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A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch

Every year I enjoy decorating our porch for the Christmas season.  We use our porch as our main entrance and I like it to look festive for the holidays. Today in A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch I’m sharing this year’s porch decor

A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - A Porch is decorated for Christmas with vintage

I’m sharing my Christmas porch along with 12 other bloggers for a Christmas Porch Tour is hosted my friend, Amy, from Atta Girl Says.  If you aren’t familiar with Amy’s blog, I encourage you to check it out.  She’s a fabulous decorator, crafter, and cook whose blog I have enjoyed reading for many years.

Christmas Porch Tour - Get ideas for decorating a porch for Christmas

You’ll find links to all of the porches shared today at the end of this post.

A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch

Welcome to our decorated with vintage Christmas porch!  For this year’s holiday decor I used some things that I always use on our porch for Christmas but I have some new-to-me things to share as well as a few vintage items that I’ve never before shared on the blog.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - An enclosed porch is decorated for Christmas with a vintage Santa blow mold, vintage coolers, a vintage sled, and more.

Over the summer we converted our screened porch to a sunroom.  This room is so wonderful now with windows that open and close and a new fan for the warmer months.  I had so much fun decorating this space for Christmas with vintage!A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - An enclosed porch is decorated for Christmas with a vintage Santa blow mold, vintage coolers, a vintage sled, and more.

Our Porch Tree

I love having a tree on our porch and so do our neighbors.  We live on a corner lot and our tree can be seen as people drive or walk in front or beside our home.  Many neighbors have told me how much they enjoy our porch tree.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - An enclosed porch is decorated for Christmas with a vintage Santa blow mold, vintage coolers, a vintage sled, and more.

This year for Christmas I used the same plaid ribbon on our porch tree, on our family room tree, and also on our Christmas mantel.Christmas tree decorated with plaid ribbon, red and gold 1970's satin covered balls, and glittered icicles.

My former teacher assistant graciously offered me a box filled with 1970’s Christmas balls that she no longer wanted.  My mom used red and gold satin covered balls just like these when I was a child and I was tickled pink to use them on this year’s porch tree.  

I also added glittered icicles in several color tones.Christmas tree decorated with plaid ribbon, red and gold 1970's satin covered balls, and glittered icicles.

Blow Mold Santa Display

The area to the left of the tree is filled with vintage items never seen on the blog.  The star is a blow mold Santa.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - Blow mold Santa, vintage plaid hat box, vintage Coleman cooler, and a vintage Saratoga Dairy milk crate filled with ornaments.

In August I visited my college roommate who I last saw at our wedding in July of 1994.  We had such a good time together and reconnected instantly.  We visited an antique mall where I found this blow mold Santa that had to come home with me.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - Blow mold Santa on a vintage plaid hat box

Santa is standing on a plaid hat box that I found in Mount Airy, NC.  The cooler under it was my dad’s and I still use it from time to time.  My aunt passed along the Saratoga Dairy crate to me last Christmas.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - Blow mold Santa, vintage plaid hat box, vintage Coleman cooler, and a vintage Saratoga Dairy milk crate filled with ornaments.

Sled and Covered Bridge Tray Display

Every year on our Christmas porch I display my brother’s sled.  I grew up on a farm and this sled got a lot of use.  Sometimes my dad would pack the snow with his tractor to make an extra fast track for us to enjoy.  He also would hook our sleds to the back of his tractor so that we could enjoy riding both down and up the hill.  Our sleigh riding area even had a jump formed by an old farm road.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - An enclosed porch is decorated for Christmas with a vintage Santa blow mold, vintage coolers, a vintage sled, and more.

I decorated my brother’s sled with the same plaid ribbon and some faux juniper.  A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - Vintage sled decorated with a bow and greenery, vintage Coleman cooler with vintage Santa boots, a vintage covered bridge tray, and a maple syrup scented candle in a maple syrup can

I found this covered bridge tray in an antique shop in Bedford, VA over the summer and had to have it since it reminds me of my favorite state after Virginia, Vermont.

