool tradition for your family. Keep your Christmas tree safe this year with these outstanding tips you’ve never considered. 

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Candy Canes

What a sweet way to decorate a tree. Candy canes are always around during Christmas but they don’t seem to find their way to Christmas trees like they maybe did in the past. Create a vintage Christmas tree look with candy canes. Put those candy canes to good use after the holidays by making one of these recipes with candy canes.

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Indented Ornament

This is more of a modern take on a vintage ornament but you can see how it works when something old is new again. Speaking of vintage, here is what you need to know about your heirloom Pyrex dishes.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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