Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Special Pink Saturday!




For the second week of December's Special Pink Saturdays, the posts are all about favorite Christmas decorations. I actually have two favorites from long ago. The bright blue, red, green, and yellow lights that lit up our Christmas tree certainly take page one in the book of Christmas memories. Daddy always tested the lights before placing them on the tree because in the 50's, if one light bulb was out on the strand, all the bulbs were out. So, he would test them while Mama stood by with replacement bulbs, always trying to match the color of the "bad" bulb with the new one. That was very important! Then, my second favorite ornament was icicles! Do you remember those shiny tinsel icicles that had to be placed very selectively for the right effect? Daddy usually directed me on how to "throw" the icicles on the tree. It was really "draping." He reminded me not to "clump" the icicles, but to "fling" a few at a time and to be sure to treat each branch with the same "number."! Of course, those ornaments of long ago will always be safe in my heart. The pics shown here are from a 1950's Spiegle catalog that you can browse on Wishbook Web.

This year the lights are clear, and there won't be any "aluminum icicles." There will be simple bows, birds, and berries. The ornaments are mostly handmade. I am sharing a picture of a Christmas tag that was tied on a branch last year.I found the set of tags on Etsy. This simple little bauble brought so many compliments. It really speaks to me of the beautiful song that nature sings during this sacred holiday season.

For other Pink Saturday posts, please visit Beverly, our hostess, at How Sweet the Sound. Thank you, Beverly, for continuing our wonderful weekend get togethers!

9 comments:

Mollye said...

Happy Pink Saturday I enjoyed my stroll through your Christmas memories and I remember both well. I was nostalgic this year and found the tinsel icies but there are no longer aluminum but plastic and just don't give the same effect and now I have a feeble facsimile. Merry Christmas, Mollye

♥Mimi♥ said...

How absolutely and positively WONDERFUL! You know, I ♥ Pink Saturday but when you can pair it with Christmas - my gosh, what could be better? And, you did a marvelous job☺ What a welcoming home you have...

My gosh, testing the lights. I hadn't thought about that for ages and it looked the same at my house when I was a kid. Daddy with the lights and mother with the bulbs. This really took me back...sigh.

Loved your post today, just loved it. Wishing you a weekend filled with fun, family and friendship.

storyteller said...

Reading your Christmas memories bring back reflections of my own so thank you for sharing. Love the very special ornament in the previous post too ;-)
My Pink Saturday

GWENDOLYN said...

I love your sweet chickadee tag. did you make that? Yes I remember the large bulbs. And the tinsel... that was always a bit of a chore to us kids... it would start out nice and then there would be clumps in spots. ha! Pink Blessings!
Gwen

g said...

Love the look of those vintage decorations. I remember the tinsel icicles well!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Laurie said...

Oh I LOVE that little bird tag! And your blog background is so gorgeous I might have to copy you!!! Vintage Christmas decor is the the best! I have some on my blog right now, posted the last day or two.

pinkkandy said...

I love the old pictures..makes me feel so old though..heheh
have a blessed week end...Kandy

Carolyn said...

You have very fond memories of christmas marilyn ! ;o)
I remember about the lights too - if one went they didn`t work or you had to replace it !

I hope you are well ..
christmas hugs

Tipper said...

The bulbs and icicles remind me of the trees we had when I was little ; )