Thursday, December 18, 2008

Vintage Christmas


Today I want to share some things I have inherited from my relatives:

These glass baubles belonged to my Gran. We helped pack up her house before she moved into a hostel, and I was given a few Christmas items that I loved. I'm pretty sure this lovely dish was hers too. On Christmas Day at dinnertime we would have little dishes like this dotted all over the table, filled with scorched almonds, turkish delight, cashews and other goodies. (This is a tradition which we still keep - yum!)

This crystal basket is something I never thought I would use again. It has been sitting at the back of my sideboard untouched for years. My great uncle gave it to me sometime after my great aunt died (now that I think about it maybe he bought it new? I'm not even sure!) Anyway ... the other day it struck me that it is the perfect container for candy canes, so out it came. I'm glad to use it. My great-aunt and -uncle always had ... ummm ... different tastes to mine, but I loved seeing them and going to their home each year a week or two before Christmas was another of our family traditions. We would play in the backyard (I remember the scratchy grass) and collect cicada shells, of which there always seemed to be a collection, then we would stand out the front of their house on the brick wall and yell "Merry Christmas!" to anyone unfortunate enough to drive or walk by.

Gran, and my great-aunt and uncle have all passed away now, but it's nice to have these little reminders of them around the house at Christmastime.

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10 comments:

Amy said...

Those are so lovely! :-)

Dawn said...

What a pretty display of the baubles in the bowl! I browsed on down through your blog and enjoyed seeing your green grass outside your window! It's icy cold here.

Elizabeth said...

How nice that you found a good use for that crystal basket. You could use it year round for pencils, lollipops, or other tall things.

Just wanted to let you know that your link on Mr. Linky didn't work for me. I came here via the Comments form.

Kellie said...

Loving the baubles displayed in the bowl. What a wonderful reminder of your family and Christmases past.

Susan said...

Love the memories and the candy canes look fabulous in the crystal basket. Aren't the colors of the ornaments lovely? It is hard to duplicate that look today.

CC said...

What sweet memories..and the things are just beautiful. I specially love the candy cane basket and the ornaments.

Coloradolady said...

It is nice to see things that belonged to those we love displayed at Christmas! Lovely ornaments and love the cute little dish too. Merry Christmas!

marian said...

What lovely treasures and a lovely story :) have a joyous Christmas & see you in 2009 for more VTT fun :)

Jewelgirl said...

I love the memories with the sweet
treasures from your family. Nice
to have those things to remind you
of Christmas's past! Happy Holidays!
Jewelgirl

mub said...

The ornaments are beautiful! I love how festive the vase looks with the candy canes in there too. It might be fun to put some beaded flowers or something in there when you're done eating your candy canes =)