Talking about Christmas a little bit moreNovember 29, 2013
Did you noticed I'm already sucked up in the atmosphere of Christmas? Perhaps you are not into it so much yourself (yet), so I promise I would not be offended if you click away! But if you like antique and/or vintage Christmas ornaments - like I obviously do - then I recommend you to stay and grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax.
Today we had the Sinterklaas celebration at my inlaws and the fortunate fact is, that my mother in law never ever throws away anything that belonged to her parents. That means we have complete sets of rare depression era glass dishes, casserole dishes, vases, coffee and teacups, cupboards, magazines, books, cutlery and so, so much more - all dated from the 1930s or 1940s. My mother in law couldn't be more happy about the fact that one of her sons (and daughter in law - me) was more than willing to take it over. The interests of Ben's brothers and sister does not lay in old 'rubbish'. You can imagine my heart skipped many beats when my mother in law told Ben that she had boxes full of Christmas ornaments that once belonged to her parents; not all of it was old but there was sure something between all the glittering Christmas decoration that wás old for sure and is dating pre-1950s. Balls, bells, Santa clauses, mushrooms, pinecones and what have ya. And there's even more on the way! Yesterday we also found a pinecone and a silver ball dating from the 1930s. I think we can decorate three trees with our collection!
But now ... ! When we thrifted through the many boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations (I admit I really felt like the kids of Ben's siblings that impatiently unwrapped their packages), we found so, so much between the modern stuff Ben's mother collected throughout the years. Some of the ornaments are even pre-1930s. Ben's mother is in her 60s and many of the ornaments were already there before she was born.
Let's have a look!
When we came home we got another surprise! A kind-hearted stranger left a bag with items on the stairs that leads to our home; 1930s gloves and sunglasses! How sweet is that? Since we were in the newspaper with our interview many people come to tell us how lovely they thought of the article about us and that they have stuff that belonged to their (grand)parents and would like to 'donate' us. Isn't that amazing? I am speechless and we are so grateful for the stuff that have seen a history of an entire family and is coming, due to kind-spirited people, our way!
One of these days ( I promise you all I won't be talking Christmas alone all the time, no, really ... I promise) I'll put up a blogpost on how to recognize Christmas decoration pre-1950s (many people confuse GDR Christmas ornaments with old ones) and how to store them in boxes the safest way possible when Christmas is over.