Creating A Cozy Christmas With Vintage Christmas Vignettes

Welcome dear friends! The Christmas season has officially arrived and it’s time to start creating a cozy Christmas around our homes! Today I am joining 10 creative bloggers for the Creating a Cozy Christmas blog hop hosted by Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles. If you are coming over from  Hyacinth for the Soul or if you just happened to stop by today, I am so happy you are here! For this hop I am sharing some of my favorite vintage Christmas vignettes from Christmases past.


There is nothing like a bit of nostalgia when it comes to creating a cozy Christmas feeling. I have been collecting vintage Christmas decor and collectibles since I was a little girl and I just love playing with my Christmas treasures each holiday season. From primitives to the Victorian era or retro-kitchsy Christmas decor…just gimme all the vintage Christmas!
Although my primary decor loves are Farmhouse French Country and vintage cottage style, I really love primitive  decor for Christmas. It’s just so cozy creates that homespun holiday feeling.
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Gorgeous primitive farmhouse cottage Christmas ktichen tour

When you visit our home at Christmas you will find vintage Santas or reproduction vintage style Santas from all time periods. I also have lots of vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, vintage tinsel, and mercury glass bead garlands. It is always fun to try to come up with new and creative ways to display them.
Vintage Ornaments
Vintage Knee Hugger Elf with vintage Icicle ornaments
Vintage knee hugger elves can be found acting innocent, but often times they are getting into mischief!
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I go through phases when it comes to collecting and decorating with vintage Christmas. One year it was all about the kitschy Santa blow molds and vintage Japanese Santa ornaments and figures.
Vintage Mrs. Claus collectibles are a little harder to come by, but I have a few that I treasure. In my post, “Let’s Hear It For Mrs. Claus: The Unsung Christmas Heroine” I share my small collection along with some fun thoughts about the hard work that goes on behind the scenes from “Mrs. Clauses” all over the world each Christmas. If you love vintage Christmas I think you will enjoy the read!
Often times one item will spark the idea for a whole vignette. This red Rae Dunn “hers” mug gave me the idea for the whole post on Mrs. Claus!  *An exciting side note: My farmhouse cotton boll and pine tobacco basket swag was just featured in County Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine Christmas edition!
Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Christmas Follow The Yellow brick Home Feature
Cottage vintage Christmas kitchen tour
1940s cabinet filled with Rae Dunn Christmas
Rae Dunn pottery is new but it just seems to tie in perfectly with vintage Christmas. Tomorrow I will be sharing my Christmas kitchen tour with more vintage Christmas fun with Rae Dunn and some other kitschy and farmhouse Christmas kitchen decor!
Vintage Christmas kitchen kitsch is just so fun!
Rae Dunn Christmas in retro cabinet
Christmas home tour German Belsnickle Ragaon Ragon House
Several years ago I began collecting vintage style German Belsnickel (or Belsnickle) Santa figures and I just love them. They can be quite pricey but I always treat myself to one after Christmas when they go on sale for half off at a local primitives shop.
Ragon House Belsnickle Santas
It is fun to create vignettes based on the color of each Belsnickel’s cloak. This dark green velvet Belsnickel is my favorite! Every year I display the Belsnickels in different ways. You can see more of them in last year’s Christmas home tour.
Of all the vintage Shiny Brite and antique ornaments, I love the teal, green and blue ones the most. I keep an eye out for them year round on my junkin’ adventures.
Vintage Christmas
It is fun to create vintage Christmas vignettes by mixing in Christmas trinkets and treasure with my everyday antiques and vintage collectibles and decor. Christmas decorations from the Victorian Era are my favorite.
Beautiful teal Christmas decor
Christmas decorating ideas for a staircase
Old toys are always fun to use in Christmas vignettes too.
Decorate under a Christmas tree with vintage toys
 It doesn’t bother me one bit to mix vintage Christmas decorations from different eras. Here some  cute 1950’s style wrapping paper is tucked under my 1920’s Victorian themed Christmas tree.
Vintage or reproduction bottle brush trees add instant vintage Christmas to any vignette. I love tucking them in vintage containers of all shapes and sizes. Ivory bottle brush trees are my favorites and I love styling them in vignettes with vintage tarnished silverplate or ironstone.
Vintage angel tree topper
Of course all the colors of bottle brush trees are so fun! This vignette was inspired by the pink antique Christmas postcard. I love collecting vintage postcards from all holidays and I often use them as inspiration for styling Christmas vignettes.
A Christmas vignette old clocks vintage Christmas collectibles
I scored these very old vintage figurines at  an estate sale score for only $5.00. Each year I come up with new ways to display them by creating winter scenes. The old ironstone platter with holly was also another $5.oo estate sale score.
A collection of vintage lead ice skaters
When I am out junkin’ I always keep my eye out for anything that I can use as Christmas decor. A very old picture of a little girl in a pink winter cloak was a steal for a quarter at a yard sale one summer!
My music room is always packed with vintage Christmas decor! Last year I used an antique picture of a mother and child along with my nativity figures in little vignette on the antique organ. You can see more vintage Christmas in my Holiday Music Room Tour .
My grandmother’s red lunch pail from the 1930’s is a dear treasure of mine! Each year I use it in Christmas vignettes along with her cute baby picture. My grandmother is 86 years-old and I am so blessed and thankful for her! A cozy Christmas isn’t really about the vintage junk, it’s all about celebrating the birth of Jesus and spending time precious with loved ones!
Well dear friends, I am busy working on creating a cozy Christmas home this year using all my vintage Christmas loot in new and different ways! I will be participating in several home tours of the next couple of weeks so be sure to stop back by to see what I have come up with.
Now it’s time to continue on with the fun hop! Next up is Sweet Nothings. You can find the entire list of participants below. I can’t wait to check them all out!
Thank you so much for visiting today! Have a very cozy Christmas!
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  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber, I am absolutely squealing with childlike delight! I may have worn out my “Pin it” button. Your charming vignettes are so very inspiring. Stay cozy! I’ll be working on my porch decor today. 🙂

