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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Kitschmas is Coming!

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the day after, when I can start decorating my Christmas tree.

When I was a little girl my parents never put the tree up until the day before Christmas and it was only up about a week, in rebellion I now like to get my tree up early and keep it up as long as possible.  In similar rebellion my mom loved a Victorian style Christmas, which is very beautiful, 

but not for me.  I am firmly a fan of atomic style 1950s and 60s mid century Christmas Kitsch.   The faker, pinker, and silverer the better.   

My 1960s silver tree was a bargain purchased on ebay about 10 years ago, but I haven't used it for the past few years as I've bought a real tree.  This year I decided to return to my love of kitschmas and unpack the silver tree.  I'm so glad I did.  

My late mother in law gave me some really adorable 1960s ornaments.  Sadly a bunch of them broke when we moved to our house, but this mushroom guy is still intact.  I love him so much.

These talking Star Trek ornaments are my favorite, so much fun!

I've also got a cute selection of 1950s and 60s cards I display ever year.  Here are a few of them, plus my favorite little elf:

 I've never had much luck finding vintage stuff around me which is why I'm often forced to buy it on Etsy and Ebay where it can be quite pricey.  So I was so excited to find a thrift ware house five minutes from my home, I can't imagine how I never new this place, Thriftique, existed:

 It didn't have the best selection but I did get this cute little squirrel for a dollar:
 and this 1930s photo taken in Devil's Fall, NV.  I love the collars on the women's dresses:

 I'm so excited that now I can visit this place regularly.

Finally, here is my favorite tree decorating tradition. Watching MST3K's Santa Clause Conquers The Martians and listing to Joel and The Bot's sing their Christmas Carol tribute to the movie RoadhouseLet's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas.


  1. I grew up with an aluminum Christmas tree along with the rotating color wheel. Yours looks beautiful!

  2. Your tree looks fabulous and a bit of kitsch is just right for the season.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Love, love, love this site! and now we are following!

  4. Your tree is beautiful! My grandmother had a silver tree and I always wanted one. Now we opt for live trees, but that silver tree ... ah!

  5. Of course we will follow you :) You have been one of our oldest blogging pals and we love all the retro..Just wish you lived near me :) xxooxxx
    Pe-ez.. Life is so short, do what makes you happy :) When I get through the list of all the posts I have to do, will let everyone know where to come to see the best retro :) xxooxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  6. You have such splendidly fun, adorable decorations! I love that you put your tree up well in advance of the big day. Most people in Canada tend to do so around now, too, though some start even earlier, as (save for Remembrance Day) we're holiday less in November and it can be fun to get an especially early start on the season if you're in a festive mood.

    Wishing you the merriest of Decembers!
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your awesomely nice blog comment today (it's soooo good to have a computer again!). I'm excited to see the changes you have in store here.

  7. Wonderful! Growing up in the 60's and 70's one of my aunts had a silver tree, which she then made change colors with a rotating light on the floor. It was pretty cool.

  8. love the pic with the three pugs infront of the silver tree. so fun and cute.

  9. The Star Trek ornament is AWESOME!!!!! Wow... what a cool collection you have of vintage stuff for your kitschy tree. Meghan from

  10. Love your blog and your Christmas is cool!

  11. I'm loving your gorgeous silver tree. It looks sensational!


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