Every family has that one special Christmas Decoration or toy that year after year is pulled out and when the children become parents, can’t wait to share with their kids. For our family one of the 2 that I remember is very similar to this Santa on Bike that winds up and rides across the floor.
It feels like it might be more difficult for our kids to remember the “Most Special,” piece from their childhood because they are bombarded by disgusting quantities of mass produced junk that pretends to be fancy and more than they are. For me, all of this “stuff” lacks feeling. It costs less to make more and more and more and more and you get the point. And it waters down the magic.
I love vintage, everyone that knows me, knows that. I long for the simpler pieces,the Kitsch perfect pieces that people keep year after year; the pieces that don’t end up getting donated or tossed out after a couple of seasons.
Like these simple plastic Santa Tree Light Ornaments from the 60’s. They have withstood the test of time for almost 50 years.
Or this tubby Santa Clause that is a signed Rosbro from the 1950’s and can be used for holding candy or other small surprises. There’s nothing pretentious about him.
Even this adorable 1940’s Wind Up Santa is unassuming. He is simple, he is sweet, he makes me smile when I see him; nstead of feeling overwhelmed by mass quantities of his clones, which is what I feel with the majority of his great grandsons at the box stores this year.
I just hope if you are reading this, you will do a little “self experiment.” Try opening a big box website and next to it open a website with vintage of the same item, could be Santa, Nutcracker, Stockings, etc.
And without looking at price or anything else, just look back and forth and see which one makes you feel something. I catch myself when window shopping for vintage physically smiling at the pieces. That’s the one to buy, not the biggest, newest and cheapest because chances are you will be over it next year and onto the newer bigger and cheaper thing.