    November 27, 2018 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Your collectables are just amazing. I am in love with that little snowman. What a cutie. I too collect vintage Christmas. It’s so much fun but your collection is not to be missed. Thanks for sharing at Creating a Cozy Christmas. I cannot wait for your kitchen tour.

    November 27, 2018 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, you have the cutest vintage and primitive decorations. You could divide it up between us and still have plenty. Each little vignette is a feast for the eyes. Your home is full of the Christmas spirit. Pinned!

    November 27, 2018 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I love all of your vintage treasures. Everything looks so festive and charming! Happy to be joining you on the hop and hope you have a blessed Christmas season!

    November 27, 2018 at 11:53 am
    • Reply Cecilia

      Thanks for sharing your cozy Christmas vignettes at Vintage Charm!

      December 3, 2018 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    My gosh woman how long does it take you to do all of these fantabulous vignettes?! I cannot imagine. Each one is so adorable. And congrats on the magazine feature! That’s so cool. I cracked up laughing when I saw the Santa cup in the cabinet with the RD collection. With the look on his face, I imagined him saying – Oh great, another kids just pooped on my lap. LOL! Merry Christmas Amber!

    November 27, 2018 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Amber, scrolling throuh this delightful post is like drifting back in time. Yes, these vintage pieces definitely inspire a cozy atmosphere. Each one of your vignettes is charming! I have to comment on your stellar photos. They are crystal clear! I’ve bookmarked this post so I can return this evening when I have some quiet time. I want to visit each of your links. So much inspiration here. Thank you for sharing and have a Merry Christmas!

    November 27, 2018 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Linda Nelson

    Very, very pretty!

    November 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    I pinned every single photo!! I just love all of your amazing vignettes!! You know I adore vintage and you have so many wonderful pieces!! I am really enchanted with the area by your staircase!! Love how you decorated that sweet Tree with all the vintage ornaments….I can not wait to see more of your home decked out for Christmas….

    November 29, 2018 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply candy

    I love all these pictures and how they have been arranged. This is very much my style. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop Link Party

    November 29, 2018 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Marlene Stephenson

    So much to see, love it, pinned, thank you.

    December 1, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Beautiful as always! Love your Christmas vignettes and especially enjoyed your Mrs. Claus…so sweet!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    December 2, 2018 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Carol

    These are all so spectacular. I love making vignettes with holiday decor. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight. Thanks so much for sharing!

    December 6, 2018 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Pam

    These are just beautiful, Amber. So magical. I featured you today as one of my fellow co-hostesses at Thursday Favorite Things.

    December 6, 2018 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Sherry

    Thanks for sharing this at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!

    December 17, 2018 at 11:26 am
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