I bought the maple syrup candle while vacationing in Vermont this fall.  It smells wonderful!A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - Vintage Coleman cooler with vintage Santa boots, a vintage covered bridge tray, and a maple syrup scented candle in a maple syrup can

The red cooler belonged to my friend’s mom and she passed it along to me when her mom had to leave her home to go to a retirement facility.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - Vintage sled decorated with a bow and greenery, vintage Coleman cooler with vintage Santa boots, a vintage covered bridge tray, and a maple syrup scented candle in a maple syrup can

A pair of red Santa boots purchased in an antique shop in Staunton, VA complete the display.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - Vintage Coleman cooler with vintage Santa boots, a vintage covered bridge tray, and a maple syrup scented candle in a maple syrup can

Decorating Beside the Door

The tv table beside our door also belonged to my friend’s mom.  I love to decorate this table seasonally.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - An enclosed porch is decorated for Christmas with a vintage Santa blow mold, vintage coolers, a vintage sled, and more.

My former teacher assistant has given me many wonderful vintage items over the years.  My green picnic basket on the bottom shelf of the tv stand belonged to her aunt.A Very Vintage Christmas on the porch - Vintage tv stand decorated for Christmas, vintage Santa blow mold, vintage Saratoga Dairy milk crate, and a vintage Coleman cooler.

A Byer’s Choice reindeer along with a Santa in his sled from The Vermont Country Store are traveling through a forest of trees on the tv tabletop.Byer's Choice reindeer with a Santa in his sled from the Vermont Country Store traveling through a forest of bottlebrush trees

Rocking Chair Area

Two rocking chairs on the porch make a comfortable place to relax and also a great spot to put on or take off shoes.  The stadium blanket belonged to my granddad and I made the faux fur pillows last Christmas.A Very Vintage Christmas on the Porch - A porch is decorated for Christmas with vintage items from the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's.

The Santa is a new-to-me vintage Christmas item that I bought from a gentleman selling items from his father’s estate on Facebook.   His parents had a collection of over 300 Santas that they displayed.Vintage Santa, vintage Gill's Hotel Special coffee can, 1910 Christmas postcard, vintage shoe brush, vintage Matchbox truck and a 1958 hymnal.

Santa is sitting on a coffee tin that came out of one of my granddad’s many sheds.  He stored nails, etc. in tins like this.Vintage Santa, vintage Gill's Hotel Special coffee can, 1910 Christmas postcard, vintage shoe brush, vintage Matchbox truck and a 1958 hymnal.

The postcard was sent December 21, 1910 from my great-great aunt Bessie to her sister Willie.  The postcard is held up by my dad’s shoe polishing brush that I used frequently growing up to polish my riding boots.  The hymnal is from 1958 and is inscribed with my dad’s name.1910 Christmas postcard, vintage shoe brush, vintage Matchbox truck and a 1958 hymnal.

The Matchbox truck dates to the early 1970’s and was one of Mr. SP’s childhood toys.  1970's Matchbox dump truck hauling a faux tree.

Last Look

I love this year’s vintage porch decor!  I have so much fun decorating this space and making it look festive for the season.Sunroom decorated for Christmas with vintage.

I know you are going to enjoy seeing the Christmas porches that my friends are sharing.  I am looking forward to visiting each porch and getting decorating ideas from blogging friends.

More Christmas Porch Inspiration

Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers for festive decorating inspiration for your front porch, patio, sunroom and screened-in porch.

collage showing four porches decorated for Christmas

Atta Girl Says // The Frugal Homemaker // House of Hawthornes // Southern State of Mind

collage showing four porches decorated for Christmas

2 Bees In a Pod // The Chelsea Project // Virginia Sweet Pea // T. Moore Home

collage showing five festive Christmas porches

Top Row: Our Crafty Mom // Postcards from the Ridge

Bottom Row: Cottage at the Crossroads // Worthing Court // Major Hoff Takes a Wife

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Christmas Porches from Years Past to Enjoy

47 Comments

  1. So many lovely vintage treasures! I love all of them. It’s fun to linger over the photos to enjoy the space. Especially love the tree. The ice cicles look so real. Thrilled for you having a new sunroom, too!

