A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room

Have you noticed that this year’s Christmas posts have been very vintage themed?  I love using vintage for decorating in any season, but especially love vintage Christmas decor. 

Today I’m sharing A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room where, of course, I used vintage to decorate.Swarovski snowflake Christmas ornaments dating from 1993 to 2019

I’m sharing my living room Christmas decorations along with 26 blogging friends for a Celebrate Christmas blog tour hosted by Leen of Sand Dollar Lane.

On the Celebrate Christmas tour you’ll enjoy Christmas ideas including home tours, DIY ideas, tablescapes and centerpieces.  You’ll find links to all of the bloggers sharing today at the end of this post.

If you arrived here from Postcards from the Ridge, welcome!  Angie is a dear friend and I love her vintage style.

A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room

Earlier this week I shared the mantel in our formal living room decorated for Christmas.  Today I’m sharing the rest of the formal living room’s Christmas decor. 

Our formal living room is a light filled room that is primarily used by our dog, Sherman.  Sherman spends his day guarding the house from “his” sofa or napping on the rug.  

Let’s tour the room to see how I decorated it this year for Christmas.A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room


When visitors come over, Sherman shares his room with them.  The $5 wing back chairs that my mom snagged for me at a church auction sale are comfortable and they are decorated for the season with white fur pillows that I made last year and red wool pillows that I made this year.  The striped throw is from Ikea.A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room


The table between the chairs is a great place to display family postcards from the early 1900’s.  A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room


Most of these postcards were sent to my great-great aunts.  I love reading the messages on the backs of the cards and also looking at the old stamps.Collection of vintage Christmas postcards from the early 1900's


My favorite of the bunch is this card sent in 1908 to my great-great aunt.  It’s addressed to her work, S.H. Heironimus, a department store in downtown Roanoke.  December 25 Christmas postcard sent in 1908

Swarovski Christmas Tree 

Every Christmas I display a wooden tree filled with Swarovski snowflake ornaments on a music stand to the left of the mantel.A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room - Tree decorated with Swarovski Snowflake ornaments

Mr. SP has given me a Swarovski snowflake ornament every Christmas since 1993.  Swarovski snowflake Christmas ornaments dating from 1993 to 2019

The wooden tree that he helped me to make a long time ago is full of pretty snowflakes.  A wooden tree displaying Swarovski snowflake Christmas ornaments dated from 1993 - 2019

This tree is displayed all winter and I especially enjoy how the light refracts through the ornaments making light patterns on the walls and ceilings at different times of day.Wooden Christmas tree decorated with Swarovski snowflake Christmas ornaments dating from 1993 to 2019

Vintage Santas

The table to the right of the mantel is another favorite spot to decorate seasonally.A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room - A Family Room is Decorated for Christmas with Vintage

The table holds a vintage Econolite along with vintage Santas, thermoses, and Christmas books.A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room - vintage econolite, vintage plastic santas, vintage santa mug, vintage themoses, poinsettia in an antique cast iron pot


Econolite motion lamps were produced in the 1950’s.  When turned on, the heat of a light bulb makes a part inside turn making it appear to snow on the lampshade.  My mother gifted me with this Econolite years ago and it’s another piece that I display all winter.Vintage winter scene Econolite motion lamp, Christmas Ideals books from the 1960's, vintage plastic Santa candy holders, vintage Santa mug, and two vintage thermoses

I love vintage Santa items and grouped a few of my favorites here.  The red Santas originally came filled with candy.Vintage plastic Santa candy holders, vintage Santa mug, vintage thermoses


The Santa mug belonged to my great-great aunt who raised my grandmother.  My great-great aunt passed this to my grandmother, who passed it to my mom, who passed it to me.  I love pulling this guy out of a Christmas bin each year.Vintage plastic Santa candy holders and a vintage Santa mug


The Santas rest on Christmas Ideals books from 1958, 1961, and 1962.  My friend gave me the red plaid thermos and the other thermos came from an antiques shop in Bedford.Vintage Christmas Ideals books, vintage plastic Santa candy holders, vintage Santa Christmas mugs, vintage thermoses


Christmas Decor on the Chest

Swinging around to the other side of the room you can see that Sherman’s sofa, like the wingback chairs, has white fur pillows, and another red wool one. A Very Vintage Christmas in the Formal Living Room - A living room is decorated for Christmas with Vintage


My grandmother’s chest is another spot that I like to decorate seasonally.  Byer's Choice Skaters and cat, vintage sewing box, vintage Santa bank, vintage candle holder  


