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Collecting Nostalgia: Vintage Christmas Memorabilia


With its time-honored traditions, sacred recipes passed down through generations and emphasis on family and friends, few areas of life lend themselves so well to nostalgia as Christmas. Of the families who celebrate Christmas, everyone does it a little bit differently. My husband’s family are Cuban, and celebrate “Noche Buena” on December 24th, opening all their gifts and having a great feast. In my family, Christmas Eve was always for watching the animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, with the fabulous voice of Boris Karloff. We also drank eggnog or hot chocolate, had a roaring fire in the hearth, and were allowed to open one present before bed – always a book. Stuffing at his house looks like Fufu de Platano – a sweet plantain dish with onions and bacon. In my house, stuffing had apples, celery, sage. As we make our own new traditions, we will incorporate our favorite elements from each of our upbringings.

Christmas goes on that way. Whatever we do to make Christmas special, surely the desire to carry on those traditions – caroling, cooking, baking, arts and crafts, decorating – stems from the way we felt, with the people we loved. In the middle of a dark, cold winter, we get to slow down, celebrate the slow return of the light, and hold each other close.

That nostalgia is the perfect medium for memory making and memory preserving. And thanks to the fine folks who make their way in the world by trading in vintage collectibles, we have a window into the way generations past have celebrated.  Please enjoy this selection of vintage Christmas books, and vintage Christmas collectibles from pop-up books, to posters, Christmas cards, postcards, cookbooks and more.

Vintage Christmas Cookbooks

 

 

 

A Christmas Cook Book 1958: Over 80 Classic Recipes from the Wisconsin Public Service Home Service Department

A Christmas Cook Book 1958
Over 80 Classic Recipes from the Wisconsin Public Service Home Service Department

 

 

 

Vintage Christmas Sheet Music

 

 

 


 

 

Vintage Christmas Pop-Up books

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Vintage Christmas Cards and Postcards

 


 

 

 

 

 
Christmas card signed by Langston Hughes, 1950 "Slightly incongruous holiday depiction of duck decoys and a shotgun."

Christmas card signed by Langston Hughes, 1950
“Slightly incongruous holiday depiction of duck decoys and a shotgun.”


 

 
 

Vintage Christmas Posters

 


 

 

 

 

 
Scrooge Movie Poster 1971 Starring Albert Finney as Scrooge, plus Alec Guinness and more.

Scrooge Movie Poster 1971
Starring Albert Finney as Scrooge, plus Alec Guinness and more.


 

Vintage Christmas Books

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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