    1. The sunroom was a long time coming and we love it! I’m really enjoying it this holiday season because I can sit out there in comfort. It’s great touring with you!

      Paula

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  3. Paula, as always, your porch is gorgeous filled with so many vintage finds. I bet you are really enjoying having it as a sunroom so you can enjoy it on chilly days.

    I love that you share the history of so many of them. I’m in love with your Santa, and that little tray is perfection. I could definitely shop your porch for lots of treasures! Thank you for once again participating in the porch tour.

  4. My mom had those same ornaments, in fact, I bet she still has them in the basement! So pretty! I love all the vintage touches!

  5. I always enjoy reading your home tours, especially during the holidays, Paula. I love browsing your wonderful vintage vignettes and learning about the history of them. Your porch is lovely! Pinned

  6. Paula, I love hearing the back story behind all of your vintage items. We never get much snow in SC but I sure wish my dad had hooked up a sled behind his tractor they way your dad did! I love, love, love your porch decor and I keep looking at how you guys converted it to a sunroom but I can’t get Leo on board! UGH!

    1. I hope that you can talk Leo into a sunroom, Jane. It’s so nice to be able to open and close the windows out there and the space stays so much cleaner than it did with screens.

      Paula

  7. Ohmygosh, I bet you had a blast decorating this space, Paula! Whenever blow mold ANYthing is spotted at an estate sale or in someone’s booth in our antique mall, people go nuts! A lot of people remember those as their Christmas past, as do you.Your porch is set for a cool yule. Enjoy!

    1. I did have a great time decorating this space. My parents never had any blow mold Christmas decorations but I do remember them fondly. My aunt had two large candles that lit up that she put in her bay window each Christmas.

      Paula

  8. Your porch is fantastic. I remember those satin ornaments,, my mom had them. The Saratoga crate is a beauty I have my sleds from when I was young. I’m hoping to share my front porch tomorrow. Your neighbors sure get a treat.

    The Santa on the tin where nails were stored reminds me of a nightlight I had when I was very young. Is it one?

    Cindy

    1. That Santa may have been a nightlight. There’s a hole on the back of it that would be just the size for a plug. I’m so glad that you asked because now I know his original use.

      Paula

  9. Paula, this is adorable! I love the vintage pieces especially the blow mold Santa. Doesn’t that just flash you right back to childhood? We have a large indoor flea market in my town that had a ton of vintage holiday blow molds the last time I was there! They are so fun, but I imagine they probably all sold by now. Thanks for linking up with me this week! Wishing you many blessings this holiday season.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    1. Thank you so much! Those blow molds do take me back to childhood. My aunt had two large candles that she put in her big bay window every Christmas. I need to get my husband to figure out a way to add a light to my Santa blow mold. He used to have one, so it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas.

      Paula

  10. Paula, I think I’ve told you more than once that your vintage posts are my favorites. Well, except for your tutorials–those are pretty great, too! Anyway, I love your porch. I can well imagine that your neighbors love passing by your house at Christmastime!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thank you so much for featuring my porch, Richella! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

      Paula

  11. Congrats! This was the most clicked from last week’s Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party! And I can see why – it’s a gorgeous space! I have been thinking about setting Christmas up on my screened in porch, but I am worried since it’s only got screens, the elements may ruin my pieces. New party goes live tomorrow (Sat) at 5pm EST.

  12. Loved your porch decor. I envy you your Santa; I have a Nativity set in the front yard and Al’s penguin on my top step! They are so bulky to store, but I love them. Had to smile at your red satin balls; those were one of my late cat’s favorites to bounce down the cellar stairs in the middle of the night! After thoroughly scratching the satin on them! They always went on the bottom of the tree; cats didn’t bother many others. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year!

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