My mom gave me my Byer’s Choice skaters and cat in the early 1990’s. Byer's Choice Skaters with cat


The red plaid sewing box belonged to my great-great aunt and it is still filled with sewing supplies.Byer's Choice Skaters and cat with a vintage red plaid sewing box


A Knox Hats Santa bank is a recent vintage find on Facebook.  I purchased it from a local gentleman selling items from his dad’s estate.  His parents had more than 300 Santas that they displayed each Christmas.  Vintage Knox Hats Santa Bank


I hope you enjoyed touring my Very Vintage Christmas Formal Living Room!  It was a pleasure to share my decor with you.A Very Vintage Christmas in the Living Room - A home is decorated for Christmas with Vintage

Next on the tour is Suzy of Worthing Court.  Suzy has a beautiful home and I know that it is going to be a pleasure to see her Christmas decor.

Celebrate Christmas Tour

Enjoy the ideas shared on the Celebrate Christmas Tour!  Click on the link below each picture to visit each participating blogger.Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop - 26 bloggers share Christmas decor, tablescapes and DIY projects

Sand Dollar Lane  //  Aratari at Home  //  Postcards From the Ridge  //  Sweet Pea


Worthing Court  //  Atta Girl Says  //  Sonya Burgess  //  Kippi at Home


White Arrows Home  //  Cribbs Style  //  Dabbling & Decorating  //  One House 2 Barns


My Family Thyme  //  The February Fox  //  A Life Unfolding


My Wee Abode  //  The Tattered Pew  //  Thistlewood Farms


Artsy Chicks Rule  //  2 Bees in a Pod  //  Zucchini Sisters (not shown)  //  The Little by Little Home


The French Blue Cottage  //  Elizabeth Joan Designs  //  Joy in Our Home


Thistle Key Lane  //  Noting Grace



    1. Thank you, Lindsay! I love those Swarovski ornaments and since they are snowflakes, I enjoy them until March.

    1. Thank you, Libbie! I am so glad that my grandmother saved all of her aunt’s postcards and then passed them along to me.

  1. I always love seeing your vintage pieces like those pretty postcards! Your room is so beautiful The view of the fireplace with the two chairs is so elegant but inviting. And I love the crystal snowflakes!
    Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!

    1. Thank you, Carrie! The snowflakes give me so much enjoyment. As I type, I can see a few light patterns on the ceiling in the living room. šŸ™‚

  2. Oh, my goodness! Your living room is so beautiful! Looks ike a photo from a magazine! Love your little crystal tree! Everything you do is must marvelous.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia šŸ˜‰

  3. I love all your vintage Christmas decorations, especially the family ones! Your snowflake ornament collection is beautiful too!
    I’m so glad you joined us on this tour!

    1. Thank you so much for hosting the tour and for inviting me to participate. I so much enjoyed visiting each blogger who participated.

  4. Paula, your vintage pieces are absolute incredible! I love every single piece, if I was Sherman Iā€™d hang out in there all the time too!

  5. Your vintage Christmas decorating posts have been the highlight of my inbox. Seeing your decorations has brought back memories from my childhood. I remember some of them from my mother and some from my grandmothers. From one Virginia girl to another, thank you for opening your home and sharing.

  6. Your home is warm and inviting for the holidays. I always enjoy your decor since you have the best vintage finds! Items from your Aunt what a blessing!
    Merry Christmas,

    1. Thank you! What you don’t see is the cover that I keep on Sherman’s sofa that I hid on the stairs and all of his dog toys that I also hid. Or the stuff that a certain someone piles in the dining room that gets hidden in the kitchen when it is picture taking time. šŸ™‚


    1. Thank you, Ann! I am so glad that my husband started the tradition of giving me an Swarovski ornament each Christmas.


  7. Paula your Christmas decor is really beautiful and I love those old family postcards and cards such a special thing to have. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

  8. You have so many amazing treasures! I always love seeing how many have been passed down in your family! it is so special! I love the postcards! They are so beautiful and all the special Santa items. I love the creative way you displayed your skaters!!

  9. Paula, I love visiting your home! It is so warm and welcoming! I love all of the vintage touches throughout the room. From the postcards to the snowflake tree, all of your Christmas touches are so thoughtful and beautiful! Merry Christmas, my sweet friend!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynne! I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and that this last week of school before Christmas break isn’t too rough.


  10. Paula, the crystal snowflake tree is such a clever way to display your ornaments. They really stand out!
    And the vintage cards are so sweet. What a nice way to remember family.

    take care,

    1. Thank you, Rachelle! I love these snowflakes and leave them out until March. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!


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