A Very Vintage Christmas

Sing hey! Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly.
For a friendship glows
In winter snows,
And so let’s all be jolly!

Author Unknown

A Merry Christmas to one and all this most anticipated week of the year! I’ve not had the time to post as regularly as I used to with so many new adventures on my plate since summer. I have especially missed posting teatimes with the ladies, but am happy to share today a modge-podge of vintage, teatime, and joys of the season greeting you!

In the Spirit of Christmas Present, I spent a jolly day this past weekend, in the guise of Mrs. Santa to hubby’s Mr. Santa.

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Sharing song and story with our church family at a local nursing home became more a blessing in our hearts than theirs–bringing the delights of the season to feed the spirit in worship and the Word, and the soul with gifts, goodies, and gladdening hearts.

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We had great fun donning our red suits to celebrate the season with the “Spirit of Christmas.” We remembered the true story of St. Nicholas–Santa Claus–whose real life in the 5th century Asia Minor region, was dedicated to church leadership, telling the “glad tidings of great joy which was to be for all people” –the gospel–the Christmas story. the historical record tells how he poured out his days living Christ in the lives of the people he served during his lifetime. His example established him as a much loved icon in Christian history, only morphing into the commercial “Santa Claus” character we know today in the secularization of him during the 20th century.

THEN—we were off for an afternoon gig at our Barnes & Noble with children and families . . .

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Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ed’s Santa engaged youngsters and their family in conversation about the vision for their life, their passion and giftings, and encouraging words towards nurturing same towards a greater good. Eventually, he got to the part about what they wanted for Christmas. I was blessed to connect with a couple little ladies who used to attend my weekly storytime as TaleSpinners a few years ago. My—how they’ve grown! They had happy faces, and Ed was a photo-bomb expert. 

Ah! The heart of a child!

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At Christmas I am wont to wax nostalgic, stirring up the memories of bygone times when life was simpler.

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Little joys and playful days were gifts beyond the scope of money and materialism. Our tree was modest–but beyond measure in my little heart. Add a touch of whimsy, and Christmas becomes a comfort food like curling up in the lap of our Heavenly Papa.

These days, even my Copperfield and Emma make the most of seasonal pleasures.

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Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!

Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

A quiet home. A vintage motif. The very thing for setting out a cozy Christmas teatime to share with a friend.

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Using my thrift store find, holly patterned teacups and saucers, and the Lenox teapot gifted to me last year, I placed a simple teatime setting on my book table between the two recliner reading chairs in our dining room.

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Sebastian Elf—a little vintage fellow I picked up in a shop a couple years ago—inspected the layout with enthusiastic approval!

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An intimate afternoon of conversation with a new friend followed, where hearts rejoiced together, remembering the work in our lives of the Christ in Christmas. 

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Charles Dickens

Another December tea for two was spent with my young friend, Haley from Tuneful Journeys, who is creating the musical soundtrack to the audio dramatization of my Fable Springs Parable book, Mother Chicken’s Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things (book trailer in the sidebar to the left). That will be available sometime in March and the book in hardcover, paperback and e-book versions releases in January!!

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Haley and I enjoyed these cookies: Haley’s Homemade Spritz, Cindy’s Snowman Sugar Cookies, and my own Hello Dolly layer cookies.

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However, when we tried to get to work on the soundtrack, a little sprite dropped by–Desmond my other vintage elf, who is more wont to playfulness than his older brother, sensible Sebastian.

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More on this teatime in Haley’s post HERE at www.tunefuljourneys.blogspot.com. (May be delayed in posting.)

A cozy cup of Christmas tea in a vintage teacup–Royal Albert’s Yuletide pattern–partnered with devotional reading makes for a great start to December days.

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Currently, I’m enjoying Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift, directing my thoughts to the Reason for the Season.

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Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven’s making.

Leigh Hunt

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Isaiah 9:6 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 

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I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

May you know God’s richest blessings of family and peace this Christmas week as you rest in the joy of our Savior–the Prince of Peace.

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For more on the PEACE that only JESUS can bring, visit my NEW Pageant Wagon Faire Words Blog for a book review on Christmas in the Trenches by John  McCutcheon

Sharing A Very Vintage Christmas this week with:

Let’s Talk Vintage with Jill at Bella Rosa Antiques

Kathy’s Return to Loveliness at Delightsome Life

Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season

Sandi’s Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage

Ruth’s Antiques and Teacups

Martha’s Favorites

Bernideen’s Tea With Friends

Judith at Whole Hearted Wednesdays

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. You are one of the cheeriest people! Thank you for this delightful post – for all the pictures and words and stories. You have cheered my day!

    My very best wishes for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!! May your house be filled with His love, joy, and peace!

    GOD BLESS!

  2. Merry Christmas Kathy! Love the Christmas couple! I have the book and it is a lovely read. What a year you’ve had! May God richly bless you and your family! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

  3. I so enjoyed seeing all of your pictures… especially Mr and Mrs Santa Claus. Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family.

  4. Merry Christmas Kathy! I love your Mrs. C outfit; it’s really sweet! I’m sure the boys and girls loved every minute. Your post is lovely and filled with joyous verse and pictures. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to join my tea party. Have a fabulous holiday with your loved ones, my friend.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

  5. Thank you for such a cheery Christmas greeting!! I enjoyed reading all about the true roots of Santa and that you included the Christmas story of Jesus. Merry Merry Christmas, Kathy to you and your husband!!

  6. Your picture of the nativity ornament really brought memories for me… we had that when I was a kid and it was one of my favorite ornaments. 🙂 Thank you for the post.

  7. You make a great team there and I love it! Your teacup is really wonderful vintage too! Merry Christmas to you. Thanks for sharing too!

  8. Hello dear kathryn, Your post is a wonderful read full of happiness and Christmas wisdom. Manly reminding us what the real meaning of Christmas is all about. I adore the vintage treasures and attitude so much. Your cats, elves and most of all your wonderful Mr. and Mrs. Claus activities. Your photos made me smile and lifted my heart. Especially your photo of your tree etc. in 1965. The days when life was so much simpler.

    Thank you for such a lovely post.
    Have a wonderful 2015 full of Joy and Peace.
    Love,
    Jeanne

  9. Love all your vintage touches, and of course the way you weave the heart of the holiday with the homey pleasures we all enjoy. Merry Christmas and a happy healthy new year!

  10. What a blessing!

    I read Ann Voskamp’s book `The Greatest Gift` to my family just before supper every night.

    Happy New Year!

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