Vintage Thingies Thursday, my ornament collection

Vintage Thingies Thursday is sponsored by my friend Suzanne. She's also featuring vintage Christmas today.

Okay, so this post is about some things near and dear to my heart. This is my ornament collection. My Mom started it for me when I was but a wee bairn. When I bought my first house, she sent it to me for my first cmas tree there. This year, I did not hang it on the tree, but instead hung it on a swag over the dining room windows. (note it took two photos. it's not a corner window with badly hung curtains). As she added to the collection, my Mom dated the ornaments so I know the year she gave them to me for most of them.

These are some of the oldest ornaments in the collection. They came from my grandparents or from the boxes of ornaments my parents bought for their first tree.

This angel is the oldest one purchased for me. It is dated 1966 (stop doing math...it won't tell you how old I am because this was not my first cmas).

This is the ornament from the year I graduated high school (I mean it, stop doing the math.)

These are some ornaments we added. The pickle we got after Sydney came to us. Traditionally, the person that found the pickle got to hand out the gifts, but we play a meaner version of the game because we only have the one kid. She can't hand out the gifts or start opening until she finds the pickle...mwhahahaaaa!

And, these are the dated ornaments that Rob and I have added since we've been together. They're LiBien ornaments from Pier 1. They're advertised as hand painted from the inside. They're so perfect that I wonder. We buy one of the large ornaments and one of the very small angels every year.

Okay, that's my ornament collection. You can see lots of other things in the background. It's enough ornaments to cover our rather large tree and this year, we didn't get to display it all. There are duplicates of some of the ornaments and because we had limited space this year, I had to leave the dups in the boxes.

Take care and check out everyone else's vintage posts. Lane


marlene@ByTheSeam said...

Wow, the ornaments that came from you grandparents....I remember those hanging on our tree when I was a kid. Those are the good ones. They also break easily that is why there aren't so many of them around now. I am glad you have them. Your window looks great. The other thing we had was bubble lights.

viridian said...

I am a scientist so I can't help but do the math! Anyway I am older than you.

Auntie Em said...

What lovely memories can be contained in a Christmas ornament. I think your swag looks beautiful.
The ornaments from your grandparents remind me of the ones we had on our tree when I was a kid too.

My name is Riet said...

we had a lot of those breakable ones, there were no others, but they all seemed to break some time or another. So I was glad we got the unbreakables. I have so many handmades and different gifts from friends that I don't have much else in my tree any more.

Postcardy said...

That's a nice collection. I like the oldest ones best.

concretenprimroses said...

What a fun collection! I think I have the 1980 ornament too, (a gift from my mom) but I was long out of HS.

Unknown said...

Oh wow! what a great collection! So many great ones to use over and over...how lucky you are to have them :)

happy vtt!

Marie said...

No worries, unless it's sale math I avoid it. Love the cute angel! Happy VTT
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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Maureen said...

What a cool thing to have! Love the pickle tradition!

CC said...

What beautiful ornaments..I love them all and I love the pickle tradition. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

Coloradolady said...

Lane...I don't have to do the math...I graduated the same year..so guess what...I already pretty much know!!! Love the ornaments, and I am really impressed at the statement they make on the garland...that is a great idea!Happy VTT and have a great weekend.

My Grama's Soul said...

Those vintage ornaments are so lovely draped over your window. What a fab idea.



Debbie said...

I love how you have displayed your ornaments. My mom started the ornament tradition with her grandkids and when the oldest turned 21, she was going to stop but her granddaughter said she didn't want her to. So this would be a great way for her to display almost 30 years of ornaments. (by the way, I did the math and I am older than you!)

Kim, USA said...

I like keeping old Christmas ornaments too they are just awesome to look at. Thanks for sharing the picture.

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