Now, as an adult, it seems that Christmas is always just around the corner. Which is okay with me, because I love the magical holiday transformation that begins each November.
Smoke curls up from chimneys and the rooftops sparkle with a dusting of snow. Christmas trees begin to pop up in front windows all around the neighborhood. Bing Crosby, Burl Ives and Judy Garland sing the classics on every oldies radio station.
By mid-December the transformation is complete and the world seems a kinder, gentler place, if just for a little while.
Yep, I love the holidays and all that comes with them; the cards, the frosted cut-out cookies, and the annual ‘A Christmas Story’ marathon. But most of all, I love retro Christmas decorations.
My own collection began with a few dozen ornaments from the 40s, 50s & 60s that made the long journey from the attics of my parents, and grandparents, into the 21st century with me. Some of the ornaments are flocked, some are indented, and a couple are clear glass with a tiny bit of garland inside. Some are perfect, a few have tarnished, but all of them make me smile.